Zoo trip

We took Peyton to the zoo for the first time over July 4th weekend.  We went to 1st service at church and headed straight to the zoo right after.  The weather was perfect – warm but not miserably hot and cloudy but not rain clouds threatening us constantly.  We saw the penguins and bison before we stopped at the picnic area for lunch.  Although Peyton was more interested in seeing everything around her than she was her chicken.  And then we wandered around to all the different exhibits.  Most of the big animals were sleeping so Peyton didn’t know what the heck we were pointing at when we told her “Look Peyton! Do you see the xyz [that’s just sitting there and blending into it’s surroundings]?!” She loved pointing at all the animals that were awake and active.  The bison weren’t active but I think they were big enough that she could see them and she kept moo-ing at them!  She now knows what sound a cow makes (mmmmmm!) and a horse (na ha ha ha).  The seal and sea lions were active and we arrived at their exhibit right as a show was starting.  Forest took Peyton up closer to the glass to watch but after a few minutes Peyton was over it, started crying and they made their way back to me.  Peyton was asleep in the car before we got out of the parking garage so I think it’s safe to say she had a really good time!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

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A weekend with friends + Peyton has a new bestie!

Two weekends ago we had friends visiting from IN.  It was a visit that I had been looking forward to because it would be our first time meeting little Aiden!  He’s 8 months old and pretty solid (I think he weighs as much if not more than Peyton who is 4 months older) but he has the absolute best smile, the quietest voice and the sweetest giggle.  And we were asked at least two different times if Peyton and Aiden were twins.  Adorable!

So on Friday we spent the day in Philly.  We did lunch at Campo’s for pretty amazing Philly cheesesteaks (and it’s just a few blocks from the Liberty Bell!) and took some pictures in front of Independence Hall.  We saw the Liberty Bell up close, walked by Independence Hall and found a shaded spot on the lawn next to the Liberty Bell.  Peyton and Aiden spent some time out of the strollers stretching their legs and hugging trees.

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water bug

“Dance and swim.  Those are going to be her activities.”

Forest got a wireless bluetooth speaker for a 5 years of service gift from work that we got up and running Saturday morning after breakfast.  One of Peyton’s favorite activities is dancing (her daily reports from daycare says how much she loves bopping to the music they play).  Needless to say, Peyton spent her morning dancing around the house with us.  She would randomly bust out in a little head bob and bounce if a song caught her attention.

After lunch, we decided to open up the inflatable pool Peyton got as a birthday gift.  It was hot and muggy outside and it took some work to get the pool inflated and filled for her but I slipped her into a bathing suit (that matched mine, of course!) and we sloooooooowly eased ourselves into the cold water.  She did NOT like the cold water (smart girl) but once she got used to it she was splashing and turning in circles chasing the toys that were floating around.

first time in the pool

first time in the pool

first time in the pool

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Peyton’s 1st Birthday Party!

We celebrated Peyton’s 1st birthday on Saturday June 4.

It was hot and sunny and we were all huddled in the shade but we had so much fun celebrating our little girl on her first birthday!

We had both sets of grandparents, Aunt Amanda, and cousin Chansler all here to help us decorate and celebrate!  Plus many of our closest friends came over!

We made sure we measured Peyton on her measuring stick (one of her Christmas gifts from us!) first thing in the morning.

Peyton's 1st birthday party

We spent all of Saturday morning decorating outside and preparing the food that we couldn’t/didn’t the night before and icing the smash cake and cupcakes.

Peyton's 1st birthday party

Peyton's 1st birthday party

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Vacay | Charlottesville, VA + Baltimore Oriole’s game

Thursday after work last week we packed up the car, dropped Indie off at the vet for boarding (saddest moments for us as fur-parents but Forest said Indie trotted off with the guy like it was the best day ever and didn’t even look back to see if Forest was following!) and headed off to visit our friend Rachele in Charlottesville, VA for the weekend.

Peyton ate dinner on the road (a puree pouch + puffs), we stopped at 7:30 pm (her normal time to nurse and head to bed) and we got to Rachele’s around 12:30 am.  Our plan was to pop open the pack-n-play and transfer a SLEEPING Peyton from the car seat to the pack-n-play.  Well we all know what happens when you plan for easy transitions like that!  Peyton was wide awake when Forest tried to transfer her and all of my attempts to rock her back to sleep were thwarted until she FINALLY gave in around 3:00 am.

Friday morning we were all up and, after Forest made a yummy waffle breakfast, we headed to a peach orchard/strawberry field to pick strawberries.  Fresh strawberries taste much better than grocery store strawberries, by the way.  Forest picked up a jar of peach butter for us to bring home.

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11 months of motherhood | my first mother’s day

Being a mommy.  If there’s anything that I’ve learned in the past 11 months, it’s that there is absolutely nothing more wonderful, humbling, eye-opening, exhausting, miraculous, terrifying, or worth it.  I can’t imagine loving anything more than being a mother to my baby girl.

Scenes from our beautiful day – Breakfast at my favorite spot (where I got a free coffee cup!), church, the sweetest gifts, an afternoon at the park because the sun was actually shining, and Facetiming with our moms!:

My first Mother's Day

My first Mother's Day

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