Isabel goes to Kite Fest

Grandma came up for the day!

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We went to Kite Fest!

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We brought our usual kites

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But this time Isabel actually got to try her hand at flying them.

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Isabel also had her first Bounce House experience

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After Kite Fest we headed to a friend’s birthday party with an Under the Sea theme

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Proof that I can coordinate colors and such. Outfit and shoes are from TWO different stores!

Isabel didn’t “get” the piñata

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But she had no problem understanding the “get the candy” part

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I found out later that those are reallly good taffy pops. I wish I had grabbed ALL of them.

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This is what I get for forcing a hug so that I can get a picture

At the end of the day we all went out to dinner. Isabel stuck one of her Easter presents down her blouse and thought it was the coolest thing ever.

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I picked up Isabel to carry her across the parking lot but she didn’t want me. She pointed at Grandma and said, for the first time ever, three times, “Namma!” So that was super, duper cool and a perfect end to the day!

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Isabel goes to the Spring Fling

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Can I dress my daughter or what?!

Can I dress my daughter or what?!

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Where are its eyes?

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Isabel kept trying to get on top of the animals in the petting area so we decided to let her ride a horse again

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Isabel has an awesome Spring Break

Friday!
Isabel celebrated the start of her spring break with one of her favorite things – bubbles!

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Saturday
The weather wasn’t spectacular but Isabel did get to spend a little time outside. Sometimes Isabel will point to the back fence and say Moo to indicate that she wants to see the cows.

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Monday
Isabel planted a few things and spent almost the entire day playing outside.

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Tuesday
Isabel went on a walk in the park and stopped often to smell the flowers.

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Wednesday
Isabel went on a zoo date with a friend. She learned the word peacock.

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Thursday
Isabel spent a lot of Thursday outside. She was going to go on a play date but her mama’s car ended up being in the shop all day. One of Isabel’s older friends visited.

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Friday
Isabel helped her auntie pick out a wedding dress!

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Saturday
After a long day of doing wedding stuff (including shopping around for Isabel’s dress!) Isabel and her auntie colored together on the iPad.

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Sunday
Isabel had a fun day at the Caldwell Zoo

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Isabel visits family

John’s Aunt Janet and Grandma Ford flew to Houston for a visit last month. Since they flew in from out of state we thought that the least we could do was drive to Houston for the weekend for a quick visit! I just wish we could have visited longer; Isabel doesn’t get to see relatives very often.

Isabel played with a bear that John had when he was little:
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John got to spend some quality time playing games with his mom, aunt, and grandma. We love playing board games but almost never get the chance to play with anyone!
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Isabel took a nap on one of her daddy’s old pillows -
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Isabel probably had the most fun when we went to the park -
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Overall I think Isabel had a great weekend

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Funeral Weekend

I heard on a Saturday that someone I’ve known my entire life had died. I didn’t know her very well but her whole family is very important to me so I booked a flight for that night to go south. Isabel and I were in South Texas by about 10pm. We stayed at my mom’s house.

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Isabel was happy to be finished traveling for the day. She was rewarded with the animated Eric Carle stories on Netflix.

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The next day we went to the viewing. My mom helped Isabel get ready. My mom had to go to work so my dad drove us. We sat for a while watching a photo slide show before my dad walked around with a restless Isabel. While watching the photos from my friend’s wedding back in December I thought about how happy I am that Isabel was able to meet the recently departed at that wedding.

Some of my first coherent words to the deceased were “You’re fat!” when I was little. I was an observant child and “fat” was one of the first words we learned in kindergarten. I’ve been mortified by the memory for a long time. I felt silly doing it but I made sure to whisper to her before I left that I was sorry I called her fat.

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I decided that it would be best for us to head back to my dad’s house after the viewing. I didn’t think Isabel would sit through a full Catholic rosary and I didn’t want to disrespect the family by trying to make it happen. It was Super Bowl weekend so we ended up watching football and eating the rest of the afternoon. I think Isabel had the most fun because she had no idea how disappointingly blah the game was. She also got to play with some full-size footballs for the first time.

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My dad had a few friends over and Isabel wore herself out making sure they knew how cute she could be when she plays.

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This was two weeks after my ACL surgery so I ended up sitting with my leg propped up as much as I could while everyone else kept Isabel entertained.

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The funeral mass and burial were the next day. Isabel thought both were fun. I’m glad I had other people there with me to walk around with her/chase her when I couldn’t. Isabel also got to meet a bunch of people that hadn’t even seen me since I was Isabel’s age. (Nothing like a funeral to bring people together.) At the cemetery I learned of a number of other deaths, including the death of a neighbor who lived across the street from me while I was growing up. He used to give me extra potatoes, bread, and chocolate milk at the school cafeteria because I didn’t eat meat.

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Isabel fell asleep on the way back from the burial. My dad put his head down next to hers in an effort to get his mind off of my mother’s driving. She’s either just really, really bad at driving or she is just one of those people who doesn’t give a flying fuck that they are essentially operating 0.75 tons of crush-able metal.

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Our flight out on Tuesday morning was cancelled and our later flight was delayed. Luckily for hop-along me, there was a play area near our gate. Isabel and another little girl kept climbing around together. In this picture (above) it looks like they’re pushing each other but they’re not. They kept helping each other get up and down, over and over again.  Isabel stopped by that little girl’s seat on our way off the plane in Houston to say goodbye.

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The circumstances for this visit home were tragic but I’m grateful for the time Isabel got to spend with family and for the experiences she had.

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Isabel has a Play Date

Isabel visited with Jack while we were in South Texas for the holidays!

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Taking turns

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Remember this?
What a difference two years makes!

...as husband and wife
…as husband and wife
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October Blooms

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Isabel goes to the History Fair

Every once in a while there is really great family event in town. One of those is the annual history fair. There was an archaeological dig for kids. Isabel enjoyed digging around with her spade, but was more interested in the hardened clumps of dirt than the bones.

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There was also a corn husk doll demonstration. Isabel wasn’t as interested.

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We ran into Isabel’s friend, Gracie, and Gracie’s parents.

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Gracie’s mama learned how to make rope out of moistened cattail.

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Isabel got the opportunity to paint a picture.

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Isabel could have made something out of clay but all she wanted to do was play in the water bucket used to moisten the clay.

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There was also an oxcart demonstration. We didn’t get too close.

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It was a very hot day in October and there were many more activities but we decided it was time to go home and cool off. I look forward to next year’s fair!

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Isabel goes to a Jones Family Picnic

We were up in Michigan visiting family for a few days in June. On a day when we didn’t have much going on we decided to take a day trip to Ohio where my Great Aunt Connie & Great Uncle Arch threw a Jones Family Picnic so that everyone could meet Isabel!

I have always LOVED their property.

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It was a four-hour drive so when we got there we just hung out in our pajamas for a bit. Isabel’s Great- Grandma & Grandpa Jones were waiting for us when we arrived.

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Isabel took a little nap before other guests started to arrive.

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It was a really nice day outside!

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Isabel got to play with people I had only met once or twice in my life!

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After enough people had arrived we changed Isabel into her picnic dress and explored the gardens.

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Isabel spent some quality time with Great-Grandpa Jones.

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He helped her get the hang of clapping.

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Isabel also got to play with a dog. She loves dogs.

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Family Photo!

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We got up super early the next morning and posed for a family pic with Uncle Arch and Aunt Connie in our morning faces before heading back to Michigan.

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I think I could live in Ohio.

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Isabel Goes Potato-Pickin’

On our last day in the DC area a farm just down the road from my uncle was having their annual pancake breakfast and potato harvest. They also had a giant cow.

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Isabel and I shared a plate of pancakes with pumpkin spice syrup. Delicious.

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There were a lot of fun things to do at the farm.

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A lot of the activities were geared toward older kids but Isabel did get to play in the sand for a bit with a little boy.

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We took a hayride to the potato field.

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The dirt had been worked ahead of time to make harvesting the potatoes easier for the little ones. All kinds of potatoes sat just at the surface ready to be picked.

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It was very, very hot outside. After picking just a few potatoes we all sat around and relaxed, waiting for the next ride.

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We spent some time in the shade with Isabel when we got back to the farmhouse.

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Isabel really bonded with Uncle Jimmy on this trip.

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After our morning at the farm we went out to lunch. Isabel was pooped and we took turns holding her while she slept.

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Later that afternoon we were at the airport to return home. Overburdened with luggage and holding Isabel I stepped up onto the curb at the drop-off area. I was pretty weighed down (I blame the potatoes!) and because of that I didn’t step high enough and I tripped. Trying to regain my balance and keep hold of the baby, I took a few wild, gigantic steps. With each step I got closer to hitting the ground. Finally I smacked my knee on the pavement, tearing a huge hole in my pants and embedding denim and gravel into my skin. Then, still falling forward, I put my arm to the ground and put a big scrape in it. Finally, my head smacked the ground and everything went black for about three seconds. I somehow managed to keep Isabel from hitting the ground. It took her a few seconds to register how terrifying it was. She started crying just as I heard footsteps running toward us. We were helped up and I continued on into the airport. My knee hurt something awful but I didn’t register how badly I had gotten hurt until I saw the blood seeping through my jeans! Later I had a scab about a quarter-inch thick. It was dark blue and fibrous!

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