Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday's Thoughts

*I am still having those mixed emotions I talked about the other day regarding this weekend. Mady was being so cute today, sitting on my lap cuddling with me and I cried. Yup, I cried because she is my best buddy and I just love her to pieces. However, I am so beyond excited for this weekend but Matt still has to work tomorrow so after I drop her off with my parents I have from about 1 pm to 9:30 pm with nothing to do! Um...I can't remember when the last time that happened...hmmm....no I really can't.

*BUT! I am getting my hair highlighted!!!! I found a living social deal last week for a partial highlight for $45 dollars and then I got 10 dollars off so its $35!!! That is a steal plus the living social deal was with a salon that had been recommended to me already so double steal! I miss my blonde-ish days!

*It is supposed to be hot here this weekend. Like 97-99 degrees. yuck. I really don't like heat like that. I am glad Mady will be at my parents and able to swim in their little pool that they got for her. Hopefully it will tire her out and she will sleep past 5:45 for my parents. Haha!

*I just re-read my last 3 statements and I use ! alot. I need to tone that down. =)

*I told Matt that over the next 2 1/2 days we have together that I want to go to the mall just to walk around and actually look and take our time. I miss doing that. We are always in a rush with Mady because girlfriend does not like her stroller anymore. She wants to "wak" everywhere.

*This whole moving situation is just crazy right now. I'll tell you more about when I can. Lots of different stuff going on.

*Mady and I have been going outside and "culuring" (coloring) with side walk chalk. But if you know Mady at all that lasts about 2 minutes and then she wants to go exploring. She likes to throw the chalk in the grass so she has to go and get it. It makes me laugh every time. She is a smart little lady.

Exhibit A
*Mady's hair is out of control. Most days I do my best to tame it. It is so curly but wavy but kind of straight. I don't even know what to say about it. Some days it looks decent and other days is it a disaster. I have kind of given up. Anyone have any good tips for curly hair?! I am at a loss.

*I think I might take Mady to get some waterice after her nap. She just gets so excited and it makes me get so excited. Plus it is just so stinkin hot out!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day! =) 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mixed Emotions

Mady is currently napping at 9:40 in the morning. Her usual nap time isn't until usually 11:30-12. Why then is she sleeping at 9:40 in the morning? Because my lovely daughter decided 4:45 was a decent time to wake up and talk and yell for me until I got her out of her crib at 5:30. It's only 9:40 and I feel like I should be eating lunch right now. Anyways...

Right now I am dealing with all kinds of emotions about Mady and our upcoming weekend away. To say she has been difficult lately is a huge, ginormous understatement. Some days I just feel completely defeated as a mom. I just don't know what to do to get her to listen to me or obey what I am saying etc. We have tried and stuck with time outs and a little smack on her butt. I know I need to give it time to work but seriously some days I am at my wits end. I just cry while she is crying in time out and trying to get me to cuddle with her while she is being punished. (She is one smart little girl...I have to give her that)

So, this weekend she is going to her Nana and Pop Pop's for a few days so me and the hubby have a chance to celebrate our anniversary and honestly we need this time.

But I know I will miss her. Sure a few hours without her, no big deal but 3 days....

It makes me sad. I know I'll miss her more than I can honestly tell you. We are buddies all day, every day. But I know both of us (meaning Mady and I) need a little break, change of routine from each other.

She will be thrilled to be with my mom and dad. Last time we left them to go home she cried and had a huge meltdown. So I am not worried about that one bit.

But I want to be able to enjoy my time with Matt and not constantly "worry" about her, or think about her. I don't even know if that is possible and honestly it sounds mean what I am saying but its truly how I feel. But Matt needs my full attention. I don't want to constantly say "let's call and check on Mady", "I wonder what Mady is doing", "I miss Mady." Our marriage is so important to me and my husband is so important to me and I want him to feel that from me this weekend.

I know she will be fine and she will be spoiled and have a fantastic time. She mostly likely won't be too concerned I am not there.

I will see her on Monday, hopefully feeling refreshed and re-energized in both the wife and mom department. Because the good Lord knows I need it. =)

I have a mixed bags of emotions about this weekend and leaving my buddy and spending much needed quality time with Matt.

This mom and wife business is no joke! It is so exciting and awesome while at the same time draining and difficult.

Here to hoping for a fantastic weekend for all of us!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Full

I feel like I haven't been on here in forever. Not too much to write about. Just the everyday stuff.

*Warning....long post/lots of pictures!*

But this weekend has made my heart feel so full. It was a low key weekend for us. Something we totally needed. We didn't have too much going on besides church and community group. It was a good weekend.

Mady and Mommy before church
 Sunday, as always we head to church. This particular Sunday at church was unusual. I saw Mady's number come up on the screen during the service. Of course we are sitting in the middle of the isle so I am "excuse me" "thank you"-ing my way out of the row. In my head I'm like "What in the world" "Mady is always so excited to go to Sunday School", "I hope she is ok"...all in about 3 seconds all of that is going through my brain. I get to the door that leads to the nursery and one of the workers is waiting for me...I kind of start to run towards her. Millions of things running through my mind. She looks so upset and turns to me and says "My daughter bit your daughter" Okkkk. She literally was so upset and I kept reassuring her it is fine. It happens. So, I go in to see if Mady is ok and she is. BUT man that girl got her good!

It is kind of a crappy picture but it was so red! My poor baby
Thankfully she didn't break the skin. Mady just wanted me to stay and cuddle for a little while after that which was fine by me. So I sang songs with her and listened to a bible story. Finally, I was able to sneak out. Poor hubby was getting concerned in the service because I was gone for about 25 minutes.

Funny thing is- The little girl that bit Mady...could be Mady's twin. Red Hair. Crazy, stubborn, strong willed personality.

So it was an interesting church day.  We had community group later that evening where we were having a BBQ so I brought a fruit salad. Yum! And yes I used a star cookie cutter for the watemelon.

Yummo!
The rest of the day was spent just relaxing, watching Madagascar (or Roar in Goob language), reading books, playing, and helping daddy with his push ups.


Oh and getting ice cream per the Nana. She said Mady needed a very special treat because of her "traumatic" experience. So of course we spoiled our little girl.

Mady and Mommy's ice cream

Stealing Daddy's milkshake

"Here ya go Dada"

"Don't think about touching my ice cream"

Today there was nothing on our calender to do! So off to the beach we went. My Madelyn is a water baby through and through. Totally sits in the ocean, lets the waves crash over her, says "nummy" to the salt water in her mouth, have to literally carry her away from the water. We were there for about an hour and Mady was in the ocean for 45 minutes of it.


Rare moment playing in the sand

She loves the water


Hangin' out

She is crazy!
It was such a fun morning that of course ended in a melt down because we had to leave. We all got baths and showers when we got back and planned to head out to lunch at a little Mexican place down the road but Mady was so tired so she went down for an early nap and hubby and I got chicka fila! and just talked. It was so nice.

We've spent the rest of the day running errands, hanging out, and eating a yummy dinner!

I am so thankful I get to spend my days with two of the best people a girl could ask for.

Now I am off to get my butt kicked in scrabble by the hubby!

Happy Monday!!!!! =)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Nothing in particular

This is just another random post on another random day. =)

*We found a new place to live! I cannot tell you how relieved I/we feel. We were looking for a 6 month lease and all the places that weren't ghetto were too expensive. I'm talking like 1,200 a month expensive...for a 2 bedroom apartment. Um. no thank you. But today we were driving around and we totally found the place. It's nothing too exciting but they have a pool, 2 play ground, a community center and it is a nicer part of Virginia Beach. Plus it is totally within our price range! Tomorrow we have to go hand in our check and paper work so I am praying nobody comes in between now and then and steals it from us.

*Matt and I are both truly praying that 6 months from August we will be back in NJ or closer to NJ. Praying like really hard!!!

*I really hate getting the mail. I hate opening bills or getting a piece of mail that causes me anxiety. I like to get it usually while the hubby is home so he can talk me out of my crazy anxiety. I know I'm crazy.

*I am dreading packing all this crap up. For.real. Anyone wanna help?!

*I put a jacket I had bought Mady for the fall on her the other day to see how big it was. She didn't want to take it off.

Mady watching George in her jacket.
*Our kitchen table is falling apart. We only have 2 chairs left because the other 2 broke. And another one is about to go. I really just want to chuck the whole thing in the trash. Can't wait until we can get a new set!

*I'm really hoping Mady decides she wants to take a 3 hour nap today. It is around 95 degrees here today and we are kind of stuck inside because they still don't have the pool open and its too hot to be outside. It takes so much to entertain her until her bedtime at 730. Running errands...not today. I am usually sweating my butt off trying to get her in and out of the car and buckle her in and push the cart. Too hot for all that crap today.

*I know I am going to miss her immensely but I cannot wait until next weekend when Mady is staying with Nana and Pop Pop for a few days. Matt and I get 2 1/2 days just for us. SO EXCITED!

Well time to be productive or just sit here and read blogs for awhile. We'll see.

xoxo!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Life is just hard sometimes

These past few months have been hard. Difficult. Frustrating. Lots of tears. Struggles.

To be completely honest I never pictured being 25, a mom to an 19 month old, still living in apartments, away from family, and not completely settled.

I hate it.

I get jealous of everyone buying houses and decorating and establishing their roots.

I want that so badly.

But it is just not our time right now.

I need to be ok with that.

It's just hard.

We are moving out of our current, crappy apartment on August 1st-ish. We are attempting to get a lease for 6 month and then hopefully move back closer to NJ or NJ.

It's not the plan I wanted. But...I have to be ok with it. It really is what is best.

Life can just be so hard sometimes.

But....the Lord has us in his hands. I need to remember this daily. His plan is better than our plan. His timing is perfect.

Trusting the Lord in all of this. It's all I can honestly do.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Surprise!

Matt and I decided to head to Jersey this weekend. One...to surprise my dad for Father's Day. Success! Two...Matt had some stuff he had to do on Monday. Win-Win situation!

Since we knew we were heading to Jersey on Sunday. We celebrated Matt a little early on Saturday. We attempted to go to lunch at one of his favorite Mexican restaurants around here but they didn't open until 12! Matt has to leave for work around then so it didn't work out. =(

Mady and I got him a picture frame with one of my favorite pictures of the two of them and an I-tunes gift card.

He is a wonderful daddy to Madelyn. I am so lucky that she has such a positive and encouraging  father in her life. He deserves so much more than we could give him! 

The picture frame we got him and flowers that he got me "just because"

Back to our weekend in Jersey...We got there around 1pm on Sunday afternoon. I had called my mom when they were getting out of church to say we were about an hour away. She totally played it off on the phone, asked how church was for us, what our plans were for the day...all while I am laughing.

Anyways, we get there and totally surprised him. A few tears were shed. If someone else cries...I usually cry too. =)

We stayed with Matt's mom just because it was easier and she had more room. Plus, it was fun to spend more time than we usually do with her. AND...she has a cat. O.M.G. Mady is obsessed with the "kittttyyyy." She would follow it everywhere it went. She asked if it would like a "nack or juce" (snack/juice). I lost it when she asked the cat that. There were tears coming down my face because I was laughing so hard.

Mady talking to the Kitty

Telling daddy to "try" (meaning she wants him to pet the cat)
She even attempted to pick the cat up. Poor cat. She was so good to Mady.

After lunch, we went back to my parents house and celebrated Father's Day for my dad and Matt. Here are some pictures of the night.

First thing Mady does is go for the Tupperware cabinet.

Nana and the Mady

Hubby and Wifey

The Pop Pop and The Mady

Catching bubbles

Bubbles

Daddy with his favorite little girl

Watching TV with Uncle "T"
It was a super fun night and Mady went to bed way late. But in typical Mady fashion, she was up at 5:15! Trish (Matt's Mom) gets up early too so she came and got her for us and we got to sleep in!!!! We slept until 6:45...how sad...that's sleeping in. We were SO excited! Thank you Mom Mom!

We spent the day (Monday) searching for the kitty again, shopping with Nana, eating yummy food, looking for bunnies, and playing in the dirt and rocks.

Enjoying the chilly morning with mom mom

She never looks at the camera. Best I could do

Silly girl

Picking up sticks

Off to find the bunnies

Found a baby bunny!
 It was again, as always, such a fun weekend.

When do we move back......!?!?!?!?!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer time

Growing up, getting ice cream meant that it was summer time! I don't know what it is about going to an ice cream stand but it just makes me smile.

I've mentioned this before but for 9 years I worked at an ice cream/waterice stand. And I.loved.it. I loved seeing the families coming up with their children. The kids getting so excited to have a special treat. I sometimes wondered what my family would look like someday and if my kids would get just as excited to pick out their special treat.

Well, after Mady's nap today I loaded her up and off to Rita's we went (sorry Masso's girl..I know.I know. There is no mom and pop ice cream place around here!)

I told her on the way there we were going to get some ice cream. Her face was priceless. It made me smile from ear to ear. She kept repeating over and over "ice kiem" and "nummy!" (yummy). We got to the Rita's and she was bouncing in her seat, she was so excited.

Trying to decide what to get.
 Kiddie vanilla custard with rainbow jimmies. NUMMY! She loved it. It made her smile. It made me smile. I love moments like this with her. It makes all the hard times ok.

Nummy!

Want some, mom?

Two spoons!

Delicious Mom!

I look forward to so many special summer memories made with her. I am glad we (mostly I) made some today.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thoughts

So things have been a little crazy around here lately. Here is a little update on what's going on.

*We got out of our lease!!!! YAY! With no penalty! Matt, last Sunday, sent an e-mail to the property manager with pictures included. She got back to him Monday saying how very sorry she was and that we would be allowed to break our lease. So, we have 60 days to figure out our life! haha...no really I am serious.

* All of that means I have to pack again, and move again. Thinking about it makes me so grumpy! Oh well I am excited to get out of this dump.

*I have been feeling so unbelievably nauseous especially in the middle of the day. It sucks. No, I am not pregnant. I checked. =) I just want it to go away!

*Matt and I's 4th wedding anniversary is in a few weeks and I am super excited for it. We weren't together last year (deployment) so this year my parents are taking Mady for a few days so we can go to Bush Garden for the day and just spending a few days just the two of us! I am super excited! 2 more weeks!!!

*Mady and I went to the park yesterday and we were there for an hour!! Trust me, that is a long time to chase around an one and half year old. BUT, she was a very good girl and mainly just chased this cute little boy around. AND, she went down the big, windy slide all by herself...TWICE! I was so thankful to have a good afternoon with her.

*Mady decided yesterday she wanted to eat the crayons she was coloring with. When I asked her who taught her it was ok to eat crayons, her responses was, "uhhhh Papa (Pop Pop). I tried so hard not to laugh. Where does she come up with this stuff?! Needless to say, we called my dad a few minutes later and told him Mady threw him under the bus.

*I have really cute pictures of Mady at the park yesterday but I am too lazy to get the cord to upload them to the computer.

*Yesterday our internet went out, and we have no cable. I was going CRAZY! Crazy enough to call Verizon myself (I hate calling places/people...I always make the hubby do it) and they sent a technician out this morning so YAY internet. Since I was internet-less and cable-less yesterday, I loaded Mady up and went to Target to find something to watch last night so I didn't lose my mind. I got the mini-series The Kennedy's. It is pretty good but I hate watching that stuff without Matt because I always have a billizon questions. (He was a history major..FYI)

*That's about all I can muster up today!

Happy Thursday!!! xoxo

Monday, June 11, 2012

Parenthood is not all butterflies and rainbows...it is tough!

The last few weeks with Madelyn have been rough. Actually, the word rough would be an understatement. It has been um...hellish.

She is 19 months old. However, she has decided that she rules the land in this household. If she does not get what she wants,when she wants it or how she wants it, she will freak out, cry, roll around on the floor and sometimes hit me(while swinging her arms during her tantrum!) It is wearing me down both emotional and physically especially with the hubs working a lot lately.

I have been working on not giving into her. Because, like I said previously, it is so much easier at times. It stops the crying and the melt downs and she turns into a happy child. However, I do not want her to turn into a spoiled child who can cry and whine to get anything she wants. So, I have been the mean momma lately. And it has been tough.

She loves to be outside and playing with other kids. So usually we will go on a walk around the apartment complex to pass the time. I dread these walks though because she does not listen. For example, the other day I told her it was time to go inside so I walked into the apartment, expecting her to follow. Nope, she told me "buh bye" and continued to walk the other way. So, I acted like I was going to shut the door, just to see what she was going to do, and yup, she just continued to walk away. O.M.G child. She just does not care.

I dread taking her to the store with me because all she wants to do is get down and walk. The other day she somehow maneuvered her little body out of the strap in the Target cart and stood up! I grabbed her legs and sat her back down and she attempted to do it again. AH!

She is just not the easiest child. Don't get me wrong, she is social and happy and so personable but she is stubborn and VERY strong-willed! (My mom confirmed that to me the other day on the phone...it felt so good to hear that I was not crazy!)

I swear it is that red hair of hers....(Thanks Pop Pop!)

I know this is a stage and we are working through it together. I have learned some lessons from her that will save me some frustration with future children. It is a learning experience and we are learning together but man is it hard sometimes.

I love that girl to death and would do anything for her but this whole parenting gig lately has been frustrating and tiring.

Thank the Lord above she is an only child! I don't think I could handle two kids right now. She is enough!

Ok thanks for letting me rant. I feel better.

I love you Madelyn too much to say but man child are you stubborn!





Saturday, June 9, 2012

Some Randomness

Yay for Saturday! Or not really because the Navy has my husband this weekend until Sunday afternoon. Oh these drill weekends kill me! Anyways Mady was up again at 5:45 this morning. I do not know how to break her of this! It makes for one tired momma and a long day especially with the hubby working as much as he does. So all I can muster up today is some random stuff going on around these parts.

1. We got a CAR! YAY! But oh my Lordy! I forgot how much of a process it is and how long it takes! The hubby was at the dealership the other night until 11 and then we had to go back yesterday to sign some paper and have them clean the car and such. We were there for 2 hours with a crazy little girl! And of course, this girl was center of attention. Hamin' it up for everyone to see.

I am taking this picture sitting in the kiddy chair in the play room. This is about how we felt.

Wanting to escape!
....and for those of those you will ask what we got. We got a 2007 Mazda 3. Its grey. I don't  really have a good picture of it but it is perfect for Mady and I. I am very proud of us for staying in our price range. This has been a long and frustrating process. It seemed like no one was willing to work with us and Matt walked out of so many dealerships. But finally, we have our new (or new to us) car! Very thankful for everything my hubby did to get that car for me!

2. Mady is a dancing machine! It is so cute and makes me laugh every time. I don't think this girl ever sits still!

3. I can put Mady's hair up in a big girl ponytail and oh my goodness. She looks like such a big girl.

Excuse me but stop looking like a big girl. This momma can't take it

Too cute!
4. With her looking more and more like a little "big" girl comes the attitude! Oh my! Seriously the past few days have been difficult. She just wants to do everything by herself and walk everywhere and just not listen. We have started time outs and I think she understand, to a certain extent, what it means. One of my biggest fears is that I will raise a spoiled child who acts bratty and entitled to things. Because, let's be honest, it is usually easier to just give in to what they want. (Guilty of that on too many occasions)

5. A sleeping baby in a car seat just is too cute. Mady usually crashes while we are driving and she looks just so cute and peaceful. Then she wakes up and it is more like...watch out!


6. Our "community" pool hasn't open yet and I cannot wait until it does. It will give Mady and I something to do for a good hour each day. Mady loves the water and plus it will tire her out. Yay for long naps!

7. While Mady and I were in Jersey, Matt went to the leasing office and basically told them everything wrong with their stupid apartment and that we feel like we have the right to break our lease. The lady understood where he was coming from and said she would have to talk to her property manager and let us know. That was over 2 weeks ago and we still haven't heard back. On top of that, wouldn't you think that they could come to our apartment and fix the things we have been complaining about to maybe get us to stay here and be happy customers? Yeah me too. Nope, nothing. We are beyond annoyed and frustrated with this place. It is horrible and I will do the happy dance when we are able to leave!

8. I cannot stop eating the cheddar blast gold fish! Like we went to the store yesterday and I made sure to buy 2 bags.(Plus they were on sale!) They are so delicious!

9. Really cannot wait to Monday and to be able to spend the day as a family. We all really need it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! =)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thankful

Today I want to share what I am thankful for. I think I need to do this more often. There are so many reason to be thankful yet I have the tendency to look at the negative. (One thing about my personality I don't like...I am a pessimistic person)

So today I am thankful for...

1. My M&M's (Matt and Mady) I would be lost without them. They will mean more to me than they could ever know.

2. Our health. I have been reading a blog about a little girl who has cancer. She does not have a long time left here on earth. Last night while I was reading it, I don't think I could kiss or hug Mady enough. I think we take for granted our health on a daily basis. We just never know what is waiting for us around the corner. Thank you Lord for my healthy family.

3. Matt has training at work today therefore he will be home in the afternoon! I cherish the nights I get to spend time with him and Mady. The mornings are just crazy before he has to go to work and we don't get to spend a lot of time together as a family.  So I am very much looking forward to him being home this afternoon and evening.

4. Matt's Job. There are so many people in this country struggling to find work. I am thankful I have a husband who will work whatever job he needs to provide for his girls.

5. I am thankful I get to stay home with Mady for now. Sometimes I just go about the day and the everyday routines and don't truly realize how blessed I am that I get to stay home with her and watch her grow. (She is getting too big!)

6. I am thankful I serve a God who loves without end. Who forgives. Who understands. Who is there even when we can't see him working. He is working. 

What are you thankful for? I feels good to just remind myself that things are not as bad as they may seem. I need to focus on the good, the blessing in my life because there are so many!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mady Girl

I can't believe how much Mady has changed in just the last few weeks. She is talking like CRAZY, follows commands (sounds like she is a dog...sorry), and has been so fun to interact with.

She is repeating and saying all kinds of words. Too many to count or name. She is learning new words everyday and the way she says them is just too funny or too cute. I love this new learning stage. 

One of the new things she has learned is when she wants you to do something again, she will say "try". Haha. I don't even know where that came from. Tonight I was bouncing her on my feet and she kept saying "try" over and over again. It gave my legs a good work out.

This child wants to "wok" (walk) everywhere! She does not like the stroller anymore or really the cart. We had a few errands to run today and it was just easier if I let her walk. Girl was thrilled! It was really cute. She likes to dance in the middle of the store as well. You see, she has this dance she does when we sing a song from Elmo's Music Magic (I gotta new way to walk...) and she likes to break it down where ever we are at.

Here is a little video from this past weekend of Mady's dance

video

She still is not a fan of meat. I can get her to eat some of it if I cut it really small or sneak it in with some veggies (not complaining about that!) but honestly it can be frustrating at times.

When she gets hurt or is nervous about something, she will pat herself (usually chest/tummy) and say "okay" over and over again. It just melts your heart.  When you ask if she is okay, she will respond with "okay" if she really is.

I can pull her hair into a full ponytail now. I can't believe how old it makes her look. However, her hair has a mind of its own. For.real. Its curly/wavy/straight. It likes to stick out in certain places and just is not easy to tame!

Look at those curls!
Operation get rid of paci is on hold. I just think its not the right time right now. I want her to understand why she needs to get rid it instead of me just constantly saying no. I know the day will come for her to give it up. It's not like she is going to preschool with a paci. It will come. I am not going to worry about it right now.

I can't believe she is closer to two than one now. I remember the day we brought her home from the hospital. It is so true when people say the days are long but the years are short. SLOW.DOWN.

Love.Her.To.Pieces

I love you Mady Girl for always!

Monday, June 4, 2012

We're Back!

Yesterday Matt met my parents, Mady and I in Salisbury, MD to pick us up. It is about the half way point between us and them. I had missed my hubby so much and ready to be back in my own place but I was not ready to leave NJ. I wish we could have just went home to the our house in the next town over. Hopefully someday soon.

We had an awesome time in NJ. Mady is completely in love with her Nana and Papa (Pop Pop). She was my mom's shadow the entire time we were there. If she had to leave the room, Mady would constantly ask for Nana until she came back or she would attempt to go find her. When we had to leave, after the hubby picked us up, Mady was hysterically crying because she did not want to leave them. Of course, I started crying too. It is always emotional for me to say bye even though I am sure we will see them sooner rather than later.

Anyways...we drove down last Sunday and hubby drove back Monday. During those two days, there was so much laughter, smiles, and joy. It makes me smile just thinking about it.

Me and My buddy

Mady telling everyone what needs to happen...like usual

Fillin up the pool!

Mady and Daddy
It was HOT in Jersey Sunday/Monday but the pool and the shade made it bearable. I don't think Mady was inside at all those two days. We played in the pool, went for wagon rides, ate outside, and watched the cars go by. It was so nice. I can't even explain. Mady and I were sad when Daddy had to drive home Monday night for work the next day.

Monday we had a small BBQ. Matt's mom and brother and friend, Nick came over. It was a fun day.

Mady and grandmom

Brothers. Matt and Jake
The rest of the week Mady and I....

went to my old work..Masso's Waterice and Custard. Mady had some yummy vanilla custard with rainbow jimmies! Yummy!
Baked cupcakes...

Played in the pool...



Explored the yard and looked for bunnies...



Showing Pop Pop where the bunnies are

I love this picture. Crouching down to see the bunny

And took naps...

Sleepy girl

and finally played in the dirt and watched cars go by...


Love this picture


We had a wonderful time and we cannot wait to go visit again! So many fun memories. I know there will be so many more to come.