Friday, December 19, 2014

happy 24 months to my love bug

I am totally posting this a day early... can you believe Mia will be 2 TOMORROW?! Fastest two years of our life! Also the happiest, silliest, craziest and love-filled two years of our life... all thanks to Mia!
- I say this every month but Mia's vocabulary has totally exploded! A week ago she started spitting out sentences. Whaaaat?! We were walking up to a restaurant when I sang a silly made up song, then Eric repeated the song. Mia started laughing and said, "I like dat song!" About an hour later we took her to see some bunnies and she was ecstatic! She kept squealing over the "bunnnnies!" As we were leaving Mia looked at us with a huge smile on her face and said "I love bunnies!"
She also says, "I need help", "I want one", "Let's do it again", "I want to pway" (play), "Where did it go?"
- She mimics almost every word that comes out of our mouths, but here are the ones she has learned that I remembered to write down: "rock", "dirdy" (dirty), "catch", "doll", "chicken", "watch", "'gurt" (yogurt), "church", "Missy Mouse" (Mickey Mouse), "moccs", "smew" (smell), "Danta!" (Santa), "boots", "ho ho ho", "candy cane", "pncake" (pancake), "roll", "all better!", "socks", "babies Jes-us" (baby Jesus), "Memmy Chs" (Merry Christmas), "star".
- Mia perfect the somersault all by herself on November 20th (so the day she turned 23 months)!
- She loves to make animal noises! Her favorites are the horse, dog, cat, cow and owl. She thinks it's especially hilarious if Eric and I make the noises with her.
- One super exciting milestone was when she peed on the potty for the first time on November 29th! She did it twice that day! She usually pees each night before the tub now, but that's about it. We're okay with it though... we just got rid of her binky a month ago so we aren't in a hurry to push her into another major change. Yet ;)
- I think we've seen the last of her hour naps. For the past couple weeks or so, Mia has been waking up at the 2 hour nap. Oh how I miss that last hour of "me" time ;) ha ha!
- Mia can open our pantry door. It's the only door in the house she can open, and probably the one door I wish she couldn't open, ha ha! She loves to play in the pantry but she's really awesome at putting everything back and not getting into anything she's not supposed to!
- One day I told Mia, "let's get dressed!" so she ran into her room and came back with a dress. HA! I thought that was adorable!
- Mia and I were sitting on the couch one night when I had to scold her about something. She gave me some major attitude as she chewed me out in gibberish then she said, "Be nice! Okay?! Be nice!!" with the head shake attitude and all, HA! And so it begins.... (Also, I'm dying over the fact that she was probably copying exactly how I talk to her, ah!)
- She still wears size 12 month-24 month clothing and fits in size 5 shoes.
- I found a pack of size 4 diapers we never used so she wears 4 and 5 size diapers :)

Mia girl, you are SO much fun! We love watching your personality grow each day! Just when we think you've reached the max on the fun scale, you shock us the next day with all the fun and silliness you bring to our family! I wish you weren't growing so fast but Eric and I will tell you this for the rest of your life... "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be!" We can't wait to celebrate your birthday tomorrow, love bug!        

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December happenings

December has been such a good month full of so much fun! I figured I would just do a little update on our happenings with a post full of mismatched sized photos (with crappy quality, yikes! Time for a new phone cause my camera gets fuzzier by the day!) :)

The very beginning of December we went to our Church Christmas party where Mia met Santa (for the first time in 2014).... she didn't love him. HA!

My salon had a Christmas party last week and it was soooo fun! It was my first girl's night in forever and I loved spending time with my girls! We went out for hibachi and our chef was convinced I'm still in high school... maybe I need to get out more to learn how to act my age?! ;)

Did I mention that I got two girl's nights in a row?! I was so spoiled last week (because then I got a date night with Eric on the 3rd night!) I went to the funnest little "fiesta" in a local (and adorable) shop where I met the sweetest new friends! There are never any events in my sleepy town so I couldn't resist my sequin pants for a night on the town, ha ha!

Eric and I have been packing in as much Christmas fun as possible with Mia! I love viewing this season through her eyes... pure magic!

I warned ya! Crappy photos of mismatched sizes ;) But I've been having so much fun, I had to share!
P.S. Don't forget about the giveaways on my Instagram each night this week... so much cute stuff!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

new year - new YOU {Sephora giveaway}

I don't know about you, but I'm still in denial that 2014 is coming to an end. Time is not slowin' down the older I get (not that I'm aging or anything... HA!) but what better way to ring in the new year with a pretty sweet gift card to Sephora?! You can enter 2015 with a bang by changing the normal routine up with a new look.... OR if you're like me and rarely change a thing about your appearance, you can ring in 2015 with a good supply of your normal make up ;) I teamed up with some amazing ladies to bring you this sweet gift so be sure to check them out and soak up the rest of 2014... it will be over before we know it! Good luck, my friends! xoxo

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

picture perfect {pt1}

We got family/Mia's 2 year pictures done and you guys, I'm in love! I was kind of terrified for how pictures would go considering Mia is a very stubborn, opinionated monster... but the cutest monster at that ;)... and she was an angel! Eric and Mia both cooperated so well and the pictures? Well, I'll just let them speak for themselves!
Dancing queen :)
Gotta love the awkward family hug... silly Mia! ha ha!

Home. We had these pictures taken in my hometown. The town where Eric and I met, dated then married in! The town that holds some of my fondest memories with my little family. But in the end... home is where the heart is. And that is with my two favorite people- Eric & Mia! I'm so glad we had our pictures taken here, but thank heavens I feel at home wherever we are in the world as long as I'm with them!
P.S. Be sure to check my Instagram (starting last night) for a fun giveaway each night to celebrate Mia's birthday week!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

weekend miracles

Gosh, this weekend was a good one! I can't even describe the love and appreciation I have for Eric and Mia... we try so hard to make the best of our time together and it totally paid off this weekend! I am feeling so rejuvenated and my heart is SO full! Here's some of our highlights:
Not the best picture of us and you can't really see my stinkin' cute outfit (if I say so myself) but I even pulled out the heels for this rare date night :)
  • Friday night was kind of a Christmas miracle... we got a babysitter (and her hubs, ha!) to watch Mia while Eric and I went out to dinner AND a movie! Say whaaaaa?! We haven't done that since Mia was born! Eric and I stuffed our faces with pizza then we finally watched Mocking Jay. We had such a good time and it was the best feeling coming home to a sleeping Mia!
  • Saturday morning was a busy one while we got our workouts in (piyo was a killer... it doesn't help that I haven't been in over a month) then Mia and I went to a birthday party. It was a fun, busy morning for Mia!
  • Mia caught a short nap in the car while we drove south to go shopping! It was kind of a mad house everywhere we went but I had so much fun! Eric and Mia really are the best to shop with (Eric often out shops me!) and I got so much crossed off my Christmas to-do list! What a relief!
  • We met up with my younger brother and went to see the Christmas lights at the Temple and listen to the nativity! It was a beautiful night but unfortunately I don't know how to work my camera to get a really good picture of the lights... someone sign me up for a class or photography tutor, ha!


  • After church on Sunday my parents stopped by for a visit. Even though Mia got out of taking a nap the whole day, we had fun together!
  • Sunday night we went to our church building where they had a beautiful display of nativities from around the world... I was so excited to show Mia the different baby Jesus' until we saw the line to get in. With it being so close to Mia's bed time (and Eric's, ha!) I knew there was no way that she would make it through the line, especially since she skipped a nap. I'm sad we didn't get to see it, but when we got home Eric popped some popcorn and we watched a few minutes of a Christmas movie together and the night ended up being great!
I am feeling so spoiled to have enjoyed the best date night with my man, and then turn around and have the BEST family day with my people! Miracles, I tell ya! The sweetest miracles I could as for :)