Friday, April 24, 2015

it's true what they say...

Dress c/o Lularoe Laura Bracelets c/o Poppy Lane and Co

Have you heard of Lularoe clothing? I've seen a lot of posts on Facebook about Lularoe, not to mention the fact that their leggings are everywhere. I was starting to think that people lived in those, and only those, and I didn't understand why. Then I saw posts of darling little girls wearing these twirly dresses and mom's were saying their kids literally wouldn't wear anything else... again, I didn't understand why. Well, now I know! 
I received a pair of black leggings (I gotta start small, the prints totally intimidate me even though they are SO CUTE!) and my pregnant body is loving how soft these leggings are! But since I'm not as cute as Mia, not even close, I'm only sharing pictures of her in this twirly dress (officially named Dot Dot Smile's Lucy dress.) It's true what they say guys, these dresses are the softest ever and Mia LOVES it! I'm actually afraid she won't wear anything else but this from now on... looks like I'll be stocking up on a few more dresses! The second I put this "pwetty dwess!" on Mia, she started giggling and swaying side to side (like she enjoyed feeling the movement of the dress) then she started twirling all on her own. I can't make this stuff up! It was adorable and made my girly momma heart burst! Mia feels so pretty in this dress and isn't afraid to show it off!
Now that I know what all the fuss is about, you'll hardly see us wearing anything besides these soft little numbers ;) My girl, Laura, will help you with any questions (etc) if you're ready to check out Lularoe- you can find her (and all of her inventory) on Facebook or Instagram! I guarantee you will love it!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

sharing the news about baby #2

Gosh, I keep dragging this out, don't I? I'm sorry to leave you guys hangin' as I slowly share the details about baby #2... but between life being crazy busy right now (plus a trip to Utah last week) and no bump (it's all bloating!) I keep dragging the details out as long as possible :) I will probably start my weekly bump posts next week even though it feels like I'll never have a bump (and when I do have a bump, it will feel like I'll never be rid of it, HA!), just to document everything from here on out!

 My two sickies... oh how I wish I could have a redo with this announcement and wait until they were feeling better, ha ha!
So, as I mentioned before, I found out I was pregnant just days after moving to Arizona. I wanted to share the news in a special way with Eric, the way I did with Mia's pregnancy, but he was working SO much so I knew I would have to wait! I decided Valentine's would be the perfect day to do it! I searched online to find the perfect "big sister" shirt but actually had the hardest time finding one. The few that I did find just weren't that cute... so I went with a darling "best sis ever" shirt that I knew I'd have Mia wear over and over again! It was set to arrive the week of Valentine's Day which made the waiting to tell Eric a little easier... because I couldn't share the news without Mia taking part in it after all ;)
The Sunday before Valentine's Day was spent at the urgent care with a very sick Eric and Mia. They both got meds for their sore throats and other symptoms. Eric isn't one to milk it when he's sick, so I know it's really bad when he's pretty much useless and sleeps the whole time. But of course the neighbors showed up that evening with a package that had been mistakenly placed in their mail box... and it was Mia's sister shirt! Since I had it in my hands and Eric was home I decided I just couldn't wait until the next weekend to share the news! While Eric was dishing some ice cream (he was positive that would help his throat, and Mia's, feel better... HA!) I quickly changed Mia's shirt. Of course Eric didn't notice the shirt because he was so out of it, and Mia was way too into her ice cream to listen to me when asking her to "show daddy your shirt!" I finally told Eric to read her shirt and he just stared at it.... that was it! NO reaction! Yeah, totally anti climatic. Thanks for that, babe. Just kidding, I should have known better than to spring the news on him when he was sicker than sick, ha ha! Later that night, and each day after, Eric showed more and more excitement about the news! I blame his no good, very bad (or just plain NO) initial reaction on being super sick... and I suppose I jumped the gun and should have just stuck to my fun Valentine announcement plan, ha ha!

Mia basically told our families all on her own... who knew that my little two year old couldn't keep a secret?! I certainly didn't realize I had to worry about that :) Here are the short stories:

Eric and I decided that the best time to tell our families about baby #2 was when Mia and I went back to Utah the end of February. We were super bummed we couldn't share the news together, but at least Mia and I could do it in person. While at the cabin with my family, I changed Mia into her "best sis ever" shirt and waited to see which of my family members would notice it first. No one noticed, of course ;) But during dinner Mia suddenly started lifting up her shirt, patting her belly and kept saying, "baby!" I remember hearing my sister in law, Alycia, saying, "what the heck?!" before I prompted Mia to show them where mommy's baby is! She just kept patting her belly and saying, "baby" before I pulled her shirt down so that my family could read what it said, ha ha. They were pretty shocked as we had already spent a couple days together and I never said anything before, plus my mom really couldn't believe I was telling them without Eric there... one sad part about living all the way in Arizona!

A couple days later Mia and I traveled to my in laws to spend a couple days with them. That night we face-timed with Eric and the whole family. I had Mia come out in her "best sis ever" shirt and my mother in law immediately noticed the shirt. Much to my surprise she said, "I knew it! Mia already told me!" Umm, WHAT?! Earlier that day during lunch, she was holding Mia while I was dishing food on our plates. Mia kept saying, "mommy, baby! mommy, baby!" LaNita asked her, "are you mommy's baby?" Our little loud mouth said, "no! Mommy, baby!" and that's when my intuitive mother in law made the connection... but it's only fitting that Mia spilled the beans to everyone because of how in tune she has been with this pregnancy since I first learned about it!

I just need to remember to watch what I say around Mia from now on ;) Especially if it's meant to be kept a secret, ha ha!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

birthday weekend

Saturday was Eric's birthday, last birthday in his twenties!! So of course we celebrated big by doing a whole lotta.... nothing! Eric's request, of course. It's funny how opposite we are. I would die of happiness if Eric planned a surprise party, actually, it wouldn't even have to be a surprise! Any party would make me so happy, or if Eric whisked me away for a quick little trip, etc. Eric feels the same way about having zero plans on his birthday, the icing on top would be if I didn't make him take a single picture, but we all know I failed with that birthday wish ;)
It really was a perfect day of sweet family time! When Mia woke up, we brought her in to our bed and all watched Despicable Me 2 together... we didn't roll out of bed until 9! We got our work outs in then Eric played "tea party" with Mia and indulged in all her other play time requests :) He's such a good daddy! During Mia's nap I ran a few errands and left Eric home to sit around and do nothing (of course he worked on little projects around the house, but at least none of those projects came from my to-do list! I tried my best to make sure he didn't have to do anything that day!) When Mia woke up we went to Oregano's for the first time because we've heard how popular it is here in the valley!  Probably my favorite request of the day was when Eric asked me not to bake a cake. He's really been hitting the gym hard and is holding back on the treats, so he didn't want a cake sitting around all week to tempt him (especially because I don't like his cake of choice). I can't even tell you how much I dislike baking, especially when I get nothing out of it in the end! Does it make me a bad wife to be so happy about not having to bake him a cake? Probably. But I'll own it, especially because I will totally make his cake (frosting is even from scratch!) anytime he asks for it, ha ha. Instead of birthday cake, we tried little bundlet cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes, our first time, and they did not disappoint! After putting Mia to bed we cuddled up in our bed with the little bundlet, a movie and called it a night! Most relaxing birthday ever, for the both of us :) Happy 29th, babe!

Monday, April 20, 2015


Is it just me, or does each month fly by faster than the last? I can't believe Mia's another month older! We made a quick visit to Utah last week and family/friends kept commenting on how much Mia's vocabulary has grown, how she's even smarter, etc since our move to Arizona just 2 1/2 months ago! I know I'm biased, but of course I think she's the smartest little girl there ever was! But it was so nice to hear those comments as they made me think that I'm doing something right and contributing to Mia's learning! Mia is such a curious little girl and can't get enough of learning! I love watching her little brain soak it all in!
This is Mia's "ta da!" pose... totally though it was appropriate to share on today's post :)
- I've really started to notice how much Mia remembers, and the fact that she can communicate her memories with me! She will tell me about "swimmin" from a few days ago- she'll mention who we were with and what we did while swimming. For some reason it just totally blows my mind that she remembers this stuff and TELLS me about it!
- Mia figured out how to escape out our front door. Exactly one month ago I heard Mia get super excited that the garbage truck was in front of our house. Suddenly it sounded like the garbage truck was actually IN our home... I peek around the corner to find that Mia unlocked the dead bolt and was standing outside. Que my freak out! I told Mia that was an absolute "no no" and we DON'T open the door... she innocently replied that she was just looking at the garbage truck, ha ha. She opened the door one more time before she took me seriously. If only we weren't renting... we would add a dead bolt up high! 
- She pooped in the potty for the first time. It was totally by accident but now I know why mom's talk about that crap... it's SO exciting, ha ha. She's only done it one other time but I haven't really pushed potty training. We are about to get serious about it though, so wish me luck!
- Mia got stung by a bee for the first time. This seriously broke my heart and reminded me why I hate bee's so much. Mia was a little dramatic about it, but I would expect nothing less from her. She is my daughter, after all :)  
- Mia can count to 10! Although most of the time it goes like this: 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10! She loves to count and talk about numbers all day long. When I change her diaper she tells me, " ONE diaper!" etc. It's so cute to hear how excited and proud she is of herself now that she knows numbers!
- She said "Eric" for the first time... although she still hasn't made the connection that that's daddy's first name. Not sure how I feel about that since she's been calling me by my first name for months now, ha ha! I pointed out Prince Eric when we were at Disney on Ice and she repeated, "Ewic?!" That's the first, and only day that I've heard her say his name :)
- I'm mostly dressing Mia in 2T clothing, aside from her 9, 12 and 18 month dresses that she wears as shirts or dresses :) She wears a couple shoes that are size 5, but we've mostly moved to size 6 now.
- She still wears size 5 diapers- I'm curious to see how motivated I get with potty training, or how well Mia catches on, we'll see if she's still wearing diapers next month!

The most exciting news we've shared in the last month is that Mia's going to be a big sister, yay! I know there will be challenges with the huge change that is coming our way, but I have no doubt that Mia will handle it like a champ and love her role as a big sis!   

Friday, April 17, 2015

my main squeeze

It's Eric's birthday tomorrow... last birthday in his 20's.... and we can't wait to spend the whole day with him tomorrow (doing a whole lotta nothing. His choice, of course! Whatever makes the birthday boy happy!) Eric gets very little recognition on the blog these days (just how he likes it, I'm sure) but then again, if your name isn't Mia, you're not really getting recognition on this here blog ;) But I thought it would be appropriate to share 5 things (because I'm a trend follower) I love about my main squeeze, in honor of his birthday of course!

1- He loves Mia and I more than we could ever imagine or appreciate. He doesn't hesitate to put our needs before his. He's never too "manly" to kiss Mia's owies or give her the love and comfort she needs, to teach Mia how to have pretend tea parties with her princess tea set, to enjoy a chick flick with me or play with my hair because he knows it's my favorite. We are the luckiest! 
2- He is the hardest worker and good at everything he does! 
3- His sense of humor is kind of the best and worst. Eric can be straight up hilarious, or very sublte with his humor, and sometimes embarrassingly (for me, he loves it!) awkward. I never know what to expect from him and it keeps things fun! We find out who can handle our friendship real quickly with Eric around, testing the humor limits (or sometimes he just leaves them completely clueless as to whether he's joking or not, ha)
4- He is a dreamer. Granted, we have very different dreams in life but we find a way to intertwine them and make them goals that we someday hope to reach together. He is always reminding me (by his example towards me) to be more supportive of his dreams!.
5- He is incredibly smart (but downplays it way too often)!

Happy Birthday, babe (a pet name both Mia and I love to use, ha ha!) You make your girls so happy and we are the luckiest to call you ours forever!