Sunday, April 24, 2011

Reasons for NOT blogging

April has been crazy. Mati Claire too...but hey, she's still 3 for now. These pics show the many reasons I have been too busy to blog. Busy planning, shopping, preparing, packing, unpacking, cleaning, and relaxing.

First up: the Egg Hunt! This was the day after the tornado (see previous post), and the ground was not too wet! We were pleasantly surprised. So it turned out well, but very windy!

The group-effort food table! Thanks everyone for contributing!

Group photo (hopefully everyone was in this - but they wouldn't stay still)

Love me some Mattox and Hadley!

What else do you do when the party is over? Sarah walks around with the pinata on her head!

Next up: Beach Trip! This was Mati Claire and Mattox's first trip to the beach ever! It took us 9 hours to get to Cape San Blas near Port St. Joe, Florida (almost 2 hours east of Panama City). My sister rented the house and she did a superb job planning absolutely nothing! We loved being secluded and far away from all the 'tourist-y' beach places. Mati Claire was super excited. She jumped in the ocean fully clothed and was running around screaming with excitement! Mattox on the other hand did NOT like it. He stuck to his Daddy or anyone that would hold him up off the sand for the most part. He loved Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Restuarant the most!! He danced and even checked out girls. Boy am I in trouble in about 15 years. We spent one day at GulfWorld in Panama City. MC gains her courage from seeing other kids not get killed... so she sat next to Otto the sea lion and he planted a big kiss on her head! The picture looks like she's terrified, but she enjoyed it! Overall, we had a blast!!!
Our beach house: Avalon. This pic only shows 3 floors, but it had the elevator was pretty cool. Thats a real vaca when you don't even walk up stairs! ;)

Mati Claire's first reaction to the ocean. So glad to capture that moment!

Playing on the beach with her cousins.

This is how Mattox looked most of the trip.
Otto giving MC a big kiss!

MC, Kerigan, Mattox, and Kennedy!

So before all this, I have been busy running. Yes, still trying to lose the last of the baby weight. And I did this to my toe. Don't ask me how. Apparently I don't run correctly because I don't think this is normal. Remember Pamela's fingernail? It actually doesn't hurt insanely because I tried to go running at the beach and I think I have a knee of a 90 year old. Not sure if its arthritis or tendonitis or something along those lines.. but very painful nonetheless.

Excuse the 2 week old pedicure - look at the "other" bad toe. Pic doesn't do justice.

Then: Easter morning! 9 hour drive home and didn't get home til late, tried to unpack as much as I could, dinners for everyone, and then attempt to prepare Easter baskets... needless to say we had a hectic morning. The Easter bunny tried. We were in such a rush, I didn't get a family picture. :( Trying to slow down here and remind myself why we celebrate today. He is risen! He is alive! and He saved us! Amen!

Next: Ballet Recital! Oh I can't wait to see my ballerina on stage! Think I'm more nervous than she will be. We are also trying to see how many times we can take professional pictures in 1 month. MC and Mattox have been photographed by Jeanelle Caraway, Vanessa Diel, Portrait Innovations, Kim Stone, and Johanssen/Just Dance in the past few weeks. Seriously. I'm wiped out. Wallet and all.


picturesofhisgrace said...

Enjoyed the pics, especially the one where MC's getting kissed on the head! About the toe.....runners do get these. I have a beautiful toe myself from the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February. It was purple/black for about a month. I am now down to half a toe nail. I figure the rest will fall off soon. It doesn't give a very pretty pedicure. Hoping mine grows back soon!

Ashley said...

Oh, the black toenail! As a runner, you should be PROUD of it- it means you have arrived;). Most of the time, it doesn't mean anything but it could possibly be there is not enough room in your shoe. Running shoes should be 1/2 size bigger than your normal shoe size.

Cute pics!

Sara said...

Love all the pics. Ballet recital pics were darling and the beach trip looks heavenly!