Daniel's garden has been going crazy. We have more potatoes than we will be able to eat in the coming year, we have been trying to keep animals off of his tomatoes since we have so many coming in. We did lose the peppers to our local wildlife, so don't expect any pepper sauce in the Christmas stocking this year, I guess we will have to replace it with some of the beautiful scalloped squash.
Natalie did great Saturday night, we were so proud. She came out on stage during the parade of contestants and was waving and smiling having a great time of it. She seemed to get a little nervous during her beauty walk as she wouldn't let go of her dress, but she was so beautiful and we couldn't have been happier with her first stage performance. I am hoping this may also be the last, as my nerves just can't take it, but she is ready for the next go round, so we will have to see.
I got a call yesterday from our BlueCross BlueShield rep and she wanted to know if we would like to join them in the BCBS suite for the FSU Baseball game, so of course, I would love to go. So Daniel and the kids came to town after school was out and we met up at the field. The seats were spectacular and even though the game was delayed for weather, we had a wonderful time.
Mrs. Shores did a wonderful job altering Natalie's dress for the pageant, so now our delima is front bow or back bow, when we bought the dress, the bow was in the front, but I'm not sure that I like it that way. Natalie has practice on Wednesday and Friday this week, and the pageant is Saturday night at 6pm at the WHS auditorium, cost to get in is $5, so we would love for anyone who can make it to come join us cheer her on. I will be sure to post plenty of pics from the night.
Donovan had a very eventful birthday weekend. We kicked things off on Friday with a sleepover for his best buddies from school, they boys were all great, they loved playing in the pool, they even got to stay in til dark, which was a big hit. They got to bed sometime after 1am and I had them all up at 7am for breakfast. Around 9:30 we had all of our family over to enjoy some cake and ice cream, the boys even got in a game of flag football and war before their parents came to get them. Leah gave me a little break after everyone left, she took Donovan to play at the beach with Hailey and Leaston, so it gave me a chance to get Natalie some rest, get the house cleaned back up and run a couple errands before Hailey came over on Saturday night to sleepover. For those of you who don't know Hailey has been Donovan's best friend since they were itty bitty, Hailey even gave Donovan his first kiss when he was around 1, so having Hailey over is just like having one more of my own we have all known each other so long. Anyway, the kids got up on Sunday morning around 8am and I got up and made them some breakfast, we hung out til the afternoon when Donovan, Natalie and I went to town to take some pictures at Maclay Gardens with Brandi, Edwin, Taylor and soon to be baby Mackenzie. They are such a wonderful family, Taylor reminds me alot of Donovan at that age, very curious and loves to be outside. After some time at the park, the kids and I went to TGI Fridays and Donovan had the traditional birthday embarrassment when the wait staff brought him his dessert. We winded the evening up at Target, so Donovan could spend his birthday money, and did he ever, he becomes very frugal when spending his own money. A HUGE thank you to everyone who celebrated this weekend with us, it was spectacular and I couldn't have asked for more for my big boy, who keeps reminding me that he is quickly getting closer to his teenage years, well not if I have anything to say about it :)
This past weekend was Donovan's birthday, so we had a sleepover on Friday night for all of his buddies from school. In order to keep Natalie preoccupied and leaving the boys alone, we decided to do a trial run on her hair and makeup for the pageant. Here is the final product, along with her cheesy smile.