Friday, April 28, 2017

Five for Friday

1. Swim lessons started this week at the YMCA for Caroline and she did fantastic. Afterwards, I got Duncan out of the stroller where he'd been watching and had them both in the water (with life vests!). I'm pretty sure that the adult to children ratio about gave the poor lifeguard a panic attack. She kept getting closer and closer to us until she was practically standing right over me.

2. My friend Sarah Hunt has started a new blog and it's fabulous. It will make you want to move to Florida though. Sarah Hunt is such a special friend - we lived two doors down from each other our freshman year at Ole Miss and have kept in touch since our many moves. Last summer she and Mama Lou came to visit us. Sarah Hunt is adopted and it was so comforting to me to ask them both questions about how they talked about it and what Sarah Hunt understood as a child!

3. I got this pullover at Old Navy this week and have loved it. It's still pretty cool here in the mornings. Plus when I went to hot yoga last week for the first time at Soul Yoga, I realized my yoga wardrobe needed some major help! Also, it was a complete shock to me that it was hot yoga and a cool 100 degrees in the room. I'd only taken their free classes that are offered downtown from time to time. But I loved it!

4. It took me nearly a month, but I finally finished A Week in Paris last night. From the book jacket: When talented young violinist Fay Knox arrives in Paris, the city feels familiar to her. But not because Fay has visited Paris before...Filled with romance, family secrets, and the allure of Paris, A Week in Paris is the compelling story of two women, one war, and the powerful pull of the past.

5. Time with friends. I never do anything during the week and this week I did two fun things. I'd been invited to join an Adopted Mamas Supper Club by a mom friend I met at the park, and it was very therapeutic to talk all things adoption with a group of ladies who have/had/and are in the process. Like each birth story, each adoption story is so different and special. And then another night my Side-by-Side ministries Bible Study group said "see you later" to four members who are leaving Greenville for their husbands' residencies or fellowships. We met at Tin Lizzys and sat outside.

Hope you have a good weekend! We're celebrating Duncan's first birthday a week early on Sunday afternoon with friends (cue the tears!) so get ready for an emotional and gooey blog post coming your way early next week! Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Le Weekend: Golf, Coop Crawl & Sunday Funday

I've been trying to use a new Blog Press app to update the blog from my phone because for some reason my computer isn't recognizing the phone to download pictures. Google told me to uninstall and then reinstall itunes to make it work again. But then it dawned on my I could log onto my iCloud and then download the pictures. It's really more than my sleep-deprived brain can handle at the moment. How many First World problems are in this paragraph???

Anyway, we had a wonderful weekend! It felt like a hot summer day on Friday, a glorious spring day on Saturday and a cold, rainy winter day on Sunday. So your typical spring weekend in the South where one day you have on the A/C, the next the windows open and then the heater and fireplace on full force. It's no wonder we all stay sick for weeks on end this time of year! And even though it's almost the weekend again, I want to document all we did, because it really was so fun and the first spring-like weekend we've had in awhile. Our friend, Julia, is the event manager at the Greenville Country Club and she invited us all to have a double day date and play golf! It was so fun and even though I'm absolutely terrible at it, I can see the appeal.

Afterwards, I picked up Caroline and Duncan from our babysitter and we all went to Mac's in the West End to eat. It was great food and sitting outside was perfect. Caroline and Duncan both stayed up past nine o'clock (normally they go down at 7 p.m.) and stayed happy the whole time.

This picture cracks me up. Duncan looks like an old man. And I love the way Eric is looking at him! Saturday morning Ryan told me he was working 7 to 7 and then a little while later I noticed his glasses were gone...perfectly describes residency life.

I had a baby shower to go to so my friend Julie came over and kept Duncan while Caroline and I got all dressed up. I loved taking just her somewhere - felt like old times:-) When you're used to taking two babies everywhere having just one seems so easy!

We came home and changed and then all headed to our neighborhood's Coop Crawl. Our neighborhood bar, Community Tab, hosted the event and handed out maps to all the backyard chicken coops in the neighborhood. Then there were food trucks and chicken-related artwork and supplies for sale in their parking lot. 

Sunday morning Ryan and D stayed home to nap and Caroline and I went to church. We have the most fabulous little bookstore. Caroline found the bowl of jellybeans and kept asking for "more sugar." She sat with me through the whole church service though. I was really impressed!

Sunday afternoon I went to a hot yoga class and then ran a few errands with Duncan as my sidekick. Ryan and our neighbor, Don, tackled a few house projects and we had friends over to grill out that evening. It's so sad that the first round of our friends to move on for fellowship or jobs will move within the next few weeks.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Babies Have Awesome Hair

This may be my favorite picture ever taken. Maggie snapped it as we were leaving Tupelo Honey earlier this week. Wind tends to tunnel between the buildings here and Caroline looked and acted like she was about to be swept away. And Duncan's hair is just amazing.

This girl! She's so fun. And so into everything right now. She asks for "a show" constantly but never watches more than two minutes of anyting. She wants "a bite" but is turning into a rather picky eater. She's so polite though and usually manages to say, "help please" before getting upset with not being able to do something. She says "open shutty" when she wants something opened. And if you ask her what she wants to eat, she always responds with "a sammie" meaning a peanut butter sandwich. She's quick to say "tank yoouu" and "bye bye" to everything and everyone. 

You know a friendship is real when said friend offers to take you and your two kiddos out to lunch to use up a gift card and leaves her own child in daycare. Caroline kept looking around like, "where's Lillie?" Don't move Maggie!

Duncan ate: his biscuit, Maggie's biscuit, half a black bean burger, Caroline's mac & cheese, and about seven French fries off my plate. And still wanted more. And I wonder why he's totally skipped 12 month size clothing?!?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Weekend

We had a delightful Easter weekend and packed in about as much fun as possible. Not only was it full of plans with friends and Easter-y things, it was Ryan's first weekend off after a tough rotation, and that always leads to a massive feeling of playing catch-up on all we've put on hold out of necessity!

Friday morning I took Caroline & Duncan to Tyger River Park in Duncan (the town!) for an Easter Egg Hunt put on by Duncan's (the baby!) early interventionist's group, Bright Start. There was a photo booth, face painting, craft station and, of course, tons of Easter Eggs.

First face painting experience. They were not sure what to think! Duncan looks like me 90% percent of the time, but look at those eyebrows. Those are all Ryan. 

Our early interventionist, Lizzie, who we all just adore. She brings special toys for Caroline to play with while she works with Duncan each week. Caroline makes a beeline for Lizzie's big tote bag as soon as she walks in our door. 

The egg hunt turned out to be a little disappointing. Someone accidentally picked up Caroline's basket, and by the time I convinced her to use Duncan's the hunt was over. She got two and half eggs. But she was way more excited about her first Hi-C! She drained that box so fast and quickly signed and asked for "more, please."

After nap playtime included yoga practice with bunny ears. Caroline has her own versions of plank and down dog. And Duncan just thinks it's hilarious. 

Friday evening we headed over to Shoe & Carter's house for a cookout. Caroline walked in the door and started calling out for "Ollie." It's been so fun to watch their little friendship grow and now Duncan is getting into the mix as well.

Peer pressure is real - even at just 11 months. Duncan sat up for his longest stretch yet trying to hang with his friends!

Saturday morning I had some girl time with Jennie and Abby celebrating Jennie's birthday. First up was a yoga class at Run In. One of Abby's friends holds a free class in the store before it opens. It was my type of yoga - a great workout that left me sore for two days but also feeling rejuvenated. On Monday morning and I could still feel the burn in my upper arms and back! Our teacher, Maria, taught us the Rabbit pose in honor of it being Easter weekend. It was a new one for me. Here's an online guide from Yoga with Adriene.

And afterwards we felt compelled to document our class successes...

Jennie - crow pose; me - wheel pose; Abby - tree pose. The wheel pose was my New Years resolution and I, obviously, still have some work to do on my technique, but my head is off the ground! Afterwards we treated our selves to brunch at Golden Brown Delicious and coffee from the Village Grind in West Greenville. So good!

Our church's children's ministry team sent out a recipe for Easter Story Cookies. Basically you make a meringue cookie that illustrates the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. On Holy Saturday you leave in the oven over night. The cookies rise and become hallow (empty tomb) by Easter Sunday. These two are a little too young to get all that, but it was a fun experience for me and they enjoyed eating goldfish and watching me smash a bag of pecans with a meat cleaver. I hope this becomes an Easter tradition for us as a family. 

Maggie and Lillie came over to play. We tried to get the girls to hunt eggs, but they had other ideas. 

When Ryan got home from tennis we dyed Easter Eggs. The whole activity lasted about three and half minutes. But Caroline got really into and Duncan looked like a blue smurf from dipping his hands in the dye. 

I've loved our footprint "carrots" banners. The top one is Caroline from 2016 and the bottom one is Caroline and Duncan from this year. Saturday night the Easter Bunny had fun putting out a few toys. We got them one big thing (a water table for the backyard) to share and then filled their baskets with some Dollar Tree specials. Duncan also got his own ducky lovey. It's from the same company, Bearington Collection, that Caroline's ducky is from. And get this - it's official name is Duncan the Duck! Ryan pointed out that Duncan the Duck has long legs just like Duncan the Baby! He's already attached to him and Caroline is calling it "Bubba's Duck."

Sunday morning I was so excited for Caroline and Duncan to get up! We were attempting to make the 8 a.m. church service so I woke everybody up a little before 7 a.m. Even though I thought I'd done everything possible beforehand to get us there on time, we were still late and missed the first two hymns. 

Hot cross buns from the Village Grind for breakfast. They weren't as tasty as they looked. These two sure have gotten squiggly for pictures. It's so hard to get them both in focus, much less looking at the camera!

The service at First Presbyterian was wonderful and Caroline and Duncan went down the aisle for children's church for the first time. I walked them down there and than sat close by. When Dr. Gibbons spotted us he said, "And Duncan is here!" Which was really sweet because it's the only name he said out of the group of probably 20 plus children! Of course, when we got home after church Ryan informed me I'd never finished zipping up my dress all the way. Lovely.

My friend Elise convinced me I could pull off the hat, and it was so much fun to wear one. I've always wanted to and last year noticed that there were lots of hats at the Easter service. Please note that Caroline did have pretty shoes to wear, they just never made it out of the diaper bag!

The nice thing about church is it wears everybody out and by 9:30 a.m. we were home, Duncan was in his bed napping and Caroline and Ryan snuggled up to watch Chicken Little. 

Then we had our egg hunt. 

And Easter dinner à la Bi-lo's deli with fried chicken, potato salad and Hawaiian rolls. I did make some stuffed eggs that Duncan in particular loved.

Jennie and Savi came to play Sunday afternoon. 

The dogs enjoyed the water table as much as the children!

And my Easter afternoon craft - a bunny cake - Pinterest inspiration! Basically it was two round cake pans with one cute up into bunny ears and a bow tie. Now I'm off to download pictures from my phone, because I'm out of storage!