Friday, October 31, 2008


About a month ago, we decided that it was time for Gus to have his first official haircut. Here are some pictures:

Well, this morning I discovered that it might already be time for another:
"It's soooo early....want to get some coffee or something?"

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sick Kid

Since month two, Gus has been such an easy going kid. As mentioned in the post below, Gus has been sick the last few days. He has some sort of stomach flu. It first popped up early Monday morning, culminating at about 10 am that same day. Since then he's been having some trouble, um, out the back end. Anyway, that's not the point. What's really interesting is how much he sleeps when he's sick. Take the last 24 hours, for instance. He went to bed at 6:30 last night and got up at 9:30 this morning. He slept so long that I (Scott) was a little late for work. Gus is usually my alarm clock and he didn't go off this morning! From what I hear, he waited an hour and then...yep, went back to bed for about 45 minutes. His afternoon nap was from 1:30 to 4:30. I can confirm that b/c I came home to watch him so that Amy didn't have to miss another day of work. Bedtime, you ask??? 7:30. Now, who knows what will happen tonight, but doing some quick math I concluded that over the last 24 hours, Gus has slept for about 18 of them! When he WAS up, he was so pleasant he even allowed Amy to take some pictures of him. Please tell me that Gus will always act like this when he's sick, because if he does, we're not that concerned with the stomach flu!!!

Busy Weekend

Well, Gus is sick with the stomach flu (probably having picked it on our many outings this weekend) but I've decided that it was worth it.

We headed out Saturday to Knoxville to pick up my new bike which Scott has been patiently searching for on ebay, craigslist, etc. It is wonderful!! Sorry, no pic.

Then we spent the afternoon at the Knoxville Zoo. Gus was fascinated by everything! And other than a very uncharacteristic diaper explosion, which Scott discovered after taking that particular diaper shift, he was perfectly well behaved!

His first close encounter with a rabbit proved to be very exciting!

Helping with the stroller, a.k.a. "the gear holder."


Walking with the "dada."

On Sunday, we took our bikes out for a family ride at the Nature Center. Scott pulled Gus in the bike trailer so that I could get the hang of my new ride. Gus did very well, except for those times when the sun was in his face. He cries when that happens. He HATES having the sun in his face, just like Scott!

Yo Yo.

The red wolves seemed very interested in Gus. When I worked there, it was rare for me to see the wolves but they followed Gus from side to side as he wandered around near their pen. It was very interesting to watch. Either they had never seen a young kid that near their pen before OR they were eyeing what they perceived to be a tasty little morsel.

This week hasn't been that fun so far, but the memories of a happy weekend are still with us!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tagged, Round 2

I'm getting started on my "interneting" earlier than usual this evening. Scott is at a meeting, and Gus is already in bed, poor thing. He has some sort of unidentified fever illness and just wants to sleep.

So I figured I would finally answer a tag that I got last month.

The Five Tag

10 years ago I:

1. moved 12 hours away from my family,
2. played soccer at Covenant, which allowed me to...
3. meet Scott and go on our first, very unsucessful date, which led to...
4. me asking Scott out for a second, equally unsuccessful date (he couldn't go), and then finally...
5. having a successful date with Scott and never dating anyone else again.

5 things on today's "to do" list:
1. Clean the kitchen
2. Get ready for school/grade papers
3. Check out a free couch that our neighbor is giving away
4. Feed Gus
5. Clean the kitchen again

5 things I would do if I were a millionaire:
1. Get someone else to clean my kitchen
2. Buy all organic everything
3. Pay off our house
4. Travel
5. Buy Scott a fast car

5 places I have lived:
1. Maryland
2. Georgia
3. Seattle, WA
4. Tennessee
5. wow, I really haven't lived very many places!

5 jobs I have had:
1. pottery in Annapolis
2. grounds crew at Covenant
3. animal keeper in Washington
4. naturalist at the Nature Center
5. environmental science teacher

Scott, it's great to realize that I've done most of this with you (except the millionaire part). Thanks for being part of my life.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Catch Up

Well, it seems we have an awful lot to catch everyone up on (sorry about the poor grammar!). It seems like so much, I have been scared away from even trying to start. But this evening, I decided to give it a post at a time:)

So, several weeks ago, we went on a little family vacation to Birmingham. Well, actually, it was a working retreat for Scott, but Gus and I got to hang out and eat free food. (I think we calculated at one point that the whole thing cost us about $13...not bad for four days in a fancy hotel.) Gus spent most of his time honing his walking and climbing skills.

Here are a few highlights:

The hotel & pool. Not too shabby!

Gus wandering aimlessly through the conference area. He also had a blast weaving through the tables during dinner and otherwise entertaining Scott's co-workers.

"Whew....1 down, only 45 more to go....."

Room service.

We also had a fabulous time at the Birmingham Zoo, unfortunately the camera battery happened to be dead. We got to hear a lion roaring (so terrifying and wonderful at the same time), see giraffes up close and get practically nose to nose with a Siberian tiger. Thank goodness for extra thick glass. The tiger's face was at least as big as all of Gus!