My mother-in-law, Cindi, arrived here on the 6th to be here for the much anticipated arrival of our little girl. Unfortunately, here we are on the 21st twiddling our thumbs...
So in our efforts to remain busy (and somewhat distracted if that's even possible), we've filled our days with activities. Here's a quick rundown: we've had guests for dinner twice, gone to my doctor twice, gone to the vet for Daisy twice (more on that later), visited Emerald Isle, Swansboro, Top Sail, and Wilmington, made black pepper pasta from scratch, cleaned the house from top to bottom, gone to Babies R Us, finished a puzzle, played games and taken more walks than I could ever recall. I don't have pictures of most of it, but here are a few.
Cindi's first attempt at homemade pasta - looks great, huh?!!!
Umbrella stroller (from MIL) & the bouncer/swing seat.
A Charles Wysocki puzzle I finally finished putting together.
In addition to the above, MIL has spent most of the last 2 weeks taking excellent care of me. She's made way too many delicious meals to recount, but here are a couple of my favorite things she's cooked. To the left we have bacon, cheddar, chive biscuits. And below, is an open-faced sandwich with hummus, avocado/edamame/red pepper and a hard boiled egg! We at that with tomato basil soup and it was one of the best meals I've ever had!
And finally, here are a few pictures of the pucky dogs and a frog that Daisy May tried to eat. You'll notice that Daisy's left eye looks a little bit strange...that's because last Thursday morning, she woke up with her eye almost swollen shut. We took her to a local vet where they found out that she had something (probably a small piece of wood) attached to her cornea. After attempting to dislodge it by flushing the eye, they ended up having to numb and scrape the item off of her eye. She has been getting eye drops and a pain medicine (ointment that dilates the pupil...hence the strange looking photos) for the last week. We took her for a follow-up on Monday and she'll be good as new with a bit of scar tissue on the cornea.
Ms. Daisy May - She looks possessed, doesn't she?!
Typically, after Jason gets home and eats dinner, he is on bath duty. It gives me 10 minutes to clean the kitchen, set up his coffee and make his lunch for the following day. One day last week though, everything was already done, so I snuck in to watch the fun. We recently got some Mr. Bubbles for Reagan and she LOVED them. She's such a cheeseball!
We knew that Jason would have to go out to the field for an exercise shortly after starting his new job, so before Reagan started school, I wanted to make sure we got in a night of camping on the beach! We loaded up the van, picked up Savannah from school, and headed to Del Mar beach aboard Camp Pendleton. (Luckily Jason wasn't leaving until the next morning, so Tommy didn't have to stay out in the sun with us all day.)
It took me almost an hour to set up our new tent (awesome birthday present from my amazing in-laws and twin!). It's huge and it was super windy, but I managed to get it set up with a bit of help from the girls. Of course as soon as I was finished, I realized the opening was not facing the water, but oh well, it remained in place:)
As soon as it was up, the girls and I hopped inside, changed into our suits and hit the beach. Reagan found a friend to play with, and Savannah and I sat - for what must have been 45 minutes - in the surf covering our legs with…
Cody is moving to Hong Kong for work. Before he embarked on that journey, he decided to take a quick vacation in Australia and booked his ticket with a long layover in Los Angeles! Lucky us! After breakfast, we hopped in the car and headed north to pick him up at the airport. Jason is a great navigator and managed to get us to a nice spot with plenty of restaurants and a swarmed beach!
First things first, we stopped at the Venice Whaler and grabbed some beers and a quick snack. We even got to watch some of they Olympic events!
We changed into our bathing suits, California-style (which means we did it as covertly as possible while standing in the parking lot:) and hit the beach. The girls had a great time playing in the sand and after the boys swam for a bit, Cody and I took naps on the beach. Jason walked with the girls and played for a long time...thanks babe!
She's so shy!
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