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Friday, August 20, 2010

My little piggie

Like I said in my previous post, Max will eat pretty much anything. This is such a change from Zoe who is still giving us a struggle. But, Max is still in his infancy stage and is not fighting for his independence too much...yet. But, if the past is any indicator, I think Max is going to be more like his Daddy while Zoe - that stubborn little princess - is more like her Mommy. We'll see though. Either way, the kids' can't go wrong! (ha ha)

This is a common sighting: Max eating cheerios of puffs. His first flavor of puffs was "sweet potato", just like his sis.

And life is just better if you have good company at the dinner (or breakfast) table:
This was Max's first restaurant meal - arroz con pollo, Cuban style. You know what they say, "When in Rome...uh I mean South Florida..."
And life would not be complete unless Max got his daily serving of train track. It's got have fiber in it, no?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Final - and first - birthday celebration

We visited Granny and Granddaddy and we celebrated Zoe's 3rd birthday for the last time and Max's 1st birthday for the first time.

Zoe just couldn't be happier at the prospect of getting more cake...and presents! Because you know, the poor thing barely has a thing to play with! She got her first Gator cheerleading outfit and wouldn't take it off for hours! The pom poms actually light up as an added bonus and I tell you what, I've never seen a little girl so happy!

Max started eating real food a couple months ago and hasn't stopped eating since! There is nothing you can put down in front of this boy that he will not eat...including cake! He finished off his dinner of peas, mac-n-cheese, banana, cheerios, and bread AND then had a bunch of cake. That's my boy!

Granny and Granddaddy have a bunch of fruit trees in addition to the cows and donk donks. They also have a ton of grape vines. They've never been able to pick them (the animals or rot get them before the grapes are ripe enough to be picked), but this year was different. We spent some time helping them pick their grapes and had a blast! Zoe was taught to only pick the "dark ones", but some lighter green ones got in the bucket. She always learns something about farming when we're there and loves it.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Relaxin', ET style

Watch out Max! She's got that look!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The zoo, Diego, and Daddy's rules

One of the things we really miss about Nashville, is the zoo. That zoo is seriously one of the nicest I've ever been to. But, we live in Florida now so it's time to find new favorite destinations.

We have 2 zoos to chose from - one in Miami and one in West Palm Beach. We visited the Miami Metro Zoo on one of the hottest days ever, but we met with with another family and somehow we had fun despite the over 100 degree weather. The covered bikes (and adult beverages) might have have something to do with that! Oh, and the splash zone for the kids was good to cool off.

This zoo was okay. It actually looked a little run down and didn't have much shade thanks to a hurricane that ripped through the park a few years ago. Such is the fate of Floridian destinations I suppose. The coolest animal we saw (in my opinion) and one I had never seen before was the condor. That's one LARGE bird! Diego is a smart one to pick those to fly on. Coincidentally, we also saw Diego (Dora the Explorer's cousin) there. He has a whole show there where you can go and meet him. We didn't stick around for the show, but we did see Diego riding in a golf cart. I felt for the poor sucker inside that humongous head!

And as if the blonde hair and blue eyes weren't solid enough evidence that Zoe is related to her Daddy, this picture proves it. Yes, Daddy encouraged her to break the rules just for the picture and then had to explain to her why it's okay to break the rules sometimes, but not others. Hmmm, we'll file that under "Daddy Logic".

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


There's never a dull moment in our house!

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Everett and I went to Costa Rica for 5 nights. We saw an active, erupting volcano and many different animals including a three toed sloth, tarantulas, coatis, and monkeys, went zip lining twice through the rain forest, swam in hot springs fueled by the volcano, and ate so much arroz con pollo that I think we're set for quite a while!

Grandma and Papa B watched the kiddos while we were away and we are so thankful to them! As amazing as Costa Rica was though, we saw the most amazing thing when we came home.

Before we left, Max was kind of crawling. He had just learned to roll over in late June. To be honest, I was getting a little worried because I thought he should have been rolling over way before then. But I was happy that he started to roll over finally. Soon after, he began to "turtle" as I call it - he would get on his belly and flail his arms and legs out, but not really go anywhere. That's pretty much where he was when we left. When we came back, he was just on the cusp of crawling; a few more days and we would have missed it!

Well the week we got back, he not only was crawling all over the place, but I saw him pull himself up! Now, he is more up than down! He's cruising along furniture and hates it when he's laying down or buckled up in his car seat - well this hatred isn't new, but he had gotten used to the car seat. He just wants to be standing at all times!

We caught this video early one morning. You can see Zoe "teaching" him. She's such a good big sister!

Going Bananas

Yes we have some bananas!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday Zoe!

Zoe turned 3 and ordered up a pink princess cake so that's what she got! Zoe was lucky enough to get a bunch of gifts, including princess dresses! Each time she opened a new one, she stripped to put it on. No modesty here, folks! And here's our family - all happy and full of cake!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Princesses Everywhere

I'm not sure who was more excited on Zoe's birthday weekend - Zoe because she was going to see the princesses or Papa because he was going to bring his grandchildren to Disney.

Now Zoe had been to Disney before when she was 6 months old, but this was the first time that she actually knew what was going on. Her excitement was made greater with the knowledge that Papa knew the princesses and told them that Zoe was coming to visit. You'd think she'd won the lottery.

Here are some pictures of our exciting Disney adventure:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I am so using this when you are in high school

Every child goes through a phase in which their parents embarrass them. Max and Zoe, I promise I won't do this on purpose. However, I will pull out this video and let you embarrass yourselves. Ha!

That's right - Zoe is "shaking her booty"! You can thank your father for this life lesson!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Goodnight noises everywhere

Just like his sis, Max loves his nightly reading of Goodnight Moon. I have to admit, Mommy likes this nightly ritual too.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Dare you to smile!

Max CRACKS me up! But not as much as Max cracks up when his Daddy gets him going. Seriously, Everett can get this boy is laugh - big belly laughs where his whole face lights up and you can tell he's thinking, "This is the funniest guy I have ever seen in my life!"

In addition to the laughing, Max is a kicker. His legs are always going! Don't believe me? Check out this video:

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Gather the colony

My university has a great library that is co-owned by Nova Southeastern University and Broward County. As such, they have a wonderful kids' section. Every week I go to the library and get out books for Zoe. She gives me a request ("Mommy, can you get me a monster book, please?") and I try my best to fulfill it. This is awesome because we're really missing the steady stream of books that we used to get in Nashville via the Imagination Library program.

When I don't have a specific request, I just try to pick books that I think sound interesting, and I've found a few really good ones. One in particular is The Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems. Zoe really took a liking to this one too. It's about a naked mole rat who likes to get dressed (surprisingly enough) and all other naked mole rats make fun of him. They decide to ask the grandpa naked mole rat what he thinks and he tells them to "Gather the colony! I will make a proclamation (about what he thinks about the whole getting dressed idea)!" It's cute, but what's even cuter is Zoe making a proclamation!

(Please pardon the appearance of our bedroom. We're still unpacking.)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Class pictures

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


One of the major advantages of living in the Sunshine State is being so close to family. For Easter we traveled north for a change to visit Granddaddy and Granny Gill in Live Oak and Grandma Gill in Lake City.

For the second year in a row, Zoe got to decorate Easter eggs with Granny. Zoe was very egg-cited (har har) to participate in this rite of passage - so much so that we had an accident before we even began! But after we cleaned up all the colored water from the counters, floor, chair, and Zoe, we were good to go! Granny tried to teach Zoe to slowly drop the egg in each cup with the colored water, but slowly isn't something that Zoe does well! We had a little splatter here and there, but most of the color did end up on the eggs.

The next day we had one of those huge Gill Family gatherings complete with bunny cakes, tons of smoked meat, and an Easter egg hunt. Granny had thoughtfully allocated part of the yard for the young kids and toddlers to hunt for Easter eggs (these were easier to find than the bigger kids' eggs). It turned out that it was only Zoe and her 1 year old cousin looking for eggs in the toddler section of the yard, and of course, Zoe was far superior in finding the eggs than her cousin. But instead of taking advantage of this, Zoe helped her younger cousin and whenever she found an egg, she'd put it in Carly's basket instead of her own. It was very cute to witness her selflessness. We actually had to convince her to keep some of her eggs and not give them all away!

We had fun seeing Great Grandma Gill. Max was especially glad because this was the first time they ever met.

On Easter morning, before we headed back to our own house, Zoe and Max found the baskets that the Easter Bunny had left for them. Max got a sippy cup and a pacifier while Zoe got a Curious George themed Easter basket. No chocolate here though. After all, Zoe still doesn't like chocolate - freak.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Beach in February

We live less than 30 minutes and 20 miles from the coast. There's an awesome boardwalk along the beach that is just so much fun. We like to run along the sandy beach, putting our feet in the water, and then eating ice cream. There's also a splash park that Zoe just loves!

What's really interesting is that instead of everything being in Spanish, everything is in French! Who knew it, but Fort Lauderdale is the wintertime home for thousands of Qu├ębecois (people from Quebec, Canada), or "Florib├ęcois".

Yes, I think we like it here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

I see you!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Princess Zoeena

No matter what you do, little girls like princesses. They like to dress like them, sing songs about them, and read about them.

My Dad used to tell my sisters and I stories about Princess Leanna, Princess Madelena, and Princes Tara-ini who lived with King Ron and Queen Rose. These princesses went on such fun adventures! There were dragons and faraway lands, and probably a prince or two.

Zoe is now at the age where princess stories are requested on an almost daily basis. So Princess Zoeena and Prince Maximo go on some pretty crazy adventures. Zoe likes to dictate to me the exact adventures that these two wacky siblings embark on and you can bet they include going to the "spooky forest" to see the mean witch and/or the flying dragon.

I've tried to weave Queen Leanne and King Everett in there once or twice, but it's been met with fierce opposition. But if I try to leave Prince Maximo out of the storyline, I get a strict talking to! "Mom! What about Prince Maximo?!" Zoe just loves her Maxi.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

5 months

I cannot believe that Max is 5 months old! Here he is on his belly for "tummy time". He is a neck-holding-up machine now! Whenever we put him down on his back, he does crunches lifting his head far up in the air. Whenever he's on his belly, he gets himself up on his arms and looks around. He can roll over onto his side, but not all the way over yet.

He smiles, giggles, and coos. He eats and drinks and pees and poos. He sleeps - not all night yet - but he sleeps pretty good. He pays attention to the world around him - especially if that world involves me clapping, his Dad making funny faces, or his sister singing loudly to him. He's starting to develop a personality. He's starting to become him.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Laughter is contagious,
And it's advantageous,
ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!