ZOO WITH THE COUSINS

 

This past Christmas my brothers flew up to spend Christmas and New Year’s with us. We had some snow and spent so much time catching up, playing all the games and sledding. I am looking forward to the day we can all get together again. I think the kids had the best time. They played from the moment they woke up till the moment they passed out from exhaustion in their beds. Their last day here, we took them to the zoo. It was so cold so we only had a chance to check out the indoor exhibits but man… it was so much fun. Grace had the most amazing time showing her cousins around and listing to her uncle explain all about rocks, caves and the animals.   Haddon and Simon still have another year to go before they become best friends.  They’re still trying to figure out how they feel about each other.  They’ll get there.

 

Here are our other visits to Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium :

Petting stingrays at the zoo

Our first visit to the zoo (In the winter) 

Video of our Zoo visit 

 

 

These two little girls were inseparable. They held hands, told secrets and giggled the entire time. I overheard them try to find all the things they have in common and then yell out “we’re twins again!” It doesn’t get any cuter. Also, kids in snow shoes!!!

 

 

It was so good seeing this little lady. She looked so grown up with her grown up teeth and her grown up hair!!! She’s gorgeous!

 

 

One day Sam and I will have free hands to hold our coffee or do our makeup.  Until then, our hands will be busy holding babies, passing out snacks, changing diapers and keeping kids from touching all the wet surfaces and bird poop on the floor.

 

 

It was so much fun having them over. Also, baby Selah’s face is everything!!!

 

 

Such a fun time.  When we moved to NE we bought our house with the hopes that our family would come and visit and they finally did.  It was so wonderful and everything I imagined it to be!

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COLORADO BOUND

We are taking a family road trip to Colorado today and to say we are excited is an understatement. Thank you guys for your sweet comment on Instagram and your recommendations on altitude sickness. We have lots of Pedialyte, water and all the snacks.  We are going to be doing a lot of hiking, trailing AND it just so happens that it’s also the Summer kick off in Vail and the Go-Pro Mountain Games!!
It was a complete coincidence that the mountain games were going to be this weekend. In fact, we had already booked our hotel when we found out.   Another highlight of this trip is that we are meeting my brother and sister in law and their sweet baby Charlee! Who are have not seen since we left Florida. This trip is definitely one for the books!
I’m also looking forward to the drive. The last road trip we took as a family, was from Nebraska to Waco Texas to see the Magnolia silos. It was a 12 Hour drive and I got to sit upfront with my main squeeze and talk to him for hours!  This trip should take us about eight hours and we’re expecting it to be a piece of cake! (please pray) Also, the truck we have for the trip has a TV and that’s all the kids have been talking about.
So, here’s to TV’s in trucks, seeing the Rockies and vacation food!!!

You may have missed:

Our take on ice cream

Platte River state park

Tips for your Magnolia visit with kids! 

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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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MOVING DAY TIPS AND A VIDEO

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This has been one of the most exciting weeks for our family.  Alex was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska for work and after much planning and anticipation moving day finally arrived.  If you have ever moved out of your home, I’m pretty sure you are aware of the immense task that is purging, cleaning, packing, lifting boxes and loading a truck. Thankfully, we had help from a moving company and although it was still very stressful, not having to do the heavy lifting made the process much more tolerable.

With the help of Alex’s mom and my mom, we were able to get all of the packing done in one day and loaded the truck on the second day.  They were both so monumental in helping with the kids and with the tidying up . I honestly don’t know how I am going to survive without their support in Nebraska.

This was definitely an experience that I will never forget and one that I hope to learn from and if you are contemplating a move in the future, here are three tips on

getting ready for moving day:

  1. Purge– about three weeks leading up to the BIG DAY, I wrote a checklist of all of the rooms and closets in the house.  Every day, I would tackle a room and/or closet and go through everything making three piles (keep, toss, donate)  I tackled purging one room at a time because of the amount of things we have accumulated and trying to sift through more than one room at a time would have made me physically sick.
  2. Send the kids off-  Alex’s mom really helped us in this area.  During packing day, there were three strangers in our home making their way through every room, nook and crany.  I was happy at how thorough they were, but having Haddon and Grace in the house would have made it difficult for them to get all of those boxes packed and in order.
  3. Label everything- Packing is tough, but unpacking is worse! Just thinking about having to be in our brand new house unpacking every single box in a two story (+basement) home gave me anxiety.  In order to keep things organized, I labeled every box with the items that were inside (ex. guest bedroom, grace’s toys).  This way when the movers arrive in NE I can direct them to the appropriate room and can start getting situated putting everything away.

There’s talk of moving again in the distant future and going through this experience is definitely going to prepare me for when we have to do it again.

Do you have any tips on moving? purging? organizing or acclimating to the cold weather?  I can certainly use the help!

Here’s a little video of our packing/ moving day and some pictures of the process.

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