a blog about a family hoping to live up to its street name...with everything constantly new and busy...we hope to be a family of simplicity, not of mind, but in life. A home full of love, life, and the Lord. Adding to a family means change, alot of change and this blog will be our journey - with pictures, stories, videos - this is our family, the ott family. dan, abby, benjamin, myers...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

And so he has hypnotized another....

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Sesame Street has figured something out. One of the first things out of his mouth when he wakes up, when mom and dad sit down on the couch which is in front of the TV, or when we pick up our phones - thank you YouTube app.

I am not sure the draw of this androgynous red creature with high pitches and catchy songs, but one thing can be said of it .... And that is he? has the heart of small children just like cookie monster has the appetite of a small village. (Your welcome PBS for giving another character some love).

Elmo has officially entered our home ... Lala Lala

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Stuff animal stack

2 minute video of B and his animals. Not too much cuter than a naked baby showing a little animal recognition. Good times.

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Is it because of the Women's World Cup?

Working on our flops....

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He will only continue with a laugh, arguably similar they will only continue in shown pain with attention as well....

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Problem was, as you might imagine, I later found out this diaper was not clean.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sanity and the Mall

Oh yes. You ask can that really go together with a child - sanity and the mall - to which I reply a-he'll-yes (apparently the auto spell check doesn't like the word he'll - see changed it again) so we are driving back from the land of the milk, honey, and trout...aka....east tennessee.  And yes the borders of the promise land have extended just as in the times of david and solomon, I think that the mountains and streams of Bristol and Johnson City are an apt addition to the goodness that is South Knoxville.  So back to this, we are driving back from this blessed land knowing that we have a 6.5 hour drive ahead of us.  Mom, Dad, Child, in a Passat Wagon TDI Silver.  We time the departure perfectly, hoping for a 2 - 2.5 hour nap, one stop that is dinner, and we make good time all the way to the Inlet of Murrells.  Problem is that Benjamin was not aware of said schedule.  Less than an hour into the drive, his eyes creep open to a full on alert i-am-talking-and looking-around.  Abby and I remain quiet and as still as possible, while still remaining responsible in our driving.  We hope and pray that our child didn't just wake up on the outskirts of Asheville with 5 hours to go.

Thinking back, Garth Brooks had this song that I used to jam to back in high school, thats right you can jam to country, anyway it was titled, Unanswered Prayers - to which the jist of the song essentially deals with a couple of circumstances where Garth, formally known as Chris Gaines, then returning to Garth Brooks prays that God would give him the current desires of his heart - the girl, the future, etc. - but those prayers go unanswered and the song is Garth Gaines' looking back thankful that these prayers go unanswered due the beauty that is his life now, beyond even the expectations and fantasies of that girl, future, and john deer green tractor maybe? 

This was not one of those situations.... even in spite of the awesomeness that is below.....this ride was long, this ride was stressful, and this ride was primarily awake....

Half way through our ride, we are hungry, and by we I mean we.  And B is tired of riding and by tired I mean screaming.  So we stop in Columbia at Columbiana Place in search of the food court.  We are thinking it will probably be good to let B run around a bit, work those restless legs - he wouldn't be able to do that in a fast food joint, would he?  thus the mall call.....  And as soon as we walk in our sanity arrives and so does the following madness. Enjoy.


Friday, July 1, 2011