Monday, July 25, 2011

Girls, Girls, Girls

Last week was a week of beautiful ladies at the Neal house!  We were lucky enough to have two special guests, Maggie and Halee. 
This is Maggie.  Our beautiful niece.  She is 7 going on 25.  A gymnast, a reader, and a great cousin!  She came to stay with us last Saturday.  We had the best time while she was here swimming, watching the Disney Channel, playing babies, and eating at Burger King.  Reese was a stinker and a half while Maggie was here but Maggie thought she'd still come back, even though we wouldn't blame her if she didn't want to!  We were glad to spend a few one on one days with her and I know Reese loved bossing her around.

This is Halee.  She's Reese's aunt.  Or as Reese likes to say, Halba.  Halba is an athlete who is a rock star student involved in lots of clubs, she is a friend to many and she is getting ready to turn 15.  And you know what that means, my friends, DRIVING!  Halba came home with me on Wednesday after taking my Grandma to the doctor.  Her parents (and Dustin's) went to NYC for an extended weekend so we got Halba to ourselves for the rest of the week.  We had so much fun going swimming, shopping, and our VERY favorite; dancing the swimming dance.  We were sad to see Halba go.

And then there were none.  Yes, they've all left, even my girl, who is staying with TT for a few days this week while I teach/attend some summer classes.  It's a quiet place after all the fun that was had here last week, but now we get to gear up for a weekend with my nephew, Deakan!  We've been waiting all summer for this!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Potty Chair

A couple months ago we got a potty seat for the little miss.  Right away we put it in the bathroom and just let her get used to it.  She brought it out to the living room several times and pretty much just seemed interested in it from the get-go.  I on the other hand have been ignoring its existence.  I have no desire to cross into that territory.  AT ALL.

But lo and behold the signs have been present.  And although I still believe she isn't ready, one must start somewhere.  And last night was where it began. 

Before bedtime we took off her diaper and let her give it a shot.  We sat her down and after a few seconds the chair sang and we clapped and cheered.  Her face was one of pride and joy.  So was mine, but only after the shock had subsided.  We were pretty pumped up.

So again we tried this morning and again she went.  Call it beginners luck.  Call it a fluke.  I don't care what you call it, my little girl used the big girl potty!  So, here we go....wish us luck!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Rainforest

Crown Center has a great FREE event every few months.  I try to make it down at least once to check it out especially when Maggie is here with us.  But this time, we were bored on a hot Saturday so we went down to the event to check out the Rainforest.  It was an awesome exhibit and Reese had a blast.  She climbed and played and checked things out.  It was so fun to see her go up to kids and try to get them to play with her.  So here are a few pictures of us at the Rainforest Exhibit at Crown Center, check it out!!

Friday, July 15, 2011


One boring summer day we decided to head out to the Legends to walk around for awhile. Reese loved playing in the fountains. But she couldn't quite understand why in the world they wouldn't stay on. It was priceless. **Please excuse my camera phone quality pictures.**