Our Day-Cation to Palm Springs

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

This post is sponsored by Palm Springs but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

I like the best of both worlds... who doesn't?! Recently we took a day trip to Palm Springs and got to go sledding and enjoy the sunshine all in one day!

We lucked out and found A LOT of snow at the top of the Palm Springs Tram. We grabbed a sled from the souvenir shop and enjoyed snow with the kids for the first time! After we were thoroughly frozen we got some hot chocolate in the restaurant and headed back to the tram to go back down to the base of the mountain.

 If you're planning on taking the tram with kiddos I would bring warm jackets, hats, and waterproof boots (rain boots would get the job done). If you have a sled bring it and save yourself a few dollars. Water and snacks are obvious items and gum (for your older kiddos) would help with ear discomfort (the altitude is above 8,000 feet).

After our snow play we were pretty hungry so we hit up our favorite local sandwich shop called,  The Sandwich Spot. M ordered the "sunny and share" which is basically a BLT on crack. I got the "serve and volley" which is a turkey sandwich with "bomb" sauce and let me tell you... it is bomb! I wanted to take it home and eat it with all my meals! The kiddos noshed on grilled cheese and the service could not have been better. All smiles and complements to our sweet family from their servers and the owner (boy did we fool them!). ;)

To finish off our day trip we hit up a local coffee shop called Koffi (naturally!). The baristas were super friendly and we felt so welcomed all day everywhere we went! Their flat white hit the spot and gave us that extra boost of caffeine for the car ride home . My favorite part about the shop was the beautiful courtyard in the back. Complete with rustic wooden benches, loads of bougainvillea, and papel picado it was truly an oasis in the middle of the desert! Letting the kids run off their last bits of energy while we sat and sipped our coffee was what dreams are made of. ;)

We finished up our day with a stroll down Palm Canyon, the main street in Palm Springs. It was fun to see the festive decor and enjoy the comfortable weather. Such a great day trip for our little family!

Halloween 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Halloween was seriously the best this year. The twins are at such a fun age and really "get it." They insisted running up to each door on their own and proudly holding out their bag. Every time they came back down the driveways of our neighbors they would say, "More candy!" It was pretty much the cutest thing ever.

This year we were everything Disney related. M was a Disney photographer, I was an annual passholder, Blair was Ariel, and the twins were Mickey and Minnie. We had fun putting each costume together and I never want family costumes to end!

It's official. She's the cutest thing ever.
Hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween! 

The Biggest Surprise: Baby #4!

Friday, October 26, 2018

I have started this post in my head a thousand times over the last few weeks. I just can't seem to get it right because HOW do you describe such a miracle as THIS?! I can't. I can't do it. Nothing I write could come close to the emotions that I have felt lately.
It's not twins...that other thing is the yolk sac! 

Let me just start off by saying I NEVER in a thousand years would have thought that having another baby would be possible. Medically it doesn't make sense. Some of you may know that I got pregnant easily with Blair, struggled with secondary infertility for two years, and then had the twins via IVF. This time around it happened quickly again. WHAT is this madness?!

Popped out right away (thanks to the twins wrecking my ab muscles!)

Truly the only explanation I have for it is God. I haven't changed anything in my lifestyle to warrant this. People have told me, "Well you weren't stressed this time so it happened." But I wasn't stressed when we started trying for baby #2 either because I didn't know it would be a struggle. My infertility sandwich just doesn't make sense.

Two Months

But I'll tell you what. Nothing has ever made me feel more chosen to see infertility. God has made it clear to me that he chose that trial for me. And wow it makes me feel allllll the things. I am humbled. I feel full of purpose. And I see a glimpse of what He's doing here. I've made it pretty obvious that that time in my life was hard on me. But the growth and maturity that came from it was staggering. I now get to encourage other women through the mess of infertility and I pray that this fourth baby doesn't make them bitter but instead that it provides hope. Hope that anything is possible. Even a natural pregnancy after infertility.
And we 100% looked like a shotgun wedding lol. Thankful for bouquets!

I've been dreading sharing this news a bit to be honest. The last thing I want to do is cause more pain for others. And while I'm excited I do know personally the pain that comes with pregnancy announcements. They sting. It's a weird balance of being happy for them and sad for yourself. I don't take this lightly and I hope that comes across as such.

Oh, hi baby bump!

I'm sure there's a few questions to how we arrived here. Matt and I decided to try for a year and if it happened, it happened. And if it didn't then it didn't. No more fertility treatments. We were content as a family of five but wanted to leave room for more if the Lord saw that fit. A couple months later I was shocked to see those little pink lines. I'm still shocked out of my pants. Oh, and a fun fact... my medical chart clearly says Elderly Pregnancy. Seriously?! I'm 34 by the way. And the baby is set to come 23 days after I turn 35. But I've never carried a baby past 37 weeks so I'm going to ask them to remove that from my chart if it comes before my birthday! ;)

There's more to say I'm sure. I just can't think of it right now. I'll be keeping you guys posted and hoping that you will be praying for a healthy baby. Oh and I'm 95% sure we aren't finding out the gender! Who am I?! Time will tell how patient I can be. ;)

TWOtti Fruity Party

Thursday, August 16, 2018

TWO-tti Fruity twins! It's not the easiest thing to come up with gender neutral party themes but while the twins don't have a say I get to do what I want! Tutti Fruity works well with their August birthday since fruit themed decor is so prevalent in the summer. I had so much fun putting the details of their party together. The main focus was the balloon garland by Pop and Company and it's truly swoon worthy! Take a look below!

swim suits by Kortni Jeane

straws from amazon

cookies by me!

photo booth stand by a friend

fruit garlands by me

We had the best time partying with our family and the twins loved every minute. It was so fun to see how much they understood and how when we asked them how old they were they would tease us and say,  "Eight! Nine! Six!" Then finally they would hold up their index fingers and say, "TWO!" Babies, (you will always be my babies!) you are my JOY! I love you!


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

HOW am I even writing this post right now?! The twins are T W O and I just can't believe it! They are getting more fun each day and their personalities are the best. 

Cal, you are a true Mama's boy in the best way. Our snuggle sessions are REAL and the way you hold my face with both of your hands turns me into a puddle. I did not know what a relationship with a boy would be like but I now know full well. It is the best! Your boyish grin melts me and the way you get "happy feet" when you are excited is so darn cute. You love to play with me and make me laugh and your favorite spot is in my arms. You still like to be sung to and rocked every night before bed and it's the most special time with me. Our bond is unbreakable.  

Evie, you are a spicey peanut! Your personality is LOUD and so fun and we are constantly laughing at you. Your facial expressions are hilarious and the way you say "Ummmmmm?" when you are making a decision or answering a questions is hilarious. When I picture you I see you with your head thrown back and your eyes closed and the wildest laugh coming out of your mouth. You never run in a straight line and your arms always trail behind you. And while I wouldn't pin you as 100% a Daddy's girl, you sure do love spending time with him and ask for him even when I'm around. You live life to the fullest and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you! 

Laundry Room Reveal: Part Two

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

I mentioned earlier this month that we got new vinyl flooring. I'm over the moon happy with it but the thing that really makes my eyes get hearts in them is the patterned black and white tile I decided to put in the laundry room last minute! It's such a fun surprise every time I see it and I think Joanna Gaines would approve. ;)

And guys... get this! The tile was 87% off at $1.99 a tile at Lowes. You can't beat that! If you want to see what our laundry room looked like before the new counters, shiplap, harware etc. go HERE. No rug needed in here anymore... the floors are too pretty to cover up! The next reveal I have planned is our guest bathroom (Cal's bathroom) so stay tuned!