bloggy doodle

bloggy doodle (n. - blog-ee dood-l): a peek into the life of a teacher mama and police recruit daddy and their reasons for being: a brown-eyed, blonde-haired little boy and his furry, four-legged partner in crime...and coming soon, a baby girl!

Monday, September 27, 2010

picture mixture (september)

Sleeping with arms up in the air has become the standard.
Guess what else became the standard as of last week?
Sleeping through the night!

Who needs a sofa when you have a Foster?
This chunky monkey weighed in at 11 lbs. 14 oz.
on September 24 (7.5 weeks old).

His cheeks are getting chubbier every week!

Decked out in the "zoo outfit" from the Johnson Family.

Super excited about our first trip to the zoo!

Watching college football at Uncle Gerad
and Aunt Kandi's house in Martin, TN.
baby football cleats

Go Sky Hawks!

the world's cutest meets...

The World's Greatest!

Hamilton and I went to school to participate in the
International Peace Day celebration last week.

This event started out as a school-wide project to teach students about diversity through gardening and cooking. Yum! Brands got wind of what was in the works at Kennedy Montessori and created a global initiative with the Muhammad Ali Center to spread peace gardens around the world!

Here are some links if you would like to read more about the event:

For local coverage and a video clip, visit ~

The official website for the Muhammad Ali Center
Peace Garden project ~

Kennedy Montessori received national attention on the
Today Show ~

supporting the troops

Recently, Hamilton and I went over to YaYa's house for a visit. While we were there, we helped her prepare Senior Airman (soon-to-be Staff Sergeant) Kelsey's final care package.

We put Hamilton in charge of the finishing touches on one of Kelsey's favorite indulgences, Rice Krispy treats.

While my mom and I were cleaning up the kitchen, we asked Hamilton to "get the box ready." He must have thought we said, "get in the box already!"

I wish there was a way to ship Hamilton to Balad.

Luckily, Auntie Kelse is just days away from leaving the Middle East...and a few weeks from coming home to meet her nephew!

The Littlest Wildcat

Hamilton attended his first University of Kentucky home game on September 11. His day at Commonwealth Stadium included...

a trip to the K Club for a pre-game meal,

meeting the future love of his life, Annabelle Rose,

and, of course, cheering the Cats on to a victory over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

what a month!

We brought Hamilton home at 7 lbs. 5.8 oz. At his one-month checkup, he weighed a whopping 10 lbs. 6 oz.!

Is this a "real" smile? Maybe. Maybe not. According to our pediatrician, babies can show a "social smile" between the age of one and two months.

I don't know what I love more, the facial expression or the arm. What a "ham!"

If those smiles don't melt your heart, then this pouty face will for sure!

At one month old, he already knows how to get exactly what he wants.

We love bath time!

Sweetest face ever.

My favorite baby body part.

Praying for a Kentucky Wildcat win against the Louisville Cardinals. For those of you who don't follow football in the Bluegrass...the Cats won!

daddy duty

Instilling a love of football within the first few moments of life.
Modeling the Moby Wrap carrier.I am still perfecting the "wrap."
He's got it down pat!
Trying to soothe Hamilton in a basket of warm towels.p.s. It didn't work.
Snuggling with both boys.
Now that Hamilton takes at least one bottle a day, Daddy can feed him.

ironman louisville 2010

Justin recently competed in and, more importantly, completed one of the most challenging physical feats imaginable, the Ironman triathlon. He had 16:59:59 to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles. Take a look at the video below to witness Justin in one of his proudest moments...with 30 minutes and 12 seconds to spare!

Be sure to turn up your volume so you can hear the words that every Ironman athlete lives to hear!

Heading down to the race transition area to drop off his gear.
Transition Area
Ironman Welcome Dinner
Go, Daddy, Go!
One event down, two to go!
On his way to his bike "parking spot."
Gearing up for 112 miles.
Two events down, one to go!
~ 1:24:54
~ 7:40:27
Run (or walk in this case)
~ 7:01:43

Official Race Time
~ 16:29:47

Total Distance
~ 140.6 miles

A first time for everything...

first walk

first bath

first nap in crib

first play date &
first time feeding the ducks

first football game