Life Lately Vol. 8

Spring is in full-force over here and we have been soaking up every minute of it! I’m doing a life lately post today because I have so many random pictures to share from our last few weeks. Still trying to get back on a regular blogging schedule but between work, Fletcher, hitting the gym, etc. it’s hard to sit down and blog at the end of the day, especially when I’ve been on the computer all day at work.

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My sister and I hit some garage sales a few weeks ago, and I found so many great things for Fletcher! Janie & Jack clothes that were new with tags on, Melissa & Doug toy cars, and tons of Fisher Price Little People playsets!

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We also scored an awesome playmat for his playroom!

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He just loves hanging out up there! He’s also been SO into books and toys lately, so that’s been fun to see him start to “play” and interact with things. He’s also recently found his voice and screeches / talks constantly — especially if we mimic the sounds he makes or read him books.

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Allie came to visit us a few weeks ago and it was so fun to have her meet Fletcher! She brought us lots of goodies and we spent the morning / afternoon catching up.

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I treated myself to a pedicure the other night to get these toes ready for flip flops, sandals, and wedges now that it’s nice outside!

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I recently tried this flavor of kombucha and I think I like it even more than my previous favorite, gingerade! Our local co-op has so many more flavors than the grocery store, so I usually pick up a new one each time I swing in there! They also have a pink lady basil one that sounds amazing — I’ll probably grab that one next time.

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Last weekend, Andy, Fletcher, and I headed to a local park to go for a walk. We swung by Starbucks on the way there for a little treat! It had been SO long since I’ve had a frappuccino and I went with the s’mores one!

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We walked about 3 miles and really enjoyed this park — it’s one that’s kind of off the beaten trail a bit and really feels like you’re out in the woods rather than in the suburbs!

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We’ve also been frequenting the arboretum — Fletcher and I met my auntie there a couple of weeks ago and things were just starting to bloom! We headed back there yesterday and all of the tulips were in their glory and I was living my best life strolling through the gardens with my boys and my favorite cherry almond latte from a local coffee shop!

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Fletcher and I went up to Robertson Ranch not too long ago to bring my mom a birthday gift.

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He’s always such a trooper on the long car rides — we stopped to pick up some ice cream on the way there and he had so much fun looking around the store as we walked around — it was so funny to see him take it all in!

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My parents gave him this little train set and he is obsessed with it! It’s so fun having a little boy that is into all things with wheels and sounds!

We’ve started collecting these Little People playsets for him and he loves looking at them and watching us act out stories with the people!

Alright, Fletcher just woke up from his nap so I’m going to go feed him before we head out for a walk!

Family Date Night

A couple weeks ago, we all headed out for a family date night! It was almost like going on a real date since Fletcher slept the majority of the time. :)

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It was way too gorgeous out to stay inside, so our first stop was to the arboretum for a walk!

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Not a lot was in bloom yet, but it was fun to walk around.

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Fletcher even woke up for a little bit of it and got to enjoy some of the scenery.

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We laughed when we saw this picture because we thought Fletcher looked like Casper the Ghost. :)

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Afterwards, we swung by Chick-Fil-A to grab dinner and then head home to watch our latest favorite show — The Enemy Within. Andy got me hooked on the show, 24, when we first started dating and this new show reminds me a lot of that one!

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My go-to’s at CFA are their southwest salad or the grilled cool wrap! They also have the BEST Oreo milkshakes!

Favorite item at CFA?
Favorite milkshake flavor?

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?