Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice
Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Colors of Christmas

The Colors of Christmas

We drove through Pickens,
South Carolina, following
the road up and over
Caesar’s Head towards
Connestee Falls.

The elevation found a display
of autumn leave leftovers
and barren branches
hung on mountain trees.

The road, grey-misted
and lonely in an afternoon fog,
fell to a valley of green,
quite in contrast
to the December browns.

When we arrived,
Mother was hanging
icicle lights on the house;
it felt like home.

Even the rain
belonged to the day
and the cold outside
found a welcoming fire
inside where the children
and I snuggled

next to the Christmas tree
adorned with my favorite
childhood ornaments,
each special memory
by those represented.

As dusk seeped her color
across a western sky,
darkness twinkled
into a clearing night
that brought a borealis
of pink, peach, and ice blue;

as my children
pressed their noses
to frosted glass
making Santa and reindeer
finger paintings,

I caught the moment
before it drifted away,
tucking it deep inside
next to last year's
Christmas colors.

Friday, November 25, 2011

being thankful...

this year
my girls
were not with me

and i missed them

they will be home
this evening.

when they are with you all the time
and gone for only 3 days
you become aware
of how much they are
a part of your life.

i have been acutely aware
that everything about them
and who they are
is inside me;
every moment
of everyday....

i love MY girls..

 mommy misses you this moment
any moment

you are not with me....

Sunday, October 30, 2011

sneak peak

here is a sneak peak at a photo that will appear

on our 2011 christmas card!!

Monday, October 3, 2011


happy wedding anniversary day

2 years!!!

Oct. 3, 2009

i love you more.....

Thursday, September 22, 2011

once upon a day

i danced.

coppelia.....i was prayer

i loved it more than anything.

snow queen 1979

mountain ballad

I still love it....

in my mind I can still do it.
the last time i took class at the college park studio in the 1990's

i am sitting bottom left on the floor. the amazing phyllis watson in the chair next to me.

the woman who taught us to love it... edith royal in the royal blue near the center middle of picture.
i miss you mrs. royal....

in pink at disney's epcot center, early 1990's

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

it's OLIVIA's day

TODAY is my firstborn daughter's

SHE IS 11!!!

I remember the anticipation of that morning
and how nervous I was
about meeting HER!

She was a big baby girl too..... NINE POUNDS and FOUR OUNCES!

I had waited a long time for her..... and I wasn't a
spring chicken myself!!!!  I had just turned 38!!!!

She is FUNNY, and SMART, and can make you LAUGH
at the drop of a hat!!!



Thursday, August 11, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center

is an amazing place for learning.

Here is a link where you can track
the turtles that are released.....

While we were at Jekyll Island in July,
we visited the Center. I took these pics of
Timothy being looked after by the doctor
and his staff.....

And another patient in the big tanks...

We visited Harley and learned she would be released
on July 15th.... here are pictures of her

Isn't she gorgeous.... .she headed for the water...
then turned around! (I was thinking
she was probably wondering about the hands
that fed her and her fresh lettuce


Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Island's Trees


Beautiful Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia

This gorgeous tree is on Cumberland Island

You could get lost on these roads,
but eventually the sun will
guide you to the ocean
or the
intercoastal waterway

again at Cumberland Island, Georgia

Isabelle and Olivia climbing the trees at Driftwood


My girl.... Olivia

girls will be silly!!!


Kate showing me a modeling pose....

pretty girls

this one is enormous....

little K

peaceful afternoon

the root system provides a maze

running and playing

the tide coming in


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

a late night walk on the beach

Georgia Sea Turtle Center
click on the link above to go to the turtle center

Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest from the story below.....

Mother and I took Olivia
to Jekyll Island for the 
Georgia Level 4 Clay Court
Championships over the last 

On Saturday night, June 18th,
we took Olivia for a late night walk
down to the beach. The tide was
coming in, and it was very dark.
Though a near full moon was 
scheduled, it had not come up
in the sky yet.

No more than 5 minutes into the walk,
we saw a tall bearded man running
towards us crouched down yelling
in a whisper for us to crouch down!

We had walked right over sea turtle
tracks and didn't know it!

A Loggerhead was on the dunes at
that moment digging her hole to lay
her eggs....

The Georgia Sea Turtle patrol arrived
and with red lights that don't bother
a sea turtle, they measured the tracks
from the ocean. They waited until she
went into a trance like state, which
a sea turtle will do as they begin to 
drop their eggs. At that moment,
the sea patrol team rushed to her
gathering blood from her neck, tagging
her to track her later, measuring her
shell all while in this trance.

Within 20 minutes she was done
and began to cover the eggs, and
then she came down off the dune,
would slowly exert all the energy 
she had left, resting every 12 feet
or so until she had again reached
the ocean. And then....

she was gone.


Friday, June 3, 2011

june 3, 2011

school is out today
for the summer....
my second grader
will go to third grade


my fifth grader
will be in

how is that possible????

where have the years gone?

kate was four, olivia was in first grade

kate in kindergarten

no lost teeth yet on one, and the other has lost a few!

one of my favorite pics of the three girls.... olivia and kate
with sydney, their half sister.

still looks like a baby here, yes??!

olivia- first grade

olivia with maggie blue aka princess margaret as a baby

kate at age 5 and olivia at age 8 in FSU junior development

sisters.... may 2008, olivia age 7, kate age 5

just a couple months before turning 6!

my then 3rd grader

kate- first grade

kate - age 8, second grade

one of my favorites of olivia, age 9, and just out of 4th grade

olivia age 10, 5th grade

age 7, first dance recital

olivia 5th grade, NEHS reception

my FSU tennis girl.... all smiles

olivia, age 9 catching a stingray at jekyll island

kate- age 7, all i want is my two front teeth!!!

olivia's first USTA tournament win,
may 14, 2011
age 10 1/2