Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer is for road trips

We just got back from a quick trip to Virginia.  We drove up Wednesday, left HG with the in-laws on Thursday to spend two days in Blacksburg for a college roomate's wedding.  We returned to the Richmond area on Saturday and drove back to Florida Monday.  Whew.  It was a great time visiting with family and friends, and a refreshing time away for just Marty and me in Blacksburg.

Thursday night were enjoyed a beautiful rehearsal dinner at the Blacksburg Country Club.  That evening we drove back to Roanoke and spent the night at my Aunt and Uncle's house.  We were grateful for their hospitality and enjoyed breakfast together Friday morning.
Friday we drove into Blacksburg and spent the whole day exploring campus and reminiscing about our glory days at Tech.  We got to see the brand new indoor football training fields, went in Lane Stadium, the Horticulture Gardens were we got engaged 9 years ago!  There were lots of new buildings to see as well.  We went to Main Street for a nice lunch at Cabo Fish Taco, one of our favorite local spots.

Once we had walked over 20,000 steps according to Marty's iPhone, we headed to check in at the Inn at Virginia Tech.  We got ready for the wedding festivities and watched my sweet friend marry her groom in the sunken gardens near the Duck Pond.  We partied the night away at the Inn with college friends.  The next morning, I enjoyed a cool morning walk around campus, we ate with friends and then headed back to Colonial Heights.  On the drive, we stopped for lunch to see more friends in Lynchburg. 
This getaway was so refreshing for both of us.  We loved reconnecting with friends that we live so far away from.  We are blessed to have these sweet people who love us well and pray for us and our ministry.

Hatley-Grace had a wonderful time with her Paw Paw and BB.  She was a great traveler as well.  We filled up the 11/12 hour drive with a picnic lunch at rest stops, reading books, playing baby dolls, movies, sticker books, naps, and even an ice cream stop on the way home :)



 Ice cream in the car seat is most definitely a vacation only occurrence (a potential huge mess, avoided by sharing with Mama) :)

I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer!



Friday, July 17, 2015

Car Seats

Just turned this little one around to face front in the car.  She loves it!  I now hear, "What's that?" constantly while driving!  She asks to drive as well too :)



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summer lovin'

This girl loves summer time.
 We spend time outside in the water almost everyday.
 This little $5 pool from last summer has been the perfect way to keep cool in the Florida sun.
 And we are loving the sprinkler HG got for her birthday.
 I hope you are staying cool and finding fun ways to still play outside in the heat.



Friday, June 19, 2015

Birthday Party

We had a simple, playdate style birthday party for Hatley-Grace on Monday at our house.  HG loves playing outside, so we got out all her favorite toys, chalk, bubbles, bikes, balls, water table, pool, sand box and the sprinkler.  She had a fun morning play with friends!
 The food was simple snacks, watermelon sticks (covered b/c of the bugs), blueberry and banana muffins, sausage balls and butterfly snack bags with Cherrios, goldfish and raisins.



 It was hot out so the sprinkler was a hit!




 After everyone was sufficiently soaked and tired out, we all sang happy birthday to HG!
 And enjoyed homemade popsicles.  I found a great recipe for yummy banana peanut butter popsicles and made a chocolate version as well, which HG promptly chose and enjoyed!
It is so bittersweet to see your baby grow up and thrive.  I'm excited to watch her continue to develop into the little girl God has planned for her to be, yet I will always remember her as a little bitty newborn as well.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Two!

 Stats:
Weight: 23 lbs.
Length: 33 in
Eyes/hair: hazel, blond and curly 
Clothing: 18-24 months 
Shoes: 5
Sleep: HG is still not a fan of going to bed.  She is usually asleep by 8:30 pm and wakes around 7am. She is always a fan of nap time after lunch and snoozes for a good 2-3 hours from 12:30-3 give or take.


Eating:  HG is a good eater, and will eat pretty much anything except some traditional "kid foods" like grilled cheese, quesadillas, and macaroni and cheese.  She likes to bake with me and asks to "try some" along the way.  She has taken an interest in diet coke since we traveled this summer, and calls every soda diet coke.  I told her that diet coke is not for little girls, just for Mama, and she will say "Mama, diet coke.  Mes a Mama, Mes diet coke".

Her vocabulary is growing everyday.  She now speaks in sentences with multiple words and the grammar is very off but cute.  She likes singing the ABCs, Twinkle twinkle little star, and Jesus loves me.  Sometimes she will sing unidentifiable songs as well.  She knows her colors, and some shapes.  She can identify the letter H and M, H for Hatley-Grace, and M for Mama.  One day she found an H on a paper, and has been looking for it ever since on anything with "ABCs" on it.  She can count to ten, yet often skips numbers.

Oh my, is HG's personality blossoming and developing.  She has still never met a stranger.  She loves being around people and loves her teenage friends.  She has stronger opinions now about what she would like to do, wear, watch on tv, eat, and play with.  When she wants something she exclaims, "Hax" in a loud angry tone,  this is what we have had to discipline the most for this month.  When she doesn't want to share...Hax!  When she wants to have something you have...Hax!  If you take away the cell phone...Hax, Hax, Hax! Hello twos.

Our biggest accomplishment the past month or two has been potty training,  HG is now in underwear all day and still in diapers while sleeping.  She looks for grown up in her big girl underwear, and I am loving life without as many diapers, and her clothing fits much better too :)


Dear Hatley-Grace ,

Everyday you show me that you are soaking up new things all around you.  Yesterday I got a haircut, and it was the first thing you noticed when you woke up from nap time.  You are a social butterfly, and love being at church with your friends.  They have taught you how to give high fives, pound the rock, take selfies and lift your arms up when they shout, "Spring Break".  You are tender hearted, and a little Mama.  You care for your dolls, friends and babies around you.  You got lots of new toys this week for your birthday, and got so excited when presents and cards came in the mail.  You would squeal when the mailman brought a package to the door.  You are cutting molars right now, and before bed will ask for medicine and say "mouth hurts Mama".  

We love you so much baby girl!

Love,
Mama 




Wednesday, June 17, 2015

St Louis continued...

We began our last day visiting Covenant Seminary, and checking out where we used to live.

 Hatley-Grace fell asleep on the drive at 9am!  She lost a lot of sleep on this trip, so much so that I thought she would wake up when I stopped to run an errand, yet didn't.  I took her out of the car, and shopped she snoozed for a good 45 min in the car seat like an infant.  Crazy girl!
 After her nap, we stopped at a playground to play for the rest of the morning.
 There are playgrounds everywhere in St Louis, and they are all beautiful and fun!  This one had two different sections divided by age, and even a splash pad to cool off in.


We had another peanut butter picnic before heading back to the church for nap.  We spent some time with the team before flying out that evening.  Between the time change and flights and the drive home from the airport, we made it home just before midnight.  Hatley-Grace was a trooper during our travels, and it made me sad this was the last time she could fly for free.  We made the most of joining Daddy on a mission trip, and I look forward to more times we can do ministry alongside him and the youth.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

St Louis, Day 1 and 2

Hatley-Grace and I joined Marty and the high school students on their missions trip to St Louis last week.  Most of the work that the team did was not appropriate for an almost two year old to be around, so we explored the city together and joined them when we could. 
 Our first morning we did a trip to the zoo.  It always amazed me while living in St Louis that the zoo is free!  We explored about half of the zoo, and some favorites were the penguin house and the sea lion tunnel.
 We left the zoo to join the team for lunch at a garden they had worked on most of the week.



Day 2:
The Missouri Botanical Gardens was the our second morning's outing.  This was my favorite morning by far.  We spent most of the morning in the children's garden.  Hatley-Grace loved it.  

Flowers and a pollination exhibit:



 A pretend produce stand
 Painting,
 Splash pad!

 Planting

 Animals

 Most lunches were spent picnic style on this trip.
 After a morning at the gardens we met the big kids at Forest Park.  We explored the zoo some more and the Art Museum.





The beautiful view of Art Hill.