Thursday, May 27, 2010

Family Photos at the Pointe

Great vacation. These pictures sum it up doesn't Shannon love the camera.

Easter on the Beach

This was by far the best part of being in Florida for Easter. We had Easter brunch on the beach. Shannon also thought the beach was nice but there was also a giant bunny walking around so the beach had some stiff competition. We were unsure of how this would go but she continues to amaze us at every turn. As you'll see in the picture "Easter bunny meet my bunny".

And then there was the easter egg hunt on the actual beach. 8,000 easter eggs and each age appropriate sections. We decorated a bag with fabric markers and Shannon really got into it. However, they lined these poor little toddlers up to wait for the actual hunt within site of a slide, swing and all the sand they could imagine to play with. So she had just about had it and then they announced it was time.... in 5 more minutes. AHHHHH! But they finally let them in and Shannon played along but really could have cared less about the eggs. At one point she dropped her bag of eggs and another little guy came along and picked up all the eggs she dropped. Oh well there is always next year.

Florida Family Vacation

This year my mom won a trip through work and took all of us to Florida for a week long vacation. We rented a house at ocean reef and got to spend a week with GG and grandpa. Ocean Reef is a beautiful place. Perfect beaches, golf courses, pools, water, sunsets and best of all (for us northerners) warmth.

Shannon also enjoyed the reef but for very different reasons. Outside of her window there was an empty lot with a bulldozer parked. Dirt, rocks and machinery were what she woke up to every morning and she couldn't be happier. Then we threw in riding around in golf carts and tile dolphins at the bottom of the pool and I thought she would explode. The house we rented opened up to a large patio and you were just a few steps away from the pool. I don't think Shannon ever got over the fact that we were always outside on the patio.

Our days fell into a happy rhythm. Each day we would wake up early and head to the pool and beach but most exciting was driving by the alligator (which was actually a crocodile) but we didn't want to confuse her so we kept it at that. This week Shannon learned that alligator's mouth goes "snap... snap".

To top it off there was even a green lizard who managed to get inside of the pool screen much to Shannon's delight. She got to watch it scamper up and down the screen trying to find its way out.

Most exciting for us this vacation was that Shannon slept well every night, which was in stark contrast to our vacation sleeping escapades. We brought pink-B (blankie), our nightlight from home and sheepy all of which seemed to do the trick. Or maybe it was all that fresh air, swimming and running around.

We had done some swim lessons last winter but not much else swimming since last summer was cold and wet so we were unsure about how Shannon would handle swimming. I don't know what I was worried about as you will see in my pictures she was in heaven. Especially when her daddy was swinging her through the air.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

First Black Eye

Here is it our first shiner. Shannon and I were at the west side park today and Shannon decided it would be great to go on the merry go round at the playground with all the other kids. Which would have been fine except in the middle of spinning she decided that she would let go...... We are in so much trouble. No fear in this kid. So she feel and bumped her eye on the metal bar, but I guess it could have been worse, like a tooth. Needless-to-say we'll be going to the east side park from now on.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy Saint Patrick's Day. Today was a tough day. I took my oral exam for my qualifying exam and it did not go well. Today I really need Shannon's carefree attitude. We walked around the yard and just explored. Oh and yes we got into some shannangans!

Puppet Show and Kids Expo

We took Shannon to her first puppet show and it was as fun for her as I imagined. She danced and laughed and pointed at the "Monkey" who was rocking out with the band on stage.

After the show they came out to show the kids the puppet and let them touch the big chicken. Yeah that is Shannon right up there next to the chicken not flinching, and not afraid. My brave little girl is amazing and every day I see something new come out in here.

I love this picture she gave us a good CHEESE!

First Bike Ride

Just as quickly as that last snow storm in February came so it went and we were then moving on to bike riding. I got out the Radio flyer tricycle that I had purchased on craigslist (I'm an addict) that past fall and alas her little feet could actually reach the peddles.

We strapped on our Dora bike helmet and off we went.

Snow but not much of it

Shannon this winter started out strong and then kind of fell flat. Pretty much everyone (including Georgia) got more snow than we did this past winter. It seemed like every major snow storm stopped short of NYC. I'm not complaining and what we did have we used to the fullest. Shannon was a great sport and would get all geared up and we would go outside and play when we could. Dressing a toddler for the snow by the way is exhausting and by the time we were ready to go outside I was ready for a nap.

I have very few pictures of Shannon being pulled around the yard in your radioflyer sled (mostly because I was the one doing the pulling), but that is how I got my winter workout. She also hated walking around in the snow. Her feet would get stuck, and then she would pull her boot off so there was also lots of carrying her around and no hands left for cameras. Luckily aunt Lauren and uncle Dan came up and I was able to get this shot otherwise it would have gone completely unrecorded.

Happy Valentine's Day

Today Kiki and Shannon and I made Valentines day cutout cookies. We used my mom's famous Christmas cutouts which are also featured on Epicurious (who knew).

4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda, salt, nutmeg
1 cup butter
1 ½ cup sugar
1 egg
½ sour cream
1 tsp vanilla

Mix and break into four sections. Wrap in plastic and allow to chill overnight.

Shannon did such a great job. She really got into rolling, patting and playing with the dough. We had a heart shaped cookie cutter that was perfect. I couldn't believe that we held her attention for so long up on that kitchen stool just like a big girl.

The frosting of the cookies didn't go as well. At one point Shannon had the spoon with a hunk of frosting on the way to her mouth and that's when we decided the grown-ups should take over the frosting.

Finished product were fantastic.