Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer Camps and Office Dancing

I can't believe we're ending the third week of summer already!  I keep thinking of next week, and the week after and thinking how this summer is already flying by!

I think I told you before that Lallie spent the first week of camp at regular old extended day at her school.  She wasn't thrilled about this, but she was able to spend the week with one of her best friends from another school, so that excited her.  Lallie doesn't like just playing all day, she likes to be engaged and learning (which of course, as a parent, am thrilled with that!)

Last week, she was at a coastal oceanographic camp where she got to go seining in the inlet, visit the beach, play with stingrays and sea life and learned all about sea turtles. She had an absolute blast and even said that the mosquito bites were worth the biting since she had so much fun (and let me tell you....fifty or so mosquito bites, they could not be stopped!)  Poor thing literally looked beat up by time the week was over (not to mention hitting herself in the head with the car door didn't' help!)  But she had a blast and has already requested to go back next year.

This week, she's at Vacation Bible School at our Church and loving it.  Lallie is not headed to Broadway anytime soon.  Other than dance recitals where she can't see the audience due to bright lights and all the other kids are doing the same thing as she, Lallie does not like to be up front performing.  She usually sits like a bump on a log during VBS singing and dancing activities.  I'm always told she participates, just not in dancing or singing.  So, when I walked in yesterday to see her standing on a pew, dancing and singing....a HUGE smile came to my face!  Yay!  She's breaking out of her shell!!

In other news, Lallie is still hanging out with me in my office during the morning until 8:45 or so.  Most camps don't' start until 9 am and I'm usually in the office by 7:15 so I can leave early an spend my afternoons with her (or at gymnastics).  She has activities from summer worksheets, reading, drawing, toys, sometimes a movie on the ipad and this morning, I was graced with a dance recital.

Happy Thursday Y'all!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lallie-isms and Other Happenings

Good morning y'all.  This week Lallie is attending an outdoor sea creature and ocean camp (ah the life of living on the water!).  And camp doesn't start until 8:30 am.  So Lallie is hanging out with me in the office each morning this week.  

The first two days were great.  Lallie colored, worked on her summer school worksheets and basically stayed out of my hair (and I got a lot done).  Not so much today.  SO, in the midst of helping with her worksheets, listening to her excited (and very sweet) chatter and standing by the bathroom door (because today she's too scared to go by herself)....why not write an overdue blog?  So here you go.

Before I get to the very funny and sweet Lallie-isms of the day (week, month,'s been a while), let me share some of the other happenings in our lives.  

Pool time is here!  And here's a little picture of our crazy family on a typical day.  Lallie smiling and acting goofy as usual and the dog....well, can't leave him out of a single moment!  (Husband was trying to get a picture of my 20 week pregnant belly which has been cropped.....NOT for public viewing.  Sorry.)

I have to share this picture of the amazing organic fruit and veggie co-op in which we participate.  Check out all this produce I get every two weeks for $45!!  If you haven't researched any of your local co-ops I would definitely do so.  Not only have we received fresh, organic and long-lasting produce, but we've ended up eating healthier and saving money too!  Those rainbow carrots are AMAZING!

We've also been working on the nursery.  It's almost done.  We painted this weekend, the buttons were sewed onto the glider (I still have to finish the ottoman) and the furniture is being re-positioned to their permanent locations.  I promise to have a picture of the finished glider next week.  

Here's an in-process look of the nursery.  Surprise!  Pink and Green!  So, Lallie's room is pink, the guest bathroom (now the girl's bathroom) is green.  The entire upstairs with the exception of the guest room guessed it!  Pink and green!  Shocked?  I think not.  Since the pink is on the top, I will make curtains to match the glider but those won't be installed until late July as we're having all our upstairs windows replaced.  It's hot in South Florida for 
L-O-N-G periods of time (as in 6-9 months) and the windows have to be in tip-top shape to ensure maximum energy efficiency and cool rooms, which we currently aren't experiencing.  

This was the former Lilly decorated guest bedroom.  So all the Lilly themed items are being moved into the girl's bathroom (I haven't exactly told Husband this yet.  I wonder if he'll approve).

And last but not least, the Lallie-isms.  Rather, the 
A and Lallie-isms.  They were playing Husband and Wife this weekend during a playdate (to help keep Lallie out of hair while we painted).  

A: "I have to go to work but I'm so tired!" 

Lallie: "No you're not! You're taking the baby so I c



A: "I'm going to work early today. Bye sweetie."

Lallie: "Ok sweetie, walk the dog before you go."


Shortly thereafter they had a fight over who is better, the

 Cats or the Gators. That one ended in a draw when A said

 "I don't understand why we're fighting over this!"


Lallie:  "A, will you made the bed sweetie?  I'm tired."


A:  "I'm not going to marry you!

Lallie: "But we need money for the baby!"

I understand that some of these things the kiddos pick up from mom and dad conversations but that last one?  Are they up watching prime time when we're not looking?  Wondering where they came up with that one!

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Monday, June 3, 2013

SOLD!!!! Lilly Pulitzer Mini Lanterns for Sale!!!! (Four Boxes)


Hi all!  I have these four lovely packages of Lilly lanterns for sale.  I opened two of them but never actually used them.  The other two boxes were never opened.  I was going to use them in Lallie's room but then she decided to go with a pink and purple theme rather than pink and green and thus, they never became used!  No tears or cuts, perfect condition!! 

Selling for $25 plus shipping (maybe $10).  Email me at if you're interested!  

Last Day of Kindergarten, Dance Recital and A Glider Recovering Project

This weekend was a whirlwind!  Starting with Friday, a day with mommy crying in the car after dropping off Lallie for her very last day of Kindergarten.....ever.  I've never been overly emotional about Lallie growing up.  Yes, I was the heartless mother that dropped off my child at school after returning to work without a single tear.  It's not that I didn't miss her every ounce of the day, I just didn't operate in that emotional way at that time of our lives.  

But, when Lallie walked through that lunch line to get a snack during kindergarten orientation saying "no mommy, I can go myself".....whoa waterworks, right there, in the school cafeteria, in front of all the other mommies!  I told my friend, R, that I was crying on Friday and she said it was partly because I'm pregnant (which is big, fat yes.  I mean, I did cry during the last thirty minutes of Ramona and Beezus.)  So, yes, that's part of it, but most of it is that she is just growing up so fast! 

Here she is right before school Friday morning.  She wanted to wear her Lilly skirt and dress up for the last day.  My sweet big girl heading off to first grade!  *Tear, Tear, Smile, Smile*

Lallie also had her spring dance recital this weekend.  Oh, how she was LIVING THE DREAM!!!!  She danced to a Rapunzel song, her absolute, most favorite princess in the whole, wide world!  She couldn't have been more excited!!  She did wonderfully and is moving up into Ballet I next year and will dance (if she decides to audition) in the Nutcracker at Christmas and the big show as the end of the year!  

She also loves the recitals because she gets to wear makeup.  
Twice a year and that is all. 

(Above). Her best friend in the entire world holding her hand on the way to the recital.  These two have known each other since Lallie was 2 of her life.  They were blessed to be in the same kindergarten class too!  A's little sister danced in the recital as well. 

And three beautiful besties!  These three were in Pre-Kindergarten together and were blessed to be in dance class too!  K (on the right) is a fantastic gymnast and is moving on to concentrate there rather than dancing next year, but we're hoping Lallie and E (on the left) can work out their schedules to dance together in the fall.  I also had K every Friday afternoon for the last nine months before dance class.  Lallie and K had the best time on their playdates.  Love these three beauties!  They all three go to different schools so we're really trying to make a point to keep them in touch.  They are spending some weeks of the summer in the same camps.
(Above). Sunday morning, my little watermelon getting ready for church!  The shoes and bow were custom made by a friend of mine!  Stayed tuned this week.  She has an amazing Etsy shop and it will not disappoint!

Last but not least, we started working on the nursery this weekend.  Husband started painting and I recovered the glider!  I can't wait to show you the finished product!  This has been the best glider and the cushions are still nice and comfy.  It was my comfort and rest during those nighttime feedings and later became a fabulous reading chair and comforting chair for Lallie during those tough to get her to bed nights (or temper tantrums).  It's been wonderful!  But all that use has taken some toll on the fabric.  So, for a mere $35.00 and about 6-7 hours of total time, I recovered it this weekend.  I still have to staple down the ottoman and sew on the buttons, but I'm hoping to do that tonight and do the big reveal later this week.

Next project?  Curtains for the nursery, Lallie's room, guest bedroom and the den!  Part of the new baby coming has meant moving things around in the rest of the house.  I'll reveal all those very soon as well!

Happy Monday Y'all!