Smiles & Snuggles

Sometimes I skip a Monday post just to be a rebel in the blogging world. Mondays are like the prime real-estate in all of blogland. No one is doing anything at work but goofing off and reading blogs, everyone has fabulous pictures to share and brag about… Monday morning posts are where it's at, so I skip them from time to time…

What I mean to say is that I was way too tired and lazy to put together any type of Monday post yesterday.  You see, Jared and I did a crazy little roadtrip this weekend that I didn't tell you all about. Yes, bloggers keep secrets from time to time. We hopped in a car after work on Thursday and drove close to 9 hours to spend roughly 48 hours with my sister, brother-in-law and the most amazing niece/baby in the entire world.

The whirlwind weekend was totally worth it though. Quality time with my sister and her hubby and lots of snuggles and giggles with my favorite baby. We got to see their new place which was so nice! Their neighborhood had an awesome walking/biking trail along it that we took full advantage of.

The beautiful fall weather was calling our name so we got a nice, long walk in the first day we were there. I was loving that fresh scent of the leaves and the crunch of them under my feet.


It's nice when you're "vacationing" and your hosts are amazing cooks. Not only were we fed well while we were there, we were fed healthy, yummy things! We are staying on track and even got to work out with them at their local gym while we were there. Somehow we've turned into those people who can't go so many days before they start really, really missing the gym. I'm definitely okay with feeling that way. Especially when I see these pictures and still feel like a whale---- baby steps! We'll get there! :)

You know how much it pains me not to be able to post the millions of pictures of my niece, but again, let me just reiterate how adorably perfect she is. She is such a smiley, happy baby. I swear, she makes me feel like THE most entertaining person in the world. One little song chorus, a few whistles, clapping my hands? You name it…. she loves it. She loves me, I should say ;)

So this weekend was full of smiles and laughs and love. I loved on that baby as much as I could, trying to make it last for another 2 months until I'll see her again. I melted into a pile of mush every time Jared held her and tickled her and made her laugh. (He's going to be one hot dad one day! ;)) I loved watching my sister be a mom for the first time and looking like a complete natural. I loved it all, every last second of our way-too-short visit.

Although I'm almost in tears every time I look at her adorable pictures, and even though I wish I could see my niece every single day, I'm so happy. Who knew such a little person could bring me so much joy, and in such a short amount of time?! Aunt Erin is a role I'm taking on proudly.

32 comments

  1. I'm so glad you had such a great weekend! I totally believe that your neice is the most adorable little thing :)

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  2. Those are such pretty pictures!

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  3. Ahh, Aunt Erin! Sounds so good!

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  4. So happy to hear about your trip! Sounds like an absolutely perfect weekend!

    And that caterpillar - JC totally put one that looked EXACTLY like that on my shoulder Saturday night. So furry.

    Enjoy your week, friend :)

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  5. Sounds like such a fun weekend, and secrets aren't a bad thing at all.

    So happy for your family, so wonderful! :)

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  6. sounds like a PERFECT weekend, even though short!!

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  7. Aunt Errinnnnn :) she loves you SO much. So excited you guys got to see her!!!

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  8. Yay for your awesome weekend :)

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  9. And who gets the Best Aunt award forever and ever amen? Ding ding ding, YOU WIN!!! So glad y'all had a great trip and got to love on that sweet baby girl!

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  10. Loveee Aunt Erin! I'd totally call you that if it would be really strange...which it would be... moving on! YAY for the perfect weekend! I'm so sorry it was short but the next visit will be here before you know it!

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  11. Lovely weekend! I didn't blog yesterday either -- partly because I had no pictures even though it was a jam-packed weekend and partly because of laziness. ;)

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  12. YAY AUNTIE ERIN!!! I bet she is just adorable!!!! xoxo!

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  13. AWWW this is so nice!! I'm so glad you got to spend time with them. Sometimes the quick trips are what tug at your heart strings the most because it really makes you appreciate the little things! :) SO happy for you. You and Jared will make wonderful parents some day!

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  14. love this! I also boycotted yesterday's mandatory weekend update and it was refreshing ;). so excited for your family!

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  15. Aww, that was so sweet! Being a aunt is so much fun, plus it's a guarantee you will ALWAYS be cooler and nicer than her mom! LOL!

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  16. This is too sweet! I can picture your niece in my mind and she is adorable!!!

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  17. I'm glad y'all had a great, long weekend! Being an aunt is the best! :)

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  18. So glad you had such a great visit! :) And yay for wonderful cooks as hosts. It's just a bonus they have an adorable little girl for you to see while you are there too! Haha. :)

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  19. Nieces are the best! I'm so happy you got to spend cuddle time with the little one. I'm so happy for your whole family.

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  20. Sounds like you had lots of fun! Baby cuddles are so great too.

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  21. This is absolutely precious. I'm so happy for you and your family! What a fun little road trip (and the Bengals won!). Keep up the gym trips - you're inspiring me along the way!

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  22. Oh it sounds like you guys had a wonderful long weekend! I'm so glad you were able to spend some time with your niece :-)

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  23. I actually skip Monday posts a lot. My theory is that so many people post on Mondays there's not enough time to read them all! If I post on Tuesday, more people will have time to spend reading me :) haha. I have no idea if it's a valid theory, but I like it!

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  24. All my friends have adorable babies under the age of 4 months! I love cuddling and taking lots of pictures. I am sure your niece is just as adorable.

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  25. Aww, weekend roadtrips are the best. They are meant to fill your heart up with lots of love and I hear you on how important they are. As for Aunt Erin? I'm so excited for you :)

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  26. I know you are the best aunt in the whole wide world. I wish you could see and snuggle with her every single day but the distance makes the snuggles that much better. Glad you had fun and have lots of pictures for you to swoon over.

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  27. I find it funny you say Mondays are prime blogging real estate because I hardly blog on Fridays for the opposite reason. It seems no one reads blogs on Fridays! :)

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  28. Sounds like you guys had an awesome weekend! So glad you got to spend time with your precious little niece :)

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  29. Aww so sweet :) I remember when I became an aunt. So much fun!

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  30. So I'm behind on reading blogs and playing catch up today...so forgive me if you get a bunch of comment e-mails today :) I'm so glad you were able to go visit! And I'm so PROUD that you worked out on vacation. You are on the right track girlfriend!!!

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