Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter! Jesus rising from the dead wasn't the only miracle that occurred this year. We had beautiful weather, Lucy made it through the day without an afternoon nap or any major breakdowns, and . . . SHE STARTED CRAWLING! She's still getting the hang of it, but it's happening and it's really so cute! We could kind of tell throughout the day that she was trying to, but her Easter dress seemed to be holding her back. When we got home, Matty took off her dress and set her down in the play room and away she went!

But rewinding to Easter morning. . . I made the mistake of not cleaning up the playroom before bringing in her basket that the Easter bunny so helpfully left in our closet ;) Not only does it not make for good picture taking, but Lucy was pretty distracted by the balls and cups around her. The ears lasted about 4 seconds, but she was super cute!

The angle that Matty was sitting at provided a lot of cheek shots. Enjoy!

Tolerating her strawberry sunhat!

So serious with her new toy . . .

 . . . until the bunny ears came out again!

I got up early to make these delicious carrot cake cupcakes. And I do mean delicious! I ate one while I was frosting them (duh!), one at Easter dinner, and one (and a half!) leftover the next day. I was sad to see them go, and I miss them already.

There's an ongoing feud at Matzo family events as to whether or not carrot cake should have raisins in it. Matty and I are firmly in the "Heck No" camp, but there's a group of protesters, led by my brother, who demand raisins. Because I was feeling particularly generous on Easter morning, I made a dozen without raisins and then added some raisins to the last of the batter. Peace on Earth!

"Uncle Matt, take a really close up picture of my face."

And they're off! What a beautiful day for an Easter egg hunt!

Look at Sadie's sweet face!

For some reason, I really like this picture. I think it's because both Carla and Sadie are totally unaware that they are being photographed. It looks like it could be in US Weekly with the caption, "Stars . . .they're just like us . . .they hunt for Easter eggs with their kids!"

My sweet little Easter baby!

And I thought I'd toss this one in here in case anyone was interested in seeing the turquoise pants I wore. #feelingadventurous 

Lucy had one green egg hidden for her to find.

She was proud of herself for finding it so quickly!

Look at that sweet face!!

Our first Easter as a family of three.

Matty's turn to hold that heavy baby! Do you see my dad in the background? He, my brother, and both of my nephews all had on blue shirts with khaki pants. We kept saying we needed to get a picture of all of them, but I don't think anyone ever did. 

Sadie, Gordie, and Andy. So cute . . . and getting so big!!

After my mom and dad's house, we stopped by Aunt Judie's to visit with Matty's side of the family. Lucy was too busy watching what was happening in the kitchen to smile with Aunt Judie.

Smiling at Grandpa Gary.

I hope those bracelets don't get stuck on her arm rolls! ;)

And let's not forget about Sarah, Brian, and our little Tommy bunny! They stayed in Bloomington, but were so cute on their first Easter with the little guy!

And finally, Lucy on the drive down . . . and on the drive home!

It was a busy, tiring, and fun day! 

Hope everyone had a Happy Easter. Have a great week!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

This and That

Thought I'd share a few quick picks from my phone this week so that tomorrow's post can be dedicated to everything Easter. 

Yesterday was one of my least favorite days of the year . . . both dogs had to go to the vet for their annual wellness check ups and heart worm tests. The news was not good. Both dogs are due for some pretty expensive tune-ups that cannot be put off any longer. Sydney has a gigantic fatty tumor on the inside of her back thigh that has been affecting how she walks for awhile. She also has two infected teeth that need to be extracted. Snort has a broken tooth that needs to come out and he also needs X-rays on his front legs so that he can be put on arthritis medicine. These buckets of fur are getting old, but not old enough that we can justify ignoring these problems. So . . . hello vet bills, goodbye tax return. And hello to a lot of worrying while they get put under anesthesia for the procedures . . . my poor doggies!

Prepare yourself for, quite possibly, the sweetest picture we have of Lucy. I put her down for her morning nap on Friday and thought she had gone to sleep. When I checked the monitor a little later, she was sitting up quietly loving on her ducky! Not a peep out of her. She just needed some snuggles. Our hearts melted.

Made some carrot and broccoli puree for LuLu. She'll eat little bits of food cut up into small pieces, but still eats better with the pureed fruits and veggies. 

Lucy was having a hard time getting to sleep for her afternoon nap the other day, so I rocked her for about 20 minutes. I was reading my book on the Kindle app on my phone for awhile because she hadn't moved so I assumed she was asleep. I switched to selfie mode on my camera to check on her, and this is what I saw. Apparently she's as interested in The Lion's Game as I am!

New raincoat just in time for a super rainy Thursday!

Lucy's new favorite play spot is our closet. Matty will take her in there in the mornings while he gets ready for work, and she has a great time. She likes to do push ups . . .

 . . .and play Peek-a-Boo . . .

 . . . and help daddy pick out his shirt for the day. 

DJ Bunny!

The bunny ears have been out all week!

And I'll leave you with a few gems from our Easter photo shoot. I did this on a weekday morning with Lucy at around 8:30 . . .we had a blast!

That's about it. The weather is supposed to be pretty good for Lucy's first Easter, and we are all geared up for baskets, good food, and visits to multiple houses. Because apparently the craziness of Lucy's first Thanksgiving taught us nothing! ;)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Week(end) Recap

Phew! What a busy week and weekend! Our week started off with a trip to the eye doctor on Monday. Lucy's pediatrician wanted her to see an opthamologist because her right eye often appears to be opened less than her left. So after waiting for a bit in the waiting room they did a preliminary exam and then told me they were going to dilate Lucy's eyes! She handled the drops like a champ, but we had to wait another 25 minutes before the doctor could look at her because the drops needed to kick in. She was not having the stroller anymore, so I spread out a blanket and we took over the waiting room. The good news is that the doctor said her Ptosis should go away as her face shape changes as she grows up. 

On Tuesday this little cutie turned 1O MONTHS OLD!! Where did the time go?! 

Doing her morning push ups . . .gotta work on those baby muscles!

The best laundry helper in the world. She can unfold a pile better than anyone! ;)

Wearing our green on Lucy's first St. Patrick's Day!

We were the first the arrive at Cuddle and Bounce, so Lucy (and Oma!) got some extra time with the farm animals.

Exploring different kinds of bells with Miss Karen. I swear they were both having fun!

Lucy has been enjoying the view of the street from her new play room. It's a great window to watch the cars go by and wait for daddy to get home.

On Friday, Lucy and her group of baby friends all went to My Urban Toddler in Saline to celebrate sweet little Ella's first birthday! We have never been before, and it's a super cute baby store with a play place attached. There was a designated baby area that had soft toys to play with, and Lucy loved sitting in the middle of the flower! I loved it because I could let her explore and experiment more and not be worried that she'd get hurt. 

Lucy occupied the flower for some time, and eventually her friends came to join her. The birthday girl is in the cute ladybug tutu!

No, she's not going for more books . . .she was rubbing her head back and forth on the shelf!

Animal Summit!

Lucy is getting very close to the max height on her infant carrier, and she's getting super heavy for me to carry around in it, so about two weeks ago I started researching which carseat to buy next . . . which means two weeks ago is the last time I had a good night's sleep. Seriously, I think I picked out my wedding dress our first trip out. The first house that Matt and I bought was the first house that we looked at. I'm the person people come to when they need decisions made . . . but for some reason this carseat business got the better of me! Ask friends, ask family, ask my poor hubby . . . it's all I've thought/agonized about for awhile now. 

Here's the super fast, watered down version, because I really could do an entire post just on the trauma of selecting a new car seat! After my first trip to the store for research, I was pretty convinced that we were going to buy this Recaro seat. But then we took it outside to see how it fit in the car, and it was absolutely gigantic. Like SUPER tall. Laughably huge. Back to the drawing board!

Next I tried out this Britax that came highly recommended. I liked everything about it except for the price . . . and the pattern. I think I'd feel like I'd have to dress Lucy to match her carseat! Lucky for me it came in all black too, so I went home to research it. 

Then we went to Babies R Us and came across this Evenflo seat. It had a lot of great features that we liked but, once again, when we got it into the car it was gigantic. The super tall sides are supposedly to prevent the door from hitting Lucy in the event of a crash, however they also prevented me from being able to get her in and out of the seat! It sure did look comfy, though!

And by our third trip out on Saturday, Lucy had had enough . . . and my face was pretty much the same! So we ended up with the Britax but in the all black instead of the patterned. I totally get that for safety reasons you aren't supposed to try carseats out and then be able to return them. But there are SO MANY options/models/safety features/prices/reviews that I don't know how I'm supposed to decide if I like it or not until after I've used it for awhile! 

After all that carseat shopping, Lucy needed to let her hair down and get a little silly!

Sunday was a cold but sunny day, so we bundled up and headed out for a walk. She normally would have taken her sunglasses right off, but the hat and mittens prevented her from getting to them. They stayed on for the whole walk, and Matty and I couldn't get enough of looking at her!

Playing dress up with the super cute hat that Aunt Carla brought her when she was born!

This is a sweet picture that Matty took Sunday evening. Lucy was losing it fast but dinner was taking a little longer than anticipated, and I finally got her to calm down and cuddle for a few minutes. 

And I'll leave you with this handsome fella. I don't know if any of you have ever tasted Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream, but it is the most delicious ice cream ever! Next time you're at the grocery, pick up a pint. It's the best $4.50 you'll ever spend. I promise. And I worked at an ice cream parlor for 8 years, so I know my ice cream! Matty has a strong devotion to this particular brand and flavor of ice cream, and even offered to do a guest blog post all about it. Ha! I told him a picture will do just fine. However, this is not the first time he's mentioned doing a guest post, so I think he's itching to get on here sometime soon and have his voice heard!

So that was our week and weekend. Believe it or not, we have a pretty low key week coming up! No play dates, no doctor appointments . . . nothing! And I'm ok with it because we've been very busy lately. Matty only works four days and then has Friday and the Monday after Easter off. woo hoo! #daddyshome #paintingthebathroom

Have a great week everyone!