Friday, August 31, 2007

Our News

So, a few weeks ago I ended a post with Maybe we'll have some exciting news in the near future but for now, we just wanted to say hi to everyone!

At first, we were in denial. Three pregnancy tests, two blood test, and the final proof of an ultrasound and audible heartbeat confirmed it. Now that the shock has worn off, we are happily settling into the reality that number two is well on the way. Our little surprise bundle of joy is expected sometime around April 8th.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Many of you know how terribly concerned I have been about little man's speech development. I know he is a boy and boys develop later but when his daddy dropped him off at school one day and his little friend Alex (yes, a boy) said "That's Philip's Daddy" we got a little more concerned. We are happy to report that Philip seems to be recovering and making up for lost time. We don't always understand it but we are relieved that something has clicked, and he now understands that talking gets him places.

"Atticus, where are you?" (Atticus the cat claims the first prize for Philip's first four word sentence)

"More, more, more!" - Little Philip
"More what, Philip?" - Big Philip
"uuuummmmmm, Daddy?" - Little Philip

"Riley go out" - Little Philip telling Riley to leave the kitchen while we eat.

"My Mommy"
"My Daddy"

"More juice please."

"Dirty whocks" - (dirty socks)

"sticky whiaper" - (stinky diaper)

And when we say our evening prayers, we always thank Jesus for all eight of our cousins, naming each by name, and then thanking Jesus for Mamie, Bop Bop, Mama Em, Papa Papa, MeMe, Uncle Jamie, Aunt Emily, Uncle Roy, Uncle George, Aunt Bevery, Uncle Robb, Aunt Ellen, Aunt Lizzy, NeeNee, Poppy, Mama Gel, Papa Bear, Memaw and Papa Julian.
The names help us work on pronunciation.

Once down to bed, we listen for at least an hour each night as Philip talks and sings himself to bed. Man we love that little boy.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

BSC Move In Day

Today, I welcomed 507 new students to the BSC family. That's a record number in the 151 year history of Birmingham-Southern College. This is my fourth BSC Move In Day. This is the year the freshman that entered BSC in my first year of employment, will be graduating. Already, I'm sad to be seeing so many wonderful students leave the College but I also know that they are doing what it is I, and others at the College, have prepared them to do. Many will be doctors, lawyers, accountants, missionaries, ministers, among the many potential career paths available to BSC graduates.

At the new student convocation, I teared up as usual, looking around at the faces of all the new parents, preparing to leave their sons and daughters in our care for the next four years. Now that I am a mother, I understand the reason mothers in the convocation dabbed at the corner of a their eye with tissues, even catching a glimpse of a few dads doing the same.

It's another great year on the Hilltop!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Importance of Reading Food Labels

Daddy was sweet and brought home a fried chicken dinner tonight, grabbing some green beans to make the dinner a bit more nutritional than simply potatoes and chicken. Dill green beans. They might be the most disgusting thing we've ever attempted to eat.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Nothing Much

Nothing much to report from the Mosses lately! We've just been enjoying the last few glimpses of summer before the new academic year begins at MSU and BSC. Little Philip is growing like a weed, babbling always, using words often, and making sentences rarely but with persistence. We are finishing up some work on the house, painting the fascia boards around our roof (new roof, not a fun purchase). We are considering taking down the only three trees in our front yard because they have severely destroyed our sidewalk and driveway, and some roots are pointed towards the house foundation. It's a big cost so we are trying to decide whether or not it is worth it. We can't fix the sidewalk unless the trees go. But we love trees, even the ugly half dead ones we can claim in the front yard.

It's hot in Alabama. It was 103 today and we are expected to have 100+ days ahead as well. The drought continues and that means our entire backyard is a complete lost and part of our front yard is finally surrendering to the heat as well, turning yellow quickly. It is killing us but there is nothing we can do under mandatory water restrictions and heat that will not let up. So, we plaster on the sunscreen and bugspray and muddle through.

All this is to say, the break in the blog is due to nothing more than "nothing much to say" lately. Maybe we'll have some excited news in the near future but for now, we just wanted to say hi to everyone!