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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday Evening Post

Zoe made the paper! She was on the front page of the the East Nashville section of the Tennessean last Wednesday.

I'd like to think that she made the paper because Zoe is just the cutest thing since sliced bread*, but I think she's just incidental to the ingenious work of our buddy Aaron who built the "Inglewood Monster" from about a thousand pumpkins he displayed on his front lawn!

Those of you who know Aaron know that he never does anything half-way! He's the type of guy who works hard and plays hard. He's the type of guy who gives your daughter her first tattoo and her first motorcycle ride. He's also the type of guy who has a kickin' party that is so kickin' that the fire department has to come by to break it up! But mostly, he's the type of guy that you're glad to call your friend!

Now who wants to check out the "drum circle" lesson for children? It's free!

* Yes, sliced bread is cute.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The ABCs

One of the reasons we keep this blog is to have a record of our family's doings. There are other reasons too, and I'm trying to formulate those reasons, but for now, let's focus on some of our recent family doings, and in particular, some of Zoe's recent doings:

She now says "Thank you!" whenever you hand her something - and sometimes when she hands you something! She scrunches up her face and grins super wide - so wide that you think she's trying to push out her front teeth - and says very excitedly, "ank eww!" Her politeness at such a young age makes this Momma proud!

She also sings the ABCs. Not with the actual letters, but the melody is there! The words that go with the melody are either "mom-mom-mom-mom" or "da-da-da-da" or some other nonsense syllable, but the melody is unmistakeable! Now, those of you who have been following this webpage for some time (here's a shout out to Zoe's Grandmas!) know that I have been singing the ABCs to her long before we knew she was a she so you can understand the excitement I felt when I heard her for the first time sing this song of absentminded-love. And, just so you don't think that Zoe is a one-hit-wonder, I can tell you that she can also sing the melody to "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star!"

Finally, I want to share a moment here for posterity's sake. This weekend, as I was sitting sick as a dog on the couch, I watched one of my life's most beautiful moments. Zoe came walking into the living room and started taunting her Daddy to chase her, which he did. He got up off the couch and began to stomp after her, clapping his hands, and exclaiming, "I'm gonna get you!" as Zoe squealed with delight and ran off to her bedroom. He "finally" caught up with her and raised her above his shoulders and made funny noises while Zoe continued to squeal. As I watched this unfold over time, I got a little teary eyed thinking about what a beautiful family I have and realized that I am not only a proud Momma, but a lucky one at that.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Happy Election Day!

I voted today and it took me less than 30 minutes. I was prepared to spend at least 2 hours in line so I was happy when I got out of there at a minute before 8 am. But not as happy as I was when I pushed my finger onto my candidate's name. I bet you can probably guess who I voted for, but this isn't really about that. I teared up a little as I voted. Somehow I felt the weight of this weighty election all fall down on me as I invoked one of my country's greatest rights.

I remember as a little girl when Geraldine Ferraro was on the ticket for Vice President. I remember standing in my Grandparents' kitchen in Waltham watching her talk on a little T.V. that sat upon the counter. I remember thinking, "Wait, but she's a girl. How can she run for Vice President? I thought only boys could do that." Although Ms. Ferraro did not win, the realization that girls could run for President has stuck with me ever since. If she could that, what else could girls do?

Today, children of all races and genders have before them Presidential tickets to be proud of - both tickets represent The American Dream. Isn't that something?

Now, please go vote.