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.

Happy {belated} Independence Day

Just getting back to reality after a week long beach vacation. {Did you catch my liberating working moms post on it?!}

I downloaded the photos from our dslr & realized these are all that are on there. I’ll update later this week with photos my sister-in-law took & ones from my cell.

Needless to say, we had a wonderful break from reality. It was a fabulous week full of family- both my ILs as well as my parents & grands.

As you might’ve seen from instagram/facebook, Lucy girl got sick Friday afternoon & we cut our trip a few hours short.

But Jason took these photos Thursday evening of me & my babies.

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Lucy & Momma OIB July 4th

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July 4th OIB Zach, Lucy & Momma

July 4th OIB Zach, Lucy & Momma

Love the evening light! Love them! {posting from our new mini-laptop chrome book so excuse weird photo errors}

Babies’ Baptism

I wished & hoped that Lucy & Zach could be baptized surrounded by family on a warm sunny day on the beach. I realized we were too dazed & sleep deprived for that to occur last summer. So I began planning for their baptism day back in the winter.

The minister that married Jason & I is from my beach grandparents’ church & he happens to preach weekly on the beach all summer beginning Memorial Day weekend Sunday. Luckily, he agreed with us how special it would be to perform this for us. John coordinated with our home church, his church session & us & we worked it out! To make it even more special, my Nana was able to be the elder who presenting & stood up with us.

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The beach church service is a casual affair, but I still wanted the babies to wear special baptism outfits. After being unimpressed with what’s in stores with both the quality & price, Nana, Mom & I had an idea that ended up being out-of-this-world awesome. Nana took the remains of my mom’s wedding dress {we’d cut the bottom lace off to go around my wedding bouquet} & with the help of patterns, Nana made Lucy a beautiful dress & Zach a precious long all. Y’all, it made me tear up thinking of the historical & family significance of those outfits. They’re even more gorgeous in person than in my mind or the photos.

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Lucy went first. Then it was Zach’s turn.

DSC02613DSC02613 copyThey did great! No crying. Just looks of looking around & playing with their outfits. They even managed to sit in our laps for the remainer of the service.

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DSC02628We were also lucky to have a lot of family gather together for the event. My aunt rode down with us, my parents & brother from VA, my grandfather from Charlotte, & Jason’s parents from GA.

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With my parents

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with Jason’s parents

DSC02644We took advantage of everyone being together for lots of photos.

Enjoying Car Trips with Two

Car trips. They used to be three hours of husband & wife chatting in the front seat. Catching up after busy weeks. Or time spent napping or reading or playing online.

Now I tend to sit in the way back of the minivan while Jason drives. There’s little chatting between us as it’s hard to hear in the back with the AC on.

If the stars align & both Lucy & Zach sleep, I’m sometimes able to pull out my book or catch up on blogging.

But for all those times at least one if not both are up, here’s the few tricks up my sleeve.

Keep favorite toys close at hand. Bright lights & colors & music might seem annoying to parents at first, but its way better than hours of crying.

Books, books & more books. I read in silly voices & alternate which baby gets to help me hold. We bring board books & soft crinkly ones.

Extra bottles. If I think we’ll need them, I premix & keep them in a Packit cooler. We didn’t need them Monday, thanks to timing nursing & naps. But Friday night, hungry babies meant a McDonald’s stop for hot water to warm the bottles.

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Snacks! We have a boon snack ball {which is cute but spills out easily} & the Munchkin snack catchers. Before we take a trip, I fill up the snack containers with a mix of their favorites: Cheerios, yogurt melts, puffs & chews. It cracks me up to watch Lucy dig through & skip over the Cheerios for the melts.

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Monday, I introduced Zach {once he woke from a beautiful nap} & Lucy {my hungry nap fighter} to Sprout’s new toddler snacks. They loved the yogurt bites. The chews were a new texture they quickly warmed up to. I tried them both & thought they were delicious! I felt good giving them snacks I knew were organic as well as mostly fruit/veggies versus being just basic grains.

If all else fails, whip out your smart phone or tablet & pull up baby Einstein &/or the Chica show on YouTube. We might’ve watched 45 mins of Baby Einstein lullaby Friday night!

What are your best car trip tricks & tips?!

I was sent sample sizes of the new Sprout snacks for purpose of this review. I wasn’t otherwise compensated. My thoughts & opinions are genuinely my own.

First Birthday Celebration

Happy 1st birthday to Zach & Lucy today! Due to a stomach bug that’s attacked Lucy, posts are delayed this week. I’m taking us back to Saturday when we had the pleasure that afternoon to gather with close friends at our house to celebrate Zach & Lucy.

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Due to {unrelated to us} sicknesses & life’s busyness, our small party was smaller than expected, but Lucy & Zach didn’t mind. They loved the cuddles, attention, decorations & friends.

I went with a monkey theme & kept things fairly simple. Invites, cupcake decorations & food tents were ordered off etsy & printed by Walmart & by my Dad. We found monkey boy & girl balloons at Party City & monkey paper goods at Walmart.

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For food, I had help last weekend with my parents & Friday night from my aunt & friend Kelly. Mom & I baked mini banana bread loaves for adult goodie bags {kids also received monkey stickers & bubbles}.

Kelly & I made ‘monkey tails’ aka pretzel rods dipped in milk chocolate & green sprinkles. Sue used my mom’s idea of ‘monkey caps’ – toothpick sized kabobs of tomato, basil & mozzarella which I drizzled with balsamic glaze minutes before guests arrived. Friday night, we also created a mix of kiddo puffs, melts & Cheerios for the littles.

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I made my favorite banana pudding in cups for easy serving & enjoying. I picked up a tropical trail mix at Walmart. I sat out ‘monkey crunches’ {chips, carrots & tomatoes with ranch dip} too. And we had my {& now Zach’s beloved} Gigi’s cupcakes for dessert. I ordered mini cupcakes for us & two regular ones for Lucy & Zach.

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So I expected Lucy to love her cupcake because she loves fruit & sweet pouches. I wasn’t sure about Zach. Y’all! They drove in before we even had time to sing or think of putting in the ‘1’ candle. Zach made a mess! It was awesome. Lucy took a little encouragement from me but she ended up liking it too.

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After cleaning up Lucy & giving Zach a quick bath & outfit changes, it was time to bring out their gift from us {a coupe that their friend Reagan also enjoyed}.

Zach & Lucy birthday party giftsThen we opened gifts from our sweet friends. Lucy & Zach received wiggly giggly balls, birthday books & boon snack/bowls. The books are our current favorites on rotation!

Two babies means cause for two celebrations! Up this weekend is the family birthday/baptism beach weekend party!