Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Flashback

MA was at the hospital with Jessie on Thanksgiving Day, and missed all the action at the house. Here's a recap for her. First, Marvin chipped "parts" for the giblet gravy.
Mary Beth assembled the relish tray. See, just below her hand, the bag of celery sticks that she forgot to add to said tray, upsetting Ned greatly.
Ned tasted gravy.
Jessica made and tweaked the gravy. And then we ate. Yum.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Wish Lists

Folks have been asking us what we want for Christmas for awhile now. And, of course, we're just getting around to building a list, probably too late for anyone to use. But, if you're still curious, here's what Santa can bring to National Street this year (please note the absence of infamous "collections" for the baby):
  • Cloth diapers. Yes, seriously. MB did some diaper math tonight and, though these will be more expensive up front, over time they'll save us lots of $$$. That argument made Ned happy. For MB, the payoff is in going green. Cloth diaper of choice, for now, is the Bum Genius Organic All-in-Ones. Order here, individually, or here, in a discount package. Anything that's not pink or white will work for now, until we find out if Baby M is a girl or a boy. We'll need 20-30 by the time it's all said and done, but even just a few of these for starters will be helpful.
  • Diaper sprayer. Yes, again, seriously.
  • Flip Video Camera. Not top of the line, we know, but small and portable and perfect for capturing all of Baby M's cuteness (and easy to upload to the blog, btw).
  • Bamboo sheets. Because they're so comfy! 750 thread count preferred; not green or blue (like all our other sheets).
  • Ned needs a drill. He really likes this one -- 8 amps and corded. No battery powered drills, as we have one, and it's awful.
  • Ned also needs a beer hydrometer.
  • MB just bought a great camera. A book on baby photography could be useful. This book, used and cheap, would be perfect.
If you get something on this list that's for Baby M or Ned, please e-mail Mary Beth to let her know so we can avoid duplications. If you're shopping for MB, Ned can keep track of purchases. This is a shameless post, we know. But some of you did ask...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Old desk=new changing table

No, we won't use the stapler for Baby M's diapers, but Ned worked long and hard to clean off his desk (mostly) for its new role.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A photo for Ned

Ned claimed he'd never seen a photo of me from around the age when Patrick was little. Well, here you go, husband--me as a 10 year old. Again, Daniel is MIA in this photo. The Easter Bunny must have left his basket on the other side of the table. Note my confident one-handed baby handling technique here. Let's hope I remember how to do all that in a few weeks.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday night crib assembly

Things begin well. No directions needed, right?
Well, that's until you assemble the entire crib and then realize that you should have installed the drawer first. Here's where we backtrack (thanks to our neighbor, Liz, for moral support and photography skills -- also some fine baby gifts!)
And here's where the drawer is almost in place, and my engineer husband gets his hand and watch stuck between the slats in the bed and he's unable to move. The drawer, which we almost had in position, has to be let go to rescue him. Photo of finished crib promised tomorrow.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tupelo Hardware

They do still sell guitars, here where Elvis first bought his, but Baby M probably will first buy a Radio Flyer red wagon here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Morning at BBB

A visit to Elvis's birthplace

We're trying to give Baby M some good Mississippi vibes...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

'Cause it ain't no sin

Set list here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We all already know that Baby M will be the cutest baby ever. What else do we know about him/her? Share your powers of prediction in our baby pool. Winner gets a kiss from Baby M, as well as a fancy prize we've not yet considered. But we promise it'll be good. Maybe the first babysitting gig?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Remembering Granny

Ned loves Daniel's house...

especially all the toys he's finding in the closets. This costume stayed on for most of the day, and there was a lot of "To the bat cave" language with sweeping arm movements for cape effect. Fortunately, the mask allows drinking of morning coffee. The pointy nose, however, is not good for giving your wife a good morning kiss. Alas, Batman's a fighter, not a lover.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Missing Daniel

Here's Baby M with the Lasseter family aunts and uncles, minus Daniel. He wasn't at the house as Brian, Sarah, and Patrick (L to R) hit the highway today, but we'll wrangle him for a photo before we leave town.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Unhappy iPhone Owner

As some of you know, Ned and I had to make an emergency trip to Georgia. And, on queue, just when I had to start making phone calls back and forth to family, my iPhone imploded. I would smash the screen, as above, to make myself feel better, but I need it to be covered under warranty. For now, it neither sends nor receives calls, and there seems to be a problem with the SIM card (according to iTunes). Though I've loved the iPhone for a long, long time, I can't say that the past few months have been good ones. Let's hope that they can fix this at the AT&T store tomorrow. If they can't, I'll have to wait until we return to Memphis and make an appointment at the Mac store. Grrr....

Friday, November 13, 2009

Foodie Babies

We got a bunch of wonderful books this past weekend at the Vicksburg shower, in addition to team uniforms. Ned and I will be catching up on Beatrix Potter, re-learning nursery rhymes, and enjoying Goodnight Goon over the next few weeks. Another favorite, pictured here, is Foodie Babies, from our friend Sarah. Could a more perfect book be written for us? According to the book, foodie babies shop farmers' markets, enjoy finger foods, and read cookbooks. We're hoping we'll have one of those.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Where is my fishy shirt, Mama?

We need to find it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Team Mitchell uniform

We had a great baby shower this past Saturday. We really can't say thank you enough to everyone who planned, attended, and gifted us with terrific baby stuff! Pictured here is the new Team Mitchell uniform for Baby M. Guess Ned and I will need to get matching shirts soon.

Baby M

and the new kitchen floors!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Insult to injury

Clearly, the Irish mailed this before Saturday's game. Gotta love the optimism, though! Check out the national title possibilities on the last line. (Double click to enlarge the image.)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

National Street Baby Shower

Thanks to all our friends who gave us a terrific baby shower in Vicksburg today. Chicken fingers, pimento cheese, cupcakes in the shape of an M, and plenty of beer, among other menu choices -- great job, guys! Baby M is lucky to have so many good friends (and babysitters?).

Friday, November 6, 2009

Delta Diners at Crechale's

Delta Diners have been very busy this month, and with all our traveling we just couldn't face an outing that was too far away. So we opted for Crechale's in Jackson on Thursday night. We faked a birthday for Sandy so we'd get a song, and ate our weight in onion rings. And, since we paid cash for dinner, I got a free bottle of salad dressing. Hooray!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Lasseters hate Yankees

You can see by the baseball enthusiasm in Valdosta that nobody was too excited by last night's World Series. Photo by Mama who, interestingly, was the only Lasseter to stay up and watch the entire game.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy Birthday, Uncle Anthony!

Alas, this South Side Chicago restaurant was closed and we couldn't order you a cake.

Halloween Candy!

We've been offline awhile. That's because we were working our tails off at the 2009 SFA Symposium. Ned was a terrific help; he hauled, toted, drove, and jumped at my every request. Not that I ever doubted him, but this weekend reminded me just how lucky I am to have married such a great guy. Here's a photo of us at the Halloween candy table. Yep, this means that I passed my 3 hour glucose test. The response was that I was "borderline" passing, which was good enough to give me clearance for Halloween weekend and it'll allow me to avoid all the glucose testing for the rest of my pregnancy. I shouldn't go crazy on sweets, I was told, but one night of candy madness wouldn't hurt. And boy did I splurge! Modjeskas were my favorite treat at the table--marshmallows in caramel. Here's a photo of Ned checking out Baby M. S/he was very active after a night of sugar! Thanks to our friend Sally for the photo.