Swan Birthday: Birthday Cake

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER

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Part II is all about the cake. We used the same amazing European bakery for the cake as on her first birthday.
The cakes they make taste so authentic, not overly sweet and with such a subtle soft cream.
Since we were doing everything last minute, we opted for a simple cake that we [attempted to] attached a tutu to.

It was so funny watching the girls blow out the candles.
Alexa was too timid to go anywhere near the people at first and Lexi didn’t know how to blow well yet so she was spitting all over the place (Cringe! Sorry, guys!).
Finally the candle was blown out and then Lexi asked for it again and again ( we told her we would do it at home). Everyone clapped, she looked very proud. Alexa did get a chance to blow out a candle too later when there weren’t so many people around.

Bok Tower and Gardens Trip

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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This is what I call a Photo Post.

I put these together when inspiration strikes, when I feel like I need a little bit more beauty in the moment, when I want reminisce, when I am down, when I am lazy and don’t want to write a long post, when it’s late and that’s all I have the energy for, when it’s something I’ve been meaning to share for a while. There are many reasons for me to work on a post that lacks words and instead appeals to the visual person in me.

This photo post is from the time when Lexi just turned 2. It was shortly after her birthday that we decided to take a trip to one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to, Bok Tower and Gardens in Central Florida. It’s a truly unique place in Florida and I’ve always wanted to bring Lexi back here, the place where her dad and I took our anniversary photos shortly before we decided to get pregnant.

Brian and Kristy came with us, so it was extra special to have both Lexitwins in this place. The photos really speak for themselves, but I will add a few comments here and there under some of the photos.

Swan Birthday Party, Part II

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER

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In the second part of the Birthday, the entertainer arrived and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for a birthday party ( aside from having a photographer). Kids LOVED it. They got animal balloons, they played games, sang songs, and had a blast. Next year we will have princess visit the party. Enjoy the pictures.

Swan Birthday Party, Part I

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER

Second Birthday Part Part I

I realize it has been over a year since her birthday. There has been so much travel and events since then that blogging about has been pushed back. But now as she is approaching her 3rd birthday and looking back at the party, it was FABULOUS. I loved it and she looks adorable in her Swan outfit with her matching best friend. I just have to finish blogging about it, timing be damned.

I will keep it short and just leave the photos.

Stuff Lexi Says: 27-30 months Edition

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, TODDLER

Funny Toddler Sayings

To me this was the cutest age for sayings, because of how funny the sentence structure sometimes was and the words she used. Then at exactly 2.5 years she suddenly started talking with normal adult sentences with proper endings but also using off the wall complicated words which made it funny too, but not as funny as butchered words and sentences of 27-30 months stage. Some of these might not be funny being read, as it was also about the stage of development as well as gesturing and voice that made it so cute and funny.

So behold “The Stuff Lexi says: 27-30 months Edition”

Note: She calls herself YAYA, a vestige from when she couldn’t pronounce Lexi, but it stuck as her nickname.

Vegas, here we come again

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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Almost exactly a year ago we took our first cross country trip since Lexi was born to attend a trade show. It was nerve racking for many reasons and looking back I have a mix of emotions about it.

Going into it, we had no idea how  it was going to work. We had never done anything like that with Lexi and her reaction could not have been guessed.

On one hand I was excited to fly with her for the first time, to show her the sights, to experience it with her for the first time. One of my most favorite things about have a child is seeing the world through their eyes and finding things that brings them joy. At the same time, I was completely lost at the idea of how she would tolerate a 5 hour non-stop flight considering we just barely got a handle on 3 hour car rides. We were also getting into what I consider the most challenging age (18-24 months), so it was a complete shot in the dark for us. Not knowing whether I’d be able to be away for most of the day when she normally doesn’t let me out of her sight, not knowing how she will tolerate the flight, and airport waiting times and waking up early to catch the flights…

South Seas Getaway Day 3: A tour around the resort and Pool time

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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#justescape was the hashtag of our South Seas, Captiva trip and I can certainly say that is what we did.

We just escaped.

Looking at the photos, it is almost as if I have temporary amnesia from our stay there. I don’t even remember and can’t imagine being in that beauty.

I guess it’s normal because I feel that way every time I step onto the beaches here in Florida. But one thing I do know is how much I wish I could be there again. Taking photos, enjoying the sunshine, the food, the view. Not a care in the world.

Real Life in Cell Phone Photos

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Real Life Photos, TODDLER

Here are some of our more candid moments that would normally be posted on IG. I am thinking about coming back to IG soon, just posting during our travels and such. Probably in a few weeks or so.

So these photos- just some of the moments of our every day life.

1. Lexi and me at the beach. She is so much fun at 2.5!

 

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1. At the playground with her cartoon crush Prince Wednesday ( she is no longer crashing on him, btw. Moved onto Bill from Curious George books and Winnie the Pooh)

2. Just us hanging out in the backyard

3. Lexi walked up to Brian (Alexa’s dad), sat in his lap and asked him to read a book.

4. Two redneck husbands.

5. The girls at a Disney train

6. Cinderella’s Carousel with my new hair ( which is here to stay btw)

7. That tub is the reason we stay at Marriott Vacation Clubs

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Beach Evenings with Friends

 

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1,2. At her gymnastics class, doing monkey vars and a hand stand

3. Swinging

4. Girl’s Movie night. I took this picture at the request of my hubby. He said “Lexi wants to see you and the girls”. But really, I think he was just jealous and wanted to make sure I am out with girls. :))))

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South Seas Getaway Day 2: Jet Skis, Beach and Fun

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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Day 2 of 3 Days at South Seas Resort.
See gorgeous Day 1 here

The next day after our arrival,packed with more experiences, was no less full and exciting. After a nice relaxed breakfast buffet at the marina with gorgeous views of gleaming white cottages and blooming bougainvillea, we set off for the beach. What gorgeous beaches Captiva has!