We took Grams to visit the Bulow Plantation Ruins last weekend. The park is gorgeous and the sugar mill ruins are just magnificient! It's definitely worth the short drive from St. Augustine! Juliette loved running around...she is definitely an outside gal!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I am happy to say that Juliette LOVED it this year! She got the whole saying "Trick-or-treat" thing down fast! She eagerly raced from house to house. She carried her basket the entire time and was fast to tell us she did not need any help. She got a good amount of candy...and being Juliette, she did not eat any of it! There's always next year!
p.s. Aren't Juliette & her boyfriend Harrison adorable! Save the date!
To backtrack a bit...Juliette was not so excited at first to put on her costume. It took a little while for her to get into character!
We traveled this weekend to South Carolina for my Cousin Mike's wedding. Grams tagged along as we drove to Columbia for the wedding festivities. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous and the bride, Sarah, could not have been any more beautiful! It was so nice seeing all of the Schroeder clan!
We decided to tour some historic old homes in downtown Columbia. Juliette went along for the ride and did well. She wasn't really into the houses, but she did her best to pretend like she was.
In Charleston, we met up with one of our favorite peoples...Robyn! Robyn took the day off work to hang out and show us around. We walked around and saw all the beautiful homes in Charleston, took a horse & carriage tour, had ice cream at Jeni's (finally!!!), ate breakfast at Hominy Grill, walked around the Charleston City Market, and shopped on King Street. We can't wait to go back!
We LOVED walking around Charleston. The houses were all amazing!
Juliette with her fav new toys...Blaze & the Monster Machines
Juliette was not quite as excited as we were to eat at Hominy Grill...
The Schroeder Aunts & Uncles...and Juliette & I
Juliette has been in daycare for a full year now! I remember the first day like it was yesterday! To celebrate the last year, here's a look back on some of the best daily daycare reports Juliette received this past year...
On a good note, she is SOOOOOO cuddly now! She sure does keep us on our toes! Keep the hillarious reports coming kiddo! We love you!
Life with a 2.5 year old is CRAZY! Juliette is nonstop on the go. She is so entertaining and become quite the little jabberbox! As of late, she is into dinosaurs, choo choos, snakes, Chuck (duh), coloring, her "Go Cards" shirt (which she wears 4+ times/week), mac 'n cheese, ice cream and stickers (which she plasters all over her legs).
I love St. Augustine! This past weekend, Juliette & I played tourist in St. Augustine. For the month of September, St. Johns County residents ride the trolley and get into some museums for free. So we rode the "choo choo" and visited Potter's Wax Museum. Juliette loved the choo choo and wanted out of the wax museum after five minutes. Juliette's favorite part of the day: all the free stickers.
Another fun activity as of lately...potty training. Juliette loves to sit on her potty and she loves having us (Mommy & Daddy) sit on the regular potty and entertain her. Some days she can sit there for a solid hour, other days she wants nothing to do with the potty. But she sure does love to tell us that she's gone...after the fact.
I had not been back to where I grew up (Dayton, Ohio) since we moved away in 1999 after I graduated from high school. I have wanted to go back to see the old hood for quite some time now. We stopped by Marion's Piazza for lunch. Growing up, we had Marion's just about every week. One of my dad's best friend's was the manager for years at the Marion's by the Dayton Mall. A few years back it burned to the ground. We had not yet been to the rebuilt version. As soon as we walked in, it looked almost identical. Grams and I got their ham & sauerkraut pizza and pepperoni & sausage while Juliette ran around the game room. My brothers and I spent a lot of time doing just the same! We also stopped by Bill's Donuts and grabbed some donuts. Juliette scarfed down her sprinkle donut (can't say I blame her). We drove by Centerville High School where my brother Matt & I went...as well as Bishop Leibold where both my brother's and I went to elementary school. We did a drive by of the house we grew up in. I found the place in the driveway where us kids left our impression :) It was fun seeing everything...a blast from the past! p.s. We did get another sprinkle donut for Juliette for tomorrow morning!
Juliette running like a crazy woman at the Dayton Mall.
Bill's Donuts are as good as I remember them to be!
My elementary school.
The only picture I could take at our childhood home.
Today was a really lovely day on the farm! Juliette got to see Cousin Olive, Cousin Dillon, Aunt Mandy, Aunt Jenny, Pappaw & Maggie and Granny at Huber's Winery Orchard, Winery & Vineyards in Starlight, Indiana. We had been there in the fall a couple of years ago and LOVED it! They have pick your own fruits & veggies (pumpkins in the fall!), all kinds of fun for kids and a cool farmers market. Everyone pitched in to bring together a great picnic lunch. Juliette and Olive ran around and played for a solid three hours! it was a warm yet nice day! So glad we got to see everyone!
I'm a known planner...I plan everything. Knowing that Juliette and I would be flying to KY without Dada meant an internet search on "How to fly with a toddler." I got all the goods...new shiny toys, lollipops, laptop loaded with all her favs (Dora, Zach & Quack, Bubble Guppies and old school Mickey Mouse episodes). We arrived at the airport with plenty of time to run around just like the internet "experts" said to do. I got the juice in the sippy cup to help with the pressure in her ears at takeoff. I got her the window seat so she could look out. I changed her diaper right before boarding. All was going great until Juliette became "that kid" on the plane. Yes, she was exhausted and refused to take a nap. So what does any normal two year old do when they are tired and not wanting to sleep? They scream and cry as loud as they can. And she succeeded. I was "that parent that was doing nothing about their screaming child." I now completely understand how helpless parents feel on airplanes when their kid is just not feeling like being stuck on a plane. We landed at CVG and were happy to be on the ground. Grams met us at the airport and life slowly returned.
Today, we got to Kings Island!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aunt Mandy, Cuz Dill Pickles, Cuz Cauliflower, Uncle Chris, Aunt Cori, Grams & Todd joined us for the fun day!
Life sucks when you have to leave Kings Island!
But oh the smurf ice cream...how I love thee!
On a completely separate note: this is AMAZING! It's Derby Pie in an ice cream form. I really feel awful eating this while Dada is at work all week. Who am I kidding! More for me :)
Today Juliette, Auntie Em and I went to a cute carnival put on by Juliette's pediatrician in celebration of their 10th anniversary. Juliette LOVED the petting zoo...maybe Dada will let her get a rabbit or guinea pig one day. Or a donkey possibly?
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Jen and I am the proud Momma of Juliette Margot! We are so blessed to have a healthy and happy baby girl. Check back often and watch as Juliette grows...you never know what great adventures are ahead of us!
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