Monday, January 21, 2008

Premiere in the Palmetto State

Last Thursday, Jack and I left behind the beautiful North Georgia snow and headed for the Palmetto State...Greenwood to be exact. As usual, Jack was a quiet traveler sleeping the whole way. Our first stop was lunch with a friend from church and work, Shelby Dominick. It was great to catch up on what she's been up to and what's going on at the college.

After lunch, Jack and I went to see the folks in my office at Piedmont Tech. Jack got to meet Tommy, Jackie, Betty Jean, Karlene and many others. Everyone was so excited to finally meet Jack. Some others that I bumped into were a bit surprised to see me with a little one. Not everyone knew I was expecting when I left the college last summer.

Then we went to check into our digs for the trip...Warner land. My kind friend, Kristie, had volunteered to house me and Jack for the night. After visiting a bit and changing clothes we headed back to the college for a big retirement celebration for Dr. Walters, the current president at PTC. There we saw even more old colleagues. It was great to see Nancy and Gary Hall. They were excited to meet Jack. It was a lovely evening.

On the way home, we stopped by to see Sara, Chandler & Noah. It was a quick stop, since I planned to have breakfast with Sara the next morning. Then, we headed to our home for the evening. The next morning I picked up Sara and we caught up over breakfast at IHOP.

Then it was back to spend some more time with Cissy (aka Kristie). Our last stop of the trip was to meet Tripp and see Gretchen, Carey and Elise. Jack and I stopped by Gretchen's and the girls all came by to visit while we were there. It was so good to catch up and see everyone in one swoop. It was an exhausting couple of days, but a real treat to see so many old friends. I look forward to returning with Josh soon so he can see his old pals too.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Last week our community was turned into a winter wonderland as we received about 4 inches of snow on Wednesday, January 16. It began to fall in the late afternoon and had really begun to accumulate by that evening. It was only natural that I fix hot cocoa for Josh and I to enjoy...with plenty of marshmallows!

The snowfall was really pretty and the result was also beautiful. It was neat to have a beautiful blanket of snow during our first winter in Habersham County. I only wish little Jack had been old enough to go out and enjoy running around in it. Snow this pretty is a rare treat in Georgia.

Since the little one couldn't go out and enjoy the snow, I decided to leave a mark on the snow for him. I'm sure we'll have a chance to build a snowman with him soon.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Fun on the Farm and more

Today we drove down to Hoschton to visit our friends The Spruills (Robert, Brooke, Charlie & Wyatt). Robert and Josh trained together in Greenwood. They live in Moultrie now, but Robert's parents have a farm in Hoschton where they board horses. Here's a picture of Charlie on the farm.

This was the first time we had been to the farm; it's really a lovely place. Saturdays are quite busy with boarders visiting their animals. Today I'm sure they were all jealous of what was going on in the the smell of pit-smoked ribs filled the air. Robert's brother-in-law, Shannon smoked some of the best ribs I've ever had. The kind that fall off the bone. Needless to say they were delicious!

This was also the first time the Spruills had met Jack. Josh and Robert really enjoyed catching up. I had a hard time believing how big Charlie & Wyatt were.

Jack is finally beginning to enjoy bath time. The first few were quite an experience, but now he's beginning to tolerate the whole thing much better, which makes mom much happier too. Here's a photo of him enjoying his bath.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Welcome 2008!

Well, I've joined the blogging bandwagon. It's funny that the standard used to be diaries and even scrapbooks, but now it's much easier to keep an electronic record of goings ons.

Just about six weeks ago, Josh and I welcomed Jackson David Garrett to the world on November 28, 2007 at 3:28 pm. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 9 oz. and was 21 in. long. It's amazing to look back at the photos, because Jack's grown so much in the last six weeks. He's now smiling and cooing a lot. He's a lot of fun and keeps me pretty occupied during the days.

I plan to try to use this blog to keep family and friends updated on what's going on with us and Jack. If you have any tips for me or my blog, please let me know. I look forward to sharing with you...