Thursday, May 25, 2017

My 41st Birthday!

Last Thursday, May 18 was my 41st birthday!  

I've been blessed with a small group of loyal friends, including Emily, Amanda, Sarah, and Peggie, who have been important parts of my life for the last 10-25 years. All of them, as well as my mom and Tal's mom, sent me birthday cards that made my day extra special:

Unfortunately, my birthday dinner at Texas Roadhouse didn't happen last Thursday. On our way to dinner, Tal and I discovered that our Expedition had a flat tire:

Instead of eating steak and birthday cake, I watched Tal change my flat tire (Thanks, Tal!) and then waited at the car dealership while the hole in my tire got patched. We didn't get home until 8:30 PM.

While Tal changed my tire, Savannah and Hadley did cartwheels and played with water in our front yard:

This evening (one week after my birthday) our family finally celebrated my birthday at Texas Roadhouse. The food was delicious, and I enjoyed not having to cook or clean-up dinner tonight.  My birthday dinner was worth the wait!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Everyday Moments

These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks.

Last Christmas, Uncle Benny and Aunt EJ gave Hadley a box filled with Disney princess costumes. Hadley loved dressing up as Cinderella and wearing a necklace, bracelet, and clip-on earrings:

One night last week, Hadley wasn't in her bed when I checked on her before I went to bed. Thankfully, Tal and I found Hadley in Savannah's bed. In fact, Hadley crawled into Savannah's bed three nights last week:

On my birthday, my school teammates surprised me with some yummy chocolate and vanilla cupcakes:

Savannah and I shared the cupcakes while I ate lunch with her in the cafeteria on my birthday:

Eight months ago, we discovered that Hadley is allergic is shrimp. Last week Tal and Savannah ate honey garlic shrimp for dinner. Hadley didn't eat any of the shrimp, but she had an allergic reaction and threw up repeatedly after she put Savannah's fork in her mouth.

While we were in Myrtle Beach last weekend, Tal and Benny went to the Blackberry Smoke concert at the House of Blues on Saturday, May 20. Grandma Barbara, EJ, and I made it a girls night and took Savannah, Harper, and Hadley to the mall. We had the best time riding battery-operated stuffed animals around the mall for 15 minutes.
Savannah on the panda

EJ and Harper on the rabbit

Grandma Barbara and Hadley on the cow

Savannah and I are enjoying the Netflix series Anne with an E. I grew up reading the Anne of Green Gables series and watching the movie starring Megan Follows as Anne. I think Savannah resembles Anne with her reddish hair, freckles, and fair skin:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Myrtle Beach Weekend: Part 3 (Pool)

On Saturday, May 20, the 8 of us put on our swimsuits and cover-ups and headed to Cracker Barrel for breakfast:

We played checkers outside while we waited for a table:

Aunt EJ put Hadley's hair in pigtails, and she looked adorable:

After breakfast, all of us enjoyed swimming in our hotel's indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub: 

Thanks to Aunt EJ for buying Hadley some floaties:

Hadley loved kicking her legs and having more freedom and independence in the water:



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Myrtle Beach Weekend: Part 2 (Pirates Voyage)

On Friday, May 19, after we checked into our hotel, the 8 of us went to Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach. Our tickets included dinner and a show. While our family watched the blue pirates and the red pirates compete against each other for the treasure, we ate vegetable soup, chicken, corn on the cob, and potatoes for dinner and an apple turnover for dessert.

With the exception of a scary skeleton scene and some loud gunshots, the show was family-friendly, fast-paced, and entertaining.The show included mermaids, sea lions, birds, ducks, and dogs. We were impressed by the talented performers' acrobatic and diving skills.  The food was delicious, and everyone enjoyed the show!

After the show, Harper and Savannah picked out mermaid dolls as souvenirs:

Myrtle Beach Weekend: Part 1 (Hotel)

This weekend our family drove three hours to Myrtle Beach, SC. We met up with Grandma Barbara, Uncle Benny, Aunt EJ, and Harper Grace to celebrate Benny's birthday (May 17) and my birthday (May 18).

The 8 of us spent two nights at Ocean Creek Resort:

Our condo had three bedrooms. 
Benny, EJ, and Harper slept in this room:

My niece Harper Grace

Our condo had three bathrooms. 
Benny and EJ's bathroom was nicely updated:

Grandma Barbara and Savannah slept in this bedroom:

Tal, Hadley and I shared this full size bed the first night:

Hadley took over the bed the second night, so Tal slept on the couch in the living area: 


 View of the ocean from our hotel room: 

Savannah on the balcony:

Savannah (8), Hadley (2.5), and Harper (4) loved lining up the chairs on the balcony and playing "choo choo train:"

 Tide pool in front of our hotel:

 Uncle Benny surprised Savannah and Hadley by giving them teddy bear souvenirs from his recent trip to Las Vegas:

"Someone who loves me very much went to Las Vegas and brought me this teddy bear:"