Tuesday, August 29, 2017

It's A ....

We found out last week that we will be adding another boy to our crazy little bunch. My sister in law made us the cutest gender reveal cake that we cut into at a family dinner with Dan's side of the family. Logan started out the pregnancy hoping for a girl, and for the past month or two has really wanted a boy instead. He knew that we didn't get to choose if the baby is a boy or girl, but was super thrilled to find out he is getting another brother! We were going to be happy either way, and suspected it was a boy from the beginning by how similar my pregnancy has been to my first two. We can't wait to meet this sweet little guy!

Monday, August 28, 2017

End of Summer Wrap Up...

I fought with myself over that title because I am not sure I am ready to commit to saying goodbye to summer quite yet. We still have a little end of the summer vacation planned with Dan's side of the family before we come back to start school. I am hoping to fit a couple more beach trips, ice cream stops, and some other fun in before I give up and declare summer to be over. Though, when the time comes I will be more than excited to welcome in the fall season!

One of the things that was on our little summer bucket list was a mini golf trip. Logan had been asking about going, and was so excited when we made a night of it. He did really well staying focused throughout the whole course. His brother on the other hand, nearly took a dive into a really gross pool of water, and was more focused on giving each one of the animals on the course hugs and kisses.

We also took a trip to York's Wild Animal Kingdom with my mom and my sister's kids. It is basically half zoo and half amusement park and is located right off of York Beach in Maine. The kids all had a blast feeding the animals, holding a snake, and riding the rides!

I am an ocean lover who happened to marry a lake lover. So when Dan messaged me from work one day a couple weeks ago, and said "lets pack an easy dinner and head to the beach tonight" I was totally on board. It was a little breezy by the time we got there, but that didn't stop Dan and the kids from heading right in for a swim. It was such a fun family night.... the kind of night you hope to remember for years.

Last week we decided to pack all of the cousins up and head into Boston for the day. We took the train to the Boston Aquarium. We got lucky to be on board a train that happened to have a dome car that sits up above the train with large windows. My sweet grandmother decided to brave the challenge that is six young kids in Boston for the day, and made the trip with us. We loved having her there, and I am willing to bet everyone slept really great that night!

Are you ready to say goodbye to summer yet? What was your favorite memory from the season?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Our Camping Trip & 3 Helpful Hints For Camping With Littles

One of our goals for this summer was to bring the boys camping. So Friday afternoon we headed to a campground that is a little over an hour away. It is one that Dan's family had gone to for most of his childhood and we love the swimming/ beach area there. I wasn't sure how taking a 1.5 year old camping would go. I was expecting it to be fun, but not necessarily relaxing. But I was so pleasantly surprised at how relaxing the whole weekend was!

The boys were happy playing with sticks and rocks (no toys necessary). We did some swimming, and lots of campfires. The campground had a small playground area that the boys loved as well. My mom, sister, niece and nephew came up for the day to swim on Sunday which was also a ton of fun!

If I had to pick a favorite memory from the weekend it would be staying up and sitting around a campfire with Dan after we got the kids to bed. We had so much fun just talking, laughing, and planning for the future together. It felt like a little date both nights, and I loved having the alone time with him and no other distractions.

Roasting his own hot dog over the campfire

He was convinced he was helping daddy ;)

The mountains around the pond are beautiful!

His little froggy friend

We had a lot of fun cooking meals over the campfire

My nephew soaking up some sun

Doesn't she have the most beautiful smile?

This VERY excited expression brought to you because he saw someone driving a 4 wheeler. :)

I thought that since I wasn't sure what to expect with taking little ones camping in a tent (mostly Eliott because Logan has been before) I would add a few helpful hints for camping with toddlers to the post. Here are a few ideas that I found useful when camping with littles....

  1. Try to get a site that is relatively close to the restrooms. This is especially helpful with little ones that have already been potty trained, but my pregnant self appreciated not having to walk too far for the bathrooms as well. Logan was having so much fun that he would often wait until the last minute to run for the bathroom. He had quite the dance going a couple of times trying to make it in time, and thankfully they were right near our campsite.
  2. Set up a diaper changing station outside of the tent. I had mine on one end of our picnic table most of the time (see the 2nd picture from the top), but the back of the van would have worked well too. I loved not having to take Eli inside the tent during the day to do diaper changes. The table was at a perfect level for changes, and I used a pack and play mattress for a changing pad that I could move as needed. I had pre-packed a dollar store organizer with diapers, swim diapers, and wipes so everything that I would need was easily accessible.
  3. Pack clothes in a large Rubbermaid container. I packed all of the clothes for Eliott, Logan, and I in one Rubbermaid, as well as some extra towels. It was easier to stack things on top of in the van than it would have been to have three separate bags. It would also be fine to leave outside of the tent as an extra kids table because it is sealed up and wouldn't matter if it had been rained on.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Some Exciting News!

If you haven't already seen on my social media pages, our family has a big announcement!

We are going to be adding another little one to the family in January! I will be headed into the second trimester on Monday and so far things have been going pretty smoothly (other than the usual exhaustion that comes with pregnancy while raising little ones). We had an ultrasound this past week and the baby looks healthy (Praise God!). We are so thankful to be blessed with another little one to love.

I took a video of Logan's reaction when we told him in June. He is very excited and happy to tell anyone we meet about the baby. Eliott still has no idea what is about to hit him, but will point to my belly (and sometimes his own) when he is asked where the baby is. He likes to check under my shirt to see if he can spot a baby from time to time. Here is the video of us telling the boys...


Friday, July 14, 2017

Berries, Ice Cream, & Summer Fun

I mentioned in my last post that we have been having a busy summer, which is really to be expected when running a painting business. We don't get to see a lot of Dan during these summer days, but he makes sure that the time we do have with him is quality time. He takes the boys on a trip down to the river with him before it gets dark, or takes Logan on a bike ride, or plays games and reads with them before bed. Just the other night, Eliott tripped and slammed his head on the floor. He got up crying and headed straight past me, and into Dan's arms for comfort. He has always been a bit of a mama's boy (especially when hurt), so it surprised me a bit when he went running for Dan's arms. It made me realize how thankful I am that Dan is purposeful about really being involved when he is home. He loves us so well, and I am so grateful that he makes our family a priority.

When we realized that we had a free afternoon together last weekend, we decided to make the most of it. So Sunday afternoon we headed out to pick strawberries. We ended up having so much fun that we stayed to pick raspberries as well. After that we headed to Amesbury Mass and watched the boys play in a splash pad at a park there. We topped the day off with an ice cream stop downtown before heading home. It was just the pick-me-up we needed before starting a new week.