Monday, September 29, 2008


I hadn't actually thought to ask Ethan to smile before I took his picture until last week. He was singing for me on the bed again, so I got my picture and told him to say, "cheese!". He thought that was so funny. And then out came this goofy, crooked smile. Oh, how he makes me laugh.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Family Photo Op

Ethan was in a particularly goofy mood last week and insisted on wearing a hat that was way too small. I had to take a picture, of course, and he kept giving me different funny smiles. It turned into a rare family photo shoot that I thought I would share.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Good news!!!

We got a call from our realtor and we have a closing date!! This one should stick. It looks like we'll be moving October 15th now - WAHOO! Three weeks to pack should be just about perfect.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Bears

Crystal Bridges, the museum going in behind our house, brought in its first work of art...a sculpture of bears by Paul Manship. They've placed it off of a garden walking trail that is a few blocks from our house. So every time we walk or drive by, Ethan makes a roaring sound (that's how he says bears right now). We try to make it to visit the bears a few times a week and walk the trail. Ethan will give the bears a high-five and the we're off to explore the woods. He's even started reading to me the tree and plant markers...."ball" and "bat" seem to find their way into every description.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Labor Day

I am so blessed to have 8 good friends from college that I get together with every year on Labor Day. A lot of us only talk a few times a year, but when we all get together it's like no time has passed. I love it. We've gone through a lot of big life changes with each other throughout the years, and there is so much history that it seems to make the friendships increasingly priceless. We met in Dallas this year at Kim's house, and amazingly, we didn't have any kiddos with us. (thanks husbands and grandparents!) We ate a lot, swam, and talked the whole time. I think we could have done several more days, but life was calling. I am so looking forward to next year!


Friday, September 19, 2008

House Update

I got a couple calls and emails from people this week asking how our new house was, so I thought I should give an update on where we are with things. It's been somewhat of a roller coaster the past few weeks. Due to it being the end of the fiscal year, the government loan that the lady buying our house is getting ran out of money. We're hoping that in October, they'll just continue the budget and she'll have the money for our house. But worst case scenerio, with the election year, something weird happens and it's January before she has the money! JANUARY! And me 8 months pregnant! Yikes. We're praying that's not the case. The people that own the house we're trying to buy have been pretty cool so far. We have a 30 day contract extension, so all is well right now. So we're sitting in a half packed house praying that things happen sooner rather than later. God has used this waiting time to bless us (in spite of my bad attitude) - with the Fanny Mae/Freddy Mac stuff going down, we were able to lock in at a lower interest rate and save a good chunck of money monthly on our new mortgage! I told Chris that "Momma is going shoppin' ", but he didn't seem to think that was too funny. :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

First Race

Chris ran a 5K on Labor Day and took Ethan along for the ride. I can't even run a mile, so Chris is my hero. Ethan loved "running" with his Daddy and watching everyone around him. After the race, we let Ethan out of his stroller and he tried running really fast like everyone he had just seen. Unfortunately, his sandals weren't great for such high speeds and did a face-plant on the concrete. His forehead had a nice, big bump on it, but a little bit of Gatorade and a football made everything all better.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Rock n Roll

Ethan has a new obsession - playing his guitar-bat (that doubles as a microphone) and singing "Na Na Na Naa" by the Kaiser Chiefs. I thought if we didn't play "kid music" that I wouldn't go crazy listening to his music. Wrong. I am so sick of the KCs. Anyway, we have this song on repeat and Ethan loves to sit on our guest bed and sing the song over and over again. Of course his version has the word "ball" in a lot, but it has definitely provided a lot of laughs for Chris and me.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Pa Pa

Ethan got to see his Pa Pa play softball last weekend. Of course he was in complete heaven with balls and bats all over the place. Pa Pa won a pretty big place in Ethan's heart - all we heard for the next few days was: "Pa Pa". "Ball". "Bat".