Thursday, September 29, 2011

pictures with heeelarious commentary (or something)

I don't trust myself to blog these days, so I'll let the pictures do their own talking. These are the rest of the photos from our visit to Cypress Gardens, the coolest alligator place ever.

 bullet pops make everything better
babies make everything cuter

Maddy has an obsession with the movie Rio. This is Rio (what she calls the main character bird who is actually named Blue)

 we took a boat road with our guide named Cowboy


 if you take my picture, I'll take yours lady
 Grandma and Maddy


 We had to duck to get under these, Well everyone except for Grant
 then I peed my pants, thus a blurry photo
they were literally this close to us. it freaked me out.


I told my Mother-in-law this would not be used to blackmail purposes. I hope she doesn't consider posting it on my public blog blackmail purposes
No really, don't touch the duck, punk
ah, a caterpillar!
a crazy looking flower
the infamous duck. he's so famous, he INfamous
Okay, I never promised to not use this one for blackmail hahahaha Jane was amazed by the butterfly house :)

Can you spot the butterfly flying in this one? I thought it looked so cool
no butterflies were harmed in the filming of this picture

bees! Maddy also asked me today, how do bees smell the flowers mommy? I'm not really sure, I bet Grandpa Gordon the beekeeper knows, we'll ask him
We found a secret stash of eggs.
It is surprisingly hard to get a picture of a butterfly I'll have you know



she's so cute.
we made her put her face into every single one of these

then she started thinking she had to stick her face into everything for a picture
i love this picture


don't be jealous, but those shoes light up


we'll SEE you next time.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I just can't sleep

I know I'm going to pay for this post tomorrow for not forcing myself to sleep, but I tossed and turned forever and thought that maybe if I typed some of my thoughts out that I might be able to finally rest. I don't even want to talk about John's doctor appointments today. They did not go as planned (ha well as planned by me anyway) and I am feeling frustrated and too stressed out about that to talk about it again.

Instead I want to talk about my beach vacation. It was amazing. I haven't talked about it or posted pictures because I wanted to get everything looking so great, but let's be real here, that's not going to happen for a while the way things are going around here ha! Instead I'll just reminisce outloud.

My favorite parts of the trip down to Hilton Head are too numerous to name. I was SO happy that Mom and Gordon came with us. Not only were they lifesavers when John ended up being really sick during the vacation (and spent most of the time resting in the room or going to the doctors), but they were also so fun to be with. The thing I loved about vacationing with them is that they didn't have any expectations going into the vacation about what they wanted to do or see. Our whole purpose (and theirs) was just to simply relax and go with the flow. So everyday we just did what we thought sounded good that day, no stress. It was amazing. 
 So not a one of these pictures is edited except for changing some to black and white for fun.
 This picture cracked me up, Grandma and Grandpa taking pictures of adorable Grant.





 You'd think she rode and won the Kentucky Derby with the number of pictures I took of her first pony ride. She's such a huge horse fan I had to take this many.


 Her pony's name was Apache. Though he would be dubbed far greater names in later retellings of the story by Maddy herself. To her, he will always be a noble steed. Not a tiny ragamuffin pony.





Most days we woke up, got everyone in their suits and sunscreenn, loaded up the beach cart and then walked straight from our hotelto the beach. It was a short walk, hallelujah! We then played on the beach for a few hours, searching for tiny crabs and seashells and then we usually loaded up our stuff and walked a few steps to the hotel where we rinsed off outside and then sat by the pool! We ordered lunch by the pool several days, and you better believe that I ordered a fruity drink every single day by the pool. It was my splurge. Maddy would eat on the go and then jump right back into the pool. The adults took turns swimming with her and sitting on the beach chairs relaxing. It was heaven.
 That's me, keeping it real with my swimsuit on. Ow ow!
 Grant on the beach playing with my keys.
 Grant after he takes a big ol' handful of sand and shoves it in his mouth while I wasn't looking. Great parenting at it's finest. He enjoyed it as you can see.
 Grandpa G. listening to some books from his Ipad by the pool
 Mom ordered the "cookies and cream monster" and then couldn't figure out why it was blue. Cookie monster mom....coooookie monster. Then she got it and cracked up. I crack up just looking at Gordon shoving his cone into the picture too. These two are so fun to hang out with.

One day we went to a stable and took Maddy on her first pony ride. We also went to a lighthouse and for an ice cream cone at the Salty Dog. But most of all, we relaxed. It was so so so nice. I am already figuring out how to get more of my siblings to come next year because it is such a great place to vacation with kids. The weather was perfect for us and the waves were great for little kids. Plus, since we got our rooms on priceline, the vacation was actually pretty cheap since we were only about two hours away driving distance. Even with poor John being sick, he said he had a great time too and was surprised how much he enjoyed going to the beach. He's usually a die-hard Disney fan that doesn't want to vacation anywhere else. I think I convinced him that this is about five hundred percent better (although you know we still love disney, just not for the official vacations every single year).
 The pool at night.
 It was right on the beach. Sigh, so nice. :)
 Trying to be a good sport despite being sick.
 Maddy giving him some love because she missed him while he was at the hospital getting tests done. Poor John.


 These are dark, sorry, but there we are, a happy family. Mom snapped these.
 Well, I snapped this one. It was getting kinda dark by the time we remembered to take photos.
 I love the look of adoration on Grant's face in this one. That is how he stares at Maddy ALL day. He is so in love with her. She gets embarrassed by the attention and tries to ignore him lol!
 My sweet boy. Oh how I love him.
The cute parents. Also dark, sorry!

So yeah, I have lots of pictures, so here's a few for now and I'll post more later. (aka the pretty ones that I edit)

also on my list to tell you about? John's Mom flying out to help us during "the surgery" (that never happened and may still happen in the future ugh) and visiting Cypress Gardens (recommended by a good friend and absolutely a treasure!!). I saw lots of alligators, lots of butterflies in the butterfly house, and Maddy and Grant had a great time. I also need to tell you how I recovered a roman shade for my kitchen, made a knock-off horse weathervane statue thing out of foam core board, and remind me to tell you how I almost killed someone with a piece of flying crown molding. Maybe we should forget that last one....

But mostly, is anyone out there still reading? Did I lose everyone in this, the twentieth move of my blog? I know my friends are making fun of me in their heads, and I know I'm pretty loser-ish for moving my blog again, but someone out there still loves me and my wordy posts right? (kendra, don't make fun of the wordy part....) :)