Saturday, October 30, 2010

From Ben

Hey everybody,

Ben here. I'm taking over my mom's blog today because I wanted to tell you all something.
That's right. I went poop in the potty. My mom and dad were pretty excited. They clapped and screamed so loud that it almost scared me. 

Well, that's all. Just wanted to let you know that I'm a big boy now. 
Friday, October 29, 2010

Bad Blogger

My name is Cortney and I'm a bad blogger.

Yesterday and today I traveled out of town for work and the minute I got home all I wanted to do was relax. Since it's been over a week since I posted any real content let me think back to what I've failed to share.

Last weekend was the University of Missouri's homecoming and the town was PACKED with fans. Friday night my friends Sarah and Rachel were in town and we decided to brave the crowds and go out to dinner with Sarah's sister Ali and my friend Mallory. Even though the wait was an hour and a half and we were all starving, it doesn't seem as long when you're waiting with good friends and good drinks. We had such a great time and it was nice to catch up with everyone. Of course I failed to pictures.

ESPN's College Gameday was filmed on MU's campus for the first time and Mizzou fans broke the record for the number of people at Gameday. Mizzou ended up beating Oklahoma 36-27 and needless to say everyone was a little excited.
I think this picture is a perfect display for why we stayed at home on game day. Way too many.

Sunday morning Ben and I went to breakfast with my parents at a local diner in town. The diner has been there forever and I've always wanted to go. I'm glad we did because the food was great and super cheap!

How come weekends always seem to go so fast? Do you think if all weekends were 3 day weekends Tuesday would become the new Monday and we would grow to hate it just as much? 
Thursday, October 21, 2010

That Time I Met Temple Grandin

Besides the glorious flex time that my work allows, there are also other great perks like getting to meet Temple Grandin.

To learn more about Dr. Grandin and her experiences as a person with autism, visit her website here.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Getaway to St. Louis & Other Happenings

Things have been crazy lately! With so much to do and so little time, a little break was just what we needed. This weekend J and I escaped to St. Louis by ourselves, leaving Ben at home with his Memaw and Pampa. Although we love Ben and doing things as a family, sometimes it's nice to have time to ourselves and remember that J and I were a "we" long before Ben came along. Of course we did end up talking about him most of the time. 

We stayed at the Hilton in downtown St. Louis right next to Busch Stadium and the Arch. We went to the top of a parking garage to take some pictures. 

Friday night we went to the Galleria and planned to eat at the Melting Pot for dinner. Our reservations weren't until 9:00 so we grabbed a slice of pizza to keep us from starving and looked around the mall. Shockingly, I didn't find anything that I wanted, but of course J found the one thing in the Apple store he didn't have. I'm am not even exaggerating, we have everything but the Apple t.v.
And now we're the proud new owners of the Apple t.v. 

By the time dinner rolled around neither of us were hungry enough that we thought we could tackle all the food at the Melting Pot so instead we opted to see the movie Wallstreet. I thought it was okay, mostly because of Shia Labeouf and J was not impressed at all. 

One of the great things about our hotel was that there was an Imos Pizza right in the lobby. J had never had Imos and I love it so we ordered room service and laid in bed eating pizza at 1:00 at night which is one of the benefits of being child free for the weekend. 

After sleeping in, we made our way over to the Science Center where we attempted to learn a few  things.

Apparently J has been designing websites the hard way all these years. Who knew all he needed was this program?

Besides walking around and looking at all the fun exhibits, we also saw our first IMAX movie about the Hubble telescope. To round out our weekend we ate dinner at the Cheesecake Factory where J consumed a chicken sandwich the size of his head and I got my usual Thai lettuce wraps.

We were so thankful that my parents could keep Ben and by the looks of things when we picked Ben up, he was glad they watched him too. Nothing's better than being spoiled by grandparents. 

On Sunday I tried to clean up the disaster that was our house and that afternoon we went to see J's parents. One of the parks has a little train and offers rides around the park.

After the train ride we went over to my in-laws house to eat dinner and play outside. I love that they have so much land and Ben can just run and run until his hearts content.
 J's parent's dog Jackie. Ben loves to frequently tells us, "Jackie pooped." 

Even though we are still trying to recover from this weekend, we had such a blast. I'm thinking our next getaway needs to involve, sun, sand, and a mini-umbrella in my drink.
Monday, October 11, 2010

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival

Nothing gets me more in the mood for Fall than almost 90 degree whether. Not. Even though it was MUCH warmer than I would have liked, we had a blast at the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival.

Hartsburg is a small town not too far from us with a population of 108 people. In the entire town. It's no wonder that traffic during the festival can be horrific as up to 30,000 people flock to the town to enjoy the festivities. J ended up having to get some work done Sunday so my mom offered to go with Ben and I since she had never been before. Like most festivals, there were pumpkins and corn mazes, but what makes this festival special is the hundreds of booths filled with all kinds of crafts and food. Of course, you can't go and not try out all the deliciousness.
My mom had one of these bad boys. We also had homemade cherry limeades which I forgot to take a picture of and Ben and I shared one of these. 
No, it's not just the angle of the picture, this really was the size of Ben's head.

We also shared these homemade potato chips, which Ben obviously hated.

And no judging the amount of food we consumed. All of this was throughout the day and we did a lot of walking. Whatever. 

Things we did not try this year, but will certainly be trying in the years to come: Kettle Corn, homemade candy, pumpkin fudge, caramel apples, funnel cake, bbq sandwich, and 3 different kinds of homemade soups and chili.

Although it might not seem like it, we did actually manage to do other things besides eat. Ben rode his first pony whose name was Bert and he absolutely loved it! Of course what does he remember about the experience, "the horse pooped." Yep, the horse in front of us seemed to have no shame about letting it go and Ben felt the need to remind me the rest of the day about what had happened. 

I tried to catch a few cute pictures of Ben on the haystack with the pumpkins.

Unfortunately I wanted until we were getting ready to leave and Ben was exhausted and cranky. Poor grandma...

One of the things I love most about going to the pumpkin festival each year is that it becomes our very own family tradition. I like the idea that we will be able to look back over the years and see how things changed and how much Ben has changed and grown.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Where Did The Money Go?

When you ask Ben this question, he will open his mouth and point at his tongue. That's because he swallowed a dime today.

Luckily, the nurse said it should pass in the next couple of days. At least it wasn't a golden dollar...ouch. After hearing this news, my dad thought it was funny to call me and ask if there had been any 'change' in Ben? Get it. He's funny like that. Next time my dad needs to bum some change I know where I'm getting it from.
Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me

Let me just start off by saying that I am spoiled. My friend Melissa might tell you that when we were younger I would start crying if I didn't get my way or something I wanted. She is a big.fat.liar. Don't listen to her. There is a difference between being spoiled and being a spoiled brat and although I'm definitely the first one, I truly appreciate everything.

That being said, I had a great birthday filled with lots of celebration. Friday at work I received these from my wonderful mother.

When I came home I was greeted with this from J.

And just what was in my little pink bag? Beatles Rock Band and a day at the spa. Major points for J
on that one. I can't wait to get pampered. Usually I get some kind of Apple product and although I love each new version of the i-pod, a girl only needs so many. 

Someone else seemed to enjoy the fact that it was my birthday because with a birthday comes a birthday cake.
"Which should I eat first, cake or icing?"

"What the heck, I'll just have this big piece right here."

"oh man, I think I missed a little bit of frosting."

What I like to call the, "Give your mom a birthday kiss, aka Why you shouldn't trust a toddler with a fist full of cake" montage.

Later that night J and I went to dinner and saw, The Social Network, which was actually pretty good.

On Saturday we went over to my mom and dad's for lunch and yet another birthday cake. 
I heart them.

And as if all the celebrating wasn't enough, we also had a little birthday celebration on Sunday with J's side of the family. This past week was also his cousin Michelle's birthday and his brother's birthday is on Friday so we got all three out of the way at the same time. J's aunt always has her house decorated so cute, especially during the fall. Trying to take a picture of all the cousins together is quite hysterical.
Trey(in the red) is the oldest of all the kids. Could he look any more thrilled to be in the picture?

Ben wasn't really feeling the whole pose for a picture thing this year. 

Last year, 2009
Could you not just eat him up? Minus the huge drool spot on his shirt.

After the pictures we ate dinner, followed by cake of course, and more presents. 

Ben decided to make up his own rules of pool.
He also went up and down this slide about a hundred times.

These two cannot be trusted to be alone. They grabbed a fistful of M&M's that melted all over their hands.

Overall I had a great birthday, got some wonderful and thoughtful presents, but most importantly I got to spend it with the people I love.