Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Our First visitor.........

Aunt "T" or Tiana came to visit us this last week. We were so glad she was able to come and hang out with us for a few days. She flew in last Tuesday evening and Sean picked her up and brought her to the house. The girls were so excited!

The Arrival

What happy faces!

Quinn is such a happy baby. I think he cried once while they were visiting.
We had such wonderful visit. Of course, the first night we stayed up late talking and getting caught up. The next day we took Aida to preschool and of course Aida had to show off her cousin to all her friends. It was rather sweet. Then we went to the Carter house where the Battle of Franklin took place. We got so into the tour we didn't take any pictures! It is rich in Civil War history.

Barbecue is very popular in the South. So of course we had to go to the local joint on Thursday. We also went to some local Antique shops in Nolensville.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Monkey Ryan.

We had a little celebration without you last night!
For your Birthday, we are letting you wife and son come home today, but not without the promise that she'll be back soon.

Daisy Chain

Amy Butler's new line of fabric. I can't wait to see it in a store near me.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Thighs of Thunder

Lately, I've been getting a workout going up and down the stairs packing up boxes. You'd think I might have thighs of thunder and Abs of steel after doing it for three weeks, well not really. I'd like to think so! Having stairs is like having your own built in tread mill.

Life is busy here in Tennessee. In the last few weeks Fiona and Aida started Ballet\tap\Jazz. They are loving it, especially Aida. Fiona has also started Piano lessons and she is showing great potential. They both love riding their bikes around the neighborhood and making tents in the yard with playmates. Aida is absolutely loving preschool, especially her Spanish class on Wednesdays. Every morning she wakes up and asks if she can go to Spanish class. I think she may be my linguist! Thursday night started a run on gas in Nashville. No gas to be found at any stations in the area.(I'll let Sean do a guest post on this) We went to Fiona's first school PTA function on Friday. It was a hoe down. We did barbeque, dancing, and wanted signs. Hmm, a good time was had by all.(No, we didn't drive we rode are bikes)
I'm still working on unpacking, although we made some progress this week. I still have some to go. (Okay, not some a lot!) I'm having too much fun hanging out with Allison. Logan(her son) and Aida play pretty well together so we like to go shopping and chat,etc. It is nice to have a friend who is going through similar experiences and adjusting to new place like I am.
Sean's been working a lot, and when he isn't he is spending time with the girls and he's helping me out as much as possible. He finished putting together the girls side tables this weekend. It was so awesome to watch him turn putting together side tables into a learning experience for our girls. He is so patient with them. He is such a great teacher and father.

Oh, and I'm we're having our first official guest this week and boy are we excited! We have some fun things planned, so stay tuned.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Comings and goings

A little bit of Tennessee Rain. (Today) The girls all got bundled up, but it was actually very warm. They are so funny sometimes!

Sean putting together a dressers for the girls. They are so excited about having dressers. We'll actually be able to put away their clothes.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts. They have a children's Art program. We went and made the Solar system on Saturday.
Aida, gotta love that smile.
Fiona concentrating ...........

Tennessee state FairI don't like this, let me off and her sister was saying,"Can we go again?"
Sean being eaten by the dinosaur and loving it!

Dippin' Dots with the Flemings. A whole new experience!

Aida and Fiona playing with neighborhood kids.

Our trailer that we unloaded two week ago. I concur with Aida. Unpacking is not any fun, that's why I try and avoid if at all possible!

Teaching Patriotism

Did you know it is State Law in Tennessee to have school students observe a moment of silence and say the Pledge of Allegiance everyday? How awesome is that? Fiona's school takes it one step further and also sings a patriotic song everyday. What a great way to teach patriotism.

Aida is in Pre-K and also does the Pledge of Allegiance. She was reciting it to me tonight. Where we came from, they only did it once a week, which was somewhat disappointing. I always feel a sense of pride in country when I hear it and say it. I think my girls do too.

Here is some info I found about the oath:

The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States flag is an oath of loyalty to the country. It is recited at many public events. Congress sessions open with the recitation of the Pledge.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag reads as follows:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

It should be recited by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.

Some interesting facts:

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy (1855-1931), a Baptist minister.

Bellamy's original Pledge read, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The pledge was supposed to be quick and to the point. Bellamy designed it to be stated in 15 seconds. He had initially also considered using the words equality and fraternity but decided they were too controversial since many people opposed equal rights for women and blacks.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Get out and vote

I often forget about the sacrifice of the women of our country made for us. This year is probably one of the most historical votes either way. So, do your research and vote for the candidate that you feel is the most honest and truthful and will help us to become a better country.

Below is article that has been floating around the internet, but I think it reminds us of our history and what other Women did to get us better rights.


This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920

that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed
nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking
for the vote.

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing
went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of
'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above
her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping
for air.

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her
head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate,
Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.
Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging,
beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917,
when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his
guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because
they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right
to vote.
For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their
food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because-
-why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work?
Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new
movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle
these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling
booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the
actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote.
Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege.
Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history,
saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk
about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought
kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said.
'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use,
my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just
younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The
right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history,
social studies and government teachers would include the movie in
their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere
else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing,
but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think
a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.
We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so
hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.

History is being made.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

What do...................

What do two little girls do when they get a hold of a camera?

Sean and I got a good laugh out of this one!

A little Labor Day Fun

Hanging out with the Fleming boys. Usually, Labor Day means school is starting, but not in Tennessee. No stressful last minute details to deal with this year! We've already been in school three weeks, so it was a full day of Fun. We spent the Day at the pool with our friends the Flemings. The live down yonder from us. Check out Allison's blog. They just moved here from California, so we have bonded! No really, they are a great family and we love to spend time with them.

The kids get along great as you can see!

First Day of Pre-K

Getting ready! Her first day was last Tuesday. (Aug.26th)

Notice the hair change........... Last minute change!

She picked out a new Dora backpack and lunch pail. My baby is turning into a little girl.

Ms. Angie her teacher.

This was taken today on our way to school. Isn't she adorable? She loves hats !

Our new house.........

Thought you might enjoy some of the scenery near our new home.

Ok, here you go- our house on the morning we closed. (August 27th) Two days earlier then expected. We are happy to be in our new home and out of temporary housing! No more driving Fiona to school in the morning, the bus will picks her up and drops her in front of our house.

Let the unpacking begin!