Saturday, June 28, 2008

more rocky top

My brother works for Southern Living, and was in Chattanooga for a shoot, but I thought he'd left already. He didn't know I was there at all... George Robert was taking some of our bags down, and he ran into my brother on the street! Starbucks was in the lobby of our hotel- go figure--Where there's a Starbucks, there's a Scott Martin. So he came up to our room to surprise me. It was a very good surprise!!
I took Mary Martin to the Hands-On Museum in Johnson City. It is very cute. They had a little "bank" and MM got to pretend to be a teller. She wasn't nearly as intersted in the computer and phone once she realized they weren't functional.

She has a lamb (Lammy) and 3 Little Giraffe blankets that she sleeps with. The past week or so, when she gets sleepy, she starts gathering up all her "stuff" and heading for her room. It is hilarious. Especially since it's so much that she keeps dropping it and having to bend down and gather it all back up. Of course we step in to help after we've had a few laughs. We call her 'the gypsy' since she has to take all her belongings with her everywhere.
We went to Bristol, TN to see the Bristol Motor Speedway where several NASCAR races are held. Most of you know that GR is a big NASCAR fan. Here we are in the "high roller" suite. We were touring the track in a big passenger van. MM is NOT in a carseat of course.. and all is good until we start speeding around this track at 60 mph or more. It's "banked" in the corners making it very steep, so you feel like you're gonna tip over. The tour guide says,"See when we stop you really feel like you're gonna roll over, right?" And I, being in the window seat on the unfortunate side of said rollover, said, "I don't like this!!!" I meant to say it just to GR but I think I said it to everybody. :) So we promptly started rolling again. But it was fun!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

good ole rocky top...

we've been here in johnson city since june 12, and we didn't bring a cord for the camera, so i'm just now updating. thanks dr. liu for the picture cd! he's doing a rotation here from china, and he took lots of pics of mm at the lake. dr. aiken & laura asked us all up to their lake house in the mountains last weekend, and we had the best time! a bit of trivia: lake watauga is one of the top 1o cleanest lakes in america.. it really is beautiful, although i'm still a beachy kinda gal. more updates to come! we miss all our friends back home, and especially our puppy dog, gus.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

a night out...

each year the orthopaedics dept. has a farewell dinner for all the 5th years who are leaving. it's really nice- a jazz band, great food, the 5th years wear tuxedos and all their families come, then they get to give a little oscar winner speech about how awesome their families are. JuJu came to town a couple of weeks ago and took mary martin and i shopping to get "dada" a new shirt and tie, and me a new dress! i wish you could see the front of it better, it's really pretty! thanks juju! AND, just to ebarrass george robert, i will brag on him a little.. he won an award! i'm so proud of him. actually the whole evening makes all us wives so proud of our hubbys and all their hard work. i really can't describe how hard they work without making it sound like grandpa's uphill, both ways, barefoot, in the snow routine! anyway, i'm proud of you, honey!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

A day on the water...

It was a perfect day to go out on the boat. Sunny, but with big fluffy clouds so it wasn't too hot, and no one got a sunburn! This is MM's first boat ride. She was NOT too sure about it at first, she sat in my lap for the longest time. She was even shaking a little bit to begin with, but once she realized I wasn't going to put her down, she started to relax.
Then we anchored in a little cove with lots of other boats. She didn't like how the waves made the boat rock, she wouldn't get out of my lap, I only had one sippy all signs pointed to a short trip. But she started inching toward the side and finally reached for her daddy and as you can see, had a ball in the water! We ended up staying about 3 hours! Next time, some of you friends need to come with us!