Monday, September 24, 2007

Whew! What a Weekend.

Ok, so I have decided that the only issue with this blogging thing is that you all now expect me to update it!!! AHHHH!!!! We've had a very long weekend- good- but long and keeping up with the blog lately has seemed so difficult. As you can see from the pictures on the side (that haven't been updated in over a week), I haven't been able to change things up much recently.

This weekend was our first weekend where we really didn't have a lot of plans. Well, you all know how that goes- no plans means plenty of time for NEW projects. And, as I usually do, I picked the LARGEST project to start (and also one that HAD to be finished in a timely fashion). We painted our entire family room this last weekend. For those of you who don't know, this also includes the dining room and spans majority of our downstairs living space. Anyhow, after late nights this weekend and tons of rearranging furniture, Scott and I were able to complete the project. The color came out a lot darker than we originally wanted, but we LOVE it. I think it definitely makes the room seem more cozy. You can check out the pics and judge for yourself (just don't tell me if you don't like it!!).

This weekend Harbin also attended a birthday party for one of Scott's co-workers children. It was a Transformers birthday party held at Jumping Jelly Beans down in Peachtree City. This is one of those places where they have tons of blow up jump houses and slides and obstacle courses. I thought that Harbin wouldn't enjoy himself as much as the other kids because he has never been all that comfortable on the trampoline (he will only jump if everyone is sitting down). Boy, was I WRONG! Scott climbed in there with him and the first time had to go down the slide with him. After that, he just took off on his own and had the best time ever. He was so tired after an hour and a half of jumping he just burst into tears when we told him it was time to go eat cake and then go home!!!

We were able to squeeze in some football this weekend. The Vols weren't on local TV, so we all loaded up and headed to Applebee's to watch the game. Everyone thought we were so cute in our matching Tennessee outfits (sorry no pic yet, but I'll get one before the season is over).

Well, stay tuned for more updates as the week goes on. This week and weekend should be less hectic, so maybe I will be able to catch up!!

The Covered-in-Paint-My-Back-is-so-Sore- Mom.

Monday, September 17, 2007

I'm an AUNT!!!!

I officially became Aunt Kimberly Friday night, September 14th at 9:32pm. Kristen spent all day Friday laboring and delivering a beautiful baby boy named Wesley Evan.She did absolutely amazing and I was excited to get to accompany her through the whole delivery process. Baby Wesley was 8 pounds 9 ounces and 20.5 inches long. He has a head full of dark brown hair and an adorable little face.
Wesley was admitted to the NICU Saturday morning because he wasn't eating well and was throwing up bile. I was able to visit him once in the NICU, but wasn't able to hold him. Kristen visits him a lot and has even had success nursing him. She was discharged yesterday and we hope that Baby Wesley will come home tomorrow. He is eating much better and is holding everything down.

I hope you enjoy the pictures I have added on here. You can see the link on the right of my website to all of the pics of Baby Wesley!

The AUNT!!

Guess what we have in our house....????


Ok, for those of you who talk to me regularly, you know this is a very late blog- things have been busy around here, but I still felt this deserved it's own post!

Harbin pee-peed on the potty for the first time last Wednesday night. I had headed to choir and left the kids with Scott. He put Harbin on the potty in front of a movie and with a cup of juice. Scott just kept refilling his juice and eventually he peed!!!!

The next morning he went for me once on the potty and once on the floor. I asked him why he peed on the floor and why he didn't go sit on the potty. His response was "I tried. I ran. I ran."

Anyways, I just thought I should give him the credit where credit was due. He hasn't gone on the potty again, but hopefully we can work some more this week on it!!!

The Very Proud of her potty-boy, mom.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Dad's 1st Triathalon

This weekend was filled with excitement as Daddy participated in his first sprint triathalon.

Friday morning, the kids and I packed up lunch and met Daddy at work. Harbin was so excited about this- we played on the playground near Daddy's office, then ate lunch in his cubicle, and even got to take Daddy with us (early from work).

We headed down to Peachtree City, GA (about 30 minutes south of Atl) to check into our hotel (Harbin LOVES hotels). A friend of mine from college brought her two girls over to swim and then we headed to dinner with Scott's 1sgt and his family. Harbin loves playing with their son, Skylar (little Skylar as Harbin calls him so as not to confuse him with his uncle Skylar).

After dinner we headed back to the hotel to get Daddy registered and checked in for the race. We met a former two time Ironman triathelete and even got to see the bike he rode on in 1976. Scott got a bunch of goodies including a very nice long-sleeved t-shirt and a 30 minute massage gift certificate.

The next morning was a bright and early one for all of us- ok, well bright is not an accurate description since it was still DARK!! We got up at 5:00am to head down to the transition area of the race (for those of you who don't know, this is where the bikes are all kept and the competitors come here between the swim and bike and the bike and run). There were 1000 competitors registered for the race and I think about 850 or so actually competed. You can see all of the bikes on the racks in the picture.

We dropped Daddy off so he could get set up, headed to McDonald's to grab a bite to eat and then positioned ourselves at the point where they would come out of the water. The race started at about 7:30am and we cheered Daddy on through all of the events. We moved from the end point of the swim to the end point of the bike and finally to the finish line! As you can see in the picture, this was THRILLING for the kids- actually Catherine fell asleep before Scott was out of the water and woke up about 5 minutes before he crossed the finish line.

This triathalon was called a sprint and was a bit shorter than a true traithalon. It consisted of a 1/3 mile swim, 13 mile bike, and 3.2 mile run. Scott finished the race (which is an impressive feat all in itself) in 1 hour and 20 minutes. He came in 22nd among 44 competitors in his age group- not bad for his first race ever (check the right side of the blog for a link to all race-day results). Unfortunately I wasn't quick enough with the camera to get a good shot of him coming through the finish line, but below are a few shots of him immediately following the race. All-in-all we had a blast and Scott wants to continue training and racing in more triathalons.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Labor Day Camping

We just returned yesterday from a weekend of camping up on Lookout Mountain! Each year, Scott's extended family (and family friends) get together at Lookout Moutain where one of their cousins owns 700 acres of land. We set up camp near three lakes and the weekend is filled with swimming, fishing, 4wheeling, and relaxing. We're fortunate to have the Tinney's camper so we don't have to potty in the woods, but aside from that, it's TRUE camping- no showers, no TV, and even NO cell reception!!

Harbin just LOVED camping. He was surrounded by kids (mostly girls) who adored him. He had his very own Spiderman fishing pole and became quite the caster by the end of the weekend. Riding on the 4-wheeler was probably one of his favorite things to do the whole weekend. There was no hesitation in putting his helmet on when anyone mentioned taking him for a ride. He even fell asleep with Lolli and Pop during one late evening ride!
Catherine really enjoyed the more laid back side of camping. She spent many hours swinging in the swing with me and sleeping on the blanket on the ground. Since she couldn't go in the lake to wash off like the rest of us, I attempted to bathe her in a tub of lake water- she didn't like it too much- I think the water was too cold!

Scott kept up his triathalon training, exercising everyone to death!! He ran, swam and biked each day, taking new people along each time. With any hope, he's maintained his fitness enough over the weekend, despite the good food and relaxing, and will compete well in the actual triathalon this upcoming weekend.

As for me, I enjoyed my weekend away from the house. I was able to relax a little and forget about the chores back home.

More to come as the week progresses!
The mom.