Monday, June 08, 2009

Favorite Place

We went to my favorite place on earth this weekend for a belated Mother's Day celebration...I wasn't sure if it'd be more of a vacation for Lily and that we'd be running everywhere after her or a vacation for all 3 of us. It turned out it was the latter. It was so much easier and more fun with her walking and able to explore the kiddy pool and fountains on foot. Seeing her so happy experiencing everything for the first time made me giddy with excitement too! I felt like I was a kid again.
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She was so wiped out from all the play, but seem to think the crib in the hotel was a bed of nails so sleeping on our chest was the only way she wanted to nap while we were there. It was heaven! She felt like a newborn again as she burrowed her head in my neck (or Davids) and it was magical to sway in a hammock while she slept, all the while listening to her breathing her heavy breaths. Photobucket



or snuggled up in the sling as we both napped under a shady tree... Photobucket



Then she was ready to play again. It didn't matter where. We had so much fun in this golf green grass until a wild football pass came our direction alongwith the intended receiver barreling his way to catch it. The only problem is that our backs were turned and were tackled like we were in the NFL. Lily was inches away from me and didn't get hurt because the receiver tackled me going for the ball and then I took Lily down with me. It was like a scene from a movie. A horror movie! It was awful! There were lots of tears. None from Lily. All from her mom! I was hurt, shocked, shaken up, and then I went into the "what if's" with Lily so close to me, but Lily just looked at me with her big blue eyes like she was telling me she was ok and everything was alright. sigh. See how happy she looks! She looks like she's on watch for more random flying footballs. Photobucket click here if box isn't working
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and don't even get me started with the Lazy River! That is thee destination spot for me once I get to the Hyatt. I dream of it before, during and after our trip! There is nothing like it. Then to have Lily on my lap who sits as still as statue babbling the whole way is too good to be true! And I'm safe from wild footballs too! http://s81.photobucket.com/albums/j206/kelster5/?action=view¤t=VID00018.flv

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Standing under this fountain was like a tranqulizer for Lily when she wanted to nap! It was like her sound machine on crack! It also makes a nice backdrop for a family picture. Photobucket



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...thanks Heidi for this sparkling white bday dress...we put 17 bibs on her while she ate dinner!! Dresses take on a whole new life now that she's walking... Photobucket




I wish I was a professional photographer because there were photo shoot sites all over creation! I swear I could've taken her in the bathroom stall for a backdrop! They were everywhere!! Photobucket



This time last year with a cuddly newborn... Photobucket


and then today...wow! Photobucket
Life is good!

19 comments:

Meagan Harris said...

What a great tradition Kelly! It looks like David's uniform has changed slightly from 2008...It's like one of those "Can U See The Difference Photos" in a gossip mag. I say gossip mag because you are one HOT lookin' couple - with an adorable baby!

Grandpa said...

What a great weekend it must have been . . . Lily navigating the fountain in the kiddy pool was hysterical . . .

Seems like she enjoys searching out new things to do on her own . . . but all the while knowing that you and David provide her with a “safe haven of love!”

A parent is content knowing their child is healthy . . . seeing their child with a big smile . . . and knowing they look to you for unconditional love and a “warm place to land” . . . and that’s Lily for sure!

Love Ya!
Dad & Grandpa

P.S. Loved the picture of Lily in her white dress . . . hat and shoes . . . and with the background of the green grass and the fountain . . . Well . . . she made my heart melt!

dig this chick said...

You don't need to be a pro photographer...they're great! Little Lily walking is just fantastic. I love the golf course photos and the one of you both snoozing. So sweet. I so adore watching Margot in the water and get only very few opportunities to do it! It was starting to get warm but only 50 today...another month and we find a pool.

Leah said...

oh.... my..... gosh! This is one of my favorite posts yet!! You got some awesome shots!! When I saw the picture of her as a newborn, I saw the picture before I read the caption and I thought "wow she looks so much bigger when she's standing up" and then saw the comment that that was a year ago! LOL! I'm a moron! Glad you had a nice time!!

anna said...

Wow- get me to that Hyatt...I'm sold! Wouldn't it be awesome if we all hung out there with all the babes since Lily is practically the exact same age as our babes!? Now you've got me dreaming of that lazy river!

Delenn said...

Haven't been to your blog since her 1st birthday--my how Lily has grown!!

I love your pictures--you are very good all own your own!! Love your scrapbooking too...wish I could do digital scraps like that!

Jennifer said...

I hope you're alright from the tackle. Thank goodness Lily didn't take the brunt of it!

The Hyatt holds a special place in our hearts. It's where my hubby proposed to me. We try to make it there on special occasions.

Looks like you had a great time celebrating Your Mother's Day! You all look outstanding.

Anna Ruth said...

What a great weekend you had at the Hyatt. You took some amazing pictures. The one with her in the white dress with the water foutain in the background, WOW.

Kelly said...

OMG LAUGHING SO HARD! I HAD NO IDEA DAVID HAD THE SAME SHIRT ON FROM LAST YEAR!!

L

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FREAKING

L!!!

(ps, love that magazine game)

Still laughing!!

Kelle said...

All three of you look beautiful! And Lily looks so TALL in that last picture...long-legs-mcgee! So glad you got to experience another mama day at your favorite place! Great shots, pretty-pretty baby, and happy day! And yay for Lily being okay after getting knocked out!

Kelle said...

Sorry...David doesn't look beautiful. Handsome. Bwah ha.

Tisha said...

great pics and videos! love the last pic of lily, it looks professional! great job!

Julie Frizzi said...

You are living your dream!!

Anonymous said...

What a great place!! I can't believe how big Lily is and to see pics of her standing and walking... AMAZING!!

Donna (bbc)

Rayna said...

A vacation away from home, love it! I so have to go! I love the pics of Lily in her white dress....holy bright colors. Did you edit? What did you use? And how sweet her cuddled in her sling with you. Love the family memories.

Mary said...

Could it have been any more perfect? Well, maybe not getting bulldozed by the football player might have been a plus, but EVERYTHING else was so great for you guys. OMG. I know why you love that place and to experience it with pre-toddler Lily was the best, best. So happy to see you all so happy.
Love,
Mom

Heidi said...

i love these pictures. the colors are so pretty.

i love a plain white dress on a baby...so sweet on lily.

you have me SOLD on the hyatt. i really want to try out the river.

Naples Avon Lady said...

Ooooo...I'm so jealous! :) Since my trip there last year with my David's work, I've been dreaming of going back! It's like a wonderful paradise get-away, right in our own back yard! Someday...I'm going to go back there!

Love, love, love the pic of Lily in the white dress...looks like a professional photo to me! You did a great job, Mama! ;)

jennygirl said...

OMG do I adore that white dress.

L...O...friggin' L on david wearing the same shirt for the picture. You know he planned that. NOT.

I'm so happy you made memories again at Club Hyatt...something tells me that Lily will be giving you that gift for years to come!!

OMG...imagine her little five-year-old self running around there??!! What the!!

Love you three so much!!
xoxo
jc