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

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