Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Alabama v. Auburn

Lots going on today... 18 miles done! (milestone for me: longest distance ever run)  Then on to the big Alabama v. Auburn game.  We were able to eat up some Thanksgiving leftovers and enjoy some fun football sides as well. I made a new caramel apple dip that was a huge hit!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hosted lots of family and friends over Thanksgiving! It was a fun, long weekend. A nice break from school and our daily routines.  Sorry for the lack of quality pictures but after cooking and stressing for days I was glad to just get everything out and be able to sit down! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Weekend company

We were so excited to have a visit from good friends from California over the weekend, along with time spent with our now-local friends.  It was fun to spend time with Wes and Kelby and kids who are here to visit Wes' family and also to have Amy and Pat and kids along for the fun.

Friday night, all the girls + RJ stayed in with yummy potato soup, fixing hair, playing, making cupcakes and running around like crazy.  Saturday we were able to hang out more, enjoy a girls trip to Target, and lunch all together before Wes and Kelby had to make their way to his family. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Family photos

I was so excited to recently run into my favorite photographer of Jennifer Lee Portraits at a local arts and crafts show.  I was able to view our proofs yesterday from the shoot and I was so pleased! They are wonderful pictures and I love the way she was able to capture this time in our life. Here is one of the family proofs that she released on facebook.  The rest are just as beautiful. I'm so excited to send out our Christmas cards this year.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Intro to Wrestling

We are both, as parents, newbies when it comes to the world of wrestling.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a Ric Flair fan and all,  WOOOOO!, but when it comes to the actual sport of real wrestling (sorry Nature Boy) I know nothing.  RJ has decided he wants to give it a try.  We are excited that he wants to participate. We were first clued in to the wrestling interest when RJ started asking us to have wrestle matches. We finally convinced him that it would be much easier to wrestle someone his own size than us.
First wrestling practice

Ear repair

RJ has had ear problems since he was little.  We have battled numerous ear infections and tubes starting before his first birthday.   I was really hoping that breastfeeding for 9 months was going to knock out these types of problems. No such luck.  A couple of weeks ago while taking a shower some water got in his ear and he was miserable all night, along with us. A visit to our ENT revealed a hole in his ear that had not closed up when the previous tube fell out.  Usually this happens on it's own, in our case, it did not. Surgery was scheduled to repair the hole.  They had to take a skin graf from behind his ear to fill the hole.  Fun times 10. Yeah, RJ thought so too. And on his day off from school and ours.  But it's over, everything seemed to have gone well.  One more visit to ENT this week and hopefully we will be done with our ear problems. Keeping fingers crossed.

But he did get to wear a lovely ear muff thingie home and all night after surgery. RJ did NOT like that. He even woke up at 4 am asking if he could go ahead and take it off.

Pre-surgery... after the relaxing juice... he was a champ!

 Just waking up from the anethesia... we were so happy to finally get to see him.

Finally getting to leave... we were so ready to get outta there!

 Later that night... he was feeling much better and ready to show off the muscles.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


We had the privilege of watching our little girl in her ballet class yesterday. Normally, the door is closed (with no windows) so I can only see her progress in what she is willing to show me (or remember!) It was a treat to get to see her dance... right up until she froze.  Not sure if it was all the parents in the class that suddenly made her so shy, but she had to come sit with me the rest of class. But we did get to see a few minutes of her dancing and that was worth it.  Now to worry about how she will do for the recital...

Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace
Aaron "Tootie" Harris
February 19, 1993 - November 1, 2011

It's been a rough week. We lost this special young man on November 1. Our school, faculty and community have not been the same since. We will miss him so much... it's like a part of the school (the happy, smiling, laughing part) is now missing.

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