Friday, July 31, 2009

These Shoes are Made for Walkin'!

The kid* is about to walk away from me at any moment.

She has taken three and four and five steps at a time but feels much more confident plopping her cute plushy cloth diaper bottom on the ground than continuing on with her bipedal forward motion.

She has also gone barefoot 99.9% of her life (much to my mother's chagrin when i plop her down in a public place). I always think of the sign "No shirt, No shoes, No service". Often Baby C can be found wearing only her aforementioned cute plushy cloth diaper--hey, its hot in Hotlanta!


Once she becomes fully mobile on two feet, I know my mom I am going to want her in shoes outside of the house. So I did a little research and figured out that leather soled shoes are best as they let the baby's toddler's (i have to remember that she technically is a toddler!). We own a few of those leather-soled shoes but nothing else substantial enough to last more than a few months (what with scuffs and stuff!).

So I read more reviews and decided to go with those (^) UMI shoes. They consistently receive 5 stars and people use them for early walkers and say that they'll hold up. We'll see. i'll let you know. In the meantime, if you have shoe thoughts for new walkers, let me know!

in the meantime, Baby Toddler C had fun playing "girly girl" and loved on her new shoes. I don't know where she gets that from--certainly not me (and I'm not being sarcastic! the only shoes i get excited about are running shoes!)

*The kid really isn't a "baby" any more! But I don't know what to call her! Little Monkey? Cutie Face? Suggestions needed! Please! Comment away!

PS Sadly, no video...yet...i kind of sort of lost my camera...again...hence the iPhone pictures :(

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cool Pool

Alright everyone, I'm just jumping in and will start posting BACKWARDS from today until I gradually catch up with life...but i don't really know what that means as then i'll have to keep posting BACKWARDS because, instead of posting current events, i'll always be play catch-up.

Meh. Whatevs.

Today it was raining 90% of the time. We need that rain! It was also very cooling. But, limiting. Baby C and I were stuck inside for that 90% of the day. I could have taken her in the jogger with the stellar clear plastic rain cover we own but I, unfortunately, do not have a clear plastic rain cover for myself :-o

So we waited.

The beautiful thing about waiting is that everyone else was waiting, too, and must have just written off the day as a "wash" (ha!). Which is why I decided that, when the sun started peeking through the clouds at 4 PM, Baby C and I should head to the pool.

and that we did

and no one was there (okay, fine, there were approximately 6 kids in the pool. And lifeguards. Don't forget the lifeguards). SUCCESS! yes!

We got there 45 minutes before the pool closed and the dude you pay to get into the pool (uhhh--does he have a name? the Money Taker?) let C get in for free! woo hoo!

C and i stayed in the pool for the entire 45 minutes so i didn't get a chance to take a picture until after she was out of it. I will say that I have a little flirt on my hands--she l-o-v-e-d the male lifeguard and would just BEAM at him and do her pageant wave. Oh my. THIS is why I wanted boys!

Here is the little charmer herself, being placated for the run home by her almond milk. Yum.

also more evidence of the lack of people at the pool. I like the rain trick. So far we're three for three!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Monkey kisses

I have so many pictures that i take and then think, "oh this will make a fun post!" and then...well, as you know, that "fun post" never materializes.

So, instead of procrastinating, i'm just going to jump straight in and post a video that Baby C and i took for her Uncle Noah yesterday.

Maybe this will be motivation to start posting away! :-o

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Prayer Request!

I'm reposting this from my Monkeys-on-the-Bed! Blog in hopes that I cover everyone!


It was SO amazing and encouraging to read all the Twitter tweets and blog posts about how people all over the world were (ARE!) praying Baby Stellan and his MckFamily.

He is doing much better than yesterday but prayers are obviously still needed!

After reading about Stellan, thinking about Stellan, and praying for Stellan all day yesterday, I was amazed by the power of God and His people.

This morning my Dad called me and the twin to let us know that our Grandpa is not doing well at all today. He, like Stellan, has extremely extremely low hemoglobin and ALL of his counts are going down. This comes a day after he was stabilizing.

We KNOW that God is mighty and in control. We KNOW that God can heal our grandpa or chose to take him home. We KNOW this. While we pray for healing we also pray for God to be glorified and for His will to be done, whatever it is.

We ask that you join us in praying for our grandpa. He is a man of integrity, the father of 5 wonderful children and 12 incredible grandchildren (okay, i'm including me and the twin in that list but you get the gist). If you find a minute, please consider praying for healing for our Grandpa.

Thank you!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Put to shame!

While the twin has posted like 100 blog posts in the last 10 days, this sad neglected blog has sat lifeless and void of updates.

I hope to change that.

One day.


I hope.

I just have to find my camera cord.

And time in between everything that life brings every single hour of the day.

But one day soon. There will be updates.

Promise, cross my heart (we just saw "Up"--which is such a sweet sad little movie--and they use that quote a lot)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Zoo, part 2!

Two things you should know:

1) J and I are Bank of America card holders
2) I rarely ever check my Spam folder

On Sunday, I decided to check my Spam folder just for kicks. Two pages into it I found a slightly sketchy looking Bank of America email. Much to my surprise, upon opening it, I found that Bank of America was continuing with their "Museums on Us" program. The "Museums on Us" program allows you free access to quite a few museums in larger cities throughout the USA. Last winter, we went to Fernbank and the Atlanta Botanical Garden for free. Good times!

I thought that they'd only be offering those two aforementioned museums again but my curiousity got the best of me and I clicked to see what was up for grabs. WHOA! They had free passes to Zoo Atlanta, The High, and the Atlanta History Center! Wait! Zoo Atlanta!? nice!

Look no further then a reason to finally visit the zoo with Baby C! Realizing that it was already Sunday (last day of the weekend) and nearly 3:00 PM, we got ourselves ready and ran out the door, hoping to get in 1.5 hours of Zoo-Time.

Let me tell you, it could not have been better--it was only 78 degrees, had just finished raining, and was the end of a long holiday weekend. So, there were NO crowds, hardly any other visitors, AND an incredibly cool day for the summer in Hotlanta.

All in all it was a great experience. C loved visiting the Budgies and J and I were enthralled by the Gorilla Center they have--it is HUGE.

We snapped lots of pictures but then, sadly, my battery died about half an hour before we left. Oh well!

Here are the highlights:

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{We're leaving for Kansas today but should come back with lots of stories and really fun pictures! Stay tuned for next Tuesday!}

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sniff baby is 11 months old TODAY!

Hard to believe that 11-months ago at 1:54 PM, J and I first laid eyes on this...

and our hearts were irrevocably gone...

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Here is Cutie Face 11 months later....

sporting the cutest little bubble romper from Whimsy Couture!

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While we may have celebrated her birthday early...

it was only in pictures and only for an I Heart Faces entry...

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and it certainly isn't making it easier for me to come to grips with the fact that I nearly have a one-year old!

Wordless Wednesday: first visit to the zoo

a sneak peek into Baby C's first trip to the zoo

...more to come tomorrow!

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Monday, July 6, 2009

4th of July: Recap and Repost

Its been a week since I blogged on Cutie Face! Sorry everyone! I have some fun pictures to share with you this week, though, so I'll try to post at least every other day!

That being said, I wanted to repost my Patriotic Edition from Monkey's on the Bed...

You may remember from my past posts months ago that I LOVE to run! So much so that I love running with 55,000 of my closest friends (as my Dad puts it!) every Fourth of July. YES! 55,000 people vie for a spot every year to compete in the world's largest 10k...the Peachtree Road Race. Since I was running, most of these pictures are from my cousin, a budding photographer, or her mom, my aunt. I would LOVE to include race pictures from the newspaper but that would obviously be a copyright infringement. Feel free to check some out here!

Since 55,000 people is a lot of people to run, the wonderful people behind the race, namely the Atlanta Track Club (the ATC), must organize it down to the second. They place people on ability and race experience in one of 9 time groups. I run competitively for the ATC and, with a prior race time, was able to score a very low bib number--putting me right behind the Elite runners! The twin was right behind me, followed by J, in time group 4, and my cousin and her friend in time group 6.

All in all, it was a great race! I managed to run fast enough to win a hat and a finisher's mug--woo hoo! bonus!

Here is what the finish line area looks like when about 50% of people have finished:

Here is my official Finishers Certificate:

My parents watched Baby C for us and met us at the finish line--definitely motivation to cross that line quickly so we could be reunited with her! (Doesn't J look thrilled?)

Me, Baby C, my dad, and the cousin, Sweet Little R

For the first time racing, J and I lived close enough to the finish line to walk home--now that is a bonus! We hosted a brunch for our family immediately following the race. My Aunt and Uncle brought fabulous bagels from Panera--thank you!

The twin and her husband kept the mosquitos at bay for the rest of us--why is it that mosquitos tend to fixate on certain people and ignore the rest? Sorry A&B!

J and I with Baby C, enjoying lots of carboyhydrates post run.
I'm sporting my new favorite hat and C is sporting her new fave bow:

J loving on Baby C.
Isn't her bow incredible? The twin made it! Check it out in her Etsy Store!

After the fam went home, we relaxed (read: SLEPT!) and then geared up for another BBQ, this time at my parents' house. Dad set up the sprinklers and C's cousin, R, took right to it...

Lil' Miss R is lucky because she now has cousins from her daddy's side that live in Atlanta! They came over to join the is Mr. L showing R how to enjoy the sprinkler to the max:

Baby C, unfortunately, slept through all the fun but we know she'd have crawled through the sprinklers had she been awake! Instead, she woke up and was fed...and looked confused about the whole thing:

a little sampling of our carnivorous feast

and the famous flag cake (my mom went with raspberries this year--so much easier than strawberries!)

All in all, the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays because we get to race, relax, and relish our family. And, of course, we get to eat lots of wonderful picnic food, especially the prized Flag Cake!

SPECIAL NOTE: Last year, we celebrated the wedding of my cousin to his beautiful bride on 07-04-08. July 4th is special to him for one more reason: he is an Army Ranger. Thank you, to my cousin, who proudly and BRAVELY fights for the honor and glory of our country!