Monday, June 27, 2011

Sip & See

A few pics from the super sweet sip & see hosted for Lily Jane by my high school friends this past weekend...

Kellie and Kim -- good friends and FedEx colleagues

Lily Jane has grown so much already that she was too big for the daygown I originally planned for her to wear!   This sweet smocked gown was just perfect, though. 

Sarah, Valerie and Kasey -- the hostesses and my best friends from high school
I wish I had a picture of the spread...they set up an ice cream sundae bar that was adorable. And although LJ has been really, really fussy lately, she was a dream at the party. (whew) Thanks to my family and friends who came out on a hot Sunday afternoon to honor Miss Lily Jane! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ole Miss Reunion Weekend

We took our first trip as a family of four this past weekend to Oxford, Mississippi. We rented a minivan  (or "money-van"as Tate called it) for the occasion and drove 1200 miles with a 3-year-old and 6-week-old. Amazingly, we lived to tell about it...

We were there for the 100th Anniversary of The Daily Mississippian, the student paper of Ole Miss. Rob, his father, and I all served as editor of The DM when we were students. Rob's mother was managing editor. The family distinction was referenced several times during the weekend.
Charles Overby recognizes Jimmy, Rob and me at one of the events.
(Why did I even bother straightening my hair in Mississippi??) 

Several of our colleagues/dearest friends from The DM also came back for the reunion and we had a fun night out with them remembering some of the crazier moments from our newspaper days. It had been 13 years since we had all been together but it felt like nothing had changed.
Emily Boling Giffen, me, Natashia Gregoire

Rob, Chris Shaw, John Scanlon

One thing that DID change was that we were all up early at breakfast together after a night out...not because we had stayed out all night, but because we all have toddlers:

In addition to the DM Reunion being a family affair for us, it was a grandparents affair for Tate and Lily Jane. My parents graciously came to Oxford to be our "traveling nannies" so we could enjoy the events without worrying about finding a babysitter out of town. This meant that Tate and LJ got to spend time with all THREE sets of grandparents in the same town at one time. We don't think that will happen again until graduations or weddings...and we can't take any more visits like that anyway because of how supremely spoiled they were the whole weekend!

There was Big Guy and Mia (not pictured) taking them for a walk around campus:

There was Poppy and Linda (not pictured) giving zerberts:

And there was Nanny-sippi offering ice cream:

It was also the first time Nanny-sippi had seen Lily Jane:

Tate was soaking up the attention (and presents) while Lily Jane just chilled most of the weekend...

And after a weekend of celebrating the fact we worked for the paper, we actually made it in the paper via news story and not via byline:

Such a great weekend of family, friends and college memories!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

LJ Words

We had fun coming up with "Tate Words" for the blog such as Levitate, Meditate, Regurgitate, etc, etc.  Click here to see all of them.  I'm reviving that theme for Lily Jane and doing "LJ Words."  And our first installment of LJ Words is....

Little Jenny

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Tate loves his swimming pool. The best $30 I ever spent...

UPDATE: I just realized that this posting means Tate will never be able to run for with shirtless pictures on the Web don't fare well there...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

1 Month

Lily Jane turned one month on June 2...hard to believe it's already been a month, but in a month's time she has ...

  • weighed in at 9 lbs and measured 21.5 inches at her two week check-up
  • had a ganglion cyst on her hand and a blocked tear duct disappear
  • gone through multiple outfit changes a day due to lots of spit up (I think she's just trying to make sure she wears all of the fabulous clothes from friends and family)
  • brushed up on her knowledge of V6 engines...

become a colicky baby...

(note: the blue headpiece was just there for a photo op while we watched the hats at the Kentucky Derby)

spent a lot of time curled up on her mom's shoulder...

had visits from several friends and family (including Linda who was not allowed to move from this position for four hours because LJ was finally calm)...

become very alert and curious....

and stolen all our hearts!