Sunday, April 17, 2011

Our fruity year later...

This time last year I was blogging about- you guessed it- Henry. Except we didn't know that Henry was a "he" yet. We did know, however, that he was approximately the size of a navel orange. It was still very early in the pregnancy- so early that I couldn't yet feel Henry doing his baby acrobatics in my belly or see the strange waves across my stomach as he shifted from one side to the other.

One year later and here I am- still blogging about Henry. He does kind of steal the spotlight around here. So what has the world's most awesome baby been up to this week?

Being a Manchester City fan with Daddy

Being an audience member at the rubber duckie comedy show

Toe eating. Nom, nom, nom.

Attempts at grass eating (disappointingly thwarted by Mama)

and (drumroll please) sitting like a big boy!!

Those of you who know me know how I've been anxiously awaiting the day where Henry was able to sit unassisted- and you know exactly why I've been waiting for this. Yes, it's a huge milestone for Henry, but more importantly, it means better photo sessions!! Combine Henry's new sitting trick, a couple of days of 70 degrees and sunshine, and Canon-armed parents, and this is what you get...

Another great week with my two boys goes down in the books. And our next blog entry should be very very exciting! Can't wait to share!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Road Trip!!

Sometimes you just need a little change of scenery so when Will asked if Henry and I would like to accompany him to Atlanta for a couple of days for a business trip, he got a resounding yes! Since I still consider myself to be a member of the "New Mommy Club" and since it was my first time traveling with baby Henry, you can imagine how long it took me to make a list of things to pack and then do the actual packing. We managed to make it to Atlanta with everything we needed and with minimal crying in the backseat- yay Henry- and headed to the CNN Omni Hotel to check in.

Will's meeting was the afternoon we arrived, so obviously Henry and I had to find something to do while Daddy was working. Armed with a GPS and a half tank of gas, we hit the Atlanta streets.

We reached our blessed destination in about 10 minutes. Man, had I been waiting for this.

We found a parking place, got Henry settled into his stroller, and off we went, diving headfirst into aisle after aisle of home decor, furniture, and toys. As a first time Ikea shopper, it was totally overwhelming. I seriously could have spent all day (and probably all the money in my bank account) in there. I realized halfway in, however, that bringing Henry in the stroller might have been less than wise. Since there was no way for me to push the baby stroller plus a shopping cart, I ended up putting my purchases in one of the large shopping bags and hooking that onto the stroller. That worked fine- until Henry started getting tired. Then came the crying. Loud crying. So loud that people were turning around to look. Oh me. So out of the stroller came Henry and into the stroller went the purchases. I managed to drop two of the shelves I was buying and nearly dropped a glass lantern candle holder. I can only imagine how comical the whole thing must have appeared. By the time we got out of there, I was sweating more than I did during the 5k. Seriously. Was it worth it? Absolutely and I would do it again- just without the stroller next time.

A big part of travel, for me, is planning and picking restaurants. I love it. This girl loves to eat. Hence the recent development of my running habit. Before a trip, I get on urbanspoon and yelp and tripadvisor online and scour reviews. That night after Will got done with his presentation we got ready and headed off for dinner at our first restaurant pick, The Buckhead Diner. From the outside this place looks like an old school diner all the way, but don't be fooled. We walked in and were greeted by a hostess and seated by a guy wearing a suit and white gloves. I had, of course, already poured over the menu online and had decided to start out with their famous homemade chips with warm Maytag blue cheese. Divine.

Our entrees were equally as good. Will got seared Ahi tuna with heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella, and I got the grilled mahi-mahi tostada.

After dinner we headed back to the hotel and got ready to turn in for the night. Don't my two boys look adorable all piled up on the bed?

The next morning we got up pretty early, got ready, and headed out for breakfast at our next restaurant destination, The Flying Biscuit. I remembered seeing this place on Rachael Ray's "$40 a Day" show on HGTV and the biscuit she ate looked as big as her head. Being from Tennessee, I obviously like biscuits, so this was a no brainer. The place was packed. The food was good, but not as impressive as our dinner the night before. However, the biscuits....have mercy. The french toast topped with raspberry sauce and honey crème anglaise wasn't too shabby either.

I gained 3 pounds in the 2 days we were gone. No lie. But I promise we did do more than eat. On the way home we decided to break up the drive with a stop in Chattanooga at the aquarium. We realized that Henry isn't quite old enough to appreciate the aquatic creatures, but let's be honest, this stop was for the big kids.

This was our first time trying to take photographs in an aquarium. It's pretty darn hard, but we managed to get a few good shots.

It was a wonderful two days with the two guys I love most in the world and really left me looking forward traveling with my boys again. Next stop- England!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Off to the races!

April 2nd finally arrived. Will and I were both excited about this day, but for two very different reasons. My excitement was completely due to the fact that it marked the arrival of my first (but definitely not last) 5k. Will's excitement revolved around subject matter from the photos below.

That poor horse. Don't you know he had to be just a little embarrassed to be wearing that? But that's Mule Day for you, and things like that are exactly why Will loves it so. He was very excited for Henry to experience Mule Day for the first time as well.

Before we went downtown to witness Mules on Parade, however, I had a little bit of business to take care of.

Not surprisingly, my dear friend Mark (who likes to torture and taunt me during runs) finished before I did. I doubt he even broke a sweat. He's awesome like that.

I not only was able to make the entire 3.1 miles without walking, but I managed to finish in 31 minutes! That's faster than I've ever run during any of my training! It's very true that you manage to find extra motivation during the race. What a great feeling to cross that finish line! Now I think it's time for find a 10k to sign up for!

I was so thankful that both of my boys were able to come with me for the race that morning. The youngest Zuill has been sick for the last few days. First he got a nasty little cough, followed by every Mama's big fear- a fever! Being the new mommy that I am, I was of course obliged to rush him to the doctor the next day- in spite of the fact that he really didn't look that sick at all. The rational nursing side of my brain knew that we didn't need to go to the doctor, but the irrational mommy side of my brain would not listen. Thankfully all tests were negative and after a couple of days of symptomatic treatment young Henry seems to be on the mend.

Another big happening this week was the arrival of our photos from our 2nd PHOTOfunDAY with Sarah Gilliam. This year's photos were in Columbia at Buckhead's Coffee Shop, and as usual they did not disappoint!

Well, that catches you up for this week! Now, time to finish this up and get back to some Sunday afternoon sunshine with my boys!