The Memphis Zoo

Tuesday, May 24 –

While on our trip to Tennessee, we took a day trip to Memphis to visit the zoo. We were impressed with the size and style of the zoo and the exhibits. It was so special to be with Marian and Alan as they saw many new animals in person for the first time.

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I think we all agreed that Alan’s favorite animal was the elephant. Marian says she likes these wolves the most. Atlanta has been reading to her out of the Little House on the Prairie books and she’s keen on wolves right now. (In solidarity with little Laura Ingals and her special fears) After the zoo, we were very hot and tired so we found a place downtown to get something cool and refreshing.

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When I say downtown, I mean downtown. It was the famous Beale Street that so many jazz and blues music stars made famous (including Elvis). Live music was already blaring out of several interesting looking establishments, but we stayed away from the clubs and finally found our intended destination, an old department store called, A. Schwabs, that had been operating since 1876. It had an old-fashioned soda fountain, lots of souvenirs and gifts, and other interesting things. They were just moving out a lot of ladders and lights and cameras as we arrived hot and tired. Apparently, they had just shot some kind of movie or TV show there that day. They told us that the store was open EXCEPT for the soda fountain due to the filming. I think they must have noticed all our faces falling in unison, because they quickly changed their minds and opened it all back up for us. Thank you, A. Schwabs!

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If you’re wondering if the kids liked their treats, watch this video:

New Recruits

What happens when toddlers break into their uncle Stockton’s airsoft duffle bag? I’m not sure they’re dangerous, but they’re definitely cute. Stockton calls them the “Delta Babies”.

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Playtime in Tennessee

Marian and Alan discover play dough.

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Alan loves to play with tools while Marian cooks and guards the porch.

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Green Food, actually

Wednesday, April 13 –

Join Marian and Alan for a healthy picnic by the creek. Everything’s going well until Marian hears a bull frog and gets a little nervous.

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The Working Man

If your 12-month-old isn’t doing his share of the chores and your 24-month-old isn’t cooking, you may not be expecting enough out of your children. Atlanta and Jordan’s son, Alan, is pulling his weight.

Jennifer Ward Baby Shower

Saturday, February 27 –

How fortunate that Atlanta was in Texas when Jennifer’s shower rolled around. We drove over to Clarendon a little early to do some antique shopping. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find very much open in Memphis or Clarendon, but the shower was fun.

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Quick Visit from Tennessee

We really enjoyed getting to see Atlanta and Jordan and the kids before Thanksgiving. They couldn’t stay long, but we loved every minute.

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Isn’t Alan growing?

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Carolina and Marian napping and sharing a snack

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Tuesday night Sunny, Jim, Hannah and Granny joined us for supper.

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Checking out the cows, or rather, being checked out by the cows.

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Granddad’s home…let’s go help him feed.

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four generations

Down at the Afton farm looking at Laredo and Andrea’s new house location.

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Alan – Our Little Big Man

Just when you thought somebody’s grand kids couldn’t get any cuter, here come some more phone pics from Tennessee. This little chunk of sweetness weighs 18 lbs. now.
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Road Trip

Friday, March 13 –

A couple of proud uncles came up from Texas on a fast trip to see Alan. Courtney and Andrea came along, too. It was their first trip to Tennessee.

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Sunday afternoon everyone was outside enjoying the warm weather. Check out this video to see what was going on.