One Worn Out Ladybug

This is what happens when little ladybugs don't take naps. They crash at 6:15 on the couch.


99 Red Balloons

Minus 98. Who knew one little red balloon could provide so much entertainment.

And just like that, the moment was over :)


Ummm....Peanut Butter

Imagine me saying that in my best Homer Simpson voice :)

Peanut Butter is a way of life in this household. It's literally been a "go to" food since Nat was little (don't tell the pediatrician). I eat it almost daily and it's at the top of my list of things I must have if I ever get stranded on a deserted island.

This picture really doesn't do the mess justice, but here's Nat in all her peanut butter glory.


Play Days in the Park

You know Fall in upon in Mississippi when you can stand to be at the park for more than 15 minutes. Let's see, we went Friday evening and I think we were there for about 2 hours. The only reason we left beside the fact it was getting dark, were the mosquitoes. Come to find out they love Nat as much as they love me, sorry you had to inherit that gene.

We tried to go to a cool playground over in Ridgeland but Nat wasn't feeling it. She's strictly a swingin' kind of gal. So we ate an early dinner at the Pizza Shack (OMG it was some of the best pizza I've ever eaten). Then we headed back to our old familiar small park by the house.

Flashback time: Aug 09, Oct 10, Sept 11


Fireworks in September

Why not? We've have a small arsenal of smoke bombs and snap-n-pops leftover from the 4th and Nat found my stash over the weekend. Of course she's asked to set off these fireworks every day for the last week but I'm trying to ration them out.

We also use them to help her with her colors. Now I'm convinced the child has known her colors for some time now but her playful (stubborn) side comes through and she likes to tell us everything is pink! She also has to match them up and hand them to me in order, I have no idea where this OCD has come from :) Since her favorite "color of the moment" is pink, we tied a yellow and an orange smoke bomb together to make pink smoke. Bonus points for mommy :)

Our stash for Saturday. Notice the lizard in her cage? Yeah it's real. More brownie points for Mommy for catching the "daddy" of all lizards. I'm getting really good at it, even though I still shudder right before I acutally grab it in my hands.


You Had Me at Marshmallow

No joke, that's the name of the recipe. Byron came home with a new recipe he was just dying to try on the Big Green Egg. Now I automatically thought he meant some type of meat. I mean what else do you cook on a grill/smoker like that? Oh no, he found a dessert on one of his BGE sites that caught his eye, and with ingredients like Twinkies, marshmallows, Nutella, Reeses Pieces and Heath Candy bars, I can see why.

So here's my best at documenting the process. Cooking time is anywhere from 5-10 minutes, just long enough for everything to get gooey. BGE should be set at 400 and a stove at about 350.

Line pan with foil, spray with Pam. Align Twinkies. We used three, one for each of us. :) Spread on Nutella, the more the better in my opinion.

Stick on some marshmallows, Nat loved helping with this part. She ate as many as she put on top.

Grind up Reeses Pieces and Heath Bar.

Place in oven until marshmallows get a little brown and stuff starts to melt.

Yeah she liked it. There wasn't a drop left on the pan.

Pump, Pump, Pump It Up!

After one of the nastiest, rainy weekends I can remember in a long time Nat and I had to get out of the house for both our sakes. We really had exhausted all other measures by Monday. We played puzzles to point were I wouldn't be surprised if she starting singing her ABC's backwards, we watched Beethoven's 3rd, 4th & 5th while indulging in numerous bowls of popcorn, we even went to Chick-fil-A one morning to burn off some steam at their playground. But come Monday cabin fever set in bad. Luckily, the local bounce house place was having Pop In Playtime. Not even thinking twice about it we loaded up and made a beeline for the place.

Holy moly was it crowded. Seems like every other parent in the Jackson area had the same idea. Nat still had fun but being mixed in with older (rowdy) kids made for some interesting times to say the least. The instructor asked us to come back during the week when it's a little more structured for Nat's age group.

Either way she had fun, it wore her out and got us out of the house for a few hours.

This was one of her favorite houses. It was set up like a basketball goal but most of the kids, Nat included, used it more as a dodge ball area.

Of course the Cozy Coupe is always one of Nat's favorites, although her long legs kept getting stuck under the car. She finally gave up and drove it in reverse.

First taste of Sprees. The child hasn't meet a candy yet she doesn't like and these sour things were no different.