Sunday, June 30, 2013

New Orleans, Day Two

I was excited to get to see the Audubon Zoo as I had never been before.  We were very impressed...  We picked the perfect day to go because we had a really good rain shower midday and it cooled things off SO much! 
The white tiger was my favorite!

Grady's such a little turkey...  He refuses to take pictures most of the time and this gets on my nerves so much!  (I know he knows this and does it deliberately!  AGHHH!)  Faye figured out that you have to sneak up behind him when he's looking at an animal or something and ask him a question, camera ready and aimed...  Then when he turns around to answer you, you snap the picture...  Works sometimes, but you usually get an odd face...  Drives me nuts...  So this is about the best picture you get:

Thank goodness for strollers that recline!  Vera went to sleep just before the rain hit and she slept through the entire rain shower! 

When the rain first broke out unexpectedly, we ran under a tree to keep from getting soaked.  We stayed there for 5-10 minutes until it slowed to a sprinkle.  We decided to walk on and as soon as we rounded the corner, it started pouring again.  We ran into the giraffe exhibit and there was the perfect spot under a little hut to stay dry during the rain.  We stayed there for about 20 minutes and got a chance to really watch the giraffes up close and personal.  We learned that they did not like to stand out in the rain either!

Vera, meeting an endangered species turtle.  She has no fear!  She also tried to touch the tarantula but the zookeeper lady didn't let her get that close! 

Stay tuned for more!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

New Orleans, Day One

We took Grady and Vera to New Orleans for several days.  Pops and Grana came along on the adventure with us too.  Bless their hearts.  ha ha!  Just kidding.  Vacationing with a 4 year old and a 1 year old is quite the experience.  The kids had a BALL.  Josh and I were worn out!  Pops told us one day after lots and lots of fun that the kids looked like they were in much better shape than their parents!  Probably true. 

The first day when we arrived we took them to City Park.  None of us had ever been, but Josh had read about it somewhere and we decided to give it a try.  It might have been Grady's favorite thing we did the entire time.  It was the nicest clean and safe and kid-friendly!  They had a "Storybook Village" with little playground-type equipment and lots of characters from nursery rhymes and children's literature.  They also had rides such as the ones you'd see at the fair for little kids.  They had a blast taking it all in!

When we checked into our hotel, I couldn't pull Vera away from the window.  We were on the 25th floor overlooking the river.  She spent lots and lots of time looking for and pointing at the boats.

Stay tuned for more pictures!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

All Good Things Must Come to an End

I have a sad heart this morning.  But I am so, so proud of my Bulldogs!  This article made me cry.  Yes, Erin...I am a dork, too.  I cried last night when the game was over and you could still hear the Bulldog faithful chanting Maroon/White as loud as ever in support of the Diamond Dawgs!   

Click here for Bulldog Baseball article!  It's a must-read!

What a fabulous season and a fabulous team!


Can hardly wait 'til next year!
Hail State!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Bulldogs and Birthdays

Today my dear friend Erin made a wonderful baseball post on her blog.  I've read it several times today and also the articles that she linked about MSU in the CWS! 

(You can read it here:  ERIN'S POST)

You know I can't let her post without me including my two cents on this wonderful day as well! 

***Disclaimer...If you could care less about MSU baseball, please read no further.  I will be back to post pictures of Grady and Vera again soon...  Hint, Hint:  JENNY!

Today is my birthday.  33 years.  I've been an avid MSU baseball fan for about half of my life.  My dad took me to a few games when I was young, but when I really fell in love with the game and became a true fan of MSU baseball was when I was in 11th grade.  Dad and I went to the MSU regional with David and Michael Pierce and I remember right where I sat and just so many things about that awesome game.  It was on Monday of Memorial Day weekend and it was the final game in the regional.  Back then, there was no such thing as a super regional and so a win in this game would take us to Omaha.  That year's team was so much fun to watch...Brad Freeman, Richard Lee, Adam Piatt, and the star pitcher, Eric Dubose.  Dubose was pitching that day.  I believe the crowd for that game still stands as one of the top 5 all-time record crowds for Dudy Noble field.  We won the game and I was hooked as an MSU baseball fan forever.  Dad and I, just like thousands of other fans, were on the field after the game, scooping up dirt from the infield to take as souvineers!  ha. 

The next year, my senior year of high school, my dad introduced me to the legendary Ron Polk at an MSU alumni event in Yazoo where he had come to speak.  I was on cloud nine.  Of course dork me had a baseball for him to sign (which I still have to this day and cherish) and enjoyed talking to him so much!  I saw more games that year and it made me just that more excited about actually being a student at MSU because I knew I'd get to see even more.

When I got to State, God was just looking out for this dork girl who was so obsessed with MSU baseball because He put in my path another complete dork who was just as obsessed as I was...Erin (Loper) Hern.  GO figure!  Could there possibly be another person on the planet who loved baseball as much as I did??!!  Anyway, Erin and I were in the same sorority and we quickly realized that we had baseball in common.  We became quick friends and went to EVERY. SINGLE. GAME.  We even recruited lots of our friends who knew nothing at all about baseball and turned them into baseball fans as well!  :)  There was one season (I think it was my junior year) that I almost went to every single home game that year...  all except for one.  It was Easter Sunday and my mom made me come home that day.  ha.

My best friend from high school did not go to MSU, but her grandparents (Clark and Peggy Coleman) were DIE-HARD MSU Baseball fans.  They were at every game.  I sat with them many hours on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Dudy Noble while Mr. Clark "kept the books" and Mrs. Peggy and I chatted about the game.

My other baseball friends, The Richardsons and the Alexanders, were also at every game.  Mrs. Robbie brought snacks for everybody and their grandma.  Mr. Jimmy and I would spend the game arguing about whether or not it was smart to bunt.  We still argue about that to this day.  I enjoy seeing them in our same ole seats when we go to Starkville for games.

I've sat at Dudy Noble through sweltering heat, freezing cold, rain, hail, and even one tornado.  I've watched the Dawgs win a lot and lose a lot.  Regionals, Super Bulldog Weekends, SEC Tournaments, everything.  But I don't know if I will ever look back on any of those years as much as this year.  Sad thing is, I am not able to go to all of the games anymore and so I haven't been able to see this team play in person much.  But they are truly the most remarkable team and so deserving of where they are right now.  I don't think there's a team out there anywhere that could make their school prouder than this team makes MSU fans all over the country.  In an ESPN article, it was said that the Diamond Dawgs have won the hearts of America.  They truly have.  Not with their talent alone (yes, the talent is there...) but with their character, sportsmanship, and team spirit.  They are so fun to watch and watching them win the game this afternoon was the best birthday present in the whole world for me.  I cannot believe I am going to get to watch my Bulldogs play in the National Championship on Monday.  (Wish it were in person, but oh well...)  I'm sure it's a dream come true for the players...for this life-long Bulldog Baseball fan, it gives me chills!  I am so excited I can hardly stand it!  Today was a birthday and a Bulldog team I will never forget!  Win or lose next week, I've NEVER been prouder to be a Bulldog!

My wonderful sister made this birthday cake for me...  Isn't it the BEST!?????

Hail State!

Monday, June 17, 2013

June so far...

June is officially halfway over!  Good grief, where is the summer going???  This is what we have been up to this month so far...  (mixed in with Sports Camp at church and keeping up with our Diamond Dawgs as they play their way through the CWS!!!!!!  GO DAWGS!!!!!)
Busy, Busy, Busy...
Been doing some celebrating!
Grady turned FOUR on June 8th!  Cannot believe my man is FOUR!  We celebrated his birthday at Pump-it-Up with lots of inflatable fun!

Been doing some shopping at Lowe's...
Found out that Vera's new favorite thing is to ride in the "car-car buggy" with Grady!

Been doing some "LEARNING"...
On the days Grady doesn't go to school and stays with me, we make sure we do "learning" as he calls it.  He's been working on writing his letters and numbers, practicing colors and shapes, and even spelling words!  Yay!

Been doing some playing at the Children's Museum...
Checked out the new Bob the Builder exhibit!  Vera LOVED it and threw a fit when it was time to leave!  

Been doing some swimming...
Grady is getting more "brave" in the water!  Vera (my dare-devil) has to be watched like a hawk.  She is fearless and would jump off the side of the pool if I let her.

 Been doing some playing in the sand...

 Been doing some backyard splashing...

And I'll leave you with this video for laughs!  We got a small slip-and-slide for the back yard.  Let's just say that Grady hasn't quite figured out how to "slip-and-slide" yet...  He is REALLY great at army-crawling though!  ha ha!

Happy Summer!  :)