1. While I missed the ocean views, spa treatments and food of the cruise, our first Monday back I had another amazingly fun view: two-year olds painting in our kitchen! Dakotah and Mabel both live on our street, and combined with Madeleine, they make quite a formidable trio. We have a scheduled once/week play date on Monday mornings. I am so ready for this heat to be through so they can run around outside! These girls can wear princess dresses with the best of them (don't ask about M's ensemble in these pictures) but they are also super tough.
Cason passing the CFP, and we just couldn't imagine a White family home in which we didn't watch College Gameday on Saturdays in the fall (along with myriad other cable-only football games.) On a completely unrelated note, Madeleine picked a carrot from Granna and Grandad's garden and ate it right away.
favorite times are non-holiday trips on which we just enjoy hanging out. I guess this was our fourth three-generation roadtrip! (Not pictured: dinner with Uncle John and Aunt Suzanne as well as my lunch date with Anne Pal Smith to The Mint, per usual!)
Madeleine had a great time getting into all of Gran's toys and "dress up" items. Many of these things she's had since I was a little girl! Of course, she also loved accordion time with Granpa.
All in all, it was a very fun trip. Plano and the people who live there are always dear in our hearts.
What happened to her nose? Well right before we left town, she and daddy were playing "magic wand" with her play broom. Madeleine waved the broom around like a wand, then when it was Daddy's turn, he waved it with so much magical power that the handle came apart from the broom bristles, and the broom bristle piece hit her square on the bridge of her nose. Sometimes daddies have the worst luck. To add more guilt to a casualty of make-believe play, Madeleine asked him several times "Daddy, why did you hit me with that broom?" We had to explain to her every time: "Madeleine, it was an accident. Be mad at the broom, not your sweet Daddy."
10. We geared up for fall with Back-to-School Sunday at our church, and finished the month with a workday lunch out with Daddy. Madeleine might have gotten some ketchup on her daddy's dress shirt, but I think it was worth it. :)