Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving though the lens of a 6 year old

Thanksgiving with the kids has been on Black Friday for the last few years and I really like it that way. On Friday I fly under the radar and have yet to have to compete with other dinners or family obligations. 

So this year I handed Gabi the point and shoot and told her to go at it. Adam made sure the wrist band was securely wrapped so she wouldn't drop it and off she went. 

Ray and his ever present coffee. He's worse than I am!

9 pictures of the pages of the Ben & Jerry's book

One of our traditions is to watch Home for the Holidays . LOVE this movie.

Food coma time

My digital frame.... 24 pictures of pictures.   :o)

Silly Maggie

The tooth fairy has been working overtime with this kido

Adam was doing a little Black Friday browsing. Maybe for my birthday? LOL

We're going to have to work on her "shoot and run" technique. Makes for some blurry photos. She'll get it.

Worn out puppy

This one stuck pretty close to my side all day

I had an amazing day. Every single time we can all be together is a gift. I'm so lucky that the brats want to have days like this. You want to talk about thankful, I have so much to be thankful for. Once again I'm one happy mama. Oh, and Nana!

Hope your day was just as fabulous as mine!



Friday, November 25, 2011


We sure did. We had some napping, card playing, reading, and football watching going on. It was pretty great. All of it except the part where people got sick. In fact, after we had driven down Friday night, I was ready to go home Saturday morning. I mean come on if we had caught that nasty little bug, we would have been stranded. But we decided to stay. Hmmm... now that I think of it was more like we just never made the decision to leave. 

Chad & Kelly 

Adam, Meg & Taryn


It's such a perfect setting

This does not suck. Coffee and a perfect view was a great way to spent part of my morning.



Saturday, November 19, 2011

We're out

We're somewhere new this weekend. I've been listening to stories and looking at pictures of this magical place for years. But, until now we've not been allowed to enter the inner sanctum. Just jokin'. Kinda.

We're in Arkansas. In a cabin. On a river. I slept this afternoon a long time. We've played cards, played on tablets and computers, read. It's pretty awesome. 

There's been a major glitch, but overall it's great.

We took the scenic route. Life's too short to take the interstate...

The required Dr Pepper and Cherry Chocolate Dr Pepper

The driveway to River Pines
See you in a couple days.



Tuesday, November 15, 2011


So I've spent the last 2 days on the phone with banks and credit card companies. I did something Friday I've NEVER done.  I lost my wallet. 

We got up Saturday morning and got ready to head to the football game. I went to get my lip gloss out of my handbag. My little black zipper bag wasn't there! I went to the truck and looked, dumped out the contents of my bag, but nope no make-up bag. Then Adam in his bring me back to earth way says "Where's your wallet?!"  WHAT?! It's got to be here somewhere. No, I guess it doesn't. 

The theory goes like this. We had a fun evening with friends on Friday and just before we headed home I went into the restroom and left my bag sitting next to Adam. My wallet and make-up ended up on the floor and I walked out none-the-wiser. The room we were in is dark, the benches and chairs are black, even the floor is painted black. So, were my items. We left fairly early so more people surly sat in that same spot and someone must have found it. I can only believe that they needed them more than I did. 

The banks and card companies have been great. Bank of America has given me a temp card so I'm not with out for the next 10 days. They've all had great customer service and taken good care of me. And not one person chastised me or did I feel like they were rolling their eyes at my stupidity. 

I promise to be a better watcher of my stuff from now on. I've learned my lessons. (Oh and I'm still pissed about my make-up!)




Sunday, November 13, 2011

Time sure flies

This baby made me a mama. On November 13, 1983 my life changed forever. I was 16 and completely over my head. So I did the best I knew how and we grew up together. What a ride.  
1 week old

8 months old

Cameron Dennis, I love you. Happy Birthday! 



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Adventures in the pumpkin patch

We had the girls last weekend. All 4 of them. Actually Danee was here too, so it wasn't as crazy as it would have been. But all the same it left me exhausted. 

Friday night after baths we watched some Halloween shows which included (of course) It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. 

For the 1st time ever we slept until 8. It's a record for a Nana visit without a doubt. We made waffles and then went outside for a little bubble blowing.

 Early afternoon we headed off for our annual trip to
Peach Tree Farm . It's our 2nd year, but traditions have to start somewhere!

Goats were fed, giant catfish were gawked at. And of course there are the bunnies. Now I have to tell you I was afraid for those bunnies. Once Grace had hold it was quite a task to get it away from her without choking the poor little guy. It was also at the risk of firing up a pretty hot 2 year old temper. Let's just say we had a meltdown in front of Bunnyville. NOT PRETTY.

Good lord. This girl is killing me. She is getting so big, and it's just way too fast. Her mama was just her age. I know, I know- I say that all the time but it's TRUE. Now do you see why this blog is called Don't Blink??

This one will conform to my will won't she? She'll stay little for much longer than the rest. Yeah, right. She's almost 7 months old already.

Which reminds me- I MAY be having a panic attack over my birthday. I'll keep you posted.

Silly silly girls.

Gracie is wearing a headband as a necklace. I tried and tried to explain how to wear it, but was informed it's a NECKLACE. *sigh* If you're interested in having your own 'necklace' head over to visit Christa. Her stuff is awesome! 

We had a little costume parade when we got home. Their costumes this year were precious. 
Our little Cleopatra 

She's a bat. 

Grace was a pirate, but you're going to have to take my word for it. She wouldn't let me anywhere near her with the camera at this point. Sheesh! 

And Miss Myla was a pumpkin. That couldn't have been more perfect considering how round she is. 

This is one of my favorite pictures ever. Not better sound that kids laughing and this 3 year old can bring it. She laughed and laughed. As you can tell, Myla is just trying to figure out why her cousin has gone nuts. 

Worn out babies. And I couldn't agree more.



Sunday, November 6, 2011

Vacation 2011- The final chapter

I'm a girl with true wanderlust. I'm forever thinking of places I want to go, see and visit. So vacation usually consists of traveling here or there, but we covered a lot of ground in our own backyard this time. And it was really a lot of fun planning things to show friends. Showing off a little.

One of my favorite places in Kansas City is "The Plaza" . Good shopping, good food, beautiful architecture and a fascinating history. A very fun place to spend the day.  

We wandered, shopped, took photos and had a yummy sushi dinner.
A replica of "The Wild Boar of Florence" by Benelli. This one was cast in 1922 by JC Nichols the creator of The Plaza.

The architecture was designed to duplicate Seville, Spain. This is the Giralda Tower. It's inspiration is at the Cathedral of Seville. 

Then early Sunday morning we were off the the races.To Kansas Speedway we went.  The tailgating flags at a NASCAR event put football to shame. There's a whole lot going on pre-race.

We even did a little car shopping

So, even though races are not my favorite things to do (I've been to a few before) I LOVED seeing Todd enjoy himself so much. 

It's like looking at ants. This is what about 82.000 people look like. 

I'm a sucker for ceremony. All kinds. Even in all this chaos and craziness there's ceremony and respect. Funny place to find it, isn't it. 

These are Courtney's A-10's and "her boys". These are the pilots she is assigned to at Whiteman AFB.

The radios were a new thing for me. You hear some great stuff when you listen the the drivers, they get a little cranky out there when things aren't going right.

CoMo's own Carl Edwards in the 99 car. 

Turns out, you can have lots of fun even out of your element if you're with the right people.

We've started making plans for a once a year adventure with these guys. Can't wait!