31 December 2018
27 December 2018
She is pictured here on her sixteenth birthday - in DC - with Rachel, who took her out for the day. On Rachel's right is Matt Barkley, her boyfriend. On Charlotte's left is Markel Norfleet, her boyfriend. Rachel took Charlotte to the Smithsonian and out to eat, with the "boys".
Charlotte excels at making people feel at ease. She is fearless and as at home on the stage as one-on-one. Her laugh is contagious and she sings in the shower loudly enough for the cows to hear. She is in the tenth grade and we are having issues with her grades, not turning in her work, not going to class, not caring about performance. Her cutting resurfaced earlier this year, and is under control again, but, is still a constant worry. We have investigated changing her schools, changing her medications, changing her schedule. The only thing I would never change is Charlotte. She is worth every struggle. Happy Sixteenth, baby girl. Your real sweet sixteen present will come in March - stay tuned!
30 November 2018
31 October 2018
....not my favorite holiday. We did get a few pictures, though.
12 October 2018
08 October 2018
02 October 2018
01 October 2018
30 September 2018
18 September 2018
I have no idea, Josephine. But, I do know that you should never stop asking questions.
17 September 2018
04 September 2018
31 August 2018
16 August 2018
They started at Aquafit, which is a physical therapy gym, with classes and yoga and personal trainers. Samantha and Charlotte run the front desk, making appointments, taking money, renting lockers, checking in clients and answering the phone. They plan to work up through the ladder - Samantha moving into the accounting side and Charlotte wants to be a certified life guard - both get the benefit of the whole facility, which includes a heated pool, sauna, hot tub, all the classes....what a deal.
And as an aside - do you know what these two did with some of the money from their first paycheck? They hired someone to mow our two acres. Dang sweet. I mean, they win too, because they won't have to mow, but, they did it for all of us. Mowing two acres with a push mower in summer is no joke. Thank you ladies!
07 August 2018
03 August 2018
31 July 2018
26 July 2018
It's still happening. Samantha had another birthday, even though she will tell you she doesn't want to get any older. Recently she had to contact her bank because she needed to know about a deposit she had made while she was in Arkansas. She was asking me if she was calling the right place and asking the right questions. I told her she was handling it all just right. Her response? Ugh, mom. I don't like this adulting thing. Growing older is no fun. I'm not doing it.
Instead, she is growing into an ever more responsible adult. She handles her own financial aid forms and registrations for college. She worked at tasty Freez while she was visiting Arkansas this summer and she is job hunting now that she's back in Maryland. She is quite capable of this adulting thing, whether she wants to do it or not.
Samantha is single, and after her breakup with long time love Jonboy, she is having trouble finding a friend. She doesn't want a boyfriend, she says. She just wants friends, and boys just want girlfriends. Samantha is attending Chesapeake College and finishing her general education requirements while deciding what she wants to be if she ever grows up. At this point she's an accounting major, but, that is subject to change.
This year her watermelon/birthday cake was a seedless yellow melon - fruit as always, and with a twist for our nineteen year old. We watched "NI'm Inteen" on the Frog Prince - a nineteenth birthday tradition my mom started when I turned Nineteen. And we played Dice - more family game night. A birthday settled in at home, with netflix, games and fruit - yup, that's our Samantha Marie.
20 July 2018
Charlotte is an active young lady. She likes her netflix, don't get me wrong, but, if there's something going on, you can bet she will want to be in the midst of it. Since school is about six weeks away, she is getting ready for volleyball season. The team seniors sponsor unofficial 'practices', which are really just work out sessions, to prepare for the season. These work outs are from 7 am to 9 am and they run the bleachers, stretch, sprint and work the free weights. I can tell you that they are working hard. Charlotte is sore, and then, this happens.
16 July 2018
11 July 2018