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Monday, March 28, 2011

Highly Educational Conversation.

Katie: We should go to the festival of colors tomorrow.
Me: Oh! It's going on tomorrow, too?!
Katie: Yes! From Twelve to Noon.
Me: Really? Only for 2 hours?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The neph--Pics that make you go "Oh!"

Kass and I had the pleasure of visiting Otto and the fam last night! They were nice enough to have us over to their house for a BBQ. (Thanks!! It was delicious!!)

It had been a few weeks since we've seen the nephew, and we were *so* excited!!

Turns out, little has changed...and he's still a sleepy head.

At least he's learning to sleep in style, though.


He was crackin us up with his random faces.


It's the most wonderful thing.

Especially, when I found out that tickling his chin, causes this face...


Poor blake..because after I found that out..he was non stop getting chin tickled.


Unless I was taking pictures.


Which (finally) eventually woke him up.




He wasn't so excited to be I let him snuggle up and go back to sleep.

Either way, it's a win-win.


Love you Blakey!

-Favorite Aunt Jess.

Monday, March 21, 2011

How does he know?!

I'm talking to my dog this morning as I'm searching my closet for something to wear.

"Hey hun, let's go potty!"

He looks at me like um. no..I'm good.

"C'mon Trey, let's go potty!"

He stands up, and stretches. Taking his time, he makes his way over to me.

Seeing that I'm still looking through my closet, he makes a split second decision and takes a hike *back to his bed*!!

This, apparently, isn't his first ro-dey-o.

I so love this dog! :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Trav's dropped jaw was priceless.

Travis got a new iPhone (finally!) on Sunday. He was so anxious to get it up and running but he needed to get a sim card for it before he was able to make/receive calls or text.

"I'll go first thing when I get off of work tomorrow, and get a sim card. Tonight I want to put music and stuff on it though. Can you delete the data and stuff from the previous owner?"

"Sure babe..I'll just restore to default."

That's where the adventure began.

We found out that when you "restore to default" it locks the phone up until a sim is put in. You cannot access music, or anything else on the phone. Oops.

So, we hop in the car (in the pouring rain) and drive over to Grandpa's house. I'd given them an extra sim that I had so we were going to give that a shot.

--Insert Trav's hopes going back up here.

We get the sim, I call ATT and they are closed.


In not giving up without a fight, I look online to see if maybe there is a 24 hour service number.

Finally find one, call them, and find out that you can only have a number assigned to a sim card once.

Back to square one.

The rep at ATT said "You can buy sim cards from Kiosks in Wal-Mart or Best Buy, though. It doesn't have to be the actual ATT store"


--Insert Trav's hopes going back up here.

I call Best Buy. Sunday. Closed.

I call Wal-Mart. ATT Kiosk closes at 8. It's 8:30.

We decide to make the trip to ATT anyway...maybe we'd get lucky.

Go out in the pouring rain for a second time.

Find the ATT kiosk, and ask for sim cards. Find out they are 25 bucks, and that they *do* have one!!

--Insert Trav's hopes going back up here.

Realize we both forgot our wallets.

Back out into the pouring rain, grab the wallet, and go back to Wal-Mart.

Buy the sim card, get home, and I call ATT.

I work with a nice lady from India for close to an hour. We needed to activate the sim card, change Trav's number, and make sure everything was set to go. Trav is pacing the living room at this point, anxious and asking every 3 minutes "Is it working? Is she going to be able to get it going tonight? Did you ask her about this?"

Then he sits down and I put it on speakerphone.

"Sir, you have 3 choices to pick from for your number. They are blah, blah, and blah."

"The first one sounds great"

"Okay, let me just go ahead and activate that for you. One sec. Okay, your number is going to be 801 254 (Silence)"

Trav and I immediately notice the very large letters at the top of my phone that say "Call Failed".

I guess at this point my dropped jaw was pretty priceless, too...but I could only see Trav's and it's been enough to keep me giggling all week!!

Thank goodness this nice lady called us back, and we *were* able to get him up and running that night. It only took 4 hours. No biggie.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Trip to Alabama--Part 2--Section C

I started this post yesterday, and posted it today, so if you'd like to read about shows up under my birthday wish thank you post :)

Happy Birthday to Me!

This is just a quick pop in to tell everyone thank you so much for the birthday wishes!!

I worked during the day, and then Trav took me out to Friday's and then bowling (my favorite)! We hit up the arcade again and Trav's high score on the basketball hoop was still there from the last time we were there. After a couple of tries I *finally* beat it!! Only to have him try some more and beat *my* new high score!! Ugh..maybe next time! :)

I want to give a shout out to my cousin Amy Loo...I loved your "Happy Birthday" Grandma used to sing to me every morning, so it was so great to open up your text and hear you singing to me!

I loved it so much..I even made Trav sing Happy Birthday to me last night just before bed. It was absolutely adorable.

Thanks again everyone, for making my day so great!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Trip to Alabama--Part 2--Section C

When I found out I was going to Alabama, one of my very first thoughts (besides palm trees) was fishing. I absolutely love to fish, so you can imagine how excited I was knowing I was going to be next to water with all different kinds of fish. Fish that I've never even seen before. I was so anxious.

So, to start out day 2...we went fishing!!


At first we fished off of the pier in Fairhope. (About a mile away from my Aunt's house.) The weather was not really the greatest. It was super windy, and sort of later in the morning, so the fish weren't biting.

Determined to show me an *Alabama* fish, we picked up and went to another spot. We were on a mission!

At the second spot (a few docks down), the luck wasn't any better. We did however see a friendly little man on a motorized wheelchair cart. He'd come and talked to us while we were at the first spot, and then he'd made his way down to spot number 2 in the meantime. So, we got out and asked if the fishing was any better at this spot, and found out that it wasn't. He did tell us a pretty cool story though. He said that on this dock, there is usually a Pellican. One that was hurt when hurricane Katrina came through. He said that lots of the locals know about him. They've named him Henry, and they bring him food because he's not able to fly very well anymore.

At the time he was telling us, it was just a story. I'd tried to picture what Henry looked like, but I really wanted to see him!

Lucky for us, a few minutes flew Henry!!


He stayed for a little bit, let me grab some pictures of him, and then was on his merry little way.

As were we.

We got in the car, and tried one last place. "Fish River" at Weeks Bay. I mean if there were fish would have to be fish river, right?!



*Right!!!* It was at this place that AK pulled this beauty out of the water!!! They weren't super excited about it because it's "just a flounder" but I couldn't really contain my excitement...I mean, this "flounder" is totally the fish on Finding Nemo with 2 eyes on one side and *none* on the other side (See exhibit B). It's completely flat, and if I wasn't obsessed with Finding Nemo, I could honestly say that I've never seen anything like it in my life!! It was awesome!

They said it was pretty rare to catch a flounder out of this river because they generally sit at the bottom and you have to use a jig to tap them on the side because it's not like the swim through the water, and can actually see the food. It was sort of a hit and miss type thing. It was fate. I had to see an Alabama fish!! Plus, if you look at exhibit a, you'll see that apparently this little guy was starving. He tried to put his teeny tiny mouth on a not so teeny tiny piece of shrimp. Way to take it like a champ Mr. Flounder. It was worth the sight of you.


After fishing, the plan was to go back home and shower/get ready for the day. That soon changed when I realized we were only about 30-45 minutes away from Gulf Shores. (The beach town that we'd stopped at on the first day) I begged and begged to just keep on heading that way, and make our way back to Gulf Shores to see the beach just one more time. (Just kidding...I didn't really have to beg. AK was pretty much like hey..this is your time, we'll do whatever you want. It was so great. Thank you AK :))

Soooo...back at Lulu's we were. For some crazy reason...I put my butt in the butt bucket. For picture purposes I guess. I did put a fresh layer of sand in there though, before my bum came anywhere near the bucket!


Lulu's has the most amazing, neverending sandpit behind the restaurant. I so love this place!!


I played with the sand as long as I possibly could. It was so fun to just relax, and play in the sand. No worries. No stress. was kinda stressfull when my sand castle collapsed. Turns out you have to mix a little bit of water with the sand in order to build. So technical.


We took a few pictures on some ginormous chairs.


Played a little ring game.


Played in the sand a little more...


And then we left. We were all starving, so we went down the road (still in Gulf Shores) to get some grub at a place called *The Hangout*


And oh man!! I thought I loved Lulu's!!!!
The Hangout was just as wonderful!! Instead of a neverending sand pit, they had a *beach* behind their restaurant.


Actually...the beach was more to the side of the restaurant. So, as we were eating, we were watching the parasailers. It was crazy windy that day, and this one dude was catching some mad air!!

After we ate, we of course couldnt leave until we went to the beach. I wanted to bring some sand and seashells home.

So, we seashell hunted. Which for me only lasted about 2 minutes. I was so distracted by drawing in the sand...


And feeling the sand between my toes (my favorite!!!)


And learning about how the oil spill is still in full effect...and actually seeing that on the shells...


And taking pictures...


And chasing waves. (Yes, the water was freezing. No, I didn't care.)


I couldn't get enough of the whole feet in the sand/water thing. And I sooo miss that.


It's unfortunate that it was so cold and windy. I could have stayed at the beach allll day!!

I was happy to see that rollerblading on the beach is prohibited, though. I was super worried about someone trying to perfect that sport. Thanks beach rules. You probably save lots of lives.


At first I started with just my feet in the water. Then I wanted to walk in a little more, so I rolled up my pant legs. Then AK wanted to take my picture...I turned around (back against the waves) and a huge wave washed up against me. The result was an "Oh, well...already wet...might as well keep playing" attitude, and some very wet pants, necessary of changing.


The hangout had the raddest decorations! They had a wall full of old school lunch boxes, and this wall with pez dispensers!!! So great!


Then it was time to beat the storm, and head home. Thank *you* Gulf Shores. You were beautifully wonderful!!


To end the perfect second day of my vacation, we got ready (finally around 8ish), and went to a local bar to play some poker. I do have to say that Alabama "poker" is like nothing I've ever played before...but it was fun, and friendly (for the most part. ;))


We couldn't call it a night without pictures (basically a photoshoot) by the famous fairhope clock, so that's what we did.


It was another very, very busy, packed tight day but every single bit of it was worth it!! It was packed full of good times, and great memories!!

Tomorrow we'd wake up bright and early, and head to "Nawlins".

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Blake's baby shower

Saturday night I stayed up really late.


Making sure everything was just perfect for the next day. The day where we'd celebrate the birth of baby Blake, brought to us by Otto and Carlie!


I had so much fun picking out outfits and gifts for this little guy.
It melted my heart to see him wearing (and sort of fitting into) my favorite outfit. --Totally wears it like a champ.


We each did our part to help out with the party..Kass and I were in charge of the games, Megan made the most delicious cake ever! Camille made an *amazing* diaper cake! (basically a pro) Kristy had some yummy treats ready, and Carlie was able to provide *most* of the entertainment. Her show and tell was the best of the day by far!


Blake was so stoked for this shower that blessed us with his presence 6 weeks early. He was able to be passed around about every 5 minutes. Lucky little guy.


I doubt this is a biased opinion..but aren't these the most precious stubby fingers you've ever seen?!


Thought so.

The turnout was wonderful! Carlie and Otto received lots of much needed stuff including but not limited to a stroller/carseat combo (Grandpa and Auntie Kristine), clothes (basically everyone), Diaper Genie (Camille), diapers, wipes, bath stuff (everyone), walkers, crib sheets, customized blankets/burp pads (Auntie Tammy/Grandma), Personalized letter set (Favorite Aunt Jess), bottle toppers, jammies, socks/washrags/onesies/Winnie the Pooh outfit (Kass), beanies, knitted sweaters, baby monitor (Jessi), and I know there was so much more but I was a little distracted by the 5 lb of goodness laying in my arms.


Games turned out to be really fun! We played 5 games. Our champions were Alexis, Jessi, Carlie, Kristy, and Auntie Tammy!


Isn't this the yummiest picture you've ever seen?



Well what about this one? What if I throw it into the mix?


I agree. It's too hard to choose. He's so precious.


Everyone took their turns holding him, but I think Grandma held him for the longest. He was so content and comfy snuggled up in something she was able to create for him. It fit him just perfect, and I know she's proud.


Here we are. Kassi and I, just being Aunts 'n stuff. Trying to perfect our newly aquired title.

So far on my Aunt "to do" list I can cross of 2 things:
Feed my nephew.
Change his bum.

Dear Blake,

You're one loved little guy. You're probably still too little to be able to tell right now, but you'll know soon enough. I can't wait to take you out on play dates to the aquarium, shopping, and to the zoo. I'll be nice for now, and push "cheek pinching" to a later date down the road...but don't worry, it will come with time. For now, I'll just kiss your little cheeks. I will have you know though, if you don't wake up for me a little more..cheek pinching will come a little sooner than you're going to want. So, please work on that.

We all love you, and couldn't be more happy about you being here with us.

I love you,

*Aunt* Jess.

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