Monday, May 18, 2015

Our {2015} Summer Bucket List

You might not be able to tell by looking out the window (it's currently windy and raining), but summer time is here! Schools are wrapping up this week and I'm seeing a lot of summer to-do lists popping up on Pinterest. 

Summer time is my favorite. This will be my last summer with only two kiddos in tow and although my belly is only going to get bigger and my amount of energy smaller, I plan to make the most of it. So, for the first time ever, I'm creating a summer bucket list for the Danner family. (I don't know why I've never  done this before, I love lists!) I've scoured the internet, asked friends, resorted to previous favorites and I think I've managed to come up with a fun and doable list. 

The Danner Family's 2015 Summer Bucket List

*Summer Reading Program at Our Local Library*
This is fun and easy and great for toddlers, pre-schoolers and adults! All you have to do is record what books you read during the week, then take the list into the library for fun prizes. Addy has always loved being read to and Remi has really gotten into books lately too. I got a Kindle for Mother's Day so I am sure the 3 of us won't have trouble getting those weekly prizes. 

I learned about this one through someone's blog. If you read 8 books over the summer and record them in their Reading Journal, (download online) you get to pick out a FREE book from their Reading Journal list.

*Swimming Lessons*
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Addy loves being in the water and I'm anxious for her to be able to swim on her own. There are a few places in Albuquerque where she can go every morning during the week for two weeks. I'm leaning towards lessons at our public pools, they seem convenient and affordable.

I heard about this last summer but have yet to try it out. All you have to do is register your kids online and they can bowl free at Silva Lanes! You do have to pay for their shoe rental. This would be a fun outing on a rainy day or if we need a break from the heat.

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I don't know any of the bands on the schedule this year but I am hoping we can make it to one of these. It's such a pretty venue and the zoo is a lot of fun at night when some of the nocturnal animals are more active. And who doesn't love a picnic with live music?

*The Alameda Spray Park*
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I call this "Addy's Happy Place." We've been going to the spray park ever since Addy was just a year old. It's so much fun and so cheap! And with no deep end, you don't have to worry about anyone drowning. It doesn't open until 11 so we usually pack a lunch and hope that no one falls asleep on the way home. 

*Homemade Ice Pops*
We've already made a few batches of homemade ice pops this year. Our strawberry ice pops were a hit! Our second batch made of bananas and cantaloup that I threw together has been sitting uneaten in the freezer for months, because they're gross and way, way to sweet! We need to redeem ourselves in that area.

*Uptown Target*
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We could do this all year but everything is more fun during the summer time right? The Uptown Target has a parking lot underneath it, an elevator and an escalator for carts which is all very exciting when you're 4 and almost 2. Their cafe overlooks another Starbucks cafe, which is odd but it's also a fun, bright place to kill a little bit of time and watch the cars go by. Some of my favorite memories of Addy and I waiting on little brother to arrive were spent there.

*Picnics in the Park*
We have a lovely little park within walking distance from our house, sadly it's hot and completely awful during the summertime. This summer we will be exploring the town and finding new, shady places to picnic. There's a nice park on the westside with a duck pond and we found the park in Corrales to be really nice, with huge trees.

*Book Store and Flying Star on Rio Grande*
The flying start on Rio Grande is my favorite during the summertime because you can sit outside and the kids like to watch all the dogs that also like to sit on the patio. Theres a cute little book store next to the restaurant where we used to go to story time. We've since outgrown their story time but I think the kids would enjoy reading books there.

*The Zoo or the Aquarium/Biopark*
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Note to self: invest in a pass! 
If you don't have a pass, this could get a little pricey. If you do have a pass, you could go to the zoo just to see the polar bears and head home not feeling like you wasted $15. Or you could go to the aquarium, which takes 20 minutes to walk through and get lunch at McDonalds afterwards. The pass allows you 
to be flexible. 

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Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10 am at the Cottonwood and Regal Winrock Theatres they are showing G and PG movies for a $1. Neither of my kids have seen a movie on the big screen but this seems like a great way to give it a shot!

*The Corrales Pool*
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This is our favorite pool in Albuquerque. We had Remi's first Birthday party there and everyone seemed to like it. Theres a slide and an inclined entrance. I tried to find out when they open on their website but the link didn't go anywhere. Hoping they will still be open this summer!

*Date Nights!!*
Pappadeaux's patio, dollar movies….. any other suggestions? I can't get past Pappadeaux at the moment.

I think that's about it. 

What's on your summer bucket list? Please share!

The Blogging Bug

I have the blogging bug but I'm lacking the physical and mental energy writing requires. Making lists seems to be the extent of my writing these days. So here's a random list for this Monday afternoon:

1) I got a Kindle for Mother's Day and now all I want to do is read. It's proven to be a great alternative to Facebook and TV during nap time when I just want to relax for a little while. Im almost half way through Amy Poehler's book and reading books that people wrote about themselves, makes me want to blog even more.

2) I've been making lists of fun blog topics that I probably won't ever get to writing. But just to prove that I do still have a creative bone in my body, here they are:
     - Capt'n Remi: An update post about my little guy who will be two in about two months (yikes!).      He doesn't get nearly as much face time on the blog as his sister did at his age and I kind of feel bad                       about that. But I also feel tired.
     - House vs. Hotel: - we recently went on vacation where we rented a house on the beach with my family. I would love to explore the pros and cons of staying in both a hotel and rental house.
     - Do Not Forget {A list of things to remember to pack when traveling with toddlers}
     - Our Summer Bucket List: - this one might actually make it onto the blog. I need to make a list of things for us to do anyways so why not share it?

Any other fun ideas??

3) The nesting phase has begun and I've started on Baby D's quilt! This is yet another thing keeping me from blogging.



4) The weather here has been all over place and some days it completely awful with hail, rain and wind. Yesterday, however, was beautiful. We had lunch with friends after church, took naps and then we went on a family picnic and ended the day with milkshakes at Sonic. 



Yesterday was a good day.

That's all I have in me. Happy Monday friends!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Half Way Baked {20 Weeks with Baby D}

We are officially half way through this pregnancy with Baby Danner #3!!


Matt and I went to our 20 week ultrasound on Friday and although we might not have found out the sex like most people do, we had a great time and were thrilled to see our little one moving and squirming around in it's cozy womb.

I always forget how much fun the 20 week ultrasound is and I'm excited to get another peek at the baby in a month since they didn't get all the measurements they needed. The tech did, however, say that Baby D was measuring 11 days ahead of schedule, which at this point means we could meet our little one earlier than expected, or…. we might have another nine plus pound baby on our hands. Oh my!

That's it for this week's update, here's a look back at the previous month with Baby Danner.




Yes, that is a Target sticker on my belly. Addy insisted that the Baby needed it.


You can't beat 19 weeks with your toes in the sand!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Interruptions of Gratitude: Time with Grandparents

I've been having a lot of anxiety lately, particularly about loosing the ones I love. The kids will talk about their grandparents and how much they like them and have fun with them, it makes me so happy but those happy thoughts are always tainted with the fear that something might happen to them and they won't get to see them anymore. It's a fear that's weird and unfounded but it's there and I'm trying to fight it. I'm trying to fight it with interruptions of gratitude. 

The last two days the kids and I have spent with Matt's parents and it's been really special. They live in Albuquerque but with all of our busy schedules it's sometimes hard to see them. 

Gramps joined us at ballet yesterday to watch Addy dance and took us to lunch afterwards. Today, Granmarie went plant shopping with us, bought us lunch and took Addy on a little shopping spree at the dollar store. 



We've not only been blessed with food in our tummies, but the Lord has also blessed us with sweet time together in the midst of my anxiety and I'm grateful.

#interruptionsofgratitude 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

15 Weeks with Baby D #3


We are well into the 15th week of pregnancy with Baby Danner #3 and I have to say that I am thrilled to finally be in the "honeymoon" phase of the second trimester. My mood swings seem to have evened out and I don't wake up feeling like I'm hung over or like a bus has hit me anymore. Praise the Lord!

The first trimester was a bit rough but I (we) made it through thanks to the support of sweet family and friends, raspberry popsicles and iced chai teas. I was a bit of a mess those first 12 to 13 weeks and survival was the name of the game, but after hitting that 15 week mark, I'm hoping to thrive instead of just survive. 



10 weeks along and already starting to show. Eek! Hoping its just my body already familiar with pregnancy and not the making of another 9 pound plus baby.


11 weeks and having fun with this weekly (probably bi-weekly or monthly in my case) baby bump photo idea from Jessica Lynn Writes.


14 weeks on a chilly day in South Carolina. It was way too cold to be wearing sandals but someone didn't pack well.


15 weeks on Easter Sunday and loving this tunic from Old Navy that made me feel less like a chubby momma and more like a trendy hot wife!


My three babies at my check up this past week. A two hour appointment just to hear the heartbeat and schedule an ultrasound. Addy and Remi were troopers and I was so proud of them.