Lick the Spoon!

Last weekend we went to visit aunt Laura, uncle Kris and baby Ella.  I decided I would make some brownies to take with us. 

Jensen loves to help me in the kitchen so I sat her up on the counter and she helped me put all the ingredients into the bowl and then of course wanted her turn to stir the ingredients together!  Jensen tries to be slick about stirring the ingredients.  She will do really well, stir while I’m watching and as soon as I turn toward the sink for a dish cloth or turn to the stove she immediately pulls the spoon out of the batter and goes towards her mouth for a taste.  So, not surprisingly, as I turned to the sink, I saw the spoon come out of the bowl and I turned back and reminded her that we can’t lick the spoon until we are all done.  She obliged and sat patiently as I scooped all the batter out of the bowl into the baking dish.  When I was finished she said “mommy, mine?” and pointed to the spoon!  I couldn’t resist – too stinkin’ cute!  I handed over the spoon and immediately grabbed my camera as she began to devour the spoon for all of its chocolatey goodness!!

Winnie the Pooh.

So a couple Saturdays ago Drew and I decided we would take Jensen to see her first movie in the theater.  We were a little nervous about taking her because we have watched movies at home with her and she never can sit still long enough to finish the movie!

I did some research about the movies that were playing and when I saw that Winnie the Pooh was only 1 hr and 9 min I decided this was our movie! 

I was so excited to get J into the theater but we stopped to get some popcorn, candy and drinks. Once we got into the theater I sat J down in her own big seat with her popcorn and water and she did not move for about 30 minutes! Now if it hadn’t of been for the ridiculous amount of trailers that played for about 20 minutes before the movie started, she would have been able to sit through more of the movie.

It was so cute to see her sitting there eating her popcorn and watching the big screen!  Not long after the movie started she handed me her popcorn and stood in her chair.  She did not want to sit or be held she wanted to stand.  I was fine with it just as long as she stayed quiet!  She did really well through the entire movie…..aside from the occasional peaking through the seats to see who was sitting behind us and trying to reach over the back of her seat!  I can’t complain, we had a great time at the movie with our baby girl!!  Can’t wait to take her to another one!

Annual Lake Trip 2011.

I know this post is a few weeks late, but I accidentally left my camera charger at the lakehouse!!  But I have it now and can share it with all of you!!

So it has become a bit of a tradition to spend a long summer weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks.  My brother-in-law and his family own a house right on the lake.  Our first trip to the lake was back in June 2008 and was just Kris, Laura, Drew and I.  We had a blast!  Soaking up the sun, swimming in the lake, fishing, BBQing all weekend and relaxation.  In June 2009 we went back and that time we had Lynette and Tommy and Rachel along.  Again it was A-MAY-ZANG!!  In 2010 Laura had baby Ella in June and when they decided to go down in August Drew was shooting a wedding so we missed out. 😦  Needless to say, Drew and I were “itching” to get back there and this year we had Jensen to join us!

We were a little nervous having Jensen and baby Ella with us this year, but they did so well.  They napped and slept through the night, got in the lake with us and listened all weekend!

Here is Jensen on Thursday morning getting ready for the babysitter!  We were packed and ready to hit the road later in the day when I got off work!

Thursday night and Friday were great!  The sun was out, the temp was hot and the lake felt awesome!  On Saturday we had a mid-morning storm roll through which was pretty scary with strong winds and heavy rain but by 1PM the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky!

The guys posing with all the fish they had caught!

In the lake!!

Jensen and Ella

Dinner Time!

Lake trip 2011 = A-MAY-ZANG!!!  We are already looking forward to next summer!

Joplin 2011.

The tragic tornado that hit Joplin on May 21, 2011 touched many of our lives.  Stories and pictures of destruction were being shared over facebook and how this EF-5 tornado was affecting peoples lives was becoming very real.  I immediately felt the urge to help.  Jensen and I put together a donation of water, baby formula, soap, etc and dropped it by a local church that was collecting donations for the tornado victims.  Through the School of Pharmacy I was also able to volunteer and spend 2 days in Joplin helping out.  I currently have two students on rotation and my coworker also had a couple students on rotation.   We all decided to sign up and head down to Joplin.

The destruction was unreal.  Pictures really don’t compare to seeing it in person.  We were all eager to get out and start working.

Out of respect to the victims of this disaster, we didn’t spend too much time taking pictures of the destruction.  We did however take some pics of the massive piles we sorted while we were there.

I’m so glad I was able to go down to Joplin and help out.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and friends of those dealing with the devastation as you rebuild and start over.