Fun,  Out And About

Spring Break Part 2 (Nashville)

We had a great time in Birmingham but part 2 of our Spring Break was spent at home in Nashville.
Thursday: I spent most of the day trying to get caught up on work that had come in while we were out of town. I did stop to have a picnic in the back yard and to help The Little Girl make a shamrock birthday card for her Daddy. We celebrated his Bday with a steak dinner over at his parent’s house with the traditional chocolate chip pound cake. YUM! Best of all, they sent the leftover cake home with us. Squeee!!!
Friday: Hubby left that morning on a weekend trip with our pastor so me and Sky spent the ENTIRE day at the park. I only meant for us to go in the morning, have a picnic and come home. However, it was absolutely gaw-gus on Friday. We kept running into friends at the park so we just stayed. I had a blanket and my book so I was set. Skylar had friends and ample room to run so she was set. We were both happy campers!
At some point, as we were lounging on our blanket basking in the warm sun, I briefly wondered if I should have brought sunscreen. It was just a fleeting thought as I was very much enjoying the day and wasn’t about to walk back home to retrieve sun protection. Besides, we needed the Vitamin D!
At 3:30 there was a potty request so we finally packed it up and headed for the house, except that she couldn’t hold it the whole way and we had to make an emergency pitstop in the bushes. Eek! Upon arriving home, I inspected our skin and found it to be a bit pink, specifically our arms and noses. Because I was wearing a V-neck top, my chest was also sporting a rosey pink glow. Ah, yes, the return of the farmer’s tan. I quickly prayed that our 1/16 Cherokee would kick in over night and we would awake nice and brown. No one wants to finish up a wonderful week of memories with a sunburn.

When Daddy isn’t home I have to spice things up a bit for my girl. It’s especially helpful if I can come up with a catchy phrase or name for our evening. Remember, our No Boys Allowed Party? I mentioned that we could go get a RedBox movie. My girl is one smart cookie and, knowing that our closest RedBox is at McDonald’s, she suggested that we could also get a milkshake. So, our night was quickly named Movie & a Milkshake. Kinda perfect, huh?
I’ll admit, after a day of running around at the park, I was TIRED. Apparently, so was The Little Girl. See exhibit A below. This is how I found her when I went up to bed. Sound asleep in her doorway. LOL!
Saturday: I took time Saturday morning to rearrange her closet and rotate toys. We had a little lunch and then headed to Grandma’s. Skylar spent the afternoon there, while I worked my last shift of the spring consignment sale. She apparently spent the day roaming the woods with her cousins and spent the better part of the evening giving Baby Jaxon kisses every time she ran past him. That night I babysat my Nashville bestie’s little boy. He is so precious and I just melted hearing “Miss Taaaaci. Wub my back” at bedtime. When his mommy arrived to pick him up we (me, besite & her hubby) chatted for a while and I finally hit the hay around midnight.

Sunday: Took me FOREVER to get The Little Girl up and moving. She was still so tuckered out but we made it to church semi-on-time. I went to LifeGroup the 1st hour and then had nursery duty 2nd hour. We had another fantastic weather day (though NOT in my book) so I left the back door open. I was working away preparing lunch when Skylar went into HYSTERICS. I half understood her to SHRIEK that there was a snake in the kitchen while she FRANTICALLY climbed to the highest spot she could find. I wheeled around looking all over the place for a snake. I saw nothing, not even a piece of string. She DEMANDED (while SCREAMING) that it was in the middle of the floor. I wondered if I was going blind. I walked all around the kitchen until I came across THIS.
Image borrowed from Flickr seeing as how my scaredy cat wasn’t letting me out of her site to go grab my camera. However, ours was even skinnier than this, barely the length of my 1st finger, more yellowish, and totally blended in with the kitchen floor. I scooped him up and tossed him back in the grass where he belonged. Then, I attempted to get Skylar to sit back at her table and eat some lunch and that’s when she saw THIS on one of the baseboards.
Granted, even I think this thing is a little creepy but my girl went BALLISTIC. Her reaction was so through the roof that it was nearly comical. I can’t even describe to you the panic in her eyes and the fear in her voice. As you can imagine, it was not one bit funny for her. She was traumatized, literally. So, I proceeded to scoop up this creature and send him packing to the back yard. At this point, she refused to let her feet touch the floor and she was none to happy about having to sit in the kitchen.
She doesn’t mind most bugs but anything that remotely looks like it has antennas sets her off so when the wasp flew in I knew it was time to hang it up. Happy 1st day of spring to me, right?! Good thing I have a different marker for the arrival of Spring. Sky was literally beside herself so I sent her upstairs to my hop on my bed, squished the wasp, and put the remaining lunch in the fridge. Even in my bedroom she continued to refuse to put her feet on the floor. I had to carry her from the bed to the bathroom (still crying) and back again to go potty. At this point, her sleep deprivation was definitely working against me so we both snuggled up for an afternoon nap. I was secretly hoping she would forget about the critters when she woke up. Nope! Still no feet touching the floor. Luckily, Daddy arrived home from his trip and came bearing gifts, which took her mind off of the bugs because you can’t march in a parade with a brand new Konga drum unless your feet are on the floor. 🙂
We completed our Spring Break with a trip to Publix and Rita’s (Free Ice on the 1st day of Spring). Swedish Fish = YUMMMMMM!!!

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