Archive for March, 2012

Welcome to the World, Freddy!!

My newest nephew, Frederick Senter Balch Drinkard is here!  He was born yesterday, March 22, sometime early, early in the morning.  Congratulations, Helen and Don, on your second sweet little boy…so happy for y’all!!  Can’t wait to hug him!


First Haircut

When we were in Charlotte a couple of weeks ago, we took Zoe Kate to get her first haircut!  I thought about keeping a lock of her hair that they cut, but then I thought, “That seems creepy.  And what would I do with it?”  Did any of you ever experience the raw creepiness of finding the container where your parents stored the teeth you lost??  I know I’m not alone here.  I get it – I really do get it, Mom and Dad, and that was really sweet and sentimental of all you parents out there who’ve done this.  But where does it stop?  And why don’t we collect their cut fingernails?  When my mind trailed with this logic, I decided not to keep the lock of hair.  And then the sun rose the next morning, so it ends up it’s ok not to keep it.

When we first put ZK in the red plane, she seemed pretty happy about us taking her to a simulated-plane-flying store.  Until she realized the woman behind her had scissors.  How do more kids’ heads not get accidentally cut in this experience??  Karen the hairdresser has the patience of a saint.  Bless you, Karen.  At least I think your name was Karen.  No more mullet for this toddler.

Winter (if you can call it that)

I think most of us experienced a lovely mild winter.  This year, Boone has only received 14 inches of snow – compared to last years  60 inches.  I do not miss it.

We did have a couple of quality snow days, where Zoe Kate got to show off her snow suit.  Though her range of mobility was strictly limited, she didn’t complain.  But she didn’t really looove it either.  If she were communicating better, I think she would have said, “Eh.”

Then, probably a week later, we were outdoors enjoying the sunshine.  We’ve been getting outside as much as possible!  Zoe Kate loves to go to the Greenway for a stroll.  We usually take a ball with us, to enable her addiction to what she calls “bops”.  Whenever she starts to lose it emotionally, we can usually calm her down quickly with the toss of a bop.  We’ve come to love bops, too.

Speaking of bops, Zoe Kate’s vocabulary is growing each day!  It really is amazing.  You’ll say things, assume she’s not paying attention, and then hear it a couple of days later.  Confession: Elmo is also really pretty great at teaching Zoe Kate some new words.  Elmo is Zoe Kate’s first role model.  And I’m ok with that.  Other words she’s capturing…

kayeck (cracker)

behbeh (blueberry)

mah (banana…that’s a hard one)

dahyee (doggy and daddy)

Mamma (Mamma)

book (book)

payee (paci)

…and many more 🙂  

Christmas Morning in Boone

We had a great Christmas here in Boone, just the 4 of us (yes, Thena is still alive).  Unlike last year, this year Zoe Kate had a hunch that something was different about that morning.  And she liked it.  A lot.  The morning was full of merriment and fun, and then the rest of the day kind of felt like normal.  We have a difficult time knowing how to introduce Zoe Kate to God at this age.  We are anticipating a learning curve in this area, and it feels daunting at times.  May God be gracious to us all as we walk that path.

Cinnamon pound cake for breakfast

Zoe Kate getting the hang of it, as she tears open a present from Gagi and Pappaw

I have NO idea how she knows what to do with a phone...

Let's all save our money next year and get our kids big boxes for Christmas. They clearly love 'em.

Tender Tennessee (early) Christmas


Every December, Matt travels to Dallas, TX for job training with RUF.  He and 100 or so campus ministers gather for gospel teaching, job and heart training, and general fellowship.  From what I understand, it’s one of those weeks that gives these men a shot in the arm, full of the medicine of renewed vision, enduring patience, and rich joy.  As a wife I both love this week (for the obvious reasons) and hate it (life alone with a toddler in the thick of winter).  SO!  I decided to pack my bags and head south for the week!  I spent that week in the pampering hands of my parents in Memphis.  While Matt was in Dallas, he got to see his sister, Amy, and her family (husband Todd and our niece and nephew Lillie and Sam).  I was extremely jealous!  He then popped on over to Memphis to join us for the weekend.

Posing for the obligatory Drinkard Christmas card. My parents thought they were motivating me for marriage (I'm a southern you need to do that, anyway) when they told me, "Once you get married, you don't have to pose each year." They lied.

Zoe Kate is receiving perhaps her first hug from a munchkin her size. Hopefully she learns that hugs are kind gestures...not wrestling moves, like she's thinking now.

Pops helping Dewey decorate the Christmas tree

My nephew is a natural. You don't know this, but the goal is 8 feet high. And he's dunking it. Effortlessly. I repeat: there is zero photography manipulation going on here.

Dapper Don

Dewey and Zoe Kate at the Christmas Cottage in Memphis, watching toy trains

Zoe Kate HATED the big bearded man. She most likely agrees with the SNL church lady, that it's far too coincidental that when the letters of his name are mixed around, it spells....Satan! I miss the church lady.

If you ever need a dance partner, Pege is your girl

The week in Memphis flew by!  I got to sleep in, visit with friends, go on a date with Matt, and spend some QT with my parents, Don, Helen and sweet Dewey.  Speaking of Don and Helen…Helen is going to give birth any day now to my next nephew!!  We can’t wait to meet you, Freddie!  Since Vanderbilt MIGHT not win the NCAA tournament, you will be the best consolation prize to my family.  Love you already!