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December 2020

We debated weather or not we should travel in December given Covid, but since we figured we weren’t going to do any travel with a newborn for a good while, we booked an AZ trip for Davin & I to AZ Dec 9-14 (to see my sister, mom&stepdad, and extended family on my mom’s side), then we were going to quarantine at home for 10 days and then do DC trip for Christmas. My sister and BIL were also planning on coming from AZ, we hadn’t been to DC to see Munyans or Schollians (my dad and his family) in 1.5 yrs and my sister hadn’t seen my dad et al for 3.5 yrs. Since Ben & I were working from home, we figured it would be easy to quarantine before DC but my sister is a dental hygienist and we ended up deciding to cancel the trip since we didn’t want to risk her bringing any germs to my 90 yr old grandparents. Hopefully we can make it out there at the end of summer!

Davin and I did have a fun trip to AZ! We stayed with my mom & stepdad and got to see my sister, BIL, and my Memmott family on my mom’s side. It was perfect weather and we had lots of fun at the park, petting zoo, and doing a little train ride with his 2nd cousin, Thea. He loved all the different toys at my mom’s and sat on her bed for hours playing with little cars/trucks/helicopters. Even tho it was only 1 hour difference in time zone, he got up every day 2.5 hrs earlier than normal :-/ and sometimes had a hard time taking a nap. I think it was probably the last trip we will try to squish him in a pack n play. When we got home, I had a hard time waking him up the next morning even after letting him sleep 13.5 hours that night lol! I guess there is nothing quite the same as your own bed!

Then we had a nice quiet Christmas here in Nashville. We did have Christmas Eve dinner with Davin’s friend Juni’s family and we had lots of outside fun – saw the Christmas lights at Cheekwood, went to the zoo some more with Hank and DadMan, Warner with Hank, had a New Years party at the park with Davin’s neighborhood playgroup, and a few firepits. New Years weekend, Davin’s bestie, Hank, moved to Chicago. Hank was Davin’s first friend – Teyanna & Hank’s mom, Beth, met up with the babies at the park when Davin was just about 4 months old. There was lots of tears shed on the mom’s parts; hopefully, we can find somewhere to meet up or visit between here & Nashville in 2021!

Fall 2020

In September & October, we had lots of fun times at our neighborhood pumpkin patch, did a 3 mile hike at Warner, Car Museum (cars were cool but hard not to touch and Davin just wanted to sit on Ben’s shoulders forever staring at the kid play area that was closed for Covid … someday kiddo), made homemade chocolate bars (thanks for sending it Vandy!), zoo with Davin’s friend Ollie and zoo with Daddy (someone loves the carousel!), and neighborhood pumpkin carving (where Davin discovered cookies lol).

Early October, the “Paci Fairy” traded Davin’s pacifiers out for a toy garbage truck. Sleep was a bit of a challenge for few days but he was very excited about the truck and didn’t really cry for the pacis at least. And October-November, Ben got to go back to campus (first time since early March) and teach his 3 classes live on Monday/Wednesdays. Half the class would come on Mondays and half on Wednesdays so that they weren’t too crowded, which meant Ben had to make sure they were streaming online for the other half the class watching at home. I guess we should all be zoom experts after this.

For Halloween, no one knew who we were but we had fun dressing up as Davin’s TV show, Tumble Leaf – Ben as Fig the Fox, Tey as Maple, Davin as Stick the Caterpillar, and Lena as Hedge. We had fun doing a Halloween hunt at the park with some neighborhood playgroup friends, Cheekwood, and then Davin’s first time trick or treating! We hope this one good thing from Covid continues – instead of awkwardly having to open the door all night, our neighborhood set up cute tables by our mailboxes w candy the kids could get and we sat back around our fire pit in the driveway watching the costumes and got to talk more w neighbors who joined us at our fire!

In November we went back to Montgomery Bell State Park (where we camped in September) but got a cabin this time! We had a fun & chill 2 nights – and got lots more sleep than the tent!
We had to do Wednesday-Friday since every weekend was booked up this year, probably because everyone wants to get outside due to Covid! Unfortunately, on Tuesday Ben cut his finger bad on a new ax and had to get a couple of stitches – which kept him up til midnight so I convinced him to teach his last scheduled live classes (Wednesday) online so he could get a bit more sleep & recover before we had to head out Wednesday evening. The glamping trip was fun and fairly relaxing even if a bit of a stressful start there. Davin loved playing in the sand and making s’mores!

End November/early December we had more zoo, Cheekwood, & park fun with Davin’s friends Hank & Juni! And we had a nice small Thanksgiving (Nashville started recommending limiting indoor gatherings to 8 due to Covid) with Juni’s family – her mom & I are both doing gluten free so it was nice to split the cooking and not have to worry about that! Davin was all about the pumpkin pie!

And Lena may drive us a bit crazy sometimes with her barking & neediness lol but we never get tired of how sweet she is with Davin. #ADog&HerBoy #ABoy&HisDog