Thursday, August 21, 2014

Historical-ness: Honeymoon Day #3 & The Reception

I've made my way now from how Chris and I met up through our wedding day in this historical-ness series. After we got married and reception-ed at Epcot, we honeymooned for the next three days at Disney's The Boardwalk. Today's post is from April 15th, 2011 - honeymoon day 3.

This is the last day of our honeymoon and we spent it at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Historical-ness
We started off in Dinoland USA so that Chris could ride on Dinosaur, which for some reason or another (maintenance etc.) he hadn't been able to ride yet. It is one of his favourite rides so he was pretty excited about it.
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It was also the first time we rode Everest.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Historical-ness
We had lunch and excellent daiquiris at the Yak &Yeti.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Historical-ness
We did the treks, we did the safari, we got soaked on Kali River Rapids, we caught some of the Jammin' Jungle Parade, and we ended with the Festival of the Lion King.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Historical-ness
We ended the evening at Downtown Disney with Ghirardelli's sundaes, a few hours at DisneyQuest, and dinner at Paradiso 37. Somehow I forgot to take a single picture the entire evening, I wasn't as photo happy as I am now. And, then we made our way home from an incredibly fun, magical, and much too quick Disney honeymoon.

We also had our reception get together the following day. It was super casual. We invited all of our friends and family. We made a pot-luck style feast of just about all of our favourite dishes - crab dip, paprikash, stew, mac and cheese, broccoli cheese casserole, enchiladas, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, lasagna, garlic bread, and corn on the cob. One of our friend's made us a cake and cupcakes, which was delicious along with the rest of the gigantic spread. We ate, we spent time together, there was some bocce ball, and a sprinkling of presents (that I hadn't even considered people would bring -  one was a Disney collage frame that hangs in Aria's room now). It was the perfect ending to our wedding week.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Historical-ness
And that brings my 'wedding' section of the historical-ness series to a close. I'm not even sure what is up next precisely. We spent the next year running around Disney with our shiny new annual passes, and Aria was a 1st anniversary present. So something along those lines will be up next!

If you want to catch up with the rest of the historical-ness series 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, and 11: Honeymoon Day #2.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Baby Book

Sweet Turtle Soup: The Baby Book
You know what, you guys are awesome. I got so many comments about the baby book that I was finally motivated to put those pictures in it. You know what I completely forgot to get a picture for? The front cover. You see that baby up above? So not Aria. Oops. Not only did I just about finish the baby book, but I also started working on a digital scrapbook. My vision is to have a 'yearbook' of sorts with monthly collages of only the highlights plus all the holidays - minimal journaling, maximum photos. I figured I'd need to limit myself or it would end up being 420 pages and worth the down payment on a house. So thank you for the encouragement!

Sweet Turtle Soup: The Baby Book
And, since you asked to see the final product. Here is Aria's baby book. I bought this one off of Amazon before I had a blog. I read a few blogs at the time, but I wasn't really thinking about starting my own. In hindsight I wish I would have kept up with everything digitally, because it is so much easier. But, on the other hand I stashed some of the life bits in here that you couldn't do digitally. For example, our hospital bands are stuck on the first page and I have a folder with all her ultrasound photos and another folder with every single card anybody has given her. But, on the third hand there is so much more I have recorded on the blog. Good thing I don't have to choose, she can have both things to look back on whenever she wants. Plus, a digital yearbook in theory. You really can't lose no matter what way you choose to record your child's life.

Here are a few of the pages.
Sweet Turtle Soup: The Baby Book
I stuck all the photos to the page in a way that you can lift them and see the rest of the book underneath. There just wasn't enough room for photos in my opinion!
Sweet Turtle Soup: The Baby Book
I've slowly been working my way to posting about my pregnancy, gender reveal party, and the baby shower.
Sweet Turtle Soup: The Baby Book
You can find her birth story here, which I still plan on printing out and popping in this page too.
Sweet Turtle Soup: The Baby Book
Sweet Turtle Soup: The Baby Book
You can find her first steps here.
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You can find all of her month-days here.
Sweet Turtle Soup: The Baby Book
One page spread would never be enough to adequately record the first holidays. We did so many lovely things especially as she got closer to a year, and all I could fit was a quick sentence about each and all the pictures I could stick in. You can find all our holidays here.
Sweet Turtle Soup: The Baby Book
I had so much fun celebrating Aria's first birthday, and I really cannot believe her second will be here in a few short months. Best time of the year! You can find her first birthday here. She also has this birthday keepsake book that I love, and would recommend as an addition to anything digital because you can stuff life bits in there.

A life well documented.

Thanks for taking a look!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Currently: August

Thinking about: how August is my least favourite month. It is much too hot. Fall is close yet so far away. There are way too many people at Disney still. Did I mention that it is hot?

Working on:  Aria's baby book. I finally got around to filling in all the bits, and ordering the pictures I wanted to add. I just haven't gotten around to putting the pictures in yet. It involves hard things, like finding the scrapbooking sticks, which could take at least 30 seconds. My gosh, the effort. One day...

Planning:, not much. Meeting up with a friend at Disney in a couple weekends. Does meal planning count? 

Reading: a series of pretty boring books lately, all flops. I'd like to get my hands on the new James Rollins though.

Listening to: whatever is on the radio or Christmas carols. I'm trying to add a few more carols to our nap and bed time routine, since the same 5-6 get boring...and I still only ever remember half of those lyrics.

Eating: vegetables. Gross.

Watching: Leap Year as I'm putting this together. And, found a fun show on HGTV that I hope to catch more of - My Big Family Renovation. I use to be content with flipping on HGTV or Food Network and going about the day with it on in the background, but it is all such crap now. Except the Pioneer Woman because we love her. Chris and I also went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy twice now. The ending is my favourite part.

Wanting: to get to bed earlier, yet it never seems to happen.

Feeling: sad about Robin Williams still. All the sads.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Currently - August
Loving: Aria's smile. She is such a happy babe, and is always grinning. She evens lets me get it on camera pretty often. Her squeals of delight are pretty awesome too, but half the time they are squeals of delight at trouble being made. So I prefer the smiles.

Thankful for: little things that smell nice and put a smile on my face, like my new body wash that smells like animal crackers. Sometimes you just need to shower with cookies.

images via pinterest (except the one of Aria...clearly)

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sweet Sunday

August 10th - 16th
All of our simple and sweet moments from the past week.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
The cat didn't escape to his closet quick enough after Aria's nap so Aria was quite excited to sit with him on the glider. He didn't even run away, he must be warming up to her.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Dad is reading to her from the Winnie the Pooh book we picked up at the Magic Kingdom. She was running back and forth between the two of us for quick visits.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
So the fridge can make ice, but the water isn't filtered and as a result makes gross tasting ice. We use ice trays instead so I can fill them with our brita water. But, the ice maker got turned on accidentally and contaminated by beautiful filtered cubes. So I got Chris to pull out the holder and dump them in Aria's water table. She was entertained for at least half an hour, and also frozen solid by the end.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Chris needed some playdoh for work - something about dragon etchings (I don't know either). Since he only needed a small amount he brought the rest home to Aria. She poked and squished it for a good bit and tried to eat it a few times, but she didn't seem to get into it overly. She did however mix up each of the 9 or so colours.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Tea cozy or a hat? Toddler repurposing at its finest.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
I opened the back door so Aria could run around outside for a bit, and then I turned to the fridge to grab some water. When I popped back to the door, which is like three steps away, she was in the middle of the yard kicking over mushrooms that had sprouted up. I guess we won't have any fairies in the yard.

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 Tiny lady, big world.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
The whole gang hanging out on the floor watching Parent Trap while I made dinner last night. We got home a little later than we hoped from our rainy day Target run, so I tossed in Parent Trap hoping to keep the natives from getting restless. Turns out Aria is a wee terror when she is hungry. She got into all the things, and by all the things I mean all the things she isn't suppose to get into like stove burners. Although she had a few moments of inner angelic child.

Have a sweet Sunday!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday: 12 in 2014 #8, Pumpkins, and Groot

Hooray for Friday! We don't even have anything exciting on the books this weekend other than toast (see #2), but Aria and I sure do like when dad is around. And, what better way to kick off Friday than with a 5!

p.s. Isn't Joseph Gordon-Levitt the cutest? The pups and I are watching 10 Things I Hate About You.

12 in 2014

image via pinterest
 You know what I dislike? Vegetables. You know what I like? French fries. Sadly french fries aren't as good for you as say broccoli. So we've been no carbs and lots of veggies all week. Today is day 5. We've kind of sort of been following a paleo diet, but since it was last minute we had leftovers that we didn't want to go to waste. Things like ribs and yogurt, not cake or brownies. Just for the record. Colour me surprised that I've actually lasted this long without bread and cheese though, like wow. My goal was only 5 days though, because low expectations are the way to go, and then have the weekend off before eating gross vegetables all week again. I'm counting down the minutes until I can have a piece of frickin toast. With butter.

I'm sure you've seen this #icebucketchallenge all over the place, but here is one more. Chris did it last weekend after he was challenged by some brothers in his fraternity. Do you know what ALS is? I hadn't a clue. When Chris said it was 'Lou Gehrig's Disease', I still didn't have a clue but I'd heard of that term. One of his fraternity brother's parents had died from it. And, apparently it can happen to anybody and is nearly always fatal, but it doesn't have a lot of recognition. That is until now. Check this "Between July 29 and today, August 12, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received an astonishing $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year. The ALS Association is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from those people who have been doused, made a donation, or both." Isn't that wonderful? So whether you dump ice water on your head or not you should consider making a donation. Aria made a donation, such a generous heart she has.

Here's a little blurb from the ALA Association website - "Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed."

I saw this at my favourite consignment shop, and snatched it up in a heartbeat. It was a while ago so I put in her 'next size up' box to save for the fall. Well, I couldn't resist a little preview the other day. I melted the whole time she was strutting around in it. Doesn't she look like a little pumpkin? I dutifully put it back in the box, but I cannot wait for next month! I smell football, pumpkin spice lattes, and candy corn coming...and it smells awesome!

I also asked her if I could take her picture in her cute orange romper so she walked to the end of the porch, turned around, and gave me a big smile. She does that every once and a while and it is the sweetest thing each time, and 85% of the time I have no idea what she is doing so I don't even have the camera ready to capture that 3 second smile. Not this time though, nailed it!

Did you guys see 'Guardians of the Galaxy' yet? If you haven't it is awesome sauce and you should. Chris and I saw it and we were laughing the whole time. So, when I saw this 'I am Groot' shirt I thought Chris would love it, and Aria told me she really wanted to get dad a 'just because' present. He's wearing it to work today, so I suppose that means two thumbs up!

Time to have a fabulous weekend! Eat fried food for me!

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