I gathered up the courage (or foolishness, whichever way you look at it) to bring both Sophie and Grace out to my company picnic. It was great for Sophie to play with my friends' little girls, but it was sunny, hot, and right in the middle of naptime. Chaos ensued. Needless to say, they probably won't be going again next year!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I spent a good part of the morning today scouting out the location for Grace's first birthday (next week, can you believe it already?). A lot of my family will be there, so it's gonna be a great time, regardless of where it's held!
|I get an F in facial sunblock application today! Poor kid.|
|Of all the horses in the merry-go-round, she always picks that darn bench seat!|
I have a very personal reason for loving art from Etsy. Everywhere I look, people seem to be painting or drawing pictures of my girls! Maybe it's just because they are so dear to my heart, but it seems like so many pictures are of little girls with short, dark bobs. This one really speaks to me. It's Sophie on the beach. I bought it right away, of course!
|Girl in the Yellow Suit, $20|
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Starting this weekend, I'm going to start restricting access to my blog to people who request permission. I realize that I don't know all of you personally, and that's OK, it's a risk I took when I started this blog two years ago. However, so much of my life is accessible online these days and it's not too hard for someone to do a google search, connect the dots and glean more information than I feel comfortable putting out there. So, if you would like to continue reading this little 'ole blog, please don't be shy! Leave a comment with your email address, or email me personally if you know my address and let me know. I'll add you to the list and you can sign in anytime. Until then, it's been great everyone!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
My parents are so awesome. They took us to a famously delish brunch at Westfields Marriott to celebrate Father's Day. We tried to pay, but my dad sneakily took care of the bill even though it was Father's Day. This is why my dad rocks!
|Grace, 11 months 5 days|
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I've been absent from this blog for way too long, but I have a good excuse (don't I always?). We just returned from our summer vacation in The Bahamas, where we stayed at Atlantis. Paradise Island was truly amazing. The beaches were pristine and the people were so friendly. I would highly recommend The Reef Atlantis for families. It was a splurge for us, but The Reef had all the amenities that you could possibly need and then some. My only wish was that Gracie would've been feeling better during this trip. She moved right from a bout of roseola into a cold. We never really had a mealtime without a meltdown. Sophie, on the other hand, had a blast. Never complained about the long flights, the hot weather...anything. She was always happy and excited about all the fun things we were going to do. All in all, a very tiring, but good experience. I'd do it again, when the kids are older!
|Taxi from the airport to the resort...tired, but excited.|
|Sophie was so exuberant, you would've thought the taxi was what we came for!|
|Waiting in line for breakfast. Sophie looks so old here.|
|Sophie and I went to the beach by ourselves, while Darren stayed with a sleeping Grace in the room.|
|We had a really nice "Mama and Me" time.|
|Grace at the kiddie pool.|
|Sophie fell asleep at Johnny Rocket's at dinner.|
|Sophie and Grace in the lobby of The Reef. Truly luxurious!|
|Sophie and her dad with "Flotsam and Jetsam" (see Little Mermaid)|
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
If you are looking for a fresh and tasty accompaniment to your steak this summer, you should really try this recipe, from Todd English's appearance on The Nate Berkus Show. It's a breeze to whip up and it's very seasonal, since corn is plentiful in the summer. We eat it instead of mashed potatoes or another starchy side dish when we have steak. But you can have it with chicken, fish, or even on its own. I was never really crazy about greek yogurt, but now I can't get enough of it!