Archive for November, 2010

New Traditions

November 30, 2010

In spending last Thanksgiving on the farm with several generations of Louches, I was distracted from the fact that last year was the first Thanksgiving to occur without either of my grandparents (at least the only grandparents I ever really knew).  I’ll admit that in their later years, I wasn’t as close with them as I probably should have been, but if there was one holiday that I could always count on seeing them  (and aunts and uncles and likely a cousin or two), it was Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving in Dahlonega 2008

Well this year we decided to stay in Atlanta for Thanksgiving and much without thinking, I offered to cook dinner for my immediate family.  It didn’t occur to me until the day of that the need for such hospitality was due largely to a great hole in our family.  The day just didn’t feel as exciting or important as it had in years past (and not just because we gathered on Saturday instead of Thursday ;).  It felt small and humble as we started down the long road to building new traditions.

Thankgiving Dinner 2010

I’m not going to say that we succeeded in a single year as traditions as good as those of the last 30 or so years are not easily replaced, but I will say that this was definitely the first year the words “penis”, “titties” AND “vagina” were used at the Thanksgiving dinner table   (thanks Dad!).  How’s that for a new tradition?

PawPaw slays him...
Yes, even the baby thought it was funny.

My First Turkey 

My first turkey.  19 lbs.  Good thing there are no pictures of me with the raw turkey because I may have thrown up in my mouth a little when I had to touch it.



November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

The Rest of October

November 24, 2010

October was a crazy busy month this year, and since we’re almost to Thanksgiving now, I figure it’s about time to wrap it up.  So without further ado, the rest of October.

The day before Halloween, we took Aiden to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm to pick out a couple of pumpkins to carve.  We never actually got around to carving the pumpkins we bought, but it was still totally worth it.  The highlights of the trip: wheelbarrow and hay ride.

Pumpkin Head  Me and my pumpkin head

Daddy wheeling around his pumpkin head

The following day was Halloween and IT.WAS.AWESOME!  First we met in the cul-de-sac for the neighborhood “parade” and Aiden’s costume was a hit. 


And then we went trick-or-treating.  It’s not very often that Aiden gets to roam the neighborhood freely (even though that’s all he would do if you let him), so we just let him go.  He got candy from like 4 houses, but pretty much only those that would meet him in the yard as he ran through.

Trick or Treat
“For me?”

Whoa there little buddy...
“Great, I’ll take it.”

However, he did hesitantly approach the smoking house despite the alien (or whatever the hell that guy was supposed to be) sitting on  the doorstep.

Proceeding with caution

And ultimately decided that it was worth it for the smoke machine (and the box of Nerds which he fiercely held onto).

Smoke machines...   ...are wonderful.

After trick-or-treating, we paid a surprise visit to Nama and Paw Paw’s house, but we of course forgot the camera.  I’m really not sure who had more fun this year, me or him.  This to me is what having kids is all about. 

Prehistoric Family

Boy this post is really orange.  Oh and Happy Thanksgiving! ;)

One Month Anniversary

November 23, 2010

We were married a month ago yesterday and if you’re someone that really knows us (or Dan), you might be able to pick up on the significance of that.  It’s smooth sailing from here. And how’s married life you ask?  Well it’s exactly as it was before we were married – perfect.


We got our wedding pictures from Jason last week too so stay tuned for even more wedding goodness.

15.5 Month Well Appt

November 18, 2010

15ish monthsI was half a month late getting him to the doctor so it only seems  appropriate that it took me over a month to post about it.  I’m not sure why I do posts on these stats, but I guess it’s good to be prepared in the event that Aiden ever asks how big he was when he was 15.5  month old.  I wonder if I’ll be this OCD about it with our second child.  Anyhow, this doctor’s appointment came immediately following the visits we made for his swollen eye so needless to say, he was none too thrilled to be back.  It made him extra clingy and I secretly enjoyed getting to comfort him with extra cuddles.

Height – 32 inches (50-75%)
Weight – 27 lbs 6 ozs (75-90%)
Head – 48.5 cm (75-90%)

Two things:

1) Aiden’s a big boy.  Solid really.  Some (like the doctor) would say that he’s bigger than 75-90% of babies his age.  And lots others would say this is CRAZY given the size  of his parents.  CRAZY I tell you.  A boy and his shopping cartBut  seriously if one more person says this to me my head might explode.  I know he’s big and that I’m small.  My teeny-tiny frame is the one that has to cart him around.  But I predict that he’s going to eventually shoot up in height and stretch out.  And then people will stop pointing out the paradox that is his  size.  And that will be glorious.  Only time will tell.

2) The sheet we got at this appointment said we could start using time-out to which I responded “YESSSSS!!!!”. We’ve been using it over the last few weeks and he seems to be getting it.   We’ve had some pretty funny moments with it actually that I will post about later.

Friends and the North Georgia Fair

November 12, 2010

I feel FAIR-ly thrilled to have recently stumbled upon a new group of ladies with babies all around the same age as Aiden who I greatly enjoy the company of and who have been nice enough to include me in their circle.  Without them we would have missed out on the fair this year, and then what would I have to look forward to next fall?

First ride.  He was digging it.

Old Car Ride

Logan?  Not so much.

It's ok little buddy...

Second ride was the teacups.  No pictures, but tons of fun.

Third ride.  Is it just me or is half the fun of the fair the thrill/terror that you feel when you of entrust the lives of your children to fair rides?

Riding Nemo

Feeding the goats.  Most of the goats were full.  It was a constant fight to get to the couple of gluttonous goats that would eat out of our hands.  We *may* have just elbowed that kid to get to the goat while his mother stopped to pick her nose.

Excuse me

Not great picture quality, but great ladies and great times!

Fair with Friends

Last Bite

November 10, 2010

You probably had to be there (with your very own Ultimate Margarita in hand), but this is a before picture of the last bite Dan took at dinner before we headed off to see Joel McHale.  He was having a hard time accepting that he was full and dinner was over…

Cheesecake Factory

…but he took it like a champ.

Gluttony in Action

Guitar Hero Saturday

November 3, 2010

We hadn’t played in so long, but we see the love of music in Aiden so we wanted to see what happened when we rocked out with him one Saturday morning.  He did not disappoint!

Road to Hell: Hillcrest Orchards

November 2, 2010

When good intentions just don’t cut it…

Always a glutton for punishment, I decided that I wanted to do caramel apples as wedding favors for our late October wedding meaning we needed to get a hold of 80 apples in the weeks leading up to the wedding.  We easily could have just gone to the store, but instead I insisted that we pack up and head to Ellijay – the Apple Capitol of Georgia – to enjoy a lovely family day in an orchard picking apples.  Only Aiden couldn’t reach the apples in the trees.  Only the ones on the ground – the dirty, nasty, rotten apples on the  ground.  But thankfully it only took a couple of mushy apples before he didn’t care about anything apple related anymore (the same can’t be said for sticks and rocks, however).

Stick Rock

So he set his sights on climbing up and down the steepest hill in the whole damn place repeatedly which made picking apples rather difficult lest he fall and break his neck.

Slide?  What slide?  Let's just fall down this hill...

Needless to say, the next time I need 70+ apples (hopefully never), I think we’ll just hit Publix.  And there are many amusement parks/mountains a lot closer to our house than Ellijay.  Although for what it’s worth, I doubt many of them will have pig races if this on any level seems like something you’d enjoy.

Worth it for this picture?  Maybe...