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Mr. Bunches Has a Birthday!

Wouldn’t it be funny if everything was titled like a children’s book?  I think so.

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Happy birthday (or as we like to say in our family, bursth-day) to the best dad, husband, friend, Donald-Duck-impersonator, Vacation Bunches, and companion there is.  We love you!

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House Crashing: MO Style

As promised last week, here’s a quick recap of our recent Florida house crash, MO style.  MO has been a frequent blog bomber here on Bunches of Joy (see more on MO here, here, and here), but this time we got to invade his space; his new digs by the beach to be more exact . . .

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In fairness, MO’s new digs are a rental and came with some of what you’re about to see (like the valance and letters above).  So not all of this is exactly MO’s taste.  Moving on . . . 

MO is the consummate host–he had lunch prepared for us upon arrival (granted, it was a true bachelor meal of turkey burgers with only McDonald’s ketchup packets as the available condiments, but I must say–it was delicious and much, much appreciated).

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He also did a great job entertaining Mini B . . . with kisses, hopping, and apple sauce.

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His entertainment for Mr. Squishy was somewhat, er, less appropriate . . .

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Oh well.  Luckily Aunt Doodles spared him 🙂 . . .

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While MO was entertaining the kids, I had a chance to snoop poke around and get some shots of his little bachelor pad.

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It’s quite the beach-ready place.

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The best part was the upstairs deck, complete with a picnic table that MO built himself!  Color me impressed.

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The pictures don’t do that table justice–it’s HUGE.  Could easily fit 8 people.  Maybe on his next trip to Buffalo he can whittle us a new table?  Mini B would be much obliged.

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All in all, it was a short visit, but a great one.  Thanks again for all your hospitality MO!  Oh, and points to anyone who can guess what his home is built of?

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Any guesses?  Brick?  Wood?  Fairy Dust?

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Seashells!!!!  Ha.  Thanks again MO!  Next time we’re going to drop Mini B off for a long weekend . . . sound good?!  Chickie Chickie Yeah!!!!!

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Mini Bunches: 10 Months

Two posts in one week?!?!  That’s just crazy talk.  So call me crazy.  Earlier this week you got to see what Mini B was up to during her ninth month of life.  Now, let’s take a look at what she was up to during her 10th month.

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One major change should be immediately obvious . . . hair!  She’s finally sporting a little more on top.  Still not enough to overcome being called a boy by strangers each and every time we go out, but we’re getting there.

And just like my last couple monthly updates, here’s a rundown of what our Mini Bunches was up to during her 10th month:

The month started out with Mini B’s first trip to Springdale Farm (which you may remember from our goat hoax).  Of course, we may have to reconsider that whole gettin-a-goat thing . . .

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Mini B is obsessed with tags.  And what’s amazing is that she knows the fake tags (like those on Taggies toys) from the real tags with words on them.  Not sure what it is about tags, but maybe it’s genetic?  I may or may not have had a similar obsession as a wee one.

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Her other big obsession?  Our iPhones.  She has a lot of people to talk to ya’ know.

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Mini B celebrated her first St. Patrick’s Day.  Hollah!

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And she also continued practicing for her American Idol audition.

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She took a break from exercising her pipes in order to take her first trip to the local children’s museum (Explore & More in East Aurora).

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Oh, did I mention that she learned to read?  Sunday mornings are her favorite . . .

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Mini B celebrated her first Easter.

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It was short lived.

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She also found her voice . . . this picture needs her added soundtrack of squeals and shrieks.

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And then of course Mini B continued to rack up her frequent flyer miles with a trip to Florida where she got some qt with Mr. Squishy . . .

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And they got along well except for one ill-fated fight over a water bottle.  Room full of toys and these two want the water bottle . . .

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Not only did Mini B get quality time with Mr. S, but she also got to see some friends from NY who were also enjoying a little fun in the sun.  Yep, Mr. & Mrs. Rockstar were rockin’ out with their own little fam . . .

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And guess who else made an appearance . . . chickie chickie yeah!

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Living the Florida life.  Not too shabby, eh?

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“The ocean is big.”  Those were his exact words.

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We had a great time with Mr. S, Uncle J, and Aunt Doodles–thanks guys!

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I seriously can’t get enough of these two.

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Once we wrapped things up on Amelia Island, it was time to head to New Smyrna Beach to visit Mini B’s other little cousin . . . but first, a stop at MO’s place (more on that next week):

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After a quick visit, it was time to move on.  Of course, with two babies in the car, we pretty much took the tortoise route.  When one baby slept, the other one cried.  Awesome.  Apparently we forgot to tell the kiddos that we were on vacation.  But either way, we made it and look who was ready for the paparazzi . . .

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She showed the new kids on the block how beach time is done.

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The first time touching the Atlantic Ocean for both of them . . .

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Mini B was lucky enough to celebrate her 10 month birthday with her two littlest cousins.  Such fun!

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Before we returned home, we took one last early morning walk on the beach.  Sigh.  Sleepy little beach town–how we love you!

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So there you have it.  Her 10th month.  St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Florida, cousins, sun, sand, and surf.  Good times.

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Leather or Glass?

Guess what today is? You don’t know? C’mon–I thought you knew us well enough by now. I’m disappointed in you. Seriously, I am. So disappointed that I might not even tell you what today is. How do you like that? Doesn’t feel good, does it? Well, now I guess we’re all disappointed.

Okay, okay, I’ll tell you–but just for Mr. Bunches’ sake, not yours–it’s our anniversary!!! That’s right, the big 0-3 (check out the big 0-2 here). Which, if you’re up on your wedding anniversary gifts, then you probably already knew that from the post title (traditional gift = leather, modern gift = glass). So which will Mr. B get? Who knows . . . but I’m guessing that since I’m swamped with work and Mini B, probably neither? Oops. How about a smile instead?

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Still not enough?  Okay, then how about a kiss?

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Happy Anniversary Mr. Bunches!!!!  I love you.

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Boo!

Halloween in January?  Yes please.

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Timely post?  Er, not so much.  Sorry.  But let’s do a quick recap: this year for Halloween we traveled to Florida.  We spent a week in the sunshine state–half of the time visiting Mini B’s Beachy BFF and half of the time visiting Mr. Squishy.  And one day of overlap at the happiest place on earth.  Which day?  Halloween of course!  We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge (which probably deserves its own post since it was pretty outstanding, well, except for the “test” of the fire alarm during one of Mini B’s only naps . . . grr).  But since it’s taken me 3 months to get this post done, let’s be realistic–there will be no Wilderness Lodge post. 

Back to the matter at hand: Halloween.  And since it was Halloween, we put Mini B and Mr. Squishy in their matching costumes (hand-made by my aunt–thank you Auntie J!).

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Are they not the most scrumptious little pumpkins you’ve ever seen?  Holy cuteness.  After doing a little modeling stint in their costumes, it was time to head to the park.  Staying at the Wilderness Lodge meant we just had to hop on a boat to get to the Magic Kingdom.  Mini B’s first boat ride?  Check.

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Then it was time for a fun-filled day at the Magic Kingdom.  You know the one–the place where dreams come true.  Which in our case must mean that we dream of our little girl taking the poop to end all poops and having it leak all down her leg and up her back while waiting in a line three-deep for the ONLY changing table on Main Street USA (really Walt?  ONE changing table?  Really?!).  But it wasn’t only a poop-filled day because that would be sad.  So so sad. 

We did a lot of fun stuff too . . . although before we got to that we had to take the requisite posed pics in front of the castle:

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It was a super sunny day, so much of our time was spent in Operation Keep Those Babies Covered!

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The most magical part of the day came when we got a sneak peak to the new Fantasyland (they were doing a dress rehearsal for cast members only):

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Fantasyland is the Magic Kingdom’s new land–it includes the castles for each of Disney’s Princesses.  Basically if you’re a 6-year-old girl, it’s the best place in the entire world.

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It also includes some new rides, including one based on the Little Mermaid.  We decided to take Mini B and her BFF on the adventure, but Mr. Squishy sat this one out (he is a little man after all).

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Not sure this was Mini B’s favorite part of the day.

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She was not the biggest fan of Ursula . . .

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And was pretty relieved when the magic ended.

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One of the most incredible parts of the new Fantasyland was Belle’s ballroom.  I didn’t get any pictures since the lighting was not so great, but it was spot-on to the movie.  Here’s just one of the creatures guarding it.

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Unfortunately there was still some construction around the park, so it wasn’t always the best view.  But the bambinos didn’t seem to mind.

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And luckily they still had turkey legs.  Phew.

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Yuck.  Mini B preferred her thumb.

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And her BFF just had no idea what to think.

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Mr. B was so proud to show Mini B around his old stomping grounds.  So sweet.

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Unfortunately this was during Mini B’s ‘I-only-like-my-parents-phase-and-everyone-else-makes-me-cry-so-don’t-even-try-and-hold-me-aunts-and-uncles.’

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She can be kind of a drama queen sometimes.

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Basically, though, we totally killed it.  3 babies.  1 Magic Kingdom.  Infinite Memories.

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It was a loooooong day.  And someone was a little tuckered.

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Of course, she did end up rallying later that night for trick-or-treating at the Wilderness Lodge.  Her first candy loot!

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Ahhh.  Halloween post finally done.  Only 3 months late.  But still so cute.

Christmas Recap

Is Christmas really over?  Why does everything seem to go so fast these days?!  Well, let’s relive Mini B’s first Christmas . . . so go ahead, sing a little Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (you know you want to) while you peruse some shots from Mini B’s first visit from Santa . . .

Looks like someone was a good girl this year . . .

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“Did Santa come?!”

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“Can I really Pat the Bunny?!”

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Vintage Bills stickers (you know–from 20+ years ago when they were actually good) . . .

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Hooray for Bunches Jr. on Christmas morning!  So excited to have Auntie Kar-Kar in for a visit . . .

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Isn’t it nice how Mini B and Bunches Jr. coordinated their outfits?

“Maybe someday I’ll have hair . . . ”

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Daddy surprised Mini B with her first Build-a-Bear!

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She gave it kisses.  Awww . . .

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But Mini B wasn’t the only fan of the bear.  Who knew that Moose and Bears could be such good friends?

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Finally she got dressed.  All that naked fur was getting alarming.

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“What?  I’m just hanging out in my new bunny slippers.  No big deal.”

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Cups with no handles?!  What kind of yuppie nonsense is that?!

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Of course, what Christmas is complete without a pair of Stuart Weitzman’s?

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Thank you Auntie E!!!!

Mini B not only made out in the shoe department, but she scored quite a few stylish hats . . .

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Of course, she wasn’t the only one sporting new head gear . . .

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Now Zoolander!

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Mini B also got her fair share of toys (well, let’s be honest–more than her fair share–thank you, thank you, thank you family for your oh-so-generous gifts!), all of which she quickly tasted to make sure they were up to snuff.

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They were.

All in all, it was a wonderful day filled with lots of happy memories.

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Of course, the aftermath wasn’t so pretty . . .

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I hope that you and yours had a wonderful holiday season!  Next up . . . a Halloween recap–better late than never.  That may be my motto for 2013.  That or I’m thinking of bringing “fetch” back.  As in, that’s so fetch.  What do you think?

Do You Believe in Miracles?

And here it is–my attempt at keeping a New Year’s Resolution.  Ideally I’ll fall into the 8% of people that actually keep their resolutions, but let’s be realistic, shall we?  Blogging once a week will likely be a stretch, and this post will make 2 in one week, so I’m setting the bar a little high, huh?

Okay–back to the topic at hand.  The day after Christmas we headed to Brockport so that Mr. Bunches could relive his glory days–as a member of Brockport High School’s Hockey Team, but this time playing in an impromptu alumni game.  In preparation for the big day, Mr. B thought it best to prepare Mini B with a viewing of his favorite movie of all time: Miracle.

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Speaking as a non-hockey-playing American, this movie is great.  So even if you’ve never played, watched, or even cared about hockey, you can still like Miracle.  I’m not sure what Mini B thought of it, though; Mr. B will tell you she loved it, but truth be told–it only held her attention for a whopping 5 minutes.  However, it may be a new holiday tradition for us–an annual viewing of Miracle before Christmas.  A little unorthodox maybe, but it works for us.

Having seen Miracle, let’s just say that the BHS alumni game was nothing like it.  🙂 It was, however, fun for Mr. Bunches, his cousins, and his friends.  And that’s what really matters, right?  So now I’ll let some pictures tell the rest of the story . . .

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Thrilling, eh?  I’d like to say I could tell you what the score was, but I honestly wasn’t paying attention; and I’m not entirely sure anyone else was either.  But, it was great to see Mr. Bunches out there with some of his old teammates, even if they were a little, er, slower than in their younger days.

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And having his cousins there was an extra treat.

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A true family affair.

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And a nice chance to see some good friends as well . . .

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It was the first time Mini B got some up-close and personal time with a hockey player (not counting her dad).  She was absolutely fascinated with her cousin’s jersey . . .

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But Jason wasn’t the lucky one that night.  Nope, Chad was the one that Mini B really took a shine to . . .

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Oh yes–she has learned to give kisses!!!!

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Her kisses are the absolute best.  THE BEST.

Happy New Year’s!  And here’s to keeping resolutions.

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