Friday, May 23, 2008

This one goes out to all the mothers

Happy *very* late Mother's Day, moms! My family, along with the in-laws, traveled to Hope to celebrate my very first Mother's Day and we had a blast! Here are just a few pictures of what Nathan was up to that weekend. We had a yummy cook-out lunch on Sunday and all the family came over to celebrate. Nathan gave me the cutest card that is currently on the fridge and probably will be until Christmas (because that's how I roll) and all the moms were given something special from each of their children. I also got a beautiful basket of pink flowers from Grammy and framed Nathan photos from Nana. I'm all set. :) I also received a pink T-shirt that said Mommy and all the ladies in Nathan's immediate family received one as well. Let me tell you we were looking good wearing our matching shirts - I loved it! I hope all the children out there made all the mommies out there feel as special as I did this year - I can't wait to see what future Mother's Day celebrations have to bring me. And what Father's Day has in store for Jonathan.

P.S. Also the picture with Tommy may or may not be the best picture ever. And my money is on yes, it is the best picture ever. Please put it on all of your desktops.

The first of many adventures

On Saturday, May 10, young Nathan Bauer reached a new milestone in his precious little life - he went on his first-ever zoo adventure!! I know you all know how much I love going to the zoo and I was so excited to get to share this with him. We had a great time, too. Despite a brief torrential downfall during which we had to run and take shelter with several other parents and strollers, it was a great day. Nathan loved all the different animals, especially the bigger ones he could see really well, like the elephant and the giraffe who both came right up to the rails. He also really liked the tiger - don't you love his tiger impression? You can't really tell which is the tiger, can you?? We went to the zoo with the Cupits, friends of ours who live in Shreveport, and their baby Hailey who was born on Valentine's Day. Nathan and Hailey had a wonderful day strolling around the zoo together and we look forward to doing it again. Sorry it took so long to post this, but aren't the pictures worth it? :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Jovie Scout Harrell

She's here, she's here! Jovie Scout Harrell, the precious little baby girl we've been waiting on forever, was born at 3:08 p.m. Monday, Cinco de Mayo to be exact, and her mommy and daddy, Cayla and Chris, couldn't be any prouder. Cayla did an outstanding job from 7 that morning until Jovie arrived and when we all saw the new mom for the first time after the delivery, she looked like nothing had even happened and was just as beautiful as ever. And did I mention Jovie weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces?! :) Cayla did great and we are all very proud of her and Chris and their bundle of joy. Two days later, mom and baby are still doing great and everyone is planning on coming home from Conway Regional tonight. Nathan said he can't wait to meet his newest playmate/future girlfriend and I'm sure they'll be getting together soon. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures of my first-ever niece.

In a Toad Suck Daze

So for the past couple of weeks, my life has revolved around toads and writing the most ridiculous (and sometimes painful) toad-related puns you can think of and as it ends (thank goodness!), here is a recap of the festival weekend itself and Nathan's first Toad Suck Daze experience. It's definitely not that I dislike the festival by any means, it is actually wonderful and when it comes to covering it for the paper, I usually have a lot of fun. It just makes for very busy work weeks preparing for the big Daze and writing previews and interviewing toad racing contestants and whatnot. But I was very happy when the festival weekend arrived because Nana, Jonathan and Nathan all accompanied me and served as my assistants throughout the day. So here are a few shots of the festival in all its glory. Pictured are Nathan and I watching (well me watching and Nathan snoozing) as Jonathan attempts to shoot a beer can with a cork gun, next is Nathan still sleeping after his daddy won him two stuffed toads (I promise he liked them once he woke up), after that is Nathan, with a little help from daddy, doing the classic Toady Woady, then it's a sample shot of the actual toad races and finally we're back at the office and Nathan is going over his notes to help me write the best Toad Suck story ever. Although I did eat a little too much fried food/spicy food and I may have come out of there looking like a lobster due to the lack of sunscreen, at least I made it through what I hope will be my last Toad Suck Daze to cover for the paper without croaking. Ouch. Somebody stop me. :)

PS - Kudos go to Courtney Kuhlen for the headline on this blog - a former photographer who still can't help herself from writing toad puns. :)

Earning his keep

So here are the classic "baby in the laundry basket shots" everyone so loves. I know they are all you have dreamed of and more. :) Isn't he just the cutest little boy EVER? (And by no means am I biased) And of course I had to throw one in there of him taking a break and relaxing in the big bed so no one calls the child labor law enforcement on me. Have a good week!