Monday, January 31, 2011

Church Shopping

Sunday was our explore-on-our-own day in our new area. Since we had all day free, (Realtor was scheduled for Monday morning,) we decided to try out a church. Which one was an easy choice: the church who made the movies "Fireproof" & "Facing the Giants" is right there, and one of the brothers who authored "The Love Dare" was preaching that morning! This was pretty cool for us - we Netflixed "Facing the Giants" two years ago, thinking it was just a football movie & were so pleasantly surprised. Cheesy, but one I can't wait to show Will. Then we went through "The Love Dare" with our beloved Naperville church, and it was one of the most reinvigorating things we've ever done for our marriage. It was so special to me to get to try this church, who had already touched us years before.

The sermon (on prayer) was wonderful! It was surprisingly comfortable & friendly for a "megachurch" (it's a relatively "small" one w/ 2,000 members; but I've never been big on the mega idea before,) and it would be amazing to get to be involved there when their latest movie comes out this Sept. My only reservation was the music: the congregation sang TWO songs. That's it. And there were only 4 total. If I can definitely get on Praise Team there, great; but I'm not sure what that selection process is with such a big church, and truly, I don't know if I can deal with that little singing. We'll see. This church shopping thing is just so new to me; we've never had to before, always getting instantly plugged in with MOPS. It's a new season for us in so many ways!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Plan & Playroom Purge

The moving company rep is here right now doing his assessment (how much stuff do we have? how many boxes will they need & how big of a truck?) and our house-hunting trip is set. This will be the very first time both JB & I have ever left the kids for more than one night in a row together, (we're not psycho attached parents; we have just been very into spending JB's scarce free time together as a family) and I am so thankful that they'll be staying with my BFF. (Pray for her health; she & one of her sons have bad colds; they need to be better ASAP!) When we fly down, JB will stay there & start work; I'll fly back up, get the kids, and go on with life here until the movers can come move us out. Then we'll all fly down & start a new chapter of our lives! I cannot tell you how thankful I am that his new company is providing all these flights, so that we don't have to make the 900-mile drive!!!

The kids are really excited! ...Which I'm *totally* happy about, but just a little surprised. When we prepped to leave our Chicago suburb last year, they were bawling messes, wailing about not wanting to leave everything there. (Naperville really is an amazing place, but still...) Maybe it's just b/c the moves are so close together, and they don't feel as attached, yet? Also, we've moved away from our BFFs here before, and they know we'll see them again, so... I don't know, but whatever the case, THEY came to me, saying that they "should really clean up the playroom to get ready for the movers." Usually when we find out we're moving, it's so fast that we don't bother pre-purging too much, since we don't pack or move it ourselves; we wait & purge more as we unpack. But I was ALL OVER this idea!

I channeled my BFF who just did her own big toy purge (I was jealous of her motivation, of which I could find zero for myself, until yesterday :-P) and made brutal cuts. I am so bad about holding onto broken things, thinking we'll fix them, and toys that are too young for my kids, even though they still occasionally touch them. (This is my über-cheapness.) Not yesterday! We threw out EVERYTHING that had missing pieces or broken parts. For those of y'all who really know me, this is shocking. Even presents they recently got, if they were already virtually destroyed or missing pieces? Trashed. I am putting out the notice right now: DO NOT BY ANY PRESENTS WITH PARTS FOR MY CHILDREN! I'm not joking. Until they prove that they're responsible enough not to break or lose all this stuff, what is the point? Don't waste your money! Buy them experiences - zoo, museum, or fun park passes, fancy hair-do's for Sis, meals at their fave places, sports & dance stuff - or completely self-contained things. Just no pieces. I implore you not to waste your hard-earned dollars on their irresponsibility.

We filled two giant contractor bags with trash and then one more with donations. I want to just sit on the floor in there now and look around, smiling.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Splash Village & Winter Attack

So we got our Realtor lined up, now what next? Overnight trip to a big splashpark hotel, of course! Isn't that what everyone does in the middle of moving plans? :-P Seriously, we got a gift voucher for Christmas as an awesome winter escape before we knew we were getting out of snow jail for good. :-P This was the last weekend we could use it up here as a family of 4, so we went on!
Annelise is my girl - she wanted to spend the entire time in the hot tub! ;-) It was a really nice place, and it reminded me SO MUCH of this fun swim complex called Atoll Espelkamp (oh, memories! they have a website!!!) that we used to go to when I lived in northern Germany with a host family, (before I went on to Universität in Würzburg further south.) ♥

In other anti-winter news, my friend Liz alerted me to this very important ad. I may only have a few more weeks in snow jail, but my parole does NOT diminish my fervent agreement with this powerful piece of truth:


Every time my van wheels slip & spin beneath me, I think, "Just a few more weeks..."

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Insta-Support

How amazing is it to see how God has been working on your behalf towards something for years?! I've been on FB for just over two years. (I joined right before we moved to Chicago.) While I posted through that move, an old friend from growing up (middle & high school) experienced her first husband's-job-driven move out of our hometown. We hadn't even thought about each other's existence in 13 solid years before this, but we really reconnected over this moving business. I remember sitting in CiCi's Pizza offering my advice & support. :-P We moved, again, here just over a year later; now she offered me support. Last fall, her husband got another job that moved them, again. This was a HUGE deal for her, b/c they were moving 7 hours away from our hometown, instead of the 4 that they had been. "Only" 7 hours sounded dreamy to me (used to 13 & 11 hour drives) :-D and it was really cool to follow along with her latest move. We'd both done a lot of growing in just a year & a half!

Not two weeks after they moved this last October, JB applied for a great job opening...that would have moved us to the SAME tiny deep South town to which she had just moved. :-O I was *floored* that I would actually know someone, if it panned out. The search to fill that job opening was put on hold by that company for a few months, so I just let it go. "Oh, well. Would have been nice..."

Enter the phone call last month that kicked this interview process back into gear, and now here we are: actually moving to my hometown girlfriend's current same little town! Talk about God's provision! (And how He can use FB to be such a blessing!) The hindsight is just so amazing. We don't always get a clear view, but when we *can* look back and see how God connected our dots to prep us for His future? How can you not shout praise?!

Friday, January 21, 2011

"You Must Be So Busy!"

Yeah, not really. We'll be moving in the next few weeks, and if we had to pack our own house or get it show-worthy to sell? Of course - I would be out-of-my-mind stressed & overloaded. But we purposely rented, b/c we knew we wouldn't stay here for years, and since our relocation package provides for movers, there's really not much for me to do right now. (By contract, the movers have to pack everything themselves, with no help from us. I'm soooo good with that. ;-))

With all of our previous moves, (this is #7 in 11 years!) I've whipped instantly into action online, searching realtor.com for homes. The area we're moving to is the smallest town I've lived in since my hometown, so they literally have zero rental homes listed. Both of my parents are real estate agents, so I got their sound advice not to worry, b/c it costs money to list on there, and most small-town rentals don't bother. Good news for my hope outlook, but frustrating that I truly have to wait until we get our new company-designated relocation realtor to figure out where we actually have the option of living.

What I *have* been able to do:

I have already scoped out Annelise's new Montessori, (which actually goes up through 3rd grade, providing a nice failsafe for Will, if we find the public schools not up to snuff,) along with all of the "basic" ;-) shopping places for me: Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Publix, Wal-mart, Sam's, Target, Hobby Lobby, & the local mall. (There's no Costco or Trader Joe's, but I'll take a cooler & stock up on my staples there whenever we go to Atlanta or home to Charlotte.) I've also checked out my new Junior League chapter there. I think it will be nice to finally be in a smaller-sized JL, instead of my past two, which have each covered around 4 counties at once, so the work & meetings were so spread out & often far away.

Another thing I immediately research online with each move are activities. There is a super cute zoo park down there that, even though it's small, has our ultimate favorite big zoo "must-see's" - alligators, reptile house, rhinos, cheetahs, meerkats, & lemurs! (And they even have a little train!) There's also a "RiverQuarium" (an aquarium focusing on local river life) that has tons of children's activities. Sports-wise, t-ball starts SOON! End of Feb or first of March, depending on which league he plays for, (which depends on where we live, which we have no idea, yet. A bit nerve-wracking, b/c registration was Sunday, and I don't want him to miss out! Pray for favor, that God will work it out so he can register late & still play!)

I haven't, yet, really settled on a "front runner" dance studio/gym to look into for Annelise, but I did find out that there are several area Zumba classes. :-) When it comes to church, we've had a really easy time, not having to "church shop" whatsoever in the last 5 years, by attending & instantly connecting with whichever church hosted the MOPS group I joined. This time might be different - there's only one MOPS group in the whole area, and while that's fine, I may use this as an opportunity to "age out". (It's for moms of kids from birth-Kindy; I could do one more year with Sis in K next year, but this might be easy to wean myself away. I think it's almost time; I don't really have the same support needs, anymore, as moms going through potty training, sleeping through the night, preschool choices, etc.) Now, instead of looking for MOPS, I'm looking for a church with a Praise Team that I could join & sing on, (which is a complete 180° from the traditional-only service style we used to look for! God has really done some major changing in us in these last 5 years! :-))

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jehovah Jireh: GEORGIA!

Y'all!!! We're MOVING HOME to the South!!! Five years (almost to the day - we found out we had to leave GA for MI January 20, 2006) of fervent prayer have been answered! I am so thankful - not only that we get to go, but that we made it and grew through the lessons God had for us during this last season of our lives up here. The most important thing that I've learned has been:

God is more interested in changing me than my circumstances.

And *not* that I don't still work on that every.single.day, but wow - to think of how far I've come...

I am thrilled to get back to my home culture, to get AWAY FROM NORTHERN WINTERS & copious amounts of snow, (talk about being delivered after our scary December!) I am so excited to have a regular contemporary Christian music radio station, Chick-fil-A, & Publix, again. I am over the moon that Will's spring baseball season will start end of Feb/first of March, b/c yes, it actually IS warm enough then to play outside! I can't wait to get my next issue of Southern Living...and not want to burst into tears reading the Southern travel & style sections.

I am especially grateful for the way God made these 8 months here after our last move so unexpectedly rich. I feel like I got a "MI do-over" and made the best of it! This neighborhood, our church, the close support of my in-laws, Will's 1st elementary school, Annelise's dance/gym - all huge blessings! I'm happy that my original MOPS group was here to reembrace me and that I got to join the Praise Team at our church here this time, which filled me up like nothing else. I love that we've been close enough with one of my all-time BFFs to get together weekly with our daughters. Who - of the people who move around so crazily like we have - actually gets to live in the same town as one of her bridesmaids? It will be very sad to leave our dreamy Wednesday lunch dates after the girls' dance/gym class...but on the happy side? I've moved away from this dear BFF 3 times now, and I know that she'll always be in my life. :-)

JB is so extremely excited - he *deserves* this job change & promotion. His last company never, ever realized what he was truly worth; we feel like the shackles have been broken!

This initial move to south Georgia will probably be a short-term assignment (~18 months?) and after that, there's a possibility of moving to this new company's HQ just outside ATL. All of their operations are in the southeast, though, so I'm breathing a huge sigh of relief, no matter where they want us! :-D

So follow closely (sub to my blog, if you want! :-)) over the next month as we prepare to and actually move to the deeeeeeep South, y'all!

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. Happy are those who make the Lord their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods. You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted....I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord. I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. Do not, O Lord, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.
~Psalm 40:1-5,9-11

(PS - This is my 300th blog post! How cool is it that it's such a big deal?!)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Will's Work

I am utterly in love with the work Will does at school. Not his regular school work, although I am certainly proud of that, but the extra stuff he makes just for himself during snack break:

This is just a small sample, about a third of what he actually brought home today.

I threw in one of his math worksheets here, b/c he graded it (correctly!) himself, and since he got 100% (he is a math whiz!) he wrote "OSUM" [aka "AWESOME"] at the top. ♥

I love asking him what all this "stuff" he makes is. He stapled a couple rockets - he loves rockets with fire coming out of the bottom. His school mascot is also a rocket, so that gets reinforced. He has always been very into maps, and lately he's drawn lots of maps of areas around school that he & his friends have play plans for. I love that today's map has a key: playground, klasrooms, kafrtea (cafeteria), beths (benches), friue stashin (fire station), ples stashin (police station), & medkall (medical). He is totally obsessed with money, so I love the wallet he glued together, complete with faux spending money inside. He makes TONS of ships - at least 3 or 4 every day. I esp. like this one - it looks like a tank with treads & all, but he says, no - it is a ship. He brands all of his planes & ships with "USA" - I never actually taught him that, but I think it's fantastic!

I love seeing how his mind works during this independent creative free time. He also usually does lots of pictures of him & mommy, daddy, or whomever in the family with lots of hearts. ♥ We also usually get a few weekly love letter-pics to his "girlfriend". [It used to only be my parents' neighbor, Kendall; now our neighbor here, Kaylin, is in the mix; they are both older (3rd & 2nd grade) blondes. ;-) He already has a type! :-P] He likes to make lists of all his friends, too. I'm always excited to open up his backpack each day to see what extra he's done for himself.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Good Girls Get Crêpes

This week, the really-big-deal(that-I-really-don't-care-about) North American International Auto Show began here. JB was dying to go today, and I wanted to get a ride into the city to go to an amazing restaurant that a friend recommended: Good Girls Go to Paris Crêpes. (I mean, does that sound like heaven, or what???) Will actually did have school today (MLK Jr. Day) so JB, Annelise, & I piled in the car after Will got on the bus and headed downtown.

I have to say, even though I have no emotion for cars whatsoever, I'm glad I can say now that I've gone. (We only lived here 3 different times! :-P) And I'm especially glad I got to go with JB!!! Annelise had fun...

And I decided, even though I don't want one, that Porsches are the best-looking convertibles, hands down.

After the auto show, we did go to lunch at Good Girls Go to Paris Crêpes! [Yay for marital compromise!!! ;-)] It was A.MAZ.ING!!!! Here's their menu. CELESTE (ROAST BEEF, BRIE, CRANBERRIES) was THE *BEST* EVER!!! I reeeeeeeeally also wanted PASCALLE (CHEVRE, FIG JAM) but they were out of the fig jam. :'( We also got JEANETTE (PROSCIUTTO, FRESH MOZZARELLA, TOMATOES, OLIVE OIL, HERB DE PROVENCE) and CLAIRE (CHICKEN, BROCCOLI, COTSWOLD CHEESE) - all divine!!! I was going to get a dessert one - LIZ (STRAWBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, NUTELLA) - after we finished, but I was soooo full, I just couldn't. So wonderful... Crêpes take me right back to living in Europe...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tie Day

Will had Tie Day for spirit yesterday at school. He doesn't have any ties, (I know - a Southern sin!) Every little boy should have one; but honestly, our church is quite casual & there just aren't many tie-worthy events in his life...yet! ;-) Of the two weddings he's done, one was outdoor summer casual & for the other, he was the ring bearer in a [cute beyond words!!!] tux. Soooo, he wore one of JB's! (Which was even cuter, if you ask me!)

I'd also like to ask for prayer for the Schons family & their friends in Will's school district. Thankfully this did NOT happen at his school, but the kids are exactly Will & Annelise's ages, so I was (& still am) pretty upset when I got the notice email from the school district last night... :'(

Quoteworthy

My friends Stacy & Tracey got my mind shouting "Amen!" this week with these quotes:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Axxium Praise

OPI isn't compensating me in any way for this glorious review, (I wish!) but I will rave on, b/c it is rave-worthy! I just had my last Axxium manicure last for FIVE WEEKS!!! :-O I am not kidding! Proof:

I had 3 little chips on the top left corners of 3 fingers on my right hand; my left hand was pristine. The chips weren't even that noticable, even with such a dark color, b/c the tips of all the other nails were so solid. So so so impressed! The other huge bonus was how well my nails grew with this stuff on!

No breaks whatsoever, and they grew soooo looong I even had to have them cut down yesterday, b/c they had started to feel like the one time in my life I had fake nail tips (high school prom :-P) and I was starting to have trouble with small things like buttons. HA!

I went with a French manicure this time, just b/c I had looked down at "dark" for so long, and I usually never get French, b/c it always looks ratty within 36 hours. The other bonus to this is I think it will look nicer as my nail beds grow out.

Awarded

This Monday morning when I got on Facebook, look at what greeted me in my newsfeed:
Annelise is the Just Baked cupcake bakery Fan of the Week! They have a weekly photo contest, and I sent this pic of her in last July - what a winter surprise, huh?! Not only is she their "face" on FB this week, but we also win six free cupcakes!!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

My obsession over Starbucks pumpkin spice has reached its zenith. Today I googled recipes for their flavored syrup I can make at home, so I can add it to my Keurig chai lattés here. I liked this one first, b/c it's sugar-free, (I don't need to add the calories, just the flavor) but it seems waaay too low on the spice. This one has no actual pumpkin in it. Eh. This one sounds the most amazing, but I don't want to make that large of a batch. So I finally went with this one...sort of. I was out of cloves & ground ginger, so I used a Tbsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice instead. I still didn't think it was spicy enough, so then I grated some extra fresh nutmeg in there, too. It's great, but I can tell I'll tweak this every single batch I make.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Status Update

I've been on a rollercoaster this week - highest highs followed by dramatic dips. Happens to all of us, but I'm determined to stay stable and constant in praise & thanksgiving.

We thought Annelise's beloved gymnastics class would be canceled due to low enrollment...and it's ended up with more than twice as many kids as last session. (No more 1-on-4 attention: lesson - be careful what you wish for... :-P)

I have a bit of a holiday hangover. The kind where you turn the entire kitchen over looking for something that will taste sort of like Christmas cookies...

Love this Ann Voskamp quote: "The New Year wears hope like a fragrance."

Wednesday night - right before bed, of course - Annelise threw up all over the family room. Thus began my lovely night of being up until 5 AM holding the bucket for my Peach. I could have been resentful...but I kind of loved watching "Live to Dance" with her at midnight & critiquing together. (For the record, by 1:30 I was sooo over it. :-P)

I knew she was better Thursday evening when, after a rare nap, she pranced downstairs in her complete cheerleading uniform with her metallic red pom poms, doing her "Dynamite" cheer.

Will battled a low fever, too, but that wasn't sooo bad, b/c it was only enough to make him snuggly & slightly subdued. ;-) ♥

The whole Ted Williams story made me bawl. Talk about God bursting into our monotony!

Today at Costco with Annelise: "Oooo! Look at the beautiful flowers! Can I have one of those [bouquets] for my wedding?" Oh, Baby Doll, you have no idea!!! My reply: "You will have as many as you want!" Hers: "Maybe 3?" ♥

The girl at bubble tea this afternoon said, "You are the cutest mom ever! The last time you came in, my boyfriend & I were trying to figure out if you were the babysitter or the mom, b/c you looked too fun to be a mom." :-D

I certainly don't always feel like the fun mom, (esp. when I'm screaming my head off :-P) but it totally lifted me up today! One of my FB friends replied: "For some reason, I'm thinking of those Toyota Sienna commercials." HA! YEEEEEES!!! We went to high school with the guy who made those, so I think he needs to recast with me. ;-)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Refreshed Singing

I love being at home with my family, but in looking for a positive to the end of vacay, I did find one big one: I got my contemporary Christian music [CCM] back in the car. You know how many people crave a glass (or bottle) of wine to relax, unwind, & calm down? Well, singing CCM does that for me! I can't explain it, (like most God things, I guess :-)) but there is just ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that helps calm me down & press reset on my life like that. I don't dictate car music, unless I'm driving, (& I'm not a music-at-home listener on an iPod) so I didn't get much spiritual rejuvenation over the break. Not that it was bad!!! Don't get me wrong! But I just felt like I was walking around with a growing weight on me, unable to release tension until I got to sing it out, again.

Even though the iTrip I was counting on when we moved here has turned out to be a bust for reliably listening to my CCM radio station in the car through my iPhone, (it spazzes out after 4 minutes & switches to my iPod songs all on fast forward by itself) I've had remarkable luck the last two days streaming a signal & being able to hear it just on its own while I drive. (We currently live in a total CCM black hole. So, so sad.) I hadn't tried much, again, (after the iTrip spazz) before break, b/c from Thanksgiving on, I played Christmas carols; and before that, I played a CD of whatever I would be singing on Sundays so I could get it perfect. I'm not singing next week, though, & Christmas is over, so I get to try to go back to my KLOVE. I was apprehensive at first - there is NOTHING so irritating as wanting technology to work reliably & then have it repeatedly cut out for no reason. (I wish the fix were as cheap & easy as getting another corkscrew!!!) I would even think to myself, "God, why can't You make this work? I want to connect with You down here!!!" :-P But the last two days have been so refreshing! I am so thankful for the steady signal & fresh songs, (and I'm praying that it lasts...) I know one day God will send us back to a place that actually GETS a CCM radio station on its own, so I don't have to go through all this.

Next Year's Ornaments

I know many of y'all have your trees down & everything packed away; but we're still enjoying ours, and this morning, I got ornament-on-the-brain. (It's a smart time for Christmas décor sales, right?) I was obsessing over getting a snake ornament for Will, since he is so into herpetology. Where on earth can you find a blown-glass (our fave ornament style) snake? It's not very...Christmasy, right?

Thank you, google & Trendy Tree:
(It was in a Western-themed collection. Yay, rattlesnake! :-P)

So then I wanted to look for a peach for Annelise. We have always called her Princess Pumpkin Peach/Peachy Girl/Peach Pie. We have lots of princess & pumpkin ornaments, but not a single peach! Trendy Tree does:

Make that *did*. They're out of stock of both of them. :'( But hopefully we'll remember for next Christmas!

Monday, January 3, 2011

God Out Front

The new year brings with it lots of hope & excitement for God to burst into our everyday lives with good news. I know I'm always praying for it, and it takes away some of my manic, anxious longing to know that God is ahead of my dreams and whatever future good news may end up on our horizon, already getting it ready for me.

"We all have beginnings in our lives...even Jesus did. All of the stories about him in the Bible tell us that before Jesus ever began to preach, teach, and heal people, God sent someone (a guy named John) to prepare the way for Jesus to do his work. That’s the way God works. I don’t know what you’re about to begin, but I do know this - before you ever set foot in that new place, or start doing that new thing, God is out in front of you." ~Matt Cook

God, as I get ready for the start of something [ANYTHING] new, remind me that you’re out in front of me, working on my behalf. Help me to spot your handiwork of preparation and be at peace. Amen.

"God redeems our schemes as well as our dreams; that’s just how good God is!"

6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. 10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power to him forever! Amen. ~ 1 Peter 5:6-11 (New Living Translation)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Last Year

I've done this New Year's Survey the last three years; but when I sat down with it today, I found so many of my answers remained the same...which *is* pretty interesting, considering the drastic changes our family went through this year. It actually makes me feel proud, b/c I was in SUCH a happy place last year, and even though we suffered a big disappointment & unwanted move this year, I'm still happy & hopeful. :-) God has certainly made evident His working things out for us, and I know He is still (and always) doing so!

A glimpse into my last year from FB:

Last Week

I am so thankful that my two hometown BFFs (since middle school) & I got to get together for our annual Christmas week lunch:

I am so thankful we got to have multiple visits with my Grandmommy:

And I am so thankful Annelise & I got to bob around in the hot tub with sparkly toes: