Wednesday, May 30
Monday, May 28
Saturday, May 26
Micah Laney is testing out the new Flock browser. It intrigued me, so I'm testing it out as well. It's fully integrated with Flickr and/or Photobucket. The browser has a toolbar across the top showing me my Flickr pictures. I hit Ctrl+B, which opens up a blog entry, and I start typing. I can also just grab one of my Flickr pictures and drop it into the blog entry. I have to say...it's pretty bodacious.
In weekend news, Emma and I went to Josh & Margo's farm for breakfast this morning. As always, it was a fantastic meal...100% country style. We met their new cow, baby goats, and ducks. We also encountered a big black snake, which Josh obliterated with a hoe. Yeah...I got a photo of it.
After naps, the whole fam went to Veteran's Park / Lake Fayetteville. Emma really likes the lake and the playground. Belle was just happy to get out of the house. That's it for my test. I like it. And there was much rejoicing.
Blogged with Flock
Friday, May 25
- Emma (she can do anything and B will laugh)
- Belle (our dog)
- squeaky noises of any kind
- stuffed animals
- Me dancing (that could make anyone laugh)
- A bath
- zirbirting her feet
- John making funny faces
- peek a boo
- the lion roar on one of her toys
Saturday, May 19
John asked Emma to go on a date with him this morning to get doughnuts. She was so excited for doughnuts and to be with John. I love their dates!
Brooklyn and I had our own date at home. She was in major need of a bath, so that was first on the agenda. She loves bath time. I walked into the bathroom with her and as we got closer to the tub, she started squeeling and babbling. I love that she is starting to recognize things!! B is down for a nap now. When she wakes up, the whole family is going over to Kurt and Georgia's for a law school graduation party for Kurt. Way to go Kurt!!!
Normally our wake up call is Emma standing next to our bed saying over and over again, "I need milk!" I guess she remembered our conversation last night because John and I received a sweet wake-up call this morning. She went to John's side of the bed and said in the sweetest voice, "Daddy, I see a rainbow on the brown chair. Please, come and look. There is a rainbow. And, I need milk. " (She wouldn't be Emma if she didn't end the sentence in need of something) I went in the living room with her and there on the brown chair was a little rainbow from the sun shining through the window. By the time I found the camera, the rainbow was gone. Thus, no picture.
It is amazing how a sweet "hello" in the morning can change your day. The rainbow also reminded me to enjoy the small things in life. I love seeing things through the eyes of a child.
Wednesday, May 16
Melinda is extremely established, both with her performance on AI and her history / connections in Nashville. She'll be off and running with a recording contract before her plane lands in Nashville.
Blake doesn't need to win American Idol, and I don't think he wants to win it all. If you haven't noticed, he's a bit eclectic in his musical tastes / styles. It doesn't really fit well with the AI image, which makes it even more impressive he's in the finale. If he wins, he's bound to produce a crappy album that is watered down by the AI producers and studio. So he loses in the long run if he wins it all. Probably best if he wins second.
Jordin stands to profit the most from winning. She's young, and needs the contract and advice from more experienced people, which she'll get automatically from winning. Besides, she's much more diverse in her singing styles / talent than either Blake or Melinda and can easily make any album to the AI producers want and make it work for her.
- Sink, pool, or water table
- Dish soap
- Dirty things that need washing
- rag, old toothbrush, paintbrushes or anything that you can scrub things with
Today, I realized that the food and dishes that Emma uses in her kitchen were probably pretty nasty from kid's mouths, hands, etc.....Today, we dumped all the kitchen stuff in our sink and Emma got them all clean. This was quite entertaining for her. She stood at the sink for an hour. Literally.
I am teaching her young while she thinks cleaning is fun. Don't tell!
Monday, May 14
To all women out there: Happy Mother's Day! You're either a potential mother, a "I want to be a mom" mom, or a full throttle mom. Regardless of kid status, Happy Mother's Day. All women deserve to be recognized on this day, just because they're pretty impressive all around, not just in mothering. It should be called "Woman's Day". To recap the last several days will be difficult. Mainly the brevity part will be difficult. But here it goes:
Allison went to a prayer meeting and to run some errands. I got a double-date with my girls. We took the opportunity to make a Mother's Day card for Allison. A big hand-made card with a picture (all the girls) and cut-outs of Emma and Brooklyn's hands on it. And a nice little poem written across the top (that I admittedly did NOT create...). Late bedtime for all, but the card was pretty great!
Allison and Emma went to Grace Hannon's (cousin) 11th birthday party. Only girls invited. Swimming / slumber party at the Embassy Suites in Rogers. I can only imagine. I stayed with Brooklyn at the house. Emma & Allison had a great time. Again, I can only imagine that scene.
Did minor stuff around the house: yard work, miscellaneous cleaning, etc. Saturday afternoon, I went to help Brett & Jayme Walker move into their new house. Fun facts about the Walkers: Brett has a recent physical injury that hindered his moving abilities. Jayme is pregnant. They had a big group help move the big furniture on Friday night, and Benton (Brett's brother) and I helped move in all the boxes and miscellaneous stuff on Saturday. It was actually pretty fun, despite the work load-to-labor ratio.
Sunday (Mother's Day)
I got up early with Brooklyn and Emma. When Allison awoke, we gave her her card and hugs. Emma, Belle, and I went to Starbucks to pick up some breakfast (White Chocolate Mocha's & Blueberry muffins). Then to church and back home for lunch & naps. Allison ran some errands during nap time. Emma crashed quick & easy. Brooklyn screamed. For an hour. I gave up and got her out of her crib. We played and watch golf on TV for a while. After Emma's nap, we loaded up and went to Gator Golf to play some Putt-Putt. Strange request from the wife. I also beat her for the first time in our 10 years of dating/marriage. And I beat her badly. I was GREAT! We then headed to Catfish Hole for dinner and back home for bedtime. It was a great day!
Tuesday, May 8
Our main purpose in going to Arlington was for my sweet friend, Holly. She got married this weekend and I didn't want to miss it. She is my dear friend and one of my roommates from Baylor. An added bonus was that my other good friend and roommate from Baylor had twins last Monday. She lives in Arlington too so I got to see her and her cute babies, Jack and Lucy. Those two things were the highlight of the trip and made it worth the long hours in the car.
We drove into Ft. Worth and ended up walking around the Botanical Gardens. It was so pretty! John had a great time taking pictures of all the landscape + a few pictures of the girls and me. We went back to Arlington and ate dinner at Moni's, which is a little Italian place we had eaten at before. They have INCREDIBLE rolls that you dip in alfredo sauce. Yes, horrible for you, but OH, so yummy!
On Sunday, we started out about 9:00 and made it back here by 5:00. We made better time, but still not great. Emma was so delirious at the end of the trip that she was making up words to Amazing Grace. It was a hoot!
- A swimming pool
- An airplane
- A dump truck
- A bathtub
- A tent
- A hideaway from monsters and spiders
- A bed for her and her animal friends
Thursday, May 3
In other news, I love Chick-fil-A's Chicken Minis. Chicken nuggets stuffed into a heavily-buttered Sister Schubert roll. It's pretty much the best food God ever came up with next to Apple Pie.