Monday, February 25, 2019

Oh TWOdles! 2nd Bday Party Planning!

It's happening you guys. The planning of our little dude's 2nd birthday is officially underway and I am 100% in denial that another birthday has come around again so quickly! Our Sonnie boy LOVES all things Mickey Mouse, so it only made sense that we throw a big *Oh TWOdles!* themed birthday party for our Disney loving almost-TWO year old! 

We got a head start on planning and crafting this past weekend with me going a bit crazy ordering stuff online, while G got busy creating Will's main birthday banner and so far, it looks beyond adorable! We're planning to have the party at Nani and Grandpa K's new home, as it's huge and should offer plenty of space for guests and all the littles who need room to run around. We're going to have a "Hot Diggity Dog Bar" with all shorts of different gourmet hot dogs as the main dish and a, "We've Got Ears, Say Cheers!" table where guests can get dressed up and become Mouseketeers, complete with their choice of mouse ears! We're planning to have a jumper and some fun Disney games for everyone to play and I fully intend to blast our favorite Disney music the entire time. Ekkkk, I just can't wait! 

We're going to have little goodie bags for the kids (pictured above) and a big sheet cake from our favorite bakery with a giant Mickey face on it, in butter cream frosting, that our boy will love devouring, I'm sure. I'm on the fence as to whether or not I want to order a birthday t-shirt matching the theme for him, as I've had such bad luck with ordering birthday shirts in the past... For Gracie's 2nd birthday we ordered a custom Sofia the First shirt with her name on it that never arrived. I ended up getting a refund and had to run out and find one just days before the party. We ordered a unicorn Gracie t-shirt for her 4th birthday that arrived 2 days after her party (again, refund) and then the big sister of the birthday boy t-shirt we ordered last year for Will's 1st birthday was huge. Uncle Chris ended up cutting it up to fit and it came out great, but still it was a headache. Part of me wants to just go to the Disney Store and buy a Mickey Mouse shirt, but we'll see. We still have 6 weeks until the party, so there's plenty of time to work out all the details.  

If you've been following us since this guy of ours was born, you may remember that the weather for his first birthday did not cooperate and there were quite a bit of things that didn't go at all as planned, so I'm hoping for a redo this year. For one, no outdoor parties for this spring baby, especially with all the snow we've had this year. Secondly, I fully intend to get everything ordered and made well ahead of schedule, so that there's less chance things don't come in on time. More than anything, I'm just sooooo excited to see his little face light up when he walks into his party, decorated top to bottom in Mickey Mouse. He's going to lose his mind! Yay!

9/52: Living That Auntie Life!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Christmas Eve + Christmas Day | 2018

This past December, our beautiful girl celebrated her 7th Christmas, while our sweet boy celebrated his 2nd. I can still remember every detail of Gracie's first Christmas holiday as a part of our family; forever changing what Christmas meant for her Mommy and me. She made it everything by just being there. She sprang forth so many traditions that we began or carried on from our own childhood, because we now had a family and a reason to go big for the brightest holiday of the year. It's hard to believe that so many Decembers have come and gone since that first in 2012 and yet they have. She's grown so much bigger and now knows all about both Jesus and Santa. She's learned to write her own wish lists for St. Nick and is now the one reading her favorite Christmas books to us, which has been such a gift for her mamas and her little bro. 

With all of this change, we've been given the amazing gift of having a second little one, five whole years later - bringing back that baby magic that we couldn't wait to feel again. The wonder of watching your baby looking wide-eyed at Christmas lights, is a feeling that I can't even put into words. Seeing them stare up at the Christmas tree or pull every ornament off of it, with their chubby little baby hands, makes the season so much more fun. They make us want to do more, see more and feel more. They motivate us to dust off every tradition we had growing up, while also looking for new ones to start, just for them. They make all the time and creative juices that we can summon, so worth the effort; because we know that Christmas is the stuff childhood dreams are made of and we want those dreams and memories to be the best ever!

This year for Christmas Eve, we hosted G's family at our house. It was the off year for G's brother and his hubby to visit for the holidays, so I anticipated that our Christmas Eve would a quiet one. Turns out, I was wrong about that, lol! Life with 2 littles is so much louder, a bit crazier and basically anything but quiet. Something I should already know by now! ;) The Guncles called us on FaceTime so they didn't have to miss out on anything. Like past years, when they couldn't be here with us for the holiday's, they sent gifts before hand and to say that they went overboard, would be a huge understatement! These two are so spoiled by their uncle D and uncle C. :)

G's parents brought posole, tamales and lots of other yummy New Mexican Christmas dishes for us to enjoy and we provided the evenings desserts. I must say, now that I've experienced an ultra comfortable Christmas Eve in PJ's, I don't know that I'll ever be able to wear anything else but that, going forward. It was just so relaxing! We all spent the evening hanging out, eating and opening presents until it was time to put Gracie and Will to bed. 

Look at this cutie in her Moana outfit and Will in his Christmas jammies. Our little stinkers could not have been more excited.  

My absolute favorite part of Christmas, is getting things prepared for Christmas morning. I know I say this same thing every year, but I just LOVE IT so much! Reading Christmas stories before bed and putting cookies, carrots and milk out with our babes before tucking them in, always makes me so excited and happy that I get to do all of this mom stuff. G and I usually stay up until around midnight wrapping gifts, stuffing stockings and getting all the "gifts from Santa" laid out and it always gives me soooo many feels to stand back and take in the view of our tree, once everything is set up. Just knowing how excited they're going to be when they wake up is the stuff parenting is all about. All those special little moments!

This year Santa brought Will his first Balance Bike in bright orange with a matching Mickey Mouse helmet and he brought Gracie her very own light-up pink scooter with matching pink princess helmet. Their other gifts from St. Nick were a train set for our train-obsessed little guy and the all too famous Star Wars interactive Chewie toy for Grace. The Bean just about lost her mind when she opened Chewie because we had told her that it was on lots of kids lists and there may not be any left for Santa to bring to our house. She couldn't believe that there was one for her and said, see I told you I've been so good! Ha!

G's gift from me was a wine fridge - something she's been begging for, for years! I found the perfect one that's narrow and fits right next to our bar, while still leaving room for Will's highchair. The wifey surprised me with the new Apple Watch, which totally blew my mind! It's probably the most amazing thing she's given me (aside from my babies and wedding ring, of course) and I've used the heck out of it! With all our efforts to get healthy, the Apple Watch has helped me take things to the next level and really push myself daily. I LOVE IT!

Per our annual family tradition, once we were done opening presents and having coffee, we all headed to Nani and Grandpa K's house for Christmas brunch and more presents! As I do every year, I bought the little ones matching Christmas jammies, which were Harry Potter this year and just the cutest things ever! I was excited to see how much more Will was into all things Christmas. He was just as excited as the girls and even sat at the kids table with them for the first time ever! Right after the photo below was taken of all the kiddos sitting together, Gracie stood up not realizing that the table cloth was tucked into one of her slippers and she proceeded to pull the table cloth and everyone's food right off the table and onto the floor... She was shocked and the rest of us couldn't help but laugh! My poor little gal, she's always doing stuff like this, lol. She was just happy that we weren't upset with her and that there was plenty of food to make new plates. ;) 

Be still my heart! Here we have 7 years of matching cousin Christmas pajamas! I hope with every part of my soul that these kids let me dress them in matching jammies well into their teen years and I can't wait for the day that my sis has a baby, who we can add to the mix. It'll be difficult to find matching Christmas jammies for so many kiddos with ranging ages, but I'm 100% up for the challenge!

This family of mine. At the risk of sounding super cheesy, they really are the ones who make Christmas so magical and I'm forever thankful that I get to call them mine. 

I hope you all had an awesome holiday season, however you celebrate! Cheers!  

{ Our 2018 family Christmas Videos }

Monday, February 18, 2019

8/52: L O V E M O N T H

I have so much to share from this year's Valentine's Day festivities, from Gracie's first Papa + Granddaughter dance to me and the wife's fab #dateday, but first I have one more Christmas post in my drafts (believe it or not, haha)! For now, here's a little teaser of this year's love month decorations. 

Y'all would be so proud of me! I had the house decorated for Christmas by December 1st and actually made the time to decorate for Valentine's Day, something I've been dropping the ball on. It's like, I have boxes of decorations for Vday, St. Patrick's Day, 4th of July, you name it and I just stopped putting them up around 2 years ago. Well, Mama's back at it! More on this coming soon. :)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

7/52: Why we never gave up

Every now and then, I'll see a picture that reminds me of all the reasons Georgia and I never gave up trying for another baby. We knew that Gracie was meant to be a big sister and we knew that when it did happen, it would be better than anything we could possibly imagine. 

This pictures is one of those photos that stopped me in my tracks, and made me take pause to give thanks. These two. What did we ever do without them.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

My Annual Christmas Catch-up // 2018

So here we are, at the start of February, and I'm behind on the sharing of our holiday adventures... shocker. Haha! I did manage to get most of my thoughts and feelings regarding this Christmas written down (in the month of January), so that's impressive if you ask me! What catching up on all of the things we did in December to celebrate Jesus, Santa and all that other festive stuff has shown me, is this - we do way to much shit during the holidays. Like, way.too.much.shit. It's exhausting just reflecting on all of it, so how we manage to make it to everything we're invited to... how us mamas throw so many outfits together, constantly running out the door and crafting and baking and making... and, and, and... is beyond me. Yet, so many parents just like us, do it every year. I've concluded that we're all goddamn superheros and we deserve capes! 

When I think about what the holidays, especially Christmas required pre-kids, it's insane to see just how much our lives have changed. Our pre-kid Decembers required that we go out and party (A LOT) and then show up at a family members house, hungover on Christmas Eve, only to then make a follow up appearance on Christmas day at another relatives house. That's it. This is all that was required of us. So again - things have changed and they've gotten harder so... give us our capes! It is fun though, isn't it. The magic of Christmas. The making of time to still see friends and still have fun and do our best to make the holidays enjoyable for both the little humans and the big humans. We did manage to do a bit of that this year, so I guess G and I are still cool. Thank goodness.

Our #momsquad all got together for a night at a brewery + gift exchange in early December and it was such a fun night. This group of moms is something else and I just love each and every one of them. We range from super hippy, organic living with dreadlocks, to proper blondes who don't curse in public, to moms like me, who fall somewhere in-between. And I'm telling y'all, for as diverse as our group is, we have an absolute blast together and just laugh our asses off, regardless of what we're doing! 

We were of course, the loudest group at the brewery and were some of the last to leave. We chatted about all the stuff our kiddos have been up to, as some now go to different schools. There was the usual spouse talk, which is always funny considering G and I are two women, both present for these spouse-bitch sessions, lol! We enjoyed flights of local brew and good food. Twas' a great night, all around!  

G and I actually finagled our way into an overnight "moms night out" at a fancy hotel, without our little stinkers and it was glorious! As I've mentioned here before, G's company is super fancy and really goes all out for their employees for everything, including the annual holiday party. They most certainly did this again this Christmas, hosting a bash at the nicest hotel in town. They wined and dined us with a 3 course meal, drinks for all, entertainment and then gave away all sorts of TVs, trips, iPads and who knows what else. We didn't win anything, but it was the perfect night out for us. The company offered to pay for half the cost of renting a suite, so we jumped at that and loved having a reason to get all gussied up and pack an overnight bag.

Our bestie, who you know here as Gracie and Will's "uncle A", also works with Georgia, so he and his boyfriend uncle B, went with us! I had honestly forgotten how much fun double dates could be! We didn't talk about the kids once. No talk of what we needed to get done at home, in prep for Christmas. There were zero conversations of, where we need to have the kids tomorrow and who we need to bathe and feed, lol. There was none of that and getting the chance to decompress and have fun together, is something I don't think we even realized we so desperately needed.

G purchased the sexiest little white and black coat for the occasion and looked fine as hell! She's been doing so amazing with her workouts, increased weightlifting and healthy eating, that I wanted to tackle that little hottie to the ground, Ha! It also helped that the lighting in the ballroom was a dream and made us all look like we were in our 20's. God bless good lightening! 

My little sis flew in from Vancouver BC this same evening with her boyfriend, who we were meeting for the first time, so that was an added bonus! She met us at the hotel after her flight got in and had a few drinks with us before heading to my mom's for a nightcap. That and our room service buffet was the best end to such a fun night! I still have dreams about those street tacos... drool...

We rounded out our pre-Christmas holiday festivities with Nani's philanthropy, Operation Santa's Child! This was like the 20th year that she's had this community event and this year's was bigger and brighter than ever!

It's always a challenge to share photos of this special event, while still respecting the privacy of the families who are adopted. I wish so much that I could share all the pictures of the huge smiles and happy tears shed by parents watching Christmas coming to life for their kiddos, but I also know that without their permission, that wouldn't be right. So instead, I'll share some favorite photos of my sweet family, our awesome float and Santa!

This was the first year that my mom and stepdad were completely settled in their new house and with the tent they rented for the backyard, there were people everywhere. We played boardgames and this meme game that was hilarious! We also ate, way too much and opened presents from auntie M, since she couldn't come back for Christmas day! Will discovered Grandpa K's music room and drum set for the first time every and then blew everyones mind with his mad skills on the drums! It was adorable! 

And the kiddos had a blast! 

Next up, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Goal: finish Christmas posts before Valentine's Day, haha! We'll see... ;)

Monday, February 4, 2019

6|52 N I N J A

Our boy got this Ninja Turtle mask in a kid's meal last summer and he's still completely obsessed with it. He'll walk around the house wearing it for hours, even in the bath and it just cracks us up! The Super Bowl was a total snooze-fest this year, so we ditched the game and had a balloon bath instead. 

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