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Beach Days 2017!

Hello Friends!

It’s been a month since I updated the blog and I don’t have to tell you how quickly this year is flying by! I thought last year went by quickly. :/ So I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to share in upcoming posts and I’m excited about what is to come. I just didn’t want to get bogged down in all the posts that I haven’t written. Blogging should never get you to a point where you are drudging through posts. I think that my unplanned month hiatus did the trick and I feel ready to share and share some more! 😉

One of my favorite beach spots is Charleston, SC. We had one full day on the beach. This year we decided to check out Isle of Palms and I would definitely recommend it. The only thing I would change is stupidly thinking that the cloudy skies meant that sunscreen wasn’t necessary. We got lobster toasted. :'(

Beach day ready!

Selfie with my bug

family selfie

Sillness

D absolutely adored the beach. I can’t wait for our next visit!

Overall, we had a wonderful visit and couldn’t ask for better weather. We are already looking forward to our next beach trip. Who knows where we will head next year?!

Restaurant Recommendation:

Luke ‘n Ollies– This place is a gem. I’m not big on pizza, especially when I’m sweaty and tired from playing at the beach, but this pizza was perfect! We ordered a white pizza with spinach and bell peppers. So yummy! D loved his spaghetti and meatballs too! Another plus, there was a Ben and Jerry’s next door for dessert. I fell in love with their vegan almond crunch ice cream. I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else ever since. 🙁

What is your favorite beach? Any fun beach memories? Share in the comments below!

<3 Anna

D’s New Chore Chart and Moon Money Jar!

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Today, I’m happy to share with you all D’s new chore chart and our new way of teaching Declan about helping others and managing money. These are both two very important skills that D will need in the future and I believe that there are many things that we should begin talking to our children about as early as possible in age appropriate terms.

Declan has been doing chores since age 2. This began with just cleaning up after play time. (I’ll be honest, this is one of our biggest struggles. I think it’s because we all need to establish better patterns of putting things away after use.) I discovered Declan’s new chore chart while planning for his homeschooling this year. This is chart is so simple to make and it’s been very effective with Declan so far. He does all of his chores (most) every day!

Declan’s Chore Chart

For this chart you will need:

Cardstock (for you printable tickets)

A pocket chart (like the one below)

Reward Stickers

A small prize box

Instructions for the slots:

You’ll need a card with child’s name.

Monday-Friday chores to be completed.

Reward tickets earned, Sticker Sheets, Best“ Bee-havior” awards

Extra cards can be kept in the bottom slots OR you can do a simplified chart like my version below!

At the end of the day, I look to see which tasks are completed and switch them out with reward tickets.(Each ticket has different number values. For example, Declan gets .5 for helping me with folding the laundry, but he gets .50 for taking out the trash. I try to keep it based on his skill level with each chore, as he improves the numbers can increase, but we will see how time goes with all that.)  If Declan completes his chores he receives tickets and a sticker for his reward chart. The tickets he redeems for money go in his new bank. (More on that in a few.) Once the reward card is filled, Declan gets a prize from the big prize box. (Right now, we are doing something a little different, but I’ve decided to switch gears. The prizes will be healthy, but tasty treats. Sometimes we can have goals that combat other goals. One of ours is also to have a more clutter free home and giving out prizes is great for D, but not so great for mama.) Lastly,  is a “Best Bee-havior” card that Declan will get if he has an extra good day. These cards can be redeemed for fun things like going to the movie with mommy, going out to fro-yo with the whole family, etc. If Declan does not complete his chores he gets nothing. He has three chores that are non-negotiable. He cleans his room every day, feeds the girls, and makes his bed.

If you like this idea, you can get the printables, here!

We bought D the Moonjar bank here. This money box is too cool! It’s divided into three sections: Green is spend, Red is Share, and Blue is Save. (I was so excited to discover it on the Mighty Girls page on FB.) We are now teaching Declan to give 10% to our church or charity, 45% to save, and 45% to spend. D love it! The box also comes with a little check book to keep track of deposits and withdrawals. I really wish I had one growing up! 😉

Do your kiddo(s) have chores? What system do you use? What do you think of the money box?

<3 Anna

My Happy Place and 31 Years in this World!

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While D was away with Nana we took a trip to Asheville, NC. I must say that Asheville is one of the friendliest, most inclusive places I’ve ever visited in the South.

We first enjoyed a tasty lunch at Lenny’s (It’s a local chain that serves subs…Think Firehouse Subs.) They specialize in any Philly cheese steak you can think of and if you know me, you should know that if Philly Cheese steak is on the menu, it’s a must order! We then went by the Visitor’s Center and John had a brilliant idea. He suggested we take the Trolley Tour and we got the Hop on/off stickers that were valid for 2 days. It was perfect for our weekend getaway. The tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable of the area. We learned so much and were able to feel like locals because we became so familiar to the area. (I’m hoping we will get to take D with us next time…hopefully, in October.)

Waiting for our trolley! I have to say that this goes in the books for my favorites of all our getaways! <3

We stopped for water, but we will visit again thanks to the white chocolate bread pudding…yum!

The first day we mostly just listened to the tour and ended up hopping off in the Biltmore village. I LOVE the old Christmas store there. It’s where I purchase our Christmas ornaments for our ornament swap each year. After all that touring we were able to check into our room. We stayed in the Red Roof Inn which was conveniently located within walking distance of Cracker Barrel and Dunkin Donuts. (We actually ate at Cracker Barrel that first night for dinner and grabbed a quick breakfast before dashing back to church to serve. It was a crazy fun weekend!)

On Saturday, we had a delicious breakfast at the Good Girl Eatery. Everything was perfection on a plate! I’m blessed to have a hubby who likes to share food, so we order different dishes and are able to try new things. 😉 After breakfast, we stopped by the aSHEville museum. This place is wonderful! It’s a shop with books and beautiful odds and ends made by women in the community and beyond. There is also a very interesting and informative museum there that shares history of women everywhere. The owner was super friendly and wished me an early happy birthday, she noticed my Wonder Woman shirt and asked if I had watched it yet. I told her I would be seeing it on my birthday the following Monday. (More on that below!) Just to keep from having any confusion, we visited 3 book stores while we were in Asheville. That is our idea of a vacation. 😉 The two most memorable were the Battery Park Book Exchange and that evening we visited Firestorm Books and Coffee. The latter was definitely my favorite. 🙂 I was just excited to learn that they will have online shopping soon. So I can shop anytime…this could get dangerous! 😉

Our book haul

We stopped for lunch at The Green Sage Cafe. We were still pretty full from our big breakfast, but they had the option of getting half sandwiches and in house made sweet potato chips. It was the perfect compromise for lunch. I was also impressed to see that they have a recycle system and even have a place to put items for composting. It was very impressive!

After lots of walking and bus hopping, we decided to head back to the room for a rest and read. This sounds heavenly right about now. I ended up taking a nap after reading a good bit. We then headed out for dinner at King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffles. This place has chicken and waffles any way you can think of! It was very tasty! (This was below Firestorm Books. We visited the book store afterwards.) I also fell in love with Holly Golightly. They were playing her music at the cafe part of the store and I had to ask who it was. I’m so glad I did, even if I fan girl stumbled over my words. 😀 (Can I just say that I’m not big into listening to music…I haven’t been since probably college. I really have to be in the mood to listen. I’m not sure, maybe it’s because there are so many hours in the day! Maybe it’s because I enjoy reading and listening to podcasts instead…?)We then headed back to the hotel so we could get rest for our early morning. Our wonderful trip had come to an end…BUT I can’t wait to visit again soon!

Batman spotted! This place is so magical and artistic. It makes my heart happy!

As I said earlier, we celebrated my birthday on that Monday, July 10. We (finally!) watched Wonder Woman and it was everything that I dreamed of and more…SOOOO GOOOD! I can’t put into words because it won’t do it justice, that good! I found myself tearing up a few times and just feeling so happy. It’s just like the first time I saw the Wonder Woman dolls in Walmart. My little girl heart was so envious. The dolls were so fierce and amazing! I can imagine how empowered this generations girls will be because they can see that girls can do amazing things! After the movie, I got a salted caramel bubble tea and shared the tapioca pearls with D. They definitely taste like gummy bears. I think the greatest gift of all was being reunited with D after him visiting with Nana for a whole week. <3 <3 <3

Rocking my 30’s because I can!

Be sure to check back here on Friday for my birthday reflections and my Friendly Fill-in’s! Where is your favorite vacation spot? How do you celebrate bdays?

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #68 July Progress and Goals

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This week has felt super long. I think part of it is because I was waiting on the PLL finale on Tuesday and then we have the Fourth of July holiday coming up. John has a week off from work and D is going to spend a week with his Nana. We are all super excited and will definitely miss our little noisemaker while he is away.

Tomorrow is the last day of June, so it’s time for my progress report and new goals for July!

  1.  Finish cleaning out downstairs rooms
  2. Clean out closet

These two I plan to finish up this week while D is away.

3. Begin lesson planning for next school year.

I have had a slow start with this, but I was able to get started and am hoping that I’ll get even more done this week.

4. Star meal prepping on Sundays again.

This one has gone really well. I really enjoy washing our linens, prepping food, and just taking a gentle approach to our Sundays. It’s nice to have everything ready for a brand new week! 🙂

  1. Make several Goodwill trips this upcoming week as well as cleaning and organizing of each room.

I know this is a big undertaking, but I rarely have time minus D to accomplish all of these things.

2. Get our Charleston beach trip booked.

3. Begin taking yoga classes and get more information about Tai Chi classes for the family.

Since I began my new meds and am not as active now, I have been struggling with my weight. It’s not a huge thing, but I’ve gained 20 lbs much more quickly than I care to admit. I am in a mostly comfortable space in my own skin, but I just don’t feel my best. The added weight has made me more sluggish and I’m not happy about that. This is where the classes come in and pushing and encouraging myself to be more active and health conscious.

Podcast Play List

  1. Stuff You Missed in History Class, The Philadelphia MOVE Bombing

This was definitely a “stuff you missed in history class” moment for me. I’ve read many times in history that the south was not the only region that dealt with racial injustice and this is a great example. I was not aware of the MOVE Organization and this is partially due to the fact that it happened a year before I was born. (Let’s be real here. The other reasons are obvious. 1) Schools teach a very watered down version of history. It’s “convenient” to pretend that certain things didn’t happen, regarding: race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. 2) I’m a white woman who has had the privilege of not having to fight and proclaim my life matters because my country already recognizes that it does. There are areas that my country doesn’t recognize, but for the purpose of this post, this podcast is discussing race.) This whole situation was filled with many issues including many people losing their homes and belongings and having to deal with the aftermath which sounded like a hot mess to me. This is definitely worth a listen, especially if you have never heard of The Philadelphia MOVE organization and the bombing that took place.

2. Healthy Mamas Podcast, Using Naturopathic Medicine to Beat Hormone Imbalance & Nutrient Difficiencies

What can I say about this episode?! It was super informative and we have been using candles at night ever since. (More on that to come!) We also have amber glasses on our Amazon Wishlist. Are you wondering what I’m talking about? Listen to this episode. It covers so much material in such a short amount of time. If you listen to podcasts regularly and want healthy tips from another mom, you can do no wrong by subscribing to the Healthy Mamas podcast. It’s always super informative and leaves me with things to think about to improve our home and our lives as a whole. Good stuff!

3. Frontline, Povery, Politics, and Profit

This makes me so sick and angry! There are so many people out there that need help and this investigation by NPR and Frontline shows why they are not getting it.

Friendly Fill-In’s

  1. My next vacation will be this week. I’m not sure what we will do, but John will be off work and D is going to GA to spend a week with his Nana. He is so excited! We are going to miss him, but will enjoy the time of just us two and the fur babies.
  2. Fireworks are beautiful, but not everyone enjoys them. Please be mindful of other people and your pets. Keep them inside where they can feel safe.
  3. This week, I am thankful for the time that my husband and I will have together. It is so precious! <3
  4. Freedom is something that we can be thankful for each day. There are many things that I wish that could be done differently, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m able to freely express these thoughts due to living in the USA. It’s a privilege that I try not to take for granted. 

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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and Happy FOURTH of July! Be safe and have fun!

<3 Anna

Declan’s Capsule Wardrobe

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Do you remember when I shared about my capsule wardrobe? (If not, you can find that post here!) Well, today, I’m sharing our journey of going through D’s wardrobe and selecting his new capsule wardrobe. I’ll be honest, capsule wardrobes are always a work-in-progress. The reason is because you are cycling through your clothes. There will be pieces you no longer want to wear, pieces that no longer fit, pieces that have holes or stains, etc. Also it’s important to replace those items and often we don’t have the funds to buy everything all at once. If you do, more power to you! Personally, it’s best for me not to go on a clothing retail therapy trip. I always end up with things that I don’t need or that I think I like, but never wear. I’ve learned that I’m the type of person that needs to find something I love and buy piece by piece over time. I say all of this to say, you do you, boo. (Credit to January Harshe for that awesome catch phrase. ;)) All that matters is that you have less clothing to deal with and more of the clothing that best fits your own set style.

For D, I decided to just do a spring and summer capsule wardrobe and in August I’ll go through his fall and winter stuff.

This is what D has:

4 polo shirts

2 dress shirts

7 play shirts

2 pairs of jeans

2 pairs of plaid shorts

2 pairs of athletic shorts

1 pair of pjs (possibly 2)

sneakers

flip flops

dress shoes

play shoes

7 pairs of socks

10 pairs of undies

What we still need:

7 solid colored t-shirts (This will be bought from a great website, here.)

1 pair of jeans

2 pairs of khaki shorts

1 swimsuit (He has already lost one. :/)

2-3 pairs of pjs

As you can see, I’m giving D a lot more clothing options. The main reason is because he is a growing boy and he stains EVERYTHING.  Below are a few outfits from recent outings:

I plan to share John’s capsule wardrobe soon and more details on how we decided to start this journey and even more how-to’s. Stay tuned! 😉

What items would you consider necessary for a child(ren)’s capsule wardrobe?

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #67 Father’s Day 2017

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It’s been a long hard week, but we have finally made it to Friday! *happy dance* I finally feel like I’m becoming adjusted to my new meds and am feeling excited after a really good session last night with my therapist. She is truly a God send! I can’t help, but feel proud of myself for learning to take better care of me. It’s been a tough couple of years, but I’ve learned so much and being kinder to myself is helping me to better serve those around me. <3

Father’s Day is a tough holiday for me. I won’t go into all that here because I’ve done so in the past. What I will say is that others need to be mindful that not everyone has a dad they are proud of for Father’s Day. Some people have lost their dads too soon or their dad may be distant. There are many factors to consider. (The same goes for Mother’s Day!) I’m very blessed to have a wonderful husband to celebrate on that day. I also feel honored to be treated as a daughter by my father-in-law and John’s step father. There is still a hole in my heart that cannot be filled, but I am grateful for the family God has given me.

We celebrated Father’s Day by going out to lunch at Firehouse Subs, followed by frozen yogurt, and a round of mini golf. It was so fun, but HOT! (I’m so NOT a summer person!)

 

  1. A reoccurring dream I have….I don’t really have reoccurring dreams. I have had dreams in the past that have freaked me out. These were dreams about people that I didn’t know and horrible things were happening. I often wonder if the people were real and if I was unable to help them. I know, it’s weird! My dreams are especially vivid now with the meds I’m on. This doesn’t help with sleep much. I’m having to learn which ones to take at specific time to help.
  2. Turn lemons into lemonade. This is a phrase that is used often and it makes me laugh now because acid is terrible for my bladder. Lemons and lemonade would feel like battery acid to me now. I guess my phrase now would be “Turn lemons into blueberries.” 😉
  3. Meal planning has been driving me crazy! BUT I’m learning a lot from Real Plans and am excited about finding new recipes to try and the convenience of the service mostly building my shopping list for me. 🙂 More on that later!
  4. Lately, I have been watching too much tv. I fall into this pattern when I’m feeling bad/feeling depressed. I really want to get back into reading more. Last night, I turned the tv off and read for about an hour before bed. It was nice!

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Wishing everyone a safe and fun weekend! Stay cool! 😉

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #66

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Last weekend, we had a quick GA visit to celebrate Karson’s birthday. We arrived at the tail end of the party thanks to some very bad directions, but we made it! It was fun telling Karson that he had one more present to open. 😉

My TWO Year old nephew and his beautiful momma!

After the party festivities ended, we decided to take a trip to the lake for an afternoon of water fun!

My little fish. I’m proud of how well he did. He is much braver with water than he was last year.

Karson saw some people “burying” each other in the sand and he decided he wanted to try it too. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mermaid Miya! <3

This week I have some really awesome episodes for my podcast play list. Be sure to check them out in the links below!

Podcast Play List

These four podcast episodes are all from the NEW season of Invisibilia. If you don’t currently listen to Invisibilia this is a great season to start. They are doing a new project this season and it’s unlike anything they’ve down before!

The first episode of the season is Emotions pt. 1, this episode will pull at your heart strings as it shares the story of a family who was in a car accident. The family loses their child and ends up being sued by the truck driver who was also involved in the incident.

Emotions pt. 2 shares the discovery of a new emotion and how a young woman learns about her emotions on a first date.

Reality pt. 1 This episode deals with perception. In the small town of Eagle’s Nest Township, some of the locals believe that black bears are gentle and even feed bears from their own mouths, while others are fearful. Should the locals be afraid or are they overreacting?

Reality pt. 2 In this episode, a man name Max creates an intriguing app that allows him to learn about local events from random locations. This experiment helps him to get out of his own bubble.

Friendly Fill-In’s

1)I challenge everyone to step out of your bubble this week. Shake up your routine and meet new people with interests different than your own. We can learn so much from one another.

2) I regret disposing of nothing. Maybe it’s because I’m on a minimalist/downsizing kick, but I only feel freer when I get rid of stuff.

3)I have a difficult time admitting when I need others to lean on. Usually, if I get quiet and begin isolating myself—I’m dealing with hard stuff and need others to step in. The problem is that I’m not brave enough to say that I need my friends in those times. I usually end up inadvertently pushing people away because I don’t want to be a burden. :/

4) If I were given a psychic power, I would like it to be more trusting of my own inner intuition as well. I’ve always felt sensitive to people and situations.

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Final Thought:
This weekend is Father’s Day. I’m looking forward to spending this day with my amazing husband who is a wonderful father to our son. I don’t have a father to celebrate and my great grandfather (who is the closest person I had to a father passed away August 1, 2012), this leaves me with a hurting heart for those of us who don’t have fathers to celebrate. I think things are a little easier because I have the joy and privilege of seeing my husband with our son, but my heart still longs for a Dad that cares. I will never know the love of being a daddy’s girl. All this to say that, I understand the pain of this day. Sometimes certain holidays can be a painful reminder of what we don’t have, but I hope that those like me can find a way to enjoy the day even if that means staying away from social media. Self care is so important. Maybe this year can be the year that you create a new tradition. ❤ ❤ ❤

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!
❤ Anna

D’s Rainbow Koala Krate

Hey guys!

Today, I’m excited to share with you all D’s latest Koala Krate! D loves getting mail, so a monthly subscription box from Nana was a wonderful idea. He gets so excited when these packages come and if I let him he would do each project all in one day! 😉

This month, D’s Koala Krate was Rainbow themed. Each crate includes materials for three projects (with instructions on how to complete each), and a magazine to expand on these projects. D and I have one last project to complete on this box. Later, today, we will make rainbow crayons. Stay tuned for pics!

In this box we made:

Stained “Glass” Art

This is proof mama isn’t getting enough sleep. He is holding the art work upside down and he put the shapes on the wrong side. :/

And there’s always time for a silly face pic!

Rainbow Dyed Tote Bag

He loved pretending to put out fires on the squares with the water dripper.

The finished bag!

Rainbow Cloud Pillow

As you can see, all of the projects are geared towards 3 to 4 year olds. (D will be 5 in September, so we won’t have too much longer with this age bracket.) The projects required minimal adult supervision.

Switching gears, You probably noticed in the background of these pics our ginormous and outdated entertainment system. I’m happy to say that over the weekend we got rid of it and re-purposed a book shelf we were no longer using.  I’m so much happier with the new look and sometimes less really is more! <3

New living room set up! (We got rid of old entertainment center–it was ginormous! And re-purposed this old book shelf.We switched tvs and big tv is in our room and smaller is downstairs now.) We need to wrangle the cords and get a couple of dvd holders, but I’m loving the new look! Less is more! <3

Do you get subscription services for your kiddo(s)? What are you currently using? What is a small change that you can make in your home today to bring some happiness there?

<3 Anna

Celebrating Easter 2017

Hello Friends!

I know I say this often, but this year is flying by! In light of that, I didn’t do much of a countdown to Easter this year. Instead, we read books and we bought An Easter Carol  to watch after our church service. I did find two really cute ideas that I will be looking into for next year though. 😉

One thing, I really love about our church is that on holidays we don’t necessarily hear a sermon about the resurrection or Christ’s birth, but it always relates back to the topic or we are reminded of God’s unconditional love for us. It’s refreshing to have sermons that breathe life into you. I’m so thankful for our church home. <3

After our Easter service, we had an egg drop on the baseball field behind the school. (Our church services take place in the school building, but we have had so much growth that we will soon have 2 service times. Easter was the kickoff for this, but we won’t officially start the two service times until some time this fall. This is our next step before getting our own building.) This was also the first year that D was able to be present for the Helicopter Egg Drop, to say he was excited would be the biggest understatement of the year thus far. 😉

He looks waaaay tooo grown up here. :’)

Helicopter egg drop!

Cheese with the sun in his eyes., ;)(

It was an absolutely gorgeous day, it was a little warm, but not miserably so. D got plenty of eggs and we were able to enjoy the remainder of the day remembering God’s love and promises for our lives.

I was just working on Friday’s post and I realized that with all the pictures and the Friendly Fill-in’s hop that I’m now participating in…It’s just too much for one post. So I’ve decided to do my Podcast list on Wednesdays from now on. (I’ll add my Wednesday links to the hop for those who enjoy seeing the podcast list. ;))

Podcast Play List

1) Code Switch, Sanctuary Churches

This post is about sanctuary churches and how hundreds of churches are choosing to provide refuge to illegal immigrants.

It was interesting hearing the different perspectives on this topic. This is a great episode if you want to learn more about this idea.

2) Snap Judgement, Personal Jesus

This episode sounds like a piece of local folklore, but it’s very interesting! There was once a man called the North Pond Hermit. He lived without any human contact for 30 years! (Can you imagine?!) This episode follows the mystery man and the only man who was able to get an exclusive interview with him.

3,4) Radiolab, Shots Fired Pt. 1 & 2

In the first episode, you will learn about statistics and cases of police involved shootings in the state of Florida.

In the final episode, you will hear about a police encounter gone horribly wrong and how miscommunication/lack of communication can have deadly consequences.

These were very powerful episodes. Though, I did not know my grandfather he was a deputy sheriff of the small town I grew up in. He was a good man and I’m sure had to deal with some alarming circumstances. I also think that everyone should have a right to get home or to be jailed instead of being killed. (Although, I’ll be honest—I have had misgivings about prisons for quite a while. (Then I read Incarceration Nation and it opened up my eyes even more!)

5) Snap Judgement, Born Identity

What if everything you knew about your identity was false? This happened to the young man in this episode. Brando Skyhorse was raised to believe that he was Native American. He later found out that his mother was so desperate for him to have Native American roots that she would stop at nothing to keep the truth from him, even lie.

I found the mother went to great lengths to keep this secret from her son. She even had a native american man pose as Brando’s father. It was only until many years later that he discovered that his father was actually a Mexican man who abandoned their family when he was very small.

 

Do you listen to podcasts? Any recs.? Do you celebrate Easter? If so, how do you celebrate? If not, do you celebrate spring?

<3 Anna

Sleepover at Nonna and Papa’s House

Hello Friends!

In March, we went to Virginia and had a fun visit with Nonna (John’s mom) and Papa (John’s step dad). We were very excited to learn that Michael and Abby were also coming up the same weekend! It’s rare for most families to be able to coordinate schedules, so this was a very nice surprise!

We spent the weekend eating great food, catching up, and playing games like Uno. 🙂 Here’s a few pics, I snapped on the visit.

Sweet Cousins

Flowers from Abby <3

Aunt and Niece Selfie

An Abby in the Box

Abby is such a good artist!

Morning Snuggles!

Weekends like this remind you of how precious time really is. I’m so glad that we got this time together and I look forward to our next visit. <3

What activities do you like to do with the grandparents?

<3 Anna