Sam is going to miss Kili, the cat next door. We learned today that he is going to be spending the summer on some rural retreat in the mountains of Virginia. That is, unless he convinces his owner that he really belongs to us, which he sure does seem to believe.
Archive for April, 2012
Natural waterfall inside Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga. We descended an elevator 260 feet into the mountain and then followed a series of tunnels even further underground to see the falls. Overall we descended about 1000 feet underground. It was pretty cool. However, I could have done without the dramatic music they played as a soundtrack […]
Dobbins Family reunion on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. None of the family actually lives in Tennessee. It was just a convenient–and interesting–destination. Folks came from Florida, Ohio, Washington state, Texas, Illinois and Virginia.
On the road to a family reunion in Chattanooga, TN. We stopped overnight in Abingdon. I no longer recall why Sam made that face. Maybe because I told her she couldn’t climb on the antique buggy.
Sam’s latest obsession is cooking. She invents recipes, plans restaurants and pours over cookbooks checked out from the library. Kids cookbooks. No Mastering the Art of French Cooking for Sam… yet (thank goodness). This evening she wanted to make an appetizer for dinner. She chose a recipe called “Cowgirl lunch” from Great Girl Food and […]
We received a verbal acceptance of our offer to buy a house (the one with the backyard that Sam wants to live in) today! The above photo is a shot of the addendum we included with the written offer. As we were driving away from the house last weekend, Sam said, “I want to help […]
The May/June issue of Calliope with my article, “Condemned for Heresy,” in the lead position! Calliope is a world history magazine for ages 9-14. This is my first time writing for them (and hopefully not my last). “Condemned for Heresy” tells the story of Jan Hus, a Czech priest, who was executed by the Church […]
AC sets the laser up on top of a portable basketball hoop (pretty ingenious, I think). Then Sam and I ran under it in the rain. It caught us every time.
Coach West and Sam demonstrate the heel pass (passing backward) to the football skills class.
We ate a salad of homegrown lettuce this evening (Sam made the salad). It was yum.
Sam treated us to frozen custard at Kohr Brothers today. It was 5 Cent Cone Day and she paid the cashier a quarter, just so she could get change back.
I took this picture after AC’s soccer game and on my way out the door to my writing group meeting. Their plan was to do this all afternoon.
“I HATE looking at houses!” Sam was not happy when we announced that we were going to visit two homes for sale. Then she entered the backyard of the first house and started to scale trees. I was examining the kitchen when she came back inside and declared, “Mommy, I could just live outside here.”
Once again we failed to look through the giant telescope at Fan Mountain Observatory (we goofed and arrived too late), but we did hear a fascinating outdoor presentation on the constellations and got to look through some smaller telescopes, offered by a group of amateur astronomers. We also learned that this year is the last […]
Sam didn’t need much convincing to participate immediately in Drop Everything and Read Day.
Never mind that there are no crows to scare away from our garden. Sam insisted that she needed to make a scarecrow head TODAY.