Congratulations Abby!!

    Abby has had a monster week.

    It started on Saturday, November 11th, with the Miss Parkview Pageant in Lilburn where she was the first runner-up. Her cheering gallery included Mom & Dad, Chace, Julie, Izzy, Gramma Jan and Bill.

    Abby, Izzy and proud Dad John

    Second up was the Parkview High School Cross Country Awards Banquet on Tuesday night, November 14th. She received a number of awards including her third varsity cross country letter (count does not include her track letters), the scholar athlete award, and a Coaches Award from Coach Richard King. The latter was very special to Abby, as it was totally unexpected and is a good commentary on Abby’s improvement over the four years she ran for Coach King.

    Abby with Coach Richard King
    Abby with John and Sharon

    Third was hearing from the University of Georgia on Friday, November 17th that she has been accepted into their Class of 2022 through their “Early Action” process. Abby was nervous about her application given the competitiveness of being accepted at UGA these days. She had a few fallback schools, but really wanted to join brother Chace at UGA. Her efforts and prayers were answered.

    Congratulations Abby!! We all are proud of you!!

    Click here to see more photos of Abby’s week.

    Adeline Margaret Fields

    Adeline Margaret Fields

    Welcome Adeline Margaret Fields to Julie, Dan, and Izzy’s family. She arrived on January 6th and has already captivated a number of hearts around the Fields and Cobb households. Congratulations Julie, Dan, and Izzy.

    A few more photos of her first day are available in the Gallery. Click here to view them.

    Ian’s Celebration of Learning

    The boys — Ian, Oliver, Everett, and Andrew — at Ian’s “Celebration of Learning” open house at Oakhurst Elementary on December 6, 2016.

    We can’t think of a greater way to start the Christmas season than joining Gretchen D’Huyvetter Cobb and these four young men for an open house at Ian and Andrew’s school this evening. The topic was a Celebration of Learning by Ian’s class showcasing their recent studies of cultures. Gramma Jan and I were impressed with the material they covered and Ian’s good explanations of their studies. Thank you Ian!!

    James and Mike Recognized Again

    by Caplan Cobb LLP

    Congratulations to Caplan Cobb’s Mike Caplan and James Cobb for being selected to Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite again this year! The Legal Elite list recognizes the top attorneys in Georgia in their respective fields. This is Mike’s second time and James’s fourth time being listed. View the full 2016 list in the December issue of Georgia Trend magazine.

    More information about James’ and Mike’s law firm is available at the Caplan | Cobb web site and their Facebook page. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook.

    Happy Birthday James!

    By Gramma Jan

    On this day, December 5, 1977, James William Cobb arrived into our world in Fountain Valley, California … James added a new dimension to our then family of 3 … John being 10 years older than his new sibling.

    James was a big baby who has grown into a big and good man! Bill and I are proud of his many accomplishments … not the least of which is his soulmate, Gretchen, and their four boys!!

    Happy Birthday James. Dad and I love you!

    James, Gretchen and the boys at Oliver's birthday party, August 2015.
    James, Gretchen and the boys at Oliver’s birthday party, August 9th, 2015.

    Happy Birthday Julie

    by Gramma Jan

    A proud Mom and Julie
    Julie with her proud Mom

    November 30, 1980 was a banner day for the Cobb family in ATL. Our beautiful baby girl, Julie Marie Cobb, arrived in our lives on a Sunday evening at 5:49 pm! Julie completed our family of 5 and brought joy and sunshine into all our lives. She still brightens our lives every day! Happy Birthday Jules!❤️🎂🎊🎉🎄

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    Lunches with Ian and Andrew

    Gramma Jan and Andrew, November 16th
     
    Gramma Jan and Ian November 17th
    Gramma Jan and Ian  November 17th

    My, these boys are developing!!

    Andrew and Ian invited us to join them for lunch at their school this week, an early Thanksgiving celebration.  We did not want to miss an opportunity to spend time with these special grandchildren, so off we went to their school in Decatur on Wednesday (lunch with Andrew) and Thursday (lunch with Ian).

    They were perfect hosts, guiding us through the lunch line, making sure we got our meal and drink, helping us be seated at the child sized tables, and entertaining us throughout the meal with chatter about their day, classmates, what they are going to do after school, et cetera.

    It was a grand experience, and reminded us how quickly these little boys are turning into fine young men.  It also reminded us how thankful we are to live close by and be able to drop in for celebrations like this.

    Thank you Andrew and Ian.  We love you guys!

    Chomp & Stomp

    Bill, Gramma Jan, Barbara & Fred Bradshaw, Claudia Gimson, Julie and Izzy headed for Chomp and Stomp in Cabbagetown on November 5th to sample Dan’s chili and cheer for him to win the chili cooking competition.

    Dan, Izzy and Julie at Chomp and Stomp
    Dan, Izzy and Julie at Chomp and Stomp
     
    Izzy thought Dada's chili was the best!
    Izzy thought Dada’s chili was the best!

    Chomp & Stomp is a Chili Cook-off and Bluegrass Festival that benefits Cabbagetown parks and community center.  This year over 70 individual chili teams entered the competition, and Dan’s was one of the 70.

    The day was gorgeous and the venue — a short walk from Julie and Dan’s Grant Park home — was absolutely packed with spectators.  We sampled lots of chili from lots of different vendors (verdict: it was all delicious!), visited with Dan and his team for a short time and then headed back to Julie’s to hang out and put Izzy down for a nap.  John and Sharon dropped by on their way into Chomp & Stomp so we also had a nice visit with them.

    We have not heard if Dan won a prize for his chili.  He should have.

    Happy Birthday Gramma Jan!

    Gramma Jan at our favorite watering hole on her birthday!
    Gramma Jan at our favorite watering hole on her birthday!
     
    Gramma Jan with Everett at Oakhurst Porchfest
    Gramma Jan with Everett at Oakhurst Porchfest

    Happy Birthday Gramma Jan!!  You’re my playmate, soulmate, travelmate, true love, and best friend!  Enjoy your day today.

    Jan has had a major impact on so many lives.  She brightens every room she enters, makes sure that each of our children and grandchildren are remembered at least once each day, never met a stranger, and keeps my life organized beyond belief.  Don’t know what I’d do without her!

    We all love you, Gramma Jan!!  Happy Birthday!

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