Monday, December 30, 2019

Dahlonega with Jessica and Mom and Dad

Today we took Elyse to Granny and Pa's house so Anna and Jessica and I could go on a one-day trip to Dahlonega to walk around and see the town while it was still in its Christmas finery.

This is where we had lunch (and, later, ice cream):


Waiting for our lunch to be delivered:


Jessica doing one of the things she does best, taking pictures:


In one of the stores Jessica found this top hat, which she loved so much we bought it for her for her birthday (which is still more than three weeks away):


Jessica and Curious George (at least that might be who this is supposed to represent) in that cool toy store:


Back home several hours later, Jessica put on her top hat and made a pretend phone call:


Thursday, December 12, 2019

Christmas Chorus and Ukulele Club Concert

This year Elyse has been in the Cooper Elementary Ukulele Club, and tonight was their big performance as part of the Cooper Elementary 2019 Holiday Concert!

You can't actually make out Elyse unless you know just where to look, but here is the lineup of ukulele players at the beginning of their part of the concert:


And here's Elyse, right in the middle of this shot:


And again; same picture, just cropped more closely on her:


Another picture of the whole group (or most of it), with the chorus seated behind:


Elyse again:


The chorus in action during the Christmas Sing-Along Medley:


Here, Elyse poses after the performance in front of the faux Christmas tree at the back of the gym:


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Journey to Bethlehem

Tonight Elyse and I went to the Journey to Bethlehem at Snellville UMC. Here are a few pictures I took during the two hour wait before we started on the journey:

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Wynne-Russell House Holiday Open House and Bake Sale

Today Jessica and I went to the Wynne-Russell house in Lilburn for their annual Holiday Open House and Bake Sale, one of the few days during the year when the house is open to the public so you can go in and walk around and see the stuff that normally you can only see by peering in the windows, and the only day during the year when you can also buy cookies and lemon bars there. Afterwords we went to downtown Lilburn to walk around and browse the antique store for a while.

Here are a few of the pictures I took:






Friday, November 29, 2019

Returning from Minnesota

Tonight I went back to the airport to pick up the girls after their flight back from Minnesota. They had a great time seeing their various relations (parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents--depending on who we're talking about being related to whom) and playing the piano, baking cookies, going down the fire pole (no pictures of that, sadly), knitting, and all the other things they did there. They were ready to be back home and away from the cold and snow, though!

Here are fifteen pictures that were texted or e-mailed to me while they were gone:
















Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Coffee Haiku, Christmas cup edition



shivering, sipping
coffee from a Christmas mug--
freezing fall morning

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Girls Go to Minnesota


This morning I took the girls (including Anna--all the girls in our family except the cats) to the airport to fly up to Minnesota to spend Thanksgiving with Anna's family!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sunday Lunch with Jessica

(She wanted an arty black and white photo of herself.)


We ate pizza at Fellini's (the one on Lavista) and then went to Barnes and Noble (the one on Peachtree). 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Thanksgiving Feast with Elyse

Today was the Thanksgiving Feast at Elyse's school. Here's a picture of the two of us in the cafeteria:



Saturday, October 12, 2019

Exploring Duluth with Jessica

Today Jessica and I went to Duluth, Georgia (not far from where we live) to explore and take pictures and have supper. Here are some of the pictures I took:










Sunday, August 11, 2019

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today

Today is the twentieth anniversary of our first date!

This is what I wrote and posted two years ago, on the eighteenth anniversary:

As it happened, the day we first went out--we met at Marco Polo, a Chinese restaurant, in Roswell--was also the day I bought my first digital camera, and one of the first pictures I took with it (after a couple of myself and the inside of my car) was this one of the twenty-three-year-old Annie:


That was a Wednesday; the following Saturday we went on what might have been our true first date, to the zoo. I took this picture that day: