I just realized I haven't updated the blog in a while. I'm still alive. Obviously distracted with all the birthday craziness around here.
So, I told you we were meeting my cousin Angie in San Diego. Some background on her:
She's my Aunt Mary's daughter and someone I've adored since childhood. We visited her family in Louisiana when we were kids. Caroline and I thought she and her sister, Cassie, were just about the coolest kids ever. Several years older than us.......we marveled at their beautiful bedrooms.......coveted the clothes they bought from Lois Gean's in Arkansas when we'd visit our grandparents......copied their huge grosgrain bows......and learned all sorts of juicy stuff while sneaking their Cosmo magazines when they were out.
Thanksgiving reminds me so much of Angie and the rest of our extended family. We used to all meet at my grandparents' house in Magnolia. I cherish those memories.
OK, so we met Angie at her hotel and walked to the Gaslamp Quarter.
Had lunch. Angie and I made it through unscathed and with only 2 glasses of wine each! It wasn't pretty, though.
An attempted picture of my 3. Yep, there it is. Carter with his eyes closed. Lainey distracted and Jack hiding.
Next, we walked down by the bay and admired the boats. Here is Angie with Carter (and Meow Meow).
Lainey spent most of our day applying lip gloss. I don't know where she came from.
Back at the hotel. We visited pool side and took bets on who would end up in the water first. Shockingly, only Jack's Crocs indulged.
Took along Oliver K. Woodman, visiting us from Kansas City. He was very well behaved. Making his rounds to all 50 states. Let me know if you'd like him to come see you. Oliver doesn't eat much, is potty trained and remarkably quiet. You won't even know he's there.
Downtown San Diego and the Padre Stadium.
Finally, here are Angie and me. After all these years, I still adore her. There's nothing like cousins, peeps.
Here's Jack at a recent beach trip. Monster apron and daisy watering can. It's a good look.
Sunset and a very shallow shore line.
I lost all sense of reason recently and asked Jack and Lainey to help me add shelf paper to some drawers and cabinets. Don't be like me. Don't do this.
Blake took the kids hiking last weekend. This is the only picture he took. He won't be doing any Travel Reports on this blog. But, I am grateful he got the kids out!
Here is our family's current favorite dish. Roasted veggies with Parmesan. Super, super easy to do.
Received this darling ornament from my friend, Katherine, from LSU. How sweet is she?! I'll admire it for years.
Two more little tid bits:
1. Finally took Lainey to her 3 year old well check. Little shrimp did well. Laid down for blood drawn and a shot. Screamed like bloody murder once she got stuck, but it started out nicely. Proud of our tough girl. Weight was 31.5, fully clothed. Can't remember her height. Taking the two youngest punks to the doctor together is like wrestling squirrels in the dark. I'm really just pleased to make it in and out alive.
2. My life is about to change. And, I mean really change. Jack and Lainey start Preschool on Monday. 5 days a week, 1/2 days, lunch and snack provided. What on earth will I do with myself?!
Hope yall have a good weekend. We're off to pick up Blake's new (company) car. Birthday festivities are going well. He received a Notre Dame tshirt yesterday and a soccer ball today. Lots more gifts coming. We're loving the week of gifts.