Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hola! Buenos Dias!!!

That is the greeting we received EVERY morning by every employee at the Palace Resort Cozumel last week. It was pure heaven!
David and I woke up last Sunday morning and set off to the airport for a week long vacation that we both desperately needed after these past 8 months. We arrived in Cozumel around 2:00 and were taken to our hotel...our palace really. We were met at the door with a cool wet hand-towel and a drink of some sort. Afterwards we were taken up to our room to settle in. We were amazed! I'll save details because I took pics and they speak for themselves.
While we were there, we snorkled A LOT and saw some beautiful fish, coral, and baracudas. We also walked downtown for that experience which was pretty neat. But mostly, we stayed in the pool almost everyday from 10-6. Then we would go shower and come back down for dinner and the nightly show. While we were at the pool though, waiters would come by and take drink orders, food orders, etc... and if you were in the pool, there was a swim up bar you could eat at. We seriously didn't want for ANYTHING.
We met a few other couples there without their children too so we hung out with them some of the week. They were from Houston and Las Vegas. We had a few dinners with them as well but mostly we just spent our time together and enjoying each other's company.
We got back late late late Friday night and when I peeked in Chloe's room (I couldn't go to be without checking on the kids), she woke up long enough to ask if I had fun in Mexico and then went back to sleep. The next morning I was greeted with an "I love you so much mommy. I'm glad you're back from Mexico. I missed you so much." And Brody greeted me when I went to get him out of bed by clapping when he saw me. I was happy to be home with my family again, but secretly wish I could have brought a few of the waiters back with me.

*** oh, airport story real quick***
EVERY time I travel, something happens. Either lost bags or missed flights or delays or canceled flights...you get the point. So when we get to Houston for our connection from Cozumel, we had to enter back through US customs. We get in line which was a million people long but moved relatively quickly. When we finally get put in an actual lane to go through and talk with the border patrol people, we stopped moving. It was insane!!! There were only 4 people in front of us and we stood in that line a super long time! A customs guy walked by and David got a little lippy with him (I will spare you details) because we were 40 minutes from missing our flight. We finally got through, grabbed our bags from baggage claim, got them back through customs security and took off to our gate. I took off my shoes and we hauled it through the airport. We get to our gate with about 10 minutes to spare. Then we were told by the gate agent that our gate had been moved to the OTHER END OF THE TERMINAL! Houston is a huge airport!!! So we took off running again...in the other direction and I'm sure we looked ridiculous. We get to our real gate with about 3 minutes to spare and are the last ones on the plane. As soon as we taxi back from the gate, a HUGE storm comes and they shut the entire airport down!!! So we've just done all this running and panicking for NOTHING. We sat on the plane for over an hour before we were able to leave but we made it back nonetheless. So, David still declares that he needs to travel seperately from me because nothing crazy ever happened when he traveled before we met.

OK - Here are the pics...enjoy. There were too any to choose from so I just picked a few.



view of the reef from pool deck



Our room...we had chocolate covered strawberries, wine and chilled champagne waiting on us when we got to our room



the view from the plane as we were landing



Sunset



This was a picture taken at the dinner show one night. It was the best fire show I have EVER seen!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Real Quickly

Brody had his 12 month check up today at his pediatrician. He is 21 pounds (21%), and 29.5 inches (42%). He's doing everything on track or ahead of time and is just growing so fast. We can finally turn his carseat around to face forward so that will be a treat for him. He took 3 shots like a little man today and didn't shed as much as 1 tear. He screamed, but no tears and was all smiles when I picked him up. He has 6 teeth and is cutting a 1 year molar. He is waving now, pointing, and says mama, dada, brrr (for a car sound) and oooo (for a train sound). He signs for "more" and sometimes will also sign "eat". He is beginning to have food preferneces and the pickiness has started. A food that he loves one day, he throws off his plate the next and won't have any part of it.
So that's my little Brody-man in a nutshell.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY TO BRODY!!!! (warning there are LOTS of pics)

Today our little baby becomes a little boy. He is 1 today!!! No longer an infant, which totally breaks my heart but one thing I have learned is that no matter how old he gets, he will always be my baby boy.
We had a small birthday gathering for him over the weekend with my family who was in town visiting and some other close friends and nieghbors of ours. We had a great time celebrating Brody so I wanted to share some pics of my baby's special day. Enjoy these as my sister in law takes fabulous pics so she was our photographer for the weekend.


birthday kiss from Chloe



Daddy and son



Uncle Jordan with Brody



let us out please!







I love cake!



Mommy and her baby



Eating more cake







Natasha - she and Chloe met when Chloe was just 4 months old and Natasha was 9 months old



Hailey - our neigbor who is 17 months old


Baby Einstein cake



admiring gifts



Cedrick - Natasha's little brother











Kirk and Chloe being silly together as always



the cakes



Uncle Jordan with Brody again - they quickly became buddies this weekend



Mommy and baby



Aiden and Kirk











Chloe enjoying the swings



Sprinkler fun and the men in the background playing corn-hole







the 2 new additions to our group...Noah (11 weeks) and Braxton(10 weeks). I could kiss these baby cheeks all night! So sweet!!!



Jordan with Brody's slinky dog gift

Monday, August 17, 2009

Reunited...

After 2 very long years and a separation by many many many miles I was finally able to see my little brother for the first time since October 2007. He is in the Army and has been stationed in Hawaii and deployed to Iraq hence the reason for the long time. But on Wednesday night he and his wife arrived at our house to spend a long weekend with us before leaving for their next duty station in Alabama.
So, on Thursday morning, we spent time getting re-aquainted and letting Jordan and Kim get to know Chloe and Brody. The kids pretty much immediately took to them. We went to Dunbar Cave to feed the ducks and walk up to the cave and then by Chick-fil-A for some lunch. Afterwards, they went to post to check it out while I stayed here and got in my running for the day. Later that night, we had an amazing dinner of ribeyes, grilled corn, sauteed zucchini and squash, and yeast rolls. While that was cooking though, Jordan managed to let Chloe fall out of the swing (ok, she let go of the chains and fell out on her own) so we had to give him a hard time about that. After that, she wouldn't let him push her on the swings anymore.
On Friday, we all headed down to Opry Mills to shop and have lunch at the Rainforest Cafe. That was really fun. They had never been so it was a cool experience and of course the two kiddos loved it. That night, we had our babysitter come to watch Chloe and Brody so that we could take Jordan and Kim out and have some time to just catch up and chat without the kids. We started it off at the winery doing some tastings and then had a great dinner at the Blackhorse. It was a great night!
Saturday was Brody's birthday party which was a ton of fun and will be blogged about in a seperate entry, but Jordan and Kim were able to meet some of our good friends and have some yummy Whitt's BBQ.
On Sunday we headed out to church. They loved our church as it's very similar to the one they went to in Hawaii. It was an amazing time of worshipping our Lord and opening our hearts and minds to Him. I think they saw how much and why we love Grace Community Church. Later that evening, we had to say goodbye to them and I would be lying if I said that I didn't shed a few tears after they pulled out of our driveway. Although they are just going to be a little over 2 hours away for the next 10 weeks, it was still hard to watch them go. Chloe has asked a thousand times where they are and when they are coming back. We are planning to go visit in late September and hopefully make another trip or two since they are going to be so close.




Jordan with the kids and Cabot



Wake up Brody!!!



Brody trying to pull Chloe's backpack leash at Opry Mills. He is constantly trying to get her in some way



Sweet Girl



Jordan "walking Chloe." I think he had waaaay too much fun with this task



This is Brody's halloween costume this year.



Chloe and Jordan bonding over cartoons



at Rainforest Cafe



at Rainforest Cafe



The group...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Water Park Fun

Today I decided to have a "girl's day out" with just me and Chloe. We took sweet Brody to school this morning and then ventured off. We started out with breakfast at McDonald's and a little play time and then went on to Fort Campbell to meet our friends for a playdate. There is the cutest water park on base that is beside of a huge play park. The kids had a blast and we enjoyed our adult conversation for sure. The only snag in the day was that when I got on post I couldn't find the registration in my glove box so I couldn't get the "OK" to come on base. We were going to try it anyways but decided instead to just put Chloe's carseat in my friend's car and just carpool on with her. Here are a few pics from the day and then some pics that I had promised last week. One is from when my parents were here and a few are from Kirk's birthday party (Kirk is a little boy that Chloe is friends with and we are good friends with his parents. They definitly have a cute little friendship!)




Chloe and this little girl kept wanting the same fountain. Chloe would NOT let her even put one foot on it. We've got some sharing to learn...



Chloe and Ced running and playing







Fun in the water



The kids with my parents...Grammy and Op-Op (was supposed to be papa, but Chloe has always just called him op-op so that's how the name came about)



Brody and Cord bouncing in the baby bounce house.



Brody in the baby bounce house



Chloe playing at Kirk's birthday party. It was at the Jump Zone



My big boy!



Playing together