Monday, July 20, 2015

Quick Getaway

This past weekend we took a little road trip down to Maryland and Delaware to visit some great friends and family. 

We piled into the car at 4:30 am, or the time the sun is still sleeping according to Madison, and started our weekend adventure. Madison was asleep before we were even out of our town but Elizabeth had other plans! That girl was up until about 9:30am before she finally fell back asleep! The ride down was easy, we stopped in Maryland at Denny's for some breakfast and headed off to our friends! 

Friends that are willing to do the fun kiddie tourist stuff with you are the best! 

Isn't this the cutest owl? It is 16 years old and so tiny!
We spent the afternoon at the Maryland Zoo. It was such a different experience from the Bronx Zoo, as Maryland Zoo is much smaller and not as spread out! Madison was so happy to see her favorite - the pink Flamingo!

 She thought it was "crazy" that one of the flamingos was standing on two legs. We also checked out the brand new penguin exhibit, where Madison was quick to point out that the penguins were tagged so they knew who each penguin was!

Seriously where did this girl learn all this?!

The children's zoo was incredible! They had so many fun interactive exhibits, Madison's favorite, and I am sure most other children's, was the lily pads!

Beth was just happy to be able to walk around not be stuck in the car!

After the zoo we headed back to our friend's house for a BBQ with some other friends were we ended up playing a couple games with the frisbee and a few rounds of "head's up".
The next morning we were on the road to Rehobeth Beach nice and early as we wanted to be at the beach by noon. 
It wasn't the nicest afternoon for the beach as it was very windy and overcast but we spent a few hours playing in the sand. The girls had NO interest in going into the water. 
The next day was sunny and hot! We hit the beach and there was no stopping Madison & Beth from jumping into the ocean! 
They loved it!

 It was so nice to be to spend time with Chris' aunt and uncle and cousins, and his cousins son! Beth wouldn't stop hugging him and he wasn't a fan! 

 Beth loved being in the water, she took a couple waves to the face and would just laugh and keep going. There was no taking your eyes off of her she was determined to get in the water at all costs! She didn't seem to mind the taste of sand as she ate a couple handfuls!
 Once Madison got over how chilly the water was she was back to being the mermaid that she is. Brian, Chris' cousin, was tossing Madison into the waves, she was jumping over the waves as they rolled in and even swimming! She described the ocean as "so awesome".

After a couple hours at the beach we jumped on the Jolly Trolly and hit the boardwalk! Madison played a few games at Funland and rode a couple of the rides before we went to dinner and had some ice cream in celebration of National Ice Cream Day! After all that fun it was time to pack up and head home!
It was a quick but fun, relaxing and enjoyable getaway!  We are already looking forward to next year!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy Birthday America!

We celebrated America's 239th birthday like most other people... with a BBQ! We actually celebrated with 2 BBQ's. 

On Friday night we had a few people over for a small bon fire. Madison and Beth had a blast! Madison was super excited that Chris blew up a little pool for her, Beth wasn't so excited. 

Beth spent most the afternoon playing with chalk and driving her sisters jeep around!

She isn't tall enough to reach the pedal so she would reach down and hit it with her hand and pop up with a massive smile and do it again!

Madison & Ryan got to have some fun with sparklers, both were a little confused but had so much fun!

Saturday we spent the day like we normally spend 4th of July at a family friends Pool Party! Madison spent most the afternoon in the pool with her friends from where we used to live. Beth really isn't into the pool but did go in for a bit with Pop! I have to get those pics from my mother in law!

We tried to get a good picture with our chalkboard but Beth had other ideas.. she wanted to lean against the board!

Leaning against the board meant- chalk all over her new dress! Thankfully it washed right out!

Sunday was more relaxing. Chris took Madison out on the boat with my in-laws and Beth and I got some stuff done around the house.. including taking all 1278 photos off my phone to make room for new ones!

Since Beth couldn't keep her little tush off the chalkboard I didn't get a good shot of this years design so here it is!
We hope you and your family had a great weekend!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How is this possible?

How it is possible that we are already looking at shopping for fall and winter? Summer just started. Madison finishes her first week of camp today, which means 7 weeks left and here I am going through clothes figuring out what she needs for fall!
Yesterday I mentioned Joe Fresh an amazing Canadian company. I used to love their clothes and shopped there alot! Since having the girls I haven't purchased a thing from the store but after being home in Canada a few weeks ago I fell back in love with the brand! The good quality and low price are key with kids!
I have my shopping list ready for a day in the city.
Here are a few things I picked.

Toddler Girls' Print One Piece // Pretty In Black Tee // Sueded Boots
Smile Days // Sequin Pocket Tee // Neon Jeans
Floral Stripped Tee // Sequin Skirt // Skinny Jeans

The sequin skirt and the camo shirt might just have to be her first day of school outfit. It's the perfect mix of girly and tomboy which is Madison!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hockey, Beaver tails & Poutine .. Oh My!

Happy Birthday to my home country, our neighbour to the north, America's hat---- CANADA!!!
And no.. I did not spell neighbour wrong.. that is the correct english spelling!

In honor of Canada Day today the little ones are rocking some "Canadian Cutie" shirts that my aunt gave them last week while we were in Canada. They are from one of my personal favorite stores - Joe Fresh! It used to be sold in the supermarket back in Canada (weird I know) but now they are huge! They have a gorgeous 2 story floor on 5th ave in the city which I need to make a visit to soon. I have some adorable clothes pick out for the fall for Madison's last year at Preschool!
Check them out..