The calendar still says January, right? I know I live in the south and all but this seems early for my daffodils even for NC. I just hope that we don't have another freeze that will damage them before they have a chance to bloom.
Delaney and I stopped by the Target this evening and on the way back to the car, I noticed this leaning up against a tree in the parking lot. At first I thought it was just a bag that had been dropped but then as I got closer, I saw the writing. I looked around to see if there were others but it appeared to be the only one in the vicinity. I imagine it was put there by a person who has made several of these and has spent the past few days putting them in inconspicuous places around the area.
Spread love everyone.
As I've mentioned before, Delaney is trying out for her school's track team. Today we went and bought new shoes for each of us. I ended up with the exact same pair as I've had for the past 6 months. Delaney on the other hand got a new style: same brand though. Our knees are much happier now.
This picture is also a bit of a cheat. Delaney took it! I actually to a few similar but upon inspection, decided I liked the one she took better so it made the cut. I had to do some minor color and light correction but it was a pretty good picture.
Is there anything better than a piece of toast made with a good crusty bread? We had no bread this morning so my wonderful husband went out to La Farm and bought a round. If you live in the Cary area and haven't been there, you need to drop what your doing and go now. It helps that we live about a mile and a half from there but Lionel, the owner is amazing. He has earned several awards and is expanding it's bakery into downtown in the next few months. The cafe has the best croque madame on the planet and the mediterraneo for lunch is delicious. Of course if you just want bread they sell several types and they serve a decent cup of coffee too if you want just that. Seriously, just go there now.
Dinner on Saturdays is always tricky. I rarely feel like cooking but the girls are generally lackadaisical about choosing anything and hardly ever agree on a place to go or to get take out. Sometimes we simply end up eating whatever we can find since by the time we stop arguing it's too late to actually go anywhere.
Today was typical but we did manage to get the girls to agree to go to Ruckus. It's always helpful that YoLo is right next door so that makes everything more acceptable. As you can see by the smiling faces, it was a successful evening.
When my hair stylist moved to CA a few years ago, I had to go find a new one. Reina was recommended by a friend, Leslie. She recently moved from her location in Morrisville to this new place up 55 from my house. It's so new, the road is literally not on Google yet! They gave me an alternate address to use to find it in my GPS but in my typical Keri way, I scanned for the pertinent information and ignored the rest of the e-mail. Yeah, they specifically said that their shop was ACROSS 55 from the address they gave me but I missed that part. The address I plugged in was an old house that seriously looked like it's been condemned. I knew that was wrong.
From my previous conversations I'd had with Reina about the new place, I thought she was talking about the new shopping center with the Target and movie theater etc. that was just up 55 from the condemned house, so I headed up there. I spent about 10 minutes winding around the parking lots before throwing in the towel and calling.
Moral of the story: read the fine print.
I have the definitive answer to the question, "What is the best camera?" It's the camera you have on you when you need one. I know this isn't the first picture I've posted on here taken with my phone but it's my favorite thus far.
Delaney is trying out for her middle school track team next month. She wants to get her mile time down. I told her the best way to do that is do incorporate a few speed workouts. Naturally, she didn't believe me until my father told her the same thing. Today, she chose to do a hill workout. We jogged the mile to the dam and she ran up this hill 10 times working her arms and lifting her knees. I probably looked like a complete lunatic chasing her up there yelling at her, "KNEES! ARMS! KNEES! KNEES!" but that's what moms are supposed to do, right: throw away our pride for our children. She did great! Fingers crossed that her hard work pays off.
After an inch of ice and 3 days of missed school, my house looks like a disaster area. I love my family but sometimes they really need to get the heck back to school!
OK, so there's been a lot on here about Macy lately. Time for Delaney to shine.
Delaney is in 8th grade and her love is art. She has taken every art class at her middle school with her favorite teacher, Ms. Croom. This past semester she was able to take Advanced Art. The class volunteered the majority of their time to The Memory Project. They are a non-profit that connects middle school art classes with children in poverty around the world. The art students each get a photograph of a child an over the course of the semester, they draw, paint or otherwise create a portrait of the child. At the end of the semester, the group goes back and presents each child with his or her very own portrait. They film their reactions for the art students in the US. This year, the children put on a performance as a thank you. The Memory Project recorded that as well.
All the students and their parents were invited to a presentation after school today. Each student got up and made a short speech about what this experience meant to them then we all viewed the video The Memory Project sent to them. The children were adorable and it was very moving.
It was an exhausting week. It doesn't typically end up this way but Macy had meets 2 weekends in a row. Think Pink is hosted by Kidsport in Burlington. We have gone to their compulsory meets before and they are well run, if a little cramped since those are in their actual gym which is short on space. Regardless, the meet coordinators always move things along and it's an easy meet to enjoy. The optional meet was held at the Mebane Art and Community Center. It had plenty of space and was again, well run; even ahead of schedule! So kudos to them!
Macy and her team were flight B but got the olympic rotation (Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor) which is generally considered to be the most desirable although I think Macy prefers to start on bars but there's no accounting for her differences. Anyway, the girls all started strong and scored above 9 for all their vaults for a team vault score of 28.075, the highest of all the level 6 teams. Bars was a bit more difficult and only 2 of the girls were above 9 and they had to count Macy's 8.95. The team score was still an impressive 27.25, strong enough to be second. Beam was even more difficult and we had 2 girls fall off and had to count a 8.35. Their 26.625 was enough for 3rd though. The girls came back with a vengeance and killed floor with a 28.1 which oddly enough was only enough for 3rd. However, with a total of 110.05, they were more than a point and a half ahead of the second place team for their first 1st place team finish.
On top of that, they had the AA winners in 3/4 age groups they represented and 2 second place finishes for the other 2 girls. They also had multiple event titles as well as multiple second and third place finishes. Everyone went home with a trophy and several medals. It was a good experience for everyone.
Here is the video of all of her routines if you care to see it:
Anyone who reads my blog, knows I keep this pretty apolitical. People who know me well, know my politics but I hope also know my heart. Suffice it to say, I believe everyone is allowed her own opinion and will respect yours if you respect mine. I promise not to make this blog a political site but today I spent my morning with an amazing group of women in downtown Raleigh. I will not get into my reasons here, that's not what this is about. This is about this picture.
I saw this adorable child proudly holding her sign walking down the street. Her grin made me smile immensely so I asked her mom if I could take her picture and was granted permission. We saw many signs today but I think this one stuck with me the most. Perhaps it was her grin or maybe it was the fact that she was a mess of color and pattern with her hair a hot mess but for whatever reason, I loved this kid.
As I'd never been to a march of any sort before and had no idea what to expect, I did not bring my camera. This was taken with my phone and I uploaded it into LR to crop it and color correct it a bit.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun