It's something I've thought about a lot since I got pregnant with Adelaide. Becoming the mother of a sweet little girl is bound to have you thinking about it. Daydreaming, wondering, hoping... Is it a prerequisite? You have a baby girl and immediately sign an invisible contract your mind swearing that you will give this next big moment its due thought and consideration? You think of the impact it could have on her life. You hope beyond hope she'll be happy...

Are you wondering if I'm pregnant? Are you holding my hand as I lead you down that path? I have to admit, that is what I was trying to do. Mean, mean Nikki...

Now are you wondering if this is just a big trick? Are you all like, "WTF Nikki? What are talking about? Are you pregnant or not? Why are dragging this out? You better not be announcing you're pregnant on your blog." 

C'mon, would I do that?? What would be worse? Announcing I was pregnant on my blog, or leading you to believe I was pregnant and then pulling the rug out from under you while cackling like a crazy person at the fact that I tricked you? And then drug it out for a reeeeeeeeeally loooooooong time

I'll just get on with it then, eh? Put you out of your misery. Share my big news...

It's the moment all Barbie-lover-turned-Mommy's have daydreamed of... The day when she can pull out the giant tub of Barbie dolls and accessories, blow off the dust that has accumulated over many years, and dive back into a world that she hasn't visited in a long, long time. And this time, she gets to do it with her own little girl by her side. It's the world of Barbies guys. I'm not pregnant, but I am once again living in the world of Barbies. And it feels good. A lot better than the first trimester of pregnancy :)

Did I just do a cruel thing? Cruel, but funny :)



I'm debating the pros and cons of just changing the blog name to "This Camping Life" since that seems to be all I'm writing about lately... something to mull over later I guess ;)

So yes, I come to you again with a few camping photos to share. This particular trip actually took place at the very beginning of April, and we went to Daisy State Park up in Arkansas. If you're camping with kids along, I highly recommend this place! Not only were the sites beautiful (trees or situated along a peninsula with a great lake view), but there was also a really great park right at the entrance of the campgrounds, perfect biking or walking distance. And of course the most important part of choosing a location for any trip: proximity to good food. Breakfast and pie-type food to be exact :) Now we do enjoy a bit of campground cooking, hot dogs, smoked sausage, breakfast tacos and s'mores being staples, but going out for a yummy breakfast just really takes the trip to a whole new level. Put that breakfast place within 30 minutes and you've got a win.

Okay, infomercial over, on to a few pics...

 ^^ Sleeping arrangements went a little awry when we found Adelaide snug as a bug in a rug Jordan's sleeping bag, but after a few angry/confused/wtf-is-going-on-right-now? tears (I told you not to move her Jordan!), I had her settled in next to me and all was well with the world once again. And then we came home and bought her her own sleeping bag for next time :) ^^

 ^^ Taking in the sunrise with Daddy {insert googly heart eyes here} ^^

Between the park and the lake you can pretty much keep busy for most of the day. Next time I'm definitely going to have to squeeze the paddle board in with the Ural, the bikes, the scooter, the skateboards, the hammock.... I've never actually seen National Lampoon's Vacation, but I'm pretty sure a reference to it here would be appropriate. 

^^ Cause a nap in the kayak while Daddy's whacks you in the head accidentally with a paddle every 30 to 45 seconds is totally superior than the bed in the camper with a pillow and blanket and all that unnecessary mess meant to make you cozy. Clearly comfort is overrated folks. You heard it here first. ^^

Our new Eno Hammock however, is not in the least bit overrated. Loved it! Plus, those colors? Rad in the 90's-est way

^^ Tell me that doesn't scream Saved by the Bell. ^^

^^ And, one more of her looking adorbs standing outside of the super cute soda fountain that we didn't get to try. Damn you you silly customs condemning the consumption of ice cream, root beer floats and candy at 9 a.m. ^^

With the exception of the missed ice cream opportunity, I'd say it was another great trip. Adelaide is super excited to try out her new sleeping bag and asks if we can go camping again almost daily. In the meantime, she and "flaflingo" have been busy breaking it in at home.

Until next time....



There's good and bad to posting only when I have something to share rather than on a set schedule. Good: much less self imposed stress to come up with things to write about, Bad: I've become a bit lazy and procrastinate-y about posting. Which is why I find myself here in mid-April sharing photos with you from our camping trip over a month ago. Better late than never though, right?

So, waaaay back in March we found ourselves with a week of dreary, rainy, yucky weather ahead which just happened to coincide with a week when Jordan could be free. So, of course we decided to blow this damp joint in search of drier and warmer locals. We did quite a bit of searching and mapping... we considered Utah, but decided it was probably a little too far and a tad cool for what we were hoping for. The Texas coast maybe? Nah, it was likely going to be swamped with college spring breakers reenacting scenes from Girls Gone Wild. At some point Jordan found some BLM land in New Mexico near Carlsbad Cavern National Park, and we decided to give it go. So, with our Rattlesnake radar dusted off and firmly intact, we ventured out to the dunes.

Jordan and his friend had a pretty good time riding the dunes and some trails a little way down the road. 

While they were gone Adelaide and I hung out at the camper watching movies... It's the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown and Frozen, and played in the sand. We were lucky enough to have the dunes all to ourselves for the first couple of days, so we were able to get in quite a bit of play in the softest, driest sand I've ever touched in my life (like, we could sit right in it to play and just dust it off, no muss no fuss) as well as plenty of wind/sand exfoliation and a little inadvertent sun exposure. Whoops.

We also made the trip down to the caverns, which were way more impressive than either of us expected. It was also some great exercise since the elevators were out leaving the natural entrance with its 750 ft descent over one mile as the only way in and out. It was tough, particularly hiking back out... I can only imagine how it felt with a 25 pound toddler strapped to your back... but it was beautiful the whole way and totally worth it. That's the kind of scenery the local YMCA is sorely lacking.

^^ She's ready for some spelunking ^^

 ^^ Let's go into a massive, dark hole in the ground, shall we? ^^

And then came nap time. Adelaide seems to have an affinity for napping in the oddest places... bumping down the road in the Ural, in Daddy's lap kayaking... On Daddy's back during a hike out of the cave ain't no thang.

Of course there were the obligatory s'mores back at the campground. Not til after Adelaide went to sleep though, because believe it or not, that nut doesn't like them?!?! (She probably had an Oreo or something equally lame camp-speaking.) We've been testing out various techniques in order to achieve the melted chocolate, oozy, super messy s'more of our dreams. We've gotten pretty good if I do say so myself ;)

And on the way home we stopped at a 50's diner style joint and got Adelaide the coolest kid's meal ever.

And finally, if you ever find yourself in or around Carlsbad, NM, you must go to Blue House Bakery & Cafe. I'm still having dreams of the holy-freakin-delicious egg, cheese, bacon and green chili croissant I had. And the raspberry croissant. Come on, like I would ever go to a bakery and not have sampled one of the many irresistible sweet offerings also? Oh yeah, the cinnamon roll too :) We went there twice. So that's proof of how good it was and that I'm not a gluttonous cow eating all that in one trip. There may have actually been 2 raspberry croissants... Whatever. They were good. Plus there's a sweet porch kitty. Just in case you weren't already convinced.




Adelaide at two and half.... She is a talker. All day. Every day. Talk, talking, talking... Asking "Whyyy?" with this weird gravelly, drawn out inflection that you just have to hear. Asking "What?" in a very abrupt and perplexed way, like what you just said made absolutely no sense whatsoever. Again, you just have to hear it. And I hope that the fact that I've heard each one approximately 2,832 times means it has been cemented in my brain for all of eternity. Because as annoying and frustrating as it is to hear it for the 23rd time each day, it is also hilarious and endearing. How about a few more?

Adelaide: "Are you alright?"
Me: "Yes, are you alright?"
Adelaide: "I'm just impossible."
.... ain't that the truth?!?! ;) .....

Adelaide: "I'm dorable." Well, she is adorable, so... :)

Adelaide: "Are we going to the coin store?" And eventually figured out that she was referring to the dollar store.

Me: "Adelaide, you're so silly!"
Adelaide: "I'm not silly. I'm just crazy." 
.... again, she speaks the truth! ....

"I'm going to <fill in the blank> because it's 'eas-erie' for me." Whether it's putting on a particular pair of shoes, or climbing stairs a certain way, she likes doings things the easerie... easier.... way.

Me: "Would you like a snack?"
Adelaide: "Sure."

Me: "Can I share with you?"
Adelaide: "Of course." (Except the times when the answer is a resounding "No." ;)

"Down by the bay..... where the 'mel-mel' (watermelon) grows...

Flaflingo = Flamingo

Chicken Meal = Chicken Nugget Happy Meal

Garbie = Barbie

The toddler frustration is real. I am starting to see why it's called the terrible twos, though the "terrible-ness" certainly isn't defining of this stage. Cause man do we love this kid. And man, does she say the most hilarious things, and do the goofiest little dances and strike a pose like none other. Her smile and laugh are the sweetest, most genuine things I've ever experienced. So even on the hardest day when I'm hiding in my closet crying (literally!), convinced that there is no possible way I would ever be able to survive toddlerhood again if I make it though this time... even then, she's the best. But a nice trip to the movies for mom every once in awhile certainly helps :)

See some previous Adelaideisms here.


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