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Camping with an Infant

This past weekend Hubby decided to switch some working days around so we could have an entire weeked together to go camping and four wheeling! (Hubby works weekends and I work his days off so it was some much needed family time)

Packing for ourselves wasn’t that hard but for Kay I had an bag filled with cloth diapers (all the new Kawaiis!), a pack-n-play and a travel bassinet


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We headed down to St. Joe State Park around 11pm with a passed out Kay in the back seat. She slept the entire hour and a half ride down!

Some friends came along and brought their pop-up camper with them. We set Kay in the pack-n-play (with Juno keeping guard) and got everything settled.


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Hubby, a friend and I went out riding the four wheelers while our other friends watched Kay, but it turned out to be a short trip since one of our four wheelers broke down (womp womp) So back we went. It was getting colder so I pulled out an adorable snow suit type thing for Kay to keep her warm while we all sat around the fire.

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The next day was chiller than the first, but we started out with an awesome breakfast and possibly some leftover s’mores


Hubby and his buddy took a morning ride while the rest chilled out at camp.

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My friend and I had an impromptu photo shoot with Kay since we couldn’t get over how cute she was in the bear suit!

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The rest of the day was pretty uneventful – we packed up camp and headed down to the ATV parking lot for the rest of the day, then headed home when it started to get dark.

All in all it was a fun trip! Before Kay was born we had a few more camping trips planned but they all fell through. I’m glad we were able to get at least one


Operation: Lose the belly

At the beginning of 2012 Hubby and I got a gym membership and I worked out at least 3 days a week. Over the course of the year I lost 20 pounds. Now, it’s no secret that I HATE working out with a passion so that is quite an accomplishment for me. Then in August we stopped going to the gym because it changed owners and the new owners stopped maintaining the equipment as well and, well mainly they just sucked. Then in September I found out I was pregnant which make me so tired all the time so I stopped working out all together.

Currently, I am sitting at 10 pounds over what I weighed be going to the gym last year. And I am sick of it. But I also hate working out with a passion so losing weight is a big struggle for me. This month I am trying my darnedest to work out at least once a day. Whether it is going to the gym, walking around the park with Kay,  cycling  with Hubby or even just 15 minutes f cardio at home.

Whenever I wake up and think that I just want to sleep in, or that I can work out tomorrow I am trying to remind myself why I am doing this. I want to be the mom that can chase my daughter around without getting winded. I want to be the mom that can show my daughter how to live active and eat well, not the one who tells her to eat her vegetables while chowing down on a pizza (mmmm…. pizza….)

ImageThis isn’t just for me. It’s for Kayleigh, and all my future children, as well.

Eckert’s trip

First off, I want to share the package I received Wednesday afternoon:


My cloth diapers arrived!! (There is one more of the ribbit color – Kay was wearing it at the time)

I ended up buying 15 used BumGenius 3.0s from the Diaper Swapper forums. for $80. It was a great deal and I didn’t want to pass it up! They are aplix, which I wanted snaps but beggars can’t be choosers! The condition was very good – really just the aplix will need to be replace probably within the year. They still hold together very well, though!

I put the little miss in them today and she can’t possibly get any cuter!!
Speaking of today, she had her 4-month check up and is weighing in at 12 lbs 7 oz. and 23 & 1/2 inches long! She did get some vaccinations so she isn’t the happiest camper at the moment,


Anyway, Onto Eckert’s!! There are multiple locations (four, I think?) but we went to the one in Grafton, IL.

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Kay was kinda ‘meh’ about the apple picking part. She did like the leaves and kept trying to eat them, though!


Hopefully this will be a yearly tradition so we will see how she grows!

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The goats and yak at the petting zoo  were a huge hit! Kay loves watching and ‘petting’ animals. She got such a kick out of the goat who kept licking her hand.


Not even 10 minutes into the car drive home she conked right out!