“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ― Dr. SeussThe Lorax

While John and the boys were camping this weekend, Gracie and I took advantage of the quiet time and rented a movie.  It was her treat to choose dinner, pizza of course, and the movie.  She chose “The Lorax”.  Can I tell you that I enjoyed the movie very much?  I really did.  The quote above was shown on the screen towards the end of the movie, and of course can be found in the book by none other than Dr. Seuss.   Gracie enjoyed the movie so much she asked the boys to watch it with her when they arrived home.  It was a hit all the way around.  And the quote above, what more can I say about it?  I love it.  Dr. Seuss certainly had a way with words and his quotes have so much meaning, as well as application for all generations.

As I was contemplating which image to post this evening this tree came to mind in light of having watched “The Lorax”.  We were in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina recently and the trees with the Spanish Moss hanging from them reminded me of Dr. Seuss trees.  With that said, I thought it appropriate to post an image of one of the  trees with Spanish Moss.

It is not an award winning image by any many means, but I liked the contrast in the lighting and it reminded me of Dr. Seuss.

Sunday, Happy Sunday

Another super Sunday worth writing about.  Sam’s lacrosse team played their final two games for the summer season today.  Let’s just say that it would have been better to end the season yesterday with the three wins that put us in the number 1 seed versus ending on the two game loss record of today.  But, overall it was a decent season and Sam had fun.  He played well and is improving on his footwork so we can’t complain – just have to figure out ways to motivate him to keep working hard and improving his speed.

The weather couldn’t have been better, not too hot, and absolutely perfect when the sun hid behind the clouds.  After spending the day at the fields, we came home to relax by the pool and enjoy dinner on the porch.  With all of that said, I am posting images from a couple of Sam’s games, an image of one of our purple petunias  noticed at dinner, and an image of Gracie after she accidentally picked a petunia when we were deadheading the plant.

Please note that I don’t love Josh any less than Grace and Sam.  He simply isn’t home from camp yet.  He’s off having a fabulous time with friends and playing the game he loves best.

Enjoy and have a terrific week!

Going for the shot.

The pass.

My little man.

Catching a pass. Notice the ball in the air.

A petunia in the evening sun.

Dancing in the sunset.













Oh What a Day!

What a crazy, but wonderful day!  Joshua’s B1 lacrosse team won the league championship in a shut out game today!  He had a great game as did all of his teammates.  I was only able to witness three quarters of the game, but what I saw put them at a 10-0 lead and I knew I could leave knowing it was going to be a win.  The reason I had to leave early was to get Gracie to her dance recital.  She was fabulous – no stage fright in her!  She smiled the entire time on stage and just beamed with joy when Joshua gave her the bouquet of flowers at the end of the recital.  John and Sammy were able to watch Gracie dance, but then had to leave to make it to Sam’s lacrosse match.  He too had a great game and his team won 9-4 to end the season with a winning record.  From all of the fun, I went to a photo shoot just in time for it to storm…needless to say, we rescheduled!  Tonight’s images are of Gracie.   Even though the boys had big days too, this day was really suppose to be about Gracie and her recital so she gets the stage again tonight.  She loves when she’s featured on the blog!

The Costumes

My Baby Girl

Friends on Stage and Off

The Nervous Smile as She Waits Back Stage



Easter Egg Fun

Happy Easter!

I hope you have all had a joyous day celebrating Easter – the holiday, the gift of grace that it affords us through Christ’s resurection, and family.  We’ve had the joy of having family visiting and creating memories with the kids.  Yeah for grandparents!

Several years ago I found this recipe for decorating Easter eggs in a “Family Fun” magazine.  For creative and fun family activities check out:  http://familyfun.go.com/.  For an easy, relatively mess-free Easter egg decorating activity see below.

Ingredients Needed: white vinegar, food coloring, quantity of hard boiled eggs you wish to color.

Have Grandma rinse the eggs with vinegar. Note: We do this activity in the kitchen sink to avoid mess/stains.

Have the kids take turns dribbling the food coloring onto eggs - you can use lines, drops, dots, patterns, or whatever design you wish to create. Just keep in mind the color spreads.

After applying the food coloring onto the eggs rinse them in cold water. Watch the colors fade to pretty Easter pastels. For more vibrant colors, leave the food coloring on the eggs for a longer amount of time. We usually rinse them soon after applying the food coloring, but every now and then, we leave the color on longer and have more vibrant colored eggs.

To dry - rest the eggs on the egg cartons.

Display the colorful eggs in Grandma's antique dish and use them for your Easter centerpiece or an "any place" decoration.