Friday, February 16, 2018

Family Trip to Arizona!!

Palm trees. They call my name! If I am in the presence of palm trees, I'm a happy camper! (Unless I'm actually camping. Then chances are, I'm not happy.) One of my best friends moved her little family to AZ about a year ago and I am still in denial about it. My friend Heather and I (who I now live two doors down from - is this real life?!?!) were devastated when Britt told us they were moving. But we've done our best to visit frequently and it's been a lot of fun!

Heather text me one day asking if Tim and I would be interested in joining them on a family trip to AZ and taking all the kids. And DUH, yes. So two minutes later the entire trip was booked. Ha. Mark (Heather's hubby) found the most amazing rental property in north Scottsdale! He did all the work and wowsa, did he do a great job! The home was perfect. Plenty of space for both families and we even brought along our sitter (and wonderful friend!), Kendra.

The home we rented had a huge kitchen with two separate wings, so we all had plenty of space and room for the kids to have successful nap time while the older kids could play! Plus, there was a heated (and gated) pool in the backyard. Score! We also had a trampoline, a play-set for the kids and a tennis court. It was basically heaven. And added bonus that the home was gorgeous and legit looked like Joanna Gaines decorated it.

We spent our time swimming, BBQing, playing, chatting, drinking, shopping. It was perfect. Heather, Britt and I had a morning at the Omni Hotel Spa - it was fabulous. Lunch in robes by the pool with mimosas. Hour long massage and time with my fav gals. So good for the soul. The guys spent a couple early mornings golfing and I'm pretty sure all three hubby's were in heaven! That night we took our entire crew out to a pizza dinner. Lots of food, spilled drinks (toddlers, eh), candy, laughing and fun. LGO Pizzeria in Arcadia is sooo good.

Since we brought along our sitter, we tried to get out a little bit everyday to get some adult time and catch up. We had breakfast and coffee at The Henry - which is darling! And of course we spent some time shopping at the Fashion Square Mall kid free. Heather and I were so excited to go to Zara to get some goodies for the girlies! :) And Britt is pregnant with her third baby - a girl!

The last full day we had in AZ we decided to take the kiddies to the McCormick Train Park. It was so cute and the kids had a BLAST! We grabbed salads for the adults at Wildflower and ate picnic style with all seven kids. It was wonderful. That evening, the adults snuck out for one last dinner at Olive and Ivy and that place is freaking cute. We sat on the patio drinking cocktails and laughing like always. I already praying we can repeat this wonderful trip next year!

Honestly, the best family trip we've taken! Tim and I are so grateful to have such wonderful friends - traveling together is just a bonus! :) We can't wait for more fun family memories like this.

All of these photos were taken on my iPhone and are unedited.
Unless they were edited through Insta stories, etc.
The kids were so excited for the trip and talked about it pretty much every second of the day for an entire week beforehand. Ha.
I always give my kids suckers when we're landing!
Hungry after a morning of travel - of course we had to stop by In-n-Out! YUM
The kids were so funny playing "crack the egg" and running around! Brought back a lot of my own childhood memories.
FINALLY! SWIMMMMMMING!!!
Kendra was wonderful with all the kids! Having her there was soooo worth it. It made all of us feel more comfortable knowing there was another set of eyes on all these kids! And she played with them ALL from the second they woke up, until the second they went to bed at night. We also had time to hang together. You know, like braiding hair and watching the Bachelor - seriously!
Spa time!!
This is in Britt's new backyard. They just renovated this house and it's awesome! The backyard is a dream. Kid heaven.
The three amigos! Sheesh I love them.
Similar tops here and here.
Lots of questions about our tops on Insta - Heather's is current and from H&M. Mine is from Nord but older. My earrings are new and so much fun! Love them - and they aren't heavy!
At the train park. They couldn't freaking wait to ride the train!
This is Graham. Ryder is convinced that Graham is his cousin. Bahaha. It's so funny. Heather and I met when we were both pregnant with these boys - and they turn FIVE this year. Whaaaat??!?! They're so big and the cutest buddies.
"MOM!! Watch this!!! Did you see me put my head under?!" HAHAHAA Silly kid. Swimming is gonna be a challenge with this guy. But at least he's floating on his own and not clinging onto my back for dear life anymore.
The kids. Minus Crew (who was sleeping - he's 5 months old) and the "pink baby" in Britt's belly. (Blakely was confused why she didn't get to see and hold Britt's baby - lol. Pregnancy is hard to explain!) And TJ was unable to join us on this trip. :(
Our last few pics at the house before we had to head back home - to SNOW!
Wonderful memories on this trip. So glad Mark and Heather asked us to join them on this fun family vacay. Can't wait til next time!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bright Sweater + Fringe Booties

I love big, baggy sweaters and sweatshirts and sweaters. (Who doesn't?!) But sometimes I worry they just make me look bigger than a house. Most days I don't care. #momlife But when I'm trying to get somewhat dressed up and presentable, I prefer to look normal sized. Ha. This funnel neck sweater is so comfy! I love that it's a bit shorter so you still see your body and shape. You can even tuck it in, creating a smaller waist.

I think it helps to wear bigger sweaters with tight bottoms (skinny jeans or leggings). If I wear a sweater like this (or bigger) with boyfriend cut jeans it just doesn't do my 5'3" self any favors! 

I gravitate toward dark denim (and distressed denim, too). These fringe booties are a few years old, but linking similar ones below. I love that these add a little bit more interest to my outfit. They really are so cute! These open toe booties and brighter colors are getting me so excited for spring! I am so excited for spring and summer in our new home. I know the kids are going to have a blast playing outside all day long and walking up to the pool. (Well, ok. Maybe I'll drive us. Ha!) It's going to be so much fun!!

Photos by Jenna Sparks Photography


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Weekender Style - On Tuesday ;)

One major bonus about being a SAHM is that you can wear "weekend" clothes during the week. ;) This is how I'm dressed most of the time. Super casual and comfortable. I call this fleece sweatshirt my "bear sweater" because it is soooooo comfy. I can't get enough of it. My exact fleece half-zip sweatshirt is sold out - gaahhhh. But this and this are so similar and delish looking. ;)

My camo leggings are a fun change from my everyday black. I also have this camo print denim. I wear both all the time. These black Nikes are a favorite of mine. These have gotten a TON of use. I've gotten questions about my disc necklace. This has been my recent everyday necklace.

Photos by Lisa Pummel Photography

Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentines Craft + Cards for Daddy

I haven't done a craft with the kids in ages. So I decided the kids and I would do a little craft and make some Valentines Day cards for daddy! Crayons, Markers, Stickers - oh my! I'm always surprised how focused and quiet the kids get when I have them sit down and color.

I love watching their sweet little faces so focused! Daddy came home from work to surprise cards from the kids and he loved it as much as the kids. Ryd and Blake were so proud of their cards. :) Doing crafts with the kids can sometimes be overwhelming - especially if it's a messy craft! Every now and then I will have the kids spend the morning doing crafts (no tv, school, friends, etc - just us). It helps me so much if I set things out the night before. I had everything set out on the table and told them we could start our craft once we were done eating breakfast and dressed.

Planning ahead and setting things up the night before really helps me feel less overwhelmed and more excited about it! I will link outfits below. xo


Photos by Lisa Pummel Photography

Ryder's Tee
Blake's Tee // Bows // Jeans - SO cute