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Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Favorites

Just a few random thoughts to kick off my Friday. 

[one]
It's playoff time. 
Don't bother me. 
Let's Go Rangers


[two]

The more I look at Jack and realize he's more of a big boy and less of a baby each day. I love watching him grow but it's really getting me all "I want another baby" and "Let's have another"! Then I remember how tired I really am or the fact that Jack had me up from 3-4 this morning. 

[three]

My child is obsessed with a ziplock bag of Legos. Jack loves carrying around this silly bag. He doesn't play with them. Just carries them around. It's pretty darn cute! 

[four]
I love that is is finally deck weather. We threw out our old table that was large for our deck and had began rusting. We bought a much smaller and saver table. We now have plenty of room on our deck for Jack to play while we enjoy the quiet of our backyard. 



[five]
People stay the stupidest things over social media. I had posted something about Cystic Fibrosis earlier this week on Facebook. (As many of you know Jack has been diagnosed with CF) Some one I went to high school with made the most idiotic comment about knowing some one who had CF but died after a lung transplant at the age of 34. I know that all people with CF have different life expectancy but I don't need to be reminded. What the F was she thinking???


Monday, April 13, 2015

Perfect Spring Weekend

This weekend was absolutely wonderful. We finally had some great weather and it finally felt like spring time. On Saturday Jack and I hung out with my parents while Brian worked most of the day. We visited with great grandma and did a little shopping. Jack had a blast in PetSmart. I swear I'm raising Dr. Dolittle. We could't get him out of there!





On Sunday I woke up before the rest of the house did. I snuck out and picked up coffee and bagels. When I got back home the boys were still sleeping. It was nice to have a little quiet time. After the boys woke up we ate and we head out to the park. We haven't been to the park in several months, even before Jack could walk so I was excited to see his reaction. Jack had a blast. We brought his soccer ball and bubbles. He wasn't a fan of the swing. Which is weird because he loved it last summer but he was a HUGE fan of the slide. We were at the park for hours and when we left we didn't want to head home just yet. We went out to lunch, a local cafe and book store before heading home.





Once we were home we couldn't stand being inside the house on such a beautiful day. Brian put Jack's Radio Flyer Wagon together and we took walked all over our neighborhood. Jack loved it and so did I! It was one of those days that will go down as one of my favorite family days. Sundays are usually the only day we have together as a family of 3 and we tend to just relax when we can. I'm so glad we spent the day having fun as a family. The cooking and the house cleaning can wait for another day. The only bad thing about perfect weekends is Mondays come way too quickly.

Don't forget. Keep voting for Jack. He's currently in 3rd place!
Up to 10 times a day!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

VOTE FOR JACK

Soooo, I have become one of "those" moms who enter their children in Cutest Baby Contests! It may sound silly but I entered him because it's fun but also because I can win him two free tickets to a music show. It's just for fun but if you have a second and wouldn't mind voting for my cutie he would really appreciate it and enjoy seeing the Muppets!


You can vote up to 10 times a day until the end of the month.

I mean he really is a cutie! Just click the link below!

Thank you!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Vacation Planning


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Lately, I've been stuck on the idea of taking a family vacation. It may not be in the cards for us this year since we had to purchase a new car after Brian's Honda died 2 weeks ago. We have 2 weddings to attend this summer but I'm still hoping we can swing a small family vacation.

I'm not really sure where we would like to go but I do want to go some where close to the beach. Children like Jack with Cystic Fibrosis really thrive with the salty air at the beach. We live in northern New Jersey and the obvious choice is to go to the Jersey Shore but I've never really liked the NJ beaches. Nothing against NJ but every time I have went to different beaches I was not impressed with many of hotel accommodations, the trash on the beaches and it's just not for me. The beaches like Spring Lake (where we stayed when I found out I was pregnant) and Ocean Grove are beautiful but really expensive. I'm ready to experience a little something new but would consider if I could find something family friendly and affordable.

Brian and I love North Carolina. We have vacationed in Oak Island twice and really enjoy it there. The Oak Island/Wilmington area is one of my favorite places to visit. We usually stay at my families beach house but this year we are thinking of staying at a hotel. I hate imposing on others. The problem I have is it's a 12 hour car ride and Jack doesn't like the car so I really think North Carolina is not a good option.

I've also been thinking about the beaches in Delaware and Maryland.  Both aren't that far from us. I think 4 hours is my limit with Jack in the car. I've heard good things about Ocean City, Fenwick Island, Rehoboth Beach. I haven't been to the beaches in either so it's all new to me. I've been doing some research but I really hate searching for hotels or beach rentals. I always feel like they look great on line but no so much in real life.

Have any of you taken a toddler on a beach vacation?

Is anyone familiar with the beaches of Delaware or Maryland?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Our Easter Weekend


Photo credit LoriDoll Photography

This Easter weekend felt like it just flew right by. Saturday we spent with my mom and Jack. We had such a blast. We went shopping for a friend's baby shower, ate lunch on the lake where we were married, and got Jack a hair cut at a real, old fashioned barber shop. I lose mom points because I didn't take pictures! Saturday night we got ready for bed and I read Jack "The Night Before Easter" by Natasha Wing. We have so many of her books. We just love them. Can you tell Jack enjoys them?



Jack woke up Easter Sunday and didn't seem like himself. He was up really early and after he fell back to sleep we woke up and had missed church. He was super happy with all of the goodies he found in his Easter basket.

Jack's candy and toy free Easter basket. Our Easter bunny filled Jack's basket with sidewalk chalk, crayons, 2 animal books, coloring books, beach towels, Easter plate/fork, daisy planting kit, gardening kit and snack containers. 



We spent the day with Brian's family in celebration of Easter and his grandfather's 80th Birthday. As the day progressed he seemed like he was coming down with a cold. There were glimpses of my happy little man but he was very whiney and seemed pretty grumpy. He did  eat well and get some fresh air. He did not nap well so in addition to feeling sick he was over tired by the time we went home. Our night was tough. We gave Jack a warm vapor bath and an extra breathing treatment before we cuddled up for bed.



Today, we ended up at the doctor and lucky Jack's doctors just think its only a cold. His lungs are clear and he does not have an ear infection. 


Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Ride

Last week was a tough one. On Thursday I got the all that Brian's Civic died on the side of the road. After taking it to the mechanic they let us know there was really no hope in fixing it. It's a bummer because it only has 150,000 miles on it. Honda's are supposed to last forever, right?!?! No luck for us. Thankfully we just got our tax return so we know where we are spending it.

Yesterday we took a look at a couple of cars. We've decided to go with an SUV/crossover. For piece of mind during these horrible winters we knew that an all wheel drive vehicle would be the best option. I already have a Jeep and it has been amazing in the bad weather. We narrowed it down to a 2015 Honda CRV which was amazing but ultimately was too expensive. We also took a look at a  few Subaru models. If all does well we will be the new owners of this bad boy before the weekend. We fell in love with the 2015 Forester. We are torn between a dark navy or beige. We will make the decision today. I'm thinking Brian may be the new owner of my old Patriot and I just might claim this one!





Monday, March 23, 2015

Party Like It's Your Birthday

Well, I have to admit they won't be much partying this birthday. Today I turn 35. Cringe.... When did I get old?!?! I swear I still feel like I've got to be in my 20s but I'm not! Today I am as close to 40 as I am to 20. Oh well! There are no complaints here. I love my life and the older I get the more I realize what are the important things!

Today started off driving Brian to work because his car died last week. Whose Civic dies with under 200,000 miles?!?! We are on the hunt for a new car. I'm hoping he'll take into consideration it's my birthday and I'll get the new car! If not its fine because I totally love my Jeep Patriot! Suggestions on nicely priced SUVs?

This birthday I'll spend my day at work. Not my idea of a good time and completely different from the years past. I'll fill myself up on some cookie dough iced coffee, wear a few new clothes I got from Old Navy, and chill out watching mindless tv until it's time to get ready for work.




 My favorite birthday was spending my 29th at Disney World with this guy! We were only dating about 5 months. I had a full on meltdown on the plane ride in front of him. We laughed so much and played like little kids for 7 days. That week rates up there with some of my most favorite memories. Cant wait to make more with him and our little man! 








Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Happy St. Patrick's Day...






These awesome shots were taking by my dear friend LoriDoll Photography


We wil be spending our day as usual at story time, doctor appointments and a little added shopping. A friend of mine is celebrating her wedding with a shower this weekend so I have to get something today!  It's difficult driving past our mall when heading off to Jack's clinical appointments. I always end up feeling a little guilty and then I want to buy him something. Who am I kidding, I want to buy him stuff all the time. He's spoiled with love and gifts too!

 We had corned beef and cabbage on Sunday so today we'll celebrate tonight with a baked ziti.

Hope you have a lovely St. Paddy's Day!!!





Monday, March 16, 2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I admit it, I am a Netflix binge watcher! I did it with Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards. 

 My newest obsession -


The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. 

I was hooked from the first episode which I'm surprised about because it's written by Tina Fey and I really am NOT a Tina Fey fan. In fact I find her annoying but the show is hilarious. It's based on a Ellie Kamper's (who I adore from The Office) character Kimmy who has been released from an under ground bunker after spending 15 years there. She's basically experiencing all of life's firsts at 29 years old after deciding to stay in New York City after an interview on the Today Show. 



I love all the 1990's references, like her Jansport backpack, light up sneakers, scrunchies, The Babysitter's Club and Columbia House cassette tapes. 

It's hysterical! Definitely worth watching. I'm just pissed I watched them all in one weekend. 

Have you watched it? 
What are your thoughts?

What are you loving on Netflix these days? 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Favorites for Jack

Yesterday I picked out some of my spring fashion favorites so I thought it would only be fair to share some of my favorites for Jack this season. I can't help myself when it comes to little boy clothes. I always thought it would be more fun to shop for little girls but I'm having good time dressing up my little man. I can't help a little boy in a fedora and polo shirt. What's not on this list is the pair of baby Sperry Topsiders I already bought him. I can't wait to see him in his little Easter outfit.


Toddler boya






Where do you shop for your little one? I'm a sucker for Carters!

What are you loving for your little one this spring.