Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Our life feels "currently under construction". 
 We are on the edge of a lot of changes around here. Most of them good. 

The garden and greenhouse are popping with newness. The school year is coming to an end which means the date Boo's half brother will leave for the summer is rapidly approaching. Summer will also bring a new gym schedule. Then there is Boo's papa who is getting closer and closer to being able to start the project of a lifetime: building a straw bale house. Unfortunately the local is 5 hours out of town which means Boo and I will be holding down the farm this summer on our own.  That in and of itself will be a huge adventure!

As for me, I have signed up for my own balancing act at the gym.  On top of working in the Pro Shop I have taken on some shifts working the business side of the desk. Despite my best efforts I am officially part time employed. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

raising the bar

This is Boo when she popped into see her mom in the ProShop for a little clean-up on aisle 6. She says she has no idea when or how it happened. Turns out she bled all over the beam too but it wasn't noticed until the next team took the rotation. Luckily it was coach K who mopped it up.When I told her it was from Boo she said, "That kid nearly gave me a heart attack. I saw her standing on beam then I turned away and when I looked back she threw a back tuck. It scared me to death."  
Big coach D said, "A level 6 doing a back tuck [on high beam]. Impressive, very impressive." It's nice to hear her praised for her hard work but as a mom I think I more enjoy seeing the support given to her that got her up to the high beam. Thanks coach Wendy and teamie Gabby (and the moms from the mom bench).

reading now: Me and the Pumpkin Queen

Mildred is a very focused eleven-year-old. Very focused on giant pumpkins. She’s growing the giants in memory of her mother, who never got a chance to enter the Circleville, Ohio, Pumpkin Show weigh-off herself. After four disastrous growing seasons, Mildred is hoping to finally have a flawless pumpkin to enter in the contest. As long as busybody Aunt Arlene doesn’t interfere too much…and Daddy doesn’t need too much help at his veterinary practice…and her best friend Jacob can pitch in with some last-minute help…and the dogs don’t trample the seedlings…and the weather cooperates. ~Marlane Kennedy~

Honors and Awards: 
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • BookPage Notable Book
  • Book Sense Pick
  • Master list 2009 Kentucky Bluegrass Book Award
  • Master list 2010 Oklahoma Children’s Sequoyah Book Award
  • Master list 2010 Florida Sunshine State Young Reader Award
  • Master list 2010 South Carolina Children’s Book Award
  • Master list 2011 Utah Beehive Book Award

Sunday, April 20, 2014

day tripping to meadow hot springs

cracking the egg

I was trying to get a "good" shot of all the cousins on the trampoline together at the annual Brown Family Easter Egg hunt.
Does a little cousin need help?
Nope, she says she's fine. 
Turns out it's all good <3