Studio

25 Feb

My studio has been set up, and I have slowly been getting back into clay. As I continue to explore forms that I just touched on in college, I realize how much more I need to learn and practice. The change in location, North Carolina instead of Ohio, also has been adding to the learning curve. Really dry winter air, and my experimenting with larger, almost 10 pounds, clay amounts creates slower drying times and a few cracked bottoms…insert horrible scream and mad face. Other than that and some glaze mishaps, I can’t get enough time to do everything I want to try. My next endeavor is to try mixing my own glazes, which I did in college, but then again just touching the surface of all that is involved I’m sure. Right now in the studio: plates, pie pans, and mugs are drying out.

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My little budding artist, always helping;)

Holy smokes… where have we been

31 May

I can’t believe it has been since January that I have shared any adventures. We have been home for nearly a whole year! Our new house is really starting to feel like home. Pictures are slowly being hung, swing set installed, sand boxes ready, guest house finally ready to be a guest house, chickens ruling the yard, and pottery studio in use! Pictures from April and May only, don’t what to overwhelm anyone:)

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Schools out soon, more adventures to come!

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1 Jan

December first came and sped ahead,  the boys’ winter break started,  and now I feel like January is quickly approaching. This month was filled with whirlwind celebrating and gifting,  family and fun.
Here are some late November and December pictures…Thanksgiving chef, chicken wrangling, earning next level ninjutsu belts, Great Wolf Lodge surprise, frosty visit, stocking on Ada’s feet, decorating for Christmas, playing dreidel, gingerbread houses with Beijing friends, and many more memories. Here’s to many more in 2015!
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Our newest “pets”

15 Nov

We are embracing country life here on what my Dad likes to call, “work farm the sequel”. It’s keeping us busy; trees to cut down, wood to stack, leaves to blow, chickens to look after.  Much different from last year in Beijing just calling maintenance and trying to explain the problem in mandarin.  Robert almost cut off his finger last weekend, but has also reaped the benefits of a slimmer waist line from all the manual labor:). We still have boxes of stuff that we don’t need to sort, but who needs the guest house when you have an air matress, and Seth who never sleeps in his room anyway!  The kids love the chickens and yard, even though they might not enjoy those few extra chores. 

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Enjoying being pulled almost a mile to the bus stop

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Our old hoa would send a nasty gram

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Newest hen Elvis little

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First hen miss elvis

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Princess of the flock

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Helping mommy put up chicken wire

12 acres of corn maze

22 Oct

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I guess they were mad to be leaving;)

School policy…or is it

2 Sep

                   ****rant warning****

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I look like I’m bitching about something in this picture and that’s just what you are about to read. So, stop if you only want positive thoughts for your day:)

Here we go…
Sweet Seth always seems to have his birthday coincide with the first day of school. Which sort of stinks because some teachers overlook his birthday altogether with all the hustle and bustle, then also forget it when the summer birthday celebration happens towards the end of the school year because they see the date and that school had already been in session. I have tried to every other year contact the teacher and make arrangements to bring something to share.
This year was no different.
My email:

We are out of town and will not be able to attend the meet the teacher. Is there anything Wyatt and Seth need to know before the first day of school?  We are new to morris grove this year.  We were living in Beijing last school year and they attended international school of Beijing.  The years before that they attended swift creek in wake county.  I have copies of all of their records if that would be helpful.  I already picked up their packets last week with the paperwork for the first day of school.  Thank you and we look forward to meeting you!

Also, Ms. *****- Seth’s 7th birthday is on the first day of school, is there anyway I could provide a birthday treat for him to share?

Her email:

Welcome to Morris Grove! Ms. ****** and I are so happy to have Seth in our class this year! 

As for anything Seth needs to know before the first day, all he needs to bring are the paperwork forms you picked up and the school supply list that was sent in an email to you. I would like to have all of these by the end of the first week if possible, so no rush if he doesn’t have them by the first day! Seth really just needs to know if he is buying or bringing a lunch the first day and know how he is getting home (bus, car, walk, or afterschool). If you would let me know how he is getting home the first day that would be helpful just so I can make sure he gets where he needs to go!

As for his birthday being on the first day, I am so glad you let me know and we will definitely celebrate! Our district policy is strict on having food in classrooms because of health concerns and allergies, so unfortunately we are not allowed to use food in our lessons or to celebrate birthdays. However, I have a pencil, two balloons, and a birthday bookmark that I give each student on their birthday that they can keep! I will also decorate the room a little bit for Seth as well!

My email:

Thanks Ms. *****!  I understand the whole food allergy issue, is there anyway we could bring cut up watermelon to share?  And some little non food treat for Seth to pass out. Every year it seems his birthday is the first day of school, good way to break the ice I guess!

Her email:

 I wish I could let you bring watermelon in for the class but again, it is against district policy and I don’t want to start the year off on the wrong foot. If I could make the rules I would definitely allow for more food to be used in lessons and the classroom!

 Additionally, a lot is happening on the first day of school and it might not be the best time for you to come in because the class is just getting used to the school and new procedures. However, if you wanted to make goody bags for the class that do not have food in them, I would be more than happy to pass them out to the class on Monday! Furthermore, there will be plenty of opportunities later in the year for you to come in the classroom if you would like. 

I do want to assure you that we will take time on the first day to celebrate Seth’s birthday so that it is special! I will give him a few prizes that are his to keep, we will sing to him, and I will decorate his chair.  Let me know if you have any more questions or concerns!

My thoughts:
Really watermelon. Who is allergic to watermelon?
I’m am going to hit the roof when the next kid who’s birthday it is mother brings cupcakes…
I understand you will make him feel “special” but come on a pencil, paper bookmark, and a balloon on his chair. I’m willing to help.
I checked school policy, or at least what’s posted everywhere.
I understand your busy, but how about suggesting we wait a week? No nothing.
Then I cried…
School policy:

Classroom Celebrations •Limit to one celebration per month (one session, not day-long) for holidays, birthdays, congratulatory events, at which cake, cupcakes, or other sweet dessert are served . •Monthly celebrations do not have to be unhealthy. Healthy treats can be brought in by parents or a fruit and snack tray can be ordered from Child Nutrition Services. •Avoid foods for celebrations that may cause allergic reactions. •Consider non-food options for classroom celebrations. •Observe food safety practices during classroom parties and bake sales.

What I did to try and deal with my passive aggressive nature: Seth and I picked out two books for him to donate to his class in honor of his 7th birthday. I didn’t respond to the email, because I think I would have been mean. And I haven’t heard any response to the books.
But, Seth says he likes his teacher, so that’s what matters.

A month into our “repatriotization”

21 Jul

I think we are really enjoying the new house. It was extremely overwhelming the day after we arrived to have our storage boxes delivered.  Boxes of stuff we hadn’t seen, used, or thought about for over a year dumped in a new house.  The boys acted like it was christmas, which made it hard to part with anything. Robert and I had the

wait I might need that someday

but overall have been doing good weeding out the crap. We also received our air shipment, which is actually the stuff we use the most, yippee!
We have had visitors and now have all four pets back with us. Which on some days makes my head spin, but overall everyone is adjusting great. Robert has his car back, and having two cars makes a tremendous difference in everyday life.
The kids and I found a community pool, we might have the majority of our new furniture picked out, and we spent an entire weekend just doing fun family stuff with limited box unpacking. We really needed a break from boxes. Ada got a big girl bed for her own room, big step for mommy and Ada. We are celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary, and Wyatt will be 10 soon! Holy smokes!!!
Here are some pictures.

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Big girl bed

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Enjoying grapes we picked

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Right off the vine

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Love his face

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With our peaches

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She had a blast

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My last baby

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I think they are getting along just fine

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Summer pool fun finally

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Thanks for the great visit

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Our new house

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Probably their favorite part of the inside

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Furniture shopping wears me out too

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First fire at our new house with the bops!!!

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Owl outside our living room, so neat

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Getting firewood ready

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More firewood

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New toy for all our trees

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Breakfast out

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Yummy mapleview creamy right down the road