Monday, July 30, 2007

Soccer seaon is coming soon...

I still have not found the pictures from the championship game of soccer in the spring. I will post them soon. But I did want to let everyone know that Fall Soccer season with AYSO officially starts here this next week. Tracy has a coaches meeting on Tuesday and gets his packet with his new team of girls. We can start practicing as soon as we get our packets. YAY!! I really will post a schedule this time as soon as we get it. We're super excited to see what's in store this season!

I'll let you know our team number as soon as we know. They'll post a schedule about mid-August of games.

Julia eats Mexican!

Julia was quite happy with her San Marcos mexican experience! She had salsa and guacamole and tea on this visit. But today, she had salsa, guacamole, sour cream, nacho tostada beef, shredded cheese, enchilada sauce, refried beans, and water. She loved every bit of it - which is good because the owner of the restaurant informed my parents (who were visiting with us) that our family is their number 1 customer - Yeah, we eat there a LOT!!! Good stuff!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Zoo pictures finally!

Julia arrives at the zoo...

She isn't sure of what to think at the elephant exhibit.

Mallory smiled even though she said it stunk!

Tracy carts Julia off to the next exhibit.

Ah, yes... the "cool spot" - we have a picture of Mallory with Tracy under the same one when she was 2 years old. She cried too when Tracy first made her go through it but then, like Julia, she got over it.

I am not sure there are even words to describe this picture - this is outside the gorilla house.

This is one of the gorillas at the window peeking at us all.

Yeah, we're bad. When we took Mallory to the zoo at age 2, we told her this exhibit was where they kept her "Unky Phil". She later went home and told people she saw Unky Phil at the zoo...

Really, insanely tall Bamboo.

Just before the end of the zoo trip at the petting zoo spot.

And this is 5 minutes later, at the playground OUTSIDE the zoo.

I'm not sure what Mallory liked best - the zoo or the monkey bars outside of the zoo!

My mom and dad are in town and spending some time with Julia this evening, so I thought I'd get caught up on posting some pictures. All in all, we had a fun trip. I think Julia was a little overwhelmed - she did lean forward and take a closer look at the spider monkeys and squirrel monkeys. Kinda passive about the rest... and Mallory, as always, just wants to know when can we come back?!

Monday, July 16, 2007

The ZOO!

We finally got to take both kids to the zoo! We'd been trying to wait for Mallory to be here when we took Julia for the first time. Sooo... we went to the Greenville Zoo on Saturday, July 14. Julia was a little fussy getting out of the stroller at the elephant exhibit, but nothing else seemed to really phase her. And well, Mallory is 7 now so she's used to all of it - unlike the first time we took her there at age 2!

Mallory loved getting to see all the monkey exhibits - she's on a monkey kick right now! And a couple of the monkey exhibits are all Julia really seemed to get excited about that day - she leaned forward in her stroller to look closer at the spider monkey and squirrel monkey exhibits. Otherwise, she was her laidback self as usual - just taking everything in and fussing a little when the stroller stopped.

I think we're going to try and go to another zoo in a few weeks - we have Hollywild less than 10 miles from our house and Riverbanks isn't that far away - in fact, it's on the way to Grandma and Grandpa's!

The Greenville Zoo isn't as big as some zoos. They don't have the lions exhibit right now - it says they're working on a giraffe exhibit and that both should be done Summer 2007. I'm guessing they're a little behind on their work don't ya think? I didn't see tigers either - don't know what happened to them. I know both tigers and lions were there when Mallory was 2, 4, and 5! We didn't go last summer - I was too pregnant for all that!

Well, it's time to get started for Monday. I will post pictures this evening of the zoo and Julia eating Mexican! :) later taters...

Saturday, July 7, 2007

The rest of 4th of July pictures!

The end to our July 4th evening - Julia and I went home and straight to bed afterwards!
Julia makes herself comfy on her "Da!" for fireworks! (that's Madison in the background with her dad).

Super cool kiddie pool at the Waynesville Recreation Center - we all went there on July 4th.

Mallory swimming off after making a splash!

Giant water slide at the indoor kiddie pool - Julia wasn't big enough yet, but Mallory, Tracy and Madison and Doug were! Here comes Mallory in this one!

She's trying to figure out how to splash the water through the float thing - it's coming through that orange netting on the float.

Julia loves the pool (and we borrowed Makenzie's float since she was tuckered out first!).

I had some difficulties uploading pics after the first two in my last post. I decided to give it another try this evening.

My parents have Julia with them for the evening - yay, Tracy and I got to go have nice dinner by ourselves! But I do miss my little girl even though it's just one night at the Holiday Inn about 3 miles from my house... I don't know what to think when I don't wake up to her smiling face propped up on the crib jabbering away or her crying to get in bed with us (because she is ROTTEN). But she's still so sweet!

I'm going to go get stuff for breakfast in the morning. Catch ya later taters.

4th of July!

Julia is loving on her baby doll before we head back to Asheville!

Julia did not want to sit still for a 4th of July pic!

We went to visit our family in Asheville for the 4th of July holiday. We actually stayed more than just the holiday but I only have pictures from July 4th.

We went swimming at a recreation center in Waynesville, NC. It was all indoors and had a regular, olympic size pool, but then it also had a huge kiddie pool that went from 1 ft. deep to 4 ft. deep. The kiddie pool also had a huge indoor water slide. Everyone had fun at the pool including Julia and her cousin, Makenzie, who is only 6 months old! Julia isn't scared of anything - she kept trying to drink the pool water and kicked and splashed up a storm! I have pictures of Mallory, Tracy, and our cousins Madison and Doug going down the slide. Tracy and Doug were trying to see who could make the biggest splash at the end - still not sure who won that one!

After this we went to their friend, Ann's new place by Lake Junaluska. We basically had a picnic dinner. Julia was sitting in the floor "talking" to Makenzie, but crawled off as soon as I got the camera out to take a photo. We tried to take some pictures of her before we left Ann's house but that didn't work out too well (she didn't want to be still - she wanted down on the ground again). Mallory stayed at the lake and watched fireworks there with our family, while Tracy and I took Julia back to Asheville and we went with Jimmy and Madison to watch fireworks in Asheville. As usual, Julia wasn't scared of a thing! She laughed and smiled and watched the fireworks. She would jump a little if it was a big BOOM! She never got upset by the noise though! She laid upside down in her daddy's lap watching them.

It was a really long day but it was a fun day. Several of us woke up with summer colds the next morning (Julia included). Most of us slept well after such an eventful day!

Well, I'm out of here. My parents will be here soon today! Later taters.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Beach Hat Baby Photo Contest!

This is the photo we entered into a photo contest. Julia didn't win, but she was #13 out of 1054 babies for the week! It was a 6 week contest, but we didn't find out until the last week of it. She didn't make it to the final 30. We are very happy with where she ended in the contest considering this is the first one she's entered!
I would like to thank everyone who voted! I think we're going to enter the next contest which is 6 weeks long also. It's for red, white, and blue themes through August 7. I will keep you posted as to when we enter a photo and where to vote!
Have a good July 4th!
We'll post more after the 4th!
Happy 30th anniversary to Grandma and Grandpa!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

A few pictures from our Memorial Day weekend...

Grandpa blew lots of bubbles for Julia while we took Mallory to the putting green!
Mallory preparing to play "golf" - it was a putting green in my parents neighborhood!

Mallory on Memorial Day in Bluffton!

Julia's first day at the beach - she didn't get in this trip!

Mallory sure looked like she was having fun!

Daddy and his little girls!

Soccer pictures are coming when we get back home from Asheville for the July 4th holiday!