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Helping Mommy

Lucy is at the stage where she wants to help Mommy, whether it be with cooking or washing dishes. We’ve been dragging the kitchen chairs (really dining room chairs) over to the counter, but they’re pretty heavy and bulky. It’s funny watching Lucy try to push them.

I’m thinking about investing in a metal step stool for her to stand on when she wants to help. I think that will be easier in the long run. Plus, it will be something that short little ole me can use to reach things that are kept up high.

What do you moms use? Step stool? Kitchen chair?

Farmers Market Basket #1

I am finally back! Whew. I thought I had avoided the stomach bug that hit Joe and Lucy, but it was determined not to let me get away. Thankfully, it waited until after my grandpa’s memorial service (I’ll have to share some pictures from our weekend with my whole family later).

This week, I got my first Farmers Market Basket. Actually, I got it the day before I got sick. So, I haven’t had a chance to use much of it yet, though Lucy has gone through almost all the bananas! I think these regular baskets will last me two weeks, so my plan is to get two a month for now.

I know you all want to see the goodies. Right?? Here they are:

Farmers Market Basket 04/17/12

I seriously could not be more excited. Here’s a breakdown of what I got:

  • 1 bunch of lettuce
  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bag of apples
  • 1 bunch of bananas
  • 1 bag of green beans
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 4 oranges
  • 4 kiwi
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 8 red potatoes
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • I actually swapped out two limes for two extra red potatoes, and now I’m wishing I hadn’t. I didn’t realize I needed that to make salsa! Oh well. I’ll pick up either a lime or some lime juice from the store.

    So, what am I planning to do with my haul? I think I’m going to make up a salad tonight using the lettuce, spinach, half the onion and the cucumber. This weekend, I hope to use the tomatoes, extra onion and pepper to make salsa (never done this before, and I’m excited about it) and guacamole. We LOVE snacking on chips with salsa and guacamole. I’m also probably going to cut up the cantaloupe tonight.

    The red potatoes will be used either for lunches or dinners, as will the green beans, and the fruit (aside from the bananas Lucy pigged out on) will be good for snacks.

    I’m anxious to see what my next basket will hold!

    VeggieTales Live!

    At the end of last month, we surprised Lucy with tickets to VeggieTales Live! It was a last minute deal because we didn’t find out a show near us had opened up until a week before. Lucy was BEYOND excited when she realized where we were going. She loves VeggieTales, and I knew she was going to have a blast.

    When we arrived, we got Lucy a shirt and a hat. She made a cute Bob. :)

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    We got there about an hour and a half or so before the doors opened — so about two and a half hours before the show started — and we were pretty close to the front of the line. We had VIP ticket and, while we were guaranteed closer seats than general admission, we wanted front row seats. I wanted this to be the best experience possible for Lucy.

    When the doors opened, we headed in. We couldn’t rush like we wanted to because people in front of us were meandering down the aisle. We snagged the last three seats in the front row and were ecstatic. Then, we realized we had an hour to wait before the show started and weren’t really sure what to do with Lucy. Not to fear, though — Lucy danced the ENTIRE hour. Well, she went back and forth between dancing and climbing on the step in front of the stage. She had a blast.

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    This is her before the show started. Yeah. I know. The energy.

    Dancing before the show from Cady Schulman on Vimeo.

    I wish I had gotten video of Lucy’s squeal when she saw the veggies come out on stage for the first time. It seriously made me tear up. She was SO happy. But, I didn’t think about videotaping her until the opening song was almost done. However, you can still see how excited she is.

    VeggieTales! from Cady Schulman on Vimeo.

    You would think that Lucy would get tired at some point since, you know, she danced the entire time we waited for the show to start. You would be wrong. That girl did not stop. She was the only one dancing during the first half. At intermission, one of the church members who was helping with the show approached me and said, “You have a dancer, don’t you?” Why yes, yes I do.

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    During the second half of the show, other kids got up and danced.

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    And, there were BUBBLES!

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    After the show, we got to meet Bob and Larry. But, as Joe and I both said, they obviously weren’t the REAL Bob and Larry because they had arms. And legs. And everyone knows that VeggieTales don’t have either.

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    We had a great time, and I can’t wait to take Lucy back next time!

    Turning 32

    A couple of weeks ago, I turned 32. As much as I hate getting older, it wasn’t too bad. :)

    We started off the day with our traditional breakfast at Wes-Man’s. There’s nothing like one of their HUGE biscuits and some home fries. Yum! Joe also had my name put on the truck again. One of these years they’ll get it right. Last year, they put “Cody.” This year, it was “Kady.”

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    Lucy seemed to know it was Mommy’s name!

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    For lunch, we took Lucy to McDonald’s to play, and then we went to Provino’s for my (free!) birthday dinner. When we got back, we made a quick stop at Publix (or, as Lucy likes to call it, Pubbox) and picked up THE MOST DELICIOUS cake EVER. Chocolate fudge with a HUGE chocolate covered strawberry on top. OH.MY.GOSH. Yeah, it was THAT good.

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    Lucy wanted to help blow out the candles.

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    The best part of the day, though, was hearing Lucy say “Happy Birthday, Mommy” over and over and over in the car. Love it!

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    The Big Race

    Wow. So, I pretty much suck at updating this blog. That means you’re going to get a bunch of posts all at once. Yay!

    Lucy ran her first race in March.

    On Saturday morning, we got up early and headed to Atlanta for the Cuties Luckie 5K and Kids Fun Run. The races were part of the Georgia Marathon event, and the 0.1-mile run (which really seemed to be more like 0.2 miles) was perfect for young kids.

    Lucy ran with her cousin, Rivka, and the girls had so much fun. The girls were pretty happy, considering we left the house around 7 a.m.

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    Before the race started, we got their faces painted and got balloons. Lucy didn’t mind the face painting as it was happening, but once she saw it in a mirror, she freaked out and yelled, “Off! Off!”

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    The girls walked around holding hands, which was RIDICULOUSLY adorable. OH.MY.GOSH. The cuteness.

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    That last picture is one of my favorites.

    When it was time to line up, we pinned the girls’ bibs on. Lucy was not thrilled about it, but once we showed her that all the other kids were wearing them, she stopped trying to pull it off.

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    And, finally, they were off!

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    I opted to not join them and stay by the finish line to take pictures instead. A lot of kids crossed it while being held by their parents. Not our girls! Joe said they ran the whole way. I am so, so proud of them! And, they crossed the finish line holding hands. It’s too bad I was so far away that I couldn’t get a good shot of that.

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    After a big run, you have to refuel.

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    The kids got medals and beads, none of which Lucy would wear. Oh well. They will be fun for her to have when she gets older.

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    We definitely plan on doing the run again next year. It’ll be fun to see if Lucy gets into running like her Daddy.