I wanted to share a few of my favorite photo poses with you. I love that Joe does photography on the side because we take some great family pictures! Here are some of my favorites that we’ve taken.
Warning: This will be a long post. But, it’s full of pictures of an adorable little girl, so it’s well worth the read!
Our Christmases are always “messed up.” We spend Christmas Eve at my parents’ house, which is when my family has traditionally opened presents, so, rather than dragging all of our presents for Lucy to Tennessee, we modified our celebration and open our gifts here on Christmas Eve morning.
This year, we opened stockings on Dec. 23. I picked up a bunch of little stocking stuffers at Party City for no more than $1 each and a couple of little princess toys, and they were a HUGE hit! We also got Lucy a Hello Kitty digital clock off Amazon for her stocking but, after a couple of minutes, it stopped working. We’ll be calling them to get a refund.
When we arrived, we hung out and Lucy made cookies with my mom for Santa. It was quiet since my brother and his family weren’t there, but Lucy loved getting all the attention. After our traditional dinner of Chow Mein, we headed to the living room to open presents. Lucy was SO excited to give everyone our gifts (she had been trying to ever since we walked through the door). And, of course, she was excited to open her own gifts!
I cannot wait until next Christmas. Seeing the magic through my daughter’s eyes makes it so much more fun.
Last night, Joe and I had plans to drop Lucy off with a friend and have date night.
However, that fell through. So, instead of staying in, we decided to just take Lucy with us! We headed to Outback Steakhouse for dinner and then took Lucy for a surprise. What was her surprise, you ask?
We went to a nearby mall for some play time in the soft play area. We had forgotten the mall has a carousel, and Lucy was THRILLED when she saw it. She rode one for the first time last weekend at the zoo (more on that later), and she is OBSESSED now! We might have let her ride it twice.
Unfortunately, it was hard to get a shot while she was riding it, so this was the best I could do.
After the carousel, we hit up the soft play area, and then Lucy wanted to ride one of the mechanical cars before we left. Of course, she picked the one with Garfield.
It’s really hard to get a non-blurry shot when your child won’t stop moving! We had a great night, and now we’re looking forward to another family day with a cookout, cookie baking and a trip to the park!
Last weekend, we headed up to my parents’ house to celebrate my nephew Marshall’s second birthday. It was a fun gathering of friends and family in my parents’ backyard.
My brother set up a fun little water park-type thing. The kids had a ton of fun. There was an elephant that sprayed water out of its trunk, a giraffe sprinkler and an alligator pool. Lucy loved the pool but wasn’t a fan of getting sprayed. But, although she was trepidatious at first, she soon warmed up and said it was “her pool”. She didn’t want anyone else getting in it!
Eventually, the kids came out for the singing of “Happy Birthday” and cake.
Lucy had to be bribed with a cupcake. Typical.
The birthday boy enjoyed his cupcake, too!
Big brother Harrison wanted to help Marshall open his presents. Laid-back Marshall just went with the flow.
Marshall got an orb, and the kids took turns rolling in it. Lucy hated it. I was a little surprised.
After we got a chilly Lucy out of the pool (kicking and screaming, I might add) and changed into her clothes, she and her Daddy went for a canoe ride on my parents’ lake.
It was a fun day celebrating a fun kid!
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.
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!”
The girls walked around holding hands, which was RIDICULOUSLY adorable. OH.MY.GOSH. The cuteness.
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.
And, finally, they were off!
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.
After a big run, you have to refuel.
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.
We definitely plan on doing the run again next year. It’ll be fun to see if Lucy gets into running like her Daddy.