Archive for April, 2012

30 April 2012 Kili and Sam

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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.

29 April 2012 On the Road Home

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Lynchburg, VA

28 April 2012 Ruby Falls

Monday, April 30th, 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 […]

27 April 2012 Dobbins Family Reunion

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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.

26 April 2012 Abingdon, VA

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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.

25 April 2012 Cooking

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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 […]

24 April 2012 Offer Accepted

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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 […]

23 April 2012 In the Mail Today

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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 […]

22 April 2012 Laser Testing in the Rain

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

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.

21 April 2012 Watching Uno Play in the Rain

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

20 April 2012 Dumpster Diving Downtown

Friday, April 20th, 2012

19 April 2012 Heel Pass

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Coach West and Sam demonstrate the heel pass (passing backward) to the football skills class.

18 April 2012 Lettuce

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

We ate a salad of homegrown lettuce this evening (Sam made the salad). It was yum.

17 April 2012 Happy Birthday, AC!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

16 April 2012 5 Cent Cone Day

Monday, April 16th, 2012

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.

15 April 2012 Drop Everything and Read Redux

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

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.

14 April 2012 Open Treehouse

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

“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.”

13 April 2012 Fan Mountain Observatory

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

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 […]

12 April 2012 Drop Everything And Read Day

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Sam didn’t need much convincing to participate immediately in Drop Everything and Read Day.

11 April 2012 Scarecrow Head

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Never mind that there are no crows to scare away from our garden. Sam insisted that she needed to make a scarecrow head TODAY.