Happy Halloween from the Hummingbird and the Panda!

I’ll admit it was a little hard for me to swallow the idea of a panda costume at first, but Fletcher totally owned it. He wore his costume to school on Friday, to the school evening Halloween activities, where we won the parent-child bake off with some pretty spectacular bloody glass cupcakes, to his orchestra Halloween concert on Saturday and then trick-or-treating Saturday night. And if it ever decides to cool down around here, I’m pretty sure he will wear it to sleep in all winter!

Lola Gray designed her beautiful Hummingbird costume, and together we constructed it more-or-less to her specifications. I love how sweet and creative she is, and that Halloween is still an opportunity to enter a beautiful fantasy world. I hope she holds on to that forever.

Plus, we managed not to kill each other in the process of finishing the costume! I’d call that a successful Halloween!


Life – moving fast

I’m pretty sure I’ve used the Ferris Bueller quote here before, but it keeps popping into my head these days. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it.” Sums up our family life perfectly.

Adjusting to the new school year hasn’t been easy. Fletcher adores middle school, but the work load is tougher and learning time management . . . well that’s not easy to do. And Lola’s 4th grade drama! The struggle is real, don’t ever doubt it.

I haven’t posted anything in ages because, honestly, I have felt like life is just one endless night of homework after another. But then, I tend to forget that the whole point of this blog is to remind me of the little things that make this journey one worth taking. And every time I stop and look backwards, the monotony of the day to day seems to fade and those beautiful moments emerge. Those moments are what life is all about, right? And while I still hate homework, I realize there is still a lot of beauty in my life.

In the past two months we have had lots of early morning walks to the bus stop, lots of late nights finishing up homework. But there have also been adventures with the Boy Scouts, a visit to Alabama and a visit from NayNay in Savannah. Lola Gray was inducted into the school Safety Patrol and took her first cooking class (she’s been making excellent pancakes and muffins ever since.) Both kids were extras in a movie being filmed in Savannah. And my dear Nicole spent a long weekend visiting with me and watching movies at the Savannah Film Festival.

So, I’m trying to accept the fact that, for right now, our lives aren’t going to slow down. But that’s ok, as long as I stop and look around every once in a while.




hasta luego

Saying goodbye stinks. Like, really, really, really stinks. But we have had to do it anyway. Our dear friends have moved to Costa Rica for a year long adventure full of spectacular beaches and howler monkeys and . . .well . . . adventure. And it is going to be amazing. I am in awe, and I am heartbroken. We miss them like crazy, and they’ve only been gone a week!

Fortunately, there is internet in Costa Rica so Lola Gray has already been able to Face Time with her sweet friend. I hope that is something they can do on a regular basis. Plus we will see each other when they return for Christmas. And who knows, if we win the lottery we might even hop down to Costa Rica for a visit before the year is up. But in the mean time, I miss my friend.


I blinked. And suddenly, my tiny, sweet baby boy is in middle school. Middle school! And my beautiful baby girl  isn’t a baby anymore either – she’s a 4th grader! It’s crazy, but true. So, here’s to 4th and 6th grades being the best grades yet!

Hang Ten

Surf’s up, dude! What better way to send summer off in style, than with a surf lesson with friends and Savannah’s surf guru, Hot Sushi! Both kids took to it right away, though Fletcher was far more enthusiastic than Lola. Something tells me there is more surfing in our future . . .


St. Augustine

It has been a summer full of travel for us, across 3 different countries, but sometimes you don’t have to travel far from home to find yourself a world away. We wrapped up summer just a few miles down the coast in St. Augustine, Florida with the Gaddy clan. The beach was spectacular – wide and clean and nearly empty. We rode waves, collected diggers, saw a shark and dolphins and a manatee, found a beautiful star fish and lots of not so beautiful sand fleas – we even witnessed the excavation of a turtle nest. Plus there were aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents, lots of ice cream and nightly movies on the big back porch. Oh if only summer could last forever!!




Virginia in July

Just a few days after our return from Europe, we were on the road again, this time headed to Virginia to pick up Pepper and spend some long over-due time with the Waldvogel clan! It was a relaxing long weekend of swimming in NayNay and Grandaddy’s pool, picnicking and paddle boating at Carvan’s Cove, dinners outdoors, and lots of crazy cousin time. We even managed to squeeze in a father/daughter(s) outing to a concert in Rocky Mount.