Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Fun

We are officially ready for Halloween!

Pumpkins carved...
The lunch I packed for Berkley to take to school on Halloween...
I joined Berkley & Gavin for lunch that day...

Halloween dinner before trick or treating!
We headed out with Harry Potter for trick or treating.  Since our neighborhood is all older folks, we had to drive to a nearby neighborhood to walk around and get treats.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Afternoon Treat

As a reward for his AR points at school, he asked to go to our favorite GSO shop for a new book, a glass of milk, and a cookie as big as his head!

Bill Clinton

Have I mentioned that it's cool to be in a swing state?  

Long story short, Christina has an old friend who was working on the Clinton campaign and he was assigned to Bill Clinton's events.  When the former president came to Greensboro we were able to get VIP access to the rally, and a special meet and greet with Mr. Clinton.  What an amazing afternoon!

President Clinton was incredibly charming and kind.  Right before my picture, he had taken a picture with Christina, and he had been laughing at and with her.  He was personable and relaxed, and it was instantly clear how folks could be so drawn to his charisma.
We had incredible "seats" by the stage.
Christina, Debra and I couldn't believe we were getting to have such a neat experience.
All of a sudden Jesse Jackson appeared in the crowd.  I believe he was here  for the NC A&T homecoming weekend, but he sure did make himself comfortable during the rally!
As Mr. Clinton walked around after his speech, he paused to speak intentionally to everyone who was along the fence near him.  He was happy to take a photo with us, and I completely failed at taking a selfie.
So he said, "Here.  let me take it."  I handed him my phone & he took a great photo!  What a cool day!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Fun

For the first time, downtown Greensboro hosted trick or treating the Saturday afternoon before Halloween.  Berk & I had a great time walking around downtown with the Shively family.  I think this is going to be a great new tradition.

After trick or treating downtown, we headed to the pumpkin patch to get a couple of pumpkins to make Jack-o-lanterns.

One adult and one kid at the pumpkin patch means the one adult has to carry both heavy pumpkins to the car while the one kid steals the phone to take pictures.

FBC Fall Festival

First Baptist Church, Fall Festival Fun.

Harry Potter twins with Patrick
Photo booth time with Jack

Friday, October 28, 2016

Harry Potter Night

I was talked into going to Harry Potter night at Barnes & Noble.  Berk entered the store, said hello to everyone within ear shot, then promptly removed his glasses & reassured everyone that he is not, in fact, the real Harry Potter.  He then proceeded to ask everyone he passed what house they are in.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Downtown View

When your husband has a long week at work and asks you to meet him downtown so you can just lay eyes on each other for 5 minutes, and you see him walking across the street. 

Messy Desk

My kid's desk.  It's atrocious.  He does many things well, but being organized and detail-oriented are not his gifts!

A Privilege

We clearly failed at taking a decent post-vote selfie, but after swim we walked right into the coliseum & voted- no line at all!  So grateful for the right to vote!

Elon Visit

This time 20 years ago, I walked along these same bricks & under these same oaks & maples & magnolias- and I lifted up a prayer of gratitude for this beautiful place that felt like home for my heart.  
Until I went to Elon, I'd never quite felt like a belonged where I was.  This place and the people there changed that for me.  Now I am grateful for the (few) things that haven't changed on campus, and for time with this amazing mentor of mine.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday Night Church

Wednesday nights at FBC have been going well.

This pencil at supper was certainly a blast from the past.  I remember going to the Baptist Book Store (now known as Lifeway) with my mom when I was a little girl & she was getting children's Sunday School curriculum!
Berk is LOVING children's choir!  He especially loves when they get to play instruments and he is learning so much about music!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Watching this kid dive never gets old.  Also, I am shocked by the increase in numbers of kids diving this year compared to last.  There used to be about 7 kids and now there are 3-4 times that!  I chalk it up to inspiration from the summer Olympics.

Cold Morning

We are excited for the first toboggan-worth morning of the fall!