Saturday, August 30, 2014

Adelaide Jane: 2 Years

Dearest Adelaide,

To say that the terrible two's has hit would be an understatement. You try my patience every day with your ear piercing scream, your "NO", and your direct defiance to things I ask you to do. But at the same time, you make my heart skip a beat each day when you whisper "thank you mommy" or put your toys away when I ask or say "I wuve you mommy."

A lot has happened in 6 months around here as well. You became a big sister and you absolutely adore your "baby brother." You kiss him and hug him; ask to hold his hand; give him his paci and monkey. You tell him "don't cry brother" and remind him of his "stinky poo poo." You like to help give him a bath and feed him his milk. You even help burp him sometimes.

You are still a growing book worm with your favorites being "I'm a Big Sister" (especially the personal note from Mimi & Papa), "Goodnight New Baby", and "Scamp." You request these every night.

You have really grown socially as you did several weeks of camp at Saw Mill. You played, made arts & crafts, and splashed around outside. You hardly wanted to leave most days!

You took a big trip to Kentucky to spend three weeks with family. You swam and swam and swam. You ate plenty of snacks. You saw your first movie, "Planes: Fire & Rescue." You played with your cousins all day, every day.

You also took your first trip to the Greenbrier where you swam in the indoor pool, played on the playground, and hit golf balls with daddy. You weren't feeling so hot there so it wasn't as enjoyable as we might have liked for you. But nonetheless we all made it through!

You went up to Maine for a week vacation with your best friend Caileigh, her brother Aidan, Ms. Whitney, Mr. Tommy, mommy, daddy, and baby brother. We had a wonderful time in such a gorgeous place with great friends.

It seems like everyday your language is flourishing. You say some of the cutest phrases ever. My faves are "mommy, daddy wheat (wait)", "come on Beau Beau", "a pincess (princess) baned (bandaid)", "boo boo knee", "I hone (hold) it", and "pown (pound) it mommy, daddy, brother."

You are excelling very well at potty training too! Most mornings you get up and go pee pee on the potty. You generally are able to get through the entire morning and naptime with a dry pull up as you pee pee on the potty several times before then. You have even gone poo poo in the potty! I am extremely proud of you for this!

We said bye bye to your paci this week. Not planned at all but you lost your last one and mommy couldn't run right out to the store to get a new one. You cried at first but then I explained that paci went bye bye and we have no more paci. For the first two days you would randomly say, "mommy tapi (what you called it) bye bye, tapi no more." I would say yes honey that is right. But after two days you have long forgot about it and now you just give brother his when he is crying! I am amazed as it has been your comfort since you came out of the womb!

You amaze me daily with how big you are getting and how much you learn so quickly. From putting your clothes on to buckling your shoes, you certainly are getting more independent with the passing days! But you will always be my little baby :)

I love you!



Friday, August 29, 2014

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a gorgeous property nestled just off CT-15 in a hidden spot. It features an animal farm complete with hogs, llamas, donkeys, horses, cows, goats, and more. It also boasts a wooden playground as well as a museum and beautiful walking trails. In the summertime, they have meet & greets with various animals.

So to finish our vacation week and kick-start Adelaide's birthday week, I took the kids to walk around and enjoy the gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Adelaide was in seventh heaven as she walked her way around, navigating at her own pace. She delighted in running up to each new home and shouting out the name of the animals. Always proud to know their names and the sounds they make. She thought it was hilarious to see the cow go "pee pee."

 I have a feeling that this will be our go-to spot for years to come!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Maine: A Family & Friends Summer Vacation

We spent last week in Kennebunk Port, Maine with our friends The Kennedys. You have seen oodles of pictures of them on here as Caileigh is Adelaide's best friend and Aidan was born the day before Aspen. Whitney & I have become great friends as have Tommy & Ryan. So when we wanted to go on vacation to Maine, I asked if they would like to join us.

We all stayed in a little lake house on Kennebunk Pond with a nice deck, firepit, and dock for boating/kayaking. Plus a gorgeous view that made early mornings and late nights even better. We had a semi-plan each day but also allowed for vacation mode where we lounged in pjs, roasted s'mores, and laughed a lot. 

We walked around Kennebunkport admiring the marinas, boats, and simple life while we indulged in yummy local treats. We also drove past Walker's Point which is the Bush Estate. Best view ever.

We played on the beach and in the pond. The dads took the girls for paddle boating rides around the pond. Ryan & Tommy kayaked around too.

We spent a day at Fun Town, Splash Town where the girls were old enough to ride rides by themselves in Kidtown...they were in heaven! They also splashed around in the splash park and *unwillingly* went down water slides!

We spent an afternoon/evening in Portland at the children's museum letting the kids exercise their legs.

We had wonderful dinners out with water views in Kennebunk and Portland. We grilled out, feasting on delicious steaks & veggies.

We even hit up the outlets in Freeport which served to be a shopping dream for Ryan.

We made so many wonderful memories while vacationing in Maine. We feel blessed to have such great friends in the Kennedys and we really enjoyed our time with them and as a family!