Thursday, September 23, 2010

September Rewind: Auburn and the '80s

Meet Baby Girl's newest cousin: Auburn! While we were in Alabama, we were able to have a meet and greet. Too bad little Auburn lives far, far away in Ohio. I'm sure these two would really enjoy playdates together!

Isn't she a cutie? Addi sure thought so. She wanted so badly just to grab her up like her Baby Huggums.

After meeting Auburn, Addi and I enjoyed an 80's flashback at "Uncle Vano's" 28th birthday party. But this wasn't any ordinary party. It was a skating party complete with slap bracelets, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tshirts and side ponytails. (Yes, your read correctly: 28th bday)
Kala had everything decorated so cute! There was even a candy bar - my kind of party!

They even allowed parents to push the little ones in strollers around the rink. Not to worry. Your eyes do not deceive.

That is me - on roller skates - pushing Baby Girl around the rink. And no, I didn't fall not even once:) Although, one of the party goers broke her wrist - no joke.

Addi couldn't have been happier under the strobe lights listening to Lady Gaga. I know. I am a terrible parent for letting my child hear Lady Gaga but she really, really liked it. Her little arms and legs were movin' and groovin' to the beat!

The bad parenting continued while I watched my 7 month old kiss a boy. In my defense, this wasn't just any little boy. It was sweet Davis who might be one of the cutest little boys ever. His momma and I already know what we want to wear to their wedding:)

The next day after the party, Brad joined us for a fun day with our friends at the Waldron's house just like old times.

Two years ago on any given Fall weekend, you would find us at the Waldron's house watching football, stuffing our faces with junk food and just hanging out.

It was fun to relive the memories and catch up with our friends. Stay tuned for more of our September rewind...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Weagle Weagle

Hi, Brad here...So I kind of missed the boat on the whole preseason prognostications this year. I actually had some of it written then I just forgot about finishing and posting. So it goes. In a nutshell, my preseason thoughts are as follows (to keep you interested, I've peppered in some photos of Baby Girl and our surprise weekend guests)...

I believe we will go 9-3 this year with a chance to see Atlanta (SEC Championship Game) if the ball bounces the right way. This year will be exciting due to a little more depth on the Defensive side of the ball and a couple of new special play-makers for the offense. With that being said, I am going to ease my way into the blogosphere this season and make a post to rehash the AU game from the previous day. This will probably last until we get drilled one game and I am unable to put my frustration into words….but until then, here we go.

Auburn 52 Arkansas State 26

I will start by saying that this was Arkansas State. We knew we should win and we did. We came out of the game with a win and nobody was injured. Mission accomplished. As with any game there are always positives and negatives. One negative that was frustrating to watch was how our defense was so hit or miss last night. We had one possession where we would look like world beaters and then the next the skinny kid from Arkansas State would lead a Touchdown drive as if he were Joe Montana. I understand it was the first game and all but we should not give up 26 points to an SEC team much less lowly Arkansas State. The one thing I keep telling myself on this is that it was the first game. Yes, Yes. Ease up Brad. But I keep waiting for us to come out and go for the jugular. We had the opportunity to do that and we didn’t.

Another thing that was frustrating to see was the penalties. All off season the die-hards such as myself would hear Gene Chizik talk of how we have to correct the penalties. We were 11th in the SEC last year in yards allowed off of penalties. Last night we had 7 penalties. I understand that penalties are a part of the game but the ones we make just come at the most inopportune times. I sure hope this was a first game jitter thing too.

As for the positives, all everything JUCO recruit Cameron Newton certainly lived up to the billing. He had 3 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing. It’s not every day that you see an AU quarterback take off for a 70 yard run. That was definitely a surprise to see after watching the not so fleet of foot Brandon Cox and Chris Todd the last 4 years. I will be the first to say that we played a Sun Belt team and the Red Wolves Defense wasn’t exactly Bama, BUT, he definitely got the Auburn faithful excited about what this offense has the opportunity to do.

Going forward we play Mississippi State in Starkville, MS this Thursday night on ESPN. This game scares me because it is our first real test in 2010. We play on the road in the SEC on ESPN in primetime in a hostile stadium that has cowbells. To win this game we can’t have the stupid penalties and we can’t give up the big play. That will only fuel the fire for the cowbell crew. On offense, we just have to plug along. I think our depth and talent is more superior than Miss. St. and with time we can wear them down.

MY PICK – The Bulldogs will keep it close until midways through the 3rd quarter and then they break. AU hits a big play that will take the air out of the place and then it will be just holding on. AU wins by 13.

Friday, September 3, 2010

6.5 Month Stats

Baby Girl went to the doctor this week for her six month check up. She is actually 6.5 months now, but you gotta go when you can get an appointment.

So, how did Baby Girl measure up?

Weight: 18.2 lbs (88%tile)
Height: 28.25 inches (99+++%tile basically, she was WAY off the growth curve on this one)

In summary, she is a big, healthy girl! The last couple of weeks have been pretty exciting for baby girl. She added a new word to her growing vocabulary, Dada; can play "Patty Cake"; and began crawling! Videos to come:)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mallory's Wedding Weekend

Whew...we are still recovering from Mallory's wedding weekend extravaganza. The bride was beautiful and the weather was perfect. Below is a little recap...hang on folks...its a long one...

Winsley, the little girl who Mallory nannied for since she was 3 months old, was the flower girl.
Bride's bouquet

Bridesmaids' bouquet
Ceremony programs designed by yours truly.

Sanctuary flowers

Seven of eleven bridesmaids
The reception was held in my parent's backyard.

Thankfully the rain held off. Although it was a bit windy and the tapper candles wouldn't stay lit, but the tables still looked beautiful.

Bride's cake

Groom's cake

This little chunky monk LOVED the music at the reception and "danced" the night away;)