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Zach & Lucy’s first trip to the Zoo

We were in VA this past weekend to celebrate our good family friend Emily’s wedding Saturday night. The wedding was at Lewis Ginter gardens at 6p, gorgeous timing for flowers, sunset, dinner & dancing.

Suzstreats Emily's wedding

Emily looked radiantly beautiful & so happy! I enjoyed catching up with family friends, & enjoying a night out with the husband, my brother & SIL & my parents.

Before the wedding festivities, we had a full day open. My family, not one to let a full day go by unplanned, decided we’d go to the Metro Richmond zoo for the first time.

There are so many animals there & the best part is that they are so close!

suzstreats Zoo Trip

We fed goats, sheep & deer, & saw flamingos, prairie dogs, a tiger who loved walking right by Zach, a muddy rhino that was more Lucy’s nervous style, an alligator, camels, two buffaloes & more monkeys than my monkey-loving little guy (& me too!) could keep count of. Big chimpanzees & orangutans to tiny little monkeys who leaped & flipped & swung from their branches.  The “waddle waddle” penguins were adorable & also a favorite.

Suzstreats Zoo Visit

But the giraffes won our hearts & were definitely about who Zach & Lucy ran inside to tell their Pops (who hadn’t joined us)! My mom aka Cici & Zach fed giraffes out of their hands while I snapped photos & Lucy picked up the fallen food off the ground to hand to Cici & Zach (we didn’t pay for the cup of food). It was amazing to see them so close! (& yes they had hand santizer stations all over as well as bathrooms soon after the giraffe’s area.)

SuzsTreats Zoo Giraffes

At the advice of friends, we arrived soon after they opened so the zoo wasn’t super crowded & my mom had packed a picnic lunch so once we finished up, we were able to go back to the car to grab our coolers & then eat on picnic tables there within the zoo.

Suzstreats zoo picnic

If it hadn’t been nap time, I’d have loved to go back to get another peek at the tiger & also see if the lions had woken up from their naps!

We’ll definitely be going back to the Metro Richmond zoo, I’d say it’s great for all ages ~ my 90 year old Papa enjoyed it as much as my almost- 3 year olds did! Going from 10am-1pm worked well for us but you could take your time more or easily go back for a second look at your favorite animals & stay there all day long.

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 baby shower food

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!

B's baby shower cake

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!

Two Year Photos

Before I get into a fun & poignant week of birthday week posts, I didn’t want to leave out sharing a few of my

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favorite photos from Lucy & Zach’s two year photo session with my lovely & talented friend Steph, the photographer behind LilyMae Photography.

Lucy & Zach 2 year

Lucy & Zach 2 year family

Lucy & Zach 2 year family B&W

Yep, this is our life ~ laughingly wrangling toddlers & doing whatever it takes to make them smile :)

Lucy 2 year

Lucy girl!

Zach 2 year chair

Lucy 2 year chair

Lucy’s smile {finally!} is thanks to her Daddy’s tickles!

Zach 2 year eyelashes

Eyelashes, thanks to his Daddy. :) Curls I’m putting off cutting, all Mommy :)

Lucy & Zach were just about over photos when we changed them into their birthday outfits. But Steph & I were determined to get a few sweet shots of them together. Thanks to Annie’s fruit snacks, these were accomplished!

Lucy & Zach 2 year with mommy

So proud to call them mine & TWO!

Lucy & Zach 2 year kiss

This shot is so them ~ a mix of sweetness & side eye!

Big thanks Steph!

Thanksgiving ’13

We celebrated another wonderful Thanksgiving down at OIB with my Mom & Dad & my Dad’s parents, Nana & Pawpaw. {We missed my brother & SIL in NY & my mom’s side in Charlotte!}

And their dog, Bocce was a huge hit with Zach & Lucy. Who needs toys when there’s a dog?! Even better that they’d just learned to say dog & woof woof & learned his name while we were there. Zach just followed him around & loved to pat him on the back & head. L liked to talk to him & look from afar & thought his fluffy tail was fun to pet. They were surprisingly gentle, & Bocce, who can be skiddish, did great putting up with them. I think Bocce’s a big fan of L & Z because he gets to do clean up floor duty after every meal & snack {bribery at it’s finest}.

Thursday morning, we made a chilly walk up for beach church on the sand. Rev John spoke quick because it was cold! Z ‘played’ with sand & had fun watching birds then got too cold even all bundled up. Lucy was snuggled into me & lasted in her owl fluffy hat & ruffle coat.

Thanksgiving was also my mom’s birthday! So we had birthday cake along with our Thanksgiving meal. :)

Dad enjoyed lots of books with L & Z including hallmark The Night Before Christmas which he recorded his voice reading. It’s so cool.

Thanksgiving Thursday

Friday & Saturday we shopped, ate & ate, played, L & Z had dance parties with Nana & their Cici.

Jason & I escaped for a day date to see Hunger Games Catching Fire & a quick Boj’s lunch. Our first movie since the weekend before I went on hospital bed rest.

Lucy & Zach took baths in Nana’s big garden tub. Zach loved it & I think he’s going to be our lil fish. Lucy liked a quick duck tub {within the tub} bath then to watch.

Saturday, OIB starts off the Christmas holiday with a bunch of events. L&Z were napping during parade time & we skipped the floatila bc it was dinner/bath/bedtime. But we made it to the fire station for cookies & meeting Santa. LOL. It didn’t go so well! Poor L was hating it!
Friday and Saturday Thanksgiving

Sunday, we went to my grandparents’ church {where we were married} & L & Z did great playing I the children’s room while we worshiped & listened to Nana in the choir. Afterwards we finally remembered to take a four generations photo!
Four Coggins generations

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Now onto Christmas holiday posts!

Beach Week

I’ve finally complied all my favorite photos from last week. Get ready for beach pics overload! A few are a little out of order as I made the collages by what was on my cell then ones from my SIL.

Zach slept most of the trip down Saturday. My view of the Atlantic from the back deck Saturday afternoon. Zach, J, Lucy & I at dinner Sunday night at River City Cafe.

Zach slept most of the trip down Saturday. My view of the Atlantic from the back deck Saturday afternoon. Zach, J, Lucy & I at dinner Sunday night at River City Cafe.

Lucy loved her cousins ~ especially Reid’s beard!

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Lucy & Reid Saturday night.

It rained every day we were in Surfside with my husband’s family. We tried to make the best of it though including playing in their tailgate style tent on the beach in the rain!

Sunday Zach touched the ocean for the first time. He wasn't a big fan. Lucy had a blast on her aunt Sissy's lap on our rainy beach morning.

Sunday Zach touched the ocean for the first time. He wasn’t a big fan. Lucy had a blast on her aunt Sissy’s lap on our rainy beach morning.

 

I escaped during afternoon naps &/or playtime with Dada & their Nana for some quiet beach reading. Thanks to Sara, I discovered side braids were Lucy-proof. Adventures in babies wrangling with Nana Monday night before dinner at Dead Dog Saloon!

I escaped during afternoon naps &/or playtime with Dada & their Nana for some quiet beach reading. Thanks to Sara, I discovered side braids were Lucy-proof. Adventures in babies wrangling with Nana Monday night before dinner at Dead Dog Saloon!

And when the sun did shine long enough to get us fed, bathing suited & sun screened, we hit the beach.

Monday morning naps with Nana then playing on the beach while we could.

Monday morning naps with Nana then playing on the beach while we could.

The babies enjoyed play time with their teenage/young adult cousins as well as dining out & eating off the kids’ menu! I had a great time soaking in the sun when I could, reading in the house while nursing/listening to the waves & playing Apples to Apples with everyone.

Tuesday was a rainy wash out ~ so we napped, ate, read & played instead.

Zach on Nana's lap on the porch Tuesday. Not sure when this photo of Felicity & Zach was taken but I love it.

Zach on Nana’s lap on the porch Tuesday.
Not sure when this photo of Felicity & Zach was taken but I love it.

A perfect day for Zach napping on the couch with his Papa & rocking with Dada. & for Lucy to nap on the deck {girl loved the ocean breezes!} with me.

A perfect day for Zach napping on the couch with his Papa & rocking with Dada. & for Lucy to nap on the deck {girl loved the ocean breezes!} with me.

Playing with their cousins Tuesday afternoon.

Playing with their cousins Tuesday afternoon.

We enjoyed a full day of sun on Wednesday & took advantage as best we could.

Beach day!

Beach day!

 

Wednesday we celebrated the almost 4th with a beach day then breaking out their chervon Lolly Wolly Doodle outfits for dinner at Inlet Crab House & a family photo.

Wednesday we celebrated the almost 4th with a beach day then breaking out their chervon Lolly Wolly Doodle outfits for dinner at Inlet Crab House & a family photo.

J wasn't feeling good after dinner, so I was grateful to their cousins for helping get Zach & Lucy ready for bed.

J wasn’t feeling good after dinner, so I was grateful to their cousins for helping get Zach & Lucy ready for bed.

We left Surfside during midmorning nap time & drove up to OIB where my parents & grandparents & the sunshine awaited us. We unpacked, ate lunch, sunscreened up & hit the beach!
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We had a happy July 4th beach afternoon complete with Lucy putting her feet in the ocean for the first time, Zach taking an epic nap on my Nana & Lucy playing her heart out in their baby pool.

Friday was a beautiful day, so we hit the beach early. Zach played in the sand & both played in the baby pool {no pics as I left my cell in the bag}. We went home in time for lunch & the babies napped with their Dada & Pops while Mom & I soaked in the afternoon sun.

I walked in the door around 415, grabbed Lucy & two steps later, she threw up & continued to do so for the next 45 mins til we got to a local after hours doctor. The cause- an epically bad ear infection without a fever but with puss drainage. A big, painful antibiotic shot & antinasuea shot later, she went to bed ok before waking up & proceeding to vomit every 1-2 hours throughout the night.

We made the decision in the wee morning hours to head home when she was stable with my parents following us home to help. We finally got her keeping down liquids {& thankfully making tears & drool & pee}.
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She slept almost the entire trip home. Slowly by Sun evening, she was up to normal amounts of milk & eating again too.

Husband told the doctor at her follow up appt Mon (still two ear infections & were doing a 10 day oral antibiotic) it was quite a hell of a week. And yes, we could have done without the rain, babies colds which they gave to his mom, most likely food poisoning for J & his Mom Wed night, & then Lucy’s ear infection/vomiting.

I’m much more of a look on the positive side person though, & I feel like there were many more fun times than bad ones. And in the future, I’m hoping we look back on the adverse moments with a laugh & focus more on the silly, unforgetable memories.

The babies & I loved spending time with his sister & her family. It was the first time for most of them meeting Lucy & Zach & it was so awesome to see 20+ year old guys rolling around with my littles.

Lucy & Zach light up at the sight of their Cici & Pops. Their relationships are so special to witness. We are lucky & blessed to have been able to get away for a week & see both families. And we are so blessed with our families & the help & love they generously provide to us & Lucy & Zach.