Monday, June 28, 2010

The New Trick

Pumpkin has learned a new trick. The other morning, I was laying on the couch trying to stay awake after my early morning wake-up call from Pumpkin. She was playing in the kitchen and I heard her making her "I want this and now" noise which is, "Uh-uh-uh-uh." I sat up to see what she was doing and saw her SITTING ON THE KITCHEN TABLE! Since then it has been an all out battle. Each morning I have to move the chairs away from the table. BUT if we slip up and forget to move them one time, her little sensors send her an alert, she scurries for the chair and climbs on the table. If I catch her in scurry mode, I say, "Pumpkin! No! Do not climb on the table." She knows what this means because she immediately begins crying but stops what she was doing.

New Trick
So all of that being said, here are some pics of her the other day when we found her once again on the table walking around. Be still my heart! Don't worry Daddy was right beside the table while I snapped the pictures and of course we were NOT giggling at her antics. Of course! Oh my!
New Trick

Saturday, June 26, 2010

This and That

The girls and I are having a quiet day on the home front today. We've been having some big bedtime issues and I am just worn out as are they. We were really surprised at how well Peanut was handling the accident. For the first few days we were at Gigi's so he could help out with the girls since Daddy and I could hardly move. Then the girls and I headed to SC for a week and half. Upon returning things seemed to be going ok but then vehicle shopping commenced and things went downhill fast. Taking Peanut to the car lots brought on MANY questions about the "fire crash" as she calls it and her memories of the accident. She is pretty skiddish in the car. If we brake too fast or swerve at all, she immediately asks if the car is on fire.


On the way home from SC we passed an area where someone was having a fire. She smelled the smoke and asked if our car was on fire. She is also terrified of a lion getting her at night after having had a friendly, imaginary lion friend for a couple of years. We have told her that lions do not live near our home and that she is completely safe. We even showed her on a map where wild lions live and how far away they are.

Pumpkin has had a hard time readjusting to going to bed in her crib so she has a time of tears after I lay her down. This has never bothered Peanut before until now. It has her completely freaked out. My theory is that Pumpkin's crying and screaming reminds Peanut of the way Pumpkin was in the accident. I don't know but I have a hunch that might be it as it never bothered her before.

The minute Pumpkin starts crying, Peanut starts screaming at the top of her lungs and crying. There is no reasoning with her when she has hit this point even if we have talked all day about how to handle it, how she is safe at bedtime, how Pumpkin will fall asleep but not with Peanut screaming. So I have made a compromise. I am now sitting in their room on the floor by the door until they fall asleep. I am hoping that this does the trick and after a week or so, we can get back to our regular bedtime. I don't know...maybe I am making things worse but I had to do something especially since we have neighbor on the other side of the wall.

We did have a good Father's Day. Peanut and I made Daddy pancakes for breakfast and had an easy day. Later in the evening we took the girls to a new splash pad in town. It was so fun and they had a BALL running through the different sprinklers and fountains.
Splash Pad
Their different personalities come blazing through at things like this. Peanut is cautious, checking it all out and giddy with excitement by just a few splashes of water on her. Pumpkin...well, she just runs right into the action giggling with delight as water pours over her face.
Splash Pad

Splash Pad
We ended our evening at Steak and Shake per Peanut's request. These girls LOVE their Daddy so much!
Daddy's Girls
Thanks to a new friend here in town, we were able to go out on Tuesday childless and shop for a new vehicle. This was a very stressful day for me but we really do feel like we found a great vehicle for a good deal (compared to the other vehicles on our list). We were debating on whether to make the jump from a car family to a mini-van family. We made the jump with a Kia Sedona. We really like our new vehicle as do the girls! Yeah! It feels like we've had it forever already.
New Vehicle
We had been renting a red Dodge Charger. That was ALOT of fun to drive around town. Sorry for the weird picture. The lens must have fogged up because it was so hot outside. Oops!
Rental
Now we wait for the closing on our house up north. That was supposed to happen on Monday but has been delayed as some things aren't done for the second inspection. We are really anxious for this to just be done. The whole thing has been a roller coaster for us. Somedays it seemed like it was sold and others it seemed like it was falling through. Continue to be in prayer that things fall into place and the closing does take place this week. We really need to close this chapter and move on.

Daddy and I are pretty well healed up now. I still have some pain when I lift my arms over my head but that seems to be about it. I think I will have a scar on my chest where the seat belt got me, but I really don't care about that. In a way it is a reminder to me of what God spared us from. I haven't been able to go back and look at the pictures of the car at all. They make me feel sick to my stomach so I just avoid them. I had to drive past where the accident took place the other day by myself and that was difficult. I was flooded with the memories of that night but again so thankful for how God took care of each one of us.

Please continue to pray for Peanut especially as she continues to deal with her fear and anxiety. Pray for us to have wisdom as to how best to handle each question, memory or fear. It really does make you rethink getting frustrated about silly things and remember how grateful we are that we are all ok and still here together.

Now we will move ahead to birthday preparations for Peanut's 4th birthday on July 28. I have to really wrap my head around the idea of having a 4 year old. How did that happen?

Where's Pumpkin?
The above picture is like a "Where's Pumpkin?" picture. This is what I found one morning after running upstairs to change my clothes. Pumpkin had fallen asleep on the floor and was hiding amidst the toys that Peanut had dumped all around her. Nice!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cousins

South Carolina
Here is my last installment from our vacation. We took all the cousins to Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, SC to take some group pictures of them together. This garden is absolutely gorgeous as is Aiken itself. If you are ever in the area be sure to check this beautiful town and gardens out.


It is so good to have some picture of the cousins together because they all get along so well!
South Carolina
You'll have to excuse me, but I have quite a few pictures to share. You can skim through them quickly. It won't hurt my feelings. :)
South Carolina
Here is one with Dobbie and her "grandables" as she calls them. Check out Pumpkin who look as if she is ready to take off.
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Here are my two little sweeties.
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South Carolina
Did I mention how beautiful these gardens were? I had to pick my jaw up off the ground a few times. Every turn we made it was just more beautiful. There were ponds all over, enormous trees, and blooming flowers. What an incredible setting for a wedding or an afternoon alone, reading a book or to take pictures of cousins.
South Carolina

South Carolina

South Carolina

South Carolina

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We love our family so much and were blessed to see our girls love on and be loved by their sweet cousins.
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We certainly miss them but look forward to time together hopefully sooner than later.
South Carolina

South Carolina

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Atlantic Ocean

South Carolina
After our visit to Fort Sumter and a quick stop for lunch, we headed to Edisto Beach State Park. The drive to the beach was gorgeous. Pine trees with palm trees dotted here and there. Small old churches dotted the drive. Old homes that have seen many a year pass by. It felt like we could slip right back into a different time period again.

South Carolina
I have to be totally honest that the ocean with two little children scares me to death. I was a nervous wreck about the girls being so close to this powerful creation. Come to find out my sweet sister in law was pretty worried too, so we designated ourselves as the counters. We kept track of where each kid was and kept count.
South Carolina
The waves were very powerful the afternoon we visited. This was the girls' first time to the ocean. When Peanut saw the ocean, she would not let go of me and said, "Mommy, make it stop!" Too funny! It took her a while but by the end of our time she was sitting in the sand letting the waves lap over her while giggling uncontrollably. Her favorite thing was when Papa carried her out to the waist deep water with him.
South Carolina
Pumpkin...well she is a different breed. She saw the ocean and darted right for it. I held her tight and let the water rush over her legs. She loved it. She loved it way too much because she SCREAMED and CRIED because I wouldn't let go of her. She wanted to get right in and swim. YIKES! I am glad that Peanut was scared at first because she was safe in the sand playing while I held tight to Pumpkin.
South Carolina
I had to get Pumpkin away from the waves because she was determined that she was going in, so we went and found the showers to rinse off in. She loved these and played in it for a long time.
South Carolina
The older kids had a ball playing in the water together and swimming. Dobbie took Pumpkin in with her and this seemed to suffice Pumpkin's curiosity. She played in the sand pretty contentedly after that. My girls had sand EVERYWHERE! They were little sand monsters. It was sand mixed with tiny broken up shells so it was very coarse and hard to rinse off.
South Carolina
The tide rolled in and the waves became even bigger and more powerful so we decided it was time to head back to Dobbie and Papa's with a bunch of exhausted kids.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fort Sumter

Since we didn't make it to Fort Sumter on our first day to Charleston, we went the second day. We all felt bad that Daddy didn't get to go with us as we knew he would have loved it. I guess, we'll just have to visit again so he can go next time (but in a less hot season).
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We headed over the incredible Arthur Ravenel Bridge that took us from Charleston to Patriot's Point to board the ferry. The bridge itself was amazing. You can see a much better picture than mine HERE.
South Carolina
We had to take a ferry to get to Fort Sumter. This was Peanut and Pumpkin's first boat ride. Pumpkin didn't quite get the whole riding on the water thing but Peanut thought it was pretty neat.
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The fort itself was amazing. To see the bricks that have stood the test of time and battles was breathtaking. To stand on the ground that had not been there prior to the construction of the fort was incredible. They had to haul in granite to build up the existing sand bar to create the ground for the construction of the fort to begin.
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The cannons that stand there today are not replicas. They are what have been there since the fort was constructed. To think of the many soldiers that used them to defend what they believed in was incredible.
South Carolina

South Carolina
The morning spent at the fort was very hot. Thankfully there was a museum and gift shop on the premises that were VERY well air conditioned. We were able to escape the heat inside. The following is a picture of the Fort Sumter Storm Flag from 1861. It is the actual flag that was lowered by Major Robert Anderson when he surrendered the fort to the Confederacy. You can read about the flag HERE. If you look closely in the picture you can see near the middle that in the fading process there is an image of a soldier's face. It is to the right of the star that is in the second row and second column.
South Carolina
We had just over an hour to visit the fort before our ferry needed to leave. It was a short visit but due to the heat long enough for the kiddos. On the way back to the dock we saw a dolphin in the water. Poor Peanut tried to see it but couldn't since it was swimming very fast. She kept asking me, "Mommy, did you see the 'olphin'?"
South Carolina
Near the dock the decommissioned U.S.S. Yorktown is in the water open for tours. The ferry got very close to it. It almost took my breath away to see how massive this naval aircraft carrier is. We didn't get to go on board this time around.
South Carolina
We had some hot, tired, hungry kids and adults after our visit to Fort Sumter so off we went in search of some lunch before heading to the ocean. I'll be back soon to fill you in on our ocean visit.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Charleston

While in South Carolina we all went to Charleston for two days. Daddy had flown in the day before and got to spend our first day there with us before he flew out.
South Carolina

Saying Charleston was gorgeous is an understatement. It was just amazing. The homes were astoundingly beautiful and so historic. Also to say it was hot during our visit is an understatement. It was certainly worth every drop of sweat that was shed though to see this incredible city.
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We were trying to make it to Fort Sumter but after walking almost 3 miles in the heat to the ferry, we found out we had just missed the last ferry to the fort by 30 minutes.
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My sweet sister-in-law bought each family a frozen Italian Ice treat for each melting family member to share. After being refreshed from our cold treat, we headed back through town walking down the amazing streets.
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We got in some family pictures in this picturesque setting too. The picture above is of my family with Daddy's sister, her girls, Dobbie and Papa. The picture below is of Dobbie and Papa with Daddy's brother and his family.
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We stopped to read plaques on the homes of the historical accounts that took place in so many of them. I felt like I could just slip back in time to the days these homes were built. You could almost hear the horses and carriages clip clopping along the cobblestone streets. I had a hard time imagining myself in the long dresses that the women wore in those days. How did they not just melt away?
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The kids did so good walking in the heat. They just enjoyed all being together. Little Pumpkin got pretty worn out and snuggled up to her sweet Aunt and fell asleep.
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She was so tired that she didn't even wake up when we laid her down in the stroller.
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We had so much fun in this beloved southern town and would LOVE to go back to see more of it maybe in a different season next time though.
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Daddy had to fly back home after our day of walking around Charleston. We were sad to see him go but so glad he was able to come and spend some time with all of us.
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More Southern adventures to come but for now.....Good Night Y'all!!!!