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Whirlwind Charlotte weekend

My parents came to Raleigh Friday morning surprising Lucy & Zach at daycare quickly followed by Jason & I arriving there. After items all piled into our mini-van, off Cici, Pops, Lucy, Zach & I went to Charlotte!

I love when dual event plans work out ~ I was able to split time with my Papa & also gave my good buddy B (aka Classic Annie) a baby shower!

We made it to Charlotte in time for dinner at the clubhouse Friday night, went back to the condo for dessert & playing with Papa. Saturday morning, Mom & I (with L&Z strolling along for the ride) were among the first at South Park mall for maybe the speediest shopping at 3 stores ever before dropping me off to get Papa’s car to dash to Whole Foods & the baby shower. Cici, Pops & Papa entertained L&Z for the day!

B’s shower was so fun! It was a blast to catch up with her & her family & friends, see her gorgeous house & hug on that lil baby bump. And make sure that baby G will be appropriately spoiled come July!

I arrived back at Papa’s condo in time for dinner. (& thanks B, the leftover cake pieces were a shared hit between the 7 of us!) Then back to hotel for baths, books & bedtime.

Thanks to snoring (Dad & Mom!) I was awoken at 3:09 am. Usually, that’d mean roll over & go back to sleep but not on 4/19/15, it was #LillyforTarget morning! I managed 3 quick check outs (& lots of cart drops) & am so thankful a couple toddler pieces, 2 women’s tops, shoes, scarfs, a tote bag & a bracelet are on their way to me now. I snoozed through my alarm but made it to a Charlotte Target at 8:12am. Only to see all but one pair swim bottoms (in my size!) gone from the rack. I traded a XL girls top for a XL swim top, grabbed a put back dress for me & was handed a part of shorts for me that didn’t work for someone else. I did a quick sweep of the store & found juice glasses & a flask. I check out quick & made it back to the hotel in time to pack up & get all dressed & ready for church.

Papa’s church was a great service as usual then we enjoyed brunch at the clubhouse (where L&Z ate their weight in berries & loved sneaking off to say hi to the birds). Then just like that, we were back in the mini-van, this time in the pouring rain back to Raleigh. Whirlwind trip, but so much fun mixing family, friends & a lil bit of shopping!

Cinderella Girls Night!

I had the pleasure this week to take a few rare bits of ‘me time’. First a work trip away from home one night where I was able to reconnect with coworkers & had a hotel room all to myself!

Next up was a midweek ladies night! I need to do these way more often & I was overdue to reconnect with my friend Kristen. Dinner & a movie one on one time was lovely when usually we’re either online chatting or juggling our 5 kids between us! I think the waiter came by 3 times before I’d stopped talking long enough to open my menu!
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We rushed our bills & made our way into our seats just in time though. And as I’d heard rumored, we were treated to seeing Frozen Fever as the 7 min short story! Lucy & Zach will love it & will think Anna’s birthday day & the new song are so funny & cute!
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Cinderella stars Lily James as Ella starting as a beloved child growing up in an idyllic small farm life with dotting, dear parents.

I loved seeing such a beloved fairy tale in real life live action. The set & scenery were gorgeous!
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The make up & costume designers for the step-mother & sisters (Cate Blanchette, Holliday Grainger & Sophie McShera) as well as Ella, did an amazing job. Those ladies did a great job playing disliked characters!
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Helena Bonham as the fabulous Fairy Godmother was spectacular! She was gorgeous & perfect for the role.
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Someone else gorgeous was the Prince (the handsome Richard Madden) & Ella! I want to try on that glass slipper! Her ball gown will inspire lots of girls in blue dresses this summer & fall!

Speaking of girls, moms take yours to this film! It opened everywhere Fri March 13th! Beware there are 3 deaths & it’s 105 minutes. I don’t think Lucy could sit through it yet, but there were a few older toddlers & many little girls completely enchanted with Cinderella. Make it a sweet mother-daughter movie afternoon.

Or go like I did with friends! You don’t want to miss seeing your childhood favorite on the big screen. Cinderella made me believe in magic, fairy tales & happily ever after. And as Ella’s mom said, to help me to remember to teach my children to always “have courage & be kind”!

Babies Photo Dump

I admit that I’m way behind on updating this little spot of the internet with photos of our babes. So here’s a collage of my favorites of the past six weeks {since Zach & Lucy have been home}.

June 4-10 was filled

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with first baths at home, snuggles with their parents, grandparents, great-aunt, great-grandparents, Lucy’s first walk, & first time on the baby Einstein. We had their newborn photos done on the 10th, but they deserve their own post soon!

June 11-17 More family snuggles, cute outfits, Zach’s first real bath, Lucy’s first cloth diapers, & their first rides in the swing.

June 18-24 Fun outfits, boppy time, turning one month old, twin snuggles post nursing, baby Einstein tummy time.

June 25-July 1 Boppy time, Mommy snuggles, coordinating ducky onesies.

July 2-8 One month check up {at 6wks}, lots of great-Nana cuddles, first times in the Ergo carrier

July 9-15 Naps, baby hair, rocking with their Nana, snuggles together with both Mom & Dad, Zach’s cutest outfit yet & hanging out with his Cici.

July 4th weekend

We had a great time last weekend celebrating Independence day down at OIB with my family. Thanks to Hurricane Arthur, we delayed our travels from Thursday afternoon to Friday am. And instead of rain soaked, slow traffic, we were blessed with sunny skies & open roads.

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We made it down in time for the OIB parade. Except that we mistook the time for 1030 vs 10. I couldn’t resist the photo op as I’d packed parade watching outfits!

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We enjoyed a full beach day (thanks to beach naps – me included – an umbrella & inflatable swimming pool!

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We skipped the OIB Friday night concert choosing dinner at home, pjs & a Mexican Train dominos game (I won in case you wondered).

Saturday was so fun but WINDY!

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After playing at the local park & a grocery store & local fish shop run, we all hit the beach. A big gust broke my grandparents’ kick ass umbrella stand {& we as we learned Sunday, part of the umbrella too}.

So Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed play time & me a lil more sun on the back porch.

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Jason worked remotely from OIB Sunday, so Mom, L, Z & I went to beach church {Zach played with sand for first time!}.

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Then we spent most of day on the beach {rotating who held the umbrella for support}. After nap time, Zach got snuggles with Nana while Lucy & Nana let the bubbles (aka waves) touch their toes! That was big for our nervous about sand & ocean Lucy girl!

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Hope you & your family enjoyed a happy long weekend! Ours was such a nice break from reality!

Belle

A couple weeks ago now I had the pleasure of sneaking away on a Thursday evening to go see a movie. Just me. I cannot recall the last time I did something like that alone. These days our activities are usually toddler-focused & my me-time is minimal to none.

So it was a treat. A treat made even sweeter with the discovery that the old school theater served beer & had just popped fresh popcorn for us. Cheers!

I went into the theater knowing little about the film I was going to watch. And I came out a huge Belle fan ~ of the actors, their portrayal of these historical characters, of the set designers & the gorgeous dresses the ladies wore. I loved that Belle is based on true events.

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And I also realized I actually was aware of the court case that acts as a main issue for the movie thanks to a mix of my love of history & my working in insurance.

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If you have the chance to go see Belle, do! It opened in Raleigh at the end of May & it is still running nationwide. The film was excellent & I do expect to hear more & more buzz on it during film awards season!