What we did on our Christmas break – Part 2

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On day three of our Christmas break we arrived in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. (Check out part one of our trip here.) We rented Dottie’s Beach Retreat for our stay. We loved that the condo complex was right on the beach with a heated outdoor pool and private access to the beach.

Here’s the view from our balcony. Absolutely perfect!

 

We enjoyed a day of relaxation at the pool and playing on the […]

What we did on our Christmas break – Part 1

2015 Christmas

We enjoyed a wonderful break from the business of normal life. Our time off started out with our traditional Christmas Eve celebrations.

Everyone is all dressed up and ready for church.

 

After church we sat down for our traditional dinner including ham, rice, corn, salad, feta and olives. For dessert we enjoyed some of the sweet treats we made earlier in the week: Grammy’s no bake cookies, maple fudge, chocolate fudge, […]

7 Halloween Costume Ideas for a Boy and Girl

Halloween Costume Ideas

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With Halloween just around the corner I thought it would be fun to look back at all the Halloween costumes the kids have worn. So far, this year included, I have been able to convince them to dress as a “theme”. We’ve had lots of fun over the years thinking through and discussing the possibilities.

So, if you are looking for costume ideas for a sister and brother pair, I […]

A Piano Performance: Dream

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Yesterday was a big day for Clara. She participated in the Columbus Symphony’s Young Musicians Competition. She did a wonderful job.

In her division they aren’t really competing against each other, but it was a good experience of what the setting is like for the concerto competition {which she really wants to participate in when she’s older.} She performed on a stage in a large auditorium with 3 judges and a small audience.

I thought […]

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year 2014!

I just want to start out by thanking all of you for your support over the past year. Your comments and feedback are what makes working on this blog such an enjoyable journey. It’s been my best blog year so far, thanks to you! I have some exciting things planned for this year and look forward to sharing them with you in the future.

 

Our Family Vacation

We are back […]

Double Digits! 3 Birthday Gift Ideas

Clara's 10th birthday

I thought you might enjoy a little peak at our birthday celebrations yesterday. The teacher declared a school holiday, so we enjoyed a fun leisurely day together (which did include violin lessons and orchestra rehearsal).

We started the day out right with some birthday doughnuts.

Time to open presents.

A Ravensburger Disney Panoramic 1000 Piece Puzzle from Mimi and Pappy imported from Germany!

A new book! Redwall by Brian Jacques

And […]

Germany Trip – Part 2 – A Paris Excursion

Paris

Our second vacation week took us on a four day excursion to Paris. It was super fun to have my parents with us on the trip. Lots of memories were made. {Read more about our Germany trip here.}

We got up bright and early to catch a train from Aalen to Stuttgart.

Then we took the TGV (high speed train) from Stuttgart to Paris.

We arrived at our hotel a little after noon. […]

Germany Trip – Part 1

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Greetings, friends! It’s great to be back and I’m excited to share a little about our vacation this week. Many of you know that we went to Germany to visit my family. Now that the laundry is washed, the new school schedules are in place and I’ve had a chance to work in the yard, it’s time to post some pictures.

Here we go…

Departure

Waiting for our plane in Columbus.

 

Our plane […]

Bright Orange

Here’s a fun little song I thought might brighten your day. It’s one of Clara’s favorites these days. Enjoy!

 

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Birthday Party

John's Birthday

Yesterday was a great day to celebrate the birthday of one of the favorite men in our lives. The weather has been cool here in Ohio {most unusual for July!}, so we just had to cook out and eat outside.

We decorated the porch.

Grilled up some steak and hot dogs.

Tossed salad.

Dessert – Caramel Brownies {I’ll post the recipe a little later today :)}

Fudge {Check out my Easy […]