March of Dimes

Yesterday was our March of Dimes walk and as usual it was so much fun! This year Josh and I decided to bring Alyssa since she is big enough to make it through the walk now and after all we want our daughter to experience these great events and to help others.
The morning started extra early but in good spirits (well Josh had to use some magic to bring Lyss up to a good mood as she wanted to stay in bed with her teddy bear…she is NOT a morning person lol)

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But after daddy worked his magic and we mention her friend Ari would be there she was ready to go!

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I was so proud of the girls…even though Lyss hikes with us there is usually more distractions on a hike and with the walk they seemed to realize how long we were truly walking. About half way done Lyss & Ari started asking for a piggyback ride…I prolonged them riding it out by telling them as soon as we get to the street they could have a ride (sneaky mommie…we never crossed a street…he he he) but in the last stretch the art of distraction faltered and they realized that they still didn’t get their piggyback ride so I saddled up and started giving Lyss a ride but the moment that Josh offered to give Ari a ride Lyss almost jump off my back and became very protective & kinda got in a “hey that’s MY daddy” attitude (hate to see the jealously when she gets older lol) and even though I offered to carry Ari, Josh just laughed at the girls both wanting him to carry them and offered to carry them both which was pretty darn cute to watch my wonderful hubby be superman and make the girls giggle with delight that they were both getting carried by Lyssa’s awesome, goofball of a dad.

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After we got done with the walk we hung out and let the girls get their faces painted

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Then they play on the bounce house and slide (weird their legs were no longer tired lol)

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And finally Ari & Lyss rode the ponies, which was so cool because this was Ari’s first pony ride…she was SOOOO excited!

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I am looking forward to continuing to raise money for the babies and for next years walk with my family.
For 75 years, the March of Dimes has helped babies get a healthy start in life. March for Babies makes this work possible. The money raised will support programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and will fund research to prevent premature birth and birth defects.

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Alyssa Hope (1 Day old)

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A day at the Museum

Sunday Josh & I took Lyssa to her favorite museum. As soon as we walked through the doors she immediately asked to feed the sabortooth lion. And the look on her face was so entertaining as she cautiously put the money in his mouth and quickly draws her hand back (seriously so darn cute). Then we left the day up to her, we visited all the exhibits that she wanted to see. It was a blast to see her run up to each display behind glass and ask us to read the ‘story’ about it. I love the fact that she is so interested in our world’s history…it’s a curiosity that I hope stays with her for her lifetime.

After the museum we took her to Old Chicago for the first time and as a special treat we enjoyed one of their giant cookies with vanilla ice cream (yummmmy…delicious!!!)

On the ride home we have a tradition and name our favorite part of our day together.
Alyssa’s: all the cool animals, the dinosaurs, mummy and…the giant cookie 🙂

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First Hike of 2013

So Alyssa, Josh and I took our good friends Paul and Tracie on their first ever hike today to Seven Bridges. The day was beautiful in the upper 50s and the trails were pretty clear with only little patches of snow here and there.

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Us playing around on the walk in route to the trail head.

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Taking a break to do some amateur rock climbing.

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Thank you Paul and Tracie for sharing today with us, we had a blast! We are thankful for another healthy happy day and being able to share it with good company! 🙂