Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Everett is one!

Everett turned 1 on August 9. We had his party on Saturday, August 12. It was a tropical themed party, forced indoors due to humidity and rain. We had a really great time though. We had about 20 or so friends and family over and celebrated with bar-b-que and cake. My mom and I made a palm tree cake, which turned out really cute (see flickr for a picture). Everett didn't dive into his cake much at all...he was much more tentative, as he is with most things. He seemed to like it when he tried it though. I think everyone huddled in the kitchen singing and staring at him threw him off a bit. He got a lot of wonderful gifts and has really enjoyed having some new toys to play with. We gave out a prize (a pineapple) for the best dressed...which went to our neigbors, the Wu's. They both were decked out in tropical prints and thier little baby girl was too. She was too cute!

It's nice that Everett's 1 now, mainly because we are done with formula and baby food. It's sometimes hard figuring out the next phase, but at least it won't be so costly. Maybe we can even get our budget back on track. Ha! Ha!

Now that our summer travels and Everett's birthday are over, we feel like life will calm down a little bit. We're still plenty busy though. I've got a list a mile long of things I want to get done, but mostly everything on it is constrained by time or money. Allen also has his list, in his mind. Sometimes it seems neither of our lists get shorter. I guess that's life though.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Summer Travels

We're finally back from all of our travels. It started a few weekends ago with a trip to the beach (Seagrove, FL) with Allen's family. Seagrove was beautiful and we had a great time. We were there Thursday to Sunday and stayed at the Beachside Villas. Our villa had a view of the beach and we were just a short walk away from the water. We were able to take our monitor out the beach while Everett slept. It was wonderful! Everett loved being in the ocean and the pool.

Then on July 28 we headed on a long trip through Indiana and Ohio, to visit friends and family. We drove from Atlanta to Lafayette, IN, to visit my Uncle Pete and Aunt Sue. While we were there we also saw my other Uncle Joe and his wife along with my cousin's three kids and my mom's cousin and her husband. It was fun. From there we headed to Columbus, OH, to visit my two childhood friends, Trisha, and Becky. We stayed with Becky's parents in Millersport, OH, just east of Columbus. They have a beautiful old farm house and Glenda is an amazing Italian cook. It was great. Then we took off to Dayton, OH, to visit my other aunt, Sue, and two of her kids. My dad and Karin met us there too. The photo to the left is of a beautiful sunset we caught driving home from Sue's farm one night. We went from there to my dad's family reunion in Cold Spring, KY. We ended our trip there and drove back to Atlanta, driving a total of 1900 miles. It was a long trip, but a lot of fun too.