1. I'll start the recap with our 4th of July. We actually had a pretty
2. Friday, my dad decided to come visit last minute for the day which was unexpected and fun! He arrived around lunch and we ate together and then played with Ashlynn at the house. We were going to head out for lunch, but the heat wave started and it was more comfortable for us all to stay in the cool house. Ashlynn took a nap and I got some dad/daughter time in and then when she woke and the Husband returned from the gym we all went out to eat, chicken cheesesteaks and pizza, and then stopped for ice cream on the way home - picture of health.
3. Also, on Friday the Husband got to work from home (awful, who seriously makes people work after July 4th!) so while Ashlynn napped before my dad arrived, I ran to Joann's to pick up fabric to finish off her teepee. I almost have it completed! I just need Pete to spray paint the poles, add the final tie backs for the door, and fix a few seams that are tearing from my overzealous pole insertion - wait, what?!
... you're all sick. Clean it up. I'm hoping to finish it ASAP and get a tutorial of some sorts posted. I can't promise it'll be good, but I will promise to post!
4. A few weeks ago (two I think) I was finally able to get A's hair into pigtails. This was one of my top "I can't wait for" moments I listed when we found we were having a little girl. I die over pigtails, and while hers are still tiny, they are so cute. Instead of torturing her daily trying to get them in, I usually just let her rock her hair au natural, which these days with the humidity has been a mix of wavy/curly - just like mom, except no frizz, lucky duck. Thank goodness for headbands for attempting to tame the wild tresses, when she actually leaves them in!
5. Last weekend we took our trek to Long Island for Sophie's First Birthday! I didn't get great pics of the decor, but her momma did such a fab job decorating the patio in pink and mint and lots of girly nautical touches. Her cake and treats were gorg, the food was awesome - Sophie's dad grilled, and they had some live music for the kids and of course the pool for everyone to cool off. Our trip started out pretty smooth with A falling asleep for her nap the minute we hit the road at ten of 9. About an hour into our drive she woke up, but stayed pretty content for almost another hour... until we hit Staten Island. Which I get, it makes me want to cry too - kidding, sorta. Luckily, we didn't hit a lick of traffic, but by the Goethals & Verrazano she was getting beside herself. I jumped back, with some puffs to the rescue, and she was happy as can be until we arrived. Unfortunately, we never got another nap from her, but she seemed to hang in there entertaining herself with the water table, sharing my cake, and jamming out to the music act - she was the only one dancing front and center! I already wrote about our stinky drive home, so that was pretty much our day. Aside from the dog poop, I call it a major win. She didn't love being in the car 6 hours, but who could blame her. She did her best.
6. Circling back to Ashlynn's naps killing our plans, we started checking out pre-schools. Crazy right?! I'm hoping to enroll her part time (2x a week for half days) when she turns 2. I ended up having to reschedule two tours because of her ill-timed nap-scapades. I think it'll be a great experience for her to socialize with children her age and adults other than me. Plus she'll get undivided attention focused on learning and enrichment than I'm not sure I'll be able to give her while caring for a newborn. It'll be nice for me to have a few hours solo with the new baby and catch up on grocery store runs, errands, cleaning, and just some general bonding with our new addition. We are taking our time checking out our options, since we clearly have time, but I'm hoping to make a decision by September before my mind runs away with new baby prep. Spots do go quickly the closer you get to your enrollment date, so I'd like to get our application and deposit in so we aren't running around like crazy after the baby is here trying to figure it all out.
7. We are taking a family trip this week, so I'm getting prepped with our packing and making sure we have what we need. It'll be Ashlynn's first plane ride, but luckily it's not too far, so I'm hoping we have few embarrassing moments. We are staying with family so it should be a fun and eventful getaway.
...filled with lots of head stands, belly button hunts, and hide and seek with her cousins.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!