Friday, January 30, 2015

just some randoms {25}

Eric's parents got this car for Mia's birthday and she is obsessed! She plays in it everyday, and her duck has had that sweet spot since the day after her birthday! We seriously laugh each time she grabs her duck and puts him in his place! Silly Mia!

Moccs c/o Freshly Picked
I love watching Mia play with friends! She's starting to interact more with kids her age, instead of being in that independent play stage. She loves to hold their hands while running and playing, hug, laugh, scream and fight ;)

I already shared a photo on Instagram, but I can't resist this cuteness! Eric showed Mia the magic of spraying whip cream straight from the can into her mouth... and she thought it was the BEST! Gimme all the heart eyes for those two and their fun relationship!

Ruffle bums on my two year old for the win!

Sling c/o Seven Everyday Slings
Fake smiles and baby wearing is what my momma Mia is all about these days :)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

friends don't let friends move without them

My nerves have really made themselves at home now that it is officially moving time! Initially, we were (and still are) super excited about this awesome opportunity we had to make a change and move to Arizona! But as we've been running around saying goodbye to everyone these past couple weeks, my heart sinks a little more as I think about moving further away from everyone we love! We will always come back to visit our families, and they will come visit us, but that leaves little time to see our friends we've made over the years in Utah.
It's such a silly thing, but friendships have been very important to me in my adult years (friends were always important through school, obviously, but the friendships I've made since being married are different... deeper, if that makes sense?) I was absolutely terrified to leave my hometown and move to northern Utah. It was the biggest change I'd ever made and it was hard for me to leave the life I knew. But my first Sunday at church, I met a girl named Nicole, and thought nothing more of it. Before I knew it, Nicole and Vinny became our very best friends! We have the kind of friendship that survives eating dessert off of dirty dishes and utensils (because Eric thought I had washed the dishwasher and he didn't realize I hadn't until it was too late), laughing so hard we all almost pee our pants (on multiple occasions, and yes, our kids think we are crazy) and announcing pregnancy in the middle of Victoria's Secret (no it wasn't us, and yes we were all in there together, with our kids! Mia had multiple pairs of underwear around her neck and thought they were the best accessory to walk around the store in!) It was awful moving away from them (and all of the other amazing friendships we made) to our small town a few hours away. Now it just seems plain cruel to be moving to another state. It's totally unfair that we lived by each other for a short time! But at the same time, I know our friendship will be life long and when we do get to spend time together, it will be the BEST!
I guess what I'm getting at is that we have been blessed to make the most incredible friends over the years! My best friend in Washington, Eric's friends from high school that are still very close and all of our other friendships across Utah... we are better people because of those relationships! And now I'm nervous (excited, but super nervous) to start new. I am definitely excited about being closer to the friendships I do have in Arizona, but I just hope and pray that we will be able to meet some amazing people and find friends in our area in no time! Wish me luck, ha ha!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

it doesn't get any better than this

  Moccs c/o Freshly Picked
Daddy is so much fun! The simplest park date made Mia's whole day! Eric ran all over this incredible park and I soaked up the sounds of Mia's shrieking and laughter. He took her down slides that were like 4 times too small for him as much as she wanted to, because he knew how happy it made her! It's simple moments like these, with my sunglass lovin' people, that make life good!

I'd love to see the little moments that make you happiest- be sure to link up with Jess and me below!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

white chicken chili {it's to die for}

It's no secret that I'm no photographer... so we can all expect my food pictures to be less than stellar :) I'll just let the bottom photo do all the talkin'! You know this is a good recipe when it's so obviously toddler approved :)
I don't know where I found the recipe for my White Chicken Chili... I have it written on a recipe card... in other words, this was long before the days of Pinterest! This soup is such a staple in our winter dinner menu. But to be honest, we even make it in the summer because we love it so much! Trust me, you'll be hooked after one batch!

White Chicken Chili (serves 6)
1 pound *Grilled Chicken Breast, cut in cubes
1 small Onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder (or 1 Garlic Clove)
2 cans Great White Northern Beans, drained & rinsed
2 (4oz) cans Chopped Green Chilies
1 (14oz) can Chicken Broth
1 tsp Dried Oregano
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Whipping Cream

In large saucepan, cook onion, garlic & chicken for a couple minutes. Add beans, chilies, broth and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce head; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and whipping cream. Serve immediately.

*You are more than welcome to saute chicken with the onion and garlic, instead of grilling, but we have found that when we cook the chicken on the grill, it enhances the flavor of the soup. It is oh so good! Bonus for me, Eric grills the chicken, so that's one less thing I have to cook, ha ha!


Monday, January 26, 2015

when in Vegas...

I got to have one last "hurrah" with my salon girls over the weekend... in VEGAS! We seriously had the best time! Besides the small breaks of shoving food in our faces, there was non stop talking and laughing... gosh, I love these girls! Our trip was short and sweet, but we made sure to pack in all the fun we could!
The first thing we did when we arrived in Las Vegas on Saturday was hit the mall, of course! I was hoping to find some clothes to help me survive the Arizona heat, but had no luck as the stores are still carrying mostly winter stuff. Which is totally fine because then I kind of turned our shopping trip into selfie central, ha ha! These girls aren't into social media as much as I am... so they totally had to put up with my picture obsession :)
After shopping we checked into our room, got ready for dinner, then headed to Margaritaville. We usually eat at Maggianos but we couldn't get a reservation until way late, but Margaritaville ended up being SO fun! I started the night right by dumping my very full glass of ice water all over my lap (it was like slow motion as the icy water hit me and all I could do was sit there and yell, "on me! ON ME!" ha ha!) Thank heavens for my sequin pants that seem to be totally water repellent but my shoes? Not so much, ha ha! The food was delish and just as we were finishing up, the cutest nerdy man on stilts came to our table and told me he heard it was my birthday (a night early, but I am all about celebrating anytime!) He made me the coolest balloon crown (best balloon tying I've ever seen!) that didn't seem as big as it actually is when I was staring at him making it all the way up on those stilts, ha!
After dinner we made our way to Treasure Island to go watch Mystere! I screamed, jumped, clapped and squealed like a little girl when they told me we were going! I've always wanted to see a Cirque Du Soleil show and it did not disappoint! I am already itching to go back with Eric and see another show! It really was incredible!
We headed back to our rooms after the show because we are old and lame and were totally exhausted :) I got up early and came home with half the girls to get Mia, then spent a low key Sunday feeling all the birthday love! Not a bad way to ring in 27 ;) Vegas was amazing! Coming home to Mia was even better! The only thing I needed to make it a perfect birthday was to have Eric with me as well :) What a weekend!