Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

About 2 miles from our house is a cute little farm that always has fresh organic veggies for sale. During the Fall they also have a pumpkin patch so of course every time we drive by it, the boys would ask if we could stop there. Last week we finally got to go and they had a blast.


They got to do all kinds of stuff like play in a dried corn type sandbox, pet some animals, go through a couple mazes, do some water activities, and swing in the cornfields. What more could a little kid want?


Before we picked out our pumpkins and went home, I tried to get a cute Fall picture of my 3 boys. It's not the best but it is reality and cracks me up. It's a keeper!


Have you gone to the pumpkin patch yet this year?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let Them Be Little

I've always been a worrier. My mom said it would drive her crazy when I was younger and now my husband has to deal with it. It's something as a parent that I can't shake off. I will always worry about my boys. Right now I'm learning to give them more space, bigger boundaries. Stop worrying and just let them be little.

It's kind of crazy how having a backyard/open space behind the house has changed the boys' lives. It's freedom for them to play, explore, and be wild


Growing up, my brother and I were always playing outside. Whether it be in our backyard, our street full of other kids, playgrounds, our sitter's house or sports, we were always outside. We were free. Free to imagine what we wanted, to make new friends, to get dirty or to push the limits. My boys haven't always had that until now.


And let me tell you, we are loving it.


Monday, October 13, 2014

First Year Must Haves: 6-9 months

It's been a while since I shared some of my favorite things that have helped us get through the first year with our little guys.


1. Stroller: I love our Britax B-Agile stroller. It's really ease to open and close AND I can do it with one hand which has been really helpful.  It's easy to maneuver and has a great sunshade.

2. Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier: I use this all the time especially when we go on hikes or to the aquarium. It has a great pocket to hold your phone for easy access and a zipper pocket to put things in like car keys and money. It's also very easy to use and has a sunshade so if your baby falls asleep you can cover them on a hot day or cover to nurse.

3. Highchair or Booster Seat: With my first son we had a full highchair which I liked but it took up too much room in our small home so when our second son came along, we got this booster seat and still use it with our third son. I like that I can put it in the sink to wash and its portable so it can go on trips with us.

4. Sunscreen: There are a lot of baby sunscreens out there but this is what we used during the summer and it was great. Got to keep that baby skin protected!

5. Baby Food Pouches: These are so easy and convenient. I keep a bunch in my fridge and a few in my diaper bag. Once they get to a certain age, you don't even need a spoon and a bowl.

6. Pacifier Clips: These have been a lifesaver with my paci-loving-baby.

7. Honest Shampoo & Conditioner: I love this product. I was tired of having to buy all the boys different shampoo so this has been a money saver plus it smells so good!

8. Bright Stars Take Along Toy: I've had this toy with all my boys and they love it. I don't keep it on everyday but use it when we will be in the car longer than normal.

9. Musical Lion Walker: This is a great toy. First it can be used just for fun but once they show interest in walking, this will help them stand and it's pretty neat to see them get the confidence to finally start walking while pushing this toy.

Anything I'm missing that you loved during these months? Share!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Seasons

It's Fall here in Colorado and it's absolutely beautiful. We decided a couple weekends ago to take a drive on Peak to Peak Highway to see the leaves change and then see if we could spot any wildlife in the Rocky Mountain National Park before the weather got too cold. On the drive up we were all oohing and awing over the different colors in the leaves. Some trees actually looked like they were on fire with their ombre yellow to orange to red leaves at the top.


Seasons are new to us, being how we are from Southern California. We had typically nice/hot weather all year round there and it was a big deal when it would rain. We are embracing what Colorado has to give us, even though the weather changes from one minute to the next, and learning a new way of life. It's a bit slower paced, it's more about family, it's about new adventures but most importantly for us, it's about living a better and more fulfilling life with our boys.


But even with all the new adventures we go on, we are in a season of life where we miss what we had. We are lucky to have the greatest friends and family and that's what makes this move the hardest.  It's the people we left behind. The people we chose to share our lives with, our friends that were more like family and our actual family is what makes our hearts ache.


As time goes on I'm sure things will get better. We will make new friends, we will feel more at home, we will be true Coloradans.

The best thing we know is that seasons change. I just wish this season of loneliness would go by a little faster.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mini Style: State Pride

We are leaving California soon and moving to Colorado. It's been a long time coming but the actual process has been short and fast. I've lived in Southern California all my life. I love it here and will miss it but I'm so excited for this new adventure. Lately when I'm out it seems as though all the California state themed clothing items are jumping at me. I never want my two older boys to forget where they were born so I've been buying them California shirts. Give them all to me!


What state are you in and do you like wearing state themed shirts?

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Insta-Friday

Chalk fun.  /  Little League Day at Angel Stadium.  / Heart eyes.
Reenacting the Lion King.  / Hi guys.  /  Too cool.
Froyo date.  /  I'm going to miss our play dates.  / Discovering sand. 

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

First Year Must Haves: 3-6 months

I love when people share what has worked for them when it comes to their children. It's fun to share and find new things that might work with my own kids. The first year of a baby life there are so many changes and gadgets to go with each stage.  Here is a list of what has worked for us.

1. Playmat: Any playmat will do but it's so nice to have something that will entertain the baby so you can use the bathroom, answer a phone call, or put in a load of laundry. I was lucky enough to be able to borrow one from a friend. I can't stress this enough, share with friends! I've loaned/gave friends so much baby stuff and they have returned the favor. It's so nice and easier on the wallet.

2. Bumbo: This is another thing to prop the baby in that has been helpful. Baby G doesn't always like to lay on the floor so this has gotten some great use (in fact, I've used it with all 3 boys).  I now keep it in my room to put him in when I'm getting ready.

3. Sophie the Giraffe: This is a great teething toy and easy for baby to hold. Besides being cute, it makes a squeaky sound when squeezed which baby learns cause and effect.

4. Sleep Sack/ Wearable Blanket: I love these for the cooler months. Even though baby G likes to be swaddled, his little feet usually break free so I would use this under the swaddle.

5. Lovie/ Security Blanket: I love these things and they come in a two pack.

6. Munchkin Spoons: I've used these spoons with all three kids and they are great. Just the right size and aren't expensive. I also love all the colors. On top of that, they are BPA free and have a soft tip. A lot of times when I'm feeding baby G, I will give him his own spoon to hold/play with.

7. Stationary Entertainment Center: There are so many to choose from but this is the one that we have. Once baby has good neck muscles, this is a great option to put them in to play with.

8. Amber Teething Necklace/Anklet: I know this is sort of a personal choice be we have loved it so far.

9. Freshly Picked Moccs: If you're looking for cute shoes that don't come off easily, these are for you!

Anything I'm missing that you loved during these months? Share!

Related: 0-3 months Must Haves