Monday, June 22, 2009

While Matt was away on his 4th annual "B.B." golf trip, I decided to find something fun for Grace and I to do each day. On Saturday, we went to the Secret City Festival. We found all kinds of things for kids to do, but we hit the jackpot when we discovered the petting zoo area! Grace LOVES animals, and she isn't afraid of any of them. We got up close and personal with a camel, llama (ahhhhh), emu, monkey, and a few others. In the center of the tent, we found an area where the kids could get in a cage with baby goats, sheep, and a gigantic turtle! Grace was in her element, and as soon as I put her down, she took off for all of them! We walked away with lots of goat poo on our shoes, but Grace loved it!

The line for the pony rides was a bit long and it was getting close to lunch time, so I opted for the "ride" on the long-horned steer. Between the scenic backdrop behind the steer and the fact that I was about to pay $5 to have Grace sit on this thing, I was laughing so hard I could barely get Grace on the saddle! As you can see from the look on her face, she was EXTREMELY thrilled!!

Even though it was 93 degrees that day, we had a great time! I can't wait until next year when Grace can fly on the bungee ride and slide down the giant, inflatable tiger!! WHO HOO!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


We have some exciting new from the Gentry household today!! This morning Grace looked at me after eating her breakfast and said, "poop". The exciting part is after she said it, SHE DID IT!!! WHO HOO!! She's starting to get this whole potty training concept!! I say in two weeks from now, she'll be completely potty trained and we'll be diaper-free!! Ok, ok....I know that's a bit of a stretch, but it's always fun to dream!
The other big news from our house this morning is it appears that Grace is starting to learn her colors. I was showing her a full page of stickers, and she pointed out the blue, green, and yellow stickers correctly!! Yea, punkin' head! While this may not be exciting to the everyday person, I can assure you it is VERY exciting to ME!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Vocabulary

Grace has been (well has always been) quite the little chatter box lately. She has started saying some two-word phrases and has also picked up a few additional words as well. She can now say "Oh no," "All gone," "Good boy," "Good girl," as well as "cool" and "Lala" (that's a shout out to you Aunt Laura!) The words she has been saying for a while are now starting to sound more like the actual word and not just words Matt and I can understand! :) Am I trying to brag and say she's a genius? No, but I would definitely venture to say that Grace will one day be competing for the TOP of her class! haha
Grace has also started to attach herself to particular her blankie which she calls her "me." I have no idea where that came from, but I do know we have to have a "me" in at least 3 different rooms of the house! She has also discovered her babydoll that she got for her birthday. Grace loves to feed baby Lula her bottle (sound effects included of course), wrap Lula in her "me", and take her hat off when she gets too hot. It's so cute to see her motherly instincts kick in at the ripe age of 16 months!
Finally, Grace has discovered my bracelet drawers. She puts them ALL on (from her elbow to her wrist) and walks around with her hand in the air so they won't fall off. It's pretty hilarious to watch! Something tells me that our little sugar smacks is shaping up to be quite the little girly girl!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

A Visit to the Zoo and Splash Park

Last weekend, we tried out a local splash park. At first, Grace was a little timid when the water splashed her face, but by the end of the morning, we were running through the fountains and completely soaked! Next time, I guess I'll wear my bathing suit.....WHOOPS! We had a great time nonetheless, and can't wait to go back. Plus it's can't beat that! A great way to beat the summer heat and easy on the wallet as well!

Two weekends ago, we visited the Knoxville Zoo for the first time. Matt and I could hardly wait to take Grace since she LOVES animals! First up, was the new butterfly exhibit. Grace zipped through it like she was running a race. Then came the camels....apparently they like goldfish crackers. Immediately after walking up to their area, one came right over to us and started eating Grace's crackers. Matt and I were in such shock, neither one of us said or did anything except stare at what was happening! I'm still cracking up thinking about it! Luckily, I was already holding Grace and she won't have to endure any "llama" nightmares like I did! haha Grace also got to see the elephants, zebras, monkeys, giraffe, and lions which are her favorites. Although our visit was cut a little short since our punkin' head woke up at 6:15am that morning, we still had a good time!