Thursday, November 29, 2018

Elf on the Shelf: Your Favorite Time of Year!

For most parents, you either love or strongly dislike the tradition of Elf on the Shelf. This time of year, your social media feeds become flooded with Elf ideas. I have to admit, it can be a little overwhelming. I mean, some of us have to set reminders and alarms just to remind us to move the elf each night. The holiday season is busy, but don't fret, my friend over at Cassia Leigh Designs has you covered and not just for your Elf on the Shelf needs. She has a full Etsy shop full of amazing party printables, invitations and everything you need to throw an amazing party (Charlotte's Mermaid Party came from her shop). I love printables because they are SO easy. You download, customize and print. The best part? You can do it last minute! Great for all of the procrastinators out there!

In our house, our elf makes his first appearance on December 1st! So, head over to the shop to get started on ideas for your family! There is even a printable calendar to help you plan the month and your Elf's activities!
A small sampling of Cassia Leigh Designs printables!
Cassia Leigh Designs offers "The Ginormous Printable Elf" package that includes 35 pages of Elf Fun! This is great for anyone who wants to be one and done! She also offers a la carte packages if you are just looking for a few different ideas. Some of my favorites include, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" ,  Good Deed Cards and Rudolph Lollipop Holder.  The Elf Arrival Set is perfect for your Elf's debut on December 1st! 

I know the Elf on the Shelf tradition can be overwhelming, but all of the guesswork is taken away with these fun printables and the kids really love waking up to something fun! We all know Jesus is the reason for the season and there is no judgement if you decide to have an Elf of the Shelf or not, but if you do, I hope this simplifies the process for you!

Merry Christmas! 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Hux: 8 Months

Sweet boy! Love his baby blues!
Our sweet Hux got sick for the first time while we were in Florida! We left on his 8 month birthday, Saturday the 15th, and flew overnight to Miami to my sister's house. The flight went very well and he did great, but once we arrived we noticed he was running a fever and congested. We took him to the doctor and he was diagnosed with RSV. The nights were VERY long and he was very uncomfortable. He is finally on the mend and I am so glad. It broke my heart seeing him sick, but I am SO proud that he made it over 8 months before getting sick! 

Hux has changed so much in the last month. He is eating a ton and really prefers pick ups and little pieces of food over baby food. He loves to be held and just to look around and see everything that is going on. He recently started HATING his carseat and throws a tantrum whenever I put him in, unless I majorly distract him with a toy. 

He had so much fun with his cousins and grandparents and loved splashing around in the pool and soaking up the Florida sun. We were definitely HOT though. It's amazing how you forget how hot it is in Florida! 

Charlotte's Update at 8 Months 

Weight: 17lbs 13oz. (Only up a bit since we have been battling sickness)
Diaper Size: size 3!
Teeth: No teeth! I seriously can't believe. I will say his gums are pretty hard though... He bit me with his gums and it didn't feel good!
Favorite Toy: Aunt Shannon brought him a little video game remote and he loves that. Honestly anything that makes nose. He loves to be on the go and on my hip. It's his favorite place!
Looking forward to: staying home and getting back on a routine! We have a fun family costume planned for Halloween, but the next couple of weeks will be low key for sure! We all need it!

Clothing Size: Anything from 6-12 months. 
Nickname: Huxie, Huxie Boy, Mr. Monkey 
Sleeping Habits:  He was sleeping 7p-7a before our trip, then the sickness hit and things have been a little rough. Slowly get back on our routine. 
Adventures this Month: We traveled to Florida to see Aunt Ashley's new house and also go to Aunt Courtney's wedding. Mommy and Daddy both solo-parented and we survived! 
Visitors: Aunt Shannon visited us and Papa comes next week 
Milestones:  So many amazing things happening this month, including saying "Dada" and "Ma", full on crawling and really developing a personality. He is the sweetest little babe, but he knows what he likes and if he doesn't get it, he lets you know. 

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.