Monday, April 28, 2014

Double Decker 2014

Double Decker has been quite the tradition in our family and now with baby girl for many years, although for some reason we missed it in 2013. (What were we doing that weekend???) This Saturday was the annual party on the square, so we took advantage of the beautiful spring day and headed to Oxford.

Helen Grace didn’t remember it terribly well from years past, but I explained that she needed to get dressed up and put her outfit together because Oxford was a really fun place to go and we’d see a lot of old friends. To John’s amusement, she explained to me over and over throughout the day that you needed to get cute to go to Oxford. Lawdy!

It’s funny how the DD experience has changed over the years. We spent a lot less time milling about the shopping tents and more time waiting in line at the bounce houses and scouring for ice cream. We enjoyed the people watching and exploring just the same though.

As we approached the north side of the square, the child picked up the tune of “Let It Go” two blocks away as it blared from the kids’ area. She was immediately in love. After a few hours, I mean minutes, of jumping and crafts, we convinced her to check out the rest of the square.

We ate pizza in the shade of the courthouse, stopped in at Square Books Jr. for something “science” for HG (turned out to be a book on butterflies and a guinea pig stuffed animal- hmmm), played on the First Pres playground, enjoyed some ice cream on the Square Books balcony, and even found CB, Emmy, and Addie for a few minutes. She fell asleep on the way home, of course, but rallied for a friend’s birthday party later that afternoon. See, she is a true Ole Miss girl- always up for the party!

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

HG’s Biggest Fan

Helen Grace had a very special guest at her soccer game on Friday night…

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Spring Dance Showcase

On Wednesday, Helen Grace’s dance class had their grandparents’ day or spring showcase. It was perfect for us to get a sneak peek of what she’s learned this year since we won’t be able to see her in the recital. Grandma was stuck at work and Daddy was out of town, but Granddaddy, Spiffer, Peggy, and Mama were there to cheer her on. They showed us what they do in a day at dance class, and HG was so cute singing along to the songs they dance to. It’s amazing what a difference a year makes. She was much more coordinated and much less shy, knew what steps came next, and was really into it. Proud to see how much she loves it.

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After dance class, she insisted on coming right home and riding her scooter.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter 2014

We had a wonderful- and busy- Easter Sunday. The Easter Bunny came to visit first thing that morning, and the instant hit was the big white bunny. (Her name keeps changing but is generally Fuzzy Pink Bunny Loo. HG even took her for show and tell on Tuesday.)  HG liked Pirate Tinker Bell and the chocolate dipped Peeps too. We quickly cleaned up and headed to mass with Grandma and Peg. Afterward, we stuffed ourselves silly (and sleepy) with brunch at Spiffer and Granddaddy’s. That led to a two-hour nap at home which was amazing. As soon as we woke up, we headed to Bubba’s to dinner with Ryves, Mary Chris, Darby, Bill, Di, Spiffer, and GD. We love having Darby in our family- we all swoon over her and follow her from room to room. Since HG had Monday off of school, we dropped her at Grandma’s on the way home for a slumber party. Needless to say, we all slept well and hard that night, but we had a great weekend with lots of quality time with our favorite people!

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