Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Work clothes

Every morning, when Chad gets dressed, Avery asks him if he's going to work. She knows the difference between his work clothes and his play clothes.

Yesterday, when I woke up, I threw on jogging pants and a tie dye t-shirt, plopped down on the couch and got out my laptop to start working. She cocked her head to the side and said, "Mommy, are those your work clothes?" Great.

Yes, sweetheart. They are.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

To answer your questions

Yes, Eli Gold is one of my clients. I've done book publicity for his most recent two titles, Bear's Boys: 36 Men Whose Lives Were Changed by Coach Paul Bryant, and Crimson Nation: The Shaping of the South's Most Dominant Football Team. Eli Gold is the play-by-play announcer for the Alabama Crimson Tide Football team and has a very distinct voice. He has become a friend.

I first got to know Eli while working at Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was marketing director while Crimson Nation was being published. I was thrilled to be working on the project because I grew up in Alabama and have been a fan of the Tide as long as I can remember.

I left Thomas Nelson to stay at home with Avery, so when they got ready to publish Bear's Boys, I took on the publicity for his signing events and solicited reviews with my friend and business partner Lola.

Both books have been wildly successful, especially among Alabama fans. We've had several sell-out autographing events and tailgate parties. What a ball!

In the process, I've gotten to know Eli well and have come to enjoy Alabama football even more. Roll Tide!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Impromptu Roadtrip

Saturday, we jumped in the car and headed to Florence to my best friend's studio to get Stuart's 6-month pictures done. (I cannot believe he's already 6 months old!!!) We started kidding around about how we were already half way to Tuscaloosa and that we should go try to get tickets to the game.

I sent a text message to Eli Gold, play by play announcer for the Crimson Tide, who is a client of mine. I told him that we were thinking about coming down and asked him if I'd get to see him. He told me that he'd be free between 2:30 and 4 and that we could come up to the press box!!!! I replied back to tell him that we hadn't gotten tickets yet but that I'd call him if we headed that way. He immediately called me and told me that he had left tickets in my name at his hotel! How sweet is that?!?!?!?

So we zipped to a department store and bought Crimson Tide apparel and hit the road. We borrowed my grandparents' camera and bailed on 'em. (They understood, of course.)

The Tide wasn't rolling too well Saturday, but we pulled off a win against Tulane and the kids got their first-ever Alabama football experience.

After the game, we all hiked back to the car (should've seen our blisters!) and headed home. We didn't get home until 3 a.m., so Sunday afternoon was dedicated to the mother of all naps!

Thanks, Eli, for a great day! We had a ball!

My sweet Alabama Girl

Stuart in his new duds with Grandma

We even got to catch up with my aunt Amy (all 3 of her kids are students at Alabama this year)

Scoping out the new talent during warmups

Coach Nick Saban

Yet another hot dog (Avery tells us she prefers "cold dogs")

Wide-eyed doll got mesmerized by the action!

Stuart was soaking it all in, too!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Calling all novice photogs!

I'm in need of a new camera. My current one works, but only if I'm careful with it. The on/off switch is part of the trigger and it has all popped off. It still takes pictures, but only when I hold it in place gently. It has done the job fairly well for the last 5 years or so. I haven't been thrilled with it, though. A spring in the battery chamber has caused the battery door to randomly fly open and dump out the battery -- usually only when I have a very important shot to capture.

I'm hesitant to buy a new camera without a glowing recommendation (or 6). Here are my needs: compact digital, at least 10 megapixels, a large preview screen, and a secure battery chamber. I don't care about fun colors, but it would be nice to have something flat enough to stick in my pocket.

Okay, wow me with your suggestions!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Couldn't resist

Okay Melanie, I couldn't hold out any longer. I have to post the story. Please forgive me!

One morning last week, I met a couple of moms at the OC playground so the kids could run off some energy. I had a 1 p.m. appointment with Doug to discuss Kirkpatrick EOS volunteers, but I had some time to kill in between. Rather than go all the way home just to turn around and head back, we just grabbed lunch and ran Brentwood errands. We still had time to spare, so we hung out at the church building. Although they insisted they didn't mind, I knew we were being a complete distraction to the office staff.

They were so sweet to the kids. Each of them has a special place in Avery's heart -- especially Melanie. But Avery got wound up really fast. I heard a yelp and turned around to find out that it was Melanie. With a shocked look on her face, she informed me that Avery had bitten her -- in the tush! I was trying to quickly scold my precocious 2 1/2 year old, but everyone on the office staff was trying to contain their laughter. They had to quickly scatter away from earshot so I could explain why biting is not acceptable. We're all still laughing about it.

On another note, we had a wonderful long weekend of pool time, Crimson Tide football, big girl bed, yard work, and free Chick-fil-A chicken strips. Who could ask for more than that? And to top it all off, Avery started back to preschool Tuesday! She and I were getting tired of each other, so this is a welcomed blessing. Here a few shots of our high points. Big girl bed pix to come later when we finish the bedding. Enjoy!
Avery and her buddies Isaiah, Macy and Harper on the hippo.
Playfully peeking from inside the play structure
Making faces at the pool
Watching Alabama football with Daddy
Snuggling with my little man
Avery's first day of school - She's now asking for a "side pony" every time I fix her hair!
Obviously, Stuart's going to love Kix cereal as much as his sister. Let's just hope he doesn't cram it in our electronics, too.
Stuart started eating cereal a couple of weeks ago, but he seems to enjoy wearing it as much as eating it.