Lucy Talks about her Day and Issues Plaguing the World

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!

Vacationing in Newport Beach

This post brought to you by Newport Beach. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love California and, while I've been there several times, my trips have been limited to more of the northern California area. And, I've NEVER been to the Pacific Ocean, which is something I really want to do sometime.

We've been talking about heading out to California sometime in the near future to visit some baseball stadiums and, while that will be the reason for our trip, I really want to hit the beach. I'm not a huge fan of sand, but I love the ocean. And,what better beach to go to than Newport Beach? I've been interested in that area ever since I watched The OC.

Visit Newport Beach is a great site full of information you need to plan your trip, such as information on the city and the Chamber of Commerce, a map and information on beaches. The Things to Do section has a ton of information on things like Activities & Attractions, Arts & Culture, Kids Camps, Events, Shopping and, my favorite, TV & Film locations. I am big into seeing places where my favorite shows are filmed. And, speaking of kids camps, there are a plethora of options to choose from ranging from science, digital media and dance to surfing, water polo and extreme sports. I know Lucy would love the field sports camps. Check out the camps listed on the website, and let me know which your kids would choose!

The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is offering a great promotion for families:buy one room and get a connecting room for your kids at 50% off. The hotel sits on 26 acres, and has three pools and whirlpools, shuffle board, ping pong,  and a 9-hole, par-3 golf course.

Check out this video on Newport Beach:

I seriously need a beach vacation SO badly. How about you? How much do you need a trip to the beach? What would you want to do in Newport Beach?

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Nails!

Lucy is at the stage now where she LOVES to have me paint her nails (although, she starts chipping it off right away, but that’s OK). She holds them up and stares at them and says, “Pink nails!” It’s the last thing she says before going to bed at night and the first thing she says when she wakes up in the morning.

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On Saturday, she INSISTED that she paint Daddy’s nails pink — DARK pink, to be exact. Daddy was a good sport (and obviously loves his daughter a lot) and totally went along with it. He didn’t take the polish off until the next day.

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I’m glad my munchkin is finally getting into being a girly-girl!