Monday, July 21, 2014

Beach Day and Nevaeh's First Birthday Party!

It's been a great weekend! Amanda and I headed out for a road trip to bring Madelyn to the Ocean. 
We left early in the morning and stopped at a Dunkin Donuts on the way for breakfast.
 It felt like a quick drive down. 
Madelyn was very cooperative too so that definitely helped pass the time. 
We made it to the beach around 10:00 and it was gorgeous! 
The weather was perfect and the sand felt so soft. 
We went for a few walks down by the water too. The temperature was perfect. It was so nice being outside in the fresh air relaxing and listening to the waves. Madelyn had fun standing with us along the shore. 
Madelyn and Amanda went on a very long carousel ride together. The man running it started the horses up and then took off. At the time, Amanda and Madelyn were the only two riders. When another worker walked in, we just assumed he would finally stop the ride but he kept it going for awhile longer.  I tried my best to get some pictures but mostly got blurry shots or images of horses. 
Here are a couple pictures of Amanda with Madelyn on the beach instead. 
Now some of you may remember our seagull attack from one of our previous beach trips. If not, you can read all about it here in this post:
Those were some fun times for sure! Due to bad experiences with seagulls in the past, we were extra careful in keeping our food covered while eating lunch. As cautious as we were, it didn't stop those vicious birds from going after us again. This time they planned a sneak attack from behind. 
We were carefully eating our lunch when we noticed a couple sitting in front of us looking in our direction laughing. At the time, we just thought they were laughing seeing us try to scare away the birds in front of us. 
 Then all of the sudden, a handful of seagulls swooped down from behind and stole Amanda's grinder from her hand. We instinctively started screaming and jumped up trying to get away. This time, the seagulls scratched Amanda's hand but thankfully it wasn't bleeding. 
Madelyn was too afraid to eat after that. Later in the day, she finally worked up the courage to eat some sun chips but she was very cautious while having them. After every bite, she would quickly close her bag up until she wanted more. She continued asking about the seagulls for the rest of the day and wanted to know all of the details about what happened. 
I'll be doing some research in the meantime on keeping the seagulls from attacking us. If anyone has suggestions, feel free to let me know! 
Here's one of the seagulls checking to see if we have anymore food to steal...

Amanda and Madelyn also stuck together afterwards trying to keep safe from the seagulls. 

The rest of day went smoothly. We spent some more time relaxing on the beach and Madelyn took a power nap. 

After awhile we packed up our stuff and headed to Olive Garden for dinner. It was so delicious! Madelyn filled up so much on breadsticks and salad she didn't touch any of her pizza I ordered for her. She only wanted to eat her grapes. We had a great time though and the drive home went well too. Madelyn played with her leap pad most of the way so that kept her occupied. 
The rest of the weekend was nice too. After church on Sunday, we headed to the lake for my niece's first Birthday party. Madelyn had a blast playing with all the kids. She was having so much fun she barely ate any cake. 

When it came time for presents, Madelyn was being a good little helper. I think she was a little disappointed to find out they weren't her toys though. She told me she wanted it to be her Birthday. 

We had a nice time though and it was another beautiful day outside. 
I hope everyone enjoys their week! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Here's a quick glimpse into our week...
We got together with some friends at the park. Madelyn had a blast playing with the other kids. One of the other moms tried taking her picture and she replied, "I don't have time for pictures! I'm being chased!"She still managed to get her picture anyways. ;)
We also got together with Amanda over the weekend to go swimming.
Madelyn had fun playing outside with ponies. She was also much happier seeing Maddie this time too.

Madelyn also loved visiting Amanda's cats while we were there. She had fun trying on some Red Sox hats too.
It was a fun day visiting and hanging outside by the pool.
We also had a good time using our new paint squeezers this week.
Madelyn loved them and surprisingly they weren't too messy.
I also had a gift card to spend up at the mall so I took Madelyn shopping with me. It was nice having a little sidekick telling me to buy everything in the store. She loves clothes as much as I do! We had a fun time together though. Here she is modeling one of her new outfits.
I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week. Have a great weekend too!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fourth of July Weekend 2014

We had a great Fourth of July! I hope everyone else did too!
Although it was very rainy most of the day, it didn't stop us from having a fun time.  
Once Mike got out of work, we headed to the Children's museum to meet up with my sister and her son. Madelyn and August were so happy to see each other. They held hands going into the museum.
It was a busy but fun little museum. The kids had a good time and it was so nice seeing them play together.
Here's Madelyn on our way back home looking for cows and horses.
Later that night, we had my mom and sister over to the house for a cook out.
It had stopped raining after dinner so we sat outside on the deck while the kids played in the water table. Our neighbors in back of us had an awesome fireworks show. It was great not having to leave the house. Madelyn and August seemed to enjoy the fireworks too.

The next day, my mom treated us all to breakfast at the Friendly's. Madelyn had a little meltdown when we first got there but besides that we had a nice time.
We went straight to the the local farm after breakfast to go strawberry picking in the fields.
The kids were eating the strawberries faster than we could pick them but we had a blast. It was such a fun time. Look at the beautiful scenery too!
That same afternoon, we went over to Donna and Amanda's house to visit. It was a lot of fun seeing everyone and we also had a nice time swimming too.
My dad and his girlfriend had us over later that night for a cookout. Madelyn and August had a fun time running around outside and playing. They both had their moments but overall they did good. The two of them are best buddies.
The next day was nice too. We went to church in the morning and then had my mom over for lunch afterwards. Later on, Mike and I took Madelyn to the lake. She loved it there-especially the playground. The weather was so nice too. I'm really enjoying these beautiful summer days.
Madelyn got so many nice comments on her dress. Some man told her she looked gorgeous in her party dress. She thanked the man and then said, "I'm not wearing a party dress mom! Why would the man say that to me? It's just not a party dress!"
Mike reassured her by saying that it's another way of saying your wearing a beautiful dress and the man was being nice to her.
She did look gorgeous in her dress!
Enjoy the rest of your week everyone!