Day at the Zoo

We went to the Minnesota Zoo last week with my sister-in-law Melanie and niece Elizabeth.  It was a great day!  I’m pretty sure Maria is looking forward to going back soon!

Riding a Trout

Along for the Ride

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It really was a Good Friday

Yesterday daycare was closed, so Maria and I met up with our friends Lisa and her daughters, Mallory & Mykaela.  We met at the zoo around 9:15. It was CRAZY busy! I’m sure because of the holiday and being the last weekend of the baby farm animals exhibit. Luckily I think we beat the busiest part.   Maria did not enjoy the wagon ride to the farm, but she did like the animals, and a lollipop appeased her for most of the wagon ride back.

After the zoo, we headed to McDonalds.  It was Maria’s first McDonald’s playland experience and she loved it!! She made a new friend named Lilah who was 6 who took her up through the tunnel and down the slide about 10 times. I think Maria slowed down most of the kids going through the tunnel, and I’m pretty sure she would have not been successful without Lilah. It was a great time!

Yesterday afternoon, I called a tree service about some trimming work we needed done to get an estimate.  They were already working in the neighborhood so I got a great estimate and they came back while we were running errands and were completely cleaned up and gone!  Felt good to get that done and over with… we tend to drag our feet when it comes to getting work done when we have no idea how much it will cost!

Maria and I also spent some time outside. She is pretty good following me around with her rake while I clean out leaves for 20 minutes at a time.  I’ll take it and we will be outside every afternoon we can!

Today we start our Easter festivities! Today with Chad’s family and tomorrow with mine. Hope you all have a Happy Easter!

Weekend and Catchup

We spent the weekend at Ruttger’s for my company’s summer outing.  It was a nice weekend, and so much more fun than last year. Last year, I was still fairly new to the company, plus I was on maternity leave, plus somewhat immobilized with a 3 month old to care for!  This year I hardly felt immobile! We were definitely on the move!

The ride up to Ruttger’s was not fun, but Maria was plenty tired coming home on Sunday, so she slept most of the way.

Monday, we went to Como Zoo and met up with Maria’s cousins, Jana & Luke.  We then stopped and visited Grandpa and Grandma (Chad’s parents) on the way home.  She napped all the way home (with a detour for longer nappage), plus then played in her crib for an extra hour without fuss!

Today Maria was back to daycare, and I was back to work. She looked especially cute in her tie-dye that she made at camp, but this picture was taken at the worst time of the day, right when we’re home from daycare and starving! Plus, I wouldn’t let her hold the camera.  She’s got a lot of smiles, but not always!

Play Date, Dinner, and the Zoo

Friday morning we had several friends over. 3 friends of mine and 4 other little girls! It was a fun time. Sarah and Lilah hung out into the afternoon!

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Saturday, Chad and I had plans to go out, but then couldn’t think of anything really to do besides go out to dinner, so we cancelled our babysitter and called Chad’s parents and met them out for dinner with Maria.

This morning, we were up early and went to the zoo. We got to see the bears again. Close up! The Grizzly Coast at the MN Zoo is pretty cool!

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This afternoon, my parents stopped by for a little bit on their way home from their weekend. And I picked up some veggies at the grocery store and pureed them tonight so I can try some recipes from Deceptively Delicious. I have cauliflower, broccoli, spinach and sweet potatoes all ready to go!