So yesterday Mary Ella and I went to the Galleria and strolled around for a while. I'm glad she's not at the age where she constantly asks me to buy her things (I know it's coming), because that would make the Galleria a not-so-fun trip. But she's pretty content just riding around, people watching, and looking at all the toys in the Disney store. We strolled for about an hour and then I realized I was I was getting claustrophobic so we left. We decided to go play with the new friends she'd made Friday afternoon - Doris, Mary Jo, Anne, Peggy, Eileen, Vida and Diane. Do these sound like toddler names? No? That's because they're not. They're all 80+ years old and they all live in the memory care unit at Lakeview Assisted Living. That's where Chad's Granny lives. We went Friday to visit - Mary Ella's first time - a and the ladies just had a fit over her. And to my surprise they had more toys than Mary Ella had seen in her entire life... baby dolls, puzzles, books, balls, balloons, stuffed animals, even Mr. Potato Head and magnetic ABC boards. She was in hog heaven. The social director, Mia, was there and she told me to just let Mary Ella have her way and play with whatever she wanted. The ladies had a blast watching her and interacting with her, and it was a great way for Mary Ella to get some energy out! So after we left the mall Saturday, I knew just where we'd go. We stayed 2 hours and she played her little heart out, up until it was time for all the ladies to eat dinner, and then we left. It's so neat watching these ladies' faces light up at the sight of a little girl. They really come to life! I didn't realize how rewarding it would be, even for me. I'm hoping we can go back once or twice a week.
This week looks busy, as usual... Tuesday morning I am going to take pictures of my new favorite little client... a 5 pound little boy named Elon, and I am so excited! He is the tiniest little thing. Hopefully we can get some great shots for his birth announcement and I can get some snuggling in too. Funny - my first pregnancy dream about Baby Boy occurred the night we met little Elon last week! I can't wait! (Although mine will probably be twice his size!)
Then Tuesday afternoon, something VERY exciting is happening at the Morgan household. Drum roll, please...
WE ARE GETTING DVR.
[Crowd erupts with cheering and applause]
Yes, it's true. I have lived without it my whole life. Well, not anymore! DVR is MINE! And did I mention that it's going to be FREE? Yes, this is also true. You see, when we moved into our house, we signed up for Direct TV and we INTENDED to get DVR from the get-go. We ordered the service, the DVR/HD/whole shabang, and when they came out to install it (2 years ago this very week), they brought a regular HD receiver with NO DVR. We told them it was the wrong one, to which Mr. Installation Guy casually replies, "Well, that's no problem, but you'll just have to call and set up a different appointment and they'll come switch it out." So when we called them and tried to set up a new appointment, they say, "Well, that's an upgrade and it will be $200." We were like WHAT?!?!?! Well, long story short, we argued with them, told them it was THEIR FAULT that they brought the WRONG RECEIVER IN THE FIRST PLACE, ETC, and basically GOT NOWHERE. We were locked in for 2 YEARS with NO DVR. So at the first chance we got, we were getting rid of them. Two years has finally rolled around, and wouldn't you know, when we call them to tell them they can turn it off on the 26th and come and get all their dumb receivers, they just go balistic. Why are you leaving us?!?! What ever did we do to deserve such a thing?!?! So Chad flat out told them. The whole story. And the next day, an upper level dude named Jose Silva calls us and he is just LIVID when he hears our story. So what does he do? He allows us to basically ROB THEM of RECEIVERS AND SERVICE. He offered us 2 DVR/HD receivers, plus we get to keep the 3rd one we have in the playroom, PLUS we get DVR/HD service free for an entire year. So it took 2 years, but it will FINALLY pay off. And I will finally catch EVERY episode of EVERY show I want to watch and probably gain 300 pounds in the process. But at least the service will be free. Thank you, Direct TV. I'll be sure to think of you when I'm watching the Toddlers and Tiaras marathon.
And speaking of Toddlers & Tiaras, Mary Ella will be in her first photo shoot on Thursday afternoon. She is going to be "modeling" (I hate that word, especially when it pertains to babies/toddlers) some of the spring/summer fashions for a new magazine called "Shelby Living" that is about to be published monthly. The photo shoot is at Mount Laurel Thursday afternoon and I am a little nervous about it. Hopefully she'll act like an angel and pose perfectly. If not, I guess they'll cut her from the magazine and we'll still live happily ever after, even though our dreams of winning Super Grand Supreme and a gigantic rhinestone-studded crown and sash will be long gone.
This weekend is Addie Jane's 2nd birthday party in Huntsville so we'll be heading that way on Saturday. Here's hoping for some more beautiful weather this weekend
Consignment season is under way and you can find the ginormous list of all the Birmingham consignment sales here. We went to Giggles & Grace at Asbury UMC on Friday morning and I found some cute things for baby boy. If anyone wants to go to one of the sales with us, let us know! We can meet at the sale then hit the park or go eat lunch!
That's about all I have to say on this peaceful Sunday evening. I hope my husband returns safely from the fishing expo and that he brings us a souvenir. :)