Monday, April 16, 2018

Catching Up, Easter and my 35th Birthday!

We're well into the month of April, my sister had her third baby last week (SO EXCITED!), my kids' birthdays are right around the corner and although the weather has made me curse the sky (on more than one occasion), it looks as though we may finally, FINALLY thaw out up here in the mitten later next week.

You guys, so many good things...and Easter was one of those amazing things I have yet to document...until now...

Am I the only one who thinks it's nuts that Easter is behind us?  It came and it went...in a flash!

I had scheduled the kids' Easter pictures a couple weeks in advance but I never had time to pick out coordinating outfits for them this year.  So, two days before their pictures, I drove to "The Outlets" and decided on the way that I'd go into Gymboree and pick out the cutest coordinating outfits from top to bottom then and there.  Lucky for me, my plan worked (although we did have to walk next door to find shoes for Eliza).  Phew.

The finished product...

So. Much. Cuteness.


A few days before Easter I decided Eliza and I should bake some homemade chocolate chip cookies.  It was so much fun.  Henry and I used to bake together all the time and I'd say it's about time Eliza and I spend more time in the kitchen together.



Henry finished up his school's, "March is Reading Month," with what he'd like to be when he grows up and I'm happy to announce that, for the second year in the row, he dressed up as a teacher!

I love this boy's heart...and his bowtie... ;)


At one point in March my interior decorating juices were a-flowin'.

You guys - look at this!  It's contact paper from the dollar store!!!  Yup, I put it up on the wall and I'm sort of digging it.  I'm thinking I'll add a bit more on top and call it a day.  This little transformation may constitute its very own blog post.  What do you think of it so far?  I mean, I'll add more up on top there if I decide to keep it.  But seriously - Am I crazy?!

Don't answer that.  ;)


At one point, we headed to grab some ice cream and I had to laugh as I looked at what I was wearing; I was sporting my favorite rain boots (it wasn't raining), pajama pants (it wasn't bedtime) and my fav fleece lined hoodie (because winter won't go away).  I won't show my face.  It wasn't good you guys, it. wasn't. good.

Luckily we went through a drive thru.  Believe me, it was better that way... ;)


On Good Friday, this little guy came in for a morning snuggle.  I NEVER refuse a snuggle...


We got dressed and took Henry and Eliza to breakfast.

Later in the afternoon, Jon and I took the kids on an Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunt train ride...







We rode the train to the next town over.  Upon arrival, all of the kids circled around the park and patiently waited for the egg hunt to begin.

Once the countdown ended all the kids started to collect eggs, but unfortunately Eliza instantly became overwhelmed (aaaaanddd....she started crying....apparently we're in the cry-about-every-little-thing phase of childhood).  I guess we should've told her that it may be a bit intense.  Oops!

You live and you learn, you know... ;)

Eliza felt even worse when Henry came over to show off all of his eggs he had collected.  Girlfriend literally had three eggs that Jon and I had picked up for her......whhhhhiiiich resulted in more tears.

It's tough being four.  ;0

Luckily a little boy from Henry's class came over and gave Eliza one of his eggs.

She stopped crying.  Things were looking up...


The Easter Bunny made everything better!


Boom.  Smiles.


On our way back to town Henry shared a bunch of his eggs with Eliza and all was well with the world.  ;)



We grabbed a quick family picture!  And oh-my-gosh, I just noticed the child looking out the window of the train up there to the right.  I may or may not have just gotten chills........  spooky.  *yikes*  LOL


On Saturday we just hung out at the house, we eventually went into town for coffee, drove around for a little bit to find home exterior inspiration and then we prepared for the U of M Final Four game, but before the big game, we made sure to dye Easter eggs!






So much fun!


Michigan beat Loyola and we were ecstatic!  Unfortunately, if you follow college basketball, you know the outcome.

Womp Womp.


After the game, the Easter Bunny showed up and left the kids' Easter baskets!


Oh and guess what?!  As the clock struck midnight, I turned 35.  Normally I'm pretty excited for my birthday and I'm all, "Yay!  I'm alive!  Life," but this time around I did a lot of thinking about what I've done with my life thus far.  You guys, I had a mini-mid-life crisis at least once a day for about two weeks leading up to my birthday.

Also, I'm not actually crying here.  I'm just making a "blah" face and I was reaaaaaally tired...  Honestly, I think I just look this tired all the time now.  Because 35.  *facepalm* NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

#nofilter

Bahaha!


These little faces made the next morning so much better!





Egg hunt!









After some yummy finds and after waaaay too much sugar, the kids and Jon presented me with birthday cards and a gift.  I loved, loved, loved the homemade cards I received from the kids....


Jon actually bought me a card this year!  Major points here.  Apparently I'm extremely easy to please.  He probably could've just stopped with the card, but he also ended up buying me a knew iPhone, as well!  What-what!


We played with the kids for a bit, Jon made some calls to get my phone up and running, we ate some breakfast and then got ourselves together and headed up the road to our hometowns to visits both sets of parents.  We haven't been back for Easter for many years, so it was exciting to see family on an actual holiday!



My father-in-law did not disappoint.  Look at this drink he handed me within minutes of arriving!


The kids were given juice with fun light up ice cubes (just like the ones we had with Grandma and Grandpa in Disney)!


My in-laws spoiled me with some awesome birthday gifts (my sis-in-law also bought me a Tervis U of M wine glass)!  Oh my gosh - and they sang Happy Birthday to me and my nephew, Gryffin!


After visiting with Jon's side of the family, we drove over to my parents' house.  My mom and dad gave me a bit-o-cash for my birthday, my sister had previously sent me a package from Magnolia Market and they also sang Happy Birthday to me...and we had cake!  WooHoo!!!  I can't remember the last time hearing my family on either side sing Happy Birthday to me!  I loved it!

We were able to eat, visit and relax for a good long while before having to pack up to leave.

After the two hour trip back, we arrived home around 9:30 on Easter Sunday.  It was a long day, but totally worth it!

Now bring on spring...and baby snuggles...lots and lots and lots of baby snuggles!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Marie :) 

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday Favs - Disney Must-Haves from Amazon!

Happy Friday (oops, it's Saturday now), friends!  Let's talk Disney for my "Friday Favorites," shall we?

Let's face it, when planning a trip to Disney one must accessorize.  So I'm here today to share with you some Disney essentials from over on Amazon.  About half of these items I had purchased for our most recent trip to DisneyWorld back in February (you can read more about our trip here - Days 1, 2, 3, Day 4, Days 5 &6, Day 7) and a few of the items are things I wish I had purchased.

Let's start with something I didn't buy, but wish I would have.  As some of you may know, our flight from Detroit to Orlando was canceled due to an incoming snow storm so we took it upon ourselves to make the adult decision to buckle up, settle in and make the twenty hour drive to Orlando.

This Mad Libs book would've been so fun for Henry while en route!  However, had we flown, I still think this would've been a fun thing to have for the flight instead of two-and-a-half hours of playing on a tablet...like I originally had planned.  ;)



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Have you heard of Eye Found It?

We love this game!

We currently don't own this smaller version, but if this is anything like the larger board game version, then I'm sure it's a blast!  This would also be a fantastic Easter basket stuffer. ;)

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I can absolutely guarantee you that you'll see at least three women wearing this shirt (just as I did) if you end up going to Disney this spring/summer...and I can see why - it's adorable!  This seems to be the IT shirt of Disney shirts from Amazon.  I had it in my cart at one time, but it somehow, someway never got ordered!  Bummer.




Same deal with this one!  I'm thinking this shirt, and the one above, were in the same basket.  I even had exciting plans to take a cute Instagram photo with this one while on our voyage to Disney.  Please, please buy this so that I may live vicariously through you!  Haha!  ;)




I want to wear this shirt every single day.  Every.Single.Day.  Want, want, want!




Okay, so now onto some items that I actually did purchase...

I bought this and looooved the relaxed fit.


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I bought a shirt similar to this one (actually Eliza picked it out) for Jon and it ended up being one of Jon's favorite shirts!  I do believe he received a thumbs up or a high five from THE Donald Duck whilst sporting this shirt - WooHoo!


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These!

I loved these Mickey/Minnie ears.

Eliza managed to lose her Minnie ears two years ago and it was soooo nice not to be too worried about her having lost them, nor did we spend any time looking for them; especially considering that time is of the essence while at Disney.  ;)  Luckily, I had an extra pair in our backpack and we moved on.  Also, these headbands/ears are flat and are perfect to display in a shadow box once home from a Disney vacation.




We bought these, too.  I loved the pretty red bow.  :)


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We all know Florida can get hot and humid.  So when looking for hats for the kids, I found these coordinating hats with actual Mickey and Minnie ears!  Oh my goodness, these were perfect.  If the kids took their hats off for a ride, I just snapped the backs of the hats onto my purse.

Easy Peasy.



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These lanyards were AWESOME!

If your kids are going to trade pins or collect coins, these lanyards are the way to go.  I ordered them at the last minute (thank you, Amazon Prime), and wasn't sure how much the kids would actually utilize them.

YOU GUYS!!!

They ended up being the best thing EVER!  I loved how the kids were responsible for their own coins.  These lanyards were a game changer (ha! - pun intended)!

I loved, loved, loved these!!!!




These autograph books (another item I ordered at the last minute - hail to the Prime!) can be found in the parks.  I do believe they're a tad cheaper than on Amazon.  HOWEVER, once you're in the park and you have a chance to grab an autograph from a character (especially if it's a short line), the last thing you'll want to do is go on an autograph-book-hunt!

I loved that we had them on hand as soon as we walked into Disney on day one.  
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Lastly, this bathing suit I purchased for Eliza.

You guys, this suit was so.stinkin'.cute.  The fit was perfection and Eliza rocked it!


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BONUS!!!

These items aren't from Amazon.  BUT, if you're looking to find some additional shirts or some matching family shirts, here are a couple more items that I ended up purchasing from Etsy!  I was super pleased with the customer service, as well as the quality of these products!


I'm Not A Regular Mom I'm a Disney Mom Shirt- disneyland- disneyworld- disney obsessed- disney trip outfit- gift for her- Mother's Day gift

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy a magical day!!!  :) :) :)

I'm linking up with AprilNatasha, and Christina for the Five on Friday link-up Paaaaarty!
I'm linking up with A Little Bit of EverythingMomfessionals, and Grace and Love for my Friday Favorites!
I'm linking up with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for the Oh Hey Friday linky party!

Marie :)
 
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