Saturday, October 11, 2014


Last weekend we went for our annual trip to pick some apples. The farm we typically go to had on their website that pickings were slim due to a high volume of people (it was in the 70s and sunny for quite a few days). So we looked into some other options and tried out a new place this year.

I have a feeling we'll be headed back there again!

The girls were ready to pick some apples, although not totally dressed for the weather (we always screw that up somehow!).
We took a hayride/tractor ride out to the orchards and were given the rundown-what apples were where, what veggies to pick, etc.

Then we got started:

We ended up with a huge bag of apples!  They also had raspberries to pick so we I did that as well. The girls were more into the stuff to play with so I did the berry picking while Gabe took them to the "fun stuff".  Then we hit up the store there which has TONS of cool stuff (those farm stores always do, don't they?!)-spices, mixes, pasta, snacks, baked goods. Yeah, we bought a lot of yummy stuff from there!  The girls had some ice cream and doughnuts for a snack and we headed home to make a batch of applesauce! YUM!
Not happy for some reason-doughnut face!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Girls Weekend!

Last weekend we had a very nice girls only getaway!

After some thinking, we went to Niagara-on-the-Lake. It originally started with us going to Camp Gorham again, but a lot of people who initially showed interest backed out when we needed to mail in our money/forms. Gabe suggested maybe we try somewhere else-NOTL or Toronto. So I brought it up to the crew and we finally settled on NOTL! 

I did tons of searching and somehow we fell upon a bed and breakfast that was completely empty for the weekend! There was 5 of us going up Friday night and 7 of us on Saturday night so we really needed 3 bedrooms. I found out that the B&B was booked but all of the rooms happened to cancel on the day I did my searching! So I held all of the rooms for us and within a few days, booked it! It worked out really nice too!

So Friday late afternoon, 5 of us (Molly, my Mother-in-Law, cousin, Aunt and I) drove up to NOTL and checked in to the B&B. This was my bedroom:
with attached bath:
It was around 6:30 when we got there so we found a place for dinner then came back and just hung out and went to bed. 

Saturday we were up and had a wonderful breakfast-fruit salad with yogurt and granola, homemade croissants, mini omelettes, potatoes, and bacon! We were stuffed! We walked the neighborhood for a short time while we waited for our other 2 guests (Megan and Renee) to arrive. Once they got there, we had a super busy day!!

First, we hit the main drag and did some shopping:
which included ice cream....
Megan, Renee, and I
We met up around 2pm and headed to a winery for a wine tour. The place was HUGE!
Chateau des Charmes


After the wine tour (and tasting!), we went to a huge peanut shop in NOTL and stocked up on snacks to bring home. Then we went to the new outlet mall there which was pretty nice!! It was so nice to go shopping with my friends-we were laughing saying "when was the last time we shopped together?" because truly it's been so long. And we had no kids to distract or lug around. It was pretty nice and brought back some fun memories for us. We shopped there for about 2 hours then headed back to the house. We found another restaurant nearby that we walked to for a pretty late dinner.
Aunt Elaine, Molly, Gabrielle

Me, Megan, Renee

The crew (minus my Mother-in-Law)
Once we got home, we just hung out and chatted for awhile before getting to bed. This was a cute little sign they had at the entrance to the B&B:
Sunday morning we were up for another super yummy breakfast-fruit with granola and yogurt, homemade scones, blueberry french toast, sausage. Delish!

Megan and Renee hit the road after breakfast and the rest of us went into town for a little more browsing.  We hit the road close to 2pm. Unfortunately we hit some bad traffic at the border and we sat in line for about an hour and 15min. So our trip home was quite lengthly.  But, we had a really great time and I think it was a nice break for all of us to get away from our kids for a few days!
Hopefully we can figure out something like this again for next year!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Sabrina!!

I'm falling behind in my posting.

Between working extra days and Avery at school, I feel like my time is limited to be sitting here writing when I should be cleaning my house or something!

About 10 days ago we went to Buffalo to celebrate a special little lady's first birthday!  Sabrina turned 1 just the other day so we made the trip in for her party.  It's hard to believe she's a year old already and soon will be running around with my girls (which they will LOVE by the way)!

She's sporting Cassie's birthday tutu-love it!
We got there and the kids played awhile and then we had a delicious BBQ lunch.  Then it was time for presents! Avery was front and center the entire time, just like she is at every party. Girlfriend loves seeing what the birthday girl/boy gets!

After presents, it was time for cake! And it was so pretty:
Swiper, no swiping!
Sabrina wasn't really "feeling" the cake at all. She didn't take a good nap so she was pretty tired at this point. She stuck her hands in it and that's about it-she just cried at the cake! I wish I had that problem!

Happy 1st Birthday Sabrina!! We hope you had a fun day!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Potty Training the Little One

Two weeks ago I decided it was time to get Cassandra on the potty train.

Avery was just over the age of 2 when we started training her. I wanted to do it over the summer with Cassandra, but we never had a few days in a row at home with nothing planned. So it just kept getting pushed back.

Two weeks ago, we had a relatively free weekend and nothing to do on Friday so I decided to go for it.

She was all excited to wear undies Friday morning. I was trying to pump her with fluids, but she wasn't really into drinking much. We were using the same method we did with Avery-put them right in undies and anytime they have an accident, you rush them to the bathroom immediately. If they get anything in the toilet, it's all about praising them.

Friday and Saturday pretty much panned out the same-she had 2 accidents both days. She peed in a diaper at naptime and then the 2 accidents and that was it. I was getting nervous because at this point she hadn't gotten anything in the toilet yet.  Not a drop! 

Sunday morning she was acting like she had to go and while I was getting ready for the day, she ran in and told me she went on the potty! YAY!! She had a treat, we were so happy for her, etc.

After nap on Sunday, we went to Gabe's parents' house for dinner and she wanted to wear her undies there. Around 6pm, she looked like she had to go. Every 2mins she said she had to pee and we took her to the bathroom and nothing. We left their house around 7:30 and she still hadn't gone. We got home and by this point she wanted to be carried everywhere and was crying about having to pee. I took her up to get ready for bed and again she was in the bathroom every 2min with nothing happening. I got her diaper and PJs on and again she had to go-stripped everything off and nothing. This happened at least 10 times over the course of the next hour!  Keep in mind, she's still crying because she had to go but just wouldn't go anywhere! We even dragged out the kid potty for her and she wouldn't go on that either. Finally around 9:15 or so she was running to the bathroom screaming "I GOTTA GO!" and she got half in the diaper and half on the toilet. 

Unfortunately, this became the norm from Mon-Thurs. She would hold it all morning, pee in her diaper at nap, then hold it all evening and would go through this crazy production at bedtime. I've heard of kids holding their poop, but not their pee. And I was really worried she would end up with a UTI and then we'd be really screwed because then it would hurt for her to go. 

So....we had to give in. Diapers went back on for good on Friday. She asked a few times that day to wear underwear so we did put them on her. As soon as she had to pee, she asked for a diaper on. I have no idea what is going on with her. Avery was so much easier-by day 3 she was on the potty most of the time. Cassandra is just holding it and holding it!  I don't know if it's a control thing for her (like since we're telling her to do it, she won't?) or if she's scared for some reason (she sits on the potty just fine though). So I'm sort of putting this back into her hands-when she's ready, I guess she'll be ready to do it on her own. I'm just out of ideas and don't know how to get her to release and let it out!  Crazy child! And they say the second one is usually easier to train! Not for us!

I guess we'll see where this goes over the next few months. Stay tuned!

Friday, September 5, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten!

It was the day we were waiting for....the first day of Kindergarten!

I was a little nervous as to how it would go. For the past 10 days or so, Avery was having a meltdown at bedtime about not wanting to go to school. I think part of the reason was that we hadn't been to the school or met the teacher until Wednesday of this week (with school starting Thursday). So here we were counting down the days and getting excited, and she had no idea what she was excited for

Wednesday I left work early to do the teacher meet and greet and to drop off her supplies. It went really well-her teacher had a scavenger hunt set up around the classroom and an activity for them to do. After we finished, I took her around the building to show her the gym, cafeteria, library, etc. I honestly think this helped calm her fears.

I also had to work on her first day of school, but was lucky enough to be able to go in late and leave early to get her on/off the bus that day. I woke her up around 7:15 and she was very excited and happy!  We got her dressed, she ate breakfast, brushed teeth, and I did her hair. Gabe's parents showed up a little after 8 to come see her as well, which was really nice.

Outside we went for a few photos:

Cassie, Mommy, Avery, Daddy

Then we headed to our corner to wait for the bus!
When the bus came, Avery bolted on it and sat right down! We had to have the driver grab her so we could get a picture of her on the bus! haha! At least she was excited!
Once she left, I went to work. And of course I was worried about her all day....would she find her teacher? Would she ask for help? Would she meet some friends? Who would she eat lunch with? Would she make it to the right bus to come home?  It was the longest few hours, I swear!

I got home around 3:30 or so in time to see her come home!  I couldn't wait to hear how her day was!

Looks happy right?!  She was! And she had a wonderful day! Of course I didn't get much out of her, but she loved her teacher, went to gym, ate (some) lunch, and saw a friend of hers from daycare (who happens to be in her class!).  And she was ready to go back the next day! Phew...a sigh of relief!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Seabreeze, Take Two!

We had so much fun at Seabreeze for Avery's birthday, that everyone decided we wanted to go again sometime this summer.

With our work schedules and summer activities, Thursday was the day. Gabe took the day off and my in-laws, sister-in-law, niece and nephew all joined us again.

We got there right when they opened and the kids were so excited. The night before, Avery told me she was going to ride the Bobsleds and Bear Trax (both roller coasters) this time. She went on them last year and wasn't really fond of either of them.  Well, she didn't disappoint. In fact, she loved both of them so much I think we rode one of them 6 times and the other 8 times!  She was hooked!
Bianca, Owen, Molly on Bobsleds

Avery and Gabe on Bobsleds

Avery (orange shirt) with Bianca on Bear Trax

Bear Trax
Avery and Owen also tried the tilt-a-whirl and loved it-they rode it twice in a row!
It was a cool day-low 70s so it wasn't ideal for the water park. The crowds weren't that bad and the lines were relatively short.  Molly and her kids only stayed until around 5. The rest of us stayed until close to 8pm!  It was a fun, full day of rides, games, and more rides! Good times!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy 10th Birthday Owen!!

We've had some very busy weekends around here lately!

Part of our past weekend was celebrating our nephew's 10th birthday! How he is 10 already I have no idea! About a month after I met Gabe was when his sister announced she was pregnant-and it's hard to believe it was that long ago already!

We went over there on Saturday for a family get together.

This one was quite the ham when the camera came out...

It was supposed to be a pool party, but with the weather around here (highs in the low 70s in August!), it wasn't really warm enough for swimming to take place.  So the kids played, we had dinner, then did presents and cake. 

Owen got some really nice stuff-lots of soccer things!!

And yummy cupcakes for dessert...

Happy 10th Birthday Owen-you're officially in the double digits now!!