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Outside my window...

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I am thinking...
about my mom.  This is the dress she wore to my wedding.  That's Mr. Pete escorting her to her seat just before the ceremony. She came to love him as a son.

Mama at age 51, 6 months 8 days

Interestingly, she picked a long pink dress for my sister's wedding too.

I am thankful...
for this little girl right here - who celebrates her 16th birthday today!
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She dazzles me.

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I have...
a 16th sweet sixteen party to plan for Saturday!   It's going to include a lighted back yard and a bon fire!  The boys never wanted a big 16-year-old party, but Izzy does - and I'm happy to give it to her.

In the kitchen...
Turkey and potatoes tonight!

I am wearing...
Gray workout pants and a black T-shirt.

I am reading...

I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day but Thursday with Pfilates.  I walked today and saw an older lady about 1/4 mile behind me. Before too long she was passing me, so I decided to try and stay right behind her.  I couldn't keep up.  At the end of the walk I told her that I had been trying to keep up with her and complimented her on her speed walking.  Turns out she is 71 years old, and she walked 4 miles in one hour.  I clearly have to up my game!  I only got 3 1/2 in an hour. 
  • work two weddings- one this weekend and one next. Then the third week I am the mother-of-the groom!   
From the Learning Rooms...
  We're enjoying a little bit of a break but Noah is still working on: 
  •  British Lit and British History -with the Great Courses currently reading 
  • Mere Christianity- by C.S. Lewis 
  •  Instacert to study for CLEP test in Biology
  • Noah got an A- on his Shakespeare writing course with Bravewriter. 

One of my favorite things...
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She likes to look at books before and after naptime!

I am hoping to ...
  • Get lots of flute practice done.
  • Organizing my office, classroom, and laundry.  
  • Organize the birthday party.
I am looking forward to...

working on our rehab house.  This is what the front looked like after I hacked the bushes down.  We're actually starting to see what the front of the house looks like - and it lets so much more light into the home.  It also has a new roof!  Took the roofers only one day to get it all done.
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Izzy and Noah got the old ceiling out of the back room.
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The three of them got the bathroom demolished too!
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