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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This is what we have all looked like at some point for half of January and the beginning of February. 

We can't seem to catch a break!

Hopefully we are all getting our sicknesses out of our system and will have a super healthy rest of the year...fingers crossed??

Tea for Three at the Grand American

A couple months ago, Chris took Pato to Dallas for a couple days, which meant I was left with one little girl who was a little sad about being left behind. "I'm jealous, Mom," she said. Instead of telling her all the reasons why she shouldn't be or asking her to just try to be happy for her brother, I let her just feel sad and jealous. I am always grateful when my kids can tell me how they feel, and also when they can recognize their feelings.

Anyhow, I did want to ease things a bit by planning some fun things to do while the boys were gone. Because, hello! I can be a cool mom, right?! Well, it all worked out perfectly because Sof ended up not having school on the Friday they were gone, so I decided we would try something I've been dying to take Sof to for forever: Afternoon Tea at the Grand American Hotel. So, I took her and her little bestie for an afternoon of girls time.

Their excitement began the second we pulled up to the hotel (free valet voucher with Afternoon Tea!) and our their doors were opened by the friendliest valets. I'm pretty sure they felt like royalty when the doorman held open the hotel doors for them and welcomed us to the hotel. The girls gave each other a look and immediately I knew it was going to be a memorable afternoon.

I knew they would have a good time, but honestly had no idea just how much they would love it. The whole entire time, their faces would like up with excitement and more treats would come out. "Are those for us?!" 

Once we were stuffed with sandwiches, scones, and more treats, we took a little walk around the hotel to check out the beautiful window displays.

It was seriously the best afternoon together, and I think I had just as much fun as they did. 

Sunday Cuddles

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

I've come to the conclusion that when it comes to church, once in a while, it's okay to be late because you spent a little too much time cuddling in bed while talking about trains.

And because of waffles. I'm okay walking in a bit late because of waffles. 
Because the day will come when we won't be cuddling in bed talking trains anymore, and I won't have hungry little ones coming to the table begging for waffles. Someday I'll be cooking waffles for two, and we will have a lot more leftovers. (Okay, so I suppose there is a silver lining to it.)

Family Pictures Made Easy with JCPenney's Peyton & Parker

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

 With the holiday season, comes the tradition of taking family pictures! Cute pictures where everyone looks like a million bucks and everyone is perfectly happy, right? When you think of taking family pictures, does the thought make you excited, or does it make you cringe a little? Does picking out outfits make you want to run for the hills screaming and make you seriously consider hiring someone to just photoshop your family's faces on other "perfectly" pictured families? Let me tell you, I've seriously considered the latter. 

But, having had quite a good number of family shoots under our belts, I feel like we have found a few ways to make things run more smoothly, and be something we look forward to instead of dread! (Yes, it's possible!)

- Set the scene. Have an idea of where you want to take pictures before you actually do so! If you will be taking pictures outdoors, visit the location so you know what sorts of things you will have to deal with. Whether it be the weather, or the foliage, etc.-- just know what you're going into. If you're taking pictures indoors, feel free to tidy up a bit. The focus should be on your family, not the socks on the floor! (Or*cough cough* the basket of laundry that's been waiting to be folded in the corner!)

- Take some test shots to make sure that's where you want to shoot. Here, I snapped a picture of Sofia to make sure the lighting was okay and the colors looked good on camera. And speaking of light...

- Light is everything when it comes to taking pictures! Shoot in nice natural light that isn't too bright. I happen to know that our room gets great soft light in the morning, so this was one reason we chose to shoot our family pictures right in our home. Plus, I loved the idea of taking pictures of our family in the places where we are most comfortable and most ourselves.

- Set your expectations low if you have young kids! One of the most important lessons I've learned about photographing kids, and especially taking family pictures, is that children aren't robots--they usually might do what you want (if you're lucky) but be ready for some giggles, silly faces, and lots of wiggles. Go with it!

- Don't think you'll get the perfect picture on the first try! Or second. Or third. Or maybe tenth! When finally getting "the" shot we loved best, we actually had already taken about a dozen self timer photos. And you know what was the best part? Oscar decided to hug me at the last minute. So that moment felt very real and very genuine. And very cute!

For our pictures, we got some help from JCPenney and their new lifestyle line, Peyton & Parker. This affordable collection offers perfect pieces that coodinate so well, and there's something for each member of the family. While coordinating pieces can't force your kids to cooperate, they do make it easier for getting picture ready. 

Shop our outfits and home items!

This post was sponsored by JCPenney. All opinions and tips, however, are my own. 

Ten Things I am Loving of My Almost Seven Year Old

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

1. I love her gap toothed smile. That one tooth is taking longer than the others to come in, and that you can see her tongue poke through!

2. I love that I have a partner to watch Full House with. There's just something that feels so full circle about it. Watching a show that I loved at her age with her and laughing at the same parts. And getting a silly smile on our faces whenever Steeeeeve comes into the picture. 

3. I love watching her when she doesn't know I'm watching. 

4. I love that she loves to sit quietly playing with her dollhouse or reading a book. When she reads, she keeps her place, line by line, with a red bookmark. 

5. I love how she tries to test out new words. Her most recent one was "transfixed." And I love how proud of herself she gets when she knows she's used it correctly. 

6. I love that she still thinks its fun to match with her mama.

7. I love her laugh. So much.

8. I love that she's still silly. And laughs at her own jokes.

9. I love that she has a mind of her own.

10. And most of all. I love how much she thinks of others. Before bed, she picks out stuffed animals for Chris and I to sleep with and it's kinda just the sweetest thing. 

Back to School with Rack Room Shoes

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The other day we were sitting in line at the amusement park, and Chris and I were talking about how much the kids have grown since the previous summer. They were now big enough for all the rides, which they certainly were not the year before! And their feet? Forget it. Those seem to grow even faster! But, somehow I still couldn't convince any of them to ride the mousetrap ride with me.

With the trip to the amusement parked crossed off our summer wish list, we finally felt like we had squeezed all the fun out of the season, and were finally ready to head into the next.

Now, I know that not all of us are exactly heading back to school, but the back to school season has always felt like a fresh start, a reset button. Back to school season always brings back memories of fresh pencils, new binders, and a new pair of shoes to wear on the first day. Even though I haven't been in school in a few years, it's still a fun time to get something new!

Rack Room Shoes is a one stop shop for families during this Back to School Season, and was the perfect place to go to grab shoes for our whole family. Not only do they have a huge variety of shoes, but they also carry backpacks and lunch boxes.

Sof and I grabbed matching shoes (please bless that she will always think it's cool to match mom!), Chris got a new pair of Nike men's Tanjun sneakers, Joaquin was excited to finally get some Converse, and Oscar was just happy to get something new! Seeing as how my older two are growing more and more particular about what they wear, I decided to snag some cute new Converse shoes for Oscar in red.

(True story: the first time I ever laid eyes on Chris, he was wearing a pair of red Converse high tops, and apparently they made an impression on me!)

Here's to hoping that even though they might have those first day jitters, they will walk in with a little more confidence with their new shoes from Rack Room Shoes :)

And here are the links for all our shoes!

Backpack: Adidas Toplocal Backpack  

On Oscar: Boys Infant Converse 

On Sofia: Adidas Boys Baseline 

On Joaquin: Boys Converse All Star 

On me: Adidas Cloudfoam

On Chris: Nike Men's Tanjun

Night Out with the Orem Owlz

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

We recently had a family date at the ballpark, and had a wonderful time cheering on the Orem Owlz! It was our first time catching a baseball game this summer, and Oscar's very first baseball game! I couldn't tell if he was more excited about the game, or all the snacks! Haha. Nachos and some Cracker Jack-- this kid was in heaven! And he kept stealing fries from the random guy sitting next to us!

In between innings, we got up to stretch our legs and take in some different views of the field. 

Pato is a huge sports fan, and kept asking all sorts of questions about baseball throughout the game. It's a good thing Chris was there to answer them all!

The kids and Rowly! So, interesting thing about this picture is that Pato actually loves mascots, and Sof is absolutely terrified of them. When she saw her brother taking about to take a picture with Rowly, she decided at the last second to hop in! 

Thanks so much for the fun evening, Orem Owlz!

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