Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Night Heights

Last Friday night we attended LSU Gymnastics' first meet of the season.  This girl right here was so excited and had been looking forward to it for several months.

It's even more fun when your little BFF is there, too.  I'm tell you, these two girls are like two peas in a pod!

Ellie INSISTED on wearing her LSU "gymnastics outfit," which is really Hannah Kate's old cheerleader outfit.  But who am I to spoil her fun?! 

Before the meet started, I looked over to see this.
She was studying the program and pointing out each gymnast that is new to the team this year.  She pretty much nailed it.  I've no idea how she remembered so much from last year.

Huge new video screens were installed in the PMAC during the off season.  We made it on there at least twice.  Both times Ellie nearly died of embarrassment and jumped over into my lap.  My friend captured us and sent me this pic.  We're on the bottom row.

I didn't put those little decorations at the bottom of this picture, but this is the only picture I have of Hannah Kate from that night.  You can see Mason two rows behind her.

Tonight LSU was at an away meet in Gainesville so we watched them on TV.  We also had our own little gym cat performing her routine in the middle of our family room for our viewing entertainment.

And, oh, the entertainment!  She's still convinced she's going to be an LSU gymnast one day.  She asked me tonight how long it will take for her to learn how to do the bars and vault.  A long time.  A lot of practice.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Who's There? (a little museum fun)

There's a new children's museum in town.  The kids were gifted tickets for Christmas so we went for a visit today.  Would you like to know why I chose today to go?  Because Seth is still on vacation and could go with us!  If you've ever been to a children's museum before, you totally get this!  Let's just say it was a good experience for everyone, Seth included.

We spent two hours at the museum, and everybody had fun.  It was a beautiful, imaginative, creative space and so well done!  One of the things I most appreciated about it was how spacious it is.  There was plenty of room for the children to move around and play in.  I highly recommend.

Our first stop was the Go Go Garage.

Oh,  I had to laugh.  This so reminded me of the time long ago (as in way back before Mason was born) when I was about to leave to go to work but noticed I had a flat tire on my car.  So I called Seth.  I don't know exactly what I was expecting.  Actually, yes, I do.  I was expecting him to come home and change my tire for me.  I mean, I was dressed in a suit and heels.  But his response was for me to get the book out and change the tire myself.  And my response?  I hung up on him.  Oh, I was so mad.  And then I promptly got the book out and changed the tire myself!  In my suit and heels.  And then I drove to work.    

There was a cute little fishing corner. 

This, of course, was one of my favorite spots.  So colorful!

Every children's museum I've ever been to has a "grocery store."  But I have to say this is the BEST one I've ever seen!  So realistic and well-stocked.  It was very impressive.  The kids really enjoyed this spot.

The scanner and register were the real deal.  You could look up the produce items.  You could scan bar codes, and the product description and price would pop up on the screen.  Once you were finished, the register totaled your bill, and you paid it at the credit card scanner. 

The girls, of course, insisted on painting in the Art Garden.  There were also several other artsy crafty activities.

Another space they really enjoyed was the fitness area.  You can balance, jump, hang, climb, pedal.

See?  The children's museum isn't just for children.  It's great for the "young at heart," too!

Kids and bubbles are always a great combination.

How many times can you see yourself? 

Oh goodness.  My first thought?  There really is such a thing as too many Ellies!  Oh, I mean that in the best way possible!

It was hilarious watching the four of them operate this crane, picking up and stacking the blocks.

One of the coolest things was the tugboat simulation.  You can actually power the boat down the Mississippi, under the bridge and around other barges.  

Before we left, they asked to climb the storybook climber one more time.  I think this was one of their favorite spots.

There are so many other learning zones that I didn't post here.  These were just the areas we spent the most time.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

At the Movies: House Divided

When I woke up this morning, the first thing I told myself was, "It's not a dream."  My Dawgs are headed to the National Championship game in six days.

As if that's not exciting enough, it gets even better.  It's cold in south Louisiana.  And, I mean, really cold.  I've never said that before.  And it is absolutely glorious!  I keep telling Seth I would love to live up north for a year just to experience winter.  Let's just say we aren't on the same page there.  We've had a fire in the fireplace more during the past two days than we have in the entire time we built our house eight years ago.  It's blazing right now.  Ellie and I are curled up together underneath a cozy blanket, and Seth and the big kids are curled up together under another one.  I mean, those are all the things I LOVE about cold weather (and hot chocolate and books and movies and soup).

Don't believe me?  We took the kids to see a movie this afternoon.  The fountain at the movie theater was nearly frozen solid!  (Yes, they have coats now.  They just refuse to wear them.  It's not a battle I'm willing to take up right now!)

I should've said we took the kids to see movies . . . because football is not the only time we are a house divided.  Seth and the big kids went to see the new Star Wars movie.

I took Ellie to see Ferdinand.

It was cute enough, I suppose.  I'm really not a kids' movie kind of girl.  There was a good message underneath it all.  And I did get a little nap in the middle.  I honestly don't even know if Ellie watched it.  She was too busy playing with her icee cup, drinking my Dr. Pepper, eating popcorn and reclining her seat back and forth.  I mean, she really could care less about a movie.  She just wants the popcorn and the recliner! 

Monday, January 01, 2018

2018: Already Smelling Like Roses

My awesome brother and sweet sis-in-law made sure I was Rose Bowl game day ready today!

In case you missed it:

Oh my goodness.  WHAT A GAME!  I'm pretty sure I died a thousand times.  I mean, I can't even imagine what next Monday night will be like . . . at the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!  Because my Dawgs will be there!

We were sitting around the den at my parents' last Friday night, and the topic of football came up.  Seth told my brother that he's mellowed out when it comes to football, but I've gotten more intense.  Maybe.  Let's just say he missed a golden opportunity tonight.  I might've yelled at the TV, rolled off the couch onto the floor, buried my face in a blanket and curled up in the fetal position a few times.  Or a million times.  

Now, had that been him, you better believe I would've been taking video and film footage of the whole thing!  He missed it.  But he'll have another chance next Monday night.  Maybe that would be a good night for him to be out of town . . .  

So here are some of my favorite comments and texts:

Mason:  Mama, do you need me to move out of your way?

Seth to Mason:  Mama's gonna have a heart attack.

Friend via text:  The only Mayfield I like is ice cream.

My Oklahoma Friend when OK ran the trick play that sent Mayfield to the end zone for a touchdown:  I love Baker Mayfield!
To which I responded:  I love our true freshman that will hopefully be around another three years.
And then when Mayfield threw the interception, I texted:  Is it okay if I love Baker Mayfield, too?

And then this commentary with my friend at the latter end of the second quarter and then at the beginning of the third:

Let's just say that was the most exciting game I've seen in quite awhile.  I like them close because it's just so much more fun that way.  But coming out of a 17-point deficit and into two overtimes?  It was definitely a tremendous exercise in self control!

In other news, today was also the first day of 2018.  For the past several years, I've made black-eyed pea cakes with cranberry-red pepper salsa on New Year's Day.  This year I almost decided to change it up a bit and make hopping john.  But, at the last minute, I didn't.  So cakes it was, along with cabbage, homemade macaroni and cheese and made-from-scratch cornbread.  And my people had pork chops on their plates.  When I looked down at mine, I couldn't help but think that even my black-eyed pea cakes were hollering GO DAWGS today, too!

MawMaw Mac tells me every year that whatever it is I do on New Year's Day is what I'll be doing the rest of the year (she never washes laundry on New Year's Day!).  If that's the case, here's what I can expect in 2018:

I'll be doing lots of laundry.  (What else is new?)

I'll be in my kitchen a lot.  (Up next . . . chicken and dumplings!)

The Dawgs are gonna WIN.  (The National Championship game!)

I will not live to see my 40th birthday.  (Did I mention I died a thousand times during the game tonight?!)