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Keeping up with The Maples

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Christmas Cards

It is my favorite time of year again – Christmas card season! I love getting Christmas cards from everyone and look forward to the mail coming every day this time of year. I got our Christmas cards out a couple of weeks ago and love how we tried something a little different. This year, we used Randy’s drone to take our family photo. It was so much fun and I want to do it every year! But I think my favorite part was Ada singing at the top of her lungs while we got the cameras set up. It definitely got everyone’s attention at Jump Off Rock. But she didn’t care one bit and neither did I! I am so proud! 😉

And of course; the only way to work on Christmas cards is by the fire, listening to Christmas music, while sipping on a festive drink! 😉

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas! Happy Friday!

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Summer Starts Here

Our Memorial Day weekend was pretty low key here – basically enjoying the gorgeous weather hiking, playing in the kiddie pool, and eating popsicles. For Memorial Day, we spent the day at Chimney Rock, which is practically in our backyard. I forgot how beautiful the view is from the top; even if you have to climb 500 stairs to get to it! It is definitely worth it; especially, if you enjoy some ice cream at the end. 😉

Ada’s favorite part of the hike was this ginormous flag at the top. She would hold her arms out wide and say, “Fly, fly!” (Her way of saying flag.)

A few weeks ago, I was getting ready to pack away all of Ada’s pacifiers. She hasn’t really touched them in a month or so. But as soon as I was getting ready to pack them away, Ada all of sudden, became super attached to them. It was like she knew they were getting ready to disappear. Now she hardly goes anywhere without one. I am guessing it is because she has been working on her incisors for a little while now. So that is why she has pacifiers in all her pictures now. Hopefully, she will drop them soon!

These mini pop molds are the cutest ever and the most perfect size for her. I can’t wait to try other recipes this summer! Like, these nutella cool whip popsicles – um, yum!

In the mornings we enjoy our local park. Ada can climb up and slide back down all by herself now! I am so proud and at the same time so sad. She is needing me less and less everyday! (Sorry, emotional mom here!)

This kiddie pool was the best $30 we have ever spent! Ada loves this pool and wants to play in it every day. So when the sun is out, so are we. It has been so nice to sit on the back porch, soaking in some sun, and playing with Ada in the pool. I am loving this casual, laid back summer and never want it to end.

I hope you are all enjoying summer time as much as we are! Here’s to the best summer yet!



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Mother’s Day Weekend

Happy late Mother’s Day ya’ll! Sorry this is so, so late… May is a busy month for us. I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend with the ones you love! Last year on Mother’s Day, Randy was traveling for work, so I went to stay with family because you know, it was my first Mother’s Day. 😉 Ada was almost 9 months old and did not sleep well anywhere but in her own crib at home. So I remember her waking up often and staying awake forever each time. I tried so many things to help her go back to sleep, but she wasn’t having it. And even though I was very sleep deprived, it was also a weekend I will always cherished. Because the night before Mother’s Day, was one of the last nights I breastfed Ada. At the time, I didn’t really think much about it (in fact, all I could think about was sleep), but looking back on it now, I see that it was such a sweet moment that I will never forget.

This Mother’s Day was very similar to last year. Randy was traveling for work and I went to stay with family. (Seeing a trend here?) And you guessed it, Ada did not sleep well at my parents’ house. So I had another sleep deprived Mother’s Day but again, it was a sweet time. This year Ada is running around and loving my parents’ front yard. Their yard if full of flowers, birds, butterflies, frogs, and a gorgeous waterfall. I had a wonderful weekend with my family and throughly enjoyed playing outside with my sweet, little girl.

I love how Ada is photo bombing in this picture! Haha!

But the best moment is when I taught Ada how to twirl. (Just click on the link for the video.) Isn’t she the cutest?!


I am so very grateful for my little Ada – my gift from God; a wonderful, loving mother; a loving, fun family; and a husband who is the absolute best father to our daughter. Happy late Mother’s Day ya’ll!

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Our Weekend in Pictures

This past weekend we had beautiful fall weather – crisp cool air and clear blue skies. My family came up to visit and we just had a relaxing weekend with Ada. But we did get out of the house and enjoyed an Oktoberfest at the Sierra Nevada brewery.

I am glad that my brother came up, because I was finally able to get these photos! And a good thing too, this shirt will not fit Ada for much longer. This shirt was one of the very first things I bought when I found out I was pregnant.

Ada is so blessed with awesome people in her life that love her! And those cheeks! I just want to kiss those chubby cheeks all the time!

Ada has really started to interact with her environment here lately. She is in love with this peacock and she smiles and looks at everything. I love watching her take in the world.

But the best thing that happened this weekend was that Ada had her first laugh! It was the sweetest sound ever! I was sitting in the back of the car with her and I was being silly, dancing around and she laughed at me. And being the emotional first time mom that I am, I definitely cried.


I had a great weekend with my family and Ada did too! It is so great that my family can come up and visit Ada often; to be around as she grows up.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I can not wait! Some very dear friends of ours are coming up to meet Ada for the first time! I’m so excited!

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Life Lately

I feel like life is moving in fast forward ever since Ada was born. One moment I am bringing home a tiny newborn and the next my little one is interacting with me. She talks and smiles all the day long! I’m the luckiest mama ever. Ada is usually pretty happy, unless she is hungry, then she can go from very happy to Jack Jack (from the movie, The Incredibles) scary in a matter of seconds. But I just love this new life as a mom!

I just love these two! Isn’t her smile the sweetest?!


This past weekend was the first time I left Ada for a few hours. It was hard at first, but it was lovely to get a little break from being a mom. I went out with my mom and sister in law and had a wonderful night on the town!


We enjoyed a nice Thai dinner (which Randy hates) and we finished the night with the best hot chocolate in town. It was a nice break from staying home all the time. It was wonderful to wear normal clothes and put makeup on for once! 😉

Even though it was great getting out of the house, the best part of my night was coming home to snuggle with this little girl.