Saturday, May 31, 2014


I don't think many people read this blog, but Emma is too adorable to keep from the world. And there's only so many times in a week that I can instagram.

 We've been spending a lot of time at playgrounds since Emma learned how to walk. She's a fan....

 ....Mostly. Sometimes the park is just too much fun.

 She loves our bubble machine. And her beads.

 She does not like to part with the beads.

 Just waving to her subjects.

 She absolutely loves the girls I babysit. 

 Strolling with a leg up. 

 We dogsat for Andrew's parents last weekend and so I spent five days chasing Emma who was chasing the dog (and wanted nothing to do with Emma).

 Thrilled I gave her an entire oreo.

 She loves water.

 More bubbles!

 More playgrounds!

 She wants everything to turn into a necklace. Not pictured: her tantrum when she couldn't figure out how to get all our laundry around her neck.

 Trying to act like a big girl.


Monday, May 26, 2014


 We took a redeye flight to Ireland, and thankfully Andrew and I ended up having three seats, so Emma slept on the floor. The entire way. Because she's an angel baby made to travel. Multiple passengers around us and flight attendants told us how surprised they were when they saw Emma at the end of the flight when we woke her up during landing.

There was a protest going on downtown when we got there. This made it so the buses couldn't move so we ended up walking most of the way to our hotel (pictured above) with our luggage. It was a beautiful day so it wasn't too bad. That and Andrew rolled my suitcase for me since I was pushing the stroller.

One of the first things we did was tour the Dublin Castle. Very interesting.

Really old part of Dublin Castle.

 Just crawling around. 

We did the hop-on-hop-off bus while we were in Dublin. Totally worth it. The weather was partly sunny and not cold, so I loved sitting on the upper deck.

Waiting for the bus.

We toured Trinity College and saw the Book of Kells. Andrew was excited to see the library at Trinity because it's so unique. The books are arranged by size so it's very aesthetically pleasing to look at.

We also toured Kilmainham Jail. 

One of our only group shots. Andrew was behind the camera for most of the trip.

Emma was happy whenever we let her crawl around on the ground. 

After two days in Dublin we rented a car and drove around the countryside for the next two days. Our first stop was Kilkenny Castle. 

View from the back

Next stop was Rock of Cashel. This was the coldest part of the trip. I was freeeeeezing.

 But we got this cool jumping pic so I'd say it was worth it. The views were pretty cool.

 We stayed the night in Cork and started the next day with Blarney Castle. It was my favorite part of the trip! It was a beautiful day and the grounds were gorgeous. We were also able to climb up the castle and explore.

 It was a little treacherous getting to the top to kiss the Blarney Stone. I was glad Andrew was wearing Emma and not me. I would have probably tumbled to the bottom.

 Kissing the stone was slightly terrifying since we had to bend over backwards over a grate way high up, but the views were awesome.

 Irish countryside=the bomb
 We drove along the coast for a while and saw Dingle, a small coastal town. That was pretty cool. Our last stop was the Cliffs of Moher. Emma enjoyed crawling around.

We loved Ireland! It was a great spring break trip!

Emma Turns 1

It's been a fast year! I can't believe Emma is 1 year old.

 She didn't seem to love the cake I painstakingly made for birthday party #1. So rude, Emma.

But once she was given a piece, she wasted no time double fisting it. 

 Birthday party #2 called for red velvet cupcakes. She seemed to like these more. No tears!

 Still confused by the concept of blowing out candles.

 Still thrilled she didn't have to share.

Happy birthday (a month ago), Emma!