Monday, May 30, 2011

5 things to do when it's unofficially summertime

1. Go swimming
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2. Drink plenty of water
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3. Make s'mores
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4. Go shirtless (hey, it's hot out there!)
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5. Go to Disney World!  Be back next week...

Friday, May 27, 2011

At the beach

You know it's a fabulous morning when you spend it at the beach with a certain little man.

There's a beach about 15 minutes from our house and, since it officially feels like summer time, we decided to go.
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I spread out the blanket and Will wasn't quite sure what to do.  So, he sat down, demanded muffins, and carefully ran his feet in and out of the warm sand.Photobucket
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It wasn't until I walked over to dip my toe and test the temperture (which was very warm!), that he realized it was actually OK to SWIM.  He dropped his muffins and ran over in record speed.
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Yeah.  Will likes the beach.
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He was in the water the entire time we were there.  I'm sure we'll make many return trips.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Little Trooper

Will had a stye on his eye (actually, he had several), and after hot compresses and ointments failed to work, the doctor had no choice but to operate.  It was stressful and worrisome, of course, but mostly I just wanted relief for his sake.

After what felt like weeks of waiting, we went to the hospital yesterday morning.  We had to leave at 5:30 to be in Richmond for 6:30.  It was a long morning, but luckily Will is a pretty easy-going fella.

Dressed in his hospital jammies...
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Ah-choo!
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He was so stinking excited to see a 'ba-ball' (ball) on his jammies.
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There was lots of waiting and conferencing with different doctors and nurses.  Poor Will wasn't allowed to eat or drink all morning and we were so ready to get it over with.
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Will wore a bracelet that said 'right eye.'  You know.  Just incase.

Will was eyeing the red wagon all morning.  The nurse kept telling him, "Don't worry.  You'll get your turn."  They gave him a little bit of 'juice' to ease his anxiety about leaving us.  It made him so relaxed and giggly, and he was very excited about his wagon ride.Photobucket
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They called us back to recovery about 25 minutes later and Will was already awake.  Upon our return home, he was running wild, completely back to his playful, happy self.

And as for a trip to Disney World - 'round here we keep our promises...
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We leave in 6 days!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

*sad face*

Today I received some news that rocked my world.

Will is having surgery next week.
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While I'm somewhat calm and collected on the matter, next Tuesday will be a different story.

Because it is SURGERY.  And anesthesia.  And his eye.  And MY BABY.
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He has been promised a trip to Disney World when it's all over.  For real.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

A new car!

Do you remember those awful wood-paneled minivans from the 80's?  Yes?  Well, we are now the proud owners of one.

Kind of.
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In between rain storms last Saturday, I took Will for a walk around the block and noticed a dirty, old-looking plastic car on the corner.  It looked like it was placed out for the trash, but we didn't pay much attention to it.

Today was a different story.  We were walking by and Will flipped his lid.  He needed that car.  Wanted that car.  Wouldn't stop screaming until we went back for that car.  Photobucket
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Will has decided it is the best toy EVER and was quite mad when I brought him in for lunch.  Like, screaming, kicking, head-butting mad.

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Hi, my name is Will.  I have Fig Newton on my face and I think wood-paneled vans are the coolest!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

An evening at the park

Yesterday we spent a very warm and pleasant evening at the park.  It was such a fun and amazing time. 

A local photographer came up with this crazy idea a couple months ago to share a location and time with the general public and anyone who shows is treated to a complimentary mini-session.  I've been stalking her Facebook page on a daily basis just waiting.   Waiting.  And waiting for the announcement.

She is as kind as she is talented.  She noticed I had my camera with me and invited me to shoot with her, generously offering photography tips along the way.  Words cannot express how thrilled I was with the entire experience.

Rashmi Pappu AKA 'Pop-up Pappu'....
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My friend Courtney came with sweet baby Alyse.  I held her for a few minutes and asked Will if he wanted to touch the baby's toes.  He did so very happily.

It was totally intimidating to be in the presence of someone so talented, but I attempted shooting with her while rapidly firing off questions.
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These little baby geese were awfully cute, but their parents were awfully scary; hissing everytime someone walked the path.
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I was able to capture some shots of my well dressed little monkey while waiting for our turn.  Will was such a happy and easy going guy throughout the entire evening.  I'm a lucky girl.Photobucket
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Totally lucky.
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As for our photo shoot...  Rashmi will email a slideshow of edited images and I will select my favorite to be our free 5x7.  I'm already dreading what is sure to be a difficult choice.  She's been sharing peeks on Facebook and her blog (and please do check out her blog as she posted the ca-utest picture of Will today).  So far I love them all.

One from Facebook she gave me permission to share:


How ever will I choose??!?