Happy Birthday, Adelaide!

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Adelaide, today you turn four.

FOUR!

I watched you on the monitor as you fell asleep last night and you were smiling from ear to ear while talking to yourself “I’m going to be older tomorrow! It’s my birthday!” and then giggling hysterically.

How did we get so lucky?

You are truly our joy.

You are hilarious.  You are compassionate and sensitive, smart and creative.  You can be easily bribed by a pack of fruit snacks and can spend hours coloring (and you do an amazing job of staying in the lines).

You spend the majority of your free time doing imaginative play.  You’re a mommy to your dolls and won’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  You can entertain yourself with Shopkins for what seems like an eternity.  (I mean, what are those things??)

You are a girly girl.  You refuse to wear anything but dresses.  We go to the fabric store and you pick out fabric for me to make you dresses.  The twirlier the better.

Your current favorite foods are peanut butter toast, meatballs and kielbasa.

You are a social butterfly.  You make friends easily and always make sure everyone is included.  Which reminds me: you can talk for hours.  I’ve never heard someone talk as much as you.  Once when Daddy asked you to be quiet for a minute in the car you responded, “But Daddy, this is what Mommy and I do!”

We are so lucky to be your parents.  You will do great things and we’re honored to get to lift you up along the way.

All our love xoxo

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Tree Farm

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This past weekend we celebrated Christmas at home with Adelaide.  We did the same thing last year, because we wanted to be able to have Santa come and spend the day just the three of us, before we drove down to Maryland and Pennsylvania to visit our families.  It’s so nice to spend the day together, cozied up on the couch watching movies, playing with Adelaide’s new toys and then going out for ice cream.

This year was probably the last one we can get away with having Santa come early without her catching on.

We’ve been spending time talking with Adelaide about the true meaning of Christmas.  It’s been fun to see her connect that the Jesus we say our prayers to is the same Jesus we celebrate on Christmas.  She has so many thoughtful questions, which I absolutely love.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday.  See you in 2017!

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Behind the Scenes: 2016

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This was the first year that Jon came up with the idea for our card completely on his own.  Normally I toss out dozens of ideas that he shoots down until I find one he can live with.

Actually, that’s exactly how we came up with a name for Adelaide.

I often wonder how Jon came up with this idea… You don’t think this idea rings true to life for him??  (Insert emoji of the money flying away.)

This year, the card was made up of 5 images.  Adelaide and me, Jon, the money, Brady and the lights on the Christmas tree.

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^^Jon doing some test shots while I made Adelaide’s list for Santa.

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^^final image of Jon

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^^Final image of Adelaide and me.  She would only look at where the light was set up, not at the camera.  We probably have a dozen shots of me pointing at the camera telling her where to look.  Luckily, she knew what was up, and it worked out well to have her looking away from the camera.

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^^Brady’s final image.  Notice me crouching down behind him.

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^^making it rain

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^^Brady was probably the hardest to shoot. He’s not normally allowed to put his paws on the table, so he had no clue what we were asking him to do when we kept patting the table.  He completely jumped up on the table not once, but twice.  I didn’t even know he was capable of that.  I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.

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Suggestions for next year’s card are officially open.

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Santa, Baby

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This year was the first that Adelaide was not only excited to see Santa, but proudly asked him for the gifts she wants as well as smiled for pictures.  On her list this year are bunk beds for her baby dolls and a Belle (Beauty and the Beast) doll.

I love that she could ask for literally anything and those are the two things she’s settled on.  Jon has been working on building the doll bunk beds, and I sewed mattresses, blankets and pillows.

Earlier this week she asked me, “What if Santa doesn’t bring me the toys I asked for?”

Girlfriend, you have three grandmas.  You’ll be fine.

Also, I’d like to add that when we bought these photos our only options were to get physical prints (which we have no use for) or a CD with the images.  We got the CD but then had no way to actually view them… Neither of our computers have CD drives, so I ended up having to go to the library to use a computer there.  Let’s catch up with technology, mall Santa.

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And just for fun, a little walk down memory lane:

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Christmas Card 2016

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Happy holidays!

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Gingerbread Decorating

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This year I picked up the Costco gingerbread house at the recommendation of a friend.  We love Costco in this house (specifically after watching the documentary “The Costco Craze” years ago).  I highly recommend this kit if your Costco has any left, or keep an eye out for it next year.

The house comes already put together, which saves significant frustration when dealing with 3 year olds.  It came with two big things of icing and a TON of candy.

We had a friend over to decorate together, and the kids were occupied for the better part of an hour.  I often catch Adelaide sneaking into the dining room and emerging with a piece of candy in her mouth.

It will be a miracle if there’s any candy left on the house by Christmas.

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Fall Fun

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I’m the first to admit that I’m not a fan of any season but summer.  Fall has a few beautiful days and then it’s COLD.  Or even worse, cold and rainy.

But those few beautiful fall days we do get are the best. Adelaide has decided that raking leaves and jumping into them is one of her favorite activities.

I wish I could find so much joy from yard work.

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Pumpkin Patch

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Bear with me while I post some photos that probably should have been posted…oh, two months ago.  I use the blog as a space to document our lives, so I figured I might as well get these up since I’ve already put our Christmas cards in the mail.

Speaking of Christmas, Adelaide wants a cat and a sister.

Not happening..

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Tale As Old As Time

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I swear, holidays are a million times more exciting as a parent than they were as a kid.  There’s just something about witnessing the joy of your child running gleefully from door to door for fun sized candy bars that melts my mama heart.

I remember thinking it was strange before having Adelaide when coworkers would take off work for Halloween.  I would think “Why waste a day of vacation on Halloween?” and then I missed her first Halloween party when I was at work and realized how much I wished I was there.

Jon’s taking the morning off work today to go to the Halloween parade at Adelaide’s pre-school.  I’m so thankful we live minutes from his office so he can attend these little events that mean so much to our girl.

And let’s be honest, I’m just glad we live close enough that he can get home early enough in the evenings to help out with this sassy little one and keep me from losing my mind.

When trying to figure out what she wanted to be this year, Adelaide changed her mind about a thousand times.  Shocking, no?

We are currently loving all things princesses and My Little Pony in this house, so I was smitten when she chose Belle who is one of my favorite Disney characters.  I was intimidated at the thought of making my first princess dress, but followed this tutorial which still seemed like a lot to take on.  It only ended up taking me a few evenings to complete the costume, and Adelaide absolutely loves it.

There may have been a few times I patted myself on the back after accomplishing some of the more difficult parts of the dress.

Speaking of holidays, we are nowhere near figuring out our Christmas card for this year.  Any and all suggestions welcome!

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Apple Picking

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We were visiting some friends in Syracuse a few weeks back and decided to take the kids apple picking.  The kids had a blast chasing each other up and down the rows of apples, taking turns climbing the ladders and of course, the hay ride.

(And by taking turns, I totally don’t mean arguing over who got to go next.)

We ended the day at a playground on the farm while the kids munched on apple donuts and the mamas sipped sparkling apple cider.

Can this be everyday??

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