Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sweet Sunday

April 12th - 25th
All of our simple and sweet moments from the past two weeks.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
My little adventurer planning our next trip. Looks like exotic Illinois it is!

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Bunny nose.
 
Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
First pool swimming of the season.
 
Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
We went over for the first swim at Aria's godfather's, but we didn't take a trip up into the treehouse. So I heard 'treehouse treehouse, pretty please, Kiel's (which sounds like cowl) treehouse, right now' over and over for two days since we said we'd do it when we visited next. Needless to say we went over the first day it wasn't raining.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
This is one of those things I reserve for daddy daughter time, which is swiftly followed by a nice bath. Dirt castles!

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
This is more my style - she may make a wee bit of a mess at times but in the end we have something fun to eat.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Aria has been extra mom-clingy lately, so I broke out the big guns one night so I could make dinner without a leg ornament. Dad was thrilled to help make punzel hair over and over.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
'I see somefing, I see somefing!'

Have a sweet Sunday!
 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring Bucket List - Try out a New Park

Spring Bucket List - Try out a New Park
I hate going to our local park because it is a sand park, and I hate sand. A lot. But, we also don't make the effort to hit up one of the other million parks in the area. Thus it made its way onto the Spring Bucket List! And, not only did we hit up one new park we hit up four.

 Up first we found a pirate park! How cute, yes? And, no sand!
Arc Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
We managed to visit it at the same time as a play group, so there were a lot of other kids that made Aria a little shy. There was this one boy who asked her to play and she never said a word to him, but she did follow him around for a bit. She has mama's social skills.
Arc Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
Arc Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
Aria's favorite part was the treasure chest. And, she will still mention it if you ask her about the pirate park. She was pretty bummed it wouldn't open, even though she tried with dad's keys.
Arc Park, Brevard County Playgrounds

Verdict: We'd go again!

We stumbled upon the next park because it is next to a local library. Sadly, there is sand. The playground itself is pretty lackluster. But, the area is excellent. Look at all those pretty trees, and it was right on the intracoastal waterway.
Pineapple Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
Pineapple Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
I really liked the swing set up personally. The playground bit was on sand, but the swings were elevated on something like bouncy mulch...maybe with that much mulch it is just bouncy. I am not sure. I just know that I stepped up onto it and almost fell over because I was not expecting bounce. Aria played for a few minutes and swung for a while, before we wandered over to the water.
Pineapple Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
Pineapple Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
Pineapple Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
I'd say this fish shaped bike rack was Aria's favorite bit. Honestly, we couldn't talk her into getting off of it for quite a while. We probably spent 3 or 4 times longer by the water, dock, rocks, and bike rack then the actual playground.

Verdict: We wouldn't seek it out, but if mom needed to hit up this particular library I'm sure dad and Aria could enjoy themselves by the water.

Other than park #2 I looked up parks in our area and tried to figure out which ones we should go to based on attempts to find out if it was sandy or not. This one I thought was a lot closer, and it ended up being the furthest one away. Clearly I cannot read a map. But, it was not sandy and bonus there was a cover over the whole thing.
Fred Lee Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
Fred Lee Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
Aria loved the rock climbing bit. She probably spent 2/3rds of the time in this area.
Fred Lee Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
Fred Lee Park, Brevard County Playgrounds

Verdict: If it was a little bit closer it would be great, especially the covering because the playsets get so hot in the Florida sun. We'd definitely stop by if we were in the area for another reason though. Based on length of stay and effort of dragging Aria away, I'd say this was her favorite.

This one was my personal favorite. I think this one is probably the closest out of the parks we go to, including old favorites.  It isn't sandy. The whole thing is fenced in. There are bathrooms. The playset is nice, and has a lot of different bits. We even had the whole thing to ourselves. Downside, no trees to shade anything and no covers to keep the sun off. It. was. hot. We actually went earlier in the day than we normally would, and Aria was pink cheeked in minutes. The slides were too hot so she slid down on mom or dad instead. We spent the least amount of time here.
Max K Rodes Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
But, look at that! Doesn't it look nice? There are swings to the right and a rock wall to the left.
Max K Rodes Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
Max K Rodes Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
Max K Rodes Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
I climbed up the slide, so Aria thought she needed to as well but couldn't quite make it. Mom helped.
Max K Rodes Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
Then she insisted on helping dad.
Max K Rodes Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
On top of the rock wall, which was more like a huge boulder with foot/hand grips. I thought it looked pretty neat.
Max K Rodes Park, Brevard County Playgrounds
Max K Rodes Park, Brevard County Playgrounds

Verdict: I've been hoping to find a time to go back since we first visited last weekend, but it has been rainy every day. One of these late afternoons when it is drier and hopefully cooler we shall return!

Spring Bucket List - Try out a New Park
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Mommy & Me Monday...on the slide

It has been quite some time since I last did a Mommy & Me Monday post. I just haven't gotten in front of the camera much lately. But, Chris did snap a pic of Aria and me going down a slide over the weekend! The slides were hot so Aria decided to use mom and dad as a barrier between her butt and the hot plastic. Smart kid. But, my favorite is her big smile :)
Max K Rodes Park, playgrounds in Brevard County

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Bucket List - Easter Hunt at Disney's Epcot

Sweet Turtle Soup: Spring Bucket List - Easter Hunt at Disney's Epcot
Hunting for Easter eggs at Epcot is probably my favorite item on our Spring Bucket List! And, it almost didn't happen. I messed up how long it was running and when I realized my mistake we squeezed it in the next day. Of course when we got to Epcot they'd already completely run out of the egg maps, which I mean come on Disney not acceptable. You could still find the eggs, but it was a little lacking without the cute map with stickers for each egg location/character. Plus, we didn't get to add a new Disney egg to our collection of one. So lessons learned - double check dates and go early next year.
Walt Disney World's The Boardwalk Inn
Walt Disney World's The Boardwalk Inn - boating to the International Gateway
Sunglasses: Firmoo c/o
We started off with a visit to our favorite resort, Disney's Boardwalk, and then boated over to Epcot for some egg hunting.

But, first some fish and chips in the United Kingdom and a stroll through the English gardens. By the way, Aria absolutely insisted on wearing her fancy princess dress for Disney egg hunting.
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase - English Gardens
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase - English Gardens
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase - English Gardens
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase - English Gardens
 And then we were off on our hunt!
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Aria just wanted to let the duck know that the Easter egg was up there on top of the roof.
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
 A quick pit stop for some bubble tea and candied strawberries.
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Guys, it was so hot. And, it is only getting hotter as summer approaches. Aria was totally over the heat by Germany. Mom and dad weren't far behind. Sunscreen, something refreshing to drink, and sunnies were a must.

Have you heard of Firmoo? It is an online eyeglasses store. They contacted me to review a pair, so I snagged a pair of funky green sunglasses (since I don't wear glasses, even though I probably should). They have a ton of options, it was hard to pick BUT even better they run great deals - they just ran a special for Easter and right now you can get 50% off your first pair, etcetc. Who couldn't use an extra pair of sunglasses or a couple new frames for the spring? Cute, affordable, and the costumer service was top notch. Plus, the glasses case it comes with is one of Aria's fave things to steal. So it is safe to say she is a fan. And, I'm pretty sure I need a pink pair to add to the collection, yes? Be sure to pop over if your eyes are in need of a little shade or if you are a responsible adult and have a glasses prescription!
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Most of the eggs are hidden high up, but this one was eye level enough for Aria to find all on her own. They others were more like, 'hmm Aria do you see any eggs? have you looked right there?' *points directly at egg.
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Enjoying a little shade for 3 seconds until I had to run off after Aria who found her favorite thing ever...stairs.
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
We normally avoid buying bottled water at the parks because it costs an arm and a leg, but the convenience of just getting some cold water outweighed the frugality of finding a semi-cool water fountain.
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase Easter Egg Hunt
We did it! We found all 12 Easter eggs! We boated back over to the Boardwalk and to our car. The plan was to go find something for dinner on the way back home, but Aria passed out before we even got out of the parking lot. So, straight home we went. Easter egg hunts are exhausting. But, I'm so glad we were able to go and mark it off of our Spring Bucket List!

p.s. The eggs were not in the same spots as last year. We weren't sure if they shuffled them around or not. But, they did!
Sweet Turtle Soup: Spring Bucket List - Easter Hunt at Disney's Epcot

*Firmoo sent me a pair of glasses in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own. Find out more about Firmoo on facebook, twitter or pinterest.