Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Funny Pictures

I was looking through our vacation photos, and when I got to this picture, I laughed, as I do every single time I look at it. He's a little photo bomber:

It made me think of the other pictures I look at and crack up every time. I have always loved the outtakes. Here are the ones I could find.

Ha! This is my son as an infant.

He's not the only one who can do the big-eyed look:

Then there are the baby-winking pictures:

Oh this one:
He's only 2, and I don't know why he's wearing his pants like he's 76.

She salutes me.

Lastly, this is the funniest picture I own. I can't even believe it's real. You should click to enlarge it, to bask in it's hilarity.


Friday, March 19, 2010


Hello! We are back from our Florida vacation. I have 2 mountains of laundry, one clean and one dirty. Before I scale them though, I wanted to tell you a little about our trip. Beware, I'm about to share way too many pictures.

Froggy always comes along.

First flight ever, intrigued

We left Friday. We got to the airport at 12:30, and our final flight was supposed to arrive in Orlando around 7:00. To make a long story short, due to the weather both of our flights were delayed and we arrived in our hotel room at 4 in the morning! Gah! Exhaustion!

Yes, exhaustion is the right word.

Saturday was supposed to be a Disney day, but since we slept in, we decided to relax at the beach instead. I wanted to combine this day with a trip to Weeki Wachee to canoe and see the manatees, but because we got such a late start there wasn't time.

Here we are, tired but on our way to the beach!

First look at the ocean

Sitting in their holes

I found this "rock"in the water. My guy bravely picked it up.

This is what we saw when he turned it over! Cool!

The next day was the Magic Kingdom. It was so sunny and bright and such a fun time.

The next day we went the the Animal Kingdom. Our friend Tabitha treated us, and was very generous our whole trip. She had Walter's face painted like a cheetah:

We saw a Lion King show that had acrobatics and really neat live action:
This was Walter's favorite thing of the day.

We also saw a Nemo musical:

We also went on a safari to see some animals, rode a few rides, and played some carnival games.

The next day was Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Again, Tabitha joined us and we saw many fun things. Here are some pictures from that day.

They both really adored this miniature village. They could have stayed here for hours.
After the fireworks at Epcot, Walter was terribly sad that Disney was over. He sobbed and said, "I'm so not done with Disney!" He is so much like me in that way. We are both sentimental.

But the next day we went to Kennedy Space Center, and he said that it was the best day of his life.

We ate at a Mexican restaurant where he found a chip shaped like Indiana.

On the drive home, we had to stop and wait for a peacock to cross the road.

May I just pause here to talk about the wildlife in Florida? It was spectacular! Here is the wild creature count:
-1 sea snail (?)
-1 peacock
-4 alligators in ditches alongside the road
-1 armadillo
-3 deer
-1 bunny

The last day we just had a couple of hours to swim and then pack.

We arrived back in Indiana tired, but happy.

I don't have a picture of it, but one thing I really enjoyed was that Walter and I would stay up and watch movies after the others were asleep. It was nice to have that time with him, with Sylvia and my husband snoozing beside us.


Thursday, March 4, 2010


I'm feeling rather wistful and nostalgic today. Actually that is sort of my normal state of being, but today I'm feeling it more than usual.

One year ago my little girl looked like this:

She wasn't walking yet, and only said a few words. She was practically bald.

One year ago my little boy looked like this:

He was still only 5, and hadn't yet lost any teeth.

He lost another tooth yesterday (his 4th!) and that's probably why I'm feeling this way. He's growing so quickly. We spent 4 hours at his friend's house this afternoon, and the boys spent nearly the whole time collecting sticks and weeds to make a "fire." He's become that big kid you might see at a park or in the woods, busy with his own work.

I've also started thinking about my girl's birthday cake, and she will be two. 2! I sniff her hair, and it smells like nursing baby kittens. I swear, it does! Growing up on the farm we had many, many litters of kittens over the years, and they had a particular newborn cat smell. It smells just like her hair. She had her friend over this morning (yes, it was a busy day!) and at one point they both went upstairs and played with her dollhouse, while her mama and I sat sipping coffee.

These people are growing out of my grasp. They are taking themselves where they want to go.

They are not leaving me behind, but taking me along with them.

It's very happy, but it's still a little sad.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Vacations Past: France

We are getting ready to take a vacation to Florida in a couple weeks! It will be my daughter's first time flying, and her first time to see the ocean. Also her first time to see Mickey Mouse. None of these things are firsts for my son, which got me thinking about the vacations we have taken in the past. I love trips. I love traveling. I love seeing and eating new things. I love city, beach, mountain, woods. I love the planning, the packing, the flying. So I've decided to document some of my past vacations here, starting in reverse order.

The most recent vacation we took was to France in October of 2007. I was 14 weeks pregnant, and starting to show. My son had just turned 4 years old. We took my mother-in-law (Mamaw) with us, which was magnificent. She's fun to have around, and also nearly every evening she stayed in with Walter after he went to sleep, and my guy and I went out. We ate in restaurants, shopped, and walked along streets holding hands. Here are some pictures of our trip. I haven't included many pictures of the major landmarks, because you can find those on google. But here are a few of my favorite, more personal ones.

Not his first flight, but probably the first one he remembers.

Here's Mamaw, standing on the balcony of the apartment we rented.

Street market we came across on our walk to the Eiffel Tower.

I love the way my husband photographs things.

Lunch: duck and fried potatoes

My 4 year old cutie drinking water from a stemmed glass.

I loved the Arc de Triomphe. Here we are sitting under it. It was a very windy fall day.

But fall was the perfect time to go. It was beautiful.

We had a leaf fight in the park.

Here's our gang.

Here we are again, standing in our apartment before leaving for Disney.

It was a really great experience for him.

Pizza we ate after visiting the Pantheon

Another favorite spot was Place des Vosges. It was a peaceful green space with shops and fountains. We visited here after our trip to the cemetery.

It also had a sandbox and playground. We tried to have something kid oriented every single day. But he's pretty easy to please--he likes museums too. (He was bored after a few hours in the Louvre though, so we left.)


Enjoying an Orangina on the steps of the Sacre Coeur.

My lunch after visiting Sacre Coeur. Beef Burgandy. We had ice cream for dessert. I needed all the calories I could get, because we had climbed to the top of the dome of the Sacre Coeur--up a winding and tiny stone staircase. It was exhausting!

He was mighty impressed with Notre Dame.

We all really loved the Rodin Museum. It had fountains and sandboxes right along with the sculptures.

And the sculptures were...whew...breathtaking.

We went to Versailles and saw the palace. But what I remember most about that day was the yummy Ratatouille crepe.

It was a really great vacation and I'm so glad we went. My guy and I both took French in high school and I took more in college, so it was fun to use our rusty skills and talk to the locals.

Another thing that I really love about travel is trying to figure out how to use public transportation. Everything is so new and different from what I know, and it's a good feeling to figure it all out. There was a lot of that going on during this trip, and it was exciting and exhilerating and we did it!