Thursday, January 19, 2017

P52 - Week 3 - Bake Sale

After the excesses of the holidays, my better half and I have been trying very hard to get back to a more balanced diet. But all of that got thrown a bit off track when the Boy came home with an urgent request for bake sale items to help offset travel expenses for the UIL Academic Team.

I do have a couple of confessions to make though. First off - to minimize the temptation on the whole family, I made these before school on the day they were due. That way we didn't spend hours in the house with that amazing cookie smell taunting us. And second, these are "place and bake" cookies. The only way I was going to be able to get them made in the short time between our morning wake-up and depart for school and work time, was to cut some corners. I don't think anyone really minds though. They tasted great (that, uh hmm, is confession number three) and I even made double the amount promised. SCORE for the Boy and his teammates!

Here is hoping that their next meet will be even more successful than the bake sale!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

P52 - Week 2 - For the Love of Music

This week's entry is very special to me. It features my Wonder Boy and highlights his ever growing love of music:

Long before he was aware of it, Wonder Boy has always been moved by music. As a toddler, he loved to bounce around the living room to his favorite tunes. There were many times when he was engrossed with a particular toy or activity, music playing in the background, and we would see him unconsciously grooving to the beat. It always brought a smile to my face.

When he graduated elementary school and moved up to intermediate school, he was so excited at the prospect of being able to join the orchestra and he's never looked back from there!

Fast forward to his first year of high school (that's now, btw), and we find the Boy getting ever more serious about his music studies. Without being prompted or encouraged, he has more than doubled his practice time. He is excited about the pieces he is learning, about new techniques he is trying to master, and he endeavors to be a leader in his school orchestra.

One day I will share the story of picking out this beautiful instrument (it's a doozie!). But for today I just want to celebrate this next step in Wonder Boy's musical development. He loves to play and his skill is catching up to his desires. Our home is filled with music and we are truly blessed that this is the case!

Thank you, Dear Boy, for sharing this gift with your family!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 P52 - kick off!

In an effort to encourage me to to pick up my camera more often than I did in 2016, I am starting a photo-a-week challenge project (P52) for 2017.

For this first week, I chose the snap you see below of our Monster Mutt. He and the Puppy Princess spent the Christmas holiday at a local pet resort (so we could get the house clean for our visitors). And the sweet staff at the resort sent them home with a couple of festive new squeaky toys. We waited a few days until the moment felt right to bring out the plush sacrifices, I mean new toys.

The Princess knew just what to do and immediately started in on her "seek and destroy" mission which left her plaything as nothing but a soggy shell, a quickly confiscated squeaker mechanism, and a shower of white fluff. But Mr. Mutt wasn't so sure what to do with his precious new trinket.

He ran from one side of the room to the other, perched on the couch - proudly showing us all his cherished prize - and then started running around again, occasionally tossing it in the air to see if it would fly away. The squeaker seemed to startle him when he would accidentally clamp down upon it. And, unlike the Princess, he was not interested in seeing how quickly he could shred it.

We eventually had to sneak it away from him so he could enjoy his dinner. And by this time, it much more resembled a soaking sponge than a toy (*gross*). We'll clean it, dry it, save it for another day. Who knows what he will think when we pull it out next time.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dapper Dan

Wonder Boy had a day off from school today so I thought it would be a good day to do a test fit of his orchestra uniform. I have to admit that I think he looks particularly dapper in his tux!

I am truly looking forward to their fist concert at the end of this month!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Birthday Mutt

My "youngest" just had his third birthday!

Yes, my youngest is a pup. A 70 lb ball of energy that thinks he still fits on our laps! He's the biggest goof ball we've ever had in our home. And as much as I fuss at him throughout the day, I'm pretty glad we made him part of the family. Our days would be considerably more dull without him!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Misty Morning

I love seeing these guys in the mornings on the last leg of my morning commute:

On this particular morning, a fog had rolled in and when I pulled over to the side of the road to grab this snap, the horses started wandering curiously in my direction. I'm sure I must have greatly disappointed them as all I had in hand was my camera - no sugar cubes or carrot sticks. I promise next time to be better prepared!

Monday, September 19, 2016

My Favorite Fish

Continuing on the vein of my favorite things ... this is my favorite "fish."

My Wonder Boy is now a freshman in high school.

I don't have any idea how that happened! But I will say, as much as I miss the super hero phase or the always-in-my-lap phase, I'm really enjoying this stage of Wonder Boy's development as well. He has a really quirky sense of humor and a super quick wit. He is still amazingly affectionate (at least in the privacy of our home) and he makes his father and I proud every day.

And as a bonus, he's tall enough to get things off of the top shelf in the kitchen for me now!