Wednesday, August 27, 2008
i am so thankful that i was able to see the sweet faces of those people that mean so much to us...and equally as thankful for the phone visits with those precious ones that we were not able to see this time around! there is nothing quite as important or amazing as my friends and i am so grateful for each one of the special relationships.
when we left little rock the other day, i could not hold back my tears. ella noticed that i was quietly crying and asked if i was sad. how do you explain to a four year old that you are crying painful, grateful tears all at the same time. i am SO thankful for the individuals that became our extended family during our time in little rock...but it still hurts so much that we are so far away. i told my sweet friend lori today that it feels like we packed up and left in the night. when i drive around there, it feels like i should be driving my kids home to take a nap, going to grab some groceries, or meet some friends for dinner. it doesn't feel like i should be a visitor. i miss it. and i definitely miss my friends. i miss the "warm fuzzy" feeling i had in my soul.
the relationships in my life are the most important things to me...and being so far away is really hard for me.
we made lots of memories while we were on our trek across the south. we had two plane flights, four rental cars, six deli casino sandwiches, 8+ days in "the country", and countless laughs and smiles! ella & maddie had such an amazing time seeing grandparents & other family, playing with their cousins, and enjoying the three week junk food binge! seriously, i can't remember the last vegetable they were served unless we can consider pizza sauce a veggie! oh well, that's what "vacay" is for, right?!
the south definitely still "fits like a glove"...and i look forward to the day that we can put these plane flights behind us.
there are sure to be more funny stories to come...the girls keep us laughing no doubt...but for now, i am sleepy and a little bit sad. needed is a good night's rest so that we can gear up for the rest of the week. introducing the idea of healthy eats back into our diet (yes, green things really are edible), relearning that bed time really is before 11 pm, and acknowledging that every night does not have to involve an "ella sandwich"!!!!! we'll see if we can achieve at least 2 out of 3!!!!!!!
thanks to all our family and friends who graciously hosted our marathon vacation! we appreciate everything...not one thing goes unnoticed...we love you so much! can't wait to see you again!
a slide show of our favorite peeps is coming soon!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
here is a sneak preview...
swimming. visiting. playing. deli casino. swim lessons. catching up with old friends. going on dates with grandpa. spending time with family that warms my heart. seeing my children smile BIG smiles because they love being here.
just a preview.
no doubt more stories will follow! until then, we say a sleepy goodnight with happy hearts!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
are headed to the good ole' south until the beginning of september! what began as a week long trip to visit my fam in shreveport, turned into a trek across four states to visit family and friends...i can't wait! what a roadtrip!
to celebrate our last day here, the girls and i took a little trip to the spray park as our final send off & ate a happy meal (well, ella ate hers...maddie threw hers on the floor)...since mommy didn't go to the grocery store seeing as we will be gone for so long! daddy plans to eat a lot of cereal while we are away!!!!!!!
ella, of course, always finds friends...so she was loving every minute of it! maddie sticks close to me...she's more fond of exploring the grounds than getting wet! either way, it makes me happy to see them having fun!!!!
tonight i took ella to have a "swim lesson" with a precious lifeguard at our pool. ella has been so intimidated by the "deep" water this summer and begs us to "take her home for a nap" when we venture out to a part of the pool she can't touch! carlin, the lifeguard, saw us at the pool the other day and worked with ella a little bit trying to get her more comfortable! tonight she offered for us to bring ella back so that she could spend time with her again. ella couldn't even eat dinner she was so nervous...for those of you that know ella - she was REALLY nervous to pass up food!!!!!!!! anyway, my sweet baby was SO BRAVE! she cried a little bit...but NEWSFLASH - she jumped off the diving board once by herself and two times with carlin!!!!!! she came up and waved at me after the third dive...but promptly announced that she "did not want to do that again"!!!!!! carlin was so thoughtful and had gotten ella a huge bag of gummy lifesavers as a PRIZE! music to ella's ears once the nerves had worn off! i am so proud of my sweet girl...i know in no time, she will be swimming like a little fish!!!!!we are so excited about our time "home" and beyond...can't wait to share all of our adventures!
off to finish packing...times a wastin'!!!!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
there is something SO organic about picking your own fruit and vegetables...and i LOVE it! we decided to go blackberry picking yesterday. jeffrey found a farm located in delaplane, virginia (about an hour from where we live)...and we set out to get some berries! this farm is nestled in the blue ridge mountains and the "vistas" and scenery were absolutely gorgeous! in typical "meredith & jeffrey" fashion...we took the back roads and spent the whole time saying "look at that"..."oh my word, look at that view"...it was great! even ella was saying "this drive is so beautiful"!
if only i had been able to capture that "ever so cute" pic of my children peeking out from the corn stalks...i would have been so happy! that did not happen, however. my children at this point were hot. the fun of picking your own food had worn off back in the peach orchard. as a mommy, we have to know when the camera needs to go back in the "holster"...and big guns need to be used - in this case - ritz crackers and gatorade. everyone's smiles returned quickly and we made our way to middleburg. a quaint little town that was having a bluegrass concert on main street.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
madeline always points to airplanes in the sky (usually while we are eating dinner outside)...well, well, well...she didn't know quite what to think when they were so close! as soon as one would head down the runway and she could hear it, she would run full speed ahead to jeffrey or me, hold on for dear life, and then start waving and saying "bye bye"!
Friday, August 1, 2008
you cut up strawberries in bite sized pieces because your daughter loves them...they are fed to the dog!
you mash up a sweet potato because you are jazzed you discovered something "new" she would eat...because she did last week...she looks like jack nicholson!
she sleeps 'til 9 in the morning...until you stay up too late...then she wakes up at 7!
she loves to wear nightgowns...until there is no other laundry clean...and she wants to wear shorts!
she loves to wear bows in her hair...until one day...she says she doesn't like bows anymore!
she loves to listen to "the little mermaid" at a deafening volume...until mom is listening to something...then it's "too loud" and hurts her ears!
curve balls...coming left & right...
the unexpected "i love you mommy" or the unexpected "kiss"...
and nothing matters...except for the fact that...
i am in love.