Easter 2012

OH. MY. GOODNESS. I completely forgot I had started working on this post and never finished it. So, I’m posting it now since, you know, this is my record of life with Lucy.

Wow. Easter was SO MUCH more fun this year. Lucy was SO into everything, and watching her made me so happy. When she woke up on Easter morning, she came out to the living room to find her basket. She was beside herself with excitement.

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Then, it was time for the big egg hunt. It was so much fun seeing her walk around the yard and shout, “Egg!” whenever she saw one. Then, she would open it up to see what was inside because she just couldn’t wait. She’s her mama’s daughter.

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After she had collected all the eggs, she had to go through her loot. Duh.

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That was pretty much the extent of what we did. We had a pretty low-key day at home watching Lucy’s new Dora DVD about 800 times. It was perfect.

VeggieTales Live!

At the end of last month, we surprised Lucy with tickets to VeggieTales Live! It was a last minute deal because we didn’t find out a show near us had opened up until a week before. Lucy was BEYOND excited when she realized where we were going. She loves VeggieTales, and I knew she was going to have a blast.

When we arrived, we got Lucy a shirt and a hat. She made a cute Bob. 🙂

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We got there about an hour and a half or so before the doors opened — so about two and a half hours before the show started — and we were pretty close to the front of the line. We had VIP ticket and, while we were guaranteed closer seats than general admission, we wanted front row seats. I wanted this to be the best experience possible for Lucy.

When the doors opened, we headed in. We couldn’t rush like we wanted to because people in front of us were meandering down the aisle. We snagged the last three seats in the front row and were ecstatic. Then, we realized we had an hour to wait before the show started and weren’t really sure what to do with Lucy. Not to fear, though — Lucy danced the ENTIRE hour. Well, she went back and forth between dancing and climbing on the step in front of the stage. She had a blast.

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This is her before the show started. Yeah. I know. The energy.

Dancing before the show from Cady Schulman on Vimeo.

I wish I had gotten video of Lucy’s squeal when she saw the veggies come out on stage for the first time. It seriously made me tear up. She was SO happy. But, I didn’t think about videotaping her until the opening song was almost done. However, you can still see how excited she is.

VeggieTales! from Cady Schulman on Vimeo.

You would think that Lucy would get tired at some point since, you know, she danced the entire time we waited for the show to start. You would be wrong. That girl did not stop. She was the only one dancing during the first half. At intermission, one of the church members who was helping with the show approached me and said, “You have a dancer, don’t you?” Why yes, yes I do.

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During the second half of the show, other kids got up and danced.

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And, there were BUBBLES!

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After the show, we got to meet Bob and Larry. But, as Joe and I both said, they obviously weren’t the REAL Bob and Larry because they had arms. And legs. And everyone knows that VeggieTales don’t have either.

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We had a great time, and I can’t wait to take Lucy back next time!

Ringing in the New Year

We started the new year in the North Georgia mountains. Joe’s parents have a cabin in Blue Ridge, and we usually go up there for New Year’s Eve since my mother-in-law does a traditional Southern meal for New Year’s Day. We were bummed that Joe’s sister and her family couldn’t make it, but Lucy enjoyed all the attention from her grandparents.

We arrived late Friday night, and on Saturday we were up early to head to downtown Blue Ridge so Lucy could see the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, which travels from Blue Ridge to McCaysville. Lucy loves trains, and she really liked getting to see one up close. We’re thinking about taking the girls on the train ride this summer.

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We waited for the train to leave, and then we headed over to the park to let Lucy play. She completely bypassed the smaller playground and made a beeline for the large playground with the longer slides. She certainly isn’t timid! She spent a lot of time sliding down the big, enclosed slide.

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After the slide, Lucy played at the rock climbing wall. She liked to peek through the openings and shout, “Boo!”

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It was a fabulous morning. We headed back to the cabin, and Lucy took a 30-minute nap (SIGH), which meant we were all dragging the rest of the day. After sundown, we put on some Disney movies and Curious George and watched until 11:30 p.m., when we put Lucy to bed. She probably could have made it until midnight, but we decided she had stayed up late enough. The funny thing is that Lucy made it through the movies while Joe’s parents and I dozed off.

We watched the ball drop online and toasted at midnight and then headed to bed.

On Sunday, we had a lazy morning and at the typical Southern meal of greens (for wealth), black-eyed peas and rice (for luck), meat (for progress and prosperity). There was also spaghetti for the vegetarian (me!) and broccoli for my veggie-loving daughter.

We had a nice, laid-back weekend, which is what going to the cabin is all about. I’d love to the mountains one day. I always miss the peacefulness when we come back home.

Celebrating the Holidays

Since Christmas and Hanukkah fell at the same time last year, we had a crazy busy holiday weekend. We gave Lucy her gifts from us on Friday morning since we were heading to Joe’s parents’ Friday night and then going to my parents’ on Saturday. Her big gift was a Dora coloring table, which she LOVES!

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She had a blast playing all day with all her new toys.

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I had to work, but at 5 p.m., we were out the door headed to Joe’s parents’ to celebrate Hanukkah. We always have a great time, and this year was no different — except for the fact that I was still dealing with the effects of my Reclast infusion. I had to miss out on the lighting of the Hanukkah candles because I was too light-headed to stand, but Lucy and Rivka really enjoyed it. They are so much more fun at this age!

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Lucy had the best time because she got Let’s Rock Elmo. She is in LOVE! Also, she is his drummer. He’s pretty lucky to have her in his band.

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The cupcakes also were a big hit with the kids.

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On Saturday, we took our time packing up and headed to Chattanooga mid-afternoon. We had a fun Christmas eve with my siblings, even though my dad wasn’t able to join us. Lucy always has a blast with her cousins. The three of them ran through the doors separating the living room from the hallway for about 20 minutes before we opened presents and 30 minutes afterward. They weren’t loud. They just ran. And ran. And ran. Joe said the adults were trying to keep them quiet when I passed out in bed after presents, but I didn’t hear a thing.

Anyway. All the kids had a blast and got some great gifts.

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I showed off Lucy’s new bath book, Barnyard Bath! We are big Boynton fans in our house.

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We forgot to take pictures on Christmas Day, but we had a very nice lunch with my family (minus Ryan and his family who were at his in-laws’) and Joe’s parents. Once it was over, though, I took one of my anti-dizziness pills and passed out for the ride home. We had a fun holiday weekend, but here’s hoping everyone is healthy for next year!

A Visit to Santa’s House

Did you know that Santa lives in Cherokee County, Ga?

Well, he does, and this weekend we took Lucy to see him and Mrs. Claus. We were amazed from the moment we drove up and saw the light display in Santa’s yard. It was incredible, and little Miss Lucy didn’t want to leave when it was finally time to head home.

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We had to coax Lucy to go into Santa’s workshop by telling her there were lights inside. However, she tried to make a run for it when we got to the door, so we had to force her to go in. She calmed down when I told her she would get a treat after she saw Santa (because he was giving out candy canes), but when it was her turn to sit on Santa’s lap, she L-O-S-T it. I wish we hadn’t already printed our holiday cards because this picture is a winner.

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We took two other pictures. Want to see them?

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Yep. Not much different. I’m hoping next year will be the magic year when she won’t cry when we go to see Santa.

After we left Santa, we went back outside to see the lights again and then had to try to coax Lucy into the main house to see Mrs. Claus. That went just as well as the visit with Santa. Lucy was pretty calm when we were watching the train circle around the village that was set up, but Lucy wouldn’t go anywhere near Mrs. Claus. On our way out, though, she had fun looking in the different rooms.

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At the entrance to the main house was a Christmas countdown clock.

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We had a lot of fun, and Lucy cried when we left. She wanted to keep looking at the lights. I can’t wait to take her back next year!

Thanksgiving

We had a very nice, low-key Thanksgiving. Joe was selected to be part of the NASA Tweetup for the Mars Rover launch, so he was in Florida over the holiday. I packed up myself and Lucy, and we headed to Tennessee to spend the holiday with my family.

I didn’t take a lot of pictures, probably because I was so busy solo-parenting (and I now have SO much respect for single parents). We got up there mid-afternoon on Wednesday and just hung out and relaxed that night. On Thursday, my brothers, sister-in-law and nephews all came over for Thanksgiving dinner. Lucy was excited because she loves her cousins Harrison and Marshall. Maybe that excitement is why she only ate a few bites of her lunch. She did, however, eat almost an entire piece of Aunt Oriona’s pumpkin pie.

After lunch, the kids and Oriona rocked for a while on my grandparents’ porch swing.

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And then, they all played outside since it was such a nice day. (And, the kids had popsicles, which explains Lucy’s purple mouth.)

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Before Ryan, Oriona and the kids left, Lucy had to give Harrison a hug.

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We headed back mid-morning on Friday, and Joe finally got home on Saturday. We missed him a lot, but he had SO much fun, and it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.