October 30, 2007

Yesterday we got a yummy surprise from our friends Alecia and Matthew. It was a fruit arrangement from Edible Arrangements, complete with strawberries, flowers made of pineapple, and chocolate-dipped apple slices. We tore the mess out of it, but I did get a photo first:

As an added bonus, Lola is terrified of the balloon that came with it. So we’ve had some fun tormenting her with that. Hey, it’s Halloween.

Here are a few links to help you kill some time:


Big news!

October 25, 2007

We weren’t planning to announce this for a couple more weeks, but I’m not that good at keeping happy secrets: We’re pregnant!

I am only 10 weeks along, but we have seen the baby on an ultrasound (and heard a nice, strong heart rate of 167 bpm!) so we are confident that all is well.

Our due date is May 25. Until then, expect lots of updates!

Abigail’s Baptism

October 25, 2007

Last weekend we went home to see the baptism of our niece, Abigail. She was such a good girl during the whole thing. And look at that gown!

After that, Amy and Rich had a little gathering at their house. We got to play with Dixon for a while and see Abigail crawl, and then we had to get back on the road to home.

On the way home, I slept in the car for an hour. Once we got to the house, I climbed in bed and slept for another two hours. Then I got up, had some dinner, and went back to bed for the night.

An explanation of my sudden fatigue in the next post …


Deja Vu

October 19, 2007

The unit Patrick went to Iraq with in 2004 is going back already!

Twice in four years is no big whoop for active duty units, but for the National Guard it’s crazy.

I’m so glad he got out.

This was right before he left in February 2004. (Desert camouflage looks so weird in the snow!)

A Good Day

October 13, 2007

This morning we slept in and then took Lola to the dog park. I wish I had taken my camera because it is so much fun to see her tumble around with other dogs. She was covered in dirt and drool by the time we left, and completely exhausted.

When we got home, Patrick went for a run and had a great idea for my lazy self: How about reading in the hammock for a while? I settled in with my book, but within minutes I was fast asleep. He snapped these photos when he got back and busted me:

When I finally got up, we got showered and wandered out for something to eat. We ended up at Rosa’s (an Italian place in Hopewell) and ate entirely too much food.

When we got back from dinner, we had a NetFlix movie to watch. It was Transamerica, a thoroughly bizarre movie that won Felicity Huffman an Oscar nomination a couple of years ago. Don’t bother!

Tomorrow, we’re going to the National Folk Festival, which is in Richmond one more time before moving on to a new city next year. They’ll have live music, everything from Zydeco to Persian hammered dulcimer, and crafts and yummy food. Wheee!

This is so cool!

October 10, 2007


Go to this link and follow the instructions to find out if you are right-brained or left-brained. It depends on which direction you see the dancer spinning; most will see her turning only one way or another, although for some she will change direction repeatedly.

I turned out to be right-brained, but so much more of the left-brained column sounds like me. Maybe I’m a little of both; if I stare at her long enough she’ll spin the other way.


Back from the beach …

October 6, 2007

What a nice trip! We got lots of quality time with the family, ate way too much and had a lot of fun. Here are some highlights:

Dixon running with his Papa. 

Patrick digging in the marsh. 

Me and Mike looking for the dolphin everyone else sees. 

More photos on Flickr. I got all my photos there a little more organized so things are easier to find. Enjoy!