Thursday, July 30, 2015

Madly in Love

Nice dachshund socks Diva.

Diva has a very personal sense of style.  I would say it would fall under the "unique" category.

She likes what she likes...and what she likes is to walk out of the house looking eerily similar to Punky Brewster most of the time.  Now I know what my Momma must feel have felt like.

So when Engineer took her school shoe shopping, I received a series of texts consisting of photos of distinctly decorated shoes.  I was pretty sure Wonder Woman high tops were not going to comply with the school's uniform code.  And to my dismay, both Engineer and Diva were pleading the case for the undoubtedly cool yet completely inappropriate footwear. 

After a long text dialogue and even a phone call or two, Diva decided to "settle" for purple Converse high tops.

1-4-3 EM & DM!  Thank you EM for taking Diva shoe shopping and thank you DM for having such interesting shoes that can never be filled.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Life at Beloved Bayou

It's been some time since I've given an update on life.  Since we last spoke, (we are friends after all right, good) quite a bit has gone on around here.

July's books (pictured above) have been interesting.  I finished The Love Dare, have made everyone n our household evaluate themselves through a battery of tests from Live Your Calling, and the quest continues of reading one Proverb a day.  Bill Bryson's book Notes from a Big Country is fun to read as a fellow ex-pat turned re-pat...although I don't always agree with his viewpoint.  And then there's The Sound and the Fury...ehrmehgersh!  I think I am going to need some serious fluff reading if after I make it through this novel.  

Diva had her one and only piano recital in Bossier.  We adore her teacher so if anyone in the area is looking for a fabulous piano teacher, get in contact with me.  Flash floods and gale force winds were happening outside the venue while inside, we had a delightfully calm all-girl studio recital that ended in cupcakes and punch.

Another year at camp under Diva's belt and the last year at that particular campsite.  Next year she'll be at >gulp!< the high school campsite!   She had one of her best friends with her this year which was such fun for them both. 

Engineer and I took Diva and some of her friends to a local comic book author event.  Even my hero got in the photo (I'm talking about Engineer not Batman.) 

My birthday celebrations were spread out over a week.  Our sweet friends from around the bend fixed us dinner, my family came over for pizza and a movie, and Engineer's parents came and brought a half bushel of peaches...which we consumed in a week.

Our house is still on the market waiting for the family that will fit it just right.   I tell you what, selling a house is a trial by fire for patience in every way:  We won't seriously look at buying a home until we sell this one.  We have to keep the house show ready at all times (more than once I have had people just come up to the door and want to see the house.)  We have to interrupt work/life to vacate for showings.  We can't make plans easily since we never know when someone will want to come look.  We love this house and hope that the next owners will love it just as much.

We have been to Houston a couple of times once to look at areas where we might want to live and once for Diva's testing at her new school.  Thank goodness the dogs are getting used to the road trips.  Our old dog Truffles has been on many road trips throughout her long life and even took the journey over from England with us and has always traveled really well.  Our pound puppy Caspar used to get carsick but has seemed to have gotten over it.  Winnie our nervous rescue dog has mellowed a bit too and sleeps the whole way now.

If you are a longtime reader (thanks y'all!) you may have wondered about Diva's birthday party.  Yes, we had a party but it was on a much smaller scale and on a tighter timeline.  You may also have a couple of questions about the above photo and I'd like to address those now.  I was indeed wearing a horse head and horse rear as I flew over the city.  I was a superhero named The Nag with extreme powers of persistence.  This should give you some clue as to what this year's theme was.

For the second year in a row, poor Diva had to have her birthday party nowhere near her actual birthday.  Between camp, our trips to Houston, open houses, Engineer's business trips, etc., her party got thrown together at the last minute.  Luckily, I try to keep a couple of birthday themes on standby so at least I'll have some direction.  In case you aren't aware, we do a wacky party for Diva each year.  Is it Pinterest worthy?  No.  Is it fun?  Yes.  You can catch up on her 8th-11th parties and why we do what we do here, 12th party here, and 13th party here.  Stay tuned for details from her latest party that involves others in ridiculous costumes.

For the first time since my sister-in-law's wedding, Engineer's siblings and cousins were able to get together.  They rented a stunning lake house near Jonesboro, LA and we were able to visit, eat, play in the water, and meet the newest member of our family, our nephew Landon.  Do you see the photobomber in the picture?  And that, folks, is precisely why I do not want to live on a lake. 

Chick-fil-A had it's annual Cow Appreciation Day.  We introduced the neighborhood kiddos to our family tradition of dressing up in silly costumes for free food.  There is no shame in our game.

There you have it, life as it has been the past six weeks or so.  This train doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon so we might as well enjoy the view.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Madly in Love

Sleeping beauties Diva & Caspar in the car

Look at our little sleeping beauties up there.  Bless...

Diva had entrance testing at her new school so all six inhabitants of Beloved Bayou (three bipeds and three quadrupeds) packed up and made our way down to Houston.

Ever since our initial look-see of the area, school, office, etc., we have all been excited about our upcoming move.  Diva has been upbeat and open to everything to do with life near the coast; not just happy about it but downright eager.

But something gave her a twinge...

On the journey down, Diva started tearing up.  We asked what was the matter and she told us it had just hit her that we were moving.

Moving away from her friends.
Moving away from her family.
Moving away from her school.

It was this last one that really hit her hard.  She said that she liked her current school and didn't want to have to change again. 

I can't blame her.  She just changed schools when we moved last year and now she will be doing it all over again.

You Mommas know that when your child's heart hurts, yours does too - they are tethered together.  It took everything I had to steady myself and say positive things about her new school. 

The fact is, we don't know if it will be a good move for her.  All we can do is be hopeful and  to make the best decisions for our family.  No pressure or anything...

Luckily the sadness only lasted for about 5 minutes then we were talking about the local burger joint we wanted to try.

1-4-3 DM!  I appreciate that your heartaches are fleeting so that you can contemplate much more important things, like burgers.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Madly in Love

My hero...he's really been working on those pecs and quads

In an effort to keep things a little weird around here...okay, who are we kidding, it takes absolutely no effort - weird is our normal state of being.

Maybe I should have said, "in an effort to keep the status quo"...moving on...

I try to provide our little family opportunities for experiences and sometimes whoever is around us at the moment gets swept up in these experiences as well.

Case in point, one of the libraries in Shreveport held a book signing and meet the local author/illustrator day focusing on comic book, fantasy, and adventure type stories. 

I thought it wold be something different to do so we packed up a couple of Diva's friends and crossed the river expressly to attend the event.

I had no idea there were so many local published authors in this particular genre.  Diva and her friends had the chance to talk to the authors and ask them questions.  It was wonderful for the library to host such a function even if it was poorly attended. 

So what if it was a little odd to see folks with pink fox tails pinned to their clothing and others in full steampunk regalia? 
So what if we were the majority of the handful of attendees?
So what if one of the authors was perhaps a mite too serious about their zombie book/actual taxidermy project?

We had an experience meeting interesting people and had a great time spending the morning hanging out together.

1-4-3 EM & DM for being up for anything and going with the flow.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Spring Hats 2015

Easter Bonnet 2015
I think I tend to wear bigger hats during the spring/summer and smaller hats during the winter; although, so far this year, that has not necessarily been the case.  All of these (with the exception of my Easter bonnet) were estate sale finds.

I wore this lovely little darling for Artini.  It's time for the cocktail hat to make a comeback, don't you think?

I have grown very fond of the net veils on these old hats

I love the shantung material on this pillbox.

 It's a real treasure when I find hats in perfect original condition.  You can't tell very well from the photo but the colors are various shades of silvery grey.

Such a floaty feminine hat

Diva's been wearing:

Easter bonnet
This is part of WIWW.
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