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Snow Day!

Okay, it’s not technically a snow day because it actually snowed on Tuesday.

And I don’t even get  snow days because I have to go to work no matter what the weather is doing.

No. Matter. What.

But today I was off (or yesterday at this point), so I was able to enjoy the snow as God intended – from home. 🙂

Anyway, the snow is slowly, slowly melting, but it’s so cold at night that the roads are icy in the mornings and evenings. So the less people on them the better.

But Louis and I did get outside for a bit today, and took a little walk up to the field.



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I had to drive in across the field when I got home Wednesday night. My driveway is so steep that I can’t get up it when it snows.

.A very little walk.

Louis learns that snow on logs is slippery.

Louis learns that snow on logs is slippery.

I keep forgetting I want to buy snow boots when the stores are selling snow boots, and my tennis shoes were not made for walking around in what’s basically just thick water.


So once my shoes were getting soaked through, I figured it was time to go in. That took all of about 15 minutes.

As soon as I said, “Okay, baby!” and turned around, Louis ran for the house!


That speck is Louis.

I guess I can’t blame him; he wasn’t wearing any shoes at all.

3rd Annual Zombie Walk

This past Saturday was the Zombie Walk! I went for the first time last year with my friend Toni and we had a great time. This year Toni’s husband and son joined us too. It seemed even more crowded with zombies than last year, and I’m hoping it brought in a lot of food donations for our area food banks.

The Mean Mommy Club of Fredericksburg originated the Zombie Walk here, and I chatted with a couple of the Mean Mommies beforehand about how they got started and why they decided to do this kind of charity event in the first place. Here’s the interview, if you’d like to take a listen (it’s about 16 minutes):

Here are some pictures:

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It was a lot of fun, and I even got to be a costume contest judge this year, so that was cool too. And I only ran away from one person this year, so that’s a step up. But in my defense, she was really, really creepy.

Items of Interest
I didn’t even cry at the Zombie Walk (the post about last year’s walk)
Fredericksburg Zombie Walk (Facebook page)
The Mean Mommy Club of Fredericksburg


Allison Weekend

I had my niece Allison for a visit last weekend, and it was really great! I only live about an hour away from them, but she’d never been to my house. So when her parents needed a sitter for the weekend, I was really excited about getting her to myself for a few days.

Allison is a happy little girl. And a cuddle girl. Two very great things!

Here are some pictures:

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And because I can’t help myself, here are some more pictures:

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Next time I’ll have to have both girls over. I can’t help but think about the fun times my two nephews spent with me at my house, and it makes me a little sad that they are so grown up now. I remember what it felt like as they were getting too old to want to come visit me out here in the country. They were moving on to new adventures. And I know that will be the case with Amanda and Allison all to quickly.

But that’s how it’s supposed to be. And I can enjoy these little girl days as long as they exist.

Do I really need tons of photos to remember my vacation?

I’m a picture person. I usually take tons of photos during special events, especially trips and vacations.

Unfortunately, I was sick on my vacation last week. My throat was hurting by the first day, and by Tuesday my energy was low, low, low. I can see the rapid disintegration in my photo folders: Sun night 70 pictures, Mon 207 pictures, Tues 7 pictures.

It was one of those times when I really wanted to do something, but couldn’t muster the energy or motivation to make it happen. And it seemed like every time I opted not to take my camera with me, that was the time when I wish I’d had it. When I did take it with me, I barely used it.

I made myself spend the day outdoors on Thursday. And though I kept wanting to fall asleep on my chair, I swam and talked and read and watched. At one point, I knew it was the time to take pictures, that this was a moment I’d want to capture. The sun was shining, the waves were blue and white, and everyone was out there having fun. But I thought, “tomorrow…I will do it tomorrow. Today I will just watch and enjoy.”

Of course, the next day – our last day – I was in bed all day and the one time I ventured out into the heat, I turned right back around and went back to bed. So there was no next sunlit day at the beach.

And now I’m kind of sad that I don’t have more photos. I’m still sick, but I wish I’d pushed myself more and just made myself take pictures.

Memories of outings past:

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Those photos are important to me. They bring back the memories in a vivid, perfect way that my mind simply can’t replicate.

I remember the texture of the event, what I felt like, what it sounded like, bits and pieces of scenery and little snippets of the action. But a photo can show me, whenever I want, the exact expression on someone’s face, the exact moment when this  happened, this tiny little thing I’d already forgotten about.

Some people never take photos, and they don’t really need that kind of memento. Even as I was watching the others play in the waves that Thursday, I was thinking it would be okay if I didn’t get those pictures. Because being there was the thing, the most important part. Enjoying the experience. And I was right, of course.

But I still wish I had more pictures.

Are you a picture person?

Do you feel the need to capture the moment, or are you perfectly content just to live it?