Wednesday, August 17, 2016

THREEnager

I am sooooo behind in my updates but I can't let myself skip talking about our favorite girl in da house! Mia is 3 1/2 (closer to 4... how do I make it stop?!) and kills us every day with her sweet, silly, SPUNKY personality! She is so full of it and we just can't get enough!

At 3 1/2 Mia is constantly talking about when she is "big like mommydad". "When I'm big like mommydad, I will drive a big, red truck like daddy used to. 'member dat?! He had a big, red truck!" "When I big like mommydad, I will 5 kids. I will be a mommy and you will be my kid." "When I big like mommydad, I will go on a mission to Mexico!" She loves to take all the stories we tell her about our past (like the big, red truck and daddy's mission in Mexico) and spin the story to make it about herself :)

She talks about going to school every. single. day. She is going to die when I tell her she gets to start preschool in just a couple weeks! But I'm sure she will be equally bummed when she discovers she doesn't get to ride a bus to preschool, ha ha!

Mia can spell her (first) name and write it! She can identify all the letters of the alphabet and is so eager to learn how to write them (but mom is a slacker and hasn't really worked with her like I should!).

She is a total tease. She actually reminds me a lot of my older brother which totally freaks me out at times (because we totally didn't get along growing up) but makes me proud at the same time because he's pretty awesome! It's my favorite thing to watch Mia and Eric interact and play off each other! She fits right in this family with that teasing personality! Now to teach her that it's not fun anymore when people (kids, ha!) start crying!

I don't even remember the days before Mia could talk. Like, I'm sure she was born talking, ha ha. Sometimes I forget that she's only 3 because of how well she talks! She also has the BEST imagination! One day during dinner, she was playing with a toy and I took it away because, "we don't play with toys while we're eating!" She gave me a very annoyed look then started playing make believe with her HAND! I mean... I can't take her hand away?! ha ha! Sometimes I feel guilty for not doing enough projects at home with her but at the same time, she's developed such a fun imagination and can play and play... and I love it! 

Mia is fiercely loyal as a daughter, sister and friend. She has the biggest heart and sometimes I just can't believe she's mine! She makes me sooooo proud! I am forever thankful to be her momma!

We are pretty obsessed with Mia (James more so than all of us!) and I thank my Heavenly Father every day that we were chosen to be her parents! I wish I could slow time down, but since I can't, I'm doing my best to soak up every second at this amazing stage in life with our Mia girl!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

happy 10 months to my little love

Poor James is suffering from the second child syndrome (but of course he doesn't care, like at all ;) ha ha) and I missed the last couple of months of his monthly updates! So today I'm sharing updates from 8-10 months to help keep my mind off the fact that we have double digits. My baby is too close to turning 1!! How did this happen?! Time is flying!

- James totally mastered army crawling (something that Mia totally skipped) and he army crawled for a solid 2 months or so. Our whole house is tile and James figured out how to scoop his elbows so that his body slid right right over the tile and he is fast, ha ha! It's like he's swimming across the floor ;)
- He started crawling right after he turned 9 months. At this point he mostly crawls, but we still see the swimming army crawling each day!
- Nothing motivates James more than getting his hands on something he's not supposed to... he learned to pull himself to a standing position when he was trying to get a hold of the computer, ha! So he can also pull himself to a standing position!
- James has slept through the night a total of 2 nights. Such a tease!! He still wakes up, usually around 4am, to sleep. Every night I cross my fingers/pray/hope that it will be the night that he finally just sleeps, HA! 
- Let's talk food- he is an eating machine!! James downs everything we give him, including chunks of meat, sandwiches, etc. He's pretty much over being spoon fed. He loves to have his food placed on his tray where he can shove it in at his own speed and make a mess ;)
- James just cut his two top front teeth and man, they are huge, ha ha! 
- He still loves to be swaddled with his arms out! Such a snuggle bug! He also really loves his bink's! When he wakes up crying, I'll find him sitting up in bed with a binky in his mouth, and fumbling a second binky between his hands until I pick him up, ha ha. 
- We are so lucky to have such a happy, easy baby!! He's always smiling and it seriously melts our hearts!
- James is a total water baby! He gets SO excited when he see's me turn on the shower each night (the kids shower together because the water that comes out in the tub is too hot- good ol' Arizona summers!) and looooves the pool! Fits right in with his sister and momma!
- He has mastered "mama" especially when he's upset or wants to be held. We often find him calling for "mama" but crawling after Eric, ha ha! He's dabbling into other sounds now and says "baba" a lot! Eric told me said "dada" for the first time the other night! He is much less chatty than Mia was, ha! 
- Mia and James are the CUTEST together! Their relationship is so fun to watch as they play more and more together. They love each other more than anything!!
- James wears a range of sizes from 6 months (when I squeeze him into that crap- second child problems. Ain't no momma got time to clean out the drawers, HA!) to 18 months! I take him in for his 9 month check up in a few days (again, second child probs) so then I'll know his exact stats!
- He's wearing size 4 diapers. 

Facebook has been pulling up a lot of my "memories" from this time last year when I was pregnant and my goodness, it all feels like just weeks ago, not a whole year ago! I can't believe we are only 2 months from having a 1 year old! Time, PLEASE so down!! We love our James soooo much! 

Monday, July 25, 2016

our favorite time of day {bookroo}

Apparently when I said I'm back, I meant I'm slowly getting back into the blogging world, ha ha! Why is life so crazy?! Oh well, we thrive off the crazy, don't we?! I swear I really am back though ;) Today we are so excited to share our latest discovery which makes our book worm loving hearts HAPPY- bookroo!

books c/o bookroo
Bookroo is a monthly subscription of board or picture books, each individually wrapped! How fun for the kids, right?! I admit that I was a little excited as well to see what book would be under the wrapping paper, ha! We seriously LOVE books so this subscription is totally our speed. I suspect if my kids weren't interested in books though, the gift wrapping would totally win them over and give them a new excitement for books! I highly recommend checking out bookroo- it's the best excuse to take a few minutes (or hopefully more) a day to sit down, forget the crazy and get lost in a story with our babes... it's seriously our favorite time of day (along with bed time ;) ha ha!!) Thank you, bookroo, for this fun new surprise we get to anxiously await each month!

Monday, July 18, 2016

currently

For those of you that missed me, I'm baaaaaaaack! (So basically, hi mom ;)) I can not believe what a whirlwind life has been since my last blog post! It has been a crazy adjustment finding my groove with LuLaRoe and of course, being a wife (Eric has been working a ton, surprise, surprise!) and momma (the kids never stop... story of every mom's life... amiright?!). But it's been the BEST adjustment! I can't believe how much I am loving the crazy hustle that is my life right now! Of course I can't wait to update you all on everything so I thought I'd start today with one of my go to's with this post to touch on a little bit of everything!


Loving: being a LuLaRoe fashion consultant. I swore when I joined the movement that I wouldn't become crazy obsessed with LLR, but gosh dang, it's hard not to when you're apart of such an amazing company; one that focuses more on giving than receiving, one that challenges you to step away from yourself on the daily and serve everyone else... and the clothes really do live up to the hype! I know some of you "caught the bug" thanks to me, and I'd like to say I'm sorry, but I'm no more sorry than you are ;) ha ha! The addiction is real! LuLaRoe has been such a blessing to my family not only financially, but in a million and one ways that we weren't expecting. (If you want to join my shopping group, I will be doing a FB Live this week to touch on specific ways that LLR has blessed us and why we love it for other reasons than just the $!)

Reading/Watching: you know the drill here. I'm all about the kid's books ;) ha ha! But I will tell you that we've developed a love for Usborne books thanks to a party I hosted a couple months back when a friend reached out asking me to. They have some fun books that have kept the kids and me entertained! (And no, I'm not selling Usborne as well ;))
Eric and I haven't really been watching shows (I'm not kidding when I say our life has been hustle, hustle, hustle) but of course I watch the Bachelorette while packaging clothes to mail out ;) And we are definitely looking forward to a date night when Jason Bourne comes out!

Trying to: talk Eric into taking me to the beach! I'm dying to spend a couple days soaking up the sun with my favorite people! Beach, pool, mexican food, sleep, beach, repeat. I just want to escape the real world for a couple days and vacation with my fam! (Eric- are you reading this?! TAKE ME TO THE BEACH!)

Wishing: that the kids would stop growing so darn fast! James is close to 10 months (HOW?!) and Mia is 3 1/2 going on 13. I will be doing updates on the kids asap! Isn't it funny how during the time of our life that is most definitely "survival mode" while parenting young kids, we desperately wish we could freeze time just to soak it up a bit longer?! I'm so blessed to be Mia and James momma!!

Excited for: Eric's promotion at work. As you all know, Eric has worked his hiney off these past years. Our move to Arizona has been a good one, but he has worked like crazy and it's finally paying off! Eric accepted an offer where he will be working 40 hours a week (for the most part) and we are THRILLED! The perks that come along with the promotion don't even mean that much to me (but thankfully they reflect what a killer employee he is. He's worked hard for it and deserves the recognition!!) because the time we will have with him again is everything!! I know I am a braggin' fool right now but you know what? Eric is super man and deserves all the praise. He has been my rock since becoming a mom to 2 (more of that in a later post as well) and he's been the glue this family has needed. I'm so proud of him and SO thankful to call him mine!!

Monday, May 23, 2016

ANNOUNCING... {+ a LuLaRoe giveaway}

Where are my LuLaRoe lovers at? Because I'm sooo excited, and a little nervous, but mostly excited to share the news that I am now a LuLaRoe fashion consultant!! In other words, I'm your newest hook up for beautiful, comfy clothes ;)


So here's the deal... ever since we moved to Arizona I have been a full time stay at home mom. I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to spend my days with my kids whom I love most in this world, BUT! I do miss my salon, my creative outlet, bringing in a little extra money (let's be honest here!) and having something for me! Now I realize clothes and hair are two totally different things, but since a salon just isn't an option for me right now, Eric and I both agreed that LLR sounds just right for now!  I love helping women feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin... we all deserve that, don't we?! I know these clothes do just that for so many, and will continue to do so! Mia and I have quite the collection of LLR in our closets (as pictured above), so why not spread the love ;) It's totally scary to put myself "out there" with something like this, but the support from Eric (from the second I threw the idea at him just to see his reaction... which I totally wasn't expecting! But he's really excited for me to find something I can be in love with while again, doing what I love most and spending my days with our little people!), my family and friends (that knew about this), have given me so much confidence that it's okay to be excited about this! So here I am, sharing my excitement with all of you, who continue to support and love my little family through every phase of our lives that I've shared!

I'm excited to announce that my online launch party is Wednesday, May 25th on Facebook! Be sure to follow along now as I will be offering fun giveaways and share the most gorgeous skirts, dresses and more. Man, I can't wait to show y'all the goodies (where's the heart eye emoji when I need it?!) Speaking of giveaways... I'm so excited about my news that I'm giving away $100 shop credit between 5 winners (so $20 each!) because, the more the merrier, right?! I wish you all could win, but this is something I can do to show my love and appreciation for all of you! Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram for more giveaways, and don't forget to tell your friends ;) Thank you, again, for your continued support and GOOD LUCK! xo