Sunday, November 22, 2015


 Old tradition with new friends.
We went apple picking with our friends and it brought back so many memories of picking apples in my Grandpa's orchard and apple picking outings with my Boston friends. I love it.
 The leaves on Blue Ridge Mountain were just starting to put on their fall colors.

 We are so thankful for good friends.

Addi planned and planned for her Rosie the Riveter costume.
If anyone asked her, "Who is Rosie the Riveter" she would say:
"A symbol of women at work in WWII"
She also did extra push-ups outside her swim workouts to really get the full effect of the bicep.

This is my half-baked costume that I was going to wear to the ward party...I didn't get it finished and the day was crazy but you all get the benefit of the concept at least.


I know there are many of my friends whose children never imbibe in the diabolical television.  They are great and wonderful parents and it is quite possible that I am not.  I let Addi watch television (if she gets 5 seconds to relax between school, swim, piano practice and homework) and I will answer before my maker about it.  
Addi's favorite show is the Andy Griffith Show.  When we found out that Mount Airy, NC was Andy's hometown and the inspiration for Mayberry...I mean...we had to go.

 This was the actual courthouse but they made it look like it does in the show.
 Grape Nehi from Wally's Gas Station.
 Main Street.  

Randall in Otis' Cell...naturally.
Addi with her friends Andy and Opie.

Addi Wood 5th Grader

How did this happen?
5th Grade.
It's her last year of elementary school and I want it to last as long as possible.
I'm not ready to give her up to middle school...but I shall not borrow trouble.
I just try to cherish and appreciate every moment with this smart, compassionate, clever, courageous and faith-filled friendly girl.

Utah, USA

 I feel more completely myself when I am surrounded by my family. 
 Addi and I have been able to go to Utah for a visit twice since moving to NC and we are hoping Randall will join us next time.
We try to have a family reunion with all the brothers and sisters that can make it.  We were a little light on people this year.
 We started coordinating our reunion with  Alpine Days.  That way the city plans and puts together all the activities and we all go together and come home to my Mom's house for meals and rests together.  It works for us.
We're headed out to the rodeo...and in about an hour we will all be drenched from the torrential downpour that opened up right over the rodeo!
 Speaking of horses, my sister has a few and trains and teaches lessons.  Addi gets a few lessons whenever we go and she LOVES it!
 Resting in the shade with my sisters Ashley and Amy (yes, we all begin with A) while the kids are playing at the carnival.
 Alpine Days carnival.
 These gals love each other and stick together.  They are resting after a full day of inflatable toys and trampolines.
 We had a fireside devotional in conjunction with our family reunion.
We talk about our pioneer ancestors and their incredible stories.  As I've gotten older I've come to appreciate their stories even more.  I think it is so important to pass on these stories of faith and courage that our children might be inspired to emulate their faithful ancestors.

 I finally got to meet this cute baby! and she loves me...obviously.
The simple interactions Addi has with my littlest sisters are the closest she gets to siblings.  She loves it! She fills up with love for and from these girls.  I am thankful for them!

Summer Time

 Addi and Randall all dolled up for the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance that the Activity Day girls puts together. The girls each make a plate of refreshments, it may seem old-fashioned but I love it.
 Just in case practice every day was not enough time at the pool I taught a few swim lessons this summer.
It was a crazy fun time and I was able to get a nice tan even with 70 SPF (I am a granny) sunscreen.

 Addi's Cousin Ashley came out with the Grandparents for a visit.
They had a great time together and Ashley was introduced to the excitement of a big 2-day swim meet. (Exciting meaning very long and lots of kids swimming back and forth across the pool)
 Every month we load up a van (or two) of sisters and head down to the Columbia, SC temple.  I go with the sisters nearly every month and I love it.  I really like getting to know these ladies, they have all had remarkable lives and I am humbled to know them.  They inspire me to improve!

Charleston-Isle of Palm

We were able to steal away around Memorial Day for a weekend.
Charleston, South Carolina.
We spent two (blustery) days on the beach at Isle of Palm.
It was absolutely gorgeous! Perfect weather for Addi and Randall and a little cool for me.  The water was nice though.
Addi spent the entire time in the water gathering shells and shell fragments. she is a very determined shell searcher.

After two days she was so sad to leave the sand and shells behind.

 Saturday we took a jog/walk over the Ravenel Bridge. It is 2.5 miles long and has great views of the ocean.  You can also see the container ships loading and unloading cargo in the harbor.
 We tried out some restaurants from that diners, drive-ins and dives show.
This one is in an old car repair garage...very cool.

We really enjoyed our time and will definitely go back.  Next time I will get pictures of the "Market" where at one time slaves were bought and sold but is now full of vendors and many sweet grass weavers; and Rainbow Row, a row of brightly painted Georgian row houses.  With a name like "Rainbow Row" I think I had elevated my expectations a little.  I marched Addi and Randall around thinking that we were not getting the full effect.  Evidently we were, and they are nice, I just thought there would be small delightful gardens out front.  If you go do not be disappointed about the gardens...or lack.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Short Course Sectinoals

This was a little before the golf day but I know you'll forgive me.
Addi qualified for sectionals in Atlanta in March.
We visited the Atlanta Aquarium before she had to get down to business.
 She does not look 100% sure about touching this sea star.

 She's sure about her Dad though

We were able to attend Sacrament meeting in Atlanta and get a glimpse of the Atlanta Temple.

 The event was on Georgia Tech Campus. 
It was pretty awesome.
 It's hard to get photos inside.
She is on the podium getting pictures with her team...standing far left if you're wondering.
  Addi and her swim girlfriends.
 Addi's Coach Tanya has been a huge blessing to all of us.
She has helped Addi improve so much but also makes her swimmers feel like a million bucks...with room to improve.

Golf Day

No, we are not starting a new sport.
Addi had the opportunity to participate in an elementary golf event.
.  The PE teacher got to choose one boy and one girl to go to this event. She got the opportunity by being the only girl to put their name in the hat.
She has never held a golf club before...she did pretty well though.
Beginners luck perhaps.
She was visibly nervous on the first "hole" because she had no idea how to use a golf club, but she got lucky...that gave her the confidence she needed to carry on.

Their little team won and they got pictures with Mr. Hornet from the Charlotte Hornets NBA team.
(I know his name is not Mr. Hornet but I don't know what it is.)