Sunday, March 30, 2008

Davy's Birthday Fish!

Uncle Don took Davy on a fishing trip for his 7th Birthday and we couldn't have been happier with the day! Unc picked up Davy at 5:30am and they took off to the lake. Don said that Davy got the hang of it really quick (no surprise there!) and that he was having a blast telling Don where to go on the lake. Brixie Lee and I saw them when we arrived at 9:30am and Davy had just caught this HUGE trout! Great job Davy!
Donny caught a monster fish right after Davy! You boys are naturals!
Both boys couldn't stop talking about showing off their fish to Papaw Jerry! They knew that Uncle Don and Papaw Jerry liked to go fishing, but now they know WHY! I'm so glad you boys had such a good time!

If you would like to see all the pictures for Davy's Birthday fishing trip, check out Don's gallery.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Let's meet at... Anza Borrego!

So last night Don Lee asks me if I want to go see the wild flowers in Anza Borrego with his family. I ask, "Where is Anza Borrego honey?" He says, "Just east of Temecula!" I say, "Great! Lets go!" The next morning I find out that "just east" actually means a hour east of Temecula. Not quite as excited as I was before, but still happy to spend the day with the family! Little did I know when we strapped Brixie Lee into her car seat (pic below), she would end up spending 6 hours in the car and 10 minutes touring the wild flowers!

We had planned to go before Don's family so we could have some lunch and get situated (stroller, sun block, diapers, etc.) We ended up getting there about 2-1/2 hours before them because they got stuck in traffic on the way out! Below is Brixie Lee talking to Grandma (or so BL thinks) about our adventure.

In all honesty, it was one of the best 2-1/2 hours I've had in a LONG time. We sat in this little park, under a beautiful shade treed, had lunch and relaxed the entire time! Don Lee even took care of Brixie Lee for about an hour straight and I just laid there. I know that was something most of my family would not find enjoyable, but I loved every single minute of it! Even Brixie Lee joined my relaxing effort and it just made my day.

Daddy was able to some super cute pictures of our lazy wait. I think all three of us needed this time together. Brixie Lee was her usually social self and went around greeting all the people in the park. She even found Mommy a stinky little flower ;) Thank you sweet girl! We picked up some ice cream on our way to meet-up with the rest of the family and I bought some yummy fudge too! By the time we met the rest of the family it was just half an hour till I needed to get back home for a book club meeting. We ended up hitting road after one 10 minute tour of the flowers near the visitor center. Didn't bother me one bit after my relaxing afternoon and ice cream! It was a great day!

If you would like to see all the pictures from our Anza Borrego trip, you can check them out on Don's gallery.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Does Brixie Lee look my me???

OK, I got a question from my friend Vivian about whether or not Brixie Lee looks like me when I was a baby... so I'll let you decide for yourself. I'm not sure how old I am in the pictures below, but I'd guess somewhere around 2.
Brixie & Mommy
Brixie & Daddy

So you tell me, who do you think I look like? And, do you think Brixie Lee looks like me?

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter!!!

We spent the day down in Mission Viejo with Auntie Steff, Lissie 3, Dony 5, Uncle Darren and Davy 7. In the picture below, Davy and Dony are holding up their hands because Uncle Don just asked them "Who's going fishing with me next weekend?" This fishing trip is Davy's Birthday gift, so Don is picking him up at 6am next Sunday morning and the rest of the family is coming down later. Have fun Davy!It's so funny to see Brixie Lee's eyes when she's around her cousins. She's like, "WOW! Their crazy fast!" Below is a picture of her watching them after they were released into the backyard for the first egg hunt. After 10 minutes and lots of help from Grandma and Papa, Brixie Lee found two eggs and she wouldn't give them up for anything. We tried to get her to put them in the basket, but once she got them in the basket she wouldn't let them go. She finally got the hang of it about an hour later! Silly girl!
Below you can see her hunting an egg for the first time. This was her little flower bed and Papa make sure she had plenty of eggs to find. Thanks Papa!
Finally, we got an awesome family picture! I can't wait for Don to get it printed so we can put it up on the wall at home. Auntie Steff took the picture and she did a wonderful job. Thank you sooooo much Auntie Steff.
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Chino Hills Easter Egg-Citement!

Brixie Lee and I went to the Chino Hills Easter Egg-Citement event today and we had a pretty good time. The positive thing is that Brixie Lee looked soooo cute in the Easter dress her Grandma got her. See the matching hair band too! So cute Grandma!
The bummer part was the 85 degree weather that felt like 100 degree weather on that artificial grass. We were sweating like crazy as we waited and waited for the 0-2 year old egg hunt. There were so many people there that I had to stampede inside the gate with Brixie Lee on my hip, grab two eggs for her and push my way out so we could breath.
Once we were out of all the craziness, we had a really good time. Brixie Lee ran all over the place while I chased her trying to take pictures. My personal photographer, Daddy, had already made plans with Papaw to go fishing today while he's on spring break. Next year I'll be sure to plan it better so that Daddy is with me to fight the good fight. In the end the only thing that mattered was that Brixie Lee had a great time shaking her eggs.
I stripped her down, tossed her in the car with some juice and we drove home with the AC on high. As you can see, her favorite place is just like mine... at the dinner table. We enjoyed a good lunch with some oranges for dessert and now she's enjoying her afternoon nap. We're both as happy as could be.
Love you Brixie Lee!

Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Grannie's birthday is on St. Patrick's Day so each year she gets a green celebration. This year we went all out and got matching outfits! How cute!!!!
We had a really nice visit and Grannie seemed much better than the last time we saw her. She has forgotten Brixie Lee's name, but I'm pretty sure that she knew that she was my daughter. It's hard to see her mind slipping away. I'm so thankful for everyday that she gets to see Brixie Lee grow-up.
We Love You Grannie!!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

CALM Field Trip

Papaw Jerry took his grand kids to the California Living Museum today and we all had a blast! Below is a picture of Papaw Jerry, Tommy (cousin-2 yrs old), John (step-brother), and Brixie Lee (14 months).
Grandma was able to introduce Brixie Lee to her first donkey. Look at those beautiful, green, rolling hills in the background. That's pretty rare for Bakersfield, so we really lucked out!
Here's Papaw and his two favorite kids in the whole-wide-world! These kids absolutely adore their Papaw! Mostly because he acts their age... even when they are not around ;) Love you Papaw!
This is such a cute picture of the cousins! Tommy is such a good boy. He shared really well with Brixie Lee every time we visited them. Love you Tombo!
Thanks for such a great day Papaw. Looking forward to going again in a few months!

Friday, March 14, 2008

My Babies Are Sick :(

Brixie Lee had the 24 hour stomach flu on Wednesday. Then, as soon as I thought we were in the clear, Don Lee comes down with a bad case of the flu last night. This was the worse I've ever seen the poor man. We rushed off to Urgent Care and the doctor said it was a bad case of the flu. She gave him 3 shots... morphine, a muscle relaxer and anti-nausea. By the time we were heading home he was singing some no more pain song by Pink Floyd. He's not a very good singer and it was really bad after all the drugs. Luckily he woke up this morning feeling a little better, but it's still pretty bad. He has slept most of the day which is good for all of us. Keep your fingers crossed and hopefully he'll be able to get through his finals next week!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Introducing Baby-B... John Caleb Bennett

Today I went out to Riverside to meet one of the cutest baby boys I've ever seen! My friend Kim delivered her son on March 1st. His name is John Caleb Bennett and we'll be calling him Caleb. He's just perfect!!!!

My 2 hours with Caleb and Kim were pure heaven. They are going to have so much fun together. Kim is doing great and she's going to an outstanding Mommy! Hugs and Kisses to you both!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Cal Poly Pomona Strawberries

Today we all went to pick strawberries at the Cal Poly Pomona Farm Store. We got there a bit early so we went to see the ducks. As soon as we parked by the duck pond Brixie Lee started shouting Ducks! Ducks! Ducks! Quack-quack! Quack-quack! Quack-quack! She obviously remembered the ducks from last weekend.

Off to the strawberries! At the Cal Poly Pomona Farm Store you can pick your own strawberries. I had no idea that Brixie Lee would enjoy this so much. Once we showed her that she could pick the red ones, she went wild! She didn't go for too many green ones, but anything with a bit of pink to it was attacked. We ended up buy a box full of half ripe strawberries, but it was worth every penny.
Brixie Lee has also started to show signs of being her mother's daughter. She hates dirt on her hands. She doesn't get upset, she just keeps brushing her hands together (with a smile). It's very cute... as you can see below!

If you would like to see all the pictures from today, check out Don's Pbase Photo Gallery.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Butterfield Ranch Park

Today Don and Brixie Lee did their normal walk to Butterfield Ranch Park and I decided to go with them and take the camera. The park is about a mile away from our house and Brixie Lee loves to go there and watch all the kids and dogs. Love you kiddo!

I’m so glad that Don finds the time to spend such quality time with Brixie Lee. He really is an amazing father! Love you honey!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Cal Poly Pomona Farm

Today Grandma came down to Chino Hills to help celebrate my 30th Birthday (the rain last weekend made us push back the celebration for a week). Check out Brixie Lee's new hat and backpack from Grandma!

We started the celebration at the Cal Poly Pomona duck pond. I realized while we were there that I first saw this duck pond in Sept-1995 as a freshman in college. That was over 12 YEARS ago! WOW... that seems like such a long time ago. OK... back on track... Brixie Lee was able to feed the fish and the ducks. She even got to pet a turtle, which I later found out is a no no. Oh well.

If Daddy were there he would have been itching to get a fishing poll in Brixie Lee's hands. I'm tell you, these fish were HUGE!

From there we went over to see some mama and baby cows. One mama cow let out an enormous MOOOOOO just two feet from Brixie Lee. It didn't scare her, but her eyes were WIDE open. Then we walked over to the horses. Guess what! They like celery. Well, the girl horse did (probably watching her figure) and the boy horse just dropped it over and over again (probably wanting a hot dog). I forgot to take any pictures, sorry!

Then we finished the farm day down by the pigs! The pig visit was very, very short because... well... the just were too stinky. What pigs!
We were even able to get really, really close to a baby goat because he had escaped from his pin. We think he was going to stuff himself silly with that big bail of hay. I put him back in his pin when we left. He was so cute!
We finished the farm visit and had to celebrate some more at IKEA! We had a great lunch and shopped till Brixie Lee dropped. She was so tired that I just had to buy her a huge stuffed dog to lay her little head one. Again, sorry, no pictures of that.
Thank you for such a wonderful 30th Birthday Celebration Grandma and Baby Girl! I love you both soooooooo much!