no place like home

I have a confession. I asked Brent last night on the phone if we had plans for dinner tonight. I obviously haven’t done the grocery shopping for the past week and I was dreading coming home this afternoon and immediately facing the “what’s for dinner?” dilemma. It was just too much reality for me to handle after a week away. So when Brent responded last night with “I have it covered” I was a little concerned that he would be scrambling for takeout on his way home, further delaying the reunion of our little family. I even asked Amy on the way home from the airport if she knew what I was having for dinner, thinking maybe “I have it covered” really meant “I got us invited over to the Shertzer’s”.

So imagine my surprise when I walked into my cozy, spotless home that smelled deliciously of something warm and perfect. The slow-cooker! Oh my goodness! Now, for real, the only thing better than walking into your house after the slow-cooker has been on all day is walking into your house after the slow-cooker has been on all day when you didn’t even know it! Heaven.
That made my day pretty much perfect. Dinner was cooking, lunch was in the fridge for Sarah and me and Brent checked off several items on his daddy-do list while we were gone. It’s good to be home!

With that, let me share a few pics from our trip east. We spent most of our time at Mom’s new house but we did venture over to Chattanooga for an afternoon to see that clan and have a little early birthday celebration for the Pigbear. We also had a special visit from Sarah’s MamaJo, Papa, and GG. So here’s some of that random goodness…

first, Mom and Tom in their new home…

Hangin’ with Nana at the BBQ joint…

Just practicing for the real thing…

Sarah lovin’ her some GG squeezes…

Grama took us to THE BEST park…can’t wait for “the cousins” to get bigger! (wait, yes I can.)

And, finally, bathtime at Grama’s house…

Thanks for checking in on us after a long week!!

TriceSeptember 21, 2006 - 5:29 pm

Wow. Looks like you all had a good time. Is that a tooth I see? She has gotten so big over the past few months.

No one can have just 1 birthday party.

AmySeptember 21, 2006 - 7:02 pm

Glad you guys are home! Love the pictures from your trip. . . I can’t wait to see more!

MeghanSeptember 21, 2006 - 10:04 pm

Charlotte wants me to tell you that she is jealous of all of the Grama/ Family time that she got! Love the pic of Mom and Tom @their “threshold”

A.K.September 22, 2006 - 4:36 am

glad to see your back and had fun! what an amazing hubby you got- ps- WHEN DID THAT TOOTH APPEAR?!!!!

J.J. KillinsSeptember 22, 2006 - 6:30 am

totally missed ya! i have a ONE picture JUST LIKE THAT! hope you had a lovely time…love that little tooth coming up all big!

loriSeptember 22, 2006 - 7:39 am

I’m so happy you’re back, I missed seeing the little Pigbear. The pictures are great as always. You out did yourself again!

P.CobbSeptember 22, 2006 - 8:21 am

WELCOME home! Isn’t it great being back at home and with Brent. Brent, you did a great job keeping the home together (Tory was worried about your eating habits, but you seem to have done well).

JoyceSeptember 22, 2006 - 8:47 am

The pictures; as always, are the best! Looks like everyone had a good time with you two….just missing the other link, BRENT!

Hope to see more pictures of the New House…not sure when Bill and I will be able to fly to Nashville.
Love you…

P.CobbSeptember 22, 2006 - 3:18 pm

P.S. I just put up my favorite picture of Sarah on our living-room shelf (the white background with the white dress–I just love it).
It is next to the picture of you at our wedding and boy do you and Sarah look a LOT alike. Just beautiful!


Susie PSUSeptember 22, 2006 - 3:56 pm

Tell us about the TOOTH!! I want a close up of that…

NanaSeptember 23, 2006 - 10:22 am

I am so glad you had a good trip. We selfishly soaked up every moment possible of the two of you. It’s NEVER enough! Erin, what a great mommy you are. Sarah is so precious. No surprise that Brent had everything covered – I’m sure wants you to always look forward to coming home.

hugs and kisses to all ><

AnnaSeptember 25, 2006 - 11:45 am

Looks like you had great time, and I’m lovin’ all your awesome pics! LOve those bathtime ones, the bday shot and your mom ones.

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