Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sunday Gratitude


1. Dresses. Rae has been growing like a weed...she literally grew 2 sizes in 4 months, which was getting to be quite expensive where clothes were concerned. So, I started only buying her dresses. Dresses all day every day. And I LOOOOVE it! Twirly dresses, bright dresses, floral dresses, eyelet dresses...we love them all. And she looks so dang cute in them!

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Today I skipped the gym and instead threw the kids in the car and drove to our favorite outdoor mall in Scottsdale. At the last second I grabbed Rae and Johnny's scooters, which ended up being the best decision ever. We strolled and scootered all morning, stopping at a few of my favorite stores, and then sat down for an awesome lunch together.

It was nothing special, and everything special all at the same time. That's how I feel most days, actually. I'm so in love with this simple, special, imperfectly perfect little life I've got going on.

@ the construction site with Papa! [+ a VIDEO]

Back in April, we took our whole gang to Dallas for a week! My parents live there, plus two of my brothers and their families. I really wanted everyone to meet Belle, plus, my kids had a few new cousins to meet too...so it seemed like a good idea!

I'm planning on covering all the highlights in the next couple posts, but I had to hop on to document the construction site with Papa real quick!

My Johnny is OBSESSED with construction trucks right now. Backhoes, excavators, cement mixers, bulldozers, front-end loaders, cranes...etc, etc, ETC, ETC. I mean, like, OBSESSED! (It was a natural progression from firetrucks, I think). His cousin Dylan is equally obsessed, so we all knew they'd be bond quickly over their mutual love of boyish things. And we were right...they were fast friends!

Anyways, one of our very first stops on our very first day in Dallas was my Dad's constructions site.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SIX months of Belle

Okay, I know everyone says it, but how is my baby already SIX months old?
Literally the fastest 6 months of my entire life.
Also the happiest,
and sweetest,
and most fulfilling,
and BEST 6 months of my entire life.

That Belle is just the dreamiest baby, and I feel lucky every second of every day that she is mine. She is happy 99.9% of the time, and if she is sad, one smile at her will make her break into the biggest grin in between tears. She is cuddly and gentle and girly in every way. Just...dainty. And delightful. She is content to play on her own, but also kicks and squeals with excitement if you even glance her way.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Connecticut in PHOTOS

Visiting Tiffini is always one of the highlights of our year. 
Living across the country from family is definitely not ideal, 
but I'm forever grateful that we've been able to figure out a way to see each other as much as we can.

There's a whole write up of our trip a few posts back (with a video), but I still wanted to do a bit of a photo dump as well, although it might be slightly repetitive. Consider this the scrapbook of the trip.

Flying all day across the country with a layover and three kids (and no Garrett), definitely had me sweating. As excited as I was to get to Tiffini's, I knew I wouldn't be able to relax until we were there. It was a long day, but the kids really did awesome. Belle won the award for best behaved, of course. Johnny had a couple hiccups but ended up taking a decent nap somewhere over Ohio, which was amazing. And Rae was pretty thrilled that she got to watch shows ALL day, so she was pretty good too! 
Our layover was in Chicago, which has one of the coolest airports. We spent a couple hours there, exploring, eating, and taking like 5 potty breaks. I will say, the airport was awesome, but the people here were super rude and I did get a little fired up after an old man came and sat right next to us (when there were a million open seats that he could have chosen) and then gave me dirty looks when Johnny accidentally knocked down his newspaper. I apologized for John, sincerely, but after the huffs-and-puffs continued, I couldn't help but tell him that he was more than welcome to move to a different seat.
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