Fletcher's First 4th of July

We’ve never really been big 4th of July people — which I both love and am kinda bummed about at the same time. For one, it’s really nice to just have an extra summer day off but I also wish we had some patriotic traditions to partake in as well.

Here’s a recap of our 4th of July in 2018 and in 2017 (this post makes me miss my long hair!) if you’re interested!

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This year, we kept it pretty low-key since Fletcher is still so little but I hope to incorporate some festive activities once he gets a little older so that he remembers Independence Day as one filled with lots of celebration and red, white, and blue!

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Earlier in the week, his cousins came over for our first 4th of July photoshoot in matching Old Navy tees! We plan to make this an annual tradition with the cousins!

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We’ve gone to the mall on the 4th in years past, so we decided to have Fletcher join us for his first trip to Mall of America.

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The verdict? He LOVED it!

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He loved the sights, the people, and experiencing things in the shops!

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Some of the highlights were the LEGO store, the Disney store, and of course, Barnes & Noble due to the books!

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We ran out of time to hit Nickelodeon Universe so we will most definitely be heading back so that he can experience that — we think he would really enjoy walking through the park and seeing all of the rides, characters, and kids.

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While we were trying on shoes in Nordstrom, Fletcher added his own little festive flair of fireworks in his stroller! We had already changed him twice due to spitting up so he ended up leaving the mall in a soggy, drool-filled polo and a diaper since we ran out of clothes! Note to self — time to start putting 3+ outfits in his diaper bag when we are heading out for a full day!

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All cleaned up and ready to head home!

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Speaking of Independence Day, I’ve been enjoying using my lettering skills on our driveway! Here’s a patriotic themed one I did recently!

Do you have any special 4th of July traditions?

A Date with Fletcher

About a month ago, it worked out that I had four days off between my old job and my new one and it was so fun to spend those days with Fletcher! We spent our time together doing fun activities such as visiting Andy at work and attending Fletcher’s first book club!

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On our last day at home together, we headed out for a little shopping date.

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First, we shopped for some summer clothes for him since he’s quickly growing out of all of his 3 month clothes, which is what has fit him for the past few months. He was awake while we were shopping, so I held up each item and asked him if he liked it — it was so cute because he smiled each time I did this.

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Next, we headed to Barnes & Noble to look at toys and read books in their B&N Jr. section — I had a feeling that he would love this and he did!

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He loved looking at the toys — he always gets so excited whenever we show him something new, so I held things up for him and let him hold them as well.

Next, we picked out a few books and sat down in the children’s section to read — this was definitely my little bookworm’s favorite part of the day!

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We purchased one of the books as a little souvenir from our special day together and then headed home to meet up with Andy, who was on his way home from work!

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We decided to head to IKEA to pick up a few things and we ended up coming home with so many great finds.

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Fletcher was all tuckered out from our afternoon adventure so he snoozed in the stroller the entire time!

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We purchased an organization system for Fletcher’s closet (I’ll share this on the blog soon), drawer organizers, some bins for organizing underneath the cabinets in our master bathroom, and a few other things!

Favorites in Threes

I came across this fun little survey awhile ago and thought it’d be a fun one to fill out.

FAVORITE BINGE SHOWS
Pretty Little Liars
Private Practice
Grey’s

FAVORITE MOVIES
Home Alone
Father of the Bride I & II
Disney’s Cinderella

FAVORITE TRIPS 
Arizona
Italy
Oahu

FAVORITE BOOKS 
Honestly, any mystery / thriller or psychology books

FAVORITE CITIES IN THE US
Scottsdale, AZ
Wayzata, MN — it’s the cutest little town to visit
Estes Park, CO

FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT IN MN (Local places)
Cosetta’s
Good Earth
SpoonRiver

FAVORITE HOLIDAYS
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Easter
I also LOVE Valentine’s Day

FAVORITE SUBJECTS IN HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE
Psychology
Design
Advertising

TOP THREE PLACES TO SHOP 
J. Crew
Nordstrom
Athleta
Basically everything in my closet is from those three places

THREE FAVORITE NAIL POLISH COLORS 
Light Pink
Black
White

THREE THINGS I ALWAYS HAVE IN MY PURSE
iPhone / keys / wallet
Diapers + wipes
Toys for Fletcher

THREE TYPICAL MORNING BREAKFASTS
Protein shake
Yogurt with fruit and granola or almonds
Ezekiel sprouted grain toast with PB

FAVORITE DRINK AT STARBUCKS THAT I ACTUALLY GET ON A REGULAR BASIS
Iced venti americano
Cafe latte
Iced coffee

TOP THREE FAVORITE GAMES TO PLAY 
Clue
Monopoly Deal
Backgammon
I also love Scattergories and Cribbage

PLACES I STILL WANT TO VISIT
London
Greece
Ireland

FAVORITE  THINGS TO BUY AT TRADER JOE’S
Roasted red pepper and tomato soup
Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
Acai packets for making acai bowls at home

FAVORITE  WORKOUT ACTIVITIES
Lifting
Running
Rollerblading

FAVORITE THING TO EAT FOR DINNER
Salad
Soup
Sandwich

FAVORITE DESSERTS
Froyo
Brownies
Ice cream

FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
Philippians
Exodus (lol, I’ve just always loved the stories in that one)
Romans

FAVORITE FAMILY TRADITIONS
Baking cookies / making homemade chex mix every year with family
Watching Home Alone the night we put up our tree
Driving around to look at Christmas lights

FAVORITE INDOOR ACTIVITIES ON RAINY DAYS
Reading
Napping
Cleaning / organizing

FAVORITE WAYS TO MAKE TIME FOR MYSELF
Hot bath
Reading
Pedicure
Also — working out

Pick a category or two and answer below! :)

Fletcher's First Trip to the Library

Yesterday morning, I met my sister and my nieces at the library for the baby story time. I was originally planning on taking Fletcher to the library for the first time this week just to grab some books, but then when my sister told me that there was a special baby story event, we decided to attend that in addition to browsing the kids’ section of the library.

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Fletcher dressed up for his first book club meeting and was very enthusiastic about having a special morning out with his cousins!

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This was Fletcher’s first time attending anything like this and he LOVED it so much!

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I was honestly surprised at how into it and attentive he was!

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I was so proud of my little dude!

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We sat in a circle with a bunch of other babies and followed along with our own copies of the books while the children’s librarian read them and did actions / sounds to go with them.

My friend Jenna and her adorable two-month old daughter, Lily, were there too — it was such a fun surprise especially since it was her first time attending this event as well.

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We read three books and then there were some little games and things before they brought out a tub of toys and all the babies were living their best lives.

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Becca and Chloe did the honor of entertaining Fletcher with the toys and he was enjoying it so much!

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At one point, I looked down and saw that Becca had reached out and was holding Fletcher’s little hand. So sweet!

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After the story time event was done, we headed into the children’s library area to check out a few books and then head out! Fletcher was getting really tired by this point — hence the look on his face, ha ha. He’s holding one of his very favorite toys — his godparents gave him this sweet little rattle toy and he just loves it so much!

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Afterwards, we stopped for froyo since we were in the area, hung out for awhile, and then headed home.

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We spent a good chunk of the afternoon reading some of the books that we checked out that morning.

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It’s so fun to see this little bookworm getting so excited whenever we turn the page! This was the first of many library trips for Fletcher — I can’t wait to bring him again!

PS I’m linking up for today! Have a great weekend!

Donuts with Dad

My start date for my new job got pushed out a week so I have been enjoying a few days off with Fletcher! Yesterday, we decided to go visit Andy at work so that we could show Fletcher his office and also introduce him to his coworkers.

We stopped to pick up donuts for everyone on the way there — Fletcher loved looking all around the grocery store as we walked through the aisles and then had the cutest smile on his face when we put the boxes of donuts in the backseat with him.

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Once we arrived, we headed inside to meet the team! A flock of people instantly crowded around Fletcher ooing and awing at him and he was LOVING the attention!

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It was the cutest thing to see him take everything in.

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Sitting at dad’s desk like a big kid!

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Fletcher loved checking out the toy that dad had on his desk!

We had so much fun visiting Andy at work and hope to visit again sometime soon!