Summer 2017

Teyanna finished finals and Ben finished grading finals the first week of May and then Teyanna’s mom & stepdad visited for a week. We saw the Hermitage – Pres. Andrew Jackson’s plantation for the first time and showed them lots of other fun stuff in Nashville :). After 2 years of Teyanna’s PhD you can get a masters, and since her parents were here that week she decided to walk with one of her classmates.

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After everyone finished all their tests in Teyanna’s cohort, they had a Murder Mystery dinner which was lots of fun :). Sadly Ben’s flight was very late and he missed it :(… we’ll have to do it again so he can use his costume.


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Then a couple hrs after the murder mystery, Teyanna’s sister, Chelsey, flew in from AZ and hung out for a couple days. Then Teyanna & Chelsey & Lena drove out to MD to see their dad & the Schollian family. And Ben flew out to DC for work and got to see the Schollians & Munyans each for a day and drove home with Tey & Lena after Chelsey flew home. It was great to catch up with family and friends! Lena thought my Grandmom&Grandpop’s was paradise and she loved fetching sticks in the water… altho she still couldn’t be convinced to swim.

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And just a couple days after that, we took a trip to Finland and then Iceland for 4 nights each and then one night in Boston on the way home. It was lots of fun altho, I think we are both worn out (and Ben was a little stressed not being able to work much) and we just want to stay home for a long long time lol.

Ben had fun showing me around Finland (he lived there in 2005-06). It was very green & pretty and even warm enough, I wished I brought a short sleeve shirt lol (about high of 65). We had fun eating Finnish pastries & Finnish soup and found some good Indian food. Helsinki Day – the 100 year celebration was while we were there, although it poured that day – we were prepared with rain coats etc but put a little damper on the turnout.

Iceland … was a little barren at first but we eventually found some pretty cool stuff. It was a bit cold (high of 55 & windy) and very expensive (our waiter said he was flying to Europe to get a laptop and even with the flight it was cheaper than getting one in Iceland :-/) … and our apartment water tasted and smelled like eggs (sulfur) lol. It was very pretty in some places but I think Yellowstone wins lol. But the last day in Iceland was their Independence Day and we got free icecream on the plane at least ;-).

Both Finland & Iceland were only dark from about midnight to 3 am which was interesting! Pretty crazy walking around at 11pm and having it feel like 5pm! Some pics are here.

Boston was a quick trip, but we had fun seeing one of Ben’s siblings and his friend from high school.


After a couple weeks home and a fun birthday at home with Ben, Teyanna went to AZ. She had fun going to a Memmott reunion near Show Low, AZ. They celebrated her grandma’s 80th birthday – 6 out of 8 of Grandma’s kids came, 25 out of 33 of us grandkids, and all 5 great grandkids!

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And Teyanna had lots of fun swimming at her moms, some sort of water yoga with Chelsey, and doing a little hike with her mom & Chelsey (& pups :) and seeing all the fam! (Sorry I didn’t see any friends this trip… was a little lazy with planning.)



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Finally, the last weekend of July, my friend Becky visited from DC for 2 nights! We went straight from the airport to see some bluegrass music at Station Inn. Then Saturday we went to see the Hermitage StationInn_BlueGrassPresident Andrew Jackson’s plantation, took Lena on a little hike to Radnar Lake, and then we went to Monell’s to dinner with Ben – SO much food! You are supposed to sit with about 10-15 people and share all the food in the pic (mashed potatoes, cornbread, biscuits, corn pudding, banana pudding, macaroni, cole slaw, beans, fish, chicken, port, meatloaf, etc etc) but we ended up with our own table somehow!


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… And if you made it through all of that! Nice job! lol It was a fun May, June, & July!

Happy Birthday Lena!

BirthdayGirl_PuppyGraduationLena turned one today! She is super cute and brings us lots of smiles! I think we lucked out with a pretty calm pup but she still goes to doggie daycare 1 day a week to get some energy out :). We just finished our second Petsmart training class (6 weeks each). Mostly just need to work on loose-leash walking (especially when she sees other people/dogs/squirrels lol).






She loves food, people (especially small people – aka kids), dogs, sticks, tug-of-war, bones, doggy day care, walks, chasing daddy, food, and… did I mention sticks & food? lol



Happy Birthday Lena! 1 Year vs 2 months:

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And lots of throw backs from this last year:


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Winter/Spring 2016




Well January, February, and the first part of March were unusually warm – up in the 70s lots of days! So we went on our first camping trip with Lena which was fun :). Just one night, tin foil dinners, s’mores, a yummy breakfast and a hike.



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Then in mid-March Lena finally got her first snow and she loved it :).


During Spring Break, my cousin Afton and her 2 cute kids visited (almost 2 & almost 5). Lena LOVES little kids, almost a bit much for the kids at first, but by the last couple days the kids were dragging her all over the house to play :) and Lena was even asking for a kid free break/nap lol.

AftonsVisitWe had fun going to the zoo (got to pet kangaroos!), park, Parthenon, driving the “walking tour” so the kids could sleep lol, and walking down Broadway. We also had some yummy BBQ food and went to the Grand Ole Opry.


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I loved the pics my friend took for us (check out Stephanie Chambers Photography on FB)! If you didn’t get a Christmas card and want one next year send me your address :) We always end up with extras but not much time with finals to think about who to send them to.



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Christmas 2016

The day before my last final Ben got home from a trip to NYC, where he’s presented a paper and Pinatais working on getting some data. He had someone give his finals while he was gone and got to work grading when he got back.  The day after my last final I headed to AZ to see my family and was there Thursday-Tuesday the weekend before Christmas. It was great to see my mom & stepdad, see Chelsey & Paul and their new place, and see lots of my cousins (and their kids are getting so big!), uncles&aunts, & Nanita & Grandpa Bert and do our fun Memmott Christmas party with the pinata, nativity, gift game, and lots of Mexican food! And Ben skyped in for our little family name exchange with my mom & stepdad and Chelsey&Paul. :) We missed Kyle & Andrew and I’ll have to make a longer trip next time so we can see my older step brothers who live a bit farther away. (oops didn’t take many pics in AZ)

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Then on the Tuesday I flew home, Ben flew to DC to present at the Federal Reserve Board, and I drove 10 hours out to DC with Lena on Thursday Dec 22. Lena was a pretty good passenger but I missed having Ben and was done driving by the time I got to his parents house in VA, but he drove the last 2 hours to my grandparents house in MD. We hung out with my dad and grandparents & uncles&aunts in MD that weekend and did Christmas morning with them and went to church with them where my Grandpop spoke. Then we drove over to Ben’s parents house for Christmas dinner(I think 10/15 kids made it this year! plus we got to skype with his sister who is in Panama) and spent the night. Monday I got to have lunch with a friend at my favorite Indian place and Ben snuck off to work for a bit and then we drove back to my G&Gs for the Schollian Christmas party and white elephant game.

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ColdBeachTimeTuesday morning we were off to North Carolina where Ben’s parents rented a beautiful beach house, and luckily got to have lunch with Ben’s uncle & aunt & cousin in Richmond, VA on the way! We hung out in NC until we went home on Friday Dec 30.


We had lots of fun seeing everyone and Lena had fun playing with lots of other dogs :). We then had a few days at home and had a fun game night NY’s Eve.

Finally, Ben & I went to Chicago (and left Lena at the doggy daycare overnight for the first time :( lol) Jan 5-8 for the ASSA conference where Ben presented a paper and helped interview people to potentially join the Vanderbilt finance faculty and I went to a bunch of health economics seminars. It was much colder than my AZ bones were used to but it was fun to see some old friends and hear some interesting stuff. And then we were back in the races – January 9 school started for me again and Ben was back at doing research (Ben doesn’t teach until after spring break in March)!




Hope everyone had a good holiday and happy New Year and got a little break to relax and be with friends and family!



Fall 2016

So summer flew by with lots of travel and getting Lena.  Ben had to keep going to the Treasury in DC to access his data – from when he stopped teaching in May to when he started again in October, he probably went about 15 times :-/ so he got a bit tired out of traveling!

Before school started at the end of August for me, Ben’s parents and youngest 3 siblings visited for a weekend which was lots of fun! We did the zipline Tree Top adventure (that we did for Ben’s birthday the previous summer).  Us and the kids did the first obstacle courses and Ben and John did the third one, John would have done the 4th but we were all getting pretty hot. They had fun meeting Lena, we played some games, went on a little hike, and Ben got some help putting his gym together.

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We also got to have my aunt&uncle from AZ spend a night while they were here for a work trip and Ben’s oldest brother, Jason, visited for a weekend in September and I think we did pretty much everything in Nashville lol – Walking tour, State Fair, Exit Inn concert, Italian Light Festival, Shakespeare in the Park (Comedy of Errors), dog park, and ate at Hattie Bs, Pancake Pantry, Midtown Cafe, Woodlands! And while I did HW Ben & Jason went to the Parthenon, Opry Gardens, & Marine Parade!

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Other than that, just school for me, research for Ben until October and then he started teaching for the 2nd quarter. He taught Financial Institutions from scratch which was a lot of work and a section of Bond Markets (which he taught last year). But now he lesson plans for both so hopefully teaching will only get easier and no more all nighters next time he teaches! While he taught he didn’t travel too much, but did go to NYC to get some data and he got to present his research in Paris (his oldest brother met him there to tour for a day or two).

We did have some fun game nights, actually dressed up for Halloween (Ben won best least effort costume – he was E-mail/E-male lol and Lena was of course adorable as WonderDog), I went to the Escape Game with school friends, and we kept doing our dinner club tradition with my school group :).

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For Thanksgiving week, my sister & BIL and mom & stepdad were supposed to all come from AZ – first time doing Thanksgiving with my family in 8 years and first time to host at our new house! But sadly my mom wasn’t feeling well and postponed their visit until next May. However we still had fun with Chelsey&Paul that week and we also had 4 people from my grad program join for Thanksgiving (plus someone’s wife & baby and someone else’s mom) so we had a fun full house :). Sadly when we went to the Grand Ole Opry, our car got broken into and my purse & Chelsey’s make up bag were stolen :(. Luckily we found Chelsey’s make up bag (which was the only thing worth much) and my empty wallet, but I guess we learned the lesson (again – Ben’s backpack got stolen out of our car in MD) to not leave stuff in the car :(. Frustrating that we had to spend money & time replacing a window and random purse stuff and they basically got nothing but apparently a bloody hand :(.

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And we survived the end of the semester with papers and finals and grading and were off on a whirlwind winter break of travel!


Summer 2016 – travel & Lena!

So after my last test Thursday, May 26 we went home and packed up our condo and then Friday we moved into our new house :). We were a little worried about our movers being a bit late but they brought 4 guys instead of 2 so it went quite fast. Then Saturday, my friend Erin from the PhD program moved her stuff in (she’s going to live w us during this school year) and we had a fun game night and taco salad with my PhD friends. Then Sunday Erin went home to GA for the summer and we drove 2.5 hours to Indiana to see our 5 wk old puppy Lena!IMG_3328

Lena was born April 23 to Macy and Samson who belong to Faye Skelton.  There were 7 puppies in her litter – 3 girls and 4 boys. We got to visit when they were 5 weeks old but took her home after all our travel when she was 9 weeks old. Her name is Lena after Athena the goddess of wisdom in the Parthenon replica here. (Originally we were thinking of getting 2 puppies a mastiff mix and name him Zeus and Lena but decided to start w one this year.)

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Monday I cleaned out our condo, Tuesday Ben flew to DC to work at the OFR, Wednesday (my birthday :D woot 27!) I got a pedicure (first time in 3 yrs? lol) w my friend Kristine, then I flew to DC and had dinner w Ben at our old favorite Indian place (Spice 6) and went to our friend Danmo’s home where she surprised me with a delicious ice-cream cake and watermelon! Her baby is getting so big! Then my dad picked me up to go up to my Grandmom&Grandpop’s in MD while Ben finished working for the week and joined us on the weekend. Maryland was beautiful as ever and it was great to see my Dad, uncles&aunts, and G&G!

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I went home Tuesday and Ben came back from working Thursday and that weekend we hiked Old Stone Fort to celebrate my birthday :).

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The next week Ben went to DC again Tuesday morning while I flew to AZ to see my family. I had fun going to the dinosaur museum with Afton and her kids, and enjoyed lots of shopping w my Mom, Chelsey, & Afton and lots of swimming, family, and Mexican food :). It was fun to see my Nanita and aunts&cousins (idk where all the uncles were this time lol)! Ben came out Friday in time for a swim party and the next afternoon we started our drive to Utah (Ben had a finance conference in Park City the next week).

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Saturday we stopped at the Grand Canyon (Ben’s first time seeing it and I think I only saw it for a 7th grade field trip lol I guess we under appreciate the things we live by). Sadly 10 feet on the trail & I hurt my toe badly (ya ya don’t wear flip flops on a hiking trail). But Ben bandaged me up and we enjoyed the sunset at the Grand Canyon.

We stayed the night in Page, AZ and in the morning we toured Antelope Canyon — very pretty but a bit crowded. We then continued down to Park City, Utah and stopped briefly at Bryce Canyon which had very pretty views (next time we’ll have to take time to hike it).

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Monday we were planning on hiking Mt Timpanogos  (9 miles each way) but my foot still hurt and Ben needed to prep for his Tuesday presentation at the WFA conference. But we had a couple hours Thursday and hiked 8 out of 18 miles.

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Besides the conference and seeing a bit of Park City we got to have a taco night w 3 of my mom’s brothers and their families and we spent the last night with my step-grandpa (my stepdad’s dad) and went out to eat w him and my stepbrother Kyle & his girlfriend. More pics here.

Then early Friday, June 23 we flew from Utah to Indiana where we picked up Lena and drove home :). She is adorable. Now at 12 weeks she is sleeping thru the night and has only had 1-2 accidents in the last week so almost house trained :D. She has sit and come down and is pretty good on the leash. We are just working on no nipping, no jumping for food, and no chewing and getting on furniture lol. But she is lots of fun and is doing well w her Petsmart puppy training class and we had a puppy play date w a Bernese Mountain pup that was fun (three weeks younger but he held his own good ;). She loves her new bed, to sneak in daddy’s chair, and to chew everything including her tail lol.     
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Over 4th of July my friend Becky visited which was lots of fun to hang out and show her Nashville! And she helped us host a BBQ on the 4th w some of Ben’s coworkers and our neighbors.IMG_4091





And then my mom visited and taught Lena to love her tail and helped us decorate :).



Its been a fun June & July!