Monday, June 17, 2013

the good life

We spent the weekend with my family in Augusta. My family has never been the type to argue or feud (the three children during the years prior to their high school graduations being the obvious exception), and I think I've discovered that the secret to this is that we pretty easily all agree about what constitutes a good time, and we stick with doing those things. 

Things We All Think Are Great:
1. Holding babies.
2. Eating.
3. Being outside.
4. Shopping.
5. Holding babies.
6. Eating.
7. Jesus.
8. Being pampered.
9. Eating.
10. Taking pictures.
11. Laughing.
12. Holding babies.

Seriously-- stick to doing the things everyone likes and you are guaranteed to have a fabulous weekend. Unless you start fighting about whose turn it is to hold the baby (mine, always mine)...and then you can just appease yourselves with food and get back to the good times. So here's what our weekend looked like.

Saturday Morning: Matt and Erika Bike the Augusta Canal.
 It's been years since I've biked or ran the Canal (and Matt's never been), and it was as fabulous as I remembered. I'd be lying if I didn't catch myself thinking I want to move back to Augusta a few times as we rode...there's just nothing like this in Athens! Sigh.

Saturday Afternoon: Sarah and Erika Get Their Nails Did.

I laugh hysterically as I watch Sarah laugh hysterically as her pedicure guy evidently TICKLES HER TO DEATH. It was ridiculous. And Sarah's a VERY LOUD laugher, so I'm pretty sure everyone in the shop hated us was highly amused. [my toes- Essie 'in the cab-ana', my fingers- Essie 'clambake']

Saturday Night: Sarah and Erika Have a Photo Shoot in the Back of Dad's Truck on the Way to Dinner.

 Having photo shoots in the car has been our tradition since about 199whenevertheyinventeddigitalcameras. I'd like to think we've perfected the art. I'd also like to say that the front-facing camera on the iPhone leaves something to be desired.

Saturday Night: We Have a Surprise 60th Birthday Party for my Dad at a BBQ Restaurant!

We have fun celebrating my dad (who was TOTALLY SHOCKED, which was extra fun!), eating, and holding Carley slash taking pictures of ourselves holding Carley. 

You know all those years of childhood you spent making sure that you and your siblings got the EXACT SAME AMOUNT OF TIME doing something limited/coveted (sitting in the front seat of the car (before that was illegal), playing video games, choosing what movie to watch, holding the new puppy)? Well, this skill comes in super handy again once there is ONE baby and FORTY-SEVEN hands that want to hold her (rough estimate). Sarah and I can shut down pretty much everyone else in the room pretty fast (Jake & Emily- out, they get to have her all the time. Our parents- out, they live 2 miles away. Emily's parents- out, they live 10 miles away. Anyone else- out, they don't love her enough) so we have just the two of us to share her between. So far we've kept things moderately friendly, although we certainly keep tabs on who's had the most time and who is proving she does/does not love her the most [for instance, while I was holding Carley, Sarah accidentally bumped (barely brushed) C's head with her elbow. CLEARLY SARAH HATES HER AND IS A TERRIBLE AUNT OMG HOW COULD YOU DO THAT?!??!]. Obviously I'm winning, but Sarah keeps it a pretty close race. 

Sunday Afternoon: Father's Day Cookout at Jake & Emily's House.
 I'm sure you're all shocked to think that we might spend the afternoon passing around the baby and taking pictures. Matt even got some turns this time...sometimes Sarah and I are saintly like that.

Later Sunday Afternoon: I Woo Carley to Sleep Using my Top-Secret, Patent-Pending, Highly Effective Baby Whispering Techniques.

Everyone else ate, I spend 20 minutes convincing Carley that life isn't completely terrible and that she won't miss anything fun if she closes her eyes for a few minutes. As soon as I got her to calm down a little in my arms, Sarah decided that my time was up and more or less snatched C away. Then, 5 minutes later, when she puts the sleeping baby into her crib, she tries to steal all the Baby Whispering credit. The nerve, right? It's okay. We all know who the Best Aunt really is.

All in all, it was a completely delightful weekend. In case you can't tell, I absolutely love spending time with my sister and my family, and I am head over heels for that precious one-month-old (!!!!), 45-lb (ish) chunk of baby. And I have the photographs to prove it. Boom.


  1. Hahaha! This post totally made me laugh. Sounds like you had a blast being a baby hogger this weekend. :)

  2. Ha, this baby hogging totally reminds me of how my family was back when there was only ONE grandchild around - she was the star of the show all the time! Glad you had a fun weekend with your fam!

  3. Sounds like the perfect combination of activities to me! Glad you guys had a great time!

  4. Haha this post had me cracking up too! Carley looks like such a sweet baby - I'm glad you and your sister could share her well :) I've never been to Augusta but it sure does look nice!

  5. I'm glad you clarified that the 47 hands was an approximate number. For a minute there I was wondering if you invited Sarah from the Bachelor to your family weekend.
    Which reminds me that I'll probably descend upon your house with or without an invitation (is there a standing Monday night invitation?) this evening. Consider yourself warned.

  6. OOH, your niece is so adorable!! I can see why you had to fight for her like you did. :) I'm glad you had a nice weekend with your family!

  7. 47 hands? Sad. Just sad.

    Yay for the Augusta Canal... I can't even ride a bike and I enjoyed this place! This is the one and only thing I can say that truly miss! Athens should build a canal and a nice shady walkway!

    Glad you had a fun weekend with your family!

  8. Mani/Pedi's and babies? I can't think of a better weekend!!

  9. Very well photographed weekend of fun! Augusta looks beautiful... adding it to my list of places to visit. Love the mani-pedi color selections. It was nice of you to let your dad hold Carley just long enough to snap a photo :) And I'm mildly concerned about the "47 hands" thing. Is there a story you're leaving out here? Did someone lose a hand fighting over who got to hold precious baby C? Be honest.

  10. Looks like you had an amazing weekend! Love the pics. You always make me smile...even when I think I have nothing to smile about ☺

  11. I love, love, love the pictures with your sister. Sister photo shoots are the best! Also, your baby niece is ADORABLE :)

  12. Thanks for supporting Brandon's family with your "BBQ restaurant outing." ;)

    47 hands... someone lost one when Erika sawed it off with a butter knife for reaching for Baby Carley. Ha.

  13. What a fun family weekend! Your niece is precious && I would be fighting for time to hold her as well! I'm glad you and your sister have a system. :] I'm a huge supporter of back seat photo shoots and I don't think they'll ever get old.

  14. Ok but there's something that's still a little unclear... how do you feel about your new niece??

  15. Okay, Amanda J's comments had me laughing out loud with salad in my mouth. It wasn't pretty :)

    Also, it sounds like you have an amazing family and a really good time when you're all together. Enjoy it!

    And Carley is adorable. What a sweetie :)

  16. This was so funny!! We ate at a BBQ place for Father's day with my fam and the hubby's. I totally did the "I'm taking the baby" thing....ya know so everyone else can eat!

  17. Sounds like a great weekend and you truly are a baby whisperer! Oh, and I LOVE the colors of your nails. I am thinking I need to treat myself to a mani/pedi ASAP

  18. Erika and Sarah have beautiful the mail colors. someone missing a hand or does someone of a one-handed baby hold? 47 seems a little "odd" ;-)

  19. This weekend made me happy just reading about it. Your fam is wonderful!

  20. Very, very, very good call on the nail colors. Fabulous. I was like, "I want to paint my nails those exact same colors! I am going to have to ask her what they're called!" And then I kept reading and you answered my question before I even asked it! You never do me wrong.

  21. You look so so pretty! I think you and and Sarah's styles/makeup/hair are becoming more alike. Shes toned it down some and you've ramped up the trendy some.

  22. I'm so jealous! I would have loved to hold my new nephew this past weekened. Wait...perioud! I haven't met him yet. Sounds like you had a great weekend!


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