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the hunts in prague


If having a kid didn’t seal it, this does.

Today we took a whole new step into adulthood: purchasing new furniture. We had no idea sitting down repeatedly could be so exhausting.

The winners were this tasty brown combo (new throw pillows will happen) and Melissa, who found the store’s plastic glass of plastic tea with plastic ice. So classy.

And a special shout-out to Lindsay Dyer and Melissa Kruger, who split Sam detail. This was the first time we’ve both left him for a whole day. I think he handled it a little better than we did.

(Melissa’s note: Yes, it looks a little like it belongs in a smoking den, and no, it’s not at all what we expected to get. But we did. And I have fabulous throw pillow ideas floating through my head. There you have it.)


Movin’ On Up

In the midst of birthday parties, farewell parties and the Olympics, we packed up four years of stuff and moved to another part of Charlotte! Our new landlords are friends from the church, and they graciously offered to rent their condo to us lease-free for next few months until we move to Prague.

Jake primed & covered our chocolate brown kitchen walls. And every other wall.

I packed. And packed. And packed.

Sam combed the city and collected packing materials.

In the midst of the packing, we came across this portrait of 6-year-old Jake that we had inherited a couple of years ago. We decided to take it out of the frame….

…and found this. Even-younger Jake hiding underneath. Fabulous.

Empty house. Empty walls.

The morning of the move, Sam was thrilled to see his own dad pull up in a real truck!

The boy was quickly whisked away for a day of fun with Grandma.

Unfortunately our amazing friends & movers got the shaft in the picture department. So here’s their shout out: Alex, Grae, Jay, Jeremiah, Michael, Peter, Tyler– thank you for everything!

Funny things happen during moves. Like outlet covers getting packed in the truck.

Jessica (also picture-less) came through with lunch. Thanks, Jessica!

This is our friend Becca. Here’s a summary of a little conversation we had.
Becca: Melissa, I have the neatest,cleanest, most-organized house of anyone in the world*. Do you want me to unpack your kitchen?
Me: Absolutely, I do.

*She didn’t really say this, of course. She’s also the most humble person in the world.

We’re loving the new place. Give us one more week to crawl out from under the boxes, and then come and visit anytime!

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So Long! Farewell!

Last week we said another goodbye to our sweet friends Nat, Shannon & Graham, with an ice cream party at the famous Camden pool. The Davidsons have taken a call and moved to Houston, Texas.


Maggie & Sam.

Maggie & Sam’s buddy, Mr. Tyler.

A water-soaked diaper is ALWAYS funny. Way to work it, girl.


Feliz Navidad, Maria

Mary’s Birthday was last week. Our prayer quad helped Dave surprise her with a party at Salsa’s.
To celebrate, our waiters brought the birthday girl a shot.

It was her first shot. Ever.

Then, out of nowhere, they smeared a napkinful of whipped cream all over her face. It was totally random and totally hilarious. Nobody saw it coming.

Of course, everyone had to try on the birthday sombrero.
Dave’s looking very Tim Gunn here.

Senor y Senora Dirks



Olympic Heaven

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Olympics have taken over almost every household in America. I, for one, have been an Olympics fan since my first Mary Lou sighting in 1984. And I’ve been counting down to the 2008 Games since September 2004. So, needless to say, nothing was coming between me and the opening ceremonies.

To gear up, we had pork medallions for dinner. Get it? Medallions?!?! Here they represent the famous five rings. Well, loosely represent.

Sam got to stay up late to enjoy the celebration. Having just come back from the pool, I wasn’t about to miss a minute with silly tasks, ie- changing out of my swimsuit.

Later that week, Camilla came over in her tutu 0nesie to help Sam get into the Olympic spirit. That’s right. A tutu onesie.