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Our Williamsburg Weekend July 19, 2010

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We visited Williamsburg, where my dad spends the weekdays for work over the 4th of July weekend.  We were so excited to get to see Mom, Dad, Jill, Scott, Ethan, Caleb, Megan, and Mike!  We were all in one house and we all seemed to fit somehow.  Wendy had her little toddler mattress set up in my dad’s walk-in closet.  Ethan and Caleb were in a little tent in Jill and Scott’s room (my dad’s room), Megan and Mike got the guest room, Zach and I and Teddy were in the computer room on the futon, and my mom and dad were on the floor in the living room (they insisted).  I wish I had pictures of all of this!  The cousins got along great together and Wendy wanted to do everything the boys were doing.  We went to the pool every day and Wendy was quite the little fish!  Jill’s blog has a lot of pictures to make up for the lack on mine.  We were also able to go to downtown Williamsburg to see the fireworks.  Wendy loved it.  She kept saying “Boom!” and “Big Boom!”

What is wrong with me?  I guess I didn’t take any pictures of this vacation.  Please go to Jill’s blog, to see some of the highlights.  I feel awful about that.  On a related note, I had a meltdown the other night because I felt I hadn’t done enough to document Wendy’s life as an only child before the next baby comes.  I had started a baby book several times, both a hand-held one, and a shutterfly one, but my efforts were halted and I never finished either of them.  I wish I had a better system for pictures.  I want Wendy to be able to pull a book off the shelf and say, “that was me with ____ when I was 1” or 2 or whatever.  Or “that was the time we went to ______”  Anyway, after that, I buckled down and finished the shutterfly album and it is on its way to my house now.  I hope it turns out well.  The thing I dislike about the whole digital camera world is that you can take a million pictures and then you have to sort through them all…you have to choose.  If you had a mechanical one, you don’t get to preview your pictures, and the only way to see them is to get them developed.  Then you have something to hold and arrange in an album however you choose.  Maybe this shutterfly thing will work and I’ll end up doing more of them.

I will leave you with a picture of me at 17 weeks:

and one of me with Wendy in my new (to me) Beco Butterfly carrier that I plan to use with the new baby.  I can tell it is a high quality carrier and will come in very handy when I have 2 little ones to tend to.  It is really comfortable, even with a 25 pound toddler on my front.  It does really well as a backpack, too.


Our Tennessee Vacation

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I know this has been a long time coming.  This vacation was at the beginning of June, and I’m just now posting about it.  Regardless, we had such a good time in Tennessee with all the relatives…Rose, Paul, Sam, Andrew, Joquita, Butch, Laura, Chris, Gma, and Gpa.  Am I forgetting anyone we saw?  We started off the week at the Whalen’s house and had a cookout/pool party and a surprise 30th birthday cake for me!  I really was surprised.  They sang to me and there were balloons and streamers and gifts.

Zach and I were able to go to the Melting Pot in Knoxville to help celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary, which was on June 20th.

Then, we went to Dollywood.  We all had a good time.  I didn’t think that Wendy would last that long, but she did well from about 11am til 8pm!  Zach and Sam got to go do rollercoasters and rides with G-Forces.  I would have LOVED to do those, but being pregnant limited my ride choices.  I could basically do what Wendy could do, which was riding the pigs, ducks, bumblebees, the carousel, old-timey cars, and train.  We also saw a bird show.  It was a lot of fun for me to see her and Zach have so much fun!

Rose and Wendy

Zach and Wendy on the bees

After that, we got to go to Douglas Lake with everyone and stayed at a house on the lake.  While we were there, Wendy got to read books with her Ggma, play under the stairs, and walk out onto the dock with Paul.  We also got to walk in downtown historic Dandridge and eat at a yummy restaurant on the water.  Zach and I got to go on a hike in the Smokies.  It was really invigorating to be able to get out there, sweat, and be out in the woods for a while.  We haven’t done that on our own in a long time.

Random cemetery on the hike


Buildin’ a deck. July 15, 2010

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We have been super busy this summer!  I can’t share all of it at once, but one of the main things happening is that we are building a deck off the back door of the house.  We’ve wanted one for a while, and we are lucky enough to have a brother-in-law who is a general contractor who agreed to build it for us for a lot less than what we would have paid otherwise, I think.  He has really done an AWESOME job so far, and with Zach and my dad’s help, it is getting done.  The hard part is that Mike lives in Baltimore, and it’s hard to get down here every weekend as well as work at his regular job.  So the process has taken almost the whole summer so far!  Hopefully they will be able to get it done next weekend with everyone working.   I am super excited to get some chairs and a grill out there…we get really nice shade in the mornings and evenings.

And now for a few obligatory cute pictures of Wendy!

Wendy diapered her legs in swim diapers after a nap one day!

She let me french braid her hair...Amazing.

Watch out, world...she even knows how to back up! We were able to borrow this from a friend.

You can click on any of the pictures to make them bigger…I know they’re kind of small.

Watch for an upcoming post of our trips to Knoxville and Williamsburg!