Sunday, January 28, 2007

Tyler James Kuhns


We got to meet Ann and Mike's bundle of joy this afternoon, after his arrival early this morning. He is adorable, and snoozed happily the entire time we were there. (I think friends and relatives have been drugging their kids to make them extra calm and cute lately, in order to convince us to have kids.) Ann and Mike were tired but thrilled. We are so grateful they shared Tyler with us so soon, and can't wait to spend more time with him.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Finished

Almost exactly one year ago one evening, Shannon began to do battle with the "Dancing Bear" wallpaper from the downstairs half-bath, thus beginning our renovations, and the attendant mess. Over the year we removed the sink and toilet from that room, chiseled up all of the tile, removed all of the linoleum and carpet from our lower level, repainted all the walls, got a new floor, installed a new sink and toilet, put up new light fixtures, and generally tore up the place. Not that it was all smooth sailing- we had leaky faucets, leaky toilets, possessed TV's, and those were just the brand new things we had bought. The final chapter was about two weeks before Christmas, when we finalized on a paint color for the living room (based on a very good suggestion - Thank you Jen P.!) and got the last of the paint swatches covered over and the place put back in order in time for the holidays. We are very pleased with the results and enjoy our lower level so much more now that it is not all monotone beige. Here are a few "before and after" shots to show how far we came. ~M





(OK, these are more like "During & after" shots, I usually forget the "Before" shots.)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Low Country Highlands Wedding






This past weekend, we travelled to St. Simon's Island, Georgia, for the wedding of our friends Andrew and Nancy. Our travel woes Friday (thanks, Delta Air Lines!) were all worth it when Saturday dawned gorgeous and warm. The wedding had a Scottish feel, with the groom and groomsmen (including Mark) in kilts, and a bagpiper playing the ceremony music.

The entire weekend, we enjoyed wonderful Low Country cuisine. For the uninitiated, "low country" refers to the coastal areas of the Carolinas and Georgia. We think shrimp is legally required, and we're all for that. We had low country boil (shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and Old Bay), shrimp and grits, gumbo, and OKRA PICKLES. If you haven't ever tried okra pickles, don't knock 'em. They are a force to be reckoned with.

Sunday, we met up with my high school friend Chris, his wife Nancy, and their sons Noah and Scott. We had a great time at a kid-friendly exhibition at the Telfair Museum in Savannah. I had never met the boys before. They are 6 and 2.5 years old, and are smart, funny, and well-behaved, although if you know their parents, this is hardly surprising. We had a memorable moment when an unsecured pedestal nearly toppled over onto a curious Scott. Big brother Noah calmly rushed to the rescue, while at least 2 adults slowly processed the scene.

We're eager to return to St. Simon's Island. Next time, though, we're driving the whole way. It's actually faster.

Beachcombing







Monday afternoon, we walked about half the length of the island. We saw the lighthouse, then set off down the beach. We discovered some interesting sea life-hermit crabs, jellyfish, sea urchins, sand dollars, and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever honing his craft. This sea gull heard that Mark was a celebrated photographer, and posed for him for an embarrassing number of shots.