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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

We're Going to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo...

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We went to the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo for Andrew's birthday. They have a special where you can get in free on your birthday! And since Lily is under two she gets in for free almost everywhere we go, so we only had to pay for me. Not too bad.

We had planned to wake up early and leave mid morning. We figured we'd eat a quick breakfast and have lunch at the park when we arrived. If you know us you know that didn't happen. We finally left the house about 11:30 and make a quick stop off at McDonalds and Taco Bell for some lunch to eat on the way. Desperate times call for desperate measures...

It rained the entire drive to Tampa leaving us both to wonder if the trip was such a good idea. I had visions of the zoo being closed once we got there because of the storm. Actually we couldn't have picked a better day. Being a Monday there weren't that many people there and I like to think the rain also deterred a lot of people from going. The rain stopped shortly before we got to the park but it was still hot and humid. Even more humid than usual because of the rain. Lily's hair started curling up right away - the girl's got her momma's hair! If not in color then at least in texture. :)

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We figured since we didn't arrive at the zoo until after 1 and they closed at 5 that we'd better make the most of it and take the accelerated tour because we'd never been and we didn't want to miss anything. One of our first stops was at Wallaroo Station where we checked out the wallabies. You walk right into this large fenced in area where the wallabies just roam free. Lily wasn't quite sure of them. I wanted to pet one but I wasn't sure if they bite or not. But of course they wouldn't let them roam around if they did. Good thinking Hannah! ::shakes head::

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You could even go into the goat pen and pet the goats. Unfortunately the attendant wasn't on duty so we had to forgo the opportunity. That was the only bad thing about the trip. A few of the attractions were shut down because of the rain. Oh well. But I'm petting those goats next time!

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Lily kept squealing "ooh, ooh, ooh" at each animal and pointing.

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And she's off! There's tons more to see...

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This is how Lily spent a large portion of the day. Its great for resting the legs and it gives you a better vantage point dontcha know?! Plus you get to play with Daddy's hair, and ears, and poke him in the eyes...

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Halfway through the afternoon the rain started up again so we took shelter under an awning and enjoyed some snacks.

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Lily could only wait so long before she took off. I don't blame her...

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Some of the high-lites of the trip were the otter that put on a show for Lily.

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The white tiger. Just 'cause it was so beautiful.

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The stingrays (minus the stingers). Lily LOVED these guys! She was a little unsure of them at first but warmed up pretty quickly and was trying to grab their fins (That's what they are right, fins?).

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All in all, it was a great day. Lily did really well considering she'd had no nap all day long. Of course the first thing she did when we packed up the car and left was fall asleep. We're already talking about going again for my birthday in May.

Monday, August 15, 2011

An Anniversary

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Andrew and I celebrated our anniversary this past Friday, August 12th. Our tenth anniversary to be exact (10th for you visual people...like me :). I know, I know. Who knew we'd make it this far?!

Ten years...it seems so long a time span but so short at the same time. So much has changed over the years and yet so much has stayed the same. We've had many adventures and experienced many highs and lows over the years. Buying our first house; my trip to Italy; moving to Orlando; finding out we were pregnant for the first time; losing the baby in the first trimester; graduating from college; getting our first professional jobs; Andrew getting laid off from said professional job while I was on maternity leave; getting pregnant again and giving birth to our beautiful daughter Lillian Estelle; many trips to Maine and Arizona to visit family; good friends and family members growing up, getting married, moving on and starting families of their own...Sniff. Ahem! That's enough nostalgia for one day. Its been a good 10 years and I can't wait to see what the next 10 bring us (a few more kids I hope!).

Here we are 10 years ago. The happily newly wedded couple. Oh if only I could go back and warn that innocent young girl. Ha ha! I kid, I kid. (Or do I?)


And here we are 10 years later. We went to Olive Garden for dinner and then made a quick stop off at the mall and Wal-Mart for ice cream. Not very romantic I know, but that's how we roll now that we have an offspring to pick up her aunt and uncle's house and get home to put to bed hopefully before 10. It was actually the first time we left her with someone else while awake for any length of time. We handled it quite well I might add. We barely talked about her during dinner and not once did we call to see how she was doing. We didn't have to. Aunt Marie' kept us updated with texts and pictures via cell phone throughout the evening so we were good in that department. :) All that worrying would have been for naught anyway, Lily didn't even notice we were gone apparently. She had her Uncle Kevin. Life is good.

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As a gift to us, I arranged an anniversary photo shoot taken by a friend who is a photographer. He photographed our wedding too. We're breaking it up into several different shoots because of the weather. You can smile for only so long when the blazing sun is threatening to destroy your retinas. So far we had one session Saturday after church in our nice dress clothes and one Sunday morning at the park which ended when the temperature quickly inched upwards on the thermometer. Our last one is coming up in a few days if the typical evening rain shower can hold off for a day. I'll post pictures later once we have them. I can't wait to see them all. I've seen a few and so far they're looking really nice.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Nighttime Confessions

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I'm going to say something that most of my mom friends are going to call me crazy for saying. I love nighttime nursing. I'll admit I wouldn't have said that up until a month or two ago but now that Lily's no longer waking up every hour on the hour, it's actually a restful and soothing experience. Our midnight (or 2 or 4 am) sessions allow me a moment to savor the nursing experience temporarily free from the usual toddler antics of hair pulling, eye gouging and run by snacking. For a few short minutes a couple times a night I'm awarded the privilege of holding a soft, warm baby close in my arms as we quietly snuggle and rock together in the glider.

Over the past few months we've fallen into a routine and it works for us. Upon hearing her first cry I'm up and out of bed and traipsing the few feet to her bedroom. She is sitting up in her crib furiously rubbing at her eyes and fussing. I pick her up and settle us in the glider. She latches on right away and splays herself out in my arms octopus style. At this point I either lay my head back and reflect on the feel of her in my arms or I just stare at her by the light of her Ikea Spoka nightlight. A few minutes later she pulls herself off me and arches backwards in a stretch, her cue for me to put her back in her crib. Once settled back in her crib she rolls over and goes back to sleep. Only I don't think she ever really was awake. She does all this with her eyes closed.

I know the day will arrive that she will no longer need my services to get back to sleep but I'm enjoying our after dark "nursies" for as long as possible. Its true what they say: "They grow up so fast."