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19 November 2015 @ 01:50 pm
Our house was just hit with pink eye & the flu... winter germs are here even if the cold weather isn't. Today is the first day in a long time that we are bored - & by we - I mean Asher & I. Since I don't currently have 8,000 loads of laundry to do or vomit to scrub off of the bathroom floor I made coffee & thought 'I should blog!' ...so... here I am. It's been a while since I've posted anything public. A while = over six months, yikes. We had an awesome, AWESOME summer & we ended our summer with a family vacation to Tybee Island, GA.

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We left in the middle of the night so that the kids would sleep at least a few hours of the eleven hour car ride - negative. They didn't sleep at all but they were decent & bearable to be in the car with & that's all we could really ask for. We arrived around 3:30pm, unloaded & headed to the beach. My parents & Grandma arrived shortly after we did - the eight of us shared a condo.

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Day one. Adam & I watched the sun come up on our morning run while my dad & the kids searched for shells. We spent most of the day on the beach. The kids loved it - Asher was afraid of the water so he mostly just dug. I got stung by a jellyfish for the first time ever but it worked out in my favor that our condo was less than a block from Wet Willie's. I drank too many call-a-cabs to forget the events of the day before we did a little shopping & met everyone for dinner. Tybee is only about a mile or two long so everything on the island was within walking distance - groups of our extended family stayed in condos near ours.

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Day two. We ran, searched for shells, enjoyed the beach & the pool, grilled dinner & relaxed.


Day three. It rained. We explored the island with the kids in the morning then worked on school work back at the condo until my parents took over.

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Adam & I drove into Savannah for date night. It was still raining but we explored the city & had dinner at one of our favorite places - Wild Wing Cafe. Savannah reminded us so much of Charleston. We had always wanted to make the trip to Charleston's sister city when we lived down south but we never did. It felt like home away from home.





Day four. My mom & I went into Savannah for Paige's bridal shower luncheon & for a Segway tour of the city.


I'll just pretend like that was a fun time - looking back at it, it was & it was also hilarious but I can promise you that I will most likely never get on another Segway again in my life.

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After our Segway adventure Anna & I met up with family for a dolphin tour. She absolutely loved it & I will never forget the way her voice sounded when she asked me if we'd be able to see mermaids. We didn't see Ariel but we did see a ton of dolphins & were able to watch the sunset from the boat.



Day five. Adam & I ran in the morning - it was so nice being on vacation with family so that we could do our own thing every now & then - there were a lot of extra hands & eyes & we definitely took advantage of it. While Asher napped, we explored Fort Pulaski with Anna & Mason. Adam had taken the kids the day before while I was at the shower but me & my dad also wanted to see it.

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Fort Pulaski was one of my favorite things.




That afternoon/night was the rehearsal dinner. We met at the Forsyth Fountain in downtown Savannah to do a test run of the wedding ceremony & then had an amazing dinner at The Lady & Son's - Paula Deen's Restaurant.

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Everything came together perfectly & the kids did soooooo good.




Time to party!

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Other than it being insanely hot, it was such a perfect day.


Day seven. We were supposed to leave but stayed for an extra night. We had an all day beach day & soaked in every last ray of sun we could. I don't think any of us were ready to leave.

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We had the best time.


For more wedding pictures - the entire day was captured beautifully by Anna Laine Photography.
15 May 2015 @ 02:40 pm
There was a moment the morning before we left that I didn't think our trip to Chicago was going to happen. It seemed like Murphy's law, everything that could go wrong - did. Car trouble first, followed by sick kids the whole week before. Anna started it then the boys came down with it & the next thing I know, I'm calling Adam home from work because I can barely pry myself out of bed. Early Thursday morning before his shift Adam actually ended up taking Mason to the ER for croup (a different story for a different day) & I thought for sure that we'd be staying home. But as the day went on things drastically improved - I was able to take the kids out to my parents that evening as planned & we got on the road early Friday morning - my 30th birthday!

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I don't know if it gets much better than a cousin who will fedex you the keys to their South Loop condo for the weekend. We are so thankful to have such wonderful family. LOOK AT THAT VIEW!


The first day was a huge learning curve. We managed to find our way everywhere we wanted to go without looking like complete idiots. We walked farther than we realized, took our first ride on the train, took selfies at the bean, ate an amazing lunch & in desperate attempts to kick this sickness I have going on - took shots of slivo. Once we parked our car at the condo we never had to drive again the rest of our trip, #win.

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I don't know if we just got really lucky or if the weather we had was typical for Chicago in May but it was gorgeous. Everything was in bloom too which really took me by surprise - even being in such a huge city there was still green - the whole city felt so fresh & everything was really clean.




Friday night we celebrated my birthday with - seriously - the best pizza we've ever had, then dessert/drinks on the 95th floor of the Hancock Tower. These pictures really do not do the evening justice.

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It was unbelievable.


On Saturday we walked the entire city. Or atleast my feet felt like they did. We had breakfast at a place called Yolk then took the train to see Wrigley Field - which was the only time we really got lost & ended up on a bus with a bunch of crazy (drunk?) Cubs fans - looking back it was really funny & something Adam & I will probably always remember & laugh about even though I will continue to exaggerate this story as a near death experience. We had lunch at Luxbar, shopped on the Magnificent Mile & yes, I'm with Oprah - Garrett's Popcorn is one my new favorite things.

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^ Donut + waffle = the wonut. Hands down, the best thing I've ever ate.



Before dinner on Saturday we went back to Millennium & Grant Park, I had to see the bean again!

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Two days is all it took to fall in love with this city. We had such a great time that we can't stop talking about going back. There is still so much of Chicago that we want to explore.


Sunday morning we walked from the condo through Grant Park to the Lakefront Trail, I had dreams of running in Chicago but we never did because of how sick I was. Walking everywhere was all the exercise I could handle. We had breakfast at Yolk again - it was that good - then packed up & headed home.

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We loved, loved, LOVED Chicago but we were beyond exhausted & ready to get home to our babies by Sunday.


Best birthday weekend, ever.
09 April 2015 @ 01:00 pm
My resolution to start blogging again = fail. So here I go with the highlight reel - the hot topics of our life...

Asher turned two!


My baby is ::insert cry face emoji:: two. We moved him into his big boy bed shortly after his birthday which was a breeze. He loved the transition to big boy status so much that he basically potty trained himself. That's right, we are officially DONE with diapers & all things baby. It's sad, but good.

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The crib coming down led to a few home projects that have been on my to-do list forever. Both of the kids bedrooms got fresh paint & I finally hung decorations on their walls - these things take time, more time than I ever imagined it'd take to settle into our home but they are always worth the wait. Another project crossed off our list - Adam planked our fireplace wall & our stairway. It was a huge project but I am so happy with how it turned out. We followed this tutorial.

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Adam finished up his first years probation at CTFD & is officially in the union now. What a year that was. What's the saying? If it doesn't kill you it only makes you stronger? Yeah, that. Adam has a lot going on with his career right now & I am so proud of him. As always, there never seems to be a dull moment for us.

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Mason just turned five.







He's all set for kindergarten (didn't we just do this with Anna!?) & he starts t-ball here in a few weeks.

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We celebrated our first round of Easter & Mason's birthday in one weekend, which was crazy - & by crazy - I mean EXHAUSTING, after spending most of spring break at home with sick kids.






Anna had a double ear infection so the majority of her time off was spent being lazy around the house - pretty much a repeat of our Christmas break. She is thriving in school, especially reading & had art on display in the Canton Museum of Art recently. She definitely takes after her mama! She also mastered tying her shoes.



I am really, really ready for summer & for the kids to be home with me. We have so many fun things going on that I'm trying hard not to wish the days away.

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He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.
08 January 2015 @ 02:45 pm

Christmas, New Years & Orthodox Christmas - it's all a blur of days - some good, some not so good. In one month we were hit with the flu, pink eye, croup, ear infections, & a playground injury that resulted in stitches. The flu & pink eye were nice enough to come around twice.





Despite the germs we still managed to make it to all the holiday festivities & keep our sanity. Our kids were spoiled rotten with love & with more gifts than they know what to do with.

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year & Hristos se Rodi!

05 November 2014 @ 10:20 am

Last week we had our first parent/teacher conference with Anna's first grade teacher. Anna is doing great in school. She loves it & her teacher loves her. It's always nice to hear how wonderful your child is doing. We are so proud.


Anna turned six at the end of June. Six seems so old. So much older than five.

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We celebrated her birthday with a bright & fun sunshine theme.








Anna already seems so much older than she was back on that day. I swear, she grows by the minute. She's lost a grand total of six teeth now & has a smile like a jack-o-lantern.