Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

We were invited to Chris's Granny's 90th Birthday Party that was taking place up in Maryland. So, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to toss the kids in the car and head north for a visit. Bright & early. We got on the road at 3:40 am. Ew. 

Thankfully both kids transitioned right back to sleep. Neither of them woke up until Georgia.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

They both did surprisingly well. Aria had her tablet and a few Target dollar spot surprises tucked away, but mostly she played on her tablet. Lincoln snoozed and enjoyed the ride for the majority of the time. And, we only had to stop approximately 78 times for potty breaks, gas, coffee breaks, food, or to nurse.

We did a straight shot up from Florida to Chris's brother's house in Pennsylvania. If I am remembering correctly it took us around 18 hours. Ew.

Naturally it poured on us from Virginia until Pennsylvania. Could barely see the road type pouring. Ew. (On a positive note, all that rain welcomed a cool front and the weather was glorious for the first two, three days. I was wishing I had packed something a little warmer. Those were some winter temperatures for us Floridians.)

But, we arrived in one piece and got to tuck ourselves into bed.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

The kids even slept until almost 7!

The next morning we all straggled out to the toys to meet cousins/nephews. This is the first time we'd been able to visit our nephews. The last time we were in Pennsylvania Aria was a year old and my sister-in-law was pregnant with her first. Now we have a collective four. The youngest two, Elias and Lincoln, are about a month apart.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Eventually we gathered ourselves together and checked out the local farmer's market.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup (photo cred: Arianne) - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1
photo by: Arianne

I asked Aria to stand with dad so I could take a picture. This is what I got. 

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

The farmer's market. It has been conquered.

Chris of course brought his unicycle, and couldn't wait to try it out on the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. Aria loved all the "mountains" on our trip =)

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Then we explored the (gigantic) hill behind the house. I'm surprised I didn't fall on my behinder walking down this thing.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

And, then it was time for Granny's Birthday Party!

Both kids took a nap in the car on the way, so when we arrived we got some fresh air to wake everybody up.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

My calves were sore from all these hills for the next two days. I wish I were kidding.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Then we made our way back to the party. Granny had around 70 or 80 people gathered in her honor. Family and friends scattered all over the place. Aria got to run around the yard with her cousins. Lincoln spent his time pulling up all the grass. We all enjoyed the cool weather. There was cake. We couldn't have asked for a more festive reason to take a family trip.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup  - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1


Friday, August 4, 2017

We're Home!

We just got back home after a week in Pennsylvania! It was a whirlwind of spending time with family and going on adventures. Plus, the weather was the equivalent of a Florida winter for the first few days. Heaven! There were hours of cousin play, a 90th birthday, cows, boating, a blogger meet up, and way too many hours sitting in the car (ick).

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania trip 2017

The only real blight on a lovely trip was that while we were gone our Lizzy girl had to be put to sleep. She was getting out of her favorite chair at Great Grandma's house and she slipped a disc in her back up near her neck which paralyzed her. We got a call the first day up in Pennsylvania with the bad news. She was nearly 13 years old, and the vet didn't recommend surgery. So we had to let her go from miles away. My energetic love bug. The thought of losing her hadn't crossed our minds. I'm heartbroken. I've been crying for days. And, I really hate that we couldn't give her one more hug one last time.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lizzy
Sweet Turtle Soup - Lizzy

Lizzy
2004 - 2017


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Christmas in July | 2017

Merry Christmas in July, guys!

If you've been around here for a while then you probably know that I am not a big fan of summer, which is unfortunate since I live in the land of perpetual summer. So, when it feels like 102 degrees outside and the holiday season seems at least another 6 months away I like to celebrate Christmas in July. It brings a little bit of wintery cheer to the summer and it makes me happy.

Last year I went a little overboard. I was pregnant with Lincoln and I knew that the next actual Christmas would be with two kids instead of one, so I wanted to go all out for Christmas in July for Aria before we toned it down for (real) Christmas since we'd have a new baby to take care of. We put up the Christmas tree, we made two festive dinners, we did crafts, we made treats, we watched Christmas movies, we read every single Christmas book we could get our hands on, etcetc.

It was a blast.

This year I brought it back down to reality a little bit. But, y'all...I was so tempted to borrow Great Grandma's tree to put up.

Here is what we did do though...

Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
Instead of trying to squeeze Great Grandma's tree in our car trunk Aria and I crafted our own little paper tree. It was a case where the vision I had in my mind turned out even cuter in person, and it was super easy. Aria and I glued a bunch of green construction paper together and then I cut out a tree shape. Aria cut out the star and I cut out the circles for ornaments. A little double sided tape later and instant tree.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
We made our favorite Christmas kiss cookies. 

I'll be stepping on little circle sprinkles for a week.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
I pulled all of Aria's Christmas books down and we read just about every single one.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
Aria made some snowglobes, which I saw on momfessionals at some point in time and the idea stuck in my mind.

I had a few more crafts on the agenda, but we had an unfortunate man eating spider incident that took up about an hour and a half of my time and at least 4 years off of my life. Merry Christmas in July to me, right?

Sweet Turtle Soup - Christmas in July | 2017
But, we also enjoyed hot cocoa with kiss cookies along with lots of Christmas music. Aria wore her fancy Christmas dresses. A Christmas in July present appeared under our paper tree - a new book to bring on an upcoming trip (she knows it was from mom and dad though). And, after I tucked the kids in bed I put on The Holiday for a little festive end to the 'holiday'.

It was the perfect touch of holiday to tide me over until September...when the real fun starts!

I could have done without the spider though.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

7am
Usually Lincoln nurses quickly and is ready to go again, but first thing in the morning he will snuggle with me for a bit while he wakes up. It's my favorite.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

8am
I have a pile of toys in my bedroom to keep a certain someone occupied while I get ready in the mornings. But, he loves when I brush my teeth. He will come sit on the floor next to my sink and stare at me while I brush. If I look over at him he gets a big smile. Also my favorite.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

9am
Can you spot our fort? This monstrosity was up all weekend.
Can you spot Aria? She got to have her cereal in the living room while watching a show since the kitchen table was under sheets somewhere.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

 10am
This guy woke up from his morning nap extra early.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

11am
We went over to Great Grandma's house.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

12pm
Great Grandma has cable, ha. The draw of Doc McStuffins.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

1pm
Lincoln wasn't excited about leaving Great Grandma's to run a few errands.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

3pm 
We picked up a book of Disney Fairies stories at the library the other day.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

 4pm
Playing a game with dad that only she understands.
Lincoln crawled in to see what all the hooting and hollering was about.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

5pm
Fireman Aria and her 'dalmation' Lizzy were rescuing kitties from fires and trees.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

 6pm
Freshly wash-clothed off from dinner. The spiky hair!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd

7pm
After jammies we gather in Aria's room for a little bit of play time and books before bed.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | July 23rd