The Adventure Starts Here: June 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mama & Noah Currently

Instead of doing monthly updates with all of Noah's stats, I decided to share some things that we are into each month.  You can check out November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015, and May 2015.

This is what we've been up to in June 2015...


Wearing

sandals | water shoes

Watching


Pretty Little Liars | Paw Patrol

Reading


tons of books on my Kindle app | library books

Eating


greek yogurt | fruit snacks

Loving


trips for frozen yogurt | playing with his cars

What have you been up to this month???

Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekend Pictures

This weekend was interesting to say the least.  We ran errands, had a few visitors, and had some crazy  nighttime shenanigans.  I was bummed that our plans to go to Diggerland had to be postponed because of rain, but looking back it was for the best since Noah still had a runny nose and ended up having the weirdest Friday night!  

^^^ that's a yellow train painted on his face... in case you couldn't tell ;)

Friday night, Chris got home early and we headed to a kid event in town.  They had some music, face painting, and my friend/photographer was there documenting the whole thing.  Noah had fun until he found it too loud and got upset, so we left.  

Because of Noah's cold, he was taking super long (3.5 hours) naps Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday!  It got to the point that I had to wake him up when he was sleeping past 5 pm.  Knowing that Noah had a long and late nap, I didn't even try to get him to go to sleep until 9:30.  He watched his iPad like he normally does, but when I finally took it away, he was not happy and proceeded to cry (a lot more than he usually does).  He then wanted to go in my bed, then back to his bed, and then wanted to go down and play.  I refused and refused until I realized he was wide awake and not calming down at all.    Chris took him downstairs to play in the basement for a little while and he was so happy!  For all the times that Noah wakes up, he NEVER asks to play.  He just wants someone to be with him when he sleeps.  Needless to say, I did not expect Noah to be "partying" at midnight!


Despite his late night with daddy, Noah was up and ready to play before 8 am!  I spent the morning purging some of Noah's toys and books.  I'm happy to say that we donated 3 bags of toys and 3 bags of clothes to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  We then headed out to do a ton of errands... Target, Home Depot, Costco, and Michaels.  I was relieved to have Chris with me since we needed 2 carts in Target!  Noah did surprisingly well, so we made sure to stop for a Happy Meal and ice cream cone before heading home for nap.


Thankfully, Noah slept for 2 1/2 hours without me having to wake him.  Just long enough to be rested without messing up his bedtime (too much).  Since it was still raining, we spent the rest of the afternoon playing and watching Paw Patrol.   Noah did ask to go downstairs once again during bedtime, but this time I was able to talk him out of it. 

On Sunday, Chris' parents stopped by with Uncle Bobby, Aunt Judy, and cousin David, who were visiting for the weekend.  Even though we've been in the house for a year and we've seen them since we moved in, this was the first time they got to see the house.  After giving them the tour, Noah entertained everyone by showing them all his favorite toys :)



Sunday evening, a friend (and old coworker) and her family came over for dinner.  It was also their first time seeing the house, so we gave our second tour of the day ;)  Her kids are a few years older than Noah, but they still have a good time playing together.   I've learned Play-Doh really is fun for all ages!


Jill and Noah have been lunch buddies since way back in 2013 when Noah was only a few months old.  My how Noah has grown since then!

How was your weekend?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Five on Friday

There were a few days this week where Noah had no desire in going out and just wanted to "play at home".  It may have had something to do with the runny nose that he got mid week.  Thankfully we were still able to have some fun with friends and at the pool and just ended up taking super long naps yesterday and on Wednesday.  Hopefully he will feel better soon and we can enjoy our weekend.  Have a great weekend and enjoy my Friday Five...

ONE

Noah got this construction outfit and drill for his birthday last November.  He puts it on and "builds" things on a regular basis.  This week he was building "Elmo's house" and I just love how into it he was :)


TWO

I've always been a Poland Spring lover.  You can always find me carrying a bottle of water with me.  The tap water in NJ does not taste good... at all!  But after reading this article, it has me thinking about switching to a filtered water system.   We don't have a water dispenser in our fridge and we can't do a faucet mounted filter because of the spray nozzle, so it looks like our best option would be an under sink mounted filtration system.   I would love to hear suggestions on filters that you use and love before purchasing.  I would also love suggestions for a water bottle to use when I'm out running errands instead of the Poland Spring plastic bottles.  So far I'm looking into this one...

bottle


THREE

As you may have seen from my Instagram feed earlier this week, Noah loves to play grocery store and picnic with my mom.  They take all the food from the basket, ring it up using his cash register, and then put it in his shopping cart.  Then they take all the stuffed animals out, hand out all the bowls and plates we have, and decide what each friend should have to eat.  No matter how many times they do it, it never gets old.


FOUR

A few people have asked me what gel we use to spike Noah's hair.  We found this gel by asking a friend of ours who's son has AMAZING hair!  No joke, he was born with a full head of hair just waiting to be styled.  While Noah has no where near as much hair, we love that this gel is all natural and holds his little faux hawk in place for the whole day (even through nap).

gel

FIVE

We were planning to go to this relatively new park, Diggerland, this weekend!  As the name suggests, it's a construction theme park that just happens to be located in New Jersey.  Since Noah is really into diggers and is now tall enough to go on most rides, we thought it would be fun to take him.  Even before Noah's runny nose, we were worried we would have to postpone our trip because of the forecast for rain on Saturday.   Instead, we are now planning to go next weekend.  Let's hope the weather will be nicer!


I'm linking up with The Farmer's Wife and September Farm for "Oh Hey Friday"!




I'm also linking up with April's blog for their Five on Friday!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Guy Behind the Blog - June Edition

While I blog a lot Noah and what we do on a regular basis, I don't know how much you actually know about my husband, Chris.  So, when I saw Elizabeth at Chasin' Mason participate in the The Guys Behind the Blog link-up, I thought it looked like fun :)  So here I am, participating in the June edition.  Chris works long hours, so during the week our conversations revolve around what we each did that day and filling each other in on any pertinent information.  So instead of doing this in person, I emailed him the questions for him to work on during his commute home on the train.   Here's your chance to get to know Chris a little bit better with the prompts Betsy came up with.


1 // What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on?

Best vacation is our Italy honeymoon.    I've always wanted to go to Italy and our honeymoon gave me the perfect opportunity.   Planning the trip to explore 4 different cities made it even more interesting.   Having always loved Italian food as well, that was something that I looked forward to.   Arriving in Venice, I was just amazed by the amount of water that surrounded the city and all of the boats and canals that were everywhere.   It was such a fun city to explore and enjoy.   Rome was one of the must see cities for anyone.   The historic places alone had my head spinning.   The Colesseum was probably my favorite place to see in Rome.   Florence was such a pretty city and we stayed at a great hotel that was in the center of everything.   Lastly, we stayed in Naples, and the highlight of that city was actually taking a chauffeured drive in a Mercedes into the Amalfi Coast.   Overall, there were so many fun and exciting things that we did and saw (and ate) that it was a trip of a lifetime.
2 // If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?

I'd pick Australia if I could go anywhere.   Always wanted to go there since I was in elementary school.    It just seemed like such a fun place that had great beaches and unique animals like kangroos.   Unfortunately, a trip to Australia would require a big time commitment of probably 2 weeks, as well as a big monetary price.    I hope one day down to the road to be able to make the trip all the way there.   It seems like it would be such a fun and relaxing trip.   Ironically, we actually met a couple from Australia when we were in Italy on our honeymoon, so I'm sure they'd love to meet up.   They have a young daughter too so her and Noah could play together.

3 // Are there any summer traditions that you have or would like to start? (think things like big picnics, summer activities, bonfires, or day trips!)

I'd love to be able to take Noah down to the Jersey Shore for at least a day (maybe more) each summer.    Ever since I can remember, my parents would rent a house down the shore for either 1 or 2 weeks.   I remember packing the car to the gills and leaving first thing in the morning on a Saturday and then spending a week down the shore.   Some years we'd either rent bikes or trek our own bikes down there and bicycle to the end of the island.   We'd literally live at the amusement park, Fantasy Island, that was down there.   We'd try to play as much mini golf as we could.   We'd eat out at all the great restaurants down there, we'd grab ice cream at the Skipper Dipper ice cream shop right near our house, and do a bunch of other annual traditions.   A lot of those places are still around, so it will definitely be fun to bring Noah down to those places to allow him to enjoy the things that always brought a smile to my face in the summer.

4 // The 4th of July is coming up…what’s a must-have picnic or BBQ food for you?

Must have at a BBQ = corn and watermelon.     Once we moved into a new house in the mid 1980's, we had a deck with a grill.   We'd have a lot of BBQ's and we'd have a huge spread of food and desserts.   One big tradition was to always buy a ton of corn and to shuck it on the deck earlier in the day, then have it on the grill for the BBQ.   Another one of my favorite BBQ must haves is watermelon.   I've always loved watermelon and I think over the years, I've grown to love it even more, which almost seems hard to believe.    Noah definitely likes holding and eating corn, and he's also become a fan of watermelon, so two of my must have items have already passed down to the little guy.

5 // Think about your ideal vacation…are you in a cozy cabin, camping in a tent, or hanging in a hotel?

Ideal vacation is sight seeing and a beach/pool.    I've always felt that a vacation is a time to relax, and what better place to do that than on a beach and at a pool?    I've never really been a fan of cold weather vacations or skiing getaways ,so for me, the beach and pool is the place to be.   If you combine that with cool sight seeing and some great restaurants, then you've got me hooked.   It's fun to explore new and different scenes and attractions.    New restaurants these days are starting to pop up like crazy.    The internet is also a great research tool for searching for cool attractions and restaurants.   I thoroughly read reviews on a number of different sites like Yelp, Trip Advisor, etc and those usually lead me into the right direction.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A High School "Reunion" | It's The Little Things

Social media is a pretty cool thing.  By staying in touch on Facebook, I was able to get together with some girls I knew in high school for a reunion of sorts.  Each of us recently had a baby (Noah being the oldest at 2 1/2 and the youngest at 8 months) and we had been liking each other's numerous photos of the babies.  We finally decided that it would be super fun and cute to get together and let the babies play (or at least sit in the same room).  



We kept it simple... just a casual play date at my house, where everyone brought a different breakfast item.  I made an egg and sausage casserole, and we had muffins, scones, and fruit.  We ate out on the deck while the older kids played in the water and sand tables and the little babies played with toys on a blanket.  We then moved it inside when the kids decided they'd rather play with the toy kitchen.  While I wasn't able to take too many pictures of the actual action, we made sure to take a pretty decent group shot before the babies needed to go home for naps. It's pretty surreal to see friends I knew over 10 years ago, all grown up with babies of their own. 

 One of our friends couldn't make it last minute because her little baby had a 103 fever, but we made sure to send her pics (at her request) of our fun morning.  She was excited to get them, but sad at the same time that she had to miss out.  Thankfully, we've already planned a repeat reunion for next month!

As usual, I'm linking up with Jess for "It's the Little Things" link up!  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New York City - Our Day in Brooklyn!


Last Friday, Chris took off work and we spent the day in Brooklyn.  Even though Chris goes into Manhattan every day for work, we only get in as a family maybe twice a year.  We always have a good time once we are there, but getting there is not easy!  Even though we are only about 35 miles outside the city, it takes FOREVER!  The train would be about 75 minutes long and the last few times we've driven in, it's taken 2 hours!  There are pros to driving in, but after this horrible driving experience, I think we've decided the train is the way to go in the future.  And since Noah loves trains, I doubt he will mind.  


Anyway, back to our day trip. Despite Chris having the day off from work, we decided to stop by so that his co-workers could see Noah again.  We introduced Noah to them about a year and a half ago and decided it was time to stop by again.  While Noah was super shy meeting everyone, he had a blast playing at Chris' desk.  Noah even helped do a little work ;)



From there, we walked a few blocks to the subway.  On our way we stopped by a construction site and Noah got to see some diggers.  The driver of one of the diggers even waved hi to him!   Since not all subway stops have elevators, Chris took the folded up stroller and I carried Noah down the stairs.  Noah was excited to go on the "train" but got a little nervous when we were down on the platform.  I don't think being underground and hot helped.  The subway cars were packed, but thankfully we got a seat after a few stops.  


We knew that we had to get pizza and ice cream when in Brooklyn.  I found a few recommendations from this blog.  Chris had told me about Grimaldi's, but I had read that Juliana's had been opened by the same family (and just next door) and that Grimaldi's has now turned into a franchise.  Also, when we arrived, there was a line at Grimaldi's, but since we could take a table meant for 2, we were able to be seated quickly at Juliana's.  The pizza was delicious... I only wish our table was more in the shade since it was getting pretty hot! By the time we left, the line was down the street!  



From there, we walked a few blocks down to the pier.  We got some pictures with the bridge and NYC skyline in the background and enjoyed some ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.  They had an actual shop and then an extra stand connected to some covered seating by the water.  We chose to sit outside, thankfully this time completely covered by the shade.  



We then made our way over to Jane's Carousel.  I honestly expected it to be a bigger carousel.  It is a beautiful old carousel and the view of the city is pretty amazing.  Chris took Noah on and he picked his usual bench seat (he's a little nervous of the horses going up and down I guess).  Chris and Noah would "hide from me" and then surprised me when they came around.  It was really cute to watch the two of them have so much fun!




If it wasn't so hot and I didn't have a small child, I would have also liked to walk a little bit on the bridge and try to get this typical picture while in DUMBO.  But after the carousel, Noah told me he was tired and wanted to go home.  Since it was 2:30 and past his usual nap time, we started heading back to the subway.  He fell asleep almost immediately and stayed asleep the whole way back to our car.  That included being moved from his stroller so I could carry him down to the subway, sit on my lap for the 20 minute ride back to Manhattan, and then back in the stroller to walk to our car.  I was shocked!  By the time we got to the car, he woke up and Chris and I were hot and exhausted!  



We then sat in a TON of Friday afternoon traffic trying to get to the Lincoln Tunnel.  I could not have been happier when we pulled into our driveway.  Like I said at the beginning of the post, we always have fun while in the city, it's the getting there and home part that tests my patience.  Thankfully, Noah is a super kid and was a trooper the whole time.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Father's Day Weekend!

This past weekend was all about the dads in our life.  It was Chris' 3rd Father's Day and we were also able to celebrate with both of our families.  We kept the gifts pretty simple this year, since Chris hopes to participate in his company's golf outing as well as go to a baseball game later this summer.  So we just got him some cards, a balloon, and a personalized t-shirt :)





On Saturday evening, my parents came over for dinner.  We had hoped to do a BBQ out on our back deck, but since it had been raining on and off all day and was still cloudy, we opted to eat inside.  We still had the usual barbecue food and I'm so glad that it wasn't raining when Chris was actually grilling :)   We got both the grandpas a personalized t-shirt (like we got Chris) and a picture frame.  Noah basically opened the gifts for everyone this year ;)



Noah loves to help in the kitchen! He did a great job making the dip with Grandma.  Since Noah isn't a fan of burgers or hot dogs, I made him a hard boiled egg and made sure to have lots of corn on the cob for him.  



While most get togethers revolve around food, Noah gets bored with that quickly.  He instead wanted to play with Grandma & Papa.  They did puzzles, played cars, grocery store, and restaurant with all of his little stuffed animal friends.  



And since Noah loves cake and candles, we had to continue on with our tradition of singing at EVERY holiday.  Though I think we've decided we should practice ahead of time or at least agree on the words before we start singing ;)  Chris was so excited that Noah actually blew out the three candles all by himself... it was his first time!  He will be a pro by his 3rd birthday!



On Sunday, we got together with Chris' parents and brother.  We stopped by the house to give Granddad his gift and to get some pictures and play before heading out for lunch.  We were pleased to be able to enjoy lunch outside after expecting it to pour all day.  The forecast literally changed the day before into a sunny hot day!






We hope you all had a great Father's Day just like we did!  And if you want, you can read all about how we spent Father's Day in 2014 and 2013.  
 
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