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Friday, June 23, 2017

Beach Days

Yesterday, my mom and I took the girls over to a nearby beach. We live about two and a half miles miles away from this exact spot. I only know this because Mark and I have walked it before.  I will say that when you have kids, these tiny side street beach spots are the best. Our parking spot was a few steps from the sand and far enough away from Commercial pier's crowds. 
Besides the part where I am packing everything under the sun that is involved in taking two small children to the beach, I actually enjoy these days a lot. My goal this summer is actually to minimize the packing process.  I'll tell you how that goes when I figure it out. Ha!
Luckily, my mom was with us and helped me carry our chairs, umbrella, beach bag, lunch box, towels, toys, etc.  

Oh the days of only grabbing my car keys, a towel, and running out of the door in my bathing suit to meet my friends on 16th... How things have changed! 

  
  

They may require packing and a little planning ahead, but these days are truly the best. Getting to watch my girls laugh when they get knocked around by the waves, put all of their effort into building the best sand castle, collect seashells for safe keeping, and make new friends for the day is all worth it. 

I hope they grow up to love the feeling of salt on their skin and the sound of the ocean as much as their mama does. The best memories I have are on the beach.
I don't know where life will take us as the years go on but I do hope we always live by the sea. 

-Christina 

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday Whereabouts: Young At Art Museum

Well, here I am again. Trying to get back on track with my blog.
I can't believe it's officially Summer! This year is flying by. With that said, I'm trying to soak up this time before Ava starts school this Fall. She will be starting VPK4 in August. After that, the three of us won't have our mornings all together. Elle and I will be on our own until we pick Ava up from school at noon. I don't even want to think about how Elle is going to react when she sees Ava going somewhere without her. 😢

Now that Summer is here, I am trying to find a lot more indoor activities to stay cool. Today, we headed over to Young at Art Museum and the girls had blast. I packed a lunch for the girls so that we could eat there and be ready for naps right when we got home. 
Here are some pictures from today:

 
   
        

The girls are down for a nap and I'm going to use to this time to figure out what I'm making for dinner. 
Happy Wednesday and Happy 1st Day of Summer ! 


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Marando Ranch

Happy Tuesday, everyone! 

We took a quick trip over to the new Marando Farms location called Marando Ranch.  They opened up a Ranch in Davie which is an awesome addition to the smaller location in Fort Lauderdale.

 They have a petting zoo, horseback rides, organic and local produce, a smoothie bar, and even healthy pet food. 
Here are some pictures from today's visit.































I've had the pleasure of meeting their owner, Chelsea Marando, a few years ago and she is the sweetest. Thank you for a fun morning, Marando Ranch! The McGuire girls had a blast. 



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Marando Farms Facebook page here to keep up with events and news

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ava Turns 4 !

I can't believe that I haven't posted since May! 

I know I say this all the time, but I really need to start remembering to post on here more often. I don't want Facebook to be the only thing I look back on one day to record my memories. They have websites now that can turn your blog into a book! How cool is that?! (note to self: must look into that too) 
It is so hard blogging though! For example, right now as I type this: I have Elle trying to climb onto
the kitchen counter for animal cookies and Ava asking if I can make a necklace for her. It never stops. 

Why not wait to blog until they go to bed at the end of the night? Well, I hang out with my husband then. I suppose now that he's traveling more for work, I can designate his away time for catching up on the blog. Blogging is the last priority on the list and you can tell by how well I update it! ha

Anyways, our first baby turned 4 years old !
I look back on these last four years and don't know where they went. I know every parent probably says that but it is so true. Ava will start Pre K this upcoming Fall 2017. 
With her birthday being November 2nd, she will be one of the oldest kids in her class like I was. 
We aren't sure where she will attend Pre K yet, but Mark and I plan on touring some schools soon.

 I am excited and a little sad for this change in our lives. I am excited for her because I know that she will love making a ton of new friends and thrive in school. I am a little sad because being home with both of my babies is all that I have known for 4 years now. I love having them both with me and watching them grow and play together. Elle is going to miss her big sister during the day but that will also give me some one on one time with her. 
I catch myself all the time thinking, "This is our last: September, October, November... with no schools and no schedules to follow." 
 I am guilty of absolutely loving this. I love NOT having to be anywhere at any specific time. It is totally up to us and our mood on any given day to be somewhere at this stage in the game.  I am going to miss that a lot. I cherish these (exhausting) and sweet years at home with them. 

Anyways... back to Ava's party: 
For Ava's 4th birthday party, we decided to go with Sky Zone trampoline park. (big mistake) 

It was fun but the staff was clueless and Ava's poor uncle Luke broke both of his arms that day. He is doing great and is recovering from surgery now. 
I didn't realize how dangerous trampolines can be!
Aside from that, Ava had a blast so it was a success in her eyes. 

When we first arrived, they didn't have a separate bounce area for our party which I was told prior that there would be. I guess they figured out by may facial expression how I felt about that because one was opened for us. (The place was PACKED and we had small kids in our party). 
 Once they did that, I felt much better. 
They jumped, played, and had a great time. 














Ava loved her Peppa Pig themed cake and party favors. She calls her little sister, Elle, "George" sometimes who is Peppa Pig's little brother in the show. She says it in an English accents which kills me. Cracks me up when I hear her say, "No no, George!" in an English accent to Elle. 
Poor Elle is going to think her name is George soon.






Happy 4th Birthday, beautiful Ava! 
Keep being that sweet, goofy, and funny girl that we love so much.