Sunday, July 30, 2006

Home Sweet Home

We returned from our trip Thursday afternoon around 4:30. The trip back took a little while longer but we had to add another stop for a diaper emergency, and I do mean emergency. We also stopped at a Chik-fil-a called a Dwarf House. It was very bizarre. You had to wait to be seated and then the waitress handed you a menu that had all of the exact same things on it as a regular Chik-fil-a. Then they serve your food on plates instead of trays. It was nice- I just don't recommend it if you are on the go. The only difference was that you wait a little while longer.

The last day of our vacation we went to Cherokee, North Carolina. The hour and a half trip took three hours to get there. Aiden and ABigail decided that they didn't want to be in the car that day and proceeded to tag team us with the crying. By the end of the drive I was convinced that I may need something stronger than a coke at lunch. We played for a while in the town and then headed back. Our vacation flew by. We had so much fun with the family, but at the same time it was kind of sad because Steve and Sam live so far away the next time I see Abby she may be walking!

All good things must come to an end at least for a little while.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Vogel State Park

Today we took off to Vogel State Park. It was only about 30 minutes from our cabin. We walked the shortest of all the hikes. It was only about a mile. The other hikes were much longer at 4, 8, and 12 miles, and much more intense. Half way through you could cut off the main trail and walk down to the bottom of a small waterfall. It wasn't very big but it was beautiful. The babes did a wonderful job and loved the sound of the waterfall. There was so much to look at they barely made a peep the whole time. There was so much beautiflu scenery to take in and the weather was absolutely perfect and humidity free.The park also had a beach area. By the end of all of the fun with two babies, we were ready for lunch. We didn't know a lot about the park so we did not bring our lunch so we went into the town and ate lunch.

After lunch we went back to Blue Ridge and we went to an ice cream store that made their own waffle cones and ice cream. It was YUMMY! We were then full as little ticks and went home to nap and relax.

Aiden was born three months ago today! It has flown by.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Settler Mania

Today we hung out around the cabin. Aiden is still adjusting so I spent most of the day trying to make or keep him happy. The word vacation is taking on a new meaning for me. Steve decided that he wanted to go canoeing. So the boys took off looking for some places to go. Two hours later, and after a trip to North Carolina (not on purpose), they came home without any luck and had some lunch.

This afternoon we played several rounds of Settlers of Catan. Abby and Aiden are in training and are going to be ready to take on even Carey Mitchell soon. Everyone had enough smack talk and we went down the mountain. Mark, Steve, Sam and I went. At the bottom of the mountain there was a slow moving river. We took off our shoes and socks and walked in the freezing water. Mainly Steve and Mark did and Sam and I sat on a rock and tested the water with our toes. The water was quite chilly.

After some dinner we relaxed in the hot tub and now Mark and his parents are playing Catan AGAIN!!!

Tomorrow we are off to Vogel State Park. No more laziness. We are off to see a waterfall.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

We made it

Well, all of us made it in one piece to the cabin. We got here yesterday. Aiden did very well on the way up. He whined off and on for the first hour and then slept the rest of the way with the exception of stopping to eat. We were so excited to see our beautiful house and to meet our sweet Abigail. Let me tell you... she is something else. She loves to talk and has such a wonderful disposition. She has the most fabulous eyes and loves to use them to flirt.

Today Aiden was a cranky pants! He fussed all day. We went to an orchard that was supposed to be one of the largest in the southeast. I was thinking I may get to get up close to some kind of fruit bush or maybe even a tree. No way. It was a tourist trap and mainly just a fruity gift shop. We did buy a bag of white peaches. They are so yummy. I highly recommend them. So after that we went to the down town area that has tons of shops and ate at a fifties themed cafe. All of the food items stuck to the theme like "Bird is the word" chicken sandwich, "Big Bad John hamburger", and the "Suzy Q sloppy Joe." It was a hole in the wall but very good. They were also known for there world famous malt shakes. Go figure.

We went home shortly after that. The babies were done.

We saw a turkey went we got home outside.

I hope Aiden straightens up tomorrow.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Like a little weed

Aiden is growing like a little weed. I am amazed at how much he changes in a span of a week. He goes from just sitting and staring one day to smiling and attempting to laugh the next. He is turning into a pretty content little boy. When he does fuss he is either tired or hungry. Isn't that when most boys fuss?

So the other day he was on the changing table and I was talking to him about something, and he was getting very excited. His eyes were wide, and legs were kicking away. Then out of no where he let out the most high pitched squeal I ever heard. Well, this startled him and he took a deep breath in. I was also shocked but then flashed him a big smile, and in return I received a huge gummy smile. So I thought it would be funny to squeal back at him. Well then he sqealed back at me. It was quite entertaining and went on for the next five minutes or so. I thought about getting the video camera but I knew the moment would be lost.

This weekend we will be heading to Blueridge, Georgia to a cabin to stay a week with Mark's parents, and his brother Steve, his wife Sam, and our sweet new niece that was born just a couple hours after Aiden, Abigail. I can't wait to meet her! I will try to post pictures through out the week. Until then I have some packing and praying to do. 6 hours with Aiden in the car. Am I extremely brave, or just crazy?

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Today was Aiden's 2 month check up. He is 2 1/2 months ols and he weighs 12 pounds and 14 ounces. He screamed the entire time the doctor was checking him out. I read him a book and he finally calmed down. Then the mean ole nurse came in and gave him four shots. Mark held his arms and the nurse did her dirty work. He screamed so hard that there was no sound coming out. Mark picked him up and he was completely done with his fit. He is such a trooper!

When we were through with our Doctor visit we went to see my friend Laura and her kids. Her little boy Noah is the happiest baby I have ever been around. He is 2 months older than Aiden.
He is really into Aiden and I don't think Aiden even knows he is alive. So Noah will try to grab Aiden's nose or ear and Aiden will fuss. Good times. Here are some pictures of the two of them hangin' out. I think little boys are so much fun. I can't wait to see what they will be like in a couple of years. My opinion may change. We shall see.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Happy 4th of July!

This fourth of July we did what many other Americans did. We hung out by the pool and grilled out. We went to our friend Brandon's house at the coast and swam in his pool. This was Aiden's first time in the pool and he really enjoyed it. After we coated him from head to toe with Baby spf 50 we floated around and cooled off. Thankfully the pool did have one patch of shade. This was so nice. Aiden slept the whole way home. He was tuckered out! After he woke up we played and sang songs and I got a taste of his first laugh. It was too cute! He soon hit the bed and slept all night long. Sleeping babies... What a blessing!

Later that night we heard the sound of fireworks going off outside so we ran outside and witnessed our own fireworks display. Living in the middle of no where can have its advantages. People bought their own fireworks and they were shooting them off from three different directions. We had such a good day!