Thursday, October 29, 2009

Get Up, Stand Up

The title of this particular blog is titled appropriately since Little Miss Abby has entered the "stand-on-her-own" stage. She has the balancing act down pat and can even do a little dance or clap while standing now. Of course, not to far away is probably her taking full steps and walking. Right now she's only able to take a small single step, but we have a feeling it won't be long before she really gets going. And with Halloween this weekend, could Abby be ready to show off her walking before trick-or-treating?? I guess we'll just have to find out. :-)

In the meantime, here are some recent photos and video:

Daddy coaching those first steps:

10-28-09 Balancing and One Step from Abigail Barnes on Vimeo.

Abby trying to climb around her chairs, and a little dancing at the end:

10-28-09 The Climber from Jill Allison on Vimeo.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Much Fun in Tampa

Monday, October 19th: We had lunch with Janet! Janet, how is it when we actually do see each other I never remember to get a picture of you and Abigail together!?!

Tuesday, October 20th: Hanging out with Ty & Ava

Wednesday, October 21st: We ventured out to Wiregrass, a new shopping area in Wesley Chapel. It's nice and was much needed in that area of town...and we were able to visit with Vanessa (a friend of the family) and I didn't get a picture of Abigail and Vanessa either. (I'll have to work on my photo documenting during future visits.)

Thursday, October 22nd: Lunch at Grandma & Grandpa's House

Friday, October 23rd: Playing at Nina & Nano's House

Saturday, October 24th: Mason's Soccer Game and Keel & Curry Winery

Mason as the goalie.

Quick pic after the game.

Melina, the sleeping fairy.

With Abuela, Teddy and Uncle Buddy:

**Reminder: Abigail's middle name is the password for the videos.**

Heinz & Hunts've guessed it, more catching up!...

From October 1st, Abigail has learned that if an object can slide she doesn't actually have to crawl with her hands. We've seen her do this maneuver using books, toys, clothes she's not wearing...she isn't picky as long as it slides!

From October 2nd, bedtime stories while daddy was in NY/CT.

From October 7th, eating her first string cheese.

From October 9th, more sharing with Toby.

From October 10th, our little Auburn fan. As you can very well see, it's getting more difficult to take photos because she doesn't ever want to stop!

From October 12th, taking a snooze in the carseat. Sometimes she looks like she poses in her sleep. (And yes, in case you were wondering, the car was stopped while I took this picture.)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Downtown Disney & Dragon Boat Racing

We drove down on Thursday, October 15th so we could drive over to Orlando the following day in preparation for my dad's Dragon Boat Race. We weren't going into the parks, but we did have lots of fun at Downtown Disney!

My favorite picture of the entire weekend:

We spent some time with my friend Celia, we are friends from Auburn and AXiD days. Celia moved to Orlando over 2yrs ago to work for a Disney resort and now is working at Epcot! I haven't seen Celia since her farewell dinner in Birmingham with Emily & Sarah. She doesn't get a lot of vacation days, and we moved to Nashville shortly after she moved to Orlando, so it was nice to finally see her again. This was obviously her first time meeting Abigail and Celia just loved her, it's hard not to love her!

My dad is on the TECO Dragon Boat team, they have two teams actually. Dad's boat (TECO Red) did well and even made it into the semi-final race. Here's a video of TECO Black winning one of the earlier heats. Of the three boats in the video, the TECO Black boat is the one on the right.

Unfortunately, the weather was super windy and the person steering had a hard time fighting the current and they didn't make it to the finals. Overall, they had some great heat times for their team. (My dad is wearing the black hat!)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Squirming Sleeping Baby

Abigail is currently napping on the floor in my parent's bedroom since the A/C isn't working upstairs where her crib is located. Nina placed her in between two pillows so she wouldn't be able to squirm off the blanket. Abigail's squirming prevailed because she's been laying on one of the pillows and seems to be thoroughly enjoying her nap!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Abby Warhol

Hello everyone. Just wanted to post this real quick. Tio Wesley had fun playing with Abigail and used his iPhone's Photoshop mobile app to create this masterpiece of Abigail. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Abigail has been saying 'ut-oh' sooo much recently. Matt had been saying it a lot with her, and my dad started saying it this week too...and it's definitely caught on!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Here, There & Everywhere

It's update time, folks. Sorry for for the lapse in blogging, but as some of you know, we've been insanely busy lately. My travels ended last week when I got back from Vegas, only to have Jill, Abby & Toby pack up and head to Tampa this past Wednesday. As of right now, Abby & Jill are in Orlando with Nina & Nano (Anita & Wayne) for Nano's dragon boat racing competition today. Here's some photos Jill sent:

I'm sure Jill, Anita & Wayne have taken plenty of photos while in Orlando, so I'll let Jill share those in a later blog. As for me, I finished out the week at work and am now spending a very rainy and chilly weekend at home...well, now. I actually have been out of town last night and most of today, but I promise to stay home tomorrow.

So, back to yesterday. On Thursday night I got a call from my cousin Connie who let me know that my cousin, Sarah Beth, would be in town on Friday night and that I should try to come down. Without going into a long drawn out story, let me just say that I haven't seen Sarah Beth in over 10 years (along with her brother and parents). She's the youngest first cousin on my Dad's side of the family, and was passing through on her way back home to Ft. Myers, FL. I didn't want to miss this opportunity, and so I left work and headed south for LaGrange. I picked up Valerie and Gavin along the way and we made it in time to have the reunion 10 years in the making. It was great seeing her, although brief as it was, and hopefully it will lead to all of us reuniting again someday soon. Here's a few photos from last night. (Sarah Beth is blonde and wearing the grey hoodie sweate shirt):

As for today, well I got up around 6am and left the house to meet up with my buddy, Ying. Our plan was to go to the Euro Auto Festival @ the BMW plant in Greer, SC. And so we made the 2.5 hr drive north on I-85 and made it to the festival. Of course, we were greeted with interment rain and a lot of chilly air, but we still had a great time walking around seeing some incredible automotive works of art. One of the other things we did, or actually Ying did was take part in the Autocross. What's that? Well, basically they setup a road course in a parking lot and allowed people to do time trial laps. While Ying did his first two laps, I stood off the course to get some action photos. On the last lap, I actually jumped into the passenger seat of the BMW 1-series with him to enjoy the ride. It was a quick 24 seconds, but still a lot of fun.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Traveling Daddy

Well, here I sit @ McCarran International Airport winding down after a 3-day trip to Pack Expo in Las Vegas, and I can't help but shake my head in amazement at how crazy my schedule has become lately. Since the middle of September, my job has moved into a hyper-speed mode with a blitz of things coming at me from all directions. I've joined our design consulting group to work with non-Philips companies, while also maintaining a growing list of projects within Philips as well. I've attended one sustainble packaging forum in Atlanta, sat down with two big name ATL-based companies (both household names) to pitch consulting opportunities, and traveled to NY/CT and Vegas during this time.

The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur, but the last week has really been a doozy. It began last Wednesday as we had clients in our office for one final sit down before they made a decision between us and another design firm for a big consulting project. Later that afternoon, Jill & Abby stopped by the office to send me off as I headed to the airport to catch my night flight to NY. I had that 2-day workshop at our Philips office in Stamford, which turned out to be so much more, especially since I was meeting with some big decision makers about issues that were beyond packaging. On Friday while sitting in an afternoon meeting I got a call from our consulting design director in ATL, who gave me the incredible news that we had won the consulting bid that we had put weeks of hard work into. With that news came the plans to go to Vegas to attend the huge packaging exposition better known as Pack Expo in Vegas. I already knew that if we won, I would be going with the reps of that company, so it wasn't a complete out of the blue change of plans, but it still was a crazy deal. Later that Friday evening I caught a flight back home for what would be a two-day weekend home with Abby & Jill (more on the weekend below). So, after 3 days in Vegas attending the show, I'm now sitting here at the airport awaiting my 9:50pm flight back home again.

One thing I've found out after being out here is that A) I really miss my girls back home, and B) I am officially an old fogie who wants to complain about a bad hip and needing more sleep...even though I'm in Vegas, baby!!! Yeah, being here on business and not having the family with me makes this place seem Anyways, Jill and Abby have been troopers throughout this and know that all of this should hopefully lead to bigger and better things later on. When you consider where my job status stood just a few months and even weeks ago, this is all welcomed change. This consulting project in particular has now locked me into a project at basically 100% from now through March. That's some much welcomed job security. And now that I'm a wanted man again I really look forward to making the most of the opportunities that have been given to me.

Alright, so enough about the job. This past weekend was a short one due to all my traveling, but we did manage to get out and about a little bit while I was home. On Saturday (10/3), we visited the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to see the "Scarecrows in the Gardens." It was fun seeing all the different scarecrows different businesses and organizations had setup on the premises. Abby was a little puzzled at times, but I think she had fun overall, and most importantly we got some photos of her with pumpkins. Speaking of photos, here are a few we shot that day...

As if Saturdays adventure to the Gardens wasn't enough, we decided to visit the Atlanta Zoo on Sunday afternoon. With camera in hand, we walked around and showed Abby all the fun animals that we had missed on our last visit on that hot summer day.

And so that's what has been going on with us lately. Before I end, let me just say how thankful I am to have such caring family and friends out there. All of your thoughts and prayers over the last several months has been felt and I just can't even begin to say how appreciative I or Jill & Abby are. Life is a roller coaster ride with plenty of ups and downs, but having support especially when you're down is such a blessing. Best wishes for a great Thursday and Friday, and then a fun and relaxing weekend!!!