30 April 2010

120~365: you spin me right round

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4.30.2010 @ 5:42 PM

I am not sure why today's photo is so little on here. I think I made a mistake when I resized it for the web. Let's just look past it.

People, I am tired and have been fighting a migraine for I don't know how long. I just feel sick. I am sick of feeling sick.

As I lay on the couch tonight, completely unmotivated to do anything our boring old ceiling fan caught my eye. So I went and grabbed the camera and spent some time getting back to basics and messing with the settings trying to slow things down to make the blades turn out in focus. Then I worked on making it appear that the blades were stopped and also adjusted lighting.

In the end I probably took almost 50 photos of the fan. Several turned out really great, but for some reason this really dark one is my favorite.

29 April 2010

119~365:one tired mama

iPhone Hipstamatic App

I thought I would turn the camera on myself. Only I realized that I look terrible. I feel tired, worn out, rundown and just icky in general. It shows.

28 April 2010

118~365: i've been doing good with posting and don't want to stop now


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4.28.2010 @ 10:17 PM

I have been down most of the day with a migraine. It has not been fun. Especially when said migraine hit half way during the great kitchen cupboard clean out of 2010. I kid you not when I say that literally half of my cupboards are completely empty with the entire contents spread out into various piles on my island and dining room table.

The house is a mess.

Mabry is freaked out. Probably because she woke up from her nap to find me curled up in a tight ball bawling my eyes out on the couch. She spent the rest of the afternoon and evening running from her room to pick up various toys and then to the couch where she would drop them at my feet. Every time she would say, "Here, you feel better now Mama?" Poor kid.

She also took to sucking on her fingers and then slapping my forehead with her wet little hands. Also in an effort to make me feel better. At least I think that was the point. Because with each slap she would say, "All better." It took all of my strength not to pass out, vomit or scream when she would do that.

(It should be noted that this is something Mabry does to comfort herself. She will suck her fingers, pull them out of her mouth and run her slobbery hand down her face. Usually this occurs when she is tired.)

Anyhow, migraines are not fun.

Exederin Migraine, however, is a gift from the pharmaceutical gods.

I'm just sayin'.

I did remember to take a photo tonight. It isn't the best, please forgive me. Really all I want to do is crawl into bed and get a good night of sleep so that I am (hopefully) back to normal in the morning.

27 April 2010

117~365: a night lost in thought

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4.27.2010 @ 11:23 PM

Today has been a long day. There was much to be accomplished and I did very little.

I swear it never ends.

I really need to get my act together and start finishing up some of the million projects I have started/volunteered for. Otherwise I am afraid I might just be buried alive from all the proverbial balls I am juggling in the air.

Today I wanted to take a really amazing photo, I had big ideas and plans. But the weather didn't really want to play along. So instead I lit a few candles and spent the evening lost in my own thoughts and sewing. Because when faced with a mountain of stuff to get done, who doesn't start just one more teensy tiny project?

Just me? Well that right there could be the problem friends.

Wish me luck on being a very accomplished person by this time tomorrow!

how about a little cheese with that smile

I know I had said in yesterday's post that I would put some of the outtakes of Mabry's forced and cheesy smile on here. Then last night as I was picking up the office, I absentmindedly cleared my camera card, forgetting that I had only saved the ones I really liked to the computer.

Which means the only semi forced smile photo I have is this one:


You can almost hear her saying, "Cheeeeeeeese" through her clenched teeth. At least she doesn't have her eyes all squinted up as she tried to smile like most of the photos showed.

Dan was supposed to have a jump this morning, but the plane was broken. So he said hopefully he will be able to try again later in the week. I feel bad for him, he hasn't jumped since he earned his German jump wings in December and I know he has been wanting to go again. I like the idea of him staying on the ground, but if he enjoys it and they have safety equipment and aren't far from a hospital, who am I to stop it?

Since I won't be spending hours at the drop zone today, I will have to find something else to occupy my time. I don't think I have any more excuses left, which means a morning of cleaning out the kitchen cupboards. Fun!

Photo 117 of the 365 challenge will be coming later today.

26 April 2010

116~365: iheartfaces smiles challenge

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4.26.2010 @ 7:11 pm




I have decided that I am going to try and make every Monday's photo for the rest of the year also fit in with the challenge theme at iheartfaces.

It is still a goal of mine to at least make the top 10 this year in one of their challenges.

This week the challenge was to capture a smile. This is much harder than you would think. Tomorrow I will post some of the outtakes. Mabry was a willing participant, but every smile seemed forced. Finally I had Dan start to tickle her and that was when the real smile emerged. Any time Mabry starts to laugh she puts her little fists or her fingers in her mouth. One of those reflexes that most kids have.

Want to see some other great smiles? Head over to iheartfaces and check out other entries from this week.

Ps. While I did edit the photo, I did nothing to specifically enhance her eyes. Seeing as I am her Mama, I know I am partial--but wow!

25 April 2010

115~ a little bit of everything

iPhone Hipstamtic App with John S lens, Kodot Verichrome Film, Flash Off

Tonight we had a cook out with several friends at the house. It was busy and hectic, as it seems so many days are lately. The only photos I took were with my iPhone, mainly because it was right there and oh so handy.

I need to spend time sifting through all the camera apps I have and figure out whi
ch ones are best for which situations and also which ones don't really work and need to be deleted. Of course I also need to do about a million other things.

So maybe I should start hoping for 36 hour days instead of 24 so I can fit it all in?

Speaking of iPhone apps, have you heard about Elmo's Monster Maker? It is a little on the pricey side at $3.99 (I like my apps FREE people) but is well worth it. It is an official Sesame Street app that allows the user to create their own monster and then play with it. I like that it encourages creativity. Mabry likes the music and of course Elmo.



We have a rule that if Mabry is playing with the phone she has to be right by me so I can supervise. iPhones aren't cheap and they aren't really safe in the hands of an unsupervised two-year-old. Since Mabry can't get enough of this app I have been spending lots of time with a wiggly girl on my lap.

You can also take photos of the monsters you create, which Mabry knows how to do. I thought I would share a few of the ones she has made this morning with you.

This party animal is one that Dan and I created:


Apparently Elmo's Monster Maker isn't just for the kiddos.

Now how about a little link love just to round out this random post?

Health For Your Body Type: Today I am jump starting my get-back-into-shape-and-lose-several-of-the-inches-around-my-midsection campaign. So I have been looking at lots of different websites for ideas to keep it from getting boring. This one seemed like one of the best that I checked out.

Pepsi Refresh Project: There are so many great ideas out there by people to make the world a better place. I think it is awesome that Pepsi is giving away money every month to help fund some of these ideas. You can vote every day for up to 10 of the ideas. They have it broken down into several different categories and even dollar amounts that would be given. I am happy to say that one I have been voting for is currently #1 for the $250,000 grant being given out for the month of April. If they win they are hoping to develop a cancer treatment that has no side effects.

Tuxedo Camera Strap: I just love this camera strap cover. Wouldn't it be perfect to wear while shooting a wedding?? Seriously, I don't think a camera strap could get more adorable and I just had to share it with you all.

Square Foot Gardening: Has anyone ever done this before? We go through a lot of fresh veggies around here and I am seriously considering starting a garden for Mabry and I to tend this spring/summer. The only problem is that I am the kiss of death to all plants.

How Cute Are These?!: I think that these would be so cute to have at a children's birthday party as part of the decor. The owls and rabbits would go especially good with the theme I have cooking up in my head for Mabry's birthday this year.

24 April 2010

114~365: surprise

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4.24.2010 @ 9:45 PM

I'll admit today has been a really off day for me. As a matter of fact, I am still in my pajamas and plan to stay that way until I take a shower tonight and change into a fresh pair before bed.

It wasn't a complete loss of a day. I did manage to get somethings organized on my computer. Not to mention I finally got around to cleaning out our medicine cabinet and weeding through all of my make up and lotions to see what had expired or was down to the last bit at the bottom of the bottle.

I almost forgot all about needing to take a photo today. Thankfully, Dan brought the perfect photo subject home tonight. Earlier this evening he had to make a trip to the store for some lighter fluid (we grilled Mexican turkey burgers for dinner tonight--yum!) and came home with tulips as a surprise for both Mabry and I.


Isn't he sweet? What do you think of my vase? I was going to pull out a regular old vase, but then decided I liked the way one of my glass jars looked better.

Well I think I am going to cut this post a little short as I can feel a migraine coming on. Have a good night!

113~365: scrappy owls

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4.23.2010 @ 4:15 pm

While at Target last week we came across a picture called "Love and Nature Owl Pair" from the Circo line of children's room decor. Mabry immediately started to clap and declared, "Oh Mama I love that so much!"

Looking at the canvas I decided that I could probably make something myself along the same lines. So I had Dan take a photo with his iPhone so I would have a point of reference and then started to brainstorm.

I have a bunch of scrapbook paper that as accumulated from several projects over the last few years. So I went through the paper and came up with ones I thought would work well for the picture and would go with Mabry's room. I bought a thin canvas from Michaels and then went to work.

My original plan had been to just hang the canvas on the wall with a ribbon attached to the back. The more I looked at it the more I knew it needed something more. So I took down the photo collage that had been in her room her entire life, took out all the photos and placed the canvas on top of the mat I had covered in a pink polka dot fabric.

Mabry loves it and so do I.

23 April 2010

she coulda been a condender

Yesterday Mabry told me she was "So tired" and even asked to be put down for a nap. I'm not 100% certain what happened between when I put her down and when I walked out the door of her room but it seemed she was going to fight sleep with everything she had.

First she discovered that she can now reach her light switch with her room arranged the way it is. So she threw a little light switch rave for herself. (If you don't know what a light switch rave is you can click here or watch this video, which is mainly just a throw back to the old days at Harding for some of you.) I quickly put an end to that and tucked her back in.

A few minutes later she started to sing her version of the ABCs (which I had never heard her try to do before). Unfortunately as soon as I grabbed the camera to record her and stepped out into the hall she saw me. So this was the best I could get:


After that we told her she had to go to bed for real and well...she had a bit of a meltdown.


If only they handed out Oscars for the most dramatic performance at nap time. I think we would have ourselves a real contender.

22 April 2010

112~365: dirt

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4.22.2010 @ 7:13pm

I had full intentions on finishing an art project for Mabry's room to share with you as part of the 365 project. Only, the project still isn't finished. Which isn't surprising as I didn't even touch it yesterday.

Instead Frank's Red Hot was dumped all over the floor, trim and walls of my kitchen. So after spending an insane amount of time cleaning up broken glass and hot sauce we went to Lowes. You see our kitchen floor has about 4 good holes in it now where various bottles (almost always glass) have been accidentally dropped and shattered. Enough was enough, I was determined to figure out a way to organize the pantry so that things were more easily accessible without fear of glass "bombs" going off all the time.


What was supposed to be a quick trip for something to organize some of the bottles in the pantry turned into almost two hours of searching for new bushes to plant in front of the house, a tomato plant, a way to hang our topsy turvy that I bought months ago (and didn't know came with stuff to hang it) and lime for the yard.


Because they are calling for rain for the rest of the week, we decided that it would be best to dig up the four plants in the front of the house and transplant them into the backyard (which also involved creating/digging up a flower bed back there to put them in) and then plant the new plants in the front. Dan spent several hours outside with his trusty shovel and post hole digger. Mabry spent several hours playing in a wheelbarrow of dirt.

I think once the plants start to grow it will be really nice looking. We will just have to wait a few years for them to really fill out. This spring we have already done a lot to the outside of the house. We added a storm door to the front door. We have raked up all the mulch and put down crushed rock in all the flower beds. We stained the deck and the mailbox post. Being a homeowner means you are always busy, busy.


**The photos of the outside were taken this morning as it was way too dark out by the time Dan was finished last night to take any photos.

Ps. Gourmet Mom on the Go is giving away quite possibly one of the cutest necklaces I have ever seen in honor of the new Etsy shop she has just opened up. Please stop over and check it out.

PPs. I have been messing around with the layout of the blog. Are you all able to see the photos and the rest of the blog with no problem?

a list of random things

First of all, there is a great giveaway going on over at MCP actions today that I think you should check out.

Go ahead, I'll wait.

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I have a lot of things I feel like posting about this morning. Which means I am about to make the most random list possible.

1. It is the most gorgeous weather outside today. I think Mabry and I are going to spend quite a bit of time taking a walk around our neighborhood and the other nearby neighborhoods this morning. Fresh sunshine and the smell of springtime air are two of my favorite things. Growing up, I hated being outside. Funny how things change as you get older.

2. There are only 24 days left until I get to go and see Wicked. I am so excited and it seems like May 15th will never get here. Of course I have had the tickets since January, so this has been months of anticipation build up.

3. Does it weird anyone else out that the little girl with braids in this ad looks just like Zac Efron with a wig?


Sorry little girl, but there is no denying it:


4. I really want to do board and batten just like this on the walls in my hallway.

5. I also really like this little project too. I wonder where I could put up something like this? This is a hard house when it comes to decorating because of the layout.

6. Lastly, because I am making myself go on a diet (this spare tire around my middle must go--STAT) I thought I would share these recipes with you all. My hope is that you make them and then tell me just how wonderful they are so that I can live vicariously through you. Rainbow cupcakes just look like summer with frosting on top, no? Marshmallow fondant, you had me at marshmallow. Pecan Pralines, you have no idea how badly I want to make a batch of you and eat them all in one sitting.

Now I am off to take a walk with Mabry and then work on an art project for her room. I can't wait to share it with you later tonight!

21 April 2010

111~365: sleeping beauty

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4.21.2010 @ 11:08pm

I was trying to figure out what to post for my 365 photo today when Dan piped up and said he thought I should take a photo of him sleeping.

He wants you all to have some sympathy for him. After what feels like at least a year (I know I am not too far off with that guess) he is back to doing regular PT each day.

Y'all the exercise is kicking his butt.

I keep telling him that he should embrace the pain and power through and get back into shape. Especially since his time at the schoolhouse is soon coming to an end and he is going to have to go back to being a regular PT doing soldier soon. In other words, goodbye video games and studying and hello 10+ hour work days and miles and miles of runs.

Poor Dan.

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In other news, we were out this weekend buying sheets for Mabry's new bed and I came across some Liberty of London quilts. Dan actually agreed to let me get one for our bed (something I never thought would happen since it is covered in flowers). It is only for the spring/summer time when our down comforter is too much, but still. Isn't it wonderful? Dan said he only agreed to it because it is Navy Blue and makes him think of Penn State.

Whatever works.

20 April 2010

110~365: the days are starting to fly by

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4.20.2010 @ 5:08 pm

Today was a rather random day. We woke up with no real plans and some how managed to get a whole lot accomplished and with very little stress.


For lunch Mabry and I went to the park and had a picnic. Then we played on the playground for a little while before walking over to the library.


I checked out a copy of Eat, Pray, Love. Has anyone ever read it before? I was a little hesitant since it seems to heavily pushed by Oprah, but figured I'd check it out anyhow. Mainly because I saw a preview for the movie version that is coming out in a couple of months and I like to read the book before seeing the movie as a rule. Of course, that would also imply that I will go and see the movie, which is doubtful because being a parent doesn't lend itself well to being able to go out much.



After nap time, we spent a crazy amount of time outside blowing bubbles with various wands and pipes I found for $0.50 at Target the other day. We also put together Mabry's new bed. Over the weekend Dan and I bought a twin size pillow top mattress from a local furniture store. It is a much better mattress for her than what we had been using, plus it was a better size. I mean seriously, does a 26 pound, not even three foot tall person really need a full size bed? Dan said she has to keep this bed until she is at least a teenager. I think she should have it until she graduates. We shall see what comes to pass years from now.


The original plan had been to redo one of the two antique twin headboard/foot board combos we have out in the garage. But I think that both are going to take a lot of work and neither of them are going to be easy to attach to the rails that we have. So I took a page out of TDC's book and made my own headboard to hang on the wall. I even repurposed the egg crate foam that had been on the full size bed.


Mabry refers to this as her Cinderella bed. I can just image what a shock that is to most of you.

The best part of the day was this evening. After dinner we all changed into our pajamas and crawled up on the couch. I popped popcorn and then we all settled in to watch Cinderella on DVD. Apparently this a movie that Disney has put back in the vault. Which means it is impossible to find. Thankfully the library does DVD rentals and I found it today. Mabry was thrilled. Up until this point Cinderella was only what we read to her in stories or the games that she made up. I enjoyed watching how excited she was watching it and just being a family. Dan was awesome, I mean what man wants to spend his evening watching a Disney princess movie? But he did it for his little girl. Love him.

Hope everyone is having a great week. Happy hump day!

19 April 2010

109~365: in which cinderella pays us a visit


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4.19.2010 @ 12:12pm

The day we went to check out one of the venues for B's wedding we also stopped at the outlet mall there in Lancaster. There is a Disney Store outlet and we were hoping to find a fun gift for our little Cinderella. We weren't disappointed. I found three summer dresses, a dress up dress all for Mabry and two sweatshirts and a winter jacket for our little friend L all for $30 total. Aunt B found a Cinderella dress up dress that she snatched up for Mabry.

Dan and I can't thank B enough for the glitter that is now all over the house and us as a result of nonstop wearing of the dress.

This morning I told Mabry that if she was really good and would let me get a few things done I would dress her up like a real princess. This involved a little bit of eye shadow, some clear mascara, curling her eye lashes and putting on some lip stain. She was in a heaven. Even if I did make her look a little like a miniature drag queen due to my inability to apply make up.

When prom season rolls around in 14 years I am going to be in big trouble.

I also dug out the little pearl tiara thing I had purchased to wear in my big wedding that never was. I thought Mabry might have a small seizure when I put that crown on her head. Talk about being on a princess high.

Of course what good is being all dressed up if you can't go out in the front yard and parade around for all of the neighborhood to see?


I'd say we spent a good 15-20 minutes just twirling in circles with Sheebus who is the designated Prince Charming today. Sheebus is a good sport.

What good would a princess be if she didn't wave to her loyal subjects? Dan came home from work and Mabry was all about the princess wave.

I'm a lucky Mama to have such a sweet princess in my life.

Ps. I posted days 107 and 108 a little bit ago.

the cinderella game

Mabry invented a new game to play with her Aunt B last week. Basically the game goes like this:

1. Mabry comes in and announces that she is Cinderella and then sits on a step stool and kicks off her shoes.
2. Aunt B (aka "Prince Charmin" <--the prince of toilet paper it would seem) will then put on Mabry's shoes and declare her the princess.
3. They dance.
4. They fight. (This consists of them saying, "What you talkin' about Cinderella?" "What you talkin' about Prince Charmin?" and also lots of foot stomping.)
5. Mabry declares it "10 o'clock" and announces, "Me must go, me must go" as she runs out of the room.
6. Mabry then sits in the hallway and waits until her Aunt B calls out for her and then she comes back and starts the whole process over again.

This game kept everyone entertained. Lucky for us all, I caught some of it on video.

So for your viewing pleasure this beautiful Monday morning, I give you the Cinderella game staring Aunt B and the Mabes. (With special guest appearance by Sleeping Beauty aka my Dad).





18 April 2010

108~365: tag

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4.18.2010 @ 8:57 am

I was feeling incredibly lazy and not at all creative yesterday. So this is kind of an odd 365 photo. The Entertainment weekly that came this week was all about the movies coming out this summer. With some of the movies were these weird little colored boxes. At first I paid them zero attention, but then I also noticed them on a few adds. So I went back to the beginning of the magazine where there was an article about Microsoft Tag technology.

Apparently if you have a smartphone you can download the Microsoft Tag app by going to http://gettag.mobi from your phone and then whenever you see one of these little multicolored tags you just open the app and let the camera phone pick up the image (you aren't actually taking a photo) and it will instantly redirect you to the websites, videos, reviews, contact information, discounts, etc. that are linked to that particular tag.

From what I read it seems that this is something that they are planning to start using not only in print media but also in stores and things like that.

I was impressed with this little app. If you have a smart phone, it is worth checking out.

(In no way am I affiliated with Microsoft or Entertainment Weekly, I simply saw this and thought it was pretty interesting and thought I would share.)

17 April 2010

107~365: mirror mirror on the wall

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4.17.2010 @ 12:59pm

Mabry has a thing for mirrors. As in she loves to spend as much time as possible looking at herself. I don't think it is so much a narcissistic thing, though to be fair she tells her mirrored self "You SO pretty" about 15 times a day. I think she is more interested in the fact that when she moves her hands or smiles so does the person looking back at her.

This is awesome as she can see herself in our mirror when she stands on our bed. Which means the mornings when Dan and I are feeling exceptionally tired and lazy we stand her up between us and let her wave at herself. You wouldn't believe how much extra shut eye can be achieved this way.

Recently she discovered the mirror that has been hanging over her nightstand for the past year. It is at a good height for her to see herself with no assistance needed from anyone else. Whenever she goes in her room, she will stop at the mirror and say "Hello" and wave and giggle uncontrollably before moving on to whatever it was she came to do in the first place.

Oh to be a silly two-year-old again.

16 April 2010

106~365: rustic appeal

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4.16.2010 @ 10:36am

Friday morning before Mabry and I left to head home we went with my sister to check out one of the venues she and her fiance are thinking of having their wedding at. I don't want to give away too many details, because I don't think any decisions have been finalized.

Let's just say I fell in love with the place. Just look at the ceiling in the ballroom. How awesome is that??

Our trip to Pennsylvania was a stressful one. By the end of the week I was beginning to feel like whatever could possibly go wrong would. I'm not sure what part was worse, Mabry having an accident on the floor of the funeral home during the memorial for my aunt, being asked if I was Mabry's grandmother ( I am starting to have a complex about my looks because I apparently look much older than I really am), or being stuck in traffic in the DC area for--no joke--5 hours trying to get home on Friday.

I'm glad to be back in North Carolina and just hope to stay put for awhile.

Thanks for hanging in there while I missed posting for the last several days. Internet was sort of a touch and go type of thing most of the trip. I have updated photos for days 104, 105 and now 106. Tomorrow I will get 107-109 posted.

15 April 2010

105~365: gramma's hands

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4.15.2010 @ 10:44am

There are certain things about my life that I am certain I will carry with me forever. For instance the smell that the air takes on just before summer hits, will forever remind me of the house my Dad built when I was a kid. Big band music will always remind me of dancing on the kitchen counters with my grandfather while he kept his teeth in his shirt pocket. I will always remember the way it felt when a series of tornadoes tore through our town in the middle of the night while Dan was deployed and I was all alone. I can still shut my eyes and remember little details about the first place Dan and I ever lived, our little apartment at Harding. Etc. Etc.

One of the things I will always carry with me are my Gramma's hands. I don't know why, but thinking about her hands always reminds me of home. Even though I am sure I will never forget them, when I was back in Pennsylvania this past week I made sure to take a few photos of her hands.

14 April 2010

104~365: granny's barn

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4.14.2010 @ 10:29am

While in Pennsylvania I didn't get a chance to use my camera nearly as much as I had hoped. It felt like from the moment Mabry and I got on the highway on Tuesday to head up until the moment we got back it was just nonstop.

I did however, get a chance to spend some quality time wandering around the barn at Granny's. Right now the only animals staying there are her pony, Lacey, and a rather large horse that belongs to a neighbor. Mabry loved visiting with them and would eagerly stick her hands through the bars to pet Lacey's nose.

The remainder of the trip she was constantly nagging to go back to the barn and to ride the pony. Unfortunately, there just never was a good time to do it this trip. I hope she will get the chance when we go back up for my Granny's 90th birthday in July.

13 April 2010

103~365: dirty humor

It's 11PM and my sister, Mabry and I still have about 100 miles to go. This has been a long day for sure.

the easter 18

Since this blog and whole 365 project if I wanted to be completely honest have been lacking severely for the last month (or two) I thought I would try and make it up to all of you who still stop by.

Even though Easter was a little more than a week ago, I thought I would share how we spent our weekend in a series of photos I've entitled the Easter 18.

The Easter 18

We played in the yard until our skin turned pink and blistered. There were piggy back rides....races

...and lots of jumping up and down.

Gampa was put to work installing a storm door.

Mabry spent some time walking on rocks and sticking her fingers up underneath the siding. She is lucky she didn't come across a black widow, as that is one of their favorite hiding spots. Or so says our bug man.

A trip to a farm that has been running since the 1700s for some...

homemade ice cream was a perfect way to spend the evening.

Especially when we sat out on the porch of the old farm house and enjoyed the night sky and each other's company.

Chick Days at Tractor Supply meant everyone got to hold (and squeeze) soft chicks...

and ducks....

until our hearts were content.

Easter morning meant a search for plastic eggs filled with chocolates that Mabry wasn't quite sure what to do with.

A serious case of bad bed head and the cutest grin on the planet.

It also meant an extremely heavy (or so her expression would lead you to believe) basket/bucket hidden in the dryer by the Easter Bunny himself.

After church we went out to lunch and played and played on the playground at Joe's Crab Shack...

enjoying our time with Gampa and Gamma.

Once the food came (and there was lots of it!) the kids had to put on their bibs. (Not pictured is Dan who was waiting for the waiter to bring him his bib as he kept dropping food on his shirt and pants.)

The sun was a little too bright when we went to do family photos resulting in some very squinty expressions.

All in all the weekend was lots of fun, even if we did have to contend with the 2010...

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