Fletcher's First Easter

Last weekend, we celebrated Easter with Andy’s side of the family up at Fletcher’s cousins’ house!

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It was so fun to dress Fletcher in his little bunny slippers that our friend Jayme gave him! This little hooded cardigan is one of my favorite articles of clothing that he owns and I’m so sad that this was the last time he wore it! It’s now in a bin of his outgrown clothes on a shelf in our basement that we’ll save for baby #2.

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We ate lunch with the family and then Fletcher opened his Easter baskets — he received so many nice gifts from his aunties, uncles, cousins, and grandma!

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We took a few family photos and then we were on our way home!

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Andy suggested swinging by our favorite froyo shop on the way home and I’ll never say no to that!

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On Easter Sunday, some of my family came over for lunch! Fletcher sported his cute little bib that his Auntie and Uncle gave him!

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My mom made her famous chicken parmesan, along with some cheesy bread, and a few veggie sides. We made a replica of the classic Olive Garden salad, and raspberry lemon bars! I used the same recipe for our favorite cranberry bars and just added white chocolate chips, raspberries, and lemon zest instead of cranberries!

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My parents brought Fletcher a fun little Easter basket filled with all kinds of goodies like bubbles, a stuffed bunny, and a ton of books!

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We also snapped a few family photos of us to add to his baby book!

After lunch, we all went for a walk to the park where we sat outside for awhile to enjoy the gorgeous day. It was upper 70s and sunny and we kept saying how long it has been since we have had a beautiful Easter Sunday like this one.

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Once everyone left, we took Fletcher around the house to “look” for his Easter basket since we didn’t have time that morning.

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He loved opening his gifts with dad!

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We’ve started a tradition to get him a card for each holiday and Andy always chooses a great one for Fletcher!

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My mom used to always take flat lays of our gifts when we were little and I always loved looking back at previous years’ gifts so I’ve started doing this for Fletcher, too.

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Fletcher just entered Leap 4 (Wonder Weeks) and has been SO into books lately! He loves to hold them and try to turn the pages all by himself.

What did you do for Easter?
Favorite Easter candy?

Birthday + Weekend Things

For my birthday last week, Andy took the day off to help with Fletcher so that I could head out to do some spring shopping in the afternoon. It ended up being a gorgeous day outside (sunny and almost 50 degrees) and it seriously made me so happy! I don’t think I’ve had a sunny birthday in over six years — it’s usually so cold, damp, and gray outside at the end of March! Here is my birthday recap from last year and the year before if you’re interested!

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We all went out to lunch together and then the boys went home and I headed to an outdoor mall to look for some spring additions to my wardrobe since I head back to work next month. I ended up finding a ton of stuff at J.Crew, which wasn’t a huge surprise since it’s my favorite store! I just feel like their brand fits me the best in terms of style preference and sizing.

After checking out, I headed to Nordstrom Rack and found this perfect pair of tennies (in gray) to wear with jeans. I want to pick up one more pair of casual shoes for spring / summer and then I think I’ll be all set for awhile.

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Once I was finished shopping, I swung by my favorite froyo shop to grab some cups of frozen yogurt for Andy and I. I went with my usual concoction of marshmallow froyo, Oreo crumbles, rainbow sprinkles, whipped cream, and one frosted animal cracker.

Upon arriving home, I went for a walk to the park and back (Andy stayed home with Fletcher since the wind had picked up a bit by this point) and it felt SO good to get some fresh air!

Later that evening, we headed out to Fletcher’s 2 month well child visit at his pediatrician’s office. We made guesses on his weight before we headed into the appointment and we were surprised to find that both of us were WAY off! Little dude is now 10.22 pounds — he’s come a long way since his itty bitty days of being 6 pounds!

Once his appointment wrapped up, we headed to one of my favorite restaurants for dinner and then called it a night! Fletcher was a little angel and slept through the entire dinner — I think his doctor’s visit wore him out!

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The next day was even warmer, so that afternoon, Fletcher and I headed out for his first walk in the stroller. A few of our neighbors were out so he got to meet them as we headed down our street as well! He loved his time in the stroller and took a long nap during our hour-long walk through the park and neighborhoods.

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Later that evening, I did a quick 2-mile run on my treadmill while Andy watched some of the basketball games — I felt like I got a second wind at 7:30pm so I decided to take advantage of it. Afterwards, we both split a cupcake that my sister and niece dropped off for my birthday earlier in the week.

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On Saturday, I ran to the mall in the morning to grab a few things including a gift for a friend — the mall was basically empty due to the gorgeous day outside so I was in and out super quick!

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Upon arriving home, we headed out for our first family walk which was so refreshing since it was over 50 degrees with clear skies.

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Andy hit the gym afterwards and I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to go to the gym or take a nap but ultimately decided to get a workout in. I ended up having a great “push” workout (shoulders + chest + triceps) and was glad that I made myself go even though I wasn’t feeling it in the beginning. I made some lemon raspberry bars once I got home since we had plans to have visitors on Sunday and then went to bed!

Favorite froyo toppings? 

Favorite spring activity?

A Spring-ish Weekend

The sun has been shining so much the last few days and it is making me feel SO hopeful for spring! Having fresh tulips on our kitchen island and the sunlight streaming through the windows has felt so good after so many cold and gray days this winter.

This past weekend was both a productive and relaxing one — since we’ve started to transition to spring weather, I’ve been on a spring cleaning kick! There’s just something about starting your Monday with a clean house that feels so nice!

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On Friday, Andy took over baby duty so I could sneak off to the gym for a workout! Before hitting the gym, I swung by Target to grab diapers along with a birthday gift for my sister. My sister and I both have birthdays this week — which still blows my mind because I feel like they snuck up on me this year!

I did a back and biceps workout at the gym and it felt amazing because there were literally like 10 people on the entire floor. I love working out when the gym is empty like this — it’s so much easier to focus and you don’t have to wait for any of the weights!

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Upon arriving home, I had a snack and watched tv with Andy before calling it a night. The next morning, I was up bright and early before my sister picked me up to attend an event at church. On the way home, we swung by Dairy Queen to take advantage of their BOGO for 99 cents deal. I hadn’t had DQ in forever, and my mini salted caramel truffle Blizzard hit the spot!

Later that afternoon, Andy worked on a house project while I watched Fletcher and caught up on some shows. I also did some cleaning in the kitchen which felt so good — there’s just something about having clean countertops!

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We also snapped a few pics of us with Fletcher and decided to take a selfie since it had been awhile! We need to go out on a date sometime soon, too — seeing this picture reminded me that it has been awhile since we’ve been out!

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Fletcher has been enjoying lots of tummy time lately so we spent a good chunk of the afternoon playing with toys and books on the living room floor as well.

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I ended up taking a nap once he was finished and it felt SO good! After dinner, we gave Fletcher a bath and he was so calm and cuddly afterwards!

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He just loves it when we comb his hair after his bathtime!

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I put some baby bedtime lotion on him, dressed him in a fleecy sleep sack, and then we read books in his room for awhile. Afterwards, I fed Fletcher while Andy and I watched a movie together — more like started a movie before we were both too tired to finish it!

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The next morning, I ran an errand, attended the parenting class at church, and then did some more cleaning while Andy ran to Home Depot and the gym. Fletcher was cool as a cucumber while I vacuumed, did some laundry, and wrapped up my sister’s birthday gift.

Once Andy arrived home, I dropped off Andrea’s gift and headed to the gym — only to park and then turn around because my phone was almost dead and I decided I needed a nap more than a workout. I ended up sleeping for 3.5 hours, woke up to eat dinner, and then went right back to bed. It felt amazing!

It’s birthday week around these parts, so that paired with all of this sunshine and promises of 60 degrees is really lifting my spirits right now!

When is your birthday?
Have there been signs of spring where you live?







Refreshed

On Saturday morning, I drove down the street to pick up my sister so that we could head to the local library book sale together.

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We both ended up finding a ton of books and walked out with a huge stack to add our our home libraries. The last time we attended this sale was in July and I didn’t know if our baby was a boy or girl yet, so it was definitely a lot more fun this time around since I could grab a bunch of little boy books to add to his shelf. I also found two cute little Easter books that I plan to put in his Easter basket this year!

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After the sale, we ran to Target to do a few returns and shop around for a bit. My sister wanted to look at the nail polish on our way out and I came across this pretty color and loved the name of it, which was “birthday girl”! I’m definitely adding this one to my wishlist!

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Then we went out for frozen yogurt as a little treat! This little cup of deliciousness hit the spot even though it was freezing outside! Now that I think about it, my sister and I went out for froyo last year when it was freezing out as well — winter weather doesn’t keep us away! :)

We sat at the yogurt shop and chatted for quite a while and it was SO nice to be out of the house and catching up with my sister! I think I’ve been experiencing a little bit of cabin fever with these cold weather and snowy days that we’ve been having.

Our next stop was the mall so I could make a return at Nordstrom (I swear, I never used to have a lot of returns / exchanges until I had a baby) and purchase some new eyeliner since mine is almost all out. I tried out a new one since my old favorite was discontinued and after trying it yesterday afternoon, I really liked it!

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While at the mall, we also swung by a few other stores so I could pick up a few Valentine gifts for Andy and then we were on our way! Also, did you know that if you spend $10 at Godiva, you are then able to choose one free truffle per month? I do this almost every year and it’s always a fun little treat to pop in for a chocolate whenever I’m at the mall.

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We swung by Chick-Fil-A on the way home because I had a CFA reward for a free salad so I wanted to cash that in and also pick up a sandwich meal for Andy since he was at home with Fletcher. I went with their southwest salad paired with a chili lime dressing and it was SO good! I’ll definitely be ordering this again soon!

Upon arriving home, I was more than ready to snuggle my little baby since I had been gone for awhile! I fed Fletcher while watching New Amsterdam, which is my newest show to binge-watch! I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, but I’m four episodes in and loving it so much!

While I was chatting with Andy later that evening, I was telling him that my day of random errands and froyo with Andrea left me feeling SO refreshed! It wasn’t really anything out of the ordinary since it involved a lot of returns and random shopping, but it was just what my spirit needed!

P.S. I’m linking up with Biana and Lindsay today!

What makes you feel refreshed?
Favorite eyeliner?

Brr

Last week was SO cold outside — our high one of the days was negative 24 degrees so we hunkered down and stayed inside for the majority of it. Andy’s office ended up closing for some of these days as well, so it kind of felt like we had a weekend in the middle of the week.

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We did, however, venture out in the cold on Thursday afternoon since Fletcher had a doctor’s appointment. It’s like he knew what was about to happen because he looks a little grumpy in the photo above! That little Pooh bear is his favorite thing — he always stares at it so intensely whenever we put it by him so we’ve gotten into the habit of tossing it in the diaper bag whenever we head out!

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We tried this little outfit on before braving the cold but it was way too big on him so I think we’ll exchange it for something else since by the time it fits, it will hopefully be spring! I say hopefully, because we all remember what happened last year! :)

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Once we put a different one on him, we were ready to head out the door with our little baby bear! I can’t believe he is already three weeks old — I was looking at some of the pics and vids that we took while we were in the hospital and I feel like he already looks so different! He definitely has started looking more like a baby as opposed to a newborn.

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Our appointment was with the OB that delivered Fletcher so it was fun to see him again since he isn’t my regular OB. Fletcher had a little procedure done and it was so hard for me as a mom to see him crying and confused about what was happening! Luckily it was very routine and over with quickly!

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He’s been a little fussy the last few days due to the procedure but we’ve had lots of snuggles and naps together to keep him comfortable! I’ve realized that having a newborn is the perfect opportunity to read lots of books and binge-watch shows since there’s a lot of sweet hours spent holding a sleeping baby (seriously, no better feeling in the world!).

Friday was a rough day in these parts — Fletcher boycotted naps all day and just wanted to be held since he was uncomfortable. Naturally, five minutes after Andy got home, Fletcher fell asleep and was conked out for three hours. :)

We spent the evening eating pizza and catching up on a few shows before feeding Fletcher and calling it a night. My sister and brother-in-law are saints and dropped off a bunch of stuff for us throughout the day including a salad, take and bake pizza, donuts, and their baby carrier so I can wear Fletcher while doing things around the house.

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One of our neighbors also dropped off a dinner for us earlier in the week and I didn’t realize how helpful this would be! We got three meals out of this taco kit and it was so nice to not have to think about dinner / lunch for a few days!

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On Saturday, Andy stayed home to watch the baby while I ran to Target to pick up some diapers and a few things for Valentine’s Day. I always like to pick up little treats for our nieces whenever it’s a holiday so I grabbed a bunch of things that I knew they’d enjoy and then assembled the treat bags later that evening. I also picked up two books for Fletcher’s Valentine’s Day gift and let me tell you, it was SO fun to pick out something for our little boy! I thought this one and this one were adorable and I can’t wait to read them to him next week! I can’t wait to celebrate all of his “first” holidays this year and am especially looking forward to putting together an Easter basket for him in a couple of months.

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After leaving Target, I ate a quick snack and then headed to my pedicure appointment for an afternoon of pampering.

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My toes needed a little TLC and really hit it off with the girl that did them so we chatted the hour away! I always get my pedicures done at the salon inside of my gym and while my membership is still frozen, just being in that environment left me SO excited to get back into a regular fitness routine (lifting) once I’m cleared at my 6-week appointment!

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Once my toes were dry, I headed over to Costco to grab our staples for the week and it seemed like all of Minnesota had the same idea since it was finally warm outside after our 3-day stint of antarctic temps! I whizzed through the aisles and was in and out of there as quickly as possible since it was a madhouse.

This week’s haul included:

  • Turkey deli meat for sandwiches / snacking

  • Organic baby spinach for salads and smoothies

  • Bananas

  • Riced cauliflower (we both love making bowls with this!)

  • Granola for yogurt parfaits

  • Organic kale and mozzarella chicken burgers (these are SO good and great for easy lunches / dinners)

  • Peanut butter

  • Organic milk (for Andy’s protein shakes)

  • Honey (we’ve been on a kick of making those energy bites lately)

  • Crushed red pepper flakes

  • Grapefruit (it is PERFECT right now! Like, so, so good!)

  • Chicken breasts

P.S. I’m linking up with Biana and Lindsay today!

What are your Costco staples?
What’s the coldest temp you’ve experienced?