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.

Napa

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After leaving San Francisco we drove to Napa for a bit of wine and relaxation.  We ended up staying in a Bed and Breakfast, which was surprisingly nice.  I always shy away from them, but we really enjoyed ourselves.  We hadn’t done much research on where we wanted to go, so we got there with very little planned.  Jon ended up choosing 4 wineries- 2 big and touristy, 2 small and more intimate.

Of the ones we visited, my favorite, by far was Alpha Omega.  Beautiful outdoor seating, amazing staff and of course, great wine.

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(possibly the best picture of them, ever.)

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At night we walked around Napa, enjoyed wine and cheese at the Oxbow Market and ended with dinner downtown.

Napa, you were so good to us.  Luckily I have a few bottles of wine to remember you by.

The Ferry Building

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The Ferry Building was just over a mile from our hotel, or in New York terms, walking distance.  I took Adelaide there on a Thursday when the Farmer’s Market was already set up.  Except I didn’t have any cash on me or my ATM card.  Serious Mom fail.  Lucky for me, inside the building are another set up of restaurants and shops with some seriously awesome food.

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I’d been dying to stop by Miette ever since I found their cookbook a few years back, and stared endlessly at the treats before finally deciding on a few.

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Definitely a must for anyone visiting San Francisco.  Yum.

San Francisco

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Last week Jon had to be in San Francisco for work, so Adelaide and I tagged along.

My days in San Francisco were essentially identical to my days in New York- wake up, feed Adelaide, hang out a bit and then head out to walk around town.  The main difference being when I got back to our room the bed was made and everything was a tad tidier than when I left.

I can definitely get behind that.

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We spent the week there and then headed to Napa for the weekend.  One lady we met along the way was all, “Oh you should take the baby to Disneyland since it’s free until she’s two” and we’re all, “Heck no, we’re going to Disneyland for adults- Napa.”

Chincoteague

the baloney bug I was just a couple of weeks old the first time my parents brought me to Chincoteague, VA.  My family has been spending summers here since long before I was born, so it was so exciting to get to bring my own daughter this year.

Except instead of reading book after book, naps and happy hour it was a lot of sitting under the umbrella and making sure my little didn’t eat handfuls of sand.

Our pediatrician recommended that we avoid using sunscreen on Adelaide until she is 6 months old, so I found a couple long sleeve SPF 50 bathing suits that she lived in.  We shuttled her straight under the umbrella and her pale skin stayed nice and white.  the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug As I was sitting there under the umbrella, holding my baby all bundled up in a beach towel I couldn’t help but think, these are the days.

Baby’s First Vacation

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We just got back from our friend’s wedding in the Dominican Republic, although I have almost zero photos to prove we were ever at the beach.  Between the pool bar and keeping sun off my delicate skinned offspring I totally failed in the photo department.

But Adelaide has a passport and a stamp in it, so that’s something, right?

I propped her up on the bed so I could use both hands to get ready for the wedding, and when I turned around she was smiling and giggling and making the best baby squeals.  She’s started making raspberries and it’s possibly the cutest thing ever.  The best is when she can’t quite get it right, and just sits there with her lips pouted and little bubbles all around her mouth from past raspberry attempts.

I can’t resist kissing her plump cheeks and telling her how much mama adores her.

National Zoo

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Last week Jon had to be in DC for work, so Adelaide and I tagged along.  We walked around the Smithsonian gardens (I didn’t even know they existed, but they’re gorgeous!), we rode the Metro (seriously, so much easier than the NYC subway!  There are elevators!  At every station!), we ate amazing food.

We took one night to go to the National Zoo, which is F-R-E-E.  Free.

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It may shock you to learn that Adelaide didn’t care about the zoo animals, but it was great to get out as a family.

And also because the zoo sells beer.

Three Year Blogiversary

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This week marks three years that I’ve been documenting my life on The Baloney Bug.

In the last year I enjoyed my boys:

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I tried some new recipes:

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I learned not to lend people my phone:

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Had a bride cut me off:

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I traveled:

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I spent time with my family:

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And the best of them all, I’m expecting our first child:

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Thanks to everyone who ever clicks over to this page and shares in what happens over here.  This blog has become my place to document my little family, my modern day scrapbook.

I can’t help but to be excited about what the next year will look like.

Lyall Bay: 5 Years Later

2007 This picture was taken five years ago in New Zealand after some delicious milkshakes at Lyall Bay.  At the time this picture was taken, Merridith was engaged and Jon and I were still dating.

2012 Before dropping us off at the airport to return home, Merridith decided to take us back to Lyall Bay for one more milkshake.  I’m so glad we squeezed in the detour before leaving.

It’s crazy to see how far five years will take you.  How fast five years will pass.  Merridith, a new mom with such a sweet baby, myself anxiously awaiting my own child.

Standing on that beach I could have never predicted all the things that would happen in the next five years.

(Which is why when you’re being interviewed and someone asks you what your five your plan is you should shake your head and refuse to answer their trick question.)

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look at those chunks!

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Milford Sound {Part 2}

 

milford sound After the six hour bus ride down from Queenstown, we had finally reached the Milford Sound where we would take a two hour boat ride.

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Hour many hours does that make our travel on this trip so far?  Seven thousand?