Milestones Galore, Part Un

October 22, 2009

Fall 2009 0107 month update time!  Also, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated about Zoe, so I thought I would give a little update about her as well (it’ll be in the next post).

The new tricks:

cole in quadrupedGross motor: You may have noticed that in all of the pictures of Cole, he’s either lying down or being held, and for good reason – he does not like sitting one bit.  In fact, to Cole, sitting up is his version of tummy time to most babies.  Because of his love for tummy time,  he has been able to get into all-4’s and rock back and forth since Tuesday (10/20).  He really wants to go places, so I fully expect to see him crawling around before Christmas. 

Fall 2009 013Fine motor:  He will grab at anything within reach these days, and if the item he desires is not within reach, he will attempt to manuever, squirm, wiggle, etc his way so that he can.  (This makes meal-times out a LOT of fun.  Since Cole can’t sit in a restaurant high chair yet, he’s either relegated to stay in the stroller, which he despises, or Kirk or I hold him, which means our food is pushed almost to the center of the table, and we have to contend with a baby that only wants to stand and bounce.) 

Social: Cole is the king of raspberries, and he loves playing  mimic games (you raspberry, and then he’ll raspberry). 

New foods: carrots, apples, prunes, bananas, peas.  The carrots didn’t completely agree with his stomach; we’ll try it again at a later date.  He’s also eating 2 meals of baby food these days.  I expect he’ll be eating 3 meals in the next few weeks with the way he scarfs down the food.

The bad: Cole is still not sleeping through the night.  I recently figured out that I’ve had maybe 6 months of 6 hours or more of un-interrupted sleep out of the past 3 years.  I am definitely over this whole not sleeping thing; however, I don’t think Cole is ready to cry it out.  One – Cole is waking up hungry at least once a night and sometimes more than that, and two – I’m kind of worried that he will wake up Zoe in the middle of night as well as wake up our neighbor.  So, we’ll see, but for now, I continue to sleep deprived.

The Good:  I don’t want to leave you on a bad note.  Cole is your typical little baby, which I’m totally not used to.  I thought Zoe was a typical baby, and she was (just quiet and reserved); Cole, however, laughs good belly laughs, “talks” to his mobile when he wakes up in the morning, constantly wants to stand and bounce, and puts everything in his mouth.  I’m really looking forward to see what Cole’s personality is going to be!

Zoe and the 2’s

June 26, 2009

We are all about the number 2 in our house right now: 2 boys, 2 girls, 2 dogs, and Zoe is now 2-years-old!  It’s hard to believe that 2 years ago, Kirk and I became a family of 3 with the addition of Zoe into our lives.  Since then, life has been one big blur of sleepless nights (in the beginning), lots of giggling and tickling, watching Zoe grow up into an adorable (I know, I’m biased!) 2-year-old toddler, and the addition of our 4th family member, Cole!!

Zoes bday  partyTo celebrate her birthday, we invited a few friends and their families out to dinner at Luisa’s Pizzeria, one of our favorite places to eat.  It was actually the first place that Zoe had true “solid” food in the form of pizza crust!  <Zoe and her friends: Kate, Aston, Mia, and Maisie.  Photo courtesy of Anne.>

Here’s a clip of Zoe blowing out the candles on her birthday cake.  Thanks to all the families that joined us!  We had a blast!

Here are the 2-year milestones:

On the Move: Like most 2-year-olds, Zoe is constantly one the move.  She continues to enjoy running and has become very proficient at jumping (including jumping off of the sofa. well, attempting…).  Her favorite mode of locomotion at the moment is galloping.  Also, she has become a little monkey; climbing up, over, and through anything that looks of interest as well as hanging off anything that looks like it can be hung on (i.e. towel racks). 

IMG_2356  Our little monkey hangs from the “high” bar at gymnastics.

Talk, talk, talk: I really think that’s all she does these days, and not just little one word phrases.  She loves to tell me about everything she hears and sees (she’s a bit of a tattletale on Cole, especially with the spit up).  She’s also beginning to remember which way to go when we get near the house – I hear this little voice from the back seat saying, “This way…” or “That way…” and pointing in the correct direction to get home.  Like some of her other friends, she’s beginning to tell stories as well.  The other night, she saw a picture of an owl in a book, and she promptly began telling me about the big owl that she saw in our dogwood tree in the backyard.  Sooo cool…   

Eating: Finally… the girl is eating protein and the occasional veggie!!!  Hooray!  Zoe LOOOVES hot dogs and is now eating the occasional chicken nugget, fish stick, bologna, and turkey.  She also has discovered corn, black olives, pickles, and spinach (cooked, on pizza).  I am sooo glad her plates are beginning to look a little more balanced…

IMG_2622 Zoe and her corn on the cob.

Smarts: Zoe can now “sing” several songs; her current favorites are: Rock-a-bye Baby (Rock Baby Tree), Jesus Loves Me, and Happy Birthday.  She knows the difference between one and two of something.  She’s beginning to learn about big versus little (big bite versus little bite and big doggie versus little doggie) as well as prepositions (up, down, over, under).  She knows when someone is being silly and will tell you that you’re silly, and she’s beginning to make up little games of silliness, such as taking a little bite of something and saying big bite when she knows it’s a little bite.  Her imagination is really soaring these days as well.  She was given a Kai-lan (cartoon character) doll recently, and she promptly began “talking” to it and then going over to her mini kitchen and cooking up some sort of meal that she gave to the doll.

IMG_2256A “game” that she thought was funny.  Not really sure what it entailed, but it made me laugh.

I Do It: Not only does she say this about just about everything; she really does help out quite a bit.  She loves to scoop the dog food into Ollie’s and Zeke’s bowls at mealtime to the point she has mini tantrum that she doesn’t get to help.  She loves to help put her clothes on, take them off, and put them in the laundry.  And, apparently, she helped put back all of the books on the shelves at the YMCA ChildWatch the other day.  Now, if this helpfullness lasts through her teenage years with more involved chores, it’ll be great!!!

Princess Traits: This category is not meant to be a compliment.  Zoe is beginning to act like all other toddlers – she has recently been heard saying, “Hit mommy, Zeke, Ollie, etc” and then promptly hits the designated target.  She also likes to throw herself backwards and attempt to run when picked up against her will (usually at nap time or bed time).  She’s beginning to become prissy – she doesn’t like sand in her shoes or to walk barefoot on sand, and when she falls she’ll go running to the nearest adult for them to wipe her hands off.  Also, she is now a whining pro.  Luckily, we don’t really get the full tantrum melt-downs where the kid will throw themselves on the floor and kick and hit the floor.  Well, not yet anyways…

So, there you have it.  Our love for Zoe and all things related to the number 2!  Zoe, I really can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year… Happy 2nd Birthday, big girl!!

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Craziness Ensues

April 4, 2009

I was planning on writing a 21-month-old update for Zoe in the middle of March, but as I’m sure most of you know, it didn’t happen because Zoe’s baby brother decided to enter the world seven weeks early.  Before going into Cole’s entrance into the world, here’s a couple of pictures of Zoe that I was going to include in her update post:img_2041

 

Kirk and Zoe pose before the Alston and Bird, LLP Corporate Cup Run.  Apparently, Zoe felt her tiger should go for the run as well.

 

 

 

img_2040 Zoe hangs out in her ride for the run.

 One of 1st warm Spring days, I filled up the water table outside and Zoe had a blast; the water table now has a beach added from her sand box complete with rocks that she’s found lying around in the yard.  She decided that the hat completed her outfit.img_20481img_2055

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cole’s Entrance into the Big, Wide, World:

  img_2065At around 24 weeks of my pregnancy, I was diagnosed with placenta previa.  Basically, Cole’s placenta attached to the lower part of my uterus instead of the upper part and ended up covering the entrance to the birth canal.  No biggie – I was going to schedule a c-section a few weeks early so there wouldn’t be any complications, and the doctors said to expect spontaneous bleeding as I got closer to my due date.  With every bleed (I had 2 after I was diagnosed.), I called the doctor and then went to the hospital to make sure everything was A-OK.  The 1st one was scary (Kirk and I were in DC at the time), but after 6 hours of IV fluids and strict instructions to stay off my feet, we were allowed back to the hotel.  The 2nd one happened around 3:30am on Mar. 13th.  I called the MD, who then said call for an ambulance, which I did.  After being admitted into the hospital, I was told that I would be staying until at least Mon because the MD wanted to do a couple of steroid injections to help speed up Cole’s development, just in case.  Everything was honky-dory; the MD was allowing me to get up to use the bathroom, and they were getting ready to take me off the monitors and send me to the special maternal care ward when I started bleeding again, but this time, it was coupled with regular uterine contractions.  The nurse gave me terbutyline to help slow the contractions down, but I started bleeding again (it’s now around 12am, Mar 14th.)  The MD said enough is enough and decided to do an emergency c-section.  By the time the nurse called Kirk (he was at home to get some good sleep and to help with Zoe), it took the MD 30 minutes to bring Cole into the world.  Here are some pics of Cole’s first few weeks:

img_2094Cole weighed 3 pounds, 13 ounces at birth.  Because he was 7 weeks early, he had to have some help breathing (contraption around his head) with bubble CPAP for about 48 hours, received his fluids by an IV for about a week, and hung out in an incubator for about a week and a half.

img_21031  Yeah!! No more CPAP.  The white “stickers” are leads for his heart monitor; the “heart sticker” is to  make sure his bed stays warm enough, the tube coming out of his mouth is a feeding tube, and the white wire coming out of his umbilical stump is his IV.

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Amy holds Cole for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2125img_2126 Proud parents.  Cole is no longer in the incubator!  He also is taking all of his feedings from a bottle or the breast, and only has his heart rate monitor and pulse oximeter leads.

img_2129Uncle Corey meets Cole for the 1st time.

How the time has flown!!

February 28, 2009

img_1489 Zoe, age 15 months

Holy cow!  The last  “milestone” update I did was back in August!!  It seems like yesterday, but in reality, it’s been 6 months since I really mentioned all the cool things Zoe is doing these days.  Here’s the latest:

Communication:  This is probably the biggest change since August.  Zoe is now saying all sorts of words and phrases(but she usually needs a translator).  Her main words: Daddy, Mommy, Ollie, Zeke, cheese, hot dog (dot dog), strawberries (straw), blueberries, grapes (ape), banana (nana), pizza, chips (4-letter s-word), cheerios (cheer), oatmeal, grits (4-letter s-word), french toast (sah toe), shoes, socks, shirt (used for all clothing), hat (dat), slide, sleep, bear, baby, duck, bye-bye, hi, boo, airplane (sane), ball (dall), truck (specific sound, but I can’t phonetically spell it), fork (4-letter s-word), spoon (poon), plate (bate), bowl, cup (sup), up, down, chair, yellow (ye-yo), blue (bu), green (seen), red, pink (pinx), black (back), purple (puple), pasta (pah),  jump (sump), run (un, un, un), bee, Maisie (ze-ze), Kate (date), Mia, Aston (astah), Grace (bace), Kissha (seshah), bus, Gus (us),  Anna, Jack (shack), please (seese), thank you (dank you), pat, love (uv), more, milk (I think it sounds like nilk), water (wah-wah), juice (uce), outside, ride (ide), color (yeyoe-bu), bird, giraffe (raffe), elmo (ya-ya), big bird, Abbey, fish (shah), train (choo-choo).  Her main phrases: All done shirt, shoes, socks, etc (especially if you’re wearing a hoodie or a coat); get down; bear, baby, (anything that is lying down) sleep; this way (dis way); this car (dis sah); pizza, yeah!; bye-bye (and a person’s name); yellow duck (yeyoe duck); yellow bus (yeyoe bus); one more (un ore with 1 finger held up to her mouth), pooh bear.  Animal sounds: Zoe generally uses the animal sound for the name of the specific animal with the only exceptions being bear and duck.  Dog (Uff-uff); Cat (e-ow); Lion or tiger (she roars); Sheep (baa-baa); mouse (eek-eek); horse, zebra, or seahorse (used to be a good neigh, but has now changed to a high pitched squeal); pig (enh, enh); squirrel (similar to the mouse and pig sound); bird (sweet, sweet); elephant (purse your lips together and blow like you’re going to blow through a trumpet mouthpiece); monkey (similar to squirrel sound); snake (sssss…); bunny (enh, enh while moving her arm up and down in the air); panda bear (sounds like baby).  I think I’m missing some, but I think you get the picture.

Motor skills:  Zoe’s gross motor skills have definitely slowed down.  She continues to perfect her jumping and is able to jump with a 2-footed take off and landing, but it’s inconsistent.  She can step down a 2″  to 4″ step independently but prefers to “slide” down stairs if there is more than one step.  She can step up stairs with one-hand-held, but she prefers to climb up on her hands and feet.   She is able to kick and throw a ball, stand on 1 foot for 1-2 seconds, attempts to catch a ball, and walk on a balance beam with 1-hand-held.  I also think that she is part monkey; the girl can hoist herself up onto just about anything she sets her mind to (a little scary at times — we once found her standing on top of the breakfast table).  As far as fine motor skills go, she loves to color and is now trying to draw circles, but really likes to scribble (mostly horizontal).  She is able to do simple shape puzzles by herself and loves to build towers with various types of blocks (wood, duplo, bristle, etc).

Self-help: Takes off shoes, socks, shirts, hats, and unzippered coats independently.  Can put on hats independently.  Will help to put on shirts, pants, shoes, socks, and coats.  (Zoe loves to put on my shirts that are in the laundry and wear them as dresses.)  Can eat with a spoon pretty proficiently and will eat with a fork (takes a while with the whole stabbing thing), but she prefers to eat with her fingers.  Will drink from an open cup if she’s sitting in her high chair.

Cognitive: Zoe loves to please, and one of her favorite things to do is to help.  She loves to give you the dogs’ bowls when they’re all done eating, close the dishwasher (whether we’re done or not), pull the laundry out of the dryer, and wash her bathtime coloring board.  She’s also beginning to really play pretend: she feeds her baby or bear, puts them to bed (puts a blanket over them with their head sticking out, and then gives them a pat), and probably our favorite: she will woof while crawling on her hands and knees, pretending to be a dog.  She’s also imitating “grown-up” activities: sweeping, wiping the table, mowing the grass, and cooking.  Primarily at meal time, we’re beginning to give her choices (such as oatmeal versus cereal, or water versus milk).  And, she can point to the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and black; she will verbally tell you the correct color about 75% of the time for yellow, blue, red, green, and pink.  We are beginning to see some signs of some feistiness (it’s about time!) – she continues to hit both Mommy and Daddy (usually when she’s tired), and she’s now pulling on the dogs’ fur – sooo… we are now doing time outs, and unbelievably, they work!!  (Thank you Betsey and Denise for your great ideas!) 

We are still doing the tooth count because, well, she doesn’t have all that many.  You can now clearly see 5 teeth (3 upper and 2 bottom); she now has the upper tooth on the left (between the front tooth and eye tooth) and all four molars (but you can’t really see these because they’re just now poking through her gums).  I think she may be trying to cut a couple of more teeth because she’s really chewing on her fingers, but I can never really tell.  

 All in all, the last 6 months have been an absolute blast.  I can’t wait to see what Zoe has in store for us in the upcoming months!!

Zoe, age 18 months, shows off the “outfit” of the day.img_1809

I’ve been slacking on the blog; I know, but I do have some decent excuses.  As usual, we’ve had a busy fall with football games just about every other weekend, and then the weekends we are home, we’re usually out and about running errands or getting in some quality time with Zoe and the dogs.  Sooo…without further ado, here’s the lowdown on what’s been going on:

A Lime:  According to www.babycenter.com, that’s the size of Zoe’s baby brother or sister.  “Wait a minute, what did Amy just say?!”, you’re probably thinking to yourself.  That’s right!  I’m PREGNANT!!!!  YEAH!!  The due date is currently set for April 29, 2009, but I think it’s probably going to change after the next ultrasound in about 6 weeks.  I’m officially out of the 1st trimester (barely); I’m a little more than 12 weeks along.  So far, I’ve felt pretty good; nausea is about the same as it was with Zoe, and I actually feel like I have more energy than I did when I was pregnant with Zoe (You’ll have to talk to Kirk about this one; I didn’t think my energy got zapped that much, but apparently, it did.)

Pumpkins:  A couple of weeks ago, my parents were in town, and we took a field trip to The Farm at Hodges Dairy.  We had great fall weather, and Zoe loved checking out the horse and rooster.  She liked the other animals, just far, far away from her.

Gramma Joanie, Papa Joe, Amy, and Zoe walk back from the pumpkin patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirk and Zoe show off the “Daddy Pumpkin”.

 

    

Amy and Zoe take a ride on the tractor.

Bugs: Yuck.  Kirk, Zoe, and I each succumbed to some sort of stomach bug.  I think I had it easiest out of the 3 of us — it definitely took Kirk and Zoe a few days to get back to normal.  I’ll spare you the details; just know, that it wasn’t very pretty.

So, that’s it in a nutshell.  Zoe and I are hosting playgroup this afternoon at the park, and hopefully, I can get some cute pictures of the kiddos playing.  Check back in a couple of days for those.

Just an update

September 16, 2008

I just realized that it’s been a couple of weeks, and I haven’t written an update or posted pictures or anything, so here it is:

First things first:  It was bound to happen.  Zoe has totally spoiled me when it comes to her health.  She’s only had a couple of colds that never required antibiotics, just a little TLC, the humidifier, and some saline nose drops.  So, she caught a cold over Labor Day weekend, and it just wasn’t getting better; in fact, it was getting a little worse with a cough.  We went and saw Zoe’s pal, Dr. Kocmond, and low and behold, we are now on amoxicillin.  Zoe has a little fluid in one of her ears, and since it had been over 10 days (normal wait it out period for a cold), he thought it would help prevent the cold from progressing into a bacterial bronchitis.  When I went to open her medicine and give it to her, I totally had a flash-back of standing by the refrigerator with my mouth open wide, and my mom dishing out the wonderful pink medicine.  Needless to say, Zoe loves the pink stuff, and starts to jump up and clap her hands when she sees me shaking the bottle!

School Update: Zoe is doing awesome at school; she does get a little upset for about 5 seconds when I hand her off to her teachers (I don’t think this would happen if she walked into the class on her own accord, but hey, I don’t want to upset the apple cart).  So far, she has come home with a decorated tongue depressor magnet that has (I think) 3 fingerprints with mom, zoe, and dad written underneath it (the weekly theme was “my family”), and today she came home with her 1st marker masterpiece, along with marker on her fingers, her pants, and her shirt.  Good thing they use washable markers!!

 Tongue depressor art

 Magic marker fun on the red firetruck

2 weekends ago, Kirk, Zoe, and I packed up the car and headed to Tiger country for the 1st Clemson home game.  Zoe was a hit in her cheerleading outfit, lasted for 3 quarters of the game (she loved listening to the fight song and watching all the movement down on the field), and had a grand time “camping” in grand-daddy’s and grand-mommy’s RV.  Unfortunately, there are no pictures…I was the bad mommy and forgot to take the camera into the stadium.  I’ll try to get some good pictures this weekend (if Zoe is awake for any of the game (it’s at 1pm).

Last week, I awarded myself the “mommy-of-the-year” award.  I had been noticing that Zoe had been trying to take her shoes off a lot, so I went on a hunting expedition for 1 more pair of sandals to make it until it was cool enough to wear shoes and socks.  To my dismay (and joy!), Zoe’s feet have grown from her 2.5 size sandals to a size 4!  No wonder the poor girl was trying to take her shoes off!  Sooo…I ended up buying 2 pairs of shoes, neither of which are sandals, but I think they’ll last at least until Christmas time.

 New kicks – a pair of tennys and a pair of mary jane’s. 

On a cute note, as we were driving home from school this afternoon, Zoe decided to have a conversation with her little bear that stays in the car to keep her entertained.  She kept saying, “Hi!” and waving to it, giving it kisses, and then giving it hugs.  I couldn’t help but have a grin on my face all the way home.

Where did my baby go?

August 24, 2008

Then.I can’t believe a year can fly by sooo fast!  It didn’t really hit me on Zoe’s birthday that she’s no longer a baby, but it did hit me last night.  It’s amazing to think that this time last year, we were at Aunt Melanie’s family’s lake house with Kirk’s brother, Kyle, Melanie, Reese, and Davis, and I was attempting to keep Zoe happy, which wasn’t working.  Also, I was very leery of leaving the house and going into public; not because of Zoe getting sick or anything like that, but because she was so unbelievably fussy/colicky that I never knew when she would get going or what would set her off. 

Now.

So, as I watch my now little girl eat her applesauce and chicken raviolis out of a bowl with a spoon, a fork, and her hands, I really am amazed at how much she’s changed and grown up.  I definitely don’t miss those 1st several months, but wow…

Anyways… Zoe is growing like a little weed.  It seems that almost daily, she’s doing something or saying something new.  So here’s the update:  

Communication: Verbally, she says: dada (daaa..), mama, bear, duck, up (dup), stuck, hot (dot), Ollie (Ah-e), hi, cheese, juice, all done, zeke (see), dog (uf-uf), hat (dat), bad (while looking at Zeke and holding up her 2 index fingers), and this (I think; she says, “dis” while pointing to whatever she wants).  Of course, to a stranger, most of the words aren’t understandable, but I know what’s she saying.  With her signing, she also says: more, all done, eat, drink, milk, please, nap/night-time, thank-you, and bath.  She also shakes her head no and knows that a dog says, “uf-uf”, and a cow says, “oooo”. 

Motor skills: sliding by herself (see previous post), trying to jump, throwing a ball, running (well, it’s between a fast walk and a run now), walking on her tiptoes, stepping up/down while holding onto a hand, occasionally kick a ball (walking into a ball on purpose), scribbling with crayons, and putting lids on and off containers. And, 1 fun thing – she thinks Zeke is for  riding.                                                                                          

Self-help skills: Helps with putting on and taking off her clothes, brushes her hair, if you give her a brush, knows that a toothbrush is for brushing her teeth (she just gnaws on the bristles, though), attempts to use a fork and spoon, and drink from an open cup with supervision.

Cognitive: She can follow simple 2-step commands (go and get a book) or complex 1-step commands (Zoe, your diaper needs to be changed.  Let’s go upstairs.)  Can match up the circle, triangle, and square shapes in a shape sorter.  On an icky note, she’s also throwing small temper tantrums, hitting Zeke (and, occasionally a parent), and occasionally has issues with separation anxiety.  Alas, Zoe is not perfect.

I almost forgot, you can’t see in the pictures,  but Zoe now has 3 teeth!!  YEAH!  Her top right tooth finally broke through the gumline earlier this week.  Maybe she’ll have all of her teeth just when all of her friends start losing theirs. :>) 

 On a more fun note, Papa Joe and Gramma Joanie were here last weekend.  They watched Zoe, while Kirk and I went to the Smashing Pumpkins concert.  (thanks again, mom and dad!)  We had a grand time, and to get us in the mood for football season, the grandparents did a little spoiling.                                                        

Whew…sorry this entry is soooo long, but I’m done now.  Have a great week!

This past weekend was spent in St. Augustine, FL with the Bradley family.  We had a great time visiting with everyone, and Zoe had a blast meeting all of her cousins.  Pretty much, we played games, went swimming, and celebrated my nephew, Reese’s, 5th birthday!

 

Zoe, Amy, and Aunt Katie (matriarch of the family)

 

 

 

 

 

Zoe and her cousin, Abbey

 

 

 

 

(L to R): Amy, Zoe, Kirk, Melanie, Davis, Jimmy, Nancy, Reese, Kyle

Other things going on around here:

Zoe has decided to become a full-fledged toddler and loves the 3 main things toddlers do: eat, climb, and push things around.  The eating was already solved, but to help combat the climbing onto things that aren’t so safe (like the stone hearth in the family room) and to keep her from pushing the chairs and bar stools around, we bought her a couple of new toys.  One is a grocery cart, which she loves.  Not only can she push it around, but she can also take things in and out (another toddler fascination).  The other toy is her 1st chair. 

Zoe chilling with bunny. (And yes, she drags her “animal of the day” into the chair with her!)

Booty time

July 27, 2008

Whoo-hoo!!  It’s booty time here in Charlotte!  For those who don’t live in Charlotte, there is a 3 mile loop around the heart of the Myers Park area (where we live) that informally has been nicknamed “the booty loop,” because of all the good-looking physiques running or biking along that route.  A friend and law school buddy of Kirk’s came up with a 24-hour cycling charity event around the booty loop to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation and other local cancer organizations.  The name of the event is, fittingly enough, “24 Hours of Booty.”  http://www.24hoursofbooty.org/site/PageServer  Kirk has participated four or five times, even camping out a couple of times (and riding between 100 and 150 miles).  This year, Kirk hasn’t had time to train, so he just rode for a couple hours on Friday night and then a couple more on Saturday morning.  On Saturday, Zoe and I went out to cheer him and the other riders.  All told, about 1200 cyclists participated, raising almost $1 million for charity!

                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

It’s been a quiet and wet week around here.  It basically rained every afternoon, which is great for our drought, but it’s not so good if you have a cooped-up kid who would rather explore outside than play inside with cool toys.  However, yesterday was absolutely beautiful, hot, but beautiful.  We had a neighborhood social at a friend’s house, and so Zoe and I could tool around the neighborhood in something besides a stroller, we bought her a “car.”  It’s like a souped-up wagon.  We didn’t get a chance to take pictures at the party, but Kirk and I had a good time chatting with the neighbors, and Zoe had a blast covering herself in sand from head to toe, including in the diaper, etc.

 

Zoe was sooo excited, she couldn’t wait for Kirk to finish putting her new car together!

 

 

 

 

Zoe has come up with a new fashion design.  I call it the “flop bracelet.”  What do you think?  Is it the new fad or not?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a sad note, “Coach” Ibrahim, former head coach of the Clemson men’s soccer team, passed away yesterday while playing his favorite pasttime, golf.  He was a great and successful coach, leading the team to several NCAA championships in the ’80s, and he was also a great businessman.  I had the opportunity to work in his stores in Clemson, and although several of the other employees didn’t really care for him, I thought he was very fair, and as long as you did your work and were friendly to the customers, he was super easy to work for and loved joking around, talking about his cars, and wondering why Americans (he’s Israeli) don’t like to play golf when it’s cloudy or a little drizzly.  He’ll be greatly missed, and my condolences go out to his family and especially his wife, Julie.

http://www.independentmail.com/news/2008/jul/12/father-clemson-soccer-dies/

 

Also, I’ve added a new page entitled, “Favorite Websites”.  Feel free to check out the sites at your own leisure, and I’m sure I’ll be adding more as time goes by.