Friday, September 25, 2009

Halloween Costumes for Sale

Gymboree Flower Fairy Costume (they have the same one for sale this year). Hat, Tights, Booties, and Costume included. Size 2T-3T.

Mullins Square Butterfly Costume (infant up to 25 lbs is what tag says--ha! an infant can't wear this! Sara Beth was about 18 months old in this and would easily fit a 2T as well. Hat and costume included.

My personal favorite--The Children's Place chick (or duck?) size 6-12 months.

If you are interested in any of these costumes, leave a comment, email, or call me and I will get in touch with you. I have reasonable prices in my head, but I will take all good offers!

Monday, September 21, 2009

18 months

You never know where you may find this little girl! She loves to find tiny places to play! We took her last Friday for her 18 month check-up. It hit me that this was her last "month" check-up. From now on it will just be on her birthdays. :( She weighed 25 pounds (60 %) and was 30 1/2 inches (less than or around 15%). She is very dramatic and is a ham. She is very friendly and always willing to talk to anyone! She still loves ducks and has started really like babies. She and her sister love to wrap up their babies and take them to Wal-Mart. Very cute. She has lots and lots of words--too many to count and has started saying many three word sentences. She and Sara Beth are joys and we are truly thankful to God for them!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

getting down at lu lu's

More of Orange Beach...

We stayed at The Turquoise. It was huge (plenty for our gang) and was very nice! When we arrived, Dad and Clark went to the grocery store and everybody else hit the lazy river. If you notice in the picture, Elizabeth is the only one wet! She's the only one because as she was climbing in hers flipped over--it was hilarious!

The first night we made fish tacos. I'm going to include the way my sister does them, because they were SOOOO good!

Get tilapia or a similar fish and coat it in olive oil and blackened redfish seasoning. Grill it about 5 minutes on the first side and 3 to 4 on the next. Pull it apart in chunks when done. Put it on a tortilla with shredded cabbage (or lettuce), white cheese, and guacamole. It was supposed to be served with rice and black beans, however, I put both of these things on my tortilla.
For the black beans:canned black beans, rinsed. put them in a pot with a little water and a couple of tablespoons of chopped cilantro and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin. (both my kids loved them)
Guacamole:2 avocados; 1 tomato, seeded and chopped; 2 tsp garlic; 1/4 cup of so of cilantro; 2 tsp cumin; pinch of salt; juice of whole lime; mix and chill
My May and Bo Bo took the kids to the beach at 7 a.m. every morning. Soon, everyone else would straggle down. (notice they are in their pjs still)
After beach time, we hit one of the pools. Here Bo Bo and Baby Leigh are getting in some good snuggle time while watching the older kids!

The second night we ate a Lu Lu's. The food was good (don't get fish tacos--make them--Elizabeths are much better) The kids had a blast dancing and playing in the sand.
They had a great park on top of the 4th floor. All the kids had fun!
This was so funny...Leigh was sitting on the raft and would kick her feet as hard as she could. Then, she would pick her feet up and look at the bottom. And laugh and laugh...
We got to see Justin, Rebecca, and Graham for a few minutes! I'm so glad they were down at the beach and had time to come over! It was fun to catch up!
Since we didn't go to Atlanta for Katie's birthday this year, we celebrated again--a little late!
Leigh's favorite thing was jumping off the side--I wish I counted how many times she did this! Gotta be in the hundreds!
This was the slide at the indoor pool! I have no idea what changed in SB, but she became quite the swimmer! She raced down the slide and swam under water and had an absolute blast! So glad I paid for those "swim play" lessons!
The third night we went to Calypso Joe's--another good place to take kids! My oh so neat SB got very dirty! She thought it would be a good idea to jump over a puddle--well, she didn't make it! Fortunately she acted very mature and didn't freak out--she just wanted her hands clean! I'm glad it was on her backside where she didn't have to look at it the whole time!

Calypso Joe's has a great place to look at boats and feed the fish! Here the fish were getting some leftover coleslaw--yummy!
The last night we got steamed shrimp from Lartigues--delicious! They did a very good job seasoning them. I ate at least a pound myself! We also had all the usual things with a shrimp boil!

Anyway, so much fun...can't wait for our next family vacation! Mom, Dad, and Sara (who aren't used to daily chaos) may not say so, but I thought it was kind of relaxing--even with 4 little ones!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Beach Pictures

We went to Orange Beach with my family last week. We had a great time! The beach pics weren't too successful!

Leigh did not want a thing to do with sand. This was the 5th and final day and she still wouldn't touch the sand.

Since the sand wouldn't work, we tried a beach chair--not working either because there were grains of sand on the chair.
The best we could do were individual ones...

And we got one of the four of them on the balcony!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Birthday, Honey

We hope you have a wonderful birthday and a wonderful year! We love you!

The girls are proudly wearing their Michigan shirts that Daddy brought them home. This is Leigh's first t-shirt and she loves it. For now, the only time the girls get to wear t-shirts is to sleep. The next morning when we woke Leigh up, she was pulling on her shirt saying "shirt, shirt"!

While Daddy is away, things are wild...

Zeb was in Michigan for 8 days at a Pediatric Board Review Class. So, to pass the time, Jen and the kids came down for a visit. We had a great time! It was good to catch up and the kids had a blast! Plus, we got a lot of sewing done!

The babies were so cute playing together. For the first time, they were interested in each other and not just chasing (bugging) their sisters!
My May and Bo Bo came over one night--Bo Bo is reading them their good night story!
They are so big! I will have to go back and find the picture of them in this exact place about 18 months ago!
Leigh (who was insistent on wearing this big yellow bow one day--don't worry--I did get a smaller green one in later) was a mess--again! She decided that this would be the week where she actually got her diaper off--a dirty one mind you--and become an artist! Now, this happened after Sara Beth had been up 2 nights with an allergic reaction and fevers of 104 plus! So, I was very tired! After a few tears (from me) I got it cleaned up easily and sent all the kids out to play! A few minutes later, all four were crying! We rushed out to find the rain gauge had been dropped and broken and SB stepped on glass and cut her foot! Thankfully, she only had 3 small cuts and Jen was able to get the glass pieces out of her foot! This was the night that My May and Bo Bo brought dinner and came to visit! It was perfect timing because it was all I could do to hold it together! Zeb came back the next day and all has been well!