Thursday, May 28, 2009


Last weekend was a 4-day for Bryan so we loaded up the car and went to Memphis! We left right after lunch so that Marlie could nap on the way there. I guess she was too excited for that! We eventually took away all her toys so that she would calm down and relax but she proceeded to entertain herself by babbling ALL the way there - almost 4 hours!
After checking into our hotel, we walked down to Beale Street. We found a bar/restaurant with a huge outside area. A group was playing live music so we sat out there and listened to them and ate dinner. Here is Marlie enjoying herself at Silky O'Sullivans. That is Beale Street behind her.

On Saturday our first order of business was seeing the marching ducks at The Peabody Hotel. Marlie didn't enjoy having to sit still and wait, but once the ducks walked off the elevator to the fountain she was so excited!

Next we walked to the Civil Rights Museum and The Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. I didn't get any pictures, but it was very interesting since nothing has changed there over time.
We ventured back to Beale Street to get some lunch and decided to try the Blues City Cafe. That turned out to be our favorite eating spot of the whole trip. I tried to pick just one picture from there to share, but I couldn't narrow it down from these 3. Marlie and Bryan were just being silly. Marlie has started doing a new "cheese" smile for most pictures and this is what it looks like.

Every May, Memphis has special events going on all month long. Saturday was their Sunset Symphony which is final event of the month. It rained quite a bit when we got there, but we decided to stick it out. They kicked things off with an air show and Marlie loved watching the "airplanes" doing their tricks. The Memphis Symphony performed next and Bryan & I really enjoyed that. Three Dog Night also performed with the symphony but Marlie was maxed out right before they started. The night ended with fireworks but we were resting in our hotel by that time.
We were wet and dirty, but that's nothing a slushie and Nilla wafers can't fix!

On Sunday morning we visited the biggest Memphis attraction - Graceland. We arrived shortly after they opened which definitely worked to our advantage. Marlie forced us to move through things a little quicker than we may have liked, but it was really cool to visit the home and experience the life of an American icon.
The back of Graceland / the backyard

By Lisa Marie's swingset in front of the office

Marlie by one of Elvis' MANY gold albums

Elvis' larger jet

Just a quick picture I snuck

Marlie & I in front of Graceland

Meditation Gardens where Elvis and his family members are buried

When Marlie woke from her nap that afternoon, we went back to The Peabody to see the ducks march from the fountain to the elevator for the end of their day. We sat right in front of the elevator so Marlie had the thrill of watching them waddle all the way down the red carpet. From there we made one last trip to Beale Street and had the chance to finally get a picture of all three of us.

On the way out of Memphis on Monday we went by the Memphis Zoo. Our membership at the Nashville Zoo allows us to get in other zoos and aquariums throughout the country at a discounted rate. They had a few different large animals than Nashville so that was a fun change. Our favorites were the polar bears and monkeys, although Marlie did enjoy the petting zoo as usual. That is where this picture was taken.

We had a great family adventure but were glad to be back at home by Monday evening.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

And I'll be running...

For a while now I have been toying with the idea of running some local races. In Germany I used to love running the Race for the Cure 5Ks, but I haven't done anything like that since 2006. Yesterday I bit the bullet and signed up to run a 10K next month. That is 6.2 miles and much further than I've ever run at one time. I am really excited about doing it though!
This morning was my first training run. It was only 2 miles which is short compared to a real runner's standards. Hopefully in just a few short weeks I'll be running 3 times that!

Monday, May 18, 2009

North Georgians at Fort Campbell

This was another fun and busy weekend for us. On Saturday morning we went back over to the neighboring town of Hopkinsville for their Little River Days Festival. Shortly after we got there, Marlie had the chance to participate in the Tot Trot. It was a VERY short race down "library hill" for small children.
Here she is right after they started

and in the back of the pack - just like her parents!

On Saturday night, M's babysitter came over and Bryan & I had a date night. We had sushi at a Japanese restaurant we've been wanting to try. After dinner we saw Angels & Demons. It was a late night for us, but we always enjoy getting away for a few hours. It makes it so much easier for us that M has a regular sitter that she likes so much too.

Sunday morning of course meant church for us. After M woke up from her nap we hit the road again! There are quite a few North Georgia alumni stationed here at Campbell. We went to a North Georgia cookout at one of those family's homes. Just off the top of my head I can think of 9 families that were there. It was a huge group of us! Although it was our first time hanging out with them, we enjoyed it. M especially enjoyed running around with all the other children!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Finally Done!

I finally finished the kimono sweater a few days ago. I had planned on keeping it for Marlie but it is just too big. The smallest the pattern went was a size 4. Plus, I have other yarns that I like better.
I don't think the pictures of it laying flat do it justice. It looks so cute on! I think I'm going to have my neighbor's daughter model it so I can get some good action shots.
It's currently for sale at our congo.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mothers Day

We had a nice Mothers Day weekend. Bryan was off on Friday so that morning we went on an outing to the Amish bakery, Amish store, and finally the yarn shop. I got the last bit of instruction on how to finish the sweater and should be done within the next few days. As soon as Marlie woke up from her nap on Friday afternoon, we met Bryan's boss and his family for dinner at a mexican restaurant. We had fun with their family outside of work.
Saturday morning we took off again to the nearby town of Hopkinsville. They were supposed to be having a farmer's market, but I guess all the rain we've been having ruined the plans. Since we were already in the middle of town, we ventured down Main Street to a local legend - Ferrell's. They serve hamburgers and that's just about it. The business has been owned and run by the same family since 1929. We weren't too sure about the burgers since they are only served with onions and pickles. Something about them was delicious though! Bryan and I each devoured ours (and wanted more!) and even Marlie ate her whole hamburger!
On Saturday evening we were so excited to have some friends over from when we were in Germany. When we last saw them, none of us had children. Now we have M and they have 4 month old twins! It was so great to catch up and spend an evening with old friends. Marlie loves babies so we knew she would get a kick out of having 2 around. She constantly wanted to be around them and hold them.
Marlie and Alex (Alexandra)

Marlie and Chase

Thankfully Sunday was a pretty relaxing day for us. We went to church and after Marlie's nap we just hung out at home and played on the playground. There is a local Chinese restaurant I have been wanting to try so we just takeout from there for dinner. After dinner we did a video call with my family using Skype. We usually just talk on the phone and use the webcam, but I was really impressed by Skype. Marlie was much more into it than she normally is too.
Marlie & I before church

These are the gifts that I mentioned Marlie made for me at "school".

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Past Few Days

On Tuesday morning I had what was supposed to be my last knitting lesson. I'm not quite finished with the project though so I'll hopefully be able to go back tomorrow to learn the last step. I'm so excited to be almost done, and I'm already looking forward to my next project.
Since I missed my morning workout that day, I decided to go to yoga. The instructor had an issue and wasn't able to make it to the class. I ended up talking to the lady who was in charge of setting up the class and I mentioned that I was a fitness instructor & personal trainer (this was after everyone else had already left). She said that she would love to hire me to teach a class! The classes are offered my the housing offices for the residents. The participants don't have to pay to take the class which is a great thing because more people will be willing to give it a try. I'm really excited about the prospect of teaching a class like this right in my housing community!
Yesterday morning Marlie had another good day at gymnastics. As soon as the class was over, we rode to the indoor pool to sign her up for swimming lessons. They will start next month and I'm really excited to see how she does.
After M woke up from her nap, we had an impromptu playdate with some friends. It has been raining so much here lately and when it cleared up for a little while, we decided to get outside!
This morning was the usual "school" for M and gym for me. When I picked her up, they had created all sorts of Mother's Day crafts. I love all her little artwork that she does there. We may have to buy a 2nd refrigerator to display it! I don't have a picture of it yet, but I'll try to get one to share.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Future WNBA Superstar

Most people know that I love sports - especially basketball. I bought M her first basketball while I was pregnant. When my parents were here last month, my mom bought M her first basketball goal. She's enjoyed trying to play with it, but wasn't able to put the ball through the hoop on her own...until last night!

Monday, May 04, 2009

I'm Still Here

A week or so ago our laptop went down. That is the computer I always use. For some reason, it bothers me to sit at the desk and use the computer when I'm used to the freedom of the laptop. So there's my excuse for my lack of blogging. We're still around though and things are going well.
This past weekend was a 3 day weekend for Bryan. We used the extra time on Friday to take care of some things that we've been needing to get done. We went and renewed my ID card which is typically a painful process for people. In Germany, I worked in the office where the cards were made so I could always get mine taken care of. I guess we got lucky by going on Friday morning because we were in and out much quicker than we had expected. After that we took a rare family shopping trip to the commissary.
Saturday Fort Campbell held it's regular post wide yard sale. Typically most houses set up a yard sale and people can just walk down the streets checking out what each house has to offer. It was rainy and cool on Saturday morning though so a lot of families decided not to participate. I wasn't going to be deterred and I set up shop in our garage. The conditions weren't pleasant but I considered the morning to be a great success. I got rid of a lot of things that we didn't want and have some cash to show for it!
Saturday evening some of our new friends came over for a Cinco de Mayo get together. We had tons of delicious Mexican food and a great time. Marlie loved having little friends over too - a 2 year old, 15 month old, and 5 month old!
Yesterday was our usual Sunday. We went to church and while Marlie napped I went to take care of a few things I needed to do. Bryan has been anxious to make some homemade fish and chips for quite a while now, and I enjoyed coming home to that dinner.
Today we start our weekday routines again. Bryan is looking forward to having another 4 day work week though!