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Welp, it happened again. The kids were sick on our family trip. No, I’m serious. They were totally sick for our family trip to Omaha. The sickness definitely waged its war but we succeeded in the end because we still had a really great time.

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There is so much anxiety in this moment of waiting for the plane to take off.

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So with two feverish small children we spent the first several days keeping close to the house. That gets old real quick when the weather is blue skies and soft green grass in the 70s.

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E learned the art of thumb war.

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By the time Saturday rolled around we were able to get dressed up to celebrate the graduation.

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It’s always good to get some cousin time. By the time we had to go our different ways E was in hysterics. She had a total melt down.

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After a huge Italian lunch and lots of party prep it was time to tap the keg

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and play several raucous games of horse. Such a great time.

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Yay for family togetherness! Baby A’s sickness was starting to let up a little but as you can see below she was still a little clingy.

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Then we went to the ZOO! Best zoo ever. Post to follow.

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We had some special visitors a couple of weekends ago…and I think I got some pretty cute pictures of it.

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The jasmine here in April is amazing. The neighborhood is covered with it and it wafts through the air with every breeze. Uh-may-zing.image

I bought this linen canopy to take the place of the blasted fiddle leaf fig tree that I can’t keep alive. Visually, we needed some height in that corner (plus some whimsy) but it turns out to be the best little photo booth.

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Such great filtered light.

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Unless you’re on the outside!

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Let’s see if we can cram Grammie in there.

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We hit up our fave spot, TopGolf. If you have one in your city you should go.

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Just one little freckle on her nose.

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Thanks for visiting, Grammie and Boppa!

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I’ve got a whole lot to catch up on here. A couple of weeks ago we went to the beach to frolic. Of course we had to pack up the whole trunk to have all that is needed to frolic.

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The week had been beautiful and warm but that Saturday turned out to be cloudy and mid 70s. Perfect for any OTHER type of activity that we might usually be doing. So the water was pretty cool and the sun couldn’t warm us up.image

We got to pull out one of E’s birthday party kites.

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Such a fun, pink kite!

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My girls.

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She needed to get wrapped up a couple of times to warm up and recharge with goldfish.

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Sandy baby fingers and sea shells.

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This was her first very own juice box and she loooved it. After slurping on it for quite a while I tried to take it away and she cried.

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Reminds me when we first moved to Houston with this little one. They are about the same age here. E is a couple of months younger below.

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And now she looks like this. HA! Weeeiiirrd.

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Our darling A.

E’s Birthday

I’ve tried to write this post for weeks but it’s just such a bummer I haven’t gotten very far. E had her 4th birthday a couple of weeks ago and it was very eventful. image

Her actual birthday was on a Sunday so we celebrated with our little family on Sunday and then she had her party with friends on Monday. I set up a little booby trap for her room so she could wake up to a surprise (this has been on pinterest for years, I’m not inventing the wheel here).

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She immediately opened her presents and then we had breakfast.

imageRight after this picture she had a HUGE meltdown because it’s her birthday and she can put as much snow on her french toast as she wants!! So I was preetttyy freakin annoyed to continue giving her anything at all. The plan was to go pick out a bike later but I was ready for her to spend the rest of the day in her room.

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But we were able to turn it around and E got her first manicure.

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After I did her finger and toe nails she did my nails. She did all one color on one hand but that got boring so the other hand had three colors

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Here she is picking out her bike. We were able to steer her towards the bike we wanted for her but making it seem like her idea. Win win.

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So we ended up having a really good day on Sunday. Then for her party…imageHer kite party started off super fun. The friends started showing up and snacks were had. There wasn’t a whole lot of wind but the adults were having fun trying to get the kites up. There is a gazebo next to a grassy field and a big playground so our party was spread out according to what people wanted to do. I was sticking around the gazebo because it seemed like party headquarters and then about an hour into the party I heard people frantically calling my name and I looked over to see E walking away from the playground crying mama with blood streaming down her face. {shudder}. She fell off the see saw and had a gash on her forehead and a scratch under her eye.

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So a friend drove this frazzled mama and E to a nearby emergency center while we left the whole party and Baby A at the park. Instead of picking up the cake Dad was rerouted to the ER. She was glued up and was ready to go right around when everybody left the park so we had a couple of friends come back to our house to share in this huge, adorable cake.image

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I used some trick candles which were a pretty big hit with this age group. Especially when it’s going to be so long before she gets to blow out candles again!

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So, we’ll have a mark right in the middle of her forehead from her fourth birthday forever and always. Ugghhh… Luckily Dad got her a Cubs hat from his work trip to Chicago so we’re trading off between that and bandaids whenever we go outside plus slathering with lots of Mederma. yay. And I say that with the least amount of enthusiasm possible.

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Very late on posting about this special visit! We had some cousins in town during their spring break so we got to show them a good time.

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Baby A hadn’t ridden in the carrier for a long time. We swung her around back so she could look out. She enjoyed it for a while but toddlers like to toddle.

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E has a pained look on her face in the strawberry because she could reach the hole in the next bigger strawberry but she had to be in the smallest one for the picture. The poor girl.

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Ring pops! Why they’re opaque, electric blue now I have no idea.

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We stopped at the Bass Pro shop on the side of the highway on the way home. That place is always interesting.

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As these kiddos always bring the rain with them we had to think of a few indoor activities for the afternoon so I grabbed a couple of cheap and easy ideas off of pinterest. This is baking soda mixed with Barbasol shaving cream.

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Which turns into this moldable sand/dough.

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Then the girls started experimenting some more.imageWhich led to this.

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Which led to this.image

Which led to this.

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Cute! It’s pretty obvious how much E loved spending time with her older cousins! We had a fun weekend!

Dialects from around UK. Music to the ears, pretty much.

First soccer game ever

E had her first soccer game last Saturday. She had a pretty great time although not much focus was paid to the soccer ball. We need to talk about the game a little more. Funny how we signed her up months ago thinking we’d have so much time to practice and she could hit the ground running but her first real outdoor “kicking the ball around” was last weekend and here we are at Target when they open at 8am to grab the shin guards before her game at 8:30.

The parents formed a tunnel but E really wanted to be part of the tunnel rather than running through it with the other kids.

I thought I’d be annoyed about snacks after a single hour of chasing butterflies but the game ended at her regular snack time so it worked out fine. The snack helped tide her over so that we could head to the farmers market but wouldn’t have a crazy person in the car. The rest of my birthday was wonderful and I got to do everything I wanted to do. Sunday was a blast too as the man and I worked on a project for our 9 year anniversary coming up. I’ll post about that all at once.

I had a super fun birthday weekend. Related posts to follow. The food I consumed on my birthday was as follows: Fried egg with toast, pink lemonade/beer shandy, fried green tomatoes with chimichurri, some of a giant cinnamon roll with pecans and raisins, coffee, half a delicious BLT, naan and an Indian yogurt dip, cupcakes with champagne, corn hushpuppies, ANOTHER shandy with beer/sweet tea vodka and lemon, chicken fried steak stewed green beans and a biscuit with honey. And another beer. In that order. Whewwww…