Tuesday, July 22, 2014

we be roadtrippin' {Flagstaff. AZ}

headband c/o Sweet Angel Kreations
I forgot to get a picture of the 3 of us (Mia's first time bowling milestone, ha ha!) but a picture of us taking turns bowling with her counts, right?
Having so much fun with cousins!
This is my uncle's backyard... AH-mazing! But that baby? She's all mine and even more AH-mazing ;)
The only picture I managed to get at the wedding, and on my phone :( Such a shame because it was a beautiful night!

Man, I look back on the weekend and can't help but smile so big! Don't get me wrong, there were so many not-so-good moments mixed with the good moments... but I am happy to say that the good outweighs the bad :) The ups and downs were so worth it and this past weekend was one for the books!
Friday night we drove down to Flagstaff, AZ. The drive started out pretty good until... Mia threw up in the car for the first time ever. She's experience car sickness before, but she never got sick until we were home and I tried feeding her food. Let me tell you, vomit in the car is definitely the worst experience! We didn't make it to our hotel until 11pm (midnight our time) only to find that the inside was... not up to our standards. Call us hotel snobs, but we like a good, clean place! We were so exhausted and pretty frazzled after dealing with cleaning up puke and driving in the smell of it (so awesome, I'm tellin' ya!) that it was pretty devastating to find a crappy room. I didn't even read reviews because that's where the whole wedding party was staying... Eric tried to convince me to stay somewhere else but I decided we just had to make the best of it! Eric unloaded our stuff and while I worked on getting Mia showered and ready for bed, he found a car wash and sprayed out the car seat. He didn't even make it back to our room until 1am (2 our time) and at that point we were so delirious that we just laughed hysterically at how awful our night was!
Saturday was a MUCH better day! We discovered that the outside of our cabin-like rooms was gorgeous! We stayed more towards the mountain so it was beautiful out! And perfect for Mia to roam and visit with our family! The best part was that my parents were staying as well so they took Mia while Eric and I tried to catch up on some sleep (because Mia was up at 6am... such a sweet little wake up call, ha!) Anyway, we went bowling (Mia's first time!) with family, explored the mountain with Mia (the trees are endless and it's gorgeous) and attended my cousin's wedding that evening up the mountain. It really was a perfect day with family!
Sunday was another adventurous day and I can't wait to blog about it! But the bummer is that Mia got sick again :( We took a detour on our drive home which had as traveling all day and around dinner time Mia started crying, was miserable and uncomfortable, and wouldn't eat a thing. We finally got home around 9pm (ugh!) and Mia was in a much better mood! I woke up to her coughing sometime after midnight so I went in and checked on her... and there was not the most pleasant surprise waiting for me. Poor baby!! Short road trips don't seem to bother her but if we have to deal with this on any road trips longer than 4 hours, I'm going to be soooo sad! I'm hoping we can find ways to avoid her getting sick, even if it's driving through the night so that she can sleep through it all? Ugh! But like I said, we still enjoyed an amazing weekend even with our not so pleasant experiences ;) Flagstaff is gorgeous and I'm so happy we got to visit!

Monday, July 21, 2014

happy 19 months to my love bug

Yesterday our sweet daughter turned 19 months... which is blowing my mind! How is she on the downhill to turning 2 years old?! Time is flying! This post is going up late because I'm a slacker and didn't type this up ahead of time, and I've been busy being a momma (the not so glamorous side of having kids) who's cleaning up puke and snuggling her poor baby! We are pretty sure that Mia has inherited my poor stomach and gets car sick (insert the ugly cry) which I'm heart broken about! We love to road trip so I'm hoping for some tips on how to travel with littles that get car sick (read more below)!
I shared this on Instagram but had to share here as well! Mia is all dressed up for a wedding... and wearing the exact jellies that I wore when I was her size!!
- Mia went to nursery for the first time a couple weeks ago and she did great! Kids don't go to nursery at our church until 18 months, so I'd been counting down the months for this one so that I could enjoy a couple hours of actually getting something out of the lessons ;)
- I forgot to mention a couple months ago that she can put on her own shoes! It's so fun to tell her to get her shoes and watch which ones she grabs and if they end up on the right feet!
- Her vocabulary is increasing so much these days! She's totally into mimicking us and it's so fun! She's like a little sponge, totally interested in soaking up all the sounds her little mouth can make.
- Mia now says "wee!", "um" (which is so funny, she will say "Um, lkajs kwlje osis, um!" It's been kind of horrifying to realize how often I say "um" :)), "nana" (banana), "bir" (bird) "mama" or "baba" depending on her mood (for the longest time I thought she wouldn't say mama until I finally made the connection that she called me "baba", ha!). She also counts "two, eeeeee!" (three) She skips one but will often walk around the house saying "twooooo" to get me to start counting and she will count with me!
- She has pretty much mastered drinking water from a cup! I still won't give her milk in anything but her sippy because I don't want to deal with the mess if she does spill it all over :) But she's getting so good with the cup and she's so proud of herself each time she drinks from one!
- Mia now points to her teeth (and says "eeeee") and "shows" us her muscles! 
- Little girlfriend is turning into quite the dancer! Her little body sure can bust a move and it's the CUTEST thing :)
- Mia is still a pretty dang good eater, and I'm counting my blessings! Her all time favorites are: eggs, cutie oranges, yogurt, string cheese, and grapes. I'm sure there are more but that's all I remembered to write down.
- She is obsessed with books, coloring and puzzles! 
- We have been having so much fun this summer just being outdoors! This girl loves to be outside, it's definitely her favorite ever!
- I'm so, so, so sad to say that we experienced too much vomit on our road trip this past weekend. The drive down she threw up in the car, the drive back she waited until we were home but I could tell she wasn't feeling well towards the end of our drive. We are on the go all the time and I really don't want to stop, but I don't want to make Mia feel sick (or deal with cleaning up puke while traveling, totally selfish, I know!) Are there ways to ease the motion sickness? Would it be better to travel early morning or maybe at night when she can sleep through it all? Ugh, this is seriously such a bummer for us! All tips would be appreciated!
- Mia is wearing all sizes of clothing. 6-9 month, 12 month and 18 month, with some random other sizes in between :) At least we are getting our money's worth out of each size! She's moved up to size 4 shoes.
- She still wears size 3 diapers.

Friday, July 18, 2014

it's a good mail day when...

...there is a package from Red Envelope waiting at the door!
I was so excited when Red Envelope reached out and offered to send this precious keepsake box! I had seriously been stressing over coming up with an idea on how to store all of Mia's little firsts, or precious objects from her first days of life, etc because until this point, it's all been in a ziploc bag. Yeah... creativity is not one of my strong suites :) This box is about to become one of our greatest treasures full of sweet, happy memories! It really isn't fair how quickly Mia has grown, but at least we will have little tokens stored to remind us of each stage of her life!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

sweet, sweet summertime

Bahaha. I love this picture :)
Last summer was probably the happiest summer of my life! I got to spend my days with little Mia and watch her grow. I was convinced that no summer would ever be able to beat that one.... but of course I was wrong! This summer has been just as fun and amazing! The amazing thing about baby's, toddlers, kids is that it doesn't take much to make them happy (I love that fact about Mia, she is constantly bringing me back to what truly matters and simple happiness)!
So how are we having fun this summer? We are spending as much time outside as possible! Some of Mia's favorite things that keep us busy are:
  • Hiking (I've changed my hiking routes from ones where I have to pack her, to ones that she can do herself! She loves to explore so I do my best to accommodate!)
  • Pool time. We bought a baby pool that has been the best investment ($10) ever!
  • Park time. I must admit that the park isn't my very favorite because Mia still can't do it all, but she sure does try! So it sometimes turns into a fight as she tries to follow the bigger kids to the very tallest of climbing and slides. It will be nice when I don't have to worry about her running and climbing all over everything. But when she is content playing on the baby sections and going down the slide a hundred times, it is so fun to watch the joy on her face :)
  • Play dates. Although Mia is still very much in the independent playing stage, she still loves to be surrounded by our friends! So play dates are good for our souls :)
  • Simply going outside. Some days we walk out the front door, I sit on the steps and watch Mia run around and pick up rocks, say hi to the neighbors, etc. I can't even explain Mia's excitement when I tell her we are going outside (versus out back)! Even though she doesn't do much... it truly is the little things that make her world go 'round :)
  • Blowing bubbles. Playing with balls. Eating homemade popsicles or smoothies. 
We don't own a home yet so I daydream about the days that I can watch or run through the sprinklers with Mia (some of my favorite childhood memories involve the sprinklers)! We also hope to have a garden and it will be fun to pick fruit or peas and eat them as we play outside! I can't believe I haven't added this to our list of out door fun.... Mia loves to color so I need to pull out the chalk! Maybe we will do that today :)
Our summer activities are simple and that is okay with me and my daughter. Our life is so happy and I'm so grateful I have my little bestie to enjoy the little things with!        
July 17:  Favorite summer toddler activities
July 24:  Helping Your Toddler to Communicate (Words, emotions, etc.)
July 31:  Dealing with Separation Anxiety
Aug 7:    Car Trip Necessities
Aug 14:  Deciding when the time is right for baby #2 (and/or how to handle these questions)
Aug 21:  Tricks for eating out with your toddler
Aug 28:  Feeling confident as a mom (How to feel this way, Your struggle with, etc.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

currently

Loving: our family video! I don't think I can express how much I love it if I tried... I'm just plain obsessed. I'm not positive, but I doubt the obsession will be waring off anytime soon, ha! If you have been wondering if it's worth the money... it totally is! We had such a positive experience filming, we just played with Mia and didn't have to stop and pose once. We all had the best time! Ah! I just can't say enough good things about it!

Reading/watching: I've got nothin' new in this department this month. I finished City of Heavenly Fire (loved it!) and I'm debating whether to start the other series by the same author. Has anyone else read them?
I'm not watching anything new, including the Bachelorette, which is just a shame (ha ha!) I need to hurry up and catch up on Hulu! Has it been a good season?

Trying to: get into a summer routine that includes blogging! I have been slacking on my blog stalking and I miss knowing what's going on in every one's lives (nosy creeper alert)! I'm having the hardest time balancing a clean home, healthy home-cooked meals, blogging, playing with Mia and offering her everything she needs, being a good wife, traveling and spending as much time possible outside! Unfortunately I haven't been able to get around to commenting on blogs as much as I used to and I miss the interaction! Has summer been as crazy, busy for everyone else?

Wishing: that these summer storms never had to leave! Monsoon season is my favorite! I'm also wishing we had a few more thunder and lightening shows! It's been such a dry year that I'm sure it's a good thing we haven't had very much lightning to light our state on fire, but I love me a good thunder storm!

Excited for: our vacation! Now that I've spent a night away from Mia I'm confident that I'll love my time away with Eric (instead of crying hysterically over missing my baby... Yes, I was totally worried about this, ha)! Any last minute tips, must see/must do's in Boston?!