Sunday, November 30, 2008

Granny's 85th Birthday

My granny is probably the most chic octogenarian in the history of the world. She is so sophisticated and such a lady - at the same time though she is so much fun and loves to have a good time. For example she dressed up as a ballerina for Halloween this year, got her male friend to get into a tutu too and then paraded around the streets.

Her 85th birthday was November 20th and she, of course, needed to have 2 parties. The first party was on Thursday, her actual birthday. Archer and I drove down to see Granny. All I knew was that I should show up at 'The Home' (Westminister Cantebury) at 7:00 pm at the theater. The entertainment turned out to be a man named Gary Muledeer, who was a stand-up comedian with a lengthy resume. Very funny. The theater was packed with lots of friends and family all celebrating with Granny. Then she had a reception with lots of pink afterwards.

The second party was only for family on Saturday night. Miraculously, all of Granny's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren showed up, minus 1. It was a fun time and a great party. I love my Granny and even if she won't admit I am her favorite grandchild (just kidding Granny) she is a huge role-model for me. Although it was her birthday, she gave all her family a copy of her memoirs, a great book full of history and pictures. I was so excited to get it and read it. I have not been disappointed by the inside information.

For some reason all the pictures are coming up in this size. Disappointing. I think I will skip the pictures on this post.

I anyone wants to see the pictures in the real size you can go to my snapfish pictures.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Here is Archer at 2 weeks old.

Here is Archer at 6 months old.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Standing Up

For the first time in a long time I went out out. Although it was hard to leave David and Archer, I knew it was good for me and of course I had a great time. I saw Lindsay's beautiful new home and then went to have dinner with Lizzie, Cassie and Abby at a restaurant called Sesto Senso.

I didn't get home too late and had a fun day with the baby. Even a second away really makes me love him even more. David had a tough time getting him to sleep last night because he kept pulling himself up in the crib. He LOVES to stand up these days. At Mommy and Me yoga he was trying to crawl himself up my leg. So here are some pictures of him standing up and then, inevitably, falling down. He looks like he is having the best time ever.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's a 2 post day!

Because I have been sort of lazy about posting the past 2 weeks I thought I would make it a 2 post morning. I also wanted to showcase these great pictures of Archer and my parents from last
For 60 years old, my daddy looks pretty good! Must be all the hot yoga.
In other news...Archer slept throughout the night!

The Dreaded Car Seat

We try to get out of the house at least once a day. Archer has been alive now for 6 and 1/2 months so you might think he would get used to getting in his car seat. You would be wrong. Here is what he looks like most of the time when he gets strapped in.
I really like his frog coat though. Thanks Meredith!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Maymont, a New Tooth and a Flat Tire

I was really sad to have to miss Logan's wedding this past weekend in Charlotte, so I decided to take my mind off of it and go visit Richmond. It had been over a month since my last trip, so I was excited to see my parents, the dogs and the fall colors. (I know a month might not seem like a long time, but I had been averaging about every 2 weeks.)

My mom and I had a great time visiting Maymont. I love Maymont, especially the Children's Farm. In fact, I love it so much I really wanted to have my marriage reception there. I could just picture the guests dancing in the barn and then going out to pet the pigs and the goats in all their nice clothes. That idea was nixed.

Here is a picture of the bear we saw. He was playing with his friend in the pond.

Archer is really trying to eat everything, or at least put everything in his mouth. So as I was trying to get a leaf out of his mouth, I felt something sharp and pointy. A TOOTH!
Maybe the drooling will taper off now, but we are not holding our breath.

P.S. I got a flat tire on the way to my class tonight. I hit a curb too hard when I was parking. Smooth. I was able to leave class early though to go deal with it.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Election Day!

On our walk this morning we saw Miss Carolyn Steptoe, a neighbor who is running for ANC (Advisory Neighborhood Commissions). She waved really hard and gushed, "Happy Election Day!". David replied with just as much feeling, "Good luck!". Her enthusiasm was contagious. I was excited to exercise my right to vote.

The lines at our local polling location were long at 7am. I was glad Archer and could I wait until 3pm. We walked right on in and voted for Obama despite McCain matriculating from Episcopal High School. Archer's favorite part was getting an 'I voted sticker'. It's neat that the next time we vote for a president Archer will be almost 5 years old.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Halloween Surprise

Archer was a very cute dragon for Halloween. We went to Mommy and Me yoga and then to a playgroup yesterday afternoon. He made it up for 2 groups of trick or treaters and called it a night.

The Halloween Surprise was poo. Scout protested being shut out of the basement by going into the diaper pail and pulling out a very dirty diaper. He decided to smear that diaper around Archer's rug. The rug was an off-white color. Now the rug is a poopy off-white color. David thinks Scout is responding to a lack of attention. Perhaps he is right. Maybe Scout wanted to be dressed up for Halloween too.