Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Goodbyes

It's hard to believe we left Maryland and our home almost two months ago. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday we said our goodbyes. And I definitely still feel in transition. We haven't quite established a routine, we are still trying to find our way around and all our normal activities. I think once the school year starts in September it may help us settle in a little more. Getting both girls up at a regular time, Charlotte attending school 5 days a week, and still having our afternoons free for nap and playtime. 

Saying goodbye to everyone was beyond tough. I only ugly cried once (in front of other people), but every day I miss all the friends we made and our family out in VA. Starting over again kinda sucks. You would think I would be used to it by now, seeing as this is my 5th move, but let me tell you it never gets easier. Making new friends, establishing your favorites, all takes time. And during that transition period it can be a little lonely. 

last pic in front of our house

We spent three (mostly) wonderful years in Maryland. And I will admit that we didn't love it right away. AND it took a good year before I finally found where I fit in and really made some good friends. And I was so lucky to have found all the wonderful ladies at the gym. We all had kids the same age, all enjoyed getting our butts kicked at the gym, and occasionally a good coffee nearby. I was also blessed to have a few of my Monterey friends move to the DC area. We were able to meet up occasionally to explore the city or just have a play date. Hard to believe our kids are now almost 5 and have known each other since they were 6 months old! 

Not to mention we had family an hour away, a beautiful home we built, and a plan. That may be the worst. Having a plan in your head and having it not work out. That is the life of the Navy but still VERY annoying each and every time it happens. 

Our "goodbyes" or "until we meet agains" stretched out over a good month. First up was a little wine day with my fit family. Not everyone could make it but it sure was fun! Who doesn't love wine, music and lots of chatting?!

And speaking of gym, every time it was the last of a class, we had to get a photo or video to remember the moment. Last bootcamp, last spin, last power hour! Oh how I miss all of you....AND the insane workouts!! Seriously, this gym in Philly is way too easy!

last bootcamp

last spin and sculpt
on the bikes one last time. Best boy band playlist! 
post workout groupie!

the last last power hour :( Boy bands and booty....see a theme?! NSYNC for life! 😂
my girl with her gym bffs!

one last hug 😪

And finally we had a little BBQ at our house for our family and friends. We celebrated the upcoming summer birthdays and shed a few tears over the move. 

our goodbye cake and birthday cupcakes

we have left a bit of our heart in each and every place we lived. 

blowing out their birthday candles

bff's since 2008! 

now look at our group! 

couldn't imagine my life without these two!

family - gosh I love these fools

the kiddos 💜

We sure will miss living so close to these guys! And the Kaylans too (they left before our photo shoot started). Having cousins and family nearby was absolutely wonderful! 
a pile of Clutes 😍
group shot with Teagan!

and our new adopted Clute - Bryce! 
The H crew! Basically family 😀
love this! too cute!

thats the face I will make when C actually starts to drive 

I sure hope some of you come out and visit us! Jennifer made it down and it was beyond wonderful to catch up for a few hours! 

I know I will definitely try to sneak down for a visit when I can. We miss you all very much!!!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Celebrating Norah!

We decided to keep birthdays a little low key this year. Seeing as we just moved and don't know anyone in the area, having a big bash of a party seemed silly. We had a small celebration before we left Maryland (more on that in the next post), but for the actual day of  we kept it just us. 

For Norah's big 2 we spent most of the day at Sesame Place. It is a theme park/water park about 30 minutes from our house. There are water rides and small roller coasters that are perfect for kids her age. We have been two other times since moving to PA and the girls love it. Perfect activity on a hot summer day! 

a little bright outside

birthday girl

We arrived just after opening and headed for the lazy river. We got a bit of a shock, the water was a tad cold! Either they just changed it or it wasn't quite hot enough for a dip in the pool yet. It only took a few splashes from Matt and Charlotte to warm me up! After that we headed for the rides. The lines were a little long so we only went on a few. The girls had a blast on the tea cups and the rocket ride.....and so did us grown kids! 

hugs for daddy


We stopped for a mid day cream! Then headed back to the splash zone. We rode the water slides and got soaked before deciding to head home.  

After a good nap we had Norah's favorite! 

Then it was time for cake. I decided to make it myself this year. I usually buy a fancy cake, especially when planning a party, but since it was just us and I had the time, I made a white/almond cake with strawberry and frosting inside. Thankfully it tasted pretty good! The girls and Matt were super impressed and we can now enjoy cake for dessert for the next week. Yum! 

so excited to be 2!!

Oh and we can't forget the presents......

Just a few small items from family. Perfect for a 2 year old. I was very surprised at how bad Charlotte handled Norah receiving gifts. Lots of jealousy! She was crying and angry and telling us she wanted the same things or "something better" for her birthday. Days later it is still an issue. Sharing is not going well. Norah claims the items as "Norah's" but Charlotte continues to play with them too. Or at least try to. She tries to trade her for other toys, but Norah doesn't want to share and I don't blame her. They are her birthday presents that she just received. Hopefully this little issue won't last long. It's hard to not want to go out and immediately buy Charlotte the exact same thing just to keep everyone happy. 

Besides the little argument at the end of the night I will say it was a perfect day. We all had a really fun time celebrating our sweet Norah! I can't believe she is 2!! Happy Birthday Norah!! 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Happy 2nd Birthday Norah!

Miss Norah,

Happy Birthday sweet girl! I can't believe you are two years old already. 

Seriously, how did this happen?! Two whole years!! 

I'm pretty sure no matter how old you get you will always be my baby. I tend to get a little sappy around your birthday. I can't stop thinking about that itty bitty baby I held in my arms two years ago today. Norah's birth story. I was in awe at just how much I loved you, that we had been blessed with another perfect baby girl. Our family was complete. 

Sooo much has changed since we welcomed you at 7:30pm on July 30. First the have grown!! You now weigh in at 25lbs and are 32" tall. You are a growing girl, but still a little peanut. Petite in size but not in attitude. 

Watch out world here comes Norah!

The last six months has really brought out even more of your wonderful personality. You are so sweet, kind, smart, and fearless. You are becoming so independent and MUST do things your own self! This includes feeding yourself, walking by yourself, buckling yourself into your car seat, etc. You are officially a "toddler" now (sad face), meaning a few extra tantrums for the silliest reasons. Your mad face is the funniest! 

Mad because you didn't want to smile for a photo. We negotiated, I said I would push you on the swing if you smiled. 
I can't help but laugh, even though I should be taking it very seriously. 😂 

Even though you have your tantrums now and again, you are a great kid and always pretty happy. You are so sweet and kind and love to give hugs and kisses. Hearing you say "I love you Mama" is the best thing in the entire world. Especially in that squeaky little voice.

You also love Dada very much, he just wasn't close by when I was recording this. 

Your speech has exploded over the last 6+ months. You now speak in 3-4 word sentences. You communicate extremely well, learning dozens of words every day. Most of which you pick up from Charlotte. "Come on", "Oh man" and "shoot" being a few of my favorites. Having a talkative big sister, who you play with all the time, has definitely helped you learn to talk sooner and better. You actually counted to 9 the other day all by yourself! Wow! 

You LOVE Charlotte so much. You always want to play with her and do whatever she is doing. Having a sister is a blast and I hope you two will be close your whole life.

anything you can do I can do better

It is mostly adorable but sometimes dangerous because you are still too little to do some things. One thing you have picked up from your sister....your love of music and dancing. You can bust a move! And you sing along to some radio songs, or Bubble Guppies, Trolls, etc. It is adorable and amazing!

What is also are FINALLY sleeping through the night! I never thought the day would come. And honestly I'm not sure when it happened. One day I remember thinking you hadn't woken up in the middle of the night for a few days and that was that. If you are sick you will still wake up now and then, but that is normal for any sick kid. I am just happy to be getting a normal amount of sleep again. It's amazing. I definitely need it too since you are an early riser. Up before 7am If it's after 6:30am I am usually ok, before that and I'm a tad cranky. Coffee first, talk later. 

You still nap (thank God!), usually 1.5 to 2 hours every day. You also still nurse. I thought that you would self wean way before 2, but I was wrong. I don't know if I will force you to stop, honestly I'm not sure I could. I guess only time will tell on this. Part of me will be relieved once you stop nursing and part of me will be sad. It's been a really great bonding experience to nurse both you girls. 

A few of your favorite things:
Movie: Trolls (second place: Moana)
dancing to Trolls

TV show: Bubble Guppies - you even sing the song!
Hairstyle: ponytail....can you tell? It's requested EVERY day!
Activity: Playground, specifically the swing, and swimming!
Friends: Charlotte, Jack, Ryan, and Talula (You still look for T at gym daycare all the time)
cousin bath time

Best toy friend: O-pus (pink octopus) and Sophia - you love all your crib "friends"

Best fur friend: Harley (obv)

Toy: Baby dolls and little people - you love to push around the stroller

Food: Anything. You aren't picky at all!

The past 6 months we have done some super fun things....

Pentagon 9/11 Memorial

We went to St Maarten for vacation in December. It was heaven and we all had an unforgettable time!

We also went on the longest camping trip we have ever taken, to explore a bit of the east coast and to check out where Daddy grew up. It was a blast. During that trip you add a bunch more states to your list. You have now been to all these states: Maryland, Virginia, DC, Florida, California, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Delaware. And we can't forget your international destinations: Bermuda and St Maarten. 

my favorite 

We also had a BIG change...moving to Philadelphia. We had to say goodbye to the house you were born in, all our friends and family, and move to Philadelphia for Daddy's job. You handled the move like a champ and seem to be settling in well. You have mastered climbing the stairs and we are officially baby gate free! I was super nervous about that for the first few weeks but you are doing great. 

checking out the guide so you can make your Philly bucket list!

saying goodbye to a few of your friends....the Hansberger crew!

Receiving the "best kid in the world" award at Daddy's award ceremony. You are obv unimpressed. LOL!

my little helper

We recently took a family weekend trip to the Jersey Shore. A few days in the sun and sand. You girls had the best time building sand castles, searching for shells, and splashing in the water. It's nice to be so close to a beach again. 

Some other fun things we did over the last 6 months.....
sesame place!
cherry blossoms

Philadelphia Zoo!

just a couple of girls and some cake.
cuddle time with Grandpa

.......There will be a few changes/fun things to look forward to over the next year......

In the next few months we will attempt potty training you. I think you are ready, and you do show interest in the potty. At some point we need to just bite the bullet and give it a shot. I think it will be fairly easy for you, fingers crossed. And that is one thing I will be glad to get rid of - diapers. 

testing out the potty

You will be starting preschool in the fall. Just two days a week for 2.5 hours. I know you will love it! You wanted to go with Charlotte when she was going in MD, and you have no issues going to the gym daycare. As long as there are plenty of toys you will be one happy girl. And Mommy will get a few free hours a week to herself to do who knows what! Boring Mom things I'm sure. 

Before we left we had a little going away/birthday party and you got to blow out your birthday candles a little early....

what did you wish for?

Oh my look how much has changed!!!

Happy 2nd Birthday Norah!! We love you more than you will ever know. You bring so much joy and laughter to our lives and we are beyond blessed to be your parents. I can't believe our little peanut is 2 whole years old already. It has gone by in the blink of an eye, but it has been two of the best years of our life. 

goodbye babyhood...hello toddlerhood!!

We love you!

Mommy and Daddy