This year I resolve to…

Tom has started riding his bike to work a few times a week. It’s all part of our overall goal to live frugally and stay healthy. Plus, it means less wear and tear on the car and it’s good for the environment. His goal is to cycle to work 2-3 times a week. The weather

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I’ve been reading

Did you know newborns eat every two to three hours. Also known as ALL THE TIME? the timer for eating starts when they BEGIN eating, not when they finish. So if sweet baby starts eating at noon, they’ll probably finish around 12:40, then be ready to eat again at 2. I’d like to see YOU

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Geaux Hokies!

I bought David this onesie specifically for the Sugar Bowl. The only clothing we bought before David’s arrival was Virginia Tech clothes. We didn’t know if he was a boy or a girl and we didn’t want to invest too much in baby clothes. Good thing maroon and orange are gender neutral. I did the

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Merry Christmas to all…

And how did he repay Mimi and Pops for their hospitality, kindness and generosity on Christmas? By pooping on their carpet. *A more complete description would have been, “He pooped on his new Christmas outfit, daddy’s jeans, daddy’s brand new Virginia Tech hoodie, Mimi’s chair AND their carpet.” But typing the whole list was almost as

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“For unto us a child is born,

   to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder,    and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor, Mighty God,    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32

Happy birthday, Pops

On the same day David turned a whole four months old, Tom’s dad also celebrated a milestone birthday. We celebrated a few days after his actual birthday, because he was busy babysitting for one of his grandsons on his birthday. Did you catch that? He was babysitting. On his birthday. And what was his lovely

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We had a visit from some old friends this weekend

We had a visit from some old friends this weekend. It’s good for us to have visitors. Otherwise I’m not sure I’d ever clean the bathrooms. The boys ended our brunch with a sing-a-long. It sounded something like this. (Tanner forgot his wings. But he remembered his banjo.)

Puppy dawgs

When I went off to college as an impressionable, uncertain 17-year old, God was so good to put me in a dorm smack dab in the middle of some amazing girls. We became quick and necessary friends. The hallmark of our group was our obnoxious use of the term “dawg”. I say obnoxious because we

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ACC Championship

Virginia Tech plays Clemson tonight for the ACC Championship. Meanwhile, my mom is going to be so happy when I stop blogging about Virginia Tech football. I cannot wait for the game. (Even though it starts at 8pm. Come on! Who schedules these things!? Consider the new moms!) I feel confident. I can’t wait to get

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Advent

Advent

I’m a couple of days late, but let’s talk about Advent. The Advent season began Sunday, November 27. If you’re interested in an Advent devotional, check out http://wepcadvent.wordpress.com/ “Over the 2011 season of Advent, West End Presbyterian Church will journey from Creation to Cross together. As we prepare and wait for the coming of our

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So thankful.

After burning, what? 50,000 calories in the 5k, we celebrated Thanksgiving with not one but two feasts. On Thanksgiving morning David allegedly rolled over. I say alleged because I didn’t see it, Tom was with him. Babies are not allowed to have any firsts while mama is in the shower. After the race we went

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Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

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Green beans.

Yesterday one of the blogs I follow asked for Halloween photos. This particular blog is HILARIOUS…if you watch the Bachelor and the Bachelorette. In fact, I continue to watch the show only because her updates are so funny and not reading them would mean I’d miss a few belly laughs. (I also continue to watch

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Happy (rainy) Halloween

Twelve hours later, my hair is still wet from Halloween. And, no, it’s not because I went as a mermaid.  Who planned the weather last night? Rain on Halloween = major trick-or-treating bummer. I heard the forecast, 50% chance of showers after 6pm, but I couldn’t believe it would actually happen. You see, I’ve been

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Operation: Eat out

I’ve never been a worrier, planner or think-aheader. I’m the person who packs moments before a trip and doesn’t bother to look up directions. My mantra: everything will work out  just fine. And ya know what? It usually does. It’s why God puts people like Tom in my life, because sometimes it pays off to

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A brief note about Boston College

Generally speaking, I believe forgiveness is important, necessary, critical. After all, forgiveness is central to my faith in Jesus Christ. However, there’s no forgiveness in college football. I’ll never forget the final seconds of this game.  Matt Ryan, I like to think you were watching the game last weekend (and for that matter, last year,

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Alonzo Tweedy, you made my weekend

Things get crazy whenever Virginia Tech plays Miami.  Remember 2003? I do. “…Folks, we go to noisy stadiums all around the country, I’m not sure we have ever been at a scene where fans are any more pumped than they are right here tonight. Waiting right now for the Hokies to take the field, they

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Baby shark, baby shark

This is my best friend, Jenny. I also have a picture of her LOOKING at the camera, but the horse in the background makes me a little nostalgic. You see, we grew up riding horses together. Aren’t we adorable? I’m wearing a hairnet. Fun fact: ladies are supposed to wear hairnets at horse shows. Betcha

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Key play

These are David’s keys. They were a gift from my good friend JennyLynn and they have quickly become David’s first and favorite toy.  Whenever I shake them he immediately smiles and waves. Sometimes he (sort of) bats at them, and if he ever hits them, he holds on and won’t let go. We play with them at

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Smile for me.

Smile for me.

He’s been doing it for a while now. That reflexive, infant smile. You know, the one some moms blame on gas but love nonetheless. Here’s what I called David’s newborn smile. To get this shot, I held the camera by my face for about five hours hoping lightning would strike. BAM. But now, we’re pretty

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fifty states #2-#6

amanda and i were invited to a wedding in biloxi, ms, this past summer, and we decided to go and turn the drive down into a highpointing adventure. it was mostly awesome, with one major annoyance – my honda civic had some big issues with brakes that made for a harrowing drive back from mississipi.

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fifty states #1 – virginia

virginia is our home, we love it, and it was accordingly our very first state in our fifty states project. the highest point in VA is Mt. Rogers, which is in southwest virginia, near abingdon. mt. rogers is a great highpoint because you actually have to hike to get to the summit. most of the

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the fifty states project

sufjan stevens has a fifty states project, and he’s currently finished two (michigan, illinois). amanda and i have started our own. instead of creating state-themed albums, we are going to summit the highest point in each state. the rules: we must hike/run at least one mile to each high point, even if it means walking

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