Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
A few weeks ago, Clint and I went to Miami to meet our friends Ivan and Carla (FYI -he was the crazy Spanish guy that fell into the band at our wedding). They flew in to visit family friends in Coral Gables, and we couldn't possibly not visit while they were in America. I was so looking forward to pulling out some summer clothes and even dabbled with the idea of getting a spray tan, until the forecast began doing crazy things. On the other hand, it was so nice to get away for few days and not have to think about work or cleaning the house. We stayed in an adorable boutique hotel in Southbeach and could walk to great restaurants and clothing stores.
These photos were from the warmest day (about 60 degrees). Boots on the beach? Really?
We were outside a bar in Coral Gables . . . Fah-reezing.
While I was waiting at my terminal in the airport, I saw a story about iguanas and other lizards in south Florida that were actually falling out of trees because of the low temps. Once the temp drops below 40 degrees their bodies go into a hibernation mode, and they stiffen and turn really cold. Don't worry -- as soon as it warms up they come back to life. The family Ivan and Carla were staying with had a few "Cuban Lizards" hanging out in the garage "defrosting."
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
So much has happened since the last blog, so I'll start at the beginning with the funnest (yes, I did write "funnest") Christmas ever! First of all, we had to teach Mimi the whole concept of Santa Claus and presents, and she seemed to take it all very well. She loved to yell "HEY" in Jingle Bells and say "HO HO HO" in a deep voice. Most importantly it was fun to teach her about baby Jesus and the manger. I think the idea was a stretch for her 18-month-old brain, but she seemed to like pointing out the baby, the star, and all the animals in her books.
Traditionally we go to Clint's parents' house on Christmas Eve to eat and open presents. Mimi got some great presents and had a fantastic time with her cousins Olivia and JR.
Christmas morning was the most fun when Mimi realized she got even more presents. Her mouth dropped open when she spotted her blocks and baby dolls, and she couldn't believe that she still had more to open (surprisingly she was very patient with daddy opening her boxes).
Next we were off to my sister Amy's house in Nashville for more family togetherness. Mimi has started to love giving group hugs (especially to her Poppaw and Bebe).
She loves to hop on my dad's stomach, and he doesn't seem to mind!The highlight of her present-opening was her gi-normous kitchen! It now sits in the middle of our den and is the first thing she runs to every morning . . . and the last thing we have to pull her away from screaming when it is time for bed!