It's true, Viva Pierre has become nothing more than an average baby blog with decent pictures and lackluster reflections. It can hardly be helped...Coy has been swamped with work lately which leaves me as the primary writer. And I'm glad to admit that I don't exactly have much going on besides play groups, strolls, and trying to motivate Townes to walk/talk/feed himself. But today I realized that I'm being quite lazy about the approach to the blog. Yesterday's post was written while watching a chick flick because it was another night without Coy.
So as an attempt to use this blog as the fine medium of communication/reflection that it has the potential to be, I thought I'd look back over 2009. Sure, we're a bit late into the new year for this sort of entry but a gal has got to start someplace. A small 'Best of '09' list:
Best Book: 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog' by Muriel Barbery, philosophical and whimsical novel about an observant woman who often went unnoticed as the concierge in a Parisian apartment building and an introspective 12-year old who is questioning the meaning of life and death. The story is really one of transformation and the power of letting yourself by known/seen.
Best Weekend Trip: We met up with Zach and Annalisa Thompson for a quiet weekend in a small Swiss village last February. Just a lot of talking and laughing and making food and enjoying that special friendship. The crutches in Anna's hands explain why this weekend probably did not make the '09 highlight list of the Thompsons.
Best Date: Hmm, this is either a result of my poor memory or of the fact that we didn't actually have many nights out this year but I enjoyed every minute of our Anniversary this year. We went to a fancy restaurant in Mobile. (Yes, Alabama does have some restaurants with tablecloths.) A fellow that Coy went to high school with spent years working at top-notch swanky places in NYC and has opened up True. We had a great meal and I didn't have to wipe anyone's mouth or pick up anything off the floor afterwards.
WAIT- I forgot about our night out in London- fantastic dinner and then saw the musical Wicked. Yep, that was a great evening.
Best Blog: So I've got to confess that I've been spending too much time reading other people's blogs. A goal for the new year is to limit the time that I spend just gazing into people's lives that I don't know but I'm not going to cut it off entirely b/c it can be inspirational and encouraging. With that caveat, I'd like to introduce you to: www.memoriesoncloverlane.blogspot.com and www.soulemama.com
Best Children's Book: Townes is a fickle kid. One day he's loving 'Hooray for Fish' and the next he can't get enough of 'That's not my Monkey' but my favorite has been the Jesus Storybook Bible. It is beautiful and reading it aloud to him is like having my own devotional time. Highly recommend this- thanks again, Tirzah. (Townes's very favorite is probably the ultimate touch and feel book about trucks! He licks the different textures...is that a sign of genius?)
Best Program: We don't get much in English on our tv so we typically watch shows in season blocks. This year 'The Wire' was my favorite drama. (Though it did not help me get my mouth out of the gutter that it sunk into when watching Sopranos...just ask my folks, my vocab surprised them tremendously when I banged my head while home.) And Coy's cousin Allen gave us '30 Rock' which just makes us laugh.
Best Tradition: meals at the Langans. With the expansion of our family, eating out is no longer an easier option to cooking at home. Our friends Jake and Nancy learned this when their twins were born about 9 months before Townes. So we started having dinner or brunch at their house on a regular basis. Like both of his grandfathers, Townes can fall asleep anywhere so we've been able to continue the fun. Surprisingly, this is the only picture I have of the Langans and it's from a visit we took to a winery in Italy:
Best Coffee: Mmm, we miss Monmouth. This little coffee shop in the Borough Market often had a line of 20+ people but we regularly picked up our favorite drink, a Flat White, on our walk to Coy's office in the mornings.
Best Trip: Iceland.
Ok, that's all the categories I can think of at the moment. The holidays were so busy that we didn't really take the time to reflect on 2009 and compiling this list has helped me to do that. Obviously, the daily rhythms and the highlights and even the struggles of the past year were mainly wrapped around the adventure of becoming parents. But this list proves we still have a few other things going on!