July 26, 2013


Five years later and I still do. What a joy to share so many adventures with you, Mr. Slaton!

July 26, 2008

July 19, 2013

Happy Friday

People, we have had a great Friday already! This morning Cole and I attended a second birthday party for one of her friends. The party included traditions and food from both America and Argentinia. Before noon, Cole snacked on alfajores, icing, and candy from a piƱata that she whacked. What a way to kick off the weekend! 
For the weekend, I want to share a bit of lighter fare: Jeffrey Bausch who was Pregnant Husband is now Daddy Newbie! I may be late to the game on this guy but I'm glad I've finally arrived. Peter and I have been laughing at his pages all week.  Also, cracking me up is Lyz, who is a funny, funny lady. She's a few weeks ahead me in her second pregnancy which makes her wildly relatable.

    July 17, 2013


    Over the weekend we took a quick trip to Georgia. We left Friday afternoon and came back to Memphis on Sunday. It was our first road trip since last November. The drive went well considering Cole didn't sleep for more than 40 minutes in the car.  We had a few goals for our trip: visit family, attend a birthday party for Peter's oldest friend, Stuart, and determine whether or not another road trip will be feasible this fall.

    Cole got to hang with her cousins on Saturday and Sunday. Last time we got them all together, I snapped a number of decent pictures of the group. This time, not so much. Guess you can't win 'em all! Maybe in November, when the grandchildren, who will be 3, 2, 1, and 0, are together again we will have better luck. I wouldn't hold your breath.
    Cole, Peter and I went to Stuarts birthday party on Saturday night. It was so lovely. His wife, Anna, put together quite the shindig. She also asked that Peter not tell Stuart we were coming. I'd say he was really surprised! Anna nailed the details and made sure everyone was having a nice time. Cole was one of only two children at the party, but she didn't mind. In fact, she loved getting to be a tornado in their house!

    It's an odd scenario to have such good friends that we rarely see. I'm grateful for technology that allows us to keep up with our distant friends and family. Cole actually gave her "Uncle" Stuart a big hug as we were leaving which was so sweet. She doesn't typically warm up to people that quickly. If only she knew how much the Days care for her...
    Sunday we went to early church then let the cousins play again before we hit the road. Cole struggled in the church nursery, primarily due to the unfamiliarity. I count it such a blessing that Cole doesn't cry when we drop her off at our church nursery or school anymore! It took months for Cole to learn to trust the adults in charge in those situations.

    Cole was all smiles as she took her cousins for a spin in the reclining chairs. While she explored new ways to play with the toys at her grandparents' house, she pressed through a range of emotions. Watching her learn to interact with new toys and people captivates my attention. I make an effort to hang back and let the kids work it out on there own (kind of like you would at the dog park) which leads to me frequently repeating, "Be a problem solver!"

    All in all the trip was a success. We visited family, got to the party, and manged to develop a realistic expectation of what a road trip later this fall will look like. 

    July 15, 2013

    The Little Fish

    Last week Cole and I participated in Miss Holly's Mommy & Me swim lessons. To no one's surprise, Cole loved it. Or at least most of it. Her favorite part of the lessons was going under water. She'd bob back up and ask for more. She also thought jumping in was a blast. She was a hair less keen on kicking and pretty much hated floating on her back.
    During lessons, we learned that Cole still prefers to be taught by me, which is very typical for her age.  She clung tight whenever one of the teachers was near. Still, Miss Holly was a dream teacher and was able to give me great directions. I highly recommend Swimming Lessons With Holly. We'll be signing up again next summer!

    July 9, 2013

    T-Minus 10 Weeks

    Here's a healthy little dose of reality: my due date is less than ten weeks away! And Cole arrived early. We'll see if sister decides to do the same.

    On Sunday afternoon, we popped into the hospital to visit some friends who welcomed a son over the weekend. Baby boy is quite a treasure and very handsome! Cole thought so too. In fact, she basically lunged at him. She was quick to point out his eyes and nose and so badly wanted to touch them.  Oh, September is going to be a whirlwind!

    July 5, 2013

    Our Independence Day

    What an Independence Day! We started celebrating early in the morning at a birthday party for Cole's friend. The party was held in the front yard, giving the guests a front row seat for the Aurora Circle/Mimosa Avenue Neighborhood Parade. The parade was very sweet. Lots of kids, decorated bicycles, golf carts and firetrucks.
    After the parade, the fire trucks doubled back to spray water from the fire hose for the kids to play in. Despite being improperly dressed, Cole made her way into the spray. She started by dancing around the edge then before we knew it, she was deep in the spray. And she stopped. So Daddy ran in and saved her. They were both soaked but it was all in the name of fun.
    Later in the afternoon, we met up with some friends for a cookout. The kids played in the water and we grilled out. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that Cole, Peter and I had made our way to West Memphis to get a few kid-friendly fireworks. Cole's excitement about the fireworks was limited to shopping. While the smoke bombs went over well,  the fireworks that made noise terrified our little girl.
    After dark, we opted out of any major fireworks displays in order to get Cole in bed and comfort our dogs. While Lily hardly notices the fireworks, every forth of July Gunther shakes and quakes until morning. Since we skipped the major displays we lit a few sparklers in the backyard. It was simple, perfect close to the day. 

    July 4, 2013

    Drawing Fireworks

    My little artist has gotten really into drawing lately. Thanks in no small part to some easy clean up, brush-tip markers recommended by Aunt Nancy. At least a few times a week I get out the white paper and let Cole go wild. This week, she's been drawing fireworks. And, why not?!
    I hope everyone has a fun, safe fourth of July. We're going to join some friends for a small neighborhood parade this morning, cookout this afternoon and possibly fireworks this evening. Then again, this evening we may just hold our dogs close and let them know the world isn't ending.

    July 3, 2013

    July 2, 2013

    Rainbow Lake Playground

    After our picnic and family picture taking on Sunday, we walked to the new Rainbow Lake Playground. We've been anticipating the reopening of the playground all summer. The Rainbow Lake Playground is located within Overton Park, which is less than two miles from our house. Overton is home to the zoo, art museum, Memphis College of Art, a dog park, golf course, two playgrounds, the Levitt Shell, and various walking areas. As you can imagine, Cole and I find ourselves at Overton for one reason or another a few times a week.

    When we asked Cole if she wanted to visit the new playground, it was as though we'd given her a mission. She bee-lined across the Greensward while Peter and I cleaned up the picnic.
    Once we got to the playground, Cole was beside herself. Not only were there loads of news things to explore but, because the playground's proximity to the dog park, there were lots of dogs just on the other side of the playground fence. You better believe my child was quick to point out every single one of them. The girl is an animal lover through and through.

    One of the more popular features of the new playground is an old fashion metal merry-go-round. Cole joined some big girls and went for a spin (in truth, she went for many spins). Cole kept asking for more and the big girls kept asking to go faster. Fortunately, Cole loves to make new friends. One of the big girls let Cole sit on her lap while Peter spun the merry-go-round faster.
     Cole was a bit reluctant about the sandbox, at first. But, once again, the big girls made it all better. Some older girls showed Cole how to play in the sand and she caught right on. In no time, she was digging up treasures and getting her hands dirty with the other kids.
     I love that the playground doesn't feel new. While everything is notably pristine, it's not your typical brightly colored, safe, plastic playland. There are metal slides, underground tunnels, and a drum circle. The new design fits so well into the Greensward, it's clear the efforts of many, many people paid off. I can say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, we are spoiled by some pretty great playgrounds and parks in Memphis but I am not complaining.

    July 1, 2013


    Over the weekend, we found ourselves exploring the Rhodes College campus in order to find some locations for a little photo session with the Swens. As we were wrapping up, we found a small garden and turned on the bubble machine. Cole was pretty sweet looking at all the bubbles and making sure her younger friend was enjoying them. The bubbles turned out to be much more whimsical than I expected, but not necessarily in a bad way.