Monday, April 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Addison!!

Happy 4th Birthday to my favorite little girl!! Four years ago you made me a Mother and it has been the most challenging yet rewarding years of my life. Love you to the moon and back.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thankful Thursday

A couple weeks ago Brian told me to find a babysitter for April 20th.  He said for date night he had a surprise.  Last Saturday he got home from work and within 30 minutes we were back out the door.  I figured there was a new restaurant he wanted to try.  As we got on the interstate and headed North I thought we were heading to St. Augustine for the evening.  As we passed the St. Augustine exit I was baffled.  Brian hates driving long distances on the weekend since his commute is 2 hours everyday to Jacksonville.  I couldn't imagine that after he just got home from Jacksonville that 30 minutes later we would be headed back there?  He had me guessing in the car trying to figure out where we were headed. 

My amazing husband surprised me with VIP Carrie Underwood concert tickets!!!  We had an amazing night!  It was so nice to be in a VIP suite that had unlimited food and drinks and comfy chairs!  Hunter Hayes opened for Carrie and he was phenomenal.  It was the first concert we've ever been to together and the first concert I've been to in over 15 years.  I was so captivated by the concert that I didn't get many pictures and the lights blasting from the stage really drown out the chance of a good photo.  I attached a photo I found online.

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I am blessed with this incredible man...he is far too good to me.  <3>

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wordish Wednesday

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Enzo loves hummus so much that he chose it for breakfast on Saturday
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Typical Saturday morning.  Addison playing memory match (by her rules, of course) and Enzo eating
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Brian is such a kid at heart.  He was so excited to show me these when he got home from the store.  The kids had a blast despite the fact that it looked as though our home was flooded...inside and out.
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Dear Brian, Next time you decide to buy Addison a Barbie toy please make sure it's a toy and not a 160 piece mega block toy that took ME 90 minutes to complete.
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She falls asleep like this all the time.  Amazing that she still manages to hold it upright.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mommy and Me Monday - Supporting Boston

Showing our support for Boston

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Phone Fun Friday

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Nieces at 12 Weeks

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My brother is forever outnumbered

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Enzo threw his sippy cup while she was playing on the ipad

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My Mother-In-Law (Beth) is the best! 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wordish Wednesday: Encounter with a Copperhead Snake

On Sunday while Enzo and I took a nap, Brian took Addison out for the afternoon.  He took her to the beach, out for ice cream and to Marineland.  Brian said there was a playground at Marineland and he remembered thinking to himself that there were probably snakes in the area.  The playground was surrounding by tall grasses and coquina rock.  Sure enough while Addison was playing all of a sudden he turned around and there was a copperhead (poisonous) snake 3 feet from her.  She saw it first and yelled to Brian.  He quickly swooped her up with one arm and started slowly making his way off the playground...the snake quickly followed them.  He then started to run and the snake raised it's head like it was going to strike.  They safely made it to a set of stairs where the snake then stopped and returned back to the coquina rocks.  He said that it could've quickly turned into a really bad situation. 
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Salsa Fresca

Over the weekend I made this and it disappeared quickly.  I enjoyed it with chips and Brian decided to add it to an omelet.  Enzo ate the omelet and had 2 servings!  Addison, on the other hand is my picky eater and wouldn't try it.

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3 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 to 3 fresh jalapeƱo peppers, seeded (ribs removed too) and finely chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
sea salt to taste

In large glass bowl, combine all ingredients and season to taste with salt. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

*This is great to prepare the evening before your event and let it marinate and chill overnight.
*Try adding corn or black beans to your salsa for a different twist.
*This salsa will keep for several days (covered) and kept refrigerated.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Princess Party

On Saturday I took Addison to a classmate's Princess Party.  Brian worked all day so thankfully Papa came over to watch Enzo.

The party was full of crafts, tutus, crowns, bubbles and the facility they rented had a playground.  The kids had a great day!  The best part of the party according to Addison was when Cinderella appeared.  She sang songs, read stories and took pictures with the kids.  Addison kept asking me when her birthday party was...she's getting a little anxious.  I told her in a few weeks she will get to celebrate her birthday with all her friends.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday

I miss golf.  I really need to get back on the course soon!!
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Birthmom update

I received my 1st letter from my birthmother last week!  What an amazing feeling to read the letter and see photos of not only her but of her brothers and sisters. 

She never had any other kids. She has 3 brothers and 3 sisters. She sent pics and I definitely see a resemblance. She said she never received any of my letters that I mailed to the agency as a child and if she would of she would have definitely written me back. She said she's always wanted to know me, have contact with me and looks forward to meeting me in person and is so excited to be a grandma.  It was a very heartfelt letter.

We have to exchange one more set of letters mediated by the adoption agency then we will be free to share identifying information.  I 'm looking forward to meeting her in person soon!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

Phone Fun Friday

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My nieces at 10 weeks - Elly (left) & Addy (right)

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Dr. Appt
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Getting prepared for an upcoming birthday party - Cupcake toppers and wrappers

Monday, April 1, 2013

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