Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Conley with Bradleys Junior and Senior
the 2/3 DIVA quorum (we miss you, Ari!)
Grandpa B & Bradley, showing off his preppy duds! I still maintain that real men wear pink!
Christmas is almost here. I can't wait to see how Bradley handles all the chaos and see his interest in opening presents. A quick shout out to Emmy Sue- Happy Eve of the Eve!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
7 Things I Want To Do Before I Die...
1. Get a dog
2. Have another baby
3. Visit Hawaii
4. Learn to play the guitar
5. Go back to South Africa
6. Have a reason to wear one of my many formal dresses that I accumulated through college
7. Be a good mom
7 Things I Can Do...
1. Play songs on my toothbrush
3. Read a book in a day
4. Eat until way past I'm already full
6. Make people laugh
7. Obsessively organize
7 Things I Can Not Do...
1. Shop and talk on the phone
2. Run a mile without stopping
3. Be completely satisfied
4. Hate the color pink
5. Park straight in a parking place
6. Be spontaneous
7. See my family as much as I'd like
7 Things I Say Most Often...
1. Poker? I don't even know-er! (or some version of that)
3. That's what she said
4. I'm going to Walmart
6. Bless his/her heart
7 Celebrity Crushes
1. Brad Pitt
2. Mike Row from the tv show Dirty Jobs
3. John Krasinsky
4. George Clooney
5. John Mayer
6. Johnny Depp
7. Tom Brady
Tag: Ari, Bethany, MAB
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Every Monday night I go to rehearsals while Brian watches Bradley and somehow manages to get more housework done in 3 hours than I do all week sometimes. Every Monday I begrudgingly go, knowing I'll have fun and enjoy singing once I get there (I did this most Mondays in Nashville too, to be fair), and every Monday while I sit in the choir room of Pensacola Junior College, I think about Dr. Mabry, director of the NSC, and all the hard work we put into Handel's Messiah last year. And then I snap back into reality and look around at the much smaller, less talented, and much older chorus in Pensacola, and I wallow in self pity for a minute and think how much difference a year can make.
A year ago I was pregnant with Bradley. I sang in a brand new, state-of-the-art Schermerhorn Symphony Hall, with a professional chorus, and I sang my butt off and perfected every nuance of Handel's masterpiece with fierce concentration, an abundance of joy, and a proud appreciation for what we as a choir, and I as a singer, had accomplished.
This year Bradley is 6 months old. Saturday night I sang in a church gymnasium with plastic folding chairs for the audience. I dreaded the concert, embarrassed at how amateur our performance was going to be. And I wallowed in a good amount of self-pity as I drove the 45 minutes out to BFE where the concert was held.
But you know what? Handel's Messiah is still Handel's Messiah no matter where it's performed. And sure there were mistakes made all over the place; we sang at one volume level the entire time: forte, and our pitch was less than perfect, but as much as I dreaded that concert, something miraculous happened that night. I sang with a joy and passion I have been lacking for longer than I can remember. My voice felt strong and clear, and I worshipped God through music paying more attention to the text than the notes! And when it was all said and done, I was glad I had sung.
To be certain, I miss Nashville for more reasons than I can count, the Symphony Chorus being one of them, but I am still pleasantly surprised when I find reasons to be happy here too.
An added bonus to Saturday was that Ann, Jim, Jesse, Brian, and Bradley were all there to hear me sing, and Bradley loved the concert! He stayed awake the entire time, and bounced on Ann's lap to the music. Maybe he recognized the music from last year's in utero hearing?
Monday, December 08, 2008
St. Nicholas came to Florida twice this year! Brian and I opened our stockings from each other on Friday night before Ann, Jim and Jesse got into town, and then we let Bradley see what St. Nick brought him.
Sunday, St. Nick came again, this time with packages that he brought to TN and then shipped to Florida. I tell you, that St. Nick sure makes his rounds!
St. Nick brought us lots of candy, candles, Christmas socks, and Walmart gift cards, and Bradley got some baby's first Christmas ornaments, and lots of new toys.
Monday, December 01, 2008
The food was delicious, and of course you can never eat everything on your plate, yet you fill up on the first helping. Even though Jim cooked the stuffing for way too long, I thought it tasted yummy, and the fried turkey was a big hit.
Here's me and Mommy's Little Turkey
And here's Brian and Bradley. Notice his "Baby's First Thanksgiving" onesie
Grandma Anna and Bradley
Jesse and Bradley
Blame it on all the travelling we've done lately, or all the carbs I ate and tryptophan in the Turkey, but Bradley and I both crashed on Thanksgiving night and took and hour and a half nap- something I rarely do! We got up Friday morning and headed out after a wonderful visit and a great couple of days. I'm sure I speak for Bradley in saying he had a good first Thanksgiving. Next year will be fun when he can actually eat some of the traditional fare.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
We stopped at a roadside stand and got pictures of the Little Man with the pumpkins on Halloween.
Halloween night was spent at a local dive bar with family friends, and Brian's sister Heather joined us for the festivities as well. These were last minute plans, so rather than spend $40 a piece for costumes, Brian and I went as Hot Parents. Nuff said.
- He loves to play peek-a-boo
- This Little Piggie is another favorite game
- The Kindermusik welcome song that we sing at the beginning of class each week (this is my secret for getting Bradley to smile in pictures! I sing a few lines of that song, and his whole face lights up!).
- He still loves his Baby Einstein activity mat
- He is rolling over both ways now
- He squeals with delight and kicks his legs when he's happy
- Brian's teaching him how to give High Fives
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The first was hosted by friends and next-door neighbors Wes & Jess, and the second was at Ansley & Ben's house- a couple we know from church. Here are just a few shots from the festivities.
Here's Bradley wide awake and enjoying the pumpkins (or more so, his hand. He chews on them a lot these days.)
And here's Bradley zonked out- too much fun for him!
Here's me in an "action shot." Wouldn't you know it, I was the last one to finish my pumpkin!
Here's Wes' drunk jack-o-lantern. One too many Bud Light's apparently.
Brian's and my (aren't you proud of my grammatical triumph, Ari?) finished pumpkins. We both used stencils from the carving kit we bought. That was my first try at using one of those things, and my emotions are mixed. Sure, you can make cool designs, but it almost feels like cheating yourself out of the raw, basic pumpkin carving experience. But then again, maybe I'm over-thinking it?
And finally, our three happy jack-o-lanterns all lit up!