Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Nashville, TN | No kids allowed!

So, about that whole no kids allowed thing... sounds harsh, I know... but a mamas-only trip is what we both wanted and needed and so we made it happen! You heard that right, my friends. The wife and I took a real-life vacation, sans our kiddos and it was everything we dreamed it could be! The last Georgia and I took a trip (just the two of us) was 3 years ago when G was 12 weeks pregnant with Will. This trip was our first ever leaving baby boy and his big sis behind and while we were a bit nervous about that aspect of things, we weren't too nervous to not go, lol! The way we see it, we live for these kids of ours. Our weekends are consumed with their activities and our mornings begin much earlier than they used to because our babies are early risers. Every extra bit of energy we have, we give to them - so, even if it's schedule and only happens every couple of years, we wanted to give some of that energy to each other!

Our kid-free vacation kinda fell into our laps and we totally ran with it! A few months ago, Georgia found out that she would be going to Nashville for a conference for an entire week, during my birthday month (which is October, aka the best month of the year)! In her previous position, she traveled quite a bit, so when she told me she'd be leaving me with 2 kids for a week, I was like meh, alright. She then proceeded to tell me that she wanted me to join her at the end of the week and really wanted to make a getaway of it - just the two of us. At the mere mention of this, my ears perked up and I was like F-YES! This is when the planning began. Fast-forward 4 months + a week of me totally killing it as a single mom and I was headed to the airport, Nashville bound! This was the first time I ever flew alone in my entire life, so I had some butterflies as I headed to the airport, but thanks to G everything went as planned. Georgia is the type that loves to plan the travel details for all of our adventures, so she made sure my flight was booked and she checked me in. She programmed the directions to the airport in my phone (even though I obviously know how to get to the airport) and made arrangements for my parking. I basically just needed to get my ass there on time and everything else was good to go. My sweet wife even called while I changed planes to make sure I was doing okay and to keep me company during my layover. Georgia has made me so codependant over these past 12 years and that's just fine with me! She leads in certain aspects of our relationship, while I lead in others and it just works for us.

Our first night in Nashville began at 11pm because that's when my flight arrived. We only had 3 days (4 nights) to spend in our new city and didn't want to waste a moment, so I flew out knowing we were going to hit the town as soon as I arrived and I was ready! G rented a 2018 Jeep Wrangler and I had forgotten until I saw her rolling up at the airport to pick me up. I was just so excited! Because she had already been in TN for a week and had frequented all the "best places", she knew exactly where she wanted to take me and we were off to the hotel to change and have a cocktail (as my amazing wife had already stocked our mini bar)! The night life was electric in Downtown Nashville and we totally felt like of couple of giddy 20-somethings, checking everything out! Every bar/club we visited had a rooftop dance floor or lounge with amazing views of the city. I was surprised by the mix of people and music we encountered, as I was expecting mostly country, only to find that there was a great mix of everything. We ended night #1 at 4:00am, proving to ourselves that we're still young and we still got it! #rockstars

For our first full day in Nashville, we headed to the legendary Gaylord Opryland Resort, which is gigantic and gorgeous! Everyone who we told we were going to Nashville insisted that we visit this amazing place and the rumors were so very true, because it was beautiful. We ended up spending the entire day there because it's just that big. We enjoyed cocktails at the Falls Bar & Lounge overlooking twin waterfalls, located in the Cascades Atrium, while live music filled the area. It was just so relaxing that we sat there taking it all in for nearly 2 hours. We went shopping at all the boutiques located throughout the resort and mostly purchased cute little things for Gracie and Will, like always. We ended the day with a fancy dinner at Paisano's, which is a floating restaurant located on the resort's Delta Island. It's surrounded by water, twinkling lights and more live music. I can't remember the last time that G and I had a nice dinner together where we weren't cutting kid's food, or running Gracie to the bathroom, or rushing because we needed to get back to our babies. We took our time and enjoyed 3 courses, some drinks and each other. It actually makes me sad just writing this because I want to go back, like right now! We had intended to visit Nashville's Gay hot spot called Tribe that night, but after more shopping and sightseeing, we headed back to the hotel to lay down for a bit (and I'll let you fill in the rest) Ha! I'm telling ya'll, there was Georgia before Nashville and now there's Georgia after Nashville who I lovingly refer to as "Nashville Georgia"... and she's still on fire. ;) Needless to say, I was happy to stay in for the night!

About 6 years ago, I joined Instagram (IG: DosMamas) and right around the time I joined, I started following a couple from Nashville who were expecting their first baby. There are lots of 2 moms families that I follow on IG, but from the beginning, C and M reminded me so much of G and I and we just clicked. In the years that followed, C and I often chatted and supported each other through TTC our 2nd babies, the joys of parenthood, becoming mamas of 2 little ones and I've just loved watching their family grow. When I mentioned that we would be visiting Nashville C was like, gurl we are meeting up and so we did! 5+ year after meeting on social media, we got to meet in real life and it was just the best! I often say that the connections you make on social media, especially with other LGBTQ families can be 100% real and meaningful! We met for lunch and had a great time. Now if I could only talk C and M into coming to NM for the Balloon Fiesta next year! I'm working on it!

For our last 2 days in TN, we did a little bit of everything! My goal as I planned our outings for the trip, was to get us out doing all the most touristy, must-do Nashville things and that's how we wrapped up our trip. The Wax Museum, Madame Tussauds was a must see!

When we found out that it was Oktoberfest in Nashville the same weekend we were visiting, that was another thing that we knew we had to experience! After visiting this awesome crystal store and before heading to Oktoberfest, G really wanted to take me to this Chicago pub and while we were there I tried my first ever whisky flight! As most of you probably know, whisky originated in TN and many of the most well known whiskies are still made there. I ordered a flight of Nashville whiskies and while this is not something that's recommended when planning to head to Oktoberfest, I figured... while the kids are away, anything goes! We noshed on delish food and people watched before heading to the festival. 

One of the things that I LOVED the most about walking the streets of Nashville was all the art. There's street art all over and the wall paintings made for some pretty sweet backdrops, which my picture-taking self adored! This one was my favorite. Xoxo!

By the time we headed out to Oktoberfest it was sprinkling out, but we didn't care. The weather was warm, even a bit humid and as we arrived, it didn't seem that anyone else cared that it was raining either, because there were lots of people out. I was able to find us the cutest Christmas ornament, a tradition of ours anytime we travel and we had so much fun, even though my hair freaked the f-out. I swear, if there's even 1% of humidity or moisture in the air, my hair doubles in size. I felt like putting a bag on my head, but the wife said I looked beautiful and so I just went with it. 

How cute is this human beer - and she's all mine! I mean, really!

Dear Nashville, you were everything we needed. You gave us a break that's been way overdue and you made it so easy for us to connect, on so many levels (hallelujah)! You have some of the most delicious food; such nice people and the beverages did not disappoint! Because of you, G and I decided that we simply cannot wait another 3 years before getting away, just the two of us again. Next November is our 10-year wedding anniversary and we're thinking it may be time for us to take that Olivia Cruise that we've been talking about for years! I think that more than anything though, this trip showed us that whether it's a big extended trip, a work trip turned vacay, or a long weekend in a neighboring city, connection is so important. Making time for one another is so important. Making out and holding hands is so important and just taking a break from momming is SO IMPORTANT to a relationship. 

Georgia, I love you and I'm thankful that after all these years, we still have so much fun together. We still got it, babe!

46/52: SIX Months Later...

This week marks 6 MONTHS since Georgia and I embarked on living a healthier life. We've maintained our 5 day/week workouts. We've remained committed to not only eating healthier, but to cooking dinner at home during the week, so that we know exactly what we're consuming. We've also stayed focused on lifting and building those muscles that we knew (and now see) are there! I never thought we'd make it this far, if I'm just being honest. Having said that, now that we're here - I know we've got this! 

45/52: Year Nine

This month Georgia and I celebrated 9 years of marriage! 
What I am most thankful for, as we make our way to year 10, is that while I love my wife, I also genuinely like her - more than anyone else. 
Staying "in like" and not just in love is so important in a marriage. It matters to me and it's something that we work hard on. 
Being together 12 years and married for nearly a decade isn't always easy, but there is no one I'd rather sleep next to every night and wake up to in the morning. 
Happy anniversary, my beautiful wife. As high as the sky and as deep as the sea ~
Xo, K

Friday, November 9, 2018

18 Months | Baby Bro Update!

You, my sweet boy, are officially closer to being TWO than you are to being one. 
How is that even possible?! 

I've been meaning to post an update on all things William, since you just recently celebrated another half-birthday. So, rather than waiting until I can upload the 100's of pictures I've taken of you since your birthday in April - I'll simply post these adorable photos I captured of you on Tuesday, as we rushed out the door to drop Sissy off at school.

You LOVE // to watch "Sissy" all-day, everyday! Your favorite things right now are dinosaurs + cars, stuffed buddies, brushing your teeth (like 5x a day), eating avocado, wrestling with sister, playing with Papa, taking baths and anything having to do with Mickey Mouse! You adore playing with balls and are quite good at throwing. You can even make baskets with your basketball and little hoop!

Growing, Growing // You are still pretty tall, my skinny boy! You're 2 inches taller than your sister was at your age. You're in the 79th percentile for height, but in just the 25th for weight. This means that it is very difficult for your moms to find pants that fit you! Thankfully though, you look super cute in skinny jeans - so that's mostly what you wear these days. All of your teeth (from what we can tell) are in and you worked really hard to pop those BIG teeth out! You have your Mommy's teeth, which are very large, so teething has kicked your butt quite a bit these past 3-4 months. Thankfully, you survived the pain, my strong boy!

You Can // Identify colors and several animals now! You can name cows, birdies, Dinos, puppies and lots of other things like balls, names of toys, your favorite cartoons and basically everything around you. You are talking like crazy, with your raspy voice that we all adore and you're beginning to put words together, making short sentences! Mama was so much better at keeping track of every little thing your sister did at this age, but our lives are soooo much more hectic now that I find myself leaning more towards generalizations about your development... like this -- you're super smart + talking a lot + climbing everything + so very strong-willed and such a little lover! Mama's sorry I don't have dates and videos of all the amazing things you do everyday, but I promise you, as a fellow second born kid, you'll be just fine not knowing the name of every single food you've ever tried and the exact date you ate it, haha!

You know your body parts and can show us your eyes, head, mouth, teeth, nose, hands, pansa and feet. You can say all of these body parts too and hearing you say "teef" may just be my favorite thing! You can also count to 9, thanks to Gaga and Papa. They've been practicing with you quite a bit these past 3 months and you're so close to counting to 10!

You love Mickey Mouse more than anything else and call him Mick Mouse, in your sweet voice. I should also mention that you continue to be an amazing sleeper! You go to bed at 8:30pm and while you cry for a minute or two before grabbing a stuffed buddy and lying down, you sleep though the night until we wake you at 7:30am. You literally never wake at night, which is amazing. You don't cry out for us or try and get out of your crib. Mama's heard so many stories of babies who never sleep through the night, or are terrified of their room, or really dislike their cribs and so we know how lucky we are in the sleeping department.

You say so many words now that I can't even keep track, but these are the words we hear you say in your own adorable baby way that we adore:

Mick Mouse = Mickey Mouse
Teef = Teeth
Teef Rush = Toothbrush
Maf = Mavie
Sissy or Sis = Sister
Hep me = Help Me
Norrrr = No, lol

You Dislike // Mama leaving you in the mornings. You cry almost every morning and it breaks my heart! We know that you absolutely love your grandparents and you're best friends with your Papa - but still, drop-off is tough. You are not a fan being thrown up in the air, swinging or doing anything really that makes you lose your stomach. Even when we drive over a speed bump too fast, we'll here you express discomfort when it happens. You've started to really dislike your highchair too, so that's been tough. You want to sit with us in a stool like a big boy and just can't understand why it's safer to be strapped in a chair... we're working on it! The thing you dislike the most though, is saying goodbye to Sissy when we drop her off at school. Even though you sit rear-facing in your car seat, you can still tell when we turn the corner at Sissy's school and you immediately grab for her and start yelling SISSY, SISSY, SISSSSSYY! You cry real tears and are just absolutely heartbroken at the thought of her getting out of the car. You have the best sister in the world, so she always covers you in kisses and tells you that it's going to be ok, but still you're devastated. It's the sweetest but also saddest thing to watch.

Mama's Favorites // You have the most beautiful hair and you give all of us the best drooly kisses. You love morning cuddles and while you are such a little lover, you're much more stubborn than your sister ever was, at this age! You know what you want, where you want to go and what you want to do, and you have no problems expressing these things. You recently started pinching, so we're working on that, but otherwise you're just a big ball of love! You are such a Mamas boy too and I would by lying if I said I didn't love it! In your eyes, Mama hangs the moon and if you're not running around and getting into things, you're cuddled in my arms, or asking me to pick you up. Mommy had a hard time with this at first, but now it just makes her heart happy to see how much you need me. 

And I need you just as much.

Happy 18 months, Sonnie! I feel like I was just writing about your big sister turning 18 months and yet here we are, 5 years later and just days before you turn 19 months! We can't wait for you to see what we have in store for your 2nd birthday. Yes, we're already planning it! :) Here's a precious little video of some of our favorite moments with you, from these past couple of months!

Happy half-birthday, son. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Our 1st Doggie Dash!

Ok, truth time. I've been really bad about blogging family things of more substance lately and here's why... I've been working on finishing my Summer Bucket List Part II for almost 2 goddamn months now and I've wanted to hold off on posting anything else until I wrapped up summer, for date purposes. Ridiculous, I know, but I'm anal and weird about the order of things and so I've put other posts off. The thing is, life doesn't pause and the longer I wait to catch up, the more behind I get on documenting our life. So here's what I've decided; I'm just going to start posting about things as they come up. I'm also going to work on catching up and share as time permits. This means that my blog will have no real chronological order and you'll likely see Halloween posts before summer posts and Thanksgiving pics before Balloon Fiesta pics, because life is hectic and anything but orderly... my day-to-day is also hectic and I'd rather share the good and bad when possible, rather than not at all. 

So here goes... 

We went to our first ever Doggie Dash this past weekend and it was an absolute blast! My company sponsored the event this year, which is what motivated us to go and we even took our crazy dog, Mavie -- imagine that... taking a dog to a dog walk. ;)

I should explain that Mavis is a total nut job. She's cute sure, but also crazy hyper. The few times we've taken her camping with other dogs, she's gone so cray that we've had to keep her in the camper for fear that her high-pitched bark would make us lose our minds. She's yappy and jumpy and is way too fast to catch when she breaks free, so she's mostly a home/indoor dog and honestly, she has no complaints. Our pound pup lives the good life.

So, you can imagine my shock when not only was she well-behaved at the Doggie Dash, but she was better than most other dogs there! I was just so proud of her! She didn't pull at her leash, or pee on everything. She stopped barking when commanded to quiet down and she was super nice to all the other dogs in our area.

Gracie and Will were in heaven with all the pups at the walk (especially Grace) and just couldn't stop pointing and squealing with excitement at all the different breeds that were there. The walk is the week following Halloween, so all the dogs wear costumes and I just could not believe how creative some of these owners were. Our favorite costumes were the sushi wiener dog, the pumpkin pugs and the little Dia De Los Muertos chihuahuas. They were just so stinkin' cute!

Our gal was able to keep Mavie walking in a relatively straight direction for 3 whole miles and that was just amazing to me. What was also amazing was that, as a family we did a 3-mile walk and it didn't seem to phase any of us. When we finished, G and I talked about how, at the walk we did last year, we had to take 2 breaks and were covered in sweat by the end, while this one felt like a total cake walk. We walked a bit and ran a bit and didn't sweat and didn't feel winded AT ALL. It felt so great to be active and in better shape. We ended the day visiting the Barketplace and playing in the Kids Zone, where they had soccer, giant Jenga and Cornhole. It was such a fun event that we'll definitely be participating in next year (only this time Mavie will be in costume too)!

44/52: Go VOTE, for fuck's sake!

Did you know that 39 out of 50 states in the US have laws requiring employers to allow employees approved time off to vote?! Know your rights and VOTE! If you don't feel the pull to do it for yourself, do it for your kids. They deserve better than this shit. We all do. 

To learn more about the voting rights in your state, click here.

43.52 // Week 23 (-33 lbs)

I know that weight is just a number, but this number represents so much to me. It's the evolving progress of nearly 6 months of hard work. It represents a dedication I've given to my health that I've never given before. It's the result of 54.47 miles of cardio in October alone, and it's a symbol of self-care like nothing I've ever know. I've worked for every single pound and I've loved doing it. 

I'm not done here though - not even close. I'll never be, because this is a life change and the thought of that makes me so damn excited! I can't wait to see what this temple of mine looks like in another 6 months! #fitmom

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

42 | 52 | My Whole World

What is this magic you speak of?! A family photo where we're all looking in the same direction + everyone's eyes are open + none of us has food or anything else spilled on our clothes? Miracles do happen, you guys! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

41 | 52 | SHARK BOY

I'm a few weeks behind on Project 52 and even though this picture was just taken at the end of the summer, I already feel like our shark boy looks so much bigger! He celebrated another 1/2 birthday last week and is talking a ton. He is still 100% a Mama's boy and just adores his sister. How in the world did we ever live without this sweet boy in our lives?

40.52.The life of her.

39/52: Dancing Queen

This adorable dancing queen LOVES visiting her Mommy's office! I can't blame her really because it's absolutely beautiful there. This is her favorite spot, as I'm sure it reminders her of being a Disney princess, coming down the long winding stairs. My girly girl.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

When it rains, it pours.

You know that saying, when it rains - it pours? Well, it was pouring LF in weeks 16-17. I got sick that weekend before and my lingering stomach issues rolled over into week 17, keeping me from going to the gym that weekend previous and that Monday. By Tuesday, I was feeling better but also feeling really down on myself because I had eaten like crap, which I had done because I had felt like crap... and hadn't exercised in 4 days. I eventually pulled myself together enough to make it to the gym, only to be greeted by a sign stating that due to weather damage, my gym had closed down and would be closed until further notice. 


This gym was my home base location. This was my spot. The place I had come, 5 days a week, for 4 months. This was where I had made friends, worked with amazing trainers; learned so much and made more progress towards a healthier me, than I had in 10+ years. This location was right between work and home, which allowed me to get my fitness on right after work and still get home at the same time that Georgia and the kids got home. It was right next to my favorite grocery store, where I would often quickly stop by if I needed something for dinner. Most of all though, it was the same gym where my dad worked out back in the day, before he passed away. I was so upset when I read that stupid sign that I called Georgia crying. 

The news of this was followed by G and I realizing that Gracie had 2 evening school events that week that we had forgotten about, so basically self-care for this mama was a no-go for an entire week. A part of me felt proud of myself for how upset the whole situation made me, because honestly - I haven't cared this much (or at all) about my health and meeting my #fitmom goals in longer than I can remember. Part of me was also incredibly frustrated with how difficult being a working mother of 2 + getting fit can be sometimes. I have to push myself each and every day to pack my gym bag at night, even when I just want to sit on the couch, or go to bed. It requires so much coordination between Georgia and I so that we can both fit our workouts in, while not allowing it to take away from our time with the kids, or each other. It requires meal planning and meal prep. It requires that I often miss unscheduled after work invites, because my time is already so limited with everything we have going on every weekend, that I have to get those 4 evening weekday workouts in or they just don't happen. It also requires that I keep making healthy food choices when grabbing lunch with friends, even when all I want is chips and salsa, knowing that what I eat in private, I'm going to wear in public.

But damn... do I miss my daily chips and salsa. 

This life change we've made really does require so much and it isn't easy, but I'm telling you -- it's soooo worth it! We're coming up on month 5 now and my clothes continue to get bigger and bigger! My double chin is now almost gone, my skin is clearing up, I have so much more energy and we're both just feeling amazing!    

I would say that the only negative I've experienced is that my wife's ass seems to just keep getting smaller and smaller and I AM NOT okay with that! What can I say, I'm an ass girl you guys, lol!

The GOOD news is that in the week since all this shit went down, I've found a new gym location that I never knew existed! It's almost the exact same distance from my home, just in another area of town. It's newer and seems to be located in an even safer neighborhood! It's also located just down the street from my favorite grocery chain, just a different one - which is also newer and nicer. It's crazy how things sometimes just work themselves out. 

Next week Georgia will be in Nashville all week for work, so I will be challenged with being a "single mama" while maintaining my #fitmom life for the first time ever. 

Challenge accepted.

This weeks win: I started the journey because my wedding ring no longer fit. I'm sticking with it because now, it's almost too big! It's all about celebrating the small wins, guys.

38/52: Adulting

Yeah... I'm not even sure how long I was walking around with 3 pairs of glasses on my head. I think I'm all done #adulting for this week...

Monday, September 17, 2018

37/52: These Two

I swear, if it's weren't for Project 52, I'd never upload pictures or post much of anything on here! I do love this weekly photo project though and I think that's why I've participated in it for so many years. It makes my heart happy to have a look back at what we were up to on any given week, in years past. Babies don't keep ya'll, and P52 reminds me of this often. I'm just glad to have all of these little everyday moments chronicled of these two. My babies.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Keto // The Game Changer

It's crazy to think that the picture to the left was taken 8 weeks ago, following the most difficult workout I had endured up to that point, or that Georgia and I are now in week 14 of our, become #fitmoms journey.

This whole thing started because my wedding ring stopped fitting and I physically couldn't play or do the active things I wanted to do with my kiddos, but it has since morphed into so much more than that. This is the longest that G and I have stayed committed to eating healthy and exercising in all the years that we've been together and honestly, it's been amazing. It's been hard work, but so f-ing amazing!

There's a saying I read a few weeks ago that totally hit home for me. It was about the 21/90 rule. The rule states that it takes 21 days for someone to create a habit and 90 days for that habit to become a lifestyle. This could not be more true for us and we can both feel that truth, every single day. 

Never did I think that we could commit to going to the gym 4-5 days a week (usually 5) for this long. Never did I think that I would be able to cut my carb intake successfully 5 days a week, the way that I have these past 3.5 months. Never did I think that I would enjoy eating things like nuts as "snacks" or actually crave yummy salads - but I do. I was the worst and I mean, the absolute worst at drinking water, and now I'm consuming 64-72 ounces of h2o a day. Wine is something I drank every week, sometimes several days a week and that's gone now too. 

Now, please don't get me wrong... I/we still drink, we just make better choices. We still consume complex carbs, we just do it 1-2 days a week instead of 7 and even then, we don't let ourselves fall off the deep end. We still have cheat meals and tough days, but I'm telling you guys - when you're ready to make a change, you'll know and when you know, you'll just do it. 

I am nearly 30 pounds down now in week 14 and I can see my body shrinking in every outfit I put on. And as amazing as this is to me, the thing I'm most proud of is that I've done it with zero diet pills, or magic shakes, or wraps, or surgery, or starvation, but rather slow, steady and committed work. The eye drops that I used to have to put in my eyes sit at home now. Thanks to my massive water consumption, my red eyes are gone. I'm sleeping better and I'm not constantly exhausted anymore. I'm playing more with the kids. I'm kissing my wife more. I'm happier. So much happier and I'm truly practicing self-care for the first time in 13 years. 

Sometimes I get scared that I'll return to old habits and fall back into who I used to be, but then I look over at the gym bag sitting next to my desk and I think of all the planning Georgia and I have put into making sure we adopt this "lifestyle" forever. 

We've adjusted to making frequent trips to the grocery store, because when you're eating clean, your food is much more perishable. We have 100% partnered in caring for the kids and carpooling so that both of us have the ability to carve out time to exercise. This journey has required us to encourage each other and remind one another of why we're working so hard, especially on those days when we just want to go home and sit on the couch. It's required that we celebrate the smallest of victories like losing 2 more pounds or slipping on baggy jeans that didn't used to be baggy! It's required that we mix things up so that our workouts remain effective and our meals don't grow boring and it required that we continue to believe that all of this is possible in the long-term, because it is!  

So, if this is something you wish to do for yourself, I'm here to tell you that you CAN. You just have to decide and start that day. You have to be patient with yourself and open to learning and un-learning all sorts of things. What I mean by this is that you may not know a whole lot about proper nutrition and you may not know how to use gym equipment, but guess what - you CAN learn all of these things and more. You may also have to un-learn things like bad eating habits and self-doubt , but guess what - you CAN do this too! 

I know that I haven't even been at this 4 months yet and I, by no means think I'm a fitness expert or self-help coach. I also know that I'm doing what I'm talking about here, every single day and I'm doing it successfully. I know that I'm 100% committed and I'm excited to share the journey with anyone out there who still reads this old blog of mine and wants to join me. 

Cheers, #fitmom  

35/52: T W E L V E // Y E A R S

Me and this beauty celebrated 12 YEARS in August and both of us completely forgot that it was our anniversary. This is what happens when you’re busy packing lunches and doing laundry and reading bedtime stories and living that #workingmom life. I’m usually 100% on top of these things, but I’m telling ya’ll, momming 2 kids is a game changer. We’re tired a lot of the time. The days of Netflix and chill have been replaced with swim school, carpools, early bedtimes and home renovations. Still, 12 years later, this woman literally brings tears to my eyes, just watching her with our babies. She’s the only grownup I want to see everyday and go on adventures with. She’s the first person I want to share good news with and she still makes me feel all those feels; the best feels.

So, happy anniversary babe. Thank you for knowing and loving every part of who I am. Thank you for loving my family and for giving me your family, who I love so much too. My dad knew what he was doing when he sent you to me, and I am forever grateful.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

34/52: The Biggest of Hearts

Here Mommy, smell this flower!

We just returned from the beautiful Pecos Mountains and I'm still floating on a cloud of happy, as this past trip was my absolute favorite camping trip that we've taken as a family. The weather was beautiful, Gracie was just the cutest and Will did amazing! I'm sooooo behind on blogging our Summer Bucket List that I haven't even written about our previous camping trip to Ruidoso, taken 2 months ago! So, there's a high likelihood that I'll never post about this trip. With that being said, I want to at least share two of my favorite pictures from our Labor Day Weekend getaway. I mean, how cute is this sweet boy shoving a flower in his Mommy's face, lol! It's just so #momsofboys and so perfect. And don't even get me started on the sweetest note ever written from our gal, thanking us for taking her camping. I'm sure there are things that Georgia and I are missing the mark on, with this whole parenting gig... however, raising loving and appreciative kiddos is not one of them. I feel we're doing a pretty good job in that regard. :) 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend as well.

33/52: The Sweetest Sister

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Goodbye Kindergarten… Hello 1st Grade!

How in the name of all that is holy is it already mid-August, you guys? Seriously, just how. The bean attends a private school that has a different schedule than most of the schools in our area. With her schedule, the school year begins almost a month before most public schools and ends 3 weeks after everyone else has begun their summer break. The reason for this, is that her school is Mon-Thursday, with no class on Fridays (which we love). This means that summer break is only 8 weeks long for our gal and let me just say, 8 weeks come and go in a blink! I’m going to let this be my excuse as to why I didn’t get around to sharing her end of Kindergarten happenings before she was already back to school for first grade… I mean, it was just two months ago that I was like, aww, our little one’s finished Kindergarten… I can’t wait to share picks – and then BAM, it’s back to school time for our FIRST grader! Slow down, universe. Slow down.

Those last couple of weeks of Kindergarten were so much fun for Gracie. The bean’s school plans loads of themed days, family functions and end of year fundraisers, as the year comes to a close; and while it was a bit nuts, it was also a blast! We kicked off the end of year festivities with Teacher Appreciation Week, volunteering to bring some totally awesome teachers, some totally delicious coffee. Gracie was so excited to bring her teachers a small gesture of thanks; but was even more excited that she was able to drop the coffee off in the teachers’ lounge, as she felt it was an off-limits room that only her special self could enter. ;)

The next event on the docket was yearbook signing day, or Spirit Day, as they called it. Gracie’s school makes really nice yearbooks for the kiddos, which I thought was just the cutest thing ever. The books are bound and full of glossy picture-covered pages and the Bean even made it onto a few pages herself. The kids were able to pre-order and were given time to sign each other’s yearbooks. So cute to watch, btw. The school opted to include a quote from former, would-be impeached president Nixon on the back cover, which I thought was just so random. Of all the presidents to quote… lol. #weird

Tourist Day was another end of year themed day and it happened to work out perfectly that it followed a weekend that we had visited the Zoo. Grace was able to pick out a souvenir at our Zoo trip and chose bright pink zebra print binoculars and still had her map we used to check out all the animals. This matched with her cute straw hat made for one adorable tourist dressed gal!

She was the most adorable cowgirl the next day for Western Wednesday and then rocked red, white and blue ending the last week of school, all dressed up for USA Day! She insisted on wearing her red, white and blue, glitter-covered headband even though it left her (and my vehicle) COVERED, head to toe in sparkles. I still haven’t gotten it out of my seats…

Now for the FIRST day of FIRST grade | Our big girl!

We always like to start the school year with goodies for the teachers and this year was no different. As I posted a few weeks ago, Gracie helped me put together little goodie bags for her new teacher and teacher’s aide and they turned out so cute! Each had a themed cup, a gift card, a few snacks and some Starbucks Refreshers.

The weekend before school was to begin, G took all of us to the mall, as she does every year to buy Gracie some school clothes. We didn’t go as crazy this year as we did last year, because our gals stayed super active over the summer and still fits into all her outfits from last year. She did pick a flower dress that she adored and decided that this would be what she wore on her first day. She also hand-picked a pink Dallas Cowboys back pack that made her Nani so proud and I’m sure her Grandpa Rudy was smiling down on her for going with his #1 team too!

We are now 2 weeks into the school year and so far, so good! This year Gracie’s schedule will be filled with lots of 1st grade homework assignments, her nightly reading program, USA Girls Swim practice 3x/week and Georgia’s in the process of getting her into Karate. It’s going to be a busy year for sure, but it’s going to be great!

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