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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Christmas Card 2016

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Happy holidays!

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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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Behind the Card

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It’s a Christmas miracle!  We’ve had a busier than normal holiday season, so getting this video posted to the blog before Christmas was actually over is nothing short of miraculous.

The first part of the video shows Jon setting up the lighting and getting the camera just right, then we started shooting.  We originally tried to get all 4 of us into one shot, but Brady was the loose cannon.  He just wanted to play with the balloons, so shortly after we started he got kicked out.

Then we continued to shoot a series of photos with the self timer, and finally finishing with me throwing a bunch of balloons into the air for Jon to add in after the fact.  It really is amazing how Jon can take the chaos pictured above and turn it into this:

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Hank’s Pumpkintown

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Oh hey!  Remember me?  We’ve spent the last however many months overloaded with house projects, potty training, playdates and beach trips.

And watching the Mets make it to the World Series, of course.

Last weekend we took a day to drive out to the eastern end of Long Island to pick apples and pumpkins.  We got to there nice and early and managed to avoid some of the afternoon crowds.  Adelaide ran up and down the rows of trees picking apples and sampling them.  Then we headed over to the pumpkin patch and finished up the trip on the playground, tearing Adelaide away so we could get home in time for nap.  She had a blast and is now extra obsessed with eating whole apples.

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I’ll be back soon (hopefully) to update what’s been going on with our favorite little two year old.

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Golden Gate

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In May we took Adelaide on her third trip to San Francisco.  While it’s one of our favorite cities, I think Adelaide and I won’t be back for a while.  Travel has increasingly become less about painting the town red and increasingly more about playgrounds and nap time.  We spent almost every day at the playground at Yerba Buena Gardens in the sandbox and on the slide.

She wouldn’t even eat the big Ghirardelli sundae I got for us to share.  I mean, what’s the point of going to San Francisco if it doesn’t involve a big brownie sundae??

Realizing that I didn’t travel cross country to go to playgrounds, I decided to cool it on the travel a bit.  We stopped by the Golden Gate Bridge one morning for more photos (see previous ones here and here ).  I love to see how she’s changed from trip to trip, and what better place than in front of one of the most famous bridges?

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the baloney bug Adelaide’s face just about sums up how she feels about family photos these days.

Actually, I think it pretty well sums toddler life in general.

 

 

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