Monday, November 30, 2009

Lonesome Dove

Bryan, Lilly and I spent Thanksgiving weekend in Eastern Kentucky with Bryan's family. It was an eventful weekend to say the least. We made a trip to the emergency room for Lilly's first stitches on Wednesday night. Don't worry, she's just fine, it was only a little bump on the head. In fact, the stitches are already out (as of this morning) and she is healing perfectly.
Then, we ate Thanksgiving dinner at Bryan's mom's house with all of the fam. But, the real excitement happened on Friday.
In a rare event Bryan and I, along with cousin Amy, were able get out for the day and do something fun...without Lilly (gasp). Don't worry, she wasn't tied up in the attic or anything. Lilly had a great day and didn't even realize that we were gone, well she asked about Amy a couple of times, but she stayed and played with Bryan's mom, Aunt Peg, Uncle John and Grandma.
But, back to the point.
Bryan, Amy and I spent the day with our good friends, Travis and Danielle. We didn't just 'spend the day' with them. We went to their house, saddled up a few of their horses, loaded some saddle bags with beer, and rode off into the mountains. I can't even begin to describe how much fun we had.
Here's our whole group. From left to right: Tommy (Danielle's brother), Bryan, Travis, Danielle, Amy (hidden behind me), me, and Charlie (Travis and Danielle's friend). Please note: Danielle and I, Amy too if you could see her, wanted to make it clear to everyone that is was very cold that day...we are NOT that fat we just have on many layers of clothing. Ha ha ha
Bryan and George. They were the comic duo of the day. George is a really nice horse, but he belongs to Travis's mother and evident ally er would rather have her ride him and no one else. Bryan's quote of the day came about two hours into the ride when Travis asked him how he and George were getting along. Bryan answered by declaring that he and George had finally come to an understanding, Bryan finally understood that George was in charge.
Cousin Amy and her noble stead Sally. Pictured below is Sally moving at her top speed. The only time Amy was able to get Sally moving at faster than a slow walk was when the horse realized that we were headed back to the barn. You might notice that Sally isn't even tied up, when we would stop everyone would 'park' by a small tree and tie their horse to it...not Amy. She just hopped down, tossed the reins over Sally's neck and walked away.
Bryan, Travis and George (and Tommy) relaxing by the creek.

Bryan, Cousin Amy and me pretending to be cowboys.Red and I. Red and I got along pretty good, we had a few kinks to work out at the beginning of the trip and one major setback shortly after this picture was taken when he tried to lay down in the creek...with me on his back. But, all in all we had a great day together.Our hosts, Travis and Danielle. Thanks again for a great day! Again, please note that Danielle is wearing coveralls and a down jacket. She is not fat.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Mean Baby With A Bad Attitude

On the night that Lilly was born, my brother came to the hospital to meet his niece for the very first time. He held her for a while and she cried and made nasty faces at him. Wes later told my mom, "I don't care what you say...that baby's got an attitude".
Then, for the first few months of life Lilly was a rather cranky baby. I blamed it on being colicky and figured that she cried a lot because she had a little bit of acid reflux....that's enough to make anyone grouchy. But, Wes stuck to his word, insisting that she was just "a mean baby with a bad attitude".
In the past year I have attributed any fussiness and sleepless nights to teething...but I'm starting to bend...
It took me almost 2 years, but I finally realized: I could use any excuse I wanted, but Wes was right all along, he had Lilly's number from day one. She might just be a mean baby with a bad attitude.
And here's the proof...
Mean baby.

Bad attitude.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fall Fashion Preview

It just seems like the older Lilly gets the cuter her clothes get. No more onesies*, sweatpants and booties. Oh no, she has moved on to leopard print, denim skirts and Uggs.
*Grandma-Lilly does have on a onesie. She wears one every day as an undershirt. She just no longer wears them alone as a complete outfit.

Friday, November 6, 2009

10 Things We Love About Fall

1. Playing in the Leaves

2. Cutting Wood
3. Working Outside
4. Cooler Weather (and funny hats)
5. Avery's Birthday6. Halloween
7. Trick or Treating
8. Being Pulled in a Wagon while while taking inventory of your Halloween loot.9. Pig Tails (ok, they have nothing to do with fall, but they sure are cute)10. Trick or Treating...I know I already mentioned that, but we really really like trick or treating.