Tuesday, June 29

pool day

so we had a pool day at grandma and grandpa's house yesterday... sloppy joes, tater tots, and an 85 degree pool. i don't think summer gets better than that. zoë had a blast, and really enjoyed being in the water, a marked difference from last year.

Wednesday, June 23

we went to family reunion last week, and zoë had fun seeing family members she doesn't see often. we also threw lori a small birthday party, while aunt allie and uncle buzz were in town. they once again spoiled zoë with lots of presents, and i'm looking forward to getting spoiled with aunt allie's poundcake recipes. i might be helping put together a family reunion cookbook, it just depends on the interest in it from the rest of the family. not everyone is as passionate about poundcake as i am. haha.

we've discovered a lovely little park, in a neighborhood that was first built in the 1880's. the old houses surround this central grassy knoll, with trees and 3 adirondack chairs. apparently the fireflies think it's lovely too, as it was bright with their sparkles every time we went down there. it's only a block from us, and zoë enjoyed getting to run around and scream quite a bit.

we also got together with friends the day after father's day, in a pseudo-celebratory gathering. amanda once again proved her worthiness in the kitchen, and i made underdone hamburgers. go me.

like any kid her age, zoë enjoys hamming for the camera. especially with her jammies on her head. the first pic is her "serious" face (which may or may not be slightly constipated). the second is just unadulterated pure zoë beans.

spencer's about to go on the road for his job, leaving me and zoë home for 2-3 weeks at a time. needless to say, we're headed for a bit of adjustment. i am not relishing the idea of being without him at night, but i know we'll be okay. we've been housesitting of a sort this summer, and tomorrow we're going to a walk through of a house here in athens. i'm hoping it's the "one" so that we don't have to continue searching. finding a house that isn't rundown, or in a scary neighborhood, for an affordable amount is hard this late in the rental season, since everyone pre-leases for the fall waaayyyyy back in the spring, starting around spring break. crazy. but it's a cute little 2 bedroom, in a decent side of town, walking distance to our favorite park, with a picket fenced front yard, and a privacy fenced back. here's hoping. at any rate, we'll be trying to cram a move into a 2 day break while spencer is home, and that's never fun. good thing we sold so much at our summer yard sale!

Saturday, June 12

picture day.

so what i thought would be a huge pile of pictures is a lot smaller than i imagined. as i was going through, i realized i am the impromptu photographer for all the friend and family get togethers, and not everyone wants to see my friend's birthday party, or a different friend's wedding, etc, etc, ad nauseum. but here are the pictures i do have, of our sweet silly little beans.

her friend maggie, who is teaching her how to share.

cole, who makes faces like his poppa, and is teaching zoë to be gentle.

when her allergies were flared up, she was pretty pitiful looking.

pre-allergies, the grass hadn't been cut recently.

look at me, i'm on the big girl potty! (which took us all of 2 days, since she was finally ready to be a big girl).

our pastor's son taught her to make this face. thanks ryan.

at ted and caroline's wedding. she seriously enjoyed all the cake...

when ted cut a piece to take a bite, zoë swooped in like a vulture. needless to say, she was not allowed to sit with them anymore.