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!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Dusting Off

A friend recently reminded me that I had this little site and suggested that I update it with some of my more recent work.

I'm in the middle of a month-long assignment to highlight some of my favorite parts of my day, so I thought that would make a good way to get back into the swing of posting.

So I'll start with these images:

After homework is done, before piano or soccer practice, my Wonder Boy pulls out his viola and plays for me. He loves to play and that works for me because I love to listen! He's in his 5th year as an orchestra student and the progress he has made over that time never fails to amaze me. And perhaps what touches me even more is how much music has become such a big part of his life because of his exposure to orchestra at school. I am already counting down the days until his school's first concert in late October!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Day 028: A Special Treat

Wonder Boy had an early release day from school today. On days like today, he will typically invite a buddy over for an afternoon of rough housing, Nerf guns, video games, and snacks as far as the eye can see. But unfortunately, Wonder Boy's best bud is down with a stomach bug, so we were on our own this afternoon. I asked the Boy if he wanted to change pace and run around town until we found something to occupy our time, he declined and said that he would prefer to just spend the down time playing video games on his own. But .... he did make sure that the special snacks we typically serve were still on the menu! I held up my end and made him something totally sinful (bacon cinnamon rolls), but as I was smelling all of that cinnamon scented evilness emanating from the oven, I just knew that Wonder Dad and I deserved a special treat as well. Enter these bright red jewels of awesomeness - chocolate stuffed raspberries! This is my new favorite treat! It tastes so delightful that it feels like I am cheating on my diet, but the chocolate is dark (which is allowed!) and low in sugar, so it's all good!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Day 027: Ocean of Suds

I am still sans dish washing machine, but that's OK. As I fill my sink with an ocean of suds, enjoying the sweet fragrance of lemon Dawn, I'm OK with the situation. My dishes are clean. The kitchen smells nice. I can wait a while longer on the machine. That thing only makes me lazy anyway (since it takes about 2.5 days to fill it up). This way, since my sink can at most handle a day's worth of dishes, I know that my cupboards are full of clean dishes, the drawers full of utensils at the ready. I am prepared for the next meal - no question about it!