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I am the mom of Jack (and soon to be Sully) and also the wife of Nick. My name is Abby and I have been married to Nick for 7 years; in April of 2008 we welcomed Jack to the family and we are expecting Sully in May of 2011. I teach high school English, journalism, speech and yearbook. I am passionate about my family, friends, potatoes, and TiVo.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

This book, told from the viewpoint of Enzo the dog, was an awesome read.  I normally shy away from dog books because the dog inevitably dies and then I cry.  However, this book does not fit that normal description at all.  In fact, Enzo tells you he is dying right off the bat so you don't get attached to him before the poor thing's demise.  It made it much easier to read because I wasn't waiting for him to get rabies or hit by a car. 

Ultimately, this is the story of Enzo's owner, Denny, and his family relationships.  It is interesting to read the story of this family through the vehicle of the dog.  You aren't always privy to important facts because Enzo isn't allowed to go into certain establishments, and therefore he fills in the blanks with his own assumptions.  It is at times gut wrenching to experience what Enzo does, but have no way to give voice to his concerns or revelations.  There are also scenes that will make you cheer and laugh and, if you're a dog owner, wonder about the inner machinations of your own best friend.  I found myself constantly looking at Gus, our family dog, and wondering what might be going on in his head and if I didn't underestimate his intelligence at times. 

Overall, the narration makes this book special, but the characters in the family are genuine and endearing.  The plot line is interesting, but maybe somewhat contrived at times.  On the whole, this is a great read that is worth picking up, especially if you're a dog lover.

This is sweet Gus.  Wonder what he was thinking???

A New Kind Of Plod

I seem to be the world's worst blogger.  I try to keep up, but fail miserably.  The reasons for this are many, but the biggest reason is that I struggle with writing about my life in an honest way.  However, one of the things that I feel so passionately about that the writing comes easily, is books.  So I think I am changing this blog into a book review.  I am hoping to post as I finish a book, so I may or may not be posting regularly, it will really depend on how much time I have to read.  

Monday, May 3, 2010

Flood 2010

So... in case you live under a rock or in the desert, middle Tennessee is officially a flood plain. According to News Channel 4, we have experienced 25% of our yearly average rainfall.... IN 2 DAYS!! Rivers, creeks, and lakes are attempting to join into one body, at least that's what it looks like around here.

There have been several deaths and 1,000's of rescues, so needless to say, our neck of the woods could use all the prayer you can give. Our house is fine, and didn't have any damage, but we are in the minority. Please keep all the people that have been displaced in your thoughts and prayers as we literally wade through this mess.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Two year Pics

Thought you might like to see some of Jack's two year pics. Monique Porter took these, and they turned out fabulously! Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Random updates

I recently found out that I was accepted into grad school! Yipee, I think. I am so excited to be past the application process, but now I actually have to do the work. That's a little scary. I am enrolling at Trevecca in the library science program and will be finished by July 2011. The short program is great, but the reason it is so short is that they pack a ton of work into the 15 months you take classes. So, I am a little nervous about how the next year will go and how I'll finish all the work for school, the work for work and raise a two year old. It is definitely going to be a wild ride!

Jack is doing really well. He will be two next week and he is already becoming such a big boy. We just bought him a toddler bed and he has been sleeping in it without a hitch. Nick and I are holding our breath. I'm sure he'll do fine until the night before my first class or a day Nick is out of town. He is gifted you know, and I am sure that he is already capable of plotting my demise through sleep deprevation.

Speaking of kids, I have lots of new mommy or pregnant friends right now. Maybe you thought I was going to now say, "Ah.... I so miss having a newborn." Ummm...... No. But I am so excited for all my friends that are making the leap to two kids and the first timers. Although I have never been great with babies, I love pregnant people and showers and thinking up names and all that stuff that goes along with being preggo. The latest person to enter my "pregnant friend club" is my sister-in-law Amanda. I am pumped about getting to be an official aunt and all the before baby stuff is going to be so fun. So in 2010, I am adding a godson and either a niece or nephew! Go 2010!

Monday, February 1, 2010

I'm trying to win a hat

So one of the blogs I follow, Fluid Pudding, is having a giveaway for a handmade hat. I don't have a clue what said hat will look like or if FP can even knit, but I think the questions are cool and it will definitely give us something to talk about. Gindy, just write in your predictions for the very near future!

1. Which expensive electronic device do you most often let your older children abuse or your baby drool on?
None, now. I let J chew up my Palm a year or so ago. I thought it was no biggie since I have insurance. Well, apparently you are not insured if you let your teething baby use your phone as a pacifier. Who knew?
2. How many take-out restaurant numbers do you have programmed into your phone?
Three, but that's a lot considering there are only 5 restaurants in our town!
3. How many hours of television do you so totally not let your kids watch a week?
Who knows, with our addiction to Yo Gabba Gabba. I have been replaced by a wierd guy in an orange full-body jumpsuit.
4. Do you think people who say “we don’t watch television” at play dates but really mean “we just watch DVDs” are lying liars from Liarville?
I like to think they are liars, it makes me feel good to judge them. No really, good for them if they don't but don't try pedaling that crazy at my house!
5. How many miles have you driven with your child and not one device of electronic entertainment in a single car trip?
Around 250, but that was when he slept the whole way.
6. What’s your record for calls to the pediatrician or Ask-a-Nurse in a single day?
Oh help! Too many to count. During the first four months I was sure he was deathly ill all the time.
7. What’s the sexiest thing your partner could text you after a hard day?
What kind of wine do you want?
8. What’s your favorite iPad joke?
What's an iPad?
9. What’s the dumbest parenting tool, gear, gadget or device you ever bought?
A wipe warmer. Please, suck it up kid -- I'm already wiping your booty for you!
10. How many years will it take for your child to become more tech-savvy than you?
I'm sure by third grade he'll have me beat, it won't take much; I can assure you.

So copy this into the comments and leave your answers, or just do it on your blog and link it in the comments. If you answer, you can also put a link in FP's post and be entered to win the mystery hat.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

He's not even 2 yet!

Can't a mama get a break around here? Jack will be 21 months old on the 16th and I believe we have entered the dreaded and much discussed "terrible twos." If every, little thing doesn't go his way you would think the apocolypse had arrived. Today, I lost count of the number of tantrums thrown, but J probably spent more time in 'time out' than out of it.

I feel like a loser mommy, why can't I make him Behave?!

I'm pretty sure Jess is the only person who reads this, so Jess, some advice here? Please? And any advice from your readers would be great too. I'll try anything at this point because at the rate I'm pulling my hair out, I'll be bald soon!
Finally snoozing!