Friday, January 30, 2015

Historical-ness: Disney Pass

As a wedding present to ourselves we got annual passes to Disney World! So, we spent the first few months of 2012 making good use of it. Not that we didn't go in 2011, but the camera I had then wasn't worth the effort of toting it around. Chris got me a new camera that Christmas, a little tiny thing easy to bring to Disney, so I actually have some pictures from 2012. I picked a handful of my favourites from those trips for today's historical-ness post.

Historical-ness: Boma and Mickey Mouse

We went to Animal Kingdom lodge for breakfast at Boma as a belated birthday present to Chris. I told him we were going to Animal Kingdom that day and then as we got closer to the park I made a detour to the lodge. Disney buffets are some of my favourite eats, and we really enjoyed stuffing ourselves before making our way over to Animal Kingdom.

Historical-ness: Animal Kingdom

Historical-ness: Epcot
Our favourite park pre-Aria was Epcot. A few fun rides, but the best meandering and lots of good food and drink. We still enjoy it with Aria, but Magic Kingdom has definitely taken back the top spot.
 Historical-ness: Epcot

Historical-ness: Epcot, Flower & Garden
We spent the final day on our pass, and also our first Anniversary back at Epcot, which is where we went right after we got married. It also happens to be the Flower & Garden time of the year so it is always extra pretty on our Anniversary. We had lunch at the Rose & Crown, also where we had lunch back when we got married. Traditions, traditions!

A few weeks later we found out we were pregnant, so next up for the historical-ness series is pregnancy highlights and terrible bump pictures from way back before I understood how to use lighting better.

And, if you want to catch up with the rest check out these past posts: 1: How We Met, 2: The First Three Years, 3: Baxter, 4: Lizzy, 5: Life in Colorado, 6: First Summer Back in Florida, 7: Our Last Months Before We Got Married, 8: Our Wedding Day - part one, 9: Our Wedding Day - part two, 10: Honeymoon Day #1, 11: Honeymoon Day #2, 12: Honeymoon Day #3, and 13: Bachelorette Parties & Tough Mudders.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

[Guest Post] Getting to Know Desiree from Macke Monologues

I'd like to bring to your attention the fact that my little lady told her mama the best 'L' word there is last night! I was telling her good night and that I love her as I was leaving her room and then I hear a sweet "love you mom much" in response. She's been telling misc. objects that she loves them for a while now and even the dogs, and she will say "love mom" or "love daddy" if you ask her to. But, she had not offered it up all on her own before. So, to say I was a big puddle is an understatement. Total mom highlight.

I'd also like to bring to your attention the fact that today is Q&A day! The lovely and sweet Desiree from Macke Monologues is on the blog with a fun Q&A guest post. I love asking some of my absolute favourite bloggers a slew of random questions. It is always so interesting getting the answers back. Desiree announced her pregnancy with baby #2 recently so it might be a little obvious from my questions that that was on my mind. If you haven't visited her blog before I highly recommend it. I think you'll find it a happy and encouraging and genuine place. So, scroll down to see her answers and then pop over for a visit.

Thanks for answering my questions today, Desiree!
 
 Make sure to stop by her blog today, and tell her Courtney sent you!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Day in the Life - Winter edition

Our day: Monday,  January 19th, 2015 - Aria is 2 years and 1 month old.

7:40 am | I wake up to the sound of my alarm. I check Aria's monitor, she is still asleep. I play Candy Crush, check FB, and scroll through IG until 8. If I don't fiddle on my phone then I fall right back to sleep.

8:00 am | I spontaneously decide that today should be my day in the life documenting day, so I grab my camera and open up my laptop so I can keep track of times and events. Baxter came over for a chin scratch since he is still in his cone of shame and can't do it himself. Aria is awake by this point, and I go in to her room to collect her from her crib.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

8:06 am | I finally convince Aria to let me pick her up. Then we feed the dogs and the cat. I have to monitor Baxter while he eats since his cone is off and I don't want him to bother his stitches - he had a tumor removed, something about extra testosterone. I guess he was just too masculine. After both dogs finish their food, we let them outside.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

8:19 am | Aria didn't get a wash all weekend since time seemed to just slip away, so we start the day with a shower. I leave Lizzy outside because she prefers to lounge on the porch for hours on end. It is hair washing day too. Sad faces because we are dirty.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

9:00 am | We hop out of the shower. Happy faces because we are all clean!
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

9:09 am | Aria is dressed.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

9:13 am | She collects her mermaid book and takes it to great grandma to read to her while I fix her a sippy of milk.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

9:21 am | I leave Aria to her mermaid enjoyment while I fold some laundry, get dressed, and then gather up all the dirty laundry. I don't usually do laundry over the weekend, or anything else that is boring and chore-like. That also means there is normally a ton of laundry to do by Monday.

9:22 am | I start a load of laundry.

9:26 am | I got myself a cup of water, and gave Baxter his medicine - thankfully he is almost done with two of his three pill bottles. Shoving pills down a dog's throat twice a day is not my idea of fun. I sit down to drink some water.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

9:27 am | Baxter lets me know he wants some water now so I get back up and take his cone off so he can get a drink. Then I switch him and Lizzy on the outside leash.

9:29 am | I sat back down because Aria is still reading her mermaid book with great grandma. But, she decides to come sit on me instead and play with my phone.

9:32 am | I pry the phone away in exchange for the promise of strawberries for breakfast, and then get up to get them ready.

9:43 am | We sit down to a breakfast of strawberries, bananas and toast.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

10:05 am | Aria starts shouting funf at her bananas. German for five. She's been very into counting lately, English and German just for fun. Funf is her favourite. She doesn't like three in either language.  one....two....vier...funf.

10:08 am | She's done eating now. So I wash her up.

10:13 am | Aria decides she'd like to play in great grandma's bedroom so she drags her down the hall. I continue to wash up from breakfast - high chair, dishes. The dish washer is full enough to start.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

10:17 am | I take advantage of Aria being occupied to vacuum the house. Also something I don't do over the weekend, so by Monday the dog hair is getting extreme.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

10:43 am | Done vacuuming. Much better. I refill my water and check on Aria. She is looking out the window into the woods by the side of the house shouting for Manny - our armadillo visitor.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

10:48 am | I heard the washer beep that it was done, so I switched it to the dryer and put in a load of towels. Then I sat down to drink my water and scroll through IG before pondering what to make for lunch.

10:59 am | I landed on fish and green beans, easy. I gave the pans a rinse and prepped everything. Then I had a whole ten minutes to read Outlander.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

11:10 am | Pull myself away from Outlander and make lunch.

11:31 am | Lunch is ready. Aria came out from great grandma's room at some point, so after a diaper change we go out front to wait for dad to pull up from work.

11:37 am | Chris arrives. Somewhat later than usual. Just by a few minutes.

11:37 am | We had some cracker popper tubes leftover/forgotten from Christmas so I give one to Chris and Aria to pull. Hardest things to pull apart. It had a little snowman notebook in it.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

Chris washes her hands, which she is completely not thrilled about.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

Then we eat lunch. Aria likes to only eat the little beans inside of green beans.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

11:55 am | Aria and I wave Chris back to work, and then I wash her up.

11:57 am | Aria wants to watch the Sofia episode with the mermaid - The Floating Palace, so I put it in for her while I clean up from lunch.

12:05 pm | I hear the laundry beep that it is done again. I bring in the clean clothes, put the towels in the dryer, and start a load of dog towels. Then I go sort and fold the clean clothes.

12:18 pm | Aria calls me and asks for some water since she polished off her morning milk. Baxter wants some water too. I oblige both, and then get back to my laundry.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

12:23 pm | Done with the laundry, and I even put it away.

12:26 pm | I decide it is time for an iced coffee. I make myself the iced coffee and curl up on the couch with Outlander while Aria watches Sofia. Normally we take a shower after lunch, but since we already got that out of the way in the morning she just watches extra Sofia.

1:33 pm | Aria's last episode is over, so I mark my place in Outlander and we get ready for nap time. Aria doesn't complain about it today. Sometimes she is a wee monster about the whole thing. Like a diaper change and sleep shorts will kill her.

2:03 pm | I rocked her to sleep after three princess stories from the book she calls the mermaid book - it is really Princess Adventure Stories, and the singing of several carols. I fiddle on my phone until she is definitely asleep and then I lay her down in her crib. I reset her sounds on her sleep sheep and then tip toe out the room.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

2:10 pm | I decide to thaw out some soup I had in the freezer, leftover ham and cheese chowder. I don't much care for fish so I didn't eat anything with Chris and Aria.

2:30 pm | Soup is ready, plus bread. I curl back up on the couch with soup and Outlander.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

3:33 pm | I decide to stop reading since Chris will be home from work soon. I switch the laundry and clean up my dishes.

3:45 pm | I go wake up Aria.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

Baxter has a follow up vet appointment so I get her dressed. Chris is going to drop us off at Barnes and Noble while he takes Baxter to his appointment. Aria and I do a loop around the store, then play with the trains, then do another loop around the store, then play with the trains, and as we are on our next loop around the store Chris finds us. Since we finished up all the Harry Potter books the day before, I let Aria pick out a Children's book that we can read before bed. She picks The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. My guess is she picked it because it is orange, her favourite color. (I think I might have a permanent accent by the time I'm done reading it though...)
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

5:04 pm | We get back home, and Chris quick starts the grill for dinner.

5:10 pm | Chris runs to the store for milk and sausages. Aria and I do another popper. This one had a crown in it that Aria ripped apart in three seconds and a tiny magnifying glass.

5:25 pm | Chris is back from the store, and I put away the milk while he and Aria go tend the grill. I hear a lot of 'no, Aria don't touch that it is hot'.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

5:40 pm | Aria needed a new diaper, and then she grabbed her mermaid book for great grandma to read to her again. I go fold towels and put them in the bathroom.

5:48 pm | I refill my water, and then decide rum sounds better. I make a coconut rum with pineapple juice, and I make Aria a virgin one. She thought it was delicious and chugged it. I nursed mine for the next 4 or so hours.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

5:56 pm | Chris brings in food fresh from the grill so I collect Aria for a hand washing.

6:02 pm | We sit down to sausages and chicken thighs and peas.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

6:30 pm | Finished with dinner. Aria gets cleaned up and then rides her also clean high chair back to its spot by the table. We love that it has wheels. Aria runs around causing chaos while Chris and I empty the dish washer and fill it up again. Then we say good night to great grandma and head down the hall for story time.

7:35 pm | I finish up reading a few chapters of Huckleberry Finn and then Aria and dad spin a few times. We sing a few carols and whatever misc. songs come to mind before kisses and good nights.
Sweet Turtle Soup - A Day in the Life - Winter edition

7:48 pm | Chris goes back to work. I clean up a few things, gather and put away mainly. I grab out the dog towels so Baxter has something to sleep on. He can't fit in his cage to sleep anymore with the cone on, so he sleeps on his towels at the foot of our bed.

7:55 pm | I remember that I didn't scoop the cat's litter yet so I take care of that and get him fresh water too. Scooping cat poop is one of my least favourite things ever.

8:02 pm | I wash my hands thoroughly and then put on jammies before crawling into bed to work on a post.

8:29 pm | Aria is still tossing and turning, but hasn't called out for me. I keep working on my post.

9:24 pm | I notice that Aria is asleep now, and I'm done with my post so I catch up on some blog reading. Aria just recently started going to sleep at night on her own again. Knock on all the wood.

10:11 pm | Time to let the dogs out and give Baxter his medicine. Then I work on catching up on emails.

11:07 pm | Too tired to wait for Chris to come home from work - he gets home a little before midnight. I close up shop and call it a night. Zzz...

The end.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sweet Sunday

January 18th - January 24th
All of our simple and sweet moments from the past week.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
She was checking on Baxter's booboo, which is on his tush. She said it was looking a-ok.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Having a little pow-wow with great grandma.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Aria's first ice cream sandwich experience. She gave it two thumbs up.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Baby Olly-to-be was showered this past weekend. Aria celebrated by running around doing her own thing, and then starting a fire with dad. She also was a fan of the doritos.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
There is no wrong way to drink from a sippy...

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
What do you mean the plant pots aren't seats?

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
This image is entirely too grown up for me. Good thing the only thing in that backpack is a musical egg.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
One of Aria's birthday presents we hadn't busted out yet. She's a natural. She pulled up the box of wipes as a seat on her own too. Gotta be comfy.

Have a Sweet Sunday!