Unusual Day

What a role reversal, Kenley did not nap today and Britton, took a long nap. In the hallway, on the cold hardwood floors with her blanky. We cannot figure out why she prefers to sleep in the hallway over her bedroom.

This is the second day in a row that she has slept.

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The Grizwalds are back

Hey Daddy- timid little Kenley didn’t last long on her horse.Britton liked this ‘tidal wave’ ride until it splashed water all over her dress. Maybe she is a girly girl afterall…. Luckily Mommy brought a second outfit (yes mom, it too was a dress).
So maybe they were a little overdressed in their Lilly dresses. Maybe I should break down and buy them tennis shoes already.
My little girls driving their jeep. Kenley actually lasted the entire ride with her big sister.
We were “Clark” and “Ellen” this weekend.
Go, go, go with the fam for the 3 day weekend. Saturday we hit the community pool where Britton had a near-drowning experience (more on that later). Afterwards we drove to St. George Island to spend all day Sunday on the beach building sandcastles, chasing seagulls, and collecting shells and periwinkles. On Monday (our “extra” weekend day) we drove up to Wild Adventures in GA for some wild rides and wet fun. Whew– we drove from the Gulf Coast to Georgia and we are pooped.

We had the girls in their matching Target bathing suits on Saturday, headed to my mom and Dale’s new pool only to find out that it had just been shocked with chlorine the night before. What to do? We are en route, with floats, sunscreen, even some beer. So we head to the ‘Aquatic Center’ which turned out to be pretty cool. There was a large tower of sorts that Britton enjoyed. Being the ‘no fear’ child that she is, she wadded beyond the tower towards the deep end. I saw this coming and walked around the pool and asked her to walk to me (at the edge).

She looked up with such a proud, bewildered face saying, “Look Mommy, I can stand up. I am tawl”. I kept urging her to walk to me now. And sure enough, she was fingertips distance away, and it got to deep and she went under water.

Her big blue eyes were wide open, locked to mine. Her little arms moved vigoriously around to no avail. She could not get her little face above water to breathe any air.

I reached in and pulled her out of the water. So much for the three lifeguards there. My mom, from a young age, put the fear of drowning in me and always cautioned me to watch my children like a hawk- even when there are lots of other parents around.

Needless to say, Britton was upset however I think it was an important lesson to her. Mind your parents. Hopefully, at least for a few days, she will think to really listen to us when we instruct her not to do something.

At Wild Adventures today I saw two rat-tail haircuts, one mullet, and a reverse mullet. One girl had on short athletic shorts with a dixie flag that read ‘Can’t Touch this’. Nice.

Long weekend, very tired. Just got done paying bills and excel-ing our budget. Whew- we are still paying medical bills on our little Kens.

It’s amazing how expensive healthcare is- even to those who have excellent coverage.

I feel so bad for those who cannot afford the best healthcare. Everyone’s child deserves the best of the best care when they are sick.

Dog Island



We took the girls on the boat last weekend- drove over to Dog Island and the girls had a blast! We had a little picnic, napped on the boat, and played on the island. Got to love living in FL.

What are you doing?

My sister calls all the time. Probably at least twice a day- and yes, she lives only 15 miles away. The opening line is always that same, “What are you doing?”

When she called tonight, she probably got more information than she bargained for.

As it was, I was about to take a well deserved shower. I went running this afternoon pushing 61 lbs of joy in the heat. When we got home, I dressed the girls in their bathing suits. While they played in the pool, I tried to get my “Magda-like tan”. I’ve already noticed crows feet, so what’s a few more wrinkles?

Kenley enjoyed the ‘freedom’ of not wearing a diaper for the first time- so much so that she tee-teed all the tile floor. Incidently, on me too. Then while I was bathing the girls tonight, Kenley threw up the dirt that she ate earlier in the afternoon, into the bath tub. Immeditaely- “Everyone out” I announce abrubtly. Some days, that’s just how it is. Got to feed, bathe, read, and THEN you get that shower.

I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

The Crucifixation

While Daddy is fishing all weekend, the girls and I have stayed real busy. Britton had a friend, Caden, come over after school yesterday- we went to Red Elephant, she spent the nite with Aunt Britty and Uncle Matt. The fun doesn’t stop here- she played with Helen this morning, Chic Filet, flower shopping and subsequent planting, Target (the week wouldn’t be complete without a Target visit) jog stroller, and we rounded off the afternoon with a dip in the pool. The plastic “baby pool” that is. The camera battery needs to be charged and I will upload.

Quick, true story. On the way home from school yesterday, Britton started “witnessing” to me (unbeknownest to her). Her little classmate, Caden, was in the car with us (they held hands all the way home). The conversation all started when Caden asked if we had a dog.

Britton: “No, he wan away and he never came back”
(Mind you, Britton talks about our female poodle Pooh every week. She knows darn well that she never ran away and that Pooh was a she)

Mommy: Britton, Poohbie didn’t run away…

Britton: I know (laughs). She libs in heaven wid God.

Caden: You mean she died?! And now she’s in heaven?!

Britton: Yes, she wibs wid God. God died on the cwoss. He had boo-boos on his hands and a hat of thons on his head. We can all go to heabin now. Jesus loves us.

She has a head start on life already!