Thursday, June 30, 2011

Curious George!

Morgan met Curious George today! Our local theme park is hosting three kids shows this summer, and I was thrilled to see that Curious George was the first visitor. Morgan had no clue who Curious George was a few weeks ago, but it was a perfect excuse to include lots of Curious George in our summer reading. We've read a lot of his books the past two weeks, so she was SUPER EXCITED to see him today.

She walked right up and gave him a hug and high-five and was thrilled to pose for this pic!  This is a grainy cell phone pic (I didn't take my camera), but I did fall for the okey doke by buying the $10 snapshot they took.  It was just so cute and much clearer than mine!  It's worth it, though, because my girl had a blast.

And of course we did the water park and theme park.  We ventured out into other areas of the water park this time. 

This was a big kids area, and Morgan wasn't too thrilled with the gigantic bucket of water that comes down every few minutes.  We didn't last long here!  She did enjoy the wave pool, though, which was closed the last time we went.

And she and her daddy had Dippin' Dots!

It was an awesome summer day!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

We Tried Again :)

Okay, so remember a couple of weeks ago when Morgan showed out on me at a kids show at the library (serious Terrible Twos action)?  Well, we tried again this week.  I was taking a chance since the showtime was 30 minutes before her bedtime. 

We went to see Aaron Nigel Smith -- and had a blast!  This has probably been my favorite show so far because from the very beginning, he asked the kids to come down in front of the stage and dance.  Everybody was a star in this show from start to finish (and Morgan only tried to climb on stage twice -- I think she believed my threats this time).

That's my sweetie in the green shorts!

It was very entertaining.  He was available immediately after to autograph your purchased CD, and I was totally in line to get one for Morgan.  But she had other plans, and I know the beginnings of a meltdown when I see it.  So forget the CD -- that's why we have iTunes!  Home we went!

She got home and immediately told her daddy how much fun she had.  She talked about the drums (which she's completely obsessed with) and guitar, and I couldn't stop talking about the awesome music.  One of our favorite songs was about butterflies...

I used my phone for pictures and video.  I'm horrible with video, but I managed to get a few seconds of her dancing.  She had a blast! 

Hope you're having a good week!

Monday, June 27, 2011


Okay, so I'm pumped about a few things.  First, I knocked out a three-part certification exam today.  And it's not that it's a hard subject for me -- I actually teach a lot of the stuff (and hold an older version of the certification). But it's always unsettling going in to take ANY certification exam.  Like, what if I forget everything I know?  And I HATE having that feeling the whole time leading up to it. So, in true Gerri fashion, I called the testing center and asked if I could just come in two days early to take it.  Like in a few hours.  I wanted to be done with it.  Nevermind the fact that I hadn't officially studied.  And that I haven't looked at the book in a week.  THEN I get in there and realize that the book I'd been checking out this summer wasn't really the newest version.  Lovely.

So I took the easiest parts first -- basically the stuff I teach -- and was pretty confident throughout those.  Then I got to the hardware and networking component and prayed that my common sense would get me through.  It did (with flying colors). So I slightly overreacted about a certification exam that I could've taken with my eyes closed.  I'm just glad it's over!

Speaking of exams and stuff, my summer grad school classes have been great!  I was afraid I'd be swamped this summer, but it's actually turning out to be okay. As long as I don't wait until the last minute to do stuff (which I've only managed to do half the time -- which is an improvement for me), then I'm good.

Speaking of summer classes, my own summer school students have been great.  Tomorrow's my last day with this group.  While summer school is pretty laid back and I only have to grade tons of spreadsheets, databases, and presentations for 20 students instead of 125, I do wish I could get to know the kids better.  Three weeks is just not a lot of time.  One of the best things about my job is getting to know those kids and watching their skills grow.  I see that during the summer, but it's just not the same. Oh, remember when I said I'd need to get back used to teaching a mixture of grade levels?  Well, my summer school class this term was made up of half freshmen and half seniors.  Perfect practice!

I'm super pumped about the break I'm getting after this first term.  I'll have a week off -- which is perfect -- before my next group comes in.  I wasn't planning on teaching two terms of summer school.  I thought, like last year, I'd teach three weeks and then be done for the summer.  But more kids registered for the course than expected, so duty calls.  And I don't mind.  Summer school is just that cool.

Want to know what else I'm super pumped about?  A family get-together for the 4th of July!  I was asked to bring pasta salad, which I think I've made a total of one time.  I was thinking about finding a cool recipe online (red, white, and blue pasta, anyone?), but I think I'll stick with the basics (and hit up my Aunt Elida for the recipe).

Oh, and on top of all this awesomeness, I worked out this morning!  A buddy and I are doing the 30-Day Shred together, and I picked up the DVD this weekend.  Jillian Michaels kicked my booty!  I'm not kidding y'all (TMI warning) -- I vomited this morning after my workout.  I don't think it's because I pushed myself too hard -- I know not to do that -- but because I ate a piece of fruit right before my workout.  And she pushes so hard in that DVD that all of that fruit came right back up!  And, um, y'all, it was Level 1 of the DVD.  There are two more levels. Am I an out-of-shape wimp, or what?  Anyhoo, I look forward to tomorrow morning.  I HATED Jillian Michaels the workout at the time (I thought I was going to pass out), but for some reason I'm ready for more.  Ha!

And we had a great weekend!  We spent a lot of the weekend at home (with hopes of cleaning, yet my house still looks the same).  Morgan stayed a night with my sister-in-law while DK and I had date night.  We saw a chick flick, which is usually hard to convince him to do, but we went to see a dude flick a couple of weeks ago -- so it was The Wife's turn! :)

We also made colored pasta this weekend!  I got the fun idea here and wasn't surprised it was a big hit in my house.  If you're thinking about doing this, it's very easy.  I actually dyed the pasta without Morgan since it involved alcohol and food coloring (and I could just see the disaster -- no, thanks).  And instead of letting it dry overnight, I put to use this Southern heat and my backporch area -- and it was ready in a couple of hours!  She loved it! 

It kept her entertained for a while = success!

I hope everyone's having a great week! :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Official Summer To Do List + Our Little Nature Walk

Okay, so I totally forgot to include in my last post that Morgan and her daddy had their first father-daughter breakfast at her school the Friday before Father's Day. :-)  How sweet is that?  They had doughnuts for the dads and the kids were given their regular breakfast.  Well, Morgan ate her daddy's doughnut, and he ate her breakfast. Too funny!

It's been gloomy and rainy around here and Morgan was a little sick earlier this week, so it's been a pretty laid back week for us. We needed it. My sweet MIL came and kept Morgan a couple of days, and we've just spent every afternoon at home.

I ran across this little craft (found here) earlier this week and thought it'd be fun to try.

Everyone frames their summer to do list, right?  :-)

Then today we did a nature walk activity (found here). We love being outside, but so far the hot weather hasn't allowed for much outside play. So when I saw the forecast today was just high 80s, I had to plan something for outdoors. Since there was a chance of rain, we didn't walk to the lake or playground -- I didn't want to be caught in the rain. So we did our nature walk right here in the yard. :-) And it was perfect.

When we got back in the house, I thought it'd be fun to do something with the little treasures we found, so we made it a short, color sorting craft (no paint this time).

This age is so fun.  I hope to craft with Morgan until she's too "cool" to be doing crafts with her mom (hopefully that's never).  I've been running across all kinds of activities and pinning them in Pinterest (thanks, Hope, for inviting me and basically getting me started 'cause I had no idea what I was doing).  Hopefully we can do many more crafts and activities this summer!  {And if you're not on Pinterest but you're interested, I think I can invite people.  Email me at if you want in. You'll like it.}

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Weekend of Celebrations

 Father's Day cards Morgan and I made for her daddy.

We had a great Father's Day.  Danny is the best daddy to Morgan, and we're both blessed with our own daddies who love us and support us tremendously.  We have a lot to be thankful for on Father's Day. 

We don't go out to eat on holidays where we know the restaurants will be packed, but we did go to a local deli for lunch that day.

On Saturday, I went to two celebrations -- a get-together for two co-workers who are retiring and a relative's birthday party. 

Suzanne and Lynn both just wrapped up their last year of teaching.  I have been blessed in my career to work with some amazing, smart people -- these two included.  I will miss them.  Sadly this is the only picture I have from that day (and I borrowed this from Suzanne's Facebook).  I was too busy trying to catch up with co-workers, eat (ha!), and leave in time to make another party (which was an hour away) that my camera never left my purse.  I'm glad Suzanne got this pic, though, so I can have a pic of these two young ladies as they are about to begin their fun lives in retirement.

I then went to celebrate with cousins.  Our cousin, Bonnie, turned 50, and my mom and I didn't want to miss it. 
 My mom and I are in the black dresses, and that's Bonnie and her daughter, Carmen.

Back in the day, the four of us were ALWAYS together.  Time, life, and all that stuff changed that, so it's been years since we've even seen each other.  Boy, was it good to be with them again.

Carmen and I used to tell people we were sisters.  They believed us because we'd dress alike and we looked enough alike for it to be believable.  It was so good to spend time with my dear cousin.

We had a great weekend.  We're blessed.

Hope everyone's having a great week!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Quick Update

We had a great weekend that I fully intend to recap here -- just not today.  Man, I'm exhausted, and have been for the past couple of days.  And today was just one of those days -- not the best -- and I'm just ready to go to bed.  I'm not sick (or pregnant -- gotta make that clear), but I need some rest -- mentally and physically.

Of course my little sunshine can brighten up any day of mine!  Here are a couple of pics I snapped today.  A serious one and a silly one!  I love her and am so blessed to be her mommy!

Silly Girl

Resting on Mommy's chest.

Hope everyone's having a great week!  I'll be back in a day or two.

Friday, June 17, 2011

You Are My Sunshine

I'd been thinking about crafting with Morgan this summer.  We do a lot of reading and coloring and playing music in this house, but crafts?  Um, no.  The thought of a busybody two-year-old with paint and glue and glitter was just not something I was ready for.  Plus she crafts all the time at preschool -- I was perfectly okay leaving that up to them. 

Well, not really.  Especially as she gets older.   Now it's time for US to do crafts together, so I got some supplies this week.  Yesterday we dedicated an afternoon to making the sun.  This is what we ended up with:

Oh, how I wish it was as simple as this pic seems.  Now the craft itself was simple.  It's just that...well...

Morgan thought SHE should be yellow, TOO.  So she added a splash of yellow to her hands, legs, and feet.

She'd help me with the actual craft every now and then.   

She even painted Miss Sun's nose and mouth.  (Don't try to figure out Miss Sun's face, okay?  She wears a lot of makeup, okay?  Ha!)

When I told her we were done and that it was time to clean up, she wasn't ready to be done. 

I thought, "Well, she's covered in paint anyway.  May as well let her play with it until she gets tired of it."  So I thought I'd start another quick craft -- one with pom poms -- to distract her from painting herself.

But painting her feet blue was more important.

And I ended up creating Mr. Octopus mostly by myself (excuse the fact that he has six legs -- two fell off).  She helped me paint his body and helped me glue a couple of pom poms on him, but that's about it. Clearly painting herself was way more fun.   As if paint everywhere wasn't enough, we wrapped up our little craft session with a pee-pee accident.  Ha!

I have to admit that I enjoyed seeing her concentrate so hard on her body art.  She was serious about it, now.  But next time I'll try something with no paint and see how it goes. 

Have a great weekend!

Crafts were adaptations of those found here and here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Playdate (with the Dads)

Last week Morgan and her daddy met up with one of Danny's coaching buddies and his two kids for an afternoon at the McWane Center.  Isn't that the cutest thing (the dads on the playdate)?

Kendall and Noah took good care of Morgan.  She came home telling me all about Kendall and "Norah."  They had a good time.  (By the way, it was their mom that made that cute wall piece in Morgan's room).

I stayed home and did school work.  I have to admit, I kept thinking about them, wondering if they were okay.  Okay as in hoping she wasn't having any tantrums...and hoping she wouldn't have a huge poop...and wondering if she did, if they had changing stations in the men's restrooms... and if they did, if Danny would remember to cover it with paper towels so my baby's butt wouldn't be on that thing.

You know, stuff like that. 

Anyway, they had a great time and I got some work done, so it was a great day.  

Hope you're having a good week!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Water Fun :)

We got some kiddie pool action in the yard over the weekend, and Morgan had a great time.  So when she saw me get the sunblock out today, she knew it was pool time again.  We told her we were taking her to a "big" pool this time, though.  She had no idea she was taking her first trip to a water park!

She loved it!  This is actually the other side of the park we went to a couple of weeks ago.  My friend Heather has said how much her family likes the park, so we decided to check it out this year.  This little toddler area is PERFECT.  Danny and I were very pleased.  And Morgan...well, the pics say it all. 


Her bath and bedtime were getting dangerously close, so I was thinking how in the WORLD we were going to get this girl away from this park.  Then this random girl came and sat near us and she was eating shaved ice!  Bless her!  Morgan saw it and I knew it was on!

We left the park with no issues.  Praise Him!

Have a good week, everyone!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Her "Terrible Twos" Alter Ego Makes an Appearance

Doesn't this little girl look SO SWEET?  Well, this little girl also has an alter ego that is definitely the epitome of the Terrible Twos stage...

We love free entertainment, so we try to catch as many kid shows at our local library's theater as possible.  We've been to two already this summer.  This pic is from this morning as we were heading out to see a show...

You know how they ask kids during shows to come on the stage to "help?"  Well, they did that today and Morgan immediately wanted to be one of those kids that went onstage.  I eventually took her up to participate (which I don't do while she's this age since she's usually one of the younger kids...and older children tend to care more about things like that...or so I thought...). She danced with the other kids as expected.  But then came the time for the kids to go back to their seats, and the featured character takes back over the show.  Oh, man.  Morgan wanted to stay up there with the character.  So she threw a fit and I thought it'd be best if we just left.  Or at least step out of the door and talk.  She told me over and over "I'll be a good girl!  I'll be a good girl!"  because she so badly wanted to get back in there to the show.  We had a little talk and we convinced each other that when we went back in, we wouldn't have another episode like that.

So I gave her another chance (and a snack - ha), and she was good for about 10 minutes.  Then the time came for more volunteers to go on the stage.  She TOTALLY forgot about my threat to go home and had another fit.  Okay, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.  We got OUTTA THERE.

She cried and pleaded and was just pitiful.  But I don't give second third chances.  So we headed home and she cried herself to sleep on our short drive home.  I felt so sorry for her because I knew she wanted to be there, but I've gotta be firm and stay true to my word.

There are many days where I'm still learning with this parenting thing, and today was definitely one of those days.  Why does she think it's okay to go limp and sit on the floor when she doesn't get what she wants (yeah, she was THAT kid today).  I'll be so glad when she gets out of this Terrible Twos stage.  At least I hope it's just Terrible Twos.  Sheesh! 

My little sweetheart was her normal self when she woke up from her nap.  We spent the day at home just playing, reading, singing, dancing, and playing music.  Have I ever told you how she makes DK and I play in her band?  She's ALWAYS the drummer, and DK and I are stuck with the keyboard or guitar.  Ha!  :)  And she starts every song by hitting her sticks together and saying "One, Two, Three, Four!"  Too funny!

Hope everyone's enjoying their weekend! 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Theme Park Fun

Last week we went to our local theme park -- probably the first time Morgan has really been aware of what was going on at a theme park (we've been to a few -- here and here -- and she enjoyed them, but I'm not sure she really knew what was going on).  She actually talked about it afterwards this time (and wanted to ride some rides more than once), so I think she got it.  This was our first time at this park, though it's only minutes from our house.  I was pleased with how many things they had for toddlers.

Up there with Daddy.

She LOVED this one. 

It was one we had to ride more than once. We'll probably ride this thing 100 times before the summer's out.  Those little cars rounded those corners fast!

She liked the train, too.

We had a good time and will likely go back a few more times this summer.  The other side of the park is a water park, so it should provide some relief from the super hot days we're in for.

Have a great weekend!

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