Thursday, September 07, 2006
Kelly and the kids recently went to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to visit their dear friends Elizabeth and Lydia while Stewart was deployed to the Middle East. Elizabeth came back to the East Coast from California where they're stationed. Kelly got the great idea to go down there for a few days to "help" Elizabeth while her parents went out of town. We had a great time amidst the teething and ear infections, not to mention putting Tate down to bed on average 8 times a night that we were there. While we were there, Elizabeth showed us the famed Reynolda gardens in all their splendor and glory! We all loved Winston-Salem and would LOVE to go back with Daddy sometime! Tate stopped to smell the roses, although you didn't have to stop...you could literally smell the fragrance from yards away! It was an olfactory dreamland!
We celebrated Tate's 3rd birthday with friends and family at Baker Park in Frederick. Tate wanted a Ball Birthday, of course, so we celebrated with a Baseball Pinata and cake. We fed the ducks and blew bubbles! At the end of the day, Tate had a GREAT birthday. When I tucked him in that night, he looked completely and totally satisfied...it was a great day!
Everyone meet the newest member of the Blue Man Group! Tate Hills! Actually, we were walking in Michaels and he saw a bin full of wooden crosses. He wanted one so we bought one and painted it. Several months later he asked to paint it again, so this time he decided on blue. This was a great craft project for all you moms out there! You can reuse the same wooden "thing" each time and add different colors for a whole new look!
We decided to build a house back in June and it will be finished sometime in November. Dallas will still be at the same job with the same commute. Here is a model of the home we're building in Pennsylvania. We've visited several model homes, and most of them have pool tables in the basement. Now Tate believes that our house is coming with a pool table. He's in for a big disappointment!
Dad helped Mr. Jonathan get his go-cart started one morning before we went down to DC for the kite festival in May. Then, Dad took Tate for a spin! Guessing from the look on Tate's face, he didn't exactly enjoy the lightning speed ride dad took him on. As soon as they returned he asked to "Get down."