Saturday, July 2, 2016

VA Wedding Weekend - Part 1

Our first official summer weekend was spent in Virginia at the Salamander Resort celebrating the wedding of Nick's cousin, Adrienne.  The resort was only about a 60-75 minute drive from our house to Middleburg.  We've heard amazing things about the resort over the past few years, so we couldn't wait to get the weekend under way.  We checked in on Friday afternoon and were able to get into our room and started to get settled before all the action began.  We were super excited to check out the resort and the weather was predicted to be gorgeous all weekend long.

Since our room was on the 3rd floor, Georgia loved checking out the views from our balcony.  Several times each day we saw groups heading out onto the trails on horseback.  She loved counting the horses each time.

The bride and groom invited arriving guests to the main lawn later that afternoon for a meet/greet and some lawn games, so we headed down to say hello.

A panoramic view of the resort

Playing a little lawn chess

We had some time to kill before the rehearsal welcome dinner, so we walked on over to check out the resort pool.  We instantly regretted not letting Georgia get into her bathing suit because plenty of people were in the pool and she desperately wanted to go in and join them.  We let her roll her shorts up and wade into the shallow water to play in the fountain area for a short time while we awaited the arrival of Nick's parents from Ohio.

Hanging out with Grandpa poolside

We stayed at the pool as long as we could, but all the wedding guests had dinner plans, so we hustled back to our room for a quick change.  We grabbed our cowboy boots and headed down to the equestrian center for a Texas style barnyard rehearsal dinner.  Georgia was beyond excited to wear her cowgirl boots to the party.

She begged me to take a picture of our boots together...

We didn't really get any great family pictures that night.  My mother-in-law snapped a quick picture of us as we headed into the equestrian center (which was absolutely beautiful - what spoiled ponies!!)...

Not a great picture of any of us, but it's what you get after a long day!

The wedding coordinators brought in a giant LOVE sign for the party and it was a big hit for photos.  Virginia is for lovers...

Since we told Georgia that the party was a barn "dance," she wanted to dance... immediately!  Nick got dragged onto her "dance floor" to boogie down!

When Nick left her to grab a drink, she just kept on dancing the night away all by herself...

The weather gods shined upon the party because we all watched as black clouds rolled into sight not too far off.  Everyone started checking their weather apps and doppler.  Rain and lightning could be seen far off into the distance, but somehow the wind blew the storm just off property.  A few random rain drops fell, but nothing that interrupted the party.

Georgia knew a handful of other kids attending the wedding weekend, including her cousins, as well as some of the kids that we see yearly at the lake up in NY.  She also recognized some of the older girls from the annual Christmas cookie bake.  Little Miss Social had no problem going right up to the kids and inviting herself to play with them.  We barely saw her again for the rest of the night!  The big kids were so good with her and made sure she got a turn playing all their games.

Every now and again, I'd wander over to the games area to check that Georgia was still there.  Otherwise, she was well entertained all evening long (and learned how to play corn hole!)...

The resort was fabulous with answering food allergy questions all weekend long.  As the buffet started, I managed to flag down an official looking gentleman from the resort (aka - he had a walkie-talkie --- in my world, anyone with a walkie-talkie is "official looking").  I asked if there were any nuts in any of the food items on the buffet.  He immediately told me that the desserts were made off site and he would not recommend trying any of them (little did he know, I travel with a purseful of desserts!).  He said he would get the chef on the phone and get clarification about the regular buffet items.  He immediately strolled away with his phone already up to his ear.  Within two minutes, he discretely flagged me down and let me know that the entire buffet was made in-house in their kitchen and safe from all nuts.  Georgia was thrilled to know that she could skip the sandwich in my purse and indulge in the flank steak and rice!  She inhaled dinner and then headed back out with her friends.  About 3o minutes later, she came back to the table.  I assumed she was back to look for dessert.  Nope, she wanted a second helping of rice!  

Just inhaling a second helping of Mexican rice!

And then the miracle truly happened... our child came up to us and declared that she was exhausted and wanted to go to bed!  I don't believe that has ever happened in the past 5 years.  

Poor Nick ended up carrying her all the way back to our room, which was a hike up the hill.  Georgia was over the moon to get her own big girl bed in our hotel room.  If I had known how noisy of a little sleeper she was (things haven't changed since her infant days), I would have booked her into her own hotel room!  I can't say I slept all that much... or at all.  The room was lovely, but sleeping in the same room as Georgia, missing our king size bed, and being 8 months pregnant was not a great combination for a great night of sleep!  I debated paging the front desk and asking for a cot to roll into the bathroom or grabbing the car and heading home to sleep for a few hours.  I think I finally dozed for a bit around dawn.

And so, we wrapped up day #1 at Salamander.  Saturday was going to be all about the pool and Adrienne and Luis' wedding!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer - Week 1

There's nothing better than summer vacation!  It hasn't exactly been "relaxing," but we've kept busy with lots of fun activities so far.

Day #1 of summer... Georgia was dressed and ready to head to the pool for her first official swim lesson when giant thunderstorms struck.  They didn't stop for the next 10 hours.  Whelp, there went the 1st day of summer!

Day #2 of summer... Beautiful sunshine day, so Georgia and I were up and ready to head to our local farm for some blueberry picking.  Wednesdays are the "free" day at the farm this summer (meaning, you don't have to pay for admission), so we've decided that Wednesdays will be our farm day.  Blueberry picking was fun, but so was all the other activities at the farm - the playground, the giant slides, checking out all the farm animals, etc.  We ended up spending most of the morning just running around the farm with some of our neighbors.

We were busy little chefs all week long making yummy recipes with our fresh-picked blueberries.  We made muffins, a blueberry crumble, and a blueberry banana bread!  We froze about 2/3 of our baked treats figuring they would be great breakfasts/snacks when life gets busier as a family of 4 later in the summer/fall.

Taking a little break after skinning her knee during a rough fall

When we got home, we discovered a package had arrived from Auntie Sherrie/Uncle Ken/Abby.  Georgia was so excited for her Big Sister package...

Basically, the box has 30 little wooden coins that have special activities to do to prep for baby.  Georgia immediately wanted to jump right in and start doing the tasks.  

Day #1 big sister task

Day #3 of summer... We were in full packing mode in order to leave town for the weekend for a family wedding (more on that to come).  Georgia and I hit up the salon for a little nail/toe action!

When we got home, she wanted to do the other side of her big sister coin from the previous day...

Day #2 big sister task

Georgia hung out with Daddy for the afternoon while I had my usual every other week check-in with my OB/GYN.  All good and boring!

Days #4-6 of summer... Spent out of town at a wedding (post to come).

Day #7 of summer... Errands, errands, errands and more errands.  Georgia and I hit up multiple stores making purchases, returning some items, etc.  I always forget how peaceful (and quick) the grocery store can be in the middle of an afternoon in the summer.  While we were at the grocery store, I also hit up the pharmacy and received my tdap vaccine.  Just my little side plug that if you plan to be around Baby Thoman later this summer/fall, please check to see if you are due for a booster shot.  Nick thought he was okay since he had the shot 5 years ago when Georgia was born, but his doctor recommended another dose since the effectiveness starts to wear off after a few years.

One week into summer vacation and I think I'm going to need a vacation from summer vacation!  It seemed like we were on the go all week long.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Father's Day 2016

Since the school year seemed to NEVER end this spring, Father's Day somehow managed to sneak up on us.  Typically, I'm out of school the weekend before Father's Day, but not this year!

Georgia and I treated Nick to brunch at one of our favorite spots up in Frederick - The Tasting Room.  We had celebrated Easter there earlier in the year and we were eager to try out a few more things on the menu.  I also love that they are very allergy conscious and don't have items with peanuts on their menu, which makes their kitchen fairly safe in my world.  I love that the hostess immediately stated that they had seen my note about the allergies in our reservation and then the waitress repeated it again just minutes later.

I was immediately jealous of Georgia's french toast and bacon order!

After a fantastic brunch, we decided to take a stroll down the creek...

Every time we go up to Frederick, we're reminded of how much we love the area.  The downtown is bustling these days with quality restaurants and the canal area is so much fun to just stroll around.  Georgia loved it.

I try to have Georgia fill out a silly Father's Day questionnaire every year.  This year, I had her do two and daycare actually had her do one too.  Nick enjoyed reading all about himself...

My favorite part is the 83.  She fully knew the numbers, but kept reversing them no matter how I asked the question.

And the one from school...

Since it was a steamy afternoon, we headed to the pool for a bit to cool off and for Georgia to practice her swimming...

Georgia has been begging Nick for a peak at the moon and Saturn, so he let her stay up late to check out the stars with him. 

Nick is one amazing Daddy and Georgia absolutely adores him.  They have their own set of routines and fun things they do together.  It'll be so interesting to see him with our little man over the next few years.  Will they all do the same things together?  Will the boys have their own "special" routines and toys?  Time will soon tell...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Preschool Graduation...

Five years ago, I sobbed as I dropped my baby girl off at our neighborhood daycare center for her first day of "school" and I headed back to work after 6 months of (unexpected) maternity leave.  That was November of 2011.  

On June 16, 2016, she graduated from preschool from that very same facility.  Ironically, as she exits and graduates, we just sent in our deposit for baby boy to start attending in November of 2016.  So much for not having a daycare bill anymore.

I really have nothing but wonderful things to say about her school experience there.  She has had wonderful teachers and has learned so much.  She is truly prepped and ready for kindergarten.  She has met wonderful friends - many of whom will join her at kindergarten this fall.  Her teachers have loved her and she has loved them back. It's day #2 of summer and Georgia has already asked about when she can go back and visit her teachers again.

Walking into graduation, we got a sneak peek at G's future...

As we took our seats, the director passed out boxes of tissues and I swore I wouldn't cry.  Well, all it took was the pomp and circumstance music and a few words from the teachers and I was a hot mess, along with all the other parents.  

Someone must have told the graduates to take the ceremony seriously because getting G to crack a smile was tough as the graduates walked in to take their seats.

In total, there was about 40 students graduating that day.  Several, like Georgia, have been at the center since the infant room!

After some short speeches from their teachers and the administration, the kids were called up 1-by-1 to receive their "diploma."  Georgia was announced as only she could be.... "Georgia Peach Thoman."  She was given the nickname "Peach" in the infant room and it's stuck throughout all the rooms and teachers that she has had.  I can't count how many times I've heard "Hi Peach!" or "Bye Peach" as we've walked in/out over the years.

Getting the diploma from her teacher, Miss Ferne

As the students came up, their baby photos were displayed behind them on the giant wall.

All grown up and onto kindergarten!

Georgia had been practicing their group song all week long at home...

After the ceremony, the kids returned to their rooms briefly so that they could turn over the all-purpose room into a party space.  Originally, the follow-up party was scheduled for the following afternoon.  However, the weather report for the following day was dismal with storms predicted for the entire day, so they did some quick scrambling and planned an impromptu party for right after the ceremony.  (As an aside, the next day ended up being a BEAUTIFUL day!)

Georgia's Butterfly B class

Mimi stuck around all week so that she could see Georgia's dance recital the previous weekend and then this graduation the following week...

With our little graduate

And for some reason, she instantly looked 5 years older...

My new favorite pic of Georgia and her daddy...

Georgia has adored her teachers over the years...

Miss Nathalie was Georgia's 1st teacher in the infants room and then she ended up being her teacher again in the 2's room after her teacher left unexpectedly and she subbed in for a short time.  I'll always remember her as the creator of "Georgia Peach!"

Miss Bethany was the Asst Director when G started and is now the Director.  She's always taken good care of our girl.

Georgia learned a ton this year from Ms Ferne and Ms Annie in the Butterfly class

Although Georgia graduated on Thursday, her last official day was on Monday, as I wrapped up the school year...

Picking her up for the final time was an odd experience.  However, at least I wasn't too emotional since we'll be back in November with baby boy.  Georgia didn't quite seem to understand either and had a ton of questions on the way home.  She made me promise to always pick her up first so she could come with me to pick up her brother at her old school.

And the official graduation pics...

Onto kindergarten in the fall.  But first... SUMMER!