Monday, May 31, 2010

A Reason to Celebrate (Part 1)

With Jonathan's help, our good friends, Sona and Jeff, tied the knot yesterday. And what a day it was! This was the first wedding that Jonathan officiated which would have been memorable on its own, but for it to be the wedding of such a dear friend . . . that was truly special. Sona and Jonathan became friends when he moved to Washington in 2000 and they have seen each other through the ups and downs of life as single, thirty somethings making their way in the world. Sona was the first of Jonathan's friends that I met in DC and she paved the way for "Jonathan's friends" to become more than that to me...they (and she) became my friends. We had the pleasure of getting to know Jeff while we were still living in DC and could not have been more excited to share in their joy on this wonderful day. The wedding weekend included the rehearsal, the Henna party (no boys allowed, except for one who promised not to tell), lunch for the other boys on the Potomac, the rehearsal dinner and the main event. Here is the bride-to-be with A at the rehearsal dinner - she's showing off her beautiful Henna hand.

I've posted the entire ceremony (split into two parts) for those who would like to watch it. It lasts about 15 minutes. Sona looks absolutely radiant, Jeff looks smitten, Jonathan looks very at home, and Anderson...well you'll notice that you don't even hear a peep from our little guy! Following the ceremony, we caught up with old friends but there was just not enough time. As you can see, the morning after was as tough for A as it was for us! Another trip to our nation's capital is a must!

A Reason to Celebrate (Part 2)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Big Brother in Training

During our marathon road trip to North Carolina up to Washington, DC and back home to Nashville we were able to spend some quality time with family and celebrate old friends. I really enjoyed showering my dear friend, Erin, with lots of attention at her baby shower. She is expecting her first child in July and Anderson is eager to have a new playmate. We saw Sassy and Papa, Wawa and Granddaddy, Aunt Kim and Uncle Daniel, and Aunt Brooke and Cousin Jack. We just had to include this brief video of Jack posing for the camera and saying hi to "ba-by" Anderson. We think Jack is going to make one incredible big brother (in just a few months!).

Anderson also met his share of adorable older women, including Taylor (pictured here) who is Laura and Collin's little gal and Caroline, daughter of Teresa and Mark with whom we stayed in DC (thank you, thank you!). Caroline gave us a preview of what's in store for us in just a few months, and we can't wait! Lots of words, lots of steps, and lots of books! We had a wonderful time back in our old stomping grounds and while there, we caught up with many folks at a coffee shop in Alexandria. Anderson met my cousin Paul and friends Keith, Don, Karla, Lisa, and Karen. Of course, the pinnacle of our trip back to DC was the nuptials of our dear friends Sona and Jeff. I've dedicated a separate post to that.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Made You Laugh

We bet you can't watch this without joining Anderson in a good giggle.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Beach Living

Anderson seems to be enjoying himself, doesn't he? For the record, I did NOT pose him for the pictures/video...he did that all by himself. That eTrade baby has nothing on our little guy! :) We're in Seagrove, FL on the Gulf Coast and thankfully there is no sign (yet) of the oil spill that occured several hundred miles from here near Louisiana a few days ago. I hope that those combatting the spill are successful, because I can't imagine the devastation that black sludge would bring to these white sand beaches. Really...the sand is blindingly white. And the water is very clear, in fact, that I saw dozens of little crabs rolling in the tide this afternoon when I walked by. I've never seen LIVE crabs in the water off the Carolinas.

Seagrove is minutes from Seaside which is where The Truman Show movie (starring Jim Carey) was filmed. We are staying in a perfect one bedroom villa which is cozy but still has ample room for all of Anderson's stuff. We can walk to Seaside which is not nearly as "Stepford" as we thought it would be. In fact, it seems pretty progressive. The architecture is varied and all of the shops and eateries are local (rather than chains like Starbucks). They even have several silver, old school Airstream trailers that are home to great food and snacks like Queen Bee Cupcakes (need I write more?), a BBQ place that touts all hormone-free meats, and a shaved ice place that manages to make ice really taste like banana pudding! Each home is brightly colored, with a picket fence and its own name, e.g. The Widdle House or Julie Got Her Way, and the names of the occupants on a sign in front. The houses are nestled amongst the thick, natural vegetation and the are is so idyllic!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The 1,000 Year Flood

It certainly has been an eventful couple of weeks since my last post. In Anderson's life, he now consistently finds his thumb (through the baby monitor, we can hear him sucking on it vigorously during the night), his smile occasionally breaks into a giggle that I hope to capture on video for you, and he is able to track us with his eyes as we walk around him. Unfortunately, all has not been as amaingly sweet for the rest of Nashville.

As the nation now knows, Nashville experienced unprecedented (some say biblical) flooding last weekend (May 1 & 2). They are calling it a 1,000 year flood, and we can only hope that it is that long before the city sees water like this again. My parents happened to be visiting over the weekend and I think that we have finally figured out the common denominator for the notorious Skowronek freaky weather - my parents! They pointed out that they were in Charleston for Jack's birth when hurricanes threatened, they were in Nashville for Anderson's birth when we had the big snowstorm, and now they were here for the flood. Hmmmm... :)

The rain started on Saturday (actually it might have been Friday night) and fell constantly, sometimes in torrents, all day. We (including Deacon, Mom and Dad's golden retriever) hunkered down inside waiting for the rain to let up with no idea what lay ahead. We decided to pass the time with a little Texas Hold 'Em where my mother schooled all of us and I taught Anderson how to lose gracefully. (Dad gave Mom a run for her money on Sunday, though)

Following thunderstorms Saturday night, we awoke on Sunday to still more rain and learned about the horrible flooding on I24 that resulted in 70+ cars being stranded. Later that day, they shut down parts of I40 due to standing water. Water rushed down our street and pooled in large puddles in front of our garage. We now realize that our side of the street is slightly more elevated than the other side and we were very fortunate that all of this water only resulted in several inches accumulating in the space below our house which was reabsorbed by Monday. Our only casualty was our hot water heater.

Our neighbors across the street called Sunday morning to see about a wet/vac and Jonathan and Dad went over to help them move furniture, inventory, and belongings out of their flooding basement. They swept water out the door and tried their best to stay ahead of it. It just didn't seem to let up! The bakers across the street were also unloading buckets of water from their basement, but fortunately none of their delectables were impacted. We were reminded that the springs in our Lockeland Springs neighborhood are still viable and may have contributed to the flooding around us. Apparently, folks near us had water in their homes up to their chests, not to mention the homes south of us that were completely destroyed. The pictures are surreal.

Monday was literally the calm after the storm. The sky was a brilliant blue and all seemed back to normal for us. Mom and I went shopping (and I got a pedicure as an early Mother's Day gift from my sis...thanks Brookie!) and as we entered the interstate we saw firsthand the wrath of the Cumberland. A junk yard that borders I-24 that we pass every day was essentially under water - the water level was up to the windows of the big trucks and some of them were completely submerged...this junk yard borders the Cumberland and you could see that the river was even with the water that we saw in the junk yard. Incredible!

Tuesday, we all packed up and headed our separate ways - Mom, Dad, and Deacon to Salisbury and our Wright family to Seagrove, FL. We left the flood behind us and hoped that the oil from the BP oil spill in Louisiana was not awaiting us on the Gulf Coast. So many lost so much last weekend and we will do what we can to help - we hope you will, too.