Friday, April 29, 2011

Fun with Mom Mom and Pop Pop

Dave's parents were nice enough to let us crash their place with no notice. We spent three nights enjoying the luxury of running water and electricity that the Alabama tornadoes temporarily stole from us. Trudy enjoyed getting reacquainted with her Mom Mom and Pop Pop and especially appreciated being introduced to graham crackers by Mom Mom. They are her new favorite thing.

Trudy's first trip to a big church where she isn't the only baby. She enjoyed the song service.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Let's just evacuate...

As fun as it was to cook like this, after 24 hours we opted for the power and running water that was available at Dave's parents' house.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Trudy's First Easter...sort of.

It's a good thing Trudy won't remember her first Easter. There was no church service, pretty dress, ham, or egg hunt, and her basket sat forlornly on the kitchen counter all day. That's how you "celebrate" Easter with a sick mom. I'm thankful that sickness struck on a Sunday since Dave was able to keep her most of the day while I rested. Fast forward to Tuesday and I staged a photo so we'll have something to scrapbook. Here's the dress she would have worn and the Easter basket she got two days late. Inside is her Sweetsation Therapy bath soak (that we've already used, but hey she doesn't know that!) and a onesie from Pickled Lily.

Pulling Up

I left Trudy in the living room for a minute and heard the play table that the Spellmans let us borrow playing. This is why. She's pulling up! Of course I immediately ran for the camera. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Melting Pot

Sundays are ironically the busiest, most hectic day of the week for us. I can't say I'm thrilled when my birthday falls on a Sunday, but Dave helped make up for the fact by taking me out to The Melting Pot for dinner. While the food and atmosphere were amazing, the best gift of all was a few hours of freedom from a clingy baby! Sorry, Trudy but it's the truth. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for keeping her!
Do you fondue?
The booths are set up to make patrons feel like they are the only ones in the restaurant. We didn't see any other diners until we left the building. Loved the light fixture in the booth and took a picture.
First course was a cheese fondue
The second course was a salad and I neglected to take a picture. Third course was meats and veggies. We both like the filet mignon best, although the ravioli was the best we've ever tasted.

Don't forget the best part...dessert. We opted for dark chocolate fondue with sea salt. Yum!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fish Taco Night

Katy was nice enough to have everyone over to her house for fish tacos and a birthday celebration. Mom brought the cake!

We were out past Trudy's bedtime so she was quite the crankpot.

Not too cranky to help me blow out the candles though.

She enjoyed the balloons too. It won't be long before she celebrates a birthday of her own!

Life seems to be busier and more complicated everyday so I really appreciate everyone taking time out to help me celebrate! Love me some fish tacos, family, and friends.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fun with Julie and Nate

Trudy and I stopping by the Spellman house on our way home from shopping with Mom. Since Trudy is in the clingy phase I'm surprised she went to Julie! Glad though. ;)

Nate was disturbed when her bow was off so he made it a point to place it back on her head whenever he could. He's going to have a little sister of his own to do "bow duty" with in about a month!

Trudy enjoyed destroying the bookcase, playing with the cars and trucks Nate brought her, and discovering boy toys. Big fun!

Trudy's First Celebrity Encounter!

Trudy met her first celebrity last week. Christy Jordan of Southern Plate fame happened to be at Ann Taylor Loft at the same time as my mom and me. Christy was on a quest for a wrinkle-free blouse for her upcoming Southern Living Magazine photo shoot whilst I was just on a quest to add pieces to my wardrobe that don't have baby food or spit up stains on them.
A couple of years ago my mother and aunt started bring amazing dishes to our church potlucks. Whenever they'd receive compliments they'd just grin and say, "Southern Plate." Of course I had to see what all the fuss was about and after my first Southern Plate creation (M&M Oatmeal Bars) I could grin and say it too!

Christy Jordan is know to Hubs as "The Chicken Plank Lady." I'm sure this isn't how she'd prefer to go down in history, but considering her husband married her for her chicken planks...maybe it's appropriate. They are some mighty fine eats!

Thanks, Christy for sharing your love for Southern food and keeping it simple enough that even I can cook it!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


My Dad (yep, you read that right) bought Trudy an outfit at Kohl's with a flower to match while he was out and about last week. Thanks, Papa! I'm loving my madras.