Friday, April 17, 2009

We're Back!!!

After a very hectic month, I am back on the blog. I'm not even sure what I did over the last month...but man,it has just flown by. I'm pretty wiped from it, but I guess that's just the way it goes sometimes.

So let me give you a nice long update with lots of pics so you can see what we've been doing.
The last weekend of March, my mom came to visit and we ran the Monument 10K together.

I am not in the best of shape these days, so I think we did more walking than running but we had a lot of fun.

Ainsley hung out with Clif in the park at the finish line while we completed the race.

Ainsley enjoyed spending time with her "Dama" that weekend. Other than the race we didn't do a whole lot. Just kind of hung out at home and did some shopping.

The following weekend, my friend Courtney - who now lives in Italy - visited the US with her little baby boy. I'm probably going to spell this wrong, so sorry Courtney...his name is Ludovico and he is so adorable. Julie and Katherine came to visit as well and we had a nice weekend just visiting with friends.

Courtney has been around for a couple of weeks and we see her every once in awhile. She heads back to Italy this coming Friday. We'll miss seeing her.

We travelled up to Northern Virginia for Easter weekend with the Whites. However, before the Easter bunny visited on Sunday, we went to the circus on Saturday. I was a little concerned at how Ainsley would do in a 2.5 hour show...especially with no nap. But she did awesome. She loved the circus. Her favorites were probably the elephants. That kid loves elephants. She calls them "el-fants."

Thank you so much to Nanny and Poppa for taking us, we all had a great time.

We also got to play at the mall play area while Nanny and Poppa bought Ainsley new shoes. They love to buy her shoes, so we always let them and are very thankful that they do so. Ainsley was really good at taking turns on the slide.

However, I have to say that not all kids are so good...and where the heck are these kids parents? Kids pushing Ainsley out of the way to get to the slide. Makes me so mad!!! But Ainsley minded her manners very well. She would slide down and say "My turn?" and I'd say, "No, it's this little boy's turn." So he'd go, then she'd look at me and say "My turn?" It's always more fun when you can say "Yes, Ainsley's turn." Then she would get all excited before going down again.

Easter Sunday, Ainsley got to put on her brand new dress from Non Non and go to church with us.

We tried putting her in the nursery...well, they called Clif about 45 minutes in saying she wouldn't stop crying. So, Clif spent the rest of the service in the hallways and lobby with little Ainsley. I don't really blame her, it's not like she knows those people. Plus, she hasn't really been left with any one since she left day care.

After church we had brunch with Non Non, Auntie Carol and Cousin Meghann. It was nice to catch up with everyone and spend the holiday together.

Ainsley was very spoiled by the Easter bunny. She must have been a very good girl this year.

The following week, my friend Shanna and her little boy Grayson came to visit for a few days. Shanna is a teacher and she was on spring break. So she came to visit with us and see Courtney before she takes off back to Italy.

Ainsley and Grayson are only a few months apart. They had a lot of fun playing with one another.

It was really nice having Shanna around. She is one of my closest friends from college and we used to live together. Now, because we both have kids and we live about 4 hours apart, we rarely get together. It's sad, but good that we can still kind of pick up where we left off.

Thursday night we had a little cook out so Shanna could try and see as many friends as possible while she was in town. So most of the crew from Richmond came over with their kiddies and hung out on the deck for a few hours.

So that about catches you up with all the happenings. Through all this, Ainsley is just getting to be such a little girl. She can talk in sentences now and she has such a personality. I have to say, that she really is a good kid though. I talk about how rotten she is...and she is :) But she is sweet and she's really learning to share and take turns with other kids - that has taken a lot of work, but I think she's really starting to get it.

She also has maybe, kind of, sort of started to potty train. She has gone to the bathroom on the potty 3 times in the last few weeks. I know, not a huge feat, but it's a start. She does tell us that she needs to go, but normally it's right as she's going. So we don't often catch it in time. I think I may take a weekend in May and aggressively attack it to see if it sticks and she gets it. If not, I'll just drop it and wait a few months.

Oh my...I forgot the most important thing that has happened in the last few weeks. We have a new puppy!!

Yes, I know that I am insane! His name is Brinkley and he is so sweet. We got him at 4.5 months so he's almost completely house broken and just about as big as Gatsby. Speaking of Gatsby, he is in heaven with another dog around. They are so great together. Here are a few pics.

Finally, I want to introduce you all to Recession Clif.

He is almost exactly like regular Clif except he doesn't have a job...oh and he's growing a forest on his face and head!!! A regular reader of the blog has requested photo updates of Clif and his mane and I don't want to disappoint.

That's about all for now. I'll have pictures from the DMB concert Clif and I went to last weekend later in the week. Right now, I need to get back to work.

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