Here she is, my little hula girl. I got this costume 7 years ago when I was teaching in Fiji. My friends, Britt and Heidi got one also. We decided that we would use them for our future daughters one day. Britt has two adorable little boys and Heidi has a precious little boy as well, so Miss Marlie is the first to be a Fijian Hula girl. What do you think?
Have I told you that I am completely obsessed with Fall? I love everything about it; the weather is perfect and no more humidity, thank goodness. The air is crisp and the temperature perfect, the trees are so beautiful, I can't get enough of them. I have decided that Mums are my favorite seasonal flower and, of course, I still love all the haunted houses, scary movies, trick or treaters, candy, costumes, and cuddling at home. Last but not least, I love wearing sweaters (random, I know). I could go on and on. Oh ya, one more thing- my Mom and I crave the fall craft shows and have decided that Haddonfield is our favorite one. We also went to Duffields, which is an adorable farm market that has hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkin picking and tons of kiddies running around. Marlie had no idea what was going on but we were able to get some adorable pictures. I can't wait to take her next year!
Ok, now on to bigger and better things if that is possible...... of course it is.... Miss Marlie Marie. She is changing like crazy. I love this age the best so far because she smiles all the time, grabs everything in sight and is getting less moody as the days go on. She loves to be out and about, shopping, visiting Poppy, walking outside and playing. I was getting a little nervous that she hadn't yet, but she officially rolls over now, yay, although still hates being on her tummy. We will see if she ever crawls or just skips to standing and walking. She is also getting more ticklish. We love it when she laughs but she really makes us work for it. We definitely make fools of ourselves but it is all worth it in the end. Marlie is also starting to sit up on her own; it is the cutest thing ever! She just got over her first cold last week and still sounds like a smoker, it is so adorable. She handled it pretty well. I complain way more when I have a cold.
Marlie is now 25 inches long and 13 lbs. 14 ozs. She is one week away from her 1/2 birthday. Time flies. I can't believe how big she is getting. Wait till you see her Halloween costume. I can't wait!
Marlie had her first picnic in the park. It was nice and relaxing. I love being outdoors, especially in the fall. Fall is by far, my most favorite season. I love the colorful leaves, the weather and Mums are my favorite. There are so many fun fall festivals that I can take Miss Marlie and of course Halloween! It is my second favorite holiday after Christmas. Just wait till you see her Halloween costume.
I don't want Marlie to grow up because she is too adorable and cute but I kinda do at the same time. Is that bad? I have so much planned for her. I can't wait, I mean, can't wait, to take her to Disney World!! I want to enroll her in baby swimming lessons and dance classes and storytime at Barnes and Noble. There is so much but I know she isn't ready for all that yet. So I guess I will just be forced to cuddle with her and hang out. :) Speaking of cuddling, it is raining today. I loooove rainy days and snowstorms. It makes your house so cozy and cuddling is much better. Marlie is sleeping on me as we speak.
Opal decided that she wanted to get her diaper changed. She is so funny! She is my other baby. She loves to take naps everytime Marlie does. She insists on sleeping on top of her. Don't worry, I watch Marlie!
My cousin Joanne had the best idea ever and told me about Granny Showers! I have never heard of them before. I thought it would be so much fun so we did it! My Mom has helped out so much. She definitely deserved one. She was completely surprised and confused at first. It We dressed her up like a Granny and played this fun guess what candy Marlie pooped out game.We had 7 diapers with different chocolate candies melted inside. It looked gross! Everybody had to guess what type of poo (Candy) it was. Carolyn (the one in the picture) won the prize. It was a blast!
Last but not least. Our recent family photo in the park.
Our first family vacation down the shore. For all my western friends, we say down the shore, not down to the shore. Nick makes fun of me for this but this is how a true New Jerseyian says it. I'm sure Nick will say it like this real soon.
We had a really nice time. We hung out by the pool, walked the board walks, played some arcade games and had a nice breakfast on the boardwalk. The ocean water was nice and warm so Marlie enjoyed it. I was too afraid to go in any deeper and make Marlie shark dinner so we just dipped our feet. She wasn't however too fond of the wind and the sand. She kept rubbing her feet together to try to get the sand off. I'm excited to make this trip a family tradition every summer like it was for me. Good memories.
She is now teething. My little baby is growing up so fast. She has a little one trying to break through on the bottom right in the middle. She's not handling it too well. Poor thing. She just went to the doctors and is now 4 1/2 months and weighs 11 lbs. 12 oz. and 24 1/2 inches long. Her cheeks are getting bigger by the second. She looks like a little chipmunk getting ready for the winter. hehe. I love you Marlie!
I think she was over the wind at this point.
Hanging out at the pool.
What up yo?
Her classic serious face.
She smiles a lot but never wants to do it for the camera.
There is so much to update everybody about. Oma, Opa, and Chris came out for Marlie's blessing. It was so nice to see them. We had a blast. We went to Ocean City, Atlantic City, and the Amish Market just to name a few. It was so nice having both sides of the family here. Marlie was a good little girl. Her blessing was perfect. Nick was a little nervous but he did great. She slept through the whole thing and added a couple of smiles in the middle. That's my girl.
Uncle Chris playing with Miss. Marlie. He was so good with her. It must run in the family.
Marlie's first time to the Atlantic City Outlets. I'm sure we will be back there soon. :)
Marlie and her Great Grandfather, Poppy.
This picture is classic.
Why so sad baby girl?
I melt when I see this picture! Nick is the perfect Dad.
Oma and Marlie. I love this picture!
Marlie's first trip to Ocean city!!
Hanging out after a long day down the shore!
Marlie has already changed from these pictures. She is already 3 months now and weighs 10 1/2 pounds. She has doubled her weight, the little chunk. :) She is talking up a storm, baby style that is and drooling like crazy. She constantly has her hands in her mouth and loves to kick her legs. She slept through the night for the first time the other night. It may have been a fluke because it didn't happen last night. We will see. I love dressing her up in cute little dresses with her little bows. Everybody stops us everywhere to say how beautiful she is. Sorry, I had to brag a little. That is what Mom's are supposed to do.
What else, lets see, we finally got our deck built. I was so excited you don't even know. I love it. Now Marlie and I have somewhere to hang out outside. I can't wait till the fall. It is going to be so beautiful in our backyard. We are going to get a little baby pool to put on the deck as well. Marlie has a bathing suit that she hasn't even worn yet. Gotta get on that one.
As for Nicholas, he is definitely moving up in the world. He is in the process of buying a pretzel route now. Some of you already know he has a bread route. He is going to have somebody run the bread route and he will run the pretzel route. His first employee. I am so excited for him and proud of him as well. These routes are allowing me to stay home with Marlie Marie. I have always wanted to be a stay at home Mom. I don't know what I have done to be so blessed.
My Mom and I have been hanging out almost everyday. I love being with her. It is so much fun. Marlie fits in nicely. We are molding her well and she is becoming quite the shopper. I wish my Mom didn't have to go back to school. Only 3 more years left. My Dad is doing well. He is now holding Marlie on the couch without anybody there. This is a big improvement. I think it will take him a few years to hold her standing up. He is so afraid he is going to drop her. It is so cute.
Poppy and Jo are well. Jo is in the hospital recovering from surgery on her colon but she is healing really well. Poppy is so funny. He talks to Marlie in his baby talk and she looks at him like he is crazy. It is so adorable.
I love taking care of my family.I really enjoy interior decorating. It is definitely my passion. I love vintage pillows, black and white photos, and flower prints. I am learning about gardening and hope to be more successful this year. I also love to go shopping with my Mamma and Marlie. We are really good at it. :) My kitties will always be my babies even though I have a real baby now. My goals are to learn more about photography, gardening and eating healthy. I hope you enjoy my blog!