Snow Day Shenanigans!

We had so much fun making this video.
I love this opening frame of Elizabeth. I think I need to snatch it somehow as a photo!


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A February Birthday


 Elizabeth turned 15 this month! She loves orange so we found orange candles and flowers to go with her birthday table runner which I made last year.


This owl onesie was a huge hit. For some reason both girls have been wanting these.


On the day after her birthday she passed her driver's permit test. We have another driver in the family!


I'm not sure where the time has gone!

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Valentine Greetings (a bit late)

Life has been so busy for us that we celebrated Valentines a bit late.
I had thought to perhaps buy valentines this year, but Elizabeth wouldn't let me.

Nelson made these boxes last year and filled them with chocolates for us.


Helen made this bouquet of paper roses for the table.


I was inspired by maps this year and made Nelson this card.


Inside were the latitude and longitude of places I'd like to visit with him. 
He had fun looking up all the coordinates.


Liz filled decks of cards for each of us with "52 ways she loves us." Each card had a note. This one says"you will put the cookie dough on the sheet for me."  They were very personal and I cried :)


Elizabeth has been baking a lot this winter.
Here are the macarons she made for a Valentine's Tea. YUM.



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Winter Fun

It certainly has been a snowy, cold winter. I actually really like it. I got to spend one snow day in front of the fire. Nelson was at work, so I sent him this photo to let him know what he was missing...


Snowy days have required lots of tea and treats. Here the girls are preparing for midterms--another integral part of January now.


Nelson and I have gotten out a few times to snowshoe.


This is Nelson's trail out behind our house.


Our town also has an extensive backwoods (free) trail system for skiers and showshoes. 
We've had fun exploring.


Nelson and Helen took a snowboarding lesson.
I think Helen is hooked.


Liz has been enjoying baking exotic treats. 
Here are fortune cookies she made.


Inside were quotes such as "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace" (Jimi Hendrix) and "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." (Einstein).

I really do love winter!

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The College Search Continues

The college search has continued throughout the winter. Helen has heard from almost all the schools and has been accepted with merit at all of them.  She was named a Schubert Scholar at Ohio Wesleyan and invited to compete for additional funding so we took a trip to Ohio in January. It was quite a lot of work to prepare as she had to create a portfolio of her work.

Here she is just before going to the essay and discussion portions of the competition.


I was so incredibly proud of her. It took a lot of guts to do what she did and some of the examining professors came up to me to say how much they enjoyed meeting her. She was rewarded with additional scholarship money.  Here's a photo of Ohio Wesleyan in the snow. It was cold--polar votex cold.


She also took her portfolio to the College of Wooster and met with the Theatre Department and a number of students.  They also have given her substantial funding.


So now we wait for all the final offers to come in so she can begin to weigh all the various factors. She almost has too many choices!

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