Monday, September 21

Preschool Mugshots



Isaac is attending preschool one day a week. He seems to enjoy it! He is in Ms Danielle and Ms Crystals class. They sent home this laminated sheet of all the children in his class. It is SUCH a great a idea. Isaac LOVES to look at it. He is constantly pointing to the fridge and saying words that sort of sound like his friends names. :)

However, as in most situations, I found it quite humorous. Hilarious actually. I looked at each pic on the page. And all these kids (at least the ones I have seen before) DO NOT look like themselves. It's like a mugshot or passport photo! I hesitate to share my thoughts cause in a few months I could be friends with these kids parents and they may read this some day. But I think they would agree. I am not saying any kid actually LOOKS like this in person! But that they got crazy shots taken, is all. I mean honestly, who can photograph a 2 year old well? Not many. Which is why we pay the big bucks to have it done. :) And especially on a time crunch of wanting to get his done at the beginning of the year (not having 900 do-over picture opportunities). It was a hard task. I acknowledge that all completely. :)

Anywho...

I hope you can see the pics well enough to laugh along. I know these are not the best photos! Let's start with my sweet precious child. :) Third row, second in...looks like Tinkerbell. His eyes are pointed on the sides and his little head is cocked to the side with eyebrows raised as if to ask, "Which way to Pixie Hollow?" HA. Hudson is the first one on the third row of pics...she is ADORABLE. She looks like Katie Holmes and could pass as one of her and Toms kids. This pic she has a cute ponytail you can't see and she had a Dawson's Creek look on her face like, "Seriously Dawson? You want us to be together again?" Above her is Cameron. I don't even know this kid. But I am pretty sure he is NOT the serial killer he looks like in this shot. Cooper (who is next to Cash...never heard this name before. My sister says it's a super popular in Nashville...of course!) looks like he is in pain. That is what happens when your toddler gets wise to the "say cheese" thing and looks more like they are hurting than happy. :) And sweet Zachary...he will one day look back and dread the day he played dress up as Justin Timberlake in preschool. (btw...did you all see his glasses last night at the Emmys? I am OLD. I hated them. And if I wore glasses, I would SO be wearing the Payless/Target version of them in a year and half after my public dismissal of them. Ugh.) :) And as for the teacher shots...I am reminded of Facebook. Cropped favorite pics of yourself. Guilty of the same thing myself, I can call it like I see it. :)

Anywho...thought you all would love a laugh. I hope you can see these. You probably can't. Oh well. Just know, if you were here...you'd laugh. :)

Sunday, September 20

Aunt Julie came to Ocala! And we had a little adventure. :)



OK so my sister came to town! Southwest has some GREAT deals on direct flights from Nashville to Orlando so we scooped one up! We had a blast shopping and decorating my house. Julie has super skills in both of these areas. Dan even kept the kids while we ventured out on our own to shop Ocala. We went and got pedicures...at a place we will never go again. Live and learn.

Anywho...I am disappointed with myself for the lack of pics taken. These pics above are of the kids at the park WITH Julie...but she and I were not photographable at the time...so it was just of the kids. So "Jasmine" makes it down the rock wall and Isaac the Tornado decided to follow her. :)

But I did regain my Olan Mills status when we had a little adventure on the way to the airport for Julies return flight. LUCKILY we had worked in extra time to stop by IKEA on the way to the airport or this would have been super stressful. But instead it was hilarious. ;)

So we were riding along when I said, "Jules, do you smell that? Like rubber burning?" She said yes but we kept right on chatting. Until we were interrupted by a LOUD noise. We had blown a tire. I pulled over on the side of the road where apparently the DOT had not been in MONTHS cause the grass was pretty high. We assessed the situation...and yep...torn up tire.


NIiiiiiiice. We look at each other and start laughing. HA!! So we start calling our husbands. Dan was at home with the kids and we were about 20 miles away. I told Dan I would call him back and started searching for the jack and spare. Have I ever changed a tire? NO. Has Julie? No? But could we figure it out? YES. (yea, yea, all you "what? you never were taught to/changed a tire?" people...nip it. Even if I had...it would have been pre-baby. And we all know that my memory erases with each delivery. Plus, that's why I have Dan! :))


We read directions, jacked up the car, weaseled off the lug nut covers with the jumper cables, got the hub cab off, and could NOT for the life of us, find the darn wrench to loosen the lug nuts. And all the while we were sweating like crazy...it was 3 pm and blazin' hot! We emptied out the trunk...couldn't find it. UGH. Call Dan who (like my usual hero that he is...) was already on the way, kids in tow. WHAT A MAN. We kept looking for the wrench as cars zoomed past us at a billion miles and hour. Then it started to RAIN. Awesome. First we hopped in the JACKED UP CAR...and then realized that it probably was not wise for us to be in a propped up car. So we got out and waited under a table cloth. We were laughing the whole time. Why was this funny?



It was so fun to stand on the side of the road, not being able to progress in changing the tire, wishing my belly was bigger to elicit a sympathy response from some passer-by, or ANYONE for that matter. I mean everyone was passing...and HONKING! What??? I was sarcastically yelling at the traffic, "IT'S FINE. WE LIKE IT HERE. JUST DRIVE ON BY. WE LOVE HANGING OUT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD!!"

We did realize a critical error after it was all said and done...we shoulda put our hood up. Oops. Instead we just scowled at those heartless people passing who thought we deliberately pulled over to stand on the side of the road in the rain with a cow and barn table cloth over our heads. Idiots. :) Anywho...Julie had called AAA and Daniel beat them to us. OUR HERO ARRIVED!!! He hopped out in the rain and with in MOMENTS located the wrench (UGH...so frustrating..had to apologise several times for that one) and changed the tire in no time.

The kids had to be moved to the bum-tire car. And then Jules and I were on our way. We had some time to spare for her to make it...but not enough to shop. BUMMER. We were just thankful she was not missing a flight!


ahh good times. Thanks for coming Jules!







And this is random...but this bug was on my car when I came out of the store last week. Cool looking bug, huh?


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Friday, September 18

JeJe and Papa's visit (I'm a little behind...)

This weekends adventure will be told by pics. Mom and Dad flew into Tampa, rented a car and drove to Ocala! They came on Thursday night. It was that night that sweet Isaac spiked a fever and threw up. Bummer timing. But Mom, in true mom fashion, was up with Isaac even before me. We were changing sheets and squirting Tylenol in the wee hours of the morning. Poor Isaac. That lasted about 48 hours. So our "big plans" were halted for a bit. :)

Isaac is a LADIES MAN. He loves him a woman. He is a Mama's Boy in a huge way. And when Mimimo or JeJe come to town...he LOVES them too. :)


The Saturday of Labor Day was the start of college football...and Bama vs Virginia Tech...ROLL TIDE. So we had to represent all day at Silver Springs. :) We even ran into some VT fans...we heckled...it was all in good fun...sort of. :)





Above is the llama that I was 100% sure was going to spit on dan! The llama seemed to hock a loogie and fill his cheeks as he came toward Dan. I was running for my life as was the rest of our fam. I guess it was just a warning...cause it never happened. But it would have been hilarious if it had. And yes, I would have a pic of Dan covered in Llama Loogie.


Isaac enjoying his ice cream...

Above is Daisy and I in the stroller we rented for the day. C'mon...big girl needed a break. If I could have leaned back in this joker...I would have stayed in for a little bit longer. :)








Above is a perfect pic of Isaac. Cause he can't just sit on a boat and look for animals. No. He has to be doing a BACK BEND over the side. Whew...wears me out sometimes. We are fully in the stage of never leaving him alone and knowing that silence means "OH NO." Cause when I do he has unloaded ALL the wipes and has his hands covered in diaper cream OR has scaled his Daddy's shelf in the closet, putting on chapstick, hand in the change jar and collar stays in his mouth. And friends I am talking MOMENTS alone solicit this behavior...not long, not long at ALL.




This was our fam pic...Isaac was over it by the end.

Above is Isaacs latest silly face. He loves to turn his head away from you and then check you out from the corner of his eye. It's hilarious...esp in person.
The night of the game we grilled out steaks!! Mmmmm. We ate outside. It was yummy.

This pic was at lunch after church on Sunday. ;)

This is Papa, Daisy, Isaac and Jeje trying out our new Select Comfort pillows by playing Possum (faking sleep...or in a possums case...faking death.). :) We got a sleep number bed/select comfort bed over labor day (ordered it). (We just got it this week. Daniel and I are giddy about having SO MUCH ROOM in a king size bed. He can pump his side up to super firm or 100. I have my soft on the setting of 40. We both sleep part on our stomach, part propped up on our knee that is pulled up. In the queen...we fought over who got to put their knee up. NOW we both can with plenty of room. Also, our mattress was a piece of junk. It was like sleeping in 2 canoes! Daniel had books under his side to give some support. It was bad. But now all that has changed...and we are LOVING LIFE PEOPLE. :))

It's always hard to let them go home. When ever family leaves it's waterworks all around. Isaac is usually screaming and reaching for the female leaving. :) And we are all sad for a day or so.

We love you Jeeg and Papa! Thanks for coming!

Wednesday, September 9

Grocery Trip with kids

This is a regular occurrence. Soon this Publix will and all the employees will know us as well as the ones in Gainesville and Orlando. We dive for the car or rocket carts if one is available. Those are genius...hemming up kids and they love it. You do need a special license to drive one...swing it wide on corners and spend the whole first time you drive it apologizing to all who you (try to) pass and or come with in 6 feet of. Thankfully I had some experience with stretchers in my nursing days or I would have been hopeless. But a couple of early Tuesday morning runs got me well practiced in a somewhat empty store.

It also does not help that I have 2 octopus ("octopi"..?...plural?) in the cart GRABBING at everything...even others belongings (Isaac grabbed a ladies purse once...like "thank you, I'll take that" as I leisurely strolled by looking the other way. She prob thought we were a gypsy fam that practiced this little bit of purse theft!). Well...on to why I posted to begin with (I could go on all day about adventures of grocery shopping with kids.)

...I got home from the store and I unpacked THIS.




Now, I am not a snobby eater. I love MOST food. I have only been a seafood fan since I married Daniel and he made me try more things. I like some but I am a little skittish (sp?) about it. I don't like it for left overs (freaks me out for some reason) and I FOR SURE don't like FAKE seafood. Read below for the part that really got me....



Can of Seafood? Blech. What does that even mean? Can of "seafood"? ugh...It will not be tried at our house.

Daisy has been wanting to walk at the store. I usually ask her to stay in the cart so we don't have to hear Isaac scream about wanting to walk too. But this trip I said, "If you will help me put things in the cart, then you can walk." So she was helping. I would point to what to get and she would put it in. I even passed on a little of my grocery cart packing skills (which are REQUIRED on a big trip with the Rocket cart). It's a fine science. I pride myself on small things in this sometimes mind numbing world of SAHM (stay-at-home-mom). She did well. She also will be a Pro grocery cart packer someday. :) But apparently I pointed and she picked up...and there was a break down in communication. We will work on our precision in this area for our next trip.