Summer Reading

Those of you who know me, probably know that I am not a reader... Those of you who don't know me shouldn't be reading this blog. That is creepy! Anyway... I did some reading this summer and I would like to share it. I wouldn't be surprised if you all have also read these 2 wonderful books, because its not like they were little diamonds in the rough. They were New York Times Best sellers: The Help and Same Kind of Different as Me. I actually enjoyed reading both of them, much to my surprise. I couldn't put either down. If you have some spare time, I would recommend reading either or both. One is fiction and the other is non fiction. Both will make you think about the way you treat people, and will hopefully make you strive to be a better person. Maybe I will start reading more...


Pee-Pee in the Potty

Andrew went pee pee in the potty last Thursday (9/23). Whoo-hoo! This is the start of potty training, I guess. They go every day at school and he will come home and tell me about everyone who went pee pee. He will say "YEAH Daniel! Daniel pee pee in papa" They all get really excited for each other and cheer and he even came home with a sticker. He was so proud of himself. The poor sticker is completely out of sticky because he has taken it off to look at it so many times. 21 months... First time! Way to go Andrew. I am very excited, but also very realistic that this is the first time and he may not go for another week or month. Who knows! I am just super proud of him and glad that he was excited.


Fearless and True...

Another Saturday on the Plains!!! Another win for the Tigers.

Touchdown Cameron Newton!

Beautiful Jordan-Hare Stadium at sunset


Visit with PawPaw and Clemson Game

We headed over to Atlanta for the weekend of the Auburn/Clemson game. Paw Paw was going to keep Andrew for us while we got to go to the game. We had a nice visit, then we were off to the game. Andrew had a good nap, then an afternoon of fun! He was so worn out that he slept all night (for the first time in a couple of weeks!) The night before he was up for about 4 hours!!! Not what mom and dad need the night before a big game! Luckily we rallied, as did the Auburn Tigers and we were able to bring home a win. It was a fun visit. I also got my dad set up on Skype, so now we are able to video chat. I just think that is so cool. I love that Andrew can talk to his PawPaw and see him too!
Playing with PawPaw
Cousin Hannah came by for a quick visit.
This was a transformer truck that Andrew was AMAZED at how Hannah could turn it from a truck to a robot.
I love my PawPaw!!


From the Heart of a Tiger

Last weekend we went to Auburn for the Clemson game. It was our first visit back this year for football season. There is just something special about that place! I am so proud to be a graduate from Auburn. I know those of you reading this that are alumni will understand what I am saying. It is just special. My friend Amy Bentley wrote this several years ago. It usually gets ripped off and passed around like it is someone else's... probably because she described what so many of us feel. It's great to be an Auburn Tiger. War Eagle!


Auburn is so much more than a city or a school or a team or a degree. It is something that, once you have experienced it, will live inside of you forever and become a part of what makes up who you are.

It is driving into town on a game day. You may have come from hundreds of miles away and as you get closer and closer to the city limits, you feel it rising inside of you. Other cars on the highway proudly display their Orange and Blue flags or magnets or car tags, and you honk and wave at them, because, for that one day, you are all on the same team.

It is the smell in the air and the ritual of tailgating - catching up with old friends, making new ones, and invitations from perfect strangers to try their ribs or watch their satellite TV showing all of the day’s important match-ups...of course, all being secondary to the one that will occur in the great cathedral of Jordan-Hare later that day.

It is the Tiger Walk...where you might just see 300 pound men overcome with emotion and weeping with pride, because you have come there to cheer them on. As they walk by, you might exchange a glance with one or two of them, and you can see it in their eyes...today is going to be their day.

It is the students...dressed in their best, because going to an Auburn game is like going to church for Auburn people....you show the same respect as you would if you were in God’s house. Those students remind you of the days when you were walking in their shoes and Auburn was your home...but then you realize, in many ways, it is still and always will be HOME.

It is that lump that rises in your throat when the band plays the Alma Mater as the Eagle is soaring over your head during pre-game.

It is walking around on a “foreign” and sometimes hostile campus. You are easily identified (Auburn people always are) and the enemy jeers and shouts things at you to mask their feelings of intimidation. But just then you happen upon a friend you have never met before. You know they are your friend by the colors they wear or the shaker in their hand. You exchange a “War Eagle” and a confident grin, because they know what you know.

It is when your heart leaps with every touchdown, field goal, sack, and interception...because those are our boys. And win or lose, they will always have our un-dying support. After all, it is those boys that you are really there for and not a coach or a logo or a trustee or a president.

It is the complete and utter exhilaration of walking away victorious over a worthy opponent...that feeling of pride and accomplishment as if it were your own feet that had crossed the goal line scoring the last points yourself...that feeling of wanting to scream “War Eagle” at the top of your lungs and hug complete strangers.

And then there is the ultimate high of defeating your most hated foes from across the state. No words can describe what this feels like, but you know because you have experienced it.

It is the sheer agony of defeat as the last minutes tick off of the clock, and you realize that all hope of a victory is gone. You feel like crying and maybe you do...then you hear the faint sounds of a cheer that grows louder and louder....”Its Great To Be An Auburn Tiger.”

It is knowing that year after year, no matter how things change in our hectic lives, you can always come back to “the Loveliest Village on the Plains”... the place where you came from...your home. It will probably look a little different and there will be new names on the backs of the jerseys, but deep down, no matter what, it is still the same. You still love it as much as you always have, because Auburn is as much a part of you as your arms and your legs and the Orange and Blue blood that runs through your veins.

And, finally, it is the feeling you have right now as you read these lines....the anticipation inside of you, because you know its almost time...Its about to start all over again...but then it really never goes away, does it?


Let’s play ball...



Fins Up!!

We still watch "Jimmy Buppet" almost every day. He has the songs that he likes and the songs he wants to skip. He is especially fond of "Fins" and the Zac Brown Band song, "Where the Boat Leaves From". We have tried to get him to branch out and watch other shows. Last week he woke up at about 5:00 and wanted to watch the Foo Fighters. My boy Rocks!


TWO Parties...

Andrew was so excited all week about the 2 birthday parties he was going to get to go to over the weekend. He would say "Happy Birthday Party Draham" (Graham)"Happy Birthday Daybriel" (Gabriel). The first party was for Graham and was an "Auburn" party. Graham's mom, Natalie, is an UGRS and my sorority sister, and quite possibly one of the funniest people I have ever met. She can always make me laugh. Little Graham slept through most of his party, but we all managed to have fun with out him.
Andrew found 2 of his favorite things to play with... A Drum and a Broom...
I am telling you~ He is either going to be a rock star or a janitor.
Here is Laura (another UGRS) showing the kids some sweet moves.
Andrew was not to fond of this Aubie. I couldn't believe he let me get a picture of the 2 of us standing that close. He wouldn't go near it all afternoon.
2nd party of the weekend was for Andrew's cousin, Gabriel. He turned 2. We had a family party at Meme's house. The boys are really growing up so fast. They are beginning to play with each other more and more.

Party time! Birthday Boy
Enjoying the rewards from the pinata
Everyone look out!!!

Wind Blown

Saturday I found Andrew in our room cooling off in front of the fan. He loved feeling the cool air.
Wind blown look


War Eagle and Gigi's Visit

Scott Field
We went to Starkville last week for the Auburn-Mississippi State game. Auburn won 17-14. Next up... Clemson! Big thanks to Mimi and Papa who kept Andrew. He had so much fun. But strangely enough the next day when I said "War Eagle" to him he responded with another 2 word phrase that I shall not even type. It rhymed with "Toll Ride". We are going to have to cut out these sleep overs if our boy is being taught these things!!

Andrew's Gigi decided to come over from Macon for a quick weekend visit. I took Friday off and Andrew and I spent the whole day together. We tried out some sidewalk chalk for the first time. Andrew got the hang of it and was writing all over the place.
Who me?
Future Picasso
Coloring the shapes
Our sign that reads "Welcome Gigi!"
Thanks so much for coming over. I can't believe I didn't get any pictures of you and Andrew!!

Labor Day

Hanging tough
This is so much fun!
Why can't every month have a Labor Day holiday? We didn't have any plans this year which was great. We stayed home and watched LOTS of football. We dusted off the stroller and went for a walk down to the tiny "park" in our neighborhood. It has the perfect size jungle gym for Andrew. he can climb up by himself and has a tunnel to crawl through and 4 different slides to choose from. He was in heaven! As soon as he got down one slide he was running back to do it again. The weather was wonderful this weekend, not too hot. It was great for being outside.

Happy Birthday PaPa!

We were lucky enough to help Bo's grandfather celebrate his 83rd birthday! He is a wonderful man. We had a fun lunch with lots of family. We look forward to celebrating 84 next year!!


ant bite sound effect

Forgive his red-neck sleeveless shirt and diaper look...

Friday night...in the park...

Mom and Jim brought my niece and nephew home with them from the beach. We met them at Veteran's park after work on Friday. Anniston LOVES Andrew! He thinks the same about her. They are a good match and play so well together. We had fun playing on the playground and in the "car" at the park. The kids were most fascinated with some ants they spotted on the sidewalk. Anniston told Andrew that they would bite. All weekend he has been saying "Ant bite you...(then makes this chomping sound with his mouth).
Reading a book.
sweet cousins
Anniston, Cruz & Andrew
"Anybody need a ride?"
Check out this sweet air andrew got jumping off the curb~
The ants are down there...
so sweet!

Wings and Baby Einstein

We were all excited about college football starting this week. Bo and I have a tradition that we get wings for the first game...so here is Andrew eating his first chicken wing! He was excited about watching "Kick-ball" as he calls it, right up to the kick off. Then he wanted to watch Baby Einstein! Really? He and I finished our wings upstairs, then it was off to bed so Mommy could catch the 2nd half. Congrats to South Carolina, former PapaJohns.com bowl participants, on their win over Southern Miss (also a PJB participant).
Tastes like victory.

STOP! ~Shower Time!!!