Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Halloween 2017: The Year of the Caterpillar & Butterfly

We started Halloween celebrations with a rockin’ third grade class party, complete with a race to complete mummy mannequins.

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And then my beautiful butterfly emerged after school, ready to conquer the neighborhood as soon as the clock struck 4:45.

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Little sister caterpillar was cooperative with her costume and wanted to copy everything that her sister did. (HG wants me to clarify that she chose her costume first and that I picked Cressey’s to match.)

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We went to several houses in our neighborhood before John, HG, and I left Cress at home with Spiffer and GD to meet up with HG’s SAA friends. Our first stop was Ms. Marcy’s house. She had candy for HG and a little pillow for Cress.

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Not sure what’s the funniest about this pic…Marcy hiding in the window, the fact that Cress was throwing her pillow, or the cute little toddler-as-a-caterpillar walk.

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Onward! Now Cress is getting the hang of this!

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Wait a minute, she’s easily distracted.

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But now she’s got the hang of ‘knock knock.’ Never mastered ‘trick or treat,’ but she loved saying and then doing ‘knock knock.’

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One of our neighbors insisted she have a sucker, and since she soon ate all the paper off of it, I gave it to her. And then handed her over to my parents and left. They weren’t too excited about that. (For the record, I did pry it out of her sticky hands before I left.)

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The Garibaldis’ annual trick or treat gathering is always a huge hit!

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At the end of the night with a very tired (and cold) little girl

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pumpking Carving & Zoo Boo 2017

Cressey was not very cooperative/ interested in carving pumpkins.

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She loves it yet is still grossed out by pumpkin guts.

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A kitty cat was this year’s design.

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Again, Cress was not interested in participating.

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Zoo Boo with our butterfly and caterpillar. HG picked her costume first, and then I matched Cressey to her. HG informed me that this was the last year she’d allow them to match. (rolling my eyes)

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Cress didn’t like that I stepped away. HG thought it was hilarious.

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When we had a dress rehearsal in this costume, Cress threw a fit (I even had a shirt made that read ‘I refused to wear my costume’), but luckily, she liked it better when showtime came. She happily ran all around.

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This is what a lot of our pics look like these days.

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Baby flamingo!

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She usually always wakes up when I get her out of the car, but she was OUT this night. I was able to change her diaper and get her in bed pretty much asleep. So precious.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

HGT Horse Show: First Canter

HG’s riding teacher finally convinced her to try a group class. (And by ‘convinced,’ I mean her teacher told me she advised it, so I signed HG up without telling her. She’s always been shy about group classes.) Well, it turns out that she really enjoys the group class and has a big time running around the barn with her friends. Who knew?

Somewhere in the last month, she’s gotten more brave about cantering. When we were driving to the barn one time, she said, “If Ms. Jody lets me ride Moon, I'll try to canter.” It took everything I had not to immediately text her that tidbit, but I let it ride, and sure enough, she gave cantering a try that day on her own free will and ROCKED IT!


At the end of that class, Ms. Jody asked if she wanted to canter in the upcoming horse show. In her excitement, HG readily agreed. Aaaannnd then we both rethought that decision, but she stuck with it and proudly cantered in the Halloween themed show. She didn’t even seem terribly nervous about it and was really looking forward to cantering. It’s been refreshing to watch her be so passionate about getting to the barn, and it is one of parenthood’s greatest blessings to see your baby conquer a fear so gracefully and bravely.
Bubba even came!
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Ready to ride
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There she goes!
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Third in under saddle (class of four girls), first in equitation (Triscuit was much more cooperative in this class), and reserve champion
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They had trick or treating set up on the stalls. And cookie decorating, fortune telling, etc. Really fun show.
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HGT’s First Ole Miss Game

As many times as HG has been to the Grove, we’ve never taken her into the stadium for a game. We were waiting for her attention span to catch up and for her fear of loud noises to diminish, so finally, we thought she (and her social calendar) were ready to make Ole Miss football a priority. We got tickets to the Vandy game, which was homecoming, on October 14th. We figured, if anything, the halftime show would keep her happy.

It was a blistering hot day with kick off at 2:00 p.m. We got there around 11:00 a.m. and were able to visit with Worth at his fraternity house. (That was fun to see HG wide eyed at that experience! And she learned about homecoming floats as we passed them on the way there too.) We showed her around the business school where John and I met. Then, we went to the Grove and visited with our family and the Harrises. It was quickly time for the Walk of Champions, where we found a very nice lady who let HG get right up front (but she was way timid for some reason). Afterward, HG said, “Mama, they don’t say the right words to Hotty Toddy. Those must be the grown up words.” Hahaha! Then, we went to the DG house for a reception, and HG was recognized everywhere she went. She thought she was a celebrity! And finally, we headed into the stadium for the game.

Helen Grace did the landshark proudly, appropriately, and like a champ; shook her pom pons; and listened intently to all of our lessons on football. She was fascinated with the medical pop up tent and said that’s what she would do when she’s a physical therapist one day. When I asked her what she remembered most, she said she got to see the football players really up close, and she realized the quarterback was named Shea like mama. (“Why do they spell it like ‘She-ah’?”)

We stayed into the third quarter, found our Jackson cousins, and then finally pulled her out of there around 6 p.m. It was time to get home to Cressey and relieve Spiffer and Granddaddy. On the way to the car, John and I showed her the doorknob, which she acted like was a little anticlimactic. But today when we were back in town, I heard her tell her friend she’d been ‘door knobbed,’ so I guess she thought her ole parents were cool after all!

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Conner Hall: Where John and I met in the MBA classroom

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Walk of Champions

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Coach Matt Luke

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The old front door is now to the library

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