Saturday, September 29, 2007


From last weekend:

The Navy base up the road from us in Millington hosts a big airshow every other year. In 2003 and 2005 we were away the weekend it happened. This year, we put it on the calendar in the spring, and as it got closer, we got very excited.

We watched the first half of it from one of Scott's properties and had a fine picnic, but we headed over in the afternoon to see some planes up close on the ground and the Blue Angels up close in the air.

All morning, Ryan kept asking, "When are we going to see the planes?" We thought he could skip a nap.

Wrong. We got there and he was Mr. Grouchy. It was hot. He wanted to be carried. So much for a fun air show.

I finally gave in, left Scott to watch the Blue Angels with Matt and I walked Ryan back to the car (steaming because I was going to miss the show that I had waited years to see!). Got Ryan in the car, the air turned on, and he fell asleep. So I sat on the roof of our minivan (still turned on with the air running btw) and watched from the parking lot. Ryan woke up later, happier, and in time to see the end of the show.


It's 12:21 am CDT.

I just helped the last of the ladies take their cropping things to their car.

And I was treated to a shooting star.


Thursday, September 20, 2007


Ryan is learning his letters! I am so excited!

The letters (and the 3) on top are the ones he knows. The G, M, and Z are ones he recognizes as being "Gramps' letter, McKinley's letter and Zander's letter" and he can sometimes name them. Dad, did you work on him this weekend?

P.S. Thanks to those of you who tried to figure out what Ryan was singing. No one got it, but Aunt Katy got closest getting the line "even when your hope is gone" and the next line is "Move-along, move-along" which is the name of the song by the All-American Rejects. If I was really good, I'd link it up here somehow, but this is my third (or 4th?) post tonight, so you'll have to go get on itunes yourself. Good night.

Zoo Members!

After living in Memphis for four years, we finally became members at the zoo. It makes sense, if you go a lot, it pays for itself and then some. But we never went that often. As a matter of fact, before this week, I hadn't been since Spring Break, and that was on Tuesday afternoon, which is free, so I surely wasn't going to start my membership that day!

So look for lots of zoo pictures coming your way!!

Best Friends

We have been the zoo twice this week with Ryan's friend Mason (and my friend Melissa). I didn't really need anymore zoo pictures, but I got some nice ones of the boys! Here are Ryan and Mason with:

Le Le the Panda Bear,

the butterflies,

in the Northwest exhibit (my favorite picture),

a toucan,

a cow,

a rooster,

and "pushing over a tree." (the funniest moment of the day for me!)

Proud Mama

I forgot to blog about this last week. Many of you moms out their already know this feeling, I am sure, but as he gets older and more independent there are more and more of these moments.

Last weekend we attended Ryan's friend Kate's birthday party at the Little Gym. Part of the time was just run around, have fun time,

but part of the time, there were employees leading the kids in activities. Scott and I are standing with the other parents out of the way and the guy tells the kids to sit in a circle. Ryan goes over and sits down and doesn't look at us for directions or anything. Later, they are supposed to sit and then lay down on a big inflatable thing and Ryan follows directions and doesn't need us at all. Finally, there were two activities where the kids had to line up beofre participating. Ryan lined up and didn't pitch a fit when someone went in front of him (although you could see in his face he didn't like it and thought it was wrong). Here they are lining up for the birthday train to go get cake:

I am so proud of what he's learned from school already and about how independent he's becoming!

P.S. Should also add how he's not always perfect...the last few days since getting home from our trip, he has not been listening very well and has been testing me on tons of stuff! Driving me bonkers!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

What flower are you?

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

Cory sent me this nifty little quiz and I thought my reult was kind of fitting. I also know a few gardeners who read this, so I thought I'd pass it along!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Ryan's latest talents

It's not just about the kid songs anymore, he's learned a pop tune.

Can you tell what he's singing? Surprise to the first person who posts it in the comments (and no fair posting it if I already told you!)

And this morning, he was helping me calculate some grades. This was a very slow process as he only knows 1 and 3, but hey, it was a good learning activity! My kid will be the only elementary schooler with a TI graphing calculator!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

And while we were away...

Ryan, Nanny and Gramps were having fun at home.

Playing trains,


Riding pedal cars and bikes,

Mowing the yard,


Eating out,

and sweeping the garage.

Thanks Mom & Dad!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

So, we're thinking about buying a boat...

It's the thing to do around here. Get a big party barge and float around a lake. Except there's not really a lake on which to float in Memphis.

So we headed out to Greer's Ferry Lake in Arkansas this past weekend to check it out. It's about 3 1/2 hours from Memphis and we were thinking maybe we could dock the boat there. Turns out, we like it better than Pickwick Lake which is 2-3 hours from Memphis in the other direction.

We traveled here with Matt and Barb, with whom we may buy the boat (makes it a bit easier to buy it with someone else...split the cost and the time so you feel like you're using it enough). And we rented a boat today for fun and for research. Here I am learning to captain the ship:

And here we are riding the tube:

And, lest you think we threw Ryan overboard, he is safe at home in Memphis with Nanny and Gramps. The other reason for the getaway was for a little break, just us. So relaxing, but I'll be ready to see my boy tomorrow night.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

A Day Out with Thomas!

Thomas the Tank Engine, that is! He came to take the kids on rides at the Tennessee Railway Museum in Nashville. Melissa got us tickets, and we traveled up there together with her, Mason and Doug. Saturday morning, we were up and out for pictures, moon bounce, coloring, and finally, a ride on Thomas! What a thrill for the boys!

It really was fun, despite that look on Ryan's face. Probably just tired of the pictures. :)

Back at the hotel, we had naps and went swimming, then out to the Aquarium ar Opry Mills for dinner! Thanks for a great trip Melissa, Mason, and Doug!

Friday, September 07, 2007

More School

On Thursday, with Scott away in Nashville, Ryan and I showed a little school spirit and went to St. George's varsity volleyball and girl's soccer games. The volleyball team won (yeah, Miss Kellie!), but soccer lost. We also had dinner with Ms. Heidi and Mr. Ian.

It was a good day to wear Ryan's St. George's shirt and take some more school pictures:

Ryan with his teachers, Miss Laurie (who, by the way is a Terp!) and Miss Sheree.

Ryan by his cubby.

Ryan by the portrait they made a few weeks ago.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Delta Fair!

I really think there are two types of people in the world. Those who like fairs (and carnivals and festivals) and those who don't. I fall whole-heartedly into the those that do category. I like the rides, the animals, the contests, the shows, the food, the smells, the atomosphere, the freebies you can get from local businesses who set up booths.

I have my ideals, and they stem from growing up in rural Frederick County, Maryland, home of the Great Frederick Fair. This fair is 145 years old, which I realize does not compare with the Midsouth Fair's 151 years, but, still, Frederick's is better. As a matter of fact, I think Frederick's is better than the Maryland State Fair, but then again, many Maryland County Fairs are. What sets them apart in my book (and after attending a Memphis fair today) is the livestock. Frederick's fair is primarily about the agriculture. Kids I went to school with would take off the week of the fair to show animals. You could go and see all the animals, plus buildings upon buildings of produce, 4-H projects, and arts & crafts entered in competition. So fun! And one thing we had in common with the Midsouth Fair was Fair Day! Frederick County Schools were closed one Friday in September so that everyone could go to the fair. I'm not sure we ever did, but it was fun having the day off!

I also miss the small firemen's carnivals that would take place every week throughout the summer in Frederick County, but that's for another post.

In my four years in Memphis, I have never been to the Midsouth Fair and I have been told I probably do not want to go. It is apparently not completely safe. So when I heard that a new fair was coming out to the Agricenter, I was ecstatic! Ryan and I have been watching all week as we drive to school the tents and rides going up.

And today we went! With Mason and Kate (and Noah whom we bumped into at the petting zoo), we rode rides, ate fair food and had a blast!

Feeding the goats in the petting zoo.

Showing off their wristbands.

Riding a kids' roller coaster (second from the back).

Riding the Ferris Wheel with Mommy!

Sunday, September 02, 2007


Ha! No one tagged me, but I have enough friends who are blogging now that I am going to copy someone's game and start it fresh for my own (and your) amusement!

RULES: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following...they have to be real places, names, things...nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same 1st initial. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question.

What is your name? Amy

4 letter word: Amid

Vehicle: Alfa Romeo

TV Show: Amazing Race (probably the only thing on this list that is a favorite of mine)

City: Atlanta

Boy Name: Alex

Girl Name: Alex (oooh, I'm creative!)

Alcoholic Drink: Apple Martini

Occupation: Air Traffic Controller

Something you wear: A-line dresses

Celebrity: Amy Winehouse

Food: Apples

Something found in a bathroom: Aim (toothpaste)

Reason for being late: Arrested

Cartoon Character: Ariel

Something You Shout: Ack!

So, now I tag Kellie (this was kind of your idea!), Sarah, Jennifer, Abbie, Carrie, and anyone else who wants to play! Do this on your own blog, let me know and then pass it on!

Terps and Tigers

Since we couldn't get to Maryland for the home opener, we opted for the Memphis/Ole Miss game instead. Probably should have gone to Maryland...cooler and a better outcome. But, we has a great time at our first Tigers football game.

First, we walked through the tailgate. Here's how they do it Memphis style:

That's a smoker they've towed in for the tailgate!

Here's some shots from the game, including, what looks to me like the same "UM" formation that the Mighty Sound of Maryland does for pregame. Hmmm.

Memphis made it into scoring position 3 times (or was it 4?) without scoring in the first half. Ack! Between that and the heat, we decided to leave at halftime. We watched the second half from home and we're pleased to report that Memphis came within a 2-point conversion of tying the game at the end.

In other news, the Terps topped Villanova and St. George's improved to 2-0 with a Friday night win over their rival Briarcrest! I love football season!!

Future Photographer

Not sure why Ryan would be so interested in taking pictures. I mean, it's not as if his parents (ok, his mom) take any pictures whatsoever! So, he's been very excited to have his own camera that his godparents got him for his birthday. He takes it all over and snaps pictures. I think he kind of understands what the buttons do (there are only 4), but it doesn't really matter at this point. It's a basic camers for kids and I feel free to let him go with it, and not worry. Here's some of his masterpieces:

And a few I took with his camera:

Still working on how to improve the quality. The pool at the end is at the Hanlon's new home and I couldn't resist snapping one of Baby Ava!

Ryan's getting practice with the camera on Daddy's phone, too: