Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Allison 2 years and 9 months

A snapshot of you right now:

  • Otay is one of your favorite words
  • Loves to dance (mostly jumping up and down)
  • Loves to sing (ABCs, Twinkle Little Star, Old McDonald)
  • Struggling with potty training
  • Sleeps through the night 8 PM -7AM (sometimes sneaking into Mom and Dads bed)
  • Still napping one to two hours in the afternoon
  • Rocks at puzzles (just started introducing traditional cut puzzles)
  • Knows your ABCs, count to 15
  • Loves the pool; swimming, jumping off the side, putting your face underwater
  • Enjoys the lake; swimming, tubing, boat riding
  • Wants to do gymnastics like Ashley (soon baby girl)
  • Left handed
  • Playing with baby dolls
  • Riding a tricycle
  • Wants to read the same Elmo book at bedtime "Wait for me"
  • Sleeps with a blankie (not particular to one, we rotate threw about four)
  • Daredevil (loves to jump from one thing to the next)
  • Parrot (repeats Ashley's words, actions, etc.)
  • Fearless
  • Loves babies (James, Liam and Emma)
  • Always asking for milk (little bit of milk Mom)
  • Why? Why? Why? so many questions
Oh boy is this little girl a treat. We sure do love her to bunches.

I scrapbooked!

My Studio Calico July kit Valley High has left me a little uninspired.  So I started looking through the gallery and found this layout by Robyn Werlich and scraplifted it.  So maybe now I can get a few more layouts done with this kit before my August kit arrives.

Allison loves story time at Barnes & Nobel.  When Ashley is in school we go on most Friday mornings (looking forward to starting this back up soon).  They always have a theme and read two stories and have a craft.  We have got to meet Curious George, Corduroy and The Cat in the Hat.  Allison has not gotten up the courage to get a hug from any of them she just prefers to watch from a distance.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Gulf Shores Part 3

Day 6 Wednesday July 10
  • Alligator Farm
  • The girls loved feeding the alligators
  • Allison, Ashley and Kaitlin all held a baby alligator
  • 5 Guys for Lunch
  • Surf Up Dolphin Cruise
  • We saw two sets of dolphins, they both loved jumping over the boat's wake
  • Steamed shrimp again for dinner

Day 7 Thursday July 11
  • The guys went on a fishing party boat
  • The water was really rough but they caught lots of fish
  • The girls and James went to the beach until it started raining
  • Then we played in the pool for a bit
  • After the guys got back Susan and Jenn hit the outlet mall for a little bit
  • It was ridiculously crowed (because of the rain)
  • Fresh caught fish for dinner!

Day 8 Friday July 12

  • Last Day at the beach
  • The gulf was so calm, hardly any waves
  • Pool, lunch and more pool
  • We drove to Fort Morgan but it was closed
  • Watched the ferry depart for Dolphin Island
  • City Grill for dinner (yum!)

Day 9 Saturday July 13
  • We left at 7AM
  • We arrived home at 7:30 PM
  • The kids did great!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gulf Shores Part 2

Day 3 Sunday July 7

  • To the beach
  • Red Flag
  • The waves were rocking and rolling
  • Also a little bit of pool swimming
  • Rained around lunch time
  • Steamed shrimp for dinner
  • Scott, Donna and Eric joined us for Dinner
Day 4 Monday July 8
  • The the beach
  • Red Flag
  • Rocking and Rolling again
  • Raining off and on
  • The Blue Angles entertained us by flying along the beach
  • The Oyster House for dinner with the Turners
  • Everyone enjoyed their meal!
  • Alabama State Park Pier
  • Allison wanted to touch every fish the fishermen were catching
  • The girls got to see a pretty big king mackerel

Day 5 Tuesday July 9
  • National Naval Aviation Museum
  • Lots and lots of planes
  • Pensacola Lighthouse (just pictures, nobody wanted to climb to the top)
  • The the beach
  • No flags!!!!!!
  • The ocean was so calm, the girls loved being out there just chilling
  • Ashley had a blast body boarding
  • Pool time!  (Allison is a water fool, she loves jumping off the side and going underwater)
  • Pioneer Woman brisket for dinner!
  • Chris has been sick and slept most of the day

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Gulf Shores 2013

Day 1 Friday July 5

  • 7:45 AM we rolled out of Rogersville heading South
  • Amazingly the kids did great, the bigs and James in the van, the littles in the Traverse
  • The Traverse (Susan and Chris' car) gave us problems right from the start with a check engine light
  • Our first stop for lunch and the Traverse would not start....but we jiggled the right parts and got it started
  • We made it to the hotel in Moline, AL by 7:00 PM
  • Rainy weather the last three hours of the trip
Day 2 Saturday July 6
  • Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, AL (rainy weather)
  • USS Alabama Battleship and USS Drum submarine tours
  • The Traverse would not shift out of first gear leaving the park
  • The guys manually shifted the gears to get to a Chevy dealership in Foley, AL
  • We have a rental car
  • We made it to the beach!  Our condo is awesome... right on the beach with awesome views
  • Pizza for Dinner
  • Hannah is throwing up
  • The guys have a bone to pick with the security guard
Basically we are off to a very rough start....God help us!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Currently: July

Watching: So You Think You Can Dance, Food Network Star, HGTV Star

Reading:  The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Listening:  Quite (Aunt Donna took the girls to the Zoo)

Making:  Travel kits for the girls

Feeling:  Celebratory!

Planing: What to pack for vacation (We leave Friday!)

Loving:  That we sold the Ballwin house!!!!