Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thankful & Throw-Back Thursday!

A lot of bloggers do a "thankful Thursday" post or a "throw-back Thursday" post.  I won't embarrass anyone with old school 80's photos, but I will give some thankful Thursday shout-outs this week and recall a few throw-back photos of Georgia (if you can call a year or two ago as being a "throw back")...

1 - I'm thankful for the surgical team at Shady Grove Hospital. I may not have been too impressed with the nursing staff on the floor that I was inpatient (I mean, seriously, how many times could I have been offered food/drink when the NPO sign was clearly on the door!!!), but the doctors were great.  A specific shout-out to Dr. Kim, who rocked my gallbladder surgery.  As he said to me before the anesthesia kicked in, "It's okay to be nervous, because I'm not!"  He must have done a fabulous job, because I barely have any scars.  My only complaint is that I didn't get to see my gallstones.  I wanted to throw those suckers in the firepit and watch them burn!

2 - In a related thank you, I'd like to thank my body for a quick recovery.  I got the all clear last week to start running again.  I gave it a few more days and got back on the treadmill exactly 19 days post-op.  I started slow and ran 1 mile the first day.  The legs were a little stiff the next morning, but they got me through 2 miles the next day.  I took a day of rest yesterday and ran a 5K this morning.  So, thank you, to my legs and body for getting me to 3 miles today.  They might not be the fastest 3 miles, but I lived and feel good.

3 - I'm thankful for my mom who came and stayed with us for 2+ weeks.   Georgia is in shock that her every whim and need isn't being met in less than 3 seconds this week since she was spoiled rotten while my mom was here!  Poor Nick has a sinus infection and banished himself to the guest room for the past few nights (on a side note - I guess I'm grateful for guest rooms so I don't have to hear him snore while he is sick!).  Georgia accused him of sleeping in "Mimi's room!"

4 - I'm thankful for trains.  Why?  Because they bring absolute joy to my kid's face!  Wednesday has become Mommy and G day at Rio, so that she can get her weekly fix of riding the train around the lake.  It's not always the easiest transition to get her out of the train without a full-blown temper tantrum and screams of "again, again!" but she loves being on it so much!

Instagram selfie of me and my girl!

5 - I'm thankful for friends.  Becky came over last week for an afternoon by the pool with us.  Georgia is still talking about "swimming with Becky!"  Luckily, Becky helped with Georgia's new desire to practice jumping into the pool again and again since I was still on restrictions from the surgery last week.

6 - I'm grateful for pigtails because they are so darn cute...

And in the spirit of throw-back Thursday, here is a picture from last July.  And a reason to be thankful this year is that Georgia does NOT have hand/foot/mouth disease right now, which is what we were experiencing last year on this particular date in July of 2012.  I can't recall yet whether Nick or I were suffering yet, but here's hoping that we NEVER experience this particular disease again because it was beyond awful!!

July 2012 - My poor bald polka-dotted baby!

And a Throw-Back to the end of July 2011.  My 3 month old baby weighed in at 9lbs and was officially released from her oxygen monitor (for those of you who were followers/readers back then, you may recall I had a lovely nickname for that machine!)...

The little peanut!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Trains and Pez!

Add another item to Georgia's favorite things - Pez!  Thanks, Auntie Elaine, for sending Georgia a special Nemo treat.  We swear she ate the entire pack of candy in less than 90 seconds.  Nick asked her for one and they were already gone.  We had to tell her we were all out and there were no more because we were concerned how quickly the second roll would go down!  Mimi made her scrub her teeth and I tried to pretend that the ingredients of sugar, every food coloring on the planet, and a bunch of other unpronounceable ingredients that absolutely do NOT exist naturally on this Earth were a normal snack for a 2 year-old!  Thankfully, she seems to have forgotten about the actual candy and just wants to play with the Pez holder... for now!  As my mom pointed out, due to her allergies, the poor child has never even had an M&M and probably never will.  Gasp - the horror!

The sweet taste of sugar!

She did share a Pez with her new trains.  She ADORES her new motorized Thomas cars that run all over the kitchen these days.  Even KC likes to chase them around.  Thanks, Auntie Elaine!!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

First Carnival Rides!

Last week, one of the neighboring towns had their annual carnival.  Since it was still well over 90 degrees at 7pm, we decided to take a ride over and check out the rides and entertainment.  Georgia, of course, was in her glory.  The kid loves a party.  I'm already in fear of her freshmen year of college in 16 years.  She is the ultimate party girl.

Last year, we took her to another local carnival, but she was too little to go on any of the rides.  Not the case this year...

Getting ready for her first ride on the carousel!

Thank goodness Mimi bought a whole book of tickets because this was just the first ride on the carousel.  There would be ride #2, ride #3, etc.

After the carousel, it was onto Jalopy Junction for a ride on the "train."

Our brave little girl didn't stop there, next she jumped on the flying elephants (aka - Dumbo style) for a ride with Mommy.  The next day, she kept talking about "the elephants up and down!"  

We took a short break to grab some food.  Georgia immediately noticed the live band playing on that end of the field.  She declared that she "had to dance" and ran toward the stage with Mimi in tow.  By the time Nick and I arrived, she was a dancing fool and entertaining many people around her...

Like Mommy, she's a huge fan of 80's cover bands.  Who knew!??

I love Nick's reaction in this picture!  Georgia was quite literally shaking her toosh off!

After a quick dance break, it was back to the rides.  This time, it was Mommy's turn to get on the carousel since Daddy was getting dizzy from all his spins...

And then Georgia had her brave moment for the night - she rode the cars ALL BY HERSELF!!!  And not just one time, but twice.  After the first ride ended, she declared that she wanted to go again and that she wanted to go on the purple car!

Holding on tight!  I made Nick pull that belt until his hands turned blue!!

Overall, amazing night!  Our little peanut managed to stay at the carnival until after 9pm.  She was so into all the lights, sights, and sounds.  We had to drag her to the car and promise to take her to the carnival (in another town) the following week!  So, I guess it's back to the carousel for a few rides later this week!  Unbelievably, it was still 90+ degrees when we got into the car that night.  Crazy hot summer nights!