Archive for June, 2010

Smoothie Queen

Taylor and I have been enjoying homemade smoothies a lot lately, and I must say she enjoys them immensely. It’s an easy way to get several servings of fruit and a serving of dairy. And they’re yummy! This particular day she was eating a smoothie popsicle that I made from some leftover smoothie.


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Pudding Princess

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Paper toys

One of my favorite websites is www.mentalfloss.com and one of their recent articles was about paper toys.  As soon as I read it I thought “I gotta try that.”  A website they mentioned that has several free designs is www.marshallalexander.net.

Taylor is a fan of the book “Where the Wild Things are” so I thought I’d try to make Max, who is the main character.  It was fun to make and Taylor was very interested in what I was doing.  It probably took about an hour and I think it turned out pretty good.  Making it took me back to my childhood hobby of making model airplanes and cars, and it was a nice little stress reliever.  It really was pretty easy so I’ll probably make a few more for her.


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Beach trip

Last weekend Robyn and I took a very much needed mini-vacation to Dauphin Island.  We stayed there for two nights and it was the first time that we ever spent two nights away from Taylor.  We missed her, but she was in good hands (thanks Mama and Morgan) and it was good for us to get away for a couple nights.  We got down there around dinner time on Friday night and didn’t do much other than eat dinner and watch a movie.

Saturday morning Robyn slept in and I walked around to take some pictures.

Around 10:00 or so we drove down to the public access beach.  We soon learned that since Katrina came through, the walk down to the water is a lot longer than it used to be.  It was nice to be on the beach, but the serene atmosphere was disturbed by the clean-up workers, ATV’s and helicopters.

Despite all that, it was a very nice change from our normal Saturday routines.  We stayed at the beach for about 2 hours and then headed back to the house for lunch and to watch team USA play in the World Cup.  For the rest of the afternoon we just bummed around the house and got a little more sun on the deck behind the house.  We went out for a nice dinner and then went back to the house to watch another movie.

Sunday morning we slept in again and took it easy after we got up.  We planned to go to the beach again but ended up just staying at the house.  We left the house around 11:00 and went right to church because that’s where Taylor was.  She stayed with her friend Hudson on Saturday night and the Spiveys took her to church the next morning.  She was excited to see us and it was good to see her.  It was nice to have such a relaxing weekend and are thankful for those who helped us make it happen.

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Her Name Is…

Caroline Ashland Villacampa

We chose Caroline after Nick’s mom, Carole. Her middle name is after the church where we were married, Ashland Place UMC. And we figured she should probably have our last name. 🙂

We love the name and Carole is honored to have a grandchild named after her. She was surprised and got a bit teary eyed when we revealed the name. We’ve had the middle name picked out for awhile (it was in the running for a middle name for Taylor) and were pretty sure on the first name. But we figured we should be 100% sure before we told Nick’s parents. Due to my Southern accent and Nick’s not-so-Southern accent, we’ll pronounce Caroline a bit different, but I’m ok with that.

I would say “we hope you like it” but really we’re ok if you don’t. 🙂

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Travel System

Ok, everybody, we need your opinions on travel systems. What brand do you like? Is yours lightweight and easy to use? Do we really need one or should we just get a carrier? I’m thinking we do.

I don’t want a carrier that’s heavy even without the baby in it, so let me know if yours is. I know the Chicco brand is good and safe, but I’ve heard the carrier is a bit heavy. Do you think so? The carrier MUST have straps that are adjustable on the front . I also want a lightweight stroller that’s easy to maneuver.    

I know it sounds like we’ve never had a baby before, but with Taylor we used a hand-me-down carrier and didn’t have a travel system. But we can’t use that carrier anymore because it’s “expired” so we get to get a new one! Whoo hoo!    

Ok, go ahead and leave your opinions, please! 🙂

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Fun visit

I had a lot of fun with my gwamma and waylo (aka grandma and abuelo) last weekend.  They said that they came to find out what the new baby was going to be but I think that they really  came to see me.  I don’t get to see them very much so I made the most of the time that we had.  They got up early and played with me and didn’t stop until I went to bed.  We went out to eat a few times, played in the fountain at the mall, read books, painted a birdhouse and played outside until the skeeters got too bad, which didn’t take too long.  I can’t wait to see them again once my sister is born.

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