Sunday, July 31, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

DAMs thoughts on the Butterfly Conservatory Wednesday

No! Butterflies, Mama? Really?
These butterflies and this silly waterfall are too loud!

Bananas for breakfast

Just like the five little monkeys eat!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Back in the 'burg

And meeting Grady Vaughn Foshee Fields, son of dear friends Lauchlin and Olivia.

Meanwhile, DAM is glad to be back home where he can let it all hang out and just be himself.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Carousel Museum

DAM liked the small horse in the kid section, but was a bit uncertain about the larger horses that we rode on the real carousel. It was a fun trip, overall. Who knew we were in the center of carousel country? The place no longer makes carousels, but at one time they were the most popular maker of handmade carousels in the country.

The Polish-Irish Bar

We ate lunch today at Gadawski's, a bar Mary Beth noticed on her drive around Niagara Falls the other day. It's a Polish place: lunch special was the BEST mac and cheese I've ever had, with Polish sausage, and perogies. Yum. Owner is a 90-year-old ND fan. He lives upstairs from his restaurant/bar, but wasn't feeling too well today, so we didn't get to meet him. The waitress told me that he's attended every ND home game for the last 40 years, though. Wow...wish I could get tickets like that!

Flashback: The Happy Meal

He liked the apple juice, because it came in a box with the straw. He ate a little bit of the hamburger meat, and nibbled at the fries. Overall, it filled him, but he didn't love it. That made me happy. At least he doesn't prefer McD's to my cooking!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monday: Maid of the Mist

DAM had an interesting experience on our Maid of the Mist boat tour of Niagara Falls. First, he thought, "Why am I on the top of a boat with a bunch of people wearing plastic bags? Mama never lets me play with plastic bags at home."

Then the goldfish appeared to entertain him. All was good, for awhile.

Then the goldfish started running out.

Drama ensued.

But, by the end, we got one non-screaming, non-eating photo with falls in the background.

Monday, July 25, 2011

DAM's first trip to Canada

Crossing the border.

Meeting the authorities.

Goofing with Mama.

DAM's first Happy Meal

He doesn't even know about the toy yet. He's just thrilled by the juice box!

Happy Birthday, Grandaddy!

Remember last year, Grandaddy, when you were one year younger (despite your candle trickery), and I was 7/19 of my present age?

At the Falls

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Trooper DAM

Two morning flights, a marathon hike to Canada and back, lots of waterfall gazing, and now we're ALL sacked out! DAM rested early and powered through late in the day, until finally falling asleep just before the fireworks. Yes, he slept through them.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Baby Shower Play Date

All my friends climbed through this tunnel.
Not me. Are you crazy?
I preferred playing with the kitty. Meow.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday night in Vicksburg

We took DAM to see a concert at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center tonight. Delta Mountain Boys, a bluegrass group from around Jackson, was playing. Not sure what's up with that band name, since they're not from the Delta, but maybe that's why they don't know that the Delta doesn't have mountains? We did enjoy the music.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Remember when?

Our friends Lauchlin and Olivia welcomed their son, Grady Vaughn, to the world today. All their new-baby-happy-family photos kept me thinking about the day David was born. This photo was taken the first time I got to hold him. How sweet he was, er, is...even when he's teething and screaming a lot.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


What happens after DAM finishes a popsicle.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Impromptu baseball stop

and Braves win, bottom of the 9th!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dancing with the Jailhouse Rock Hamster

Listen carefully and you'll hear the faint sounds of the hamster singing "Jailhouse Rock," before the batteries finally died.

Flashback: fun at the park

It was hot, but I sure had fun with my mama

Thursday, July 14, 2011

All I need is...

some chest hair, per our friend, Sandy, from who we stole this post. Slow news day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I love juice boxes! (Straws, actually)

Lunch on Saturday

This was Mama's meatball sandwich, but I ate all the meatballs!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Carousel ride with Daddy

When Ned got home on Saturday morning, we took the boys on the carousel, located at the furniture store just beside the airport. DAM wasn't so sure about it...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hot morning at the park

We doused his head with water. It's not all sweat...

Saturday, July 9, 2011


DC Sunrise

Courtesy of Delta Airlines...

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

4th of July Flashback

DAM's first July 4 parade. We have big plans to be in it next year, just as soon as we get some red, white, and blue garland for the Ranger.
Playing with my friend, Clara Hartwell. She and I liked the bubbles.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011