Friday, March 29, 2013

Fashion Week/Girls' Trip

I have some really great friends from college. For several years now we've tried to take an annual girls trip, which has been named SFGG (Super Fabulous Girls Getaway). This year, we went to Fashion Week in Charleston. SIX of us were able to getaway. Returing to our college town together was a real treat! We come from all over and thoroughly enjoy each other's company. This is a much needed time to escape and enjoy! 
Friday night dinner at FIG
L-R: Amy
(due in June with #3, lives in Birmingham), Melissa (from Monterrey, CA), Heather (known her since 7th grade, lives in Atlanta), Laura (Spartanburg, SC), Cory (Charleston), Kate (lives in Charleston and has a 2 week old- so glad she came out!), Randy (Middletown, DE), and moi
After dinner, we went to Henry's. We wanted some music and were tired of sitting from our 2 hour meal. Of course, at 8:30 no bands have started. The night was young....and we are not! However, upstairs there was a sorority semi-formal. We snuck in as "alumni" and danced in the corner, appalled at how these girls dance and dress! We all decided to NEVER let our daughters attend college. :)
Saturday morning, Laura, Randy and I went for a jog around town. I ran for 35 minutes! Go me! That's the longest I've done.  Then we went to the Bridal Show. This is the only Fashion Week event we attended. Next year, we are definitely returning for more! It was so fun! And Laura's sister-in-law (and one of my sorority sisters) was a model, so it was neat to see someone we knew! The event was cool- free appetizers, mimosas, bloody marys, make up application, and goodie bags! Afterwards we ate lunch at Amen Street and shopped around downtown.
Saturday night dinner at Trattoria Luca 
There was a cute, tiny bar across the street so we hung out there afterwards 
Thank you, Amy, for confiscating all the cell phones

We went back to the hotel afterwards and played Cards Against Humanity. If I explain it, it won't sound fun. But it is the most hilarious game ever! I'm talking my sides were sore the next morning from laughing so much!

Sunday morning was rainy, rainy, rainy and downtown completely flooded. We ate brunch/lunch at Virgina's. My friend Stacy (who lives in Charleston) also joined us. I am so glad I got to spend so much time with my favorite girls! And thank you to Seth (and his parents, who majorly chipped in) for keeping the kids! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

21 months (and a ton of pictures)

Happy Spring! James will be 21 months tomorrow, but has rapidly entered the Terrible Twos! He tests us to no end. I love him to pieces, but this has been a month of new, not-so-fun behaviors. We will survive...

Adelyn on the other hand, has exhibited more mature behaviors, so that's been a blessing. She is on a counting kick and wants to count to 100 all the time. Her reading and writing are improving. She is planning her May birthday party daily (and has been for a couple months now). 

Below are a bazillion pictures of memories this month has brought. 

Adelyn has been DYING to have a friend spend the night. Mae Mae and Adelyn had fun playing dress up (James is just happy to be included), eating hot dogs, and watching Happy Feet with popcorn and ice cream. Sweet girls!

Seth had a race in Austin, TX. Circuit of Americas is an awesome, brand new track! Fans can ride an elevator  up to the top of this tower and view the entire track. It has a glass wall and 1/3 of the floor in glass too. Of course, I didn't have my camera when we went up! The kids made me nervous up there!

We ate dinner 2 nights at Matt's Famous El Rancho. It was seriously some of the best Mexican I've ever had (especially the chile rellanos!). Clearly, James enjoyed the queso. 
Watching Seth qualify
Adelyn and Eli climbing the fence- I was pretty proud of her for doing this! She normally does not do things like this. 
We went to this awesome park and let the kids play. Thomas, Eli, and Adelyn had a blast!
Cool old firetruck
They had a train ride that took us all over the park (and gave us pretty views of downtown)
Grandma, Grandpa, and James on the train. I would never survive 3 days at a track with kids without them!
Rob was nice enough to give the kids a little motorcycle ride. 

We had dinner at Ironworks Barbecue. Sweet Henry fell asleep on the ride there. Beth was able to keep him asleep until the next morning. The track will wear the kids out!

During the race, the kids rolled down this hill over and over again

Post race....Seth and Dan started in 29th and finished 10th! They are currently THIRD in points- woo hoo!!

Play hard, sleep hard. Here's my sweet boy sacked out with his lovey as a pillow
James loves Nutella!

Jonquils pop up every year in the pasture by our house. Adelyn loves to pick and arrange flowers.
My friend Amy and I took our girls to see Mickey Mouse Live in Birmingham! It was a cute show, filled with lots of Disney characters
James is doing surprisingly well with Practical Life lessons. Hopefully this will build his concentration and strengthen his pincer grip (and buy me 10-20 minutes, which is how long he did this!)

Adelyn's school had Daddy Night. She was so excited! They did lots of crafts and read books in a tent. I love this questionnaire! She painted a picture of him too- he has brown hair. 
Baking cake pops
GORGEOUS afternoon! They could spend hours in the sandbox. I think we're ready for a beach trip! 
We had friends over for dinner. Cullen and Adelyn are enjoying the dessert that Kyla made. Adelyn wanted to make sure there were flowers on the table for them. First date?? 

On St Patricks Day, a leprechaun dyed our yogurt, eggs, and milk green!
Family picture before church on St. Patricks Day
I helped host a shower for my friend Amelia. Here she is (with her mom) at 32 weeks. Ironically, she had her baby 2 days later (emergency c-section). Please keep her and the baby in your prayers. Mama and baby are doing well! :)
College of Charleston KD reunion! A band was playing as we left the restaurant and all the kids started dancing to the tune of "Gin and Juice". The crowd was cracking up!