Friday, June 24, 2016

Happy Week!

We had a fun week at our house.  It was filled with a surprise visit from my parents, play dates, dinner with my friends, work on the new house and a lunch date with Kevin.  The week flew by and we don't really have any big plans for our weekend.

The best parts of our week were:

// 1 //
I found these Butterfinger Baking Bits at Meijer a few weeks ago and was excited to bake with them.  I usually buy Butterfingers and crush them up so these bits saved me a lot of time.  I made some cookies for our family and friends working on our house this week.  They were a hit!  Here's my recipe.

 // 2 //
We love Dad!
We had a great Father's Day weekend!  We ate a yummy brunch, did fun things all weekend and just enjoyed doing all of Kevin's favorite things.  It was Fletcher's first Father's Day so it was sweet to celebrate as a family of four.  Kevin loves football so he really loved these cute little football foot prints for his office.

 // 3 //
Eat the Rainbow
We're keeping up with our plan to eat LOTS of salads and healthy foods.  Here's my favorite salad of the week on my favorite plaid plates and Olive's favorite kid meal of the week.  We are trying hard to eat colorful, healthy meals so that means more frequent trips to the grocery store and lots of chopping up veggies.  I don't mind either, but have to plan those activities into my week.

// 4 //
New House Projects
My parents texted me on Monday morning to say they were on their way up to my house.  They planned to work at the house and were excited to see us.  They worked hard, we visited and then ate some yummy Mexican for dinner.  Olive was in heaven and it was fun for them to see Fletcher smiling and "talking" more.  My dad finished up our new custom master closet and it's amazing!!  He attached new hardware to our island, painted, worked on refinishing floors with Kevin and installed new fixtures in our bathroom.  My mom cleaned for us and tidied up the place.  Now we're waiting on our new carpet to come in and be installed.

// 5 //
Girls Night Out
I had dinner with some of my girl friends one evening this week!  We had a great time catching up and eating at a favorite local spot.  I got the grilled cheese + bacon + pulled pork on a pretzel bun sandwich with a side of hash brown balls.  It was just as delicious as it sounds.  The company was great and so was the food!

 // 6 //
Cute Kid Moments
Fletcher had a great well check this week!  He's almost 15 pounds at 11 weeks old and doing great!  He's babbling a lot, blowing bubbles, sticking his tongue out when he's really happy and had a couple of nights where he slept 5+ hours in a row.  I'm hoping for more of those for both of us :)
 Olive was thrilled to play with friends, get a hair cut by me and excited that I gave her the okay on splashing in puddles one rainy morning!!  She's also insisting that she wear dresses every single day.  Works well for potty training and they're cute so I'm on board.

Best posts of the week:

I hope you have a really great weekend!!
Do you have any fun plans in the works?? 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Best Thing About Vacation

One of the best things about vacation is getting to eat at new restaurants and try new food.  We have been to Naples, FL before so we ate at some of our favorites from last trip and tried some new spots.  Kevin really enjoys finding groupons for us to use so we can save a little money while trying new places.  We usually ate breakfast in the condo, packed a picnic lunch for beach days and then ate early dinners so the kids could get to bed on time.  It worked out great that we were home in time for bedtime most nights. 

{My favorite family photo from our trip outside of Tommy Bahama}

It was a great family friendly restaurant with delicious food.  The best part of my meal were the sweet potato tots and the grilled chicken was Olive's favorite.  She's not a big chicken eater, but she ate an entire chicken breast by herself.  Everyone else got pulled pork or ribs and we all enjoyed our meals.

It's a cute little cupcake shop on the main strip so we picked up cupcakes for Olive's birthday here.  They were kind of pricey, but nothing crazy for a fancy cupcake shop.  The chocolate one was my favorite.

Olive requested pizza for her birthday dinner so we got pizza to eat at home.
This pizza was so good!  It was nice to find a local spot to get pizza from instead of a chain.  We all loved it!

 The climate in Naples is so tropical!  We love just walking around seeing all of the beautiful flowers that grow there and the pretty floral combinations.

 Tommy Bahama is our very favorite restaurant in Naples.  We went there twice!  The atmosphere is great, they have live music so it's loud and no one notices kid noise.  Their crab cake appetizers are something I'd love to recreate at home because they're amazing.  Their starfish shaped bread is fun and I think their Key Lime Pie is the best in Naples.  Everyone loved every dish they ordered - grilled chicken, steaks and fish were delish.
 Most nights Fletcher snoozed through our early dinners.  I love this part of the sleepy newborn stage and know it doesn't last long so we tried hard to enjoy it :)

 RIVERWALK at Tin City
This is a fun restaurant at Tin City.  You get to sit right on the water so we loved watching the boats come in during our meal.  Olive was convinced she'd spot a mermaid.  My salad was pretty good, but the dressing was blah.  Everyone that ordered a steak loved it.

This was a delicious restaurant that we found because of groupon.  Their italian food was so fresh and tasty.  We got chicken wings, bread and pizzas.  We'll definitely be going back here. They had huge booths so it worked out really well to contain Olive.  Obviously she thought the place was cozy.

 Dunkin Donuts
We didn't see any local donut shops to try so we enjoyed Dunkin several mornings for breakfast.

 We had nearly perfect weather for our entire trip.  It would rain for a short bit almost every afternoon, but we didn't mind because it cooled things off for us.  The flowers were beautiful and the crowds were low.  The end of May/June is a great time to visit Naples.

Thanks to my in-laws for another great beach vacation in the books!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pools & Pretty Places

We spent a lot of time at the pool and hanging out at my inlaw's condo in Naples.  The facilities are so nice that it's great to have fun options nearby.  Olive loved the pool and Fletcher wasn't as big of a fan.  It was harder to keep him cool so our visits to the pool each time were short and sweet.  No one ever got burned or overheated so I'd call that a win.

Olive took her mermaid toys with her everywhere we went.  I was also thrilled that she wore her sun hat and rash guard suit.  She only got a little sun on her legs one day at the beach.

 Kevin and his Dad golfed in the mornings and then would meet us at the pool for lunch and a swim.
It was great to meet back up with them and have an extra set of hands for the water.

Olive was less than thrilled to have to get out of the pool to eat lunch.

I bought cute swim stuff for Fletcher, but it was so hot!  None of it was breathable so we opted to take him to the pool in onesies and light weight outfits the majority of the time.

My MIL and I took turns staying under the shaded cabana with Fletcher.  There were fans and lots of shade for him.  

This day Olive told me I could go home because she'd learned how to swim already.  haha
She's a proficient kiddie pool swimmer :)

We brought a big bag of pool toys with us and she would have played for HOURS if we let her.  This year she wasn't afraid to get her face wet and she was feeling much more confident in the water.  There were just a few other families at the pool and mostly older adults.  So Olive had the little pool to herself.  It'll be fun in the future when Fletcher is big enough to play with her.

One of my favorite things about Naples is that with the daily rain shower in the afternoons you see rainbows every day!  We were official rainbow spotters every day :)