this morning our little climber flipped over the back of a chair and hit the window sill HARD. it was frightening, to say the least.

the photos really don't do it justice. she has a HUGE bump on her head and a little strawberry by her eye. i know it could've been much worse.

she's fine now, of course; it didn't slow her down much. thank you, God, for taking care of us!

covenant child, marion harris curry

yesterday we celebrated with our good friends, wes and marion, for the baptism of their daughter, harris. we love this precious child already!

don't forget about big brother, burn! we love you too, big man.

a gorgeous Sunday afternoon with great friends. perfect.


daddy's girl

and maybe mommy's girl

hub city friends

saturday night we got to go over to the atkinsons' to watch the ole miss game.

gracie is always so sweet playing with laurel. you like the ole miss outfit i came up with?

emma and gracie are just two of the friends we will miss when we move away from hattiesburg.

practicing for cold weather

it's gotten "cold" here in the pine belt. are we ready for colorado????

choo choo!

last monday morning, laurel (the baby girl) and i took the amtrak train to laurel (the town).

we had so much fun on the train. daddy was jealous he didn't get to go. he had to stay home and work, work, work.

we had lunch with meme, julie, and uncle/cousin will, then got to spend the afternoon with meme. we also got to visit with B and mamaw before we headed home. we are so blessed to live close to family - for just a little while longer...

fun with warner in clarksdale

pat and i went to oxford to celebrate his birthday and watch ole miss get killed by alabama :( meanwhile, laurel got to stay in clarksdale with buddy, kissy, ginger, chris, warner, and baby jackson. we had a fabulous time in oxford (with zero pictures taken), but laurel just may have had a little more fun than we did! it's a toss-up.

i think she likes popsicles now - what do you think? double-fisting even!

thank you for the photos, ginger. how did we get such cute kids?

can you tell how hard they're laughing? i love it!
thank you buddy and kissy and livelys. we love y'all so much.


rayner reunion 09

two weekends ago we were in starkville with (most of) the rayner clan. we certainly missed ginger, chris, and jackson!

these two are so much fun to watch.

so are these two!! yes, that's an MSU outfit on my daughter. she is half bulldog, afterall...

rayners + rowells = a fabulous time!!

(i won't talk about how both of our teams performed that week. ugh.)

my buddy, betsy

laurel and i got to go visit eleanor and her kids a couple weeks ago. betsy is exactly one month older than laurel - they were SO CUTE together, as you can see.

seriously? does it get any cuter?

mini-ellie and mini-gib

betsy has 2 big brothers. this is precious palmer. i can't believe i didn't get a picture of william! sorry, buddy. you'll get double coverage next time...

here's a look at betsy and laurel when they were 3 and 4 months old. they look HUGE now!


labor day beach trip 09

well, the first night of our beach trip was NOT what i had imagined. laurel and i (and sometimes mom) were up from midnight to 4 am due to her ear infection. YUCK! but the antibiotics did the trick and we had a fabulous time.

i didn't get many photos, but here are a few of all the girls - lucy, caroline, maury, lizzie, and rebecca. laurel LOVES watching every move they make and they are incredibly sweet to her.

laurel thought it was a topless beach... and you see in the bottom right picture what she REALLY thinks about sand. me too, baby girl, me too!

last beach pictures of the year, i promise. thanks, pops and abbi! we love you.

way back in august...

we got to hang out with maggie, gracey, robert, robb, and fran in brookhaven. i loved catching up with fran and loving on her precious kids!

pat had a fun guys' night at adam's house with erin, jay, everitt, and sam. we got to help celebrate wes's birthday in new orleans, and we've gotten to see baby jack riles a couple of times...

a special welcome to jackson mccraw lively, aka "warner's little brother." we're so glad you're here and healthy! can't wait to watch you grow up. we love you.

daddy's been working on this...

to whet your appetite...