A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch!

The highlight of our weekend was a little trip to the pumpkin patch!  SC was so enamored by all of the other activities that we actually didn't make it to the patch or hayride, but I'll be taking her back later this week for some more pumpkin fun.
We visited a new farm, and it was phenomenal.  They had an awesome play area for toddlers complete with a tiny bounce area, mini hay bale maze, little houses, and a giant sand area with tepees.  They actually regularly have this, so when the weather is nice, I'm definitely going to be taking SC there.
Now I'm just hoping we get some cooler weather, so it can start to feel like fall!

Five for Friday: Projects and Fall Treats

Happy Friday! I've been working on this post for literally three weeks, but just have never gotten around to finishing it.  So here are a few things I've been trying to post about!
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One big thing that happened right after our trip to Maine was SC got cleared from all of her milk allergies!  This is such a relief, and I'm so very thankful!  We've eased into it, but it's super exciting that she's been able to have yogurt, cheese, and, my personal favorite, ice cream!
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I finally finished this cross stitch project for my friend's son.  It took me forever, but I think it was worth it?!  I'm also thrilled to be done, so I can tackle other projects around the house now during nap time.
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Another little project that I worked on lately was repainting some things that my parents made for me when I was a child.  Originally this little bear bookshelf was just stained, so I painted it white, and I'm really loving the "brown bear" to "polar bear".

FOUR
I'm not crazy about Halloween decor, but I love this little bowl from Target (and the sweet treats, of course).
I also picked up this fall themed sauce on the recommendation of another mom in our playgroup.  It doesn't sound like it would be that good, but it really is! For any fellow Aldi shoppers, you might want to give it a whirl!  I made it one night on top of tortellini and another night for SC with egg noodles, for some  tasty easy meals. I'm going to be picking up a few more jars for the season!

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I bought this dress from Old Navy as something new to wear this fall, and I'm so glad I did.  The cut is flattering, and the color is my favorite to wear!
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Yay for finally getting two posts up this week!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Recap!

This was a three-day weekend for us, which was absolutely wonderful!  SC was getting over a bit of a cold, so we kept things pretty low-key, but on Friday evening, we couldn't resist a little trip to the farm.
Saturday was my niece's birthday party, so I drove down for the day. My husband and SC stayed at home, as we didn't want to spread any germs. It meant so much to me that I could be there for the special day. 
 My sweet niece.
 My brother is such a proud dad.
We had high hopes that my niece would embrace the smash cake, but she was not all about it. Oh well, more cake for the rest of us!
Her birthday celebration was definitely the highlight of the weekend!

SC's Bunny Bash!

This past weekend, we went to visit my husband's side of the family and we did a little bunny celebration in honor of SC!  Her birthday isn't for a few more weeks, but  it was nice to do a little something together.  
We drove up on Friday morning, but we got a little later start than we were expecting.  The last hour of the trip I worked on blowing up and assembling all of the balloons in the backseat of the car with SC.  Obviously, there were balloons everywhere, but SC was highly entertained by the process.  I wasn't sure how it would look, but when the husband pulled it out, it  somehow looked halfway decent.  Which was definitely helpful, because that ended up being the main decoration.
My MIL made the cake, which was so thoughtful and kind of her.
SC was a huge fan!
And SC was very spoiled by her grandparents and great aunt and uncle!
Everyone was a super good sport and wore the bunny ears I brought.
I had made a little banner that said "Our Bunny is 2" and framed this little sign, but honestly because it was such a relatively large space the details got a bit lost, so I was thankful I had picked up those   balloons on a whim!
SC also loved the park location, because she was able to play while I was setting everything up, and afterwards we explored the caboose train together.
I can't believe SC is almost two!

Toddler Birthday Gift Ideas!

Lately, I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out birthday gift ideas for some of my favorite toddlers, so I thought I'd share a few. 

For my niece's first birthday, I went the sentimental route and picked things I thought the parents would appreciate.  My SIL loves Freshly Picked moccasins, but she can't justify the cost.  My husband had a coupon for Zappos, so we put that towards a pair, and they ended up being pretty reasonable.  
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We also are giving this keepsake box, which I think is really nice.  Once you get it personalized, it ends up being a bit expensive, but I think it is something that you would keep and eventually hand down. I'm not so sure my husband is sold on the utility of this gift, but I really like it!
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I'm still in the process of deciding what we should give our friends' daughter for her first birthday.  Since my friend loves cooking and Paris, I'm thinking that these sweet macarons,  this children's book and maybe an Amazon gift card to put towards a toy kitchen.
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For another friend's son who recently celebrated his third birthday with a construction theme, we bought him this cute lunchbox, some playdoh sets, and this construction set.
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Another friend's son had a birthday last weekend, and while we couldn't go to the party, I'm going to get him this counting shape stacker.  We recently bought it for SC, and it is such a great toy because it works with colors, shapes, fine motor skills and counting!
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I also think this little cupcake set is so cute, and would be a gift that isn't too expensive, but still nice.
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I'm hoping this is it for birthday gifts, but I'd love to hear any suggestions you all have, as Christmas is going to be here before we know it!

Weekend Recap!

This weekend was very special because my sister flew in to visit!  My parents also came up for part of the weekend, so it was really nice to have the time together.  Our time together is always pretty low-key, as my parents are getting older.  SC enjoyed every minute of the visit, and loved all of the extra attention and excitement.  Saturday afternoon, my sister and I fit in a quick shopping trip, thanks to the husband who watched SC.  It is always so nice to have just one on one time with my sister.

SC really enjoyed all of her quality time with her Aunt Saw.  Now that SC's  more interactive and aware, she definitely soaked up all of the attention.  Aunt Saw made sure to spend equal amounts of time on dance parties and number instruction, much to SC's delight.
It was hard to say goodbye to my sister on Sunday morning, but I'm thankful that she was able to fly up for the weekend.  I am also looking forward to her October visit when we celebrate SC's birthday!

Inspiration Ideas for SC's Bunny Party!

One of the things that I've spent way to much time thinking about lately is SC's upcoming second birthday party!  Her interests include bunnies, firetrucks, dolls and trains, but her love of all things bunnies has been the most enduring, so that's the theme we settled on.  Instead of doing a traditional birthday party at our house, we decided to do a celebration at the park when we go visit my husband's family and another little party with my side of the family later in October when my sister flies in to visit.  It seems a bit crazy, but we decided on this because we don't really have a free weekend in October until the very end of the month and it will also be easier on our families.  Our first little celebration is in two weeks, so I realized I needed to hop on it!

Originally I had ordered this sweet dress for SC, but I don't think it will get here in time, so I went ahead and ordered this little outfit.  I spent a ridiculous amount of time searching for her little bunny ensemble, but I think it will be fun for her to have something special to wear.
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We're keeping it really simple and doing just cake with a fruit and veggie platter, but I'm hoping to make the table cute.  Here's my inspiration for the cake.  It doesn't seem too difficult, and I think it is just adorable.
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I'm also thinking these mini donuts should make a debut.
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To decorate the park area, I'm thinking we should add lots of balloons and I'd love to make up some tissue paper pom poms.  We will see how it all goes though, since we will be traveling.  No matter what, I can't wait to celebrate our sweet girl with our family!

A Trip to the Sand Dunes!

I thought I was going to be back on the blogging bandwagon, but somehow I haven't posted since the beginning of September!  It's funny because I keep thinking of things I'd like to post about, but just get distracted by other things around the house during nap time.  Our days have fallen back into a routine and have been kept full with lots of trips to the park, library and farm, with the necessary trips to the grocery store and Target thrown in.  It's nothing earth shattering, but I am so very thankful for it and really try not to take it for granted.

One thing a bit our of the usual routine is we checked out the sand dunes at the Outer Banks with SC last weekend. The only other time I have been was on our honeymoon, but my husband went pretty frequently as a child, so it was especially fun to see her explore.  And we were able to stop by our favorite pizza and ice cream place, which my husband and I pretty much think is worth the trip alone!  Seriously, the apple pie ice cream is so good.  We unfortunately didn't bring the good camera, but that didn't stop us from over-documenting our little excursion! 
At first, I wasn't sure if we would make it to the actual dunes because SC was so mesmerized by all the sand around her.
To speed things along, she got a little lift.
Once she saw the giant sand dunes, she was determined to climb them herself.  To see her plodding her own little path in the sand really moved me.  She is such a determined little soul.
She absolutely was a fan!
It really was such a special afternoon!