Family Night Out

Last night, Joe and I had plans to drop Lucy off with a friend and have date night.

However, that fell through. So, instead of staying in, we decided to just take Lucy with us! We headed to Outback Steakhouse for dinner and then took Lucy for a surprise. What was her surprise, you ask?

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We went to a nearby mall for some play time in the soft play area. We had forgotten the mall has a carousel, and Lucy was THRILLED when she saw it. She rode one for the first time last weekend at the zoo (more on that later), and she is OBSESSED now! We might have let her ride it twice. 🙂

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Unfortunately, it was hard to get a shot while she was riding it, so this was the best I could do.

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After the carousel, we hit up the soft play area, and then Lucy wanted to ride one of the mechanical cars before we left. Of course, she picked the one with Garfield.

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It’s really hard to get a non-blurry shot when your child won’t stop moving! We had a great night, and now we’re looking forward to another family day with a cookout, cookie baking and a trip to the park!

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.

Saying Goodbye to Boppa

A few weeks ago, we said goodbye to my grandpa for the last time. I haven’t really felt much like posting about it until now because, well, I’m still said. It was actually a really nice weekend, memorial service aside, and it was nice to have our entire family together. But, the whole weekend, all I could think about was how much Boppa would have loved to have seen both of his sons, and all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren together.

We all met up at a Mexican restaurant in Chattanooga for an early dinner on Friday (before sundown), and it was fun. I could tell my grandma was cheered up some by seeing all of us together, laughing and having a good time. We hung out a bit at my parents’ house afterward before we headed to our motel. We stayed at the same place where my sister and her family stayed, so that was fun. It was nice getting some extra time with them. My sister is awesome! 🙂

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Saturday was the memorial service. It was hard. Really hard. I couldn’t get through my short talk without crying. But it’s OK. It’s allowed and expected. It was nice seeing all the people there who loved my grandpa.

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After a late lunch at my home church (bereavement committees = awesome), we headed to my parents’ again. The kids boated for a while in the small lake behind my parents’ house.

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And, Lucy chased the geese.

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Then, we all hung out until close to 10 p.m. The male grandchildren (and my sister’s two boys) played basketball. Lucy, Harrison and Marshall “played” t-ball. The rest of us just chit-chatted. It was nice and a good way to end the day.

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We had planned to head back early on Sunday, but we ended up staying at my parents’ for a while talking with my aunt, uncle and cousin. My sister and her family, and my other cousin and her family left earlier that morning. Then, my grandma decided she wanted to take everyone out to eat, so we hit up Olive Garden and then got frozen yogurt at Sweet Frog before calling an end to the weekend.

It was a sad few days, but there was great family time, and I know that’s something my grandpa would have loved. He would have loved to see us all having fun together. And so, we did.

The Big Race

Lucy ran her first race last weekend.

On Saturday morning, we got up early and headed to Atlanta for the Cuties Luckie 5K and Kids Fun Run. The races were part of the Georgia Marathon event, and the 0.1-mile run (which really seemed to be more like 0.2 miles) was perfect for young kids.

Lucy ran with her cousin, Rivka, and the girls had so much fun. The girls were pretty happy, considering we left the house around 7 a.m.

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Before the race started, we got their faces painted and got balloons. Lucy didn’t mind the face painting as it was happening, but once she saw it in a mirror, she freaked out and yelled, “Off! Off!”

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The girls walked around holding hands, which was RIDICULOUSLY adorable. OH.MY.GOSH. The cuteness.

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That last picture is one of my favorites.

When it was time to line up, we pinned the girls’ bibs on. Lucy was not thrilled about it, but once we showed her that all the other kids were wearing them, she stopped trying to pull it off.

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And, finally, they were off!

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I opted to not join them and stay by the finish line to take pictures instead. A lot of kids crossed it while being held by their parents. Not our girls! Joe said they ran the whole way. I am so, so proud of them! And, they crossed the finish line holding hands. It’s too bad I was so far away that I couldn’t get a good shot of that.

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After a big run, you have to refuel.

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The kids got medals and beads, none of which Lucy would wear. Oh well. They will be fun for her to have when she gets older.

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We definitely plan on doing the run again next year. It’ll be fun to see if Lucy gets into running like her Daddy.