Friday, July 29, 2011

First Birthday Card

Trudy's first ever birthday card arrived today a little early. How fitting that it was from her great-great aunt Trudy?

 Here's the really neat part. Thanks to Linda, we still have the birthday card that Aunt Trudy gave Dave 30 years ago for his first birthday!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Toy Box Time

Trudy got a toy box this week and "helped" her daddy put it together

Yep, that's a disposable diaper. You caught me! The fluff was soaking in the washer.
 I think she likes it!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Mess Maker

Trudy's favorite thing to do right now is make big messes. She has a variety of strategies. Nutella is probably her favorite.

Paper products such as coupons and gospel tracts are a close second

And if nothing else is available, how about digging through the diaper bag and self-serving some Cheerios?

They just taste better off the floor.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Happy 31st Birthday, Dave!

Dave celebrated his 31st birthday in the usual manner; going to work and managing to not let anyone know it was his birthday. He's always wanted an ice cream cake so I got him one of those which he pretty much finished off by himself over the course of a week.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I have officially seen it all...

A leashed guinea pig. I can die happy now.

Bella likes to take her pet guinea pig Maddy out to feel the grass on her feet. What a pampered pet!

Happy 10th Birthday, Bella!

She's in the double digits now!
Are you sensing a horse theme yet?

This little guy is an original creation. I had a hard time with him, so he will remain the one and only. ;)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Lake Rats

This was our third Smith Lake 4th of July trip with my side of the family and I've got to say the trips keep getting better and better. You've had a true vacation when not a lick of makeup goes on your face for 5 days and when checkout rolls around you don't even know what day it is.
Trudy enjoyed her first swim in the lake in spite of having to get suited up for protection from the sun and water. Mom teased that we looked like Amish swimmers in our long-sleeved UV Skinz. We were sunburn-free Amish swimmers!

 Whew! Finally ready to go, but exhausted from the effort.

The alternative to the life vest suit was an inflatable float that she wasn't too keen on. Got a couple of cute pics before she'd had enough.

Brandon's backflip

Aran's backflop
Too busy to break for a snack

Sheena, Jacob, and Josh joined us for part of the week. Between their homemade trot line and hours spent pole fishing, Jacob and Aran caught enough fish for us to fry one night.

 Check out mine and Dad's contributions. We had to us the macro setting for our fish to show up! They went back in the lake to be caught another day.

We had a dockside disaster at one point. I'm still not really sure how it happened, but we tore the dock up. The guys managed to get it back together until the rental house owners could send a repairman the next day.

On Tuesday, Mom rented a pontoon boat so we could spend the day tubing and cruising. Trudy enjoyed her first boat ride and the wind in her hair.

Tuckered out.
Our evenings were spent eating, playing games, and watching loads of TV. Trudy enjoying being surrounded by plenty of "peeps" to entertain her. She's especially fond of playtime with Papa...

...and Brandon

You know whenever there are people gathered I'm going to sucker them into playing Quelf. Brandon may have had to hold a spatula for the entire game with a drawing of a medicine bottle secured to his shirt, but Bella really bore the brunt. She's wearing a full face of makeup, a bib, and has the game box shoved under her shirt.
Probably the best part of the trip for me was the abundance of free babysitters. Trudy is pretty high maintenance so I enjoyed the break. Thanks, Mom for planning and funding another memorable family vacation!