This past Saturday and Sunday our awesome gymnastics club hosted a meet for 575 athletes.
And I got to do iPad score entry for all 5 sessions!!!
For our “Wizard of Oz” theme I designed and painted that 7′ x 7′ 5″ mural. Started it Monday and finished Friday, painting sometimes long into the night, mostly because I had no idea what I was doing but I think it ended up fine!
Part of me wants to now cover the hills completely in poppies.
But most of me just wants a long long nap.
A late night Toe Selfie — my right big toe tapped the button.
(Yes, my left hand was covered in green paint. Parts of me still are. And may be for a long time.)
Sponged on and swirled the sky first.
Many awesome parents, coaches and gymnasts lend their time and talents to pull off this annual event.
(Sorry about the yellow brick road tape residue. My partial bad. Never again tape on the floor, I super-promise.)
Other artistes helped decorate too…
In Other Gym News… a couple weeks ago Kelly made major progress on the uneven bars!
Took that through the left gym door window at the end of practice. She was beaming.
Yay, Kelly! So proud of you for trusting yourself and your coach to fly away, perchance to land on your feet each time!!
In More Other News… I’ve begun home-schooling her in French.
I told you I am a certified French teacher, right?! I actually taught kids Kelly’s age 25 years ago in Nova Scotia!
Bought a good used curriculum for pennies on the dollar, off eBay and Amazon.com.
We will probably home-school Kelly entirely starting next year, so she can focus even more on gymnastics while allowing her a continued schoolin’ / sleep / Instagram / family / friend time balance.
This year “we” do homework 30 minutes daily before gym.
Luckily we have a PE waiver, which allows her to leave school at 2:40 instead of 4:00.
On the Home-Improvement and Organizing front of my life…
I turned a Goodwill pile into this…
And with simple denim panels and a rod (yard sale finds totaling $10…)
I transformed my eBay storage nook into this…
Notice the cat on the shelf 2 photos above?
Here he is again…
“Ceviche” likes to sleep on the Medium Flat Rate boxes.
In Other Big News, someone in our house recently turned 13!
It was a sleep-over party on a rainy Saturday night where they painted each others’ nails and laughed a lot.
Bought that custom banner off eBay for $20 for her 6th birthday.
On her actual birth day Thursday morning I snapped the following a nano-second before she turned to notice the banner on her way to the school bus stop…
I guess most everybody on the bus saw it and cheered for her, and the driver announced her birthday over the PA.
P.S. You ALL rock!
P.P.S. I have not visited any blogs in 5 or 6 weeks, sorry. Hopefully soon I will!
P.P.P.S. You rock even more than the last time I told you so.
P.P.P.P.S. I am going to sleep now.
Friends, Photography | Posted by Jannie on 4 August 2014 @ 9:07 AM
Just a few random pix from since last we met.
And we’re off to The Home(and native)land tomorrow, eh?
i’ll think of you there
on all of the shores
but i probably won’t be found
eating any ‘smores.
for i have been dreaming
for manys a moon
of the Extra Special Treat
i shall savor, and soon.
MR. BIG BARS!!!!!!!!
Best Chocolate Bar Treat Known To The Planet!!!
You have a favorite candy bar?
Thanks for popping in. See you when we get back!
P.S. The red shoes. She’s a size 3, but the smallest available is a 5. (TG!!) Heels can so wait, like, when she’s 18.
She rainbow looms.
She shops for fabric.
She water musics.
She toy store musics.
(Her dog relaxes too.)
She bakes bread.
It is good.
So very very freaking good.
Yes, she looms…
And she IS love.
1. Where Kelly and Sweety relax was the first addition to our house, which Jim and I designed and he built with his own two hands from 1994 to 1996. He built all the woodwork in our dining room too. Built that corner cabinet.
2. Her sewing machine currently has a lower thread tension problem but we’ll get it sorted out.
3. She photographed that lantana with her brand new iPhone 5S as I was photographing her. Then she added in a filter effect, and Instagrammed it.
4. In the close-up of the choir she is the shortest girl (purple shirts) in the front row, just above the piano. That theater is actually in the high school she will attend here.
5. Yes, Jim is known to eat family dinner in his pajamas. Shhh, don’t tell anybody.
6. You are AWESOME. Today is awesome — enjoy it.
7. I love the number 7.
8. 8 is enough.
9. That’s a heartbeat monitor on Jim’s wrist. He was rear-ended months ago and is still needs pain management. He’s trying to remain chipper, but he sure is looking forward to feeling 100% again, and hopefully soon.
arms for a
~~ Shay Fireblossom over at Word Garden is emceeing the Flash Fiction 55 this week, whoohoo!!
And since I wrote that poem today and took that photo today, I guess that ties them together fine.
Y’all take care now!
Beauty, Friends, Photography | Posted by Jannie on 22 March 2014 @ 11:38 AM
Enjoyed a few glorious days with friends who are nearing completion of their all-cedar yoga pyramid.
25 squares comprise the newly-finished floor, with the center one being extra-special.
Here I am in my lucky blue hat…
Once the basement cave is finished, guests will remove their shoes there, wash their feet in a stream pumped from one of the koi ponds, and ascend to the sanctuary.
Quite the place!
(That scaffolding will be removed eventually.)
Here’s a view of the pyramid from a mile or 2 away…
I managed to get a lucky (because my glasses were in the truck) zoom shot of it…
Near the pyramid is their log cabin home,
which often doubles as a hair salon,
and pillow fight parlor.
A log cabin with WiFi and all the modern creature comforts — not bad!
Wood is gathered for the fireplace.
Chickens are raised.
One hen is actually named Kelly and one is named Jannie! And Kelly just laid her first egg!!
Veggies are planted.
And the bread — OMG, the bread!!
The lady of the cabin bakes it from her own recipe.
Her pancakes are from scratch, of course!
And her soup from those organic chickens she raises.
Even Jannie, the hen will end up a feast one day.
(Hey, it’s a farm.)
A farm with a hot tub on the sunset side of the house.
From that deck you can see the stretch of road where I took the long-distance pyramid shots from!
That was my wine!
3 parting tidbits about our stay in the hill country…
I fell in love with that 8″ tall cactus,
and am ever more in wonderment that the Universe could grace me with such an incredibly wonderful friend, who for some strange reason…. seems to like me too.
What’d I ever do to deserve so much awesome??!
~~ Posted by Jannie, who hopes to see you at the pyramid one day.