30 November 2019

Splash - November 2019

 November's splash was taken at Idlewild park in Easton, MD.  The cool part of this park is not the part itself.  Don't get me wrong; it's a great park - especially if you have littles.  Our BallTeam is too old now for little swings and tunnel slides, but those fixtures will wait on Ezzie Lou to use them in a few short years.  Instead, my BallTeam now climbs the trees and still plays on the bigger slides and swings - they are still all park folks, just larger now.  We stayed til dark and played on the tire swing, walked (and Josephine fell off of) the low wall borders and strolled the little lady Ezzie Lou about.
I HAD to include this one - even though I didn't choose it as the splash because I like the grouping of the splash better.  But, look at this one - Samantha is holding Josephine's hand.  Sweet ladies.
My favorite basketball court.  Cool, huh?

And the star - Ezamay is almost two weeks old and this is her first trip to the park.  She was alert and happy, but, we left her all snuggled up in the blankets where it's plenty toasty.  What a good girl!

29 November 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving is about eating a big, delicious meal of turnkey and cranberry sauce, then digesting while watching football.  Thanksgiving is about spending time with relatives and unpacking Christmas decorations.  Nope.  Not us.  Not this year.
I packed our Thanksgiving dinner - turkey sandwiches, chips, grapes and Capri Suns (I NEVER buy Capri Suns - everyone was SO excited...)

We ate at the Smithsonian Institution cafeteria.

So Eric's family had somewhere to go on Thanksgiving.  No biggie.  We took advantage of the day off for everyone and we went to my happy place - Smithsonian.  Riding the Metro is still just fun.

This is Henry, icon of the Museum of Natural History.  He's a big deal.


Josephine and Rachel had not yet been to the Holocaust Museum.  So, we sent our five children and only grandchild off into the Mall to learn about the horrors of tyranny and power, while James and I explored Natural History.  The museum was actually kinda crowded - I was surprised.  We wandered through the Narwhal exhibit and saw the Hope diamond.  We meandered through the oceans exhibits and the rise of Humans exhibits.  There is always something to discover.  We headed back out into the cold to meet the Ball Team at the metro station, and grabbed this wonderful shot of James and me - the Washington Monument in the background was beautiful in the developing sunset.

On Friday - now forever to be known as Fridaysgiving - we went to Moms.

Ezamay had family to meet - here she is charming her great uncle Eric.

Jim and Steph are making snowmen.  Ma always has a craft for us to do.  Some tolerate it - some really like it.  It's part of our holiday.

Some of our finished craftiness - approved by JMichael (11 years old).

No idle hands here - we also had gingerbread houses to build and decorate. 

 JMichael and I did the smaller one - Charlotte and Josephine did the larger model.

Thanksgiving is supposed to be about gratitude.  Our celebration was untraditional at best - but, we are together and grateful for the multitude of blessings in our daily life.  Happy Thanksgiving from the BallTeam!

31 October 2019

Splash - October 2019

Some splash photos take a few scenery changes or staging of some description.  I spend time every month coming up with ideas and scouting locations.  Then, once we have an idea, we get together and try to make the ideas come to life.  Sometimes this happens easily and this Splash was one of those - a pregnant subject and a field of pumpkins....voila!  Happy fall ya'll!

30 September 2019

Splash - September 2019

The September splash was taken at the Salisbury Zoo.  I don't know what it is about zoos - our BallTeam loves strolling around and visiting the animals.  They talk to them, call them, imitate them and generally just enjoy each other's company while seeing the wild things.  Salisbury has a great size zoo - it has some cool animals like, flamingos, crocodiles, bears, monkeys, bison and lots o'llamas!

23 September 2019

High School for Josephine

Josephine began the ninth grade this year - high school!  Here she is tolerating my taking her picture at enrollment - can't you just see in her beautiful smile that she is also saying, hurry, mom, get this over with...

Then, two very short weeks later, this is Josephine in high school - online.  She tried, she really did try.  She went to two weeks of classes and was miserable.  She said people were not mean, but, they were indifferent.  She tried to introduce herself, pay compliments to people, participate in class and generally put herself out there so she could meet people.  Nope.

She found an accredited program online which allows her to work at her own pace, take as many math classes as her logic-loving brain can tolerate and just tear through content.  She is currently taking US History, Freshman English, AP Biology, Music History and Appreciation, AP Algebra II and AP Geometry.  She keeps all As.  She does her assignments and she is dedicated to graduating high school before Rachel and Samantha graduate from college.

You watch.  She will do what she sets out to do.  I feel usually like all I can do is help or get out of her way.  May she always use her powers of dedication for good.

31 August 2019

Splash - August 2019

We had a crazy busy summer - three moves and lots of running around.  New schools, new jobs, new places....still thick as thieves.  This splash was taken in front of Mom's new house in Salisbury.  The Ball Team is living in two different houses - but, still a Team. 

12 August 2019

Cloud thought bubble

Is this an amazing cloud formation, or what?  It's like a giant thought bubble in the sky.  What is God thinking?  I shudder to wonder.