Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Turning 35 & Nursery Planning!

Yes, true story… I’m officially 35 years old. I am now mid-thirties and there’s no denying it because I also have two white hairs to prove it’s true. But before we get into that, I have super exciting news…

My beautiful wife is now HALFWAY through this pregnancy! Georgia is 20 weeks, feeling way less barfy, a little less sleepy and looking more pregnant everyday. I feel like there’s so much for us to do and not enough time to do it and yet here we are, halfway to the finish line! I haven’t posted a real pregnancy update since 17 weeks and a lot has happened since then. I’ll share more in a Thanksgiving post this week but until I get around to that, here’s a little nursery update.


As I shared in our pregnancy journal post, Georgia and I have been collecting special things for this little guy since before we even had Gracie. In 2010, when we really started taking steps toward growing our family, I was shopping in a craft store one afternoon and came across this amazing painting of a little boy astronaut in outer space in front of all the planets. I loved it so much I dropped the $$$ and left with it that day. When I brought it home, G loved it too but thought I was cray for buying it before we even purchased sp.erm, haha! Who knows, maybe I am a little crazy and I did end up returning it, but guess what? This crazy lady really is having a son now and guess what his nursery theme is going to be? Outer Space!
I would be lying if I said we haven’t gone a bit overboard with getting started on baby boy’s room. G and I totally have and I don’t even care if it’s too much because planning a nursery is so dang fun! Our first purchase was a piece of string art of a blue rocket ship in a white boxed out frame. We then found these awesome moon rock bookends that look they were found on some far off planet! We have little hanging IKEA bookshelves that we’re going to paint red or white, or maybe yellow. The wifey has a black globe that she’s had since before we met that’s going to look so awesome in little man’s room. We also found a collection of four paintings of aliens and space-ish stuff and they’re adorbs! They match the cutest silver and glass knobs that look like planet Earth that we used to replace the boring brown knobs that were on the changing table drawers.


My two favorite things we’ve picked out for baby boy came from The Land of Nod, which is mama’s absolute favorite children's furniture and bedding shop. The company designs the majority of their items themselves and everything is made in the US, which I also LOVE. Above is a picture of our one and only Black Friday purchase and we didn’t even have to leave the house! I mean, how adorable is this bedding? I’m obsessed! Below is the comfy little seat we picked out for W’s reading corner. Gracie couldn’t stop touching it when the package arrived and is already talking about “reading to brother” on this little pouf. Be still, my heart!


Now, if only we could decide on a paint for the nursery! How are there so many blues and we can’t even decide if we want blue… Thankfully we still have a few months to figure it out.


So, on to the big 3-5! My wife is amazing and made this special birthday of mine so great! She started my morning with gifts and birthday cards, one of which had a special note from Gracie. This is the first birthday that my sweet girl actually wrote me a little birthday note. Heart melts!


I spent part of my birthday week celebrating with the Bean’s class on her school field trip to the museum. We had Halloween treats, listened to storytellers and ran around like crazy. After the fieldtrip, I took my gal on a mama & daughter date to the mall where we shared ice cream, visited Build-a-Bear and did some BIG sister shopping! Its days like this that make me wish so badly that I was a stay at home mom (even though I do realize that it isn’t all shopping and fun outings). I like to pretend that this is what life would be like if I got to hang out with my 4 year old all day, lol!


The big surprise Georgia had up her sleeve for me was a weekend getaway to Buffalo Thunder Resort! It was gorgeous, our room was amazing with an incredible view and even though we arrived later than we planning and completely forgot Gracie’s luggage at the front door (at home), it was an absolute blast!


We ordered room service, had the best gourmet coffee, ate delicious food and shopped our little hearts out! Of all of these things though, I would have to say that swimming in their indoor/outdoor heated pool and hanging in our cabana was my favorite part! Grace swam the entire time back and forth across the pool, by HERSELF and made me so proud!


Wifey-poo got some napping in thanks to the most comfortable beds on the planet! As in, I wanted to steal one and take it home! We went to the Plaza, introduced Grace to the world of marbles and satisfied G’s craving for chocolate at the coolest chocolate cafĂ© that even served chocolate covered ginger chews. It was like killing two birds with one stone! Ginger for the barfiness + chocolate for my wife’s chocolate craving = one happy Mommy. :)


We ended our weekend getaway visiting the Meow Wolf Exhibit in Santa Fe, which was the weirdest, coolest thing ever! They were having a special Halloween event, which meant we got to spend as much time as we wanted exploring! It was so much fun and was the first time that I really noticed G’s baby belly, as she ran around after Gracie!

You can totally see it in the last picture posted below. Oh, my happy heart!
35 is going to be an amazing year!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Halloween 2016 || 17 Weeks

Holy Halloween Batman! Or Batgirl, should I say! This year, our Halloween was Crazy Town from the week of Halloween through the week following. Between our superhero pregnancy announcement pictures, the Bean’s preschool festival, pumpkin picking, dress-up birthday party fun, pumpkin carving, work parties and an awesome Day of the Dead festival, we were bizzz-ay! It was so much fun and I would love to have written separate posts for each event, but let’s be real… I kinda suck at this whole blogging thing right now, lol. But hey, check me out with my 3 posts in one month! That’s a new record you guys!

Let the good times roll beginning with a little family photo prep. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t get a bit carried away with our superhero outfits and planning every detail of our photo shesh! It was sooo easy finding G, Gracie and baby boy’s outfits, but mine – no so much. Eventually I did find a Captain America shirt that I really liked and all was well with the family attire until I melted G’s Wonder Woman shirt ironing on the Superman emblem… Yup, so something that would happen to me. This took place late the night before our pictures, of course and yet I somehow managed to keep my shit together. I was pretty proud of myself for not freaking out and to be honest, now when I look at the pictures, I really don’t notice a thing. I guess that old saying rings true, don’t sweat the small stuff!


The week leading up to Halloween was all about school spirit and Halloween prep. The Bean’s Co-op hosted a week of Halloween fun, which meant our gal got to wear the skeleton shirt she picked out all on her own and a Halloween bow she’s worn every year since she had hair. I had to laugh at the picture she took in her outfit in the front yard because, hello little miss teenager! Just look at that sassy face! The kids dressed up in the cutest Halloween outfits all week reading spooky stories (spooky by preschool standards) and sharing themed school snacks. Friday was their Fall Festival and since they were allowed to dress in their costumes, our gal went as Batgirl and even wore her mask most of the day! She got a few healthy snacks but mostly sweets, which she did not complain about. She had such a great week and her mamas could not believe that her 3rd and last Halloween at the Co-op came and went so quickly. ::tear:: 


We waited until the night before Halloween to visit our usual pumpkin patch, because we honestly completely forgot about the whole pumpkin carving tradition, and guess what? They were completely out of pumpkins! We then visited another pumpkin patch… no pumpkins. I called 2 local grocery stores and Wal.mart, annnnnd no pumpkins! The Bean and I were totally bummed as we headed home when G called to say she drove past a church and found a little Pumpkin Patch – SCORE! The Methodists save the day! Grace picked a cute little white pumpkin and Georgia picked two big orange ones. Mommy facilitates the craving of pumpkins every year and this year she had Grace draw her pumpkin's face that she then cut out with the Bean's help. Grace was so excited and I must say, our last minute pumpkins came out pretty stinkin’ cute. :)


Our niece is an October baby, like me and always has fun dress-up birthday parties that the kids LOVE! Because we had the outfits all ready to go, Georgia and I decided to dress up too and so did a lot of the other grown-ups. We ate pizza and cake as the kiddos played all afternoon. It was a great way to kick off the day we’d all been waiting for – HALLOWEEN!

This kid has the best cousins!


We have a few traditions we always keep on Halloween! We always make sure to visit Gracie’s Gaga and Papa who are the cutest and always dress-up a bit too! Every year they have a little something for the Bean (this year it was the cutest Halloween Barbie) and they shower her in candy. We then visit Gracie’s Nani and Grandpa K who also spoil the kiddo before we head home to do a little trick-o-treating in our neighborhood. I just want to squeal with excitement at the thought that next Halloween we’ll have a 6-month old baby boy all dressed up with us! Ekkkkkk!


16 week belly pic taken just days shy of 17 weeks!


This year we went to the Dia de los Muertos Parade for the first time and decided that it’s going to be something we do every Halloween from now on! The marketing team at the Bean’s Co-op had a booth at the event and because G is on the marketing committee, we tagged along. You may have seen the children’s movie about the Day of the Dead that came out a few years ago called, The Book of Life and if you haven’t, you need to! It’s one of Gracie’s absolute favorites and when we told her we were going to a Dia de los Muertos celebration, she was beyond excited!

In New Mexico, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebrations take place over several weeks in October and November, although the holiday is traditionally celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd. Thousands of people from across the state come together to dress-up and celebrate with music, dancing, food and NM folk art. The women wear flowers in their hair and almost everyone has their faces painted!

The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Families honor deceased loved ones by building offering altars (ofrendas) where sugar skulls are placed, along with offerings of pan de muertos. The parade stretches across the South Valley and brings together New Mexicans of all ages and backgrounds. It’s just so fun!

We were there until late in the evening shopping local vendors, eating from yummy food trucks, painting faces and shopping for our little dude. We obviously couldn’t leave without getting him a few things too! It was a great end to our favorite holiday.

And on a side note, we'll be 20 weeks on Saturday! We're almost half-way through this pregnancy and that just blows my mind! I also turned 35 in October (which blows my mind as well)! The wife took Gracie and I out of town for the weekend to an amazing resort for my big 3-5! Post on that coming soon. 

How am I 35 when I just turned 30?! Really! How?

Monday, November 14, 2016

Baby Announcement // 16 Weeks

As ya’ll know, I’m a bit obsessed with Halloween and who can blame me?! Not only is it the BEST holiday of the year, but it also falls on the same week as my birthday, which makes it all the more awesome! As luck and timing would have it this year, our pregnancy and the week we wanted to share the amazing baby news with the world lined up perfectly! So what else is there to do when something this magical happens but take pictures, lots and lots of pictures!


Our little Bean came to us a few weeks before Halloween and declared that she wanted to be “Batgirl, with a little bit of pink”! There was no question about it, no debating! She was going to be Batgirl and that was all there was to it. I wasn’t complaining when she made this request because for the first Halloween since she was born, I really did not have the time to sew her costume, which made me feel a bit guilty at first, but I quickly got over it, ha! We ended up finding the cutest costume at Target of all places and with the Elsa boots (that Mama colored in black) and the mask and wrist cuffs we found at the Halloween Super Store, our little superhero was all set!


The closer we got to Halloween and the more we talked about how we wanted to drop the baby bomb, the more the Superhero Family idea took shape! I knew I wanted to take pictures professionally as I really think this will be our last pregnancy and we want to remember every minute of it! Then, just days after talking with G about it, my friend Gabe casually mentioned that in addition to being a nurse, he moonlights as a family photographer! He sent me a link to his website and I was sold! Gabe was so excited when I told him about our ideas and soon had a whole Downtown Metropolis theme brewing, which turned out so great!


I wish I could take credit for how awesome our announcement pictures turned out, but it really was all Gabe’s vision and Gracie’s Batgirl adorableness! Wonder Woman was pretty stinkin’ cute too, with her little Superman tummy! I just couldn’t be happier with how they turned out and I know that when our little Superman is older, he will love looking back on them too!


Our photog took a ton of pictures and I LOVED them all, but these are my favorites!


:: Super BIG Sister Powers ::


We were completely overwhelmed by all the love, support and heartfelt congratulations we received when we made our big announcement! Thank you to everyone who took time to share in our happiness on social media, who called, text and left sweet messages on our previous post!

 

Growing our family has been the most difficult thing we’ve ever done and we are just so thankful to have been blessed with this little peanut! And sharing the news here, on the blog where I've documented this long journey, has been the thing I've looked most forward to. 

Hard to believe that we're already closing in on 19 weeks and then, poof - we're halfway finished with this pregnancy! Time is just flying (like Superman)! Ha!  xo, Kristin


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