Peach Picking

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Jon and I drove upstate a few weeks ago to visit my friend Kelly and to pick some peaches at the orchard up the road from her house.  We were too early for apples, but got there right in time for peaches.  Adelaide lovesss peaches so it worked out well.

This is the third year we’ve visited the orchard, and I always enjoy our time wandering around, eating fresh fruit as we go.  Last year when we went Adelaide was just a few months old, and the year before that when I was a few months pregnant.

Yesterday Kelly boarded a flight for Switzerland.  She quit her job and sold almost all of her possessions.  It’s so crazy brave to make such a big life change, and I’m so excited for all the adventures she’s sure to have.  While I’ll miss my best friend here, I know she’s just going to thrive and flourish there.  We love you so much Kelly!

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Adelaide is obsessed with her rain boots.  Seriously wants to wear them all.the.time.  I have to hide them in the apartment or she’ll whine until I get them down for her.  And then she’ll put them on the wrong feet, whine until I get them on the right feet, walk around, take them off, want them back on again.

Toddlers.

Her other current obsession is keys.  Specifically car keys.  She has a major meltdown anytime we start the car because she wants to hold the keys.  How do I get her to understand we need them to drive?!?

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We had so much fun picking our peaches at the orchard and eating them that week.  If anyone knows a solution for getting peach stains out of toddler clothes, let me know.

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Little Helper

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I convinced Jon that we needed a step stool for the kitchen so that Adelaide could see what I was doing on the counter and “help”.  I wanted to start getting her involved in what I was doing and giving her simple tasks to help me complete.  I was making cake pops for Ashley’s shower, which I would normally do during nap time.  I decided to have her participate, which surprisingly worked out well.

She helped me put the cake into the food processor and hit start, mix the icing in and form the cake into balls.

She also ate some of the cake.

Okay, a lot of it.

I really felt like I was winning when she was helping me with the cake pops.  We were engaging in a new project, doing new things together, having a baking lesson.  But then Adelaide realized that she could use the stool to get into things she previously couldn’t reach.  Like the microwave, the knife block, the sink.  So the jury’s still out whether this was a good purchase or not.

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Her babydoll was also on the counter, which she took breaks to feed with the bottle.  Such a good mommy.

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I dipped them later that night when she was in bed because it’s a pretty time sensitive art.  I set aside a mini one for her to enjoy the next day.

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She got one bite out of it before dropping it and Brady snatched it up.  Oh well.

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Ashley’s Bridal Shower

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I had the pleasure of throwing my friend Ashely’s bridal shower a few weeks ago, and it was so much fun!  I made a spread of what is quickly becoming my usual go-to items: cake pops, fruit cups, chicken salad on croissants and some other sweet treats.

I love that a bridal shower gives you the setting to meet some of the people closest to the bride before the big day, so that when her day does come, you know quite a few faces.  I had a great time getting to know these ladies and can’t wait to see them all again when we’re dressed in our formal wear!

 

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(family secret: croissants and pre-made chicken salad are both from Costco and neither disappoint!)

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The beautiful invitations were provided by Wedding Paperie and were seriously gorgeous.  I got so many compliments on them!  You could leave them as they were designed, or customize any detail.  I loved that you could also print on the backside for no additional charge.  If you’re planning an event in the near future I would definitely recommend them!  You can see all of the bridal shower invitations here.

 

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I know that most people toss favors when they get home, so I almost didn’t do one.  And then as I was putting my hair in a ponytail it just came to me, “Ashely and Edward tie the knot!”

Hair ties!

I already had a ton of elastic ribbon from making headbands for Adelaide, so I picked up some kraft tags from Michaels and printed up this sign that reads “Ashely and Edward tie the knot.  Please take one!” and displayed them by the door.  Every single one of them was gone, so I’d say it was a well received favor!  For those who are interested, you can buy the elastic here.

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Congratulations, Ashley!  I’m so excited for you and Edward and can’t wait to celebrate with you on your big day!

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Lots of Words About Parenting

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Alright.  Life as a stay at home mom…

The first two weeks were rough.  Adelaide was teething and not napping and we didn’t have a schedule and she was like, “How many tantrums can I throw in one week before my mom goes crazy?”

Or at least that’s what I think she said.

When Jon came home after work one day I told him, “I think I might have made a mistake.”  This full time mom thing.  It’s hard.  Seriously hard.

But then the third week started and our routine kind of fell into place.  And by “fell into place” I mean, “I didn’t dare mess with nap time”.  We started meeting up with friends, going to mom’s groups, participating in structured classes.  We kept busy and we had fun and before I knew it the day was over and she was asleep in bed.

Jon also started doing bedtime, which has quite literally changed my life.  Up until a month ago I would nurse Adelaide to sleep.  Some days it would take minutes, other days an hour.  For a year and a half.  And then one day I was going to be out and Jon had to do bedtime and guess what?  He did great.  She did great.  So now he puts her to bed and I sit on the couch with a bottle box of wine or I get to actually go out and meet up with friends.  I’ve been out more times in the last month than I have been in the last year and a half combined.  And it feels so good.

I also had my first tigermom moment.  Adelaide and I were in Ikea one day while Jon was at work.  We got to the kid’s area and they have all of the toys out so the kids can play with them.  I figured we had an entire day to kill, so she could play there as long as she wanted.  There were only two other kids in the play area- little boys (maybe 3 and 5?).  They had been playing really rough and at one point one of them literally jumped and landed on top of Adelaide.  I picked him up off of her and said “Please be careful of the little girl” and then made sure she was okay.

The kids all continue playing separately, and I distinctly remember thinking, “Where is their parent?”  We’d been there a solid ten minutes and I had not seen anyone supervise these boys.  It was almost to the point that I wanted to contact security because these children had clearly been abandoned in Ikea.

Seconds later, the younger boy runs full speed ahead at Adelaide with one of those horse heads on a stick (What are they called?  Also, how are they a fun toy??) and knocks her down hard.  Her head hits the cement floor and she immediately lets out screams of pain.  I pick her up and yell, “THAT IS NOT OKAY.  WHERE IS YOUR MOTHER??”

I would like to give myself props that my first reaction was to call out his parent for sucking.  So this woman looks up from clear across the store.  I’m not even joking, she was chillaxing across the store doing her makeup.  Her son runs over to her and hugs mommy’s legs.  I walk over with Adelaide on my hip and she says, “Oh did the baby fall” and I respond, “NO.  Your son PUSHED her.  He needs to apologize.”

So she says, “Sweetheart, can you apologize?” and little sweet innocent over here starts quivering his lip.  I just stood there staring mom down, not willing to back down.  I repeated “He needs to apologize” and mom didn’t make any effort to tell her son to apologize again.  She also didn’t apologize for her son’s behavior, which is honestly the most maddening part of this story.

I finally say, “So that’s how it is now?  Your kid can hurt another kid and get away with it?”  Mom of the year responds, “Well, I don’t think he got away with it.  He clearly feels bad.”

WHAT?  He feels bad that he got caught!  Not that he hurt a little girl!

I get that kids get hurt, that kids push and bite.  But come on lady, at least ask if my kid is okay.

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In other news, here is Adelaide doing her hair.

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And here she is creating a masterpiece.

That blue line down her artwork is when I temporarily lost my mind and let her use a marker.

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Coney Island

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We spent a Saturday afternoon at the Aquarium and then Coney Island, which basically means chasing Adelaide all around Brooklyn.  The zoo pass Jon got me for Mother’s Day also includes the Aquarium, so on a day we had nothing to do we found ourselves driving down to explore.  We didn’t last there long since most of the exhibits are still closed post-Sandy, so we wandered over to the boardwalks.

There was a playground in the middle of the beach that Adelaide played on, and then would ask us to clean her hands.  And then play some more, and run over so we could wipe her hands.  That girl.  Doesn’t like to get dirty.

I’ve had pep talks with her telling her that little girls get dirty, but so far she’s not interested.

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the baloney bug We’re en route to California today, where we’ll spend the next two weeks in San Francisco, Monterrey, Santa Barbara and LA.  While we were in San Francisco and LA for quite a while last year, it was with a baby, so I feel like the game has totally changed.  So long are the days of Adelaide taking long naps in the stroller while I lazily walk around between shops and restaurants.  Any suggestions for fun things to do with a toddler are welcome!

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Happy Birthday, Siena!

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Today is my sweet niece Siena’s second birthday.  Well, if you want to get technical it’s tomorrow, but since she’s in New Zealand, it’s already tomorrow.  So it’s her birthday today and tomorrow.  Lucky girl.

We celebrated her birthday when she was here in July.  It means so much to us to get to celebrate with her, even if it is a bit early.  Two cakes are better than one, amiright?

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Happy Birthday, Siena!  We love you so much, sweet girl.

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Summer Inspired Cake Pops

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Our local kids store was having a butterfly release party and asked me to make some summer themed cake pops for the event.  Ice cream, sunshine and butterflies seemed like the perfect choices.

They were a huge hit at the event and I enjoyed getting back in the baking groove.

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Turning the oven on is physically painful in the summer heat, but definitely worth it for these little pieces of heaven.

 

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Family Photos 2014

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I owe you all an update on how life as a stay at home mom is going (hint: it’s hard) but until I get a minute, I’ll leave you with these photos we took two months ago and I keep forgetting to post.  It’s our family tradition to set up a tripod and snap some photos at sunset on our last night at the beach.

This year was um… challenging.  Getting two toddlers to participate in photos at bedtime?  Oh, a total breeze.

In fact, getting two toddlers to do ANYTHING simultaneously is a total breeze.  No sarcasm, of course.

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Always gotta have a silly one in there.

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This kills me.  We all look miserable.  So bad.

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Hello??  Toddlers??  Do you want to sit still for a second?

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Here they are playing Adelaide’s favorite game, Ring Around the Rosie.

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And saving the absolute best for last.  Somehow Siena did not fall on her head, therefore this picture cracks me up every.single.time.

That’s all for now, I’ve got to chase a toddler who refuses to nap and is currently putting makeup on the dog.

 

 

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Changes

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Today marks a significant day in my life, both personal and professional.  After nearly four years of working for a company I love, along side some of the best people I’ve met, I will hand in my badge.

Jon and I have decided that what’s best for our family, right now, is for me to stay at home with Adelaide.

While I was pregnant and during my maternity leave, we struggled with deciding if I should go back to work.  We ultimately decided that I would give it a shot and see how it went.  It’s been almost a year since I returned, and it’s going fine.  I like working.  I like talking to adults and eating lunch with both hands.

But as Adelaide gets older, I realize just how much of her day to day I’m missing.  Not to mention, by the time I get home from work she’s tired and fussy, I’m tired and fussy.  I was getting the worst parts of her day without getting any of the good parts.

I always felt like I was running out the door at home to get to work, and running out the door at work to get back home.  I never felt fully in one place or the other.

So Jon and I talked about it.  And talked some more.  We discussed how it would affect our finances and lifestyle.  And ultimately we decided that the benefits of me staying home with Adelaide outweighed the benefits of me working.

I’m nervous.  I’m really nervous, actually.

Nervous about being lonely until I get in a groove and meet mom friends, about finding things for us to do all day, every day. About the cold days and the rainy days.

But I’m also excited.  So excited.

So here’s to the good and the unexpected and to making changes that scare us.  Happy Friday, friends.

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Matchy Matchy

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As a kid my mom would always dress me to match my cousin who was the same age.  But we weren’t fooling anyone, we clearly weren’t twins.  My sister and I started dressing the girls alike to get a good laugh, but then we couldn’t stop doing it.  The girls were just so cute.  I mean, can you handle this??

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Also, don’t be fooled by this photo of them happily playing together.  Most of their time was spent fighting over toys.

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Please note Siena’s high heels.  She could walk like a champ in them.

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Adelaide looks happy but she’s definitely thinking, “I’m gonna steal that toy from you and you’ll never see it again!”

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Yep, toldya so.

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I’m sure one day Adelaide will get embarrassed and annoyed at all the getups I dressed her in as a kid.  Until then, matching outfits it is.

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