Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Well, hello there friends! How is everyone? Today I am sharing our fun filled weekend. I will be back with a few life updates and excitement later this week. I hope everyone made the most of the holiday weekend and soaked up every minute of extra time with friends and family. Just so thankful for the individuals that gave their lives for out freedom and the individuals that continue to serve our country.

Our weekend was spent enjoying the beautiful North Carolina sunshine and spending time with family and friends. Saturday, Caroline enjoyed her first trip on the lake on my parent's boat. My dad, Caroline and I went out to Falls Lake for a few hours on Saturday afternoon.

Caroline loves the water and it was so neat to see her take in all the sights on the lake. She was happiest when we tied off on the shore and she could explore the water. The lifejacket was her least favorite part. The bulkiness of the life jacket caused her balance to be off and she had a hard time staying upright! Hopefully with a little practice she will get used to it!

On Sunday, we grabbed coffee and went to church as a family. Joe and I are happy to find a church home and are trying our best to make it a Sunday tradition. After church, Caroline took a mid day nap and I got everything packed up to head to the pool!  Caroline woke up around lunchtime and we headed to our friend's pool. We both had a blast cooling off in the water and catching up with friends. Caroline is such a little fish and loved handing out in her float while splashing in the water.

After a few hours, we cleaned up and headed back to our friend's house for a cookout. Everyone enjoyed bratwursts, broccoli salad, pasta salad and watermelon. Caroline spent time chasing their beagle around the kitchen. She is fascinated with dogs and loves doggy kisses. 

We were both quickly worn out after an afternoon in the sun and headed home around 5 for an early dinner and bedtime.

Monday was another great day on the water with my entire family. My parents picked us up around 11 to head out on the lake. We enjoyed exploring around the lake and then anchored off to enjoy some lunch. After a few hours, Caroline was worn out and was able to settle down for a quick nap. She is not one to give cuddles frequently so I savored every minute of her napping on me.

Thanks again to a day out in the sun, early dinner and bedtime was a must. After Caroline was asleep, Joe and I grilled out and enjoyed dinner on the porch.

I hope you all had a great weekend!!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Day in the Life | April 18

Blogging has the unique platform to give insight to individual's lives beyond posting on Facebook or Instagram. I think that is the fun part of lifestyle blogging getting to know people at a deeper level and gain insight from others experiences. I love finding anything from new makeup favorites or activities for Caroline based on other's reviews. One of my favorites is getting a sneak peak into the daily life of others. So, today I'm sharing a bit more insight into my life as a part-time stay at home mom. I haven't shared a day in the life post since Caroline was a little bitty baby at three months old! Here is a peek into my day yesterday.

The alarm clock goes off and I start to hear Caroline stirring in the monitor. She typically wakes up anywhere from 6 to 6:45 each morning. Joe gets up and starts to get ready for work and I head upstairs to grab Caroline. Quick diaper change and we start our morning playing and hanging out on the couch while watching the news. Caroline enjoys her sippy cup of milk while we hang out.

Both Caroline and I start to get hungry and we head downstairs for breakfast. Caroline enjoyed a spinach muffin with grapes and cheese while I had a protein waffle. I also quickly emptied the dishwasher and got ready for the gym. I also got Caroline changed and ready for the day. 

We play for a bit downstairs before heading to the gym. I have been going to Burn Boot Camp for a year now and both Caroline and I love it. She is always inthralled with all the musical toys they have since we do not have many at home. The 8:30 class has been my go to since last summer. 

We head home from the gym and Caroline immediately goes down for a nap. Right now, she will nap anywhere from one hour to over two hours. I can never tell how much time I have so I always try to squeeze as much as I can into her naps. While she slept, I quickly showered and started on laundry. I then tackled some ironing while catching up on the Today show. I also quickly straightened up my car and cleaned up around the house from the weekended. Caroline was still sleeping so I made a batch of apple sauce & sweet potato puree to place into pouches. Then I prepped for dinner tonight by starting mashed potatoes in the crockpot. 

Caroline's up from her nap and it's lunchtime! I grabbed a goddess bowl I prepped yesterday with with quinoa, edamame, chickpeas, carrots and beets.  I got the entire meal inspiration from Sarah Fit's recent ginger dressing recipe. Caroline tolerated the chickpeas but that was about it. I try to offer different veggies to her each day even though she frequently refuses. She ended up also eating some of the apple sauce & sweet potato puree as well as grapes and kiwi. 

I loaded up the car with Caroline and Charlie to run a few errands. Afterwards, we head to a local park for a walk and playtime. Caroline absloutely loves the swings. She gets so excited when she sees them at the park and will cry every time it's time to leave. 

Back home and head upstairs for some playtime. Lots of chasing, stacking towers and practicing walking. Her favorite toy right now is the busy box and could stand there playing with the beads for a few minutes. Which is impressive since her attention span is a bit short! 

Caroline started to get grumpy and quite tired. So I took her into her bedroom for a nap. Lately afternoon naps have not happened and today was the same. She played and rolled around for about 45 minute before becoming upset and throwing her pacis out of the crib. I went back in and calmed her down and gave her back the pacis. After about 5 more minutes of her not winding down I got her back out to play. 

The no afternoon nap really started to wear on Caroline and she was getting quite upset at every little thing. So we headed downstairs for an early dinner to buy a bit of time before bedtime. She looked at books while I cooked some chicken breasts and finished making the mashed potatoes. She had chicken, mashed potatoes and then kiwi for dinner. 

Early bedtime for Caroline and she goes down without a fuss. After she is asleep, I head back to the kitchen to finish our dinner and clean up the kitchen. Joe is working late tonight so I place his plate in the fridge. 

Relax on the couch for a bit while watching the news and enjoying dinner. I'm a old lady at heart and look forward to Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune each night. After dinner, I start working on this blog post and catch up on reading a few blogs. 

Joe is finally home and we catch up while he enjoys dinner. Then we watch a few episodes of The Crown before I call it a night around 9:30. 

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Weekend 2017

The joys of any celebration seem to be amplified 2x when you see it through your child's eyes.  A our church service on Sunday,  a young boy shared his testimony of his parents teaching him about Jesus and how He died for our sins on the cross. While Caroline is too young to understand the meaning of Easter. I pray everyday that she grows to love Jesus and that I provide an example for her through teaching. Sometimes it is really difficult to get out the door and to church on time due to nap time. I'm thankful that this Sunday we were able to celebrate Christ's resurrection by attending church.

The rest of our weekend was spent enjoying the beautiful springtime weather. Friday I took Caroline on her first egg hunt with her playgroup friends. She really did not understand the concept but enjoyed piling the eggs in the basket and then dumping them out again.

Saturday Caroline enjoyed her final introductory swim class. We signed her up for a 3 class session at our local YMCA. She loves the water and splashing during swim time. The only thing she did not like was going underwater. I can't wait to practice some of these skills in the pool once it opens!

We celebrated Easter a bit at home before church with a little Easter basket and family photo. Caroline's basket was filled with 2 Easter books, a light up bunny wand from the Target dollar spot, hide and squeak eggs and a few hair bows. 

Sunday after church we headed to have Easter lunch with Joe's family. We grilled steaks and enjoyed baked potatoes. I made this delicious broccoli salad as a side. Caroline enjoyed her first bite of watermelon and hunted Easter eggs in the yard. 

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