Wordful Wednesday: The Zoo, the Park and the Trampoline

Since the days have been getting cooler and the days a bit shorter we’ve been enjoying the crisp air outside with our extended families. This time of year is especially busy for Michael so the girls and I are often left to our own devices.

On one such day we were got a chance to visit the Potter Park Zoo right here in Lansing with Aunt Jilnar (Michael’s sister). My sis and bro-in-law bought us a zoo membership for Christmas and it was awesome to be able to use it with her.

Since Jilnar lives in Chicago we don’t get to see her often enough, so we all really enjoyed being with her all day.

We got to see goats and chickens, monkeys and penguins. And the lions. We stared at the lions forever.

Then last week in an attempt to walk Leslie’s baby out of her, we took a stroll, hit up the local bakery Sweetie-licious, had a picnic at the park and Izzie tried the swings for the first time. Could that big ole grin on her face be any cuter? She loved the swing!

I’ve said it a million times but the friendship between Cedella and Anna is just incredibly sweet to watch. They fight like sisters and yet they can be so silly and loving to each other. But damn are they both Little Miss Bossy Pants!

(*And you know what? Our attempt helped, well, that and their family tent camping the night before she went into labor. Leslie had her baby this weekend!!!! A baby girl named Amelia!!!! So incredibly excited and happy for the whole family!)

And we finally got a chance to spend time as a whole family on Sunday when we went to our little cousin Salem’s 4th Birthday party. And though there were awesome blue Batman cupcakes, a zillion new toys and a pinata full of candy the real star of the show was the awesome new trampoline in the backyard.

When I asked Salem what her favorite present was, she said “the trampoline”. Which is easy to understand. Cause it’s pretty damn cool.

All the kids absolutely loved it. And while they jumped like crazy after the cupcakes and the candy all of us parents got to feel a bit like kids ourselves, smiling and laughing along.

It was a perfect afternoon spent with Aunt Jilnar and our cousins Mary, Glen and Salem. It’s always enjoyable to spend time with them.

How fortunate are we to have so many fun ways to spend our days and so many lovely people to share them with?

With the football season here it’s easy for our family to get so crazy, stressed and disconnected. But it’s moments like these that remind me how much we have to be thankful for.

A special thanks to the lovely Kristi at Live and Love Out Loud for the fabulous free collage templates that helped facilitate this fun post. Check out her page for some photo inspiration and fun freebies.

Thanks for stopping by and reading today! But I’d love it even more to hear from you. How do you reconnect with your family when life gets busy and stressful? Any tips for making those sparse family moments really count? Any recommendations on cool places to go with your family? Looking forward to your comments :)

Happy Wordless/Wordful Wednesday to all!!



Last Days of Summer

Well summer is coming to a close and we had our last vacation of the summer with my family up north on Lake Huron.  It was super cloudy and not very warm, but we still had a very relaxing and fun time.  Cedella got to spend time with her newest little cousin Brayden, and practiced her kissing skills.  She also got her first taste of sand and the freezing waters of Lake Huron.  We got to spend some serious quality time with my mom, Grandma Linda.  It was so nice to be with her, cooking, shopping and catching up.  My Aunt Joanne made awesome lasagna and brownies.  Lauren and I talked all about being new moms.  And on top of it all I got to hang with my teenage sister and her friend Lisa and talk about who is hotter…Taylor Lautner or Justin Bieber (btw Taylor Lautner gets my vote since Justin Bieber looks like a girl).

All in all it was a great way to wind down the summer and get back into my blog that I have been neglecting as of late.  Look forward to new editions to the blog like ‘Foodie Fridays’ and ‘My Big Fat Mixed Family’ coming soon.  But until then, enjoy the pics…

Walking on the beach
Kylara and Lisa
Watching the waves
Cool dolphin swing
Meeting Brayden for the first time
Giving kisses
 Baby in the mirror
With Grandma Linda at the fire
Beach Baby
Freezing in Lake Huron in August
Passed out in her Peapod
Cedella dying to give Brayden more kisses

Wordless Wednesday: First Swing