On our last day in Gainesville we loaded up the kids and took them to the Florida Museum of Natural History. It was a terribly rainy day so this free activity was perfect. Definitely check it out if you are in town with kids - they even have a little play area that was a big hit.
The slide is more exciting when you go down face first apparently
After the fun birthday party, we took a trip down memory lane by driving around UF's campus. This was all rather impromptu so none of us were dressed for the occasion, but nonetheless we stopped to take photos anyways. Rocco of course wanted nothing to do with posing for the camera, so we had to resort to bribery. We only had a blue lollipop, thus he has blue lips in all the photos. Oh well, we'll be better prepared next time!
Due to the aforementioned 4th of July catastrophe, we rescheduled our trip to Gainesville for this weekend. Misty's neighbors threw a farm themed birthday party for their two year old son that ended up being rescheduled for that same weekend, due to being rained out on their original party date the weekend before. The last minute change of their party date led to them extending the invitation for Misty's family to also include our family. The party was held at their community pool and they even brought in a petting zoo! The kids loved seeing all the animals: a piglet, a bunny, a guinea pig, a donkey, a lamb, a goat, and some ducks and chickens. This was way more impressive than Rocco's second birthday party, that is for sure!
Now that the birth announcement have (finally!) gone out - it's safe to post some of my favorite photos from Gianna's newborn photoshoot. It's funny to see them now because she looks like such a little peanut compared to even now, just a couple of months later.
Today Gianna was taking a nap in her swing and at one point I looked over at her and she had moved into this position. She looked so funny and cute I just had to grab my camera to take a picture of it.
Please note her ridiculously long, talon-like nails (check out that pinky nail!). For nails that are so small, they are SHARP, take my word on that. I really, really need to cut them, but I'm terrified of accidentally cutting her fingers in the process. This is not an unwarranted fear, as that is exactly what I accidentally did the very first time I cut Rocco's nails.
Rocco's school has theme days every once in a while, and usually they are something that is not very easy to participate in so he doesn't really get to dress up for them. For example the previous week had "princesses and knights day". Um, every little girl probably has a dress-up princess outfit or at least a fancy-ish dress at home, but who has a knight costume, or something that could pass for a knight costume, just laying around? Not us. But this day was cowboy day, and cowboy day we could do! Jeans, a plaid shirt Scott's mom bought him for Christmas last year, and a bandana and hat left over from his "Wild West Christmas" performance last year completed the outfit. Rocco went and grabbed his toy horse, a present from our friends Joanne and Javier a while ago, and was determined to bring that to school too. We didn't break the bad news to him that no, he could not take his toy to school, until after I got a cute picture of him in his little ensemble. There may or may not have been candy involved as a bribe to get him to pose for the photo while wearing the hat. He hates hats of all kinds, western ones included.