Sunday, April 24, 2011

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

We spent our Easter afternoon at Harbor Park watching a Norfolk Tides (a Triple-A farm team of the Baltimore Orioles) baseball game.  We had front row seats along the right field foul line.  For a 1:15PM game, that meant HOT seats!  These two didn’t last too long in the sun and soon moved to a shadier spot.

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Trenton, on the other hand, didn’t mind the heat (or being bathed in sunscreen every 30 minutes) one bit.  He loved being close to all the action!

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Trenton and I moved over to where Daddy and Charlotte were sitting around the middle of the 6th inning.  I don’t think either kid was watching any baseball at this point, but they did have fun goofing around!

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Although Trenton loved watching the baseball game, I think his favorite part of our outing was when he got to meet this policeman as we were getting ready to leave.  Trenton asked the policeman all about his car and if it goes, “Weeoooweeoooweeooo.”  Hopefully if Trenton has any future encounters with the police force, they are as friendly as this one!

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When we left the game at the end of the 9th inning, the game was tied 4-4.  It went eleven innings, but just as we were pulling in our driveway, the Tides pulled out the win, beating the Durham Bulls 6-5.

Happy Easter

The Easter Bunny came while we were at church this morning, but these two kids had already been brushing up on their hunting skills!

Our first Easter egg hunt was the MOMS Club hunt on Thursday.  It took Trenton a little while to remember how hunting eggs goes, but he soon got the hang of it.  At first he was going around, opening up eggs, and only putting them in his basket if he liked what he saw!

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Charlotte picked up a couple of eggs and was then content playing with those couple of eggs the whole time the rest of the kids were hunting.  My friend Eileen caught a couple of really cute pictures of her.

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Yesterday we visited Lee Hall Mansion for their Easter Egg Hunt.  Trenton and Charlotte both hunted in the 1-4 year old group (plus a bunch of parents running all over the field).  Amid all the chaos, Trenton wound up with 8 eggs (a lot for such a large hunt).  Charlotte had 2 eggs in her basket - both put in there by a lady who felt sorry for her!

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This morning Charlotte once again picked up a couple of eggs and was then content playing with them while Trenton filled his basket all the way up to the top and then proceeded to dump it out into a big pile on the lawn.  I think Charlotte knew that we would make Trenton share his loot, so she figured that she didn’t have to worry about overexerting herself!

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It wasn’t until all of the eggs had been found and dumped back out on the ground, that the kids noticed that the Easter Bunny left them a fun toy on the deck.

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A water table!  And yes, we let our kids play in their church clothes!  It was just water and we were going to be changing them into other clothes soon, so we figured it wouldn’t hurt anything!

While the kids were playing, I went down to pick up all of the eggs Trenton dumped out before all of the chocolate ended up a gooey mess.  Miss Mountain Goat tried to climb the railing to get to me!  Boy am I in trouble!

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Fun in the Kitchen

With a cold front bringing in cooler weather today, we stayed inside and had a lot of fun in the kitchen.

This morning we dyed eggs.  Charlotte is the only one in the house that will eat hard boiled eggs, but I remember dyeing eggs when I was little (and not eating them), so I didn’t want Trenton missing out on that Easter tradition.

He thought that seeing the food coloring change the color of the water was really neat.

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And he really thought that putting two different colors together was cool!

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Charlotte did not want to miss out on the action.

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Trenton LOVED how the eggs changed colors!  Not that it made him want to eat one!  Oh well, Charlotte ate a lovely red egg with her lunch.

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After we finished dyeing all of the eggs, Trenton wanted to make black.  We mixed all of the darker colors together, and he was very excited.  I wish we would have stuck something in the dyed water to see what color it actually came out, but I didn’t think about that until after the fact.

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After naptime (and Trenton’s SUPER cranky hour), I pulled out this Wilton’s bunny pop kit that we got from Aunt Carol and Uncle Scotty.

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The bunny shaped cookies came ready-made in the package.  All we had to do was use the mix to make white and pink icing, decorate the bunnies, and assemble the pops.

Well, this was my cookie…

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In my defense, I could have made it look like the box if I didn’t have a “helper” named Trenton!

This was Jarrod’s cookie…

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Trenton liked his cookies plain.

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And Charlotte?  She REALLY liked eating her pink bowl of icing!

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She didn’t care too much about her cookies.  Bailey ended up eating one, and she shared the other cookie, that she had drenched in icing, with her daddy.

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After all of this fun, I marched the kids upstairs for a much needed bath while Jarrod cleaned up downstairs (probably with Bailey’s help)!

Trenton’s Big Move

Since Jarrod’s 7-month deployment is fast approaching, we figured now was as good a time as ever to convert Trenton’s crib into a toddler bed.  Jarrod converted the crib this morning, and I took Trenton upstairs for his nap after lunch.  He was more than willing to lay down in his “new bed” to go night-night.  As I walked out of his room with him still laying down clutching his pillow, I thought to myself, “Wow!  That was easy!  Why didn’t we switch the bed sooner?” 

Trenton was still laying down when I got downstairs and turned on the camera monitor.  I took over nap duties for Charlotte, who had decided that she didn’t want to nap in her bed, from Jarrod and settled in on the couch for some rest.  A few minutes later, I saw Trenton pop up and crawl out of bed.  “Not a big deal,” I thought.  “This is normal.”  A little while later I heard him call out for Mommy and Daddy, so I had Jarrod go upstairs to check on him.  Jarrod got him back in bed, and all was well.

After laying down for a few minutes, Trenton was up again.  This time, he went to his window and spent about 5 minutes looking outside.  Jarrod went back up to check on him, and this time, took the monitor with him. 

I hadn’t heard anything else when Jarrod came back in the living room about 45 minutes later.  I asked how Trenton was, and Jarrod told me that he was pretty sure Trenton was asleep, but the door was locked.  What???  Apparently Trenton had been messing around with the door (that I put a door knob cover on this morning) and locked it.  Jarrod figured this out when he tried to get into Trenton’s room to take his pacifier (we are trying to wean him off the pacifier).

Charlotte had just woke up, so she and I followed Jarrod upstairs to watch him try to pick the lock to Trenton’s room.

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Jarrod had already used a wire coat hanger to try to get into the room.  Next he tried an Allen wrench.  That didn’t work either, so he tried a paper clip.  After yet another failed attempt, we finally decided it would be best to take the door knob off.

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We were finally able to get into Trenton’s room after removing the door knob.  This is what we found.

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Somehow Trenton slept though all of the noise of trying to get his door open…on the floor…not here -

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Trenton slept though all of the picture taking too.  Jarrod and I decided to leave him sleeping floor and let him keep the pacifier too.  Jarrod, Charlotte, and I hadn’t even gotten halfway down the stairs when we heard Trenton wake up.  And let me tell you, he was NOT happy!  We dealt with an hour of the worst crankiness I have ever seen out of Trenton before he changed his attitude.

After such a bad experience with the first time in the big boy bed, I was not looking forward to putting Trenton down for the night.  After our bedtime routine, Trenton was again more than ready to climb into his bed to go to sleep.  This time though, he stayed in bed – until he fell asleep!  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that he stays there all night!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Black Flag

The North Carolina based rock band, Airiel Down, came aboard the USS George H. W. Bush back in December to film this music video. 

And here is the acoustic version.

Pretty cool stuff!  Maybe George Strait will be next!  Winking smile

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Smith Water Park

We’ve had a some really nice days this week, and today we broke out the swimsuits! 

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Jarrod set up the sprinkler in the backyard. 

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He also surprised us by picking up a kiddie pool on his way home from work.  Putting Charlotte’s new slide into the pool made a perfect waterslide!

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Charlotte did not like the waterslide as much as Trenton.

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Although Charlotte didn’t like playing in the water, she did enjoy hanging out with Mommy watching Trenton play.

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Trenton then wanted Mommy to go down the slide.  The slide held my weight fine, but is definitely not wide enough for “Mommy hips.”

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Trenton got brave and decided to try tricks on the slide.  He would start off going down the slide the correct way and then flip over before he got to the bottom – like this…

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This is what happens when you’re not careful though -

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Not to worry – Trenton brushed it off and went right back to sliding! 

What a fun way to start off summer!  I’m sure the Smith Water Park will be seeing a lot of us this summer!  Hopefully Charlotte will learn to enjoy it!