Take one EXTREMELY well-behaved four-year old Mad Hatter who is an absolute joy to be around for over one week straight. (we're talking great listening, minimal whining, the kind of behavior that rejuvenates a Mom and reminds her that this is the exact reason she could not imagine her life any other way).
Add in a few tea parties with some of our closest "friends". (thanks GiGi, for the bear on the right, who MH adores, and who also happens to love hanging out with the bear on the left - a birth gift to MH. Who would have known? Their pearls and hats are just the perfect attire for tea parties and the like, and the songs they sing definitely add a festive touch!)
Mix in some playdates with both new and old friends . . .
Add a good helping of sunny weather and some trips to our favorite playground to burn off some energy and socialize with other moms and kids.
Stir together and proceed with . . .
Finally getting together with this mom and her girls (after being introduced via blog by a mutual friend over a year ago, getting to know each other online, meeting once several months ago at a RI Blogger girls' night out, having precious daughters very close in age with very similar personalities who attend the same preschool on opposite days, living 10 minutes apart - in other words long overdue) and having a wonderful time together.
Such a wonderful time, in fact, that after a playdate at our favorite playground (which also happens to be the same) that turned into a playdate in the car when the weather turned cold, we decided to roadtrip to CT for the day at the end of the week!
Armed with enough gear for an overnight stay, 5 ladies (one of them newly four, one three and a half, and one just two months old) set out on a day-long adventure that involved Dunkin' Donuts, Diet Coke, iced coffee, numerous potty trips, getting to meet her (and 2 of her chickadees), an outstanding children's museum, pizza to-die-for, and a lot of laughs. And yes, we were all still talking (and talking, and talking) at the end of the day! After 4 hours in the car! (I must say I wish Boo could have showm MH how easy it is to just close your eyes and sack out while someone else is driving)
Could Boo and MH (and Tiney) be any more adorable?
Finish it off with Daddy and a friend putting together this beauty for the backyard . . .
This recipe resulted in perfection!
We can't wait for summer!