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Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Events

I hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a fun one! Ours was pretty quiet but fun. We are slowly going through our moving checklist (which is still very, very long) so rather than have to worry about preparing a big meal or a lot of events, I called the weekend a no-cook weekend and we just relaxed and checked things off our list with a few Easter events thrown in there for the kids.

Saturday the base had an Easter Egg hunt and carnival type event. We went to the Easter egg hunt 2 years ago,

aww they were so tiny!

This year, things were a little different...

Ben was big enough that he really got into the egg hunt too.

Afterwards, we checked out the rides and fun, but the wind was wild and the lines were long so we didn't last long.

Then we proceeded to clean the walls of the house and start going through the kids toys...ughhh...moving....

Easter morning the kids got to wake up to some treats from the Easter bunny. Squirt guns (very popular on our street), bubbles (classic), a new toddler bible, and a little bit of candy.


 They just liked to make a mess with all of the easter grass...that is still all over my living room despite several attempts to clean it all up.

We went to church then had brunch on base. We went to the mother's day brunch there a few years ago and it was really nice. Easter was very similar, lots of good food, nice decorations, not super crowded, although we went as soon as it started to squeeze in bunch before nap time so it might have picked up later in the day. We tried to get a family picture, but it was hard enough to get a picture of all 3 kids together.

We also planned out our cross county route, booked some hotels and made plans to stay with some friends so I'm starting to feel a little bit more prepared for this cross country roadtrip! A to just get the house ready, and the packing, and then figuring out the housing situation when we get there. Ok, so there's still a lot to do ;)

Happy Easter everyone!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Parents of Preemies Day

Parents of Preemies Day is coming up on May 4! I will do a proper post on my thoughts and feelings about being a proud preemie parent on the actual day, but for this post, I just wanted to throw awareness out there about what's going on and how you can be involved!

Are you a parent of a preemie? Graham's Foundation sponsors a wonderful day that is just for YOU! I have been blogging about this special day since it all began 2 years ago, and every year it has gotten bigger and better. 

Please support Parents of Preemies Day, a worldwide day of awareness produced by Graham's Foundation. Parents of Preemies Day recognizes the courage and commitment it takes to stay strong and resilient when premature birth turns a family's world upside down. Each year, 13 million babies are born prematurely across the globe and though medical breakthroughs continue to improve outcomes for preemies, experts are only now beginning to understand the intense psychological effects that premature birth has on moms and dads.

Here are just some of the ways you can celebrate Parents of Preemie's Day, whether you're a preemie parent or someone who cares about a family with a preemie:

    • Check to find out if there is an event happening in your area and if so, register. May 4th is going to be a great time!

    • Connect with other parents of preemies at the next #ParentsofPreemiesDay Twitter chat! Jump into the conversation using hashtag #ParentsofPreemiesDay to talk about how moms and dads can celebrate being parents of preemies.

    • Bloggers, visit the Parents of Preemies Day website and grab a badge for your sidebar – then create a Parents of Preemies Day post to tell the world why you're proud to be a preemie mom or dad. Email a link to your post to christa @ and we'll post it on the website!

If you have any questions, please let me know. I'd be happy to help you get in touch with someone from Graham's Foundation if you wanted to start your own event or have issues finding an event near you. A few days before the event, I'll be sharing my story of why I"m a proud preemie mom and what being a preemie parent means to me.