Yesterday morning we woke up, peeked out of the front door, and saw… Snow?! Last Friday one of my kids wore shorts! Snow?? Zora’s first snow… she was so confused! She kept trying to smell it, would inhale some, then start sneezing. Then because it made her sneeze she would try to attack it by


His job: Student naval aviator (advanced – tailhook), just finished a bunch of formation flights. The first plane in the movie is being flown by him. My job: Illustration and teaching kids. In one word? “Coloring” sums it up pretty well (of course I do other things too). This is what I did at work


My sweet guy got sick last week and didn’t get to fly from Sunday until this past Sunday… an entire week with no cockpit time. There was only a little bit of this: But there was a lot of grumping around and being angry at not being able to fly. But homemade turkey noodle soup


Last weekend we went on a little trek to visit Bonita Lakes, one of Meridian’s (two?) attractions. Seriously though, the lake is really pretty, and it looks like a very well-maintained area. There are trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding as well as  a paved walking path around part of the lake. There are


My little camera is starting to get on in years. It’s slowing down, and part of that may be that it just needs a new battery because the current one is reacting more slowly… but it also has some dead pixels where it doesn’t record any info. Normally you can’t tell but if that pixel


Earlier, I posted about the Motivated Moms chore planner (It should be in the “related links” at the bottom of this post in case you missed it.) and how amazing it is. What would be more amazing is if I actually kept up with it. Still, I love lists. And I love checking off boxes,


I’m just curious about how other people pay their bills… I’ve heard of people putting envelopes in dated sections of a mail organizer, then filling each one on that date, stamping, and mailing… that seems more than a little antiquated to me. For us, we just have a few bills. I have a bookmark folder


I had never heard of National Thrift Week until I read JD Roth’s post in Get Rich Slowly today (love that blog btw). An excerpt from the history of National Thrift Week reads: In 1916, with the First World War looming imminently on the horizon, the leaders of America’s major civic organizations launched an ambitious


Jan 14 2009

So it’s time to do 2008 taxes… or at least start getting everything together if you aren’t the model of organization (I know I’m not). I pulled out all of my Joyful Abode files and receipts for 2008 and realized that really, I hadn’t done too badly with keeping everything filed and entered in my


As I said before, I’ve never been a very physical person, but something about the idea of archery always seemed really cool to me… so in 9th grade, when my gym (ugh) teacher opened the supply closet and I saw ARCHERY EQUIPMENT, I was so excited. I asked if we were going to use it


My view… And to the right…


Dec 20 2008

We arrived in South Carolina to visit our families on Thursday night. Since then, it’s been relaxing for us, but VERY exciting for Zora. First she got to go on an 8-hour car trip, smelling all sorts of interesting smells on the way. Then, she met my dad and step-mom and went to bed in



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