Monday, March 31, 2008

Getting ready for the masters

The girls were in two performances of the Roar of Love on Friday, and they did a wonderful job. It is quite a production! I think they were both very excited to be a part of it. This is the first year we've been here that the show was not immediately before Masters week.

The Roar of Love is over, the azaleas are blooming, folks are putting fresh pinestraw in their garden beds, and the prisoners are out cleaning the sides of the road. It's springtime in Augusta. And I must get my house ready to vacate and rent for the masters.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Erin the pony and Lauren the cherub

Once again, Erin is in the ballet the Roar of Love, and this year Lauren joins her! Last year Erin was a firefly. The year before she was a cherub. Click on a photo to see it larger. Use your browser back button to return to blog.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Be prepared.

Lauren had a great birthday with her party at Monkey Joes. Her only requirement was that Monkey Joe did not visit us. Lauren doesn't like costumed characters. We figured this out at Disneyland last year. This was the first time we had a party outside of our home. And while it was a noisy crazy two hours, it was contained. It also allowed us to invite all of Lauren's classmates and other friends and some siblings as well. A great time was had by all.

The afternoon brought present opening, playing, and then Erin had her piano festival at Augusta State University. As my neighbor said, there's nothing festive about it. We went, she went in a room with a judge, and played her two songs, Ode to Joy and Mary's Little Lamb. I couldn't go in, but I think she did fine.

We returned home to tornado watches posted for our area, which turned into a tornado warning at dinner time. We reviewed our plan of going into the pantry if we needed to. We did not need to, but we did lose power for a while. We got to use our emergency crank radio (after we found it, that is). We listened to the weather forecast and A Prairie Home Companion. The radio has a light, siren and a cell phone charger (which we need to get).

In other news, I have lost my voice.

Happy Birthday Lauren!

4 years old! I can't believe it. Happy, happy day!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Crazy busy March

Here's what's keeping us busy in March:

Girl Scout cookies! Yesterday was the first day I did not have cases of cookies in our dining room.

Ballet! Rehearsals have started for the Roar of Love! This year Erin will be a pony and Lauren will be a cherub.

Piano! We've decided to cut back on some of our activities. Although Erin likes piano and is doing well, it's taking up too much time to devote the practice we need to. We decided to take a break from piano after Saturday's piano festival.

Birthday! Getting ready for Lauren's 4th birthday party on Saturday!

Masters! Are we rented? Maybe, maybe not. Hopefully next week we'll know for sure. In the meantime, I'm trying to clean and declutter when I can.

Citizenship! Our plan was that if our house was rented for Masters Rene would join the Girls and I in New York. But on Friday we got a letter that his citizenship interview is in Atlanta that week. There is a chance he could be sworn in and get his citizenship that very day! This has been a long time coming. Rene is now studying up on his civics, although he probably knows more on this subject than most people I know.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Yard is complete

Well almost. They need to roll the sod today or tomorrow, but then we're done! We're so happy with the results. We feel like we have a yard we can manage. It still is large and a lot of work, but it's cleaned up and we feel like planting and can easily see what needs to be done. Here are some pics.

The shrubs in the back can grow to 15-20 feet tall and should grow 4 -5 feet a year, which should help to block the house in the back. Note that these pictures are all pre-bloom season. Will post pictures when everything is blooming.

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