Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Beach 2011 (Final Act)

What good is going to the beach if you're afraid of the ocean? Well, maybe when Rebekah gets a little older you can ask her. She didn't like it when we carried her into the ocean, and she certainly wasn't going near it herself.

But the pool behind the beach house? She was all for that, even on the first couple days we were there when her teeth chattered as soon as she got in (don't call Child Services--we did not let her stay in on those days, despite her two-year-old vocal protests and tears).

She even wanted to ride the jet ski with her dad, so we let her put on the life jacket, sit on one, and idle around the pier to show her how fun jet skis were.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Beach Wedding

While enjoying our little vacation at the beach, James had the opportunity to marry a couple that we know. There were a lot of "firsts" for James at this wedding, such as the first barefoot wedding he had ever performed, as well as the first wedding where the wind blew so much it made his hair look like little demon horns (guess it's about time for a haircut).

Congratulations to Jimmy and Emily!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Beach

We recently headed to the Perdido Key (where we'd been when Rebekah was only six months old), on the Alabama-Florida border, for a few days of relaxation--meaning a little less cell phone use, a lot less internet browsing, and chasing Rebekah while trying to not get sunburned (both of us failed on the latter).

We were able to stay at a pretty nice beach house.

 But the weekend at the beach was not about beach houses, 
for Rebekah at least. 
She was eager to get to the sand.

 She dug and dug and dug.

 And dug and dug and dug.

And even brought out the reinforcements the next day 
to make sure she could displace as much sand as possible.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Rebekah and the Bear (The Toddler Years)

We decided when Rebekah was born to chart her growth on this blog by placing her next to her bear.

We did it weekly, then monthly, and then decided she really wasn't changing enough to warrant monthly bear pics (read as "We were getting lazy and Rebekah wouldn't sit still enough to make it worth it.").

But she loves to drag (or have mom or dad carry) Big Bear out and pose with it and some of her other babies.

Then sometimes, she feels like a celebrity and treats us like imposing paparazzi.

But she loves her Big Bear, and hugs and kisses him often.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt: Practice

We really aren't bad parents. We want more than anything for Rebekah to be a well-adjusted child, whether or not she's "the best" at anything. But we couldn't help practicing for the Easter Egg Hunt the day before.

Look at the agility here, with her backhanded grab.

Already looking one egg ahead.

We weren't timing her, but you couldn't tell looking at the concentration and determination on her face. And then the disappointment of finding out they were just a bunch of empty eggs.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Easter in Tennessee

Easter usually means we're traveling, and this year was no different. We made our way up to Tennessee for the Easter Weekend to see some of Kristie's family.

Taking Rebekah out of school a couple days early meant she missed the Easter Egg Hunt in Hattiesburg, so we searched and searched until we found out where in Martin the Easter Bunny was going to be that weekend.
Despite the look on her face here, Rebekah was excited to see the Easter Bunny. There were just other exciting things to do at this Easter Carnival.

We ate some hot dogs and popcorn, drank some Kool-Aid, and got our face painted.

And of course Rebekah found the only "jumpy slide" operating in Martin that weekend.

The afternoon concluded with Rebekah dominating the Easter Egg Hunt (we'd practiced). We even somehow missed the 1- and 2-year-old hunt, so we participated in the 3- and 4-year-old hunt. The excitement of the 19 candy eggs Rebekah found was almost more than she could handle.