Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I'm 28!

 ...and it feels great!

It's my birthday!  Yep, I took one of those infamous bathroom shots.  Just want to one day look back and see myself at this age.  You know, when my hair is gray and all that good stuff.  I plan to take a picture on every birthday from now on (why didn't I think of this before)? 

The older I get the younger my age feels (if that makes sense).  I remember thinking that 28 was like...OLD.  That's absurd to me because obviously 28 is super young! =) I hope to also feel that way about 30!

I've had a great day filled with simple pleasures.  After work, Morgan and I went to the park for a picnic.  Okay, sorta.  Try a quick Wendy's meal eaten at a picnic table.  I don't do the fast food thing with her, but today I didn't have lunch.  I was really hungry after work, but didn't want to go home then come back out to the park. So in comes Wendy's -- quick and easy!  She actually wasn't very interested in it (I'm sure it had something to do with the fact that we were at the park).  I had to feed her her regular dinner when we got home.

After the "picnic," she played.  And played.  And got really dirty.  The good thing is she said "night-night" as we were approaching our house -- which was great!  She was fast asleep by 8 (which used to be her regular bedtime, but we've been struggling with that lately).


She loves dirt.  She loves airplanes (one flew over the park today -- she was fascinated.  She looks for them in the sky all the time.).  She loves cars and trucks.  She loves taking things apart and putting them back together (have you ever noticed the little seat in the pic below she's always playing with?  She loves to play with the buckle on that thing).  It's almost like she's a little boy!  I think it's the cutest thing.

Another simple pleasure from today was this WHOLE Zoe's cake some friends at work brought (as well as a candle set and a sweet card).  I LOVE Zoe's chocolate cake (if you haven't tried it, DON'T).

My niece called me and sang a "cha-cha-cha" version of Happy Birthday -- too cute!  And last, but not least, I had a little cousin (whose shower I attended a couple of weeks ago) BORN TODAY!  That makes three of us on that side of my family that share a birthday.  Fun!

I meant to update the blog over the weekend, but I didn't get around to it.  We had a very low-key weekend.  We spent Saturday watching football games at my SIL's. 

She has a TON of beads that Morgan loves to play with.  

Morgan and me chilling in the guest room (the only time she wanted me -- naptime). I watched two movies on DVD that day!  Loved it!

Playing outside one day last week...

When the World Cup was going on this summer, her daddy bought her a soccer ball.  She loves it.  She can even do a little kicking (little tomboy)!

Yep, she's crying here.  I threw the ball on top of the house and she loved seeing it come back down.  So when I stopped (after doing it a million times), she cried.  Of course after I took this pic we did it a million more times.

 Drinking my Chick-fil-A lemonade one day like it was hers!

 At the park one day last week.

It seems like I had so much more to blog about, but I can't remember anything!  It's after 11 PM, and I should SO be in bed.  I hope everyone is enjoying their week!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

"Baseball," WAY Day, and Counting

I'd been looking forward to this weekend for a while because I knew it would involve us doing absolutely nothing.  But the truth is, Morgan and I love to go.  At the last minute, we decided to go to DK's game Friday night.  I planned to skip this game because I knew I wouldn't have help.  My mom couldn't go, and my sister-in-law is in NC for the Bama/Duke game.   But we ended up going.  It wasn't bad at all!  Morgan sat through the entire first half like a sweet little child (thanks to freeze-dried fruit and a sippy cup).

Then Martha, her niece, and Little KJ came, and Morgan sat down like a big girl with him.

I knew it was coming soon, though:  she wanted DOWN.  I'm not sure if I've made this very clear on the blog -- Morgan loves to run and walk around and do her own thing in public places.  Many toddlers you see in public want to be held by their parents or hold their parents' hands. Morgan is NOT LIKE THAT.  She gets down and runs for it FULL SPEED and doesn't look back.  And she doesn't like when you try to hold her hand.  I heard one woman (in passing, as I was running after her) say, "Man, she's fast!" We sometimes pretend that we're leaving her.  She doesn't care.  She is my Little Explorer -- she has no fear. 

And that's cute and all, but sometimes (like at a crowded football game), not so much.  So we just happened to pass by the baseball field and I saw that it was unlocked.  A blessing, I must say!  That meant she'd have her own open space to run and do her thing.  AND SHE DID.  This is us all the way in the outfield under the scoreboard! 

She walked and ran that field like she owned it.

And then something happened that I believe has changed our lives forever.  She started playing in the dirt.  She played, and she played, and she picked up dirt and rocks and she threw the stuff all around.  Dirt was all in her hair.  Her shoes were ruined.  But she was happy.  So I was happy.  I could still hear the game loud and clear, so all was good in the world.

I'm sure last night was the first time she's ever been worn out enough to want me to carry her.  I think it was the first time I outlasted her!  Go, Mama!

Anyway, an email from a co-worker also changed my weekend plans of relaxing at home.  She'd heard about a little community fun day hosted by a local middle school, and was just sharing it with folks in our department.  Morgan and I don't pass up fun -- particularly when it involves stuff for kids.

So we got up this morning and headed to WAY Day, which seemed to promote literacy, wellness, and healthy eating.  They had a silly guy singing cute songs to the kids.  They had local farmers selling fruit and local companies giving away free stuff.  My favorite was a booth giving away free books for a donation.  And they had some good stuff.  The booth was sponsored by a literacy program called Better Basics. I read their pamphlet and loved their mission.  So much that I'm going to look into doing a little volunteering with them in the summer.  Other than this, there wasn't much for children Morgan's age.  So after getting a pic with this guy...

...we headed to a nearby park.  It was getting hot, so we didn't stay very long.

Here's that dirt thing again.  Oh, my.

She was not happy about leaving -- she never is.  But it was getting hot, and it was very much nap time.

I'll end with something I've been wanting to post for a long time.  Morgan has always liked to count, but I've never caught it on video.  When she was pretty young, she would count with our help.  She doesn't need our help these days, and it's funny to hear her do it all by herself.  She especially likes to count at night when she's fighting sleep.  She'll count over and over and sing songs over and over just to keep from going to sleep.  The lights are off in this video, so you can't see anything, but you can definitely hear the little monster fighting that sleep with numbers (counting sheep, perhaps).  Have a good week and weekend, everyone!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Family, Shower, & Tailgatin'

This weekend, I went to Atlanta for a cousin's baby shower.  It was a family shower, so we all drove up early Saturday morning to prepare.  I don't see this side of my family that much, so I'd been looking forward to it for weeks. 

I enjoyed the small moments as much as the actual shower itself -- the talks and laughs as we prepared everything. 
Two of my aunts working on the small details.

In the Kitchen

I love, love, love shower games!  My cousin had prepared a book full of games and they were fun.  I'm really terrible at them and never win, but I can't get enough of them!

My cousin, Mary (on the far right), was in charge of everything.  Here she is explaining one of the games.

Some of the favors.

...and the cake!  SO GOOD.

One of my little cousins came to the shower with his mom.  He saw me on the couch looking through the camera and asked if he could see, too.  I told him there was a $10 viewing fee, so he pulled a couple of $1 bills from his pocket! Too funny!

Of course he wanted to take pics -- he was so funny.  We took a thousand of them, but looked like aliens with weird heads on most of them (like this one!  Camera angle is a powerful thing...)

My birthday is later this month, and it's on the same day as my great-aunt's, Mae Frances.  I thought the birthday girls should take a picture together. :)

Here's another one of my aunt's, my mom's baby sister, Vonne.  

Probably my favorite pic of the day.  Some of the women in my family.  The mama-to-be, Carla, wasn't feeling so hot earlier that day and wasn't there for a lot of the earlier photo ops (and I didn't take many pics during the shower because I was having to much fun trying to finally win a shower game), but she's the one on the middle row, second from the right.  We look forward to meeting baby Kaylin Ann!

My mama and me playing around as we were stopping to get gas on the way home. We both were hot and sweaty on this pic, so it's not particularly my favorite, but I like it because you can actually see that little dimple I got from her (she has two -- but only gave me one).  Most of the time when I smile you can't see it, but sometimes (or maybe from certain angles), you can.  It's the same way with Morgan.  She has a dimple, too, but you can only see it sometimes.

Speaking of Morgan, you may be wondering where she was during all of this.  Well, she was with her daddy in Bama country!  Whenever she's away from me, I send texts asking for pictures of her so I won't miss her so much.

So I texted my sister-in-law, and she sent me these and a couple more.

Then I texted her daddy, and he sent me this...

Now, do you notice any difference in the pics?  Let me help you -- you see how close my sister-in-law's pics are?  Now look at this one Danny sent (above). He is across the way sitting with a cooler and a remote.  And you can't even see my kid -- just a silhouette of her in her playspace!  I'm thankful for my in-laws, who I'm sure entertained my baby the whole time.  Haha! 

And then Harolyn sent me this one -- how precious!

On another note, remember how I said my in-laws were such great tailgaters?  Well, they won the Publix Tailgate of the Week and were shown on the jumbotron at the game.  How fun is that!  Their tailgates are just so comfortable.  Just to give you an idea:  my FIL always puts carpet on the ground so we don't have to worry about grass and ants and stuff.  :)  And of course, there's always plenty to eat, lots of feel-good music, football games on TV, and family and friends.  Perfect.

Anyway, I'm gearing up for a new week.  This week is probably my first of the school year where I start the week with a to-do list up to my nose.  So I'm going to spend the rest of my Sunday cleaning my house and getting our stuff together for the week so that I can just relax when I get home in the afternoons.

Wishing you all a very happy and productive week!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Race for the Cure

My mom and I are Racing for the Cure in October!  When she texted me today to say she'd exceeded her fundraising goal, I figured I'd better get on the ball (we've been registered for two months and I'm just halfway to my mere $100 goal)! If you're looking for a way to give this month, look no further. :)  Please visit my fundraising page to make a tax-deductible donation in honor/memory of someone you know whose life was touched by breast cancer.  Your donation goes to Susan G. Komen  for the Cure.  And their vision is simple: A World Without Breast Cancer. Let's go! :)  Thanks!

21 Months

The Monster is 21 months old today!  We went to bed really late last night so she's in bed early tonight.  I took her outside today after school just to be sure she got rid of any remaining energy, and it worked like a charm!  She needs a good night of sleep!

I decided to take a few shots while she played.  Here's the little sweaty monster with the after-school hair!

We love you, Morgan Monster!

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