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TYLER PARTY OF 4 DOES THANKSGIVING // 2016

I have a lot to be thankful for these days.

So much so that I can’t think about it most of the time because it scares me half to death.

It was a crazy day and we hardly took any pictures, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I’ll take hectic, exhausting and messy any day.

LIONS, AND ZEBRAS, AND RHINOS…OH MY!

We were going to go on a date night to celebrate our wedding anniversary, but when we started talking about it we realized we actually like brining Cooper along with us and decided to do something we’d all enjoy. So we took the 45 minute drive up to Lion Country Safari instead.

The last time I went I was probably 9 or 10 and Corey had never been before, so we all really enjoyed ourselves. Overall, it was a quick and fun day. There’s much less walking involved than at Zoo Miami and we were back in the car on the way home before nap time.

We actually went on Valentine’s Day and I was worried it would be crowded but there was hardly anyone there. And the brisk, cloudy weather meant all the animals were out, so we got a really good view of everyone. We even had to wait while a giraffe crossed right in front of our car, which was pretty cool.

Cooper’s favorite part might have been being able to ride in the front seat out of his carseat for a while. Every time we saw a new animal he would squeal and point, “Wook, I see sumping!”

There’s really nothing better than seeing your kid’s face light up and that’s better than any romantic date night.

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Then we did the walk-through part of the zoo and I think Coop thought we were leaving for a minute there because he kept saying “see mo animals!” over and over again.
IMG_3497He loved the flamingos too and we had to go back multiple times to see them. IMG_3511 IMG_3515 IMG_3528 IMG_3532We stopped in the aviary really quick (I was so afraid we’d get pooped on!) and the birds immediately flew to Corey even though we didn’t buy any of the seed sticks. I think they were mistaking all his freckles for food! IMG_3535 IMG_3539 IMG_3520 IMG_3546

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Cooper talked about how much “funnnn” seeing the animals was for at least 3 days afterwards, so needless to say we’ll be going back soon!

BREAKFAST FOR DINNER — AKA BRINNER

We usually eat the same 4 or 5 meals for dinner every week around here. It’s not easy finding things that a toddler, vegetarian and sometimes meat eater all agree on, but we make due. Usually it’s lots of pasta, tacos, stir fries and one of our favorites, breakfast. Or brinner as we like to call it.

It’s quick, it’s easy and there’s no complaining what so ever. That’s a win if you ask me.

We usually stick to eggs and pancakes, but sometimes throw in a side of crispy hash browns depending on how hungry we are. Yesterday we decided to skip ’em, and add some extra toppings to our pancakes instead (blueberries and walnuts).
DSC_0307I actually meant to add the blueberries into the pancakes, but I got distracted and totally forgot. #momlife
DSC_0301We like our pancakes thick and fluffy around here. Next time you make a batch add in some cinnamon and a splash of vanilla extract. Trust me on this one.
DSC_0311 (1)Oh and big pats of butter and real maple syrup! Hey, I didn’t say it was healthy, but it is delicious.
DSC_0314Don’t forget to break out your fancy glasses either. Anything worth having is worth using and it makes the whole thing feel a bit more like your eating out and a lot less like you just made the easiest thing you could find. Especially when your husband does the dishes 😉 If only there was champagne in there too…
DSC_0317This is the best instant mix we’ve tried so far (and we’ve tried a bunch because who really has time to make them from scratch?). They have no artificial anything and super that’s important to us, even more so if Cooper’s having some too.

Add in a little more batter than the recipe calls for to get extra fluffy pancakes. I also have a box of their heart healthy mix just asking to be made with some ripe bananas.
DSC_0325Here’s a coupon for $.50 off one box too. Hey, every little bit helps!

Now go make some pancakes! It is national breakfast month after all (side note — who comes up with these holidays and where do I apply?)

|this post was sponsored by Krusteaz but as always, all opinions are my own. 

SPLISH SPLASH

Cooper has always liked taking a bath, splashing a little here and there and generally just relaxing in the warm water after a long day of crawling around and sneaking onto the dog bed, but the past few days he’s like a wild man as soon as his tush hits the water:

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THE STORY OF A BLANKET

Single Crochet Baby BlanketWhen Cooper was born, besides being premature, he had jaundice and had to stay under the lights with that awful little mask over his eyes, anyways this meant we couldn’t hold him a whole lot because he needed to be under the light as much as possible. I was going crazy sitting in his room in the NICU for 9+ hours everyday and only being able to change his diaper every 3 hours.

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I needed a project to keep my hands and mind occupied. Reading a book seemed like too much work and writing it all down only made me feel worse. So, I decided on a blanket! The next night after we left the hospital and headed over to Joanns to pick up some yarn and a crochet needle. We settled on yellow, gray, and white, which funny enough were our wedding colors too (we must really like them!) This was my first big project and the entire thing is single crochet. It looked easy enough online! I toted my bag of crochet back and forth and worked on it all day long. Single Crochet Baby BlanketBut a few days after I started, his bilirubin went down and the mask came off and we were able to hold him as much as we wanted whenever we wanted. And that’s exactly what we did.

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And it was glorious and of course that blanket got pushed aside. But, I started it so I had to finish it.

I wanted to make sure I at least had it finished by his first birthday. A year to make a blanket seems ridiculous, but I’m so proud to say I DID IT! Whew! I was sitting on the couch the other day with Corey while Cooper took a nap and I had the blanket spread across my lap and I realized I was almost out of yarn. The next few stitches would be the last. I looked over at Corey and said “well, this is it” and hooked in the last one. “I never thought you’d finish it” and honestly, neither did I. But I’m really glad I did.

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