Thursday, August 30, 2012

New York, New York {Days 5, 6 & 7}

So instead of doing the whole week long vacation in one blog post,
I decided to break it up and do a couple days at a time.

Preface:
Wayne's Aunt Dana, Uncle Jason and their two boys, Logan and Jackson, live on Long Island in a small town called Point Lookout. It's BEAUTIFUL. They moved there a couple years ago from Florida, so it was not only our first time out there to visit them at their new house and in their new city, but it was our first time in New York. Wayne's Green Grandma was also there for the week, as well as his brother Andy. We really had a great week and did lots of fun things. It was our first family vacation as the three of us AND Wayne's first vacation since our honeymoon back in 2007. Let's just say it was a much anticipated trip. Hailey also turned 1 years old while we were there!

To catch up:


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Andy left this morning. It was fun to experience some of New York with him and I'm so glad he was with us on Hailey's 1st birthday.

After Dana dropped Andy off at the airport that morning we hung out for awhile and then walked to the local park that is just right down the street from their house. It was very warm outside, but we had to get out for at least a little bit. Jackson wanted to help with Hailey and so we swung, went down the slides and climbed on the equipment.

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Love my adventurous little lady. She really has no fear.

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Later that day we headed off to our tattoo appointment with KT at Lone Wolf Tattoo. We had talked to Dana before our trip and told her while we were there that we wanted to each get a tattoo. We had both been wanting one for a long time and were going to get them while we were in LA in May, but ran out of time. We thought New York would be the perfect time to get them done. Dana asked around and found a place that her sister-in-law had gotten her tattoo at. It was perfect.

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Wayne went first.

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He got 'Hailey' tattooed on the inside of his left wrist.

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He made it look so easy. I was not in the most comfortable position.

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My many faces of pain (as I call them) and me squeezing onto him tight. Wayne didn't have any qualms about documenting my pain.Can you see him in the background smiling and laughing at me?

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Finished product.

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Oh what an experience. I have great respect for people that get anything more than I got.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Today we decided to take a drive to Southhampton. We had lunch at a local sandwich shop. Delicious. After lunch we walked around and looked in the shops and after finding out we couldn't afford ANYTHING, we stopped at the candy shop, grabbed a few snacks and then headed home.

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It was a fun, but long day.

Of course Floyd was there throughout the whole week. I know the Monti Family is not complete without mentioning Floyd.

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What a handsome boy. Love him!

Friday, June 29, 2012

It was time to go home. Dana dropped us off at the airport in the morning and we had a good flight home. We didn't have an extra seat on the way back, so it was a little cramped, but we made it.

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Hailey was so excited to be back in Minnesota!

My Mom came and picked us up from the airport and we headed home. It was a great, but exhausting week. We enjoyed every minute and made some great memories and spent quality time with loved ones. We had such great hosts. Thank you to The Monti Family for welcoming us into your home and letting us stay with you. We love you all so much!

We were having Hailey's 1st birthday party a/k/a her Puppy Party on Sunday and this Mama had so much to do before then.

Stay tuned for the details of her Puppy Party!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New York, New York {Days 3 & 4}

So instead of doing the whole week long vacation in one blog post,
I decided to break it up and do a couple days at a time.

Preface: Wayne's Aunt Dana, Uncle Jason and their two boys, Logan and Jackson, live on Long Island in a small town called Point Lookout. It's BEAUTIFUL. They moved there a couple years ago from Florida, so it was not only our first time out there to visit them at their new house and in their new city, but it was our first time in New York. Wayne's Green Grandma was also there for the week, as well as his brother Andy. We really had a great week and did lots of fun things. It was our first family vacation as the three of us AND Wayne's first vacation since our honeymoon back in 2007. Let's just say it was a much anticipated trip. Hailey also turned 1 years old while we were there!

To catch up:


Monday, June 25, 2012

Jackson loved feeding Hailey her bottle.
He was such a big help with her the whole time we were there.
Of course, he asked lots of questions and was very inquisitive as a 5 year old should be.

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It rained for most of the day, so we decided to check out the local mall. It actually reminded me of the Mall of America. We shopped, ate lunch in the food court and checked out the Disney store with Hailey.

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Later that evening the boys (Wayne, Andy & Jason) went to Yankee Stadium for a baseball game.

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While they were at the game and after the kids were in bed, us girls (Me, Dana and Green Grandma) watched the Bachelorette, talked, laughed and of course drank lots of wine.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Today was Hailey's 1st birthday!!!

For Hailey's birthday we all went to a Petting Zoo. We fed the goats, saw the animals, rode a train, ate lunch and watched a singing chicken show.

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She's so uninterested in the camera. Too much to look at and do.

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Once we got back to the house, Hailey took a nap with her Daddy, before birthday festivities started.
They actually took a nap like this everyday of our vacation. So precious.

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Then it was time to celebrate! Green Grandma got her this outfit. Tutu and all. And Auntie Dana made tacos for dinner.

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And then everyone sang Happy Birthday with an ice cream cake! Dana also got Hailey cupcakes so she could smash. She loved them. Andy tried to eat some and she is looking at him like he is CRAZY! Too funny!

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Thanks Dana and everyone else for making Hailey's birthday so special!!

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We love you Hailey Jo! Happy 1st Birthday!

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Monday, August 27, 2012

New York, New York {Days 1 & 2}

So instead of doing the whole week long vacation in one blog post, 
I decided to break it up and do a couple days at a time.

Preface: Wayne's Aunt Dana, Uncle Jason and their two boys, Logan and Jackson, live on Long Island in a small town called Point Lookout. It's BEAUTIFUL. They moved there a couple years ago from Florida, so it was not only our first time out there to visit them at their new house and in their new city, but it was our first time in New York. Wayne's Green Grandma was also there for the week, as well as his brother Andy. We really had a great week and did lots of fun things. It was our first family vacation as the three of us AND Wayne's first vacation since our honeymoon back in 2007. Let's just say it was a much anticipated trip. Hailey also turned 1 years old while we were there!

Saturday June 23, 2012

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Our plane left early in the morning. Like "get up at 5am when your 1 year old likes to sleep in" early. But (deep breath) we made it to the airport and through security on time with no roadblocks. Thanks to my Mom for also getting up early and dropping us off at the door.

Overall our plane ride there went great (other than the poop blowout Hailey had all over my jeans as we landed. Ugh. So gross.) We were in the very last row, right by the bathrooms. That actually wasn't the worst, because all the people waiting for the toilet kept her very entertained the whole plane ride. Yay! We didn't buy Hailey her own seat, but was fortunate to have an empty seat in our row. That worked out great. She played on the floor, she played in her seat, she looked out the window, she ate her cheddar penquins, she smiled at everyone. Overall it was a better experience than what I expected.

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Dana picked us up from the airport. 
Hailey riding in her seat checking out New York on the way to the Monti House.

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We got to the house, settled in and said Hi to everyone.

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Hailey making herself right at home.

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We decided to go to the beach for a couple hours. It's literally a 5 minute walk from their house.

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 It was Hailey's first trip to the ocean and let's just say she wasn't a fan. I think because it was loud and the water was very cold, she just wasn't having any of it.

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They live in the smallest, but cutest community.  It's some-what of a private community. You have to have a certain pass to get onto the beach and the park, etc.

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There are several restaurants in walking distance from their house, right across the street on one side is a drug store, across the street on the other side is a liquor store and two doors down is an ice cream shop. Could it get any better?

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We had the local pizza for dinner and ended up hanging out for the night. We were exhausted from traveling and the beach.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

We were going to head to the Central Park Zoo, but it ended up being ridiculously hot outside, so we opted to go to the beach instead. Day 2 at the beach was a little better. Hailey still wasn't a fan of the actual ocean, but she did take a nap under the umbrella and played in the sand.

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That night we headed into the city. Gramma stayed with the kids so us adults could go explore. We took a train to Penn Station and then went from there. Thank god for Jason, because I would have gotten so lost.

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We walked around the 9/11 Memorial site. It was eerily quiet, but a very powerful time still. This wall memorial was very cool to see.


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We didn't get to go in and see the fountains or anything because it was closed. It was a Sunday night and we got there after it closed. It was still very cool to walk around in that area and to think about all those buildings being covered in soot and those were the very streets that people were running down when it all happened. So crazy to be there and think about that.

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We ate at this great little Irish Pub, which was delicious. We then did some shopping at Forever 21, the Disney Store and the M&M store in Times Square. I also got to see the Naked Cowboy on my very first trip.

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Times Square was so busy, so I'm not sure I ever really need to go back there specifically, but I do want to take Hailey to the 9/11 Memorial someday as well as the Zoo.

This concludes Days 1 & 2 of our New York Family Vacation 2012.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Life Lately {July 2012}

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Today was Hailey's 1st Birthday party!
More detailed post to come soon!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hailey's 1 year Dr appointment was today. 
Her 12 month post and stats can be found HERE.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July Holiday.

We woke up and had breakfast at Birdtown Cafe in Robbinsdale. Wayne's cousin opened the new restaurant in June and it is so yummy. It was my first time.

If you go, try the Cinnamon Roll French Toast. So. Good.

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My boss bought Hailey this adorable dress.

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After breakfast, Wayne had to drive out to Apple Valley for a parade. It was SO unbeleivably hot outside. We spent the day pool-side at my parents neighbor's house while Wayne was busy.

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This girl LOVES the pool.
Another festive outfit that my boss bought her.

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Wayne came back after the parade and we grilled out, ate lots, laughed lots and had loads of fun.

Red, White and Blue for dessert.

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With Fireworks starting at 10pm and us knowing that Hailey does not like loud noises, we decided not to go anywhere specific for fireworks. So glad we didn't waste our time. We sat in the driveway and watched my Dad light some off. She hated them. Cried. So we decided to head home so she could get to bed.

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Aren't they cute? It was one great holiday! Hope yours was just as great!

Friday, July 6 - 8, 2012

Prairie Fest weekend in Clara City. 

Same sort of things as years past. It's always the first weekend in July every year.

See July 2010 and July 2011.

Saturday morning was spent at the pancake breakfast for the local Fire Department and playing in the park.

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Saturday afternoon was spent watching the parade.

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Saturday evening was spent riding horses (Me only. Hailey only sat on him.), showing off a new Vikings dress and time at Grandma Kleene's before bed.

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I love going every year and seeing everyone. Another great year!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

We were in Urgent Care again for another 103 temp from Miss H.

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The day after we got back from New York (June 30th), I had to take Hailey into Urgent Care because of a temp that she had been running for a few days prior. It would always spike at night before bed of course. After day 3, I took her in. The Dr said there was a start to an ear infection and gave me antibiotics for it.

So when we were BACK in UC again, just a little over a week later, I was worried. The Dr concluded that even though the temp was higher than normal for teething, that is most likely what it was from. Her ears and everything else looked great!

So after waiting 2+ hours in UC, here is my tired little lady snoozing on Daddy. Let's just say it was a late night for everyone.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Wayne and my sisters picked me up from work early and we headed to Dive Bar in Maplewood for Lucas Live where Owl City was performing.

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Yes, that is MY daughter dancing on the bar. We are classy like that.

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Hanging out with sisters!

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Meeting Adam Young of Owl City

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So fun!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Whiz Bang Days in Robbinsdale. We went and checked out the carnival/rides.

It was another hot one, so we didn't stay long. It was Hailey's first ride down the big slide.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Me, Amie and Hailey had a pool day at the local pool. I can see many a summer days hanging out there next summer. Might have to invest in a summer pass next year.

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All smiles as you can see.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Duk Duk Daze in New Hope. We went and checked out the carnival/rides.

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Not many things for a 1 year old to do. Plenty of things for us to eat though. Ha.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I took a family friend, Logan's, Senior pictures.
More detailed post to come soon.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I took a family friend, Gina's, Senior pictures.
More detailed post to come soon.

Big Time Rush came to the Skyroom!

The band Big Time Rush (Nickelodeon) was in the 101.3 KDWB Skyroom, hosted by the Hubs.

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 We are huge fans of them and their music. They are such great guys. Seriously. Even if they are a teen band. We met them last year when they were in town for the State Fair. Hailey was 2 months old.

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This year they remembered her. It was too cute!



Once these pictures were posted to the KDWB website, there were girls and fans of the band blogging on their Tumblr pages about how cute they were with Hailey. Fans from here in the US and fans from overseas, too! So crazy!
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

We celebrated Kate's 13th Birthday, even though her real birthday was the 30th. We went out to dinner to Applebees and then came back to our house for cake and gifts. She is now officially a teenager! Ahhh!!!

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Happy Birthday, Kate!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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