Welcome to Erin Putnam's blog!

My husband, Todd, and I have been married for 5 years. We have a 2 perfect children named Presley and Nate...and Lucy the chihuahua is still around, as well. We live in Memphis on Mud Island and really enjoy it! We have a great group of friends and you'll almost always find us together cooking out in someone's yard or at Movie and a Pizza...leaving the island is a rarity! I hope you enjoy my blog, as I try to keep everyone updated on our lives.

About Me

I like the pool, the beach, and any water - warm weather combo. I like shopping for Presley and Nate...way more fun than shopping for myself. I like cooking when I don't have to, running when the weather is perfect, the day the maid comes and my house is clean (even if for a little while), grocery shopping, minivans, pregnant women (just not me), a bubble bath and a sudoku puzzle, baby pictures of my husband, my hair the day after it was washed, reality TV, Oprah, when Todd takes the trash out without me asking, half-baked ice cream (I could seriously eat the stuff every day!), watching my babies sleep, talking about memories of my mom and grandmom, someone else choosing the restaurant, when the car beside me has spinners, strawberries and melted milk chocolate, and funny songs on your ring tone. I don't like feeling I need to exercise, folding itsy bitsy clothes, computer problems, hot leather seats, bugs, sun glasses that are too tight on your head, alarms, annoying girl drama, paying for daycare when it's closed, long fingernails, hugging people I barely know, people who use the word 'love' too liberally, and tacky children's clothes. All and all, I think I'm pretty normal.

Friday, March 18, 2011


A lot has happened since my last blog, to say the least...
1) We moved to Fairhope, AL...and love it! What an awesome community. After many long discussions, we decided the only reason NOT to move was the distance from family. However, still being within an afternoon's driving distance from everyone, the good outweighed the bad. Great schools, tons of family activities, beautiful, safe, small, and...THE BEACH!
2) We started new jobs.
3) We quit new jobs.
4) We started our own business. To elaborate...for quite a while I've had an entrepreneurial spirit, I just haven't been able to put my finger on what I wanted to do. The past year or so, it has been a restaurant. However, despite my business plans and recipe development, I still didn't have a clue about how to actually go about doing this. So, after talking with some good friends in Chattanooga who have been in the restaurant business for forever, and started their own place (a successful place) 2 years ago, we decided to open their 2nd location. So...in about a month, Todd and I will be opening and running Champy's Famous Fried Chicken in Daphne, AL. It is a Mississippi Delta-based, blues-listining, beer-drinking, laid back place to be...and the food is FANTASTIC. Made to order fried chicken, homemade hot tamales, homemade sides like fried green tomatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, and to top it all off, homemade key lime and Mississippi Mud pie. YUM! So, if you're headed to the beach this summer, stop in and see us (because we'll be too busy to come see you)!

Here are some recent pics of the kiddos.

My beautiful girl
My hunk of a man
This scrunched up nose is my favorite!
First beach visit of 2011
little heartbreaker

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pics of the kiddos

I love my pics. I love my photographer. I could have honestly put up every pic she took as one of my favorites...but, i managed no narrow it down to my top 12. Enjoy...


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summertime fun

but, momma, he's making a mess...


watching fireworks
morning milk

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Camping/St. Louis

Well, our vacation did not go as planned, thanks to BP. But, we rescheduled and ended up having a great time minus the ocean. We rented a cabin on a lake in Missouri for 3 nights...where we cooked out, took some hilly bike rides, hung out at the beach, and played at the playground. When the weekend came around, we headed to the city...St. Louis. We went to the City Museum (fun, but better for kids a little bit older) and the Children's Museum/Magic House (which was crazy good). With some our good friends that used to live in Memphis, we took a bike ride to a restaurant on a lake, where the kids got to feed ducks and the adults could chat and catch up. Finally, we finished our trip with a PERFECT cardinals game...with kids, that is. Right when we got inside, it rained for about 2 minutes, cooling the temp down to about 70. Then, to top things off, it was a ridiculously quick game, just over 2 hours. So, by time we consumed our hotdogs, bbq nachos, lemon icy, cotton candy, and adult beverages, it was time to walk back to the hotel.

So....It wasn't Orange Beach, but it was fun...and the commute was soooooooo much better with the kiddos!

And, of course, I don't really know how to put together a blog...so all my pics are in reverse order?!?

big ole boy's first baseball game
presley and her "number 1 glove"

her marilyn monroe moment
no way she was doing that alone

helping daddy clean the grill
before there were pack-n-plays, there were truck beds