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!
Last Saturday, our friends, Nick & Agatha, invited us to Encinitas to watch Nick compete in the Stonesteps Surf Competition. We stopped by 101 Bagels to grab some breakfast and made our way south before the weekend traffic took over. Jason quickly found a parking spot and we wandered down 126 steps to find our friends on the beach. The girls love hanging out with Nick & Agatha because they have 7 month old twins, Eva and West! They have so much fun playing with the babies!
Breakfast on the beach:)
We got there in plenty of time to see Nick in his first heat. He had some stiff competition, but did an amazing job and advanced to the second round!
Jason also enjoyed some time with the babies!
As seems to be the usual here in Cali, the girls quickly found other kids to play with. And of course, they were soaked little sandy crabs by the time we left:) We had a great time hanging out and meeting new people.
Last Saturday, we headed inland to the Santa Margarita Trail for a hiking adventure! Jason had done some research and discovered this great, family-friendly spot for the us to explore. It was a beautiful day and we even brought Tommy along!
The trail started off nice and wide, perfect for an easy stroll. Parts of it were a bit trickier, but the girls did a great job navigating the rocks!
The trail followed the Santa Margarita River and there were several spots where you could walk right up to the river bank. Tommy, who usually hates water, ventured in without prompting!
We came to a spot with huge boulders on either side of the trail. Jason climbed up on top of one and we urged him to take a giant leap! This collage doesn't do the feat justice, but I did my best to capture the jump!