Monday, May 4, 2015

New York, New York

One of my BFF's Karrie came to visit a few weeks ago and when she broke the exciting (!!!) news that she was moving back to Atlanta, we squeezed in a weekend for me to fly up to New York and spend a few days with her in Manhattan.

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After braving my first flight in 5+ years and my very first Uber ride, I met Karrie at her apartment and she kicked off our weekend with rosé and macarons.

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We spent the weekend wandering all over the Upper East Side, and filled up our plans with Karrie's favorites, and some new things she's been wanting to try.

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"Champagne and City Lights" harbor tour - it was neat to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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Boat pond in Central Park

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I flew home to the best welcoming committee a mommy could ask for! Maddie was there too of course but she wouldn't let go of me long enough to take a picture!!

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Go Vols Go!

We took a gamble on the weather a couple of weeks ago, and took the girls up to Knoxville, Tennessee to see their football team's spring game, the Orange and White game. The weekend ended up being gorgeous, and we enjoyed getting to spend the time out of town, with our friends Derek and Jessica and their kiddos.

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Lunch at Calhoun's - we were able to snag a table on the patio looking over the river.

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Steve made the girls some paper hats to help entertain them.

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The girls loved the novelty of staying in a hotel, especially one with a balcony overlooking the park. They were so excited to wear their Volunteers dresses (made by me!), and we made sure to stop in the bookshop to let them pick out some new accessories.

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Anna and Maddie got a massive kick out of everyone clapping and cheering. They also liked dancing along to the band, and watching the cheerleaders do flips ("it's like som-saults at Fitness, Mommy!").

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All four kids started to get a little restless around the half-way mark, so during a bathroom break we bought a refillable bucket of popcorn. Which was a very great call - popcorn and preschoolers is always a perfect combination!

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Maddie playing peekaboo with Bristol. Both girls love being around the baby and spent a good part of the weekend playing with her!

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They LOVED the V-O-L-S arm cheers.

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The girls are also kind of obsessed with "Mrs. T".

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After the game, we came back to the hotel for a refresh and a break, and then we went and wandered down to the Knoxville market area to find ourselves some dinner. There was some kind of street festival going on, and Anna was entranced with some dancers who were up on a stage (and the ice cream truck on the street!). 

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Maddie and Forrest doing a little pre-dinner coloring.

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The girls always scamper over to play with Bristol as soon as they finish eating.

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We had so much fun up in Steve's old undergrad stomping grounds, and we hope to go back again soon! Go Vols!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Picture Post!

I have a few cute pictures to share, enjoy!

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Maddie hopped off of her bike to run over and give Anna a hug!

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Tea party!

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Not really sure what's going on here, but it's a funny picture, regardless.

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Making sand pies on the porch

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Both girls love to grab onto these rings and wind themselves up so they can spin around really fast.

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The climbing dome often double-functions as either a castle or a jail, depending on the day. This day, the dome was a jail, and Anna and Maddie escorted Daddy in and told him he had to sit down and be in time out.

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And somehow time out devolved into being a step stool.

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 We have been outside almost nonstop since the weather has been so pretty. Except for the girls' Spring Break, during which it rained almost the entire time!!

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Steve getting ready to unpack some exciting new corals for the saltwater tank - doesn't he look like a kid on Christmas??

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Our neighbors who used to live down the street came back and visited, so we brought the girls over to play and catch up. The girls love getting a chance to play with Emily, who gets home so late from school now that they rarely see her. And they were quite entranced with "Big Maddie" - they weren't really old enough when the Browns moved to know Maddie very well, but now the girls keep asking when she is going to come back and play with them again!