Not A Good Look

As part of the close call computer crash that unearthed this gem, we also came across a series of photos that we took back in November on the night that we saw our book in a bookstore for the first time.

It was a pretty thrilling moment for us, which is why we brought the good camera to capture the excitement. But apparently I had trouble communicating that feeling in my photos.

I imagine Sherry’s direction to me was something like “No, you look weird. Give me a face like you’re relishing it. Like you just published a book and you’re so proud.” Aaaaand so I did this:

At this point I think the direction was “less smarmy.” And when you tell me to do less of something, it kinda makes me want to do more…

Since I was clearly failing at capturing the emotion, Sherry took a turn and decided she’d show the drama of the moment by pretending to faint. Though I think it came across more like a crime scene than a woman overcome with joy. And clearly Clara was concerned about her well being.

And like any good student of fairy tales, Clara attempted to revive her with a kiss.

The kiss saved Sherry from her faux-faint, but I guess it couldn’t save these photos enough for them to make the blog. Well, initially at least. Now we can have fun looking back at our “old” selves. We were so young and silly then. You know, way back in 2012.

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Go Nuts (Clara’s First Baseball Game)

Last Thursday was gorgeous here in Richmond. Sunny. Not too hot. Not too humid. So we spontaneously decided to enjoy the perfect evening by taking Clara to her first baseball game.

Richmond has a minor league team called The Flying Squirrels. They play pretty regularly over the summer and the stadium is just about 25 minutes from us. So with tickets at just $8 each, we figured why not? We knew Clara was too young to understand the game, but we also knew there’d be other attractions to keep her attention.

Okay, so maybe it got my attention a bit too.

She was not super keen on sharing her baseball treat.

But even if she didn’t follow the ins and (literal) outs of the game, she enjoyed cheering and clapping along with everyone else and the random between-inning gimmicks like a pig being carted across the field, a man dressed in a flamingo costume, and people in wigs dancing as they raked the baselines. It was pretty hilarous and awesome for adults too…

She also had the opportunity to meet Nutzy, the mascot, who she was excited to get close to… but not too close.

We were a bit worried about how well she’d do sitting for such an extended period, but she did great. I think there was so much going on (and so much cotton candy to eat) that she was thoroughly entertained. We couldn’t believe she lasted over two whole hours at the baseball field.

We arrived about 30 minutes late (3rd inning had just started) and secretly hoped to stay through the end, since they had fireworks scheduled that night. But two hours later by 9pm they were just finishing up the 6th inning so we knew it’d be waaaaaay past bedtime before any fireworks happened.

So instead we just enjoyed the beautiful sunset on our way out.

I’m not sure the experience was enough to turn her into a baseball fanatic like her Grammy, but I’m pretty sure Flying Squirrel games just became one of our go-to summer activities.

Oh, and for anyone curious, the Squirrels were playing the Binghamton Mets – the top team in the league – and they were tied 3-3 when we left, but the Mets got one more run in the 7th inning right after we left and went on to win 4-3.

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