Farmer Stacey?

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If the start of our adventure was any indication of how my day would end, I can tell you now it couldn’t be good.

The kids wouldn’t nap, of course, but as soon as they hit the car seat they were knocked out. I contemplated driving around just to let them sleep, but decided after the effort of prepping to be in the city, we were going to the city.

During the drive I saw a sign for Oxon Hill Farm and decided to be spontaneous. Mentally I wasn’t ready for Washington, DC nor what would come next for that matter.

The kids weren’t even out the car when my two-year old said “I HAVE TO PEE” I didn’t know the conditions of the restrooms and I didn’t know if she would even make it to the restroom. So what did I do? Don’t judge me. I let her pee at the car ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰ What would you do?

Anyway, leave it to me to show up after all the kids’ activities ended. Hey, it was a spur of the moment thing. We had just under two hours before closing. Plenty of time right?

Ready for school?
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Twins perhaps?
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Checking out the goats from a distance. My little scary cat.
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The animals were settling in for the night. Many of them hid in the comfort of their home waiting for dinner.

This little piggy was not up for company. He wanted us gone so he gave us its rear end while it handled business.

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Being on the farm reminded me of my early years. We lived in rural Jamaica, not the beaches and lavish homes you see depicted. We had cows, goats and chickens at one time or another. Can you imagine me taking the goats to the fields before heading off to school? Yeah…I did that several times. I wasn’t always prissy, you know.

The real question now is could I survive a day on a farm? That’s a whole other issue.

Have a great weekend.

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Yes…There Are Colors Other Than BLUE

Two months ago I wrote a post where the only color that existed in my daughter’s world was BLUE.

It was such a frustrating task. Everyone shied away from the challenge. It just didn’t make sense why she couldn’t grasp colors. They would say she’ll get it.

My mother-in-law would tease that it’s because I don’t embrace what I term school yard colors around my house. I REALLY dislike those bright colored toys. If it was up to me all their toys would be wood or white but hubby won’t go for that.

I am proud to say my big girl has mastered the color wheel…more or less. She gets confused sometimes but her world now includes red, yellow, green, pink, purple and white.

Our walks to the park is so colorful now that she’s mastered her colors. 👏👏

She picks flowers…sometimes she pulls the entire plant🙈

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Her imagination is also expanding.ย  She told her brother it’s chocolate and he wanted to check it out himself ๐Ÿ˜€

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As if we didn’t get enough after a close call with the geese she wanted to feed the ducks.
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I wish we had food for them I told her. I don’t know why I said that because she forgets nothing! Now that’s one more thing she’ll be asking me if I have in my bag before our park runs.

The walk home from the park was just as interesting. It was funny watching the kids squabble over cheese puffs.ย  When the twins dropped one, big sister would quickly grab it and eat it, but only after checking for any drool of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy kid, happy mama ๐Ÿ˜‰

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We live in a colorful world now and I LOVE it!

Go Big Girl 👏👏

PS– Nelle slept the entire time, that’s why she wasn’t in any pics. A girl needs her beauty rest I suppose 😘

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Soul Sista

Yesterday evening I met the most AMAZING little soul.ย  I ran out to get a swimsuit for our impending trip to Ocean City.ย  Here I was perusing the home department at HomeGoods/ TJ Maxx store when our eyes locked on these beautiful white flower planterimage

The picture does no justice.

I checked the price and said not meant for me.ย  I checked out other flower pots while she pondered.ย  We joked about the prices at $99 saying…$79…better yet $59.ย  She was still pondering.ย  I said to her nothing haunts us like the things we don’t buy and she smiled.

Then our conversation turned to PARIS. Well, buckle your seats honey. I was in for a treat. If you don’t know already, I am OBSESSED with ALL things Paris. Ever since I was a little girl Paris have been at the top of my list. I still haven’t visited, I can only dream of the experience she had. OOH LA LA!

She spent 90 days, yes NOT 9 but 90 days in Paris. I clutched my heart. I myself had to confirm she did in fact say 90 days!! Her son surprised her with an all expense paid trip for her birthday. What an amazing son! Batman are you paying attention? Lol

She traveled alone. I can only imagine what leisure she had. Not attending to anyone’s needs but her own for three whole months! Again I can only dream. During her extended stay, she visited nine different countries including

Other things discussed during our almost two hour conversation was our love for Hawaii, ballroom dancing, party planning and just our overall love of adventure.

We kept saying goodbye but neither of us would walk away. We finally said our good byes when these teal party decor caught my eye. She told me she was decorating her room with teal, deep chocolate brown and ivory. She also encouraged me to buy it all. Lol I rationalized it by saying well its my birthday in three weeks๐Ÿ‘… Hubby it’s not my fault ๐Ÿ˜‰

Talking to her was like seeing into my soul. She had such spunk. Such tenacity. Such grace. She wants to learn French. She said you should see me when I cleaned up honey. Oh I clean up! I don’t dress like an old lady. There’ll be plenty of time for that. Lol

Ms. Ann it was my ABSOLUTE pleasure meeting you.ย  Such a young soul at the tender age of 71. I hope one day through my experiences I can motivate someone to grab life and just LIVE honey.

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Sorry for taking up so much of your time but she has left such an imprint on my heart. My soul sister. I will forever be thinking of this little lady and pondering what adventures she’s undertaking.

If you made it to the end, thanks for reading.

Special thanks to the family of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

I hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend.

HELLO SUMMER….what adventures will you take?

~TOODLES~
Stacey

U.S. Botanical Garden

Come escape with me

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I absolutely LOVE being in the city on such beautiful summer-esque days.ย  It’s still a wee bit early for most blooms. My MIL rose bushes would take center stage in this garden.

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I guess that just means we’ll have to make another visit when the garden is more vibrant, but these pics of the lush greenery are beautiful in their own right.

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I even managed to catch a bird mid flight

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Have a great afternoon.

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Launch Day

When I imagined having a blog years ago, I saw lots of balloons and a nice back drop with coordinating outfits and everyone smiling and having ice cream afterwards to celebrate.

Today was the furthest from that, but you know what? ย I’m okay with that.ย  We did have ice cream though. โ˜บ Nemo was the family movie today. All the times we’ve watched Nemo, we never looked at the credits until today and I’m glad we did. I watched my eldest dance with her father. She was so thrilled. That’s what matters.

This was a canvas we saw when we first realized we were pregnant. Once we found out we were having twins, it was a perfect fit.

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Here are a few pics of our day. Thanks, babe ๐Ÿ˜š

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Thanks for visiting our page and I hope you come back soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Red Lobster

Last week my first baby (my sister) celebrated her 12th Birthday๐Ÿ‘€ How is this happening? She’s a pre-teen! Since it was her day, I let her pick the restaurant. She wanted to go to….yes….Red Lobster.ย  Just like hubby predicted.ย  Lol, I used to LOVE this place. It once was our weekly family Friday night out on the town locale.ย  But its not about me. What the birthday girl wants she getsโ˜บ๐Ÿ˜œ

My son’s eyes doubled in size when he saw the food. GET IN MY TUMMY!
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The twinsies got scolded by NaNa because they wouldn’t play nicely ๐Ÿ™ˆ I won’t say who the initiated…Nelle
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This silly girl always insists on eating the lemons. Smh
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During dinner she yelled the dreaded four words I. HAVE. TO. POOP.!!๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š Time stood still. All we could do was laugh about it. On our way to the bathroom, she noticed the live lobsters. We never made it to the potty and I wasn’t complaining.
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She was so amazed until the greeter pulled one out. She hung to my leg as if it offered life support:D

I missed the Happy Birthday rendition but mom said sis was embarrased, so mission accomplished ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Birthday little sissy ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽˆ

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Is Two Hours…Too Much To Ask?

A little time alone is good for the soul. I usually say a vacation is, but that’s not happening right now.ย So, daily I TRY to get two hours for ME, MYSELF, and I. Most days it doesn’t work but with warmer temperatures I am determined to do this at least three times a week or so I’m thinking.

While I was getting dressed my oldest asked to tag along. I really wanted to say no but she kept saying “please, can I go with you mommy? Please, can I go? Can I go?ย  Funny how you don’t have to prompt them to use their manners when they really want something.

We settled for the National Botanical Garden. I knew it was going to be a good afternoon because I found free parking ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ oh yeah.

On our way over she indulged in her fave past time. Chasing birds

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We even played a game of I Spy. Which letter do you spy?

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After a while she yelled “I want to go see the octopus mommy” I was confused. There’s no aquarium within sight. I said what octopus? and she pointed “the octopus” as if she was annoyed I was questioning her intellegence. Ooh๐Ÿ˜ฏ The Cathedral Root was the mistaken character ๐Ÿ˜€

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Inside, our first stop was the children’s garden; but it was closed. The next best thing was this fairy house.
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She got lost in the jungle as I snapped away.

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We checked out the outside garden next.

She proceeded with caution as I told her to smell this plant.
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Passerby chuckled as I chased her in and around the fountain. Thank goodness it was off.

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I beamed when she walked over to the rose garden, sat down, struck a pose and asked me to take a selfieโ˜บ

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The highlight of her day was dipping her toes in this fountain (I know we broke the rules, sorry). She was ready for a swim.
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We had so much fun together. I love one on one time with her even if it infringes on my ALONE time ๐Ÿ˜‰

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~TOODLES~
Stacey

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Yesterday we tried to visit Maymont Park and my oldest daughter threw up all over the car as soon as we pulled up; we never made it in. So here’s to attempt number two.

Success? YES. We actually made it in but with one slight glitch. I forgot the camera battery. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Instead of being mad I’m looking at it as the Lord didn’t want me to spend all my time taking and editing pictures. He wanted me to enjoy my time with my family.

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I hope you are having a wonderful Mother’s Day!!๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

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~TOODLES~
Stacey

Happy ALMOST Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day isn’t until tomorrow, but with expected rain all day, the family and I headed to Maymont Park in Richmond, Virginia.

After a short ten minute drive, we pulled up but never had a chance to make it inside. I literally had my hand on big girl’s seat belt when the river in her tummy errupted and all the yummy goodness from within flowed EVERYWHERE ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€

Guess we are imposing the no milk in the car policy once again. I was very disappointed as we drove back to hubby’s childhood home to get her and the car cleaned up. After a glass of wine I adjusted my perspective and relaxed with the kids in the backyard.

Here’s some of the memories we created.
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So much has changed in a year. We are blessed.
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SMILE, it’s the weekend โ˜บ;)

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~TOODLES~
Stacey

TWINSIES CHRISTENING

Yesterday we woke up to the most glorious day. The day we would be christening our twins.ย  So much excitement was in the air.ย  We’ve been planning this day for weeks and IT’S HERE!!! I can’t wait to see them in their outfits!

My son will be rocking his first tailored suit at 8 months old ๐Ÿ˜ฎ thanks to the wonderful Erica’s Bridal.
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Hubby and I had a few errands before we were off to church.ย  As we drove through the different neighborhoods, I admired the spring blooms. How did I not start appreciating such beauty until two years ago?ย  There’s so much beauty to behold; it’s all about our perspectives.

Service was expected to start at 10:45 a.m. Would you believe me if I told you we were actually ON TIME?๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Yes it’s a big deal for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Our second in command, Pastor Nelson, performed the most beautiful dedication service…well, if the twins were awake to hear it. These two slept almost the entire time. Life is hard being a baby. ๐Ÿ˜‚
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As they say, it takes a village to raise a child; but all you need is one big sister when it’s picture time.
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Big girl left the altar and came back “here’s your phone mommy and daddy” – lol

We’ve chosen these lovelies to assist us with raising our twins.ย  Meet the God Parents.
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I love her and her little family so much.ย  I admire the way they raise their kids, so ideally they were a great fit to help parent our bundles of joy. I’m so glad they accepted the challenge.

A very important man was not with us today, our beloved PopPop. We missed you but I know unequivocally you were smiling down on us. Continue watching over us. WE LOVE YOU โค

We are so appreciative to those who were able to celebrate with us. The day would not have been the same without you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
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Now let’s go eat because it’s not a celebration without food! โ˜บ

~TOODLES~
Stacey