Thursday, September 15

A Bitty Good Time

Wow....another whirlwind vacation has come and gone.  

Like most people, we packed so much into our vacation that we need a vacation from our vacation.  Or, at the very least, going back to work (at least for Hubs) nearly seems like a vacation.  Sort of, but not really.   

You know what I mean. 

First, we had the most aaah-mazing weather.  Over the last several months my mom had mentioned to me over multiple conversations that she couldn't wait for our trip in September so the Peanut could come down and enjoy the pool at Grandma and Grandpa's.


Me, ever the pessimist realist, thought no way.  I can count on one hand the number of times we have used their pool in September...and they've had the pool for nearly 20 years.  It's rarely warm enough in Hometown to swim that late in the summer, but I was proved wrong.

Way wrong. The weather?  Well, it was hotter than Dutch love.  (That saying always makes me smile, as it is something my Grandpa used to say.)

Peanut got to show Grandma (and Grandpa too) all her newly acquired swimming skills.

Hubs helped my Dad with some of their projects they had going on....they are replacing their siding/painting the exterior/installing new outdoor lights....the list goes on and on.  But the finished product?  Very nice.  Very, very nice.

Jet, my parents lab, enjoyed all our pool time too, as pool time for us means playing fetch for her.  And she just wears herself out silly too.  About three fetches is her limit.  Then she hits the showers (goes in her pool) and sits in the water.  The length of time in the water is directly proportionate to the temperature outside in correlation with exactly how long she has been playing fetch. Then the process starts all over again. Fetch, pool, fetch, pool.....

On Peanut's birthday, Grandma and Grandpa had an early morning birthday surprise.  A new dolly for her collection--more specifically a Bitty Baby.

Later that morning she decided that Bitty should try out the pool (Jet's no less) with her and she was quickly reprimanded, which resulted in immediate tears.

No harm done though, as the pool had just been cleaned and Peanut had thought to remove Bitty's clothes.  Plus, with all the warm weather, Bitty dried in no time. 

After her nap (with all the excitement naps are a must at Grandma and Grandpa's--but at home, not nearly as much!), she got to open the rest of her presents.  She was spoiled indulged blessed beyond belief--lots of new clothes, fun toys, and more dolly items than she knows what to do with--including a Bitty twin.  AKA New Dolly.

Grandpa and Grandma treated us out to a birthday dinner, where Peanut was quite the fan of Chevy's salsa.  She nearly ate more of it than I did!  They sang for her and although she was caught a little off guard, she was quickly all smiles.

She got to see her very first theater movie, Winnie The Pooh.  What a perfect little movie for a three year old.  It was so, so sweet and just the right length too.  Perfect for those short little attention spans!

After the movie, we came home and had cake and ice cream and Peanut got to play more with all her new toys.  She also got to talk to her udder {other} Grandma and Grandpa (the Hubs mom and dad).  It was still really nice out, so we attempted the birthday candles outside.  However the light breeze (so nice in warm weather, not so nice when trying to light candles and sing Happy Birthday) made it difficult, so we quickly moved inside for candles and then quickly back outside to eat our yummies.  It was still fairly warm inside, as the house hadn't had a chance to cool off at that point.

You can practically read Hub's thoughts here. 

Peanut also had a grand time playing with my parent's neighbors.  They have a boy just a little older and a girl just a little younger and had they had the choice they would have been inseparable.  I can't wait to move back so Peanut can see them all the time!

Little W, is quite the driver and little gentleman as well, and he drove Peanut's car all around with her as the passenger.   Peanut got to enjoy snack time, play time and even a trip to Dairy Queen with them.  She was in heaven!

Hubs had his fantasy football draft with my Dad like last year, and it was madness, just like last year.  Honestly, it wasn't that bad, but I like to give Hubs and my Dad a hard time.  Peanut's little shirt still fit from last year, but I didn't have the heart to leave her in a long sleeved shirt in 94 degree weather.  So Charger ribbons it was.

Notice my Dad's and Hub's flushed faces.  Did I mention it was hot? 

Oh, and we evened squeezed in another family picture on our last night there.

Note to self: do family picture at beginning of vacation rather than end.  Her cooperativeness was at an all time low.  

I'm just sayin'.

It was a fabulous trip and I can't believe it's already come and gone.  I am praying that this will be her last party that we have to travel home for.   Hopefully, we will have good news in the next year that allows us to move back to Hometown.  I hope, I pray, I hope, I pray.

Well, that's it for the "non-party" highlights.....I hope to have the party recap done sometime this weekend!  Stay tuned!

1 comment:

Mason + Lauren Young said...

Looks like so much fun!! Your family picture turned out great! Miss you guys!


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