Sugarplum visits Kayli – Nov-Dec 2016

On the morning of November 25, 2016, the Loftins once again awoke to find a visitor in our home. Sugarplum, our little elf from the North Pole, was back to visit us! Kayli really enjoys looking for Sugarplum. It’s the first thing she thinks of when she wakes up each morning. See below for the different ways she appeared between November and December 2016.

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When Sugarplum arrived, she was riding in Kristoff’s sled!20161125-img_870720161125-img_255220161125-img_2556

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Beach Vacation 2016

The extended Loftin family (Philip, Leslie, Kayli, Curtis, Carolyn, Brad, Beth, Savanna and  Alexandria) enjoyed a nice trip to the beach from June 18, 2016 – June 25, 2016.

Day 1: The morning of June 18, Kayli was all set to go!

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After the 4 hour drive, we arrived, and Kayli could not wait to get to the beach!

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Day 2: We had a nice balcony-breakfast, prior to the beach fun.


Time to start the sandy day.

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We built a sand castle.

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Later that night, the ladies had a ‘Jamberry party’.


Day 3:

That evening, we went to play mini golf.

Day 4: The fun continues.

Kayli goes fishing.

We finished the day at Kayli’s favorite place – Sweet Frog.

Day 5:

Kayli loves to dance!

Later that evening, we went to get ice cream.

Day 6:

Time to chill at the pool!

Day 7: The final day at the beach begins.

Good bye, Cherry Grove Beach. See you next year!

Sugarplum visits Kayli – Nov-Dec 2015

On Nov 27, 2015, the day after Thanksgiving, Sugarplum came back to visit us.  You may remember that she visited us each day from Thanksgiving to Christmas in 2014, and once again, she brightened our mornings from Thanksgiving to Christmas with her mischievous antics — she is always getting into things.  See below for all of the crazy things she did and places she hid.

On Nov 27, someone rang our doorbell.  On the front porch we found a box that was addressed to Kayli.  Kayli immediately tore into the box and revealed…SUGARPLUM!!!

On Nov 28, we awoke and Kayli made her way through the house in search of Sugarplum.  Kayli finally found her on the kitchen counter, where she had pulled out a bunch of cooking supplies and left a sign that said “Let’s make breakfast!”


On Nov 29, Kayli woke up and began her search for Sugarplum. She found her in front of the Christmas tree where she was taking pictures of Kayli’s stuffed animals!


On Nov 30, Kayli found Sugarplum in front of the Christmas tree once again where she had lined up some of Kayli’s stuffed animals to make a train ride.


On Dec 1, Kayli did her normal routine of searching for Sugarplum.  This morning, Sugarplum had left Kayli a message by some blocks Kayli had put together. Then she decorated our pantry door with a snowman.


On Dec 2, Kayli found Sugarplum in our living room. She had squeezed herself into a candle holder. It’s amazing the tiny placed she can get into!


On Dec 3, Sugarplum accidentally got herself all tied up — with toilet paper! Not sure why she had it rolled throughout the house though…


On Dec 4, Sugarplum decided to hide in Kayli’s Barbie doll house. She looks very cozy!


On Dec 5, Sugarplum came back to Kayli’s Barbie doll house and decorated it for Christmas. She invite lots of Kayli’s toys to the party as well!


On Dec 6, Sugarplum hid on top of Mommy’s snowman.


On Dec 7, Sugarplum sat on the kitchen counter, and left a note for Kayli. The note read:

“Dear Kayli, These are magic seeds. Plant them and they will grow into something special. Don’t forget to sprinkle them with magic dust to help them grow. Love, Sugarplum.”

Kayli was quick to plant the ‘magic seeds!’


On Dec 8, Kayli got up and checked on the crop she planted the day before. The magic seeds grew into — CANDY CANES! Sugarplum hang on the cabinet above the newly grown candy canes.

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On Dec 9, Sugarplum hid herself in Kayli’s pet bird’s cage. But she kept the pet bird nearby for company.


On Dec 10, Sugarplum was having a snowball fight with one of Kayli’s stuffed animals.


On Dec 11, Sugarplum setup a snowman made of toilet paper. She conveniently had a seat on the snowman’s head.


On Dec 12, Sugarplum was taking a bath in Kayli’s Barbie doll house.


On Dec 13, Sugarplum was relaxing beside our Christmas tree. She was holding a sign that read: “I put a new ornament on your tree. Hint: it looks like me!” After a (very) quick search, Kayli found the ornament, and it looked just like Sugarplum!

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On Dec 14, Sugarplum left Kayli a Christmas countdown.


On Dec 15, Sugarplum was playing doctor with some of Kayli’s stuffed animals.


On Dec 16, Kayli found Sugarplum on our kitchen counter where she was — riding our fruit!

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On Dec 17, Kayli found Sugarplum hiding on our Christmas tree!

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On Dec 18, Sugarplum was all wrapped up! Apparently, she was playing with the wrapping paper and had a little mishap.


On Dec 19, Sugarplum was hiding on our stove.


On Dec 20, we woke up to find that Sugarplum had hung streamers across our door. We were completely locked in our bedroom!

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On Dec 21, Kayli found Sugarplum hanging on our ceiling fan!


On Dec 22, Sugarplum left a note that read: “I’ve hidden 6 candy canes. Can you find them?”


On Dec 23, Kayli found Sugarplum playing in her club house box.


On Dec 24, Sugarplum left a note on Kayli’s bicycle. At the end of the note, Sugarplum said the magic had been lifted so it was OK for Kayli to hold her!

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On Dec 25, Sugarplum left cupcakes and party hats for us to have a birthday party for Jesus! And she left our house to go back to the North Pole.



Beach Vacation 2015

On Saturday, September 19, 2015, we left home (once again) for our favorite beach trip (to Xanadu II) in Cherry Grove Beach.

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On Sunday afternoon, we went to Ripley’s Aquarium.  We saw various stingrays, sharks, fish, and…

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(And toads)


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Nonni and Poppi joined us on Monday. They stayed through Wednesday.

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We had fun digging holes in the sand.

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But sometimes, it’s just nice to relax for a little bit.

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Kayli enjoyed swinging over the waves — with a little help.

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Here is a wide angle view of the ocean at our condo.

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Yep, we dug another hole – because that’s what you do at the beach.

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And another one…

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Time for some beach pictures.

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Got a good picture of Poppi and Nonni.

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While this was fun – we don’t recommend it. Sand gets everywhere…and is not quite as enjoyable while cleaning up.

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We saw another mermaid on Wednesday.

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We built a sand castle.

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Kayli missed Grandmama while she was gone.

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We played putt-putt on Wednesday.

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Back at the condo for a relaxing night.

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Our visits to Xanadu II are very enjoyable. But the rain ended our vacation a day early. We went shopping on Thursday because of the rain. And since Friday was also going to be rainy, we decided to go home a day early – on Friday.  As it turns out, Friday wasn’t too bad a day and we could have enjoyed some nice weather. But it was nice having all of Saturday to vacate our vacation. Until next year…