Monday, September 26, 2011

Big Girl…

We are on a serious, “Big Girl” kick at our house.

AB discovered her independence BIG time this summer, and if we heard, “Me do it myself” once, we heard it ten-thousand times.

It was at an all time high around July when she insisted on doing everything “by mine’s self” --- thankfully she’s learning that there are some things she still needs her momma & daddy for. I was getting worried that she’d be ready to get her own camper and start sleeping in the backyard by “her’s self” by Christmas.

It’s such a double edged sword, this growing up thing… On one hand it is SO much fun to see your child learning new things and becoming such a little person and on the other it just comes way too fast. I want to encourage her independence and confidence as she takes on new things, but I also never want to push her into it.

The latest milestone we’ve checked off, is moving Annabelle from her crib to a big-girl bed. I know most people would have already moved their toddler out of the crib WAY BEFORE now, but she’s never tried to climb out, and it’s just worked for us to leave her in the crib.

We’ve always had a full size bed in her room too, with bedding that matched her crib bedding, so we knew when we got ready to move her up, we’d probably just move her to that instead of doing a toddler bed. (that’s another reason we’ve waited so long to move her up, too)…

We knew it was time to take down the crib, so we’ve been talking about her big girl bed for a few weeks, and she’s even started taking her afternoon naps in it. (I was so worried nap time would be over when we moved her out of the crib, too, but thankfully we are still taking our 2-3 hour afternoon nap.) Once I saw how great she did in the big bed at naptime, I felt better about the “move.”

She even started asking to sleep in her big bed at night, but since we hadn’t gotten rails for it yet, we held off. She knew she needed rails, so everyday she would ask if Daddy had gotten some rails for her big girl bed yet… She was in a hurry to move up to the big bed, but Momma wasn’t…imagine that. I knew it was time, though, so we bit the bullet… well, DW did and ordered the rails. He knew I wasn’t' ever going to do it, so he better. Ha…

AB’s new rails came in on Friday and you would have thought it was Christmas. Her Daddy came in carrying a big box, and they opened it together, and AB just squealed… “My wails, my wails, you get dem (them) for ME, Daddy?!?!?!?” It was so sweet…

We thought we would put them on her bed that afternoon, but then I started thinking that I hadn’t gotten a picture of her on her last night in her crib the night before, and we hadn’t really taken it all in, that when we laid her down the night before it was the LAST night we’d lay her down in her crib. We quickly decided it would be Saturday night before she slept in the big girl bed. :)

Here’s our big girl on her last night in her crib: DSC_3899

She’s changed a lot since then: DSC_7424


On Saturday afternoon, we (meaning DW) put the rails together. Annabelle was so excited, she grabbed the instructions from the box and said, “let’s see, Daddy..Step 1…” She was quite the helper and insisted on holding the poles for him.

Trying out her new rails:DSC_3927

(please note that I did not put the newborn headband on her…we’ve been going through bins for baby sister and she’s been happily reunited with the bands she sported as a newborn…only when she was an infant, I don’t remember her looking like a hippy in them.)

Her first night in the big girl bed, all tucked in and a thumbs up: DSC_3958

She was so excited to be in her big girl bed! When DW and I went to bed that night, I got a little worried… I played every scenario in my head and out loud to DW—what if she gets scared in that big bed? She’s used to having rails on all four sides and not that much space… What if she fell off the bottom of the bed? What if she managed to squeeze in the 8 inch open space at the top of the bed? What if she got up in the middle of the night and it was too dark for her to see down the hallway? --- We turned on the hall closet light, and DW finally said, “Honey—are you kidding me? Scared? She’s FREE. She’s been sleeping in a cage. She LOVES it and she’s not going to fall out.”  And right he was. She woke up Sunday morning giddy and proudly announced, just in case we had missed it, “I slept in my big girl bed!!!!”

Last night, after we laid her down (surrounded by all of her pillows and half a dozen “pets” (she calls her stuffed animals her pets), we watched & listened on her video monitor as she sat straight up, looked at her animals and yelled, “I in my big-girl bed, er'-body (everybody)!”

I guess she was ready.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Summer’s Last Hoorah


We ended Summer 2011 on a great note by spending a week in Destin with my parents. DSC_2766

My brother and his family and my parents all got there on Saturday and we went up on Sunday.

An uninvited guest, Tropical Storm (later turned Hurricane) Lee was waiting for the crew when they arrived on Saturday. He brought strong winds, lots of rain and the biggest waves any of us had ever seen on the normally calm Gulf coast! It was actually really neat to see a storm like that at the beach. DSC_2546

I was glad Momma rented such a great house, though. She spent weeks picking out the perfect one and I think we all agreed, it was! DSC_2597It was gorgeous and made hanging-out inside actually enjoyable! Plus, with three stories, there was plenty of room for everyone to spread out and have their own space. A few pics from the floor we stayed on… houseEach level had a front and back balcony, too! Such great views!



AB, Garrett & Caroline waiting to head to the water!

In between the rain showers, we braved a walk on the beach, but couldn’t get in the water because of the strong current and huge waves…DSCN3974


Beau & Garrett

Sunday night, we went to the harbor and had dinner at Dewey’s…I was a terrible picture taker the first few days and I hate that I didn’t get one single picture of all of us. :(


The kids all watching a movie after dinner…

Monday morning, we woke up to find the back glass had been blown out of the back of Beau & Kristy’s car. Crazy, right?!?!? IMAG0329The guys made a makeshift one until they could get back to Georgia to have it fixed.

The kids got to play in the “sandbox” which was such a neat feature to the house. DSC_2586It was a covered, open-air sandbox filled with beach sand and beach toys… perfect for the kids. After lunch, Beau & his crew headed back home.

We had dinner that night at a great BBQ place and visited the Bass Pro Shop. AB LOVED the huge fish tank with the massive saltwater fish and DW shopped for some new binoculars.

By Tuesday, the storm had passed, the sun was out and it was BEACH time! DSC_3066

I LOVED this board and block letters in the house. I’d love to have one! I made a little note for Lee on it! :)


Because of the dune restoration, you can’t access the beach right in front of the homes, you have to use a beach access, and while it was really close to the house, when you have a kid, you have  A LOT of stuff… So, we borrowed my in-laws yard wagon to haul everything down to the beach every day.DSC_3164 It was PERFECT and we were the envy of everyone on the beach. AB rode on the cooler every day and would say, “giddy up, ride ‘dat horsey!”  on the way down to the water. DSC_2800

Our days were spent pretty much the same way everyday… beach, pool, nap, beach, dinner. Then we’d wake up to do it again the next day. Absolute Perfection.

We played in the waves…DSC_2889





Played in the sand…



Hunted for seashells…




And laughed at AB doing “Sneaky Pete” all week…



The pool was a shared pool by all of the houses in the Destin Pointe Community and it was PERFECT for AB! It had the gradual entry and one whole side of the pool was no deeper than 3 foot. She was able to walk all around and LOVED it! DSC_3263

She thought she was even more grown than she already does!


The warm, crystal clear water on Florida’s Panhandle beaches is hard to beat.  DSC_3410



The neat thing about the clear water, too, is all the sealife you get to see… we saw a small school of needlefish, DSC_3336a pufferfish,DSC_2611 & even SHARKS DSC_3392on the last day! We were amazed at how close they swam to the people in the water! (Not us, because once we saw them we were watching from the shore! Ha…) I was glad it was our LAST day! We also saw lots of jellyfish the evening of our last day…DSC_3525

On Tuesday night, we went to the harbor to see all the boats and watch the sunset. DSC_2689






DW had to head back home on Wednesday night, after dinner, but told us to just stay the rest of the week with my parents. I KNOW, I KNOW… I married a really great guy. We all hated to see him go, and missed him like crazy the rest of the week…

That night, after we’d had dinner at Longhorn (if you haven’t had the Wild West Shrimp appetizer there, get it…so good), and said goodbye to DW, we took a drive down the coast through Watercolor and Seaside. SUCH fun little beach communities. DSC_3063

The famous row of “Baked-Potatoes” in Seaside…everything from smoothies, to BBQ. I saw these in Southern Living a while back and had been dying to see Seaside in person!


Thursday we beached all day, took a little fieldtrip to “Old Time Pottery” where we got a few things, including these pilgrims for $5.00, and this fall ribbon for $1.00! DSCN4023

That night, we had dinner at The BackPorch. DSCN4004DSCN4007DSCN4009

It’s right on the water and was an open-air restaurant. The breeze was so nice and hearing the waves while you eat great seafood is pretty close to perfect.

Friday was our last day and we soaked it up all day and even watched the sunset over the water. DSC_2656

We went out for a late dinner and started packing up…

Saturday morning, we enjoyed one last morning on the back balconyDSC_3676and loaded down my dad’s truck to make the drive home.


AB riding with some luggage on the elevator. That might have been her favorite part of the house!

Such a great week to end Summer! DSC_2842Now bring on Fall, and Winter and our new baby girl!!! :)