Thursday, July 31, 2008
Hawai'i is contributing starters to the Olympics in: Men's Volleyball (Clay Stanley); Women's Volleyball (Robyn Ah-Mow, Heather Bown, Kim Willoughby), Women's Soccer (Natasha Kai), Men's Water Polo (Brooks, the goalie), and men's Decathalon (Brian Clay). Not bad for a state with 1.3 million residents.
Here's a picture of Kim & me in the Manoa Valley taken when I was in Hawaii this past January. This is not the volleyball player Kim, this is my fellow grad student & friend Kim:
Monday, July 28, 2008
A. attached or single? very attached
B. best friend? Jason
C. cake or pie? chocolate pie
D. day of choice? Saturday
E. essential item? right now it's my body pillow
F. favorite color? Yellow
G. gummy bears or worms? neither
H. hometown? born in Ozark, AL - grew up in Montgomery
I. favorite indulgence? Pedicure & Mellow Yellow
J. january or july? July, I'm a warm weather person
K. kids? 3.5
L. life isn't complete without? downtime (and my family, of course)
M. marriage date? August 14, 2004
O. oranges or apples? both
P. phobias? heights & bugs
Q. quotes? "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life". John 3:16
R. reasons to smile? when Eli lays his head on my shoulder
S. season of choice? Spring
U. unknown fact about me? I've been to the Soup Nazi in NYC, and the
guy in front of me got kicked out of line (no soup for him)
V. vegetable? I love most every vegetable
W. worst habits? Oh, I have so many...
X. x-ray or ultrasound? that is a dumb question that doesn't even make sense.
Y. your favorite food(s)? ribeye steak, anything Italian, chocolate
Thursday, July 24, 2008
She will arrive in about 6 weeks. I am still feeling great, although it is getting harder for me to move my big body around. And the heat...OHHHH, the heat!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
This is Thomas, Tammy's brother. Thomas and I became friends when he moved back to Montgomery in the late 1990s after living in California. Thomas is a III, so the family calls him T3. I still call him Thomas. He was the gracious host of our soiree tonight.
Tammy and I were pregnant with our boys at the same time, they are one week apart! Tam's husband is a Cajun, thus little Michael Paul's beautiful dark skin, hair, and eyes. He and Eli hardly look like cousins, huh? Tammy and her husband Paul live in Kentucky where he is a pastor. Paul wasn't able to make this trip, we all missed him.
This is Tammy and Thomas' dad, Tom. Tom is a II, so he has several nicknames including Tom 2 & Tom Tom. Tom 2 lives in New Zealand, so when he is in town it is always cause for big family get togethers. One of Tom 2's specialties is what he calls Bama Burgers - loaded with garlic and other tasty spices. He made these tonight over at T3's house:
Here's a pic of Hugh & Grant with their cousin Mallory. This is Tammy's daughter. Mallory brought BGW some beautiful dresses!
Here are some friends of ours, the Solt's. Nobody wanted to miss the Bama Burgers.
After everyone enjoyed their Bama Burgers and Cindy's incredible homemade chocolate pie (Cindy is the pretty blonde on the front right of the pic), the group settled in for a round or two of Dominoes. Good times!
This is Tom, Michael's grandfather swimming with the boys:
Our Aunt Carole had a new bathroom added onto her house. She calls it the Super Loo and after you see these pictures, I think you'll know why!
On the far left is a Koi Pond and all the plants are real:
Carole designed this herself from an old baker's rack. The wash basin is so beautiful:
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Now we are all gone from inside the beltway, and live in very different places, so our get togethers are different, but still a priority. Today I got to see Cassondra (the aforementioned Cass). She is from north Alabama, but now she and her husband and two children live in Indianapolis. She was down this week visiting her parents so we met up in Birmingham today for lunch and a visit. She brought 8 month old Will, her youngest, and I brought Eli - just 5 months older. It was great to see her. It's funny how different our lives are now compared to what they were when we first met. From single girls working for a Senator on Capitol Hill to happy wives and mothers living in suburbia trying to keep our sanity as we raise babies. Life just keeps getting better and better. And who knows, maybe one day we'll perform Same Old Lang Syne once again in our nation's capital.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
The boys are watching the fish in this shot:
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I spent most of the weekend in the water swimming, nice to be weightless and so mobile! I did a fair amount of boat riding too. During our ride up to Chimney Rock there were tons of boats on the water, making it a very choppy ride. After riding all afternoon holding onto my stomach so as not to have a baby pop out 2 months early, we decided my boat riding days are over for a little while!
We do not have any pictures of the fireworks from Friday night, but they were spectacular -- considered one of the best shows in the southeast. Our entire crowd hopped on the boat and watched the show from the water just around the corner from our house. I stayed behind since Eli was sleeping, plus we were curious how well we could see the fireworks from our pier. I was not disappointed. I was able to see 90% of the fireworks and they were right over the trees of our slough. The rest of our group was right under them, but the pier view was excellent as well.
It was a great holiday!
Eli celebrating the 4th!
Our cousins Sonya & Ray joined us for the fun:
The boat parade at Children's Harbor:
Boat parade with Kowaliga Bridge in the background:
Eli enjoying his first boat parade:
Chimney Rock:Cousin Sonya and her daughter Annabelle in matching suits:
Darryl grilling the delicious ribs: