I am finally beginning to recover from my girls weekend at the beach. And by girls weekend, I mean me, Amy and three girls under the age of 3. It was a quick trip which included some fun on the sand, some good seafood and fortunately for me and my frazzled nerves, a cold beer.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend. I’ll start with some of Avery and Amy playing on the shore and in the water:
Avery and Amy
More Avery and Amy
Chloe was scared of the water, so we didn’t really go near it. Instead, she watched from the safety of the sand. I was too busy trying to take some photos to get near the water myself.
Playing in the sand
My lil' gremmie
Ella isn’t walking on her own yet, so she mostly stayed on the beach towel and played in the sand. Although she did recruit Amy to walk her around a bit (and Avery helped).
Yummy, crunchy sand
Avery trying to help
Some other, random favorite shots from the beach that day:
Run Chloe, run!
We had some fun at the beach house, too. It wasn’t quite as picturesque as the beach, but I took some of my absolute favorite photos from there:
Avery playing under the glass coffee table
Chloe just chillin'
Ella asleep in her car seat
Overall, it was a great weekend away. However, the next time we decide to escape for a day or two, I will make sure that the toddlers don’t out number the adults!
Here is my favorite new picture of Ella:
My sweet girl
She was sitting outside, playing in the grass, enjoying some of the last days of summer.
I want her to stay this sweet forever…
I think I’ll plant sunflowers next year. I bought this one from the store, and it never fails to make me smile. And I thought I would pass this little ray of sunshine on to you this lovely morning.
Ella is still a smitten kitten. She is just in love with Gage (or at least, that is the story that I keep telling…) so we went over to his house a week ago to visit. Ever wonder what a date between two toddlers looks like? Wonder no more, because I am about to show you:
Pick up lines
“Hey baby, want some Puffs?” To which Ella obliged:
Gage was very much a gentleman and offered Ella his Puffs. Ella tried to be a lady and ate a few.
This is about the extent of their interaction. However, they did move around the ottoman for a different view:
Thank you Gage (and Mel) for having us over! Ella can’t wait to see her boyfriend again!
I saw this laying on my deck the other day. My reactions were the following: EEEEEEEEK!!! That is SOOOOO gross! Wait… it’s kinda cool. I’d better grab my camera.
Here is what I saw:
Initially, I thought this was a lizard that my Boston Terrier had tortured and killed. When I went to pick it up and dispose of it’s little remains, I realized that this was just the shed of a lizard. And it appeared to be intact… the whole thing from nose to tail.
Lizard shed... the hind legs
I’m talkin’ all the way down to it’s tiny little toes.
See the eyes?
There are even holes from the eyes… freaky, huh? I knew that lizards shed their skins, but I had no idea they could do it in one entire piece. Yes, I realize that I am a veterinarian and I should know these things. But reptiles gross me out. The only reason I got so close to this was because it was just the shell of a reptile. Had this been a little carcass, I would have run off screaming like my 2 year old daughter.
Good thing it blew away before Gary got home to see it… he probably would have put it on my dinner plate or left it on my pillow. And I am just not man enough to handle that.
At Gary’s 10 year vet school reunion. And yes, our girl was one of the naked ones…
Wax on, wax off
I don’t know what it is about vet school functions, but someone almost always winds up missing their clothes. Fortunately at this event, it was a toddler.
It’s not just for sidewalks.
Did you know that there are many other uses for this chalk. Chloe has shown me the versatile nature of this clever little tool, and I thought I would share them with you.
Oak Tree Chalk
Screen Door Chalk
You might be thinking to yourself “poor dog!”. Initially that is what I thought, too. Until I saw Chloe and Percival in action:
Please color my head
And please color my back
Percy loved every second of it. And we get the added bonus of having a very festive and colorful dog in our home. Thanks Chloe for showing us that we can think outside the box.
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman