Tuesday, March 31, 2009
We spent the whole time running around in the farm, greeting animals, going in and out of barns, and met Ron after his class to run home. I'm not sure if this farm would be open any time I would want to head over there, but it's certainly nice to have so close and FREE :) !
I'm so glad to be getting a glimpse of warm weather, and I hope it stays! I love to be outside (Evi is pretty fond of it as well, as I often hear: "outsieed???")!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Now that the background is written, I can write my one comment that made me smile. On Wednesday before class, one woman (who usually is the one who sort of does her own thing and hops from group to group chatting) asked me, "is the other woman coming back?" I told her that yes, the regular teacher would be back on Monday. Her response: "hmph. I like you better."
:) Very simple, but still made me smile. Especially because she is the one who I never see doing what I'm doing!
Another funny water aerobics story is from 2 weeks ago. I had them do a "mind exersise" during the cool down, and see if they could individually come up with all 50 states. Once we finished and I asked them how they did, I admitted to them that this was an easy challenge for me to give, since I knew all the 50-Nifty United States, in alphabetical order, thanks to 5th grade chorus and geography! So as I'm leading exercises with the noodles, they asked me to sing them my song, and I had a solo in the 3 feet! I've learned two different songs of the states and will forever remember them, I'm sure. I also remember the helping verbs that I learned in 4th grade (and then again in 7th grade, to the tune of "Hail To the Redskins"). Mrs. Rothman said, "I promise you if you learn them now, you'll never forget them." Man, was she right. Ok, enough of the side note on what we remember from elementary school!
The reason why we needed to leave South Carolina on Thursday, was because we had tickets to KOOZA (a Cirque du Soleil show) on Friday afternoon in Baltimore. Neither of us had ever been, and I had really really been wanting to see a performance. After we had the tickets (which were a generous birthday gift to Ron from his Mom), I started hearing mixed reviews about the show, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Well, we LOVED it. I found some pictures from their rehearsals to include. I didn’t want to give away cool details about what they do in the show, but I figured I could at least put some of the stuff from their website! The first picture (that I took) is the tent they built for the performance. We weren't quite sure where we were headed, because the directions took us to "Lot O" by the Ravens stadium. Well, we figured out why, because they built their own arena in lot O. I didn't take my camera in, so took a picture from the car.
The Tight Rope: there were 4 men and two ropes. One low and one high, with two men on each rope doing tricks in unison. They didn't even use a net for the first half of their show. Once they started jumping and flipping over eachother and riding a bike across, a net was put up underneath them. One of the jumps over another one of the guys almost resulted in using the next underneath when the jumper lost his balance. He caught caught the rope with is hands as he fell off, and pulled himself back up. Then, got up and repeated the trick flawlessly. Amazing.
Anyway....I guess the Cirque du Soleil shows are all different, but I highly recommend Kooza! I think it's in Baltimore till mid April if you get a chance to go!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Unfortunately, Ron hurt his back the Wednesday before, and made an appointment with a chiropractor for the Monday of Spring Break. The good news was that his back was much better by Monday, he had his appointment and we left that afternoon for our oceanfront super cheap hotel room.
In the afternoon, we donned our sweats and headed to the beach to play in the sand. The cool weather didn’t faze Evi a bit; she had a ball playing out there. We dug in the sand and got as far as a bucket worth of sand towards a castle, but she thought knocking it over was pretty fun. We also enjoyed watching the seagulls, blowing bubbles and looking at the sea shells! Unfortunately for Ron and me, she rediscovered how much she enjoys eating sand (see this post). Really, she tries to eat everything, so I don’t know why this surprised me. But what do I do? Let her eat sand and see how it all plays out, or continue to try to stop her?? She wants to eat everything!!
She dug an apple out of our bag and decided that Daddy would make the best seat while enjoying it. The picture below with Ron and Evi has our hotel in the background. The name is the Sandcastle.
In terms of photography, I have a regular camera and no training. I see things in my head and how they would make an excellent photograph, and then it never quite turns out how I invisioned it to! The two pictures below are an attempt of nice photography, from my untrained eye and point and shoot camera :). That being said though, I at least really like the shots!
Since we were outside most of the day, there wasn’t much time for the pool. Evi (and her parents) took a late nap after our fun day in the sun and once she woke up (at 7pm!) it was time for dinner. In all of Ron’s years, he’s never been to a Planet Hollywood, so we went there for dinner that night. I was actually pleasantly surprised with the food (not the service), since I’ve never been super keen on the food I’ve had there. Evi was acting her age and wouldn't eat anything but french fries at dinner. She enjoyed some pita bread before bed and again, thought daddy made the best seat. Day two was quite enjoyable.
Thursday morning we checked out of our hotel room and headed to the beach to enjoy our last little bit before we had to leave. Thursday brought the nicest weather of the trip and although the idea of leaving when it was so nice was a bit of a bummer, we at least go to bask in the warmth for a short while before the long day in the car. We had a bit of a struggle over eating sand again. Really, Evi would just sit down, take the shovel and scoop sand into her mouth like a spoon. I guess it tastes good.
We had a wonderful trip and we were so glad to be able to go. One last picture of the journey is Evi asking for "one more" "m-an-m-an-m" (m&m) at a stop. She'll continually ask for "one more" the exact same way. Cute girl.
Monday, March 23, 2009
One other story I want to share is about treasure hunts. My parents did such a great job of making us feel special and loved. I remember coming home from elementary school one day to see string all over the yard—in and out of the house, through the trees, everywhere. I’m pretty sure it was Valentine’s Day. At the front steps, we each had our name on a card at the end of a string and we had to roll up our string if we wanted our goodies. So we followed it inside, upstairs, downstairs, in the back yard and the front through the trees (before the tornado so we had lots of trees all over the yard!) on the quest for the Valentine’s Day treat. I believe that time my Dad used an entire roll of string for each of us and it was at least 3 of us, if not 4. What a mess and what fun for a bunch of kids. Other times, we had clues to follow that took us all over the place. I have some great memories and hope to do fun things for my own kids too.
I’m glad I ran into my neighbor, and I’m glad that she noticed that our family “didn’t miss a beat.” No family is perfect and we certainly weren’t in bliss all the time. But my parents worked hard to build togetherness and lasting memories and I’m so happy they did.
This is a family picture in August 2007 at Douglass Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee and it was extremely hot at picture time, if you couldn't tell by the expression on some of the kids' faces :). This was our last family reunion with EVERYONE, but it was before the addition of Christian and Merynne and Jessica. So below is a picture of Amy's family at their wedding in April 2008.I'm not advanced enough with photo editing to put these two pictures together. But here is our family at Amy's wedding.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Since then, she's been good about staying in her bed, however, we were also out of town so she wasn't in her room or her own bed. Hopefully we can remind her how comfortable her bed is, as opposed to the floor. But I'll take what I can get, a nap is a nap :).
We've had a ton of stuff going on this week and lots to post about it. I hope to get that done today or tomorrow!
Friday, March 13, 2009
When left alone too long (the shirt has buttons, but she stretched it enough to get one of her arms out of the neck):
Monday, March 2, 2009
Today, she picked up the whistle and we started playing around with it again. This time, I blew the whistle, pointed to the imaginary person on the other side of the room and said, "walk", so she went where I was pointing and said "walk" as she was walking! Then she pointed to daddy and told him to walk, and when he didn't get up, she pulled his hands and pointed him in the right direction to walk across the room. Then it was my turn.
So it's not the biggest deal, but I was laughing so hard as I was following my instructions to walk! I thought I'd post about it to have the memory recorded.