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Ben and I met in 1996, began dating in 1999 and married in 2001. Now 20 years and 2 children later, we have returned to where our life together began. Ben works for the Federal Reserve and I have the privilege of staying home with our two precious boys.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Best Buddies

Lucy came first, Ethan came second, but you would never know it in our house. Ben did a lot of research before we chose a breed and he couldn't have done a better job! Ethan loves his Lucy! Our high energy, slightly neurotic, overanxious, allergy-prone, attention-seeking Lucy is so laid back with him that Ethan can literally do anything he wants to her. While she might prefer him not to, she just lays there anyway and wags her tail. You can see the scheming face for what's about to come next.
Uh-huh, this is a regular occurrence in our house. What you don't see are the poking of the eyes, pulling on the tail, and chewing on the ears...and yes, I mean Ethan.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Yum! Yum!

This little boy LOVES meatballs! He was so intent munching on his meatballs at dinner that he realized his bib was getting in the way. No problem, he just turned it to the side and kept on going. By the time dinner was over, he had sauce all over his face and in his hair! This was one meal that took us straight to the bathtub.
On another note, of which I disappointedly have no pictures to document, we had quite an interesting afternoon one day last week. While Mommy was cleaning up the bathroom, Ethan decided to do some investigating in the drawers. In a matter of moments, he found a nail polish bottle. As he was trying to get it out of the drawer, he dropped the bottle on the tile. As I look down, all I see is a splatter of red polish everywhere! Thankfully, the bottle broke into 2 pieces and I was able to scoop them up quickly. But, Ethan had pretty red feet and we were left with red tile, red grout, red baseboards, and a red wall. Did I mention that our house is on the market right now? In my haste to try to quickly get as much up as I could before the nail polish dried, I did not snap any pictures of this priceless moment. I SOOOO wish that I would have at least taken pictures of his feet! In the last week I have tried to erase any indication of our catastrophe, but little did I know that paint does NOT cover up nail polish and once it is in grout, it is there to stay.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ethan's 1st Tri-State Tour

This is the FIFTH time in a week and a half that I have tried to make this post, but my computer has NOT wanted to cooperate so hopefully I'll get through it this time.

We just returned from Ethan's first Tri-State tour. This is what we call the trek that we make to visit the whole family which covers basically 3 states. We started out traveling through the night from Rockwall to Guntersville, Alabama, where Ethan got to see Mimi, Maw-Maw, Uncle Chad and Aunt Ashley. We also got to spend time with Miss Betty, Jody, and Alisa as well! Ethan had a blast playing with everyone! His favorite toy...a little blue dog bone that Maw-Maw washed for him(her dogs had never used it). Why should Mommy bring his toys when we have dog toys to play with! He also spent most of his time torturing Maw-Maw's little dog Bo. You can see the "I've been caught" look on his face.
After the visit in Guntersville, we made our way over to Gainesville, Georgia, to visit with Aunt Melissa and Uncle Mike, cousins Cherie and Daniel, John Michael and Heston, Uncle Gary and Aunt Lynn, cousin Jared and Stephanie, Aunt Wanda and Trish, Pop and Nana Lynda, Uncle Harry and Aunt Robbie. We spent some time on the lake, at a family B-B-Q, eating at favorite restaurants, swimming, and lots of playing! We even scouted a few houses and neighborhoods.

Pop got this tricycle out for Ethan to give a spin. It was Ben's when he was little! He loved it!
You can see Pop's concentration to make sure that Ethan doesn't lose his balance.
Then Daddy took Ethan swimming. He thought it was hilarious when Ben stuck his face under the water to blow bubbles. We "tried" practicing this earlier in the summer at swim lessons.
Yep! Mommy was lazy that day, skipped the swim suit, and went straight for the swim diaper. But Ethan and Daddy had a blast anyway!
After swimming, we did what all little Georgia boys like to do...play in the back of the truck half- naked! It was too hot for clothes!
Once leaving Georgia, we made our way down to the sourthernmost part of Alabama touching the Florida line to visit Grandad, Granny and Grandpa, Uncle CJ, Aunt Cheryl, Aunt Cindy and cousin Jacob on the farm.
Daddy and Uncle CJ had some fun hitting golf balls and of course, Ethan is making Daddy proud with his interest in golf as well!
Grandad was so excited to take Ethan on a ride in the big tractor, but this was Ethan as soon as he heard the tractor coming. You can't see the look or terror on his face or tell that he's running in the opposite direction, but it was priceless!

He soon warmed up a little bit and let Grandad take him up in the tractor with him.

I soooo wish I had taken pictures of him with the horses and chickens. He wasn't too sure about the cows. I don't know how I forgot to grab the camera, but I did! We had a blast on the farm and can't wait for our next visit!
After our visit with Grandad, we headed back home. I must say, Ethan was a trooper up until the last few days. With so much car time, he finally decided he had had enough of the car seat and was ready to go home. We are so proud of him, though! He was comfortable everywhere we went and went to everyone...which says a lot for our little boy who will normally only go to a few people!