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Brasstown Valley back again

14 Jun

We said we’d be back, and this time we brought friends!  Hello again, Brasstown Valley!


We took time to feed the horses…



And of course time for each other…


Plus a little time for some S’mores!


The most fun part was the riding:


Even AC loved it!



And for those who didn’t love the riding, the sitting was pretty fun too.


Brasstown Valley, you did not disappoint!  We will be back again!

Another Gold Medal

15 May

Today was the culmination of a year of bragging rights for Gold Medal Husband.

Because of his busy work schedule he doesn’t get a lot of guy time with his friends.  Usually it comes in the form of weekend trips away, like the annual turkey hinting trip he’s been on for the past 20 years.  About three years ago, his buddies implemented a golf tournament.  They call it the “Woody,” named after the organizer of the tournament.  GMH loves to play golf — in fact, he’s pretty good at it — but he rarely has time to pick up his sticks anymore.  He was really just going out to have fun.

It seems he had more than fun at the Woody that year.  He came home with enough cash winnings to buy us a flat screen TV!  Awesome.

Soon after, he played in a local charity tournament, for our hospital.  He was paired with an amateur who was playing for pro status the following week.  Guess what?  They won.  This time, being a charity tournament and all, he won a crystal bowl…and bragging rights. He was happy to take the bragging rights!

The past couple of years he’s played in the same two tournaments, again with little practice time.  This time it showed: he came in dead last (AKA Wee Willie) at the Woody and not-so-great at the charity tournament.  Ah, well, you can’t win ’em all, right?  Well.  I don’t play games with GMH.  He has loads and loads of lovely qualities, but you see, playing games is not one of them.  I don’t even play Uno or Monopoly with him for fear that he will cheat to win.  So the whole “just play for fun” strategy was not getting it with him.  So he tried a different tactic:  bragging.  Without the rights.  He has bragged and trash-talked and cocked all over town in a cumulative fashion for the entire past year about how he is going to win the 2011 tournaments.  He has “prepped” by playing every weekend for the past two months.    And the whole. world. has. heard. about. it.

The charity tournament weekend has finally arrived. He’s been so arrogant he’s been downright hard to live with. Really it’s all been just jokes and mostly ribbing (with a lot of eye-rolling thrown in on my end).

He had a great time.
He didn’t win the tournament.
But he did win the chipping contest.
And the prize was….
a brand new car!
My husband won a car today.
When is the Woody again???




A panoply of fun

26 Apr

April 2010

One of our faves…Panoply!  We love doing fun family events like this, where everyone has a fun time.

We created tile squares…

strung beaded bracelets…

Got henna tattoos…

stood on the tables to paint doors and windows…

Got faces painted…


It was windy but a beautiful day!

Especially nice for ice cream.

Fun for all.

The Preschool Years

20 Apr

May 2008

One of our favorite family traditions is Jam Jam day.  We love to stay in our jamjams all day long.  Usually this is also accompanied by eating breakfast for dinner (and sometimes, if we are really feeling crazy, eating dinner for breakfast).  Generally a fort is constructed at some point during the day as well.  It’s a lovely break from the usual routine!

The Preschool Years: Beach

19 Apr

May 2007

Mothers Day–our first trip to the beach!  Everyone enjoyed it!  The sand was fun. The water was fun.  J3 made tracks for his trucks in the sand.  Boo splashed in a bucket of water.  We never even went to the pool because everyone had fun on the beach.

The Preschool Years: Snake!

18 Apr


September 2006

This was an interesting trip to our friends’ lakehouse for Labor Day.  J3 rode on a seadoo for the first time and everyone went on a boat ride.  We had a really fun time.  But the most interesting thing that happened was seeing a snake in the water by the dock.  J3 was fascinated.  Soon after this trip he gained his first imaginary friend, named “Snake.”  Snake went with us everywhere we went.  Later Snake had other friends but he was always the main Imaginary.  I think he may have been inspired by this Labor Day respite to the lake.

25 Things

6 Jun
Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you.

1. I very much believe in God. He speaks to me very clearly and I listen. This is #1 because it is really the one thing that sets the tone for everything in my life, even if that is not obvious to everyone else.
2. My husband is really special. Any elaboration to this statement would completely dilute the magnitude of its meaning, but suffice it to say that he is really, really special in the deepest sense of that word.
3. I love my children so much it can make me cry just thinking about it. I really enjoy being a mom. ♥
4. I really, really like to read. But I don’t like series books after the first one. I also like to look things up.
5. I am without a doubt the pickiest eater you know. But if you ever want to do an act of kindness for me, cook me dinner (I don’t care what you cook) or take me out to eat (please, you choose the restaurant). I’ll thoroughly enjoy anything in front of me if I don’t have to make it happen.
6. Contrary to popular belief I have a terrible memory. And I am not very organized.
7. I am very opinionated, and I do not mind one bit if we have differing opinions.
8. I don’t like to be surprised.
9. I missed as many classes of high school as they would allow me to miss and still graduate. Same thing in college. But I graduated from both with a 3.5 gpa. I still studied a lot (on my own).
10. The most famous person I have met is Katie Couric. She held Joseph when he was 10 months old and took him on camera to announce a commercial break.
11. I am not a morning person. If you talk to me before 9:30 am there is no telling what nonsense my reply might be.
12. I have a minor in geology. I am also a medievalist. I have taught British literature (Anglo-Saxon through Renaissance) at both high school and college levels. I have also contributed to writing a college textbook on professional writing.
13. I love having overnight company, entertaining at my house, giving people gifts, and writing handwritten notes to people.
14. I do not watch tv. I could completely live without it and never even miss it. Just because it is here, I watch the Today Show on occasion and I will sometimes watch a series of a show (The Bachelor or some other silly show like that) but once it’s over, I don’t necessarily watch the next series.
15. I am horrible at math. And driving.
16. I am a pretty good cook, but I cannot even bake slice and bake cookies.
17. I don’t just look at the best of things. In fact I am pretty critical. The more I pick something apart, the more likely I am to love it that much more.
18. Growing up, most people knew me as Birdie. I was also called a host of other Byrd-related names, such as Byrd-woman, Byrd-legs, just plain Byrd, and “Just an old Crow.”
19. I’ve never broken a bone. But once I fell and bruised my elbow so bad I had to wear a cast for a week. This happened approximately an hour before a wedding rehearsal. I was the maid of honor. With a freshly made cast.
20. I don’t like “diet” anything. Give me a real Coke, please!
21. I received a letter from President Bush in 2007 when I was awarded a Point of Light Award.
22. I sneezed when I was born and I have been sneezing ever since. Which is why my eyes are always so red.
23. I came home from the first day of first grade with a migraine. I have had migraines ever since. And always on the first day of school, whether as a student or the teacher.
24. On any given day you can find me in one of three places: church, Target, or the hospital. I frequent these locations 3 times a week each at a bare minimum.
25. Throughout each season of my life thus far, I have been really blessed to have had a very diverse group of great friends, each of which has made a profound influence on me. Thank you for being one of them!

Whew. I never really do these things. I can’t believe I did this one. I guess it’s because I really enjoy reading them about other people. A lot more than I enjoyed making my own. ☺ I challenge you to do one, and link us to yours!

Family Friday: Are you Listening?

5 Jun

We’ve sort of had a family fallout this week.  Nothing major going on; it’s just been a stressful week in our house and none of us deal really well with stress.  I really want to endeavor to teach my children to handle things better than I do, in all situations, really.  My husband and I have done some thinking about this lately and we’ve identified some ways we can improve on communicating as a family so that maybe we can model better strategies for our children. We really tried to target some specific behaviors that we want to change (or implement) to tweak our attitudes, for the sake of our own emotional well-being and for the sake of modeling them for our kids.

On a different but related note, my friend posted this link on Facebook today, and it’s a great example of one of the things we want to model at home.  What about you?  Do you have any moments of introspection or attitude adjustments you can share?

Proverbs 12:15: The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.

Must Try Monday: Manage your home!

25 May
I found this over on Simple Mom’s blog:  Home Management Notebooks.  I have a more administrative version of this in our home, but this week I’m committing to upgrading to a true management style like hers.  Love her ideas!


Because today is a holiday, it’s possible I might be trying this all week long, perfecting it around Thursday or Friday!  😉

 Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
1 Corinthians 14:40

Mothers Day Off

10 May

One day I’ll figure out how to upload a scanned image, but until then, here is a transcription of my favorite mothers day present EVER:

I have the best mom EVER (by J3):

My mom is  36   years old.

My mom is  very   tall.

My mom has  brown   hair.

My mom has _brown  eyes.

My mom’s favorite color is _pink and black_.

My mom’s favorite food is   coke  .

My mom smiles when  I do something cool for her.

My mom likes to go fun places with us

(Oh, but the Lord is merciful….)

…and not doing a THING all day was pretty nice too!  Thanks, dad, for doing all the duties today! 

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