Sunday, February 28, 2016

14



Our favorite girl is 14 today!  We are so very proud of Grace and who she is and who she is becoming.  I'm so honored that I get to be a part of her journey.  Watching her grow, stretch and reach for things is such a treasure and I thank God for the gift of her.  Here's my annual list about Grace...


1.  She spends a lot of time in her room.  Not sulky, "I don't want to be with anyone time" (usually) but desk time and bed time (she loves to read in her cozy bed).

2.  She loves older people.  As in, a lot older.  Her older gentlemen pianist at ballet?  Thinks he's adorable.  Her teacher at school?  Thinks she's wise and wonderful.  Her Grandparents?  Thinks they can do no wrong.  I should have known this was a thing when she picked Angela Landsbury as her favorite actress all those years ago.

3.  She still wants to be an "adventure writer" when she grows up.  She loves to travel and going on an adventure makes her so happy.
 
4.  She loves and adores her cats.  Coco sleeps with her every single night.  She vehemently claims that she does not want us to get a dog, but I suspect she will be a sucker for a puppy.

5.  She is such a beautiful ballerina.

6.  Still is, and I suspect always will be, a Daddy's girl.  No one can even so much as hint at a flaw in her father without her defending him with all of her might.  She loves him with all of her being (and he responds exactly as you might expect :).

7. She's a very good baker, we all enjoy her treats!

8.  She has a strong moral compass and is still very much a rule follower.

10.  She's just good.  A good daughter, a good person, a good friend, a good sister....


P.S.  She also loves doughnuts, so I made her a small doughnut cake for our family celebration.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Frog Seal


Several years ago, my friend, Kristin, gave me a frog seal that is absolutely adorable.  However, I haven't used it much as I would like because I had a hard time with the wax that I had at the time.  I finally took the time to investigate waxes, and I found a wonderful wax that can be used in a hot glue gun and is flexible so that it can go through the post.


I love, love, love this seal.  It's just so charming and old school.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Colorado



A couple of weeks before we left for Utah, we decided to cut our trip a bit and hop over to Colorado to see Bryce's parents.  Marilyn has been battling an illness and we really wanted to visit with her.  We are so glad that we did!  We had less than 48 hours with them, but I believe it was balm for everyone, so it was well worth the effort.


We did lots of visiting around the table!  In addition, Al showed the children and I around the beautiful Glen Eyrie, where he has put in more than 6,000 volunteer hours, Harris got to do some woodworking, and Grace and Marilyn worked diligently putting together a puzzle.  It was food for the soul.







Monday, February 22, 2016

Utah



Last week, over President's Day, we made our way to Utah for some skiing!  A very generous colleague of Bryce's offered us his home in Utah as a home base and we couldn't refuse.  Turns out, their house is a true refuge and we had a really relaxing and lovely time while there.



It had been two years since we had been on skis and we I was nervous about our ability, but turns out I needn't have been worried; Grace was skiing black by the end of the first day!  She had a wonderful experience in that her ski lesson ended up being an all day private lesson since no one showed up for the group lesson.  She had a wonderful, older gentleman for an instructor who she absolutely adored!  She made huge progress!  I knew it wouldn't be long before she surpassed me in ability and this was the trip (I don't ski black unless it's by accident).


Harris decided to give up skiing and try snowboarding.  It was the right move for him as he liked it a lot better and was a bit of a natural.  On our second day out he was snowboarding down blues and asking why I was so slow.


The first day we were to ski, we woke up to heavy snow.  The drive to the ski resort was one of my most nerve wracking drives ever (we had rented a rather small car!) but Bryce didn't even place it in his top 10 scariest drives, so we were in good hands!


For both days that we skied, the top of the mountain was completely socked in and visibility was very low.  Grace's ski instructor told her she could tell people she had skied a black in zero visibility and the worst conditions possible :).  Our second day, Harris and I skied together in the morning and Bryce and Grace went off on more difficult terrain.  By the afternoon, we all skied together, which is what we've been waiting for for years to happen.  It was very fun and exciting to reach that point!







Thursday, February 11, 2016

Love Letters



Soon after Bryce and I started dating, we graduated from Young Harris College and I went on to the University of Georgia and he started at Iowa State*.  This meant that for many months we wrote letters back and forth to each other, all of which I've saved, along with love notes and cards that he's given me over the years.


These letters were gathered together and residing in my nightstand until I recently decided to showcase them.  I found a brass and glass box (at Target!) and bound the letters together with a beautiful vintage pink ribbon found at my favorite ribbon store in NYC.  I love having a constant reminder of those days of writing our thoughts and feelings down for each other, we should do it more often.

*he actually transferred to UGA after a semester

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Favorite Things #53



I've been using Mario Badescu's Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater this winter and have really loved it.  Whenever my face feels dry and parched, I just spritz some on and it feels better immediately.  I also use it to set my makeup in the morning.  As a bonus, its heavenly scent reminds us that spring is right around the corner!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Funniest Christmas Gift Request Ever from an 11 Year Old



I can't believe I never posted about this because it was one of my favorite Christmas memories and makes me laugh every single time I think about our Harris and his number one gift request for Christmas...  a new mattress!

While Harris' current mattress isn't exactly old, it's not a very good one and our boy is one who takes his sleeping and comfort very seriously!  Last spring, he had the opportunity to lie on a tempurpedic bed and it never once strayed from the #1 spot on his Christmas wish list!  So on Christmas morning he opened up his gift from us to find a gift certificate for a new mattress!  He has agreed to wait until we are in the new house to get it, but is very much looking forward to going and lying on a million beds to look for the perfect one!

P.S.  Grace made the gift certificate for us, isn't it cute?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Frog's Hollow


I would like to thank all of you who have reached out with your kinds words of congratulations and enthusiasm for our farm.  We are crazy excited about this next phase and can't wait to get started making it our home.  I was so nervous about making this sort of move, but now that we've done it, it feels really good and right for our family.


The original part of the house (a salt box) dates back to the mid to late 1700's with additions done in the early to mid 1800's.  The house has lots of quirks, and is far from perfect but it is ideal for us!   While we do have plans for some renovations,  it is a great, solid old house!  Almost everyone who has walked through has commented that it "feels good" and I would agree!  I tell everyone that I love the house and Bryce loves the land, but I think that we are already feeling that way about both! We feel incredibly blessed to be the next stewards of this house and property.  


The farm has five acres of field and the rest is wooded with the creeks running along either side.  It has a small guest cottage, which will be ideal for my in-laws to come and stay for longer periods and two small barns.  



One of the first questions I asked when we looked at the property was the name.  I was shocked to learn that there wasn't one, so of course, we have to name it!  We've tried out lots of names for the farm and, of course, all of them have included frog somewhere in it. We are a family that attaches itself to a theme!  We've tried out Frog's Leap (a wine), Four Frogs Farm (a mouthful?) and so far the one that has stuck is Frog's Hollow.  Perhaps the finding of this sign was fortuitous!  The farm is not actually in a hollow but we've decided to be okay with that.  



 
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