Mel is finally enjoying a well-deserved summer break from doing a wonderful job of directing the 1st - 5th grade choir at church. The regular church choir is also switching to the summer schedule, which I think means they won’t practice every Wednesday night. Hopefully, Mel will find a little more time to relax, at least on Wednesdays.
I, on the other hand, have begun to step up my workouts in preparation for at least three triathlons, four cycling-only races (on the test track at the BMW performance center...how cool is that!?!), and probably a few running races, as well. Speaking of triathlons...congrats to Catherine Maum on finishing her first full-distance Ironman triathlon (2.5 mile ocean swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile run) in Panama City, FL, near the end of 2007 and to Jennifer Timmis on completing her first ever tri, which happened to be a half-Ironman event earlier this month!!! Very impressive!!!
Much has been happening with members of our extended family, as well. Congrats again to Justin for graduating from medical school at the beginning of this month!!! We still hate that we couldn't make it to Mobile to see it in person. Double congrats to Kenneth on graduating from law school, moving from Lexington, VA, to Brentwood, TN, and getting married...all within the span of two weeks!!! Congrats, of course, to Meg as well on her recent marriage to Kenneth. And, last but not least, happy first birthday to Harrison!!! See below for pictures of some of these events. Oh yeah, there might be a few random pics of Bailey mixed in, as well. I know you're surprised and disappointed.
Bailey and Melanie at the park.
Bailey is just realizing that part of her is not on the picnic blanket anymore. At the time of this pic, she hated the feel of grass and would do anything to avoid it. She's getting better now, but she's still not a big fan.
Snack Time for Bailey
Bailey waving to dad after just having finished a Nutrigrain cereal bar.
The second weekend in May was Kenneth's graduation from the law school at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Yes, Kenneth is now a lawyer (let the jokes begin!!!)!
Kenneth, Paul, and Paula after graduation in front of a really old building on W&L's campus. (As a side note, THE Robert E. Lee is buried beneath a chapel somewhere on campus at W&L. Pretty cool...if your a Southener.)
Kenneth said it best when he told Bailey that she was playing with a $100,000 tassle.
Kenneth's and Meg's Wedding
Two weeks after Kenneth's graduation we headed over to Brentwood, Tennessee, for Kenneth's and Meg's wedding.
I was surprised at how small their pipe organ was. Yeah right...this thing was so big the Phantom of the Opera would have wet his pants!
From L to R: Mimi (Paul's mom), me, Bailey, Melanie, Meg, Kenneth, Paula, Paul, and Ms. Dinning (Paula's mom)
Bailey and Melanie walking down the hall of the hotel on their way to the rehearsal dinner.
Harrison's Birthday and Bailey's Quasi-Birthday Parties
The day after Kenneth's and Meg's wedding my family had a birthday party for Harrison (it was his actual birthday) and a quasi-birthday party for Bailey (her birthday is not until June 16th but there were members of the extended Williams family who won't be able to make it to the real birthday party in Greenville and they wanted to give Bailey her presents).
Bailey's cupcake butterfly cake. We didn't actually give a cupcake to Bailey b/c we are going to wait until her real birthday to let her tear into her first cake.
Bailey opening one of her presents.
Bailey camping out in the den kicked back in her lawn chair with one of her favorite toys...one half of a plastic Easter egg. Go figure.