Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Scott's Birthday, Part 2

We celebrated Scott's birthday again today. Unfortunately, it's the middle of the work week, so the whole day wasn't stupendous, but Ryan and I tried to make it up to him this evening.

We had pork tenderloin and mashed potatoes for dinner, followed by chocolate cake for dessert. After Ryan had already told Scott what we got him, he opened his presents.

Ryan made a cool sign and card for him.

Scott got his first item of camo (can you believe we've been in TN for 4+ years now and this is our first piece of camo?) from his brother-in-law Michael, fun holiday movies from Ryan, and a new golf club from me. This is him asleep with two of his new gifts while we were watching the third on TV.

Happy Birthday, sweetie!

Monday, November 26, 2007

State Champions!

This has been a banner year for my high school's teams! We have won state championships in girl's soccer, boys golf, an individual cross-country award, and now football! We have been state runner's up in girl's golf, boy's cross-country (go Sarah!) and volleyball (go Kellie!).

Last Friday, Ryan and I went down to send off the football players because we could not make it up to Nashville for the game on Saturday (Mom & I had tickets to see Rent Saturday night- it was awesome! So fun to have dinner with Kellie and Sarah before and to have a night out with my mom!).

Ryan loved seeing the boys and the cheerleaders! Here's how they got the words on the bus:

Guess the pyramids they do aren't just for show.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Not a Decision to be taken Lightly

Some of my favorite Christmas memories are of getting the Christmas tree. Growing up we either got a pre-cut one (in my teen years I remember getting them from Barnes Store) or cutting one down, usually at Mr. Misulia's farm up the road from our neighborhood. I believe one year mom and I even did this in the snow and pulled it on our sled, but that could just be something I made up (mom, can you confirm?).

Since Scott and I have been married, cutting a tree has been a big deal. We usually do it the weekend of Scott's birthday, and it is big fun!

Since moving to Memphis, the tree thing has become frustrating. The few tree farms around here don't have the short needle trees I like (the climate here is not right for them) and if you buy a pre-cut tree, you have a blanket of needles on your floor before New Year's.

So this year, we looked into buying a fake tree. Bought one, actually.

After setting it up, decided it wasn't quite real-looking enough and took it back. We may check one more store and we're going to check out a tree farm in Mississippi on Saturday. I will keep you posted!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Being Creative

Scott finally convinced Katy to stay later on Saturday morning. She was going to drive all the way back to Virginia on Saturday, giving her Sunday to recuperate.

Saturday morning I came up and did a little crafting while she was packing. Scott said I could craft all day if she would stay. Yippee!

So this is what she and I did for most of the day:

I made 77 cards (many of the same types). Not sure how many Katy made, but her's were all different and we both feel the creative juices flowing. Also made us feel less guilty about all the things we bought at Archiver's on Wednesday and Hobby Lobby on Friday!

Katy left after 5 and drove halfway Saturday, halfway Sunday. Loved the extra time we squeezed in and can't wait to so it again at Christmas!


A warning to all my friends with baby boys, little boys bring bugs and things into the house (luckily, he took it back outside, and I suppose a caterpillar is not too bad!).

Friday, November 23, 2007

Scott's Birthday, Part One

Since family was here, we celebrated Scott's birthday Friday night before they left. We had cake and presents.

Mom, Dad, and Katy got Scott a fire pit for out back. They got him s'mores stuff, fire gloves, and fatwood, wrapped those up and gave them to him first. Of course we had to set it up that night.

And Ryan got his tools out, helped, and copied everything that Daddy did.

And then we had a fire. Didn't stay out long enough to make s'mores. It was too cold and the fire was not warm enough.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Recap

After a few days time spent with Aunt Katy, Nanny and Gramps arrived in Memphis! On Thanksgiving, Gramps and Ryan put together some airplanes,

Then they went outside to fly them (and since it was cold, they needed gloves, of course),
And one ended up on the roof.

Now, many of you know that I am not in charge of the turkey at my house. This has been Scott's job ever since before he and I were married when he and our friend Jason had a turkey party. This year, Scott schooled Katy on the fine art of preparing a turkey (I still have little to do with it other than preparing the stuffing). I know she doesn't want me posting pictures of her preparing the turkey (especially because she was still unshowered and in her pjs as we all were at 10 in the morning), so you will have to settle for my silly little boy who decided he needed a flashlight to see inside the turkey as we stuffed it.

No pictures of us eating, but you all did it, so I am sure you know what it looks like. Here's a nice shot mom took later of the three of us.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Ryan Reading

Ryan hasn't been one to read much. He's more likely to tell you he doesn't know the words and demand that you read it to him.

Well, this past weekend, he picked out a book of his that's not even really a storybook, and he has begun telling everyone stories from it. He had Katy and I cracking up because every story would start with a different character (he'd ask who we wanted to hear about), but then that character would always be named "Pepe" and he would always being going out on an "benture" (adventure).

Just watch...

BTW, that's the Redskins/Cowboys game going on in the background. And we don't want to talk about that.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Aunt Katy and the New Playground

How lucky are we? This summer we got a new playground in the neighborhood across the street. Then this week we get a new playground at the elementary school across the street!

We checked it out with Aunt Katy who arrived late Saturday night. Here's one of the great shots I got.


Last Tuesday on my way to work, I noticed how pretty the leaves were finally getting. My crepe myrtles out front, and all the trees we passed on the way to school looked beautiful. Plus it was a bit overcast-perfect for taking pictures. I vowed to get out my camera when I got home.
Then a big storm blew through that afternoon, taking many leaves from the trees.

And I did not get around to taking pictures until this weekend, and here's what is left.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


The day started with breakfast for Ryan and Daddy (Scott is so sweet to take Ryan out to breakfast on mornings after I have been up late!), then Ryan and I went to get his hair cut, followed by a birthday party!

Later that evening, we joined friends whom we camped with last year, but just for dinner this time, because we had to get home for our first arriving Thanksgiving guest! Plus, it was a good excuse not to sleep outside on a really cold night! :)
Here's Ryan and Celia.
They enjoyed sitting in the camping chairs and rocking tham all the way back.
And here's all the girls in the group (and Ian, who couldn't resist poking his face in...have to photo shop him out!).

Friday, November 16, 2007

Home Improvements

As I mentioned before, I redid our bedroom. Then we got the back yard landscaped a bit. Then I cleaned up my spice cabinet (small improvment, yet important because I have guests who will be cooking in my kitchen this week and I want them to be able to find everything they need). Finally, we rearranged upstairs a bit to make Scott's former office more of a guest suite. No pictures of this, but everything else is below.

It feels so good to have some of these things done!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Zoo

We are making the most of our zoo membership! Ryan's friend Parker's mommy is out on maternity leave, so I picked up the boys from Little Georgies yesterday and we met her and baby Lila at the zoo. It was empty!

After a picnic lunch and some time at the playground, we headed off to see the giraffes, zebras, elephants, sea lions, and the polar bears. This is the first time I have been to our zoo when the polar bears have not been playing. They were snuggled up together having a nap.

Here's Parker and Ryan:

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Green Terps

Yet another reason to be a proud Terrapin! Go to the very last photo.

Thanks to Katy for the story (and for the photo oh us in the new banner above. She took it when we were there for homecoming).

I also meant to respond to a comment. The loss to UVA at Homecoming was not a black mark in regards to it being UVA who beat us, rather just the loss in general. As I have many good friends who are Wahoos (both here in Memphis-there are at least three people I work with who are alum!, and back on the east coast), I would never want to offend their fair university. :)

Saturday, November 03, 2007

More learning

Ryan created this in school last week. This is the first time I have seen him draw faces, bodies, or people! Very exciting.

Then, yesterday, he traced dots that I drew for him to make a few letters!

Doesn't spell anything, just some of his favorite letters.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

More Halloween!

Halloween started with a parade at Little Georgies, followed by a party at school.

This is Ryan's whole class sitting in front of the beautiful mural at the entrance to St. George's. Their mascot is the dragon, so Ryan fit right in yesterday!

Ryan was high on Halloween when we got home from school yesterday-running all over the house-it's amazing I got him to eat dinner. But, finally it got dark (later than ever with them moving back DST), and he headed out with Scott and our friend from Atlanta, Toby.

He made it down one cove with Scott, and they came back. He did another cove with me, but that was it. The costume came off and he helped hand out candy the rest of the evening.

Funny moment: One woman came to her door (Ryan did go up to most by himself!) and said she had been scared by Ryan. He said, "It's ok, I'm not a real dragon!" What a relief!