Monday, February 29, 2016

Valentine Loves

On actual Valentine's Day we were camping at the beach with my family, which was great. However, with kids it is always fun to do a little something special. So of course, we decorated the house a bit, Jovie had a little playgroup party with our friends, and Peyton had a little party with a Valentine's exchange at school. It wasn't our fanciest Valentine's Day, buuuuut we still had a lot of fun, and the girl's were still pretty happy about how it all went down.

I wasn't at Peyton's school during her party (thus no photo evidence)... we were leaving the next day for camping and I was super busy trying to get us all ready. But, she came home excited, and with lots of love from her friends. Her highlight was getting the paid for school grams from 3 different friends at school. This mom wasn't even aware that was an option.

I did get these cute photos though as we were taking down decorations... I know I may be just a little bias but man these girls are cute!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

School Spirit

Peyton has had some fun school spirit days.

Like pajama day:

And her 100th day at school. Where they made hats and necklaces and showed off their crafts from home. She loved this day and I was lucky enough to volunteer in the class and watch the excitement of ALL of the kids. That "100" paper was all her idea and she was insistent we add "eyeballs" in the 0s.

And I don't have any photos of it, but she LOVED their Valentines Day "party". I don't think it was an actual party, but they did exchange valentines and her favorite thing ever did some science experiments. She has been begging to do science experiments for a few weeks, so this was a dream come true for her.

Friday, February 19, 2016


We have been having quite a fun time babysitting "babies" as we prepare for our own to join us in about 9 weeks. My girls are the BEST helpers and I am so excited to see them in action as big sisters. They are so helpful, kind and patient.... for the most part that is. Jovie sometimes loses her cool when she has a toy taken away or wants what they have, so I am pretty sure we will have some work to do.

A few weeks ago we had our twin nephews spend the night as their mom and dad had took a little pre-baby get-a-way. She is due about 2 weeks after me. The twins were actually surprisingly easy going... well everywhere but at church. They were not thrilled to be there. It was a funny Sunday as Cody would not go in the room with all the people, and both my girls decided they would share their testimonies that day, so Easton joined them and me on the stand as I helped them. He was a trooper. The two boys switched places in nursery where Cody was pretty happy and Easton was not having it. Once back at home, they were both back to their happy little selfs again.

Peyton could often be found reading to the boys. Well, for as long as they would sit with her.
It was a tight fit in the tub, but they made it work.
 And it was a good thing there was 2 of them, because my girls were very adamant about helping and there would have been tears if they each could not hold a hand.

We also watch a little boy for a couple of hours 2 a week. We do have some fights over who gets to hold him and give him his bottle. Luckily, things have calmed down a bit since we first started. But this only child is probably overwhelmed with all the love and attention he gets from these two each time he comes around.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Daddy Daughter Masquerade

Peyton's school put on a fun little daddy-daughter dance earlier this month, the theme masquerade. Peyton was soooo excited to go, which is kind of an understatement. She was really really REALLY looking forward to it. Wes planned a little dinner date with her before the dance using a certificate to BJ's she got for a perfect score on a math test and then headed to the dance where they met up with some friends to dance the night away. She came home so excited and with stars in her eyes. Her favorite part was the train all the girls did for about 3 songs. She loves doing trains now too no matter where we are. Usually she and Jovie walk around the house doing a train, and while we were beach camping this past weekend she started a few trains all over the sand with her cousins. I can honestly say that while she loved the dance I think she had fun simply because she was dancing with her daddy. That girl is 100% a daddy's girl, which makes this mommy a little jealous, but I can't blame her at the same time.

While those two were dancing the night away Jovie and I had our own little daughter mommy date night. We painted nails, curled hair, made dinner and then went out for frozen yogurt just the 2 of us. I think both my girls are pretty awesome company to be honest.

Saturday, February 6, 2016


Ah now to my very favorite part of all January. Wes and my cruise. Seriously, my heart is happy simply thinking back on this little trip of ours. It was nearly perfect... I'll explain the not so perfect parts, but even those can't taint my memories. As I laid in our dark dark room (no windows) next to the love of my life I was reminded of how important it is to get away just the two of us. There is something so wonderful just being together away from reality for a while that I can't really put into words--- I think eating all alone might be my favorite part. Or just sitting, doing nothing, you can't really do that with young kids. I honestly always get the WORST anxiety leaving my kids (I am so a worse case scenario kind of person and have terrible morbid thoughts whenever I leave them). But I knew I was leaving them in capable, loving hands with both grandparents and am so glad we have trustworthy friends and family I can leave them with to alleviate to an extent my worries. Once I was on the boat those worries faded and we had the best time.

Our trip was just a short 4 day coastal cruise, stopping at Santa Barbara and Ensenada, Mexico. We were teased before leaving that we could drive to both of those places in the same day and save a lot of time and money. But, like I said, cruising is my favorite and this one did not disappoint.

Problems: The boat apparently had a really bad norovirus the week before (terrible stomach flu) and because of this our boarding time was pushed back so they could do a deep thorough sanitization of the ship before loading it again. A cruise would just be a cesspool of breeding for any illness if you can imagine. Really, this was not terrible because it meant the boat would be very clean. However, it did cause a little bit of trouble the remaining days. Like lines were crazy because they did not allow passengers to serve themselves anything anywhere. Dining times the first day were all wonky due to the delay and there was a huge delay to eat that night... not really a problem because you are never really hungry anyway. And we could NEVER get through to room service which was our biggest and really only complaint as that is one of our favorite cruise activities. Apparently we were not the only ones with this problem and I am not entirely sure why this was the case. But it bugged just a bit as we laid in bed watching movies at midnight, had the hankering for cake or enchiladas and could not get them right then. I know we sound like spoiled gluttons, which isn't far from the truth that week.

What did we do all week? Took like 2 naps a day. Watched a lot of movies... (some to note: The Avengers 2, Ant Man, The Intern, Cinderella, there were more but those ones I can remember watching a lot). We played games in common areas while snacking on food and drinking a lot of diet coke and Miami Vices and listening to music. We hit up the spa once, and went to a few shows. But, if I could summarize our trip I would have to say it was spent lounging and relaxing. Which is exactly what I had hoped for in this trip. We did have breakfast delivered to our room every morning so we could watch movies and eat in bed... have I mentioned what I imagine heaven to be like? Cuz' there it is folks. Have I mentioned Wes and I are professional loungers? We did get dressed around noon everyday to hit up some boat activities but the majority of what we planned to do was outside and cancelled due to bad weather. So.... we would usually eat, play some games somewhere and then go take a nap.

Noteworthy events:
Santa Barbara: We met some friends on our first night who suggested hitting up the courthouse in Santa Barbara. So after walking the small wharf, we walked State St., stopped in a few shops, got an ice cream cone while we walked and finally made it there. We went to the top of the tower there to overlook the city, and then walked the stairs back down to take in the huge clock. We totally lucked out as that was only open Wed. and Sat. from 1-2pm, we happened to be there Wed at about 1:20 to take the free tour. We took the 50 cent trolley back to our little boat that would shuttle us back to the cruise. Then we got lunch on the boat (we weren't going to waste money on food in town, when it was already waiting for us paid for on the boat). Then we napped.
Before we left to go to Santa Barbara, I got stuck talking to this character while waiting for our little boat to take us to shore. And Wes was laughing so hard behind him; he snuck this picture and I was left trying to be courteous while talking to him, and not bust up laughing while Wes was there laughing and taking photos. It was no easy task.

That night:
On Monday night (our first night on the boat) when seating at dinner was all wonky, we ended up sitting by this older couple, who are veteran cruisers. I think this was their 120th cruise, 66th on Princess cruise lines. We got to talking to them and heard some of their stories. Well, they took a liking to us and invited us to sit with them at their dinner table the next few nights, if their table wasn't full. They found us the next night and sadly sad there was no room by them, which was fine, but they wanted to have another meal with us and invited us to the specialty restaurant on the ship, their treat. We of course accepted. So after our day in Santa Barbara we met them that night for dinner. First of all, that food is far superior to the normal dining experience and if you have the extra money, I would highly recommend it. It was an Italian restaurant where I had the best appetizer (fresh soft mozzarella, basil, tomato with a balsamic reduction, and lobster prepared 3 ways. Wes got the bomb veal that was better than either of us expected and probably better than the steak. So super yummy! This couple was really very fun to talk to and had stories to tell of their world cruise (that lasted 108 days... yowza)!

Richard and Tina

Ensenada: We truly didn't know if we were even going go get off the boat at this port. Our last experience was pretty terribly comical if you will recall here. We decided to around noon, simply so we could get something small for the girls. We walked around the cheap, souvenir "shopping streets" and got them a little bracelet each and jumping beans. The beans went over very well. We walked for maybe an hour or so and then headed back to the boat. I really needed a Miami Vice. ;) After our snacks and drinks on board we went back for a nap.