Summer’s Farm

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I was in Maryland a week ago and my mom suggested I take Adelaide to Summer’s Farm.  I’d lived in Frederick most of my life and never knew that this place existed.  It’s funny how your priorities change as you have a child and a whole new world opens up.

I literally just googled “Does Disney World have alcohol?”

(It does.  Thank God.)

But I digress.  The farm.  We got there around dinner time on a Sunday, which is a great time to go to any kid’s place because… everyone’s having dinner.  I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of activities tailored to our tot.

We ran through the Corn Maze, rode on the barrel ride (which was mildly traumatizing for all of us) and played in the “corn pit” (for lack of better words).  Adelaide was obsessed with that thing.  Just lots and lots of kernels of corn to jump around in.  Who would’ve known?

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It ended up raining while we were there, so Adelaide didn’t get to do a few of the activities, but she was pretty happy if she could stay in that corn pit forever.  There was a beautiful double rainbow, so that sort of made up for the weather.

I’m praying fall never turns into winter, because noooooo.

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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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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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London, Part 2

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Our first full day in London we decided to take the Tower of London tour.  Jon had done it while in college, but seeing as this was my first trip (and Adelaide’s!) we thought it was worth visiting.  I’m glad we did because it was one of my favorite parts of the trip.  The tour was really entertaining and I’m glad we decided to do that instead of walking around by ourselves.

I try to let Adelaide out of the stroller or carrier as often as possible, but there were a lot of stairs here, so she had to be contained for the majority of our trip.  I always try to let her run around for a bit and burn some energy before we leave, though.  Kid has enough energy for all of us, so a little play time is essential.

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug We completed our trip to the Tower of London by stopping at a pub for a pint and fish and chips.  Adelaide was all about the chips, not so much the fish.

Clearly she takes after her mama.

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London, Part 1

the baloney bug Apologies for the radio silence, blog friends.  Since the last time I posted we’ve been to um… 4 different countries.  We took a weekend trip to Toronto (pictures of that to come, sometime).  Then we took a little over a week trip to Europe where we spent a few days in London, a few days in Copenhagen and a very brief day trip across the border into Sweden.

Adelaide is nothing short of an amazing traveler.  She does so well on planes.  Generally she’s awake for boarding and then we nurse during takeoff, which paired with the white noise of the engines, puts her right to sleep.  I joke that the only time I get to watch movies is during plane rides when she’s asleep (this trip I finally watched Frozen, as well as American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club).

Our flight to London was scheduled to depart NYC at 8:30pm, but we sat on the runway for a very exhausting 2 hours before finally taking off.  We landed the next morning in London on very little sleep only to hear that our hotel room wasn’t ready.  We decided to walk around and ended up catching the changing of the guards.  Then Adelaide and I ran around outside of Buckingham Palace for a while until she fell and then no one was happy.

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug I swear all I do these days is chase this girl.  She is FAST. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug Adelaide’s top and shoes // My sweatshirt, pants are old Gap (similar) and  shoes (on sale!) the baloney bug Oh hey, stroller.  I’ll try to do a post one of these days about how we make it through the airport.  We’ve brought our stroller on every flight we’ve ever taken, but always checked it at the desk and I wear Adelaide through security and the airport.  And then I get a chuckle at all the other parents trying to get that thing through security. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug These next few photos were taken at the end of the day when we were walking back to our hotel and realized there were way less people outside and tried to snap a few more photos:

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug Okay, I think that’s enough photos for one day.  I can’t wait to share some more with you.

London, you were too good to us.

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Daddy’s Girl

the baloney bug I went to a cooking class on Saturday and came home to Adelaide snuggled and asleep on Jon’s chest.  It was about the sweetest thing, and Jon didn’t dare move a muscle because everyone knows not to wake a sleeping baby.  I love the bond they have, the way Jon has his ways to take care of her and entertain her.  They aren’t necessarily the way I would do it, but that’s what makes them so great.  I’m not sure there’s any greater way to melt my heart than to see my baby and my husband sharing a moment like this. the baloney bug the baloney bug

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We’ve Moved!

Well, sort of.  But really. 

A few weeks ago our neighbors told us they were moving and if we wanted their apartment, it’s up for grabs.  It’s still a one bedroom, and an identical layout to our current apartment, but it’s on the first floor.

Between the baby, the dog and the stroller, climbing a few flights of stairs has become a bit of an issue.  There’s no where in the lobby to leave our stroller, so we’re constantly lugging it up and down the stairs.  So we thought, “Move downstairs?  Sure, why not?”

Turns out this little move is a big move.  Moving is still moving.  There are a few different things about this apartment than our old ones.  Just a few inches here or there, but when you live in a one bedroom apartment with a baby, a few inches translates to a lot.

Jon came back from Thanksgiving early to get us moved in, and has been working like crazy to get us settled.  I’m so thankful for that man who works so hard for his family.  And my parents agreed to keep Brady until Christmas, which has just been the biggest help.  We miss him like crazy, and I’m sad when I go to sleep that he’s not at the bottom of the bed keeping my feet warm.  But the extra few minutes of sleep in the morning not having to get all bundled up and walk him has been a nice break.  I’m excited to bring him back and when he sprints up the stairs to the third floor I’ll call him back and say, “No Brady, we live here now.”

In other news, Adelaide says “da da” like crazy, so I’m making it my sole mission in life to get her to say “ma ma”.

And her favorite toy is keys.  And phones.  And rocks.  Anything but baby toys, really.  Love that kid.

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Pennings Orchard

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Saturday we went apple picking with a group of our friends at Pennings Orchard.  The weather ended up being crazy warm and didn’t feel like fall at all.  Which is fine by me, because I wish it were summer year round.

Last year when we went apple picking I was 17 weeks pregnant.  It was so fun to bring the baby this year.  Up until now she’s been completely uninterested in food, so it was exciting to see her clutching her apples in her tiny little hands and giving them licks and taking the occasional bite.  Melt my heart, whydontcha?

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug Last year Jon juggled apples, so in keeping with tradition everyone gave it a go. the baloney bug Kristin gave it a shot… the baloney bug And it didn’t go so well.  I love this shot of her covering her head! the baloney bug Happy Monday!  Hope you had a great weekend as well!

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Five Years

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Here’s to a million more.

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Vegas, Baby

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After an unintentional blog hiatus, there were supposed to be cute photos up here on the blog today, but then someone was up until all hours of the night thanks to teething and jet lag.  So instead you get this adorable photo of Adelaide in Vegas.

You’re welcome.

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