SPRING IS HERE AND THE ZOO

I have never experienced spring like I did this past month. I’ve read about the seasons and the change of seasons, but coming from FL where there’s not much alteration in the climate department, it was certainly eye opening.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to explain what I felt when I saw the first patch of grass change from dry yellow to bright green.  I was overwhelmed with joy.  I saw buds on trees and weeds growing sporadically all waking up and welcoming us to Spring.  I  never thought I would be so happy to see weeds!
And then… the flowers came.  One by one, they graced us with purple, pink, red and orange tones.  I saw tulips bloom for the first time and different shades of green perfectly compliment the bright blue sky. I never realized how much my soul needed color or warmth.
I understand now why poets write about love and the change that takes place within, when winter’s gone. I get it.  You breathe again, you come out of hiding, the birds make their ways back from the south, the smell of soil fills the air and little by little the temperature rises. And here we are, in the thick of Spring thanking God for warmer weather and for allowing us to make it through our first Winter.
Here’s to Spring friends.
Here’s to dinners alfresco, soccer in the back yard, and flowers! All the flowers because I don’t know how I’ll live without those again.
We visited Omaha Zoo last week and here are some pictures of our time there. It was beautiful.

This mama was hanging out with her babe, it was the sweetest thing and so smart of the zookeepers to keep them both behind a fence.  All the kids would have gone crazy trying to pet the baby goat.

She wanted to brush all of the goats and had a blast doing it.

Check out his face friends. He’s so proud to be standing next to that cute little goat.  I’m just glad we had plenty of hand sanitizer.

This is Alex’s sweet mama who visited a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks for reading guys and thank you for always being so kind to me on this space of the internet.

 

Here are some things you may have missed:

Our first visit to the zoo (In the winter) 

Video of our Zoo visit 

Alex’s 31st birthday

 

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JUNK STOCK SPRING 2017

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This past weekend we had an opportunity to go to junk stock for some vintage shopping. I’ve always had a soft spot for vintage finds. My dad would collect old trinkets and him and I would try to tinker and repurpose them. I have great memories of finding “treasure “alongside of him and working to make a lamp out of an old phone and picture frames out of wooden rudders.
Over the years, Alex and I have developed more of a minimalist mentality which has made us very selective when it comes to bringing decorative pieces home. This time around we found some beautiful plants and an old vintage school desk that we can’t wait to restore and use for Grace’s school!
We also bought some local Nebraska honey, which I can’t seem to stop eating and will probably have to order more of… because it was that good!
We’re hoping to check this place out again in the summer and in the fall.  In the midwest? Here’s their website!
Here are a bunch of pictures from our visit. Grace took most of them. You can tell because of the angle! I love handing her the camera and seeing what peeks her interest enough for her to take a picture.  Sometimes I’ll have 8 pictures of a patch of grass and other times we get pure gold!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful week friends!

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FIVE TIPS ON BECOMING A ROAD TRIP FAMILY AND THE NOMADIK

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One of the reasons we decided to take the leap and move to Nebraska was because we wanted to become a traveling family. Granted, we could do that from south Florida, but flying with three kids (five plane tickets) didn’t seem realistic for us. Moving to the Midwest has really allowed us to spend more time together not just seeing new places, but making memories as a family.

We started our road trip with a visit to Kansas City and a month later, we pushed it a little further and drove down to Waco, TX to visit Joanna Gaine’s Magnolia at the Silos.  Now I know that both places aren’t THAT exciting, but they made up for 30+ hours of driving with our crew. We’re starting to plan our next adventure, but before we head out anywhere else, I wanted to share our

Five tips on becoming a road trip family 

  1. Set the expectation-  Our kids adapt well to changing environments AFTER we have prepped them. We role-play before loading the car, we talk all about what we are going to and not going to do on the road, we pick out movies to watch on the road and set expectations for them.  This way, they are prepared for the long hours in the car and the experience doesn’t catch them by surprise.
  2. Drive through the night– This is easier said than done because WE are the ones staying up through the night and then staying up to tend to little ones thoroughout the day. However, there is no greater sound for a parent then the sound of sleeping babies.
  3. Smart snacks- It’s obvious that you should pack snacks, but when you’re on a road trip with littles, you want to pack snacks that make very little mess. I say you should leave the apple sauce cups and the yogurts at home.  I’d suggest pre packaged cheerios, goldfish, apple sauce in pouches, pre sliced apples etc.
  4. Non-spill sippy cups- We like to have no-spill sippy cups per kid. Grace has a pink one, Haddon has a blue one and Emmy has an orange one with elephants on them.  They all love their sippy cups and take great pride in putting them in their own cup holder. It’s too cute. Also the fact that they don’t spill keeps the van from all the liquids.
  5. Have a Nomadik subscription- Having a subscription to a monthly adventure box was something Alex and I were really excited about.  The Nomadik is a curated monthly subscription box that is carefully curated and designed to encourage people to get out! Such a cool concept!

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Our Nomadik subscription had Ritual energy bars, a Mizu shot glass, a carabiner and a really cool Parks Project beanie that looks so good on my hottie husband! We thought all of the products were really timely and great quality.

Here’s the good news for you! We are teaming up with The Nomadik to give you a discount on their adventure subscription boxes! Use the code ALEANDTERE for 10% OFF + FREE SHIPPING for all plans + gifts.

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Do you have any tips on traveling with your kiddos? We are venturing out and are so excited to see what the future holds for our traveling family!

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