Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Being a Girl Requires a Lot of Maintenance.

My mom and I had been trying to get together and go for a pedicure, but our schedules kept conflicting. We could not find one day that she was off from work and I would have both kids in school. We finally decided to do what all other reasonable adults would do in this situation...

We took Abby with us!!!

Oh my word! This little princess was so excited to join in the fun. I don't think she had any idea what to expect, but she just knew we were going to do something special and that it would involve nail polish.

She sat on my lap at first. She wasn't scared at all - it just seemed silly to put her in one of those big chairs all by herself. Whenever the lady would finish doing something with my feet, she would do the same for Abby. She filed her little toenails and massaged her legs and Abby loved every single minute of it!

After about 20 minutes, one of the other girls came over and offered to take a picture of us. I think she really just thought Abby was adorable because next thing I knew...

She picked her up and moved her to her own chair! Now she really got the royal treatment! She painted Abby's toenails bright pink and then offered to let her pick out two designs. Abby chose a heart and a flower.

Then she asked if she could paint Abby's nails and, of course, I agreed. I dare anyone to say no to this face-

Grams and I told her the name of this polish was "princess pink!" She also got a heart and flower design for her pinky fingers!

One happy girl...

Eventually, she climbed back over to my lap while we waited for Grams to finish and then we took this picture-

That's a lot of 3 year old fun for only $10!

On the way home I was telling her the name for what she just did was a manicure and a pedicure. She thought about that for a minute and then asked me, "Mom, why is it a manicure if it is for girls? It should be a girlicure."

She was so excited about her nails for the rest of the day. She kept playing with the little designs on her fingers and I warned her to be careful with them so they would last longer.

I didn't realize I had made that much of an impression until later that night. She woke up around 2am and she was screaming! I ran in her room, knowing she had probably had a bad dream. I calmed her down and asked what was wrong. She replied, in between sobs, "I had a dream that Drew was scraping off my nail polish. He was ruining my manicure!"

I assured her everything was fine and she went back to sleep.

I assume she began dreaming about her first facial...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Way Back Whensday #13

Abby is 18 months old in this video. In honor of Valentine's Day, I wanted to share the first time Abby said "I love you."

Well, if you want to get technical, she really only says "love you." We were still working on the "I" part. Still, it's pretty adorable...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Runnin' Bear

Drew is still loving his running club! Thursdays are his favorite day of the week because he can't wait for running club after school. Our Saturday mornings have also been busy with races at different schools in the district. We've only had to miss one race so far - which is a good thing because Drew loves those races!

Here we are at his very first race.

Drew gets to run with other 5 and 6 year old boys. They run about half a mile. There they go!

I asked Abby to pose for a picture while Drew was running and this is what she did - a runner's stretch! This kid cracks me up!

Drew is just about to cross the finish line in this next picture. The coaches always talk to the students about pacing themselves during the race, but finishing strong at the end. Drew always finishes strong and he's so proud when he passes another runner at the very end!

His little sister is his biggest fan. She can't wait to be in running club when she goes to kindergarten.

This is the race that his elementary school hosted. I'm pretty sure we have the biggest running club in the county - 350 students!

They warm up as a group before every race.

We always get a good spot by the finish line so we can cheer for Drew at the very end.

Abby loves to run too!

Crossing the finish line. We are so proud of Drew for finishing every race and doing the very best that he can!

He gets a ribbon at every race. He also gets a little runner to add to his running club chain.

I'm so glad Drew insisted on joining the running club. He really enjoys it, and it's a great school activity for him.

Obviously, we are extremely proud of our runnin' bear!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Because Nothing Says Love Quite Like A Giant Hershey's Kiss

We had a great Valentine's Day! The kids were so excited for their school parties this year, and we had lots of fun making Valentines for our friends and family.

This is such a great holiday for my super-affectionate babies!

I was able to help at Abby's preschool party and there is really nothing better than a 3 year old party. What a fun age! They all decorated these cute boxes (that I covered with white paper the week before) and they had so much fun handing out their valentine cards and candy!

Drew's class decorated these bags and they were filled to the top with lots of goodies. Drew opened all of his cards and immediately gave Abby all of his candy. He kept handing it to her and saying, "Here, Abby, I got this for you!"

These are the heart bowls we filled with goodies for them. Abby loves candy, so it's easy to make her happy.

Drew does not like candy. Even more, he's quite offended that anyone would want to eat junk food that "is not healthy for your body." So, with holidays that focus on candy I have to improvise and get him other fun things.

After I put together their gifts, I realized it seemed a little over the top for Valentine's Day. I mean, really, shouldn't they just be getting a card and some candy?

Then I thought about what my mom used to do for Valentine's Day when we were kids. All of sudden I remembered the year she gave me Dance Reeboks along with my little heart box of chocolates. I still vividly remember how ecstatic I was and how I just knew those Dance Reeboks were going to change my life.

Just like they changed Paula Abdul's.

Anyway, I guess I can blame my mom for setting the gift-giving bar so high.

Moving on...

It won't quite make him an 80's dance star, but Drew loved his Buzz Lightyear pajamas. And, yes, Abby is hugging her giant Hershey's kiss. I told you, the girl likes her chocolate.

Next, she started hugging her fancy dress. She knew about the dress because she had already tried it on. However, what she didn't know was where she was going to be wearing that dress. As part of the gift, Matt told her that he will be taking her to the daddy/daughter dance at church next month so they can get all dressed up and have a special night together. She is beyond excited!

They both got several books. Abby got the newest Fancy Nancy books, and Drew is holding a Clone Wars sticker book. He has barely put it down since that morning. He says that the "Dark Forces" page is his favorite because General Grievous has four lightsabers. And, today in the car, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when Abby was looking at the book and began telling me about Mace Windu and Emperor Palpatine and their battle. It was too funny to hear all the Star Wars nonsense coming out of her sweet, three year old mouth.

I guess I should have known I had a problem on my hands when she stopped asking to watch Cinderella and started asking to watch "Episode 6."

Both of them also got a motion picture book (it's called scanimation). These books are SO cool and their reactions definitely did not disappoint. They've practically got them memorized by now!

I love Drew's face in this picture. I'm so glad he was pleased with all of his gifts.

Abby was just as pleased with all of her stuff. She was especially delighted with this lollipop that is approximately the size of her head!

Daddy loved his handmade valentines from the kids.

They worked really hard on these and made them all by themselves. I asked Drew what he wanted to write on his card so I could help him spell it out. He replied, "You are my best grown up."

My feelings were a little hurt and I couldn't help but ask, "Really, Daddy is your best grown up? What about Mommy?"

No kidding, that kid patted me on the hand and said, "Well Mama, yes. Yes, he's really my best grown up." And, the little dude even emphasized the word really to make sure to get his message across.

Then, as if he could read my heart, he said, "But, don't worry, Mama. I still love you the most."

And then I made him and his little sister promise that they would always be my Valentines.

Thankfully, they readily agreed.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Gator Championship Celebration

STILL catching up...

We promised Drew and Abby that we would take them to UF for the celebration if the Gators won the national title. And, that's just what we did!

We met up with our friends to tailgate a little before the celebration began. The boys had a great time tossing around the football before we ate our picnic lunch.

Here is a picture of all the dads and kids - so fun!

This was Abby's first time ever at the Swamp! Daddy spent a lot of time teaching her the different Gator cheers and she was so excited to see where the Gators play football!

Here's our little family getting ready to watch the big celebration!

The boys...

And, the girls...

The Pollock family joined us in the stadium which was perfect since Matt and Todd had gone to the game together.

Abby loves Mr. Todd -

Almost as much as she loves cheering for the Gators!

It was very crowded down in the front row, but I used my son's sweet face to secure us a spot right in front just in case any of the players walked by. And, it was definitely worth it. Drew got Joe Haden's autograph on his Gator helmet!

Tim Tebow ran right by us so I was able to get a great picture of him. We were all ecstatic after his announcement that he would return for his senior year with the Gators. Next year should be very exciting!

Abby met one of the Gator cheerleaders and it made quite an impression. She dresses up like a cheerleader all the time now!

Time to go home...

But, it sure was nice to look up at this as we were leaving!

I promise, no more Gator posts for awhile... :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


still catching up from last month...

Our Gators are the 2008 National Champions and we are ecstatic! Seems like I need to get this picture published somewhere - Tebow and Harvin - what an awesome year!!

As I mentioned before, my Christmas gift to Matt was a ticket to the Championship game down in Miami. Here is Matt with the kids in the morning before he left - all in their Gator gear!

As soon as we won the SEC Championship, I knew I wanted Matt to be able to go to the game. It all worked out so that Matt could go to the game with one of his favorite guys, Toddy P. They tailgated all day long and met up with many old fraternity brothers - they had a great time!

We knew that Matt's cousin Joanna would be there tailgating, but figured he would have a hard time finding her because so many people would be there. What a coincidence to find out that they were tailgating right next to each other!

Anna demonstrates the Gator chomp before the big game!

Matt rode down to Miami with Anna and her best friend Cassie. They hung out for most of the day and had so much fun. Aren't they so pretty?

It was an exciting game. There were many ups and downs and lots of reasons to cheer. Matt barely had a voice the next day, and he and Todd complained that their hands were sore from all the high-fives.

But, it was well worth it because the Gators were the big winners! We are so proud of them, especially Tebow. He is just amazing!

The next morning the kids were so happy to wake up and find out that the Gators had won the game. They watched SportsCenter for the highlights and wanted to wear Gator t-shirts to school. They couldn't wait for Daddy to get home!

And, when Daddy did get home he had a big surprise for me. Aunt Anna and Kyle babysat so Matt and I could go out for dinner and a movie.

At dinner, Matt gave me a card which I assumed was just a thank you card. It was. But, it also said that he wanted to give me something special to say thank you for the generous gift of going to the game.

So, he had bought me a day at the spa at the Gaylord Palms Hotel. The spa there is so fancy and I just loved it when I was there for my 30th birthday. So, I get to go for a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, and overnight stay whenever I want!

I was so shocked. And I'm SOOO excited!

A Gator win and a spa day...it doesn't get much better than that!