Friday, July 30, 2010

Eco-Friendly Friday: Back-to-School Essentials and The Best Giveaway Yet!

Can you believe it's already that time of year again? In just a few short weeks, shiny yellow school buses will be cruising all around town. What's that mean for you as a parent? Well...it means these last few weeks of summer are going to be filled with back-to-school shopping! Supply lists are already coming out and retail stores are already displaying fall fashions. It's time to start stocking your kids up for the school year, and one place you need to start is Reuseit.com so that you can get your kids back-to-school lunch essentials.

Did you know that the typical child generates 67 POUNDS of lunchtime waste per year? Now times that by the number of students in your child's class, or better yet, by the number of students in your child's school. That's a TON of waste that can easily be avoided by picking up 5 lunchtime reusables. That's it...just 5 reusable items can save all that trash and save you a ton of money in the long run (roughly $371 annually). Seems like a no-brainer right? Well here is how to get started...

1) Use a Reusable Lunch Bag

The great thing about reusable lunch bags is that there are SO many cute ones to chose from these days. Reusable lunch bags use to be all about function, but now they are about fashion too! Here are some of my favorites...



I love how these bags can hang from the back of a lunch chair while kids eat, instead of taking up space on the table. Such a smart idea.



You seriously can't go wrong with Neoprene when it comes to durability. It's machine washable, keeps food cold for hours and its easy to fold up and shove into a backpack when lunch is over. Plus...these designs are SUPER cute :-)



These traditional square lunch bags remind me of my school days...although these are way cuter than the New Kids on the Block one I carried :-) They have great colors and designs for girls and boys...




Okay...this is seriously the PERFECT lunch bag for the little fashionista in your life. It's cute enough to be a purse, but functional enough to use for lunch. I mean really...how can you go wrong? KOKO makes several adorable options so be sure to check them all out here.

2) Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I have posted several times about all the great reusable water bottles that Reusit.com has to offer, but here are a few new ones that I think are perfect for school (or any time for that matter :-)...



If anything is going to keep your child's drink cold until lunch time...it's a stainless steel bottle. The mouth on these is wide enough to fill with ice cubes, and it is super easy to clean if your kids want to refill it before heading home. I also love the adorable animal designs...I might order the beaver one for Eric :-)



Since I have become a huge fan of CAMELBAK, I just had to include one of their new kid-friendly bottles. These are the girlie designs, but they have ones for the boys too. I LOVE them!

3) Use Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags

Obviously, disposable plastic sandwich and snack bags are one of the biggest culprits of lunchtime waste so even just replacing your child's snack bags will make a HUGE difference. I have always been a fan of LunchSkins, but here are a few new ones that I would like to try...


There's no confusing what's inside these bags! I love the colorful food pictures and the fact that they are made from organic cotton.



In case you didn't know, REUSEIT makes their own line of snack bags (and lunch bags, and shopping bags, etc.) and they are incredibly affordable in comparison to others out there. They are just as durable and fabulous and best of all...they are made in the USA!

4) Use Reusable Food Containers

I know a lot of people are big fans of Gladware and other "disposable reuseables" like that, but you have to remember that just because something says it is reusable...doesn't mean that it will last past a few uses. I have melted, stained, broken and cracked so many pieces of these cheap reusables in the past that I stopped buying them long before I realized how many other great options there are out there. These items may be more pricey, but when you think about how long you will use them, you will see that they are a much better value in the long run. Here are some of my new favorite food containers...



These are just too awesome to only be used for lunches! They are slim enough to fit in lunch bags, diaper bags and backpacks and my FAVORITE feature is that they are nestable, which means you can keep them organized in your cabinets! They are also BPA free and made of 100% recycled materials.



Okay...I have given this bad boy two test runs this month. I carted watermelon for Addison all the way to the zoo and when we got there, it was still cold! Score 1. I also carted warm oatmeal for Blake when we went out to breakfast and when we got there it was still warm!! Score 2! I never thought I would find so many uses for this jar but between snacks, babyfood, soups and chilies in the winter, etc...there are endless possibilities. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this for your kid's lunch bags (or your own :-)



These containers are the perfect size for your kids lunch bags. They are durable and leak-proof...two very important musts for kids. I also think they are great sizes for babyfood...especially if you make and store your own.

5) Use Reusable Utensils and Napkins

These are probably the two most neglected reusables when it comes to kids lunches, but they are just as important as the rest of the items on this list. Luckily, it's easy to find cute, kid-friendly utensils. My favorites are...



I've blogged about these before, but I just had to share them again because they are so perfect for kids lunches! The durability and convenient carry case make them a must-have. And speaking of items I have blogged about before...



I know that reuseable napkins are a dime a dozen, but these organic cotton napkins from Litter-Free lunch are awesome. I have used mine a lot and they still look brand new. LOVE them.

So...you see how easy that was? You only have to replace 5 items in your kid's lunchtime routine to save 67 pounds of waste and roughly $371 this school year!! You'd be stupid not to do it :-) And...to help move you along in your quest for a waste-free lunch...Reusit.com is giving away a REUSEIT Lunch bag AND set of snack bags FOR FREE to one lucky reader!!! Here is on of my favorite new REUSEIT lunch bags...


Cute right? They have a bunch of adorable lunch bags and snack bags to chose from so be sure to check them all out. But first, make sure you enter. Here's what you have to do...

1) To enter this giveaway, you must visit Reuseit.com's new site and tell us what you love best about it. This will earn you 1 entry.

2) Leave an additional comment and let us know that you became a Facebook Fan. You can access their Facebook page right from the Reuseit.com homepage. This will earn you an additional entry.

3) Leave an additional comment and let us know that you became a Twitter Follower. You can assess their Twitter link right from the Reuseit.com homepage. This will earn you an additional entry.

4) Leave an additional comment and let me know of any eco-friendly topics you would like to see on Eco-Friendly Fridays. This will earn you an additional entry.

The winner will be announced next Friday, August 6th. Good luck everyone and Happy Back-to-School!

* If you would like to check out Reuseit.com's video on "5 Steps to a Waste-Free Lunch" you can check it out here*

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Blake is 7 Months Old!!

Yeah...so...remember yesterday when I said Blake would be turning 7 months in "just a few short days?" Well...apparently I have absolutely no concept of time these days because he actually turned 7 months YESTERDAY!!!! I guess it just didn't seem possible that it could already be July 28th and that my sweet baby boy was already that old :-( So...this update is coming to you just a day late :-)

A baby's development at this age is nothing short of amazing. I watch Blake grow and learn and change before my very eyes every day. He has become such a curious little guy...always looking around and playing with anything he can reach...


Physically, Blake has developed a lot this month too (and packed on another pound to his meaty little body). He has become so much more active and playful. Naps are just not important to him I guess because he rarely sleeps for longer than 30 minutes at a time. But, in his defense, I do think it has had a lot to do with the two new top teeth we cut this month...


Those two teeth really did a number on my little guy and what little progress we had made in the night sleep department has been set back a bit. But that's okay...I am almost use to the wake-ups and I find myself enjoying our alone time together. I am not always a huge fan of the 2:00 a.m. alone time but hey...I'll take if for now :-) I do feel that crying it out is on the horizon though and I suppose that day will come as soon as I hit that inevitable wall when alone time in the middle of the night is no longer fun :-)

In other news, Blake has also been enjoying his first summer. We have been swimming at Nana and Papa's a LOT and when we aren't there (and the temperature isn't in the 90s) we like to take advantage of our great backyard...


Sitting in the grass is one of the few things he can do outside...


But his big sister provides PLENTY of entertainment...


I can't believe we already have another month under our belt. I know I say it every month...but I really wish time would slow down. Seeing how fast it goes makes you want to try harder to cherish every second of it. So...I am going to go do that right now :-) Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy Babies, A "New" Office, & Some Playroom Ideas

I am happy to report that both of my kiddies are on the mend today and feeling MUCH better. Addie even managed to get her sassy little "Addietude" back, which is why you won't see her in any of today's pictures. She flat out refused to smile for me and actually told me to "bug off", before heading straight to time-out. Ahh...kiddies :-)

But the good news is that even though sassy pants was being a bit of a drama queen today, her rash is gone and she is eating/playing/sleeping like normal. Whew! Mr. Blake is also feeling better and his congestion has cleared up a bunch. I'm so happy too because I missed my smiley little bugger! Thanks to everyone who wished them well...it looks like it worked :-)

So far, the kiddies and I have had another productive day. First up on the list was a MUST DO project. Blake is now managing to sit up on his own and he can get into the crawling position which means his crib needed to be dropped ASAP. I mean, just look at the little guy in there...he can actually reach up to grab his mobile!


We dropped Addie's crib around 6 months and since Blake is just a few days shy of 7 months...I thought it was time. He is just growing too fast on me!! I actually shed a little tear lowering his crib and putting him in it for the first time. He looks like he is in a jail cell!!


A very cozy jail cell that he particularly likes :-) I also put Blake's bumper back on because we have had a problem with limbs getting stuck in the slats lately. I only took it out because of SIDS risks those first few months but now that he can move himself around any way he wants, I thought it might be nice to put it back in for a while (until he starts standing up of course :-) I think he likes his new cozy bed...don't you?


After Blake's bed was situated, I finished the last of the office move to our bedroom and I thought I would share a few pictures. For our desk, I wanted to try to utilize a piece of furniture we already had in our bedroom. This is an old computer cabinet that I got for a steal about 10 years ago when I worked for Pier 1 Imports. I used it all through college and it became our TV stand when we moved into our house. Its still in pretty good shape for 10 years old...


I was just storing blankets and extra pillows in it, but once I cleaned that out, I was able to fit ALL of our office supplies and computer necessities. Look how great it turned out...


What I love best about this cabinet is that it hides all the clutter. If I have bills sitting out to be paid or a stack of essays to grade, I can just close the cabinet doors and viola...mess contained! I also love all the little compartments in this cabinet because it makes all the organizing super easy. I am very happy with how this turned out and I am shocked that all of our stuff fit into it.

Next up on the move was books. If you remember from my pictures, I had two bookcases in the office filled from top to bottom. Eric suggested I just pack the books up or put them in the basement but since I still reference a lot of them for teaching or for the babies...I decided I wanted to keep them upstairs. Luckily, after moving the bassinet out of our room, I had the perfect wall to put both book cases side-by-side. Don't they look nice?


I don't know what it is about books, but I just feel like they cozy up any room. But that's just me...I'm a nerd.

So...now that the spare bedroom is free from all office furniture and supplies, it's time to start brainstorming about the playroom. Here are some things I know I want to do with the walls.

First up...I want to paint a chalkboard on the wall...


Benjamin Moore is suppose to make a great chalkboard paint that is easy to use, and easy to cover when you no longer need it. I only want to paint a small portion of one of the walls and then frame it out in trim. The cost of chalkboard paint and trim is only a fraction of the price that a real chalkboard would cost...and a lot less dangerous for the kids. I am always so paranoid of things falling off the wall and a big chalkboard could definitely do some damage. While I was browsing the internet for chalkboard paint pictures, I found a few cute ideas on Martha Stewart and on this website. I never realized how much you can do with this paint!

Next up...I want to hang some fun maps...


I definitely want to make the playroom fun, as well as educational. I love kids rooms that have big US maps on the wall. This one is from Land of Nod but I am sure there are plenty out there to chose from. I just want to make sure I find one like this that is suitable for a toddler or young child, and not too complicated. And while I look, I am also hoping to find a cute map of our solar system. I always loved astronomy as a kid and I hope Addie and Blake find it fun as well (especially since I have a telescope packed away in the basement :-)

And finally, I am TOTALLY ripping off this idea from Pottery Barn Kids...


I knew I wanted to put the Alphabet up somewhere in the room and I absolutely LOVE how they incorporate random items to make the shapes of certain letters. Love the rope for Q, and the wheel for O. Such a smart idea. And I am sure I can find several "letters" around the house, garage or basement. Anyone have any ideas for items I can use to make letters? I want to use this idea on the big wall in the playroom. I am thinking that I can make this pretty inexpensive as well, especially if I just buy unfinished wood letters from a craft store for the letters I can't find around the house :-)

So there you have it...a little insight into what I hope to do with the walls in the playroom. Next I need to start thinking about storage and organization. You know my Dad will play a part in that somehow, but what to do...what to do. I think I am going to give myself the afternoon off to play with the kiddies outside since the rain is holding off. I hope everyone enjoys their hump day!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Calling it a Night

I think I worked myself stupid today. Seriously. I just put my phone in the pantry and then filled Howie's dog food bowl with goldfish crackers. My eyes are heavy and burning and I think an early bedtime is in store for this mama. Here's why...

I wish I could say my day was super productive and I guess it was...considering what I accomplished with a crabby baby on my hip and a needy toddler clinging to my leg. Turns out Blake is still not quite over his cold and what I thought was the same cold for Addie turned out to be Roseola...again. Yes...again. Apparently kids can get it twice. The chances are slim, but she is my daughter and therefore inherited my luck with odds :-) Both babies are sound asleep and happy...for now...so instead of trying to think of a funny, creative, interesting blog post...I am just going to put my feet up and call it a night.

But don't worry...what I was able to accomplish today was moving my "office" into our master bedroom. I never thought I would be able to make it work but I did and it is totally functional! In fact, I sort of like how everything cozies up the room! Addie was a BIG helper...toting books from my office to the bedroom with her little shopping cart. Bless her heart...she already understands her mommy's O.C.D. and wants to make life better for me :-) So I promise to do an update on all that tomorrow, along with some cute pictures of my two little peanuts...just for fun. Please say a little prayer that they both feel better tomorrow :-)

Have a great night everyone!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Another Playroom?

I realized the other day that for the first time in almost 3 years, I am not in the middle of a home project. When we moved into our house, there were countless rooms to decorate. And then when those were done, it was time to plan Addie's nursery...


When Addie arrived, she lived comfortably in her beautiful nursery until she turned a year old and it became very obvious that we were going to need a playroom. Enter Grandpa and his awesome handy work...


Together we designed the most adorable playroom and Grandma helped me put together all the final touches. It was perfect, and Addie spent a LOT of her time in there. But then, after we found out that Blake was on his way, it was time to movie Addie into her playroom. It became her "big girl" room and it turned out even cuter than I imagined. Her new crib and dresser fit in the room perfectly...


After Addie's move, I had about 4 months to convert our very girlie nursery into a little boy's room. I had SO MUCH FUN painting in blues and decorating with trucks, trains and planes...


So now that the kid's rooms are complete, I find myself constantly looking for something to change in my house. I love rearranging furniture, recycling different curtains and pillows, slapping some new paint on the wall, etc. I don't know why I am so O.C.D. about my house...but I am. I think it has something to do with the fact that I never feel organized. I am constantly looking for ways to make more space or at the very least...make sense of the space I have. We have a four bedroom house, which means that we have one spare room that we currently use as a guest room/office...



This room use to make a lot of sense. I always felt like I needed an office so that I had a place to go to grade papers, work on the computer, read a book, etc. But what I have come to realize is that I typically grade papers sitting at the kitchen table, I work on the computer in the chair in my bedroom, and I pay bills standing up at the counter in the kitchen. Eric and I NEVER use our office. It has become a catch-all room where we stash paperwork, gifts, toys, and anything else that doesn't have a home elsewhere. I HATE that about this room. I feel like it has become such a waste, especially since the one and only house guest we have is currently pregnant with twins and sadly...I doubt that Tara, Pat, their son Connor and their two new babies will be able to sleep in this tiny little bedroom when they come visit :-)

So...I have been doing a lot of thinking about this room. I had originally thought that it would turn into Blake's big boy room one day, but since it is the smallest room in the house, I am not sure that will be the case. At least not right away. So the only other practical thing I can think to do with this room is turn it into a playroom! I know I know...why on earth would I need another playroom, when both of the kids have their own bedrooms. And that is an excellent point. If we didn't have this spare room, the kids bedrooms would have to suffice. BUT...since we do have the extra space, why not give them a fun place to play? I am starting to worry, at least in Addie's case, that there are too many distractions in her bedroom. She fights sleep a lot of days because she wants to play with her dollhouse, push her baby in the stroller, play with her little laptop computer, etc. So maybe...if some of those larger, more tempting toys were out of her bedroom, she would be able to focus more on sleep and less on play. One can hope anyway :-)

Now that I have decided what I want to do with the room, the hard part begins. Where do I put all of the office necessities that I want to keep out? What do I do with the furniture in the guest room/office? What will I need to turn this spare room into a playroom? What things do I have in my house that I can reuse or refurbish? How do I do all this on a super small budget? SO much to think about...

Anyone else want to admit that they have O.C.D. when it comes to their house? Anyone else feel the need to rearrange furniture at least every other month? I think I need to get some help...hahaha!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Sickies, A Broken Limb, and Some Sunshine

Nothing sucks worse than a summer cold. You're trapped in the house, staring out the window at the sunshine, wishing you could be playing instead of laying on the couch with the sniffles. Poor Blake got the sickies first two weeks ago, and then I followed suit and spent last weekend with a runny nose and headache :-( I was really hoping that Addie was in the clear but nope...Friday she came down with the same thing. Poor babies...


But don't worry...the kiddies were in good spirits the whole time and I made sure to give them lots of extra TLC (and popsicles :-) The only thing that made the sickies a little easier for Addie on Saturday was all the rain we had! She knew she couldn't go outside in the storm so it was a little easier to convince her to do puzzles and color at her table. The storms were actually pretty brutal this weekend and one of our favorite trees suffered a serious injury...


I think Eric was more upset then I was. I swear I saw him give the broken limb a moment of silence before he and Uncle Joe chopped it up and hauled it away :-( Damn storm...why couldn't it have taken down our crappy mailbox instead?

So...after we got over the sickies and recovered from the big storm, God gave us a BEAUTIFUL Sunday. It was sunny and a lot less humid, which made it a perfect day for swimming in Nana and Papa's pool! I didn't take any pictures because we were too busy lounging and relaxing. You wouldn't even know Addie was sick by the way she was jumping and swimming and playing around today. Kids are so resilient :-)

Well I hope all of you had a nice weekend too! It's funny...even though I don't work outside the home anymore, I still really dislike Mondays. Why is that I wonder????

Friday, July 23, 2010

Eco-Friendly Friday: The NEW Reusit.com Goes Live!!

I am VERY excited to announce that my favorite eco-friendly website, ReusableBags.com, is now officially reuseit.com!!!! This new site has been a labor of love for all of the great employees over at reusit.com for a loooooong time and I am so happy for all of them. The new site is FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!! Check it out for yourself here...


They are still working on some final tweaks but once the site is 100% ready...I just know there will be some fabulous "grand opening" sales and specials. So be sure to keep your eye out and sign up for their newsletter and become a Facebook fan if you haven't already.

I am in the process of working on a GREAT Back-to-School post for next weeks installment of Eco-Friendly Friday so be sure to stop back. And who knows...there may just be a great giveaway to go with it... :-)

Congrats again on a job WELL DONE reusit team!! You guys rock!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Operation HMB: Running Update Week 5

I can't believe it. I mean seriously...Can. Not. Believe. that I am almost half way through my Couch to 5K program!!!!!!! I am only one day away from completing Week 5 and I feel great!! Today I ran two, 8-minute run sequences and lived to tell about it!! 5 weeks ago, an 8-minute run would have taken me out. Eric would have found me in the neighbors yard, curled into the fetal position, crying for him to come pick me up and carry me home. But today...I ran through those 8 minutes like a woman on a mission...


A mission to get healthy and get in shape. 6 weeks ago, I said there was no way in hell I would ever love running. I hated it...with a fiery passion. But here I am, 6 weeks later, waiting impatiently for my next run. How did that happen? I mean really...how??? I don't know if it is the challenge of it all, the peace and quiet I get for 30 minutes, 3 times a week, or the extra pounds that I am finally starting to drop...but whatever it is...I've got the fever. I am starting to feel stronger and faster with each run and for the first time...my goal of running a 5K seems attainable. And that just makes me want to laugh hysterically because I am SO NOT A RUNNER! Correction...wasn't a runner. But now I am. Now I am one of the chics out on the road at the crack of dawn in her little running outfit sweating to Black Eyed Peas. That's me!! I'm doing it! I'm in the club! And I couldn't be prouder of myself for sticking to it.

BUT...I still have a ways to go. The runs are about to get a LOT harder in the coming weeks and I know my confidence will be put to the test. I know I will keep going because this is important to me, but I always like having a reward at the end of something big like this. When I was on Weight Watchers, my reward for reaching my goal weight was to go out to a nice restaurant and get the most indulgent meal and dessert they had. Let me tell you...it was worth EVERY calorie. And I really looked forward to that night out with my hubby. So...what do you all think my reward should be at the end of the program? I have already done food, so I was thinking something else. A spa treatment? Shopping? A pair of skinny jeans? What sounds like an appropriate reward for a goal like this? I know I know...the feeling of accomplishment should be enough. And it will. But I still like excuses to get a massage or go shopping. Ha!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Some Boobie Pain and a Fabulous Reunion!

For starters, I just want to apologize for my lack of post yesterday. After a rather long day of playing with the kids, running errands and grabbing dinner with Nana, I started developing some serious boobie pain. I am still nursing Blake and I was pretty certain what the pain was from. A clogged duct (sorry...I know that is TMI but I am going to continue anyway). Whenever I get a clogged duct from nursing, I usually try my hardest to work it out before it turns into something more serious, like Mastitis. But last night I wasn't so lucky. The pain got worse as the evening went on and by dinner time, I had developed a fever to go with it. BOO!!! I did not want to spend my night in the E.R. so I did everything I could to make it go away on it's own. I drank tons of water, took a Motrin to help with the pain, and stood in a hot shower for close to an hour trying to work out the lump. Finally...it went down and I was able to fall asleep. This morning it was totally cleared up and I am SO THANKFUL because I had a very important day planned today. I was finally going to get to see my BFF Tiffany!!!!!

Tiffany and Sophie moved away almost a year ago and we haven't had a chance to meet up since Blake was born. We had been trying to get together with the kids for weeks now and we finally made it happen today. My mom and dad were nice enough to let us playdate at their house so the kiddies could use the pool. Tiff and I had such a great time catching up...


And the kiddies had a great time catching up too...


Miss Sophie was in love with Blake and he was pretty sweet on her too. Already going for the older chics...


I can' t believe how much Sophie has grown since the last time I saw her. She is looking more and more like her mama every day and I can't get over her gorgeous long wavy hair!!!


Such a doll. Tiff is still in town a few more weeks and I really hope we can get together a few more times before she goes. Although, I also hope we can sneak in a "mommies only" night in there too so we can really catch up :-)

Thanks for the great playdate Tiff!!! Love you bunches!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

July is a Fall-Lover's Worst Nightmare

To say that it has been hot around here lately is an understatement. It has been flat out MISERABLE these last few weeks with temps well into the 90s and 100s with insane humidity. Normally, I welcome these few super hot summer days because they give you an excuse to do nothing but play outside in the water. BUT...when the temp gets so hot that not even your parents fabulous pool can cool you off...you know you've got trouble.

It's days (or weeks) like this that make me wish for fall...my FAVORITE season. I look forward to seeing the leaves change...


To buying my first Pumpkin Spice latte...


To wearing my first cozy sweater of the season...


To lighting my first fall scented candle...


And best of all...to busting out my new school supplies!!


I am trying hard not to wish away summer because I enjoy being outside with the kids and I know that when the cold winds of winter blow in...I will be wishing for these days. But to be honest, I would prefer being in a cozy house drinking hot chocolate any day.

So...am I nuts...or are some of you out there already dreaming about fall too?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Blake's First Trip to the Beach

Having my sister-in-law Dana as a best friend growing up had a lot of perks. In addition to being the most lovable, caring, loyal best friend a girl could ask for...she also had super cute clothes to borrow, an older brother that could drive us places and...her family belonged to an awesome beach club. In the midwest...belonging to a recreational club with a swimming lake is about as good as it gets. It is the closest thing we have to a "real beach" and when you are a teenager, there is no better place to be in the summer.

It's funny to think back to when Dana and I were 13 and walking around the beach club in our little bikinis talking about boys. Who would have ever guessed that 16 years later, we would be walking on the same beach with our own children!!!

Here is Aunt Dana showing Blake the beach for the first time...


I just love his little Buddha belly :-)


I wasn't sure how Blake would like the sand or water, but we plopped him down with the rest of the kids and he lit right up...


He spent a good part of the morning playing in the sand...


And wading in the water...


Addie and Nia were SO excited to be at the beach today, but there were a few disagreements about who got which toys. So...Nia buried Addie in the sand to make sure she wouldn't steal anything else. Ha!


In all seriousness...the girls had a great time playing together today and it was so much fun listening to them chit chat as they did. At one point, Nia said, "Addie...I really like building sand castles with you", to which Addie replied, "Thank you, Nia!"


After the kids had their fill of the sand, they took to the water and some minnow "fishing"...


And while the girls did that, my little Nolan went for a swim by himself. What a cutie he is!!


Being at the beach club today made Eric and I very excited for the future and all of the beach and camping trips we hope to take with the kids. We had a great day and I really hope we can get out there a few more times before the summer is over. It is just going WAY too fast!!