What a wonderful Christmas morning the Roof family had today. Katharine declared it Christmas morning at 5:30 and we were off and running from there. The kids were so thrilled with all there presents; Matthew spontaneously shouting "thank you" after each one. After the mad rush of getting ready for Christmas, a quiet day of togetherness is more than enough.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Katharine's day started with a few presents, her favorite being a Nintendo DSi from Nanna.
Then we drove to Columbia to see Grandmomma and Poppa, opening a few more gifts. Then we went to Yamatos for Japanese show cooking, which Katharine loved but Matthew had mixed feelings about. Mostly, Katharine loved that her cousin Morgan could join us.
I think she had a good day!
Friday, November 16, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I'm not really the kind of person that people are likely to describe as "Suzy Sunshine" or "bubbly" - I'm an introvert, always have been and probably always will be to some extent. I'm also not always the "cup is half full person". I like to think of myself as a realist rather than "negative" but the reality is that I can bogged down in the "what ifs" of life. Thus, gratitude is something I have to make a conscious effort to think about and practice. That being said, I'm doing my whole 30 days of gratitude right here, right now. Here we go:
1) My kids -- so obvious right? But let's face it, you grow another human inside your body, you loose all objectivity about the little creatures. I happen to think mine are too stinkin' cute, smart as pins, and funny as all get out. They test my patience everyday but I also marvel at their very existence everyday as well. They make me feel lucky, loved, and special just by being who they are.
2) My husband -- 10 years of marriage plus 5 years of dating and we're still going strong. We've grown together and become so many things together -- parents, homeowners, pet-owners (again and again), and (to some extent) grown-ups. We've moved, we've changed jobs, we've lost loved ones, we birthed babies but most importantly, through it all, we've loved and respected each other.
3) My Dad -- While we've never really celebrated it in the "daddy's little princess" kind of way, I've always been a daddy's girl. With the exception of a few rocky and hormonal years in my teens, we've always been a bit of kindred spirits -- being with him is easy and we seem to be at ease and in sync most of the time. He is my number one confidant, is always interested in what I'm doing, thinking, or feeling and always willing to help me think through a problem. And, most importantly, we laugh together -- we have a sense of humor that is unique to us and we never fail to crack each other up.
4) My Mom -- While it hasn't always been easy between us, we have grown into a relationship of mutual respect and inter-connectedness. She provides a safety net of love that helps me to feel that I'm not alone, won't end up homeless, or fall into the depths of despair without her trying to do everything she can to pick me back up.
5) My step-parents -- while one probably shouldn't be grateful for divorce (and this is not to say that I necessarily am) but I am grateful that my parents re-married to the people they did. While I lost iPop this year, both he and Jeanette were able and willing to provide things in the parental role that my biological parents didn't. I had the opportunity to have 4 parents and I will always feel blessed for that.
6) My in-laws -- I also got lucky in the in-law department and am grateful that the Roof clan immediately took me in and loved me as one of their own.
7) My education -- I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend not 4 years in college but 10, earning not one degree but three. I was fortunate to have the support of family and the mental fortitude and persistence to achieve (sometimes read, survive) all that work.
8) My house -- I love my little two-story yellow house and look at like a friend everyday as I drive away in the morning and pull up at night.
9) My church community -- I love the JIPC folks and all that they have brought to my life in the last few years.
10) The Sisterhood circle -- I love being surrounded by these wonderful women once a month and sharing and learning together.
11) My co-workers -- we're all pretty human but, overall, we make a pretty darn good team.
12) Employment -- While my job can be stressful and demanding and I can come home pretty grumpy, I am grateful to be employed, to have a decent salary, to have benefits and paid days off. And, while it doesn't always make me happy, I am grateful to be in a job that challenges me in ways I don't think I have fully grasped yet.
13) Our pets -- there is nothing like the unconditional love of a happy dog or cat!
14) Novels -- I love to read, it's like candy for me. And nothing is sweeter than a good trashy novel.
15) British TV -- Even the trashiest of shows is ok with me if the accents are British. Some of my favorites this year have been Downton Abby, Shameless, and Being Human.
16) Modern Family and Parks and Rec -- while the accents are American, they still crack me up.
17) Humor -- I love to laugh, to make people laugh, and to share in a joke.
18) Sweets -- I'm a sweet tooth: chocolate, cupcakes, pie... it's all good by me.
19) Carbs -- potatoes, pasta, pizza, bread...yumm
20) Melted cheese -- seriously, there is almost nothing better than melted cheese.
21) A fast metabolism -- see 18-20.
22) Good health -- this probably shouldn't follow 18-20 but I do feel blessed to have had two easy, healthy pregnancies (and babies) and no major health crises to date (knock on wood).
23) White egrets and blue herons -- I love looking at these beautiful birds.
24) Coastal living -- I'm a water girl and I'll never tire of seeing the coastline.
25) Being a Yankee -- while I've been in the south a long time, I'll always be proud of the Yankee upbringing I had and those chilly origins from which I came.
26) Laptops -- for allowing me to write this post from my bed.
27) Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, Birthdays -- there is nothing like holidays that involve presents, candy, hiding candy, or massive amounts of food.
28) Kittens -- there is nothing like kittens.
29) Online shopping -- love it! A working mom's dream.
30) Being able to come up with a list of gratitude this long (some might call it cramming, I call it a very good session of positivity).
Monday, November 12, 2012
On Saturday night, in the car on the way to Disney on Ice, Katharine's tooth popped right out in her hand! She was so surprised and excited, giggling and trying to study it in the dark car. The tooth fairy faithfully picked it up to deliver it to wherever the next destination will be!
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Manual labor never feels as good as when it is done to help someone else who needs it. Trust me, because I have done manual labor for minimum wage and I didn't enjoy it nearly as much.
Twice a year the CSU sociology club heads out to a small church on John's island to pack grocery bags for local folks who need it.
The kids help and we all have a blast. Tonight I was the counter, organizing the various orders heading out to different parts of Charleston. The time flew by as I made tidy rows of 6 and kept the fellas on track as they carried bag after bag to my various stations.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Or, maybe they are just two cats annoyed that their human did this to them. But, you have to get your giggles somehow!
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
This is a less than flattering picture of Matt and I on the ferris wheel -- Matt's first time on a ferris wheel. KK chose our first trip to the state fair to announce she is afraid of heights. Go figure. Between their small sizes and the no-heights business this narrowed our options down a bit. But, we took a couple trips through the fun house, played some games to win some prizes, and gobbled up some fair food. All in all a good time!
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Saturday, September 08, 2012
Today Katharine took her first riding lesson. After participating in horse camp this summer, Katharine enjoyed it so much she wanted to continue. She seems to love it and was thrilled to get to ride her favorite pony, Honey.
We are so happy to see Katharine take a interest in something new after dance fizzled out. She told me that she thinks this is her natural talent.
Friday, September 07, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
She said she wants to go again next year but is hoping she can have "a black, fuzzy helmet (instead of a hard one), those tights pants the girls wear (jodphurs), and some black boots".
I took horseback riding lessons for years as a kid so I am so excited that KK enjoyed this experience. We'll see what the future holds!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Last Christmas when we mailed our presents to Nanna down in the Keyes, we included the pink flamingo you see featured here. At the time, we had no idea my mom and "Rosie" would become such good pals. Nanna loves to send us pictures of all the fun things Rosie gets into. As you can see here, Rosie was out sailing today and has left the Keyes to spend the summer in Massachusetts. Who knows what she will be getting into next.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
I shall slip my moorings and sail away,
with no response to a friendly hail,
in the silent hush of the twilight pale,
when the night stoops down to embrace the day
and the voices call in the water's flow.
I shall slip my moorings and sail away
Through the purple shadows that darkly trail
O'er the ebbing tide of the unknown sea,
and a ripple of waters to tell the tale
of a lonely voyager, sailing away
to mystic isles, where at anchor lay
the craft of those who have sailed before
o'er the unknown sea to the unknown shore.
will miss my craft from the busy bay;
some friendly barques that were anchored near,
some loving souls that my heart held dear,
in silent sorrow will drop a tear;
but I shall have peacefully furled my sail
in mooring sheltered from storm and gale
and greet the friends who have sailed before
o'er the unknown sea to the unknown shore.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
We celebrated with our third annual (and perhaps final) recital. KK was a little star and her daddy loved watching her dance (as did mom, matt, grandmomma, poppa, yeya, olga, and nela). What in the world will we do to keep ourselves busy next father's day?