Three Years Old

And just like that, our baby girl is THREE today. I have honestly been a wreck the past couple of days, going through old photos and looking back on the wonderful life we’ve created. Having your child grow older is such a bittersweet experience. I love watching Charlotte grow, learn, explore, become her own little person, but it also pains me to look at her hands that are no longer the baby hands, or listen to how she speaks words the proper way. I’m so ridiculously thankful God chose me to be Charlotte’s mom, it has by far been the best thing to happen to me since I met my husband. Being a mom is everything I had ever dreamed it being and more (if that’s even possible). Today we celebrate my not so baby girl and her third birthday, Charlotte we love you so much and treasure every minute we get to spend with you.

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Happy Birthday Charlotte! You are so very loved and cherished.

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Day In The Life-Photo Every Hour

I’ve always thought it was fun to see what everyone else’s days look like in various stages of life. Well, this is what a day in my life looks like with a (almost) three year old.

 

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6:30AM-Getting ready for the day

 

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7:30AM-On the way to an early morning Dr. appointment

 

8:30AM-Starbucks date with my girl

 

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9:30AM-Picking up essentials at Target

 

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10:30AM-Gymnastics

 

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11:30AM-Weekly grocery run

 

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12:30PM-Lunch

 

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1:30PM-Nap time and some much needed mama quiet time with some Friends

 

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2:30PM-Working on the blog

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3:30PM-Afternoon snack!

4:30PM-Working on letters

4:30PM-Working on letters

5:30PM-Coloring while mom cooks dinner

5:30PM-Coloring while mom cooks dinner

 

 

6:30PM-Dinner!

6:30PM-Dinner!

 

7:30PM-Outside play

7:30PM-Outside play

8:30PM-Bedtime-doesn't she look so tired?

8:30PM-Bedtime-doesn’t she look so tired?

 

We lead such an exciting life, huh? This was a fun post, hope you all enjoyed! Happy Hump Day!

 

 

 

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Things I’m Loving Tuesday!

Two days in a row that I blogged?! No way! Yep, it’s true. I have missed this space and will hopefully be popping back in regularly. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to talk about some things that I’ve been loving lately, so here we go….!

The fact that these exist make me so so happy! I’ve always loved Honey Nut Cheerios and anything/everything pumpkin spice, so this is a no brainer for me! Can’t wait to try them, have any of you tried them yet?

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Have you heard of the new clothing line Target is carrying called Cat and Jack? I’m just in love with it, they not only have amazing color selections (I’m into the neon/bright colored things) but they have positive messages and things like dinosaurs for girls! Girls like dinosaurs too! Especially my girl, she even knows their names. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. We got Charlotte this shirt…

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One thing I haven’t grown out of since being a kid is rainbow chip cake and frosting being my favorite. When I saw Sally recreate the frosting with recognizable ingredients I knew I needed to make it ASAP! I cannot wait to run to the store for the ingredients for this frosting, yum!

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I mean, how good does this look?!

 

I’m really looking forward to fall. The smells, tastes, feeling, and the clothes! I love to wear comfy, cozy clothing and fall is the best time to do that. I bought these Bobs right before summer and only had a chance to wear them once. I’m so looking forward to wearing them again here soon!

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And speaking of cozy/comfy clothing, I’m not even sure why I waited so long to try LuLaRoe. Now that I have, I’m never going back to regular leggings. I hosted a party for my friend Lindsay this weekend and it was so fun! I really love LuLaRoe!

 

Your turn……

What have you been loving lately? Anything I can’t live without? Please share!

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Weekly Meal Plan

Hi friends! How is it that it’s almost September? I am simultaneously soaking up the last of the summer days while getting ridiculously excited for fall. Are there any other fall lovers out there?  I figured it’s been awhile since I’ve done a weekly meal plan for you guys and decided it was time to bring it back, not that my meals are mind blowingly delicious but they are easy and healthy and that makes me happy! We have been a little more carb heavy than we typically are but that is another post for another time 😉

Monday-

BLTA’s, salad, and tator tots (or minion fries as my toddler calls them). I love to add avocado to our BLT’s I think it adds a depth of flavor. Here is some good information on how to pick the perfect avocado. Because, it’s the worst getting home and cutting into a yucky avocado.

Tuesday-

Applegate hot dogs and grass-fed burgers on the grill. What is summer time without grilling?! We like to load up our burgers and dogs with lots of grilled veggies, fresh crisp lettuce, tomatoes, pickles (only the bread and butter kind for me) and all the condiments!

Wednesday-

Spaghetti and Caesar salad

Hubby isn’t home for dinner so Charlotte and I take advantage and make spaghetti. It’s quite the crime for this part Italian woman to be married to a man who doesn’t like spaghetti. I mean, how is that possible?! But since it’s true, Charlotte and I brown up some Italian sausage for the protein and indulge in some fresh parmesean topped spaghetti and a Caesar salad.

Thursday-

This sausage and roasted veggie dinner served with cous cous and a green salad. Simple but a family favorite around here…

Friday-

Friday is the day I declare that I don’t cook dinner, and it’s glorious! We typically do chipotle or Café Rio salad’s-have you tried them? If not, you should.

Saturday-

Bruschetta grilled cheese, omg! You guys, what’s more to love? Fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, sliced turkey breast and balsamic glaze. All the delicious fresh flavors of summer in one sandwich.

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Leftovers day!

 

We have a very busy week ahead with lots of fun things. Can’t wait to fill you guys in on what’s been happening around here behind the scenes. Check back later this week for an announcement!

 

Now you tell me…..

Any favorite meals or recipes you’ve tried lately?

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Sweet Summer Time

Happy August 1st! Summers in Colorado are one of my most favorite things ever, and I can say that after spending 4 ridiculously hot and humid summers in Texas. We have been so busy though this summer, hence the radio silence around here lately. In reality, I’ve been trying to spend more time in the moment and less on my computer/phone. But here’s what we’ve been up to lately…

A ton of time at the pool/splash pad…

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Water balloon fights

Water balloon fights

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Shenanigans with this adorable girl

Shenanigans with this adorable girl

This past weekend Brent and I left Charlotte with her Neena and we drove 2 hours north to Cheyenne, WY. Every summer the Cheyenne Frontier Days is held there, which is a week long event with rodeo’s, concerts, carnival, food, etc. This year Brent and I went with another couple friends of ours and we went to see Florida Georgia Line.

FGLGuys, they were SO good, I mean one of the top concerts I’ve been to. They are so extremely talented and really humble. Our favorite part of the night was a lineup they did of top cover songs throughout our middle school and high school years (they are around the same age as us). It was just overall an awesome concert, and I would totally go see them again sometime.

Somehow, we are now in preparing for the school year mode. Charlotte starts preschool in a few weeks so we are trying to soak up the last bit of summer that’s left and make sure we have what we need for the school year to start.

 

Your turn….

When does school start for your kiddos?

Are you ready for fall?

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A Book That Has Changed My Parenting….

A friend of mine recently told me about a book that I should put in my toolbox of parenting skills, “Parenting with Love & Logic” by Foster Cline & Jim Fay. Since Brent and I had a long road trip to and from Nebraska I decided that was the perfect time to read this book. I’m so glad I decided to read this book because it’s really changed how I have been parenting Charlotte lately. I thought since this book was so good, I would highlight some of the things I took away from this book. (Reminder, this is not my original content but highlights taken from this book). This book aims to teach children responsibility, self-confidence, motivation, and helps to teach them to solve their own problems.

  • Allowing our children to fail and learn from their mistakes when they are young and the consequences are small. “We can hurt a little as we watch them learn life’s lessons now, or we can hurt a lot as we watch them grow up to be individuals unable to care for themselves… The older a child gets, the bigger the decisions become and the graver the consequences of those decisions.”
  • When parents remind their children of their weaknesses the result will be erosion of their self-concept. “We must be uncritical and unprotective. Parents who raise irresponsible children do exactly the opposite! They’re critical and protective.”
  • Children learn every interpersonal activity by the modeling of their parents, how they handle fighting, frustration, language, etc; kind of a scary/empowering thought, huh?

One of the biggest things I’ve taken away from this this book is the power of choices. Giving your children two choices in which you can both live with and allow the child to feel like they are in control to decide their fate. “When they choose an option, they do the thinking, they make the choice, and the lesson sticks” Choices like; Would you like to put your boots on now, or in the car? Do you want to wear your coat or carry it?

I’ll leave you with one last thing I thought was a really great thought about self-concept. “Kids are born with a great capacity to learn to do things the way big people do. They observe and attempt to copy what they see. Their prime interest is learning and doing things just like their parents do them. All too often, however, parents discourage their kids in this.” Does this scenario ring a bell for anyone?  Little Tyler sees his dad sweeping the garage so he grabs a small broom to ‘help’ and in his mind he is feeling big and learning to use the broom. However, his dad just notices the ‘mess’ he’s making and tells him to go play with his friends instead. Well this message the father sends to his son is that he is incapable and Tyler will be discouraged to imitate adult behavior.

 

Parents who build on their kids’ strengths find their children growing in responsibility almost daily.

 

Anyone read any good parenting books lately? Please share

 

 

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Family Trip to Nebraska

Brent has family in a small town in Nebraska and we love to go and visit. Brent’s dad lives on a farm and Charlotte loves to run and play on the acres of land he has. Here’s a giant photo dump of our awesome trip!

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My niece fell asleep on the four wheeler, how is that possible?!

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This girl LOVES bugs

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Cousins and best friends

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Her auntie made her hair so beautiful, I need to learn how to do pretty things with her hair!

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Country girls!

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Making a mess at the mulberry tree

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Daddy took her on so many trips on this thing, down to the train tracks, to see horses/cows/lightening bugs

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One sleepy girl

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Out of all the years we’ve been traveling to Nebraska this trip had the best weather we’ve ever experienced. Nebraska is normally super hot/humid/buggy and we didn’t have any issues with any of those things! We really soaked up all the time outside and with our family. Until next summer, Nebraska!

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Our First Vacation Without Kids!

So, Brent and I went to Laguna Beach for 5 days without Charlotte. I was so nervous while preparing for leaving Charlotte for so long. Since having her I haven’t left her more than one day, so five was pretty intimidating. We had so many fun things planned and my nerves quickly subsided once we were on our way to the airport. I’ll tell you one thing, traveling without children is WAY more relaxing. All through the airport I felt as if I was missing something or forgot to pack an essential thing but it was just smooth sailing!

Wednesday we landed in Laguna Beach about mid-day, we got our super sweet (just kidding, it was a tiny neon blue car) rental car and headed to our hotel. After getting checked into our super cute hotel we took a walk down to the beach and played in the (cold) ocean, grabbed some dinner and called it an early night.

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Driving to our hotel, the ocean!!

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Does it get more beautiful?

 

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Thursday we spent the morning/afternoon walking around all the shops around Laguna Beach. We scored some really amazing local restaurants for both breakfast and dinner that we were super impressed with. Later that evening we had a couples massage that ended with an hour soak in a hot tub that overlooked the ocean at sunset, swoon!

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Hubba hubba! My handsome date at lunch overlooking the ocean.

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This drink was SO good! We enjoyed plenty of adult beverages.

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The really cool hotel our massage was at

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Champagne, husband in a hot tub, with a sunset view of the ocean, life does not get better

Friday was a super exciting day for us. We reserved to have a guide take us out on the ocean to do some stand up paddle boarding. We went to an awesome place for some coffee and breakfast for fuel to paddle across the sea! We ended up loving the lesson so much that we had lunch, a nap, and then went and rented our own paddle boards for the rest of the afternoon/evening. Funny story though, the waves are significantly smaller in the morning than they are in the afternoon, so we had no problem getting out past the waves into the flat ocean in the morning. However, in the afternoon it was a serious struggle. I ended up getting taken out, HARD, by a wave carrying my paddle board in front of an entire beach of people watching. My swimsuit was filled with sand, had saltwater up my nose, and scratches all down by back…ugh! But, I eventually made it out and had a great time (minus my giant fear of sharks). We found the most amazing rooftop patio for drinks and dinner and called it a night.

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The coffee here was so good!

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Standing was way harder than I thought it would be!

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He’s a pro

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View from our hotel room balcony

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Lunch with drinks and desert! Because, why not!?

Saturday was our last day so we soaked it up. We had a wonderful breakfast, golfed and did some nature walking, drank at the pool bar and had the best dinner I’ve had in my life, truly.

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Our room was so cute!

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Our room was so cute!

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Butter cake, the best thing I’ve ever tasted.

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Sunday we were up early to catch our flight home, we were ready to see our munchkin! We had such a wonderful time in Laguna Beach and hope to return again, it’s a magical place that holds a special place in my heart.

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A Letter To My Dad On Father’s Day

Dad,

We have such a wonderful, intertwined story that I love to share with people. You have always been an important part of my life since I was born and in a crazy twist of fate I had the opportunity to be adopted by you. After my dad died, life put onto your plate more than most men could handle, and you did a great job with it. You loved my mom like she deserved, and had a fierce learning curve going from no kids to having a preteen daughter who kinda hated life at the time. You handled all that you were handed so well and I’m so proud of you for that. Thank you for loving me like your own blood even when I didn’t deserve it. You are a wonderful Father and have really grown into your role as an amazing Father and now a Papa to my Charlotte. I hope on this Father’s Day that you feel loved and appreciated because many people love you, especially Charlotte and I.

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I’m blessed by the path life gave us to travel down together.

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A Letter To My Husband On Father’s Day

Dear Brent,

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When I met you in 1999, I was 15 years old and so naïve about love and life. I liked you because you were cute, tall, sweet, and athletic-little did I know how those things would grow over time into what we have now. As our love grew so did the list of things I appreciated about you. I love how much you deeply care about people, not many have a heart like yours. Your sense of humor is contagious and beautiful-you have taught me how to not take life so seriously. You are insanely smart and it’s inspiring. I love to watch you read, think, make decisions, plan, because I know that you always think of your family first. You stand apart in our generation in so many ways, I love how hard to work to take care of your family. You are willing to sacrifice anything to make me and your daughter happy and are always putting us first in your life.

All the things I love about you I now get to share with our daughter. The way her eyes light up when you enter the room melts my heart. I couldn’t have picked a better man to help me raise our daughter. Any time you gone “too long” (in toddler time) Charlotte makes sure that I know how much she misses you. You are the only person that can make Charlotte laugh like she does, and it makes my heart swell. I’ll never forget the day I found out that not all dad’s help with middle of the night feedings, diaper changes, bath, or meals, because there has never been an event or moment you weren’t there for. It was completely normal for me to have you there staying up with our daughter all hours of the night and then turning around and going to work the next morning. I will never take for granted the amazing father you are and all that you do for our daughter and I.

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I am so thankful for the life we have created together and that Charlotte gets to have you as her daddy. Thank you for loving Charlotte more than I could have ever wanted or needed you to. This Father’s Day you deserve to feel loved, appreciated, and valued-because your daughter and wife love you so much.

Happy Father’s Day Brent! We love you!

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