Monday, June 26, 2017

We have a little tradition of letting Manny pick every year where he wants to go for Father's Day and it never fails that he chooses something fun for the kids. So, we set off for the zoo and a day in Columbia last Sunday! 


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Happy weekend, babes! I'm sitting in the library attempting to write a list of blog posts to cover a few weeks. I am feeling stressed out. Which is why I'm hiding out at the public library. My anxiety is doing strange things. And, I'm just not feeling myself or very good these days. I think it's a combination of our usual schedule thrown to the wind and the summer blues.

My kids have hit a stage where it's never enough. Sometimes, I think it's because they have too much. Others times, I think it's a typical stage of summer time. Go more, do more, see more. It's summer and we have to fill our days with as much as we can, as often as we can. 

Balance is what we need. And, a clear-minded mom. I'm hoping to find some of that clearness and some summer structure while still totally falling into the pattern of lazy days, long nights, and fun adventures that seems so summer-esque.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Swim lessons started again this week! Last year, Lia was NOT a fan of swim lessons. She cried and refused to jump in the pool and did not want to go back after the first lesson. 

So, we did a second week last year. And that one went a little better. She was excited, at least! 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Friday, June 9, 2017

Summer officially set in two weeks ago when school ended here, but Lia has been at her grandparents house since then and I don't feel like our summer really starts until we get her back this weekend, so I threw together a little summer kick-off kit to celebrate!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

With the kids out of town last week, I've had some extra time on my hands! It's been great (and quiet!) and I've spent a lot of it reading. Stillhouse Lake and Dead Certain are my latest reads. They were great! But, they are also mystery/thriller novels and I'm ready to sink into a few more lightweight reads as well. 


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I found this book on our kitchen table amongst flowers and handmade cards on Mother's Day! I've had my eye on it for a while but I wanted my own copy. Something I can dig into, make marks on, dog-ear favorite pages.


Monday, June 5, 2017


Friday, June 2, 2017


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Shopping is fun, right? But shopping with kids is a whole different thing! I get stuck carrying around a heavy bag full of snacks and diapers and any tricks I can find to get my kids through a shopping trip and generally I end up chasing Nico out of displays and answering nonstop questions from Lia. It normally isn't fun or productive!

So, I've started online shopping for my kids. It's easy enough to determine the size they'll need in most items and I can find great deals. A few of my go-tos are Gap, Old Navy, and H&M. But, my favorite is ThredUp. Thredup is an online consignment store for kids and adults. They only take the best of the crop!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Another year of ballet is in the books for our girl. She's pretty excited about the upcoming year since she'll finally be allowed to audition for parts in the recitals! 


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The kids are at their grandparents house in North Carolina this week and I am staring down a long to-do catch up list and a quiet, empty week! The quietness is a little unnerving. I keep checking the time thinking I'll have to grab one kid from nap and the other from school! It's funny but as much as I am enjoying this little break, I also feel like I'm missing something. Two little somethings, to be exact!

With school ending, our floors being remodeled, and a slew of other home/business tasks, this month has completely gotten away from me. I'm not sure how it's about to be June! But, it is and summer is about to be in full swing so I thought it would be fun to recap the end of May and squeeze in all the moments I didn't get around to sharing and writing about.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Everyone has that busy weeknight where putting dinner on the table feels like more of a struggle than usual. Monday nights are those nights for us. Lia has ballet right in the middle of dinner time and then bedtime follows closely after.  Monday nights just aren't always a smooth night for us.


Monday, May 15, 2017

I hope all mama's got to wake up to breakfast and their babes yesterday! Mine brought me breakfast in bed but of course they wanted me to eat downstairs with them. No complaints here! I mean, there was bacon. I'll eat it anywhere!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Happy Friday! This week has been all about our floor remodel. We are so close to the end and we've got a dust covered house to prove it!

It's Mother's Day weekend! Do you have any plans for the weekend ahead? We're off to get passports for the whole family and we plan on wandering through Mayfest, a local festival filled with art and food. And, Lia has been so excited to plan a surprise for me so I'm really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This wild boy started swim lessons this week. The water was ice cold and he wasn't crazy about having a stranger drag him into the middle of the ice cold pool.


Friday, May 5, 2017

It's Friday and Cinco de Mayo! Who's celebrating? We have family photos scheduled tonight and then we'll probably grab some local Mexican food for dinner. Simple and low-key, which is what we need after this week. 

Here's a fun fact for you - Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the battle of Puebla (not Mexico's independence day, as many have believed) and M's family comes from the state of Puebla. We're making plans to visit this summer and I'm getting excited about indulging in some culture and history with these babes.Today was a little mental health day for our girl. We skipped our usual routine (sometimes we all need a day off from school - especially after rocking her school life with student of the month!) and did lunch and playtime with friends at Chick-Fil-A. It's unusually chilly today so we're taking a break from the pool.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I'm suffering from a classic case of vacation blues! Do you ever end a vacation with the blues?

We were so eager to get home to our babes but I think we'd have been just as happy to fly them over to us in Hawaii and live out our days in paradise!


Friday, April 28, 2017

It's Friday, friends! I hope you've all had a week worth having. Ours was surprisingly quick! We got back to our roots with story time and Thursday evening trips to the Farmer's Market and brought home some new plants.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

We went to Hawaii two weeks ago and it was amazing. We've been home for a week now and I've been slowly getting things back to normal and trying not to be too bummed that there's no one here to feed me morning, noon, and night. I really miss having someone cook for me!


Friday, April 7, 2017

Happy Friday, friends! It's officially spring break here and I'm blogging from the road. We are driving the kids to their grandparents house in North Carolina before we fly off on a much-needed kids-free trip to Hawaii!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

It's almost April! Can you believe it? April is going to be a busy month for us with a road trip to North Carolina, our anniversary trip to Hawaii, and Easter. We actually won't be with the kids on Easter morning this year. Cue all the tears from me!! But, our plane tickets just worked out to be much cheaper to stay an extra day in Hawaii. So, the kids will spend that day with their grandparents and my siblings and their kids doing all the fun things while we enjoy a quiet breakfast and maybe a hike! Of course, I still have to pack the sweetest Easter baskets for my little bunnies.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

These kids belong at the beach. They take to the ocean and the sand like little fish. 

Lia runs right to the water like she belongs there. Laughing as she gets knocked down and then comes out of the water with hundreds of tiny shells embedded in her hair.

Nico is a little more cautious with the water. He holds hands with someone but begs to go our further and further. Belly laughs escape his mouth after he sucks in air as the cold water soaks his shirt. 


Monday, April 3, 2017

We're counting down the days until our Hawaiian vacation and I don't think any of us can wait much longer! I've spent the past few weeks pulling together outfits and essentials we'll need and all that's left to do is pack it all. photo OB-hawaii roundup3_zps9a46rqkm.jpg


Friday, March 31, 2017

Happy Friday, friends! I, for one, am so happy that this week is over. Recovering from strep has not been fun and now that I am finally feeling better, I am ready for the weekend. We're going to an egg hunt tomorrow afternoon and then playing catch-up on the house stuff that's gotten left behind in the mess of the past week.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I caught strep over the weekend, so there's that. I'm living off popsicles and cherry icees from the local Burger King and trying to keep the germs contained. Lia had strep two weeks ago and I'm hoping we can rid the germs soon. The pollen too, please!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you wearing green today? Do you have some fun ideas and tricks planned for your kiddos?

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

We let Lia pick out a new pair of frames after her recent eye check and after trying on at least 15 pairs she decided on these. She is growing up so fast and I find myself clinging to the moments where she's still a little girl. If I'm being truthful though, those moments are fleeting. So, here's to this spunky girl and those spunky frames!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We've been living here in this charming little town for a little over 5 years now. It's the most amount of time we have lived in one place since we were married 10 years ago! I took these photos last August and never got around to posting them. We spent the evening wandering the streets of downtown and I fall in love with this place we call home a little more each time we do.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Weekend links are coming to you on a Monday! Friday turned busy and we were offered up free babysitting for a date night on Saturday so all other plans went out the window!

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Happy Saturday! It's been a busy one around here. The kids had so much fun spending the afternoon at a local maritime museum. And, we topped the evening off with a new scooter for Nico (after he discovered his sister's pictured above!) and grilled strawberry shortcakes for the rest of us.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I've been busy around here with my business and designing a birthday party for a friend! And, between all that, trying to catch up around the house, and mixing up my days (thank you holiday!), I haven't been documenting here. It's a huge bummer! So, I thought I'd share our day at the zoo from last weekend.

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The zoo is a bit of a drive from us, but we bought season passes last year so we can pop in on weekends when we have nothing going on and explore a bit. Having passes lightens the stress of "must see and do it all". While the zoo is small enough to see most everything in one day, we like letting the kids do more of what they like there and less of what they don't.

Lia's favorites this trip were the flamingos (because of her shirt, of course!), the giant checkers game, and a giant slushy.

Nico's favorites included digging in the dinosaur play area, stealing his sister's giant slushy, and climbing any and all fences and walls and displays that he could, of course.

We brought along a picnic, fed the giraffes, explored the fun children's area (hello tree house and giant outdoor games), and shared funnel cake fries.

After we were all happily exhausted, we attempted an early dinner in a funky little downtown restaurant. I spent most of the meal walking Nico down side alleys but that's how the cookie crumbles lately.

But, it was a really really good family day.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Our guy surprised us by staying home to spend more time with us yesterday morning! Waking up to the smell of bacon is always a good way to start the morning. We picked up a baby cake from our favorite bakery for the kids, spend the morning picking daffodils with Nico, and celebrated with L's class at her school valentine party.

The evening ended with heart-shaped pizza, a little playdoh fun, and our annual viewing of Valentine's Day.

It was a good one!


Monday, February 13, 2017

L's school is a healthy-choice school. On top of that, her class is FULL of allergies. So, we always stick with non-treat valentines to be on the super safe side. I like the fun touch that a homemade valentine brings and she's never really been the one to want to pick out her own from the store.

So, homemade and simple it is! We put these together quickly last night after bath time. I cut the cards out but she handled the rest.

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I found the printable over here!

And, if you still need valentine ideas, here's a few others we love...