Saturday, August 20, 2011

Veda's Visit

Following are some of the highlights of Veda's visit with us last month. It was so special to have her here for LM's first birthday. The boy could not have been more thrilled - someone who would walk and play with him forever! Such fun!

Besides running around with us to get ready for the birthday party and taking said party in, we did a few other things that we probably would NOT have done had she not been here. I will say, because it has been one of the hottest summers on record, it was hard to do some of the things I would have LIKED to do with her. We just had to opt for indoor things.

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First up, the American Girl store.

Veda has several American Girls, and wanted to visit the store while she was in town. I had never been there, so it was interesting to check it out with her. The store has a restaurant in it, so we went around dinner time to eat there and check out the store.

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Veda and Mom at the restaurant

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This is where Veda's doll would have sat.

Veda's doll wasn't with us for dinner, because we had dropped her off at the salon to get her hair done. That's right - there is a doll salon. I'll show you some photos in a sec.

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The menu.

The menu was full of kid-friendly fare. It was a two course fixed price menu. You had your choice of several appetizers and then a main course. Veda and Mom ordered the same appetizer and Veda and I ordered the same main course.

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The chicken tenders.

Mom and Veda had the fruit appetizer and I had the pretzel bites. Veda and I had the chicken tenders and Mom had the spinach salad. The food was good, but not great. It was more about the experience, I guess. And that was fun. They had a box of table topics on the table. We took turns answering questions while we waited for our food and then at different points in the meal. That was a neat way to spend the time.

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This was the light fixture.

Veda wanted me to take a photo of the light fixture above us because she said she thought her dad could make one for her room. Steve, please take note. There it is. Get to work.

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This is the doll salon.

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That is Veda's doll Felicity, one of the historical dolls, getting her hair done.

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Mom and Veda watched the action.

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Veda posed, because we asked her to.

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After the salon, Veda with Felicity and her new 'do.

I'm not sure the hairdo lasted very long. But, it was the experience that was worth the $10, I would say. It was a cool set up, I thought. Veda seemed to like it too. After the hair salon, we walked around the store again and again and again looking at all the merchandise, because Veda was trying to decide what to purchase with the money she had burning a hole in her pocket. Interestingly, all of the merchandise is displayed at about a four foot level. I felt like Gulliver, but Veda was right at home. Target audience and all. Seriously these people at American Girl are marketing geniuses. They have it down, how to get little girls and their mamas to part with their cash. Mom and I even parted with some cash, buying Veda one of the doll beds and a shirt for her and her doll. Let's just say, if I had a daughter, I'd be steering clear of this place until absolutely necessary. Seriously!

On the next day, we went to the Galleria Dallas to go ice skating. This was S's idea, so S got to skate with the girl. The rest of us watched. Veda had never been ice skating before, so at first it was pretty touch and go. But, in the course of an hour, she got her "ice legs" as it were and really was doing a bang up job of skating around the rink. At the end of the time on the ice, Uncle S got into the silliness action himself. After the skating, we found this funny ad that you could stand in front of to look like you caught a big fish. That was fun too. Here is a slideshow of all the ice skating/Galleria fun:

Editor's note - for some reason when I upload this, the end is cut off.
I've tried several times. It's beyond me.

Then, later that day, we decided to break out the kiddie pool to swim. S's parents got the pool for us, but we had not used it before that day. It is a pretty big one, as kiddie pools go. S used his compressor to blow it up and then we ran water from the hose in it for just a few inches, since the boy was going to get in it. My dad was worried the water would be too cold. Turns out, when it's 106 outside all the time, water from the hose is sort of like what you would get out of your bath. Tepid. And just fine for playing. We really showed the neighbors our high society roots by placing the pool in the front yard and then surrounding it with lawn chairs. Yee-haw! Here are some photos from that little soiree:

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Veda and the boy in the pool.

At first, Veda would not put her feet in the water, because she had blisters on her heels from the ice skating. She said it hurt the blisters. I'm not doubting it hurt the blisters, but we kept telling her to just put the feet in the water and it would go away. But, it was her feet and her blisters, so you know, she did her own thing.

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Look how sweet she was with LM
Yes, S was finally convinced he needed to get in the pool.

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And he had fun. Don't let him tell you otherwise.

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Of course the boy had fun.

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Grandpa made things even more fun by turning on the hose for a while.

I wish I would have taken photos of the peanut gallery in the lawn chairs, but I didn't. Class act that we are, you won't be subjected to that. Now...one more photo - the post wouldn't be complete without this photo, snapped with my phone, of Miss Veda riding LM's trusty steed.

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Priceless.

Hee hee! She was having a good time and so were we. It was so nice to have her here. I'm so glad her parents, who I know missed her, let her come. I hope the whole family can come down and visit sometime soon.

That's it for now! See you soon.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

First Birthday Photos

I have several things I want to tell you about...but my computer's hard drive got recalled. When we took it in for the recall, they disable the wireless card. So, we had to take it BACK in. In other words, besides my usual inability to get things posted in a timely way, I've had computer issues. SO...I think for the rest of August, it'll just say July unless there's a bunch of extra time that just shows up at my doorstep. We may go right to September.

I tried the Saturday before and the Saturday after LM's birthday to take photos of him to represent his "first birthday". The first photo shoot was at the Latino Cultural Center. The second photo shoot was at Dallas Heritage Village. These are my favorites:

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These first few were taken outside the Latino Cultural Center here in Dallas.

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We were there at 7:30am to take photos before it got hot.
The boy was a little tired but he did pretty good.

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Doesn't he look big here?

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I like this one because you can see his reflection in the window in the background.

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I really wanted him to stand up against that wall.
He wasn't having it.
That's the "green bird" referenced in this post.

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You can see his sleepiness here...

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...he would not smile up there.
The colors are cool anyway.

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Again, I like the colors and the light.

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The second set of photos, the Saturday after his birthday, was at the Dallas Heritage Village.

I really wanted to go out and get photos while my mom was in town, so we could try to get a family shot too. This was the Saturday after my surgery. I really wasn't feeling very good, but I was determined to go. Unfortunately, this place doesn't open until 10. So, we made plans to get there right at ten before it got too hot to move. But then, LM decided to take a historically long nap. He didn't wake up until 11. We headed right out, but sister, I'd be lying if I didn't say it was hotter than snot out there. A good indication it was that hot was we were the only souls in the entire place. Had the WHOLE place to ourselves. Seriously. So we took our photos and got out of the heat. By that time I was feeling pretty crappy and spent the rest of the day in bed. But, we got some seriously cute shots, so I think it was worth it. Here are some more of them:

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The family photo I like best. Not bad, eh?
Thanks Mom!

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My boys!

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LM and his big mama.
I seriously have to go on a diet. Oy.

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That's Mr. Delingo from that other post.

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That is a denim bear we bought him for his birthday.
I liked the bear, so I bought it for my son. Tee hee.

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Love this one too. Laughing boy.

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The only success in the standing up photo department.
He would sit down when we walked away, but this one worked.

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One of my favorites, actually.

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By this time in our visit, it was getting seriously HOT.
It was time to go.

So there you have it! My attempt to document my son at his first birthday. I'm pretty pleased with the results and glad I went to the effort.

See you soon.