without further adieu…

Okay, that’s not totally true. Here’s a little bit of adieu…

Thanks for all the love yesterday you guys! I’m really going to try to be a better stain fighter but I make no promises. Pretty much the only stain removing I know how to do is in photoshop…with the clone tool! 🙂

Also, I hope my call to private bloggers yesterday didn’t come off as an indictment. It was meant to be just the opposite! Occasionally I try to visit blogs that link here and catch up and comment. You guys are so kind to me that I want to be better about knowing what’s going on in your lives too. I just didn’t want you private blog people to think I didn’t want to check in on you! I’ve gotten tons and tons of invites which has been awesome…thank you. So the fave blog list just continues to grow.

So, Mama Mondays will start next week. I’m super excited about it. I think we’ll start with potty-training since there were lots of comments about that and we just wrapped it up (thank goodness!) at our house. I’ll post our experience and then we can have a discussion in the comments section with ideas, questions, etc. Oh, and if anyone else wants to do a MM post on the same topic on your own blog each week let me know and I’ll link them here…just like we did with the diapering. Sound good?

NOW…without further adieu…I give you…


Brent started calling Ephraim “buddy-ro” several weeks ago and I tried to resist, I really, really did. But I got sucked in. It’s hard to deny a nickname once the toddler picks up on it and says such loving things from the backseat as, “it’s alright, buddy-ro”. Brent says his dad called him buddy-ro. And my stepbrother (mom’s side) was a buddy-ro too so I guess Ephraim can say he comes from a long line of buddy-ro’s. Anyone else out there know a buddy-ro? I googled it just to make sure we weren’t calling our son a slur of some sort and found this defintion on Urban Dictionary (which is not hyperlinked here because let’s just say it’s not for the faint of heart):

A colloquial saying among Southern White working-class men, usually denoting a friend or close compatriot.

I guess I can live with that. It’s better than “cracker” right? At any rate, Buddy-Ro it is.

And here they were this morning, hanging out in Sarah’s Dora tent. Buddy-Ro’s first shot at camping…

The color cast inside the tent was all funkdified so I stuck with b/ws. Except for this one…

Lil’ Stinker.

MichelleFebruary 26, 2008 - 11:54 am

I am Marian’s sister-in-law, and I love your blog. I actually check it out regularly. Your children are adorable!

JeanelleFebruary 26, 2008 - 11:54 am

I must’ve been commenting on yesterday’s post while you were posting this one!

These pics are too cute!
Kinda makes me want a playmate (sibling) for Gabby Grace!

erinFebruary 26, 2008 - 12:02 pm

Jeanelle, I just saw your comment and that’s SO awesome. Would you email me so we can talk about it more? Thanks!

vanessaFebruary 26, 2008 - 12:41 pm

cute pictures. Love Buddy-Ro’s shirt!

KTluvFebruary 26, 2008 - 12:48 pm

I just wanted to say that I have been reading and enjoying your blog for some time now and you have the most adorable kids! I guess that I had seen before that you were from AL but it didn’t hit me until I saw Buddy-ro in these pics. War Eagle!!!!! lol

amberFebruary 26, 2008 - 12:53 pm

I love your blog and I only comment every now and again. I’m not sure why. I love the new nickname and how you called Sarah, Lil Stinker! We call Emma that all the time…she has a Lil Stinker look about her. 🙂

erinFebruary 26, 2008 - 12:54 pm

Welcome Michelle!

Vanessa and KT…WAR EAGLE! I’m a 2000 grad and Brent got his Master’s there in 2000 too.

vanessaFebruary 26, 2008 - 1:21 pm

I graduated in 05. My DH is over the athletic fields on campus, so I just stuck around. We had our engagement pics done on the football field. If yall ever come down you could do some AUsome pics on the field!

MeganFebruary 26, 2008 - 1:40 pm

I can totaly do a blog about potty training since I’ve been through it twice. I will work on that and post something on Monday. I think the tent shots are cute. It’s nice when the children adore each other.

kristinaFebruary 26, 2008 - 2:09 pm

Hey Erin! Hope all is well in Huntsville! Looks like they are! I definitey check in every day and love your posts and pictures! I can’t wait for the potty training chat because we’re going to start that soon! I bet you are SO glad that’s over with! Thanks again for the inspiration and giving me a bit of Huntsville almost every time I read your blog! 😉 Oh, and I think the nickname Buddy-Ro is cute! 😉

KatherineFebruary 26, 2008 - 3:16 pm

I totally laughed out loud at the necessity to look up nicknames on the Urban Dictionary. I’m glad it’s clear!

Sadly, there is a HORRIBLE entry for our last name, and we haven’t figured out any way to change it. 🙁

rpstegmanFebruary 26, 2008 - 4:08 pm

Buddy-ro is definitely better than cracker. LOL. You are too funny!!! As always, I’m loving the pics of your little ones camping.

lizFebruary 26, 2008 - 4:40 pm

Okay, I’m SO not southern that I don’t know if the “Ro” is pronounced with an “O” sound or a “U” sound.

erinFebruary 26, 2008 - 5:24 pm

Liz, good question! It’s a long o. Brent said he wanted to use the Greek symbol but that idea was shot down quickly. Nerd.

Leigh LearFebruary 26, 2008 - 6:50 pm

I love your blog, and check it frequently, don’t know if I’ve ever commented before or not. I have a question for you, though, you said you can get to others blogs by using sitemeter. I have that, do you have the basic, or the one you pay for? I have the basic, and I can only see where people are looking from, not the actual site, am I doing something wron.

KristenFebruary 26, 2008 - 7:09 pm

Too cute, I love it! MY husbands name is Buddy, anything including the world Buddy emulates warm feelings, I think its perfect!

KelleyFebruary 26, 2008 - 7:17 pm

Such a sweet nickname. Since he was born in AL might as well get a good ol southern name to go with his birthplace!

erinFebruary 26, 2008 - 7:31 pm

Leigh, I guess I should have clarified…I can see the referring urls. Meaning if someone else’s blog links here and someone clicks on that link to get here I can see it. I have the free version of sitemeter so you should be able to do this to…go to “by referrals” to see what I’m talking about. If the visitor just typed in your blog address manually it’ll say “unknown” but if they were referred from somewhere else it should give you the web address. Have fun!

Neurotic Att'yFebruary 26, 2008 - 8:04 pm

Love the color shot. It looks like she’s looking for Swiper. Guess he must’ve swiped her buddy-ro!

SandiFebruary 26, 2008 - 9:20 pm

Oh the tent shots are adorable!!! I should try that with my girls! LOL!!

Lee, Shea and LukeFebruary 26, 2008 - 11:56 pm

we call my little boy buddy-ro! he has a few different nicknames, but that is the one my husband uses the most often and I think it is cute!!

KarrieFebruary 27, 2008 - 7:27 am

Hi Erin! My sister introduced me to your blog, and I love reading it! I love your photography, and even though my little girlie is older-she’s 7-I love getting ideas for composition and lighting. I just sent an invite to my blog–I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy yours! Have a great day!

J.J. KillinsFebruary 27, 2008 - 1:21 pm

oh too cute! i think alla needs a tent. and i might have to get busy on the great actions:)

RobinFebruary 27, 2008 - 2:41 pm

I read your blog all the time and just love your photography!

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