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18 Month Snapshot

Today my sweet, little baby turns 1.5 years old! And what better way to celebrate, then with donuts for breakfast!?

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We went to a local restaurant called, Hendough. They serve homemade donuts and fried chicken – yeah, it is awesome! Ada loved her chocolate donut and couldn’t stuff it in her mouth fast enough!

And about two seconds after this photo was taken, Ada decided to grab the basket of donuts and fling them around. Resulting in a chocolate donut and coffee fiasco. The hot coffee went everywhere, including my white jeans. Note to future self: Never, ever, ever wear white around a toddler. Besides feeling like a hot mess (see what I did there? haha!), we had a great birthday breakfast.

Age: 18 months

Stats: Last time we were at the doctor, Ada was in the 95th percentile in height and weighed 22lbs. She is one tall little girl. So tall, that I have had to start buying 2T clothing for the length – even though the 2T shirts hang off her shoulders.

Favorite Foods: pasta, bread, cheese, crackers, apples, black beans, sweet potatoes – just to name a few. This girl has always enjoyed food and will pretty much eat what ever I put in front of her.

Favorite Words: hi, belly button (bee-boo), no, yes, snack (nack), beep-beep, hop-hop (what she calls her lovie), and bath (ba-ba) – Her vocab has always been extensive. She probably can say about 30 words consistently and can repeat everything that we say. So we have to make sure that we watch our words around her! 😉

Favorite Activities: Ada has been a bit motor delayed. She isn’t walking on her own yet, but she is cruising along the furniture and is getting stronger and better everyday. She can walk around while I hold her hands and she loves to climb the stairs. Her favorite toy right now is the Little Tike car. She loves to be pushed around in it outside in our driveway; all the while screaming, “Beep! Beep!” It is pretty darn cute and I can’t help but smile whenever she does this. Ada loves to color and her favorite is the, “My First Crayola Mess-Free Marker & Paper.” I love that I can leave her alone with this and not worry about my walls getting marked up. One of her favorite activities, is playing tea. She has a tea set for the bath that she just loves to play with. She also loves to wrestle and roll around on the floor with her daddy. They do it every night and I just love hearing them both laugh and Ada squealing in delight!

Least Favorite Activities: She hates getting her diaper or clothes changed. She will scream at me just about every time. Now when she needs a diaper change, Randy and I will go back & forth on whose turn it is to enjoy the scream fest. Ada has started tantrums, which are just wonderful…. She gets so mad when we have to end a fun activity to go eat or take a nap. The worst is when I won’t let her scoot around on the floor in public (like the grocery store). I know we are both getting frustrated that she can’t walk on her own yet. I am hoping that this will give her even more incentive to learn to walk on her own even faster!

Signature Moves: Blowing kisses and saying muah, waving hello and goodbye to everyone, dancing when she hears music, and singing when we sing a song she “knows” together (she usually just says, La la la!), and making silly faces to make us laugh.

This has been such a great age, but also pretty trying. I am hoping that once she starts walking on her own, things will be just a little bit better. But who am I kidding? When she starts walking, I’ll just be exhausted from chasing her all day! 😉 I do think when she starts walking on her own, it will help with some things – like, the tantrums in the grocery store! But I love being a mom and I am so incredibly grateful that I get to spend everyday with this silly, sweet girl of mine. Happy 18th month birthday Ada Marie! You are so loved!

 


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Mama + Mini Monday: Hearts

‘Tis the season for heart-shaped everything! It is so easy and fun to celebrate and decorate for Valentine’s Day. And with all the Christmas decor gone, Ada is loving all the heart shapes and fun colors! She has been loving how I cut her food into heart shapes. She just points at her pancakes saying, “Heart, heart!”

Not to mention, all the clothes for littles’ this time of year are so adorable! I just love all the hearts, cute sayings, and cheery colors!

Just like this sweatshirt and leggings from Old Navy. Not only are they super cute, but they are soft and warm. Perfect for this wintry rain we have been having lately.

We celebrated with our friends last weekend, by taking fun photos and eating homemade heart-shaped pizzas. You can find my favorite pizza dough recipe here. I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out pepperoni hearts (it was harder than I thought it was going to be!). But they turned out cute and delicious! 😉

The photo back drop was just plastic tablecloths and the two banners came from Target. The heart garland was something I made using my Cricut machine and bakers twine.

My t-shirt is from Hello Apparel and I have had it for years. They no longer carry this design but they have a sweatshirt that is similar that I love!

As you can tell, Ada was thrilled to have her picture taken with me. 🙂

But I was able to get a few good ones of Ada.

I hope you all have a wonderful week full of love and hearts – lots of hearts! 😉

“But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13


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Our Holidays in Photos

Our holiday season was sweet and simple, filled with family, friends, and good eats! 😉 We enjoyed spending Christmas with our families and had special visits from old friends for New Years. Ada loved every minute of it and I am so sad to see Christmas end. Ada is already missing her Christmas lights in her room and the choo, choo train around the tree. I am going to have to think of something fun and festive for Valentine’s Day just so Ada (& I) can enjoy another celebration. 🙂

One of my favorite activities that we did this Christmas, was taking Ada to see Christmas Lights in Asheville. It is a spectacular light show that you drive through and all the lights are schronized to Christmas music on a dedicated radio channel. Ada loved it! She just talked and pointed at everything as we drove by. It was simply the best!

Ada and I spend two days making Christmas cookies for our family and neighbors. She had a blast getting covered in flour and eating cookie dough behind my back.

Afterwards, we all enjoyed some milk and cookies by the Christmas tree.

Freshly made Christmas cookies, ready to be delivered.

For New Year’s, we stayed at home and enjoyed playing with Ada and her new toys. Her favorite – the elephant ball popper! But we also enjoyed some cake, sparklers, and champagne (for mom and dad)!

I made us some mini party hats and was delightfully surprised when Ada loved having it on.

I adore this picture! Just look at that adorable, cheesy smile! 🙂

Clapping in the new year! Ada’s favorite word right now is, “Happy”; because of us saying, “Happy New Year!” So now she is running around the house saying, “Happy, happy, happy!” Yeah – it is pretty darn cute.

I hope your holiday season was filled with love, family, friends, and happiness! And may God’s peace and joy continue to bless you all through out the new year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ya’ll!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Buffalo Check

It has been a bit crazy here at the Maples’ house. The terrible forest fire near Lake Lure is only about 6 miles from our house. We have been covered in smoke and the fire is too close for comfort, for me. I hope and pray that we get some rain soon and that those who are closer to the fire are safe.

On a brighter note, we took some mama + mini photos wearing some holiday-ish colors. I really like red buffalo check for Christmas time. It can be worn both casually and formally. Not to mention the adorable Christmas decor in buffalo check. 🙂

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I had a hard time getting Ada to take some photos with me today. She just wanted to wiggle, squirm, and scoot around. Exhibit A…

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But Randy was able to capture a few sweet moments. Thank goodness for a fast shutter speed. 😉

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I have been looking for a red buffalo check shirt for some time now. I finally found mine at TJMaxx and it is Lucky Brand (similar here). I like the loose fit and love the detail in the back. Ada’s sweater dress is from Target and is super soft. And I love the gold button details. This sweater will be perfect for all the holiday festivities for the next couple of months. 🙂

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My hat is from REI from a few years ago – the brand being Pistil. I love this style so much that I have them in several different colors. Ada’s red buffalo check bow is from The Small Peanuts Shop.

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far and that everyone remains safe from all these forest fires. Happy Monday ya’ll!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Chambray & Leggings

It is hard to believe that Halloween has come and gone. But now that it is November, the holiday season has officially begun! Bring on the decorations, the festive music, and yummy food!  The days here have been absolutely gorgeous! Perfect blue skies, warm days with a cool wind, and falling leaves. We have been outside as much as we can and Ada has been loving it!

We finally got around to gathering up the leaves in our front yard this week and we took full advantage of it and played. Ada was a little unsure about it at first, but I think she enjoyed herself at the end. She loves tearing up the dry leaves.

This is her growl face, that Randy taught her. She holds up her little hands and says, “RAWR!” She mastered it, just in time for Halloween!

Then I joined her in the leaf pile. I can’t resist a good leaf pile!

It was all fun and games until I saw a spider. I jumped out of there so fast I scared Ada. But I don’t do spiders…. I just don’t! *shivers*

I found Ada’s chambray shirt at a consignment shop (surprise, surprise) and couldn’t wait to match her to me. Ada’s shirt is Carter’s brand and her black leggings are my favorite for her. They are from Gap and they have adorable lace trim. Her mustard bow is from Ellia May Designs. My mustard scarf is from Modcloth and my leggings are simply amazing. They are from Nordstrom, Zella brand. I cannot brag enough about these leggings. They are so comfortable and they compress a little, which helps hold everything in. 😉

She is not standing on her own yet, but she has really improved in the last week or so. She can now hold her self up using a table or a couch; which is a big deal! I guess it won’t be long now!

I hope you are having a wonderful week enjoying this beautiful fall weather!


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Welcome to Oz: Our Halloween

I have been patiently impatiently waiting to do family costumes for Halloween for a long time now, and this year my dream came true! We had a blast dressing up together and I hope to continue to do so for years to come!

This year we were : Glinda the Good Witch, little Dorothy Gale, and the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz!

For mine and Randy’s costumes we were inspired by the movie, “The Great and Powerful Oz.” Plus, it was easy to replicate their versions of the characters. I don’t exactly have a big, pink ball gown laying around, like what Billie Burke wore on, “The Wizard of Oz.” 😉 But I do have a dress similar to what Michelle Williams wore. All I had to add was a crown and ta da! Glinda the Good Witch.

Randy just wore one of his suits and I found a bow tie and top hat for him to wear from Amazon. Ada’s dress came from a consignment shop and I have been holding on to it for about 6 months now. Luckily, it fit her beautifully! Her shoes came from Gap and her red glitter bows came from BeckandBelle. I did get some thick, white tights for Ada to wear because it is always freezing cold on Halloween. But this year, was the first year that I can remember that it was in the high 70s for Halloween. Say what? But I was grateful for the beautiful day, because we were able to enjoy outside and take cute pictures of Ada.

Those pigtails just kill me!

We celebrated Halloween by taking Ada to a local petting zoo that was having a Halloween party. She had a blast! She loves farm animals right now. She “moo-ed” and “baa-ed” all through the zoo. It was the cutest ever! Our dear friend came along, too, with her adorable son.

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I think Ada’s favorite animal was the bunny. Her lovie that she sleeps with every night is a bunny, so she just loved seeing and petting a real one.

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They had music playing and a dance party as well. They played Ada’s favorite song, “Old MacDonald”; which she tries so hard to sing, “E-I-E-I-O”. Makes my heart melt every time!

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After the petting zoo, we all came back to our house to have a simple Halloween party. Our babies were about to lose it about this time, so Ada did not stay up long after getting put into her costume. But we still had fun together taking photos of everyone! I made this photo backdrop to use for our pictures. The kids thought it was awesome and tore up all the yellow brick road bricks and hid behind the rainbow.

Isn’t Aldrick the cutest scarecrow? It was even better when he was walking around and his little scarecrow feet were flopping around.

And here we have the scarecrow and the cowardly lion. They are so cute!

Overall, we had a wonderful time and look forward to doing it again next year!


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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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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!