Monday, April 25, 2011

Sophia's First Roller Coaster Ride!

We took Sophia to Dixie Land in Fayetteville on Saturday. We had so much fun! She really loved the Coweta County Fair last year so we knew she would love this too! It has been a long time since Phil and I have been to Dixie Land so we were surprised when we saw that they have a roller coaster now. Sophia saw it when we walked threw the gates and ran to it. Phil took this video of her riding the roller coaster with his phone. I think she rode this at least 4 or 5 times.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Little Dirt Doesn't Hurt...

For those of you who don't live in Georgia or the States right now you are missing out on some wonderful weather!!  This is the time of year when it isn't freezing cold and hasn't turned blazing hot yet.  This type of weather usually only lasts a week so I'm feeling pretty blessed to be enjoying it for two!

I called Em the other day to see if she wanted to get together and enjoy this weather together.  So yesterday morning Sophia and I headed over to her house and didn't leave until late afternoon.  Emorie has a wonderful lot that is big with lots of trees but is also fenced in.  The girls spent most of their time out in the trees playing hide and seek and petting the neighbors dog that they named goldie. :)

We also helped Em and her girls plant some flowers which meant digging around in the dirt some.  After that they found a huge pile of leaves that had been raked up and jumped, rolled, buried each other and basically just scattered the leaves again. :)  When they finally emerged again both Izzy and Sophia were pretty dirty to say the least.  They had leaves in their hair, dirt on every thing, and Popsicle stains around their mouths.  I wish we would have taken a picture! 

I told Em that it was a sign of a VERY fun day!!  We really love getting together with them and are looking forward to doing it again. 

Here are a couple of pictures I left my camera at home and was totally kicking myself the whole time we were and learn.
They hadn't buried themselves yet here..but do you see those purple shoes
next to Sophia's head??  They got lost in the pile and it was like trying to find a shoe
in a big pile of leaves!

I hope you are all enjoying this great weather....we are headed out again now!
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Monday, February 21, 2011


Sophia had her first soccer practice last Friday.  My friend Karen signed her little girl Alicia up to play as well.  Sophia was very excited to go! 

I think she enjoyed it?  What I mean is Sophia is VERY competitive!  So we had a few crying moments because she wasn't the first one to get to a flag or she got tagged by the coach during another game.  She didn't understand that she didn't have to be first she just had to get to the flag and that even if the coach tagged her she wasn't out just to keep dribbling her ball. 

There were also a lot of kids.  I was a little surprised at how many there were.  So she also cried because some of the kids who were chasing their ball accidentally kicked hers.  I tried explaining that it was an accident and that there were a lot of kids.

So we are going to go back this week and see how she does.  It was pretty frustrating for me because I was having to go out on the field and talk to her about why she was I'm sure quite a few people have my big ol' butt in their pictures and videos. :)

Here are a few pictures of when she wasn't crying lol!  She did look very cute I must say.

Alicia and Sophia before practice.
 Warming up and walking around "The House"  they had to
try to stay in the house with their ball.

 lol Phil got caught up in the net trying to help them get their balls. :)

The rest of the evening was very nice and uneventful!  We went over to see Karen's husband Luis.  He is opening a new restaurant in Newnan called Los Gordos, they are going to serve Cuban food.  Look for him on facebook the food is going to be so good!  We then went out to Taco Mac for dinner to catch up some more. 

I hope you all had a nice weekend!  Ours was beautiful and we were able to get a lot of outdoor chores done!

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Saturday, February 19, 2011


Our desk is on lifehacker!  Go check it out...this is the direct link to the article

Phil has been wanting to remodel our computer area for awhile now.  So a few weeks ago we headed out to IKEA to get what he needed.  He liked the way it turned out so much that he submitted it to the editor at lifehacker.  They have a workspace feed where they highlight a workspace every so often.  Well Phil's got picked!  He was pretty excited so please go check it out and take a look at his flickr photos as well!  For some reason the editor thought Phil's last name was at the bottom it says Check out Philip Basil's workspace.  That is where you need to click to see the rest.

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Recipe- Fundido Franks

I'm not a real big fan of hot dogs but these dogs are to die for:

These hot dogs are called fundido franks, I know silly name.  We were in publix the other day and they have a little kitchen area setup right when you walk in.  They had made these little gems that day and of course we tasted them.  We immediately got the recipe card!  It is the first hot dog I've had that included guacamole and mild salsa Yum!

Here is the recipe for those that are interested.  

Our 4 year old loved these too.  In fact we had to make her eat the hot dog part...she wanted to eat everything but that!  Enjoy!

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valentine's Weekend Pictures

We don't really have a lot going on right now.  Sophia is still taking ballet and will begin soccer on Friday.  She is really excited!  I think she is mostly excited that she got to get a pink ball.

Since the lack in blogging material at the moment I thought I would share a few pictures from this past weekend.  We had a lot of Valentine's Day parties this year!  Saturday there was a Marriage Banquet at our church.  The youth group provided babysitting and kept the kids downstairs.  It was a late night for Sophia.  She didn't get to bed until 10 ish and add to that a cupcake at 9 and she had been playing hard all evening.  It was a little difficult to get her to settle down.

I want to mention as well Phil took pictures at the Marriage Banquet of all the couples.  If you are interested in seeing them please click on the Phil Ball Photography link over there -------->
He did a wonderful job!  We really had a great time that night and it was really relaxing.

The next night at church after evening service they had the Jesus Lamb's party.  She had a lot of fun and yet again lots of sugar!  The kids decorated their boxes, ate pizza, delivered their valentines to each other and then played...mostly chase.

Sophia then had her school Valentine's Day party on Monday.  She was super excited about this party as were most of the kids I think!  They delivered their valentines to each other earlier in the day.  So when the parents got there they just ate their snack, did a craft, and Mrs. Meideros did an abbreviated circle time with them.  It was really cool getting to see what they do during that time.  I didn't realize Sophia was learning about the presidents and who is on each of the coins and paper money. 

So that was our Valentine's this year.  It was a lot of fun but I must admit I threw out a lot of the candy Sophia received.  She was wonderful and well behaved Monday morning but after her nap she turned into an emotional train wreck.  I'm blaming the candy! :) 

Sophia's Valentine's Day dress!
She really loved that it twirled...and showed everyone.

My Queen Hearts.  This was at her school party.
She has turned into a little poser. :)

School Party again.  Sophia and her friend Abby. 
She told me Abby is a rockstar!

I didn't get many pictures at the Jesus Lamb's party.
Here are a couple though.
She had been playing chase for a while by the time I took this picture.
Can you tell how red she is?  She gets that from me.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and Valentine's Day!
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Look What I Caught Her Doing....

I went downstairs the other day to do some laundry and to tidy up a bit.  When I came back up to the bonus room this is what I found:

Not sure if you can see it but there is a little jar of fingernail polish open in the middle of the towel.  I felt a bit like this guy:

She actually did I really good job.  I was very impressed although I told her not to open again without me being in the room.  Here is a close up of her job:

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