Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hux: 7 Months

Another month FLEW by with sweet Hux! I've seen so many changes in him this month. He can sit up on his own very well now, he's gotten longer and is filling out his 6/9 month PJs and he is really interacting with us. He still smiles the biggest for big sister! Here is Charlotte's 7 month update! 

Poor Guy! She definitely is rough with him, but he loves it!

This picture is too funny! Happy 7 Months, Hux!

Weight: 17lbs 8 oz. (the same as Charlotte at 7 months)
Diaper Size: size 3!Clothing Size: He is really fitting well into his 6-9 month clothing! Boy clothes aren't as cute as girlNickname: Huxie is the most common one.Sleeping Habits:  It is crazy how similar he is to his sister. If you read her 7 month update, Kyle went out of town and she started sleeping. Well, Kyle is out of town and he has been sleeping. I don't want to talk about it for fear of cursing it. But fingers crossed this sticks!Adventures this Month: Kyle was super Dad and cared for both kids while I was away for 4 nights! Hux went to his first play, the Little Mermaid, and had a blast! 
Visitors: No visitors this month!
Milestones:  Rolling, scooting, sitting up without assistance, shaking his head when we ask him to. He loves to eat at daycare, but HATES when I try to feed him food. He literally purses his lips together and will not eat! 
Teeth: Still no teeth! His pediatrician couldn't feel anything at his last appointment either, but he is drooling up a storm!
Favorite Toy: anything that shakes or makes noises! 
Looking forward to: going to Florida next month to spend time with my sister and see her new home and also go to Aunt Courtney's wedding! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hux: 6 Months

Sweet boy!
Hux is 6 months old! I am a few days late as it was on the 15th, but that's life these days. We celebrated his 1/2 year birthday last Wednesday. Charlotte had just returned from Florida with Gaga and we had a chocolate cake to celebrate. 

Hux was very happy to have Charlotte come back home from Florida. He truly looks up to her and really loves her. He has a special smile and laugh just for Charlotte! Here is Char at 6 months! 

Their love for each other is so special!

Weight: 17lbs 6oz.
Diaper Size: size 3!
Clothing Size: 3 - 6 months. I'm so sad to be packing stuff away. He still fits in a few 3 month PJs, but they are tight. I just bought him some new PJs this weekend. The zipper style is my favorite. 
Nickname: Huxie, buddy
Sleeping Habits:  In the last month, he slept one night in his crib (THE ENTIRE NIGHT) Since then we haven't been so lucky! 
Adventures this Month: This month flew by and honestly we didn't do much. No weekend trips, just stayed at home. We did some house projects while Charlotte was in Florida for 2 weeks and Huxie just watched! :) Visitors: Papa visited for Charlotte's birthday and Gaga and Doug visited last week!
Milestones: Rolling around and babbling like crazy. We are trying to teach him "Mama" and "Dada" But right now, he just says, "Baba". Continuing to eat solids, but not really loving them when mommy feeds him. Still nursing like a champ! 
Teeth: He is teething and drooling like crazy and I know his bottom teeth will pop through soon, but nothing yet! :)
Favorite Toy:  Teething toy and his new O'ball bouncer.
Looking forward to: trying more foods and learning to sleep better! :) 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Hux: 5 Months

We've been quite busy and Hux actually turned 5 months last Sunday! He is such a happy guy, but still has FOMO and doesn't sleep the best which equates to a tired mama over here. Regardless, we love him and his sweet smiles! He is such a happy boy and really loves rough housing with his sister! I missed Charlotte's 5 month update, so nothing to compare it to!

Weight: 15lbs 9 oz. at his last doctor's appt.
 Diaper Size: size 3!
Clothing Size: 3 and 6 months. I'm so sad to be packing stuff away. 
Nickname: Huxie and Huxie boy for sure!
Sleeping Habits: AH, my kids don't love sleep. He is doing ok, but still has some work here! Of course he slept much better for our sitter while we were in Mexico! 
Adventures this Month: This past month, Hux went on his first flight and also went to Lake Tahoe! Visitors: My nephew Chris visited us and Papa comes at the end of the week!
Milestones: He can roll over now! So fun! He also is super chatty (sometimes downright LOUD), smily and happy!

Favorite Toy:  He loves his satin square lovie that he can hold an snuggle. It is so sweet! :)
Looking forward to: Spending some 1:1 time with Mom & Dad when Char goes to Florida and turning  1/2 a year old! Time is flying!

4 year old and 5 month old!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The BIG 3-0 at Carmel Valley Ranch

This is 3-0!
My 30th birthday has come and gone and I have to admit, I don't feel much different! I was completely spoiled for my birthday and couldn't have asked for a better way to ring in the next decade!

Kyle threw me a surprise birthday at SUR! in the Barnyard the day before my actual birthday. I was completely surprised and so shocked to see all of my friends. Many who were leaving the next morning for international trips! I'm such a lucky girl! We had a great evening! I literally told Kyle, "The only thing that would make this better is going to a hotel and getting sleep"!

On the 14th, I woke up to a sweet voice saying, "Happy Birthday, Mommy". We had donuts, eggs and bacon and sang Happy Birthday. I opened all of my gifts and thought I was starting my day by going to run with Stroller Warriors. Kyle handed me a card and said that he didn't get me anything since we are going on a trip next month. I didn't think anything of it and opened the card. Inside were some sweet words and "We are going to Carmel Valley Ranch. Massage at 4pm and Dinner at 7:45pm" Seriously, this man knows the way to my heart.

I've talked about the American Express Platinum card in my previous post on our Babymoon. It is SERIOUSLY such a great deal. Annual fee is waived for military and the benefits are amazing. When you book at one of the FINE Hotels on their Travel Rewards site, you get the following perks:

  • Early check in at 12noon 
  • Late check out at 4pm 
  • Breakfast for 2 (a $60 value) 
  • Room Upgrade
  • Free WIFI
  • $100 Resort Credit (for spa or golf) 
The rates are sometimes a little bit higher, but the benefits totally outweigh the extra cost. 

We arrived to Carmel Valley Ranch and it was warm, sunny and so perfect! We checked in and were upgraded to an amazing suite with a bathtub on the patio. While we waited for our room to be available, we had lunch by the pool. I had salmon tacos and Kyle had a salmon salad. 

We checked into our room and lounged a bit before heading to the pool and spa. CVR does everything well. They have golf carts that transport you all around the property. They are super service-oriented. We lounged by the pool and I had my massage, too. It was excellent and a great way to spend my birthday. I was even greeted with a mini cupcake with a candle after my service was over. After soaking up the sun for a bit longer, we headed back to get ready for dinner. We had dinner on property at The Valley Kitchen. Dinner was delicious! Kyle ordered a steak and I had the pork. Both were delicious and wonderfully presented. They also served us their yummy "Carmel Valley Road" Ice Cream for my birthday and it was some of the yummiest ice cream I have EVER had! 

My entree! So yummy!

We couldn't pass up the daily offering of S'mores out by the pool, so we stopped there on our way home as well to have another sweet treat! So yummy. 

I think I was out to the world before 10pm. I was abruptly woken up at 4am when I realized I needed to pump and I was also freezing! CVR has A/C where our house does not, so needless to say, I was cold! We slept in till about 7am and the ordered a yummy breakfast from room service. 

After breakfast, Kyle headed back home to check on the kids and I headed down to the "River Ranch" to do a workout class. It was so great! After the class, I had a coffee and did some work while I enjoyed the fire pits. CVR is truly such a beautiful place. 
We headed to the pool to soak up every last minute of our time at CVR! My friend Jessica joined me for the afternoon and we dubbed it our new favorite place and are already scheming a way to get back! 

Can't beat this view!

If you have a chance to celebrate a special occasion at Carmel Valley Ranch, I would HIGHLY recommend it! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hux: 4 Months

She loves him!

We are on vacation and I am already late posting Hux's 4 month update! So I wanted to hop on and document 4 months! He is growing so quickly and is such a happy boy. Here is Char's 4 month update! Do you think they look alike?!

Weight:  I weighed him the other day on our scale and he was 15 lbs! 
Diaper Size: upgraded to size 3!
Clothing Size: All NB have been packed away and 3 month outfits are getting tight. We wear mostly 3 or 6 month outfits now. 
Nickname: Huxie is sticking. We also call him "Buddy".
Sleeping Habits: Sleep is meh, but I'm not complaining too much. I'm enjoying the sweet snuggles. With lots of trips on our horizon in the coming month, I have delayed sleep training for now.
Adventures this Month: We went on our first trip as a family of four to Paso Robles. We also celebrated Mommy's 30th birthday! 
Visitors: No visitors this month, but looking forward to some next month.
Milestones: Still so close to rolling over, but hasn't yet. He gets to his side so far. He had his first plane ride, too! 
Favorite Toy: He is starting to play with his rattles and is able to grab things, is enjoying tummy time and of course his playmat, too! 
Looking forward to: Big Sister's 4th Birthday next month and his 4 month checkup is scheduled for July. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hux: 3 Months

Daddy took this picture, but you can see he is smiling at mommy! :) 
Hux is 3 months old! He is getting so big and is so happy and smily! He loves baths and Charlotte loves taking them with him and helping me bathe him. Just about every time we take a bath, he pees and we get a good laugh!

First day in Bubblefish
Hux is happiest when Charlotte is right in front of him. He is very easily entertained by her and loves her so much! They already have a very special relationship. Here is Charlotte at 3 months! She had already been on her first plane ride at 3 months! Poor Hux, second child problems!  

Still not quite sure who he looks like. 

Weight:  about 14 lbs according to our scale at home. We go back to the doctor next month!
Diaper Size: still size 2!Clothing Size: 3-6 months. He is definitely filling out. 
Nickname: I've been calling him Huxie and bud or buddySleeping Habits: Some nights/days are better than others. He is a very low-key baby. He loves little cat naps of 20-30 minutes during the day. He is still getting up 2-3 times per night, but hopefully those stretches will become longer soon!Adventures this Month: Hux started in his Bubblefish classroom! He has done great so far! We also visited the strawberry patch for u-pick strawberries! Visitors: Papa visited during his work trip! Hoping for more visitors soon.Milestones: Smiling, cooing, tracking us as we walk around, close to rolling over, but not quite yet. He loves his sister and is always looking for attention from her. I am also able to "brush" his hair and do a little part! Favorite Toy: Still loves his playmate and the activity bar on his carseat. He loves just staring and talking to us. He also likes stroller walks/runs! Looking forward to: Our summer trips to San Diego and Lake Tahoe! Should be lots of fun! Mommy also turns 30 next month! Yikes! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

My Monterey Favorites

It is April 2018 and we are almost one full year into our tour in Monterey. It has been a big adjustment for our family, but we have done well with embracing a new place (for the most part) and have found some amazing places on our journey! Here is a list of some of my favorite things in Monterey, with special tips, too! I've been working on this post for a while and this list will continue to evolve as we discover new things! 

Mission Ranch
This is by far one of our favorite places for dinner and is an awesome place for special occasions and to show visitors the beauty of Carmel. Owned by Clint Eastwood, Mission Ranch doesn't take reservations, but that's ok, because you can sit outside (when we have good weather) and enjoy the sunset and a cocktail while you wait! If you prefer not to wait, get there right at 5pm. There will likely be a line already forming. I've heard there is a locals list that skips the wait, but we aren't that special yet! They also do a Sunday brunch which is really nice! $40 per person and includes a glass of champagne. They also have a piano bar that turns into a "sing along" every night at 9pm.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
When most people think of Monterey, they think of the aquarium. It truly is an amazing place and there is so much to see and do! We don't currently have a membership, but if you plan to go more than once, I highly suggest it as it will pay for itself on the first visit. We've been fortunate to borrow our friend's guest passes and also took advantage of the free passes from the library. All you need is proof of residency and you will get a pass for up to 6 guests. You will be required to show your library card and the form for admittance. Blackout dates apply including spring break and summer.

Parking can be tight near the aquarium, but I suggest having lunch at the c restaurant + bar  and they will validate your valet parking for up to 3 hours, which is the perfect amount of time to have a yummy lunch and browse the aquarium! Many of the restaurants around the aquarium are tourist traps, so be advised! Expensive and not the best food! I also like Lalla Grill and Johnny Rockets (for a quick and casual meal)
Lunch with a view at c restaurant + bar
My Museum
My Museum is a great spot for toddlers and small children! We first went for a birthday party and loved it so much that we decided to get a membership. They offer many classes and activities, including Kinderjam. They also offer a reduced admission of just $2 on the first Tuesday of every month for Monterey County residents. The membership is $100 for the year and a great value!

Shoreline Community Church
We've been blessed to find an amazing church here in Monterey! Shoreline offers so many wonderful programs including Awana, MOPS, VBS, Growth Groups in addition to regular Sunday services with childcare at all services (8:30, 10 and 11:30).

Monterey Bay Recreational Trail 
Spanning 18 miles from Castroville to Pacific Grove, this is my favorite place to run or walk. You will never get bored of these gorgeous views and you are bound to see some type of wildlife while you are on your walk or run! You can also rent bikes from NPS or Adventures by the Sea. They offer a military discount and have surrey bikes as well!

Breakfast at First Awakenings
Arrive early and check it out on a weekday! Yummy breakfast and right near the aquarium and rec trail! The California Crepe Egg is my favorite!

Il Vecchio
My friend Tina recommended this restaurant and it has become Kyle's favorite! Their Italian is authentic Northern Italian food  and so good! Our favorites are the Gnocchi and Chicken Marsala, but honestly, you cannot go wrong with anything on their menu. They also offer a great happy hour, M-Th from 5-6pm where everything is $5!

Biscuits and Gravy at From Scratch
Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, their biscuits and gravy help fill the void of the lack of Southern food in California. They serve their biscuits with the most delicious homemade jelly (that you can also purchase) and a side of fried cheese grits! Yum! Best part? They serve breakfast all day!

Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette
My fav is the JC (bacon jam and grilled brie?! yes please) the Fried "Full Tilt" Chicken with a cheddar biscuit and polenta! It is the south on a plate and so yummy. Totally big enough to share! Kyle loves their oysters. The atmosphere here is so amazing and is right down the road from Fort Ord housing. Truly a hidden gem!

Wine Tasting and Charcuterie at Folktale
When you walk into the garden area at Folktale, you will be greeted with a delicious glass of bubbles, to start out your tasting experience! I love Folktale because of the atmosphere and the sun. Located in Carmel Valley, it is usually a little warmer and sunnier, which is a huge plus for me. Enjoy yummy farm-to-table appetizers while you have a wine flight. Folktale also has corn hole and other lawn games. We bring our kids and pets are allowed too!

Brunch at Crema 
This is an adorable spot in Pacific Grove. Downstairs they have a sweet little coffee shop and upstairs, they have a full service coffee shop! Military discount is 15%. We loved the chicken and waffles.

Refuge is an amazing get-away! I've been several times, but I was pregnant, so could not fully enjoy! I don't recommend going with friends, because it is very hard to resist the urge to talk, as it is a silent facility. Enjoy time in the hot and cold pools and relax around the fire pit. Active and Retired Military receive 20% admission M-Th!

Bernardus Spa
My favorite spa experience so far on the Peninsula! Bernardus itself is truly a dream. It is secluded and sits on 28 acre of vineyards, oh and did I mention it is warmer and sunnier there?! I would spend every day here if I could. I highly recommend their organic facial and they also do a 10% locals discount! Stay all day and enjoy the amenities!

Bernardus Lucia Restaurant
Great for date night or a GNO! Bernardus is gorgeous and the service is impeccable.
Monday and Tuesday - $8 till 8 on cocktails
Wednesday- $15 Brick Oven Pizzas, $2 Oysters and Drink Specials (5-7pm)

Stroller Warriors Monterey
I've been a part of Stroller Warriors in Hawaii and in Jacksonville and it is truly an amazing organization. The members are SO welcoming and instant friendships are created! Workouts are on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:15am at various locations.

Ventana/ The Sur House
A more upscale Big Sur experience with the best view by far! Food is more eclectic and expensive, but they do have a burger on the menu. The view and ambiance cannot be beat! Even better, you can make a reservation on Opentable!

Big Sur River Inn
Great for lunch, ice cream and relaxing in the river on the Adirondack chairs. Don't forget your rain boots to walk in the river!

We've only been once and it was a little foggy, but the views were still amazing. Get there early. It is a very popular restaurant! On their site they have a live weather cam, so check it out before you make the trip down.

Bixby Bridge
Completed in 1932 and recently made more popular by the show Big Little Lies, this is a must stop photo-op on your way down to Big Sur! It is absolutely breathtaking! We stop every time we drive down to snap a photo!

Asilomar Beach 
Asilomar is one of my favorite places for pictures and a wonderful place to watch the sunset. You will want to bundle because it can be rather chilly and windy here, but it is so beautiful! Parking is free and fairly easy, but be sure to park inside the lines on the side of the road or you will get ticketed!

Pebble Beach and 17 Mile Drive
This a great excursion for guests who come to visit! You can drive on 17 Mile Drive and then have lunch at Roy's at Spanish Bay, Sticks or Bench at the Lodge overlooking the 18th hole. Be sure to stop for a photo with the Lone Cypress. It's also fun to pull up Zillow and guess the home prices as you drive through. You will need $10.25 to access 17 Mile Drive (or say you are going to an open house and provide the address), but you will be reimbursed for that fee when you spend $35 at a restaurant and provide your entrance receipt!

The Lone Cypress
18th Hole at Pebble Beach
Bento Box at Roy's at Spanish Bay
Don't miss the bagpipers that play nightly at Spanish Bay at 5:45 p.m. during Daylight Savings, and a half hour before sunset during the winter months

If you are looking to buy Pebble Beach souvenirs, check out the Outlet on Cannery Row. They have huge sale racks and more affordable items. They also offer a 10% military discount.

The Farm in Salinas 
This was one of our first adventures when we moved here! We went to the farm for one of their weekend events and had a blast. They have pony rides, hay rides, a small petting farm with rabbits, bunnies and goats. They also have u-pick flowers that are super fun to cut and make a fresh bouquet. On Tuesdays and Wednesday, they also do a story-time at 10:30! Its a great place to visit!