Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Homecoming 2016

Lily is a member of the SCA Executive Board at her high school. Being a member entails quite a bit of extra work, but it's also a great way for her to get involved in her new school. 

This past weekend was their homecoming. The SCA was a part of the float building, hallway decorating, and all preparations for the game and the dance. It made for a very busy week. 

On Friday night, we all went to the football game. Her high school happens to be the school that I graduated from in the 80s. So, it was fun to be back at the football stadium, but this time from Lily's perspective. And, it was extra fun to see the team beat their biggest rival 28-7. 

On Saturday, Lily helped decorate for the dance in the morning and attended the homecoming dance later in the night. 

The theme was black and white and she just happened to have the perfect dress for the occasion. There was some trepidation about going to a dance without knowing many people, but I was proud of her strength and positive attitude. 

Each time I watch her stretch her wings and try new things successfully, I am so happy for her. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Some iPhone Photos

I'm finding that more and more my photos are being taken with my iPhone. So, I'm posting a variety of those pictures here, as well as, a couple videos.

Fynley growling at the dog on tv.

Fynley at the vet weighing in at 6.3 pounds

At the end of the summer, we went along with John on a work trip to Richmond. He left us at the mall while he was busy with meetings. We had a nice leisurely day.

The girls and Fynley posing for me

On Lily's first day of her junior year, I taped her driving out of the driveway on her way to school.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Wow it has been awhile since I blogged. Our every day life is keeping me busy. I guess that's my only excuse.

Fynley had a chance to visit the beach for the first time last week. She loved running on the beach but she wasn't too sure about the water. So glad we are able to take her to the beach. 

Shelly and Fynley on the porch. 

Shelly preparing for her walk to school. Such a cool thing that we are close enough for her to walk to school every day. 

We went to Trader Joe's for our pumpkins. They have so many great looking pumpkins and terrific prices, too. We decorated the front of the house with our dozen pumpkins. Happy to see Fall around the house even though it's still a bit warm outside. 

We have owned this house for one year. Hard to believe. The girls and I didn't move into the house, permanently, until January. But, John started living here in October and we made several visits in November and December. 

Fynley is super fun. She is a total lap dog and I love it!!!

Another day of walking to school for Shelly. Here she is waiting on the corner of our court for her friend.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Great Teenagers Are All Around Us

I just want to document this story because I never want to forget the kindness of several teenagers in Lily's life.

Lily started her first day as a junior at a new school on September 6th. When she headed out the door that morning I was impressed with her poise and calm spirit. She was going to a building with approximately 800 more students than she was with in North Carolina. Lily didn't convey many fears about this new experience but I kept thinking about what she would do at lunch. 

Lily headed for lunch on her first day at school and knew no one in that lunch block. With confidence and I;m sure a little apprehension, she approached a group of girls and asked if they would mind if she joined them for lunch. She explained that she was new and didn't know anyone. They said sure and were all willing to share their lunches with her when they found out she hadn't brought lunch that day. One of the girls got up to go to the lunch line and as she walked away from the table she asked Lily if she was allergic to anything. Lily said no. When they girl returned, she brought back a chicken salad for Lily. Yes, really!!!

Now, when Lily came home from her first day at her new school and relayed this story to me, I was overwhelmed. I think I even asked her to pause for a minute so I could compose myself. As a mom, my heart was so incredibly thankful for the kindness of a stranger.  A teenager who went out of her way to make another teenager feel good and included. 

When I retell this story I'm amazed at the number of people who have said, "oh my goodness, I would never have had the nerve to approach a group of girls like Lily did". I agree. I know that I would have been too shy to do something like that. And, I'm also happy to be able to tell adults that my daughter goes to a high school where people are kind and they make others feel good. And, yes there are some really great teenagers out there. In fact, I think there are more good teenagers than there are the bad ones who we hear about most often.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Baby Fynley

I ran across some sweet pictures of Fynley the other day. These were taken right after she came to live with us. 

It's difficult to capture a little black dog in photos. She was so tiny then.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

White Heron

We have this beautiful white heron who lives near the water behind our house. I was able to snap a few pictures of her the other day.

Friday, September 09, 2016

8th Annual Back to School Tea

Each year the girls and I have a Back to School Tea. We talk about their day and listen to each other's highs and lows. It's a great way for them to unwind and always something they look forward to at the start of the school year.

This year I went to my favorite local bakery and picked up goodies for them there. Plaza Bakery has the best petit fours and the girls agreed, they are delicious.


Preparing the table

Tasty treats

A Lilly gift for Lily

A gift for Shelly from one of our favorite gift shops

Happy girls after their first day