Sunday, May 31, 2009

Weekend Recap

We had a busy, but enjoyable weekend. And what a weekend it was - great weather, with lots of sunshine. On Friday evening, we got a wild hair to go to the drive-in movie to see Disney's new animated movie Up.

We figured we could go and enjoy the movie and that Sophia might watch part of it, but if not, it would be late and she'd go to sleep. We packed a little 'picnic' of snacks and drinks, and even brought along Sophia's pajamas so we could change if she got sleepy. Well, suffice it to say that Sophia is officially still too young to go the movies. Even at the drive-in. I'm proud of her...she did really well. She just didn't focus on the movie, and didn't understand why we were just hanging out in the back of the car without lots of toys. Because the sound was a bit loud, it was hard for her to go to sleep, so she got a bit fussy. She did finally doze off near the end, and certainly crashed on the way home. For those who haven't yet seen the movie, I recommend it. It's not what I was expecting. Of course, if you see it in the theater (i.e., not the drive-in), you'll be able to see it in 3-D, which would probably be fun!

On Saturday morning, we took advantage of the gorgeous weather to do something I've wanted to do for a while - visit the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks to see the plantings/flowers and take some photos. I was amazed at the variety of plants at the gardens. Some are pretty exotic...


The gardens are divided into smaller gardens such as the Japanese garden, the Ozark Native garden, etc. There's a children's garden that has lots of fun things to climb/crawl on and a number of whimsical touches. Sophia and Daddy climbed up the ramp to the lookout...


There is a pretty blue bridge that crosses one of the ponds...


In the gardens there is also a covered 'porch' of sorts with two swings...the prefect place to cool off for a few minutes...


Numerous beautiful varieties of plants and flowers...



And, some amazing garden architecture...


Sophia enjoyed playing in the fountain in the shade garden...


Though it doesn't look that way, she also enjoyed getting to crawl in the grass!


We had a great time, but it got rather warm, rather quickly! We decided to head back home to cool off. I encourage all the local folks to go visit the gardens this summer. It's free admission on Saturday mornings from 9:00 - 12:00. You can see all of our photos from the Botanical Gardens on our flickr page.


On Sunday afternoon, we headed over to Uncle Cliff and Aunt Niki's house to enjoy some pool time. The sunny conditions and warm temperature were perfect. We also had the benefit of having the pool warmed!

Sophia got a new swimsuit with a floaty built in. We decided to try it out...


It works really well at supporting her, but she still tips forward or backward pretty easily!

We had fun just enjoying the water and the sun...


They had a giant blow-up walrus pool floaty, which Sophia enjoyed...


Aunt Susie was kind enough to take a photo of us as a family...


Then it was time for a juice break!


Then back in the pool to blow bubbles with Daddy...


And hang out in the shallow end with Mommy...


Sophia and I got out of the pool first, and got dressed. While I was packing some things inside the pool house, I looked over and Sophia had crawled to the window, pulled up, and was looking out at Toby swimming in the pool, smiling, and patting the window. I had to get a shot of that! Too cute...


Now it's Sunday evening. Sophia is already in bed, and I think Toby has fallen asleep on the couch. Too much sun, perhaps? What a great weekend, indeed. Good memories.

Now for tomorrow....Sophia has her MRI at 8:00a. We have to be at the hospital by 7:30a. No food/drink after midnight. Should be fun {not}. Hopefully, everything will go okay, the sedation will work, and she will wake up her normal happy self. Prayers would be appreciated.

2 comments:

Lindsey said...

Hope tomorrow is easy for all of you.

Jessica said...

Great post! I saw your hubby's family in the newest Citiscapes mag! Their house looks like lots of fun for the summertime! : )