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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Three Year Old Thoughts

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Some of my favorite snippets from recent conversations with Adelaide:

Me: How did Daddy do your hair?
Adelaide: Not good.

Mommy! Mommy!
Yea?
Will you sing with me? I’ve got the music in my heart.

What’s your favorite food?
Surprise eggs.
No, not candy.  Food.
Chocolate.

I’m going to bless you.
What?
:::Adelaide sneezes:::
Ohhhh, bless you!

Mom!  We’re on the plane!
Yea? Where are we going?
To Ikea.

Me: Run down the stairs and say goodbye to Daddy.
A: You should not run down the stairs.

I wish I had a baby.  A real baby.  At least I have this mermaid toy.

My daddy has hair on his face.  A beard.  And sunglasses.

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Royal Caribbean “Independence”

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We had talked about going on a cruise for my birthday this year, but Jon’s crazy work schedule had been keeping us from actually booking one.  So in April we found cheap flights and a cruise that actually fit our schedule and booked ourselves on a last minute vacation.  Not to mention, we were desperate to get out of New York after a dreary spring.  We’ve taken one cruise with Adelaide, but it wasn’t terribly relaxing since she was too young for the kids programs, and at the time wasn’t potty trained.  Kids who aren’t potty trained are not allowed in pools on cruises, so we spent most of our time chasing around a one year old who couldn’t participate in any activities.

This cruise was a whole different ball game.  On Royal Caribbean, kids must be 3 and potty trained to go into the kids programs.  Check and check.

During the day she mostly stayed with us by the pool, going back to our room in the afternoon for a nap.  One day Jon and Adelaide even went ice skaing, which lasted about 3 minutes before Adelaide decided it looks easier on tv than in real life.

We had a 6pm dinner seating, and at 6:45pm the kids staff would pick the kids up from the dining room and take them to the kids programs.  Every night had a different theme, craft and activity and she LOVED it.

Not to mention Jon and I actually got to finish our dinner without the full circus act, and then got to see a show and have a drink before we picked her up at 10pm.

{Prepare yourself for a photo overload.}

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Adelaide has been straight up begging to go on another cruise. She’s been giving Jon her best puppy dog eyes in an valiant attempt.

Keep working on him, kid.  I certainly wouldn’t mind another vacation.

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Easter 2016

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Oh was Easter three months ago?  That’s funny, because it feels like just yesterday.

Holidays are infinitely more magical as seen through the eyes of a three year old.  She still talks about the doll the Easter Bunny brought her, and every time she mentions it I revel in her sweet innocence.

And then she asks me to play dolls with her for the thousandth time that hour, and I realize I might need to have a talk with a certain Easter Bunny.

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Adventureland

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Over the weekend we went to a birthday party at our local amusement park.  Adelaide is a thrill seeker, to say the least, so she had a blast.  I love seeing her friendships form and strengthen, and hearing her having little conversations and playing games.

For so long I felt like I was the only one who could understand what she was saying.  But now she’s having actual conversations (and arguments, ha) with her friends.

She’s incredibly social and outgoing, often surprising me with how she can jump into any social situation.  The other night we were out at a pizza place and she made friends with another little girl while we were waiting for our food.  The other girl asked if Adelaide wanted to eat with her family, and Adelaide begged to sit with them.

So Jon and I ended up eating dinner alone while Adelaide sat at the table next to ours with her new family.

It was practically a date.

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So excited for the temps rising and summer fun with this girl.

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Three Years Old

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Where do I start?  I could fill up pages and pages with sappy words about how much this girl means to us.  She’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met.  She’s kind hearted, silly and insanely stubborn.

She asks me countless times a day, “Mommy, are you happy?” Which is so sweet in theory, but sometimes mommy is a little frustrated and it takes some effort to say “Yes, I’m happy.”

To which she’ll respond, “I want you to say you’re happy LIKE THIS!”

She is a people pleaser.  An animal lover.  She loves babies.  We started swim and dance lessons, and it’s been such a joy watching her go from clinging to me in the pool to watching her swim around, splashing and having fun.  She’s been potty trained for nearly a year, and cut out her night diapers soon after (all on her own, much to my hesitation).  Good thing I had just bought a Costco sized box of Pull-ups when she decided she wanted to start wearing underwear to bed.

We spend every waking minute playing dolls.  She would rather play dolls a million times over than watch tv.  Which is amazing in theory, but sometimes mama needs a break from playing dolls.

Adelaide, thank you for your spirit.  For making me want to be a better person.  For your eternal optimism and generous heart.

And for referring to me as “Dora” when we’re in public.

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2015 Christmas Card

the baloney bug Sending you lots of holiday cheer!  We’re in full on “Santa is coming!” mode over here.  Adelaide’s excitement is contagious and I can’t wait to see her face on Christmas morning.

I’ll be back soon to post a behind the scenes video how the card was made.  Let’s just say that Brady was the most difficult child and he was fired after roughly 2 photos.

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Santa

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We might have gone to see Santa almost a month ago.  Adelaide saw the Amazon wish list I was putting together for her, and immediately became obsessed with one particular toy.  I explained that we’d go visit Santa and she’d tell him what she wanted, and on Christmas he’d bring it to our house and leave it under the tree.

She immediately wanted to go see Santa.  It was all she could talk about.

So we saw Santa.  We wrote him a letter.  We talk about him constantly.  What a change from last year when she cried and refused to sit on his lap.

Every year the holidays get more and more exciting.  I love seeing her experience the Christmas magic and excitement of the season.  We’re still working on understanding the actual Christmas story, but it’s a bit harder for a 2 year old to comprehend than “Santa brings me gifts”.  We’ll get there.

I can’t wait to see her joy on Christmas morning.  I just hope Santa didn’t forget the batteries.

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Jumping in the Leaves

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A couple of Saturdays ago, I came home from running errands to come home and see Jon and Adelaide out front raking the leaves.  Each season in our home we discover some new type of outside maintenance.  Winter brought snow, spring brought flowers and gardens and weeding, summer brought lawn mowing and fall brought leaves.

Adelaide couldn’t resist the opportunity to jump in the leaves.  She spent a good part of the afternoon running through the piles we’d just made.  And helping, of course.

At one point I looked at Jon and said, “So raking leaves is basically sweeping your entire yard?”

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Thank goodness we have Adelaide to help us with all of this work.

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