Day 7, 2016

Day 7, 2016

Hope everyone has been having a great start to their year! It seems as though winter has finally decided to join us. After a mostly 80 degree December, it is really nice and refreshing to have the temperature averaging in the 50’s now here in Jacksonville.

So far I’ve been happy with my commitment to my New Year’s Resolutions. Today I took Delilah to the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens, a place I’d never been to even though I’ve lived here for 4 years now. We had a great time on our nature walk through the trails and I snagged a few pictures on my camera. I did learn that next time she needs to wear something a little darker and more rugged or else her cute clothes will suffer dirty knee spots. Hopefully with more walks she won’t trip over the tree roots as much.

Hello, 2016!

Hello, 2016!

We’ve fallen a little bit off the wagon with updates. I am surprised at how hard it is to consistently post on here. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, it’s hard to get a lot of things done when you have kids. Normal activities that took no effort before (like going to the store) become a circus like act of wrangling children, putting on jackets, socks, and shoes, grabbing water cups, making sure the water cups are filled, and making sure to grab the ever so important diaper bag only to realize it only has 1 diaper in it and someone just pooped. But that’s still no excuse. For 2016 I’ve made a few resolutions and one of them is to post on here more often! I do so much fun stuff with my family, I can manage to take 30 minutes to an hour to write about what I did.

Other resolutions include:

  • Spending more time one on one with my fiance. I feel as though we are putting our relationship on the back-burner and not focusing enough on each other. We go on plenty of family outing with the kids but I want us to focus more on getting out without the kids, too.
  • Taking more pictures on my camera. Let’s face it, we mostly use our phones these days to take pictures. And it works. But I have a DSLR that I barely know how to use and when I do pull it out, I take beautiful shots of my baby girl. So this year, I want to pull it out more often and take some classic, long lasting shots. The kind of pictures that need to get blown up for an 8 x 11 canvas or something!
  • Get out of the house more. It’s so easy to just eat breakfast, relax in comfy clothes, and watch TV all day. Of course, I try to include enriching activities like coloring, playing with play-doh, or going on the swings that are right outside our door but I want to do more this year. Go the beach more often (I’m a huge beach bum and live within 5 minutes of a beach but all the work involved in going to the beach with kids has made me avoid it more last year and I plan on changing that!). I want to use our zoo membership and go there more often. I want to take Delilah to playgrounds that are on the other side of town, I know we go to Bay n Bee a lot and it’s a wonderful indoor playground but I want to explore more places. Delilah loves being outside, especially on her new bike she got for Christmas and I feel like I’m doing her a disservice by not taking her outside more often. Of course lazy days are good for the soul but we were starting to have more lazy days than productive days and I want to change that up this year!
  • Post more on here and on instagram! I love writing, I love taking pictures, and I love sharing my great experiences. So there’s really no reason why we can’t have a few new posts every month on here.
  • Focus on myself! I’m dying my hair next weekend and I also plan on joining a gym. I know it’s a bit cliche but I want to be my own person, not just Delilah’s mom. I want to feel good when I go out, take pride in how I dress, spend time putting effort into being me.
  • Eat a great variety of foods, especially veggies. I feel as though I always eat the same things and I want to change that up. I want to explore with different cooking styles, recipes, and ingredients this year. When I go grocery shopping I want to grab a vegetable I don’t normally eat and cook it in a fun, new recipe. I want to explore and branch out. I want to try to eat a vegetarian meal once in a while. I want to make more fruit smoothies filled with fresh, natural ingredients.

Those are just a few of my goals for this year. I hope that this year I take more charge of my life and what happens to me. So Happy New Year everyone! May it be a great year for everyone.

Today we had a winter beach day on this cold 50 degree day. I brought along my DSLR and snapped some pictures. Fulfilling two resolutions in one outing!

Homemade Flour Play Dough

Homemade Flour Play Dough

Shout out to finding this play dough recipe from Gingersnapcrafts.com on Pinterest.

This simple homemade play dough recipe takes less than 10 minutes and provides lots of fun dough to play with.

First mix together:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • Few drops of food coloring

And then add in:

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 4 cups of flour

Knead the dough together and there you have it!  Read more

Family Vacation to Houston, Tx

Family Vacation to Houston, Tx

I already posted about Delilah’s first flight last week and now I finally have enough time to write about the actual trip!

We went to Houston to visit my brother and celebrate his 26th birthday. My mom flew in from Fort Lauderdale and we met her there. Unfortunately, Liam was not able to come because it was going too expensive to pay him a plane ticket especially since the trip was very last minute and I was transitioning jobs. Delilah flies for free so bringing her was a little simpler. We have vowed to take Liam somewhere by plane very soon to make it up to him though!

While in Houston we went to the Children’s Museum of Houston. I was a little surprised that over a year old they charge an entrance fee for kids, I thought that was a little lame. But we found a living social deal online which saved us half off the admission price so it worked out in our favor. The Children’s Museum was ah-mazing! An absolute delight. I would go back to Houston just to take Delilah here again when she’s older, it was that awesome. There was a lot of cool things, it was educational but also silly and they had a great play area for the younger kids. My 26 year old brother really loved the stuff geared towards older kids (like 8-10 year old lol).

Fun with science
Fun with science
Table cloth trick
Table cloth trick

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First in Flight

First in Flight

This past weekend we went on a trip from Jacksonville to Houston, TX to visit my brother for his 26th birthday. We flew there which means Delilah went on her first plane ride! Our flight there left at 6:20 am (meaning we had to be at the airport by 5 am) and went to Atlanta then to Houston. Our flight back was a direct flight that left at 8 pm.

That’s her 6 am face

Surprisingly, it was a really fun and easy experience. I went into this expecting to me “those people with a crying baby” but Delilah hardly even fussed. After the first flight landed she cried for half a minute because we wouldn’t let her run around and then for the second flight she fell asleep during takeoff on my boob. Thank goodness for breastfeeding! Shoutout to Southwest Airlines for being supportive of breastfeeding moms! On the flight back she was a lot crankier because she was fighting sleep but she just needed more distractions.

iPhone distractions and airplane kisses

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