Thursday, May 21, 2009


Wow, what a great day yesterday! This week is commencement week for the Naval Acadmey so there have been lots of fun events during the week. But probably the most anticipated event was the Blue Angels show over the Severn River (the Naval Academy is bordered on one side by this river and the bay on the other). We were invited to a picnic and told we would then go over to another house to watch the show. Hannah Gray and I went to the picnic hoping that Ethan would be able to join us for the show. Sure enough, just before the planes started, Ethan walked onto the lawn. I guess I should back up. Whenever we go across the bridge that goes over the Severn River, we comment on this beautiful house that has a HUGE open backyard that goes all the way to the edge of almost a cliff that overlooks the river. It's GORGEOUS. I had NO idea that this is the house where we'd get to watch the show! What a fun blessing it was to be invited by friends to join them. 

Then last night after dinner, we loaded everyone up and headed downtown for an evening stroll. There are sailboat races through the dock/harbor area on Wed nights so we figured we'd go check them out. It was a great night (and a strange one too- some randome foreign couple asked to get their picture taken with Tanner b/c he was the most beautiful dog they had ever seen. So I got Tanner situated by laying in front of them on the ground and started to walk away. Then they said "no, no, you in the picture too" in broken English. And they were leary of actually touching Tanner, but wanted to. So I think what REALLY happened was that they probably had an entirely different scenario going on in their language and then thought, "we'll trick that weird lady into getting a picture with us by saying we want a picture of her dog. Then we'll be able to show everyone as home this crazy girl..."). Anyway, such a fun day!

A Budding Musician

Our future rockstar...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mother's Day Weekend

Wow, Sunday was my first "official" Mother's Day! Seems so weird, b/c in my mind, it will always be a day for our moms, not me.

Well, this weekend we made a trip to Cincinnati to see my lacrosse team play Upper Arlington (fierce rivalry here), take family photos and to celebrate Mother's Day. First, Sycamore crushes, absolutely crushed UA (doubling the score at 11-5). Which was huge b/c it made the team undefeated going into the state tourney and this is also the team we lost state to last season. So fun to be back with the team that supported us so much and to actually have Hannah Gray there rather than me being pregnant. I wish I had a picture of us on the field together...

Family photos went well and the Nature Center was absolutely beautiful! There was a wedding going on there and I don't think the bride was very happy that there was a rather large family
trying to get family photos done. Oh well. I will post some once we get them back.
Sunday, the whole crew went to church (SO good to be back at our home church. Couldn't have asked for a more pertinent and penetrating message for where Ethan and I are at right now) and then headed to the park for a picnic. These are the pictures I have from the weekend and so far I don't even have a picture of our family or me and Hannah Gray on my first mother's day!!!! I swear there were some taken, so I just need to track them down. I will be heartbroken if they don't actually exist. Not sure if you can see, but in the picture of Hannah Gray in her car mirror, her hand is behind her head, sleeping. She was exhausted from a fun weekend! As was Tanner, as he enjoyed his head rest. Right before I took that picture, he had his head right where Hannah Gray could reach him to pet/play with his ear. So sweet!