Monday, July 30, 2012

Epic July

It seems like this month has been super busy, but I'm kind of loving it! Here are a few pictures of what we've been up to.

On Friday the 13th, Robert and I got to see Fiona Apple perform at the Ryman Auditorium.  She was pretty amazing, but I think about 75% of the audience wanted a quiet, respectful concert while the other 25% was set on screaming out, "WE LOVE YOU FIONA" and "WELCOME TO NASHVILLE" during every quiet moment of the show.  It was a little bit infuriating, and I think she ended early because of it.  The first thing she said to the audience, right before the last song of the night, was, "Okay, pretend it's 2 minutes later and you've been cheering for me."  That was our encore!

This past week, I attended THIS fantastic little event with a couple of friends while Robert and his buddy watched Audrey.  (Go check out the pictures!  I'm the only one wearing stripes in the group photo.) 

Turbo Fruits, opening band for GBV - they were great!
The next night, right after my girl's night out, we went and saw Guided By Voices!  They are basically Robert's favorite band ever, and the only thing he's listened to for nearly 2 years now... Ha!  We had so much fun.  I have sort of declared for the last few years that I'm not a fan of crowds or going to shows where I have to stand up the whole time, but this was just awesome.  It made me feel like a 16 year old again, and we could have stood there all night!! 

Robert Pollard is an amazing performer.  The band and the crowd were just having such a good time.  If you want to get into them, I don't even know where to tell you to start... (Here are all the videos I shot.)  This guy has so many side projects and puts out so many albums a year, that my Robert seriously has a spreadsheet that I've caught him working on to catalog all of them and see which ones he needs to collect.  That's dedication!  We left after the second encore because we thought it was over, but I'm pretty sure they came back for a third.

And what have we been doing on the home front?

Lots of early morning snuggling with Audrey, while the sun rises.  Lots of visiting with family, since Robert's parents are Audrey's main babysitters.  Also... lots of watching old 21 Jump Street episodes, because that's how we roll.

How was your July?  I can't believe it's almost August!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

owlette collective

So many people commented on Audrey's spiky bonnet in the last post that I just wanted to tell you where I got it!  A friend gave it to us when I was pregnant, and that little bonnet kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting for the tiny companion that could wear it.  Of course she found it on Etsy... at owlette collective.  I checked over there today, and look at the adorable things they have in stock!  I couldn't keep these to myself.

Blue Green Zig Zag Spike Bonnet

Pink Circus Owl Bib
Gray Green Two Tone Vest

It's hard to keep such precious baby accessories in stock, I'm sure, so there are only a handful of items in the shop -- but they're so worth browsing!  They have some amazing bear cub bonnets as well, which you can see in the sold section.  I'd love to get one of those!  Every baby deserves a special hat.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

fresh picture overload!

Audrey is 8 months old today!  I opened up the blinds in her room, put out some of her favorite books and toys, and let her go wild.. sort of.  In between pictures there was a lot of redirecting her from diving headfirst off the sofa, which is her number one desire.  Enjoy!

I say it pretty much every month -- "I can't believe it's been ___ amount of time since she was born."  But for REAL.  Actually, now it feels like she's been around here forever.  And we don't mind that at all.  More and more personality is emerging every day!  She can give high fives now... and she was doing a lot of babbling today!  She's not usually so talkative.

I think the day that Audrey looks at me and says "mama," my heart is just going to explode.  Can't even handle it!  

I had so much fun taking these pictures today.  Our camera gets a lot of use nearly every day, but I don't often find time to do everything I want with all of the photos!  It's hard to keep up. That's why this space is a little quiet lately... Not enough time to do everything that I want.

This little lady keeps me hopping!   

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

quick comparison

New Year's Eve - just a little over a month old.
Tonight - almost 8 months old!

Sorry for the crummy pictures -- when I took this one tonight I just knew I had to go back and compare to when Robert first started carrying Audrey around on his shoulders. We spent New Year's Eve at home alone with the baby, and it was such a strange time.  We'd barely begun adjusting to being parents and hanging out with a newborn...  We ALMOST made it to midnight.  Robert decided to put Audrey on his shoulders, which was a mistake because she spit up in his hair (a mistake he continued to make), but it was also very exciting because she was acting interested in looking at things on high up shelves. 

Anyway, here we are 7 months later.  What a difference a matter of months can make in a baby!  It's amazing.  It's also really weird to go back and look at Audrey as a newborn, because in my mind she has always looked the same.  But she was totally tiny and wrinkly.  :)  Still precious!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

two cute gardeners

Yesterday morning Robert and Audrey were outside repotting our little basil plant, and I had to run out and take some pictures!  Aren't they the cutest?  Check out that SAD, wilted bush next to our shed.  It has been so hot and dry here.  We finally got some rain this evening, but it didn't feel like much.  

Things have been quiet over here because real life is NOISY right now!  So much going on.  Robert's parents came to visit us for the 4th of July, and his grandparents came over yesterday to meet Audrey for the first time.  We went out to dinner and she had her first high chair experience at a restaurant... It wasn't too bad!  We learned some lessons for next time. :) 

This week is looking to be pretty exciting as well.  A friend who hasn't seen Audrey for a few months is coming to dinner tomorrow night, and on Friday we're going to see Fiona Apple at the Ryman Auditorium!  I'm really looking forward to it!  If you haven't heard her new album, it's amazing.  It took a few listens to click for me, but then I became somewhat obsessive about it.  Current favorite music!!  And the Ryman is the best place for concerts - it's where we saw the Pixies and Arcade Fire a couple of years ago.  We're having a really nice summer so far!