Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Mama is happy. Both Coys are quite proud.
BB and Pappadaddy (or PopPop)...
Fresh from the womb...
For those of you who can't get enough...
As for the name, the Swiss give us 3 days to decide, so we're waiting to see what fits him. And besides, we couldn't give up on all of the suspense now, could we?
As for the winner, we're pretty sure it's Shannon Block, our across-the-street neighbor, who guessed both today and boy. We'll give out prizes later this week.
Thanks again for all the love, attention and support. We can't wait to introduce BB to our group of friends.
We look forward to talking to all of you soon.
Off to rest,
Mom, Dad, and BB
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
looks like. We're pretty curious too. We will keep you posted!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
As for the surprising number of girl predictions, I thought I should tell you that a number of people have used 'science' and said with certainty that we are having a boy. There was Guiseppe, the Italian landscape guy at my school, who hung my wedding ring from a string. After watching it circle in front of my belly, he declared BB a boy. When home in Memphis this summer, my very good friend Toni la Mexicana, declared that my nose is now more upturned than before- another boy indicator. Coy's father says that he can just look and tell. He says he'll be meeting his grandson this week. Now if only we knew what our friend Maggie in Ghana is due to have, we could be certain. Coy held a spoon from a string in front of my belly and then Maggie's. We don't know what the movements indicate but we do know that they moved in opposite directions!
We appreciate all of the interest and we will keep you updated. If you're of the praying persuasion, we are hoping that all will begin and progress as naturally as possible.
Monday, December 08, 2008
And it's not that we aren't trying- Saturday night we were fed a meal that the cook guaranteed would bring on labor. Mark and Tara claim that their deerburgers have jumpstarted at least 2 deliveries. We were hopeful that BB would be #3. Ok, I was hopeful. Coy was more excited about the prospect of Mark giving us a police escort to the hospital. It was a delicious meal but no baby.
Now I guess it's time to start running stairs!
So any guesses on BB's actual arrival? Give us your best prediction of date and time. We'll send a Swiss prize to the guess that is closest. You can speculate on gender too, if you're feeling particularly prophetic.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
On Thursday, our hearts were in Dixie at the various Thanksgiving tables where our families had gathered but our stomachs were satisfied to be here in Switzerland. Friends from church hosted an international crowd for a T-Day dinner that had almost all the fixins you could hope to find. (Coy was pleased to find no marshmellows on the sweet potatoes, I consoled myself with extra cranberries.)
Friday night, we shifted gears and headed to Coy's office Christmas party where a good time was had by all. In an attempt to create a more subdued atmosphere this year, a quiet jazz band provided the night's music and Coy was not asked to repeat his role as Santa. He did, however, entertain many by singing some duets with a fellow accountant who would also be happy as a lounge-singer.
But Christmas season officially began for me yesterday when I went to Switzerland's biggest Christmas market in a nearby town called Einsiedeln. This town is famous for its beautiful, large monastery and its golden Madonna statue.
Snow fell slowly the entire time. I countered the cold with some apple dumplings and a sausage. Hey, I may lose the 'eating for two' excuse any minute now!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
So where were we...the Chunnel. After a few days in France, we headed over to London and were met by the best tour guides in the UK- Zach and Annalisa Thompson. Not only could these two take us to some of the coolest places in town, if they were ever unsure of an answer to a question, they just made it up! Our time with them was filled with laughter and meaningful conversation. As fun as it was to visit Camden Market and the Borough Market, the highlight had to be when Coy and Zach played and sang at an open mic night at the Thompson's neighborhood pub.
We thought we were being so original when we sought out Abbey Rd:
If you'd like to see the Thompson's take on our visit and more pictures, they did a nice write-up in their blog: www.zachandannalisa.com
From London, we squeezed in a trip to Oxford to see our Swiss roommie Barbara who is studying there. It was great to catch up and I enjoyed seeing the town again for the first time since spending about a month there in '97. Coy was surprised by how little I could point out or explain to him but I did manage to find Ben's Cookies again in the Covered Market. Priorities. Coy and Barbara happily shared a few pints in the Eagle and Child, a pub famous for the patronage of CS Lewis, Tolkein, and co. Here's a shot from an excellent seafood dinner:
By the time we made it back to Zurich, we were pretty wiped out. Perhaps it was too much to fit into a week but it sure was nice to travel light. Who knows where our next big trip will be but we know it will look completely different with BB in tow!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday was my first day home. Since then I've sewn a blanket with the beautiful cloth Coy picked out this summer in Ghana, I finished my first sock monkey, my second cake is in the oven (I promise that all cakes made are for sharing!), I've made progress in the handful of baby presents that I'm sewing for the wave of infants in our lives at the moment (these can't be shown yet, they're presents afterall!), and I've washed all of BB's tiny clothes. Domesticity, I embrace you.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
This picture takes of 2 things at once:
I can show off our first snow of the season. I can satisfy the requests for an updated BB belly shot.
My only concern is that this weather means that everything is running ahead of schedule...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Swiss know how to schedule a school year- we had a week break after just six weeks of classes. Coy and I tried something new and planned a trip months in advance. (Impending parenthood has already increased our appreciation of freedom to travel!) We decided to return to Paris, staying and eating at some of the same places where we had been 3 years before when we were engaged. Once again, we managed to avoid museums and cathedrals and spent most of our time just wandering about in neighborhoods. As you can see, Coy worked on his gargoyle impression. And as you can imagine, I tried more than a few pastries during our 3 days there.
We also spent a night in Amboise, a small town in the Loire Vally. The best part was having rented a car so we could bump around to villages and see the autumn colors in the vineyards. The sparkling wines were delicious though our purchases were limited to a couple of bottle to pop when BB pops in about a month.
Next update will pick up after our Chunnel ride to London!
Monday, October 27, 2008
And, of course, it's not just Coy's birthday...:
Coy kicked off his morning with a hormonal break-down from me on the way to a doctor appointment where we were able to hear BB's hearbeat and see how cramped the living space has become for our big baby. Yep, that will certainly make this birthday stand out from the thirty he had before now!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
We're not trying to politicize our blog, but couldn't they have spent a little more time in the prep room before sending her out on national television? The interview just drives home the tendencies of both candidates to prefer soundbite generation over actually answering anything.
The issue was similar with the Presidential Debates with neither candidate really letting themselves getting backed into a corner about what they would actually *do* on a lot of issues. Overall, we'd say that the debates were a close call between the two candidates, but we always check the independent website, FactCheck, to see who's being liberal with the truth (or conservative with their conscious, so to say). After a review of FactCheck, it looks like both candidates stretched the truth on some issues. Take a look for yourselves.
We're done with politics after this post.
May the best man win.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Wearing horizontal stripes can actually make a person appear thinner, a university research project has found.
The University of York's Psychology Department asked people to decide which women wearing striped dresses looked slimmer in 200 pairs of pictures.
In women of the same size, horizontal stripes made the model appear thinner.
Further research on the subject showed that to make the women appear to be the same size, the ones wearing the horizontal stripes had to be 6% wider.
Dr Thompson's study was based on the Helmholtz square illusion, created by 19th-Century scientist Hermann von Helmholtz who drew two identically-sized squares and put vertical stripes on one and horizontal stripes on the other.
That experiment showed the square with the horizontal stripes appeared taller and thinner than the other square, prompting Helmholtz - correctly, according to Dr Thompson - to recommend women to wear horizontal stripes to make them look taller.
I did a little research on my own:
Slimming? I don't think so!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
So my days were packed but, man, were they great. Everything I did felt like it was worth flying in for on its own...my morning with Fox at a midtown coffee shop would have been worth the time and nausea of the flights. (Yeah as it turns out, BB does not like to fly!) I felt the same way after lunch with my hilarious Aunt Kat who had plenty of stories to tell about me and my mom as babies. And it was so good to have a night catching up with Coy's sister, Becky, and her kids Adam and Alysson.
Coy's dad insisted on driving up in order to see my belly and make his gender prediction. After an inspection from several angles, he declared that we are having a boy. That was the same prognosis made by my sweet friend, Toni Rojas, who said that my nose was slightly more pointed and turned up. My dad is now quite certain that Biscuit will be a girl but I think that he was mainly just trying to give Coy Sr some competition. (That's right, my dad is referring to BB as Biscuit and Mr. Coy has nicknamed our baby Mudflap. And you thought some of the names we've come up with were bad!)
I drove to St. Louis to see Lindley and Tirzah. (It's funny the things you begin to worry about- Coy and I had decided that Ghana and malaria were no big deal but then he didn't like the idea of me being behind the wheel.) Lin's kids are fun and hyper and wonderful. We laughed a lot as I tried to just keep up the pace. Tirzah happened to be in town for a friend's wedding and I was able to help her decorate the chapel with the amazing banners that she had made. Can creativty rub off? Both of my friends had so much wisdom to share about becoming a mom. It made me want to move next door to them and learn by just watching.
And then back to the lake for a DAM weekend! We did the math, and realized that the Daughters and Mothers bookclub has been meeting for 7 years now!! Argh, I do miss this group and could blog entries about the spectacular dynamics and the fantastic books. But I'll just post a fun picture of the crew instead:
My high school pal, Rachel Kesselman, joined us on Saturday. We all enjoyed watching some of the Olympics and my daddy's awesome breakfasts.
And then, all too quickly, it was time to fly home. As much as I wanted to be with Coy (and to see what happened with the laundry), it was hard to leave. I know this blog is scattered and hurried...well, that's a bit how my trip home felt. I've written about bits and pieces but the best part of being back was the time with my parents and my brother. I did a really lousy job of taking pictures so I wish I had a parting shot of the four of us. Hopefully, they will all be here at Christmas to meet Biscuit.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
We'll keep you posted.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
We started our trip on the coast of Ghana in the town of Elmina. Elmina has a well-preserved Portuguese slave outpost, which was later held by the Dutch and the British.
Elmina has an ample supply of wooden fishing boats, each flying under a different international flag.
Later, we went to the village of Ankaase to visit the Gongwers, a missionary family I lived with 8 years ago. Below is a photo of our friend, Dorothy Adjei, and part of her family at the Gongwer's house.
Kumasi is a town near Ankaase. It is the royal seat of the Asatahene, or ruler of the Asante tribe. The Asante are one of the most powerful tribes in West Africa due to their control of the large gold deposits in Ghana.
The Kejetia market in Kumasi is massive - one of the largest in West Africa. We spent about 3 hours there talking to the merchants, haggling for the wax block printed cloth, and buying food; specifically, some fresh okra for frying and ripe plantains (Nkawkaw) for my favorite Ghanaian dish, RedRed.
The boy on the right is Clement. We visited his school, which is in the neighboring town of Edjretia. The boy to the left is his brother, Michael.
This is my good friend Maggie Osei and her new baby, Emma. We were next door neighbors when I lived in Ankaase. She was mad at me for not writing her enough letters. I was mad at her for killing the young cat named Coy. I agreed to write more letters if she wouldn't kill any more cats named Coy. I'll let you know how it turns out.
While the Ghanaian art of baby transport may not be "crammed with conveniences", it has a much better price tag than a Bugaboo and is much more stylish.
The sky from the back house.
(P.S.: the untimely death of the cat named Coy was totally accidental)
Friday, July 18, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
So Coy and I are both sporting a new look for the summer. Though different in nature, these two styles have a tremendous amount in common:
Both will cause dramatic reactions from our friends and family- laughter, shouts of joy, tears.
Both have caused the other person extreme emotions- I find myself being mildly irritated at things that would not have bothered me before just because they seem different coming from a moustachioed man. And sometimes when Coy looks at my belly, I know he's thinking that life is about to become enormously more complicated.
Both cut down on sex appeal.
Apparently, both looks are only going to get bigger. Coy has vowed to keep his facial fashion statement for awhile. And my tummy isn't due to get any smaller until December 12th!
So what do you think?
(Side note: my mom and Nancy Langan both think that Coy looks good with the 'stache. And I certainly don't want to imply with the photo that my belly was perfectly flat 19 weeks ago!)