Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Exciting News!! (No, I'm not pregnant!)

Exciting News:

I sold my camera, ya know, the one I have been complaining about since this time last year, on ebay yesterday! And I totally got more than I anticipated! I cannot tell you what this accomplishment feels like! I am even more thrilled that I can get a new one, a more researched one, now. I am debating between a new concept camera (Nikon does not have one on the market currently) that is a mirror-less SLR, and is very small and sleek OR the Nikon D3100. If anyone has any [knowledgeable] comments as to which one I should purchase, I would love the insight. Now that so many of my friends have gotten into photography, I feel like I might actually have a shot of getting a response on this! YaY!

No I'm not pregnant!:

Does anyone else find it odd that complete strangers think they know the appropriate time for me to have another baby? Ask any mom of one, and she will probably tell you that it is MUCH harder to decide when or if to have another baby than it was the first one. I love Avery, and I want her to have siblings, but is it anyone else's business when that happens? It seems everyone has an opinion, from the guy at the flower shop on Monday ("She's how old?" me-"she'll be 2 in February" flower man-"Yep, 'bout time for another one, huh?" me- incredulous blank stare), to the lady at the March of Dimes benefit dinner last night ("Take it from an old pro, wait until she is 30 months to have another baby!"), and of course all the sweet ladies in the nursery at church are ready for us to do it again. There is just so much more to it than they make it out to be!
My Concerns:
1. Can we get pregnant again anyway?
2. What if we have another miscarriage?
3. Isn't Avery enough?
4. We really want a houseful.
5. How many is too many?
6. Avery will be a spoiled brat if we don't go ahead and get her a sibling!
7. I sure would like to have Avery completely potty trained before we do it again.
8. IS there a best time of year to have a baby?
9. Is there a best time of year to be pregnant?
10. (THE BIG ONE) Can I actually love another baby as much as Avery?
11. Will Avery adjust?
12. Can TJ and I handle 2?
The answers are probably obvious to anyone with multiple children. And I probably will get on the bandwagon soon regardless of my apprehension. Thanks for letting me vent.

On a less frustrating note, here are Ace and I counting fish at El Rey last week.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Allen Law Center, Hunting, etc.

Avery was as excited as her Dada that hunting season opened! She hasn't been yet, but is anticipating her debut in the woods, as any young debutante would. Check out her "I'm watching you!" face and crouch.

In other news, the Allen Law Center broke ground on Friday, named after my dear old Dad. Mom even made the photo!
Here is GiGi giving his speech to the surprisingly large crowd.
The FAM. Aunt Allison made it down from Atlanta, Roro, Eeee, Ma, GiGi, and this girl.
MiMi got Avery a lady bug costume for Halloween. She now can go to two parties, with her two outfits!

We are looking forward to Halloween, and my favorite holiday, THANKSGIVING! And yes, I just shouted that! I cannot wait for the food!
Top Ten Favorite (some new) recipes for Turkey Day this year:
1. Mushroom Bread Pudding (puh-lease send me the recipe Allison)
2. Pumpkin Cheesecake!
3. Squash Casserole
4. Fried Turkey
5. Stuffing
6. Allison's Pumpkin Tourene (sp?)
7. Sweet Potato Casserole
8. Garlic Green Beans
9. Aunt Patty's Chocolate Cake
10. Asparagus Casserole
So excited! Only 37 days to go!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The past few weeks...

Have been a bit crazy around here. We went to Auburn for Avery's first game on the 2nd. She loved it!! We were tickled that she had such a good time! I think she is going to be a lover of all sports regardless of team colors! She played, sat still when she needed to, ate a stadium dog (of course!), cheered at the appropriate times, watched the eagle do his thing, and we left at halftime to accommodate nap-time. It was great! She always surprises me with the things she can handle!
This past weekend, we took the drive up 65 for Suelin and Phillip's wedding weekend. The festivities began with a Thursday night BBQ with all the wedding party. It was great food, and even better to visit with all my girls! Friday, we had the lovely bridesmaid luncheon at Chez Lulu! I am positive that the elderly lady sitting next to me thinks that Laura, J-bo, and Reba, and I are at the very least on drugs. We could not stop laughing. Between Laura's half swollen and very red eye from her allergies and the 36 ounces of coffee she consumed, she had us rolling for 2 hours.
Friday night was the rehearsal dinner, and Laryne came into town to keep Aves. She brought her new boyfriend, Courtland, who is presh!! I should point out here that Avery is now referring to herself as Ace. Anywho, they kept Ace while we went to the dinner. Some of the stories we heard about Phillip were hilarious, there are truly some comedians in his group. Of course the stories about Suelin were funny. We all knew they would be. I am currently regretting the decision to not talk. If I had gotten up to make a toast to the happy couple, it would have been this:
Suelin, I love you. You are my favorite person to catch up with, because I can get the scoop on everyone else with one phone call. Whenever anything ridiculous happens to me, I know you will laugh, and vice versa. To Phillip, be mindful that Suelin has "ailments". You will need to be her sounding board for when to seek medical treatment when:
1. her tooth is about to fall out.
2. she is nervous and is sure she needs to take imodium.
3. she is positive she swallowed a fly without using her mouth.
and God help you when she finds out she is pregnant! Best of luck to both of you. Love you much!
Ok, on to the zoo trip! Rebecca, J-Bo, Laura, TJ, and I took Aves and Raughley to the Zoo. They were super cute together!
Here is Avery feeding Raughley her snack! So cute!!! Raughley is adorable Reebs. So glad the kids finally got to meet!
The wedding was beautiful, Suelin was a gorgeous bride! Unfortuately, I did not take any pictures, nor do I have any to pirate from anyone else's blog (yet)...Thanks for the pics of the kids Reba. All in all, it was a great, but tiring weekend. I am glad to be home and back in our routine! Although, its Fair week in Montgomery, and we had to take Aves last night. She LOVED it. I have never seen her smile for so long and so big as she did on the little cars she rode around and around in (ALL BY HERSELF). TJ and I were kind of freaking out! But she did great! TJ has video that I will have to upload as soon as he sends it to me! This photo is of Avery in the pineapple under the sea with spongebob (not pictured).
Here she is riding a pony. FYI GiGi, she's gonna want one pretty soon.
Hunting season starts tomorrow, so I am sure the majority of our travel from here until Christmas will be to the farm to see Dada. Its that time of year where I get to be a single parent again! Kidding honey.