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A Birthday, A Date Night, and a Little Girl

This weekend was spent visiting my side of the family in TN to celebrate our nephew’s third birthday! As usual, the weekend turned into a whirlwind of family visits, coordinating nap times, and squeezing in a long overdue date night thanks to some very willing grandparents. Adeline was a trooper all weekend. She is such a great little travel buddy and I’m so proud of how she adjusts and rolls with the punches. (Unlike her mother sometimes.) We started traveling with her at just 9 weeks old, so to say she’s accustomed to the car would be an understatement. It’s definitely hard being away from family, but having a little one who makes traveling somewhat painless has been a huge blessing!ย On the way to Nash we only stopped once, and same on the way home. We pack lots of snacks, and car entertainment, and try to time the first long stretch with her biggest nap, and so far it seems to be working in our favor. #knockonwood

Since it’s Monday, I’m thinking a quick sentence-or-two-per-picture ought to sum up our weekend happenings quite nicely. So let’s get to it…

Our nephew’s party was at a trampoline park. Adeline loved it for the most part, but was a little hesitant when it would start to get crowded. The play area they were in was for ages 7 and under, so I think the big kids scared her.

Henry seemed to have the time of his life, and I still can’t believe he is THREE. I feel like he was just born, like, yesterday. Love him so much!!

While the big kids enjoyed their pizza party and cupcakes, Adeline (aka Miss No-Nap) chilled in her stroller and took in the scenes.

Little brother hasn’t gotten much blog time yet! It was so good to see sweet Sutton – he’s gotten so big since Christmas!

On the way up for her nap after the party, Adam helped her scope out the backyard. I miss this view all the time!

While Adeline napped, my mom and I went shopping to get Adeline some spring play clothes. This went undocumented, of course, but I’m so glad we were able to spend a couple hours just the two of us. Sometimes you just need to go shopping with your mom!!

When we got home, Adam and I got ready and headed out for a date night. Hows abouts thats!ย Always. Take. Advantage. Of. Grandparents! I think we cleaned up pretty nicely!

We ate dinner at Gray’s, one of my faves! Adam had a ribeye and au gratin potatoes, and I had cheesy grits and sweet potato ravioli. It was all divine, and we took our sweet time eating every last bite. It’s amazing how you get used to eating SO FAST when you have a kid.

After dinner, we meandered down Main Street like the good ‘ole days, then popped into Kilwin’s for some ice cream. It was like we were on a real date or something! ๐Ÿ˜‰

We talked about going to see a movie, but I’m so old and lame now I couldn’t even tell you what movies are out. And I think I would just fall asleep anyways!

My mom was able to get Adeline to bed while we were out so when we got home we played a game, watched tv, and ate even more emptyย calories.

Sunday morning, we headed to church, and attempted a family photo.

Neither of which turned out amazing. I believe we have passed the days where taking pictures with Adeline isย a breeze.

Adeline wore her new white shoes to church, and contrary to how it appears she actually was in a great mood at church! She did so good! I’m always a little nervous how she’ll do at my parent’s church because it’s quite a bit more “quiet” than our church in AR, but she was very well behaved!

Can we just call it quits on Winter? Like are we done with it? It’s spring now, right?

After we packed up to leave, Adeline got to check out P Daddy’s truck!

She’s a natural! 15 more years and maybe she’ll have a truck of her own! Or judging by my dad’s history with trucks, she might get this one!

On the drive home, we stopped in Memphis at Panera to stretch our legs and pick up some lunch. Adeline has (in my eyes) turned into a full fledged LITTLE GIRL. She’s huge. It’s like she’s a little person now and not at all a baby. It’s mind blowing. When Adam was walking her inside I couldn’t help but think how crazy it was that she’s big enough now to WALK PLACES. LIKE AN ACTUAL PERSON! WHHHAAAATTTT!

So anyways, at this particular Panera they had a children’s play area and it was adorable! There was a bookshelf, a play kitchen, and these tiny chairs! How precious is that?? It was the perfect place to let her run off some energy. Kudos to you, Panera!

It was a wonderful weekend, but it sure feels good to be home after traveling two weekends in a row. Adeline was extra snuggly at bedtime tonight, and I loved it. She is such a mama’s girl right now, but I know one day that will change. Every single time she reaches out for me, or clings to me because she doesn’t want to leave, I feel my heart grow 10 sizes bigger than I ever thought possible.

I feel like I have so much to talk about this week! This seems to be a busy stage of life currently, so I’ll be back several times this week probably!

How was your weekend? Do anything fun? The big LR Marathon was this weekend – did you run?

I changed my name on Instagram to reflect my blog name…still not sure how I feel about it though. I’ve always just gone by my personal name. Blog friends – do you go by your name name or your blog name? Why or why not? I have different thoughts on both scenarios.

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    Annie
    March 6, 2017 at 6:37 am

    That’s amazing she travels so well in the car! The furthest we’ve done is 2 hours, but L has dealt with four 6 hour plane rides which weren’t all that fun! So glad you had a nice time with family, it’s the best!
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    Heather @Lunging Through Life
    March 6, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Love that she travels so well and you guys make it to visit families often enough! I have both a personal page and a blog page but the personal I hardly use. It’s basically to keep up with friends and family whose posts I didn’t see when following so many with my blog, if that makes sense. I like having it assoicated with my blog, though.
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    montessoriishmom
    March 6, 2017 at 7:13 am

    What a fun weekend! I love Tennessee. I’ve only been there a couple of times, but was always struck by how beautiful it is.

    We have a lot of travel coming up in the first few months and we’ve only traveled with our little guy once so far. He’s generally pretty easy going, so hopefully he’ll be okay with it!
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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    March 6, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I’ve never seen a Panera with a play area, but that’s awesome! Looks like it was such a great weekend. I feel like I did nothing all weekend, lol. Oh well, sometimes you just need that lazy time!
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    Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    March 6, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Lovely weekend! I wish my Panera had a cool play area! I changed my instagram name to my blog name so that it would be easier for people to find me. I feel like it’s easier for people to connect and search for you that way.
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    Carrie this fit chick
    March 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

    What a sweet weekend! Um, yeah what is this play area in Panera?!?! That’s brilliant- I love that spot! I had a half fun weekend and half lazy – balance!
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    Virjinia
    March 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    What a cutie! So glad she traveled well for you guys. I can imagine it’s nerve wracking to travel with little ones sometimes. Our weekend was rainy so it was spent mostly indoors.

    As for instagram, I changed it to reflect my blog name whenever I got my blog up and running. Most friends didn’t mind and I feel it keeps everything grouped together.
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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    March 6, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I have one Instagram and use it for both personal and blog. Which is fine for me since I’ve pretty much come to terms Instagram is not where my big following is going to come from and my blog is my personal blog.

    Your date night sounds perfect!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 10, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Haha right there with you! Still not sure how people have hundreds of thousands of followers…I guess at that point Instagram just consumes your life!

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    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home
    March 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I tried to get my blog name for IG, but the best I could do was a hybrid. My blog name was already taken!

    Your family is adorable!

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      Sweet Miles
      March 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you Wendy! Haha a hybrid will have to do! If it makes you feel better, there’s another Sarah Ingle, so I can’t even have my own name!

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    Susie @ Suzlyfe
    March 7, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Yay for a successful travel weekend! Also for slow dinners, ice cream, and just savoring that time. I’m with you–winter can just go head and finish heading on out. We don’t need it here.
    I have a single account for things. That might change when I have kids, but honestly, people are going to find it anyway. Your blog features your kiddos, so it is natural to have them in there as you so choose. If you wanted to keep them separate, you could have a separate account just for them

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    Archer
    April 5, 2017 at 3:42 am

    What a fun weekend from what I see in the pictures. Your family is so adorable

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