Wednesday, June 30, 2010


My parents are getting me this necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs for my birthday... on the front it will have Noah and Eli's names.
But I don't know what to put on the back! Suggestions?

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Can you see them?

Dispelling the myth

This kiddo is NOT always smiling.

But he is always ridiculously cute.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Bits of my weekend - volume 9

It was a full weekend for the Lauer fam as my parents came to T-town for a visit!

Adventures with the grandparents require a little extra energy so Eli began the weekend enjoying a banana pop...

One of the many times that Eli convinced my mom to hold him up so he can stand and bounce...

My dad hadn't seen Eli since he was only a week old, so they spent some time getting reaquainted...

On Saturday, we indulged my dad's interest in archaeology and indian mounds by driving down to the Moundville Archaeological Park. Eli proudly displayed his entry sticker to the park as he cruised in his stroller...

A view of the park from the tallest mound...

Eli hanging with Dad on the top of the mound...

We took a brief stroll down a trail until we we too hot to go any farther. This butterfly decided to hitch a ride on my dad's hat...

Quick family portrait...

Eli hitched a ride on Daddy's shoulders...

The museum at the park was recently renovated. It is small, but really well done! Here are my parents under one of the totems...

Josh decided my parents needed to experience authentic Alabama barbeque, so we headed to the original Dreamland for lunch...

This location only serves ribs. The waiter came to our table and simply said, "Two slabs?"

Saturday night we met up with Josh's parents and went to dinner at DePalma's. Aren't my parents cute?

Eli got a last little bit of loving from Moma and Pop Pop before they flew home on Sunday. We miss you guys already!

That was our weekend! How was yours?
For the original "Bits of My Weekend" and to link to others... click here!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Pickle me this!

Thursday, June 24, 2010


I read something recently on the Atypical Life* that resonated with me deeply and thought I would share:
[We] are accepting the foreign reality that everything really is fine. This, for us, seemed hard to grasp as I think we sort of instinctively cowered down in expectation of another epic storm at the first sound of thunder. When all you have known is Katrina, it's quite difficult to grasp the refreshing nature of a summer shower.
Amen. I miss my 'hurricane' everyday.

*Matt & Ginny of "The Atypical Life" have an amazingly beautiful story of the 99 days they spent with their son Eliot. If you haven't read or heard about it, please visit 99 Balloons.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bits of my weekend - volume 8

Josh headed out on the recruiting trail in Orlando this weekend so Eli and I were flying solo. I'm not going to lie and say I enjoy weekends like this... in fact, they tend to make me a little crazy. My tendency to worry about Eli's health goes into overdrive when I am home alone and there is no one here to slap me into rationality. It doesn't help when the little man decides he is going to forgo long stretches of sleep the first two nights Josh is gone... lovely.

I started the weekend with a little comfort food...

While I prepared my feast, Eli busied himself in his new "toy closet".

There were several strong storms that blew through Tuscaloosa this weekend. The cloud formations over our neighborhood were pretty impressive so Mr. E and I ventured out into the heat to check them out (although these pics don't do them justice).

It also seemed like a good time for an impromptu self-portrait!

Saturday and Sunday were spent doing all our regular mom & Eli kind of things.

Making messes...

Taking baths...

And, of course, lots of bouncing...

There you have it! For bits of other people's weekends from around the country, go HERE!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

10 reasons why I love my Daddy... by Eli

1. You make me giggle harder than anyone else.
2. You keep momma calm when she is worrying about me.
3. You make the best bottles. Maybe it's because you shake them for twice as long as momma.
4. You want to buy me a pair of Air Jordans... already. Too bad my feet are too fat for shoes right now!
5. You let me play with your iPhone. Can I have it when you get your new one?
6. You give the best head rubs.
7. You don't care when I spit up on you... three times in a row.
8. You gave me my first volleyball.
9. You took me out to play in the ocean waves.
10. You let me snuggle with you in bed and watch cartoons.

Friday, June 18, 2010

It's official

Eli is a BIG boy.

6.5 month stats:

26.2 pounds

28 inches long

Holy Cow.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


"That is a big boy. BIG boy."

"Brother Saban needs to call him up to be a linebacker!"

"HOW old did you say he was? How much does he weigh?"

"I betcha you call him chubby cheeks!"

"Those are popeye arms!"

"That is a fat baby."

"Well ain't he purdy!"

"Doesn't look like you have any trouble getting him to eat!"

"I'm gonna sprinkle you with salt and pepper and roast you up!"

"Why isn't he walking yet?" (4 yr old on the beach)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Our little fishie

Thursday, June 10, 2010

This is the way the cool kids do it...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Keeping an eye on Eli

Oh Eli.

I can hardly believe you are six months old!

You are such a bundle of energy.
Always rolling, reaching for remote controls, trying to see everything that is going on around you.

You love to sit up by yourself and stand with help from mama or daddy.

You are still a little unsure about the whole spoon thing and are much more interested in your bottle than in bananas.

You have one little tooth that popped through just this week. I can feel its tiny ridges on your bottom gum but I think it will be a little while before you are using it to bite into a cheeseburger. We are glad you didn't have a fever or oceans of drool with this toothie, although you and I both know you were a tad grumpy this last week!

You love your toys but often times are more entertained by an empty water bottle or ripping pages out of a catalog. Bouncing is one of your favorite things to do whether you are in your exersaucer, sassy seat, or just standing on my lap.

When strangers see you they often say things like: "What a healthy boy!" "Look at those thighs!" "Bet you don't have any trouble getting him to eat!" We don't go in to see Dr. Evans for a few weeks so we don't know exactly how big you are, but I am betting on at least 25 lbs! We just bought you some new clothes, most of which are size 18 - 24 months!

We love you more than you can possibly know.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Bits of my weekend - volume 7

We are officially back from vacation. Josh is off on a secret mission and I'm trying to get caught up on laundry...
This weekend brought the end of our week-long respite in Destin, Florida with Josh's family. With no sign of oil on the beautiful white Gulf Shore beaches, we had an amazing week of relaxation and fun.

Eli had a little bit of difficulty adjusting to sleeping in his pack 'n play but it was sweet to wake up in the morning to see his cute face peering at me from the end of our bed.

Eli loved the beach and the pool. This kid was meant to be in the water. He even seemed to figure out how to chill out in a beach chair and watch the world go by.

Eli loved hanging out with Uncle Nate on the beach and was completely enthralled when he would play the guitar back in the condo.

It is always fun when the three brothers (Nate, Nick, Josh) are able to spend time together. And I love that my little guy has such great men in his life!

Eli became very attached to Uncle Nick and Aunt Beth... I'm sure he is going to be a little confused this week when he is stuck just with me!

There were a few moments of crazy antics at the condo.

The obligatory photo shoot on the beach was almost foiled by extreme humidity... my first round of shots were all fuzzy because my lens kept fogging over. But we did manage to get a few good ones before getting on the road to head home.

What a great weekend. You just can't beat spending time with family. Makes me really excited for my parents to come visit later this month!

For the original "Bits" and links to others click HERE!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Watch me grow... six months

A little belated due to our vacation adventures...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Blog closed until after vacation... back soon!