Friday, January 7, 2011

One thing I've loved about living in Jackson is that Mardi Gras is really celebrated - not to the extent that it is on the Coast or in NOLA, but still, people put up decorations and have Mardi Gras parties. Last year, I even bought a Mardi Gras flag and it'll go up this weekend. You know I love any excuse to put up decorations!

The Carnival Season kicks off on the 12th day of Christmas, January 6 (a.k.a. Epiphany) and marks the day the Wise Men found baby Jesus. King Cake is served to mark this special day and it's decorated with purple (symbol of justice), green (represents faith) and gold (symbol of power). Legend has it that the cakes were made in a circle to represent the circular routes that the Wise Men took to find Jesus, in order to confuse King Herod and foil his plans of killing the Christ Child. A small baby, representing the Christ Child, is hidden in the cake and the recipient is then expected to host the next King Cake party. (Here's a great article: http://www.americancatholic.org/features/mardigras/).

I made my first King Cake last year (no pictures, sad!). We found a small plastic baby at one of the party stores here in town and I used Emeril's recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/king-cake-recipe/index.html. It looked something like this:


Last year, we went to New Orleans with our friends Kim and Lee Ferguson the weekend before Fat Tuesday. We stayed with Kim's aunt and uncle and had so much fun. They made fun of me for the incredible amount of beads I napped caught, but were very happy when I weasled our way up to the front of the crowd on St. Charles.

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This was one of the morning parades - you got pink strands of beads for kissing the men in tuxes.

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Happy Carnival!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pepé @ Home

Pepé and I have had a fun few days. Doc took Scout with him to the duck camp and so we've been hanging out. I'm no longer left at home without a dog - the last time that happened we got Scout! Pepé was not too pleased to come home and find a puppy in his bed. It took him a good year to warm up to Scout.

Me? Stay home? Okay...


Do the dishes? I'll lick'em clean...


Then you can thank me with a nice belly scratch...


Then I'll hog the sofa and try to push you off...

First flowers

Okay, I know it's just been officially winter for a few weeks, but...


my yard is read for spring!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Shenanigans of Yogi & Boo Boo

We took two of our youngest friends to see Yogi Bear this weekend. Let me just say, cartoons have improved. I think the original Toy Story was the last cartoon I saw in a movie theatre. When I asked Witt (age 5) who he liked better, Yogi or Boo Boo he said Boo Boo because, "He's always correct." We thought this was really funny because before he was named his nickname was Baby Boo.


These bears were too cute! It really made me wish there were bears of the talking-kind variety. The film follows the shenanigans of Yogi as he and his relucant side-kick, Boo Boo, steal pic-a-nic baskets in Jellystone Park. When the park's future is in danger, the two jump in to try and help save it. Of course, they mess it up and then fix it. I love that all children's movies have happy endings. Even the the Boy Scout-turned-bad deputy saw the error of his ways in the end and turned out to be a good guy.

Some of my favorite Yogi Bear quotes from the movie are:

It's because I'm smarter than the average bear

There two things I learn from stealing pic-a-nic basket: 1 was The Regular mayo is better then light mayo, and 2 never give up on what you want ...

Pic-a-nic baskets may be delicious on the lips but they're a lifetime on the hips


And I really, really want a Baskitnabber 2000 for my birthday.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Books and Bookstores


As usual, I have about seven books going and I keep finding more to add to my list! At the top of my pile is "The Fall of the House of Zeus" by Curtis Wilkie. Curtis was one of my favorite journalism professors at Ole Miss--the only textbook he require was The New York Times. He had a personal story or side-note to tell about nearly every frontpage story or writer. Plus, he's got a couple of Senatobia connections which makes him extra-likeable in my book. So, I was very excited to see that his book was mentioned as the current must-read from Lemuria when the bookstore was featured in a recent Southern Living article on the top bookstores in the South. Lemuria just happens to be one of my favorite places in Jackson - I could (and have) kill an entire day wandering through this bookstore. Isn't it just great when your favorite things collide?

Here's a link to the Southern Living story: http://www.southernliving.com/travel/best-southern-bookstores-00417000070761/. Blurb from story:

     Lemuria Books
     Jackson, MS
     Why We Love It: The daily blog—watercooler talk for bookworms.
     Must-Read: “The Fall of the House of Zeus by Curtis Wilkie, an intense education on Mississippi    
     politics over the past 25 years.”
     lemuriabooks.com or 800/366-7619

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Highlights of the Decade

It's hard to believe that we're through the first decade of the 21st century! Somehow, 2011 sounds so futuristic (is that a word?). Anyway, on the way back to Jackson from our Christmas/New Year's traveling we started talking about the last ten years. Doc, of course, couldn't name what happen in what year (he asks me all the time what year he was born), but I came up with a few good highlights:

2000

Trail Ride 2000

Kicked the year off at Overflow at Camp Lake Stephens. Y2K didn't happen (except in Como where a squirrel got into the transformer and power was out all over town leading residents to believe that Y2K had happened), went to Penza, Russia on a mission trip with the United Methodist Church, began 11th grade, started looking at colleges and went on a trail ride in the Ozarks with the Chitwoods.

2001

Christmas Dance 2001

On September 28, met Doc at the Magnolia Height Football game. I thought his name was Brian Polk for about two weeks. We started "going out" and in December, went to my high school's Christmas dance. Mom and Dad were in Spain, and so our grandparents saw us off.

2002

SHS Graduation 2002

High school graduation - pictured here with the family at Senatobia First United Methodist Church the Sunday before graduation.

DDD Rush 2002

Sis and I pledge DDD at Ole Miss.

2003

France 2003
 In Angers, France visiting with Gee and his family. We went from there to Paris where we joined one million people in the Champs-Elysees welcoming in 2004 - Bonne Annees.

Also, this year, Doc moves to Oxford and we adopt Pepe. We spent the summer in Ecuador and Peru with his parents and had an amazing trip!

2004

Bahamas 2004

Girls' trip to the Bahamas for Spring Break.

Doc and I got engaged on September 28, 2004 in Memphis. I have a picture somewhere...

Christmas 2004 & New Years 2005

Spent New Year's Eve at Ground Zero in Clarksdale where we met Morgan Freeman. Kristen didn't feel very good - we found out why about eight months later when Witt came into the world!

2005

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Thomas graduates high school; joins his sisters that fall at Ole Miss.

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Lots of wedding showers but in October the Bobos threw a party for Doc and me that was actually a suprise 50th birthday party for Dad - it was halfway through the night when he realized it really was his party! They even went so far as to make a fake party invite that Mom stuck on the fridge!

Wedding 2005

December 17, 2005 - We're hitched! And spend our honeymoon in Big Sky and Yellowstone Park.

2006


In June, we went to Gautier for the wedding of one of Doc's new pharmacy school friends, Bryan. The night before, we were in the elevator in the hotel and this cute girl gets in. She has on a pretty dress and her shoes are in her hand, she's obviously had a fun night. To make small talk, I said, "Are you in the wedding?" She looks at me and says, "Honey, I am the wedding." And she exits the elevator. Little did I know that Bec would become become one of my best friends!

I started (and ended) by reporting gig with the New Albany Gazette and began working at Oxford-University United Methodist Church.

2007


The Bentons and Paulks celebrate the end of the first part of pharmacy school, and our upcoming moves to Jackson, with a trip to Gulf Shores. We camped out for about four nights/five days and enjoyed perfect weather and uncrowded beaches!

Sis and Oliver get married on June 16, 2007 - somehow I can't find any pictures! But it was beautiful!

We spend the summer working on our house. As our neighbor told us, with an old house there's never a boring weekend!

2008

Scout joins the family--September 2008

Scout joins the family.

I had my first piece published by Southern Living in July and in December we celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary with a skiing trip to Winter Park.

2009

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Ryan and Bryan graduate from pharmacy school, Becca and I retire our "Pharmacy School Breadwinners Wives" imaginary t-shirts. Sis graduates from law school and Thomas graduates (but doesn't show up to it) from Ole Miss. THat weekend we surprised mom with a 50th birthday weekend including her whole immediate family coming into town and going to see Fiddler on the Roof at the Orpheum.

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In December, Thomas asks Laura to marry him and she says yes!

2010


Doc gets into medical school! This picture was taken the night we found out in January. We had dinner plans with Kristen and Chad to go to Julip. Before we left the house, Doc was showing Chad how you could check e-mail on the iPod touch he'd gotten for Christmas. Chad was playing with it and all of a sudden said, "Hey man, you might want to check this e-mail." It was the acceptance e-mail from UMC!

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Texas Roadtrip April 2010

We had a busy spring with trips to Atlanta, Murphressboro, New Orleans, San Antonio and Dallas. In August, we went to Fort Morgan and found out that Sis and Oliver were expecting. This fall we welcomed a several little boys into the world: Silas Paulk (Sept. 17), Martin Benton (Oct. 1) and Cooper Schneider (Aug. 25).

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Thomas gets married - December 18, 2010.

Happy Hunter

We lost count of the numbers, but I think the duck population of Marks, Mississippi was glad to see this hunter headed south on 55...


And I'm glad to be home!