Our Road Trip Adventure

Last weekend we headed on a five day road trip that would involve at least 27 hours in our van, cover 1,325 miles and 8 states.

We started bright and early Friday morning-a bit before 6:00. As we were buzzing along the highway Jonathan glanced at our windshield and realized that our inspection was due last month! We were a good two weeks overdue on it and decided to not put it off any longer. So, I googled inspection places a bit down our route that were opening fairly soon. I found one that opened at 7:30. We stopped in Stoughton for breakfast and an inspection. It’s a good thing we stopped too, because one of our break lights were out.

We headed to Cranberry, Pennsylvania, which took a good 12 hours due to traffic and more stops than we anticipated (really, why can’t the girls go potty at the same time?). Towards the end of our trip Lily was melting down. She had a 45 minute nap in the morning and hadn’t had another one. She was overtired and extremely cranky-but you wouldn’t know it when we got to the hotel, all three girls were squealing and running all over the place.

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Grandma Kapaldo was in the area so we visited with her on Saturday morning. She joined us for an epic trip to Walmart where we would embark on a mission to find Sarah dress shoes. Currently there is only one pair of shoes Sarah will wear. They happen to be dingy white sneakers with a bit of sparkle. I really didn’t want her wearing them with her nice dress for Uncle Nathaniel’s commissioning ceremony. Sarah is so picky when it comes to tags, socks, and shoes. We must have been in the shoe aisle for 30 minutes. There were tears, complaints about straps hurting her feet or shoes being too small. I asked Jonathan and his Mom to take the other two girls away so I could focus on Sarah one-on-one. I was desperate and ended up bribing her with gummy bears. It turns out she ended up liking the shoes.

After shopping we had lunch and then got ready for Uncle Nathaniel’s commissioning ceremony. The girls cracked me up because they thought it was a “sarah”mony and Abigail wondered when the abigailmony would be.

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Friday night into early Saturday morning seemed never-ending. Around 11:30 Saturday night Sarah woke up complaining of a runny nose. She would doze a bit, then wake up whining. This went on for a good two hours. Towards the 90 minute mark was when I noticed her eyes were extremely puffy. Jonathan ended up taking a trip to get Benadryl. She ended up sleeping just fine the rest of the night.

After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and headed to Slippery Rock University to watch Nathaniel graduate. Most of us ended up in an overflow auditorium where we watched a live feed. The girls lasted until Nathaniel walked the stage, then we headed out and Lily took a much needed nap in the stroller.

We all ventured back to Cranberry (a caravan of about 8 vehicles carrying a dozen adults and four kids) for a late lunch at Smokey Bones. I thought it was funny because Sarah and I ended up at one end of our long table while Jonathan, Abigail, and Lily were at the other end. Sarah got juice, macaroni and cheese, and fries while Abigail ended up with water, chicken (not fried), and broccoli.

After lunch we went our separate ways. Instead of heading back to Massachusetts (it was already 4:00 PM) we headed to Northern Virginia to spend a few nights with Papa Kapaldo. I thank God for that 4 and 1/2 hour drive. I am so glad we broke the trip home into smaller, more manageable parts.

We took it easy Sunday. After lunch we headed to Uncle Aaron and Auntie Mita’s new house. The girls had a blast running around, squealing, and also having crawling races with their almost one year old cousin Micah. Where do they get this energy? Then we had dinner at Bertucci’s where Lily ate more than Abigail and Sarah combined. It was a great afternoon.

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We got on the road around 8:30 and made it home about 10 hours later. Once again, towards the end Lily was melting down. She does not seem to be a fan of road trips. But she was per happy self once she was free to run around at home.

We had a great weekend away and were so happy to see all of the girls uncles, Grandma and Papa Kapaldo, and also Jonathan’s Aunt Charissa, Uncle Ady, Aunt Ruth Ann, and Uncle Leland.

Papa is Sixty!

My Dad turned 60 last week. We celebrated on Mother’s Day. Abigail was so excited to celebrate Papa’s birthday. She couldn’t stop talking about it all weekend. I felt I needed to remind her, “You know, Abigail, tomorrow is also Mother’s Day!” This was mainly because she kept trying to figure out what she could give to Papa. She responded by telling me I could make my own Mother’s Day gift. Wow!

We had a cook out and then ate yummy cake and my Mom’s homemade ice cream.

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day didn’t quite turn out like I expected it to, but it was still a great day. I’m not sure if other mothers can relate, but the only thing I really end up wanting for Mother’s Day is a day where I don’t have to do the things that mothers do. I’d like to sleep in, not worry about breakfast, not deal with diapers, etc. I didn’t get to sleep in, but I did get to spend time with my Grandmother, Mom and sister with fewer interruptions. We also had fun celebrating my Dad’s 60th birthday.

To start off we went to church. For Mother’s Day our Pastor set aside time to do infant/child dedications. We dedicated Abigail and Sarah a few months into their lives. Lily got to be 18 months old before we dedicated her! Better late than never.IMG_7899 IMG_7906 IMG_7911 IMG_7917

We knew when we found out we were having Lily that she belonged to God and that she was one of His many gifts to us. This was still an important thing to do-we stood up in front of our church family to vow to model and teach them about Christ’s love for them.

After church we headed to my parents’ for dinner and a birthday celebration (more on that in a later post).

I mentioned this on Facebook, there are still days when I look and see three little girls and think, “These are my kids. I am a Mom!?” So much can happen in five years, a lot of hard times with tears, but the happy times outshine those. So I won’t trade these past few years for anything (no, not even a full night of sleep . Happy Mother’s Day!

Abigail’s Birthday Revisited

Grandma Kapaldo had been working on a special birthday present for Abigail this year, which arrived in the mail yesterday afternoon. Who doesn’t like spreading out your birthday celebration! What surprised me is that in the morning Abigail knew she was expecting a package in the mail and did not want to wait for it to arrive, but once it arrived in the afternoon she had no problems waiting a bit longer for Daddy to get home to open everything up.

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Abigail got a very special hand-made baby doll, a doll with a beautiful dress, and a dress Abigail’s size that matches her doll’s dress. Needless to say, this special gift was worth the wait. Abigail loves it!

Raised Bed Garden

Last Friday we headed over to Nonna’s for some gardening fun. Nonna and Papa have always been great about providing outdoor entertainment for the girls during the summertime. Last year (or maybe two summers ago) they bought a plastic kiddie pool. You know the kind: it gets used a few times and then gets put aside to get all dented and muddy. Well, my Mom found the perfect use for it-a raised bed garden! She found the idea on Pinterest (though I’m not sure which pin she chose).

The first step was drilling holes around the side of the pool. Papa carefully let the girls help him out.       IMG_7798

After drilling holes we added about 3-4 inches of untreated mulch.IMG_7801

The next layer was potting soil before we planted our vegetables.IMG_7806IMG_7805IMG_7809IMG_7821IMG_7818IMG_7822IMG_7839

We ended up planting red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, basil, and rosemary. We also added marigolds. Abigail kept on calling them “miracles”, which was adorable. After planting the girls did plenty of watering.IMG_7828IMG_7843IMG_7840IMG_7846

We are looking forward to keeping up with the garden, watering it and caring for it whenever we visit Nonna and Papa’s. Thank you Nonna for letting the girls help out and be such a big part of it!

Spring is Here!

I think it is safe to say that spring is here to stay. For a while I had to have a number of conversations with Abigail where I would explain to her that, yes, it was spring, but sometimes the weather doesn’t reflect the season.

We had a few weeks with chilly weather with a warm day here and there, but lately the weather has been consistently nice. We have taken advantage of the beautiful days by venturing out to playgrounds.

We discovered one playground that is a five minute drive away and the girls love it. It has now become our go-to playground. Yesterday we met with Bridget, Auntie Laura, and Nonna and had a blast.

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S is for Sun Catcher!

We are still plugging along with Preschool. I try to get at least three days of school in a week, but honestly, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. I’m hoping to hit 100 days before summer gets here. We’ve been very laid back this year, but will kick into a higher gear once the fall approaches.

We recently finished the letter S. For each letter we go over a memory verse, learn about words that start with that letter, and cover a few things in more detail that begin with that letter. For example, we talked a lot about rainbows for the letter R and about sunlight for the letter S, which leads me to our little craft. In a hopeful moment of “pinspiration” I went to Pinterest and searched under “sun catcher craft” or something like that. That is when I found a simple craft for making sun catchers out of plastic containers and permanent markers.

This was a fun little project where I couldn’t help myself and had to make one of my own. Abigail and I talked about how we had basically recycled by turning the plastic into something new.

The original poster suggested drawing your design with black marker and then coloring it in. If you wanted certain shapes you can also trace shapes because the plastic is clear!

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