I’m totally a follower.

This picture pretty much sums up the best parts of parenthood.  To me.  This little human that did not exist a couple of years ago is now here, forging ahead in the world with two fools yoked to him by the palpable but invisible threads (ropes! irons!) of love, following his every move and grinning the whole time.  That moment up there?  That is definitely what I signed up for.  This time last year I was in the lead, (I mean who am I kidding?  Asher was still the boss, but I was in the lead…) as I nursed and soothed a one-month-old out of the safety of the womb and into the swirl of the world.  Drew was…I can’t even think of the right word for it…amazing doesn’t really do Drew justice, especially in those early months, but amazing does begin to touch on it, and together we were slowly exposing Asher to the little gentle glories of the world like soothing baths and eyelid kisses and snowflakes .  But now.  Look at this guy!  He’s showing us everything.  We just follow and laugh and maintain the illusion that the world doesn’t have anything sharp or poisonous or (electrically) shocking in it, and every day we get to bear witness to what a wild place this really is.  Can you imagine every day being the biggest and most important of your life?  It seems to me that it’s really like that for an infant, and to top it off, that awe-inspiring mentality is coupled with a complete and total lack of inhibition.  Nudie Booty Party!

When people repeatedly tell you that having a child changes everything, it inevitably comes across like a warning.  But I have to get a little smug here and say, if we hadn’t changed everything, we never would have found out what we were missing, you know?  And I’m not just talking about finding out about wild true love, I’m talking about rediscovering blades of grass, noticing every insect within a 16 foot radius, imagining what it’s like to taste an avocado for the very first time, beginning to think that it doesn’t seem that crazy to not only smell and look at everything you discover, but maybe lick it and taste it too.  Giving birth to a child isn’t just introducing a new life to the world, it’s getting introduced to a whole new aspect of the world.  It’s a daily reminder that we don’t know everything (what?) and that there is still so so so much left to see. Ahh geeze…this is what I get for getting all sentimental…one of my contacts just fell out.  No Joke.  What was that I was just saying about so much world to see?  Ohhhhhhhhhhhh the irony.  Well in closing I’ll just say that I’m glad that we decided to change everything.  Really, really glad.

photo by Tom Daly

Fun at the Festival

Another weekend coming to a close!  We had a great couple of days…a quiet Friday night and then yesterday we headed out to a local brewery, Devil’s Backbone,  in Nelson County for the first annual Brew Ridge Trail Music Festival.  Lots of local vendors showed up and we enjoyed a day of good music and great company.

all photos by Tom Daly

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The captain of the UVA hula hoop club was hanging out: (I’m not joking)

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We were also celebrating our friend Jedd’s (center) birthday:

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Our friends Joe and Leigh Anne just welcomed their son Devin Gabriel into the world about 2 weeks ago.  Here he is enjoying his first music festival at a mere 11 days old…not a bad start!

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And our buddy David, ever the ham, keeping us all entertained:

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We were happy that we braved the rainy start for what proved to be a gorgeous, if not steamy, day.  Today has been spent accomplishing some much needed organization in the house and basement, with Drew taking a break for a kickball game.  Mostly everything is unpacked and ready for the baby, and so we’re wrapping up this Sunday evening with visions of sweeping mountain views, organized shelves and the sounds of local music floating through the air.

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You’ve heard me mention our photographer friend, Tom Daly through the years (that’s his blog, The Daly Dose, to the right over there) and as we’ve always been big fans of Tom’s work, it seemed like a good time to get some pictures done.  We wanted to do a mix of traditional photos, and pictures that felt more like Drew and me…basically just goofy, tipping a photographic hat to the fun that we have together.  Here’s a sampling of how they came out, thank you Tom!

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