Archive for the ‘travel’ Category


August 4, 2009

Back in June when we were in St. Louis, we found a nice toy store that happened to sell a little noisemaker Patrick had really liked playing with at the Children’s Museum.  We got it for him, and it inspired one of the funniest faces I’ve ever seen him make.


Retreat, retreat!

July 20, 2009

Good grief, I’ve been neglecting the blog for so long that I’m lucky I remembered the password.  Sorry about that.

Over Fourth of July weekend, we attended couple of days of a weeklong annual retreat held by a group of long-time Bennett family friends.  It was a lot of fun, much like a big family reunion, and I enjoyed meeting people I’ve been hearing about for years, as well as showing off Patrick to a very appreciative audience.

The retreat was held at a tennis ranch (I say that as if it’s a common term, but I’d never heard of such a thing before), which made Patrick happy because there were tennis balls everywhere.


Rendezvous on the Mississippi

June 29, 2009

Last weekend we met up with Nana Pat for a working vacation (work for me, vacation for everyone else) in St. Louis.  I was attending the annual conference of the American Theological Library Association, and I bribed my mom to co-present a session with me by offering a couple of days of grandson time.  It worked like a charm: I got her expertise for my roundtable discussion, and she got two days of sightseeing and hanging out with Patrick.


Beach bum

May 30, 2009

Well, I’m really far behind on blog updates because Patrick has entered the proto-toddler phase: very active, sometimes moody, and into everything.  As I’m typing this, he’s grabbing the wireless mouse USB thing and trying to bite my leg.  Oh, now he’s off to crawl through Snow’s tunnel. Type fast, Mommy!  Type fast!

Our May highlight was a long weekend in Florida, visiting my grandmother and sister.  My mom was there, too, as were my uncle and aunt, who drove up from Tampa to see everyone.  It was a challenging trip because Patrick was battling an icky cough, but he was still a big hit.  Nothing like a baby to brighten up a nursing home!

Despite feeling under the weather, Patrick did get an introduction to the beach.  His verdict:

  • Ocean: cold and scary
  • Sunscreen on face: terrible, terrible
  • Sand: awesome


Sleepful in Seattle

March 16, 2009

I’m just back from four days in Seattle for the Association of College & Research Libraries national meeting.  It was a good conference, and I really liked my first visit to Seattle, but I sure missed my boys.  Patrick’s riotous laughter at Snow just isn’t the same over the phone.  Of course, I have to admit it was pretty nice to get some uninterrupted sleep for the first time in many months.


Thanks to the poor economy, the vendors at ACRL weren’t offering very interesting goodies, but I did trade my contact info for this stuffed duck from McGraw-Hill.

Sweet P in Big D

March 3, 2009

We spent the weekend in Dallas, helping Patrick’s Great-Auntie Gail move into a very nice new apartment.  My dad, Patrick’s Nonno, was there, too, and the two Patricks had a great time together.


Mile High Mommy

January 25, 2009

I’m just now home from two days in Denver for the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.  It was a good trip, especially since I lucked into a free hotel room.  I wish Patrick had been able to come along because I think he would have loved the big blue bear outside the Colorado Convention Center.


The photo comes from Flickr user Elizabeth Thomsen.  I don’t have a picture of my own because I left the camera at home, so Micah could take shots like these.

Make like a baby and head out

September 11, 2008

Of town, that is.

We decided early this morning to beat the potentially nightmarish traffic out of Houston and are now safe and sound in San Antonio.  I feel like I’ve traded one worry (Houston in a state of Ike-induced chaos) for another (labor and delivery in a completely unfamiliar setting), but most people seem to agree that the latter is the lesser of the two.

My doctor called off Sunday’s planned induction, so I’m not really sure where things stand with that.  I’ve been making a lot of calls here, trying to put a plan in place, in case B3 decides he’d like to be born away from home.  I actually managed to get an appointment with a local OB tomorrow, so I should be prepared if anything happens.  Thank heavens for kind and understanding doctors, nurses, receptionists, and customer service representatives (the Blue Cross people are so nice on the phone!).

At the moment, we’re hoping to get home on Saturday or Sunday, depending, of course, on conditions in Houston and between here and there.  For now, we’ll just settle in at the hotel and enjoy our unanticipated getaway!

Take a hike!

July 24, 2008

Hiking Clingman's Dome

Hiking Clingman's Dome

Last month we went on vacation in the Smoky Mountains with Micah’s family.  I wasn’t up for any serious hiking, but I managed a few of the shorter trails–sometimes with help!

Since B3 hiked these trails, too, we got him a couple of trail patches, which I’ve put on little onesies, so he can show off to all the other babies.  (The hiking shorts are a gift from his Nana Pat.)


Next time we do this, someone else gets to carry the kid.


Excuses, excuses

July 13, 2008
GoKart warning sign, Pigeon Forge, TN
GoKart warning sign, Pigeon Forge, TN


While being pregnant has been challenging and uncomfortable in any number of ways, my delicate condition has enabled me to weasel out of some things I didn’t really have much interest in doing in the first place.  No denying that this has been kind of nice!