Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July Snapshots

Events I meant to blog about with full posts but now am just giving you the pictures:

Wednesday, July 1st: the "I can do it myself" block tower. There was something else funny about this, but sadly, I don't remember anymore.

Saturday, July 4th, at the Lake. It was our last trip to my parents' place at Lake Martin, since they've now sold it. We helped them pack that weekend and never managed to see any fireworks, but we enjoyed the reprieve from our busy lives all the same. Apparently, I also did not take enough pictures.

Friday, July 10th: Cow Appreciation Day. Everyone should do this! It was our first year to participate and I'm going to make it a family tradition.

(It's a bit difficult to see the ears pinned to their hats, or their tails, but I promise they were there! Jacob asked to take his off immediately after being served his free chicken.)

More posts coming soon on:
  • Melissa v. Jeffrey
  • Poolside Photos
  • Geolly Chester Lives Again
  • Jacob Jumps In
  • The Summer of the Family Reunion
  • Harry Potter and Imagination

  • and other book/movie/TV reviews...

    I'm gearing up to start (gasp!) blogging more regularly. I need this more than anyone, because it helps ME remember what happened last month, last week, or even just yesterday. Plus, I like to write. I miss it.


    The Return of Darius Rucker

    I am probably the last person on the planet to know about this, but I thought I'd share anyway.

    My CD player is on the fritz. I have no iPod. So, when I'm driving by myself, my guilty pleasure is to check out the country music stations on the radio, especially on long trips to Alabama where the other radio stations are hard to come by. Usually I just flip through and keep going.

    Last week, though, while returning from a trip with the boys (they were both asleep), I heard a country song that just blew me away. I actually cried. I haven't cried while listening to a song on the radio in ages. I think this is what mommyhood has done to me.

    And who do I have to thank for this? That's right, Darius Rucker, the fomer lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, belting out "It Won't Be Like This for Long." Man, am I a sucker for a sappy song about kids growing up too fast.

    Apparently, he now has two #1 singles and made an appearance on Oprah, which was re-run today. I only know this because I providentially turned on the TV just as he was about to perform. (I promise I don't regularly watch Oprah. It just seems everytime I do, it is blog-worthy.) Were those kids in the video his? I feel old.

    It makes me wish I could find both my old Hootie albums. Those really take me back to 1994.

    I think I have found a country album I might actually want to buy. Oh, heaven help us.


    Tuesday, July 28, 2009

    They Scare Because They Care

    While driving in the car with Jacob a few weeks ago, I suddenly heard "AHHHHHHHHHHH!" (very loud, fake scream). I thought something had bitten him at first! When I asked him what was wrong, he said, "I see a monster!" So I said, "Tell the monster 'Go away!" and Jacob says, "Go away, monster!" Then I asked, "Where did the monster go?" Jacob replied: "He went to work!"

    This has become a new obsession, the monsters. They seem mostly benign and intend to do no harm, just to scare, but Jacob's fake cries of alarm can be, well, alarming. Especially while driving. Still, he will calmly tell them, "Go away!" if I remind him of this sacred duty.

    I have found a use for these mysterious imaginary creatures of Jacob's own concoction: their absence. "Monsters don't like a clean house. They'll go away if we keep it clean." Jacob replies, "Let's go vacuum!"


    Tuesday, July 21, 2009

    Lil' Chomper

    Ethan cut his first tooth yesterday! He was 5 months, 1 week and 4 days old!

    I've been waiting for this. The weeks of unending drool, the last few uncharacteristically fussy nights, the constant chewing on everything in sight....and last night, the proof!

    Ethan's got his older brother beat on this one. I checked the baby book, and Jacob's first tooth didn't arrive until he was 7 months old.

    Bye, bye, toothless grin! We'll be sad to see you go...but I'm glad I had those baby/sibling portraits done a few weeks back!

    (Notice the copious drool on his chin! Such a cutie. I should remember to take more photos!)

    Next up: solid foods, baby!


    Saturday, July 11, 2009

    Release Date for New Eric Peters Album

    Good news, everyone! Eric Peters' latest, Chrome, officially releases on August 25. Team Redd has been anxiously awaiting a new EP album, and now the end is in sight. Eric has been blogging through the recording process, and the finished product should be fantastic. (Of course, his previous offerings would lead one to expect nothing less.)

    Check out for more details, and more importantly, to place your pre-order.