Monday, July 30, 2007
I just finished "Nowhere Else on Earth" by Josephine Humphreys and I LOVED it so now I feel a bit lost. I knew it was historical fiction so I thought the characters were made-up. I went on Google tonight and turns out they're not!
Henry Berry Lowrie (top left) and his wife Rhoda Strong were real-life people from the Lumbee Tribe that lived in North Carolina during the Civil War. It's a fascinating story of hardship, love, murder & outlaws. I'm going to have to read a lot more about them. There's also an outdoor drama about them called Strike at the Wind that I'd love to see if we ever get to NC.
My next book is "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by the same author as The Kite Runner.
Saturday night we went to the Villa:Crew game. Villa won 3-1 so my friend Jon was happy. He gave me a new team shirt as you can see. Jack got to "high-five" the Crew Cat and did okay until about 9m but then we had to bring him home to bed before he lost it.
Gina & Jack. She'll be a wondeful mum one day.
Jack is now like a whirling-dermish. Toddling, crawling, climbing, running, doing everthing he can to get up to mischief. I took a short video of him this weekend "running for the bus" and saying his favourite thing right now - "bye bye".
Friday, July 27, 2007
Villa are in town to play Columbus Crew tomorrow night so we rallied to get Jon over with the team. The owner of Villa is Randy Lerner, who also owns the Cleveland Browns, so we took Jon there today to meet the head groundsman. It was the Browns first day of official training and Villa also had a practice at the training ground.
The motley crew at the Browns Stadium. There was a major flood in there last week so the locker rooms were being gutted. They also had a new field installed last night & the grounds crew didn't finish sodding until 4.30am this morning.
So, we've got a busy weekend lined up, including the Villa:Crew game and lots of socialising, although last night we socialised just a bit too much and I've been worse for wear all day.
A couple of things I found out about Jon that are really great:
- He was the last person to score a goal in Wembley Stadium before it was torn down. Really!
- He was once kicked up the bum by Gazza (famous crazy soccer player from England)
It doesn't seem possible that she's going to be a mum. I remember the night she was born in 1989. I was at college and the warden came knocking on my door to say that she'd arrived. I went to the hospital to see her and I was elated when my sister asked me to be her God Mother. She's turned into a beautiful and lovely natured young woman and I miss her very much. I'm so sad I missed her 18th birthday this April!
Here is the little scamp. I'm already looking at baby stuff to buy and now I understand why so many people had a burning desire to buy us stuff for Jack. It's compulsive - it's about buying things for BABIES!
I am looking forward to being a Great Aunt. My sister Jen is 42 and will be a nana! I've already given her some stick about that.
Gemma might find out at the end of August if it's a George or a Mildred. So far she likes the name Lexie for a girl.
I'll keep everyone posted on her progress.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Tonight I took some video of him to show you (our family & friends) but my favourite bit ended up being something completely different. Watch his face when he sees his dad come in. It makes my heart melt...
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Craig and Jack with a friend, Ed
We did some gardening but not much. I think the garden is starting to look good too. It's been a big job just to keep everything from dying as we are currently in a moderate drought and about 6.5 inches below normal rain for the year. A direct contrast to England with all the terrible floods. I saw Tewksbury on the BBC today and it looked like New Orleans all over again!
This morning we rang Craig's mum to wish her happy birthday then just kind of hung out. I'm reading a FABULOUS book "Nowhere on Earth" by Josephine Humphreys. It's historical fiction, set in N.C in 1864 and the heroine is one of those characters that you immediately fall in love with so I'm already dreading finishing the book because I'll miss her.
Last but not least, our Jack playing with a wooden puzzle Auntie Jenny got him. He dumps out the pieces and I put them back together to his great delight. Just this weeks he's started doing "bye bye" and talks a lot now. He's walking more but still plops down when it gets too much for him. The marks on his face are from a fall he had last Monday at day care. Now that he's toddling I'm one step behind him everywhere he goes!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
He has been getting more and more confidence and I've been holding my breath every time he looks like he's going to take those first steps.
This weekend he started standing up on his own and then today he just did it! He can take quite a few steps now without falling down. Please humor me as I immediately got my camera and captured the moment on video.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Anyway, that got me thinking. We all go and watch shows and it's the kind of thing we don't really share. We've only seen a handful and these are our favourites:
Miss Saigon: The story: American GI Chris in Vietnam meets prostitute Kim, falls in love, marries, he gets taken back to USA. She struggles in war time, has his child, her pimp needs her for his "American Dream" so as soon as he knows she has an American child he helps her but then Chris comes back. I haven't spoilt the plot - there's much much more. This video captures the story wonderfully.
We saw this on stage in London 2005 - the same day those 4 people tried to blow up the trains & subways. Story: Jean Valjean gets imprisoned unfairly, then does something bad, but then makes it right by looking after Fantine until she dies. He then takes her daughter Cosette and makes a new life for him and her. But the police chief is always one step behind. Anyway, as I said before this is Dot's & my favourite song, sung by Fantine.
Story: Best friends squatting, no money, want to make the world better. Turns out they have AIDS, are addicted to drugs an/or are unloved - but still conquer! Very wonderful story and very sad. You won't believe this but Craig knows all the words to this one too!
The title to this blog refers to the fact that Craig and I once watched "Cats" which we both thought was AWFUL.
We would love to see: Spamalot & The Color Purple next...
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Saturday we called Dot & Harry to make sure they got home okay, which they did, so we decided to keep busy and try to enjoy the weekend. We got our Jack's pool out that Eric & Dave got him for his birthday. He loves it and played for a while in the garden. Char came over at night and Craig cooked us a lovely Indian meal - poppadoms & mango chutney for the appetiser then chicken tikka masala on dirty rice - lovely!
Today we went to Columbus Zoo. It was stinking hot so we kept inside as much as possible. Jack loved the elephants and the aquariums. He stood for ages looking at the fish. Craig wondered if we should set up an aquarium again but 2 cats, a dog and a toddler is quite enough to cope with right now! I enjoyed seeing "Fluffy" - the 24 foot python and the tigers. Craig loves all the aquarium stuff and the manatees. When the heat got too much we came home.
Oh, I almost forgot - Jack had his 12 month Doc visit last week. Had 3 injections (ouch) but was a little rockstar and hardly cried. Here's his statistics:
- Weight: 23 lbs 6 oz (55th percentile)
- Height: 31 inches (85th percentile)
So the trend continues to be "tall & slim". Oh I wish I could say the same about me....
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
We had a lovely day - just chilling out and did a bit of shopping as Jack got some gift cards for his birthday. Look what he wore today...
First time in his forward facing seat and he LOVED it. Know why? Craig put a Sesame Street DVD in his GPS/DVD thingy at the front and Jack just danced and clapped in his seat. Marvelous!
As I'm writing this I can hear the Clintonville fireworks going off but we didn't go. Last night we watched Columbus's Red White & Boom display. I have to post this YouTube video of it because it was very impressive. Stick around for the "Grand Finale" - which is nothing short of obnoxious!
We celebrated by having a garden party with our close friends. Here's a few pictures from the big event...
He had a fabulous day, really enjoyed playing with his friends and later we took him to watch the fireworks. I'm happy he's reached this milestone but also sad as it's going by too quick.
Two new things for him now - got to switch him to cow's milk and his car seat can now face forward. I think he's days away from walking but we'll wait and see.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Anyway, he's some pix of our fun weekend:
Our "cabins" - okay, more like garden sheds but at least we had no raccoons! Did have screened porches too - critical for those night time socials when you want to sit out and drink wine without being eaten by mozzies!
The "strip" was right on Lake Erie and we saw some wonderful sunsets. Geneva on the Lake is a BIG Harley town - so if you like bikes you'd like it. You can see that they park up every day at Eddie's. There's also lots of old American cars like the Camero SS and Mustang.
Eddie's Grill was a great haunt of ours. Also, the Sunshine Breakfast Cafe, where the staff are the entertainment - very funny.
Our trip to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was great. To be inducted into the RRHF you have to be nominated 25 years after the first record, so there' still people, like Madonna, that aren't in it. It was good but there's lots I would change - for starters, they should get a baby changing station in every restroom because I kept having to go back to the ground floor! As far as the music goes - the first floor was an educational overload and then the next 5 floors were not as good. My favourite bits were: John Lennon's school report cards, Freddie Mercury's clothes (he was TINY), and touching Johnny Cash's tour bus (see below).
Johnny Cash's tour bus - used from 1979-2003. Made in Columbus (Grove City) Ohio. He called it his second home and always used it as his transport. After June died he sold it - 2 months before he died. It isn't open to the public yet but I got to see it.
Lake Erie - Jack's first swim. Both Craig and I got in with him - up to our necks, Brrrrr. He was cold at first but then okay. He loved it.
LOVES these kiddie rides. His particular favourite was "Pink Panther" as you can see below when he dances with excitement!