Happy 4th of July!

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Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend.  We’re excited to have Jon all to ourselves for three whole days with nothing on the calendar (except maybe some painting and potty training).

And snuggling Brady extra close.

He is not a fan of this holiday.

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dress – brass razoo // sandals – salt water

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New Zealand: Lake Taupo

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From Wellington, we drove four hours north to Lake Taupo.  Adelaide and I spent our days by the lake while Jon, my mom and brother in law took a day to hike an active volcano.

Good for them.

The sand around the lake was full of pumice stones, so while they looked like massive rocks, Adelaide could easily pick them up and throw them.  The pumice floated, so she’d make me go out and retrieve each piece so she could throw it again.

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the baloney bug We may have accidentally gotten ourselves locked into the upstairs portion of the house, while the guys were out hiking.

Luckily we had all the kids with us.

And it was time for happy hour.

While we were stuck upstairs baby Savannah was so close to rolling over, so we were huddled around her with our cameras out, cheering her on.  We turn around for one second and she rolls onto her belly with no one watching.

Poor second child.

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New Zealand: Wellington Botanic Garden

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In February Adelaide, my mom and I boarded a plane for New Zealand.  And then we boarded two more.  Twenty four hours, a trip across the International Dateline and into the Southern Hemisphere, and viola!  We were there.

The longest of our 3 flights (13 hours between LA and Auckland) was surprisingly easy.  It left about midnight our time, and by that time Adelaide was exhausted.  She fell asleep soon after we took off and woke up a good 9 hours later.

We were in NZ the entire month, strategically planning to spend the coldest month here during the warmest month there.

And hot damn, it worked.  Do you know how much snow the East Coast got??  I was not sad to miss that.

Jon was able to join us for the last two weeks of the trip, and we were just a tiny bit glad to see him.

My sister now has two daughters, Siena who (at the time) was 2.5 years and Savannah who was 4 months.  Adelaide was straight up smitten by her cousins.  She idolized Siena and adored Savannah.  Savannah was the first baby Adelaide’s ever really been around, and she couldn’t get enough.

She wanted to “hold” Savannah, give her kisses, hug her (um, crush her), touch her toes, help put on her shoes, give her toys.  She loved the baby.  She couldn’t say Savannah, so she would scream “BABY” in her face.

Over.

And over.

Even now, months later, when Adelaide is upset and nothing will calm her, I’ll ask her if she wants to see a video of Siena and Savannah, and instantly she’s agreeable.  I just love how she loves them.

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Is that a mom who has everything under control, or what?  I was so impressed with how Merridith seemed to seamlessly transition from one kid to two.  I know it didn’t happen quite like that, but she made it look easy.

She had a fun play date or story time or adventure planned for us every day.

And got us back in time for nap.

On the one day we were cutting it close and Adelaide was falling asleep in the car, Merridith managed to keep her awake until we got home.  Even I had given up on nap that day, so I was certainly thankful for my supermom sister saving the day.
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the baloney bug We certainly aren’t close geographically, but I’m so glad for technology keeping us close.  That Adelaide gets to see and talk to her cousins, share milestones and birthday celebrations.

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Disney

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I’ve obviously been a little bit MIA from the blog world for a while (um, months?) and honestly just keep it alive because it’s the easiest way for me to document our lives for myself and my family.  Jon edits all the photos that get posted here, and he’s been swamped.

We took this trip to Disney over Thanksgiving weekend.  It was literally 2 days after we signed the contract on our house, so in the midst of a trip to Disney we were getting approved for a mortgage, having the house property surveyed, etc etc.  A little bit stressful.

Then you know, we bought a house, moved into a house and spend every spare second tending to said house.  Oh and a toddler.  And dog.

Now that it’s summer, ohmygod, the gardens.  They’re gorgeous but I have no idea what the heck I’m doing.  I’m constantly googling and youtubing and texting my mom questions.

Jon’s also been traveling more than ever.  He’s been gone more weeks and weekends than he’s been home.  So now that we’re on a little vacation we can finally catch up on pictures… of other vacations.

While in Orlando, our friends Matt and Jessica hosted us.  They had recently moved from New York to Orlando and were amazing hosts.  Over our long weekend they took us to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom.

We started letting Adelaide watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse a few weeks before our trip to get her excited.  Our main goal for the trip was to meet Minnie, which we accomplished on our last day there.  We met Donald first, and she was TERRIFIED of him.  Then we worked our way up to meeting Goofy and Daisy and finally Minnie.  She was tentative, but excited.
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She would have spent all day in the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” playground if she could.  I remember playing in that same park as a kid.  Ah, memories.

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hugs for Daisy

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Thanks so much to our friends for being such amazing hosts.  I’ll be back to the blog in hopefully less than six months with my next post.

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Behind the Scenes 2014

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I think this year’s card might just be my favorite one yet.  We were a bit intimidated at the thought of trying to get a toddler and a dog to cooperate, but give them a cookie and some cream cheese and you’ve got a sure fire way to keep their attention.

I’ve been tossing around ideas for a kitchen scene for a while, and Jon was never on board.  When I suggested that he could be in the background pouring some booze into his coffee, he was suddenly a lot more interested.  I figured my favorite cards have always been the ones where something funny has been happening (Jon tied up in the Christmas lights and Brady pulling Jon down the street), so we went with it.  The original idea was for us to be dressed up in suit/tie/sparkles but last minute ditched the idea for pajamas.

Adelaide sat on her mark the entire time, happily gobbling down two very large chocolate chip cookies that we made earlier in the week.  I was running back and forth putting cream cheese on the island so Brady would jump up and lick it.  We had to take a small break to get him a step stool, because he was too short to really be seen in most of the photos.

This was our first year using lights.  We don’t get great lighting in our apartment, so Jon brought home some strobe lights to light the set.  I wish we had taken a photo of the entire setup, but it was too hectic to even think about it.  My friend Ashley came over to stand behind the camera and to get Adelaide’s attention, which was crazy helpful.

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^^I swear he wasn’t about to bite her.  Adelaide spent a good amount of the shoot trying to snuggle Brady.  She loves him so much.  Seriously, she just loves her dog.  Brady is so good with her, especially when she’s sneaking him food.

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The final image was actually 3 photographs (Adelaide and me + Brady + Jon).

I guess there are some benefits to being married to a photo geek.

(PS. You can see all of our past Christmas cards here.)

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Happiest of Holidays

 

the baloney bug Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season with a lot of nice (and maybe a little bit of naughty).  Check in tomorrow for out takes and how it was done!

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Big Sur

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The drive between Monterey and Santa Barbara was beyond gorgeous.

And long.

We do car trips pretty regularly, but this was one of the longest we’d been in the car at one time.  We left during Adelaide’s nap time hoping to get a long stretch of the road under our belt before she woke up.

Forty five minutes.  That’s how long she slept on our 6 hour journey.

The first part of the trip we were smitten by the breathtaking views.  But then the kid got fussy and mama had to pee and why is this road so twisty?

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taking pictures with a toddler is fun

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waving hello to the ocean

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We ended up stopping at Hearst Castle along the way because it was one of the only stops during the entire trip.

I paid $7 for a slice of cheese pizza.

Even though the ride was long (and everything with a toddler seems ten times longer), I’m so glad we decided to drive.

And for the wine when we got there.

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Hotel Room Chronicles

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By now Adelaide has spent quite a bit of her life in a hotel room.  It’s not terribly different from our everyday lives, except when I leave to run errands I get to come back to a clean room and a bed that’s been made.  The main downside to hotel living is that once your kid goes to bed you have to be QUIET.  We’re used to sleeping in the same room as her since we live in a one bedroom, but we aren’t used to tiptoeing around her after she’s down for the night.

Jon’s started to look for hotel rooms that have a separate living space so we have a space to go once Adelaide’s asleep.  After staying at a few hotels that didn’t have a separate living space and dragging the desk chair over to the corner next to whatever other random chair might be in the room outside the bathroom isn’t ideal.  Plus I’m sure housekeeping wonders what the heck we’re doing.  Having a space with a couch to crash is definitely preferred.

One of Adelaide’s current favorite “songs” is “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”.  She’ll stand on the bed and wag her finger “no” while she starts jumping up and down.  I couldn’t resist getting my camera out and snapping a few photos while she played around.

(See past hotel photos of a teeny tiny Adelaide here and here)

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I just love this little girl’s excitement over the little things.  I pray she always has a fun loving spirit and a kind heart.

And that she won’t fall off the bed.

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Cruise to Bermuda

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I’m going to wrap up a seven night cruise to Bermuda in one very photo filled post.  I swear we have jobs and we aren’t always on vacation, but we’ve definitely been burning through PTO days like water.

This cruise wasn’t originally on our radar, but when a couple of our friends invited us to come along we quickly agreed.  After all, we didn’t want to be the lame ones with the baby who got left behind.  Except we were kind of the lame ones with the baby who got left behind anyways.

You see, our first mistake was thinking we could keep up.  We just couldn’t.  Travel and vacations are different with a baby and we’re okay with that.  There were a lot of things we couldn’t do with a baby, for instance:

We couldn’t go cliff diving or rent mopeds or sit for an entire meal.  We couldn’t sunbathe (or sit still, for that matter).  Children in swim diapers aren’t allowed in the pools, so that was out.  There were no splash pads and Adelaide was too young for the children’s programs.

The entire week we really felt like we were just chasing Adelaide around one big not baby-proofed boat.  Jon and I ended up taking turns doing alternate things with Adelaide while the other one got to hang out with our friends.

The saving grace of the cruise was the unlimited booze package.  Yes, that’s right. Un-lim-it-ed booze.  Top shelf.  As much as we wanted.  At 9 am.  Having a frozen drink in hand before noon definitely made things better.

Don’t get me wrong, we had a great trip.  But had we planned this ourselves (without taking a big group into consideration) we would have gone on a more baby friendly ship.  The one we went on was definitely aimed toward the grandparent aged crowd, making life a bit more difficult for us parents of young kids.  So now we know.

 

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These two.  This is what my heart looks like when it’s really full.  Is there anything better than a dad and his daughter?

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I’m wearing Adelaide here in a water ring sling.  It’s basically made out of the same material as gym shorts.  You can wear your baby while you’re in the water and it dries quickly.  I wish I’d had this last summer, when she would have wanted to sit still.  This year, not so much sitting still.

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Since we knew in advance that Adelaide wouldn’t be allowed in the pools, we ordered this inflatable bath tub from Amazon and it was our saving grace.  We filled it with water from the pool and plopped it in a shaded area on the deck.  We forgot to bring pool toys with us, but Adelaide was just as happy playing with a room key, complimentary shampoo bottles and plastic cups from the buffet.  Everyone that went by LOVED that we brought this along.  People would constantly come up to us commenting on Adelaide’s private pool.  Someone even came up to Jon one evening and said, “Oh you’re the dad who had the little pool today!  You win the award for best dad!”

I would like to say, for the record, that Jon said the pool was unnecessary when I spent the $12 on it.  It feels good to be right.

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We love cruising, and this was definitely no exception.  Next time we’ll know to look for a more kid friendly cruise.

And bring grandma.

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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.

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Clearly she takes after her mama.

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