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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Vacay!

Ever since we returned from Florida, the days have been flying by. They flew by on vacation and quite frankly, all of August has seemed a blur.

We went to Michigan and back again within 48 hours, then headed straight to Florida! Our flight was a little more interesting this time around. Our plane was delayed 2 hours and Patrick was getting pretty restless. He fell asleep for about 20 minutes while strolling through the airport and I thought he would take another nap on the plane since I knew he had to be exhausted. Well, it was like wrestling a feral cat for two hours. P was very interested in everything around him. He finally fell asleep on our descent into Orlando. The positive was that he fell asleep on the 2 hour drive to the condo, after some intense tears. Traveling with a baby adds a whole other layer of stress to things, but it also adds so much more fun. I love watching him interact with people and watch the world around him. I truly hope he always makes friends as easily as he does now...

We spent our days relaxing and by the pool. It was so hot and humid but the ocean was SO smooth and there were no waves, so we got to take Patrick in! He absolutely loved it. The water was a perfect temperature and P LOVED splashing around. I will always hold those first family vacation memories in my head and heart forever.

Patrick and I both had a case of the "post vacation blues" on Monday and it ended with me accidentally deleting all 5,000 pictures on my iPhone. I was able to to get about 1,000 back. If anyone understands that ridiculous and mysterious iCloud, please let me know.

Thankful for an amazing family vacation and another incredible birthday month!

P.S. I absolutely adored how much Patrick loved his sun hat. He held on to it, careful that it didn't get too far. This little guy makes me laugh every single day.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

8 months

8 months
24 lbs

P is 8 months and is loving celebrating mommy's birthday (all month long)! We have had a busy August so far with traveling to weddings and such. Patrick has done a great job of traveling, sleeping different places, and hanging in there when his schedule is thrown way off. I have been really impressed, he is a tough guy! He totally rallies around other people (especially kids!) and is a trooper.

According to my wacky method of standing on the scale with Patrick, he is weighing in around 24 pounds. Still sleeping around 7:30-7:30 and taking a morning and afternoon nap.

I think his two front teeth are about to pop through. Poor little guy has some swollen gums and I just know he has got to be hurting. I can also tell when he is getting teeth (I mean, I think) because he tends to wake up more in the middle of the night.

Patrick loves to be outside, we usually wait in the driveway for daddy to get home and he loves it! He loves to swim and swing...and he is absolutely LOVING feeding himself! That is a huge game changer, he is so in to it and I love watching him try new foods. He seems to like most things he tries, so hopefully he continues to be a good eater!

Still not crawling, but Patrick is rolling EVERYWHERE and getting into EVERYTHING! He is trying to pull himself up on things, but isn't quite there yet.

Every day I get to spend with him is truly a blessing!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Zoo!

It is no secret that Patrick and I love a good adventure. We actually have a lot of adventures coming up. That is, bigger adventures than our daily trips to Target. It is officially August (my birthday month!) and that means I officially have an 8 month old (!!!!!). Whoa, slow down time. (I say that in every monthly post but seriously...)

In a matter of weeks, we will be traveling to Bloomington, Michigan, Florida, and back again. Patrick attended his first wedding last weekend, but we have another one in Michigan! Then we are taking our family trip to Florida which means another plane ride for Mr. P. Watch out Florida - we are coming for you!

Last month Patrick had his first trip to the zoo, and he very much enjoyed it! I think he liked eyeing his friends and random people watching more than the animals, but can you really blame him? Following our zoo trip with friends, Patrick, Marc, and I went back to the zoo for Marc's work event. Patrick was actually awake for the whole time and he absolutely loved seeing the sharks, fish, and penguins. (He previously slept through this portion during his first trip to the zoo.)

If you didn't totally clock out when you realized I was typing a whole post about the zoo, I've included some fun pictures below!

P.S. These are all lovely iPhone pictures. I actually took my nice camera to the zoo when we went as a family and got some pretty okay pictures of Marc and P...overall I am sort of discouraged with my lack of talent for photography. I thought it was one of those things that would come naturally to me (I can take a BA iPhone picture) but apparently it requires both skill and practice. One day, I will rock it though. I'm that determined. And besides, if everyone and their mother can be a semi decent photographer - why not me as well?


Zoo with friends!



He tried so hard to catch those hasty penguins.

All of our pictures ever. I love it.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

7 months


It is weird to think that my baby boy is closer to a year than being a newborn...but it is true! Mr. P is 7 months old and every day I don't think I could possibly love him anymore, yet I somehow do!

He is growing and growing! He is loving his baby food and has started to eat some puffs. He loves the puffs and can grab them, but can't quite figure out how to bring them to his mouth. He just opens his mouth wide and sticks out his tongue wanting more and more food!

He absolutely loves his daddy. It is so funny to see how excited he gets when Marc gets home from work. I try not to take it too personally ;) and I am so thankful for their bond. I know they are going to continue to have so much fun together and I cannot wait to watch it.

Patrick also is saying some consonants and trying to babble, but really he just loves to squeal. It is the most precious thing I have ever heard. I love listening to him chat to other people.

He has been sleeping really well, typically from 7-7:30 and only waking up once to have a little snack around 5 or 6, because, why not?

The weather has been great for July and we are loving the beautiful temperatures. Patrick loves his baby pool so we hang out on the back deck in it sometimes, and we are definitely looking forward to our Florida trip next month! Whoop whoop!! Bring on the pool, sunshine, and beach.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Family Fanatics - AAU Days

Growing up sports were a huge part of my life, after all I was born in basketball country - Bloomington, Indiana (Go Hoosiers). Sports continue to be a big part of my life to this day. My dad is a basketball coach. I have two brothers who played basketball and baseball. My older brother is now a D1 basketball coach. I, myself, danced and cheered. I have a mom who is more than supportive and dragged us three to every town imaginable to compete while always making sure we were having a great time. My dad even started a foundation to help bring kids over from Africa to help live out their dreams of playing basketball here in the US. I met my husband through sports. I got to watch him play college basketball. We got to go to the World Series and see the Cardinals win. My college major was even Sport Broadcasting! Throughout my life, sports have always found a way to bring my family together.

When I first heard about the "Family Fanatics" campaign and was thinking about how sports brought my family together, I immediately thought of past AAU basketball tournaments. I think it is because one of my earliest childhood memories is of me sitting in the bleachers and hearing the familiar bounce of a basketball go up and down the wooden courts of a musty old gym in my hometown. However, all of these AAU tournaments always meant one thing - family. My dad was a basketball coach and my grandpa was his assistant coach. My older brother played on the team, and my younger brother was the ball boy. My mom and I cheered from the bleachers in team t-shirts with the other parents and siblings. I loved always being together and I always looked forward to how these tournaments lead up to Nationals in different parts of the country. This always meant a family summer trip! My favorite Nationals were probably the ones held at Disney World. My family and I would always spend our days in the gym, but we had time to visit the parks as well. I also loved going out to eat as a family after the games, often times with the entire basketball team.

My parents are divorced and have been since I was 4, but basketball always brought my whole family together. We always traveled together, ate together, and celebrated together.

A huge thanks to Fanatics and their "Family Fanatics" campaign for allowing me to relive some of my best memories. Sports have always been a huge part of my life and I hope they continue to be. I look forward to many more memories involving sporting events and perhaps even watching my own children create their own sporting memories.

Also, Fanatics has my FAVORITE selection of St. Louis Cardinals gear! I typically always have some sort of clothing item from Fanatics on my Christmas List and this year I am already eyeing this fantastic sweatshirt. (Hint, hint family!) You should check out their selection of sporting gear, it is definitely impressive.

P.S. These AAU tournaments I mentioned also lead me to meet the man of my dreams. I loved how God winked at me during the early years and allowed me to have glimpses of Marc throughout the tourneys, and then brought us together later!

Below are some other pictures from sporting events that I cherish:

My dad and I enjoying a Cardinals game.
Tailgating with my cousin, B!
Marc and me at the WORLD SERIES! 2011 - Game 6.
My brother, Coach Adams, after New Mexico won the MWC Tourney - 3-peats!
My brothers at a Cards game back in the day. Family trips to St. Louis are another great family memory.


Do any of you have a favorite memory of how sports brought your family together? I'd love to hear all about them! 
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

6 months!

I can't even believe that I am typing a 6 month post already. 6 MONTHS! My baby boy is half a year old. I am so excited for him because he continues to grow and learn new things, but at the same time I am a little sad that time is going by so quickly. Every new day is a new adventure, and we really are having a blast!

6 MONTHS!
22 pounds
28 inches

Little P grew 2 inches since his last appointment and put on a couple pounds. He is still enjoying baby food and loves when he gets juice.

This month we went to a friend's first birthday party! Patrick loved going to his first party (daddy let him try some cake pop) and had so much fun celebrating little Lucas. I love watching P play with little kids. He loves to look around at other children and it is so fun to watch them interact.

Also, a couple weeks after his 6 month doctor's appointment, he got his first TOOTH! The bottom two teeth came in within days of each other. Poor guy was in some pain and having a hard time sleeping, but thankfully I think we are past it now.

We are still working on the sleeping. Some nights he does really well, other times he is up a couple of times a night. P's doctor says he should be able to go at least 10 hours without a snacky, but P thinks otherwise. We well get there!

Patrick is also doing a great job of sitting up by himself, I'm very impressed. We finally moved him to a big boy car seat this month as well. It was definitely needed, but I was putting it off for as long as possible because I really like how easy the infant seat was.

We seem to be on a good schedule and with the nice summer weather, we try to go on an adventure every day! (Usually it includes lunch and Target, mommy's favorite things.)

It seems like I have been a mommy to Patrick forever (in an extraordinary way), he fits into our family so perfectly. We love our little P!


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Monday, June 23, 2014

Influenster Go VoxBox!

My month has been so crazy, I completely spaced to blog about my Influenster Go VoxBox I got in the mail a couple weeks ago!! Former Amy, the one who worked out a lot, would have appreciated this box x1000, but Current Amy was eagerly excited as well. It even inspired me to exercise a couple times :)



My goodies included an adorable protein shaker (with a handy handle that can easily be clipped on to a gym bag!) with protein shake mixes from The Vitamin Shoppe, Playtex Sport Fresh Balance (victory, Playtex is my favorite), Blue Diamond Blueberry Flavored Almonds, Profoot Triad Orthodic and Profoot Pedi Rock, Aqua Spa Body Creme (smells so good!), and a free Muller Yogurt product!  

Make sure to check back for my favorite products in the box :)

 (I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.)

#GoVoxBox #influenster #PlayOn #mullerquaker#RelaxWithAquaSpa #GetYourGoodGoing#GoPROFOOT


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