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!

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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Photo credit to LaurenAshelyPhoto. I realized I didn’t really take any pictures from the dinner! 

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!

The Wedding from a Magazine!

Our good friends got married at the end of September and it was literally a wedding straight out of Brides Magazine! They had the best DIY wedding I’ve ever seen and I was honored to stand by their side as they said “I do”! There aren’t really many words for this wedding, it was such a perfect day. The entire wedding party was our group of high school friends, making it the absolute best wedding party in the history of wedding parties! We all stayed in three townhouses side by side so the whole weekend we were able to spend together! I love these two so much and it warms my heart to know they have everything they ever wanted in each other and I can’t wait to watch their family and their love grow in the future! Much love to Cody and Danielle on a beautiful wedding!!

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5 Happy Years

Today my amazing husband and I celebrate 5 years of wedded bliss! I can’t believe its already been 5 years since we’ve said “I do” but more then that I can’t believe that this winter we will have been together for 10 years! Its crazy how fast the years go by. I thought it would be fun to do a quick post highlighting some of my most favorite memories in the last 5 years with the best person to ever have walked into my world!!

Of course I’ll start with my favorite picture from our wedding day. I love this one because it shows the pure joy and excitement we felt that day but more then that it has some of the most important people who stood by our side showing the same kind of excitement for us! And to this day almost all those people (20 in our bridal party) are all still a huge part of our life and all our favorite memories!

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Our honeymoon is still one of my most favorite trips I have ever been on. We spent 10 amazing days in Curacao, N.A which is the place where we actually got engaged (secretly & unexpectedly). So the island itself will always hold a special place in our hearts. But we had SO much fun on this trip with just the two of us! We made tons of friends, ate some awesome food and just spent some of the best quality time of our life together here. It was relaxing, fun, adventurous and seriously the best trip of my life!

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In 2012 we ran our first half and full marathons together. Something neither of us ever thought we’d do. I ran the half and have never been so proud of myself for finishing something as strong as I did. Since then I have wanted to do more, but haven’t found the time and that kinda annoys me. But Dan ran his first full marathon after not fully training for it, and I was so proud of him for finishing as well. It was a huge accomplishment for us both and something we’ll never forget!

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In 2012 we also went skydiving, which will forever be a highlight. It was the most amazing thing I think I’ve ever done and to this day still can’t believe I went through with it, I would also do it a hundred times over again. Such a rush! Next time I want to do it in some exotic place though where the scenery takes my breath away as much as the free fall does!

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In 2013, we took a trip to the Dominican Republic where we made a very special announcement! We had no idea when we booked this trip that it would be our very last trip as a family of 2. We announced that baby Mags would be arriving in the fall and we were so excited to have taken that little baby-moon together and with a few friends. It was relaxing and just what the doctor ordered!

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In September of 2013 we welcomed our amazing little girl Ada Morgan into the world and into our hearts forever! She has since turned our life upside down and I simply cannot imagine our life without her! She has brought more love and joy into our life then I ever thought possible. She is simply the most amazing little person and I love more than anything watching her learn and teaching her about life, she is becoming my best little friend right before my eyes. She has made some of our lowest lows easier and always can put a smile on my face.

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This amazing man has been by my date to exactly 26 weddings since our own (yes I counted). And dozens and dozens before ours! He is the best party date I could ask for and I know he’d say the same about me only because he knows he always has a DD to take him home!

We travelled to Hawaii to celebrate 5 years together. It was a hard decision to go so far away and leave Ada behind for so long. But it was a trip that needed to happen. Its been on my bucket list forever (as its probably on everyone’s) but as someone who loves to travel more than anything it made me sad that I had never done Hawaii or Europe, I knew I had to scratch one of them off the list and we decided it was a perfect occasion to take a romantic Hawaiian second honeymoon. It was an amazing trip. Way more expensive than we thought it would be, but we had a great time, and ate like kings all week. You can read more about that trip here.

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I am so proud of him for being such a hard worker and fulfilling a dream of his to launch and own his own company. Last year a project he had been working tirelessly on for more than a year took flight when they entered a business competition called 43 North in an effort to win $1 million for his start-up tech company and they did it!! Proud wife and brag moment! (sorry this pic is a little blurry).

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More than anything though, after 5 years of marriage I am most proud that we still love each other as much, if not more than the day we said our vows and I am in love with our growing family and the life we have created. We both work very hard to keep life simple and moving forward and I love the teamwork we have had to learn together while raising a little one. I hope for many, many more wonderful years together, and there isn’t another person on the planet I would want to experience all the highs and lows with more than him!

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Festive Fall Fun

We’ve been enjoying the fall weather and getting ready for Halloween! We took Ada to the Great Pumpkin Farm this past weekend, and I think she loved it! She’s still a little young for a lot of things, but she is obsessed with pumpkins, so she was really into it!

Hear are a few pics of my little pumpkin obsessing over all the big pumpkins, my favorite is the one where she literally thinks she is summoning the pumpkins to come to her!

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Dan and I also had two weddings one last weekend and one this weekend. That makes one more for us this year and that will round out 11 for 2014. Next year is a bit slower on the weddings I think, so far we only have 3.

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Two beautiful weddings

Two of the 11 weddings we have this year were for 2 of Dan’s cousins of which who are two of our best friends. 4th of July weekend we had Dan’s cousin Chuck’s wedding who married the beautiful MaryAnn.  Dan was a groomsman in that wedding so I took Ada to church with me and she was wonderful and fell asleep on me like 2 minutes in, so I didn’t have to worry about her making a peep.

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I dropped her off at my parents house afterwards and met up with Dan at the reception. Such perfect weather for a beautiful couple! Here are a few pictures I took from that day!

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Just last weekend we had another wedding for Dan’s Cousin Amy who also happens to be one of my best friends. She had an adorable DIY wedding, she made almost everything herself from her bouquets to her sash on her dress, the centerpieces and more. It was another beautiful summer day to watch them tie the knot! Again we brought Ada to the church for her 3rd wedding and took her to my parents for a sleepover. Here are some more wedding pictures from their happy day!

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Ada’s first Easter & a photo shoot

I’m a little behind on posting these, but Ada had a great first Easter, she got her first Easter basket, which I am obsessed with,  I found it here on Etsy, and had fun pulling out all the stuff. She just got some little things this year, since she doesn’t know the difference. But I had fun putting something together for her anyway.

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In her basket she got an Easter book, the Sesame Street cell phone, some little bunny socks, a little bunny onesie and a sippy cup (that she won’t be using for awhile still)

We had our first wedding of the year at the end of May, which was for one of my closest friends from High School, so it was a ton of fun to have so much of our gang all in town and back together. It was also Ada’s first wedding. We just brought her to the ceremony and to the middle party, then she got dropped off at Nana  and Grandpa’s house so we could go to the reception.

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The weather has been so nice out lately that I did a little photo shoot with my two favorite people out in the front yard.

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