Thursday, November 1, 2012

We met Blue Lily!

Thanks to the eagle-eye blog watching of one Kara Schafer Morris, we were alerted that Blue Lily Photography was passing through Columbus and we scored a session!  
Wendy and Tyler have such an interesting story (warning: their blog makes for addictive reading) and it was exciting to meet them one sunny afternoon in September at the Jeffrey Mansion and have Wendy capture some of the goofy fun.  Some of my favs:

Friday, October 26, 2012

Will Has a Jack-o-Lantern Smile

Will has been wiggling his lower front tooth since the beginning of October.  I think he was secretly hoping it would fall out while he was at school since you get to go to the office and get a special tooth-shaped-box necklace and it is kind of a big deal. 
So he wiggled and wiggled and- whew!- it finally came out... while he was waiting in line for dismissal at the end of the day.  
He did get to go to the office.  
And he did get a tooth-shaped-box necklace.  
And it was kind of a big deal.

Pinterest convinced me that the only way to celebrate the first lost tooth was to craft a wee fairy door so the Tooth Fairy would have an easy way to slip into Will's room and collect his tooth.  

We hung the door next to Will's bed.

It worked like a charm! 
The next morning the tooth was gone and there was a sweet letter and a golden dollar coin in its place.  Also a trail of fairy dust along Will's pillow where the Tooth Fairy had snuck over to give Will a kiss (there was glitter in his hair for days).

It was a lovely first (only 39 more!) visit from the Tooth Fairy

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Tour de Donut

A couple of weekends ago we drove out to Arcanum, Ohio and participated in the Tour de Donut with our friends Jean and Mark.  
The Tour de Donut is a 33 mile bike ride through the lovely (mostly flat, thank goodness) Ohio countryside with 2 rest stops where you can eat donuts!  And for every donut you eat, they subtract 5 minutes from your time at the Finish Line.

I can't think of a nicer way to spend a Saturday: 
touring the beautiful town of Arcanum and the surrounding countryside, 
spending time with Jean and Mark, 
enjoying fresh air and exercise, 
posing for pictures with Mr. Sprinkles, 
and eating donuts!

First Day of First Grade

Yay! The first day of First Grade!

At St. Mary School in German Village, we celebrate the first day of First Grade with a Schultute Ceremony.  
It actually started last year when, as Kindergarteners, the students hung little paper cones on a special tree.  All year, as the children learn and grow, the paper cones grow and become more colorful.  Then when the children are ready to start first grade, the cones are harvested and filled with school supplies and small toys and sweet treats to help "sweeten" the beginning of formal education.  
It's a pretty big deal.

The ceremony was very nice. Each upper grade gave a gift to the First Graders, such as a prayer to their Guardian Angels or a promise to help them along their way, and guest speakers included the Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus and Channel 10 News Anchor Kristyn Hartman.

Will received his Schultute

The Kindergarteners hung their paper cones on the tree

Congratulations to our Big, Grown-Up First Grader! 

Christmas in... er... July

July was a little hectic in our house this year so Christmas in July turned into Christmas in August.  
And it wasn't exactly a Christmas party.  
We went to COSI!

 The folks at COSI do a wonderful job of putting on a party.  The highlight of which (I think everyone would agree) is making ice-cream with liquid Nitrogen.  
Yummy... Educational... and a little bit Dangerous.  
Sounds like a recipe for an awesome 7th Annual Christmas in July.

Thursday, August 30, 2012


I decided not to give cancer a voice on my blog.  
I want this to be a place where I remember and reflect on the joy in our lives.  
Cancer brings terrible grief and pain.  
I was surprised to find that cancer also brings wonderful joy.  The joy of finding out that there is boundless generosity and love in other people- even people who are strangers to you.  The joy of knowing that you can let people who love you help shoulder the burden when it starts to overwhelm you.  The joy of not taking little moments for granted.
One of the greatest joys was cheering on our friend Vannessa who rode in the Pelotonia in honor of Rick and her father-in-law, who also battled a brain tumor.

There goes Super Vannessa, zooming down High Street shortly after leaving the starting line

The World's Cutest Cheering Section

Rick being interviewed by a Columbus Dispatch reporter at the first rest stop

A Congratulations Hug from her boys

Champions at the Finish Line

Not only was it incredibly emotional to watch Vannessa give her strength to this cause with Rick's name printed on her jersey, it was infinitely more amazing to be surrounded that day by literally thousands of people willing to battle through a grueling bike tour because they care that people like Rick are battling their own grueling fight. 

The day after Rick's first MRI, when we knew that he had a tumor, but did not yet know much more than that, as we were numbly going through the motions of a normal routine and trying not to let ourselves be overcome by fear and despair, I walked through a room in the house and saw a piece of paper lying on the ground.  When I picked it up and turned it over, it read 'Friendship is a sheltering tree'.  Thank you, Vannessa, for giving so much of yourself to us: your strength, your love, your shoulder to cry on, your connections in the Neurosurgery Department, your care and concern, your awareness that Rick is the primary cook in our family, your sense of humor, your friendship.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Harry Potter To You!

On August 1st, Soren turned 3!

Grandma and Grandpa came to town to celebrate with a Harry Potter themed dinner:

Hagrid's Hotdogs and Brats
Weasly's Magic Baked Beans
Potter Potato Salad
Hermione's Heavenly Hash
Dursley's Piggles (Grilled Cheese-stuffed Bacon-wrapped Pickles)
 (don't knock 'em till you've tried 'em)


Followed, of course, by Hogwarts Cake

Then boxies!

We had reserved a cabana for a special day at Zoombezi Bay, but the forecast called for 60% chance of rain so we opted to take Soren to see his 
first Movie Theater movie: 
You'll notice it's not raining.  
Oh well, Brave was awesome and a good time was had by all.  

Harry Potter to You, Darling Soren!

Happy Anniversary

Dear Rick-

Sometimes this family feels like a circus.  
You are the Strong Man in our Circus Side Show and I love you!  
Thank you for the thrills and the fun and the noise and the exotic animals we named Will and Soren!

I love you, Meg

Picnic At the Weaver's

Could it be summer without at least one visit to the Weaver Homestead?  
This summer we have been lucky to be treated to two Weaver Picnics.  In July we were invited to come over and play before Dr. Weaver's Model T Club meeting.  
Will has already told us that he would like his first car to be a Model T so he was thrilled with the rides in the full-size and mini-Model T's and everyone was excited to help make (and help eat) ice cream in the tractor-driven ice cream maker.

 Just a couple weeks later, Dr. and Mrs. Weaver hosted a Resident Picnic- even more fun because tractor rides and Model T rides and ice cream making was shared with wonderful friends

A Great Big Midwest Welcome to our First Year Residents, Jean and Zach! 
Heart you guys!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!

Hello, Beautiful!

I cannot wait for you to get in my tummy!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A Sparkley 4th of July!

We had a small (and hot) 4th of July celebration.  
The hardest part was waiting for it to get dark enough.  But when it finally did, we sparkled sparklers until we could sparkle no more.

Then we watched a dramatic and fiery miniature tank battle.  Very loud and smokey!

Happy Birthday USA! 

(is it fall yet?)

Kindergarten Graduation

A tremendous Thank You to Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Budd for a wonderful year!
To all our school buddies- see you in the fall!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Memorial Day

The Worthington Memorial Day Parade did not disappoint this year!  
The guys got the excitement going with a little bubble blowing and flag waving.  Then we were treated to an awesome, patriotic parade of color guards, veterans, vintage cars, marching bands, scout troops, clowns, roller derby teams, and even a kettle drum band!  
My dad and Rick were both wearing their Navy hats and several people took the time to thank them for their service.  
Patriotism always gives me goosebumps!

We cooled off with the traditional trip to Graeter's Ice Cream afterward, then home to run around in the sprinkler! 
 Let the Summer begin!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Right to Read Week

This year's theme was Medieval Times and the week got off to a busy start with the family cake decorating contest.

Our cake was based on a really cute book called  
'When a Dragon Moves In' 
about a boy who builds the perfect sandcastle at the beach and a dragon moves into it.

The rest of the week was a flurry of wearing knight costumes to school (A Day For a Knight), Medieval Feasts, and a family movie night ('Robin Hood').  

Friday night was the Medieval Festival  featuring Maypole dancing, crown-shaped cookie decorating, (no joke) fire juggling, and (Soren's favorite) writing with a feather quill...
 just like Harry Potter.

 We are so lucky to have such a neat, creative, energetic librarian at St. Mary School to organize such amazing events.  
Thank you, Mrs. Ruefle!