Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mama's babies are growing!!

My little tomato babies are really starting to take off!! I'm like a proud mama duck watching her little eggs hatch. There's something so satisfying about watching tiny little seeds from an envelope grow into baby plants. This year we've got lots of varieties of heirlooms to choose from: Red Zebra, Drubza, Black Krim, Big Red, Silvery Fir, Pearson, Super Sioux, Besser, Mule Team, Rutgers, Tigerella, & Thessaloniki! That's a LOT of BLTs!!!

Luckily, I'm not the only girl in the 'hood who is into gardening, and that's a good thing, since I have about 100 tomato plants, and only room to actually plant about 8 or so!! Somebody got just a little carried away, I think. My friends Jess & Anne are going to be happy to take some off my hands, and anyone else is welcome to dip into the supply as well! There are plenty to share! And there's nothing like a good heirloom tomato!

Turns out though, that my heirloom "babies" are not the only thing growing around here...

Yep!! We're going to be PARENTS! Making a reference to myself as a parent still seems like a totally foreign concept! We're more than thrilled! We've been about to burst for the last few weeks, but wanted to wait until we hit the 12 week mark to really let the secret out. Our families have known for about a month or so. Will's family is thrilled, especially since Will is the middle of 5 children and this will be the first grandchild! My family is pretty darn excited too. When we showed my parents the ultrasound pictures the night we told them, my dad said, "Wow, it looks like a crawfish!" , which of course, I couldn't really argue with!!

We had our 12 week appointment today, and our little "pip's" heartbeat was a healthy 168 beats/minute. The first couple of months were full of the typical nausea and fatigue, but hitting the 2nd trimester, plus lots of healthy sunshine have really done a lot for me! We can expect our little delivery around mid-October!

Will & I talk all the time about what kind of parents we'll be, how our kid will turn out, etc... Of course, there's no way to really know any of those things until the time is here, and we figure that he/she will take the lead on teaching us how things are supposed to go down. The one thing we're pretty sure about, is that before our kid has really been fully immersed into what the "normal" accent for these parts is, what he/she will pick up will be a combination of mine & Will's dialect. THAT should be an interesting accent!! Proper English meets deep South. I can just hear it now. "Bloody hell, y'all, I'm knackered".... This should be good!!

So we're starting out the biggest adventure of our lives, and the world as we know it is about to seriously change! I couldn't ask for a better person to be experiencing this with, and can't wait to get started!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Another year older...

So obviously, the older we get, the less thrilling our birthdays become. It becomes less about cake and presents, and more about examining the mirror for wrinkles that have managed to rear their ugly heads while we weren't looking.

I must now beg to differ. My birthday this year has blown that theory to bits. Thanks to my wonderful friends & family (and the amazing weather), I have had the most amazing birthday weekend ever.

Friday was a laid back day. The weather was beautiful, and I headed to Pulaski to visit with my family, and have a bite to eat at Reeve's Drug Store on the square. It's always a bummer when Will can't go with me to Pulaski, because he LOVES it there, especially the square. He thinks the square looks like something out of "Back to the Future", and always- ALWAYS- wants to go 88 mph. Silly Brit.

Saturday I awoke to another beautiful day, and met up with one of my best friends, Mark. We headed to Nashville for a photography class being taught by Justin Wright ( a great wedding photographer from what I've seen). You can look him up on Facebook. He definitely taught us a thing or two in the area of cameras. I think he might have completely exorcised our desired to ever use the "auto" mode on our DSLRs again. Hallelujah.

Justin Wright, our fabulous instructor~

Mark testing out his skills~

Being thoroughly schooled on our cameras helped us work up quite an appetite, so Mark & I headed down to The Frothy Monkey for a seriously good lunch. Seriously.

My lunch date~ photo taken with my Hipstamatic iPhone app. Coolest little $2.00 app you'll ever buy! Produces amazing vintage looking photos!

So Mark and I finished our lunch, made a quick stop at Dury's (where "somebody" bought themselves a new birthday lens), and then headed back home. Of course, I had to take the new lens for a little spin around the neighborhood.

Will and I went out for a delicious birthday dinner at J. Alexanders (crab cakes!!), and then I got the BIG birthday present!!

**Photo with hipstamatic**
Holy Moly what a piece of equipment!! I think it may be mild to say that I'm a little spoiled. I just hope to get good enough at photography that this camera doesn't say "blegghh" and reject me. The weather forecast for this week might as well read "Yep, Angela will be outside ALL day playing"...
We did a little experimenting that night with "light drawing". That will keep a couple of cheeky gits entertained for a couple of hours.

Today my sweet Brit sent me these:

As if he should have possibly done anything else for my birthday! What an overly lucky girl!

So, like I said, what a birthday! And thanks to all of you who made it, and each day, so great!! Enjoy the sunshine!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

We finally caved, and entered the blogging world...

As tech savvy as Will & I are (ok, ok, mostly Will), neither of us has ever set foot into the world of blogging. Looks like that is about to change. With both of us having families that don't live just down the street, or even on the same continent, this seems to be a logical way to keep our peeps updated on the happenings in our neck of the woods.

I'm sure that most of you who are reading this already know Will and me, or at least one of us, but for those of you who are missing some details, here is a brief synopsis:

Flash back: January 2009. Geeky (and Cheeky) Brit meets Charming Southern Girl (okay, insert "Cheeky" here too) for the first time. They dine, they talk, and she schools him in the way of Guitar Hero before calling it a night. And thus begins our story. Dazzling conversation and fun afternoons together led to more dazzling conversation and fun afternoons. Months passed, and before they knew it, they'd created their little home together, full of love, & also full of feuding furry animals.

Flash forward: So Will & I are still having great conversations, and great afternoons, and I still routinely school him on the fake guitar. I don't think either one of us pictured ourselves in such an effortless, yet happy relationship, but thank goodness we found our way to this point.

We have a great home together in Thompson's Station, TN, and we have tons of great neighbors close-by. We don't get to spend as much time together as we'd like (due to work) but the time we do spend together is quality.

Lately we've been spending the majority of our time waiting for the weather to warm up. Cabin fever is about to get the best of us. We go to sleep at night with visions of neighborhood cookouts dancing in our heads. We get nice spring teasers here and there of sunny 70 degree days, and we're just ready for it to get more consistent. There are definitely signs of warmer weather to come around the neighborhood:

My latest little spring project is starting to take off nicely...

Hopefully before long we'll have luscious heirloom tomato plants for my patio garden. The cucumbers are coming along nicely as well!
Until next time!!