Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Atlantic Ocean

Rebekah has spent time on the beaches since she was 2 months old, and she was always tentative about the big ocean waves a little bit (here and here), but we decided on a trip to Jacksonville, FL, to let Rebekah walk in the Atlantic Ocean.

She was very tentative at first (noticed the clenched toes), but that may have been due to her dislike of anything dirty.

She eventually warmed up to the sand between her toes and the crashing waves, though.

 She even willingly stepped into the ocean, although not too far.

At the end of our time there, she was picking up sea shells and letting the wet sand envelope her feet.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Things To Do in Oklahoma in the Fall, pt. 2

James went to college in Tahlequah, on the Illinois River in Oklahoma. One morning we drove around his school and decided to hike through the hills to some cliffs overlooking the river on a cold, windy morning.

 Rebekah didn't mind the cold, or notice the treacherous path we walked to the cliffs.

The best part of our trip to Oklahoma was getting to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa Roberts.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Rebekah's imagination is just wild, as we find her doing things we didn't teach her, and we have no clue where she learned some of the things. 

We know she likes to dress up, and sometimes she just gets bored some time and puts on whatever piece of clothing she sees, from her pink tutu to some grown-up boots.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Things To Do in Oklahoma in the Fall

We made the long car-journey to Oklahoma a few weeks ago, and were excited about getting to spend a brief time with James' family. The ever-curious Rebekah was ready to experience what Oklahoma is about in late Fall, when the cold November wind starts blowing.

FIND A DEER: We didn't shoot ours, though-this fawn is found in the Lake Eufaula Nature Center

Ride a 4-wheeler

Put on your cowboy boots and stomp through piles of leaves


Search for Cows, which is much easier in OK than in most places

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Saints Nation

We've lived outside of New Orleans as a married couple longer than we lived in New Orleans, but we're not very far away from the city and the New Orleans Saints are as much South Mississippi's team as they are Louisiana's.


As much as Rebekah would have loved the crazies who get excited about the Saints, we left her for the weekend and enjoyed walking around the city, visiting friends, and just taking in the excitement that surrounds the defending Super Bowl Champion Saints

We dressed appropriately, got our tickets, and went to support the team.

We tried to choose a game we were sure the Saints would win, but unfortunately, the Cleveland Browns had different plans that Sunday afternoon.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rebekah's First Game

After so much tailgating, we thought Rebekah would enjoy finally going to a game. She watches football all the time on television, starts singing "Black & Gold to the Super Bowl" every time she sees a fleur-de-lis, and yells "Touchdown!" anytime a team scores and the fans start cheering.

An 11:30 AM game in October was the perfect opportunity. Rebekah got all dressed up...

Hung out with her friends Meredith and Drew...

Danced and cheered for the Band, the football players, and of course USM's mascot Seymour...

And lasted barely into the second quarter before she passed out.

Monday, November 15, 2010

More Tailgaiting


Rebekah prepared for her long day of football by getting in the faces of the (former) Ole Miss mascot and the Golden Eagle and pumping them up.

She didn't know this young lady, but she repeatedly attempted to hop into her familiar-looking wagon.

She helped herself into whatever ice chest she could get into,

but was only interested in cooling herself off.

Rebekah hung out with her friend Olivia, 

encouraging her as they crawled along together.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Catalog Shopping

If you take your eye off of Rebekah for a minute, she'll do something to entertain you. That is becoming more true as she can now reach the edge of the counter tops, climb to get things she wants, and talk in pretty descriptive phrases.

One morning last month, we turn around for a few seconds and she has put on a hat we had sitting around, managed to get her pacifier, and started browsing a book catalog looking for Christmas presents, we suppose.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Zoo Boo

Since James had to work at the Hattiesburg Zoo's annual Zoo Boo Fundraiser for the Hattiesburg Zoological Society (he's on their board), Kristie and Rebekah got to dress up three nights last week in her costume and go play the games, ride the train & carousel, and walk around the zoo.

Rebekah wouldn't allow us to buy her any costume other than Thomas once she'd spotted it... no flowers or ladybugs or princesses for this little girl. We already have problems with people who don't know her going through gender confusion with her, so you can only imagine how many "He's so cute" comments we heard.

It got to the point Sunday night that Rebekah remembered which inflatable animal or character we were about to encounter around the next corner.

 Maybe next year she'll be a feminine little flower again, like last year.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkin Carving (Then & Now)

Before Rebekah was born, James had a lot of time in the evenings leading up to Halloween to sit down and carefully design pumpkins for carving.

With Rebekah, trying to be as creative while remaining clean was not possible. She was very excited about the big pumpkins, although she was a little frustrated at their weight.

But the pumpkins got cleaned, the seeds dried and roasted (the best part of pumpkin-carving), and the Thomas the Train carved.