Father’s Day Recap

We had a BUSY Father’s Day weekend, spending a good bit of it in the car driving to visit both sides of the family.

We started off by heading to my parents’ house on Saturday for lunch. My brothers and nephews were there, and we had a great time, despite the fact that we were sad that it was the first Father’s Day without my grandpa. Hopefully all the laughter from the kids took my Dad’s mind off that for a little bit.

Lucy had SO much fun running around with her cousins. She even ran faster than them, and Joe was proud of her for beating two boys, one of whom is almost 5! We brought a train set we bought Lucy at a yard sale (for $5!), and Harrison really wanted to play with it. So, he sent Lucy in to tell Joe that she wanted to play with it. Of course, we saw Harrison’s little head peeking around the corner watching her. Lol. I just wish we had gotten some pictures of them.

After lunch, we headed through the mountains to the in-laws’ cabin. When we were pulling in, Joe’s mom was leaving to drop some things off at a friend’s house. Lucy lost her little mind, crying for Grandma to come back. Lol.

The girls had spaghetti for dinner, which was fun. We probably should have fed them BEFORE their baths!

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After we hung out on the deck (and the adults ate dinner), we took a walk. Joe and I were really proud of the girls for making it up the steep hill.

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Then, we made popcorn — one of Lucy’s favorite things. Joe’s parents buy Jiffy Pop, and Lucy loves watching it pop on the stove.

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When we woke up Sunday morning, there was no power! Apparently, there was a major power outage throughout the city. Luckily, it came back on within an hour, of when I got up, that is! We had a lazy morning before my little family headed out to go home.

We stopped at Pizza Hut on the way — Daddy’s choice — and were enjoying our meal together until a group of obnoxiously loud teenagers came in. Joe says I’m being the “crotchety old lady”, but they were so loud, I couldn’t even hear Lucy when she was screaming. Everyone else in the restaurant was staring at them. Rude.

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When we got back into town, we decided to go to TCBY since there was a discount for Father’s Day. There are three frozen yogurt places in town, and Lucy pointed in the direction of the one near the Interstate. We told her we were going to a different one, and when we drove past the one located in the downtown area, she pointed wildly and said, “Here it is! Here it is!” When we drove past, she started to cry hysterically and said, “Iiiiiccccee creeeeeaaam!” We totally didn’t think that we were going to be driving by one. We told her we were going to the OTHER one, and she brightened back up when we pulled into the parking lot. Crisis averted.

It was a nice, family-filled weekend, which is what you want for a holiday like Father’s Day.

Happy Birthday, Marshall!

Last weekend, we headed up to my parents’ house to celebrate my nephew Marshall’s second birthday. It was a fun gathering of friends and family in my parents’ backyard.

My brother set up a fun little water park-type thing. The kids had a ton of fun. There was an elephant that sprayed water out of its trunk, a giraffe sprinkler and an alligator pool. Lucy loved the pool but wasn’t a fan of getting sprayed. But, although she was trepidatious at first, she soon warmed up and said it was “her pool”. She didn’t want anyone else getting in it!

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Eventually, the kids came out for the singing of “Happy Birthday” and cake.

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Lucy had to be bribed with a cupcake. Typical.

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The birthday boy enjoyed his cupcake, too!

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Big brother Harrison wanted to help Marshall open his presents. Laid-back Marshall just went with the flow. 🙂

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Marshall got an orb, and the kids took turns rolling in it. Lucy hated it. I was a little surprised.

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After we got a chilly Lucy out of the pool (kicking and screaming, I might add) and changed into her clothes, she and her Daddy went for a canoe ride on my parents’ lake.

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It was a fun day celebrating a fun kid!

A Rainy Memorial Day

We took a quick trip to Savannah for Memorial Day weekend and, though we were stuck in our hotel room most of Sunday because of Tropical Storm Beryl, we had a great time.

We met up with Joe’s family and other members of his mom’s family for her aunt’s 80th birthday party. It was a lot of fun hanging out with everyone and staying in the same hotel.

On, the way, we stopped at Chick-fil-A’s Dwarf House for breakfast. Lucy was a little unsure about the tiny door at first, but then she really seemed to like it.

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We arrived Saturday afternoon and hit the pool for a little bit before getting ready for dinner. I wish I had gotten pictures or videos of the girls in the water. Rivka was didn’t want her face getting wet at all, while Lucy was jumping in the 4-foot section not even caring if anyone was there to catch her. We’d let her jump into the water so she went completely under and then would pull her up. And, she would ask for more. I know, you’re surprised.

That night, dinner was at a seafood place. The food was OK, but the company was great. The girls played out on the deck a bit, and we saw an alligator! That was pretty neat.

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The girls even got to feed the alligator! The restaurant had dispensers of food for it, and apparently, that’s how it can live peacefully with all the turtles in the water.

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Seriously, how cute are these girls together??

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Sunday was a pretty lazy morning for us since we didn’t have time to do much. We got a little bit of peace and quiet when Grandma and Grandpa took the girls to Krispy Kreme.

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After we all got ready, we headed to visit a friend of Joe’s grandmother’s, and then we all went over to another restaurant for Aunt Francine’s birthday lunch. Her boys did a fabulous job setting up for it, and there were fun M&Ms with Francine’s picture on them for favors!

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Aunt Francine and her boys.

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Nana (Joe’s grandma) brought the girls some Sesame Street color-on books, so that helped pacify them during the 1.5 hour wait between when we arrived and when they got their food.

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After we all finally ate, it was time for cake, the part that Lucy had been waiting for all night. The cakes were from a bakery here in Atlanta and ohmygosh they were SO GOOD!

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And, we got some cute family pics as well!

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After lunch and a nap, Joe and his mom headed out for pizza and provisions in preparation for Tropical Storm Beryl. It was super windy all day, and the wind continued picking up as the day went on, and around 11 p.m. the rain hit. Unfortunately, it only lasted about 30 minutes. We were hoping for more of a rain storm.

It was a quick but fun trip. We want to go back next year and have time to really take Lucy around the city.

Workin’ the System

We are trying to potty train Lucy. Still. She is finally getting to the point where she is more interested in sitting on the potty. But, sitting on it is as far as it’s gone.

We have a reward system set up: 1 lollipop for sitting on the potty, 2 lollipops for peeing in the potty and 3 lollipops for going poo poo in the potty. The extra lollipops excite her but not enough yet to actually go to the bathroom in the potty.

This morning, Tigger had to use the potty. Lucy sat him on it and read to him.

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Then, she told Joe and me that Tigger needed a pop. Right. In other words, a pop that she would eat. My girl’s a smart one.

A Night at the Ballpark

Lucy loves her some baseball, so yesterday we redeemed our tickets from the Rome Braves’ rained-out Mother’s Day game and headed to the ballpark. If we had known we could redeem them for ANY game, we would have picked one with a 7 p.m. start rather than a 5 p.m. first pitch, but that’s OK.

This was Lucy’s second (I think) trip to the Rome stadium. The first time, she was just a baby and really didn’t know what was going on. Now, she was totally into it — well, going up and down the stairs, and harassing the mascot, that is. We had tickets right behind home plate on the floor, but since it was so hot and there was practically no one there, we opted to move up under the overhang to get a bit of shade.

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Not too long after the game started, a foul ball was hit just down from where we were sitting. Joe sprinted to get it (even though there wasn’t anyone else around!), and someone else in the stands shouted, “Run, Forrest, run!” Lol. He was very proud to get it for his little girl.

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Once we saw Roxy, one of the mascots, Lucy became her BFF. At least, she thought she had. Every time we saw her, she shouted, “Roxy! Roxy! Climb up steps, Roxy!” We initially chased her down through the concourse since, you know, we had moved way up top.

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It was a double-header (which means each game was only 7 innings rather than 9), but we left just before the first game ended because Lucy was getting tired (no nap=cranky toddler), and it was seriously hot. We had fun, though, and Lucy can’t wait to go back.

Also, this was the best family picture we got. Sad, I know, but Lucy’s in her “I hate pictures” phase.

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Oh! And, did I mention we got on the big screen? We sure did. A foul ball AND getting on the big screen? It was a big night for our family!

Mother’s Day 2012

We had a super low-key day on Mother’s Day, which was perfect. The day started off with a breakfast of donuts (yum!) and some relaxing around the house. We had plans to go to a Rome Braves game, but since it poured the night before and rained up until about an hour before game time, the game was postponed.

That’s OK, though! We all napped a bit — I while Joe took Lucy to McDonald’s (only because I could.not keep my eyes open), and Joe and Lucy later in the day — and then we had a late lunch/early dinner at Armando’s, one of our favorite restaurants. We hadn’t been there in a while, and it was a great choice because there were hardly any other diners there.

After we ate, we ran a few errands, which included getting Lucy a toddler t-ball set at Target. She was SO EXCITED. Seriously. Excited was probably an understatement. We also got her a baseball hat because she INSISTED that she couldn’t play baseball without one. And, even though the ground was wet, we stopped at the park on the way home so Lucy could play for a bit.

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Lucy insists that the correct way to hit the ball is with the handle. Telling her otherwise just made her scream.

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You know what also made her mad? Taking the bat to show her how to use it. That made her SERIOUSLY mad.

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Eventually, she did try to hit it with the correct end of the bat. Unfortunately, she’s back to using the handle again. Oh well!

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I love my little athlete!

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