Took a week off and headed to the beach for a laid-back vacation. The water was warm, the weather was nice, and it wasn't crowded.
The Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC, lets everyone get up close and personal with the giraffes. The lofty open-air feeding platform lets kids and families hand-feed and pet the gentle giants.
Girls on the Run
Emma completed her second 5k with Girls on the run, winning a medal, and having a great time with her friends. When asked about running again next year, the answer was a definite no. Hopefully her friends will choose a different activity that doesn't involve so much running. BFFs from left to right: Kendall, Carrie, and Emma.
Marybeth created an Easter dress for Emma using an old family fabric and a new bought dress — very swooshy.
February dumped 8 inches of snow on us overnight. Everybody took the day off, dug out our snow gear, let the dog loose, and had a great time. If it's only going to snow once a year, this is the proper way to do it.
Birthday Art Party
Wrapped up the year with Emma's birthday party. She invited a bunch of friends to a private painting session at the local Art Council. The kids got to keep their creations. A beautiful cake was served, and fun was had by all.
From the archive
Possums are fun. This one was living in the crawl space under the neighbor's house and had wandered into my yard one night. The next morning Emma and I gave this baby possum a spa treatment and photo shoot. The cute critter now lives at the local museum as part of their hands-on live animal workshops and classes.