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This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 8 and 2 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between



Thursday, April 12, 2018

Happy 3rd Birthday Jacob!

Today my littlest little turned 3 years old! I still remember every detail of how he arrived into this world with a vengeance. He was almost born in the car, but thankfully because he was so BIG it took a bit longer.


 
He has been obsessed with ladybugs recently, so I made him a ladybug cake!


We had hotdogs and tater tots for his special dinner.







The gun was his favorite toy! He picked it out at the store, and has asked for it every day since then.


I think he had a fun day, and I can't wait until he make some little friends to play with him. For now he has his big brother!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Maple Weekend in NY

 Evidently it is maple harvesting season in NY, and we got to learn all about it! We started out with a pancake breakfast in Elba, then headed over to Middleport for a tour of the Wolf Maple farm and store. We got to taste all sorts of maple goodies (and of course bought some to take home), then take a tractor ride out to the maple grove to see firsthand how they harvest the sap and turn it into syrup!






 The boys enjoyed it, and we love making memories and experiencing new things. Each day is bringing us closer to warm weather and sunshine!

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Visit From my Brother and Family!

This week we were very happy to host my brother and his family for their first visit to NY! They made the 2 day drive and got here Tuesday evening. We took them all out to dinner, then came back to our house for the grand tour.





The cousins had fun playing together, and Jacob loved all the attention.



I made lots of delicious food, and their second day here we had a snowstorm move in. We got to show them what a NY winter is really like!


We took them up to Point Breeze, which is where they got their first view of Lake Ontario.



We walked around downtown Albion to do some antiquing.



On their last full day here, I kept Brad home from school so that he could go with us to Niagara Falls! It was still partially frozen, but beautiful nonetheless on the sunny day.











The last couple days we were plagued by a minor stomach bug that started with Jacob, then Brad, then {hopefully} ended with me. But we are doing better now, and back to reality after everyone left this morning.

We love getting visitors, seeing family, and can't wait for more to come!

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Cleveland Rocks!

School was out this week, so we took a little vacay to Cleveland, OH! I found a great deal on a fancy hotel, the Drury Plaza right in downtown. It was a 4hr drive and we got there Monday afternoon. It was a beautifully restored building from the 1930s that used to be the Board of Education.






The hotel had an indoor pool and hot tub, as well as free breakfast, buffet dinner, and happy hour! The boys enjoyed watching the craziness of downtown from the window.


They brought us a crib, and as always we had to get creative on how to isolate Jacob since he goes to bed first. Well there was a large closet by the bathroom, so we tucked his crib in there and draped a blanket over the opening. Voila! Instant baby cave. He slept like a charm every night (after playing peek-a-boo for about an hour of course).



We just relaxed our first evening there, and obviously had to take advantage of the free beverages!


We all swam and enjoyed the pool and hot tub, then let the boys eat some popcorn and watch a movie to wind down.


The next day was unusually warm, so we walked to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We passed this on the way!









There were many awesome exhibits, as well as the original handwritten song lyrics by several artists.

That evening we walked to the Arcade, which is basically an indoor shopping mall in a neat old building. Even though it was barely 5pm, most of the shops were closed.



The next morning we ventured a bit further than downtown to see the Museum of Art. It was a really amazing and educational place, and just full of all different time periods of art and artifacts.











We got to see real Monet's, Van Gogh, and Picasso as well!

For lunchtime we headed over to the West Side Market. It was in a large building that wasn't marked, so after passing it a couple times we figured it out and parked. It is full of booths with local meats, fruits/veggies, desserts, and all different kinds of foods. It was almost overwhelming at first! Nick decided on a Greek gyro, and I got smoked sausage for me and the boys. We found our way up to the balcony to eat, then walked around some more to find desserts. Yum!




For our last excursion of the trip, we headed to the Federal Reserve which was right across the street from our hotel! They have a money museum there, and the guide told us the history of the building (which was beautiful!).







The next morning after breakfast we packed up and got on our way back home! It rained all through Ohio and Pennsylvania, then changed to heavy snow as we got into NY. As we got east of Buffalo it slowed down and was actually sunny at our house! Our kitty was happy to see us, and we were happy to be back in our quiet town.

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