friends are important

Friends are important. All the time, no matter who you are, how old you are, what stage of life you’re in, how long you’ve been friends, or how the friendship developed; the bottom line is: friends are important.  Friendships develop very early on, but just because you grow older, they don’t stop.  Friends change, just as people do, but true friendships last no matter the time that goes in between seeing or talking or the distance that may keep you apart.  I have friends that I’ve known my entire life and also friends that I’ve made in the last year.  I have friends from my childhood, high school, college, previous jobs, current coworkers, playgroup, etc.

As I was scrolling through the photos in my phone, I was smiling remembering the time spent with my friends throughout these past couple of months when I wasn’t blogging and thought today was a good day to share some of these snapshots.

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On Saturday night, a few of us had an impromptu girls night out.  I picked up my sister Stephanie on the way out, and as she entered my car, she said noticed, “Do we have the exact same outfit on?!”  Not planned!  Then, when we met Sara and Julie out, we saw their outfits were almost identical, as well.  Not planned either.  Friends who stick together dress the same?  Or something like that.  We had a wonderful evening, talking, and laughing until there were tears in our eyes.

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I’m lucky in that I get to teach with ladies who have become some of my closest friends.  It’s funny to spend over 40 hours a week with each other during the school year, and then not see them very often over the summer.  We planned a couple girls night outs, so we didn’t go the entire two months without!

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Caitlin and I met when we were 15 hostessing at First Watch.  Despite going to different high schools, colleges, and living in different states the last ten years, we’ve remained close as ever.  Now that Caitlin is back in St. Louis, it’s like we were never apart, and we get to have as much fun now (or more?) than we did when we were 15!

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When I became a mom, I knew I wanted to join a playgroup to be able to connect with other women going through the same thing I was.  Little did I know, these girls would become some of my closest friends.  Two and a half years later, we continue to plan play dates, celebrate special occasions, share / question / discuss the ins and outs of being mommas to our littles.

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Another amazing thing about friends is when friends from different areas of your life get together.  These were some girls during my birthday celebration and they only know each other through me.  We had such a fun night and everyone got along great.

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Maintaining and making time for friends can be challenging.  Everyone is busy, so putting in time and effort is required.  It’s not to say that you’re not friends with those who you may not speak with on a regular basis.  I have many friends who we have phone dates every so often or we see each other maybe just once a year due to location, but it’s always as though no time has passed.  Friendships are strong and I’m grateful to have so many important friendships in my life.  Obviously, many of my friends are not pictured in this post, but looking through past pictures was a nice reminder of how I’m surrounded by loving, smart, caring, and inspiring ladies.

In a time where the world can be a scary place, friends (and family) are more important than ever.  Reach out to those you love and keep in touch! 🙂

Pinterest Craft Wins for Father’s Day 2016

If you know me, then you know I’m the least crafty person ever.  I’m a fourth grade teacher, but have awful handwriting.  If I need to write nicely, I need to write very slowly and make an intense conscious effort.  (I will say, I do have nice cursive, if I take my time.)  My mom is an artist through and through.  My sister got that gene, too.  They both have great creative eyes.  Not me.  Anyway, I’m proud to share some Pinterest Craft Wins for Father’s Day 2016 today!  You’ll see what I mean when I say I’m not crafty.  These Pinterest craft wins were made by my toddler, facilitated by me for the special guys in our lives.

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My dad, he’s just the best.  Seriously the best.  And can you see why I’m obsessed with my hair?  This was the first time after I washed it and it took me five minutes to blow dry, no flat iron needed!  Alright, now onto Father’s Day Pinterest crafts!

My dad, William’s “Pops”

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William, if there’s one person in the world who I want you to be exactly like, it’s your Pops.  My dad is the smartest, kindest, most selfless, hardest working person I know.  We joke that he’s perfect and never make mistakes and I follow closely in his lead.  He can fix anything and do anything.  In fact, no matter where we are, if something is broken, William tells me, “Pops, fix it!”  We sure love our Pops!

A close-up of Pops’ masterpiece:

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Made up of four footprints, I had this piece matted.  When I saw it on Pinterest, it was really four separate pieces, but I knew we could squeeze it onto one.  William is very into all of these, fire engines, tractors, dump trucks, and race cars, so it was perfect!

My grandpa, William’s great-grandpa, “Papa”

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Papa is the athlete of the family and calls William his number one!  He’ll be fine-tuning William’s skills for all sports soon enough.  Papa’s biggest sport is golf and he’s won some impressive titles during his golfing days!  So his craft:

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You are the best Papa by par!  Heh, heh.  Hand prints for the grass, golf tees, and colored pom poms for the golf balls.

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My grandpa, William’s great-grandpa, “Poppy”

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Poppy’s expertise is fishing, boats, and cars, just to name a few.  He tells William to hug him, “but not too tight!”  It’s so funny to hear him say this since they’re the same words we heard growing up.  It won’t be long before William goes to his first circus or rodeo with Poppy, just like I did!

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Hooked on Poppy!  Footprint for the fishing pole and hand print for the fish.  William so beautifully helped color in the water.

See?  Even I could handle those crafts!  William LOVED making hand and footprints!  It was fun picking out crafts for each of these wonderful men.  To say William and I are both blessed to have them in our lives would be an understatement.  We love every minute we get to spend with them!

One more bonus photo from the weekend.  Audrey slept over and brought clothes that she knew William could match.  When I did her hair in the morning, she requested a side pony, so of course William wanted the same thing, as well.

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Are they the cutest twinsies or what?!  Possibly my favorite picture of them.

Are you crafty? Do you enjoy making things?

summer running has begun!

It’s official, summer running has begun!  Just writing the word “summer” makes me so happy.  I love love love teaching, but I also love love love summer!  (Can you blame me?!)  My last day of school was last week, and William’s school celebrated his last day with a picnic.  Of course Yaya and Audrey joined us to make it even better!

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Do you spy those Mamma Chia squeeze pouches in the kids’ lunches?  I received an AMAZING package from them and will be giving away the very same package in the near future – it was loaded with Mamma Chia goodness! Stay tuned!

William couldn’t finish his lunch fast enough before he got to play.  There was “fishing” (in a kiddie pool with magnetic fishing poles and fish), swinging, throwing, catching, running, and more.  There was also a special visit from an ice cream truck!  I got a vanilla ice cream cone for William because I know he likes those.  Big mistake!  Audrey got some character popsicle thing (disgusting, in my opinion lol), and William HAD to have the exact same thing…

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Lesson learned, Mom.  About 12 licks later, he was over it anyway.

Last week, it seemed to rain just about everyday, so when the sun was shining this weekend, we made sure to soak up every second!  We went on lots of walks, runs, and bike rides.  If William wants to run, he gives me Zoey’s leash to hold.  Well on Saturday he wanted momma to run, so he held Zoey while I trotted along in front.

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William seriously LOVES to run (maybe all toddlers do??), and that makes me so happy!  Something that doesn’t make me happy is a stinky dog.  Whenever I wash my bed sheets, I always give Zoey a bath.  I figure that everything / everyone can be clean at least for a day.  William likes to help me give Zoey a bath.  When we’re finished, I bundle up Zoey like a baby in the towel, and last time William wanted to hold her for the first time.  He did a great job and thought it was hilarious, so I had to snap a picture!

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And my own summer running has begun, as well.  I know I always talk about wanting to get back into running, but I’m so constrained by time.  This summer, I should be able to run four times a week – that’s my goal.  It might shift into different workouts, but right now I really want to build up my endurance and speed because that is long gone.  Come on muscle memory, where are ya?!  So this weekend, I pounded out two miles on BOTH Saturday and Sunday!

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They were slow, but I made it through!  Hey, it’s a start!  Now I’ve got to make my racing calendar for the summer!

Who ran this weekend? What are your summer racing plans?

William’s first race

Yep, William’s first race was this past weekend.  Well, technically he did the same race last year, but he was in a stroller the whole time.  It was a biathlon and consisted of biking and running.  We have one of those Radio Flyer bikes with tall handlebars on the back, so it makes it really easy for parents to push.  William’s feet reach the pedals, but he can’t quite pedal completely on his own yet.  Of course, at the race, he wanted to get on any bike besides his own…

For the “race,” he ended up riding a tricycle that was extra.  I pushed him around the loop while he kept his feet on the pedals.  The second lap was running and he crushed it.

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He and I both loved every minute of it!

It was an adorable event, and while it was a smidge chilly, everyone still had a blast.  Love Grown so kindly sponsored the snacks and provided individual cereals.

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These “adventure cereals” are AMAZING for kids and adults alike!  They’re made from navy, lentil, and garbanzo beans, but pack a ton of flavor and so much crunch.  The bright packaging is fun, and of course, appeals to the tiny tots.  Adults (me, especially!) approve of the flavor and the nutritional punch they provide!  (They’re gluten-free and corn-free, too.)

Besides the race, the event had many other fun activities to keep the little ones busy, like ring toss, hopscotch, hula hooping, and more!

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Kids were busy the whole time, and while there were scheduled activities, families could do their own thing if they wanted.  A yoga instructor came for a short yoga session, and a soccer coach came to lead some drills.  That was obviously William’s favorite part.

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William first started organized soccer when he was 18 months old.  Then, it was more about the kids having fun and learning how to follow directions.  He was a little young for it as most of the other kids were closer to two years old.  We did one eight-week session and then stopped for a break.  Now, I’m thinking, it’s time to sign up again as William did such a great job following the directions and seriously loves anything with a soccer ball.  He may only be two years old, but he can do step overs, toe touches, and dribble pretty well!  (Yes, clearly I’m a proud mom thinking her kid rocks, but it’s true.  I should capture some video to prove it, haha!)

All in all, it was a fabulous event!  William and I both love being outside and being active, so this was perfect and made me even more excited for summer as we’ll spend the majority of our days outside!

Who has raced recently?  How about your kids?

It was their idea!

You know how much my little William loves to jump, climb, and hang, right?  Well, his monkey cousin Jacob is the exact same.  Rather, William is the same as Jacob and tries to emulate him in every way possible.  So on Mother’s Day when Jacob scurried up a tree and was hanging from a branch, William was right behind him trying to do the same.  Audrey, never one to be left out, also wanted to hang from the tree.  What’s one to do?  Obviously set the three little monkeys up on the tree branch for the most adorable photo ever.  I mean, it was their idea!

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Hands down (or maybe up?), the most hilarious picture from the weekend!  This whole thing took place in less than two seconds.  Audrey and William hang from things all the time, but for some reason, the second I let go of them a look of sheer panic appeared on their faces!  After quickly snapping the photo, I ran back over and grabbed the two down, and neither wanted to try again. And then we had Jacob over there hanging on, smiling, laughing, and having the time of his life!

I had a lovely Mother’s Day; my parents hosted brunch for my family.  It’s always fun to celebrate the most important women in your life.  For me, that’s my grandma Mama, my mom, and my sister Stephanie who all contribute to teaching me exactly how to be a mom.  Not to mention, their unconditional and constant love, support, and help with me and William.

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Now if only they could teach William to stand still and smile for a picture!  We’ll just leave that up to Jacob who can literally get William to do anything.  (This will probably be trouble years down the road…)  Jacob was playing chess with Stephanie, and William pulled up a stool right next to him.  Jacob knew I was trying to get a picture of the two of them (learning chess at two years old? Amazing! Must be photographed! Haha 😉 ), so he was telling William to smile for the camera.

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And William listened!  Stephanie, if you don’t mind, I’ll just keep Jacob around.  Like always!

Don’t worry, Audrey had her time to shine with William, as well.  She’s teaching him to drive.  (And if it’s anything like her momma Stephanie, we’re all in trouble!  Maybe I’ll take on this task for the kids!)

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William obediently held on during the fast (2 mph) ride.

When Jacob was climbing through the bushes to peer over the edge of the pond in my parents’ backyard, William was literally two inches from him the whole time.

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William is Jacob’s mini-me.

And Audrey is just as obsessed with William today as she was the day he was born.

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Only now he’s almost as big as her!  And now they almost pass for twins!

I’m so grateful for my little (big!) William.  I’ve always known I wanted to be a mom.  I never envisioned myself being a single mom, but it’s all working out.  It certainly has its challenges, but one thing I know for sure is that I couldn’t possibly love William anymore than I already do.  He fills my heart with such joy and brings an immense amount of happiness to my life each and every day.

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He’s my world.

What’s something you’ve done that you thought was a good idea… and then realized it wasn’t?

My First Ikea Trip

And just like that… May is here!  Is time flying for anyone else?  I have just three weeks of school left before summer vacation.  It’ll be a busy three weeks, and break will be here before I know it.  For now, I’ll stay in the moment instead of getting ahead of myself.  Let’s recap the weekend; it was a fun one, indeed, and included my first Ikea trip.  That happened on Sunday, so let me highlight Friday and Saturday first.

Audrey and William spent the day together at my parents’ house on Friday.  They thought this was the coolest thing ever since they’re two peas in a pod, and I took them both home with me once I got off of work.  They ate a good dinner, so we went to Trader Joe’s and bought mini ice cream cones which was an obvious hit.

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Audrey ate hers in 30 seconds, while William took forever, had it dripping all over him, and needed me to eat the chocolate off so he could get to the ice cream.  Then they both thought it was the greatest thing ever to throw their cones when they finished the ice cream (who doesn’t eat the cones?!).

Saturday morning included a coffee date because those are the sweetest on the weekend.  I ended up running a bunch of errands, as well.  William thought he would rearrange part of his play area and become part of it…

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Silly baby!

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The weather was gorgeous on Saturday evening, so we decided to walk to a nearby ice cream joint.  It was a lovely stroll, we enjoyed ice cream (as always!), and then a MASSIVE THUNDERSTORM rolled in!  Crazy winds, loud thunder, tons of lightning and hail; there was no way we could walk home!  Luckily, we were close and ended up getting a ride home.  When we finally arrived back at my house, we were greeted with a beautiful double rainbow!

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William thought it was pretty awesome, too!

Sunday came and I finally went to Ikea for the first time!  It’s been in St. Louis for maybe six months or so (totally guessing there, but it’s still fairly new), and I’ve really been wanting to go to see what all the rave was about.  My thoughts?  Pretty overwhelming!  The whole store is a maze and I never had any idea where I was.  It’d be much better to go in there with specific items you need instead of just to look, although it was fun just to look.  And I did end up finding a new large kitchen door mat which was perfect.  I assume Ikea is similar to Target in that you always find something that you “need.”  The prices are crazy cheap!  I’m not sure if it means the quality is just as cheap, but I definitely see what the appeal is.  William picked out a pack of 100 straws.  They were a dollar and a half.  I couldn’t say no.

After browsing through the first floor, we took a gigantic elevator up to the showroom.  William showed his skills by busting out some pull ups.

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He might actually be part monkey.  He climbs on and swings from everything he can reach.  Literally.

We hung out at home for a few hours after Ikea before going to a birthday party where William could actually climb, swing, and jump.  He loved it and was ready for a bath when we got home.  And if you needed any further proof that he is, actually, 100% my child…

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THE ROBE! MY LIFE!

And now I’m off to sleep as I type this Sunday evening.  I’m going to try to be better about posting this week, but I do have a really busy week coming up.  I know, you’ll miss me. 😉  Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@itzlinz) as I’m always posting my adventures there!

What’d you do this weekend? Have you ever been to Ikea?

just ONE afikomen

If you’re Jewish, you know that Passover began Friday evening.  If you’re not, well now you know. 😉  We started the holiday with a lovely seder at my grandparents’ house.  They’ve hosted every year for as long as I can remember and probably years before that, as well.

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The evening was filled with warm bodies, full hearts, good food, and lots and lots of laughter.  It’s always so nice to be surrounded by those you love.

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Yes, William’s curly locks are just as amazing in person as they are in photos.

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The strongest women in my family.

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Lots of little ones present, but missing many more!

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Part of Passover’s tradition includes finding the afikomen.  The afikomen is part of a piece of matzoh broken off, wrapped up, and hidden to be found by the children.  But if you know children, then you know it’s totally not fair if just ONE child finds the afikomen.  So to prevent meltdowns, every year every child wins.  Yep.  This year there were eight afikomens hidden.  My cousin Michael did a great job explaining the rules before letting the children loose to explore.  He made it clear that they were allowed to find just ONE afikomen, and no matter how good of finders they are, they must exit the room immediately after finding their own.  Then he made them stay back while the babies got a head start.

Take a glimpse into our evening with this short video my sister made (including the rules and finding of the afikomen!):

Stephanie takes the best pictures and puts together awesome videos.  We’re always grateful for her capturing our memories!

Here is William and I last Passover (just look at that face!!!).  And this Passover:

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He is a growing boy, that’s for sure!

How was your weekend?

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This weekend left little to be desired, and it’s very rare you’ll catch me saying that.  At the end of last week, I started feeling a little under the weather, but I attributed it to allergies.  Well, by late afternoon on Saturday I felt worse, and by Sunday, whatever bug I had was in full force.  Ugh.  I HATE being sick.  I mean, I know nobody likes it; it’s really just awful.  I know exactly why I came down with something, too.  My sleep has been horrible lately, for a variety of reasons, and I always get sick when I don’t get enough sleep.  Hoping I’m on the upswing this week for health, sleep, and sanity purposes…

Luckily, I have the best sister ever.  Stephanie picked up William at 9:00 on Sunday morning, so I could get some much needed rest.  While not much else was doing it, this photo definitely brought a smile to my face:

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Totally an overalls type of day!

These three peas in a pod didn’t miss a beat spending all day together –

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Soaking up the sunshine, just as warm, sunny days should be spent!

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I’m pretty sure Audrey wants William to live with her full time…

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And I think William would be just fine with that.  As long as his momma could come, too, of course! 😉

They literally spent the whole day outside, from chalk to bubbles to walks to bikes to basketball to soccer to baseball to watching Audrey’s tee ball game.  Even dinner on the patio!

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And while I’ve been inside most of the day (in my bed, sleeping, or at least trying to!), I’m most grateful for Stephanie for taking care of William all day and for the bond these three peas in a pod share; for its something that will be cherished and grown for years to come!

What’d you do outside this weekend?

Let’s have coffee…

Let’s have coffee… shall we?  Grab a cup of joe (or tea or water or whatever strikes your fancy), sit down, and we can catch up about our weekend happenings.  Coffee was the theme of the weekend, it seemed, and my little guy even wanted to get in on the action!  He kept grabbing momma’s cup, saying, “Coffee!”

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I let him pretend without actually tasting the good stuff!  He’s got to wait quite a bit longer for the real thing.

My spring break began on Friday.  I kicked it off with hosting a play date with my co-workers and their babes in the morning.  William and I hung out the rest of the day before going to visit his best bud, Wolfie, for dinner on Friday evening.

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They were both holding Shabbat candles and we were singing Shabbat Shalom which is why William was so excited every time we said, “Hey!”

Saturday began with a coffee date with William at Starbucks.  I enjoyed a mocha, while William had a blueberry muffin and water.

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Cutest little Starbucks date ever.

Later on Saturday, I went to check out the True Runner Spring Gear-Up event.  I’d never been in the store before, but was impressed at the great selection of shoes and apparel.  I actually ended up buying a pair of CALIA (Carrie Underwood) capris that are just gorgeous!  And of course I had to take part in the #WhyIRun photobooth fun.

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Yeah, I run for my sanity, yet haven’t been running lately… So, maybe that’s why I’ve been feeling a little cray?  (Oy, did I just say cray?!)  Actually, I am hoping to get in a couple of runs this week during my spring break!

William and I went to my grandparents’ house on Saturday night.  Whenever I mention Mama and Papa, William immediately starts talking about pool and hitting the balls in the pocket.  First, he takes out the mini pool table, but eventually goes into the pool room to stand on a bench and reach the big pool table.

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He’s seriously such a coordinated toddler!  It won’t be long before Papa puts a golf club in his hands!  Mama had William talking up a storm the whole night.  We were laughing because some of his language is still indecipherable, so after a long sentence / paragraph of him talking, we can catch the last few words.  Like I said before, his speech is exploding and he’s able to say more and more everyday!

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I received a MASSIVE delivery recently from Influenster.  Influenster is a community where you review products, take surveys, and provide feedback.  They send you surveys to see if you’re eligible for certain campaigns, and if you are, you get sent whatever box it is.  Then, you’re asked to complete a survey about the product.  You can work to earn a “badge” by completing different tasks, as many or as few as you’d like.  Typical tasks include sharing on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest.  Sometimes tasks involve writing a review on a certain website, blogging, or vlogging.  Like I said, they’re all optional, so no pressure.  And the best part? Anyone can sign up! Not just bloggers! I’ve had several of my friends sign up.  (Sign up HERE if you’d like! It is a referral link and I get “points” for people joining.)  So the best box I’ve ever gotten from Influenster? THIS:

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Seriously, how amazing?!  I am so excited to be able to make coffee at home now, and the flavors they sent are awesome, too!  There is a breakfast blend, dark magic, and caramel vanilla creme.  They also sent a “My K-cup,” so I can use regular ground coffee if I run out of K-cups.  Totally stoked and definitely the best box I’ve received from Influenster!

Speaking of coffee, Sunday morning started with some coffee, as well.  (Check out the first picture in this post.)  We met my grandpa Poppy out for breakfast!  Some of my earliest memories with Poppy are of him taking me and my siblings out to breakfast at a local deli, so taking William out to breakfast with him was just as fun as I remembered when I was younger.

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Everyone is SO happy!!!  I love cooking breakfast daily, but there is something extra special about going out to breakfast, especially with your baby and his great-grandpa and cousins!

As you may know, Sunday was the first official day of spring.  St. Louis welcomed spring by SNOWING!

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Boo, snow.  Luckily, it didn’t stick and we should have warmer temperatures later this week.  Let’s hope… I want to get out there and run!

Are you a coffee drinker? Do you go out or make it at home?

the best

As you’ve all seen, I take a million photos of William.  Probably more than a million.  Possibly a million at one time.  Usually I text my sister Stephanie half a million at once and demand she chooses which of the [almost identical] pictures are the best.  She calls me needy, then tells me.  Anyway, some days I feel like I can’t quite capture the moment as beautifully as I would have liked.  Well, this weekend was not one of them.  I feel like I caught the most amazing moments on camera.

Our weekend began with a sleepover with Audrey.  They are too cute together.  Audrey is like his little momma and he listens to her so well.  Sure, there are times he pulls her hair and steals her toys, and Audrey acts like a typical four year old.  But most of the time, I sit back and watch them play together.  Audrey has the best imagination I’ve ever seen, and she’s definitely teaching William how to use his!  My parent educator actually commented on what a great job William does with imaginative play!

Saturday morning was the sweetest with plenty of cuddles, kisses, and stories.

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I told them I wanted to get a picture of them, so they climbed up on the couch.  As if on cue, Audrey wrapped her arm around William.  They were smiling and giggling as I was snapping away.  Audrey leaned in for a kiss as William had the biggest grin on his face and I caught it on camera!

We ended up watching my sister’s dog, Ellie, for a night.  William loves Zoey, but he really loves Ellie.  I think it’s because she tolerates him a lot more than Zoey and lets him lean on her and hug her.  When I gave the dogs dinner, Zoey scarfed hers down in no time flat, as usual.  However, Ellie is a lot more finicky and wasn’t eating.  I sat down and poured a few pebbles out of the bowl.  William plopped right down next to me and started feeding Ellie her food, one pebble at a time!

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The whole time, William was saying, “Here you go, Ellie!  Take a bite!  Yum!  Yum!”  Seriously, too cute.  And yes, he does have on just one sock.  And yes, that is the most perfect long curl hanging down!  Perfect shot.

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On Saturday, we went to a friend’s birthday party.  It was at a place with several bounce houses and arcade games.  William LOVED playing basketball, no surprise there!  I set him on top of it since he could hardly reach the game from the ground.  He made quite a few baskets!

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Nice shot, short stuff!

And one last perfect shot of the weekend – fixing the door handle.  This is funny for several reasons, but here I’ll just reiterate William’s love of using real screwdrivers and fixing things.  I had to readjust a few door handles at my house, and of course William was right there behind me doing his part.

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There is just something so beautiful about black and white pictures!

What was the best part of your weekend?