Back in the (Jogging) Stroller Again

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jack reminded me the other day that I'm supposed to be training for a half-marathon in February.

I cringed, and told him that he was right.

So, off we went.





Look at that face!  He might be a better trainer than Jillian Michaels.  We shall see.


Hope this finds you well.


Heather

A Post About Mom

Monday, September 27, 2010

So, this blog is about Jack.  But...this blog is also about Durel and I, parenthood, and life in general.  Or else, it is when I say it is.  And I am saying that today.

Why this sudden switch from the parade of cute baby pictures?  Because the temperature in Austin finally dropped below 90 degrees.  In fact (wait for it) ... it was below 80 degrees this morning.  In a word, divine. In a word, fall.

Fall catapults me back to my Life Before Texas -- which is still many more years than I've lived in Texas, for the record.  Let me explain.  (No!  There is too much.)  Let me sum up:

1.  I adore fall.  I grew up in Maryland, which has four lovely and distinct seasons:  Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  Fall has always been my favorite.  It means back to school, apples, Halloween, and the honking of Canadian Geese over the Chesapeake Bay as they migrate south for the winter.

Photo Credit

2.  I went to college in Maine, which has 4 seasons:  Fall, Winter, Mud, and Warm.  Fall makes me miss Maine, in particular.  For me, there was really nothing better than reading poetry in this setting:

Bates College quad!


3.  I love coffee.  And let me be frank, I am a big Starbucks fan.  Fall + Starbucks = Pumpkin Spice Latte!

You guessed it...


4.  Jack is almost 7 months old.  Which means that he is sitting up, on the verge of crawling, and breaking all time/space barriers for utter cuteness.

Photo credit

Life is good.  Hope yours is, as well.
--Heather

Sneak Peak: Bernard Family Pics

Sunday, September 26, 2010

One of my favorite bloggers, Nicole of Making it Lovely, made a "30 before 30" list of things to accomplish before a milestone birthday.  One of her items was to have a cute family picture taken.  She inspired me to do the same.  (Her pics were awesome.)

Yesterday, we had the distinct pleasure of doing a photo shoot with my very talented friend, Betsy.  She was excited to meet Jack, and we were excited to capture some of these moments of cuteness.

More photos will be on the way, but here is a taste of what's to come.  So excited!!







Hope this finds you well.
--Heather

Wordless Tuesday

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

In blog world, Wordless Wednesday is a common theme.  You post pictures that need no explanation and then, well, don't explain them.

Evolving blogger that I am, I still don't play by all of the bloggy rules.  I am not sure that's so much rebellious as it is disorganized, but whatever.

I took this picture today.  It requires no explanation.  Happy Tuesday.

Jack's Personality Emerges

Monday, September 20, 2010

More pictures of last week's PSF (Photo Shoot Friday) have surfaced.  The story they tell is hard to miss:  Jack is a personality.

He's seen here stealing the paci of his BFF, Gabe:


He's seen here hamming it up for the adoring paparazzi:


He's seen here being sweet on his girlfriend, Linley:


I admit it.  I am powerless to resist Jack's wiles.  That's my dear Geauxbaby!


Hope your days are filled with smiles and games of peek-a-boo, as mine are.

-- Heather

PSF: Game Day

Saturday, September 18, 2010

So, I have the pleasure of taking Jack to school with a bunch of other cuties.  Those cuties also have pretty fantastic moms.  We, the mamas, have starting getting creative with our little mannequins and dressing them up for various occasions.  {Those of you who don't have kids, don't judge.  It's super fun.}

Long story, but we call these days PSF, or Photo Shoot Fridays.  Yesterday's PSF was Game Day, and each baby had to represent their football playing school of choice.

Those of you who know me know that this is a stretch.  The Bates Bobcats, while mighty on the lacrosse field, tennis court, and ski slope, are not terribly ferocious on the football field.  And the American University Eagles, well, whatever.  Luckily for Jack, he has Durel's side of things to draw from.  As such, he was an LSU Tiger for the festivities.

The most fun, though, is trying to get the pictures taken.

Mac (r) says to Gabe (l):  "Look at our moms running around!  They're crazy!"
Mac shows that a Longhorn can be friends with a Tiger, especially if the Tiger poses
no threat because it cannot yet sit up.
Note:  Jack (2nd from right) is shouting "Geaux Tigers!"
Also note:  This is very impressive.

Note:  Eli (l) is totally melting down.  Mac and Maren (2nd and 3rd from the left) are not sure what to do about this.
Jack is stealing the pacifier from his BFF, Gabe, though said paci is actually clipped to Gabe's bib.
Bad move, Jack.
Hope your game day goes well.

-- Heather

Bex from Chi-Town

Friday, September 17, 2010

No, I haven't been waiting for Jack to update the blog on his own.  Sorry about the delay.  Consider it time to realize how much you missed having cute pictures of Jack in your life.  (Too much?)

Seriously, though, one of the good things that happened while I haven't been posting is that we visited with some of our dearest friends in the whole universe, the Kaisers from Chicago.  Lainie and I survived law school together, while Durel and David survived Lainie and I surviving law school together.  From that crucible, could stronger bonds be forged?  We think not.

I remember when Lainie was pregnant.  She was radiant, happy, round, and seemed to have her proverbial prenatal shit together.  It seemed fantastical to me, and like something that I would do ... someday.  But then, presto chango, I was knocked up before her little bundle of joy had arrived.

Since then, we've both had precious boys, and now we're determined to make them as good of friends as we are.

So far, so good:


Beckett (who also answers to Beck and Bex, and might answer to Boogerbutt if you say it right), is teaching Jack a few things.

"See, Jack, you've got to get out of the Bumbo chair.  Once you're walking, you really run the show."


Beckett can teach Jack a few things about being the guest of honor at a smashing first birthday party, case in point:




And we all learned how fun it is to have dear friends, babies around the same age, and a good chance to hang out and catch up:


Ah, good stuff.  Hope this finds you well and enjoying your own good stuff this weekend.

Heather

We Have Beached

Friday, September 10, 2010

Before Labor Day and Hermine happened, we decided to take it to the beach for a mini vacay.  We head to South Padre Island, and shared a gorgeous beach house with Grammy and Granddad, and shared the beach with almost no one.  Heaven.

Suffice it to say that I took beaucoup de pictures, but here are a few to get started with:

Jack, Dad, and wind:


Jack learns the art of relaxing on the beach:



Jack learns the art of napping on the beach:


Hope this finds you well,
Heather

PS: Check out my guest blog today!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

In further proof that it's all about six degrees of separation, I am delighted to refer you my guest blog post on JourneyChic today.  It's one of my favorite style and design blogs, and I'm helping out another blogger mama with today's post!

Where, incidentally, I mention Mignon Faget, New Orleans jewelry designer whose work I love, and whose work echoes the spirit of her fine city:

Mignon Faget


Check it out!  Thanks for reading!

It's Time.

Durel has informed me, over and over, that football season is about to begin.  To him, this is like Christmas.  For me, the equivalent is...when Starbucks brings back the pumpkin spice latte?  Which they have, to my delight.

Tonight, the Saints play.  Our household is on alert.  Jack, despite being a bit off-kilter with his first ear infection (more on that later; boo), is about to enter a new phase of his relationship with his dear Dad:  Football Season.

And I will obligingly post pictures of the fun that ensues.

For now, we'll have to satisfy ourselves with a quick flashback:


And proof that Jack is ready for this chapter:


Geaux baby.  Geaux Saints!

Hope this finds you well (and ready for football season),
Heather

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Back in the (Jogging) Stroller Again

Jack reminded me the other day that I'm supposed to be training for a half-marathon in February.

I cringed, and told him that he was right.

So, off we went.





Look at that face!  He might be a better trainer than Jillian Michaels.  We shall see.


Hope this finds you well.


Heather

Monday, September 27, 2010

A Post About Mom

So, this blog is about Jack.  But...this blog is also about Durel and I, parenthood, and life in general.  Or else, it is when I say it is.  And I am saying that today.

Why this sudden switch from the parade of cute baby pictures?  Because the temperature in Austin finally dropped below 90 degrees.  In fact (wait for it) ... it was below 80 degrees this morning.  In a word, divine. In a word, fall.

Fall catapults me back to my Life Before Texas -- which is still many more years than I've lived in Texas, for the record.  Let me explain.  (No!  There is too much.)  Let me sum up:

1.  I adore fall.  I grew up in Maryland, which has four lovely and distinct seasons:  Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  Fall has always been my favorite.  It means back to school, apples, Halloween, and the honking of Canadian Geese over the Chesapeake Bay as they migrate south for the winter.

Photo Credit

2.  I went to college in Maine, which has 4 seasons:  Fall, Winter, Mud, and Warm.  Fall makes me miss Maine, in particular.  For me, there was really nothing better than reading poetry in this setting:

Bates College quad!


3.  I love coffee.  And let me be frank, I am a big Starbucks fan.  Fall + Starbucks = Pumpkin Spice Latte!

You guessed it...


4.  Jack is almost 7 months old.  Which means that he is sitting up, on the verge of crawling, and breaking all time/space barriers for utter cuteness.

Photo credit

Life is good.  Hope yours is, as well.
--Heather

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sneak Peak: Bernard Family Pics

One of my favorite bloggers, Nicole of Making it Lovely, made a "30 before 30" list of things to accomplish before a milestone birthday.  One of her items was to have a cute family picture taken.  She inspired me to do the same.  (Her pics were awesome.)

Yesterday, we had the distinct pleasure of doing a photo shoot with my very talented friend, Betsy.  She was excited to meet Jack, and we were excited to capture some of these moments of cuteness.

More photos will be on the way, but here is a taste of what's to come.  So excited!!







Hope this finds you well.
--Heather

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wordless Tuesday

In blog world, Wordless Wednesday is a common theme.  You post pictures that need no explanation and then, well, don't explain them.

Evolving blogger that I am, I still don't play by all of the bloggy rules.  I am not sure that's so much rebellious as it is disorganized, but whatever.

I took this picture today.  It requires no explanation.  Happy Tuesday.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Jack's Personality Emerges

More pictures of last week's PSF (Photo Shoot Friday) have surfaced.  The story they tell is hard to miss:  Jack is a personality.

He's seen here stealing the paci of his BFF, Gabe:


He's seen here hamming it up for the adoring paparazzi:


He's seen here being sweet on his girlfriend, Linley:


I admit it.  I am powerless to resist Jack's wiles.  That's my dear Geauxbaby!


Hope your days are filled with smiles and games of peek-a-boo, as mine are.

-- Heather

Saturday, September 18, 2010

PSF: Game Day

So, I have the pleasure of taking Jack to school with a bunch of other cuties.  Those cuties also have pretty fantastic moms.  We, the mamas, have starting getting creative with our little mannequins and dressing them up for various occasions.  {Those of you who don't have kids, don't judge.  It's super fun.}

Long story, but we call these days PSF, or Photo Shoot Fridays.  Yesterday's PSF was Game Day, and each baby had to represent their football playing school of choice.

Those of you who know me know that this is a stretch.  The Bates Bobcats, while mighty on the lacrosse field, tennis court, and ski slope, are not terribly ferocious on the football field.  And the American University Eagles, well, whatever.  Luckily for Jack, he has Durel's side of things to draw from.  As such, he was an LSU Tiger for the festivities.

The most fun, though, is trying to get the pictures taken.

Mac (r) says to Gabe (l):  "Look at our moms running around!  They're crazy!"
Mac shows that a Longhorn can be friends with a Tiger, especially if the Tiger poses
no threat because it cannot yet sit up.
Note:  Jack (2nd from right) is shouting "Geaux Tigers!"
Also note:  This is very impressive.

Note:  Eli (l) is totally melting down.  Mac and Maren (2nd and 3rd from the left) are not sure what to do about this.
Jack is stealing the pacifier from his BFF, Gabe, though said paci is actually clipped to Gabe's bib.
Bad move, Jack.
Hope your game day goes well.

-- Heather

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bex from Chi-Town

No, I haven't been waiting for Jack to update the blog on his own.  Sorry about the delay.  Consider it time to realize how much you missed having cute pictures of Jack in your life.  (Too much?)

Seriously, though, one of the good things that happened while I haven't been posting is that we visited with some of our dearest friends in the whole universe, the Kaisers from Chicago.  Lainie and I survived law school together, while Durel and David survived Lainie and I surviving law school together.  From that crucible, could stronger bonds be forged?  We think not.

I remember when Lainie was pregnant.  She was radiant, happy, round, and seemed to have her proverbial prenatal shit together.  It seemed fantastical to me, and like something that I would do ... someday.  But then, presto chango, I was knocked up before her little bundle of joy had arrived.

Since then, we've both had precious boys, and now we're determined to make them as good of friends as we are.

So far, so good:


Beckett (who also answers to Beck and Bex, and might answer to Boogerbutt if you say it right), is teaching Jack a few things.

"See, Jack, you've got to get out of the Bumbo chair.  Once you're walking, you really run the show."


Beckett can teach Jack a few things about being the guest of honor at a smashing first birthday party, case in point:




And we all learned how fun it is to have dear friends, babies around the same age, and a good chance to hang out and catch up:


Ah, good stuff.  Hope this finds you well and enjoying your own good stuff this weekend.

Heather

Friday, September 10, 2010

We Have Beached

Before Labor Day and Hermine happened, we decided to take it to the beach for a mini vacay.  We head to South Padre Island, and shared a gorgeous beach house with Grammy and Granddad, and shared the beach with almost no one.  Heaven.

Suffice it to say that I took beaucoup de pictures, but here are a few to get started with:

Jack, Dad, and wind:


Jack learns the art of relaxing on the beach:



Jack learns the art of napping on the beach:


Hope this finds you well,
Heather

Thursday, September 9, 2010

PS: Check out my guest blog today!

In further proof that it's all about six degrees of separation, I am delighted to refer you my guest blog post on JourneyChic today.  It's one of my favorite style and design blogs, and I'm helping out another blogger mama with today's post!

Where, incidentally, I mention Mignon Faget, New Orleans jewelry designer whose work I love, and whose work echoes the spirit of her fine city:

Mignon Faget


Check it out!  Thanks for reading!

It's Time.

Durel has informed me, over and over, that football season is about to begin.  To him, this is like Christmas.  For me, the equivalent is...when Starbucks brings back the pumpkin spice latte?  Which they have, to my delight.

Tonight, the Saints play.  Our household is on alert.  Jack, despite being a bit off-kilter with his first ear infection (more on that later; boo), is about to enter a new phase of his relationship with his dear Dad:  Football Season.

And I will obligingly post pictures of the fun that ensues.

For now, we'll have to satisfy ourselves with a quick flashback:


And proof that Jack is ready for this chapter:


Geaux baby.  Geaux Saints!

Hope this finds you well (and ready for football season),
Heather
 
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