Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Missed a bit and a catch up on adventures

Argh,  I've missed a bit, but had no computer access for a few days so, c'est la vie. Anyway...I'm going to jump right back on the band wagon (or try to anyway).

So let me fill you in on our week.We had a blast!! As you know we did go apple picking. Then we hung around the old family hold and visited with friends and family! It was awesome!

When we left,  I took the girls to visit the children's museum in Atlanta and we went to Zoinks in Tallahassee so they could jump. Ella Rose got to milk a cow at the children's museum and "milk" (it's really water) squirted out. Evie Alice loved the infant waterbed (and so did I)!!!  Ella played with fish under an indoor tree house area and got to paint on walls, walk through fair tales, build sand castles indoors...and use simple machines to make a ball move around. We spent several hours at the museum. Zoinks was fun, but we didn't spend as long there....I was impressed though with the facility as a whole and will take Ella Rose back there to play on a rainy day.
Sunday, Josh and I took the girls to Perry to the GA National Fair. It was fun. Evie even enjoyed it although they were both totally worn out after the fact. Evie fell asleep at the fair and both girls were completely asleep within 15 minutes of leaving there to head home. Ella Rose and Josh rode down a big slide and rode the ferris wheel.  I swear I could eat my way through a fair though if I had unlimited funds and if I didn't mind getting as large as a house! Yum!! We did have Reese's funnel cake though and fries. We also looked at bunnies and cows and wandered around a lot. Ella Rose played in the dirt, on a playground setup that was for sale and Evie and I visited the baby care center. Ah, the baby care center...I do believe it's one of my favorite parts of the fair. I think the flags were favorites for both of the girls too. I have to say when speaking about the fair, as always: It was so cool!

Oh! I didn't even mention Saturday. Saturday I took the girls to the 100 mile yard sale. We got some real deals! Ella got a big Clifford stuffed animal for 25cents. Evie got a new twisty toy and stuffed puppy too...and I got Ella some crocks for this next summer. All in all I think we spent less than $5...but had so much fun. Then we headed over to our church for a pet blessing and Father Butch even blessed Clifford for Ella. And we had a K-9 police officer demonstration. After all that fun we gathered up some blessed holy water and took it home so that we could bless Elmo (the fish) and Daisy...both of our babies didn't travel to the pet blessing, but definitely got blessed when we got home.

Yesterday, Ella Rose went back to preschool. She had a blast and Evie Alice and I began working on fall decorations. We got most of our Halloween decorations set up at home, and I continued sorting through the ever changing seasons of clothing. I discovered two full rubbermaid bins of clothes for the girls and added that to the piles of clothing that they both have. I do believe I could clothe an army of little girls! :) And I love that!!! Ella Rose was really excited about our find too and wore one of her "new hand-me-down" Halloween outfits to Miss Jenna's today. She was so proud!!

Tonight, we are carving pumpkins AFTER we go to gymnastics! I think I'm more excited than the girls are...or perhaps we are just decorating them. Regardless, it's a girls outting to Chick-Fil-A to do so! Josh is out of town this week and we diligently holding down the fort.

I'm so thankful for the prayers last night to keep the creek from rising (an ever present concern when we get a lot of water). Rising creeks=Flooding of our home! YUCK!! Thankfully,we have narrowly avoided this situation many times in the last 4 years...the creek has risen many times, but we've not had much damage....so I just pray that continues.
Oh, as I ramble away, I discovered today that one of the technical schools is offering a sewing class at the end of October/beginning of November. It's 3 day class and I'm hopeful that I will be able to do it. I SO want to be able to sew on a machine and not just by hand. If I can get some help with my machine that just might be possible!

Lastly, before I go...my little Evie Alice is talking and her first word was Ma ma! I couldn't be more proud!

Boop Boop de Doop!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Children's Museum

Today was a great day! The girls and I got up and had breakfast with my nieces and nephews before they headed out to school. Then we had time to cuddle and slowly get ready for our day since we are on break! Nice!! Momma returned from delivering children to school and we had plenty of time to visit with her.

After we did that, we packed up and headed out the Children's Museum in Atlanta. We had a blast!! Ella loved the balls that could be used in various types of tools. Evie Alice liked the infant waterbed. I liked the garden, fake sand, and that Ella got to paint on the wall, but my favorite was the cow that Ella got to practice milking. We spent several hours exploring all that the Children's Museum had to offer.

Tomorrow is another fun filled day of fall break. We may take it a bit easy though...my left knee has begun swelling and I honestly don't know why it's doing that...so I've put a brace on it and I'm going see what happens from there. I'd share more, but honestly I'm exhausted so I look forward to telling you all about our day tomorrow, after it happens.

For now, good night!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Relaxing Monday

We had the nicest day today! I visited with my nephew at his school and the girls and I hung out around the family abode. We visited with my parents, niece, nephews, and let the girls play outside. Ella Rose led my parent's dog around by the collar. She dug in the dirt and bossed our dog around too. She bounced on the trampoline for a while, but I do believe her favorite toy of the day was a little coffee pot that pretends to actually make coffee. You can fill it with water and it goes through the proper motions as if it were making the coffee. She adores this toy...I do believe I need to find one for Santa to deliver this year.
Another one of the highlights of Ella Rose's day was the car shopping cart at Kroger. She had the best time driving it through the store as we picked up milk and eggs.

However, the largest bright spot of Ella Rose's day was visiting with cousin Gabe at his big boy school. She got to eat lunch there with him and he took her around to look at all the murals on the CPS walls! It was so sweet and they had a really good time. He even let her pet the painted dog, cats and birds! He's so sweet to her.

After our visit with Gabe we came back to my parents for some quiet time. Ella ended up playing outside more, and then we decided to surprise the family by going ahead and starting supper. So, I got to use my new crockpot buffet!!!  It was SO much fun and made supper easier for everyone around here. We had candied carrots, corn, and green bean casserole (all prepared in the crock pot). Yay!!

After supper,  we all loaded up in the car and headed out to see my nephew Peyton's football game...he is really good player. And I'll tell you, I'm not one to go to any football game. I don't watch them on tv, don't typically talk about them and really couldn't usually care less whether or not the sport existed, but tonight I saw an amazing play. One of the players on Peyton's team ran almost the entire field to score a touchdown....wow!!! It was during the last few seconds of the game too. Talk about something to see! It was amazing. I was so excited that we were there, and have to admit I even enjoyed watching some of the game.

Tomorrow, the girls and I are headed to the Children's Museum in Atlanta and then home to our little homestead in Moultrie. It's going to be a great day!! And I look forward to telling you all about it tomorrow...

But for now, I've got to run because little Miss Chipmunk (Evie Alice) has awakened and needs her Mommy. So g'night y'all.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Apple picking, birthday celebration, and food poisoning

Hi all-

I simply cannot believe that I missed blogging the first night of the NaBloWriMo. ARGH! I was so excited about it and thought about the blog entry I was going to make yesterday, but when the evening hit and I'd planned to blog I was sick. So I'm going to just pretend that it started tonight.

Yesterday, my family, and lots of our friends loaded up in cars and headed into the mountains to go apple picking. We had a grand time. However, we discovered that you only get to ride on the wagon if you pick in September....hmmm...something to commit to memory for next time.

Ella Rose had a blast picking Apples and so did everyone else. We even got a great picture of Evie Alice trying to grab and apple! The girls napped while we traveled back and forth to Ellijay and Josh and I enjoyed the scenery.

Then last night, we headed to Provinos. That has got to be one of my all time favorite restaurants! It ranks right up there with Scalini's as far as I'm concerned. The entire family descended upon the restaurant together (with the exception of my niece Annie) and we had a joyous and lovely meal. The only problem that we ran into was after the fact. Apparently the Eggplant Parmesan that I ordered with marinara sauce had meat sauce in it, and I awakened in the middle of the night to revisit this fact. But despite this unfortunate occurance, I still absolutely adore Provinos and would go there for my birthday celebration again.

Then today, we visited with some old friends and had cake and ice cream. The kids all bounced on the trampoline, swang on a tire swing and  ran around outside playing. The weather was perfect for it...and I enjoyed our visit so much! I just wish our visiting friends didn't live so far away.

As far as the birthday celebration goes, it was awesome! Ella Rose helped me blow out the candles on my cake. Evie Alice got to try cake for the first time and I got the most wonderful buffet set of crock pots. It's not one crock pot but three crock pots with holders for the spoons, individual temperature adjustments for each pot and absolutely my ideal situation when it comes to using a crock pot type cooking device. I can hardly wait to try it out!! :)

Then tonight, we had a relaxed family supper. Ella Rose helped me put her stuffed dog to sleep and Evie Alice snuggled up and dozed right off and has actually stayed asleep.

Now, before I go...to answer yesterday's question. Why do I blog? I think the best answer to that question would be that I love to write. I express myself so much better through writing than I do any other form of communication and I think that's why, I blog. It's an outlet for me, and one that I adore (when there's time)...and I am looking forward to making time these 30 days!