Where are we now?

View Where are we now? in a larger map Jo, Annie, Miles and I are living in Northport, Alabama and working at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. We've been glad to be in one place for a bit after what appeared to be semi-permanently traveling (in actuality for a period of 2.5 years).We started this blog to catalogue some of the adventures when Jo and I were sequentially conducting our dissertation research in India and Brazil. While we've fallen off the blogging bandwagon somewhat during recent trips to Brazil, we're trying to pick it up again now that we're back in India!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Back in ATL: Part 1

Welcome back to the blog after a many month hiatus! Life has been particularly crazy in the interim as many know, moving back from Brazil, visiting family around the country, and finally, after 2.5 years getting resettled in Atlanta with Annie! Finally, after three weeks back in Atlanta the majority of the boxes are unpacked and we're
making dough playing on playground

Kentuck Art Festival

This weekend was the weekend we'd all been waiting for. Or at least those of us in the know. It was the Kentuck Art Festival, which is a folk art festival held in Northport, AL. As in, it takes place a block from our house.

We'd been excited to go and get some funky art, but also to play around with the various craft tables we'd heard about. 

We weren't disappointed on either front.  

There was some great old time bluegrass music, which Miles absolutely loved. 

A really cool "Musical Petting Zoo" with all sorts of instruments for kids to try out. 

Miles was a big fan.

And lots of interesting crafts. Below Annie is working on this "marbled" paint project. 

And on some clay masterpiece

Of course, there was the requisite face painting. 

And given it was one of the major social events of the year, there were lots of friends, and friends' kiddos.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Getting Settled in 'Bama

Hard to believe that it's been two years since we've posted to this blog. To say a lot has happened in the interim would be an understatement. A few updates: Jo and I finished our respective periods of international fieldwork, wrote up our dissertations, defense them, and graduated in May 2014! Miles Paul Meek was born on January 9th, 2014! We both accepted academic positions at the University of Alabama, and have moved to Northport, AL! Here are a few pics from our time here so far:

Tuscaloosa and Northport are separated by the Black Warrior river. Above is the Bama Belle boat, which might be Annie's new moniker.

We had a lovely visit from Grandma and Grandpa; book reading, magic tricks, and loads of pretending!

Annie and Miles are at the Capitol School, which is a Montessori School. I've gone and played banjo several times to volunteer.

Annie and I build a small raised bed garden in the back of our house.

We're trying to get out more and explore the Alabama outdoors. We took a lovely weekend trip with friends to Natural Bridge, Alabama, and the Dismals Canyon. Utah-like slot canyons and arches...in Alabama!

Given how hot it was when we arrived in August, in general, we've just been loving spending time down by the river, up around Lake Nicol, or in the shade at the playgrounds.

Looking forward to the cooler temperature of Fall, and more exploring.