Today we jumped into the car and headed south to meet up with Debbie and family. Then, the seven of us headed downtown to the Georgia Aquarium. We decided to purchase season passes so we could go all year long. We breezed right through the admission area and went in pretty quickly. So worth it!Quite a bit different than when we went last time when we waited and waited just to get in the door. We did arrive around lunch time which not the most ideal time to go. They were packed! We didn't get very good pictures because of this but we did manage to make it through a couple of exhibits and were able to observe how Chani felt about the fish. We were so pleased that she enjoyed them so much. I see scuba diving lessons in her future! Since it was so crowded and we are now the owners of season passes for another 364 days, we decided that we had enough of the crowd and ventured out to find some lunch. We walked all around the park that had parts closed for a marathon. It was cold but we finally made it to a Mexican restaurant, feasting on yummy food. Driving home, the little darlin crashed for about 15 minutes then woke up to lots of laughs and smiles. Luckily, the rest of the day wasn't too bad in spite of her lack of sleep.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
My baby girl climbed to the top of the stairs all by herself. Another set of three words would be Baby Gates Needed! - Although, Matt is STILL working on them and did so yesterday. Hopefully soon he'll have them made and installed soon.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Today was another great or supposed to be great weather day. It was supposed to be in the 70's and sunny but, it was only around the mid 60's and cloudy but that didn't stop our fun day at the park. Chani and I met Briana and Lisa for lunch and then we went to the park. It is so awesome to finally be able to go to the park with a child; my child. We played on swings, slides and the wide variety of climbing toys. After we played for awhile, we took a walk around the trail and tried to burn off the extra energy before the rain.
These are just some random cute ones.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
It hit 70 degrees here this week so Chani and I met Jackie for lunch and then a quick trip to the lake. It was so beautiful, quiet and serene. The lake is still pretty low. We had a fabulous time and it was so much fun seeing Jackie with Chani. She is going to be a GREAT mom.
The Easter Bunny came to our house last night and hid all the eggs. Not much of a clue yet but once she spots one, she is focused on it and will go pick it up. So very cute! Today we're going to a friend's house where she will do an actual hunt with other little ones. I hope she'll at least get one egg. Wish us luck!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Hopefully this will work better today.
Just over a month ago, she took her first steps. Yesterday, she walked on her own across the entire room. She is getting so much stronger, brave and confident. This little girl just melts my heart.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
When we left for vacation, my little baby girl only had five teeth. Now, she has eight. Three of them came in all at once. She didn't have a problem with them at all on the cruise but now is when she seems to be having a hard time with them. Is this normal? I thought/assumed that she would have the most pain or problems as they were just about to break through, not after they are in. She started up her drooling again yesterday and was quite cranky late in the day. She is also sucking on them but not chewing on things. Isn't this the cutest "scary bear" you have ever seen?
Sunday, March 16, 2008
This last week we were cruising on the Caribbean. We left on our anniversary, last Sunday and spent the night in Miami (our "e" trip) and then the next day, boarded the Carnival Fascination. We booked a short 4 day cruise just to get our feet wet and to see how well she would do which was amazingly well.
Our first day, we settled in and made our way around the ship and did the obligatory safety drill. We walked along the decks and met some people and then set sail.
Our second day we docked at Key West. I had been wanting to go here for quite some time, mostly to visit the furthermost southern point in the US, but it just wasn't meant to be this time. A few years ago, my Dad and I drove to Alaska. Yes, I said drove, pulling his camper behind. It took us two months and 10,000 miles round trip. Anyhow, while we were up there, we bought plane tickets and flew to Barrow, Alaska which is the furthermost northern point in the US. Since I have a picture of my Dad and me at the most northern point, I wanted a picture of my daughter (I love saying that.) and me at the most southern point. But, it rained. So, we stayed on board and enjoyed the ship.
Our next day, we docked in Calica, Mexico. Calica is a rock quarry where the ships dock. It was dusty and not much there unless you took an excursion or a taxi. We signed up for the Xcarat trip. I had read about it before we left and really wanted to go here, and we did. We waited awhile on the bus and then finally left for a ten minute ride. Xcarat is a beautiful place. They had a few animals, beautiful macaws, a great beach, Mayan ruins, an aquarium, dolphin swims, etc, etc. We opted for the beach as our purpose of the trip was to get Chani into the ocean. Matt and I both love scuba diving and can't wait until we can teach her and get her certified. She LOVED the water. I received the little ladybug float from one of my swaps while we were waiting. It was perfect. We spent quite a bit of time here before heading back to the ship.
Our fourth day was an at sea day. We spent the day on the decks and playing trivia whenever they had it and we were available. I won one time and have a "ship on a stick." Matt won three times so now we have four of them. Woohoo!
Our last day, back in Miami, we ate our last breakfast and moved off the ship and took a taxi to the Marriott. We were there at 9am but they let us check in anyway. We spent the day relaxing in the pool and strolling along the streets there. She did very well in the pool also. I think we'll be spending a lot of time at the neighborhood pool this summer. Someday we'll build our own pool out in our backyard. But, until then, we'll make the trip to the clubhouse.
We flew home to find that Atlanta had been having huge storms. Once we got home, we had to hunker down in the basement for about 30 minutes but it passed right over us and we went to our Atlanta area potluck. Pictures to follow.
A few notes about the trip.
We sailed on the Carnival Fascination. This was an older ship and not a very flashy or pretty ship. I had read some reviews before booking and it didn't get very good ones but it was still a nice trip and I would take this one again.
Traveling with a one year old who still takes two naps a day and sleeps for 12 hours at night was very limiting in our adventure. We tried to keep her on schedule as much as possible but that also meant that we missed a lot of things. - Would I do it again? - I doubt if I would until she was at least walking and/or could go swimming on the ship. (She needed to be out of a diaper before they would let her in the pool.) I was told by my personal vacation planner to go ahead and put a swim suit over a swim diaper and go ahead but we didn't feel right about it so we just didn't. BUT, we still had a good time.
It was tiring but not too terribly bad. We're talking about a one day Disney trip in September while we're down there in our time share. She'll be 19 months then. Too early??
Now, we are back home and getting settled back into our regular routine. I'm glad that we went and had a great time but it's always great to get back home too.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
I can't believe that I haven't posted in a full week but then again, not much happened outside of the regular daily life with our usual outings and play groups.
We did go to the doctor for our second round of immunizations. Ouch! Six of them. Why does it hurt me almost as much as it hurts her? I felt ill taking her in and about started bawling myself when they were holding her down sticking her. I HATE taking her to the doctor.
Today is our 6th wedding anniversary so that's my picture of the week. We met exactly 11 years ago today and married exactly 5 years after that. Matt took me to Fiji and we were married at sunset on the beach. It was beautiful.