Tuesday, August 31, 2010

10 Things on a Tuesday

1. I am attempting to join the world of cloth diaper moms. I gave myself until Jude's 3 month birthday to get adjusted to the diaper changing role and now I'm taking it a step further. I'll keep you posted. Encouragingly enough, I talked to a mom today who spoke quite highly of her cloth diaper experience. I'm feeling hopeful so far.

2. I hope this doesn't come across as a complaint. I am thoroughly enjoying my 'explore memphis' journeys. BUT...my return to the city is revealing an undercurrent of road rage and Poplar Avenue anxiety that I find hard to overcome. Every time I drive down Poplar near midtown I become a nervous wreck. The lanes are unbelievably small. I am convinced that if I'm in the center lane, I will overstep and hit someone head on. If I am in the middle lane, I'll sideswipe anyone who passes me. If I am in the right lane, I'll take my mirror off on one of the electric poles.

3. Jude has a rat tale. I confess that when he was 3 days old I snipped a little of the hair on his neck. No child of mine is going to have a rat tale. Now, it's growing back.

4. The little man is become quite active in his old age. My first act of discipline: remove the play bar from his baby recliner. He gets so worked up over the stimulation that he usually starts screaming. I think he wants to eat the red mushroom.

5. To my relief, I finished the Chuck Colson book. I am going to bed at a decent hour now. Maybe I should wait a few days before picking something else up.

6. I am currently in the process of writing some little books for Jude about his family to take with us overseas. They will be picture books about his family, Memphis and all the things he needs to remember at 1 while traveling, right?

7. Jude and I don't have a serious daily routine. His bedtime is pretty much the same each night but his naps are just cat naps throughout the day right now. Our one constant? At 3:30pm, we watch Jeopardy. Jude likes Alex Trebek's voice.

8. Tonight David's sweet mom is watching little man so we can go hang out at Shelby Farms or whatever. It is NiCe to have family in town.

9. I'm a little bummed...we're not making it to our usual Labor Day Reunion with college friends this year due to David's work schedule. Long Live Bradley....with or with out us though!!!

10. Slowly but surely, I'm enjoying running again. I may run a mile and feel the need for a nap 2 hours later. Nonetheless, I'm making progress. I think my St. Jude half marathon ambitions are a little unrealistic but I'm setting my sights on a 5K this fall:)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Reading Colson

Last week David and I were strolling through Barnes & Noble when Chuck Colson's book Born Again caught my eye. It is the story of Colson's political life,his days as Nixon's right hand man, Watergate, and his conversion to Christianity after the witness of a Boston businessman and reading Mere Christianity. It was on my parent's shelves for years but somehow I never picked it up. Political books aren't my usual fare.

Thursday I checked it out of the main library. I've been devouring it ever since. Last night, I kept reading until my eyes were so heavy I could hardly see the words. At this rate I'll be finished by tomorrow....though David may not have any dinner on the table, Jude may remain unbathed, and the dust bunnies will be untouched.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

June Cleaver

David walked in the kitchen yesterday and found me making a cake...with Jude strapped into the Baby Bjorn.

He called me June Cleaver. I don't think I'm quite as chipper as June but I'll take it as a compliment.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Little Bit of Soul

My mom had a few hours off work today and invited me to go "museuming" with her. Any love that I have for museums was directly inherited from (and cultivated by) my mom.

In celebration of a MUCH cooler day than usual, we started with a picnic at the Ornamental Metal Museum on the bluff of the Mississippi. After watching barges and boats for a while, we headed into the exhibits and workshops.

While metal work is certainly not my favorite form of art, it is intriguing to me. The artists at the Metal Museum are basically dedicating their careers to that one form...and in a blazing hot workshop no less!

For those who've never been, they do have a good picnic spot on the grounds that overlooks the river and it's free of charge to enjoy the grounds. The museum has a small entry fee.

After an adventure with the GPS and the Memphis interstate, we found our second destination: the STAX museum.

Jude particularly enjoyed this museum primarily because of the dance floor in the middle of the exhibition. I now feel inspired to download some Issac Hayes and Aretha Franklin on iTunes! Note: STAX is free to those with Shelby Co residence on Tuesdays from 1-5!

As a native Memphian, I really enjoyed the history of the record company and one particular display that talked about how local much of the talent Stax Records developed was. Becuase the time periods overlap a bit, it was helpful that I had just re-visited the Civil Rights Museum a few weeks ago.

This is Jude's i'm-all-museum-ed-out-now look.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday, Sunday

It is very late on Sunday night. Husband and baby are both sleeping soundly and I am wide awake. This is due, in part, to my decision to nap at 4:30pm today. My mind is whirling with the events of the day.

Sunday. It's become a different kind of experience for me since David started working on staff at a church. I am perfecting the art of getting Jude and myself ready for Sunday morning without David's assistance. This morning, I arrived at 9:03 for 9am Sunday School. I thought this a great accomplishment.

Today was a particularly special Sunday for our household as we were to dedicate Jude before the congregation. David wore a suit. Jude wore seersucker. I wore a pale pink skirt and cream blouse. By 9:30am, I'd been summoned by the nursery worker to calm my frantic baby who was screaming for no apparent reason. And deep in thought over John 2, I'd acquired a large black ink spot on my pale pink skirt. This did not bode well for the 10:30am dedication service.

I considered trading clothes with Rebekah. But, like the wet-hair episode a few weeks ago, I thought that was probably just feeding my vanity...so up on the platform I would go, ink spot and all. By hymn #2 Jude was screaming loudly. I sang the hymns with greater gusto in hopes that it would help me overcome my ink spot insecurity and screaming child.

In the end, we did make it to the platform. Jude was quiet, my hand was over the ink spot. Our families surrounded us to signify their support. Our pastor asked us a series of questions about our commitment to raise Jude in the knowledge of the gospel, our commitment to love one another and honor our marriage vows, our commitment to train him according to Scripture...and I felt both the weight and freedom of our responsibility and God's grace help us keep those commitments.

I am beginning to love this new routine of Sunday mornings....my continual weakness giving way to deeper understanding of God's strength.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Girl Meets God

This weekend, amid house guests, Elvis tributes and diaper changing, I finished Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner. I've looked at the cover a few times over the past 3 years. I possibly even checked it out of the library a time or two. I think Lee first recommended Winner to me as an author. I've read bits of her writing here and there and am always delighted by her use of words. She seems to instinctively know how to make a sentence.

If I were smarter, I'd want to be her friend. As it is, her writing has a G.K Chesterton-ish effect on me. Reading G.K. Chesterton always makes me want to write a novel. At the same moment, it makes me never want to take up my pen again...just in case someone like G.K. Chesterton should ever read my book and be sad that I'd added to the masses of books in the Library of Congress that we'd all be better off avoiding.

All that to say, I was not disappointed and highly recommend it if you're wondering what to pick up next.


I found Jude hugging his burb cloth the other day. Maybe he's ready for some sort of 'blankie?'

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Walking in Memphis

We loved Louisville. We loved the season of life we were in, but we also just plain loved the city.

When we moved there, Casey Braswell drove us around one night after dinner. He showed us a bunch of spots we should check out and he gave us a little new-in-town advice: try everything once.

We took his advice to heart and spent a good bit of our free time at the city's festivals, parks, and tourist spots. In the end, we were sad to leave.

Memphis is our hometown. That means a lot of great things.

It means that we have a love for the city like you have a love for your extended family. Cohn's Walking in Memphis is among my favorite songs.

It also means, for some reason, that we're a little more hesitant to jump in there like we did in an unknown city.

Before we moved, we decided we needed to return to Memphis dedicated to getting to know the city better. We're not just going to stay in the suburbs on date night. We're going to trapse through mid-town restaurants and peek in A Schwab's down on Beale Street. We're actually going to go to a few of those art galleries in Overton.

My first stop when I pulled into the city limits with Jude and our worldly possessions in tow: the tourism bureau.

So far, I've taken Jude to the Brooks Museum to see the current photography exhibit, perused the Civil Rights Museum with the Lyons, and on Sunday, we did indeed go down to Graceland to glimpse a few impersonators in town for Elvis Week. This last get-to-know-Memphis event was a little over the top. Nonetheless....


As a follow up to my post on Memphis, I wanted to share a few discoveries I've made recently for the Memphis-on-a-budget folk out there. Keep in mind, I haven't personally checked all of these out yet so you may wish to call to verify:

The Brooks Museum: Free on Wednesday from 10-4pm

The Civil Rights Museum: Free on Mondays from 3-5pm with Tennessee ID.

The Dixon: Free on Saturdays from 10-12pm (Their gift shop is fabulous, by the way:)

Memphis Botanic Garden: Free on Wednesday from 12-6pm (see comments: not free!!!)

Mud Island River Park: Free admission (Fee for Monorail but I think you can walk?)

Pink Palace: Exhibits free on Tuesday from 1-4pm.

The Memphis Zoo: Free on Tuesdays from 2-5pm with Tennessee ID.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Meeting Mamaw

We took Jude out to the "farm" last week to meet Mamaw. He showed her his tummy time tricks. She called him "a dandy." It was a great success.

Four generations of Robertsons:

Friday, August 13, 2010

Blue Beetle Bug Rug

The latest edition to Jude's room:

Thanks, Mom!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bullfrogs and Butterflies

David has an amazing ability in that he is able to recall the lyrics to just about every song he's ever learned. Thus, he has a wealth of Bellevue kids choir songs just waiting to be sung at any moment.

My memory isn't as keen.

There is one childhood song that I remember hearing quite often though: Bullfrogs and Butterflies. I mentioned this to David last week and sang him a little sample...I had no idea who sang it, what cd it would be on, etc.

Sweet hubs found it on Amazon. What can't you find on Amazon, afterall? I've been dancing around the house this week with Jude singing Bullfrogs and Butterflies and some other unbelievably cheesy songs on that CD...first published in 1978:)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

10 Things on a Tuesday

1. We had a great time with the Lyons. We introduced them to Corky's BBQ and after a trip to the Civil Rights Museum, we showed them the wonder of the Peabody's Marching Ducks.

2. David and Jude were having a little 'man time' before dinner tonight. When I walked into our room....

3. Bethany J served us baked tilapia on a bed of black beans and corn. It was delicious. Last night I tried to re-create it:

Mmmm. A new favorite.

4. After many moons, I've laced up my running shoes again. It is slow going.

5. Jude's mattress arrived today and he's officially graduated from his bassinett. Next he'll be heading off to college....

6. Memphis is H-O-T. I love air conditioning.

7. The Dawkins household is VeRy excited about the latest news in the Boeving house.

8. Jude is in a sleep funk. He's been sleeping 7-8 hour shifts for the past few weeks. Suddenly, he's started waking up at 2am...for 3 nights. He cries. I feed him. He goes right back to sleep. Growth spurt? How long will it last?

9. It is late at night...I can't quite make it to 10 things.

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Lyons

The main motivation for the guest room completion: Michael and Erin Lyons, our first visitors from Louisville!!

They arrived last night on their way through Memphis from a wedding in Dallas. Jude is happy:

Hubs fixed some spectacular omlettes for breakfast this morning...complete with a flip in the frying pan...

David and Michael have been talking theology, etc...

And now, we're off for a day of sightseeing in Memphis!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Welcome Guests

Slowly but surely I am checking off my list of "settling in" tasks.

On this week's agenda: Finish the office/guestroom.

I was determined to use what we already had for the decor so I centered it primarily around this spectacular pillow case I bought a while back with a gift card. I love this fabric!

With a few scraps of leftover fabric, a canvas hubs salvaged from my neighbor's trash, a sewing machine and glue gun...I made this little art project one afternoon.

And now?

There's a cozy little nook in the office just waiting for visitors! Come visit. Please.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Hometown Happiness

A few things I'm loving about Memphis this week...

1. Those grandparents that are living just down the road.

My folks came over on Tuesday night and brought the crib that I slept in as a baby. I'm awaiting the mattress I ordered. Jude, whose legs will stick out before long, is quickly outgrowing his bassinet.

2. Our new Probate Court Clerk: Paul Boyd.

Only in Memphis do we have enough history to actually know someone running for office. Congrats on the victory, Paul!

Jude got his first taste of politics last night at the headquarters. Young Republican?

3. Aldi.

I haven't been disappointed. That Aldi right down the road from me is becoming a faithful friend.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Basic Necessities

People come up with some pretty creative gifts when a little one arrives. Not always in the "need" category...but a LOT more fun! One of my very favorites...Jude's monkey towel.

Thanks, Mrs. Boeving!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Slow It Down

Jude is growing. I don't just mean he weighs over 15lbs now. I mean that he sometimes gets bored when I put him in his recliner, he notices when I turn on his musical glow worm, he "sings" back to me when I sing to him, and when he's mad, he throws his entire body back and tries to kick himself out of my arms.

Before his arrival, I thought that I would "make it through" the infant phase...looking forward to the more interactive stages. I surprised myself. I LOVED the newborn phase. Loved it.

For the past few days I've been pushing down this anxious feeling about the next phase of more interaction. The truth is, I'm terrified. I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing.

When do I teach Jude the alphabet?

Am I supposed to buy some of thost art flash cards and start them at 3 months?

Are a glow worm and foot rattles enough to stimulate him at 2.5 months or am I letting his brain turn to mush?

And after this phase, he'll start crawling and walking and talking. I can't even think about that. Maybe I should start memorizing the book of Proverbs.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Florida Fun

Basically, Florida was a week long family reunion...only it was MUCH more fun than what probably just came to your mind. David's parents were amazingly generous in supplying a beautiful house for the week, we had tons of fun with his sibilings and a LOT of laughs with his cousins. The week also included...

A family photo shoot...

Plenty of playmates for Jude...

Many hours on the beach and at the pool...

A sea kayaking adventure with hubs...

A few rounds of mini-golf...

Not to mention Balderdash, wiffle ball, seafood, bike rides, frog catching, snipe hunting and more.

Thanks, Grammar and Pop!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday Morning

We pulled into Memphis yesterday evening. This morning David left for church before I'd even gotten out of bed. It was his first Sunday officially on staff at Crossroads. It was my first Sunday getting Jude and myself to church without his help.

Sunday School starts at 9am. At 8:45 all that remained was my hair. I turned my hair dryer on and it made a painful noise. Broken.

We were going to be introduced in the service and my hair was wet and would dry into a kinky sort of mess without a little heat. I called my neighbor to see if I could borrow her hair dryer. No answer.

I consider skipping Sunday School but somehow a broken hair dryer didn't seem like a great excuse so I decide to press on...wet hair and all. I pick up Jude and find that he's peed all over his Sunday clothes and our bed.

As a result of the drive to Florida, Jude tends to cry when we put him in the car. He screams as soon as I put him in his carrier. I drive on anyways.

Crossroads meets in a building that I've been to twice...David drove me both times. I am pretty sure I know where it is. At a four way stop I get a call from Laurin, who is in town for the weekend. She says they just passed me on the road. She confesses I looked a bit frazzled. I confess...I am frazzled.

At this point, I look around me and discover that I missed my turn. I don't actually know where to turn. Thankfully, Laurin's husband knows and I make a U-turn.

By the time I pull into the parking lot it is 9:30.I skip Sunday School and sit in the car having a much needed quiet time.

When the service finally starts my hair is dry, Jude is happy, and David is by my side. Our pastor asks us to remember the mercies of God. My mind is full long after the service moves onto the sermon. I remember why it is that I want to get up on a Sunday morning.