Sunday, April 20, 2014

He is Risen!

Happy Easter! 


Thursday, April 17, 2014

More Blossoms... and our End of Year Celebration for Classical Conversations

As I busily prepared for our last week of CC,
I managed to check on the cherry blossoms one more time. 

Every single street in a nearby neighborhood is this lovely, but on a warm, peak-bloom, Sunday afternoon there is NO way to get a photo without gobs of cars and people. I do my best. 

It always takes my breath away to see the blossoms bursting out of the tree.


Making the cherry blossom experience even more beautiful is the pale pink petal confetti that swirls through the air and piles up in gutters. There could not be a more magical way to welcome spring!

Walking home we spotted the first tulips in bloom. 

Because of snow days (it seemed to always snow on Tuesdays!), our last day of CC got pushed to the same day of our big End of Year Celebration. Funny to note: it SNOWED that night - April 15th. I'm telling you - it's a Tuesday thing. Anyway, it was a wonderful culmination of a fabulous first year of CC!  

Here are most of the boys from my class. I had a class of all boys and loved every minute of it.  

The whole crew.

The Memory Masters receiving their awards.
I am so proud of Hannah! She worked very hard and rocked it her first year!

This face says "a full table of desserts and my mom wasn't looking."

Dad got to come up and see where we go every Tuesday. 

One of the sweet boys in my class. 

Can't wait 'til it all starts again!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Blossoms

“Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment!”
-Ellis Peters

a midday walk to see the cherry blossoms

The official "peak bloom" was made official this morning at the Tidal Basin.
I think our nearby trees are a day behind, perhaps letting the famous trees have their moment first. 

tomorrow will be even prettier... still so many buds

so beautiful

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Classical Conversations : Faces of History

Will and Hannah's Classical Conversations Essentials class
concluded the year with a Faces of Medieval History celebration. 

Here's Johannes Gutenberg

And Lady Jane Grey presenting her paper

We did it! Completed our first year of Essentials!... sadly, Hannah's only year.
Next year she is on to Challenge A. 

The very impressive feast complete with a pig's head centerpiece. 

I grabbed a tutor board for a backdrop
and took a quick photo of the diagrammed mugs
we made for our amazing tutor.  

Boca Grande 2014

Winter was long, cold, and oh-so-snowy. In early March, the kids bellowed a giant "Noooooo!"
when I announced 8 inches were coming our way. Clearly, we were done with it all.
So, having our feet in the sand while the last snowstorm swirled in DC
was exactly what we needed. A few weeks back, we visited my husband's parents
in Boca Grande - a tiny sliver of an island in southwest Florida that is very nearly perfect.  

Spring Training games just 30 minutes away! Will was in baseball heaven.

Waiting for our ride to the airport... just hanging with Nana on the golf cart. 
And a "someone please document that I was on this trip" last minute photo. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Linden holds so many happy memories for us. Last year five dear friends went in together and bought a house in those lovely mountains of Virginia, and this past weekend our extended group of friends gathered there to celebrate one of the many 40th birthdays happening this year.

We were all able to be there for the ceremonial hanging of the sign.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


We spent the long holiday weekend celebrating Peter. 
Eight years old... such a fun age!

His big birthday treat: Saturday morning at an indoor climbing center. 
We were all thrilled with his birthday pick. 

He LOVED every minute.

I could really get into this kind of exercise... we all could!

Monday morning birthday breakfast... all his favorites were requested. 

 Afternoon fun at Beauvoir's Outdoor Playground. 

 A beautifully mild and sunny mid-winter day. The perfect birthday for this outdoor loving kid.
Hard to believe that 2 days later I sit here looking at 5 inches of snow on the ground
and 6 degrees on the thermometer! 

Then home again for dinner and birthday cake with the Flemings.
Happy 8th Birthday to my sweet and spunky Peter! 


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