Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Doctor Visit

Joey weighed 19 pounds and 2 ounces (75th percentile) and he was 28.5 inches long (90th percentile) when he went for a check up yesterday.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mr. Dramatic

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Always Together

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Pretty Good Hiders

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cool Like Dada

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Happy Boy

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Saturday Night with Friends

When I started dating Joey, I began hanging out with several of his buddies and their girlfriends-now wives.  Most of the guys were Joey's friends from high school, and some of them we met through church.  We get together with this group of friends about once a month to hang out.  On Saturday, we went to the Porter house.  They have two little girls, so Andrew got to play with a lot of pink things.

 There was actually a very special reason that we got together.  One of our friends, Jonathan Grammer, married Courtney about two years ago.  Courtney's daughter, Sarah, officially became a Grammer recently.  The night was all about celebrating her and her new last name.
Here is Sarah opening her monogrammed Grammer presents.  You may notice that Andrew is eating even though nobody else is eating.  He was apparently very hungry.  While everyone was standing around talking, he went to the kitchen table and said, "eat, eat."  That was normal Andrew behavior, but what he did next is one of my favorite Andrew memories.  I looked up at him, and he was standing alone by the kitchen table with his hands together and his head bowed to say his blessing.  I normally remind him before we eat that we are going to say our blessing, but I had not done so. I was so proud of him, and I let him go ahead and eat. 

 After dinner, we all went outide to play.
 5 years ago, we were friends hanging out late, going on vacations, and driving all over to watch Alabama football games.  Now, there are kids everywhere when we get together.

 Andrew climbing the rock wall:
 Joey got so tickled when he rubbed the dog.

 Chris and Amy were naturals with Joey. 


We have been spending a lot of time outside lately.  Some of our favorite things to do are blow bubbles, paint the sidewalk, and swing.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


We took a family vacation to Chattanooga last weekend.  This was our first vacation with both boys, and I was a little concerned.  They actually did really well.  As soon as we checked in the hotel, we went swimming.  We made sure to pick a hotel with an indoor pool.

This was Joey's first time to swim.  He seemed to like it pretty well.

The boys were cold when we got back to the room, so all three of them took a bath.

That night, we went to dinner at Sugar's...voted best BBQ in Chattanooga for the past 3 years.  It was very good, and Andrew ate soooo much.

Andrew liked watching the horses.  He would yell, "neigh neigh" as they passed. 

The next morning, we went to the aquarium.

We got there a few minutes before it opened, so we played outside.
Andrew loved walking on these ramps.

He even walked up this ramp with some help from Dada.  After coming off of the ramps, he had some difficulty walking.  It seemed as if his balance was off, and he had sea legs.  We assumed that it would get better in a few minutes. 

We entered the aquarium and started looking at all of the animals, but Joey and I were not having much fun because Andrew's walking was not improving.

Taking a break:
While the boys looked at the penguins, I was calling the pediatrician.  He was still only able to take a few steps without falling.

We left the aquarium and went to Chattanooga's Children's Hospital.  Here are my boys hugging on the hospital bed.  Andrew has been paci-free (except bedtime) for a couple of months.  I was weak and gave it back.  He was not allowed to eat at the hospital and had not had lunch, it was time for a nap, and I was scared that he was in pain.  Nothing ended up being wrong. He had 8 x-rays, and he was able to walk again later that evening. 
After the hospital, Andrew needed a nap.  Joey took Joey to a Lookout baseball game so that the room would be quiet.  Andrew and I took a 3 hour nap.

The next morning, we ate breakfast at a local place called Aretha Frankenstein.  We do not like to eat at chains on vacations. It is fun to try new places that we would never get to visit.

After breakfast, we went to the Children's Discovery Museum.  Andrew had so much fun at the water exhibit.  I did not see the smocks (notice the little girl next to me) so Andrew got soaked.

Finally, it dawned on me that all of the other children were wearing smocks-oops!

Then, Andrew and his dada built a tower.
Here are some more pictures from the museum.

Andrew was so excited that there was a library in the museum.

Bubble table on the roof of the museum:

Hula-hooping with Dada:

Taking all of the checkers to make a stack:

That night, we went to a delicious Mexican restaurant called Taco Mamacita.  Andrew had brisket tacos.
Then, we went to Lookout Mountain.

Finally, it was time for some yogurt. Andrew calls it "yo yo."  His favorite yogurt is cookies n cream.

You can't tell by this picture, but Andrew danced for several minutes on this sign.  He had so much fun.
Another yummy breakfast--The Blue Plate:

 After breakfast on our last day, we went back to the aquarium. Since we had to leave early on our first visit, there was an entire building that we had not seen.  Andrew and Joey looked at some frogs and tadpoles. 
 Dada touched a snake.
 I think that otters are so cute.
 Joey was mesmerized by all of the animals.  He watched everything.

 Then, he found a mirror!  Look at him smiling at himself.

 The boys both got some presents on our trip.  Andrew loves his new fish puzzle from the aquarium.