Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I'm Back & Staycation

Well, I'm back from an unintentional bloggy break!  The past couple of weeks have been nuts around here.  So, here's a completely random post about a random couple of weeks!

Bitty Baby was under the weather last week.  She's at that age where she's just picking up about every germ out there.  Well, my little sweet pea had Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.  Isn't that the worst name?  Thankfully, she had a super mild case of it with no fever and no bobos in her mouth.  God is so good!

Big Daddy's family came in last weekend, so we enjoyed seeing everyone!  While we've visited them, it's been a few months since they've been able to come to town.  We had a full weekend of football and food, which is always a hit around here!

Speaking of food, I am determined to try and lose those last few baby pounds and start sooner than later.  I just have about 10 to go .. but geez, are they pesky!  My friend and I thought we would start "getting healthy" before the holidays so we might have a little more will power when all of the yummy treats start showing up.

We've even been hitting the gym at the crack of dawn ... really!  I think that's another reason I've missed blogging ... my new wake up time puts me to bed right after the girls.  Big Daddy keeps making fun of me and the fact that my alarm is set for 4:45 AM!  I hope I can keep it up!

Today was an absolutely beautiful fall day and I wanted to take the girls somewhere fun.  But, nothing was going on in town.  So,  we decided to have a staycation at the house and have a picnic in the backyard.  The girls really had a great time!

(P.S. - GiGi, if you're reading this ... yes, I realize it was cool today.  Sister dressed herself and fixed her own hair.  Nuff said :)  ).

The girls were so cute ... I think they were loving their girl talk ...

Sister was cracking me up, telling Bitty Baby a story with her hands!

And, Bitty Baby loved her new favorite snack, raisins!

The girls, loved swinging on the swing set.  They were concentrating so hard that they were BOTH sticking their tongues out, just like their daddy!  It must be genetic :)

Sister played "baseball" after lunch and I think her technique might need a little improving !  She hits the ball with her eyes closed- ha!

And, Bitty Baby worked on her driving skills.  She kept saying, "Bye.  Bye.  Bye."   Oh, how I'll need a box of kleenex when these sweet girls are really driving away and saying "Bye!"

I loved being outside, too and had fun checking out the few last signs of summer in our backyard. 

My shrimp plant still has a few blooms on it.  This is the neatest plant.  You can't really tell from this picture, but the flower usually curves over and looks like a shrimp!

And, can you find the nature's treasure on my lemon tree?  It's pretty well hidden!

Here's a closer look ... it's a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly chrysalis.  These host on lemon trees and it's really amazing to watch them go from caterpillar to chysalis to butterfly. 

This is a pic of one that hatched out last year ... so beautiful!

And, finally, I brought this Belinda's Dream rose in from the yard.  I love the "antiqueness" of it and I really love how easy it is to grow! 

Oh, it feels good to get all of that randomness out!  Now, I can hit the hay for my crazy wake up time! :)

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