August 31, 2010


Sunday was a very busy day. Tristan was in his first play at church. The kids did a play called Ark•e•ology! It was the story of Noah' Ark and God's promises, from the perspective of the animals, in word and song. Tristan was a bear.

Brittany and I walked him and Addi (a bunny) onto the stage and held them through the first song. Tristan was unbelievably good. He held his bear and watch the other kids the whole time he was on stage. He didn't even try to take off his ears! Then Britt and I took the kids and sat on the front pew. Tristan watched the play, chewed his bear (his mate in the 2 by 2 on the ark) and hummed during the music (he'd never done that before).

Sunday afternoon was even busier! We had lunch at Rick and Tammy's, then we had Tristan's picture made by Rick. He took pictures of Tristan in several different outfits alone, with Addi, with me, with Tyler and with me and Tyler (a family picture). I can't wait to get those back. Rick took our wedding pictures and my brother's wedding pictures, too. He does a great job.

August 28, 2010

Part II--Brad Paisley

Tristan has another tooth!  I stuck my finger in his mouth to check the progression of the tooth that broke the skin while we were in the Smokies and there was a second sharp little point in his mouth.  Usually, anytime you try to look in his mouth he puts his tongue in the way, but I even had the rare opportunity to see it.  Hopefully I'll eventually be able to get a picture of his teeth.

August 27, 2010

Sippy Cup--Larry the Cucumber

Today I introduced Tristan to the sippy cup and it went great. I sat the cup in front of him, he picked it up, put spout in his mouth and sucked out a drink like he'd been doing it his whole life! He never stops surprising me with how smart he is.

August 26, 2010

Someone to Watch Over Me--George and Ira Gershwin

Lucky thinks if you are in the floor it is to play with him. I was in the floor with my computer playing with Tristan and naturally Lucky wormed his way in. As I turned to throw his rope, Tristan started messing with my computer. Next thing I know I hear Tristan talking. Lucky heard it too, and flopped down beside him. Here's what I saw:

What I heard wasn't him actually talking. Somehow he had opened the video of him saying Momma, started to play it and was watching quietly. He LOVES watching his video! He watched it the other day at Memaw and Papaw's, too.

August 23, 2010

Happy, Happy Birthday to You--Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy

Today is my dad's birthday. Tyler, Tristan and I took him to Texas Roadhouse for dinner, then we went back to Mom and Dad's. Dad and Mom played with Tristan while we waited for Bub and Chelle to show up for cake.

August 22, 2010

The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss

Tristan did a lot of growing up this past week in Tennessee.

He started saying new sounds in addition to Ma-Ma and Da-Da.  He says Na-Na and Ba-Ba.  He pretty much calls everything Da-Da.  He also started putting sounds together.

He started changing the volume and tone of his voice.  He whispers and grunts out his sounds.  It is too cute.

He started trying to sit up instead of rolling over to see things.  He lifts his head and shoulders up, but hasn't actually sat up yet.  It won't be too long.

The biggest even was he got his first tooth!  It's the bottom right tooth.  He was a little fussy, but nothing terrible.  I was playing with him, holding him up, and he smiled great big at me.  There it was.  It wasn't all the way through the skin, that took a couple of days, but I could see it right under the skin.  Now it's all the way out.  He's growing so fast, it is hard to believe.

August 21, 2010

On Top of Old Smoky--Hank Williams

We just got back from a week in Gatlinburg, TN. We went with my mom and dad and had a fun trip.
My brother and his wife were with us until Tuesday evening. I wanted to blog some of my pictures during the week, but we were in a cabin on top of a mountain with no cell service or Internet.

Tristan is the best little traveler. He only cries when he is hungry or tired. He's perfectly content to ride in the car or drag around and amusement park as long as you hold him some and play with him.

On Sunday we went to the outlet mall.

Monday was spent in Dollywood. Here's Tristan asleep at the Tennessee Tornado. We were about 10 feet from it and he didn't even flinch as it went by.

This picture is Michelle, Jared, myself and Tyler on the Mystery Mine. It has two 90 degree vertical lifts and one 90 degree drop. It was crazy!

Tuesday poured the rain, but we spent the day walking around Downtown Gatlinburg. The highlight was stopping in the Old Smoky Candy Kitchen to watch people make taffy. They handed out a free piece that was warm. SO DELICIOUS! We went to dinner and then Bub and Chelle headed back to Huntington.

On Wednesday we went to the Ripley's Aquarium in the Smokies. It was awesome! Tristan loved it. I can't wait to take him again when he's older.

On Thursday we went to The Christmas Place. It's a huge Christmas store in Pigeon Forge. We had pizza for dinner at the Smoky Mountain Brewery. It had white cheddar cheese instead of the usual mozzarella. Really good.

Friday was our mountain day. We hiked to Laurel Falls. It was a paved path, so Tristan rode in the stroller. That's not to say it was an easy hike. It was pretty much 1.25 miles straight up the mountain. At the top was Laurel Falls. My only regret was that there was no swimming hole. I did put my feet in the cold water, though, and loved it. Here's one view I saw on the way back down the mountain:

When we got to the bottom, we fed the baby. As we waited for Tristan to finish, a black bear walked right across the path we had just walked down about one minute earlier! It came right down behind the cars and back up into the brush!

It was a great trip, but I can't help but wonder why there isn't a town like Gatlinburg in West Virginia. There's no reason one of the little mountain towns can't build up enough to draw people like Gatlinburg.

August 12, 2010

Hunger by Michael Grant

I LOVE to read! I like all types of books. Papaw Ellis is my mystery book buddy. I think he has borrowed all of my James Patterson books. Alex is my supernatural book buddy. We share an obsession with The Twilight Saga and The Vampire Academy Series. I'm going to get her hooked on The Mortal Instruments Series, too.

I'm currently reading the second book in the Gone Series by Michael Grant entitled, Hunger.

This series is about a town where all the adults and kids over the age of 15 disappear. Some of the kids and animals left behind begin to mutate. They find out that they are trapped inside a bubble that burns when touched. It's like Lord of the Flies with mutant abilities, but no hope of rescue.  There's also a struggle for power in the void left by the adults.

I've read this book before, but the newest book in the series, Lies, just came out and I'm rereading through the series. I always do this when a new book in a series comes out so my memory if fresh. This means I tend to read the same books over and over.

More and more often, I tend to exclusively read Young Adult novels.  They don't lean nearly as heavily on sex or language.  I just don't think cussing and and explicit scenes are necessary for a quality read.

August 11, 2010

The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

Today I went over to church to try to go through and organize some of the stuff in my office/choir room. It was just way too hot! After the air had been turned down for 2 hours the temperature was only down to 83 degrees. The room was also a big mess. I couldn't even find the choir's CD player to listen to some of the CD's for the sheet music! I'm not sure where it was.

I think the problem is that there's too much stuff in that one room. It has all the adult music and the kids music, not to mention all the choir robes. Well, that and the fact the it was sweltering in there. I could have tackled the clutter is it hadn't been so hot. Grrr! I'm gonna have to have my mom set the thermostat the night before and just get over there and do it.

Tristan hung out with my mom while I burned up. He had a good time as always.

August 3, 2010

Water--Brad Paisley

Tonight we put Tristan in the water for the first time. We took him to the pool and I think I saw the beginning if an era. He loved it!