Sophie had a wonderful introduction to horses today at a gorgeous farm where I rode horses for the first time 28 years ago. When I rode there, the Linton family was leasing the barn from a family that my parents now know. Luckily, the owners invited us to come out and see their rescue operation. Sophie not only loved the goats, cats, chickens and dogs, but she fell in love with horses for her first time. It was hard not to do so with this beauty….
We spent the 4th of July on St. Simons this year, which was fantastic. We were all too tired to stay out for fireworks, so we had a picnic at the pier and headed home. Here are some of the photos….
The best part of the weekend came the next day at the old Cannon’s Point locale.
In May, I completed my first marathon. It was a beautiful route and a gorgeous day, but the best part was that my family was there at mile 26 to support me. Sophie even ran with me for a little bit! Here we are when I first saw her after 25 long miles.
I haven’t blogged for a couple of months. Sophie has been enjoying school and doing a lot of artwork, gymnastics, reading, and generally been enjoying life. She is still as easy-going and happy as ever. Here are some shots of her.
She loves playing in her playhouse:
She also loves the garden. Here she is in the strawberry patch:
But her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her cousins. Hannah was recently in Willy Wonka. She was an oompa loompa and did a fabulous job. We had a blast watching her:
Sopes loved pulling these up. We had a whole bucket full!
Wait… how’d Piper get in there?
Sophie thoroughly enjoyed the Southeastern Wildlife Expo at Marion Square. She especially liked the serpentarium tent with all of the reptiles. She wasn’t scared of anything in there. In fact, she embraced the creatures (literally)…
I can’t seem to get Sophie inside out of the snow for bedtime. She scraped the little flurries off of the chair outside and ate them. That was kind of gross, but Mark reminded me that this will probably only happen once in Sophie’s lifetime, so I let her.
The next morning, I woke up to Sophie’s precious little face pressed against our window and her shouting, “Wake up! Wake up! There is snow outside!” I definitely did not expect this kind of snow here!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
She’s as dedicated as michaelangelo, only prettier.
Sopes and Lisa reading the paper.
Late Fall in South Carolina allows for an extended growing season, and here’s Sophie with her November 21st harvest.
In other news, while these veggies were growing, we were driving up to Huntersville, NC for the Renaissance Festival for a Sunday of fun.Â I was dubious, but Mark convinced me, and I’m glad he did because Sophie loved it and the shows there were fun.Â We watched a crazy acrobatic/fire juggling show that was quite memorable.Â Anyhow, here are some pictures of Sophie, the biggest fan of the festival.Â She has never wanted her face painted before, and we have had plenty of opportunities, but she wanted it painted here to go with the dress and the wings we rented for her.
I think she likes what she’s seeing!
Yes!Â It’s official, she loves it.
I can see why.Â It makes the outfit!
She also loved the petting zoo!
Mark and the fam. helped to build a square foot garden at Sophie’s school today.Â It was a GREAT experience for everyone.Â I think the photos speak for themselves.
Pictures of the final product to come!!!
We missed our photo appointment at the Dunes West “Clubhouse” because the organizer told us “the Clubhouse” and then when we went to “the Clubhouse” they weren’t there.Â They, instead, went to the golf clubhouse, which is way back in the Dunes West development and its not what everyone refers to when they say “the Clubhouse.”Â Normally, everyone refers to the building near the pool that the Dunes West association calls… the clubhouse.
Sophie headed back to school on Monday and couldn’t be happier.Â Sundrops is wonderful.Â As an added bonus, Sophie carpools with two of her friends every day.Â Here she is on her first day hamming it up for the camera.
Sophie helped me (Daddy) make naan (Indian flatbread) for a big Indian meal I prepared one recent Friday evening.
I made spinach dal (lentils) and curried chicken. Yummy!
Sophie and Lily helped make fresh lemon sorbet.Â It was a family activity.
First, everyone peeled lemons for the juicer.
Then the kids helped Lisa make fresh squeezed juice.
Sophie stirred in the lemon zest.
Aunt Erin and Hannah showed up to get Lily as the sorbet mixture was in the ice cream maker.Â Good timing!
Hannah takes a peak at the machine freezing the sorbet.
Slightly sour faces!Â Hey, it was made from fresh lemons.Â It was slightly tart.
Best idea ever (if I do say so myself).Â Sophie loved the waterslide.Â We have no shame about the neighbors seeing our entire family piled into a 5 ft. inflatable pool at the base of our new playset.Â It’s HOT here.Â I hope Mark uploads the video of Sophie FLYING down this slide into the pool.Â It was actually a lot of fun.Â We all took turns.
For Sophie’s fourth birthday, she received the biggest birthday present ever. . . .a huge playhouse.Â She had a party with a lot of her friends, the (Jones side) cousins, the (Jones side) Aunts and Uncles and both sets of grandparents.Â We had a jump castle and lots of food and fun.Â As a special treat, Uncle Greg played music from Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness.Â Thanks Uncle Greg.Â Here are some pictures from the party:
And here are pictures from the playhouse assembly. . . .everyone helped a little, but Pop Pop built the whole thing.Â He was up at 7:00 a.m. and didn’t like quitting for dinner.Â He worked on it for three days!Â Thank you!!!