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Perfect Weekend

Snow truly is magical. When it snows the world around you seems to stop just so it can watch the snowflakes dance. The loud sounds of the hustle and bustle fade away. And you are left with the quiet, peaceful sound of snow falling. On snow days, it is perfectly acceptable to shrug off your responsibilities for the day and just enjoy the beauty of this new world. Because what makes it so special, is that it only lasts for a moment, so you better “carpe diem” this snow day while you can.

This past weekend was the greatest, most perfect weekend of all time. We felt like we were living in our own little snow globe. This snow was perfect for building snowmen, snowball fights, and building quinzees. And seeing the joy & wonderment through the eyes of child just makes it so much better. We were caught off guard a bit with this snow. The weatherman predicted just a few inches at the most for this storm. It ended being around a foot when it finished! Not that I am complaining! It was totally awesome! Luckily, I had enough food to get us through the weekend, so whew! But our diets mostly consisted of cookies and hot cocoa anyways, so turns out I didn’t need to worry about our meals. 😉

It snowed non-stop on Saturday and continued for half the day on Sunday. Ada could barely contain her excitement so we were out in the snow before it really started to accumulate. But it was fun to dance with the snowflakes. Ada loved it and threw her head back & stuck out her tongue to catch the snow. At first, I wasn’t sure how she even knew to do that, then I recalled we have been reading books from the library about snow days. I have ordered Ada some gloves and boots for Christmas, this snow just came earlier than expected. Hence, the ginormous gloves. Although, I think she pulls them off!

I love how Ada thought that our chimenea was a snowman. She spent a long time trying to get these little gloves to stick into the snow. Meanwhile, Randy built a quinzee and I built a snowman. 😉

After Ada went to sleep, Randy and I took our chance to play in the snow and in the quinzee.

We spent the weekend, playing in the snow, running back into the house to warm up with some hot chocolate, watching Christmas movies, then running back out to play some more. In our down time, we make our first gingerbread house/village. Both Randy and I have never made one before, at least, not that we remember. Ada was more into eating the gingerbread houses and candy then putting them together. I spent more time looking for candy she had thrown then putting together the houses. So Randy did most of the construction. 😉

We are definitely missing the snow and we hope that it will come back soon. Around Christmas would be just perfect!


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Sunday Funday: Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

To celebrate the first weekend of October, we went to Stepp’s Orchard to enjoy some fall festivities. We walked around the farm, enjoyed the sunflowers, picked out pumpkins, devoured pumpkin donuts, and ate excellent BBQ from a food truck (yay for food trucks!). The weather was perfect – sunny with beautiful blue skies. I just love fall’s blue skies!

The kids had so much fun; running around in large fields, picking flowers, and sitting on pumpkins. But I believe Ada’s favorite part of the day was eating pumpkin donuts!

Ada viewed the pumpkins from a comfortable distance and would eventually get up the courage to touch one with one finger. My poor, cautious girl!

 

I couldn’t imagine a better way to kick off October then visiting the pumpkin patch with our dear friends! I hope you are all enjoying all that fall has to offer. Happy October ya’ll!


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Farewell Summer

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and even though I am not sad to see it go (yay fall!), this summer will always be the one that I will remember. I am going to miss our laid back summer days on the porch, watching Ada jump around in her kiddie pool. I will miss the daily popsicles, the chalk drawing, the bubble blowing afternoons, and I am going to miss having Ada at this sweet age. This summer I watch Ada grow and change faster than I thought was possible. It seemed like as soon as she learned to walk, she went from my baby to my never-stop-moving toddler. It certainly is bittersweet watching your child grow up.

This past weekend, we gave summer a great send-off by enjoying our time as a family outside. We enjoyed the sunsets, grilled, blew bubbles, and went hiking. We stayed at our family’s lake house and it is the cutest cottage ever! I love how it is decorated and it has inspired me to try new things in my house.

Life with a toddler summed up in these three pictures – happy one second, sad the next, then happy again.

 

 

Summer, you have been great but we are ready of you fall!