In NC it is that time of year when the dandelions have started to come up. While as a home owner, I hate these things in my yard, when they are in someone else's yard, or in this case, common area, I can appreciate the beauty of a perfectly rounded full snowy dandelion. It reminds me of one KC's parents have encased in lucite and of summer days in NY blowing the puffs across the yard with my brother and sister. Mostly though I just think it's cool to find one where none have been blown off yet. It's like being the first person to walk on the beach in the morning when the waves have made perfect ripples on the sand and there is yet to be a set of footprints made to mar the pureness of it.
In stark contrast to yesterday's weather, today was downright hot!!!! I went for a run and went into the back yard to walk around as I cooled off. I let Floyd out there with me and he was in a rambunctious mood. He and I were playing on the deck and he gave me his Boston smile. It is one of my favorite traits of Bostons. I ran in to get my camera and he obliged me with another great big grin. :D I love my dog.
This one was a surprise even to me. When I was out walking Floyd with KC this morning, I noticed the pear trees near the greenway were beginning to bloom so I decided to go out with my camera later to capture them. I shot a few from various angles but was unable to get above the blossoms due to height and other branches. I remembered I had a live view option on my 5100 so I could hold it over my head and shoot. Even then, I was too short so I shot sort of blind. When I pulled this one down, I noticed the umbrella in the background and immediately moved it and took a few more shots.
I got back and downloaded the pics to my computer. As I was going through them, this one popped out at me immediately. The umbrella added some great perspective and interest to this one. I decided I liked it so it became my POD. I darkened it slightly to increase the contrast with the grass and blossoms and decided it was good.
Last year for her birthday, Macy got a room makeover. We bought her a big girl bed, painted her room and bought new bedding etc. She turns 7 in April and we just NOW got her curtains and wall art hung up. Hey, it was less than a year, I call it a win.
The other bit of interest to this pic is the cat. We don't know why but Cecelia has recently decided she likes Macy's room, specifically, Macy's bed. This would not be a problems except for the fact that Macy does not like the cat to be in her room at night and if she happens to wake up and hear the cat purring or snoring, she calls to us to remove the cat from the room. Smart girl to not want to touch that animal. Cecelia can be down right nasty.
I recently became aware of the fact that Macy's shoes were all too small, boots and/or falling apart. I felt pretty bad about that since I'm such s stickler about the shoes I put on my kids. Therefore, after dropping Delaney off at gymnastics this morning I brought Macy to Crabtree to buy some shoes. She needed both a dressy shoe and a sneaker. She chose this sneaker which is super cute but it has laces. She has not learned to tie laces yet so here she is learning. It's a work in progress but she'll get it.
The other pair she found was a black patent leather pair. The reason she liked it was because it was "clompy" (remember the boot ordeal?) which meant it had a hard heel to it although the bottom was still rubber so she could wear it to school. I hated the thought of her wearing black patent leather all summer so I discussed with her the whole summer shoe thing. To my surprise she actually agreed when I found the same shoe but in an off white! So while, I'm not thrilled about the patent leather part of it, at least it's not black. I can only push so hard and she is so stuck on this "clompy" business that I didn't even touch that part. I consider it a win-win.
It was windy today. I was lame and took very few pictures. Here is the nandina in our front yard blowing around a bit. I know it's an awful picture. I tried to make it interesting but there was very little with which to work. I fulfilled my quota however and that's all that matters right?
Today was the day. We had our annual fun run fund raiser. I've been the chairperson of this one since the school opened in 2008. The first 2 years we did it on our own and it was a TON of work with minimal returns. Last year I got a call from the PTA VP telling me about this sales pitch from Boosterthon. I rearranged my schedule on a Wed to drive to North Raleigh in the middle of the day, very skeptical but figured it couldn't hurt. By the end of the presentation I was hooked.
Last year we DOUBLED what we had raised the year before and this year we did even better assuming we collect the same percentage as last year. The biggest plus to this organization is that my responsibilities are next to nothing!!!! All the hours I put into setting it up and organizing it were simply taken care of by the Boosterthon guys. They come in for 9 days giving character education lessons every day. They take care of the prizes and get the kids super excited about the whole thing.
At the end of it, they come and set up the track and sound system and keep the kids running for 1/2 hour. Normally it's done outside but last night, I was dismayed when I woke up to the sound of a torrential down pour. Sure enough, when I got to the school this morning, our field was completely under water. Therefore we had to move it inside. Not terribly awful but it meant that instead of running 2 grades at a time, we had to do each one separately which made for a very long day.
Basically I danced and cheered for 1/2 hour for each of the six grades. I was so tired by the end of the day, my calfs were cramping, not something that normally happens to me. It was so worth it though. The kids had a great time.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped out, showed up and supported us. Maybe next year we won't have an issue with our field being under water if we raised enough to pay for our track. YAY!!!!
This is Floyd's first favorite squeaky toy. Yes, it was at one point a Santa. He has loved it so well that it's difficult to discern that any more. We have noticed an amazing change in him over the past 6-9 months. He has recently started to play, really play. He's even played tug and fetch on a VERY limited basis.
These days, right around 8:00-8:30, he gets frisky. He will start to dance around either myself or KC until we engage him in some pretty hard core rough 'n; tumble play. He will run around in circles with his butt to the floor, jump up on the sofa or bed and turn in circles or dash under the bed. It's quiet the sight to behold.
Eventually, Floyd will run out of the room to get a drink of water. When he comes back, he has usually made a stop by his toy basket, tipped it over to retrieve a toy and as delicately as is possible for a Boston, select a particular toy to shake or play tug.
Today, he chose the Santa and left it in the middle of our bedroom floor when he became distracted with something else. He's such a funny little thing. I can't imagine my life without him any more.
For dinner tonight, Delaney had asked for chicken parmesan. It's not a particularly difficult meal to make but it does require more time than just popping something in the microwave. While Delaney was at her piano lesson, Macy and I went to Fresh Market to get the necessary ingredients. Mainly the chicken. Over the past few years, I've come to appreciate good quality chicken.
This recipe, in particular, benefits from quality chicken as it requires the breasts to be pounded flat. Tough chicken is the pits when it comes to pounding it. This, however, was so tender, Macy was able to pound it appropriately. It was the first time Macy had ever done it and she was so pleased with herself. The next step was dipping the chicken in the egg whites then the bread crumbs. Macy tried really hard to help with that but it required a more experienced hand to avoid a nasty mess so I had her butter the bread instead. Then she "made" the salad. We timed it just right. As KC and Delaney walked through the door, we had only a few minutes left on the timer.
The girls set the table and a few minutes later we all sat down at the table and enjoyed a fine family dinner. Days like this are pretty good.
Today was a close one. I was about to go to bed when I realized I hadn't taken a picture yet! I got up and ran to the kitchen to retrieve my camera. Then I had the chore of finding something worthy of a picture. I know I don't have any rules about the need for them to be significant but if I can help it, I'd rather not just press the shutter randomly and publish it. Admittedly, this was a little random but as I was wondering around the house to find a subject, this caught my eye. If you don't look at it too closely, it resembles alien eyes. It reminded me of the halloween costume Kathy and I made for Macy when she was two: Boo from Monsters Inc.
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