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Mama + Mini Monday: Plaid

This post is a bit late, but it is still Monday, right? These past few days have been a little difficult, Ada has started temper tantrums. I know it is a normal thing, but I didn’t expect them so soon. So our days have been long and I am exhausted at the end of the day. Does this phase end soon or is this something that is here to stay? Regardless, we still have good times. It is a good thing that these tantrums have started during the fall, because the weather has been great and nothing makes Ada happier than being outside.

Today, we are matching in our red and navy plaid shirts. I found both of our shirts at Old Navy. Ada’s outfit came as a set – shirt and jeggings. The jeggings are my favorite “jeans” for Ada. Actual jeans do not seem comfortable for her. I think they will be better when she is standing and walking around. Right now, they seem too tight for her chubby little thighs. 😉

My navy utility vest is from TJMaxx last year (similar). It is actually a little difficult to find a utility vest in a different color than olive. Unfortunately, I cannot wear olive; so I was excited to find it in navy. My booties (similar) are from TJMaxx as well, they are Dolce Vita brand. I love these booties! I have been searching for the perfect booties for two years now and I am so happy that I came across these. Not only are they cute and the color I wanted, they are very comfortable.

And my favorite photos from the day. The golden hour is so lovely in the fall.

Now it is crunch time for Halloween – just one week away! I am so excited to dress up Ada this year. It should be so fun, not to mention, absolutely adorable! What are your plans for Halloween?


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Ada’s First Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend, we enjoyed perfect fall weather, in Boone, while visiting family. So we took the opportunity to take Ada to her first pumpkin patch. I am so happy that my family got to be there with us.

There are not that many pumpkin patches in Boone, but I picked the New River Corn Maze because it had a beautiful fall setting. A corn field, a pumpkin patch, and a big red barn; all nestled in a valley surrounded by Christmas trees and fall foliage. I mean, it can’t get any better than that, am I right? 😉

It was also great to have my family there to help take pictures. They would dance around and act silly to get Ada to smile. It was so sweet! Not only did it make Ada smile, but it made her dance, too!

She was really getting into those dance moves!

They, of course, offered pumpkins in every shape, color, and size. It was a lot of fun walking around the patch and looking at all the different pumpkins.

But I believe Ada was the cutest little pumpkin in the entire pumpkin patch. I love her sweet little smile!

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When we finished walking through the pumpkin patch, we relaxed by the river. The perfect end, to a perfect day!

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I hope you are out enjoying fall this weekend! Happy Saturday ya’ll!


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Our Anniversary Weekend

This past weekend, Randy and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. We made it to the “seven year itch” – as some people call it. But the number 7 is my lucky number, so I see it more as the “the lucky seven.” 😉

We celebrated with my brother and sister-in-law, who celebrate their wedding anniversary a couple of days after us. We enjoyed the beautiful fall weather by going to local breweries, shopping downtown Boone, and eating pumpkin ice cream.

We stopped by ASU to visit the spot where Randy proposed. On campus, there some structures that are laid out in the configuration of the constellation Orion; this is where Randy proposed. So when people ask me where Randy proposed, I say Orion’s belt. Very romantic for us physicists. 😉

And we stopped by the tunnels, where Randy and I had our first kiss while listening to the acappella group sing.

Jonathan and Katherine joined in on the fun, too!

My two favorite things all in one place – craft beer and a food truck!

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We had a wonderful anniversary and we always have fun with my brother and sister-in-law.

Happy 7th Anniversary, my darling! I love the life we have made together and I couldn’t imagine spending this adventure with anyone else! I love you, always forever!


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Mama & Mini Monday: Navy Dresses

The weather, here in the mountains, has been beautiful this past week! It has cooled down a lot but it is still warm enough to enjoy being outside; which we have done as often as we can. Ada loves sitting on our front lawn and looking around. She looks at all the trees and plays with all the fallen leaves. It has been so perfect! I never want this time to end! And the best part about this cooler weather, is now I can put Ada in all these cozy leggings and sweater dresses! 😉

Today, Ada and I are matching in our navy dresses!

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Ada’s navy dress actually inspired me to get mine. I have been looking for the perfect navy dress for some time, and I found it on ModCloth.com ( of course!). 😉 I really love everything about it – the style, the midi length, and the crochet details.

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My gray cardigan is from Target –  very soft and reasonably priced. My gray tights and red necklace (similar) are from ModCloth. (I am just a walking advertisement for ModCloth today!) And my beautiful gray shoes are from a small shoe shop in Venice, Italy. But there are tons of similar styles for fall.

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Ada’s navy dress and gray cardigan came as a set from a consignment shop, but the brand is Carter’s (similar). Her navy polka dot hair bow is from ZozuBaby. And her gray tights and red shoes are from Gap. I love that her dress has crochet details at the top, similar to my dress.

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I tried so hard to get her to stand on her own, but she wouldn’t have it. Silly girl. I guess she will get there eventually…

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Reaching for her dada – she is a daddy’s girl for sure!

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I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful fall weather with your families! And to those who are affected by the hurricane, I pray that you and your families are safe. Happy Monday ya’ll!


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First Zoo Trip

This past weekend, we visited family in SC and while we were there, we took Ada to the zoo. Kids just make everything so much more fun! Ada laughed, smiled, and pointed the whole time. She had an absolute blast! The Riverbanks Zoo is very nice with lots of exhibits, rides, a rope course, and beautiful walking paths. I think Ada enjoyed the grizzly bear the best. She just pointed, talked, and growled at the bear the whole time. I just love this sweet, silly girl of mine!

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And of course, Ada had the best spot – daddy’s shoulders. 🙂

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So glad that we were able to capture her laughing! Ada had so much fun and we had so much fun watching her.

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I did get rather upset at some parents at the gorilla exhibit. The gorilla exhibit was in a glass room, which was really neat, but a little bit crowded. I was excited for Ada to see the gorilla since she loves monkeys and the other monkeys were sleeping and she couldn’t see them. The gorilla was there, front and center, but we couldn’t really get up to the front to see him. Because there were kids sitting at the very front, in the best spot for seeing the gorilla up close and personal, playing with iPads. Now, I know that parents need to distract kids for a while, but seriously? Those kids can’t get off their iPads long enough to enjoy the zoo? And if they just had to have a break, why don’t you sit your kids towards the back so that other children and adults can admire the animals? Some people are just so inconsiderate! Ok – sorry about that rant… moving on!

I love her smile in this photo! So sweet! Although, I am pretty sure it wasn’t the elephant that was making her smile, but the fact that she was holding a spoon. Spoons right now are Ada’s favorite toy! Silly kid! 🙂

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We all had a great time, taking Ada to her first zoo trip. Maybe next time, she will be walking on her own… that would be great! 😉 This week, you can find us recovering from carrying her around all weekend long.

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Happy Hump Day ya’ll!