We arrived at Matt's uncle Ed's GORGEOUS Bed and Breakfast yesterday. For now it's just us and Matt's sister and her family, but the rest of our family will be arriving today and tomorrow for the reunion. We will be heading into Washington DC today for some sight seeing. Here are some pictures from yesterday:
Playing soccer with Alex and Winnie in the backyard:
Walking on the dock:
Alex and Winnie:
I went running this morning while watching the sun rise over the Chesapeake Bay. What a GORGEOUS way to start the day!
It struck me as funny that for as much of a picky eater Jazzie is and for as much as I get frustrated because there are so few things that she likes, I had several pictures of Jazzie eating on my camera lately.
Gotta love how she is engrossed in her book, but enjoying that breadstick ;-)
A bowl of chicken noodle soup with LOTS of french bread for dipping. One of her very favorites:
Jazzie and Sophie have been best buddies since they were 18 months old at Ohio Valley Voices. They were together ALL day, every day. Now that the girls have each transitioned into their own school districts, they don't see each other nearly enough, but we try to get together when we can. Sophie came over on Saturday and as usual, the girls picked up right where they left off the last time...
When I sometimes think how devastated I initially was upon learning that Jazzie was deaf, it almost seems silly. Ironically, I think that Jazzie's deafness has given her (and our entire family) so much MORE. Her other senses are heightened, she can shut out the world when she needs to and probably most importantly, her friendships with other OVV students; Sophie in particular.
These two talk about moving in together when they get older, and at the rate they are going, I can totally see that. A modern day Laverne and Shirley :-)
Whenever the girls and I go the mall, we have to stop at Auntie Anne's so that they can get a pretzel. The girls LOVE them.
Imagine my surprise when I saw this bake at home kit at my local grocery store. I knew it would be a fun thing to do with the girls and since yesterday was a rainy day, it was a perfect day for some baking.
After we mixed the dough and let it rise, it was time to shape them. The girls learned that the dough was pretty sticky and stretchy and that rolling it in a long, thin rope was not as easy as the Auntie Anne's people in the mall make it look ;-)
And neither was shaping them!
The girls laughed hysterically at how they turned out, since they were not that pretty to look at :-)
Jazzie sprinkling salt on her pretzels:
Tahlia prefers her pretzels with cinnamon sugar:
Lots of it ;-)
And even though our pretzels weren't pretty to look at, you can see in the video below they tasted really good and got two thumbs up from both girls!
I had to get rid of my running shoes the other day. It was (beyond) time.
I had a hard time parting with them however. These were the shoes that helped me fall in love with running. I trained in these shoes. I ran my first half marathon in them and I ran my first full marathon in them...
They helped me achieve things I never thought I was even able to. But running shoes only have so many miles you can put on them and it was time to retire mine.
Meet my new friends:
I'm looking forward to go on this new running journey with them and I am excited to see what they might have in store for me. I'm thinking the 10K here perhaps?
You may remember my post about my keychain? Well, today I got to add something to it. Here is what my keychain looks like today:
See that little silver star at the bottom? That is the reward Weight Watchers gives to it's members when they reach their weight loss goal. Yes, at today's weigh-in I learned that I reached my goal I set for myself 14 months ago when I started on this weight loss journey. I have lost 95.4 pounds. I feel a sense of accomplishment. I feel proud. I feel fabulous :-)
Amazed that I started the journey, amazed that I stuck with it and amazed that I finished it!
Today was an absolutely gorgeous day. Sunny, low humidity and temperatures in the low 70's. Perfect for this momma. So I decided I wanted to spend the day together as a family, visiting some of my favorite places here in Cincinnati. We started by visiting the Conservatory in Eden Park for the annual Butterfly Show.
After visiting the butterflies, we drove a bit further into the park, to the picnic area overlooking the Ohio River. Time for lunch:
I love this overlook!
To round out the day, we drove a short distance to Sawyer Point, which is a park along the riverbank. LOVE that place!
Well, that's it. Another school year bites the dust. After attending the awards ceremonies at school where Jazzie got special recognition for good attendance (just one tardy due to a doctor's appointment):
And saying goodbye to the teachers...
... we left to go home to get ready for the annual "let's surprise the kids when they get of the bus". You might remember the silly string from last year. (If you click on the link, PLEASE excuse my uncontrollable laughter).
This year we surprised the kids with a rock concert :-)
After the "concert" we had a make your own ice cream sundae bar waiting for them in the garage:
Right after I tucked Tahlia into bed, she called me back up. At this point she is pretty upset and through her tears she tells me: "I know I shouldn't have done it, but I stole a ruler from your kitchen drawer". My heart melted because here was my sweet girl, upset over something trivial but admitting to something she did wrong. She kept telling me how sorry she was, because not only did she sneak the ruler out of the drawer, she apparently also covered it in tape :-)
I just held her and told her how proud I was for telling me the truth and how that is MUCH more important to me than a silly ruler. I hope she will always be able to talk to me and be honest about everything. Even a silly ruler from the dollar store ;-)
Just downloaded some pictures from my phone and thought I'd share some favorites...
Lily thinks she is a lap dog:
When I traveled to Holland this guy sat across from me in the terminal at the airport. You think he likes orange???
I had to take this picture for my girls, since they asked me "to sit in the big wooden shoe"...
Jazzie's class has been participating in a "mini society" for the last month or so. They have learned all about how a real society works and started businesses. Last week their businesses opened to the parents so that we could shop. Here is Jazzie selling book marks and stickers:
One of Jazzie's classmates was selling 5 minute back and shoulder massages :-)