The South

Where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter; summer starts in April; front porches are wide and words are long; macaroni and cheese is a vegetable; pecan pie is a staple; Y’all is the only proper pronoun; chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy; everything is darling and someone is always getting their heart blessed. -unknown

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Eye answers.

This past Wednesday, Brent and I took Reese to the eye doctor in Birmingham. This was our fourth visit, with the first one being when he was 18 months old. The previous times we have gone, Dr. E has said that everything he could check on him was fine. This never gave us a real reason as to why he turns his head when he looks at something a little far off.

This visit gave us some answers. Reese has an astigmatism in his right eye. This is why he points his left eye more at something to view it far off. He also said, that is probably why Reese has been pushing on his right eye as well. He said when you push on your eye, it changes the shape of your cornea. (I am learning new things!) Dr. E said he could right us a prescription for glasses, or we could wait. He suggested waiting, pointing out that he would have to have them eventually, and right now his vision is fine. We agreed. Why not wait a little longer before he has to deal with glasses.

Brent got new glasses yesterday, so while we were there I tried a couple of pair on Reese. He looked so cute!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Granddad's Birthday

Brent's entire family spent July 4th weekend at Unicoi State Park in Georgia. We all came together to celebrate Granddad's 80th birthday!Julie Knapp made a wonderful cake for the party! She is so talented!Now for the fun part. Melany instructed all of us ahead of time that we were going to have a show for granddad. We were each to perform something.

This is Aunt Sue and Beth singing two Judd's songs. They did a wonderful job! (Don't you love their homemade microphones.
Brooks and Reese sang "Grandma's Feather Bed."BRENT AND I DID NOT SING. There was no way I was going to do that in front of everyone. I think Brent felt the same way. We performed a skit where he was granddad and I was interviewing him after he won the "Habersham County Man of the Year Award." It turned out pretty cute, and was funny to the family.Kelly sang a Carrie Underwood song while Jennifer played the guitar. Great job Kelly!At one point Granddad picked up Jennifer's guitar and started playing something by ear.After the show, we all got to eat cake and ice cream. Here Reese was enjoying digging in!

After Aunt Sue gave us all a scare Saturday morning, and had to be taken to the hospital, (long story but thank goodness she is doing much better now,) Brent, Brooks, Barry, Nana and I went into Helen to shop a little. Here is Brooks making a flat penny.

Helen, GA is a cute town!

On Sunday, we went to worship at the congregation where Nana and Granddad always attend. Little did Granddad know their was a surprise fellowship meal planned in his honor. Here is the whole family together (minus Aunt Sue and Uncle Tom.)
Granddad was genuinely surprised since he had tried to make reservations at a Mexican restaurant in town for lunch.
After church on Sunday everyone seemed to want to go do their own things so Granddad, Nana, Brooks and I went to Anna Ruby Falls. We hiked up to the waterfall and it was well worth it.

They had trout food that you could feed the trout, but sadly we didn't see any.
On Monday morning we all packed up and stopped back by Nana and Granddad's house before we all headed our seperate ways. Here is a group shot of everyone. I wish the lighting had been better but oh well.
This was my attempt to get a good picture of the boys in front of their amazing hydrangea bushes. NICE!

All in all, we had a great time visiting with everyone. Hugs to everyone!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

That little man!

I will try and post the pictures from our trip to North Georgia this weekend. In the mean time, I will give you these two jewels from Brooks.

Last Wednesday night, Brooks told me he had a new girlfriend. I asked him how this happened and he said, "She had on this good smelling coconut stuff. We talked about it and decided to be boyfriend and girlfriend."

Yesterday before church, I caught him in the bathroom looking at his face really closely in the mirror. He said, "Mom! I need to shave! Look at all of these hairs under my nose." I said, "Everyone has that hair, you will have to be a lot older before you can start shaving."

Help me now!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Indonesian Food!

About a year ago, Brent's whole family was going to be in Atlanta for an evening. I decided to Google and see if their was any type of Indonesian restaurant there. Luckily for us there was. It is a small typical Asian restaurant, but it has become one of our favorites while in Atlanta.

Reese was happy to be there.

Here is the gang. In the background they have a little store, so we stock up on spices and mixes while we are there too.
Yummy! I wish I had some right now. We found out this time that they now have two locations. Brent and I went to the other one while we were there too, because the store part has more of a selection. I think we will be visiting the second location the next time we are in Atlanta again.

Monday, July 5, 2010

On our way....

Brent's parents graciously kept the boys for Brent and I on Thursday and then we met them in Atlanta on Friday for lunch, (prior to our get together with the entire family to celebrate Brent's grandad's 80th birthday!)
We took that opportunity to go on a tour of Turner Field. As big of a Braves fan that Brent is, he (nor I) had ever taken a tour of the stadium. It was wonderful!

It started in the Braves museum. We had been in there a long time ago, so many of the things we saw seemed new again.

Dale Murphy's jersey.

Bobby Cox's jersey. It is his las year as manager of the Braves and Brent and I are excited because we have tickets to the game where they are going to pay tribute to him.

The tour took us to the upper deck. It was kind of neat to see the stadium empty.

Brent sitting in the huge Coke bottle chairs.

I included this picture because the white columns are left over from the 1996 olympics that took place in this stadium. They built the stadium for the olympics and as soon as it was over they reworked the stadium so that it would work for a baseball field. Pretty amazing how quickly it all happened.

The blue wall out in the parking lot was the former outfield wall of Fulton County stadium. The white circle in the middle of the picture was where Hank Aaron hit his record breaking 715th homerun over the wall. I like how they have tried to preserve some of the history even though that stadium has been torn down.

This was the inside of one of the smaller suites. It was still really nice.

This was a picture taken from inside the press box.This was our tour guide, Rick, talking to Brent in the press box.

Another picture of the media area.

Apparently, when the Braves are at an away game, if you go on the tour, you are allowed to go inside the clubhouse. The Braves weren't playing on the day we went but they were still in town so we couldn't go in.

This is the Suntrust seats that Brent is sitting in. Some of these seats are closer to the hitter than the pitcher is.

On the field!

Obviously, this is sitting in the Braves dugout. Pretty neat!

I bet you can figure out that this is me in the dugout.

At the end of the tour, Brent by Dale Murphy's number.

I recommend this tour to any fan of baseball!