Friday, April 30, 2010

Teething and Mystery Rolls

I love this face.

I'm glad this child has already gotten all of her teeth. Even if they fall out a little sooner than planned (pray pray praying they don't) at least they are all in and accounted for.

This child, on the other hand, is having a hard week.

This is what we coined on Tuesday a "Tutu Tantrum". This is worse than a normal fit because, after all, she had to be miserable to cry in the middle of a serious ballet performance with big sis. Her lower premolar is emerging and it has been tough on all of us. Libby never had much trouble with teething, but Annie has been a different story.

Though the tears, we have had some fun too. We had a great time at our small group party last night. We met and had appetizers by our neighborhood pool and the kids stayed at our house with their buds and some babysitters. I made my sister-in-law's Texas Caviar and The Pionner Woman's Mystery Rolls. Even if you don't know what they are, you're still probably thinking they'd be great since I said they were PW's, right? Unless you don't follow The Pioneer Woman, in which case you need to! Three ingredients; butter, bleu cheese and canned layer biscuits. That's it! And when they come together...yum.

They are not the prettiest appetizer, but they sure deliver on flavor and biscuity goodness. PW suggests these as a party munchie as well as a topper for soup! Brilliant! I'm thinking I could dip them in tomato basil and it would defiantely "play" as Dusty would say :) We gobbled them up and I even have a few now frozen in a ziploc for later!

Off to Atlanta this afternoon for my niece's wedding tomorrow in Jasper, GA. Have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Berry Good Day

Soooo, a whole week has come and gone and I'm just now posting again. My blog plan is getting off to a rough start. But I did go out of town (solo - no kids) so it wasn't the usual week around here. My trip to New York was wonderful, just WONDERFUL! And if I can ever find the USB cord to the point and shoot camera that I took along, I will post some shots from our long weekend in the Big Apple. Until then, we'll talk strawberries...

For the last two years we have gone to Dempsey's Strawberry Patch in LaFayette for "U-Pick" (as the sign reads). Dusty has never gone with us, but he suggested that he take a few hours off this morning and we all go together! This made my day! And Libby was so excited to have Daddy along for the fun. We dressed in our grubby clothes (except for Dusty who wore slacks ???) and drove 15 minutes out to Dempsey's and got to pickin'!

Libby was so excited to have her own bucket and after we instructed her to only pick the red strawberries, so was set to go.

Annie served as our official taste tester. There is no telling how many she ate in the 45 minutes that we were out there.

Dusty took the picking very seriously and rarely looked up from his job. But to his credit, between the camera and pulling hunks of strawberries out of Annie's throat, I didn't get much picking done. He said he remembers picking strawberries as a kid, but didn't like to eat them. Weird. Now he loves them and he was very diligent about harvesting these giant ripe beauties!

We picked over two gallons of strawberries and crammed more than we were probably supposed to for our $9 buckets.

It was a very sweet way to start off a regular old Wednesday. As the girls napped this afternoon, I got to work on some jam. I was able to make 8 jars just by lopping off the top of each bucket. We still have SO many strawberries left, so I need to come up with some other uses.

A busy day tomorrow. It's Bike Day at preschool and then hosting a small group get together at our pool with 10 kids and a 2 babysitters back at our house. I'm praying over our rug as we speak...
Be back soon!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Warm Weather Weekend

We crammed in as much fun as we could this weekend. We are now having a very sleepy Monday! One of the many perks of living in a college town is that there is ALWAYS something going on. We jump at the chance to load up the double stroller and get the kids out on the town. The A-Day game was Saturday and we went to Fan Fest for the first time. They allow everyone out on the AU practice field and they have activities for kids and a "Pass, Punt and Kick Competition". Libby enjoyed the orange and blue bouncy inflatable, but was a little intimidated by the big kid that was body slamming his buddies. After a few minutes, she looked like a prisoner of the bouncy house.

They got to run around on the field Libby got to go out for a pass.

And Dad was quick to jump in for this photo op.

Our next stop was the Botta Getta BBQ contest. We have a friend on the Opelika Porker Tour team and he was kind enough to share his awesome grub with us. Boston butt, chicken and ribs. Oh, the ribs. Thanks Brian!

The girls and I went home for naps and Dusty went on to the stadium. Over 63,000 showed up for the scrimage game. The best part of A-Day? Auburn always wins. War Eagle!

On Sunday, we put together a Family Picnic for the Auburn Mommies group. We have gotten to know some great moms and kids through this group and the picnic was a neat time because we got to get the dads in on the fun as well! We had Byron's bbq, played horseshoes and just enjoyed the day.

Annie got her first taste of a Capri Sun and I'm pretty sure there's no going back now.

Today we started another week of preschool and Lib went to ballet class. Only two more weeks until her debut as a Mouse. Other big news in Libby's world was the baby chicks that someone brought up to school today. I got a full report on how they can poop in your hand if you're not careful :) Check out her list of our names! She wrote them with almost no help from me. I'm so proud of my little speller!

Lastly, I'm preparing for my trip to New York! I leave on Thursday and my list of to-dos is growing longer by the minute. Gearing up for leaving little A for the first time in her life. I know I'm ready for time away, I just hope I don't spend it wondering what my little ones are doing every moment. I am so looking forward to time with Mom and Mel.

Still figuring out my blog routine. Hope to post again befor I leave!

Saturday, April 17, 2010


I do so love reading blogs. They have become as enjoyable to me as a fresh Southern Living, Cooking Light magazine or a live episode of "The View". I love blogs because they are can cover just about ANY topic (Squid Pro Quo...yes, a whole site committed to the octopi) and for the most part, will teach, entertain and inspire! They are glimpses into the mind of people who are usually pretty passionate about whatever they are sharing about; children, cooking, travel, etc. And while not all blogs seem "real" to me, I appreciate the time, talent and creativity it takes to gather one's thoughts and "put pen to paper".

These are precious years for us. My husband and I are raising two beautiful little girls. No two days are the same. It is my hope that I can use this blog as a journal for our family and to share the joys and blessings the Lord has chosen to give us. I will attempt to not write just for others to read (this will be VERY hard) but to have memories and thoughts stored away for my children. I think it will be difficult to try to be different from all those blogs that I like to read. Instead, I hope that I can capture the very best "stuff" of our life.

I have wanted to start blogging for about a year now but hesitated because I couldn't think of a great title. And you know, it's all about the title. "Keightley Lately" had been suggested by a friend, but I just couldn't do it. "The Garnett Gazette" sounded like a Christmas newsletter. My chosen title may not be as catchy as I would have liked, but I think it will sum up the content of what I hope to write about. So pardon my grammatical errors and overwhelming number of kiddo pics as a attempt to document this amazing and exhausting time in our life.

So, finally, here we go...