"I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well."
-Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, October 27, 2016


I finally got to see my toddler toddling through the pumpkin patch and she was as happy as I had hoped she would be about it. 
 Attempt at a family selfie.
 To Kyle & Misty's for our annual pumpkin carving contest. 

"Wait, you want me to put my hand in that?" 

 The girls' praying soldier pumpkin. 
The boys' skull pumpkin.  
 Group shot (which is difficult when the crazy camera lady forgets the tripod). 
Jack-o-lanterns on the front porch with the Christmas lights on, because that's how rednecks roll.  Also, Eleanor was WAY more impressed with the Christmas lights than she was the jack-o-lanterns. 
 Yep, that's my brother being creepy. 
 A few from the last couple of days.  Ready books and playing dress up. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Late October. 75 degrees. Have to play outside. 
Beth Ann, you asked about what Eleanor was wearing in the photo I posted of her sleeping the other day. It's a HALO sleep sack and we love it. They call it a wearable blanket, but it's a lot like a baby sleeping bag with arm holes. They make them in jersey cotton, but we prefer the fleece because we keep our house quite cool at night. She wears her regular pajamas (whatever is seasonally appropriate) and then before I put her in her crib for the night I zip her up in the sleep sack. That way she stays warm and snug all night, but doesn't get tangled in (or wiggle out of) a blanket. She's been sleeping in one since she was 6 or 8 months old and she hasn't had any problems, even when she started crawling, standing, and walking. They come in different sizes to fit up to toddlers and I think they may even make them with feet holes so kids can walk. She also has a fuzzy blanket that she calls her "night night", but it's mainly for snuggles. Anyway, here's a better picture...

Sunday, October 23, 2016


I accidentally left my phone in Eleanor's room when I put her to bed last night, so I had to wait until she was good & asleep before I snuck back in to find it... and I took the opportunity to stop and admire. Geez, she's sweet when she's sleeping. (Also, I got lucky that when the flash unexpectedly went off, it didn't wake her!) 
Remember just a month ago when I had a cute picture of Eleanor to share every Sunday? That's really hard now because she won't stand still. Heck, she won't even stand if you want her to. She just goes limp and refuses to support her own body weight. The only picture I have of her this morning is of her sitting in her rocker and holding her comb to her face (which makes her look a little like a walrus). Oh, this sassy girl! Not posed and poised, but perfectly Eleanor. 
Drew is on his way home from Auburn, so Eleanor and I went church on our own this morning. As I was getting us ready and out the door, I couldn't help but think of all the many times I did that alone with Alex & Emma when Drew was in the Army. Y'all, that was a job. 
Eleanor was excited to be at church this morning. As I was checking her in she was anxiously wiggling to get down and kept saying "play!" This was her first week being bumped up to the classroom with the walking toddlers. She's getting a bit more confident in her walking and we decided being with the other walking kiddos would only help encourage her along. After worship I went to pick her up and she was cruising along the wall of cabinets, trying each one to see if it was child locked (they all were). So mischievous! Her new teacher said, "She's a talker!" I have a feeling we'll be hearing that a lot from her teachers over the next 18 years. Also, she spent a good deal of the class blowing kisses to everyone. Yep, that's my girl. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Drew is in Auburn Alabama with his high school buddies for their annual away Hogs football game. They left Thursday evening and this is what Eleanor thought about her Daddy leaving. 
She threw a big snot filled fit over his absence. Thankfully, she recovered and I (mostly) kept my cool. 
Drew, David, Brandon, Bill, and Nathan are having a great time so far. Today they are on the Auburn campus waiting for kickoff, but yesterday they played golf. These pictures make me happy. 
Chilling with Foose. He's the best. 
Eleanor has figured out how to climb onto her train. Sometimes it happens backwards, though. 
And getting off can be tricky when you have short chubby, legs. 
I've been slacking with my exercise lately, but my body is feeling it. When I exercise I feel less body aches and stiffness, have more energy, and am in a better mood, so it's worth making time for. 
Sometimes it's hard because of my audience. 
And stretching goes something like this. 
My lunch date today.  Quality nutrition courtesy of Wendy's. 


Thursday, October 20, 2016

To be fair

I did something dumb the other day and Drew took pictures before he came to my rescue. Serves me right. I laughed so hard that I thought I'd never recover.  He made me promise to blog them since I'm always posting pictures and funny stories about everyone else. 
So what did I do? I was being goofy with Eleanor, leaned way too far back in my recliner and flipped the entire thing. 
Warning:  No toddlers were harmed in this incident. 
Followed by fun in the ball pit. 
Rocking with Grandpa Whimpy. 
Don't turn your back. Not for a second. You may turn around to find that your sweet little girl has destroyed your office and has pulled down a tub to use as a step stool. 
Bath time.
Have you ever heard of "What Does A Fox Say?" 
I hadn't. Kayla and Braeden were trying to teach Eleanor new animal sounds and it turned into them singing this ridiculous song and, because Drew & I were so thoroughly confused, looking it up on You Tube. Apparently it's a real thing from a few years ago. The kids were in to it. 
And since I started this post with an embarrassing photo of myself, I may as well end it with one. You know, to be fair.  Misty snuck this picture of Drew and I in utter confusion. If you don't know what song I'm talking about, just search "What does a fox say" on You Tube and then join us in disbelief that this is a real thing with millions of views. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Playing outside yesterday.  Oh, that ornery grin (and she has the sass to back it up). 
 Carefully walking
 Nah, let's just crawl
 And when walking by yourself gets too exhausting, just throw the blanket & pillow in the floor and push this chair around. 
 Once a quarter we have dinner with Drew's work team and their families.  There are 4 little girls under the age of three (and a new baby boy), so for last night's gathering we dressed our kiddos in their Halloween costumes.  Little kids should wear costumes every day.  It's hilarious.  I'm not going to post the group photos since they include photos of other people's children, but before we left we took a few of Eleanor in her costume.  I'm not saying that Halloween is a contest, but... we win.  You should all just quit now.  Eleanor the 80's aerobic instructor takes the prize.  Anyone up for a workout?