Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January visit to Little Rock

Nathan and his buddy Ben decided to head to the cabin for the weekend for a little duck hunting action. Ben's dad and Nathan's dad joined the crew, so I decided to pack up and head to DeDe's! Nothing like a fun weekend away (especially while Daddy is gone). We had an action filled weekend that went waaaay too quickly. Let's just jump in (no pun intended).

We started the fun by taking Alex to the McCain mall to brave the Spider Jump adventure. Deb has a friend that owns Spider Jump, so we thought it would be a blast to watch Alex. But noooo, peer pressure strikes and I am suddenly wearing a harness in the middle of the mall! Are you kidding me?! At least I don't live there and no one knows me...and let's face it, if you know me, you know I was allll over the idea. Here are a few pics from our Spider Jump adventure:

I am locked and loaded

"Whoa, this is higher and harder than I expected"

Back flip -1

Back flip - 2

Back flip - 3...double back flip!

Love this pic because you can see Alex and I jumping at the same time

Look at my brave lil peanut

Beautiful and graceful "le frog jump, elegant"

Alex attempts a flip and as you can see is all smiles

Big jumps

Happy girl
A few key points to note:
1. While we were gone, Pops stayed home with Carson. It was awesome to have solo Alex time. While we were at the mall, my cell phone rings and it's Pops. He says, "I am calling to inform you that we have a situation on our hands. Did you know Carson can climb out of his pack-n-play? I was sitting at my desk and all the sudden I saw a blur running by the door." AHH! He's such a two year old toot. I love it!
2. Um yeah, I was NOT okay after the Spider Jump! I was soooo sore. They said jumping was the equivalent of a 2 hour cardio session. My abs and arms were killing me the next day. I am not 18 anymore (and yes Deb, I am leaving that part of the story out. When you dish on the pup I will share my story. HA!)
Back at home, Pops enjoyed time with his princess while Deb & I had a GNO.
This is their happy place. Can't tell who is having more fun...

Alex makes Pops smile in a way that I've never seen. It's beautiful. It reminds me so so much of my Boompa.

After a long night of Alex boot camp, Pops is a fried puppy. Sweet Alex tucked him in with her lovies and gankie.

Deb & I are dressed and ready for a night out (this was my thank you gift for watching the kids in Atlanta.) We went to Bravo for dinner and saw The King's Speech. FUN! Dinner was perfection.

Darby women represent

Doesn't she look so grown up here? I can't believe she is about to be 6! 6 going on 16!

Alex was incredibly independent and well minded on this trip. She spent hours in DeDe's office on the computer and doing arts and crafts.

Score! USA Pizza makes gluten free love. Yes!!!

DeDe and Alex at lunch

The girls at lunch
After lunch, we braved it and decided to head to Chuck E. Cheese. As sad or crazy as this sounds, Carson had never been before (I think he went once as a baby) but this was his first "real" time to experience the Chuck. He was in awe. Flashing lights, spinning toys and numbers everywhere = heaven for our special little guy.
Alex tried hard to earn tickets. I hit 100 tickets on a game and that made me "super cool" in Alex's eyes. I felt honored.

Alex is all about using the assets she has. Whatever it takes!

Sweet Carson was overwhelmed but loved riding the rides. He is almost 2 1/2 years old.

Carson scoping out the ticket grabbing machine

I don't know if he was a "record breaker" at Chuck E. Cheese as his t-shirt suggests, but he certainly is a heart breaker. Cuteness!
We had so much fun as always. Sigh, can we come back again soon? Thanks for making what could have been a lonely and hard weekend a super fun one with memories galore!

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