Hello!! Life Update Comin' in Hot!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Hello! Holy moly it has been a hot minute since I've logged on here, but I am feeling all sappy in the fact that baby boy #2 has virtually nothing documented for him. I'm usually not a sentimental person, but I do LOVE going back to posts about Graham and seeing how much he changed, what he was doing at certain ages, etc. This is my virtual baby book/life scrapbook and I have not been keeping up with it!

I'm making no promises that I'll be back to posting regularly, but I do miss this little space of mine!

So, what have we been doing? Well, I stopped posting consistently towards the end of last summer, and since then a lot has happened!

In August we moved into our newly built home.

I also started teaching closer to home and it was the best decision ever! A 15 minute commute compared to a 50 minute commute just can't be beat!

Graham started at a new school that he loves!

I enjoyed girl's days with some of my besties!

In October we hosted our best friend's gender reveal party! It was SO fun learning they were expecting a baby boy! They live four doors down, so all our boys will grown up like brothers!

We also had the best Halloween! Graham finally understands what to do, and it was so fun!

The first weekend in November I host my best friend's bridal shower!

November 9th I came home from camp with my 5th graders. That night I took a pregnancy test (at the urging of one of my best friends who knows my cycle better than I do) and found out we were pregnant!

Over Thanksgiving break G officially became potty trained. I didn't have to really do anything except finally buy him some underwear. His teachers did everything! Praise them!

December was filled with holiday festivities! My sister in law, mother in law, and I went to NYC! This was my second year in a row to go to NYC during Christmas and I am addicted. This trip was a little different because I was newly pregnant, so I did give the city a warm welcome by puking out of a taxi window seconds before arriving at our hotel!

NYC was followed by a huge family trip to Park City, Utah the first week in January!

My whole family and Chris's whole family rented a huge house in the mountains and spent a week skiing, relaxing, and enjoying our time together! 

In January we told everyone we were expecting baby boy #2!

In February, I served as my best friend's Matron of Honor. Her wedding was beautiful, and to say WE have waited for this day for a long time would be an understatement! It was the best day!

We also found out my sister in law and brother in law will be having a little girl in August!

Over Spring Break Chris and I traveled to Portland for a mini baby-moon. We were sure we would go on an official baby-moon, but I've had some minor complications with the pregnancy that keep arising (no worries!), so that halted us from feeling comfortable traveling too far. 

On March 24th G said good-bye to his pacis. The Paci Fairy came and took all the pacis to the babies that need them :)

On April 1st our G-man turned 3! Give me allll the toddlers because this age is fun! I am a pretty patient person, and don't freak out about much, so the tantrums, etc. don't really phase me at all. Now, that baby stage, whew! I'm getting all the sleep I can get because that stage is no joke!

At the end of April our best friends welcomed their precious baby boy. They also built their house four houses away from ours, so we are really that close! Them having their baby boy has been a gentle ease into big brotherhood for Graham!

We spent a long weekend at the lake with my parents. I was just a waddling whale and not much help with G, but that's what uncles are for, right?

Our friends spoiled us with a Baby-Q! We are so blessed! We also showered my sis in law the day after our Baby Q! Cousins that are due five weeks apart!

Now it is June and I've been soaking up this precious time with my biggest boy. Chris took him to his first Rangers game! I love him at this age so much. Life is easy lately, and I couldn't be more thankful. I should also add he still goes to school Tuesdays and Thursdays, because....momma needs a break! 

That was a lot, and I didn't even mention half of what we did, but I hope to keep up a little better, so that 10 years from now...when I have a bunch of teenage boys, I can look back and remember how cute they were :)

Happy Thursday!

5 Tips to a Healthy Marriage After Kids

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Hi friends! I am here today to talk about some tips I have found helpful to keep your marriage thriving after you bring a kiddo into the mix.

Let's all be real here. You love your spouse, but the second that baby enters the world, you're a puddle in their tiny hands. And, unfortunately, it is your relationship that may fall by the waste side for a period of time.

I'm not expert, but I have 6 years of marriage under my belt, and experience with a toddler, and I still very much love my husband.

Here are my tips on how to keep a healthy marriage after kids:

1. Be easy on yourself and realize that ALL relationships ebb and flow. No marriage or relationship is perfect. Chris was my whole world...until Graham entered the equation. Now I had two whole worlds who both needed all of my attention and it was hard! It was rocky, and there were ups and downs, but we both knew that was just a season. Things will get back to normal and new stressors will come into play. Just know that it is okay if your in a low spot. You will get out of it!

2. Let one another do what they love or need to feel like "them self." For me, that was getting back into working out and being with my friends. I've worked out my entire life. I started playing softball in 3rd grade and didn't stop until I was 21. I was put on bed rest with Graham at 27 weeks for two weeks. After that I couldn't workout. Then, I had a newborn and had no time to workout. It wasn't until a year ago when I decided I NEEDED that time to go let out some stress and get back to feeling like myself. For Chris, he needs guy time, or just time to work outside. You have to let your spouse do whatever it is that fill their cup.

3. Take trips together! To each their own, but nothing brings Chris and I closer than taking a trip with just the two of us. I left Graham for the first time to go to Napa when he was four months old. It was hard, but once I went and did it, I felt confident in traveling more without him. Just this year Chris and I have traveled to Germany, Amsterdam, London, and Maui all without G! We try to get away, just the two of us, once every couple of months!

4. Be kind to one another and realize you are each other's best friend. Chris and I are super competitive. It is definitely something we struggle with in our marriage because we are constantly comparing loads of laundry to minutes spent with G. It has bitten us in the butt more times than I'd like to admit, but realizing that we are in this together helps. If I need a minute to catch my breath or go out for a girl's day, Chris is more than willing to take on the G duties. One the flip side, if Chris needs an evening with his friends, or an afternoon to watch football with the guys, I realize that.

5. Rely on help. I know this isn't the case for everyone, but we are blessed to be surrounded by our family and friends who love Graham just as much as we do. Graham has more aunts and uncles that any other kid I know and we truly mean it when we say they are family. Heck, two couples built houses right next to us, so they must like us! Anyways, rely on their help and don't feel bad about it. Parenting is hard enough, so don't think you have to do it all alone!

Bonus: If you can, hire a cleaning service! Seriously! At the end of the day, everyone is tired. I teach all day long then tend to a toddler until Chris walks in the door. Chris works hard all day and walks in to me begging him to take G for 5 minutes so I can pee alone. So, the LAST thing we want to do on a weekend, or when we get free time, is clean! I know this isn't in everyone's budget, but I highly recommend it! Now, Chris and I never argue about who has to sweep or vacuum. Or, who has to do all the dishes, or clean the shower. It is just done and it leaves time for us to spend as a family!

Do you have any tips?? I'd love to hear!

$4 DIY Balloon Garland

Monday, October 22, 2018

I've been dreaming of making a balloon garland for weeks now! I am hosting my best friend's bridal shower in two weeks and really wanted an excuse to practice before the big day. Luckily, we were asked to host our friend's gender reveal, which lent itself to be the perfect opportunity for me to try out making a balloon garland!

Y'all...it was SO EASY! And SO CHEAP!

I spent $4 on 60 balloons from Wal-Mart and followed this tutorial. From start to finish it took around one hour. And, we LOVED how it turned out!

Have y'all ever made a balloon garland? I can tell you now that this will not be the last time I whip one of these babies up!

Happy Monday!