Monday, January 30, 2012


Happy Valentine's Day....about 2 weeks early. Well, I am a planner (what can I say) and when I found this valentine idea on pinterest I HAD to do it. The picture with the lollipop was the idea. I found the truck card on and added the "loads of fun."

It turned out SO stinkin' cute. I can not even wait for Griffin to give these out at school. I am such a dorky mom. I LOVE this kind of stuff!! :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fun with Grandma Nyna

Ryan had to go to Portland for meetings/training this past week. He took Griffin so that G could have some quality time with Grandma Nyna! Well, he had SO much fun. I know Grandma Nyna must be wore out! She was so good to him and took him so many fun places. They went to the indoor pool, indoor park, Little Gym and played outside a ton. She even busted out some of Daddy's old toys for him to play with. Thank you so much Nyna! What a treat for out little boy.

Playing with Daddy's old pirate ship
Sacked out from swimming

Little Gym
Nyna said he loved raking. He kept telling her to get back to work. :)

My child who NEVER falls asleep anywhere but a bed or the car passed out on the airplane on the way home with Daddy. Slept through the landing and all. Boy was pooped!!

What a fun, fun time for Griffin! Hopefully it will work out when he can go again soon.

I enjoyed having some quality time with my little girl too. She sure did miss her brother though. She kept asking for "GG" and saying he was on an airplane. We even had a meltdown because she wanted to skype with him. :) They have never been apart from each other for more than a couple of hours, so it was interesting. I am pretty sure she missed him more than he missed her. :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ansley's first hair cut

Miss Ansley got her first hair cut today. She did go to the place Griffin gets his done. The bottom of her hair tend to get frizzy and its uneven. I took her to Ms. Mariam this morning and Ansley did great. Mariam let me hold her which I think helped a ton. So, about an inch off the bottom and she has a new do.

I still want to let her grow it out, but a few trims here and there will keep it healthy.



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Georgia Aquarium

On our fun-filled GA trip, we also went to the aquarium. For y'all that don't know, the GA aquarium is the largest in the world (or it was when they built it, not sure now). I kept telling Griffin that ours in Albuquerque is the smallest in the world and the GA one was the biggest. I haven't been in years. We took G there when he was a little baby, so I was really looking forward to experiencing it with the kids. Everything is better through a child's eyes.

So, Nana, Papa Jim, Uncle Austin and the Beals clan ventured up there on a Tuesday. It was great, not too busy.

My brother was home from college the entire time we where in GA (for Christmas break), so we got to spend some great time with him. He is so great with my kids and they love him so much. Thanks for hanging out with us Bud!

Good thing he's got a good grip on her. She was trying so hard to reach the sting rays

Ansley's favorite....the penguins. Or as she says....pen-goons. She was cracking up at them.

My mom's boss has a friend that works at the aquarium, so he made a phone call and got us a little behind the scenes tour. It was awesome to see the tanks from above.

This is the tank for the beluga whales
The seals were so cute!

The HUGE whale shark
We also watched their 3D movie. It was a first for me and the kids. Griffin kept jumping when things would come out and Ansley sat in Austin's lap and watched most of it. When we left, G said that was so cool!

Nana and her best buddy (love this pic!)

A trip to Atlanta would not be complete without a visit to the Varsity.

What a fun, fun day!!

Visit with the Polks

My step-sister Alex, her husband Ernest and daughter Avery came to my mom's house for a visit. The cousins had a wonderful time playing and hanging out. Nana and Papa Jim even babysat for a bit so Alex and I could go have some girl time shopping.

Nana and her Grand babies! One more is on the way...Alex is pregnant with a little girl due in June. Baby Sloane.

It was impossible to get a picture with everyone looking

Aunt Alex and the girls

Not sure if Griffin is stopping Avery from breaking out or encouraging her. :)
The girls cozying up and watching some Bubble Guppies
Ansley trying to fish
Nana had some magic pudding for the kids to make. It was white then turned green. Everyone got to help out stirring
Then it was time to eat. And when I say the pudding was was GREEN!
This was the funniest thing...A picked up Avery's Dora flashlight and kept singing into it like it was a microphone. It was HILARIOUS. This probably went on for a good 30 minutes. I have some video I will post later. Watch out American Idol!!
Sweet girls saying their goodbyes
Me, Alex and Austin

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Creative Canvas

I went to dinner with some girlfriends from high school one evening (Kristin, Kelli and Holly. Then Kristin, Kelli and I headed to Creative Canvas for some fun. It is a place where you can bring your own wine and they walk you through the steps to paint whatever is their featured painting for the evening. I have to say, that was the best thing I have done in a while. We had so much fun, something totally different. The painting was London at night (which was pretty cool, since I have been there). I REALLY wish there was a place like this in Albuquerque.

Kristin on step one...painting your canvas black
Kristin, Kelli and yours truly
Our masterpieces!
This was step two....painting your sky
Step Three...the buildings
Step Four....the details
Really and truly I had a wonderful time....if anyone out there knows of a place in ABQ that does this....let me know. I googled it, but came up with nothing.