Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekending - Baby's First Easter edition

Lately we've been packing our weekends so full there is hardly any time for us to sleep!!!  This weekend was no exception.  It was the tail end of Thomas Spring Break and we wanted to make sure to make the most of it.  

The funny thing about having a baby born in early/mid April is that sometimes they get to celebrate Easter twice in one year (or every other year).  Finnley got to celebrate her First Easter this year just days after turning ONE since Easter was in March last year!!   Let me tell you that ONE looks good on her ;)

Our Friday night was a late one after I got home from work.  Our floors got finished while we were in Victoria so I had to vacuum and mop (b/c I'm a control freak) before we could put our bedroom back together...and when Ellie saw me get out the mop she begged to help!! So you get a sneak peek at our room/closet (which needs a complete overhaul btw).

my little "cinder"Ellie

Saturday morning we were up and at 'em pretty early to get our farm chores completed before we had to catch the Ferry to get to our favorite island...Vashon!

It was a beautiful day and Ellie had so much fun on the quick boat ride...she jumped and squealed with excitement when we were docking in Vashon.  I think it's safe to say she loves it there as much as we do.

We stopped for coffee and breakfast pastries at Snapdragon and y'all it was so good!! I didn't get any photos of our food but believe me when I say I might have to go back next weekend and pick up some things for Finnley's birthday party!!  So freakin' good.

Then we went into town and started our walking around.  They have the best grocery store with an awesome floral dept and Ellie was taken with this Sheep Balloon!

As we were walking to the park for the Easter Egg Hunt (the reason for our visit) we ran into the Easter Bunny herself!!  Ellie was beside herself with excitement and couldn't wait to wrap her arms around her.  Finnley jumped in the pictures too...and once she realized all the fuss was about squealed in delight at the Easter Bunny and kept trying to climb out of the stroller to get back to her once we started walking away.

At the park we playing on the swings, a whirly-gig, slides and whatnot.  It was getting close to naptime (actually passed it) and the Finn almost fell asleep in the swing!! Then she got her second wind and was raring to go for the hunt.  Which was a little too crazy for our non-walker so Ellie just made sure to get some eggs for Finnley too!

The Egg Hunt was crazy and I'm glad we kept Finnley out of it.  After all the eggs were picked we took Ellie to a nearby table and started opening all of the Eggs...when what should we find? The Golden Egg Ticket!!!!!! I don't know how this girl gets so lucky.  She was awarded an awesome Easter Basket for her find and it was the highlight of the day.  Along with some candy in the eggs there were also coupons for many of the shops on the island where the kids could go in a pick out a prize (candy, toy, ice cream, or a coupon for Mama to get a bouquet of flowers).  A great move to get the stores some extra action.

After all our playing and hunting we got pretty hungry and decided to have lunch at The Hardware Store Restaurant and it had a bit of a wait so we put our name and number down and went over to the Pharmacy to play while we waited.  The food did not disappoint, Thomas had a burger and I had falafel, both were incredibly filling and delicious.  Then we had to stop for some ice cream before getting back in the car to catch the Ferry back home.

moments after Ellie finished her ice cream she fell a sleep and missed the whole Ferry ride...Finnley was rearing to go so I took her up to see the sights!

It was a late night once we got home as I put together the Easter Baskets, put out some bunny footprints, and got my flowers into vases.  Fresh flowers in your bedroom are always a great idea!

For the first time in forever Finnley woke up first and was able to have a bottle before Ellie got up.  Ellie collected all the bunny footprints on her way to the baskets and the girls had so much fun seeing what they got!

Then we had some playing around before we went out on another adventure!

We stopped by Thomas' grandma to have a quick visit and then made our way to see my Mom.  It's always so hard and emotional for me to see I don't go very often.

We then made our way up North to have lunch in Snohomish.  We ate at Thai Naan and it might be our favorite place in town.  We got the Golden Noodles and Special Fried Rice...I might make a trip up there specifically for eating ;)  We looked in a couple of shops, stopped in The Snohomish Bakery for a treat and then made our way to Flower World...if you're local make a trip there.  They have a huge nursery and then a whole area of animals: goats, chickens, ducks, sheep, and peacocks!!

The only "farm" animals Finnley won't cry about ;)

The girls fell asleep on the way home so we were able to set up our egg hunt while they were sleeping in the car.  Once they were up they went for it.  I think it was a success and am so grateful we had such beautiful weather to celebrate's not often it's sunny in the PNW for outdoor egg hunts!

How was your Easter Weekend?

♥ Ashley

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Wednesday Weekly - Week 52

I'm a little late in posting since we had a pretty epic week this week.  Thomas took Ellie to his parent's new house for the weekend so it was just me and Finnley getting the house put together and torn apart since we got the bedroom floors replaced.  Then on Monday the two of us worked and then we packed for our trip to Victoria (more on that later).  I can't believe that we've made it a whole year with this babe and while there has been crying (lots) we've also had many laughs and smiles along the way.  Finnley has fit in perfectly to our family and has stretched our parenting skills to help us be the best parents all around.

Week 52

Eats: the babe had a bit of a weird week with her bottles and seemed to be unimpressed with them.  She much prefers her pouches and is also totes into self feeding puffs, cheddar bunnies, and the like.  I totally failed at getting her to drink out of a sippy cup so we will have to work on that again next week along with transitioning from formula to whole milk....I can't wait to have my counter back!

Sleeps: Finnley has been a rock star at her sleeping when we are home or at work.  She sleeps amazingly in her crib (or the pack'n'play) and once she settles down in the bed when we co-sleep on vacations she sleeps pretty well.  Naps while we were in Victoria were basically a bust so we have some work to do with the upcoming trips we have planned for the next several months.

Does: the Finn is all about standing.  She loves it and will do it just about any chance she gets.  She is getting more confident in her walking abilities and can walk alongside me for about 8 steps while holding just one hand.  She is self feeding, sucks her fingers (eyeroll) and gets so excited to see her people.  She waves, says "Dadada" and "Momomom" and her little voice is so high pitched it's so cute.  Another thing she does which I haven't mentioned before is after she sneezes she gets the biggest smile!

Goes: So many places.  We took Ellie to ballet, out to dinner with my best friend, and then we rode on a boat to get to Victoria and she toured the whole city with us.  Our favorites were the park and the bookstore.

Loves: give this girl all the fruit and frosting.  She loves to stand and play with her toys.  She also is totally into the TV and will stand up and get within 3 inches of it.  Currently Finnley is obsessed with Moana (as is Ellie) and then just about anything Mickey Mouse will keep her attention for a while.


Mama: I have to admit that I am so excited, happy and relieved to have made it through this first year.  It has been an amazing experience spending every single day (and night)  with this little pumpkin nut and I wouldn't trade it for the world.  We have had our rough days and both cried but we've also had some superb days full of smiles and laughs.  I love how we have both grown this year and that this girl has taught me so much more about being a mama.

Sister: the love these two grows more and more every day.  I feel like a broken record but both love each other so much.  Finnley was definitely missing her sister this last weekend and I know that she is just obsessed with her.  Ellie is still totally smitten with her little sister but is having a hard time sharing toys and has been a little possessive...I know it's just a stage and I am trying to teach her the best way to navigate through it because really how are you playing with all 10 of your little people when you a) only have 2 hands and b) are holding them all so tightly to your chest so Finnley can't have one?? It cracks me up for sure.  However, on the flip side I have the hardest time keeping Ellie's hands off Finnley because she is always holding, hugging, or squeezing her sister! I think they were meant to be.

♥ Ashley

previous weeks

Ellie at 52 weeks