March Misc.

Posted on May 2, 2012. Filed under: E, family, life & times |

I like this one because he looks like such a big boy sitting and writing at the table.


I think E was attempting to smile in this photo.


Quiet contemplation on the deck.

I think he is studying an inchworm or some other bug.

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Grandma in town for my birthday.

These were taken just before we took her to the airport.

E cried when we dropped her off.

It was heartbreaking.

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This is a picture of pure joy and happiness.


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When Grandma Comes to Town

Posted on September 13, 2011. Filed under: decor, E, family, home improvement |

When my mom comes to town everyone is exhausted when the weekend is over.  This most recent visit wasn’t any different than her pervious visits.  In fact on Sunday I asked my mom if she wanted to stay a day or two longer and she said “No, I’m too tired, you wore me out”.  I said “I feel the same way”.  Anyway, here is a quick run down of the weekend.  First we wore out E by taking him to Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.  He loved it!  We were there from 10 – 2:30.  Despite the fact he played for two hours beyond his normal nap time, we had a very hard time peeling him out of there.  He had an unbelievable time…we will definitely go back.

Painting…I think he painted at least 3 times.


Playing with “Moon” Sand…this was E’s favorite activity.


Grandma crawling through the mole hill


Saturday and Sunday were spent working on the deck.  We went to Garden Ridge, Ace Hardware & Home Depot.  J in the mean time went to JC Penny’s and picked up the sectional couch we ordered over Labor Day weekend.  Waiting till the end of the season really paid off, we got lots of great deals. 

Before we unpacked the couch


The first furniture arrangement (O’s suggestion).


The second and final arrangement (J’s suggestion).


The chairs holding a space our table, which will be arriving in a couple days.


Our little gardener.  I wish I could have captured a photo of the dirt particles in his eyelashes. 


After all of our hard work, this is how the deck looks.


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Helping Daddy with yard work.


Oh, and there are no pictures to prove it, but we took E to the Waffle House for the first time.  He loved it, I’m certain he gave us “why haven’t you brought me here before?” look.

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Busy Bees….zoom Zoom

Posted on July 21, 2011. Filed under: E, family, holiday, life & times |

We have been busy bees for the last month…So much to do….So little time to blog…..


Anyway, the deck is finished.  We had lighting installed on the interior posts and across the front step.  It looks awesome.  Now we will just have to get some furniture out there so we can really start enjoying all of this additional space. 

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For the Fourth of July weekend we went up to the lake.  The weekend was full of boat rides, playing on the “beach”, food prepared on a grill, family & raft time.  We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.  One of the special treats was my brother and his wife came down from South Carolina to visit.  It was their first time to visit with E.  By the end of the weekend E was smitten with Uncle K and Aunt N and I think they felt the same way.  Hopefully they will come back to visit soon!

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The following weekend E had a water play date with all of his friends from my prenatal yoga class.  It is hard to believe that a little over a year ago….these little ones were still in our bellies!  I think you will see by these pics that E excels at water sports!


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Lastly we made a major change to the family lineup.  As people say…out with the old and in with the new!!  After 9 wonderful years of faithful service, my zippy little car was traded in for a new “family” mobile.  I have lots of great memories with that car…she moved to Atlanta with me.  She is the first car I ever bought for myself.  She never let me down, always started when I needed her to and brought me home safely from many adventures.  I was sad to see her go, but I love my new car….all I can say is Zoom Zoom Zoom.

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That gets us pretty well caught up.  Now I can make it through a couple days without feeling guilty about not blogging.

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Christmas- Part I

Posted on January 2, 2011. Filed under: family, holiday, travel |

For Christmas we headed out to California to visit the Northern California portion of my family.  Our trip had two distinct phases.  The first part we were staying in a cabin in Tahoe and the second half of the trip we were in Santa Rosa at my mom’s house for the actual Christmas Holiday portion.  Getting to Tahoe was an adventure, there wasn’t a reasonably priced direct price to the Reno airport from Atlanta, so we had a layover in LA. Get a map out if you’d like to really get a visual on how indirect this route is. 

Here is E after we stripped down to go through security. Here is a side note for other mommy travelers.  The past two times that I’ve flown with E I’ve “worn” him through the security screening area in my Urgo carrier.  Due to the recent increases in screening, on this trip they made me take my Urgo off and put it through the x-ray machine at every airport we went through.  It was a real annoyance and if I would have been nearly impossible if I would have been traveling alone.IMG_4910

One traveling “truth” that J and I have discovered is that if we have a layover, then at least one leg of our journey will have a major delay.  Therefore it was certain that with a layover in LAX, we would have a delayed flight.  True to form, our flight to Reno from LA was delayed by 2 hours.  Our 4 hour stay at LAX included a scenic walk around the airport, a long wait in the waiting area, a gate change, and then finally a bus out to the middle of nowhere where we got of the bus in the pouring rain and then boarded a very small plane in the “satellite” departure area.  E was a good little traveler and despite the long day of flying and traveling, he was trooper.IMG_4911

Upon arrival in Reno we stayed in a Hyatt Place hotel located next to the Reno Airport.  J and I were both very pleased with the room, breakfast, and customer service.  We didn’t get to our room till close to 2am PST (5am EST), so we took it easy the next morning.  Sleeping in and taking naps until we caught a shuttle to Tahoe.  The shuttle was basically a short bus (it wasn’t yellow), but children were allowed to ride in your lap.  E was thrilled to be in a “car” and not be in a car seat.

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Our first full day in Tahoe we went skiing, E stayed back at the cabin with his Granma and Papa.  Turns out it wasn’t the greatest day for me to ski for the first time.  There were 60 mph winds and freezing rain.  The rain felt like pin pricks on my face and the wind was so strong it actually blew me over.  While J was skiing I took a first timers lesson.  The adult lesson area was closed so they had us in with the little kids and boy were they ruthless.  Pushing me aside and cutting me off as we jockeyed to ride the magic carpet.  I was happy went the kids instructor said the weather was too bad for them and called all of the kids inside.  I had a great time despite the bad weather and now I’m looking forward to skiing again but hopefully in better weather.  J’s day of skiing wasn’t that great either because they closed all of the lifts, but the weather was gorgeous the following day and he got an awesome day of skiing in.

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While J was skiing on the second day, I stayed back at the house and hung-out with the rest of the “kids”.  I even took E outside for a little snow time.  Here is my sister, along with Taylor (in her arms), T3 and E.  Taylor was born the day before E and we are certain they are going to be best buddies.


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Here is the cabin full of folks that were with us.


The highlight of the trip was the 6 hours we were without power.  It forced everyone to hang-out and talk and chat for a few hours (no TV or computers).  The only problem is that the house didn’t have a gas stove so we were all starved.  Immediately after the power came back on, a line for the microwave formed to reheat left overs.  After 3 days in Tahoe we all packed up our stuff and made the 4 1/2 trek to Santa Rosa for the rest of our Christmas break….Part II will be coming shortly. 


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Christmas Competition

Posted on December 27, 2010. Filed under: crafts, family, holiday |

It is going to take few days to blog about all of our Christmas vacation activities, but I’m going to take the liberty of being the editor and chief and start with the end.  On Christmas night we had a Gingerbread House decorating competition between R (O’s sister), S (O’s sister), K (S’s Husband), O & J.  It was a fierce competition.  We was really impressed with everyone’s creativity and execution.  It was J and my first year to participate and I think everyone was very surprised that we were so competitive despite not participating last year.  Prior to arriving we asked my mom for preprinted rules on allowable materials and time limits.  Since they were unable to provide us with a rule book, we took it upon ourselves to push the limits of the competition and purchase our own outside materials.  This decision was not appreciated by the other participants, but we think they will be stepping up their game next year and bringing their own supplies also.

In advance O’s mom baked and assembled the houses.

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The finished products.

O’s House – “Red Roof Inn” – Best Use of Round Materials


R’s House – Best Use of Snow


S’s House – Best Landscaping


J’s House – Best Use of a Variety of Materials


K’s House – “Under Construction” – Best Theme


On the Judging Table


Godzilla coming to smash the houses!!!


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Double Take

Posted on September 22, 2010. Filed under: family, pictures |

I’m sorry that the picture is so small, but the resolution isn’t very good.  Anyway, double take, that is exactly what I did when I saw this picture.  I thought to myself, when did Ethan and I take this picture?  Isn’t my hair longer?  I don’t remember him wearing a full sleeper?  Then I looked a little closer and it occurred to me that I haven’t owned that shirt in years.  That is when I realized that this isn’t a picture of Ethan and I, this is a picture of my baby sister Rachel and I.  Pretty crazy!


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A Day At the Lake

Posted on August 2, 2010. Filed under: family, life & times |

Last Thursday O’s cousin Jill came to town to visit with her husband (Will) and their dog, Patron (“The Boss”) in tow.  Jill and O are only 6 months apart in age and grew up together so they consider themselves “sisters”.  We had a great time with them in town.  The highlight of the visit was evading some of the oppressive Atlanta heat and going to the lake on Saturday.  It was still hot, but at least there was a lake to help keep cool.


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Patron & Jill cooling off

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O, E & Tara on the Pontoon boat, E’s first boat trip

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J & Will showing us their moves

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For their grand finale they took Patron out on the inner tube, Patron is fearless, at home in Santa Cruz he goes on bicycles rides with Jill and Will in a special backpack.  He just loves to have the wind in his hair.

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Jill, Will & Patron, we had such an awesome visit with you….we are looking forward to visiting you in California.

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Posted on July 29, 2010. Filed under: family, travel |

The last couple weeks have been hectic.  First we had O’s baby sister in town visiting for a week. 

This first picture is from when we picked Rachel up at the airport.  J isn’t just wearing a huge fanny pack, E is snuggled inside of there, if you look carefully you can see E’s foot and arm. 

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Rachel, looks awfully bright-eyed and bushy-tailed especially since she had been awake since 2:00 AM.  Rachel is my youngest sister, she is 13 and just finally passed me up in height.  I’m officially the shortest of all of my siblings.

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Having Rachel in town was so awesome, she was so helpful, E definitely bonded with her, if he was fussy, she was just at good at getting him calmed down as I am.  It was so fun to see her with him, I think you can tell how much he liked her by the look he is giving her.

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I found this hilarious.  Rachel likes to get nice and close to the mirror while doing her make-up.  She is lying on the ground underneath the swing to get close to the mirror while E is swinging.

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Then O, Rachel and E traveled to California to visit family for 9 days.  Here is O at the airport.  E was a dream on the flight.  He slept most of the flight and didn’t appear to having any problems with his ears.

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The best part about being home was the opportunity for O’s family to meet E.  Here is E is his “Old Papa”  and “Old Granma” (his great-grandpa and great-grandma)

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The main reason we were in California was for my sister Stephanie’s wedding.  O & E helped all week long with the last minute preparations and as soon as J got into town he immediately got put to work.  The rehearsal was a special BBQ theme picked out just for Karl (the groom).  The rehearsal dinner took place in my parents barn, we are all so proud how perfectly the event turned out.

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The newlyweds!

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E wore a onesie with a an iron on tie and a pair of khaki pants from the Gap, doesn’t he look cute!

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Our first Mother-son dance.

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Here is E  with Thomas, my friend from high-school, my mom has unofficially adopted Thomas as her son, so this is E with is Uncle.  Note that E is wearing a tie-dyed top (so California).

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This sweet baby girl is Taylor, she is Thomas’s and she was born on the 28th, 9 hours end 31 minutes before E.  When Taylor and E met for the first time she stared an him and he played coy and looked away.  It was so cute.  I can’t wait to watch the two of them play together.

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The trip wasn’t all fun and no play…here is O riding T3’s (Thomas’s son) tractor.  E will get to drive this tractor all over next summer.  This trip he had to settle for a ride on the big tractor with mommy, sorry…no pictures of that ride.

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J showing off some of his bicycle skills.

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E all bundled up.  This was a big change for him, he almost never wears more than a onesie here in Atlanta, but he got to wear long sleeves, pants, socks and a hoodies while we were in California.  It would reach 85 in the afternoon, but it would be as cool as 55 in the morning and evening so we had to go out and buy some warm clothing for him.

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O’s two favorite men sleeping on the flight back home. 

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Family Resemblance

Posted on July 4, 2010. Filed under: E, family, life & times |

This picture was provided by E’s "Grand Poo" (O’s Dad) and Aunt Jerie.  E is so excited to meet his Grand Poo and Granma Seney in a couple of weeks when we are in California.  Based on the picture E knows that he is going to have lots in common with his Grand Poo.


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