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Friday, May 30, 2008

Smoky Mountain Trip

We managed to take off a couple of days for a barely-planned trip to the Smokies. It was Aletheia's first time to go camping--she did great! We helped her get the idea by setting up the tent in the front yard before we left. You can it in the background of this shot.

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You can also see our cars--a Pontiac Vibe and a Scion xB. Interesting side note--we used to get comments like "well, that's a little bitty car isn't it?" and "what does it want to be when it grows up?" That was before gas hit $4.00 a gallon. Now what we hear most often is "Hey, what kind of gas mileage do you get in that?" Big, burly guys with handlebar mustaches and pet bears will run up to me in the parking lot to ask about fuel efficiency. Not so many jokes as there used to be.

Here Mommy and Aletheia give the tent a trial run. It seems to work.

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In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a place called Cade's Cove. It's a large valley surrounded by mountains that was settled in the early 1800's, and many of the original buildings are still there--including three churches. I think this shot is from the Primitive Baptist one, but it might be Methodist. Methodist would be better, because they probably wouldn't mind dancing inside quite so much.

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And here's a series taken within seconds of each other during a gas stop.

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Later that day, back in the park, we did the hike up to Laurel Falls.

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There were more mixed emotions on the second leg of the journey.

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More trip highlights coming soon!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy to Meet Cousin Coben

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But not so sure about holding him...

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Sharing a Moment


Friday, May 23, 2008

Walking With Memaw 2

Walking With Memaw 1

Thursday, May 22, 2008

More Cuteness at Grammy's House

To make up for my recent slackness, I'm initiating a new project: "Two A Day 'Til The End Of May." That's right--doubleplusgood Aletheiousity for the next week and day.

A couple of new little milestones this week. Aletheia and I had our weekly Daddy-Daughter Date Night yesterday, and this time we went to Elmo's Diner. Allie is a fan of their blueberry pancakes. They also have simple coloring sheets for the kids. I wrote her name at the top of the page, and she promptly pointed to the first letter and said "A!" She then proceeded to hand me a crayon and insist "A!" So I wrote another A and another and another--about four altogether. At that point she used her crayon to draw a very passable A herself, pointed to it and proudly proclaimed "A!" One down, 25 to go. But it impressed the heck out of me. I had no idea she could write an A yet. Unfortunately, I left the page on the table. You'll just have to take my word for it.

She made me and her mommy laugh hard this morning with her new record for most words in a sentence. We were just waking up and she was in our bed playing around and giggling, when she suddenly slid down, and walked to the door. Just before she went out into the hallway, she turned around and proclaimed "I'll be back in a minute!" We probably tell her that about ten times a day, so it's not a big surprise that she picked up on it, but we weren't expecting six words in a row out of her--three or four has been the standard until now.

This stage is a blast.

Big Smile

Another long break between updates--we had a vacation last week to see cousin Coben (and Uncle Kasey and Tia Maria and Grammy and Granddaddy and Memaw and Pawpaw) more pics to come soon, but here's a good one of Aletheia smiling at Grammy's house to kick off the vacation review.

22 Months, 10 Days

Thursday, May 08, 2008

First Trip To The Dentist

Unfortunately, the size and resolution settings on the camera were at the lowest possible setting when these were taken. Normally those are maxed out, so I'm not sure when they got changed, but we didn't notice until it was too late. So the picture isn't all that it could be.

On the other hand, really good news from the dentist today! Aletheia was very brave and calm through most of the exam, and they said her teeth look great! Well-spaced, clean, etc. Her picture is now up on their patient wall for everyone to see what a perfect toddler smile looks like. No need to come back for another year. One more little milestone down!

22 Months, 5 Days


Friday, May 02, 2008

Future Soccer Star

21 Months, 26 Days

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Little Girl, Big Trees

21 Months, 26 Days

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