Saturday, November 30, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The fun has begun!

Chicken-n-dumplings, fresh-picked greens, and cornbread make for good times.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


John's latest trick: toasting! Just in time for Thanksgiving...

Monday, November 25, 2013

We love Charlie Brown!

Almost as much as the Irish.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Football weekend

The Irish took care of business, as did the Cleveland High Wildcats, but otherwise (Rebels, Eli, maybe Peyton) it's been a frustrating football weekend!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Loving little sister

Mary Claire's first ND game

ND outfit courtesy of Uncle Patrick (and DAM, who handed it down).

Hiccups make John laugh

Friday, November 22, 2013

Gram and Big Daddy arrive tomorrow!

 The boys can't wait to see them. Mary Claire feels the same way, of course. It'll be her first time to meet Gram. John's already bought new chalk to color with Big Daddy.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mary Claire's first bath

Well, she's been bathed before at the hospital, of course. And this photo is a few days old. We're sleepless and confused and forgetful these days, but we are keeping the kids moderately clean. For those who appreciate flashbacks, you'll find photos of first baths for David and John here and here.

Pretty in pink

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Flashback: drive to UMC

Actually, this is part of the drive home from UMC, as seen with a cool time-lapse video app that Ned downloaded. Nonetheless, it certainly captures the tone of our late-night drive to go meet Mary Claire!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Digging in the newly planted flower bed

First, he helped plant the flowers. Now he's digging them up. Sheesh! Big Daddy will be adding mulch on top as soon as we can wrangle him inside for a snack.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Checking on Mary Claire

Wonder if they'll be this sweet with her when she's older?

Flashback: meeting Granddaddy

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Welcome home!

The boys were super excited to welcome little Mary Claire home on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Napping in my new blanket

Made by Big Daddy!

Team Mitchell

As far as we know, this is the first picture of all 5 of us together. Thanks to M.A. for being quick with the camera.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sleeping it off

Last night got a little crazy...

Mary Claire has arrived!

Mary Claire Mitchell
Nov. 10, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.
7 lbs. 15 oz.

She arrived a week early, and to the complete surprise of her parents. (She was, no doubt, irked by the Irish Saturday night). We made it to Jackson just in time; 20 minutes from doorway to delivery. No epidural--they wouldn't even give MB the option.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Defending the property from invaders

David opts to go cowboy, hoping his appearance will scare them; thug John just got the shotgun.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The weekend begins!

Lunch with Mama
and working in the sandbox!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wrangling Boys

It took a lot of wrangling on the porch, and I never was able to get a photo of them smiling together. But I did get separate silly photos. They're wearing their Irish jerseys in anticipation of Big Daddy's visit next week.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Weekend Update

The boys enjoyed comparing bellies with Mama.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Breakfast w/ the boys

Everybody's feeling better!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

On the mend

John's rash is slowly getting better, and his energy has returned as the fever has faded. This afternoon, after coaxing some animal crackers from his dad, John carried them to the little table in the den and insisted on sitting in a chair like his big brother does, complete with a makeshift placemat.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Wiped out!