Friday, February 27, 2015

Singing the whole time

The echo in the bathroom is not lost on the next singer on the Voice.  Grace was so funny making up her own songs! Laughing and singing (and making sure I was taking photos) the whole time.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Setting records

It is super cold here.  Record-setting cold.  Today it was -14 with the wind chill. school which means Grace and I spent the day together.  It included getting nails done, getting a haircut, going out for lunch, and shopping for new winter clothes.  We both loved this North Face fleece and added in some mittens for the snow!  I wish we were shopping for spring clothes, though!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Grace's Glorious Moments

The entire second grade had a timeline project to do over the long Presidents' Weekend.  They have been reading biographies of famous Americans so this fit in with the important events of other people's lives.  We looked back at the blog books from Grace's 7 years and she chose events that were significant to her.  It was a lot of fun remembering how little she was and I was really happy that I have been taking photos and recording milestones.  We even had exact dates of when these things (and many others) happened.

For her "glorious moments" Grace chose:

  • The day she was born in Guatemala (May 23, 2007)
  • When she moved to Ohio (March 12, 2008)
  • The day she walked 8 steps on her own (July 27, 2008)
  • Getting her first pet (she doesn't consider Daisy "hers") - a goldfish named Dorothy (May 1, 2009) 
  • Going to New York to meet Connor and Ryan (July 13-17, 2009) 
  • Starting music/piano lessons (February 25, 2012) 
  • The first day of kindergarten (August 24, 2012) 
  • When she lost her first tooth (January 2, 2013)
  • Starting ballet (September 2, 2014) 
  • Getting her ears pierced (December 26, 2014)

This one is my favorite photo from today....I told Grace to pose like a 3rd grader!  She has been telling me she is getting closer to being in 3rd grade every day.

Of course, Buddy needed to come see what was going on.  Look at how BIG he is getting! That cat is always hungry and we find him eating Daisy's food several times a day.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


This photo was posted by Grace's dance studio of the young ballerinas watching one of the older girls dancing in a custom-made costume. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Do you want to build a snowman?

What a wonderful, colorful snowman Grace and Kyle made in our backyard!  He is keeping watch over the lake.

Great idea...they used pieces of sidewalk chalk for the eyes, mouth, and buttons!

Squinty eyes because we are not used to having SUN during winter in Ohio!

Sunday, January 25, 2015


As always, Grace had a great time playing with her cousins.  She is certainly a girl that can keep up with all the boys!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Frozen on Ice

Kellie and I took our girls to see Frozen on Ice.  We were all pretty excited by the front row seats we had...close enough to touch the ice!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Welcome 2015!

We know it is going to be a great year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Water, water everywhere

Our tradition for the last several years is to fly to Florida on Christmas Day to spend some time with the Brennan/Marino clan and soak up some December sunshine.

After a delicious and lively dinner at Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Mickey's, the first full day of our trip started out with rain but that didn't stop us - it was still warmer than Ohio!  Nancy and Chris, Grace's Godparents, took her to get her ears pierced.



Grace was very brave...she didn't even have one tear!  We love the rainbow flowers she chose as her very first pair of earrings.  Thanks, Aunt Nancy and Uncle Chris!

The rest of the trip was all about the water.  We went swimming in the pool every day for HOURS!

We watched the boats on the intracoastal waterway and looked for manatees.  The only sea creatures we saw there were jellyfish, though!

We took walks on the beach and found some great shells to bring back to our beach on the lake.

Friends from Ohio joined us on the beach for the day.  Grace, Madeline, and Jonah had a great time building sand castles, running in and out of the waves, and playing together.

Inspired by the boats and jet skis driving past the condo all day long, we decided to rent a jet ski in Boynton Beach.  That was so much fun.  Grace loved jumping the waves and going super fast!
It was a wet and wonderful vacation and a great way to end 2014.
Now that we are home we have a different type of "water" outside our windows....still pretty but much colder!

We are ready for 2015!  Happy New Year!