Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Love. Have a Happy Weekend.

Spring, I love you.  You give us plenty of daylight time to watch bugs, find sticks, slide, play in the dirt, run, etc.  All without the freezing or blazing temps.  'Preciate that.

These pics are from a couple of weeks ago at the playground.  I need to save them before they get lost and forgotten about in my deep sea of pictures.  This girl is growing so much in so many ways, and I don't want to forget any stage.  Time, please slow down.

I'm gearing up for a pretty low-key weekend.  Salon visit (much MUCH needed), baby shower (friend's having her first little one soon), and odd projects around the house.  And hopefully a little rest and relaxation. 

Happy Weekend, y'all.

~ G

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Break Wrap-Up

We enjoyed our Spring Break.  A little bit of play mixed with a little bit of productiveness made it a good one.  Here was my optimistic list for SB.  I got a lot done, but I've still got plenty to do.

  • Clean and organize my closet -- CHECK!  Very much needed.  I had a big stack of clothes on the floor that M called her "mountain" (that she could literally slide down).  'Nuff said.
  • Go the park - CHECK!
  • Get with the fam and make Easter baskets; deliver - CHECK!
  • Children's museum - CHECK!
  • Organize M's room (for the 100th time this year) - Still a work in progress.  The girl has 10x more clothes than me.   Add in all her toys and you've got a big job on your hands.
  • Christmas crafts - Did one, but we've still got another one to do. Maybe in the summer?
  • Dentist appointments - Took M for hers. DK and I are overdue.
  • Endocrinologist appointment - HATE this doctor visit, but CHECK!  I even took M with me (DK was out of town for a clinic), and she was SO good.
  • Get carpet cleaned - VERY much needed, but it didn't happen.  Got a few months left to use the Groupon.
  • Get vents and air ducts cleaned - Nope.  Another Groupon that I still have plenty of time to use.
  • Reorganize pantry and cabinets - Work in progress.
  • Start shopping for a new dishwasher - Haven't even looked for one since mine died a couple of months ago.
  • Zoo - CHECK!
  • Sleep late - Nah. My body is programmed to wake very early, and it didn't get the memo that it was Spring Break.
  • Read a book - Didn't happen.  No time.  Still trying to finish my Mary Monroe book.  Love her.  Thinking about reading the Hunger Games, too, to see what the hype is all about.
  • Our taxes - Didn't happen.  I'm sorta late on those -- I usually do them earlier.  Just really not feeling it this year.  The clock is ticking, I know.
  • Blog more - CHECK!  I blogged every day last week.  Yeah!
  • Get clothes monogrammed - Got a stack of M's spring clothes to get monogrammed.  I'll try to get it done this weekend.
  • Order M a peronalized Fresh Beat Band t-shirt - CHECK!  Concert in two weeks!
  • Take naps - That was really for ME to do when M takes HER naps, but who am I kidding? When she goes down I find myself doing stuff.
  • Send out Relay for Life emails - Didn't happen. I'll send 'em out by the weekend, hopefully.
  • Paint fingers and toes - CHECK!  I've never been a nail polish girl, but lately I've been wanting a little color.  So the first day M and DK were out of town, I treated myself to polish on my fingers and toes.  Maybe I'll find time and patience to keep it up.

...and that was about it.  I'm sure there were other things on my list that were (or weren't) done, but these were all the things that come to mind tonight.

I blogged about our "out" days during the break, but the last few days of spring break we just chilled at home.  Loved it, too. 

Back in November I bought a Crafty Kids Playhouse voucher off of Plum District (half price, of course), and had planned on it being one of M's Christmas morning gifts.  Then I sorta forgot about it and didn't think about it again until I ran across it in the back of her closet several weeks ago.  Ooops. 

Oh, well.  Makes for another great thing to do during Spring Break.

She is down for ANYTHING that involves bringing out the paints. 
She had her daddy and me in that little bitty house.  Whew, child.

She would take her books, snacks, and dolls in there. 
I painted the side with the windows, letters, shapes, and flowers. 
Her daddy painted the cool-looking side of the roof.
And all that other awesome artwork was by M herself.
I thought it was really sweet that she wanted her daddy and me to paint, too. 


Hope everyone's having a great week.  Just getting back into our routine around here.

Be back soon.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Gingerbread Love

Yesterday we built a gingerbread house. :)  I bought a kit a few months ago to have something sweet and fun to do over the Christmas break, but we just never got around to it.  I was glad to see that the kit had a July expiration date, and that we could do build that ol' gingerbread house pretty much whenever we wanted.  What's a better time than Spring Break? {Excuse the PJs and bed hair.  We sorta never left the house yesterday.}

As you can see from the pics, M nibbled most of the time.  I had to assure her that once the candies went on the house that we could still eat them.  That's when she agreed to help decorate - ha!  

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Another Spring Break Day - Kids Museum & The Park

M loves the children's science museum in our area, and we love taking her.  Especially in the summer when it's too hot to stay outside all day. We even had her birthday party there back in December.

She loved it no less this time.  She was a little disappointed that the train exhibit was gone, and that Santa's reindeer were no longer there, but she found plenty of other things to do. The next traveling exhibit to come is Dora and Diego.  She's gonna LOVE that.


Since it was such a pleasant day (breezy and not too hot), we hopped right over to the railroad park that was just a block or two away.  I don't think we've been since my dad, stepmom, and sisters were here back in May.  Between then and now she has become obsessed with trains, so she has a new appreciation for this particular park. We didn't even go to the playground area.  We just watched the trains go by, watched the planes in the sky, and chased her up and down the hill area.  It was a perfect park day.

Someone got new shoes yesterday, too.  We always try to remember to take waterproof shoes to the museum because M loves the exhibits that involve water. Since her last pair of waterproofs no longer fit, we had to grab some on the way.  She loves 'em.  And I love that even though they're Crocs (which her daddy wanted her to have), they're also girly. :)

These hills reminded me just how out of shape I am.  This was Daddy's turn!

It was a sweet day with my sweet girl.

Camping, the beach, the zoo, and the museum -- I think we've had enough for one spring break.  We're gonna rest up for the next few days and try to get this schedule back on track.  Regularly scheduled naptimes and bedtimes again.  'Cause missing naps is making my already-typical three-year-old a little crazier.

We'll be doing some things around the house -- crafting, reading, watching TV, cleaning, organizing, and making sure M gets her daily nap.  It's supposed to rain over the next few days, so that should make staying inside easy.  I love rainy days at home.

Anyway, hope you're having a great week.  We did a somewhat unseasonal activity today that involves lots of sweet stuff.  I'll post about it tomorrow. 

Have a good one!

~ G

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


We had a really productive and fun day yesterday.  We delivered the Easter buckets to the agency who distributes them.  We also took M for her six-month dentist appointment.  The last time we went she was suddenly terrified of the dentist, and it wasn't pretty.  So this time we read a cute book about going to the dentist, and promised her a trip to the zoo immediately afterwards.  She did GREAT (teeth are healthy, too), so off to the zoo we went...

Petting the baby alligator.

Passing the elephants while riding the train.

We did a lot of the attractions at the zoo that day instead of the typical walking around looking at animals (rode the train, watched an animal show, rode the carousel, etc.), but I knew we couldn't leave without going to the "barn" section of the zoo.  On our way to the zoo, we asked M the animal she was most excited to see.  She told us the pigs.  Not the zebras, giraffes, monkeys, elephants, etc. -- PIGS,  y'all. I wasn't even sure if our zoo had pigs, but then I remembered that it had a "barn" section. Not only did she get to see her pigs, but she also got a chance to pet goats and sheep.  She loved it.

Now that M's older, we'll be going to the zoo a lot more than we have in the past. I'll be sure on our next trip that we make more time for the animals who weren't born and raised on the farm down the street. :)

Hope everyone's having a good week.  Be back soon!

~ G

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Camping at the Beach

M and DK went camping at the beach with my in-laws over the weekend.  My father-in-law has been telling M that he would take her camping for a while now, and they finally got around to it.  She loved it.

They are so good with taking pics and sending them to me regularly -- especially my sister-in-law.  So thankful for that.  I miss M a lot when she's away, so the pics help a great deal.  (Speaking of my SIL, I think it's hilarious that you can see her peeking out of the camper in the above pic - haha!)

M with her PaPa.

Watching a video with TeeTee.

Watching an iPad while camping.  SO "new generation."

M saw this tiny frog on the chair and told her daddy it was Prince Naveen from the Princess and the Frog.  Hilarious -- and I can totally hear her saying that.

Roasting marshmallows.  My sis-in-law took a video of this, too, that I may post one day soon.  Funny.

With her daddy.

We've got a picture just like this from Spring Break last year.  And then there's a similar one from last summer.  I love these sweet shots. 

M had a great time on her first camping trip -- how special. :)  It was also cool because it's the exact same pop-up camper that her daddy camped in as a child. Love it.

I didn't go on the trip this time -- for several reasons.  The main ones being I was TIRED, didn't feel like traveling,  and just really needed some me time.  I made Easter buckets with my fam Saturday (fun!), stayed in town the night so I could go to my mom's church (love her church - - wish it was closer), painted my finger and toenails (never, ever have time to do that!), and that's about it -- there's not much you can fit into two days.  But it was enough for me to rejuvenate before my peeps got back.

I do plan to join them next time since I'm no stranger to camping.  Camping and me actually go way back -- to the 90s, to be exact, when I was a Girl Scout. There have been many nights that I have gone to sleep to the sounds of frogs, crickets, and all things that go bump in the night.  Nights where I had to walk through the woods to the bathhouse.  I remember holding my need to go to the restroom in the middle of the night because I wasn't too crazy about taking that 3 AM walk.  We stayed atop wooded hills that felt like the middle of nowhere. Ahhh, memories.  :)  Girl Scout camp was a lot of swimming (in a lake, not a pool), kayaking/canoeing, and all the typical camp stuff. But more importantly, it's where my love for the outdoors began.  Having a child of my own has really brought all of those feelings back. I hope that when M gets old enough, she'll continue to love the outdoors. I hope she will want to be a Girl Scout, too.  I was one, my mom was one (and I think my mother-in-law was one), so I'll keep my fingers crossed that M will want to be one, too.  

So anyway, SB has been great.  We went to the zoo today and got a couple of things accomplished.  I'll probably post some zoo pics tomorrow.  

Hope you're having a good week!  

~ G

Monday, March 19, 2012

Love & Easter Buckets

Our Spring Break has started off great.  This break was much-needed, so we're going to try to enjoy every minute of it.  I hope to do some things around the house and do some fun things around town.  And rest!  And read!  And rest!

I recently mentioned that M and I would be making an Easter basket for a child through the HandsOn Bunny Aid project.  Well, later I got to thinking maybe could we could get a basket in the hands of more than one child.  So I contacted my fam a few weeks ago to see if they wanted to pool together and make it happen. Everyone was free (or cleared their schedule so they could be)...

...and Saturday we got together and made Easter buckets for 20 children - 10 boys and 10 girls.  We made it a potluck dinner, too -- enjoying some good food, cake, and music.  

We took many pics, but most of mine didn't come out so good.  These are the few that were decent.


We made the buckets to include lots of fun things for a child age 3-6: 
  • Coloring/activity books
  • Crayons
  • Flash cards
  • Playdough
  • Books
  • Activity packs
  • Spring stationary 
  • Stickers
  • Toothbrushes
  • Candy
  • Eggs

With the finished products!  
I think we did pretty good for the first time. :)  
Ready for next year already!

Got a chance to see my little cousin, J, who recently graduated from college (my alma mater, 'Bama State)!

And his big brother, L, who makes me laugh more than anyone in the world!  We were born two weeks apart and were very close as children.  He can still make me laugh until my stomach hurts.

And then I didn't leave town without seeing my friend K's new baby.  He was SO precious and happy.  Made me miss the smell, touch, and innocence of a baby.  I barely remember my M being this small.

It was a GREAT weekend -- a perfect start to Spring Break.  M and her daddy went camping at the beach with my in-laws over the weekend, and I'll probably post some pics from that tomorrow or Wednesday.  My baby had a great time camping. :)

Hope you all had a great Monday.  Enjoy the rest of your week.  

~ G

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Flashback

Spring Break!  Woohoo!  

I remember the Spring Break trips DK and I took back in our early dating days.  Our first trip was to Gulf Shores in 2002 - we'd been dating going on six months.  We learned a lot about each other on that trip -- I'll never forget it.  Actually, memories from that trip still give me butterflies.  Unfortunately I have absolutely no pictures to show.

But I do have a few pics from our second SB together.  

I don't even remember it raining while we were there.  All I remember is sunshine (and it was clearly a very wet day at the Happiest Place on Earth).  But I guess when you're young and in love, no rain, sleet, or snow can keep you from enjoying just being in each other's presence.

We also did Universal Studios -- I have pics from that around here somewhere ...

We have lots of Spring Break memories -- a few as a couple, and several as a family.  So special.  So glad I ran across these pics.

Have a good weekend!

~ G

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Trains + Skates + Fam

Over the weekend we took M to see The Little Engine That Could at our local children's theater. 

She loves trains, so this was a show we HAD to see.

The show was cute, not too long, and the actors were great. 

Can't wait to check out more shows in the summer.

Then we met up with my mom and the girls (my nieces) for some lunch and skating.  Always a joy.  M thinks the girls are awesome.

Then we met up with DK and his mom, sister, and cousin at one of the new shopping malls in the area, and later had some dinner. 

And all of this was Saturday.  Whew.  Lovely but tiring.

Luckily this was a pretty laid back week at work -- and then just two more days until Spring Break. Looking forward to some rest and relaxation.  All while enjoying this awesome weather we've been having (high 70s, low 80s).  Love springtime!

Enjoy the rest of your week.  Be back soon.

~ G

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Flashback

Pic by Belmont Studios  (scanned low-quality version)

This pic isn't really that old, but M was only 18 months old - just a baby. :)  These were our coaches family pics for the 2010 football program (though I'm not sure if they used this exact one).  For the three years M's taken this pic, she's smiled a total of zero times.  Maybe this year. :-)

Enjoy your weekend!

~ G

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