Weekend Recap

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We had a busy and eventful weekend that was filled with family and fun...and a little bit of work. On Saturday we headed east to Indianapolis. I had a wedding to photograph there on Sunday, but we decided to go early and make it a mini vacation. 

We quickly learned that traveling with a toddler is not the easiest thing. About half way through our three hour drive we had to make a stop so the restless babe could burn off some energy. We randomly pulled off at a small town that happens to be home of several of the worlds LARGEST items. We got to see the the worlds largest rocking chair, wind chime, knitting needles, mailbox, pencil...and that was just a few. It was a cute little town and we walked around just long enough to find fudge and wear Rowan out. 

Once we got back on the road, we made it the rest of the way with minimal fussing. Rowan had never stayed at a hotel before, and he thought it was pretty fun. The first thing he did was kick back & relax...and then he "jumped" on the bed. We rested for a bit and then headed into town for a little bit of shopping and dinner. Downtown was buzzing with excitement of the Indy 500 and I found it awesome that a lot of the houses were decorated for the event. 

Saturday morning we enjoyed some breakfast and splashed in the pool before I had to get to work. It was beautiful day, but the wedding was even more beautiful! While I was busy taking pictures, the boys went to some drag races and spent time doing guy stuff. I am sure they had a blast!

After a long drive home and some much needed sleep, we loaded up again and headed to the lake! Sunshine is a must on long weekends, and the lake is one of our favorite places to soak it up. 

In the evening we headed to a little cookout with some family! Rowan had a blast playing with his cousins, we enjoyed some delicious food, and there was a heated game of foursquare + some sidewalk chalk fun! It was the perfect way to bring the weekend to an end. 

Toddler Favorites

Monday, May 09, 2016

Having a toddler is quite an adventure! Now that Rowan is walking, babbling, and eating real food our lives have gotten a lot more entertaining...to say the least. And while some things are much easier, there a few things that have become a bit tricky. Luckily, there are some products out there that make life with a toddler a little less complicated, and a whole lot more fun...if that is even possible! :)

Boon Snug: These silicone, universal lids are amazing. I was kind of skeptical when I ordered them, because we haven't had much luck with "leak proof" cups. These have been wonderful, and I love that they go on almost any cup! They work great with the KALAS tumbler from IKEA (which are another favorite)! Oh, and did I mention that they are dishwasher safe!?

Babylit Board Books: Reading is still one of Rowan's favorite activities. There is a great selection of kids books, but some of our very favorites are the Babylit. They are fun primer books with beautiful illustrations, which this momma loves!

Ubbi: We are still raving about the Ubbi diaper pale! I will admit, I thought that the price was a bit high, but it is worth every penny! I love that it uses regular garbage bags and it blocks the odor so well! Plus, now that Rowan is walking and more curious than ever, the built in lock has really come in handy!

Pajamas: Okay, this isn't really specific to a certain kind or brand, but kid pajamas are the cutest things ever. Maybe it has something to do with Saturday morning snuggle sessions or Rowan's leg rolls in PJ shorts...oh my goodness! Gap always has an adorable selection!

Step Stool: This is a great tool when it is time to start teaching things like hand washing and teeth brushing. I personally love this stool from IKEA, and I am actually planning a little DIY with it very soon! I will be sure to share!

Now, if someone would just come up with some kind of poop detector that would warn me right before Rowan decides to go in the bathtub...because that has happened...twice.

I would love to hear what your favorite products are!

Living in the Moment

Friday, May 06, 2016

The other day I was feeling run down by the monotony that has been filling my weeks. Everyday is the same thing, with the occasional visit to the goats. I have found myself anxiously anticipating the next holiday, vacation, or milestone & have ultimately been wishing time away. Then Rowan and I were cuddling in the rocking chair, like we do every night, and I realized that I didn't want that moment to go anywhere. Time is precious, and babies don't stay babies forever. I love the thought of getting away from the everyday and doing something fun, but we can't live for those moments. Life will pass us by and we will be left wondering what it is that we did. I want to look back and remember the small moments just as much as the big adventures...and everything in between.

Because really...these moments are the best!