Okay, I’m going to attempt to be back. I have decided I spend far too much time on other sites and I miss having these little records of my day. Dylan is growing and changing so quickly, and other than my facebook statuses I have ne record of the silly things we do. So, here goes …

Dylan is a great eater so far. Our first experiment with rice cereal almost sent me over the edge. It was running everywhere, more of it was on the floor than on Dylan. I was so frustrated I added 2-3 times the amount of cereal than was recommended. And our problems were solved. He likes his food thick. So far, his food library includes avacados, bananas, oatmeal, peas, green beans, squash, plums, pears and brown rice, and apple juice. This morning we tried green beans for the first time:


They were a huge hit. Last night I was in a crunch and just cut up tiny pieces of squash and he loved that, too.

We are spending this much needed Memorial Day holiday relaxing and watching cartoons:


I know, I’m mother of the year. You can all point at me and laugh if he actually has ADD one of these days.


Here’s our first slideshow.

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Okay, here’s the deal. I typically have no desire to blog. Then, every once in a while, something happens and the first thing I think is, “I have to blog that.”

This past week has been filled with those moments. Of course, it’s also been filled with regular job, photography jobs, birth announcements, wedding invitations, dog walks, the gym, etc.

That’s why I’m making a list. For me to remember what I want to talk about, and just to build a little nervous excitement since I know you’re dying to hear what I have to say.

Over the next few days, we’ll be discussing:

-My intense craving for Mexican food lately. I guess there’s not much to say here, I’ll get it out of the way. I may turn in to a tortilla. I’m not pregnant, I’m sure, but I can’t get enough Mexican lately.

-Our recent encounter (at a local Taqueria, mind you) with a family from our old church. Their horrible story of how their daughter has been treated in the student ministry.

-Our recent viewing of Michael Moore’s new documentary, Sicko.

-My husband’s mid-life crisis and subsequent choice between being a flight attendant and Satellite Radio DJ.

-How Josh sings everything these days.

-Josh and I’s recent outbursts of Onomontopeias.

-The fine line I’m finding myself trodding lately with whether or not to tell people their racism offends me.

-How my arm was so sore from Wii I could barely type the next day, but I got a pretty Pro Ball!

-Our recent viewings of Beverly Hills 90210

-How I’ve been listening to sports radio when Josh isn’t even in the car.

-The midnight book release of Harry Potter.

-Etc, etc.

I know not many people care what I say, I just need to get some stuff off my chest. This is how I’m choosing to do that.

Okay, I know this is totally late notice, and completely unacceptable, but …. don’t you just love how I started this!

Meet me, about 24 years ago …


I was born at 32 weeks, approximately 2 months early. I could give you a long story about how I wasn’t expected to live, I overcame tremendous odds to become “normal” as far as health is concerned. I’ll spare you that, and just tell you that the only reason I’m here today (aside from grace from God and prayer from friends) is the tremendous care I received during the critical stages of my life.

I was cared for in some wonderful premature birth centers. March of Dimes was no doubt a huge help in getting my family and I the support we needed in such a critical time. I’ve had several friends who have called upon March of Dimes, and they have undoubtedly come through.

That’s why I’m joining together with my mom, Kimberly Thompson, and some of her family to walk in this Saturday’s March of Dimes WalkAmerica. This is where I get to the part about me being a total slimeball and just now getting to asking for your support. The money is due Wednesday, although I believe online donations continue after that.

We’ve set a goal to raise $500 as a team. We honestly appreciate your thoughts and encouragement more than anything, and any small donation you could give us. If you’re interested, either e-mail me at anna@annabrowndesigns.com, or below is a link to our PayPal account.

Our PayPal Account

Thank you so much for your support!

I think pictures speak 1,000 words. We went to Lower Alabama this weekend, when it turned 30 degrees! We woke up this morning to frost on the roof, then had a shrimp boil. Those two things just don’t seem to go together. But when you’re a Brown it makes perfect sense. I basically only got my camera out one time. I still suck at this having my camera with me all the time thing. Happy Easter!

At Josh’s parent’s shop …



At the pier in Fairhope, Alabama …






I’ve got lots to say about what’s been going on lately. We’ve watched a kick-butt documentary about the Dixie Chicks that I’ve been wanting to write about, took a one night trip to meet Josh’s family for dinner, etc. This weekend has been incredibly memorable, though. Josh and I were a whirlwind cleaning team on Saturday and completed our Spring Cleaning, blind dusting and all. Nick and Leslie came in from Birmingham. Of the many things we’ve done, today was awesome. We went to Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Midtown. It was good food, and always good to do something new. Then we spent the afternoon at Piedmont Park listening to drum circles, running towards Port-O-Potties, smoking pipes, and playing Bocce Ball. It’s always good to have Nick and Leslie here.







Baby Hadley Margaret Schwenzen is here! Now we get to call her by her “real” name, all though Bean was really growing on me. I wanted to show her off …hadley.jpg