Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Olympic Spirit

To my great disappointment, Coy and I have not been able to watch much of the Olympics. But an Aussie friend did pass along this link that you may enjoy:


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mudflap Does Memphis

If you are a Memphian reading this post and I didn't get to see you during my whirlwind trip home, let me begin with an apology. Of the ten days recently spent in the States, only four of them were in my beloved hometown. Coy was right- I simply overbooked.

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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Saturday, August 09, 2008

thought these were pretty clever

(from www.colorwar2008.com)

Some others that were pretty good...

A and B

and C

and one more

Friday, August 08, 2008

Viva la RevoluciĆ³n!

On the way back to Zurich, Jim and I decided to join the protest in the Milan train station this Spring.

Things got nasty, then Jim decided to pacify the protestors with a few words.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

We regret to inform you..

Pierre has fallen off the deep end. We're sure you've noticed his absence in the recent spate of travel blogs, but we were trying to bring him back to his senses before posting any more photos. Let's just say he's been swimming in some murky ponds and ruffling some feathers. We're still hopeful - heck, we're even optimistic.

We'll keep you posted.