Friday, April 13, 2007

Getting out of First Gear

Since Joey left Enterprise and started his new job with Chase Financial Staffing, we knew eventually that we would have to get a new car. So when we got the news that his office was going to be moving from Dunwoody to Gwinnet in two weeks, we had to get a jump on it. Well, I am proud to say that we are the proud new owners of a 2003 Saturn Vue. It's silver, and is very spacious, with a great size trunk for all of the baby equipment. The one minor downside is that the car is a manual, which is bad for me, because I've only ever driven an automatic.

So I had my first driving lesson in the Kohls parking lot not too far from our apartment. I didn't do as horribly as I had envisioned, but I still have a ways to go. I think it will be a while before I am road ready.

At the moment, I feel very uncoordinated. (The feeling I have is kind of like when you watch Tucker Carlson or Master P perform on Dancing with the Stars. Inside your cringing for them as you watch them stomp around the stage during the waltz. You just want the performance to end as quickly as it began). I can't seem to find the right balance of clutch/gas, clutch/ break, and then there is the whole easing off of the clutch and gently pushing the gas. There is just too much to think about while your desperately trying not to stall out in Atlanta traffic. I'll have some more lessons this weekend. I'll keep you updated on my progress.

Kate Dufour - 7 months

At 7 months old, Kate weighs 17 lbs and 2 ounces. She is actively crawling and showing signs of pulling up, so mom and dad have been very busy "Kate proofing" our home. Kate is very happy, giggly and curious; she enjoys playing with all of her toys especially her rings and blocks and she also loves to explore all of the gadgets on her exersaurcer.

A couple of weeks ago, she took her first trip to the Atlanta Zoo with mom, Grandma and Grandpa Bemister. It was a beautiful day and we saw lots of interesting animals including elephants, giraffes, alligators. We also saw the new baby panda, Mei Lan, but she was in the middle of a long nap. Kate says her favorite part of the trip was watching all of the elementary school children run from one exhibit to the next. There were so many kids it was hard to keep track of where there were all heading.

Meet Kate Dufour

Kaitlyn Elizabeth Dufour was born at Northside Hospital on August 31, 2006 at 6:37 p.m. in Atlanta, GA. At birth, Kaitlyn or "Kate" as we affectionately call her, weighed 8lbs 6 oz and measured 20.5" long. She was welcomed by family and friends who were all very anxious to meet her!