Friday, June 26, 2015

Father's Day Favorites 2015...

On Sunday, we celebrated Nick.  The #1 guy in our house has been ready for Daddy-hood since the start...



Flashback to April 2011 and moments before becoming a DAD!

Nick's 1st Father's Day in 2011 was pretty special because we had just brought Georgia home from the NICU after a long 7 weeks commuting back/forth to DC daily.  We were just soooo happy to be home.



Out for one of our very first walks with our baby girl!


Summer has totally wiped Georgia out, which meant we got to sleep in a bit on Sunday morning, which was one of our FAVORITE things about Father's Day this year!

After finally motivating and moving downstairs, we gave Nick all of his presents and Georgia helped him unwrap all of his goodies...







But, his FAVORITE present came from Miss G herself.  Major shout-out to her preschool teachers, who are amazingly creative and always have fabulous ideas for these fun little holidays.  The astronaut themed frame could not have been a more appropriate gift for the Daddy in our house!


LOVE the astronaut costume!!
 
After opening presents, we made our FAVORITE special breakfast... donuts!  With Georgia's allergies, we can't just run down to the local donut shop and pick up a dozen donuts for breakfast, but we've worked out how to make them at home... and still have sprinkles because sprinkles are the best part!!!





Chocolate face selfie!

In the afternoon, we headed to the pool to meet up with some friends because nothing says "Happy Father's Day" like get-in-the-pool-and-swim-with-your-kid-NOW!


Swim lessons with Daddy





My FAVORITE picture from the day because this girl LOVES swimming with her Daddy!












We finished off our day with our FAVORITE dinner treat.... lobster!


Okay, well it wasn't Georgia's FAVORITE meal, but the adults enjoyed it!

Best of all, I spent the day with my FAVORITE people and I think Nick enjoyed his special day.








Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What's Up Wednesday - June 2015...

I'm linking up with a few of my favorite bloggers to participate in What's Up Wednesday this week, which entails answering a few fun questions...

What we're eating this week...

In honor of Father's Day and the end of the school year, Nick and I devoured some tasty lobster on Sunday evening...




The next morning, Georgia and I were so excited to find some of our raspberries ready to pick and a whole bunch more look like they'll be ready later in the week.



 
What's I'm reminiscing about...

Nick and I's anniversary is next weekend, so I've been thinking a lot about 6 years ago in Boston...


 
And then our amazing few weeks in the South Pacific visiting Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora...





What I'm loving...

What is not to love about summer?!?  These long days are perfect for hanging out with friends at the pool, grilling on the deck, lazy mornings, etc.  I could go on-and-on about what I love about summer.  Best of all, I get to spend lots of time with these two crazy kids...







 
What we've been up to...

Why use words when I can just link Nick's latest video montage of us and our crew at the pool this past weekend.  We've been having so much fun with our GoPro camera (and the waterproof accessories!).  Thankfully Nick is a genius with editing all those hours down into a fun little video for us and our friends to share.




 
What I'm dreading...

It's only day #7 of summer vacation and I'm already in disbelief that a week went by so quickly.  My biggest dread... summer ending and going back to work full-time again in two months. 

However, the type A person that I am already bought my calendar for the next school year and I keep debating purchasing an Erin Condren life planner because I'm beyond obsessed!
 
What I'm working on...

Since summer always flies by, I've been doing my best to capture our daily adventures so we can look back and remember all the FUN we've had once we are back to work/school full-time in the fall...

Getting her 1st official library card on Day #1 of summer



Celebrating Father's Day with lobsters on Day #5 of summer

What I'm excited about...
 



I'm not too sure who told Georgia that it's summer break and that she should adjust her sleep schedule, but I appreciate it!!  That child has slept in until 8-8:30 almost everyday this week and I certainly am not complaining, especially when our neighbors talk about kids getting up at dawn daily.

 
What I'm watching/reading...

Nick and I have been binge watching the latest season of Orange is the New Black after Georgia goes to bed and we started the new season of True Detective this past weekend

My Tuesdays nights are still dedicated to The Bachelorette watch/neighborhood wine night, which we all agree has been a fabulous idea.  We also all agree that it's less about the tv show and more about getting together sans husbands and kids to snack, drink and gossip!




I just finished reading Andy Weir's The Martian, which Nick recommended to me after he listened to the audiobook in the car during his commute.  He loved it - space, NASA, engineering - totally up his nerd alley.  I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but the character (an astronaut who is accidentally left behind by his team on Mars) is very likeable and has a great sense of humor, especially given his situation.  It's being made into a movie starring Matt Damon and  I think the book will translate really well to the big screen!  The movie trailer looks amazing.



 
What I'm listening to...

Nick discovered the Spotify playlist "Sweet Home A'la Bar Songs" a few weeks back and anytime we are on the deck hanging out or grilling, we usually have that playlist blasting away.  Impromptu dance parties typically ensue!  Songs include:
  • Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
  • Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
  • Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
  • Don't Stop Believin' (Journey)
A few of those songs will ALWAYS remind us of our wedding and dancing the Boston night away with family and friends!

 
What I'm wearing...

Unless it involves wet hair, flip flops and a bathing suit, there really hasn't been anything else in the rotation for about a week or so and I am perfectly fine with that situation!  Although, we are attending a luau party in a few weeks when we are on vacation, so I'll be off hunting down a fun shirt for Nick in the coming days. 
 
What I'm doing this weekend...

If the weather holds, we're looking forward to blueberry picking and a possible trip to a local petting farm with some neighborhood friends thanks to a Certifikid deal.

Since it's also our anniversary, Nick and I area going to try to sneak in a rare weekday movie date too.


What I'm looking forward to next month...

Disney World!!!  Georgia helped us count out the days on the calendar and we are officially under 50 days until the next big trip to visit Mickey.  Mimi and I have been conference calling to figure out tickets, dinner reservations, etc.

 
What else is new...

This weekend, we reinstated "Donuts with Daddy" on Father's Day morning.  I'm hoping to share our allergy friendly donut recipe later this week in the latest installment of Thoman Treats!







Sunday, June 21, 2015

Lazy Days of Summer...

I feel like this little pic summarizes our last few days perfectly...




Some days, our summer plans are go-go-go.  But, the random "off" day of doing nothing or almost nothing also feels pretty darn good.

Day #3Our 3rd day of summer vacation was pretty low key - errands, playing inside/outside, and a baking treat.  If you missed our first few action packed days of summer vacation, check them out HERE.
 

Why does it seem like I have to run to the grocery store EVERY single day of summer (Memo to self - Stop flipping through Pinterest and the grocery bill will drastically decrease)?!?!  Georgia and I had to run into our local Harris Teeter for the 3rd time this week.  Luckily, the store is exactly 0.9 miles from our house and we are typically in and out of the store within 2 minutes.  However, Eagle-Eyes-Preschooler, quickly realized that the always broken dragon ride-on toy at the front of the store was once again in proper working condition and immediately started begging for a ride.  I sacrificed a penny for 30 seconds of child entertainment while I pondered why the store didn't knock the price of the ride up to a nickel and make a killing off that price increase?!?  That thought was quickly followed up with pondering why we spend thousands of dollars to bring our kid to Disney when a 30 second penny ride less than a mile from our house gives her this much joy and happiness!


Yup, that's a 30+ year old Care Bear original in her hands!  She loves my old Care Bears as much as I did back in the day.

After the store, we returned our library books from earlier in the week and grabbed some new ones for the weekend.  We checked in at the Children's Room circulation desk and mentioned that we joined the online reading program.  Next thing I knew, Georgia had earned a water bottle, multiple badge stickers, and a free ticket to a local baseball game.  She was over the moon.  Care Bear was handed off to me and totally forgotten as her new water bottle became the star of the day.  It didn't leave her side until she went to bed.


The beloved new water bottle and putting her badges into her reading log


We got a brief respite from the crazy hot temps, so we took advantage and spent some time outside drawing in the driveway and blowing bubbles.





After an attempted and then aborted nap, we decided to make some strawberry oat muffins to help deplete our giant frozen strawberry stock...





Georgia and I were out back knocking beetles off the rose bushes (a full-time job these days) and waiting for our muffins to cool when we discovered that one of the bulbs we planted in the spring had bloomed.... Meet our first calla lily!




I'm absolutely LOVING that our first lily is bright yellow since it kind of reminds me of a little event that was just about 6 years ago...


Who are those young kids?!?!

Day #4 - We didn't plan much for our first Saturday of summer vacation since the weather forecast for the day wasn't looking too great.  Of course, we should know by now not to trust the weatherman because the weather turned out just fine.  But, it was a great excuse to stay in our jammies for most of the day and play with toys!




Unfortunately, I have a feeling nap time is coming to a conclusion at the Thoman House this summer.  Instead of a peaceful sleeping little girl, I got to view Georgia kicking her headboard for about 60 minutes yesterday while she sang to herself.  In good news, she doesn't scream or beg to come out, so at least she  (aka - not she) gets some "relaxation" time...





No problem, we aborted nap time AGAIN and figured we would just send her to bed early.  Well, then the weather really didn't quite cooperate with that idea...


Typical DC summer night!


Good thing it's summer and we didn't REALLY need to sleep!