September 15, 2014

Summer Fun!

 First of all, we are super excited to announce that we will be adding a Baby Sister to the family!
We had our anatomy scan ultrasound and little girl almost didn't let us see what she was. We finally got a peek at the very end and I can't believe we are going to have a little girl. I am so excited to watch Logan become a big brother in a few months!!! Baby sister is so so lucky to have him.

Ok... so I promised I wouldn't stretch out all of our August fun into a million blog entries. Instead, I am going to quickly recap here and I make no promises that this will be short.

I never even recapped our Montreal visit waaaay back in May. We got home from Cincinnati and my brother in law and sister in law came to visit. We made the drive to Montreal and enjoyed a few days checking out the city and eating way way too much delicious food! (yum, poutine!) We walked around Old Montreal the first day, checked out Mount Royal the second (which has killer views of the city), walked around Rue Ste.-Catherine, Rue St-Paul and stopped by a huge market before heading home that I have no idea what the name was. I have so much more to say about it but I'll just let you check out a few photos. :)

June and July were pretty low key as I was just trying to get through the worst of morning sickness. Geoff was in training for a good 2 weeks- so we were on our own. To get through it, we hit up the beach, pool and park, went on walks, had play dates and swam/splashed in the backyard. I would have never been able to make it those two weeks without my friends up here.

We've had a few visitors in August since I was feeling better, we've been trying to squeeze all of our summer fun into the month. It has been fun fun fun... and majorly exhausting. haha! (can you tell that I originally wrote half of this in August... oops. blogger fail!)

Our good friends Laura and Clark came for the weekend in early August. We spent the first day in Boston- walking around Cambridge and then heading to the North End for dinner. We had a fabulous Italian dinner and then treated our guests to a few cannolis from Mike's Pastries. (If you haven't been... go! There is always a line but it moves fast and make sure you have cash. The peanut butter and lemoncello are my favorite- yum!)

The next day we headed to Portland Maine for the afternoon. It's less than a 2 hour drive from us here in NH. On our way we stopped off to get some Lobster Rolls!

Logan checking out the lobsters... not so sure of them! 
We parked and spent the afternoon walking around the town, snacking at a few places and doing more than a little window shopping at all the fun shops. Portland is a beautiful and funky little place, the weather was perfect and I highly recommend the visit.

Sunday we spent in Portsmouth. We made an attempt to take everyone to Hampton Beach and once we arrived, it immediately started pouring on us. Oops. We headed into town instead and had lunch at the Friendly Toast. After the rain let up, we walked all around town. It was a fantastic visit and went by way to fast!!!

In between visitors, we squeezed in a trip to go blueberry picking. We even attempted to pick some raspberries as well but that was a lot harder so early in the season. Logan loooooved it. He caught on pretty quick to only pick the berries that were blue and ate everyone he picked. We did manage to keep him from eating everyone that we put into our buckets and brought home a good amount. :)
Next we had more family come into town. My other brother/sister-in-law, our two nephews and mom! We had them here for a week and sure lived it up.

We headed into Boston the first day and walked around Findley Market area for most of the afternoon. We got clam chowder to share and I desperately tried to get Logan to take a nap in his stroller. Geoff was finishing up a trip so he met us after and we had dinner in the North End. Every time we are walking around the North End at dinner time we see this one restaurant, Giacomo's Ristorante, that has a huge line up down the street. We figured now would be a good time to check it out. We waited around 45 minutes and had to split our big group into two tables but it was such a fun experience. The waiters were wonderful with Logan and the food was delicious. We got the calamari for an app and Geoff and myself split the Zuppa di Pesce, which is basically a gigantic plate filled with clams, mussels, calamari, scallops and lobster over linguine. So so good!
The next day we decided to keep it a little closer to home and the boys really wanted to go blueberry picking so that is what we did. We drove down to Brookdale Fruit Farms and spent the late morning stocking up on more Blueberries and Raspberries. Between all of us, we picked a ton and had no trouble eating them all very quickly!
We hung out at home in the afternoon and took the boys to the pool while Logan and the rest of the family took naps! Logan just looooved having his cousins around.

The next morning, we all got ready for a day trip north. We decided it would be fun to check out Clark's Trading Post while the family was here. Logan is obsessed with trains right now and we got to go on a train ride while we were there. They also have shops, a playground, rock climbing, splash boats, a bear show and a Chinese acrobat show. Kind of random mix of things to do but made for a really fun afternoon! Right at the end of the day, we got caught in a complete downpour. Lucky for us, we were all ready to leave once the rain let up a bit!
 Friday the weather was looking gorgeous so we headed back in the car to Hampton Beach for our beach day. We spent all afternoon playing in the sand, splashing in the water and running around. It was so much fun and Logan loved having more than just Geoff and myself to play with. Pretty much ended up being my favorite beach day of the whole summer!!!
Saturday we laid low and headed to our favorite park for a family photo shoot! My brother in law took some great photos for us all and I can't wait to see them. (He took our Baby #2 announcement shot.)
Afterwards, everyone agreed to grab some Indian food for dinner. I was so excited since I had been craving it for a while.

The last full day, we went into Boston and toured the USS Constitution. I had done this years ago when I vacationed in Boston with my family. I remembered a lot about the ship but it is so much different touring with a toddler. Less learning, more corralling the kids. haha! The boys seemed to enjoy it. :)

It was so sad to see everyone finally leave. When we got to the airport to say goodbye, Logan realized that everyone was getting out of the car besides us. He cried and kept saying "down, down" to the boys. He didn't want them to leave. It was the worst seeing him so distraught... I even cried. Glad that we are giving him a little playmate of his own soon!!!

Now we are just living up the last few days of "summer". Since kids are back in school, a lot of pools and splash pads are shut down... it's really starting to feel a lot more like fall. We will be holding onto the warmer weather with a Popsicle in both hands until we finally have to pull out the scarves and sweaters!

August 25, 2014

Big Brother

I know that things around here have been pretty quiet this summer. Well, there has been a good reason for that...

Our family is growing by one. He/She will be joining us sometime in January!!!

We are thrilled to be adding a squishy little winter baby to our clan and I am very happy to say that I am finally feeling better.

I am 20 weeks! Hooray. 
I am one of those people who pregnancy is very hard on them in the beginning. I have really bad morning ALL DAY sickness and have trouble keeping a lot of foods down. These first few months were all about survival over here... and let me tell you- second time around, the exhaustion is out of this world!

15 weeks I finally started feeling better, most of the time. :)
16 weeks I felt baby move for the first time.
19 weeks Geoff felt the baby move as well. 

Tomorrow we go in for our ultrasound and find out if we are adding another Boy or a little Girl to our family. 

Anyways, I hope to start posting again more often but I am not going to stress myself out over it either. Thanks for anyone still reading along for hanging in here with me all this time. :)

August 20, 2014

Summer fun with Happy Family

Hello August... where did you come from? Anyone else out there feel like summer is whipping by us at an alarming rate? A few of my teacher friends are headed back to school and the kids will soon all follow. Unbelievable!!!

I hope you all have been enjoying summer as much as we have been up here in the northeast. After last years winter- I am holding onto the warmer weather with both hands. June and July were kind of lost months for me as I spent the majority of them sick. I am finally beginning to feel like myself again and trying to cram all of what we haven't done yet into August. :) With lots of beach days, friends and family that have come to visit... I feel like this month I haven't had time to even sit down.

I want to recap a little of the fun we've been having and have a few exciting posts coming up but I don't want to bore you all with all I've missed to blog about in my absence! ;) I promise to keep them brief!

*i received a product to facilitate this review. all opinions are my own. *

Anyways, It is no secret that we are fans of the Happy Family Brand! When Logan first started eating solid foods last summer, I was so so excited for him. I vowed to make all his food and had a blast steaming, pureeing and mixing flavors to see what he liked and didn't like. I was so proud of myself until we planned a trip for two weeks to Seattle to visit family. There was no way I was going to be able to make all of his food for the trip. So, I started to do a little research on companies that make organic baby food and ended up choosing the Happy Family brand. (Besides the pouches with meat in them, Logan has always gobbled them down.) We tried the Plum Organics World Baby series as well since I was excited about the ethnic flavors... and those were not a hit with Logan or myself. (Yes I am that mom that tries all her kids pouches to make sure they taste fine.) So, we went back to Happy Family and never looked back.
(Throwback photos of last summer... look how small my baby is, sniff...)

Fast forward to this summer and Happy Family was gracious enough to send us two flavors of their Happy Child Super Nutrition Shake to try out! I was so excited to receive our box in the mail and Logan was super excited to pull everything out once I opened it up! See those little baby toes ready to pounce...
 From the Happy Family Website
"Our Super Nutrition Shakes provide organic nutritional support to help kids grow. Each shake contains 8 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 21 vitamins and minerals, helping to balance out a picky toddler's uneven diet. Available in two delicious flavors and easy to take on-the-go, our shakes are sure to please any picky eater and give mom some peace of mind!"
I've found that when we are out, in the heat of summer for the day- it's hard to get Logan to eat and drink. I've pretty much stopped carrying milk with us because it just goes bad before he drinks it. If it isn't a snack food or fruit then more times than not, Logan doesn't touch it. Even peanut butter and jelly is hit or miss. At home he eats meals and drinks his milk just fine so it has never worried me too much. I was excited for us to try these shakes out since they have a little bit more flavor than plain milk.
Verdict? Logan loved the shakes. We have had a few long days where we have been out from morning until evening. These days I packed a ton of food to bring with us since I wanted to make sure Logan would eat something. I froze two pouches and rubber banded them around one of the shakes, which helped keep it cold until lunch. We had no problem with Logan devouring each of the shakes. I couldn't tell which he liked better but I think I lean towards the chocolate. We will definitely be purchasing these again for days when we need something a little more than milk. We absolutely love the Happy Family Brand in our household and I always feel good giving Logan their nutritious and organic snacks and shakes.
We find all of our Happy Family foods at our local Target!

(and just check out how happy my little boy is playing in all the packaging... haha)