Today was a BUSY day! Too many parties and too little time. What a nice problem to have, or as Levi and I always say, "First world problems!"
I hosted a jewelry brunch this morning at the house. My friend Sara, a fellow SAHM, sells Stella and Dot jewelry, which is pretty dang fabulous. We got to try on all her awesome sparkly, eat quiche and cinnamon rolls, and chat with the girls. Very very fun.
Look at that arm candy. The girl has good taste!
Hmm, I like my dining room this way!
It was a fun morning! And it looks like I'm going to get some pretty awesome freebies. Yay.
After the jewelry party, little Levi had to squeeze in a quick nap before another in the long line of two-year birthday parties.
It was supposed to be a pool party, but the rain put a stop to that. So they ended up splashing in the fountain!
Holy moly, it was SO much work to try to get these kids to stand there for a picture!
Afterwards it looked like a baby frat party had destroyed the place.
We never got a decent picture of all of them!
I ate waaayyy too much sugar today. But it was definitely a fun-filled day! We had to cancel our dinner plans with friends; two parties was about our limit for one day.
I got Levi J.'s birthday invitations in the mail today. I still have one from last year up in the spare room. I just cannot believe how much changes in a year.
I can't find the digital image of his invitation from last year to show you, but here is a picture from today and picture from almost exactly a year ago. Look at that chunky, bald baby! I just can't believe he's a boy now.
I'm going to be one of those crazy mothers crying when their "baby" goes off to college!!
This evening we went to Best Buy. Now, we already know it is Daddy Levi heaven. But come to find out, it is also little Levi heaven as well. So many phones, and you can touch them all!! Mom doesn't yell, "No Elmo!! And don't call anyone!" every time you lay a finger on one!
Giant bobble-head baby
He looks so old in this picture to me! Not "uno" for much longer!
The computers and tablets were quite enticing, as well.
Everyone who walked by couldn't help but grin and say, "Awww" as Levi J. jabbered away on the phone. And the employees didn't even shoot us dirty looks when we set an alarm off by pulling on one of those cords too hard.
And the shopping trip was a success! We now own an HD antenna and can get seven television channels for free. We are committed to living cableless! Just don't mention Project Runway to me, pretty please.
Monday we decided to go on a little adventure. Sherrie and Preston had never seen alligators in the wild, even with all their trips to Florida in the past five years. So we went to the Everglades for an airboat ride and alligator wrestling show!
Everyone looks so thrilled.
The airboat ride was an hour long, and I was a teeny bit nervous about how little Levi would do for an entire hour. But he was great! When the gators were close, he would start yelling and pointing. And he didn't mind the loud noise of the motor.
We saw quite a few gators, about five or six. We also saw some great birds, including a whole island covered in vultures. The Asian man sitting in front of us would loudly yell everything the guide said just after he said it, especially about the sawgrass. He was apparently very excited to see sawgrass.
Levi got to feed this bird.
Peeking at us. Creepy.
Preston tried to feed this alligator, and almost got a fine.
After the airboat ride was alligator wrestling. It was actually a girl doing the wrestling, and she was strong! She pulled a gator right out of the water and sat on him. It wasn't so much wrestling, though, as gator taming. The gator was very very docile. All the gators they have there are rescued from alligator hunters who take them out of populated areas. Preston even got to hold a little one.
You can see there were a bunch of other gators in the pond and lying around while she "wrestled" this one.
She called this one "face off," because if it doesn't work...
And then, after wondering at the beauty of alligators, we ate one. Tasted just like a chicken nugget.
Little Levi even ate one! But he spent most of his time on a coconut popsicle.
Another funny thing about the day--we saw a group of Mormons from Utah! One couple had missionary tags on, making them easy to spot. Another guy had a shirt that said "Happy Valley" on it. They weren't quite as amazed to see us as we were to see them. I guess they didn't realize how few and far between Mormons in Florida are.
The summer of Florida fun continues! We have had Grandma Sherrie (Levi's mom) and Uncle P (Levi's brother Preston) visiting us for the past week. Levi the Younger (trying out new nicknames, ha!) loves loves loves hanging out with Grandma and Uncle P.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me...
He was a sweetie all week, and just loved all the attention he got. And I loved all the attention he got, too, because I was able to get a few things done on my to-do list! ;) After assessing Levi J.'s toys, Uncle P got him a Humvee and helicopter, which were a huge hit.
Grandma and Uncle P also got him riding a bike! And the way he did it was hilarious.
Is he flying like Superman or riding a bike? Maybe both? Too funny.
We of course did a beach day, where the boys went scuba diving and speared three lionfish.
Preston and his prey
Grandma and Levi J.
Afterwards, big Levi somehow convinced us all to help him wash the car. Jedi mind tricks, I believe.
And we went out for some good ole Southern barbecue!
Party of one?
Saturday morning we visited the site of the Ft. Lauderdale temple. It looks so close to done!
Then we did some outlet shopping. We took turns entertaining the little guy.
You can't walk by these cars without letting him in one. He goes beserk.
And on the drive home I snuck this shot.
See a resemblance?
Monday we rolled out a Wild Baker adventure to see some gators, but I'll blog about that tomorrow.