Sunday, November 28, 2010

Do You Want to Know What We Did Today?


If you do, keep reading.

Today was a beach only kinda day.

We went to South Beach this morning.

I got a sand spur. Olivia got a sand spur.

Olivia is in a dress because I wanted to get pictures for our Christmas cards.

Here are some contenders.




After the beach we came back to the house for lunch and a nap. Olivia couldn't even finish her banana and peanut butter sandwich for falling asleep.

After nap time it was back to the beach. We took Bailey. He got a sand spur.

We were the only people on the beach. We were there for just over an hour, and we only saw 4 other people. It's awesome!

What's all the hype about vacationing in the summer?? I know for me, the humidity makes it impossible to breathe, and I sweat to death. Plus, I don't like the crowds. November is the time to hit the beach! No people, no humidity, no sweat! It's perfect!

Anyway, back to the beach. Bailey enjoyed himself. He got to run around leash free! And Olivia, well, what can I say? We'll never get the sand out of all her cracks and crevices (emphasis on "crack") because she literally wallowed in the sand. She will be heartbroken when we have to go home and leave her endless sandbox behind. I have a feeling that the sandbox at the park isn't going to cut it.

Kevin is pestering me to get off the computer so that I can help him with dinner. Shrimp alfredo tonight! I'm making the salad.

Sincerely,

Leigh

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Life on the Island


We took Olivia to the playground at Harbour Town yesterday morning. We had just enough time to play and walk around before the rain came.




She really is a big girl--going down the slides by herself, not even needing her Mommie. Oh, what ever will I do???



She already loves to drive.



We saw the Lighthouse and boats.



Olivia loved the huge boats!



She could get used to this island living!


Sincerely,

Leigh

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Big Event


Our Thanksgiving feast was out-of-this-world delicious!

On the menu:

Roasted Turkey Breast and Gravy
Green Bean Casserole
Cornbread Dressing
Pineapple Souffle
Pumpkin Cream Pie

I'm about to rock your world with this Green Bean Casserole! I was a little nervous to try a different recipe outside of the well known cream of mushroom soup and french fried onions version, but I'm so glad I did!





All I have to say is "from scratch" and "bacon!" This is from Pioneer Woman, and I'll never go back!

Here's the link:
Green Bean Casserole

Kevin did a great job on the Turkey Breast and Gravy! It really was delicious, and it was Olivia's favorite!






I credit all the good food to being able to cook in such a nice kitchen! I really enjoyed cooking here.


















And look at this island!! I'm trying to figure out a way to get it in the Murano and bring it home with me! It's huge!! And I'm in love with it! As crazy as it may sound, it made all the difference in preparing all the food. There was ample room to spread out and work on several things at once. It was heaven. Heaven. Heaven. In fact, our original plan was to order a turkey dinner from Publix, but when we found this house and I saw the kitchen, I knew I wanted to cook!!

I'm glad I did. It was fun and oh sooo good!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Turkey Day! Happy Black Friday!

Sincerely,

Leigh

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Turkey Day!

We're in Hilton Head for Thanksgiving.

Today has been busy with lots of cooking, but we did manage to make it to South Beach to let Olivia and Bailey run around.

The weather is gorgeous--blue skies, 78 degrees. It's beautiful, but certainly not the weather I'm accustomed to on Thanksgiving. Kevin on the other hand has spent many Thanksgivings on HHI as a kid visiting his grandparents, so he's used to this weather.

It's kind of a big deal to me that we're here and not with family. I've never had a small Turkey Day. The majority of my Thanksgivings have been spent around Granny and Papa's kitchen table, and, then more recently, at Mama and Daddy's. Of course, we've also spent the day with Kevin's family, too, but never by ourselves. So this year is certainly outside of the traditional.

Here are some pictures of Olivia at the beach earlier today. The water was chilly, but she obviously didn't feel the cold. We didn't plan on her getting in the water which is why she's dressed in her clothes. Needless to say, everything ended up soaking wet, but she had a blast!!













Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sincerely,

Leigh

Monday, November 8, 2010

What a Great Day to Go to the Park


Kevin took the day off today, so we took Olivia to the park this afternoon.

Of course we took lots of pictures of Little Girl!




We're going to feed the ducks!








We did lots of playing in the sand box.



That's right! She's hanging all by herself!


































Sincerely,

Leigh

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Balloons Over Anderson


Another fine, family-must-do--Balloons Over Anderson.

Wooooo hooooo!

Boy, oh boy, these South Carolina events just keep getting better and better!

Olivia had a good time. Her favorite part was riding Thomas the Train around the Fairgrounds!



Note: Thomas the Train consisted of a Craftsman riding lawnmower with a Thomas the Train "body" over the top followed by the riding cars. Ghetto!

Wait! This brings something else to mind involving a riding lawnmower. Can you say ghetto hayride?!




We were able to get up close and personal with a hot air balloon basket.




Olivia was excited to see all the balloons lying deflated on the ground.




There was even a Clemson balloon!




You could even take a quick ride in a tethered balloon, but this chick wasn't going there!




Or there was the option to take a helicopter ride. I was more apt to take the helicopter (although, we didn't) because there's more of a sense of safety when you're relying on a motor instead of just hot air.




This one flew right over our heads which Olivia thought was cool! She loves "copters!"


Enjoy the pics of our outing!


Sincerely,

Leigh

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Our Big Family Visit




Ok. So I'm finally getting some pictures posted from Jeff and Shannon's visit. We really enjoyed our weekend with you guys. Our only regret is that we don't do it more often. Olivia wants to know when Caroline, Molly and Anna are coming back to play! We're glad that Grandma, Papa, Scott, Kristina, Nick, Kaitlyn, and Megan got to come on Saturday, too!
Kristina and her boyfriend Nick.
Poor Nick. He'll never be the same after his trip to SC.



Everybody playing in the yard.




Kaitlyn's got the ball!! Goooooooo!

Molly, Caroline and Megan playing.



Aunt Kristina and Anna.
Sweet.

Oh my goodness!
This is how we do hayrides in SC--it's called working with what you've got.
This is why I say Nick will never be the same!


Molly and Olivia being too, too sweet!


Caroline in the pumpkin patch.
That's a good looking pumpkin!

I just love that little pumpkin!


We played in the hay!

Molly and Anna goofing around!


Caroline got brave and jumped off a mountain of hay!
That's what country air will do for a girl!

The sun setting over the corn maze at Denver Downs.
P.S. Sorry I flubbed up the gravy! The next time you come, we'll order in!


Sincerely,

Leigh