Friday, October 31, 2008


Ryan and I spent Halloween in Baltimore with my mom's family. Much of the family was gathering for my grandparent's anniversary celebration the next day, so they all came over Friday night to celebrate Halloween.

I helped Ryan get ready:

Then he posed outside for some pictures:

And inside with some of the fun Halloween food we made (oreo spider cookies and a graveyard cake):

Finally, we headed out. Ryan, plus about 10 adults. Here's my grandmother and Aunt Sandy (who had just flown in from San Diego):

And a spooky house we found:

Ryan made it to more houses than ever before. It was a good Halloween. We headed back to Mom-mom and Pop-pop's to hang out and check out the loot.

Cousin Sarah's favorite Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are now one of Ryan's, too:

It was so fun to be with family. Here's Uncle Gary and Aunt Eileen:

Mom-mom & Pop-pop:

and Mom-mom & Pop-pop with my dad and Uncle Kirk:

Fun with cousins

We spent last weekend with Scott's sisters, and Ryan had lots of fun playing with his cousins, Matt, Rachel, Alex, and Kate. We went out for ice cream, went to both boys soccer games, and did lots of drawings with Rachel & Kate on the sidelines. Rachel taught Ryan how to draw stars and bugs.

Then we went back today for lunch because some of them had off school. This time I have pictures!

Matt & Ryan trying some of Aunt Cheryl's homegrown carrots:

Ryan playing on Kate's jungle gym:

Matt pushing Ryan on the swing:

Ryan trying on Alex's Halloween mask:

And the highlight of the visit: Kate's lost tooth!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

More fun at Grammy & Grandad's

Grammy and Grandad have a Wii! Ryan played bowling with Grandad tonight.

A few days at the beach

The next stop for Ryan and I in Maryland, was Grammy & Grandad's house in Ocean City. I brought Ryan's bike along specifically so he could ride on the boardwalk. It was cold this week, so we only got up there once.

Then it was down to the water, because we figured Daddy would ask us if it was cold and we wanted to be able to tell him.

Unfortunately, Mommy was too focused on taking Ryan's picture and forgot to be sure he didn't get more than his hands wet.

He was so good, though! He didn't whine or complain, and actually wanted to ride a little more down to the inlet where we found pirates and parts of their ships!
We also got some salt water taffy while there, but, unfortunately, Fisher's popcorn was not open.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy Blogiversary!

Here's to two years of blogging. Not a bad way to keep in touch with some people.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Titans Game

While Ryan and I are in Maryland, Scott traveled to Nashville with his partners to see the Titans take on the Colts. They had seats four rows from the top, but thankfully it was a good game. Go Titans!

The Zoo with Aunt Katy

Ever since Aunt Katy bought Ryan a stuffed Tai Shan panda, I have wanted to take Ryan to the National Zoo in Washington with her. This trip gave us the opportunity to go!

We met there today (the weather man was very wrong. Not sunny and pleasant, but cold and rainy by the end.) and went straight to the pandas.

Here's Tai Shan:

Ryan with his favorite stuffed animal:

Ryan with Mei Xiang (Tai Shan's Mama):

Aunt Katy and Ryan:

After the pandas, we trekked down the hill to see lots of other animals. Including some orangutans that commute from their homes to the "think tank" via some high lines. Too cool!

Very fun (although a bit chilly) afternoon. Can't wait to try it again on a sunny day. And one other thing. I knew we had a good zoo in Memphis, and this confirmed it. The National Zoo has it in terms of price (can't beat free), but there were many things we had that DC didn't. Looking forward to visiting ours again when we get home!

Sunday, October 26, 2008


It is so beautiful up here in Maryland. The trees are all different colors. Hope the colors waiting at home for us are equally pretty.

Great Big Sea!

One of my favorite bands played in Baltimore the night of homecoming. Luckily, the game was early enough that Katy and I could go. It was AWESOME! The band is from Newfoundland and doesn't play down south much, so I haven't seen them for 5 years. The music was so good, they were so connected with the crowd, and I got to see it all with my cool sister. So fun! The venue (Rams Head Live) was very small, yet roomy on the sides if you need to get away for a moment. I highly recommend it if you have the chance to see a favorite band there.

Katy-send me the pics you took so I can add them. Thanks!

Saturday, October 25, 2008


We got together with out college pals this weekend for Maryland's homecoming football game. Unfortunately, the weather didn't hear about our plans and rained down on us. We elected to tailgate at the Cronise's house. Here we ate, the kids played, and caught up despite the power going off.

Scott and Deb checked the weather and reported it clearing out, so some of us headed to College Park for the game. The first quarter was drizzly, but not bad, then the skies opened up. We all sat really still, trying not to get wet, and made it through the first half. I think we were leading at that point.

Stayed to watch the band. They are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the band. There were over 500 alumni on the field, plus the current members. They also started with a 25 member retro original band. It was pretty cool (for us band geeks).

At that point we decided we were wet enough, so we headed back to the cars, and back to the Cronise's for pizza, more friend time and listening to a Terrapin homecomig win (bowl eligible, baby!). Here's the closest we got to truly tailgating:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pink Happiness

To keep with the theme of happiness from a few posts ago (and BTW, I got gas for $2.35 this week!), we have some news that's been making us happy since July, and got a little happier on Monday.

We are going to have a baby girl in March!

Got this picture on Monday. Everything is looking good, and they tell us it's a girl! The dark spot in the picture is her stomach and she is trying to suck her thumb here. Due date is March 11, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Our Civic Duty

Ryan came with me today to take advantage of early voting. It took us an hour at the Agricenter, but we did it! I love taking him with us to vote. He understands that there are two guys running for president, and knows their names. Ryan favors Obama, and I swear, no one talked him into that!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Halloween Preparations

We had fun tonight carving a pumpkin, roasting the seeds, and doing some other random Halloween decorating:

More Camping

We had so much fun the first time, we decided to do it again. This time, all the McClain's joined us along with our friends Doug and Mason, Brian and Victoria.

There seems to be a small window of opportunity here for really good camping. It goes from too hot to too cold rather quickly. Not to mention, there's always a lot of stuff going on in September and October.

The good thing about going again so soon after the last trip is that we could remember the things we had forgotten. Like the camping hammock:

It was very popular. Collecting sticks was still popular, too:

Doug brought his dad's pop-up camper for Mason and Victoria to sleep in:

It was a cold night. I think I have reached my threshold at 40 degrees. If it's colder than that at night in November, don't expect to see any more camping pictures until spring!

Sunday morning, after some yummy pancakes, we went fishing. Didn't catch much, but it was a beautiful morning for it!