Friday, July 10, 2015

Family Wedding

A couple of weeks ago we traveled back to Jeff's hometown for his cousin's wedding. I had only ever been to two weddings before in my life and one was way back when I was a little girl so I didn't remember much from that one! The kids had never attended a wedding before so this was a new experience for them. We were both a little nervous on how they would do sitting through the ceremony, even though that would be short, but they did surprisingly well. The biggest issue was keeping Kendall contained and quiet through the 30 minute ceremony but she did well, considering!

Everyone looked so spiffy in their wedding attire...

Of course Kendall wouldn't let me get a picture of her without her duck in the photo too...

Mason never wants me to take a picture of him these days so this was the best I could get...

And the diva...well....yeah.

The wedding was beautiful, outside with a gorgeous lake as the backdrop. The bride look gorgeous, of course! Merasia was smitten with her big pretty princess dress and couldn't stop talking about his pretty she looked, even days after the wedding when we were back home!

The reception was a blast as well. Anyone who knows my kiddos knows they love music and love to dance, so after having a bite to eat, they hit the dance floor for the next several hours!

Mason thought it was so cool that he got to drink "champagne" (sparkling apple cider!)

I couldn't resist grabbing a selfie with my girl whenever she took a break from dancing her butt off!

Merasia and Mason loved pretending to dance like the bride and groom were. How cute are they?!

At one point Merasia saw another little girl dancing with her daddy, and she asked Jeff to dance with her. How could he refuse, right?

She also couldn't help but want to dance with mom, too. :)

While Kendall got time to catch a little snooze in, we were able to get a couple nice photos to remember the moment:

All in all, it was such a fun time and the kids were pretty well behaved despite waking up at their normal crack of dawn wake up time and not getting to nap at their regular time. We only had to speak to them a couple of times but it was such a fun and safe environment that they could run and play and do whatever and we didn't really have to worry much about them, which was nice. And by that night, they all were beyond ready to collapse into bed, which was a big parenting win for us!

And one of the best parts of the reception? I caught the bouquet! 

You know what that means........................

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Our One Year Anniversary!

Jeff and I recently celebrated our one year anniversary together! I can't believe that a year has gone by already since this amazing, beautiful, respectful, incredible man came into my life!

This was the first photo we ever took together almost a year ago:

Since then, we have shared so many experiences together and have begun an amazing, beautiful life together. Several months ago I saw that Bryan Adams was coming near us for his 30th anniversary tour. I surprised Jeff with tickets, since the concert was 2 days before our anniversary. That was last weekend, and it was such a blast!

We began the weekend with driving to Jeff's mom's house in Plainfield, New Hampshire since she was going to be watching the kiddos for us for the night while we were gone to the concert. We spent the day at the local playground there and enjoying each other before we said goodbye to the babies to head out for some rare but nice alone grown up time. 

The first thing we did before the concert was get checked in and settled into our motel room/mini apartment suite that Jeff's mom had paid for and surprised us with. It was right on the lake and a walking distance from the concert, which was great for avoiding the awful traffic later that night leaving the show!

We went to the concert venue a couple of hours before the show was set to begin. It was at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, formerly known as Meadowbrook. It us such a fun, relaxing atmosphere there! It was my first time being there and Jeff's second, so he knew what to expect but it was all new for me. I loved it! There were things to walk around and check out, various food vendors to choose from, some games to play, drinks to be had, and a band playing as we waited. We walked around, enjoyed some drinks, and had a bite to eat before the show began. 

Before we knew it, the concert was starting. It was such a great show!

Jeff and I basically grew up on Bryan Adam's music, so we knew most of his songs and had a great time singing and dancing alone, and just enjoying the show in general. We had a quiet relaxing rest of the night after the show back at our motel room and spent the next day shopping before heading back to get the kids from Jeff's mom and eventually head back home to Vermont.

The next was our actual anniversary and we spent a quiet morning at home, where Jeff surprised me with a sweet little gift:

I love it! :) He knows just what I like and never ceases to amaze me! We spent the afternoon visiting a friend of ours and her new baby and then picked the kids up from their dad's house and had a nice evening together. 

I have loved every single second of this past year with Jeff and absolutely cannot wait to see what the next year and many many more has in store for us as a couple and us as a family!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Renuzit Pearl Scents Giveaway WINNERS!

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Thank you to ALL who entered and to everyone for following my blog!

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kendall Turns 2!

My youngest baby officially turned 2 over the weekend. Can you believe it?! I can't either.

It seems like only yesterday she came screaming and flying (almost literally) into this crazy world and our crazy life. I wouldn't trade one second of the last two years with this precious angel for anything else in this world.

Sunday morning the girls all slept in which was unusual for them, but they must have been pooped out from the late night bed time the night before! (The boys were having a sleep over at a friend's house). The birthday girl woke up and munched on some watermelon and strawberries for breakfast. 

THAT FACE!! (She understood it was her birthday) ;-)

The rest of the morning was full of setting up tables and chairs, mama picking up the bounce house and getting all of the food prepped and set out, and waiting for our guests to arrive!

In true birthday girl fashion, Kendall was the first to get to enter the bounce house and have a little fun in it by herself. 

All of the kids jumped and played in the bounce house while everyone had some munchies and mingled a bit before it was time for our Tootie to dig in to her gifts!

She scored with presents. She got a tricycle, a balance bike, two new babies, a diaper bag with supplies for her baby, a Frozen book, a puzzle, a new bathing suit, her very own beach towel, sand and beach toys, a penguin backpack (she's obsessed with ducks and this is the closest we could find),  and a new ride along/push car that she absolutely loves.

We had a super cute pink camo/hunting/country girl themed cake. The lady I have make our cakes is soooo amazing at what she does and has some super reasonable prices. I personally feel that the cake is the centerpiece of the party, so that is the one area I tend to "splurge" a little on. It has just been "my thing" since the twins were very young. 

I chose the pink camo design from a cake I found online, suggested a couple subtle changes to it, and Jeff's idea was the deer antlers placed around it (being the country boy hunter he is!). It turned out so great and we decided to use her nickname she has had since she was a baby, Tootie, rather than Kendall. So cute, right?! Kendall had been practicing blowing out her candles for days leading up to her party, and she did it all by herself when the big moment came! 

A bit after the cake was served, guests slowly began leaving. The only people that stayed around for a while afterwards were my best friend Jenn and her three little ones, and Jeff's mom, who had come up from New Hampshire the night before and spent the night with us to help us set up for the party. The birthday girl desperately needed to get a little nap in as she was slowly starting to melt down so while she caught up on some beauty sleep, we set up the sprinkler and let all of the other kids have some water fun in the hot sun for the rest of the afternoon.

Before we knew it, it was time for the kiddos to go to their dad's for the night as usual on Sundays. It was such a fun filled day with good friends and family, celebrating our precious angel Tootie. I can't believe that we really celebrated her 2nd birthday, it feels so surreal to me. Now we can take a little break from birthdays for a while though, and just enjoy the summer and all that we have planned! Concerts, hikes, beach trips, bike rides, amusement parks, and so much more! This will no doubt be one our busiest but best summers yet!