tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24018484125275686532012-06-24T06:12:37.832-07:00Southerners in SoCalEmilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.comBlogger212125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-7262204094014002652012-06-01T23:04:00.002-07:002012-06-02T12:56:15.794-07:00Little Transportation Expert<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Got a few cute videos to share. Wilder is so fun to teach because he absorbs things immediately and retains them for a long time. He is totally and completely infatuated with Paul's scooter and must go out to the driveway and see it at least 57 times a day. Paul started teaching him the different parts recently. I was so surprised the other day when I took him out to sit on it and he pointed out the "fwottle." Needless to say we love asking him to point out the parts so I made sure to get it on video today. By the way, he's pretty much getting all of his remaining teeth in at once so those fingers have been living in his mouth lately.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/EBdRpn2HM-A/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EBdRpn2HM-A?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/EBdRpn2HM-A?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We have several books with taxis in them so the other day I showed him how to hail a taxi and he copied me.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/ZSm_TAXMi_k/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZSm_TAXMi_k?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZSm_TAXMi_k?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I might be a little obsessed with asking him to do it now because I just think it's so hilarious. But he is so over it and isn't shy about letting me know it.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/b578u6GF1cw/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/b578u6GF1cw?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/b578u6GF1cw?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-726220409401400265?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-80033367439580149612012-05-26T23:46:00.000-07:002012-05-26T23:47:14.078-07:00Half Birthday<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Dear Wilder,</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">You are 18 months old today and your Dada and I cannot imagine life without you. For such a little person you have a huge, fun personality. You love to laugh and to make other people laugh. You are totally full to the brim with life; I'd say even bubbling over. You're a spontaneous hugger. You like to spin until you're dizzy, chase/jump on/love on/generally mess with the dogs, throw or kick anything that even resembles a ball or can be purposed as a ball, pull things off of cabinets/out of drawers/off of shelves -- you're a tiny hurricane. You play so hard every minute you're awake.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-REi_71Lusrs/T8HHM6B_4nI/AAAAAAAAFnc/YRHHdNdOkQA/s1600/IMG_2426.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-REi_71Lusrs/T8HHM6B_4nI/AAAAAAAAFnc/YRHHdNdOkQA/s400/IMG_2426.jpg" width="321" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">At 18 months old you are a little bossy pants and just so darn funny. You love to have an audience and will pull me into a room and pat a seat on the couch or the floor to make me sit down and watch you/cheer you on. You think it's so funny to honk our noses and your own and say, <i>K-onk, k-onk</i>. You yell&nbsp;<i>Mama! Dada!</i> from your room when you wake up and I wake up with a smile every day because of it.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1znI1_iMSvE/T8HHSml9ipI/AAAAAAAAFns/dIS_MtsHoGM/s1600/IMG_2429.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1znI1_iMSvE/T8HHSml9ipI/AAAAAAAAFns/dIS_MtsHoGM/s400/IMG_2429.jpg" width="302" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">You repeat one word from every sentence I say and are picking up new words left and right. You are a chubby, blonde sponge. You are an encyclopedia of animal sounds. When I ask you how many there is of something you say <i>two</i>, even when there's four. You love to "help" us do things. You will sit through whole books now and reading stories to you is the highlight of my day.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">You're very into peekaboo and bubbles at 18 months. And rocks. And balls of course.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">You go to bed and wake up saying</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>ball.&nbsp;</i></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">You call a soccer ball a <i>sock ball</i>, a tennis ball a <i>sh-ball</i>, a basketball a <i>b-ball</i>, and a<i>&nbsp;</i>football a <i>fat ball</i>.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KvAZglYTzXs/T8HHTkqzcII/AAAAAAAAFn0/5mB7psOGKT0/s1600/IMG_2430.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KvAZglYTzXs/T8HHTkqzcII/AAAAAAAAFn0/5mB7psOGKT0/s400/IMG_2430.jpg" width="300" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">You are a total ham. And so easy-going. And just so cool. Your Dada and I feel incredibly lucky to have the privilege of being your parents. We go to bed every night talking about the new and funny things you've done that day and how you make our lives fun and bright. You are simply amazing and our hearts bubble over with more and more love for you every day.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Happy Half Birthday, my little love.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Mama</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-8003336743958014961?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-62780095964063013232012-05-23T22:46:00.002-07:002012-05-23T22:46:48.790-07:00Good Times<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">And, no, as a matter of fact I <i>couldn't</i> think of a better title for this post. It was either that or nothing. I am that braindead right now.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We've had a fun, hectic week since I posted last. We were so excited over the weekend to have Paul's dad and his girlfriend out to visit. Wilder had a blast showing off for them and it did our hearts good to see them loving on him and enjoying him. We walked down the street the first night and had a delicious dinner at our favorite restaurant...</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GWFDkKbQxrY/T72x42PprOI/AAAAAAAAFjo/5KtmOknZsXc/s1600/IMG_2178.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GWFDkKbQxrY/T72x42PprOI/AAAAAAAAFjo/5KtmOknZsXc/s400/IMG_2178.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;The next day we took the dogs to the park.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Three generations of Taylor men :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ppguiX4zlMA/T72x6HP88EI/AAAAAAAAFjw/n4Ksy6xDK18/s1600/IMG_2185.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ppguiX4zlMA/T72x6HP88EI/AAAAAAAAFjw/n4Ksy6xDK18/s400/IMG_2185.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">And then we went to SeaWorld. I can't believe we had</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">never been before now but I'm so glad we got to go</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">before we move away. It was an awesome experience</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">and Wilder loved every minute of it. By the way, he</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">made this face on his own. I didn't even ask him to smile,</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">the little ham!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--qTme5X60wk/T72x7pxIYsI/AAAAAAAAFj4/Efo5IwqD56I/s1600/IMG_2200.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--qTme5X60wk/T72x7pxIYsI/AAAAAAAAFj4/Efo5IwqD56I/s400/IMG_2200.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-B7-L92KoZpM/T72x-H4kUFI/AAAAAAAAFkA/jPOQ_1gi208/s1600/IMG_2206.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-B7-L92KoZpM/T72x-H4kUFI/AAAAAAAAFkA/jPOQ_1gi208/s400/IMG_2206.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">SHARKS!!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eRc4CZ381ng/T72yATBMI9I/AAAAAAAAFkI/VjUERnO9yVk/s1600/IMG_2210.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eRc4CZ381ng/T72yATBMI9I/AAAAAAAAFkI/VjUERnO9yVk/s400/IMG_2210.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8kHLVHibceg/T72yDCeJoFI/AAAAAAAAFkU/oPEfvuSWH8Y/s1600/IMG_2213.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8kHLVHibceg/T72yDCeJoFI/AAAAAAAAFkU/oPEfvuSWH8Y/s400/IMG_2213.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LMfeFoDyA_w/T72yF3LgwpI/AAAAAAAAFkc/SJH872pA4E8/s1600/IMG_2222.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LMfeFoDyA_w/T72yF3LgwpI/AAAAAAAAFkc/SJH872pA4E8/s400/IMG_2222.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The turtle exhibit</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KsYp2h-paY8/T72yI9U24WI/AAAAAAAAFkk/83Q-xUfB77M/s1600/IMG_2226.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KsYp2h-paY8/T72yI9U24WI/AAAAAAAAFkk/83Q-xUfB77M/s400/IMG_2226.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sCyczOJftYs/T72yLKjkKlI/AAAAAAAAFkw/QBld-NCSue8/s1600/IMG_2229.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sCyczOJftYs/T72yLKjkKlI/AAAAAAAAFkw/QBld-NCSue8/s400/IMG_2229.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;The dolphin show was A-MA-ZING!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-To66azysOC0/T72yNUunREI/AAAAAAAAFk4/tFfamOXeybk/s1600/IMG_2236.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-To66azysOC0/T72yNUunREI/AAAAAAAAFk4/tFfamOXeybk/s400/IMG_2236.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wilder sat there&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">completely mesmerized</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;through&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">the entire&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">30-minute show.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nC61ZVwZMT0/T72yPcJC2sI/AAAAAAAAFlA/vZ-R4FzzCAo/s1600/IMG_2237.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nC61ZVwZMT0/T72yPcJC2sI/AAAAAAAAFlA/vZ-R4FzzCAo/s400/IMG_2237.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Even after the show he was still trying to</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">figure out what it was he had just seen.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Mind officially blown.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3OMrJEIvFow/T72yRaY9SII/AAAAAAAAFlI/SEI72P-GsEA/s1600/IMG_2239.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3OMrJEIvFow/T72yRaY9SII/AAAAAAAAFlI/SEI72P-GsEA/s400/IMG_2239.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hIUV4esfO-I/T72yTDZEbJI/AAAAAAAAFlQ/gU8BJKhw5rg/s1600/IMG_2240.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hIUV4esfO-I/T72yTDZEbJI/AAAAAAAAFlQ/gU8BJKhw5rg/s400/IMG_2240.jpg" width="327" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TvcriyXGMME/T72yVGTIMaI/AAAAAAAAFlY/Y0-_6fIzqOI/s1600/IMG_2245.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TvcriyXGMME/T72yVGTIMaI/AAAAAAAAFlY/Y0-_6fIzqOI/s400/IMG_2245.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">AND! The best part... Wilder got to pet a dolphin!</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Such a fun afternoon!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JCLD5GiCqss/T72yXGwv12I/AAAAAAAAFlk/8TeqDdp-p9M/s1600/IMG_2252.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="381" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JCLD5GiCqss/T72yXGwv12I/AAAAAAAAFlk/8TeqDdp-p9M/s400/IMG_2252.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The next day we had Rachel and Lexi over for a playdate. We rarely have people over to our house because it's such a weird location being behind another house and the dogs go so crazy over company and our yard looks like two giant dogs live here and so on and so forth. But I decided I just need to get over it, put away all my excuses, and have my dang friends over for goodness sakes! We had so much fun watching the kids play in the yard (and the dogs weren't too bothersome after all). Wilder absolutely loved having his buddy at his house and showing her all his toys.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1_tiqV-ubU0/T72765RqMgI/AAAAAAAAFlw/GDqAl31jp3M/s1600/IMG_2262.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1_tiqV-ubU0/T72765RqMgI/AAAAAAAAFlw/GDqAl31jp3M/s400/IMG_2262.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WLLuLHwaYq4/T7278IBww5I/AAAAAAAAFl4/Li3P8jvgrxE/s1600/IMG_2265.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="317" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WLLuLHwaYq4/T7278IBww5I/AAAAAAAAFl4/Li3P8jvgrxE/s400/IMG_2265.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wilder usually has no problem sharing but the</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">slide was a hot commodity apparently. I&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">love how Lexi totally has him blocked out --</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">that girl don't let nobody push her around! ;)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4vuueO0ADxA/T728i58Y55I/AAAAAAAAFmM/LvVz-u3ezmc/s1600/IMG_2271.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4vuueO0ADxA/T728i58Y55I/AAAAAAAAFmM/LvVz-u3ezmc/s400/IMG_2271.jpg" width="315" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Can we all agree that this is the sweetest thing ever?!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wilder totally leaned over and kissed her all by himself</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">(and then I had to make him do it again for a picture,</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">of course, but the first one was all him)! Love these</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">sweet friends and we're sure going to miss them!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Hooo8O4evYQ/T7279ScG2CI/AAAAAAAAFmA/XmzyDY2HlJk/s1600/IMG_2272.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="280" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Hooo8O4evYQ/T7279ScG2CI/AAAAAAAAFmA/XmzyDY2HlJk/s400/IMG_2272.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">This boy loves him some rocks. I see many</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">a rock collection in our future :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Soik2R91b2g/T72-m83VngI/AAAAAAAAFmU/eTuQ7s9hkNw/s1600/IMG_2277.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Soik2R91b2g/T72-m83VngI/AAAAAAAAFmU/eTuQ7s9hkNw/s400/IMG_2277.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I got this idea from another blog I read and</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">decided to try it the other day. I filled up a</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">tray from the kitchen with water, put a bunch</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">of little spoons, measuring cups, whisks, etc.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">in it and let him have at it. I'm not lying, Wilder</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">stood there and played with that homemade</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">water table for an entire hour. That's why&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">this picture is from so far away -- I didn't&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">dare&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">disturb him! Best idea since <a href="http://www.southernersinsocal.com/2012/04/insanity-and-easter.html" target="_blank">bathtub painting</a> :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iOy2zGtcov8/T72-nW-kmyI/AAAAAAAAFmc/U5_HNzPP4LY/s1600/IMG_2282.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iOy2zGtcov8/T72-nW-kmyI/AAAAAAAAFmc/U5_HNzPP4LY/s400/IMG_2282.jpg" width="315" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wilder loves climbing up and going&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">down his slide all by himself. He calls&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">it&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">a "wheeee"&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">because that's what I say&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">every time he goes&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">down it haha.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MvFhFDg5c9k/T72-pZe_3MI/AAAAAAAAFms/fCFlV3sdDZ8/s1600/IMG_2288.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MvFhFDg5c9k/T72-pZe_3MI/AAAAAAAAFms/fCFlV3sdDZ8/s400/IMG_2288.jpg" width="318" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_GjrTVHzPfQ/T72-obLxQXI/AAAAAAAAFmk/nyDESmsNz78/s1600/IMG_2284.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_GjrTVHzPfQ/T72-obLxQXI/AAAAAAAAFmk/nyDESmsNz78/s400/IMG_2284.jpg" width="286" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Sweet best buddies at storytime.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KFh80UGlelM/T72-qrqbFuI/AAAAAAAAFm0/QxPFVCFyvS0/s1600/IMG_2291.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KFh80UGlelM/T72-qrqbFuI/AAAAAAAAFm0/QxPFVCFyvS0/s400/IMG_2291.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Teaming up to take down that frog statue.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j8YIrUGYQww/T72-ssIWQCI/AAAAAAAAFm8/kHCRxs8t7CI/s1600/IMG_2292.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j8YIrUGYQww/T72-ssIWQCI/AAAAAAAAFm8/kHCRxs8t7CI/s400/IMG_2292.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">One of our good friends, a fraternity brother of Paul's</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">from MS State, and his girlfriend were out here on vacation</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">and we were so excited to meet up with them for dinner</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">last night. It's always nice to see familiar faces and it was</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">fun to watch them cracking up at Wilder's antics :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U3hfblfBMco/T72-tzX4eaI/AAAAAAAAFnE/SQJUnnr_VFM/s1600/IMG_2294.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="323" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U3hfblfBMco/T72-tzX4eaI/AAAAAAAAFnE/SQJUnnr_VFM/s400/IMG_2294.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We also did our family pictures yesterday and our awesome</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">photographer already sent me a sneak peek! We had a great</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">experience with <a href="http://www.kimcurran.com/" target="_blank">Kim Curran</a> - highly recommended if you're</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">looking for a photographer in San Diego!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8clLW5MLYmE/T73Fb43vxMI/AAAAAAAAFnQ/7UWmAJ1tqLM/s1600/3cb137ea-a553-11e1-89ae-123139080b5e_original.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8clLW5MLYmE/T73Fb43vxMI/AAAAAAAAFnQ/7UWmAJ1tqLM/s400/3cb137ea-a553-11e1-89ae-123139080b5e_original.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">So that's what we've been up to lately in addition to sorting/packing, looking for a house in Nashville, and Paul trying to finish up his thesis project. The next month is shaping up to be ridiculously hectic. I do have a very interesting and informative post in the draft stages; I even did an interview for it! But, alas, at this point my brain cannot produce anything interesting or informative so that will have to wait. I hope you all have a fantastic rest of the week!</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-6278009596406301323?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-43691904572022251022012-05-17T22:17:00.000-07:002012-05-20T12:12:23.938-07:00A Post on My Inability to Think and Therefore to Post<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Yes! I did drop out of the Blogathon. Thank you for noticing! ;)</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I've just got so much swirling around in my head. Tons of to-do's for moving, cleaning for visitors coming into town, trying to loosely coordinate a man, woman, and child's outfits for our photo session next week (which is proving more difficult than I thought it would be), and cheerleading for a soon-to-graduate architecture student. There's also a good, legit blogpost swirling around in there, I promise. This just isn't it. Obviously.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">And I'm not sure when I'll have the brainpower to write that blogpost either.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">On a related note, have you ever tried to pack up a house with the help of an 18-month-old? It's totally productive and not frustrating at all. I really enjoyed the part where I would put something into a box and he would take it immediately out and use it as a hat, or a weapon, or just throw it, because that helped make the process go so much faster. It definitely <i>did not</i> take me two hours to load four boxes. That would be one box every 30 minutes and that would be just ludicrous. I'm really not&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">even&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">sure it's humanly possible to throw crap in a box that slowly. Packing in the presence of a toddler - highly recommended.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">On another related note, as you can imagine my head is threatening to combust. I'm totally overwhelmed by the amount of said crap we've accumulated since we moved out here. Before we hauled ourselves 2,000 miles across the country the last time, we lightened our load considerably by selling probably half our stuff in a moving sale. This time we'll be coming back with approximately three times as much junk. And I'm so torn about what to do with all the baby stuff. We aren't planning on having another one for several years (if we do at all) so I hate to lug all that stuff with us and have to store it for an indeterminate amount of time. But I also hate to get rid of it and have to buy it all over again. Any thoughts from my trusty readers on this quandary?</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">And now, pictures. Because I have no words left in me tonight.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Love this one :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-906VTqyRfJc/T7XT6KB1JtI/AAAAAAAAFiE/Bop8YYrqOnM/s1600/IMG_2063.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-906VTqyRfJc/T7XT6KB1JtI/AAAAAAAAFiE/Bop8YYrqOnM/s400/IMG_2063.jpg" width="296" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-v_NcxcGAfSE/T7XT7jKxXpI/AAAAAAAAFiM/eqBc_nqBCx8/s1600/IMG_2064.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-v_NcxcGAfSE/T7XT7jKxXpI/AAAAAAAAFiM/eqBc_nqBCx8/s400/IMG_2064.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s2n5HFSdJvI/T7XT9uEreJI/AAAAAAAAFiU/0UPB9FXZOwc/s1600/IMG_2069.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="325" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s2n5HFSdJvI/T7XT9uEreJI/AAAAAAAAFiU/0UPB9FXZOwc/s400/IMG_2069.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <i>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I think we can fit one more ball in here, Mama.</span></i></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KNDJoz-6OeU/T7XT_RYkcxI/AAAAAAAAFic/NjCP7k_qkyw/s1600/IMG_2072.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KNDJoz-6OeU/T7XT_RYkcxI/AAAAAAAAFic/NjCP7k_qkyw/s400/IMG_2072.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;He brought these pillows over to Rider and told her <i>Ni-ni</i>.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9-blbp5N0Q4/T7XUArB8UgI/AAAAAAAAFik/J_OjqRqf8Ys/s1600/IMG_2084.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="277" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9-blbp5N0Q4/T7XUArB8UgI/AAAAAAAAFik/J_OjqRqf8Ys/s400/IMG_2084.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We love eating our lunch outside these days.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XTpJtixzf8I/T7XUCPM1fJI/AAAAAAAAFis/oNFCsXJ0u6k/s1600/IMG_2137.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XTpJtixzf8I/T7XUCPM1fJI/AAAAAAAAFis/oNFCsXJ0u6k/s400/IMG_2137.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Eagerly anticipating bubbles at story time</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3hiMpwTB6uA/T7XcF3S6Y7I/AAAAAAAAFjE/iudri6LCN80/s1600/IMG_2141.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3hiMpwTB6uA/T7XcF3S6Y7I/AAAAAAAAFjE/iudri6LCN80/s400/IMG_2141.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>Bubblllleeessss!!!</i></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Zlikim8GumM/T7XcHHPy35I/AAAAAAAAFjM/y61EmkeJRis/s1600/IMG_2142.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Zlikim8GumM/T7XcHHPy35I/AAAAAAAAFjM/y61EmkeJRis/s400/IMG_2142.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He borrowed Lexi's pink sunglasses at the library</span></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">and felt the need to offset the girliness of them</span></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">with a manly display of brawn ;)</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MXnq7Rxuvs8/T7XcIQJHurI/AAAAAAAAFjU/bX0dzJI82ks/s1600/IMG_2146.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MXnq7Rxuvs8/T7XcIQJHurI/AAAAAAAAFjU/bX0dzJI82ks/s400/IMG_2146.jpg" width="343" /></a><br /> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He's sweet like his daddy.</span></div> <div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BeHrt-r1mvU/T7XcEV0binI/AAAAAAAAFi8/MW0lCGGCp88/s1600/IMG_2138.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BeHrt-r1mvU/T7XcEV0binI/AAAAAAAAFi8/MW0lCGGCp88/s400/IMG_2138.jpg" width="292" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">OK these pictures have reminded me that I need to get down a few things about Wilder before I forget them so it turns out I do have a few more words left.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Today I saw him walk into mine and Paul's room and I didn't hear him for a minute so I went to check on him. When I walked in and called for him, he yelled and jumped out from behind the curtain at me. He seriously scared the bejeezus out of me and thought it was hilarious. I thought it was pretty hilarious too.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We always ask him what different animals and things say of course but the other day Paul started asking him what <i>Mama</i>, <i>Dada</i>, <i>Posey</i>, and <i>Rider</i> say and it's so funny to hear him make up what we sound like. For Rider he always does a panting sound haha. What can I say, the dog's a heavy breather.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">His new favorite game at mealtimes is to pretend to be giving us a bite of something and then put it in his own mouth at the last second. He cracks us up so much these days with his little antics.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/7XJpvUoZPc8/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/7XJpvUoZPc8?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/7XJpvUoZPc8?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He's also smart. as. a. whip. He can recognize and say the letters B, Q, and S. And he knows the number two. For two or three weeks now, whenever he has two of something he will bring them up to us and say <i>two. </i>The other day I gave him a roll of duct tape to hold while I was doing something. He walked off and came back a minute later with a roll of masking tape in the other hand and told me <i>two</i>. His dada and I are so proud of that boy.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">OK peeps, I promise a very interesting post about a very interesting topic in the near future. Thanks for standing by me even though I'm a blog challenge failure.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-4369190457202225102?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-21563080445125084562012-05-14T21:58:00.000-07:002012-05-14T21:58:13.634-07:00Mama Day<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Mother's Day was super relaxed. We worked in the yard a little, washed Paul's scooter, and just hung out all day. Wilder loved having Paul out in the yard with him and it was fun to watch them play together.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Paul and I are so not "special occasion" people. We don't go all out with gifts/surprises/hooha. To be honest, we both usually just buy our own gifts. For ourselves. I'm sure that sounds weird but it suits us both just fine. So anyway, a few weeks ago I saw a <a href="http://www.plumdistrict.com/moms/discount/san-diego-central-downtown/deals" target="_blank">Plum District </a>(like Groupon for moms) offer for a photo session with a local photographer for like 75% off. I'd been wanting to get family pictures done here before we left, plus Wilder will be 18 months old, so it was really perfect timing. I snagged the deal and declared it my Mother's Day present. So that's what I got (gave myself) for Mama's Day. Plus some really sweet cards from my two gentlemen.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wilder was so sweet bringing me his&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">card.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Heart. Melt.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xKSm3_ePUJs/T7HQvQAaCUI/AAAAAAAAFgY/tsMN-xx0i18/s1600/IMG_2086.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xKSm3_ePUJs/T7HQvQAaCUI/AAAAAAAAFgY/tsMN-xx0i18/s400/IMG_2086.jpg" width="275" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;I love being this boy's mama.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vbNSaOO4W6E/T7HQxBL-pgI/AAAAAAAAFgg/n1gAIhPv0rU/s1600/IMG_2095.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vbNSaOO4W6E/T7HQxBL-pgI/AAAAAAAAFgg/n1gAIhPv0rU/s400/IMG_2095.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Nsv_sLAn_to/T7HQyFa3NuI/AAAAAAAAFgo/y4mbMuQ1_Kg/s1600/IMG_2098.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Nsv_sLAn_to/T7HQyFa3NuI/AAAAAAAAFgo/y4mbMuQ1_Kg/s400/IMG_2098.jpg" width="288" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">"Helping" Dada ;)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3ZO8VTqtlzo/T7HQzlygP1I/AAAAAAAAFgw/CFjGOb0kD-8/s1600/IMG_2110.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3ZO8VTqtlzo/T7HQzlygP1I/AAAAAAAAFgw/CFjGOb0kD-8/s400/IMG_2110.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZjbGSeYG1A0/T7HQ1wda9_I/AAAAAAAAFg4/rcqp0JnGjAo/s1600/IMG_2114.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZjbGSeYG1A0/T7HQ1wda9_I/AAAAAAAAFg4/rcqp0JnGjAo/s400/IMG_2114.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Sunday night Paul had gotten us a babysitter so after Wilder went to bed we went to dinner at The Tractor Room. Can I just say... yum. Seriously THE BEST dinner I've had in San Diego. And that's saying a lot.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Black Skillet Cornbread appetizer = amazing</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eBZBr3bijHc/T7HQ4M4e2LI/AAAAAAAAFhA/p0dcKEMoraE/s1600/IMG_2119.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eBZBr3bijHc/T7HQ4M4e2LI/AAAAAAAAFhA/p0dcKEMoraE/s400/IMG_2119.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;Paul had the pan-seared trout and grilled shrimp... sooo good</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wgXO6bCyugI/T7HQ549fcPI/AAAAAAAAFhI/O2JAcnTb7eA/s1600/IMG_2120.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wgXO6bCyugI/T7HQ549fcPI/AAAAAAAAFhI/O2JAcnTb7eA/s400/IMG_2120.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I had the soup of the day - this amazing chicken chowder</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">with potatoes and applewood bacon</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BSJFEdu4fdg/T7HQ7v-DPVI/AAAAAAAAFhQ/BQ7qUzlG0Jo/s1600/IMG_2121.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BSJFEdu4fdg/T7HQ7v-DPVI/AAAAAAAAFhQ/BQ7qUzlG0Jo/s400/IMG_2121.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">And the wedge Caesar salad, which was enormous and delish</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uW4kgZcglYU/T7HQ-CBk_5I/AAAAAAAAFhY/b8n0OzmFWuI/s1600/IMG_2122.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uW4kgZcglYU/T7HQ-CBk_5I/AAAAAAAAFhY/b8n0OzmFWuI/s400/IMG_2122.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">And we *might* have finished with strawberry cobbler</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ABCWTbkPsZs/T7HRAeo6HEI/AAAAAAAAFhk/1rGiXV5Cu5Y/s1600/IMG_2125.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ABCWTbkPsZs/T7HRAeo6HEI/AAAAAAAAFhk/1rGiXV5Cu5Y/s400/IMG_2125.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QUJSCP8hU9M/T7HRCXjRAiI/AAAAAAAAFhs/bPhFEsPEaDg/s1600/IMG_2126.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QUJSCP8hU9M/T7HRCXjRAiI/AAAAAAAAFhs/bPhFEsPEaDg/s400/IMG_2126.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;Love this man.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uhNqaTWB3Fk/T7HREDSvK4I/AAAAAAAAFh0/xxI61ZqT5Bk/s1600/IMG_2129.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uhNqaTWB3Fk/T7HREDSvK4I/AAAAAAAAFh0/xxI61ZqT5Bk/s400/IMG_2129.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-2156308044512508456?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-34296139624951401242012-05-13T12:15:00.002-07:002012-05-13T12:16:17.299-07:00Happy Mother's Day!<div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Happy Mother's Day to my mom and all moms out there!</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We are strong.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We are patient.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We are loving.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">And, even when we're not, we try to be.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"></span></div> <div style="font-family: Times; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Because we have the most important job in the world.</span></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t5O_D2QQWfg/T7AIOjl2zII/AAAAAAAAFgM/ufpduvQMlcs/s1600/IMG_0851.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t5O_D2QQWfg/T7AIOjl2zII/AAAAAAAAFgM/ufpduvQMlcs/s320/IMG_0851.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-3429613962495140124?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-38276072680085414692012-05-12T22:22:00.003-07:002012-05-12T22:22:50.003-07:00Music City<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WE6A4LDzalk/T6868vA2kHI/AAAAAAAAFfs/2f15zVrRjJU/s1600/il_fullxfull.297243448.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WE6A4LDzalk/T6868vA2kHI/AAAAAAAAFfs/2f15zVrRjJU/s400/il_fullxfull.297243448.jpg" width="300" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Well, it's official. These Southerners will not be in SoCal much longer. Paul has a wonderful job opportunity in Nashville so we will be moving back to our home state after he graduates this summer. I'm so proud of him I could just burst. It's been a long road and he has worked incredibly hard. This job is really perfect for him too so we are so excited!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">As far as the move, I'm having a little bit of mixed feelings. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely <i>love</i> Nashville. I'm super excited about exploring a fun new city with Paul and Wilder. I'm also over the moon with excitement about being closer to our families. We're going to feel so spoiled getting to see them whenever we want!&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">But San Diego has my heart. There is so much here that I'm going to miss and w</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">e've made so many good memories here</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We've celebrated birthdays, Christmases, and anniversaries here for most of our married life.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I'm also sentimental about it because this is where Wilder was born, the house that we brought him home to is here, and this is where we spent the precious first year of his life.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;Plus, sweet friends are here whom we will miss dearly. Not to mention we've gotten quite used to the perfect weather bubble in which San Diego is enclosed. And! What the hell am I going to call my blog now??</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">So you see, a few conflicting feelings but just because I'm sad about leaving San Diego doesn't mean I'm not excited about moving to Nashville. We're moving on to bigger and better things and we feel so blessed to have this opportunity. Nashville, here we come and we're bringing with us one crazy toddler, two giant dogs, and not enough winter clothes. See y'all real soon! ;)</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-3827607268008541469?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-24341091926753279342012-05-11T20:28:00.000-07:002012-05-11T21:00:54.896-07:00How to Miss a Childhood<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">It has been a day. A DAY I tell you. Therefore I am just going to pass along a link to a blogpost I read recently that really convicted me to consider how much I'm on my phone during the day. I rarely use it for Facebook or Instagram when I'm around Wilder, but I do use it to take a ton of pictures. Even though I'm using it to capture memories, this post made me think that by taking too many pictures I'm also missing out on moments too.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Every parent should read this blogpost and take it to heart. I can't tell you how many parents I see at the park who are just sitting on the sidelines staring at their phones while their children play and I'm sure we've all been guilty of it a time or two. The first part of the post -- How to Miss a Childhood -- will really make you think and the second part -- How to Grasp a Childhood -- was so sweet and poignant.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">This post is focused on missing out on the lives of your children but really anyone who reads it can benefit by taking an honest look at their phone usage. Are you missing out on your spouse's life, your friends' lives, your own, by living mostly via the internet? Read it, think about it, act on it...</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.handsfreemama.com/2012/05/07/how-to-miss-a-childhood/" target="_blank">Hands Free Mama: How to Miss a Childhood</a></span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">As for me, I have deleted Facebook and Twitter from my phone entirely so we'll see how that goes. Let me know what you think about the article. Or what you think about my lazy blogposting. Or how long you think I'll last without certain mobile apps.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-2434109192675327934?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-12707371790643825772012-05-10T21:05:00.002-07:002012-05-10T23:30:11.065-07:00Water Baby<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The weather this week has been absolutely gorgeous and we have been thoroughly enjoying it. Wilder loves being in the water so much -- bath, pool, ocean, he doesn't care. And I love that he loves it.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The other day I set up his baby pool in the yard and let him get in it after his nap. He was SO excited and kept saying <i>Pooh-l. Wa-wa. Pooh-l. </i>over and over. I gave him some cups, spoons, and funnels and let him go at it. And go at it, he did. For two hours he stood (never would sit down, I think he was too busy) in the pool filling up cups and dumping them out, splashing, etc. When it got late in the afternoon I saw him start to shiver so I made him get out but I think he would have stayed in there all night and frozen to death if I'd let him.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2vXUhsnxxnM/T6yK3YVnAfI/AAAAAAAAFcg/_iSwpANikA0/s1600/IMG_1942.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2vXUhsnxxnM/T6yK3YVnAfI/AAAAAAAAFcg/_iSwpANikA0/s400/IMG_1942.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He dumped water down his&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">front no less&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">than 877 times. No idea why that was so fun.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ocDin4gr2B4/T6yK603WieI/AAAAAAAAFcw/FzIMhEEOCWA/s1600/IMG_1945.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ocDin4gr2B4/T6yK603WieI/AAAAAAAAFcw/FzIMhEEOCWA/s400/IMG_1945.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-w7QRW6WQMho/T6yK8nvnGsI/AAAAAAAAFc4/L9b9fxRszB0/s1600/IMG_1948.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="348" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-w7QRW6WQMho/T6yK8nvnGsI/AAAAAAAAFc4/L9b9fxRszB0/s400/IMG_1948.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5rLCPg0VAQc/T6yK-C5P_mI/AAAAAAAAFdA/qFr4RS7IJEE/s1600/IMG_1949.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5rLCPg0VAQc/T6yK-C5P_mI/AAAAAAAAFdA/qFr4RS7IJEE/s400/IMG_1949.jpg" width="317" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We also went to the heated pool on Coronado with Holly and Reagan this week and then to the park afterwards. Wilder loves wading around in the shallow water and watching the other kids swimming and diving.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--p6yj9T8i7o/T6yMh8VeT1I/AAAAAAAAFdM/buQrSVMmQDs/s1600/IMG_1958.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="322" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--p6yj9T8i7o/T6yMh8VeT1I/AAAAAAAAFdM/buQrSVMmQDs/s400/IMG_1958.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fd0ftuF-PGI/T6yMkyepg8I/AAAAAAAAFdc/j_HiQn5GlTE/s1600/IMG_1965.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="277" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fd0ftuF-PGI/T6yMkyepg8I/AAAAAAAAFdc/j_HiQn5GlTE/s400/IMG_1965.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1iI7NIfXIYE/T6yMm9fU3kI/AAAAAAAAFds/NoQx7Tg3QOo/s1600/IMG_1971.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1iI7NIfXIYE/T6yMm9fU3kI/AAAAAAAAFds/NoQx7Tg3QOo/s400/IMG_1971.jpg" width="316" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xxub1yyNWP0/T6yMoT-ASUI/AAAAAAAAFd0/Y_zQ3R_1RlE/s1600/IMG_1973.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="281" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xxub1yyNWP0/T6yMoT-ASUI/AAAAAAAAFd0/Y_zQ3R_1RlE/s400/IMG_1973.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9X480quoXB4/T6yMpG0_FFI/AAAAAAAAFd8/UIN2EvRhlkE/s1600/IMG_1976.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="290" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9X480quoXB4/T6yMpG0_FFI/AAAAAAAAFd8/UIN2EvRhlkE/s400/IMG_1976.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Today we went to a little secluded beach in Point Loma with Holly and Reagan. It was slightly overcast so we were the only ones there for most of the afternoon. Wilder played so hard -- digging in the sand, wading into the chilly water, kicking and throwing balls, and "helping" to dig for crabs. He also got to stand on someone's surfboard, which he thought was the coolest thing ever. We were there for three hours and he was so worn out when we left that he fell asleep&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">at 5:00</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;on the way home and has been asleep in his bed with his clothes on ever since.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-whpOfy6cdz4/T6yOfTWjO2I/AAAAAAAAFeE/vlLRLQUJeBA/s1600/IMG_2025.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-whpOfy6cdz4/T6yOfTWjO2I/AAAAAAAAFeE/vlLRLQUJeBA/s400/IMG_2025.jpg" width="310" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZeX4ngsNJCM/T6yOhXBxapI/AAAAAAAAFeU/KxkE-NRZrV4/s1600/IMG_2034.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZeX4ngsNJCM/T6yOhXBxapI/AAAAAAAAFeU/KxkE-NRZrV4/s400/IMG_2034.jpg" width="293" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-L1jrwwBuOmQ/T6yOj46sLxI/AAAAAAAAFek/qcvNv4H_s8s/s1600/IMG_2039.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="290" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-L1jrwwBuOmQ/T6yOj46sLxI/AAAAAAAAFek/qcvNv4H_s8s/s400/IMG_2039.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Digging for crabs</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M08bG83gTg0/T6yOlNV8LvI/AAAAAAAAFes/P_871zsPFOI/s1600/IMG_2040.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M08bG83gTg0/T6yOlNV8LvI/AAAAAAAAFes/P_871zsPFOI/s400/IMG_2040.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-K7h84LZ0uJM/T6yPrGlUd_I/AAAAAAAAFfg/Ss5yn_vFOeQ/s1600/IMG_2049.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="307" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-K7h84LZ0uJM/T6yPrGlUd_I/AAAAAAAAFfg/Ss5yn_vFOeQ/s400/IMG_2049.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ta17G5cfYFI/T6yOnqiX3CI/AAAAAAAAFe8/23fZSRmwYMU/s1600/IMG_2051.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ta17G5cfYFI/T6yOnqiX3CI/AAAAAAAAFe8/23fZSRmwYMU/s400/IMG_2051.jpg" width="300" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Touching a crab</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-grNrABt-vjE/T6yOo3oTJOI/AAAAAAAAFfE/PSezdckxucc/s1600/IMG_2054.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-grNrABt-vjE/T6yOo3oTJOI/AAAAAAAAFfE/PSezdckxucc/s400/IMG_2054.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4zOoMX_43ow/T6yOrBh8wrI/AAAAAAAAFfU/eJURvvNxcDg/s1600/IMG_2056.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4zOoMX_43ow/T6yOrBh8wrI/AAAAAAAAFfU/eJURvvNxcDg/s400/IMG_2056.jpg" width="287" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I can't wait for more water days to come!</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-1270737179064382577?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-91261242980615191492012-05-09T20:32:00.000-07:002012-05-09T20:32:28.046-07:00Ode to a Scooter<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Paul got his Yamaha Zuma scooter just before we moved to San Diego in 2009. We had sold his truck to help pay for our move so the plan was to take advantage of the 263 days of sunshine in "America's Finest City" and have the scooter be Paul's main mode of transportation.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">And, boy, has it. In three years of driving it he has put 8,000 miles on it and driven it to school all but a handful of days. Basically only hurricane force winds and hail can keep him off of it. He absolutely loves that thing! Even if it's raining he would rather drive the scooter than the car. And, besides the part about getting a little damp, who wouldn't? He can park the thing <i>on the sidewalk</i> next to the front door of his studio classroom. Instead of paying over $1,500 a year to park downtown, where his school is, he pays nothing <i>and</i> parks steps away from his desk.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sdRGPnJwYfU/T6rQuej3QLI/AAAAAAAAFbg/KnKsPdC1dcs/s1600/2081_565029324806_26501866_34395917_431_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="311" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sdRGPnJwYfU/T6rQuej3QLI/AAAAAAAAFbg/KnKsPdC1dcs/s400/2081_565029324806_26501866_34395917_431_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Oh, and let's not forget that he puts one gallon of gas in it every other week<b>. </b>Paul says the scooter is, hands down, the best investment he's ever made. Plus, it's just plain fun. Zipping around town on that thing is a blast. Even though I haven't ridden it nearly as much since Wilder came along, I still love it for date nights and also because Paul can run to the store down the street and be back with a loaf of bread in approximately 3.5 minutes.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Although, for all its benefits, it has definitely caused its fair share of awkward moments also. Because he can legally lane-split in California, which means he can drive up between two lanes of cars in order to pass slower moving or stopped traffic, and other drivers <i>do not</i> like this, he has been on the receiving end of many a shout, hand gesture, and revved-up engine. For some reason, guys in BMWs specifically don't appreciate the dude on the scooter.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ifFm8lol3so/T6rQXSZyt1I/AAAAAAAAFbY/znAngHf1P1U/s1600/2081_565029319816_26501866_34395916_120_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ifFm8lol3so/T6rQXSZyt1I/AAAAAAAAFbY/znAngHf1P1U/s400/2081_565029319816_26501866_34395916_120_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Other people who don't appreciate him are uninsured women driving large white vans who don't see said scooter sitting in the parking space they're backing into. But that's another whole story.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I'll tell you who does appreciate Paul and his ride though and that's other dudes on scooters. I think it's sort of an unspoken brotherhood, kind of like guys on Harleys. He has even been passed a business card at a stoplight from another scooter driver inviting him to join a scooter gang. And, no, he did not join a scooter gang.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wilder is also quite obsessed with the scooter. He loves to sit on it and push all the buttons. Each morning we have to stand at the window looking out on the driveway and watch Paul leave for school. And, throughout the day, every time he hears a scooter or motorcycle engine he stops whatever he's doing, comes to attention, and says, <i>Dada -- voom-voom.</i></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bh5uykCgNVk/T6rVCTEagaI/AAAAAAAAFcE/Yodwjyfejn0/s1600/379466_10100135382813816_26501866_40370486_1539756409_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bh5uykCgNVk/T6rVCTEagaI/AAAAAAAAFcE/Yodwjyfejn0/s400/379466_10100135382813816_26501866_40370486_1539756409_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">So, here's to you, Mr. Scooter. You've served the family well and saved us a crapload of money. Thanks for that.</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-9126124298061519149?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-22604907159024472002012-05-08T21:44:00.001-07:002012-05-08T21:44:19.791-07:00Beep-Beep<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">This kid kills me with cuteness on a daily basis.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/k8exDfht9bs/0.jpg"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/k8exDfht9bs?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/k8exDfht9bs?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div> <br /><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-2260490715902447200?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-87038682467511370882012-05-07T21:35:00.000-07:002012-05-07T23:50:07.457-07:00Full Circle<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Have you ever had a moment where you just stopped and looked around you and said,&nbsp;<i>This. This moment is perfect. This is where I'm supposed to be.</i>? I had one of those moments the other day. The kind that you desperately wish to freeze in a snow globe and keep forever but you know that you can't and the transience of it makes it that much more precious.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wilder and I were outside in the yard. I was sitting in a chair in the sun. There was a nice little breeze doing battle with the hot UV rays. There were birds chirping in the trees and eating from the bird feeder. The dogs were lazing in the shade. I could smell the roast cooking in the crockpot in my kitchen. And across the yard there was the most perfect little blonde boy kicking a ball. When he saw me watching him he laughed and ran over to me for a sip of water and then ran off again. <i>This</i>.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I remember almost two years ago sitting in the same chair in the sun in a different yard. Five months pregnant with that little blonde boy I was enjoying feeling his kicks and daydreaming about the future. Of course I was looking forward to holding his tiny little newborn self in my arms but what I was really anticipating were the days when I could take him out into the yard and watch him run around and explore like I did as a child.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The other day when I was watching my now 17-month-old doing just that I suddenly felt like I had jumped into my vision from that day two years ago. Being out in the sunshine with my son was such a simple moment. But that simple moment was sweetened by my cherished childhood memories and elevated by the knowledge that this moment was once only dreamed of, it was aspired to, and now it was happening. It's a moment that will stay with me forever as one of just a few totally perfect moments in my life.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MrOAxcOrjZE/T6ihrGQssfI/AAAAAAAAFa0/QM2t211kYBw/s1600/IMG_1687.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MrOAxcOrjZE/T6ihrGQssfI/AAAAAAAAFa0/QM2t211kYBw/s400/IMG_1687.jpg" width="298" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-8703868246751137088?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-84830535466212472432012-05-06T23:36:00.001-07:002012-05-06T23:41:26.829-07:00Weekend Recap<div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">What a fun weekend we had!&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">On Saturday after a fun afternoon in the yard, Paul and I took Wilder to a Padres game with Rachel, Frank, and Lexi. We sat in the bleacher seats behind the "beach" in the outfield and it was the perfect spot for the toddlers to climb, explore, and play in the sand. Not so great if you want to actually watch the game -- I still don't even know who won, oops -- but it was such a fun evening with good friends.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zE9E3R7RH9g/T6dpkjgrrgI/AAAAAAAAFXE/Kt8z7n3n1ok/s1600/IMG_1792.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zE9E3R7RH9g/T6dpkjgrrgI/AAAAAAAAFXE/Kt8z7n3n1ok/s400/IMG_1792.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fVUj8svFVng/T6dpmlzMa9I/AAAAAAAAFXM/Jl0y-8Z-xdw/s1600/IMG_1798.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fVUj8svFVng/T6dpmlzMa9I/AAAAAAAAFXM/Jl0y-8Z-xdw/s400/IMG_1798.JPG" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-b9S0hMGPER8/T6dpooNpOdI/AAAAAAAAFXU/qIpjfc8ffJM/s1600/IMG_1804.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-b9S0hMGPER8/T6dpooNpOdI/AAAAAAAAFXU/qIpjfc8ffJM/s400/IMG_1804.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QSmyHJFmHOo/T6dpqDsPeII/AAAAAAAAFXc/6jdRbm4GKMY/s1600/IMG_1805.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QSmyHJFmHOo/T6dpqDsPeII/AAAAAAAAFXc/6jdRbm4GKMY/s400/IMG_1805.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-buEwl2eQt_U/T6dpr0TBt8I/AAAAAAAAFXk/Gmv50I2nVuk/s1600/IMG_1811.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-buEwl2eQt_U/T6dpr0TBt8I/AAAAAAAAFXk/Gmv50I2nVuk/s400/IMG_1811.JPG" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HNIQEWCKL1c/T6dptqJdNDI/AAAAAAAAFXs/TudcsWjSg-U/s1600/IMG_1812.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HNIQEWCKL1c/T6dptqJdNDI/AAAAAAAAFXs/TudcsWjSg-U/s400/IMG_1812.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Z-nWoZmYdAo/T6dpyEqdUeI/AAAAAAAAFYA/DMcmA1Yzt9U/s1600/IMG_1817.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Z-nWoZmYdAo/T6dpyEqdUeI/AAAAAAAAFYA/DMcmA1Yzt9U/s400/IMG_1817.JPG" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TE7oFZ3jNpE/T6dp1apJKYI/AAAAAAAAFYQ/4HMkKplE6gU/s1600/IMG_1824.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TE7oFZ3jNpE/T6dp1apJKYI/AAAAAAAAFYQ/4HMkKplE6gU/s400/IMG_1824.JPG" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Today Rachel and I took the babies to the Hullabaloo Kids' Music Festival at the Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo. It was a beautiful day and there were endless things for Wilder and Lexi to investigate, which they thoroughly took advantage of. It was so much fun to watch them having such a good time.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Spinning and dancing</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B7YUPMbCLUg/T6dq4HMEwVI/AAAAAAAAFYc/_vSWgh0izQ4/s1600/IMG_1844.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B7YUPMbCLUg/T6dq4HMEwVI/AAAAAAAAFYc/_vSWgh0izQ4/s400/IMG_1844.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pQKfCshWpDg/T6dq64nJpRI/AAAAAAAAFYs/tzMfoFz07v0/s1600/IMG_1853.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pQKfCshWpDg/T6dq64nJpRI/AAAAAAAAFYs/tzMfoFz07v0/s400/IMG_1853.JPG" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MiEStPownRc/T6drJGFK68I/AAAAAAAAFZo/O_IpAyImEJ8/s1600/IMG_1894.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MiEStPownRc/T6drJGFK68I/AAAAAAAAFZo/O_IpAyImEJ8/s400/IMG_1894.JPG" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CF-yiXUQa_U/T6drKxWosKI/AAAAAAAAFZw/8IhVrAo_rEM/s1600/IMG_1899.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CF-yiXUQa_U/T6drKxWosKI/AAAAAAAAFZw/8IhVrAo_rEM/s400/IMG_1899.JPG" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QacLII-XwsA/T6drNbfVppI/AAAAAAAAFZ4/vCn9EY113dQ/s1600/IMG_1923.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QacLII-XwsA/T6drNbfVppI/AAAAAAAAFZ4/vCn9EY113dQ/s400/IMG_1923.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8aAb-oxTE38/T6drRM2r5OI/AAAAAAAAFaM/P6sklS6PDLk/s1600/IMG_1929.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8aAb-oxTE38/T6drRM2r5OI/AAAAAAAAFaM/P6sklS6PDLk/s400/IMG_1929.JPG" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Tonight Paul, Wilder, and I walked down the street to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Urban Solace. It was delicious as always and Wilder had a great time studying all the other patrons and watching Curious George on my phone. This boy is obsessed with Curious George. We don't let him watch TV except a little PBS when he wakes up in the morning and all he ever wants is that one show. He will bring us the remote and do his monkey impression, ooh-ooh's, monkey arms, and all. How can we resist that?</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Uflkh6Nb91o/T6ds1xQDkoI/AAAAAAAAFac/DG5KxDXMIOA/s1600/IMG_1937.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Uflkh6Nb91o/T6ds1xQDkoI/AAAAAAAAFac/DG5KxDXMIOA/s400/IMG_1937.JPG" width="297" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Hope you all had a great weekend as well!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mSN9W_fW5OQ/T6ds1YH6wEI/AAAAAAAAFaU/Jo02YJ1yqn8/s1600/IMG_1936.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mSN9W_fW5OQ/T6ds1YH6wEI/AAAAAAAAFaU/Jo02YJ1yqn8/s400/IMG_1936.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-8483053546621247243?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-16628114573273901572012-05-05T15:38:00.000-07:002012-05-05T15:39:10.942-07:0010 Years<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Paul and I met at a church camp the summer before our sophomore year in high school.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We were both from the same hometown but went to different schools.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I went to the camp with my friend, Jinny, but ended up hanging out with Paul and his motley crew of friends the entire week. I had never met someone so real and funny and I just thought he was the coolest. We dated for a couple months after the camp but then my idiot self decided I needed to check out what other fish there were in the sea. We remained friends all through high school and both dated other people but I always felt a little soft spot for ol' PT.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">True story: I worked downtown at a law office after school and hadn't seen Paul in a couple of months. One day during senior year when I was leaving to run an errand I saw him parked down the street about to go into the courthouse. I was going the wrong way and technically too fast to pull into a spot next to him but at the last second decided I had to see him. I whipped the car around, tires squealing, into the parking space next to him, almost plowing into the truck on the other side of me, the owner of which was standing there mouth agape and looking at me like I was insane. Which I was. Oh, teenage hormones, I don't miss you. When I left and was thinking back on what had just happened and wondering why the hell I had just acted like such a fool I suddenly realized how smitten I was with that Paul Taylor.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He was dating someone else at the time and so was I but a few months later when my friend, Nicole, and I were riding around one afternoon (because that's what you do for fun in SmallTown, USA) she told me that he and his girlfriend had just broken up. I knew that was my chance so I called him right up and told him we were coming to pick him up. After hanging out all afternoon, we had our first kiss, I called and broke up with my boyfriend, and we've been together ever since. 10 years. A decade. Yowza, I feel old. But I also feel so lucky to have snagged this man who I know was meant for me. We've had our ups and downs, of course, but at the end of the day there's no question that by each other's side is where we'll always be.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1deRNmYEPuI/T6WrqvW5xYI/AAAAAAAAFWY/4lj3l2StmQM/s1600/photo-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1deRNmYEPuI/T6WrqvW5xYI/AAAAAAAAFWY/4lj3l2StmQM/s320/photo-1.jpg" width="239" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Here's to many more decades, my love.</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-1662811457327390157?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-16377371461339667912012-05-03T14:43:00.001-07:002012-05-03T14:43:36.922-07:00Repost: Party of Two... Praying for More<br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I was looking through old blog posts trying to get some inspiration for this darn Blogathon and realized that this post was from a year ago today. Call me lazy for doing a repost, but this is one I felt really strongly about and still do.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cIwYBga5b6w/Tb5WOlhWsLI/AAAAAAAABLM/AxLczqFXP9o/s1600/Picture+1.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cIwYBga5b6w/Tb5WOlhWsLI/AAAAAAAABLM/AxLczqFXP9o/s1600/Picture+1.png" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">As my first Mother's Day approaches I can't help but think about all the women out there who want more than anything to be celebrating that day with a child of their own. I know with all the "Teen Mom" type TV shows and the endless parade of announcements on Facebook newsfeeds, it seems as though&nbsp;<i>everyone</i>&nbsp;is effortlessly jumping on the mommy bandwagon. However, for so many, every month brings a growing sense of frustration and the question: "Why not me?" looms larger and larger. I can't even count on one hand the couples I know personally who are struggling with trying to conceive.&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">My parents tried for 8 years to have me, so I grew up convinced that it would take me years to get pregnant. Even though it didn't take as long as I thought, knowing what my parents went through -- watching all of their friends and family members have babies year after year -- has made me ultra-sensitive to others who are waiting and waiting for that positive test result. Therefore, although I haven't personally experienced the agony of that seemingly endless wait, there are a few things I want to share with those who are experiencing that challenge this Mother's Day.</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">-- You are NOT alone. I know it must seem like everyone you know is pregnant or has a baby, but there are many other women who are going through the same thing. Don't suffer silently... Ask for prayers like my brave friend, Rachel, does weekly. Make your desires known to God and others and get together with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.resolve.org/">other women who know what you are going through.</a></span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">-- Don't give up hope. I'm sure glad my parents didn't give up because I wouldn't be here today if they had. On the other hand, i</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">f they had gotten pregnant when they first wanted to their lives and mine would be very different. My parents would not have been as mature and their marriage wouldn't have been so well-established. This waiting time can be a great opportunity to focus on yourself and to develop a rock-solid relationship with your husband.</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">-- Don't forget that, if having a biological child is not in the cards for you, you still have the opportunity to give the gift of a stable home to a child for whom you are a dream come true. There are over&nbsp;<a href="http://www.adoptuskids.org/">100,000 US kids</a>&nbsp;in foster care who, just like you, know what "waiting" is all about.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">This whole post was inspired by a friend of a friend from MS State who, along with her husband, is currently trying to raise money to complete the adoption process. They are selling&nbsp;<a href="http://russandmegan.blogspot.com/">"Party of Two... Praying for More"</a>&nbsp;t-shirts to help them along this journey to parenthood. Visit their&nbsp;<a href="http://russandmegan.blogspot.com/">blog</a>&nbsp;for inspiration or to purchase a shirt to help make their dream a reality.&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I hope that this blogpost has come across like I've meant for it to: as encouraging and sensitive and not offensive. I just felt really called to do something in support of those for whom Mother's Day is one of the toughest days of the year.&nbsp;This Mother's Day, let us celebrate&nbsp;<i>all</i>&nbsp;mothers, not just the typical ones. This day is for all women who display determination and grace in the face of adversity -- mothers who have lost babies before meeting them, mothers who had to say goodbye to babies after they were born, mothers who care for children not their own, and mothers-in-waiting.&nbsp;</span></div> </div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-1637737146133966791?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-49292107637570686912012-05-02T20:23:00.000-07:002012-05-03T13:29:18.705-07:00Chicken and Spinach Lasagna in the Crockpot Recipe. Cooking Win. (Blogging Fail.)<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Yes, I realize how pathetic it is that I'm already resorting to a recipe on Day 2 of the challenge. I clearly didn't think this Blogathon through. I promise to do better tomorrow?</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Also, I really hate posting recipes without pictures but I'm going to make an exception this one time because I've just got to tell you about this amazing, easy dish. It's chicken and spinach lasagna... get ready for it... </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>in the crockpot</i></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">. And it is divine and sooo flavorful -- Wilder gobbled it up! But most importantly, it's pretty easy. My friend, </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.brittanyandjohnmichael.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Brittany</a></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">, passed it on to me a while ago and I just got around to trying it last week. It made a lot and I ate the leftovers for four meals in a row because it was just that good. So here you go. You can thank me later. Or invite me over when you make it ;)</span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><b><u>Crockpot Chicken and Spinach Lasagna</u></b></span><br /> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><b><u><br /></u></b></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><u>Ingredients</u></span><br /> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">1 10oz. frozen chopped spinach</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;thawed&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;"><i>(I used about 1 1/2 cups of chopped fresh spinach)</i></span></div> </div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">3 cups chopped cooked chicken</span></div> </div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">2 10oz. packages refrigerated alfredo sauce</span></div> </div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;"><i>(I used one jar of Bertolli alfredo sauce)</i></span></div> </div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">1 can cream of mushroom soup&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">1 cup chicken broth&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">1⁄2 tsp. pepper&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;"></span></div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">4 cups (16 oz.) shredded Italian cheese blend divided</span></span></div> </div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;"><i>(I think it could have used 1/2 to 1 less cup of cheese.</i></span></span><br /> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;"><i>And I'm not usually one to skimp on cheese.)</i></span></span></div> </div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">9 uncooked lasagna noodles&nbsp;</span></span></div> </div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">1⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil</span></span></div> </div> </div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><u>Directions</u></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;"><i>*Note: I cooked three chicken breasts in the crockpot for 2-3 hours (started on high and then turned to low for the last hour) so that they shredded up really nicely for the recipe. I also seasoned them with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and basil to give the dish a little extra flavor.</i></span></div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">If using frozen spinach, drain it well, pressing between paper towels.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">Stir together spinach, chicken, next 4 ingredients, and 3 cups Italian cheese blend in a large bowl.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">Spoon 1⁄4 of chicken mixture into a lightly greased crockpot.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">Arrange 3 noodles over chicken mixture, breaking to fit.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">Repeat layers twice.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">Top with remaining chicken mixture and 1 cup cheese.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">Cover and cook on low 3 1⁄2 hours or until noodles are done, mixture is bubbly and edges are golden brown.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">Uncover and cook on low 30 minutes.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;"><i>*Note: Mine was done after 2 1/2 hours but I think I have a hot crockpot. You may want to watch it after about the 2-hour mark.&nbsp;</i></span></div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">Sprinkle with basil.</span></div> <div style="font: normal normal normal 11px/normal Helvetica; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: small;">Enjoy.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nOwU9t2CkR4/T6H49IMQpZI/AAAAAAAAFUY/amIL8Tt4PaM/s1600/11954237341217376590johnny_automatic_chef_says_okay.svg.med.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="396" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nOwU9t2CkR4/T6H49IMQpZI/AAAAAAAAFUY/amIL8Tt4PaM/s400/11954237341217376590johnny_automatic_chef_says_okay.svg.med.png" width="400" /></a></div> </div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-4929210763757068691?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-21713437787265241932012-05-01T23:45:00.001-07:002012-05-01T23:45:24.323-07:00These Are a Few of My Favorite Things<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I love surrounding myself with objects that hold emotional significance for me -- things that remind me of a loved one or of a certain time in my life, things that can't be bought at Ikea or Target (although there's nothing wrong with Ikea or <strike>my second home</strike> Target). So many of the items throughout our house have a memory attached to them. Here are a few of my favorites...</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">1) Books, books, and more books. Every time we move we curse these books and say we need to get rid of some but we can't ever seem to do it. Having been an English major I'm the worst about it, but Paul has his fair share too. I just love having books around, especially ones that I can look at and remember where I was in my life when I read it and what impact it had on me at the time.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Xtaz_XcikCo/T6DLwLn8eMI/AAAAAAAAFSs/IsdytYcmuXo/s1600/photo+1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Xtaz_XcikCo/T6DLwLn8eMI/AAAAAAAAFSs/IsdytYcmuXo/s400/photo+1.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">These are horrible quality pictures by the way but that's what I get for waiting until the last minute to do my Day 1 post for <a href="http://michellerafter.com/" target="_blank">WordCount's</a> 2012 Blogathon. Not off to a great start in this endeavor. Anyway...</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">2. This is a bust that my paternal grandmother's father sculpted of, I believe, his father. I love this because it's original art of and by a relative for one thing but mostly because I feel a little bit of a kindred spirit with my great-grandfather who was a writer and whose last name we gave our son, Wilder.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J6Eq0YXbBuU/T6DNhpuBStI/AAAAAAAAFS0/yGrC7R739iM/s1600/photo+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J6Eq0YXbBuU/T6DNhpuBStI/AAAAAAAAFS0/yGrC7R739iM/s400/photo+2.jpg" width="288" /></a></div> <br /> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">3) Speaking of artwork, this painting by our good friend, <a href="http://drewdivilbiss.com/index.html" target="_blank">Drew Divilbiss</a>, is another of my favorite things.&nbsp;I love this because it's big and vibrant -- it covers most of one wall with a giant splash of color -- and because we bought it the first year we were married.</span><br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-17XJFEeYYz4/T6DNiFQpGdI/AAAAAAAAFS8/FNAH55TFGiM/s1600/photo+3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-17XJFEeYYz4/T6DNiFQpGdI/AAAAAAAAFS8/FNAH55TFGiM/s400/photo+3.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">4) This is a sign I "borrowed" from a tattoo den in a certain Tennessee town&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">that shall remain nameless</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;with an accomplice who shall also remain nameless. I'm sure you can see why I love this thing. 17, you were a fun age.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-X92p7SqbyVg/T6DVIXK2BJI/AAAAAAAAFTc/L8JOfBfHHpk/s1600/photo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-X92p7SqbyVg/T6DVIXK2BJI/AAAAAAAAFTc/L8JOfBfHHpk/s400/photo.jpg" width="263" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">5) Which one of these is not like the others? Yes, you are correct, it's the plastic mini basketball goal in my living room. No matter how out of place it looks though I love to see it because it's a sign of this incredibly fun phase we are in with Wilder and what a big boy he's getting to be. It sits in the spot where his pack n' play was just a year ago as a reminder that time goes way too fast and all we can do is try to savor every moment.</span><br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eWxuGS45fmA/T6DNiuzaaiI/AAAAAAAAFTE/cxYdcnHeh7U/s1600/photo+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eWxuGS45fmA/T6DNiuzaaiI/AAAAAAAAFTE/cxYdcnHeh7U/s400/photo+4.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">What are some of your favorite sentimental objects?</span></div> </div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-2171343778726524193?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-87708124750607783892012-04-30T09:47:00.000-07:002012-05-01T11:38:42.588-07:00Meta-Blogging<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about my blog.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I know I mostly post about Wilder and, although I'm sure the grandparents are thrilled about that, I also know most people couldn't care less about our daily adventures.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Believe me, I would love to write about other, more inspiring, more culturally relevant things but I usually don't for a couple of reasons: a) The exhaustion of raising a toddler and the writer's block that results from daily exposure to high-pitched whining sounds; and b) The fact that I just think he's the bee's knees and I want to document this precious time in our lives so when he's a bratty teenager I can look back and remember how sweet he used to be ;)&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">That's not to say I won't ever write about anything other than my son. In fact, I'm gearing up to start a blog challenge tomorrow in order to force myself to dig a little deeper than usual. &nbsp;But I'm no <a href="http://www.scarymommy.com/" target="_blank">Scary Mommy</a> or <a href="http://mooshinindy.com/" target="_blank">Moosh in Indy</a> and that's alright with me.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">If that's OK with you too, enjoy the approximately 1,000 pictures below. And check back in tomorrow for the first day of a daily blogging regimen that will hopefully last longer than Paul's and my <a href="http://www.southernersinsocal.com/2012/04/insanity-and-easter.html" target="_blank">Insanity</a> workout stint. Oh, I didn't tell you that we quit at Day 3? Probably because I was so embarrassed but, yeah, we decided that we weren't nearly insane enough for that crap.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">At a playdate with Dean</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7Z0jt4KgkNk/T59YpSOuvdI/AAAAAAAAFJw/2yZBaeoD3NE/s1600/IMG_1386.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="287" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7Z0jt4KgkNk/T59YpSOuvdI/AAAAAAAAFJw/2yZBaeoD3NE/s400/IMG_1386.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;At the zoo with Lexi</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HPCbwKi2m9E/T59Yqd4asFI/AAAAAAAAFJ4/inEmRcesSRc/s1600/IMG_1391.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HPCbwKi2m9E/T59Yqd4asFI/AAAAAAAAFJ4/inEmRcesSRc/s400/IMG_1391.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Gx_ZFzaeAmU/T59Yr5Du1qI/AAAAAAAAFKA/AAm_Gyl9sdU/s1600/IMG_1395.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Gx_ZFzaeAmU/T59Yr5Du1qI/AAAAAAAAFKA/AAm_Gyl9sdU/s400/IMG_1395.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;Looking some dude up and down at the turtle exhibit. Luckily&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">babies can usually get away with awkwardness like that.</span></div> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CLphS0H4puY/T59YtXrc6zI/AAAAAAAAFKQ/6YxE0OXp-Y8/s1600/IMG_1416.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CLphS0H4puY/T59YtXrc6zI/AAAAAAAAFKQ/6YxE0OXp-Y8/s400/IMG_1416.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;Sometimes I'm afraid he thinks he's a dog.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4vjkeoJ3aWM/T59YuUB3zwI/AAAAAAAAFKY/v9eOvTlQ0vo/s1600/IMG_1419.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4vjkeoJ3aWM/T59YuUB3zwI/AAAAAAAAFKY/v9eOvTlQ0vo/s400/IMG_1419.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Playing peekaboo under the trees at the dog&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">park. Look at that huge cheesy grin. Such a ham!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7iGkU2Qb86c/T59YvoUybEI/AAAAAAAAFKg/5PdlYRZxqhY/s1600/IMG_1421.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7iGkU2Qb86c/T59YvoUybEI/AAAAAAAAFKg/5PdlYRZxqhY/s400/IMG_1421.jpg" width="308" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;Loving on Rider.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7aRlKfif93U/T59Yy8ulljI/AAAAAAAAFKo/4S0mG_2VF6s/s1600/IMG_1424.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7aRlKfif93U/T59Yy8ulljI/AAAAAAAAFKo/4S0mG_2VF6s/s400/IMG_1424.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Loving on Posey.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ATuu4n-2h3M/T59Y0JHra_I/AAAAAAAAFK0/4y65sRfC8qw/s1600/IMG_1426.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ATuu4n-2h3M/T59Y0JHra_I/AAAAAAAAFK0/4y65sRfC8qw/s400/IMG_1426.jpg" width="310" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Yep, pretty sure he thinks he's a dog.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rpMnW4gXG30/T59Y3Nd14zI/AAAAAAAAFK8/K85QiXHYFRc/s1600/IMG_1427.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rpMnW4gXG30/T59Y3Nd14zI/AAAAAAAAFK8/K85QiXHYFRc/s400/IMG_1427.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">At the Coronado Community Center pool</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">with Holly and Reagan.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TWq2M8-BB9w/T59Y4hegQRI/AAAAAAAAFLE/0--fHgeeC7c/s1600/IMG_1433.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TWq2M8-BB9w/T59Y4hegQRI/AAAAAAAAFLE/0--fHgeeC7c/s400/IMG_1433.jpg" width="291" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;He was in heaven with all the locks and latches in the locker room.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BHloQc-eGOc/T59Y6lPyG9I/AAAAAAAAFLM/Jy02sp7KfWM/s1600/IMG_1439.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BHloQc-eGOc/T59Y6lPyG9I/AAAAAAAAFLM/Jy02sp7KfWM/s400/IMG_1439.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;This is the day I discovered that this is what</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">he does when I ask him to smile. LOVE. IT.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2uwxFUOKtn4/T59Y-rLmS5I/AAAAAAAAFLc/kc40JeA-Guo/s1600/IMG_1450.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2uwxFUOKtn4/T59Y-rLmS5I/AAAAAAAAFLc/kc40JeA-Guo/s400/IMG_1450.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <i>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Go long!</span></i></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gmIi0RZawuk/T59ZADYz2oI/AAAAAAAAFLo/O1MdVqxcmKU/s1600/IMG_1456.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gmIi0RZawuk/T59ZADYz2oI/AAAAAAAAFLo/O1MdVqxcmKU/s400/IMG_1456.jpg" width="280" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SC1D_rifdvU/T59ZBGPSM7I/AAAAAAAAFLw/tVCuCpiyu4Q/s1600/IMG_1460.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SC1D_rifdvU/T59ZBGPSM7I/AAAAAAAAFLw/tVCuCpiyu4Q/s400/IMG_1460.jpg" width="341" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Big boy holding a worm.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NtEULFhw4Pc/T59ZDmHyahI/AAAAAAAAFL4/dcEavgROGiU/s1600/IMG_1467.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NtEULFhw4Pc/T59ZDmHyahI/AAAAAAAAFL4/dcEavgROGiU/s400/IMG_1467.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Reagan is so sweet with Wilder and calls</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">him "buddy." :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2JojHCxuxrw/T59ZEy22lFI/AAAAAAAAFMA/H_BvYwP6P4I/s1600/IMG_1473.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2JojHCxuxrw/T59ZEy22lFI/AAAAAAAAFMA/H_BvYwP6P4I/s400/IMG_1473.JPG" width="297" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Spending some QT with his Rider girl.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-atmyW4px0nc/T59ZGRL9WoI/AAAAAAAAFMI/hPXVl3iqhXw/s1600/IMG_1491.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-atmyW4px0nc/T59ZGRL9WoI/AAAAAAAAFMI/hPXVl3iqhXw/s400/IMG_1491.jpg" width="317" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">These dogs are saints.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ph_whh8wdL0/T59ZIeeOOyI/AAAAAAAAFMQ/e7UkJlF6myo/s1600/IMG_1495.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ph_whh8wdL0/T59ZIeeOOyI/AAAAAAAAFMQ/e7UkJlF6myo/s400/IMG_1495.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">New favorite activity: jumping/flopping/</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">playing on the bed. The kid loves it and</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">would stay there for hours if I let him.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Pro: Ability to unload the dishwasher without</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">him grabbing at every sharp or breakable</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">object. Con: Triscuit crumbs in the bed because</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">he refuses to leave long enough for a snack.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xnIrUm3BgG4/T59ZKzt5YGI/AAAAAAAAFMY/JZQJpE3KGPc/s1600/IMG_1497.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xnIrUm3BgG4/T59ZKzt5YGI/AAAAAAAAFMY/JZQJpE3KGPc/s400/IMG_1497.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X3xXXoUGXvI/T59ZM0mRtLI/AAAAAAAAFMk/XezMsF-ctnU/s1600/IMG_1506.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X3xXXoUGXvI/T59ZM0mRtLI/AAAAAAAAFMk/XezMsF-ctnU/s400/IMG_1506.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Second new favorite activity: Soccer-ing.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We pretty much take the soccer ball with</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">us everywhere we go on the off chance</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">that there will be an opportunity to kick it.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-j1RZJomeiGI/T59ZPCPp1NI/AAAAAAAAFMs/DEHK9HaYqXk/s1600/IMG_1507.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-j1RZJomeiGI/T59ZPCPp1NI/AAAAAAAAFMs/DEHK9HaYqXk/s400/IMG_1507.jpg" width="278" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qa7t9U-x9JI/T59ZQHU4C7I/AAAAAAAAFM0/HfWrb3tA5_g/s1600/IMG_1514.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="322" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qa7t9U-x9JI/T59ZQHU4C7I/AAAAAAAAFM0/HfWrb3tA5_g/s400/IMG_1514.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Making music at the library.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C-5rbUbrpnk/T59ZRm_zwQI/AAAAAAAAFM8/QJvigDkF3Og/s1600/IMG_1520.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C-5rbUbrpnk/T59ZRm_zwQI/AAAAAAAAFM8/QJvigDkF3Og/s400/IMG_1520.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Taking care of some business while at the&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">library for&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">his regular Tuesday story time.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dHdNqwfPGzw/T59ZS44a8ZI/AAAAAAAAFNE/xgD1wESOzCw/s1600/IMG_1523.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="313" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dHdNqwfPGzw/T59ZS44a8ZI/AAAAAAAAFNE/xgD1wESOzCw/s400/IMG_1523.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Is there anything more fun than a bubble bath?</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ACgFlktcxYc/T59ZUpWr1jI/AAAAAAAAFNM/a27JlovmisY/s1600/IMG_1526.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ACgFlktcxYc/T59ZUpWr1jI/AAAAAAAAFNM/a27JlovmisY/s400/IMG_1526.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>Buh-bahs!!</i></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-npZsVZDMoBM/T59ZW9y5HBI/AAAAAAAAFNU/PTHcq4KSgDM/s1600/IMG_1528.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-npZsVZDMoBM/T59ZW9y5HBI/AAAAAAAAFNU/PTHcq4KSgDM/s400/IMG_1528.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He brought these two sheep to me&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">and yelled <i>BAHH!! </i>very emphatically.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2X0R57MBIG8/T59ZZS6JNsI/AAAAAAAAFNg/uLomgbRCq3w/s1600/IMG_1533.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2X0R57MBIG8/T59ZZS6JNsI/AAAAAAAAFNg/uLomgbRCq3w/s400/IMG_1533.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Paul taught him the Home Alone face :-0</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_FeEWjINRNU/T59ZbDFuY2I/AAAAAAAAFNo/8w6tN6uM6pw/s1600/IMG_1538.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_FeEWjINRNU/T59ZbDFuY2I/AAAAAAAAFNo/8w6tN6uM6pw/s400/IMG_1538.jpg" width="293" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Checking out a new park with Rachel and Lexi.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-r48UUtcKol8/T59Zc3WdJBI/AAAAAAAAFNw/MB4dgsuOT7s/s1600/IMG_1547.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-r48UUtcKol8/T59Zc3WdJBI/AAAAAAAAFNw/MB4dgsuOT7s/s400/IMG_1547.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>Whooaaa! Did you see that epic splash, Mom?!</i></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_h48AuxUoU8/T591BzLWBBI/AAAAAAAAFOM/VHiiBh1IM_o/s1600/IMG_1551.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_h48AuxUoU8/T591BzLWBBI/AAAAAAAAFOM/VHiiBh1IM_o/s400/IMG_1551.jpg" width="308" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">At a BBQ at my cousin Amber's house in La Habra.</span><br /> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Needless to say, Wilder learned the word "fuh-leeler"</span><br /> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">on this trip.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TAv4DbuDjF8/T591EIdOOLI/AAAAAAAAFOc/sv08lkeKuiQ/s1600/IMG_1558.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="281" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TAv4DbuDjF8/T591EIdOOLI/AAAAAAAAFOc/sv08lkeKuiQ/s400/IMG_1558.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Love seeing these sweet boys playing together :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hLlJ6y3kxuY/T591JM0e2xI/AAAAAAAAFO0/INbeNz7WXsY/s1600/IMG_1565.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="288" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hLlJ6y3kxuY/T591JM0e2xI/AAAAAAAAFO0/INbeNz7WXsY/s400/IMG_1565.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Newest little cousin, Tempe.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NVQ0rCuTcOs/T591LrCCLPI/AAAAAAAAFO8/oJxh8k_rNoc/s1600/IMG_1574.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NVQ0rCuTcOs/T591LrCCLPI/AAAAAAAAFO8/oJxh8k_rNoc/s400/IMG_1574.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <i>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Baby? What baby?</span></i></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N4MXlOv2btU/T591OP1VGvI/AAAAAAAAFPE/wBRL9KpYnSA/s1600/IMG_1576.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N4MXlOv2btU/T591OP1VGvI/AAAAAAAAFPE/wBRL9KpYnSA/s400/IMG_1576.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <i>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Oh, that baby. Hey, baby, can you catch?</span></i></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pdT8igcN8vI/T591Q_jHZMI/AAAAAAAAFPM/R505Qwj3L5Y/s1600/IMG_1577.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pdT8igcN8vI/T591Q_jHZMI/AAAAAAAAFPM/R505Qwj3L5Y/s400/IMG_1577.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Sweet cousins.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p3cyf-kYKek/T591Vp5DPBI/AAAAAAAAFPc/4im0RPDrQus/s1600/IMG_1585.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p3cyf-kYKek/T591Vp5DPBI/AAAAAAAAFPc/4im0RPDrQus/s400/IMG_1585.jpg" width="322" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Helping Tempe play.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YdHbHm7ogtI/T591X3HnKtI/AAAAAAAAFPo/v-he210djPU/s1600/IMG_1588.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YdHbHm7ogtI/T591X3HnKtI/AAAAAAAAFPo/v-he210djPU/s400/IMG_1588.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">It's not humanly possible to take a decent</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">picture with three small children. I have</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">accepted this fact and I give you this photo --</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">the best we could do. ;)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Xm4j2MqC5J8/T591ZjkCCcI/AAAAAAAAFPw/aGZxq21EuxQ/s1600/IMG_1591.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Xm4j2MqC5J8/T591ZjkCCcI/AAAAAAAAFPw/aGZxq21EuxQ/s400/IMG_1591.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Manning the grill.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f0TPp2dqcJo/T591b_3AtuI/AAAAAAAAFP4/S8Z5jrKWwhY/s1600/IMG_1597.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f0TPp2dqcJo/T591b_3AtuI/AAAAAAAAFP4/S8Z5jrKWwhY/s400/IMG_1597.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wilder quickly mastered the fork at breakfast</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">the next morning. Probably because there was</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">bacon on the other end of it.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W5B1zNS837k/T591dpXNxNI/AAAAAAAAFQA/8jQTN0KG--0/s1600/IMG_1602.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W5B1zNS837k/T591dpXNxNI/AAAAAAAAFQA/8jQTN0KG--0/s400/IMG_1602.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;He went to bed saying <i>ball</i> and woke up saying&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>ball</i>. "Obsessed" might be an understatement.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DWrFq_ZsBvs/T6AaNa0UfAI/AAAAAAAAFSU/vUnCb7T7Qxk/s1600/IMG_1604.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DWrFq_ZsBvs/T6AaNa0UfAI/AAAAAAAAFSU/vUnCb7T7Qxk/s400/IMG_1604.JPG" width="343" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He sure loves his Dada!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iWAW9bzW_oA/T591gOtEZiI/AAAAAAAAFQQ/zEc8a-mQsS8/s1600/IMG_1607.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iWAW9bzW_oA/T591gOtEZiI/AAAAAAAAFQQ/zEc8a-mQsS8/s400/IMG_1607.jpg" width="273" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Playdate with Lexi.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TInqL9Sic4g/T591nPYSjDI/AAAAAAAAFQ0/TXJ53rRqhnE/s1600/IMG_1618.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TInqL9Sic4g/T591nPYSjDI/AAAAAAAAFQ0/TXJ53rRqhnE/s400/IMG_1618.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Totally digging the bouncy bridge.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JQ6UxqsX2-8/T591lfhpMfI/AAAAAAAAFQs/WbZ1_fVnhk8/s1600/IMG_1615.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JQ6UxqsX2-8/T591lfhpMfI/AAAAAAAAFQs/WbZ1_fVnhk8/s400/IMG_1615.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Oh, how I love this sweet boy.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8LThJJtFnCY/T591omYiNII/AAAAAAAAFQ8/q5OipAvRVk0/s1600/IMG_1623.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8LThJJtFnCY/T591omYiNII/AAAAAAAAFQ8/q5OipAvRVk0/s400/IMG_1623.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He made me get the picture of "Cullillium"</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">(Uncle William) down from the refrigerator</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">so he could study it. He will point to this picture</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">and then point to a picture of himself on the</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">tractor at my parents' house. It's so crazy that</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">he remembers that Uncle William drove him on</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">the tractor back in September when he was</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">10 months old!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eMHpD9Ggcvw/T591qHidd-I/AAAAAAAAFRE/yPbWdEAxQo0/s1600/IMG_1627.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="352" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eMHpD9Ggcvw/T591qHidd-I/AAAAAAAAFRE/yPbWdEAxQo0/s400/IMG_1627.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I made a massive sweep of the yard and picked</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">up any and all dog poop remnants so he could</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">play out there. Now that's all he wants to do.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nRL5vOTL4tI/T591rHTh9EI/AAAAAAAAFRM/1vbsCeIaDG0/s1600/IMG_1630.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="343" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nRL5vOTL4tI/T591rHTh9EI/AAAAAAAAFRM/1vbsCeIaDG0/s400/IMG_1630.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He loves exploring out there.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bPPlpZYaA_4/T591sAqIohI/AAAAAAAAFRU/TXwb9EZbjKY/s1600/IMG_1633.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="295" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bPPlpZYaA_4/T591sAqIohI/AAAAAAAAFRU/TXwb9EZbjKY/s400/IMG_1633.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Silly smiles.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-krHaZ4gJmrQ/T591uQ7bfII/AAAAAAAAFRc/738-MtfCEq0/s1600/IMG_1634.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-krHaZ4gJmrQ/T591uQ7bfII/AAAAAAAAFRc/738-MtfCEq0/s400/IMG_1634.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He loves pointing to us and saying <i>Mama, Dada</i> and then</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">pointing to himself and saying <i>Wi-Wi</i>. It's possibly</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">the cutest thing I've ever seen.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8J-WSrE7eyg/T591w_M401I/AAAAAAAAFRo/yy7jgXv0QrQ/s1600/IMG_1635.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8J-WSrE7eyg/T591w_M401I/AAAAAAAAFRo/yy7jgXv0QrQ/s400/IMG_1635.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He always squawks at these Birds of Paradise in</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">the flower bed and insisted on "petting" them.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RSMFwsdogzk/T5911k4RIFI/AAAAAAAAFR4/8_oSFBwNdt4/s1600/IMG_1638.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RSMFwsdogzk/T5911k4RIFI/AAAAAAAAFR4/8_oSFBwNdt4/s400/IMG_1638.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Paul and I both are just totally smitten with that silly, laughing, jumping, ball-throwing, dog-loving, (sometimes whining), happy, easy-going little dude. We marvel every single day at his innocence, his intelligence, his sense of humor, and at the pure joy with which he greets each new day. He makes us happy to be alive and we feel so lucky to be his parents.</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-8770812475060778389?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-4127490032745561952012-04-27T23:04:00.004-07:002012-04-27T23:04:57.747-07:00And the Winner Is...<div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: large;">Amy Hall!</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-e9I-_9hiDsk/T5uH4SMrlhI/AAAAAAAAFJY/wMBTAQL59Fg/s1600/Screen+shot+2012-04-27+at+11.00.26+PM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-e9I-_9hiDsk/T5uH4SMrlhI/AAAAAAAAFJY/wMBTAQL59Fg/s1600/Screen+shot+2012-04-27+at+11.00.26+PM.png" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The random number generator at Random.org chose Comment #4, which belonged to Amy. Congrats Amy and enjoy your stickers! And thanks to everyone who entered! Have a good weekend!</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-412749003274556195?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-87254889961090416172012-04-23T06:00:00.000-07:002012-04-23T11:12:33.761-07:00UPrinting Giveaway!<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I was recently selected to host a giveaway for the website, <a href="http://www.uprinting.com/" target="_blank">UPrinting</a>, here on the ol' blog! I'm pretty excited to discover this great do-it-yourself online printing company for a number of reasons.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> </div> <ul> <li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">They offer tons and tons of printing options.&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">They use vegetable/soy-based inks.&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">They give you the option to print on recycled paper.&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">They have 24-hour customer support on weekdays (8am - 5pm on weekends).</span></li> <li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">They offer free proofs!</span></li> <li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">They always have promotions going on.&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">They offer super-fast turnaround for your order.</span></li> <li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Their design process couldn't be easier.</span></li> <li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">They just seem like really nice people who want you to be satisfied with your product and that's always a good thing.</span></li> </ul> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Anyone with a small business needs to know about UPrinting for sure. But it's also a great place for us mamas to make awesome custom return address labels, greeting/Christmas cards, magnets, and even canvas prints.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">So, up for grabs this week are<span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;">&nbsp;250 2" x 3.5" stickers from UPrinting's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uprinting.com/sticker-printing.html?utm_source=southernersinsocal.com&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=socga_stga-0412" target="_blank">Sticker Printing</a> department with a 4-day turnaround and free US shipping!&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kqKAZ4fYw8Q/T5MS37uhEhI/AAAAAAAAFJM/9X_EyO42IyQ/s1600/UPrintingStickers.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: black;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kqKAZ4fYw8Q/T5MS37uhEhI/AAAAAAAAFJM/9X_EyO42IyQ/s1600/UPrintingStickers.jpg" /></span></a></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;">I can think of endless uses for these stickers and I'm excited to be hooking one lucky reader up with a fun prize like this.&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><br /></span></span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;">Here are the different ways to enter:&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;">1) Leave a comment on this blogpost telling me what you would use the stickers for.</span></span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;">2) Like UPrinting on Facebook (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/UPrinting">http://www.facebook.com/UPrinting</a>) and leave a comment here telling me you've done so.</span></span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;">3) Follow UPrinting on Twitter (<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/uprinting">http://twitter.com/#!/uprinting</a>) and leave a comment here telling me you've done so.</span></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;">4) Add UPrinting to your Google+ Circle (<a href="https://plus.google.com/106588708418323078721/posts">https://plus.google.com/106588708418323078721/posts</a>)&nbsp;</span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">and leave a comment here telling me you've done so.</span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><br /></span></span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;">You can choose to do one or all of the entries but, as in the past, each comment you leave on this post counts as an entry into the giveaway. So the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><br /></span></span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;">The giveaway will close Friday morning (4/27) and a winner will be selected using a random number generator. Check back here Friday evening to see if you've won!</span></span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><br /></span></span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;">Good luck and have a great week!</span></span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><br /></span></span></div> <div> <i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small;">Disclaimer:</span></div> </span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">You should assume that I will receive free print products in exchange for the post. Any and all reviews posted are based solely on my own experience and may be atypical. Please practice due diligence in making any related purchase decisions.</span></span></i></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-8725488996109041617?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-50106537352621968732012-04-18T05:00:00.000-07:002012-04-18T05:00:07.567-07:00Wordless Wednesday<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">April, what have you done to me? You have sucked the will to blog right out of me somehow! H</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">ere it is again, a week since my last post and all I'm about to do is post another update on our lives, nothing inspiring or thoughtful. In fact, I'm pretty sure it will only be pictures. Wordless Wednesday, it is! I will get my bloggy groove back, <i>I will</i>. Maybe I need to do another blog challenge just to get myself writing again. I'll check into that for next month.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Watching the rain. He kept pointing</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">and saying "wa-wa" (water), haha :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hn3TFuOZoyk/T440wejFvMI/AAAAAAAAFGU/9i6p0RIk0Ik/s1600/IMG_1298.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hn3TFuOZoyk/T440wejFvMI/AAAAAAAAFGU/9i6p0RIk0Ik/s320/IMG_1298.jpg" width="261" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;Rainy day indoor laundry basket&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">soccer.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0Na6Ajn466c/T440xhhW3LI/AAAAAAAAFGc/uPui44zw6bk/s1600/IMG_1303.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0Na6Ajn466c/T440xhhW3LI/AAAAAAAAFGc/uPui44zw6bk/s320/IMG_1303.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Every time he scored I yelled "Goooooal!!"</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">and he would just die laughing. So of course,</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I did it over and over and over.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rtbz88Fa7DM/T440zAm3g1I/AAAAAAAAFGk/9yPRDfqoqXk/s1600/IMG_1313.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rtbz88Fa7DM/T440zAm3g1I/AAAAAAAAFGk/9yPRDfqoqXk/s320/IMG_1313.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CRVC1fO-UXk/T4400huenbI/AAAAAAAAFGs/l1xozqju_2k/s1600/IMG_1319.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CRVC1fO-UXk/T4400huenbI/AAAAAAAAFGs/l1xozqju_2k/s320/IMG_1319.jpg" width="239" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wicked mohawk, bro.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bFfCHx5P80A/T4401mnRHkI/AAAAAAAAFG0/IStC1V5D1hk/s1600/IMG_1323.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bFfCHx5P80A/T4401mnRHkI/AAAAAAAAFG0/IStC1V5D1hk/s320/IMG_1323.jpg" width="244" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Mile-high hair.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-khrthMzvO5o/T4403SfjQhI/AAAAAAAAFG8/aX5q_5WzNK0/s1600/IMG_1331.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-khrthMzvO5o/T4403SfjQhI/AAAAAAAAFG8/aX5q_5WzNK0/s320/IMG_1331.jpg" width="250" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Sunday afternoon trip to Fiesta Island.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3wxxLXrfen8/T440477AAqI/AAAAAAAAFHE/DS5WM7UIq6o/s1600/IMG_1334.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3wxxLXrfen8/T440477AAqI/AAAAAAAAFHE/DS5WM7UIq6o/s320/IMG_1334.jpg" width="243" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wwP8Jiqvi-Q/T4408mWeUiI/AAAAAAAAFHY/hk-mMzIncns/s1600/IMG_1341.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wwP8Jiqvi-Q/T4408mWeUiI/AAAAAAAAFHY/hk-mMzIncns/s320/IMG_1341.jpg" width="235" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Such a dapper dude with a flower</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">in his hat :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jpgfQPLqxXY/T4409tI8SmI/AAAAAAAAFHg/9_5L174hZxI/s1600/IMG_1348.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jpgfQPLqxXY/T4409tI8SmI/AAAAAAAAFHg/9_5L174hZxI/s320/IMG_1348.jpg" width="222" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The crew.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s1fr0WfdHoQ/T441BrJim3I/AAAAAAAAFHw/lPWK06TNuMo/s1600/IMG_1353.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s1fr0WfdHoQ/T441BrJim3I/AAAAAAAAFHw/lPWK06TNuMo/s320/IMG_1353.jpg" width="239" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9TsFopAebhc/T441DCZX5eI/AAAAAAAAFH4/VgKZEmmQRns/s1600/IMG_1356.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9TsFopAebhc/T441DCZX5eI/AAAAAAAAFH4/VgKZEmmQRns/s320/IMG_1356.jpg" width="246" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The boy is completely obsessed with balls.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aU7bVkXxxuQ/T441GXAT-LI/AAAAAAAAFII/tQ5sK8Pghyo/s1600/IMG_1364.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aU7bVkXxxuQ/T441GXAT-LI/AAAAAAAAFII/tQ5sK8Pghyo/s320/IMG_1364.jpg" width="239" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He totally dribbled this soccer ball&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">across the&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">field like a little pro.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kHdQZVRfriQ/T441HBJ_O5I/AAAAAAAAFIQ/cpdc9wFIOjc/s1600/IMG_1369.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="255" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kHdQZVRfriQ/T441HBJ_O5I/AAAAAAAAFIQ/cpdc9wFIOjc/s320/IMG_1369.jpg" width="320" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;I can't even do that!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-D8jaV_0QdvI/T441IUQcukI/AAAAAAAAFIY/sbwsLyrWvuc/s1600/IMG_1370.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-D8jaV_0QdvI/T441IUQcukI/AAAAAAAAFIY/sbwsLyrWvuc/s320/IMG_1370.jpg" width="258" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">If he spots a razor scooter lying</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">unattended somewhere,&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">he's getting&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">on it, no questions asked.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8BOostDh0Yg/T441KhmELQI/AAAAAAAAFIk/qondRgBEP00/s1600/IMG_1371.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8BOostDh0Yg/T441KhmELQI/AAAAAAAAFIk/qondRgBEP00/s320/IMG_1371.jpg" width="212" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;Why do I even bring his own toys to the park??</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EPMema7EqAM/T441MeKd8JI/AAAAAAAAFIs/-_0v76XBrNc/s1600/IMG_1372.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="247" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EPMema7EqAM/T441MeKd8JI/AAAAAAAAFIs/-_0v76XBrNc/s320/IMG_1372.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Playdate with Lexi</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zy1ogq2hOpc/T448C99wTOI/AAAAAAAAFI4/KxqROqixiGk/s1600/photo+1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zy1ogq2hOpc/T448C99wTOI/AAAAAAAAFI4/KxqROqixiGk/s320/photo+1.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I really don't think it gets any cuter than babies in sunhats :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5NoYwYvxWXw/T448DddrPdI/AAAAAAAAFJA/K17e4E_jjog/s1600/photo+2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5NoYwYvxWXw/T448DddrPdI/AAAAAAAAFJA/K17e4E_jjog/s320/photo+2.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-5010653735262196873?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-6602377353341470392012-04-11T22:46:00.001-07:002012-04-11T22:59:09.108-07:00Insanity and Easter<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Man, I'm having a hard time pumping out the blogposts this month! Paul started back to school on Monday so hopefully I can get back into the groove soon. Although he did rope me into starting the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLK28BHJDd8" target="_blank">Insanity</a> workout with him so I may also be dead soon. Have you guys heard of/seen/done this? The name is totally appropriate because this workout regimen is quite literally <b>INSANE</b>. We did the Fitness Test on Monday and I was sore and exhausted after just that! Tonight was day 2 of the workout and I'm legitimately hurting and walking like I have no joints in my legs. The workouts are forty minutes of basically nonstop jumping/kicking/punching/push-upping/running/wanting to kill yourself. Luckily it's only a 60-day program. Surely we can do it for just a couple of months. I'll tell you one thing, if we can stick with it we will be totally beach-ready at the end of it (just in time to probably move away from the beach, haha).&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We had such a good time with Paul over his break. He's in the middle of thesis, of course, so he still had to work a bit but he completely took off last weekend so we enjoyed three whole days of uninterrupted time with him and it was glorious! On Friday, we went to Fiesta Island to give Wilder some space to run his little heart out. We walked up and down trails, picking up rocks and sticks, stopping to smell flowers, and chasing each other. It was so much fun and so relaxing.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-12drNfl7upU/T4X0qKLMb0I/AAAAAAAAE-M/MWW7bMhUx3M/s1600/IMG_1029.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-12drNfl7upU/T4X0qKLMb0I/AAAAAAAAE-M/MWW7bMhUx3M/s400/IMG_1029.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NO5RRiE0zZ0/T4X0stLwb6I/AAAAAAAAE-U/A_UqYxwmH6E/s1600/IMG_1030.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NO5RRiE0zZ0/T4X0stLwb6I/AAAAAAAAE-U/A_UqYxwmH6E/s400/IMG_1030.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M4I_g5yTyO0/T4X0umx9yXI/AAAAAAAAE-c/Ysc86gSz8Ck/s1600/IMG_1032.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M4I_g5yTyO0/T4X0umx9yXI/AAAAAAAAE-c/Ysc86gSz8Ck/s400/IMG_1032.jpg" width="311" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rvO-pfhtBsA/T4X0yZJ6S0I/AAAAAAAAE-o/uqvSLx9pylw/s1600/IMG_1036.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rvO-pfhtBsA/T4X0yZJ6S0I/AAAAAAAAE-o/uqvSLx9pylw/s400/IMG_1036.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-n3MgSxvArlk/T4X03PIJgbI/AAAAAAAAE-w/LP7VJZ6VRUk/s1600/IMG_1043.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-n3MgSxvArlk/T4X03PIJgbI/AAAAAAAAE-w/LP7VJZ6VRUk/s400/IMG_1043.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oALWqhj02nc/T4X075I3iII/AAAAAAAAE-4/wTao3vi4NYo/s1600/IMG_1044.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oALWqhj02nc/T4X075I3iII/AAAAAAAAE-4/wTao3vi4NYo/s400/IMG_1044.jpg" width="315" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cT5dM5MhUKE/T4X09zmXQEI/AAAAAAAAE_A/0cX869_FHBw/s1600/IMG_1047.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cT5dM5MhUKE/T4X09zmXQEI/AAAAAAAAE_A/0cX869_FHBw/s400/IMG_1047.jpg" width="293" /></a></div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Over at the beach, there were tons of dudes kite surfing so we went over to watch them before we left. Wilder was totally fascinated of course and the one closest to us was showing off for him. At one point he even came sliding in onto the beach right at our feet and Wilder just stared at him like <i>What in the world are you doing, good sir??</i></span><br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jk3z1LbyqYs/T4X1A71TxBI/AAAAAAAAE_I/cMMlO3EvILE/s1600/IMG_1054.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jk3z1LbyqYs/T4X1A71TxBI/AAAAAAAAE_I/cMMlO3EvILE/s400/IMG_1054.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">On Saturday there were a bunch of Easter egg hunts going on around town so we took Wilder to an event at a park down the street. The event started at 10:00 AM and apparently the egg hunt started at 10:01 because by the time we got there at 10:30 all we could find were three mismatched halves of eggs. Fail. Oh well, Wilder didn't care one bit. All he knew was that he got to play on the playground, carry around some weird empty basket, and people-watch, his favorite activity. Dude just went with the flow as usual.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HAss7ST85uQ/T4X6q0KbBtI/AAAAAAAAE_w/bMaRzFlXzw4/s1600/IMG_1060.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HAss7ST85uQ/T4X6q0KbBtI/AAAAAAAAE_w/bMaRzFlXzw4/s400/IMG_1060.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YJzvae2bre4/T4X6slsdayI/AAAAAAAAE_4/vqK2rtxr6Ls/s1600/IMG_1067.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YJzvae2bre4/T4X6slsdayI/AAAAAAAAE_4/vqK2rtxr6Ls/s400/IMG_1067.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We did track down the Easter Bunny (or "Spring Bunny" as they were calling him, haha) and managed two pretty awful pictures with him. If I really cared I would get on Photoshop and try to merge the two pictures so that we were all looking and smiling at the same time but picture-perfect pictures with the Easter Bunny aren't exactly a top priority in our house.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NFN39J_toQ0/T4X6Qd44QII/AAAAAAAAE_Y/Avdjg4LKqs4/s1600/photo+1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NFN39J_toQ0/T4X6Qd44QII/AAAAAAAAE_Y/Avdjg4LKqs4/s400/photo+1.JPG" width="297" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tPrks0abCQk/T4X6SeZvm7I/AAAAAAAAE_g/bOaSu4Q3Wgw/s1600/photo+2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tPrks0abCQk/T4X6SeZvm7I/AAAAAAAAE_g/bOaSu4Q3Wgw/s400/photo+2.JPG" width="297" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Afterwards we went to lunch at The Station in South Park. We hadn't been there in a while but we remembered they have a little kids' play area on their back patio so it was the perfect place for us to eat in peace while Wilder played on the cute little trolley and periodically stopped for bites of his tofu dog.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SsD4uTAA6Zw/T4YDfsP11uI/AAAAAAAAFAM/xhbWdDr5Xxs/s1600/IMG_1069.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SsD4uTAA6Zw/T4YDfsP11uI/AAAAAAAAFAM/xhbWdDr5Xxs/s400/IMG_1069.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-38lu-yrv_j4/T4YDhKNGrPI/AAAAAAAAFAU/Iifc-e3jeZo/s1600/IMG_1072.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-38lu-yrv_j4/T4YDhKNGrPI/AAAAAAAAFAU/Iifc-e3jeZo/s400/IMG_1072.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cTUpY3z7rFQ/T4YDjX6FSxI/AAAAAAAAFAc/EwuooaYIVK0/s1600/IMG_1073.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cTUpY3z7rFQ/T4YDjX6FSxI/AAAAAAAAFAc/EwuooaYIVK0/s400/IMG_1073.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">After a good nap we took a family trip to the dog park. For some reason, that day there were a ton of extra tennis balls lying around so Wilder had the best time throwing them over and over and over while Paul fielded for him.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ramkm4Ymg24/T4ZYD07QvGI/AAAAAAAAFA0/ntKeVUNkgEQ/s1600/IMG_1078.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ramkm4Ymg24/T4ZYD07QvGI/AAAAAAAAFA0/ntKeVUNkgEQ/s400/IMG_1078.jpg" width="321" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Getting tickles :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0dddccatTT4/T4ZYFppU42I/AAAAAAAAFA8/XAEBjKSXyZ8/s1600/IMG_1080.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0dddccatTT4/T4ZYFppU42I/AAAAAAAAFA8/XAEBjKSXyZ8/s400/IMG_1080.jpg" width="315" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Best buds</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2-sQatHzPoQ/T4ZYG9i29CI/AAAAAAAAFBE/hOklTZM7hKE/s1600/IMG_1086.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2-sQatHzPoQ/T4ZYG9i29CI/AAAAAAAAFBE/hOklTZM7hKE/s400/IMG_1086.jpg" width="312" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Sunday morning we were excited to give Wilder his Easter basket and he was equally as excited to receive it. I couldn't even get a nice little picture of him holding it because as soon as we set it in his lap he dug right in.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-R0T_Rsye7_s/T4ZaUnP44cI/AAAAAAAAFBQ/eMkfY1KfK7E/s1600/IMG_1094.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-R0T_Rsye7_s/T4ZaUnP44cI/AAAAAAAAFBQ/eMkfY1KfK7E/s400/IMG_1094.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gAZR_r1iDYc/T4ZaW789PNI/AAAAAAAAFBY/2iW4COWaWqU/s1600/IMG_1096.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gAZR_r1iDYc/T4ZaW789PNI/AAAAAAAAFBY/2iW4COWaWqU/s400/IMG_1096.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Sunday afternoon we were invited to an egg hunt and early dinner at Rachel's sister's house. Wilder was the only little boy there and he immediately confiscated every ball in sight and proceeded to throw to his heart's content. He did not stop playing the entire time we were there and we all had such a good time. He even caught on quickly to the concept of the egg hunt and ended up with a respectable amount of eggs.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Only four feet inside the front door and he</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">magically already has a ball in hand.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QtOgqUmJyjY/T4ZdHt3bCyI/AAAAAAAAFBk/OaY_OnbVnW8/s1600/IMG_1107.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QtOgqUmJyjY/T4ZdHt3bCyI/AAAAAAAAFBk/OaY_OnbVnW8/s400/IMG_1107.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Getting ready for the egg hunt. Wilder found</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">the texture of that plant to be mildly disturbing</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">apparently by the look on his face.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Also,&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">if you'll notice, ball still in hand of course.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-U6xQZFWU4dE/T4ZdMBKdmgI/AAAAAAAAFB8/qMhyrMeNJ4U/s1600/IMG_1130.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-U6xQZFWU4dE/T4ZdMBKdmgI/AAAAAAAAFB8/qMhyrMeNJ4U/s400/IMG_1130.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Spotted one right out of the gate!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hAa0wZWR0_o/T4ZdNo-7wyI/AAAAAAAAFCE/ihOyy4fpqEs/s1600/IMG_1134.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="282" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hAa0wZWR0_o/T4ZdNo-7wyI/AAAAAAAAFCE/ihOyy4fpqEs/s400/IMG_1134.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oLz5nW55rh8/T4ZdO6ovEcI/AAAAAAAAFCM/kuT2ODWuEVs/s1600/IMG_1140.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="312" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oLz5nW55rh8/T4ZdO6ovEcI/AAAAAAAAFCM/kuT2ODWuEVs/s400/IMG_1140.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Checking out the competition ;)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1ICFqGJdMzo/T4ZdRfuv98I/AAAAAAAAFCY/LDQ816etPOI/s1600/IMG_1141.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1ICFqGJdMzo/T4ZdRfuv98I/AAAAAAAAFCY/LDQ816etPOI/s400/IMG_1141.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">One of the only pictures of him actually</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">holding the basket. I think he thought I was</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">his egg hunt caddy.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MSkvE6TW1Dk/T4ZdS7DlFBI/AAAAAAAAFCg/dx4TwFEVIMQ/s1600/IMG_1148.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="378" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MSkvE6TW1Dk/T4ZdS7DlFBI/AAAAAAAAFCg/dx4TwFEVIMQ/s400/IMG_1148.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qTF71AOq7lc/T4ZdTz0qNXI/AAAAAAAAFCo/ZzQQKuGudeY/s1600/IMG_1160.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qTF71AOq7lc/T4ZdTz0qNXI/AAAAAAAAFCo/ZzQQKuGudeY/s400/IMG_1160.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;Easter cuties with their loot.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AZgDa_qF9bE/T4ZdVsYPhVI/AAAAAAAAFCw/KsroYQgtlAM/s1600/IMG_1173.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AZgDa_qF9bE/T4ZdVsYPhVI/AAAAAAAAFCw/KsroYQgtlAM/s400/IMG_1173.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Mmm, chocolate!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-F-ORGGmncgo/T4ZdXV8aXAI/AAAAAAAAFC4/k2_uS_zIUsI/s1600/IMG_1174.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-F-ORGGmncgo/T4ZdXV8aXAI/AAAAAAAAFC4/k2_uS_zIUsI/s400/IMG_1174.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Rachel and her sister had put together</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">goodie baskets for all the kids. So sweet!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-409J59xuqDU/T4ZdZD2MEwI/AAAAAAAAFDA/35HMJ9XDWig/s1600/IMG_1180.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-409J59xuqDU/T4ZdZD2MEwI/AAAAAAAAFDA/35HMJ9XDWig/s400/IMG_1180.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Airplane!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oUjFNf5sVJ4/T4Zda0mCY6I/AAAAAAAAFDI/xuHzEqrBZkk/s1600/IMG_1187.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oUjFNf5sVJ4/T4Zda0mCY6I/AAAAAAAAFDI/xuHzEqrBZkk/s400/IMG_1187.jpg" width="301" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;Love them!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-O2aMcIcVGGc/T4ZdcZx10bI/AAAAAAAAFDQ/8dg3TTV0M60/s1600/IMG_1200.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="301" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-O2aMcIcVGGc/T4ZdcZx10bI/AAAAAAAAFDQ/8dg3TTV0M60/s400/IMG_1200.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <i>&nbsp;</i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He found the Holy Grail of balls :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2ZjP5NGSnug/T4ZdiOUr6gI/AAAAAAAAFDs/c3QyE3_D1Z0/s1600/IMG_1218.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="353" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2ZjP5NGSnug/T4ZdiOUr6gI/AAAAAAAAFDs/c3QyE3_D1Z0/s400/IMG_1218.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He kept giving Lexi kisses. It was the sweetest thing!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JtMSg4BDd-0/T4ZdkWi_iXI/AAAAAAAAFD0/99O7Tt6Iagg/s1600/IMG_1219.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JtMSg4BDd-0/T4ZdkWi_iXI/AAAAAAAAFD0/99O7Tt6Iagg/s400/IMG_1219.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Love my little family!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hMUkT5g4G2M/T4ZhfJnvhEI/AAAAAAAAFEE/IC7PCn9-Sgw/s1600/IMG_1109.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hMUkT5g4G2M/T4ZhfJnvhEI/AAAAAAAAFEE/IC7PCn9-Sgw/s400/IMG_1109.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">And I especially love this little guy. I don't</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">think he could be any more precious in this</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">adorable Easter outfit. :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2OUgn2Zo79A/T4ZhgYOsGtI/AAAAAAAAFEM/CJ_PZlpFuiE/s1600/IMG_1122.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2OUgn2Zo79A/T4ZhgYOsGtI/AAAAAAAAFEM/CJ_PZlpFuiE/s400/IMG_1122.jpg" width="327" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">After playing so hard on Easter Wilder slept until a wonderful 8:00 AM on Monday! Needless to say we both woke up in awesome moods so we put one of his Easter gifts to good use. No way was I turning him loose with finger paint anywhere in the house so I came up with the brilliant (if I do say so myself) idea of letting him paint in the bathtub. He thought it was hilarious and had such a good time making a big mess that couldn't have been easier to clean up afterwards.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-w3teaabGV_U/T4ZjGpy8h2I/AAAAAAAAFEU/AychukH0cfI/s1600/IMG_1245.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-w3teaabGV_U/T4ZjGpy8h2I/AAAAAAAAFEU/AychukH0cfI/s400/IMG_1245.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GDCbg9lijSQ/T4ZjH_QRgbI/AAAAAAAAFEc/vi59EFliH1Y/s1600/IMG_1251.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GDCbg9lijSQ/T4ZjH_QRgbI/AAAAAAAAFEc/vi59EFliH1Y/s400/IMG_1251.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zSW-ix9yAFQ/T4Zjf6o-7MI/AAAAAAAAFFA/PQ5FWNBCYMs/s1600/IMG_1258.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zSW-ix9yAFQ/T4Zjf6o-7MI/AAAAAAAAFFA/PQ5FWNBCYMs/s400/IMG_1258.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dxaB4vl60mQ/T4ZjJPoqotI/AAAAAAAAFEk/hiPBJ8Olrj0/s1600/IMG_1259.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dxaB4vl60mQ/T4ZjJPoqotI/AAAAAAAAFEk/hiPBJ8Olrj0/s400/IMG_1259.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Xz9e3jh54Xg/T4ZjMTz8z8I/AAAAAAAAFE0/crwCGpyDQ5A/s1600/IMG_1272.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Xz9e3jh54Xg/T4ZjMTz8z8I/AAAAAAAAFE0/crwCGpyDQ5A/s400/IMG_1272.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">On Tuesday we went to storytime at the library as usual with Rachel and Lexi. Wilder had decided at lunch to put peanut butter hands all over his lovely locks so it was necessary for him to wear his Mississippi State hat that day. Not that he cared -- the boy <i>loves</i> wearing hats. He was totally into the storytime and was all participatory and stuff -- listening (very) closely to <u>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</u>, breaking it down to <i>Wheels on the Bus</i>, and proudly showing off his "Good Work" sticker.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lc31-BwSv6o/T4Zpj4F6dtI/AAAAAAAAFFM/ZcKHarySVqA/s1600/photo+1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="327" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lc31-BwSv6o/T4Zpj4F6dtI/AAAAAAAAFFM/ZcKHarySVqA/s400/photo+1.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YSxkrVNLTKA/T4ZpkcuGzVI/AAAAAAAAFFU/r_Z8NRilC-s/s1600/photo+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YSxkrVNLTKA/T4ZpkcuGzVI/AAAAAAAAFFU/r_Z8NRilC-s/s400/photo+2.jpg" width="286" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hYNCsY0oaFc/T4Zpk95lbFI/AAAAAAAAFFc/1VAoE3SQVHs/s1600/photo+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hYNCsY0oaFc/T4Zpk95lbFI/AAAAAAAAFFc/1VAoE3SQVHs/s400/photo+3.jpg" width="315" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Here are a few more cute pictures of our sweet boy...</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">On a mission with his buddies at the dog park</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mq5j9B3dWxM/T4ZqHTbT7UI/AAAAAAAAFFk/9IEbcDg97Vw/s1600/IMG_0994.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="375" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mq5j9B3dWxM/T4ZqHTbT7UI/AAAAAAAAFFk/9IEbcDg97Vw/s400/IMG_0994.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">His new favorite thing to do</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UZxkoaxu5_s/T4ZqJWiNHMI/AAAAAAAAFFs/LgeWdo3pW9E/s1600/IMG_0995.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UZxkoaxu5_s/T4ZqJWiNHMI/AAAAAAAAFFs/LgeWdo3pW9E/s400/IMG_0995.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Happy, laughy baby</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Oc6MRkMkg1U/T4ZqKrilyLI/AAAAAAAAFF0/j5VquwGxgE0/s1600/IMG_1023.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Oc6MRkMkg1U/T4ZqKrilyLI/AAAAAAAAFF0/j5VquwGxgE0/s400/IMG_1023.jpg" width="308" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He saw the dogs lying next to each other and</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">went right over and plopped down between them.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">He loves those girls :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-obIwlWJ42mM/T4ZqMLOyIdI/AAAAAAAAFF8/miFJS5grQ70/s1600/IMG_1275.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-obIwlWJ42mM/T4ZqMLOyIdI/AAAAAAAAFF8/miFJS5grQ70/s400/IMG_1275.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-660237735334147039?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-83073508255742658942012-04-05T22:34:00.000-07:002012-04-05T22:52:48.631-07:00Ch-ch-ch-changes<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Specifically this...</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tPNYATNUhps/T34VzB8qC7I/AAAAAAAAE4A/-tQDyZc0fVc/s1600/IMG_0982.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tPNYATNUhps/T34VzB8qC7I/AAAAAAAAE4A/-tQDyZc0fVc/s400/IMG_0982.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0y-i8stO3p0/T34VyUN_KiI/AAAAAAAAE34/mg07o4mP958/s1600/IMG_0981.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0y-i8stO3p0/T34VyUN_KiI/AAAAAAAAE34/mg07o4mP958/s400/IMG_0981.jpg" width="295" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">So crazy, huh? I'm pretty sure I look like a completely different person. Wilder hardcore stared at me for the longest time when I got home from the salon, like <i>I know you, but I don't know you</i>. And Paul loves it. I'm talking LOVES it. I love it too but it's definitely going to take some getting used to. I've had long hair for so long but it was just getting out of control and on my nerves so it was time for a change.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">One great thing about it is that I was able to have enough cut off to donate to Locks of Love. I'm so excited about that! And if you live in San Diego let me just tell you -- Veronica at <a href="http://www.gilarut.com/" target="_blank">Gila Rut Salon</a> in Hillcrest is so sweet and super talented. I usually hate getting my hair cut (hence how long it's always been) but this was the best salon experience I've ever had. She totally listened to me and was able to pull off exactly what I wanted.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We've been busy busy while Paul has been on break. He's still been working quite a bit on his thesis but we've definitely been enjoying a lot more time with him the past two weeks. We've also been working on finding him a job. We're both ready to have something nailed down so we can start making plans for a move if necessary. It's an exciting and nerve-wracking time with potentially huge changes on the horizon.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">In the meantime...</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We've done our usual Tuesdays at the library with Rachel and Lexi. I love having such nice libraries to go to here!&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Not bothering that guy on the phone <i>at all</i> ;)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yO18ccwcUjE/T34amyFMTHI/AAAAAAAAE4M/a-rsHnaAeKw/s1600/IMG_0781.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yO18ccwcUjE/T34amyFMTHI/AAAAAAAAE4M/a-rsHnaAeKw/s400/IMG_0781.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Cuties</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ziYtI2VTIME/T34aoV0PuWI/AAAAAAAAE4U/YooQJIiXNKg/s1600/IMG_0783.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="275" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ziYtI2VTIME/T34aoV0PuWI/AAAAAAAAE4U/YooQJIiXNKg/s400/IMG_0783.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cSq8RoRv7gc/T34ap3exkSI/AAAAAAAAE4c/WINa59XfS3s/s1600/IMG_0786.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cSq8RoRv7gc/T34ap3exkSI/AAAAAAAAE4c/WINa59XfS3s/s400/IMG_0786.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <i>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Lexi, the phone's for you. I mean, the mouse'</span></i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>s&nbsp;</i></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>for you. I mean, the mouse phone's for you.</i></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z8dCkl_Jh5A/T34areE92TI/AAAAAAAAE4k/TfwIcbSj_-k/s1600/IMG_0957.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z8dCkl_Jh5A/T34areE92TI/AAAAAAAAE4k/TfwIcbSj_-k/s400/IMG_0957.JPG" width="372" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <i>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Hands off my snack cup, Wi-Wi!</span></i></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">(Lexi has started calling Wilder&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>Wi-Wi</i> and&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">it's the cutest thing ever!</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hXnFGbJgZMg/T34asRAoVJI/AAAAAAAAE4s/EpFulrNskxI/s1600/IMG_0961.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hXnFGbJgZMg/T34asRAoVJI/AAAAAAAAE4s/EpFulrNskxI/s400/IMG_0961.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We've also been doing a lot of dog parking as usual.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wilder loves rocks and he was in&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">rock&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">heaven in this little area of the park.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VhUg9eRFWQQ/T34ceu58FCI/AAAAAAAAE40/_7zVNhb9N2E/s1600/IMG_0800.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VhUg9eRFWQQ/T34ceu58FCI/AAAAAAAAE40/_7zVNhb9N2E/s400/IMG_0800.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Showing me how he sniffs plants :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZGfk1-gCBmM/T34cgqhRxjI/AAAAAAAAE48/lml5LzVqssc/s1600/IMG_0802.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZGfk1-gCBmM/T34cgqhRxjI/AAAAAAAAE48/lml5LzVqssc/s400/IMG_0802.jpg" width="322" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;Watching a tennis match.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9eTn0hrIUMg/T34ciE6R34I/AAAAAAAAE5E/4deNNtaqydY/s1600/IMG_0803.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="346" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9eTn0hrIUMg/T34ciE6R34I/AAAAAAAAE5E/4deNNtaqydY/s400/IMG_0803.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">After sneakily eating a&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">handful (or two) of dirt.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZsPi6WjuiRU/T34dYVo6vYI/AAAAAAAAE50/2rX8AUdtDJg/s1600/IMG_0817.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZsPi6WjuiRU/T34dYVo6vYI/AAAAAAAAE50/2rX8AUdtDJg/s400/IMG_0817.JPG" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Bossy ;)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hpYsEjJ4hKI/T34dqAQJDfI/AAAAAAAAE58/JJbNsx7C6kg/s1600/IMG_0864.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hpYsEjJ4hKI/T34dqAQJDfI/AAAAAAAAE58/JJbNsx7C6kg/s400/IMG_0864.jpg" width="265" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">"Climbing" a tree</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-z-WYH9h2O6s/T34cn4YtRcI/AAAAAAAAE5c/qcsDXFLHfzc/s1600/IMG_0865.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-z-WYH9h2O6s/T34cn4YtRcI/AAAAAAAAE5c/qcsDXFLHfzc/s400/IMG_0865.jpg" width="286" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <i>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Rock!</span></i></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-usJIyOnlPGg/T34cpqB0nhI/AAAAAAAAE5k/2AwgXycXBDU/s1600/IMG_0867.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-usJIyOnlPGg/T34cpqB0nhI/AAAAAAAAE5k/2AwgXycXBDU/s400/IMG_0867.jpg" width="365" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">On this day we found a ladybug that</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I put on his arm. He was fascinated</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">watching it crawl on him and for days</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">after he would point to that same arm</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">like he was having phantom ladybugs</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">crawling on him.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EYWn0n5VOPE/T34cr6ETY0I/AAAAAAAAE5s/libx7X68Scg/s1600/IMG_0895.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EYWn0n5VOPE/T34cr6ETY0I/AAAAAAAAE5s/libx7X68Scg/s400/IMG_0895.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Last Thursday Rachel and her husband kept Wilder while Paul and I went to see <i>The Hunger Games</i> and to dinner. It was soooo nice to have a little date and the movie definitely did not disappoint! And Wilder had the time of his life playing with Lexi and eating dinner with them. They said he never stopped moving the whole time and, when we came to pick him up, he didn't even pause to greet us, just kept on going going going. We had to pry him away from their house, haha! It was so nice to know that he was fine without us there. And Rachel took so many great pictures so I had to steal some to show you. Thank you again, Rachel and Frank!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ps0m2_T9HLM/T34h8hOTiyI/AAAAAAAAE6I/Z8UL6o5_qnU/s1600/IMG_0836.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ps0m2_T9HLM/T34h8hOTiyI/AAAAAAAAE6I/Z8UL6o5_qnU/s400/IMG_0836.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Playing hard</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nnFJ9v9fwKE/T34iGINLOAI/AAAAAAAAE6o/o6aolsaQTT0/s1600/555836_2963902779448_1317970370_32371675_130718774_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nnFJ9v9fwKE/T34iGINLOAI/AAAAAAAAE6o/o6aolsaQTT0/s400/555836_2963902779448_1317970370_32371675_130718774_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">They were both covered in sand from&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">head&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">to toe so a bath was in order.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jNXjiiEHYTI/T34iF_JrWsI/AAAAAAAAE6c/1FMtRQCYbwY/s1600/549737_2963905259510_1317970370_32371682_638359246_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jNXjiiEHYTI/T34iF_JrWsI/AAAAAAAAE6c/1FMtRQCYbwY/s400/549737_2963905259510_1317970370_32371682_638359246_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">How freaking cute is this?!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JB3p6Kr9CsA/T34iFRicr_I/AAAAAAAAE6Y/Tk6xut8pY8o/s1600/548460_2963905459515_1317970370_32371683_106372275_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JB3p6Kr9CsA/T34iFRicr_I/AAAAAAAAE6Y/Tk6xut8pY8o/s400/548460_2963905459515_1317970370_32371683_106372275_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">And in coordinating pj's to end the night :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YZ-N0mTZztg/T34iE8CWshI/AAAAAAAAE6Q/Pen1v_VKxJQ/s1600/542369_2963906659545_1317970370_32371687_974308642_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YZ-N0mTZztg/T34iE8CWshI/AAAAAAAAE6Q/Pen1v_VKxJQ/s400/542369_2963906659545_1317970370_32371687_974308642_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">On Monday Paul took off from thesis work for the whole day so we went to lunch at Hash House a Go Go. It's an amazing breakfast/brunch/lunch place that serves THE HUGEST portions you will ever have in front of you. The food was soooo delicious! Paul had a blueberry pecan pancake the size of a small tire with eggs and sausage and I had the Farm Scramble, which was probably half a dozen eggs scrambled with onions, bacon, and avocado, with crispy potatoes, the most enormous biscuit I've ever seen, and a veritable cruise ship of delish gravy.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2FRk3UTtxbA/T34khjU2wqI/AAAAAAAAE7A/VPEpo4ksG0o/s1600/IMG_0922.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2FRk3UTtxbA/T34khjU2wqI/AAAAAAAAE7A/VPEpo4ksG0o/s400/IMG_0922.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7bpaTBkOjMk/T34kj7xy0YI/AAAAAAAAE7I/QHo_tyR19rg/s1600/IMG_0923.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7bpaTBkOjMk/T34kj7xy0YI/AAAAAAAAE7I/QHo_tyR19rg/s400/IMG_0923.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">This biscuit was at least five inches tall.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PD88WJcxwcI/T34klReDjfI/AAAAAAAAE7Q/e-gm-VeTVkI/s1600/IMG_0924.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PD88WJcxwcI/T34klReDjfI/AAAAAAAAE7Q/e-gm-VeTVkI/s400/IMG_0924.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sIj54QkRr90/T34lGwRzR1I/AAAAAAAAE7Y/PgFvL6M0ca0/s1600/IMG_0917.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sIj54QkRr90/T34lGwRzR1I/AAAAAAAAE7Y/PgFvL6M0ca0/s400/IMG_0917.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">After lunch we went downtown to Paul's school for him to pick something up. Wilder had the best time exploring the graduate studio and quickly found a wrench to "work on" stuff with.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y4RgAevfco8/T34lyWyPgXI/AAAAAAAAE7o/5Z_rOSeKFbw/s1600/IMG_0927.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="296" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y4RgAevfco8/T34lyWyPgXI/AAAAAAAAE7o/5Z_rOSeKFbw/s400/IMG_0927.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KmNbaeyKD9s/T34lzJO-INI/AAAAAAAAE7w/G393Ba3lYXY/s1600/IMG_0936.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KmNbaeyKD9s/T34lzJO-INI/AAAAAAAAE7w/G393Ba3lYXY/s400/IMG_0936.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Then we headed over to the zoo but it was unusually packed for a Monday (I guess with people on spring break), we were still miserably full from lunch, and Wilder was totally not feeling the trike that day and kept trying to get off so we only stayed for about an hour. We still had fun just being together though.&nbsp;</span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We were so busy trying to keep Wilder on</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">the trike the whole time that this is the</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">only picture I have from the zoo... and it's</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">of Paul trying to keep Wilder on the trike, haha!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KAG7bUk0Mbw/T34mSXAUP_I/AAAAAAAAE74/KK62Hjt7JAM/s1600/IMG_0932.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="348" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KAG7bUk0Mbw/T34mSXAUP_I/AAAAAAAAE74/KK62Hjt7JAM/s400/IMG_0932.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wilder has been L-O-V-I-N-G having his Dada home more the last couple of weeks. He loves playing with him, getting tickled by him, and just being around him in general, and Paul just eats it up too. They are best buds and I love it!</span><br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UuisV4GwlZc/T34nBgkdW_I/AAAAAAAAE8A/x1VatxIKLW4/s1600/IMG_0885.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="293" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UuisV4GwlZc/T34nBgkdW_I/AAAAAAAAE8A/x1VatxIKLW4/s400/IMG_0885.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Speaking of best buds, Wilder has a total obsession with the dogs lately. He loves running from them (even though they are never really chasing him, he likes to pretend they are), throwing balls for Rider, feeding his Cheerios to them, and hugging on them. Oh the hugs. Hugging the dogs is his absolute favorite thing to do right now. It's so sweet :)</span><br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VYtKk3oHa40/T34n3l7ddjI/AAAAAAAAE8I/9K5jlBaLjKI/s1600/IMG_0940.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="303" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VYtKk3oHa40/T34n3l7ddjI/AAAAAAAAE8I/9K5jlBaLjKI/s400/IMG_0940.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Reading to Posey</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MrTtnipwMH8/T34oCkjuQ_I/AAAAAAAAE8Q/dllmABvBy88/s1600/IMG_0820.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MrTtnipwMH8/T34oCkjuQ_I/AAAAAAAAE8Q/dllmABvBy88/s400/IMG_0820.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Trying to kiss Posey through the door</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ra-MYswLPls/T34oFtZvVoI/AAAAAAAAE8Y/6bgIRTxaikg/s1600/IMG_0857.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ra-MYswLPls/T34oFtZvVoI/AAAAAAAAE8Y/6bgIRTxaikg/s400/IMG_0857.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Another of Wilder's favorite things to do these days is throw the ball and chase it and throw the ball and chase it and throw the ball ad infinitum. He entertains himself pretty well doing this but what he really loves is to have an audience to root him on. Also, most of the time as he throws the ball he yells out <i>Bah-!!</i> very emphatically and it totally cracks me up. He is such a little character.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"> <object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/WcArJprIR2Q/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/WcArJprIR2Q?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/WcArJprIR2Q?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We Skyped with my mom the other day while Wilder was eating lunch. At first he was a little skeptical trying to figure out how Grana got into that box but after a few minutes he just went with it and acted like she was sitting at the table next to him, even offering her bites of his apple. It was so sweet :)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-u_ImjjBV94Q/T35yxKI4iXI/AAAAAAAAE8w/guaNWHjaRrY/s1600/IMG_0952.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="326" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-u_ImjjBV94Q/T35yxKI4iXI/AAAAAAAAE8w/guaNWHjaRrY/s400/IMG_0952.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tgIwzVTy6WI/T35yx6qkr3I/AAAAAAAAE84/b2SC3klrHlc/s1600/IMG_0954.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="303" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tgIwzVTy6WI/T35yx6qkr3I/AAAAAAAAE84/b2SC3klrHlc/s400/IMG_0954.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Trying to show her his belly</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VGDosejfWzE/T35ywELc0iI/AAAAAAAAE8o/LXi4LGpt9II/s1600/IMG_0949.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VGDosejfWzE/T35ywELc0iI/AAAAAAAAE8o/LXi4LGpt9II/s400/IMG_0949.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wilder is learning new words every day and it blows our minds to hear him repeating things we've only said once or twice. At his 15-month doctor's appointment I had a list of about 20 words he says but now there are too many to count. Our favorite new ones are banananana, Po-Po (Posey), Ri-Ri (Rider), shoooes (shoes), yacht (Haha, what baby says the word "yacht"?? I pointed one out in a book though the other day and he immediately picked up on it and I just about fell on the floor laughing.), and umbrella. Umbrella is by far our most favorite. We search through books to find them just to hear him say it. This isn't a perfect example because he was tired of me asking him to say it at that point but you can get an idea of the silliness of Wilder's version of "umbrella"...</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/4x9kTRJqvck/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4x9kTRJqvck?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4x9kTRJqvck?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Here are a few more cute recent pictures. When Paul starts back to school I promise to update more often so these posts aren't forever long!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Entertaining himself while I cooked dinner&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">the other night. Kinda freaks me out sometimes</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">what a good baby he is.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0ZkwbQUh1V8/T3535W2I2vI/AAAAAAAAE9M/jAhVI8Niwqw/s1600/IMG_0869.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0ZkwbQUh1V8/T3535W2I2vI/AAAAAAAAE9M/jAhVI8Niwqw/s400/IMG_0869.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Wilder is so busy all the time. He never stops</span></div> <div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">moving so cuddles are a rarity. But the other</span></div> <div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">day he took an extra long nap and was still</span></div> <div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">groggy when he woke up so we cuddled for</span></div> <div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">a glorious 15 minutes before he reverted back</span></div> <div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">to go-mode. I miss those sweet baby snuggles!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mr9jiol8XhY/T3533zrJgMI/AAAAAAAAE9E/nWX8lZmEI_A/s1600/IMG_0849.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="361" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mr9jiol8XhY/T3533zrJgMI/AAAAAAAAE9E/nWX8lZmEI_A/s400/IMG_0849.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;Trying on his precious Easter outfit.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I seriously may have to start dressing</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">him like this every day from now on!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-I0j3qRfT7_g/T3536kB7RCI/AAAAAAAAE9U/XAnr6sJu1PM/s1600/IMG_0893.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-I0j3qRfT7_g/T3536kB7RCI/AAAAAAAAE9U/XAnr6sJu1PM/s400/IMG_0893.jpg" width="287" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Getting the hang of the spoon (but</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">apparently it was too early in&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">the morning for pictures, haha).</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_WqgyY9Yb6g/T3538DN54SI/AAAAAAAAE9c/vvHS7SvVubA/s1600/IMG_0916.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_WqgyY9Yb6g/T3538DN54SI/AAAAAAAAE9c/vvHS7SvVubA/s400/IMG_0916.jpg" width="298" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Working on his tractor with one of Dada's wrenches.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7RBljE8zKQg/T3539Et5FaI/AAAAAAAAE9k/MZl6udJJS74/s1600/IMG_0945.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="316" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7RBljE8zKQg/T3539Et5FaI/AAAAAAAAE9k/MZl6udJJS74/s400/IMG_0945.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Shoe shopping for this growing boy.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Baby shoes are the bane of my existence,</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">by the way. They're always either too big</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">or too small and are next to impossible to</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">get on either way. I guess it doesn't help</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">that Wilder's feet are like little baked potatoes. ;)</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--brdt092dgc/T353-E5KJWI/AAAAAAAAE9s/DYcl_OYMy44/s1600/IMG_0963.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--brdt092dgc/T353-E5KJWI/AAAAAAAAE9s/DYcl_OYMy44/s400/IMG_0963.jpg" width="281" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Chasing bubbles at Rachel and Lexi's house.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--beA0Kjz5VI/T353_Yrfi4I/AAAAAAAAE90/jynph2CEkVM/s1600/IMG_0964.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="305" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--beA0Kjz5VI/T353_Yrfi4I/AAAAAAAAE90/jynph2CEkVM/s400/IMG_0964.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Later, dudes.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N9Ywc__ezxc/T354A8GzFgI/AAAAAAAAE-A/1f0s-X-8UTQ/s1600/IMG_0989.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N9Ywc__ezxc/T354A8GzFgI/AAAAAAAAE-A/1f0s-X-8UTQ/s400/IMG_0989.jpg" width="298" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-8307350825574265894?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-2307959543518756062012-04-04T14:47:00.001-07:002012-04-04T14:48:45.756-07:00Six Months<div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Today marks six months that we've been without my dad and I still don't think I've fully grasped that his absence is permanent. I miss him and think about him every day. I miss his big bear hugs. I miss his phone calls to tell me something interesting or funny. I miss his stupid email forwards and his jokes that always embarrassed me. I miss hearing him tell me he's proud of me. I miss just knowing that he was there and I could count on him for anything.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">There are so many things over the last six months that I've wanted to tell him or have him be a part of and I know that need can never be satisfied. It's so hard to come to grips with the fact that that connection, in this world, is forever severed.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">My only consolation is that I believe he is watching over us, keeping up with our comings and goings, and laughing with us at Wilder's antics. Even though he's not here to tell me, I know he is still so proud of me, of what Paul and I are making of our lives, and of the funny, smart little person his grandson is growing into. I also know that he would want us to not get bogged down in despair but to move forward with our lives, so that is what we are trying to do. The void he left will never be filled; we're just learning to live around it. 10-4, Daddy. We're going to be OK.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-230795954351875606?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2401848412527568653.post-7653410671494139672012-03-30T23:46:00.003-07:002012-03-31T12:33:47.447-07:00Meatless Stuffed Bell Peppers<div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Sooo... bell peppers are my favorite food. I could eat them every day. They also happen to be really <a href="http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?dbid=50&amp;tname=foodspice" target="_blank">good for you</a>! Also... they happened to be on sale for $1 a piece at the grocery the other day. No, I did not buy 10. But I wanted to.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m41pRIbJXRk/T3ajcjyGuSI/AAAAAAAAE3Q/gy2zkzpiVJU/s1600/IMG_0839.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m41pRIbJXRk/T3ajcjyGuSI/AAAAAAAAE3Q/gy2zkzpiVJU/s400/IMG_0839.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> </div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I did buy 5 though so I needed to come up with some fun ways to serve them. Enter this stuffed bell pepper recipe (from <a href="http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/01/southwest-stuffed-bell-peppers/" target="_blank">this blog</a>).&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">This recipe was easy and fast and I had most of the ingredients on hand already. Paul and Wilder felt it turned out a little too spicy but I was fine with it. Paul's not usually sensitive to heat so I don't know what was up with that but, anyway, you should adjust the seasonings to your taste.</span></div> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YK8oBQin1CI/T3an50dXziI/AAAAAAAAE3c/eYDZYoB9vOU/s1600/IMG_0870.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="391" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YK8oBQin1CI/T3an50dXziI/AAAAAAAAE3c/eYDZYoB9vOU/s400/IMG_0870.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><b>Southwest Stuffed Bell Peppers</b></span></div> </div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"><b> </b></span><br /> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">4&nbsp;<em>very</em>&nbsp;large or 6 medium sweet peppers (red, yellow, or orange)</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">1 Tbs salt</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">1/2 C white rice (or&nbsp; brown if you want to take the time to cook it), quinoa also works</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">2 Tbs olive oil</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">1 onion, diced</span></div> </div> </div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">3 garlic cloves, minced</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">1/2 – 1 jalapeno, minced (or you could sub a small 3oz can of mild green chilies)</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">1 14oz can black beans, drained and rinsed</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">1 cup frozen corn kernels</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">2 green onions, sliced</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">1/2-1 tsp chipotle chili powder (you can start with 1/2 and add more to taste)</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">1 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">1/4 black pepper, plus more to taste</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, preferably fire roasted</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">1 1/4 C jack or pepperjack cheese, divided</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">3-4 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro</span></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">tortilla chips, just a handful and more for serving if desired.</span></div> </div> </div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"> </span><br /> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"><br /></span></div> </div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> Preheat oven to 350.&nbsp; Prepare peppers by washing, slicing tops off, and removing insides.&nbsp; Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon salt.&nbsp;&nbsp; Boil whole peppers for about 3-4 minutes, until they begin to soften.&nbsp; Remove from water with tongs and place on paper towels to drain.</div> </div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> </div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> Add rice to boiling water and cook until tender, about 13 minutes.&nbsp; Drain thoroughly.</div> </div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> </div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.&nbsp; Add onions, garlic, and jalapeno (or chilies) and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.&nbsp; Add corn, beans, green onions, chipotle chili powder, kosher salt, and pepper. Stir until corn and beans are heated through, about 5 minutes. &nbsp;Remove skillet from heat and add rice, tomatoes, 1 cup cheese, and cilantro.&nbsp; Stir to combine well and give it a taste.&nbsp; Add additional salt, pepper, and chipotle powder to your liking.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> </div> </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">Place peppers in a baking dish.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">Then evenly divide mixture between peppers.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"></span></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">Top peppers with remaining 1/4 cup cheese (or more if you can fit it on there :) and crushed tortilla chips.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"> </span><br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kyUmNaFD-bA/T3aoHFJhNEI/AAAAAAAAE3k/qnMZ4wuh4is/s1600/IMG_0871.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kyUmNaFD-bA/T3aoHFJhNEI/AAAAAAAAE3k/qnMZ4wuh4is/s400/IMG_0871.jpg" width="387" /></a></span></div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"> </span><br /> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: justify;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"><b>Notes</b></span></div> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: justify;"> *I did make a special trip to the grocery to get fire roasted diced tomatoes and I think it was totally worth it. I had never heard of them but I liked the flavor they added.<br /> *I used 1/2 tsp of chipotle chili powder and about 1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper. Adjust to your liking.</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: justify;"> *I boiled the bell peppers longer than the recipe called for, about 10-12 min. and they turned out fork tender. Adjust cooking time to your liking.</div> </span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2401848412527568653-765341067149413967?l=www.southernersinsocal.com' alt='' /></div>Emilyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18272198628960785203noreply@blogger.com0