Ada’s 4th Birthday Party

My baby girl is FOUR YEARS OLD! How did this happen? I feel like it was just yesterday that we brought her home from the hospital tackling this newborn thing, and now she is the most spunky, sassy and sweet little girl! She has grown up so much this past year from a toddler to a kid, its amazing how much they change year to year. She asked me just this morning, “Mom, why don’t you want me to grow up?” I said I do want you to grow up, but I want you to always be my baby, and she said, “Don’t worry, but we have another baby coming that can be your baby!” She’s right, so sweet, but she’ll always be my baby!!

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Crafts, coloring, writing, and painting are her favorite things to do and she has perfected writing her own name, “Mommy” and “DAD”. She is so good at drawing houses and palm trees and even drew an elephant the other day that was better then anything I could do!

I love when she tells me that Indian food take out, is the BEST meal I make and when she talks like crazy telling me about all the kids in her class, who went to time out, what her favorite part of her day was and what she is going to dream about as we lay in bed together every night before falling asleep!

I cannot wait until we add BEST BIG SISTER to the growing list of awesome things she is becoming! She is going to be the most loving and helpful sister in the world, and she already cannot wait to show the new baby All.The.Things!

Her party last weekend was so much fun! We tried to keep it small, but it still ended up with 30 or so people there. It has rained every year on her party, so it was so fun this year to have a hot, sunny day! It was so hot in fact that we had to get the sprinklers out, and I even picked up a really cool slip n’ slide for $5 at Target! We still had to keep all the food and drinks inside because of the temperature, and my Dad saved the day by coming over and setting up a huge tent in the driveway so we had some shade. Despite feeling very distracted about the move and not wanting to go to crazy with theming, everything turned out super cute and she loved it which was the most important part! Here are just a bunch of pictures from the day, and a few from her actual birthday the day before the party! Happy 4th Birthday to my Baby Girl!!

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Day Trip to Niagara Falls USA

Over the summer we took a day trip to Niagara Falls. We went right before the 4th of July because usually any time after that the park is mobbed, no matter what day it is. After 9 years of working of there I thought I had it figured out, but we were wrong! It was still pretty crazy, even on a Wednesday afternoon!

The day trip had two parts, one because I really wanted to go back and see all my old co-workers and two because I figured Ada would really enjoy some of the activities there, since she loves the water so much!

We all took a half day from work and school, and left around noon. Usually the later in the day the crazier it gets, to take full advantage you should plan on getting into the Niagara Falls State Park right when it opens at 9am. Hit the majors like Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds right away!

Our first stop was the Niagara Falls USA Visitors Center, my old home! We spent a good hour there talking with everyone. I picked a good day because almost everyone was there and it was so nice to catch up again! It felt very weird to be in there again, to spend so much time somewhere and then just stop going one day is a strange feeling. Everything looked and felt the same except it wasn’t my desk anymore. I miss the team so much, but I couldn’t help feeling like I still made a good decision for my family to move on. It was so much fun promoting such an exciting destination for so many years, and to see it now and how far its come is exciting!

We left with cookies and cupcakes in hand (that kitchen was always stocked with goodies) and headed to the park. My plan was to try and do both the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds, then head somewhere for dinner. The lines were much longer then we expected and since it was nearing 2:30 by the time we headed out, we only had time for one thing. I chose the Cave of the Winds because it always has been my favorite thing!

The Maid of the Mist is a classic, its a famous stop that if you’ve never done it you should! But since we have, I decided the cave would be more fun for Ada. Of course she was tired of walking before we even got to the attraction, so she was piggy backing it early!

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The line at the Cave of the Winds took us about 20 minutes to get sandals and then another 20 to get to the Elevators, (Tip: if you can, don’t stop to sit on the benches and put your sandals on, grab them and keep moving. There is usually time while you are standing in line to put that stuff on and you’ll get a jump on all those people who stopped).

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Ada was a little hesitant at first about all that water. She stayed close by and when we got to the top she wanted nothing to do with it. I was so surprised that she was so nervous about it. FullSizeRender 16

The very top of all the stairs is called the Hurricane Deck, we stepped to the side when we got to the top because we were in a lot of peoples way. I let her just stand by me and watch everyone for a few minutes and then all of a sudden she wanted to head in, and I mean ALL. THE. WAY. Something I wasn’t prepared to do and I didn’t really want to get that wet, but that’s the best part about having kids, they force you to do things sometimes that take even you out of your comfort zone! So we headed in and got wet, really wet, and it was SOOO much fun!

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I love my little travel buddy so much! I’m so happy she was willing to step back, watch and then dive into something new. We had so much fun, even though it was literally the only thing we had time for.

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I didn’t think the Trolley was that exciting, but she kept seeing the “Train” go by and wanted to ride it so bad, so we decided to take the “Train” back to our parking lot instead of walking. We had Discovery Passes, so it included rides on the Trolley all day, but its like $2 for a day pass if you didn’t have the full pass. Girlfriend was all kinds of tired after that, (she also missed nap time at school) so she was actually cool with sitting still for a little bit while we waited for the Trolley.

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We had about a 4 minute car ride to the restaurant for dinner and she of course passed out! She never stays asleep once we arrive, so I carried her in with the hopes of her sleeping a little longer but that didn’t last. We went to dinner at Bella Vista Ristorante, inside the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. Its right on the waterfront and since it was only about 5:00pm it was still pretty empty. The view was incredible and the food is really good, lots of Italian dishes to chose from.

They do a lot of weddings there right on the waterfront, and have an amazing ball room that overlooks the water. After dinner, Ada gave me an insight into her future by pretending to be the “Wedding Girl” with daddy! At only 3 years old she has been to more weddings then I did at 20, so she knows what’s up! But I am not ready!

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We had a super fun family day! Its always fun to be a tourist in your own backyard. The Niagara Falls State Park has so much to do, people tend to think that because there are only 4-5 attractions right there that its not enough to keep the family busy, but we spent one afternoon and did one attraction and dinner, it was more then enough for our family and we very easily could have come back and spent 2 or 3 days there trying to get everything in. Niagara Falls USA has so much to offer families, and with it being so close to my heart, I’ll be taking my family every year to remind us that we have a truly special gem right at our finger tips.

 

Back Logged

If you are a follower of my blog, you might notice that there are some new posts hiding in here. I actually made the blog private for several weeks so that I could document the fact that we are expecting baby #2!!! I didn’t want to share the news publicly for awhile, but I wanted to make sure that I documented everything! I love to look back on this blog as a place to remember everything for myself, a digital scrapbook of sorts, more so then for anyone else! We’re now in a safer place in the pregnancy so moving forward you can follow along with us!

So if you are so inclined to catch up on things, I’ve made this post to include the links to the several blogs posts I’ve done while I was incognito for a few weeks. Feel free to catch up with us, or pick up from where we left off. I’ll be documenting everything moving forward!

Some Exciting News to share!!

Baby Bumps!! Week 4, 5 & 6

Baby Bumps!! Week 7, 8 & 9

Baby Bump!! Week 10

Baby Bump! Week 11, on vacation!

Baby Bump! 12 Weeks and more exciting news!!

Baby Bump: Week 13

And one post that was not related to the bump!! Adirondack Trip 2017

Adirondack Trip 2017

Before it gets away from me, I wanted to recap our family vacation to the Adirondacks this year. We didn’t do much, or anything really for that matter. Ada was more then happy to just stay at our cabins paying in the sand, water or the playground. She made some cousin friends this year that she got along really well with and basically wanted to spend every waking minute with.

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We went to town one afternoon, took her to lunch for pizza and shopping to pick out her one souvenir gift of the week. She picked a cute little stuffed, pink pig and a stuffed elephant for the new baby! And she got to pick out some candy from the Candy Cottage. She picked cotton candy! She also took a ride on the carousel horse outside the shop, a highlight every year, it will break my heart when she thinks she too old for that!

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We took a family kayak trip out on Fourth Lake, which she really enjoyed this year, so much so that she wanted to go again later in the week, so Daddy took her again. Probably one of my favorite pictures from the week! Love when they spend special time together!

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I took her for a hike one of our days with a group of the littler kids. A group of them went earlier in the week and we were supposed to go, but we had a shoe incident, thankfully though, because that group did a very long hike. We did a short, flat, 2 mile loop around a lake and even that you would think I was torturing her by making her walk herself.

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She got to do her first, solo (without me or dad) tube ride on the boat, which she absolutely loved, she was a little nervous to go out but I’m pretty sure I was more nervous then her! Watching from the dock makes you feel pretty useless if anything were to go wrong. She loved it though and of course they went nice and slow, so she did great! Had the biggest smile on her face! She just looks too old for me in this picture!

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And lastly we had a family wedding for the first time ever while we were there. It was fun to have something different to do, although the lack of a babysitter made it harder. Fortunately, Dan has a 13 year old cousin who offered to watch her, and I obviously wasn’t drinking or partying very hard, so we took Ada to the ceremony with us, but then left her back at the Cabin with Dan’s cousin, and I made it back home around 10pm to do bedtime. It was a really beautiful wedding, just a little chillier then we all expected!

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And finally I’ll end with a few more favorite pictures from the week. Nothing better then a good family vacation! Ada slept great all week, with the exception of our first night there, which I always expect since its takes a night to get used to our new surroundings. It just always amazes me at how appreciative she is of everything we do, even if it feel likes nothing to me, its so exciting for her. To experience all this through her eyes makes every trip we take, worth every penny! I cannot wait until our next vacation to California in December! Our last one as a family of three!

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Another great year in Old Forge, NY!

Baby Bump! Week 11 on Vacation

We just got back from a week in the Aidrondacks, our annual family trip to Old Forge, NY. I’ll be doing a post on that trip recap shortly, but first I wanted to catch up with week 11.

Everything has been going well. We met our new doctors on Friday before we left for vacation. The appointment took waaaay longer then I expected but we met the first nurse practitioner and because they couldn’t pick up a heart beat with the fetal monitor I ended up getting another sonogram. Everything was just fine and we were able to take home a ton of new pictures (which I’ll share at the end).

To avoid sounding repetitive I’ll just dive right into my update!

How far along? I’m 12 weeks 3 days right now, but this update is based on last week.

Total weight gain/loss: Up 4 pounds

Maternity clothes?  I bought my first pair of maternity jeans before we left so I would have something to wear when it got cold. They are skinny jeans so they fit everywhere but are pretty loose around my waist, which I know is the point. I just don’t have much of a belly to hold them up yet, but they are much more comfortable. Today was my first day back to work and I busted out the old rubber band trick on my jeans. They would button, but this way was much more comfortable. 

Stretch marks?  No

Sleep: Slept pretty well for being on vacation and not in my own bed. The bad sleeping is usually because of Ada waking up over something, which has become quite frequent lately. I hope this phase passes because once she wakes me up my mind races and I have a hard time falling back asleep.

Best moment this week: Being on vacation with my family. Ada had so much fun and its so awesome to watch her enjoy the little things soo much! The world is just such an exciting place for her and I love watching her take it all in.

Have you told family and friends: We told more family this week who were all away with us, everyone was very excited. We’re still slowly telling people as we see them! Only one co-worker knows right now, but I have a feeling it will get harder to hide soon.

Miss Anything? Not really right now. I of course wanted wine while vacationing, but I didn’t have a huge desire for it. A few sips of Dan’s once in awhile does the trick for now.

Movement:  I swear I feel little flutters when I lay really still, once in awhile. I might be delusional since its really too early, but they do say you can feel it earlier with the second.

Food cravings:  Not anything specific. I’ve been eating horrible lately (I’ll blame vacation) and I’ve been getting bad headaches again, I’m hoping they are related and I’m cleaning up my diet starting NOW!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Just a really bad headache yesterday left me feeling nauseous, other then that no, I’ve been feeling pretty good. I came down with a bad cold (or allergies) while away, Its getting better, but made me feel pretty crappy for a couple days.

Have you started to show yet: Just Fat, but towards the end of the day definitely pregnant. I think I’m going to pop out soon though. Last time it was around 16-18 weeks that I noticed it pop. I’m definitely not going to last that much longer though.

Gender prediction: I’m thinking girl now. Most of my “old wives tales” point to girl. Heartbeat was 171 on Friday (girl), was craving sweets (girl), my face was breaking out last week like crazy (girl), Ada’s prediction (girl).

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? Eh, it pops out when I’m gassy or eat too much, sometimes I can deflate it back in, but it usually comes back out. Otherwise its flat still, but this thing is going to cause me some problems, it hurts when it pops out.

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, enjoyed our vacation very much but it was time to come home. I was getting a little grumpy by the end when you are just ready for home!

Looking forward to: We have another sonogram on Thursday for the 12 week genetic testing. I’m hoping with a little luck we might be able to find out a gender, but not counting on it! We are finally moving (which I’ll update in my next post), but I am looking forward to that happening in the next month or so as well. Lot’s going on!!

For now, some pictures of the baby from last week and just a couple other randoms!

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This one is a picture of me and my BF Katie, who is 4 weeks ahead of me, that we sent to our other girl friend to share the news! We had the boys jump in too!

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And lastly a picture of me an my girl from vacation! This one the bump looks to have made the “fat appearance”, but still cute since I know its a baby in there!

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Family Wedding Weekends

Dan’s brother got married back in the beginning of June, with just a small intimate ceremony for just the immediate family followed by a dinner at a local downtown restaurant. It was a really nice day and it was actually really awesome to split the ceremony and reception up. Just this past weekend they hosted a big reception with all their friends and extended family, but it took so much pressure off the wedding day!

Back in June they got married right in downtown Buffalo, along the riverside under a beautiful gazebo. The weather was perfect everything was so simple and classy!

 

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Just this past weekend was the big reception, which was a lot of fun! It was nice to not have to worry about wedding stuff all day and then just go to the party at night! We brought Ada with us for a little bit. She stayed through dinner and then I dropped her off at my parents house for a sleepover. She couldn’t wait to dance at the wedding, but once the dancing started she thought it was too loud and I think she got a little concerned with why all the grown ups were acting so crazy on the dance floor! If there’s one thing that goes down at family weddings its a crazy dance floor!! (and a lot of drinking, which is why I got her out of there!) I also must not have taken very many pictures at the reception, which isn’t like me at all, but here are a few! Also, the lighting is terrible!

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So a big congratulations to my Brother-in-law and my newest Sister! Everything was so special and we were thrilled to have celebrated! We wish them a lifetime of happiness, love and maybe some babies sometime soon!

Some exciting news to share!!!

Baby Mags #2 is due!!! Finally!!! We found out on Friday, July 7th 2017! Its been quite the 2 year journey getting here, which maybe I’ll recap in another post. For now we are basking in joy that we have another little one joining our family!

I took a test before the 4th of July on the off chance that I was pregnant I wanted to know before I spent the holiday weekend drinking. I thought I was crazy when I saw the faintest line ever and literally chalked it up to wishful thinking! It wasn’t even enough for me to show my husband, it didn’t seem likely. A few days later I was about a day late, which didn’t mean much because my cycles have been a bit longer then they used to be 29-32 days. But I thought I saw another VERY faint line. This time I showed my husband, but still thought I was crazy. It was so light, but when I looked at it 2 hours later, it was darker. I’d read about evaporation lines and how your not supposed to read after the 10 minute window. After that though, the next day I went to the store and got one of the digital ones that say “Pregnant” or “Not Pregnant” because I was over investigating lines, to my HUGE surprise I got a Big Fat Positive!!

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I called my IVF doctor that afternoon, and they told me to go get some blood work done first thing Monday morning. If I went in by 10am I’d get same day results. They called back Monday evening and confirmed a positive blood test. They wanted me to repeat the blood test on Wednesday morning and make sure that my numbers we’re doubling every 48 hours. Which they did!! After that they scheduled my first visit with them at just 5 weeks 4 days! The great part of being with my IVF doctor is that they will see me every 2 weeks, and hang on to me as a patients for most of the first trimester!

I’m high risk miscarriage, and so needless to say I’ve been very nervous about it. I’ve held off telling anyone, and we probably won’t for awhile, if I can get away with it.

So we are THRILLED to finally be giving Ada a sibling and make her the best big sister around!! Join us for the journey, I’ll be posting a weekly update on how things are going and doing a little survey each week like I did with Ada. (I made the blog private for a few weeks so that I could share all my posts, but not make it public until we are ready to share our news with the world!)

 

 

 

4th of July Weekend

We jammed a lot into the holiday weekend! Having an extra day off was really great and put me in a summer mindset that was really hard to leave, aka I did NOT want to go back to work on Wednesday! Fortunately the rainy weather since then has made it not so bad! But here’s how we spent our 4th of July weekend!

We had our friends over Friday night and it turned into a really late night, keeping the kids out waaay past bedtime, but us grownups were having too much fun to say goodnight, our excuse “Its summer”! While we chatted on the deck we planned a super fun Saturday for everyone! We went to lunch at 12 Gates Brewery, which (despite it being a brewery) was a perfect place for kids, they had picnic tables outsides and lots of room to run around, and even some yard games! We  got there right at noon when they opened so we were the only ones there for about the first hour. The absolute BEST part about this place is that its located right near the airport and the planes fly right overhead, which was awesome! It was a little scary for the kids at first, but they got used to it. We downloaded a flight tracker app so that we could see when planes were coming and give everyone a heads up.

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After lunch we headed back to our friends house to go swimming for the afternoon! Ada did awesome swimming in the big pool all by herself with just her water wings!

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On Sunday, we decided last minute to go up to Conesus Lake, where Dan’s family has a cottage, we go every year. I’m not a big fan of sleeping in a tent which is what has to happen when we go because there are so many people, but we decided to go up around dinner time, after Dan got out of work, and just stay for the fireworks then drive home.

Ada got to go on a boat ride, which she has been asking to do since our Florida trip. she played with cousins and watched the fireworks. Again, it was a VERY late bedtime!

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Oh yeah, and our house officially went up for sale on Monday July 3rd!

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On the fourth our friends invited us to their house so the kids got to play all afternoon and then we walked to where the fireworks were and let them run around some more!

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It was a super fun weekend that we didn’t want to end! 4th of July is always my favorite holiday (better then Christmas) Its just feels like summer to me, we stay so busy but its always fun, relaxing things like swimming and campfires!

How did you spend Fourth of July?

Summertime

I haven’t posted in awhile, we’ve had a lot going on. Between summer fun and getting our house listed to sell!! (Yep, on the move again 3rd time in 5 years, but I swear this is the last time!) Also, I had an appendectomy that shut me down for almost 3 weeks! Lots of craziness over here!

I thought I’d share a quick post of some of my favorite summer time moments so far!

Ada finished her first year of “School” its really her daycare program but its Pre-k3 so its actually a structured educational classroom with lessons. They finished the year with a show, and it was beyond adorable! She did great singing all her favorite nursery rhymes and we got to meet some of her little friends from school, it was very cute!

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We got to meet our new baby Niece, Natalie Isobel, who arrived June 8th! She is the most precious itty bitty and Ada loves her soo much! I got to take some pictures of them in the hospital when Big Sister Savannah met her little baby sister for the first time!

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And a couple of Ada being the most Awesome big cousin ever! She’s such a pro holding her little Baby Natalie!

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And one of me meeting my third little niece for the very first time!

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Its been a fun summer and I feel like its flying by, so I made a bucket list for us of things I want to do this summer! So far I think we’ve only done one of them…. Spend the day at Niagara Falls. We went to visit my old office crew and say hello to everyone, followed by an afternoon in the park. I thought it wouldn’t be too crowded on a Wednesday afternoon but I was wrong, all we got to do was the Cave of the Winds, which Ada LOVED!

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So far its been a great summer, but here is what else is on our bucket list…. Let’s see how much of it we can fit in!

  1. Niagara Falls USA
  2. Go to the Beach
  3. Putt Putt
  4. Drive In Movies
  5. Fantasy Island Theme Park
  6. Take a hike through a state park
  7. Take a Road Trip (this might be coming in the fall instead)
  8. Go strawberry picking
  9. Go to a fair or Festival

We’ve also been spending a lot of time with our friends, just hanging out on our back deck, (we won’t have it much longer) we’ve been playing in the sprinklers, having campout fires (as Ada calls them), movie nights and family time!

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More summer posts to come! We had a super fun fourth of July weekend and hopefully we’ll be able to cross some more stuff off our summer bucket list! How has your summer been so far?

Easter Weekend

Both our families were in town for Easter this year, we’ve had a few years where Dan’s parents were out of town, so we didn’t have to split our time, but this year we did a double day again!

Ada has been counting down to Easter this year, she loves holiday’s and so we made an Easter chain about 2 weeks ago and she’s been literally counting down the days.

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I also wish we actually had people to our house during Easter, my table was looking so festive and springy!

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I loved the little Easter Baskets I put together for my nieces. My Florida Niece got a special package in the mail, and my sister’s girls both needed matching Easters Baskets (one is coming this June, so she’ll have one to match her sister next year!)

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The baskets are from Etsy Shop BaffinBags

I colored Easter Eggs with Ada one night too, which she loved, it got a little messy but she loved mixing and matching the colors. I bought a marble kit this year, so the colors all blended together instead of turning into gross shades when you apply more then one color!

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On Saturday, I had found all these fun breakfast ideas on Pinterest and since most ideas I find on there turn into major #PinterestFails I was delighted when this one actually turned out pretty cute! Ada was super excited about it!

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Sunday morning she did her Egg hunt which she loved and keeps reenacting now over and over again, even as I try to keep hiding them away for the season. She also got a few new books, some bubbles, some painting things and her favorite, a new Moana Dress up costume. She’s obsessed with that movie right now!

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We had brunch with Dan’s family where Ada received a gigantic Easter egg filled with some goodies for outside, bubbles, chalk, a jump rope, and some other little things!

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And then headed over to my family for dinner. The weather started out not so nice that day, but it actually turned into a beautiful evening, so we sat on their back deck and let the kids (and dad) play in the yard for awhile to run off some of that sugar from the day!

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Hope everyone else had a nice Easter too! We are ready for summer to start now!!