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Thursday, November 26, 2009

We're thankful

We made it to Florida in more or less one piece! It was a long drive down I tell ya!

We packed up our duplex on Saturday with the help of 10 friends. Boy were we grateful for their help! My sister Tara flew in that morning and she, the two kiddos, and I began our journey after lunch. I figured nap time was a good way to start our car time and it worked out well. We made it about an hour past Chattanooga before we had to stop (about 3 hrs). We stopped a few more times, then called it a night somewhere in Georgia past Atlanta. Sunday we woke up and traveled to Lake City, FL to meet up with Grandma Gill for lunch and to burn off some energy running around the mall there in town. We made it to my parents' house that night where we slept hard all night long. Monday, after lunch, we began the last leg of our trip with the addition of my Dad. This was the shortest driving day, but it seemed like the longest. Max had had just about enough of this here car and he let us know! Let's just say that I'm not sure who was happier to arrive at our new home!

Everett had a different journey. His Dad flew in on Saturday morning and helped us pack up the truck. Then, around 1pm, the two of them drove straight through to Live Oak, FL where Granddaddy lives. The poor guy didn't even have to pack a bag! Then they got up bright and early on Sunday morning and headed down to the new house. By the time I arrived on Monday afternoon, these two guys had the truck unpacked and returned and the POD unloaded. Everett made sure that Zoe's room was all set up with her toys so she would feel instantly at home, which she did. He also set up the beds in all the rooms and had a good chunk of our other stuff put away, or at least had the boxes which contained said stuff in the proper rooms to be unpacked. He even had a picture of me and my friends up on my bedside table. Seeing my "Writing Mamas" made me smile.

Today, on Thanksgiving, I made our first meal in our new home: a roast beef, green beans, and the Gill Family recipe for sweet potato casserole. I think it's appropriate that our first home cooked meal here was also a meal of thanks. We have so much to be thankful for this year, not the least of which is Max, our health, our continued and new employment, and our beautiful new home.

After lunch, we drove around our new city and took it all in. I think we're going to like it here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Goodbye Nashville

Goodbye Zoo. Goodbye Fairytales Bookstore. Goodbye Nashville Shores. Goodbye Public Library.

Goodbye Vanderbilt. Goodbye Brown and Caldwell Nashville.

Goodbye Baptist Hospital. Goodbye Heritage Pediatrics. Goodbye Vanderbilt Daycare.

Goodbye Bellevue. Goodbye Music Row. Goodbye Sunnymeade. Goodbye Golf.

Goodbye Margot. Goodbye Union Station. Goodbye B & B. Goodbye Pied Piper Eatery.

Goodbye State Parks. Goodbye Chattanooga. Goodbye Land Between the Lakes. Goodbye Memphis. Goodbye Smokies.

Goodbye Nashville. Goodbye Friends. Goodbye Life As We Know It.

Hello Florida...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Goodbye Party

We realize how good we have it here in Nashville. We have an awesome group of friends who are more family than friends.

Aaron, Doug, and Allison threw us a going away party. We had enough fun to last us a while. Words cannot really describe how much we're going to miss then all, so I'm going to let some of these pictures do it for me instead.

Here are Aaron and Doug, aka the Hosts, aka guys who always bring veggie and dip platters, aka our down the street neighbors, aka some of our dearest friends:

Zoe had a blast playing with all the other kids who made it to the party. I wish I had a picture of all my friends' kids, including the Writing Mamas' kids, because they all had so much fun playing together. This picture of Zoe dancing will have to do:
Amy and Dave, one of our favorite Nashville couples, and members of our wedding party:
Melanie and Derek. Derek's loud, Melanie's not and we love them just the way they are!
Our neighbor from Sunnymeade, Jen...or "Nini" as Zoe called her. She would take Zoe over to her house for flavored ice and play time with the dogs. We would love yelling "HI" in the mornings over the fence:
The guys: Everett, Doug, Will, Some Dude We Just Met, and Steve:
The Last Dance. The perfect way to end the evening. Zoe and Aaron:
Thanks for a wonderful party everyone!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

How true

"I don't have an off button."

Date night

I'm not sure who had more fun on our date night- Zoe or us - but I do know that we all had a great night!

Zoe and Max were treated to a visit by my friend Jennifer who watched them as we headed out. Zoe was so happy to be with Miss "Jen-fer" who brought some moldable fun in the form of play dough!

We first had a few drinks at 3 Crow Bar at Five Points in East Nashville. This was the place where I met Bill who eventually introduced me to Everett. Afterwards, we headed across the street to "our" restaurant for the last time - Margot Cafe and Bar. We had our first date there just over 6 years ago. And now it also has the honor of being the place we went to on a last date in Nashville. What a difference 6 years makes! We've courted, married, bought a house, had a kid, sold a house, had another kid, and now we're moving out of state.

Can't imagine what the next 6 years will be like, but I know that with Everett by my side and the kids underfoot, that they'll be great!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

First bottle

Max got his first bottle tonight. Everett and I have a date on Saturday and in order to leave Max at home, he's going to need to get food from someone other than me. It actually took him a while to get the hang of it, but he finally gobbled it up.

You may be able to tell from the picture that I was crying as he drank. I tried not to. I wanted Max to feel good about taking the bottle, but I was having mixed feelings. You see, in the bottle is evil formula. Not really. I don't really think that formula is evil, but when you've been doing nothing but breastfeeding for 6.5 weeks, you feel a bit odd giving your child something seemingly artificial.

I don't think I'm going to nurse Max as long as I nursed Zoe. This is not a decision I came to lightly. I plan on nursing until at least the new year - he'll be just over 3 months at that time. I'll be going back to work then and the thought of pumping hurts me. I hope to continue to nurse at night and in the morning, but I think his lunchbox will be filled with formula-laden bottles. I know he'll be just fine, but this is one of the those decisions that make you question - unfairly - your commitment to motherhood.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

It's already starting!

Max is starting to react to the world around him - including smiling at Mommy! He's also started to pretend that he can't hear me. Yup, he's growing up more every day!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Zoe the baby

"How's Zoe adjusting?" is a common question these days. The answer is, "Okay." She absolutely adores her little "brudder" and she loves being a great big sister like Dora and Benny the Bull and Isa (all characters from Dora's adventures).

The only catch to her being a big sister is that she's feeling the loss of being the one and only baby in the family. She lets us know this by reverting. She often cries for "up" and wants to lay on my shoulder - mostly when Max is in my arms. Sometimes she insists that I put a burp cloth on my shoulder before she lays her head down. And this picture was taken after Zoe requested that I wrap her up "like a baby". She likes to be swaddled almost as much as Max does!

When I indulge her and call her Mommy's little baby, she cries out, "Mommy, I'm a big girl!" This she says as she is laying on my shoulder on a burp cloth and swaddled. Oh well. She'll always be our baby, she just needs to be a little older to realize that. Until then, I'll "up" her as often as I can.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I'm not sure who had more fun this Halloween - Zoe or Mommy! Although she went trick or treating last year to our neighbors' houses, this is the first time she went real trick or treating to strangers' houses.

I had no idea what time was kosher to start the fun, but we headed out just after 5 and before it got dark. Zoe was a champ at knocking on doors, and as long as it was a kid who answered, she would talk - sometimes saying "Trick or treat!", other times saying "Thank you!" or "Candy!" As soon as the treat landed in her pail, she would look at me a smile real big. I couldn't help but return the grin! But if it was an adult or an older kid dressed up, Zoe clammed right up and wouldn't do anything but smile. At one house, a kid answered the door dressed up in a "scary mask" and Zoe just ran behind me!

Here's a video of Zoe trick or treating at our house:

Now you would think that with her enthusiasm at getting a pumpkin full of candy, she would be insistent on eating every last plastic-wrapped delight until she passed out from a sugar high. But you would be wrong! I unwrapped a snickers to eat myself and she asked, "Mommy, what is?" I told her it was Mommy's favorite candy called snickers and offered her a bite. No lie - she said, and I quote, "Ew! Mommy I don't like chocolate!" That girl is not right!!

Later that night, we headed over to our friends' Halloween party. Max, ever the party animal, slept all night while Zoe ran around, ate her weight in cheese balls, and played pong with Daddy the Pirate. Always the teacher, I tell ya!