Friday, July 22, 2011

GNO - Girls Night Out

With the boys out seeing Captain America, Maddie and I were footloose and fancy free on a Friday night. Woo-hoo! What can two wild and crazy girls do in Atlanta on a Friday night? Go paint pottery, of course!!

I decided I wouldn't paint my own piece but focus on teaching Maddie how to paint the pottery. There were so many fun pottery options to choose from and I successfully steered Maddie towards choosing a plate. I know that isn't the most exciting choice; however, the plate seemed like it would be the easiest thing for her to paint. We painted the plate pink and lets face it that's the most important thing as far as Maddie is concerned!

I made the design in the middle with a stencil (it'll be dark purple after it is fired) while Maddie "wrote" her name on the table. Then we made poke-in-dots as Maddie says. She got a bit crazy so I did a little clean up and we tried again.

Much better :)

Maddie tried her hand at working with a stencil.

The back of the plate.

As we drove home Maddie said, "I paint good. I paint great. I paint awesome!" Girl has some self confidence! Love it!

We stopped and got a special treat at Bruster's and then it was home to watch "Strawberry Shortcake Movie: Sky's the Limit." My girl's night out activities sure have changed over the years and I'm more than okay with that!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Synchronized Inner Tubes

Here is what we do for fun on the weekends....

I hope that didn't make you dizzy :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Building Sand Castles

Our last day at the beach, the ocean was pretty full of seaweed. Icky! So, we built some castles.

Maddie loves when we all play together. Look at that smile!

Luke was a big helper!

Maddie's job was to fill the bucket of water to fill up our moat.

She was very on task!

Of course, Luke had to do some on the job "coaching".

Ta-da! Our own little castle by the sea :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Luke at the Beach

Luke loves the ocean. He likes the sand too, but he adores water. He spends almost all of his time in the water playing in the waves.

He goes out to meet the wave.

As the wave approaches, he starts running back to the shore.

The wave crashes into him and knocks him down.

And he starts to float away with the undertow.

I'm not going to lie, this would scare me at times.

Here is a conversation Luke and I had at dinner:

ME: So, how was Day 2 at the beach, Luke?
LUKE: Good, but not great.
ME: How come?
LUKE: I got knocked around pretty good out there.

This little dude makes me laugh! I love how his mind works!

Monday, July 4, 2011


Summer for me is about spending time with the fam in the sun by the pool or better yet...

with my feet in the sand by the ocean. Ahh!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mads at the Beach

Maddie doesn't really like going into the ocean. She can't go out very far and the waves just knock her right over. Poor thing! The good news is she likes the sand. A tad surprising given her love of order and cleanliness. I can't imagine where she gets that :)

Watching Luke and Daddy play in the ocean from the comfort of her beach towel.

Inspecting her hands that are covered in sand.

How nice that someone else dug a hole for her to sit in :)

This was about as far as she wanted to go into the water.

Post-beach tiredness is awesome and cute!!