Thursday, December 27, 2018

Our Disney Christmas

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Our Disney Christmas

This year the kid's main gift was a trip to Disneyland! We love it so much and pretty much have the parks mapped out how we like to do it and maximize our time there so it's always an exhausting but fun trip. We did 5 days in Disney/California Adventure and I'll admit it might have been a bit much this year but we still had so much fun and I am so grateful we went. 3 kids on vacation is no joke. Surprisingly they were so exhausted they slept well but the days were very long. There was probably equal amounts of laughing and smiles as tears haha. Luckily we had Dylan's family there with us to help out with the kids and that always makes it fun too.

We all have different favorites but personally my favorite ride in Disney is probably Thunder Mountain Railroad. I can't pick a favorite treat but some of my favorites we always get are Bangle BBQ in Adventure Land, Mickey Beignets in New Orleans Square, Dole Whip in Adventureland, and surprisingly the corn dogs are sooo good off of Main Street. Obviously all the rice krispies and chocolate covered desserts are good too and Pooh's Corner is a great place to grab those.
In California Adventure there is a ton of food and they also serve alcohol so it tends to be the adults favorite park in the evening haha. I had my first drink there this last trip and it was amazing. If you go in the winter get the mistletoe mule it was so refreshing and not too sweet I LOVED IT. They serve it by the Monsters Inc. ride where we also got the yummiest nachos I've ever had. They had a kick but I loved them so much we got them twice. California Adventure has a bunch of unique food trucks and places to eat but I can't pass through without stopped at Ghirardelli. They have so many options from chocolate to shakes to sundaes. We usually have to share this treat but it's worth it! I think my new favorite ride in California Adventure is Guardians of the Galaxy. I have been to Disney numerous times but never rode it or was pregnant and this time I got to ride it and it was so hysterical I couldn't stop laughing and screaming. Cars Racers is always a favorite but GOTG gave it a run for it's money!

This trip we ended up going back to nap I think 2 of the days and then we took a whole day break in the middle of the week to regroup. It's an exhausting trip and you definetly need to pace yourself if you do more than 3 days. Luckily Dash and Beck were able to mostly nap throughout the day in our stroller (the seats recline really far back) but it was Krew's first time walking the entire park and it was really hard on him. We had lots of chances to sit down and snack and with having the 2 little ones we often were using child swap passes so we could do the bigger rides while the little ones slept or were eating. I am really comfortable nursing in public and did the entire time but if you are hesitant just be prepared to look for a quiet corner to sit. Also there isn't any places to charge your phone so I always recommend bringing a portable charger for your phones as well. Luckily Disney has so many bathrooms and garbages they make it really easy to have access to things and all the cast members are so helpful.

One of the coolest things happened while we were there our last day. We had watched the Live Frozen play earlier that day and were sitting down for ice cream while the littles slept in the stroller and I heard Josh Gad's voice as he walked passed our table. (The voice of Olaf in Frozen and he's in the new Beauty and the Beast) It was dark but I immediately recognized him and shamelessly took Krew to say hi to meet him. He was so nice and it was really exciting to meet him and see him there with his family. I shared a photo below!

I have done a post on my Disney tips before so I thought it would be fun to do a little updated and shorter version of my tips and some things to think about when traveling with multiple kiddos. In my experience, everyone does things differently and only you can know what works best for your family so take this with a grain of salt and ultimately do whatever you need to do to get through a vacation as seem-less as possible. Also visit the Disney website and my favorite girls over at MAGIC KINGDOM MAMAS

A lot of friends have asked when a good age to go is and I would say 4 and up is best. They can ride nearly everything and really get excited for all the characters and attractions. If you know your family can't go often or more than once make sure they are tall enough to ride everything so they really get the full experience. If you're going with a little one that's okay too it's still amazing and you can use child swap passes so the adults can take turns on bigger rides.

1. Bring your own stroller. The Disney ones are hard and plastic and you have to return them before you leave the park and that means carrying tired kids and all of your belongings onto buses and walking long distances at the end of the night. We never travel without our double City Select and even go through airport security with it and walk it down to our gate and have it checked as we get on the plane.

2. Bring a small cooler into the park. Water is expensive and it's so handy to reach in your bag and get a drink. Even if you brought an insulated water bottle it would be nice to have. Stopping to pay for water for your whole family ever hour sucks! Just makes sure it fits in your stroller. You can't wheel coolers around the park so whatever you bring should fit in a stroller or bag.

3. Bring snacks for little ones but be prepared to pay for meals throughout the day. IT ADDS UP! But it's part of the experience and no doubt about it you will want to while you're there. It sucks to eat a PBand J when you look around and everyone is eating treats and speciality meals. We saved for months just for eating in Disney and didn't buy souvenirs this trip.

4. Buy Disney attire ahead of time! Almost everywhere has it these days but check Target and H&M for really cute affordable stuff.

5. Don't try to be cute, be comfortable. It will save your feet, your back, and maybe your life haha.

6. Get into toon town and fantasy land with little kids EARLY! It gets very crowded later in the day. If your kids are late nighters then do fantasy land at end of the night. It's almost empty and most the little kids have gone home for the night.

7. SEE THE SHOWS! Don't get to carried away waiting in lines all day, go see the shows! They're seriously worth the ticket cost alone. California Adventure has the best ones. We love the Disney Junior Dance Party and Frozen! Seriously amazing productions and such a nice break for the adults to be able to sit down and relax. Just make sure you check the times because they're only a few times a day.

8. Bring layers! Disney is warm during the day (even in December) and cold at night. We always bring sweatshirts and blankets in the stroller for stroller naps and when they fall asleep as we are getting home at the end of the night.

9. If you want a good spot for the parade someone needs to save your spot. It sucks but it's worth it to have a place for your whole family to watch. Otherwise you're kind of out of luck. Same goes for fantastmic which is an amazing show at night. I almost love it more than the parades.

10. Don't ever wait the full time and use fast passes. Now you can pay extra to do it all from your phone but we didn't and saved money and still got fast passes to ride everything we wanted multiple times. If you have little ones get the child swap pass so who ever is waiting with the kids can go in the fast pass line right when you get off. It's so convenient!
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Year of Beckham (6 months)

Year of Beckham (6 months)

HALF A YEAR OLD! And I can't deal. Half of my family is still referring to him as a 3 month old and my younger brother who has been gone the last 2 year just met him for the first time. It's been the quickest 6 months of my life and it just keeps going faster. We were able to take Beck on his first Disney vacation and just celebrated his first Christmas. Although I'll admit when you're the third baby you're lucky to get any Christmas presents at all this young ha! Beck did get a stocking with a teether and mobile toy and of course got some cute clothing items from aunt and uncle and grandparents. He is looking more and more like Krew everyday and now I'm even hearing he looks like Dash with Krew's hair. So funny to me because they all look so different in my eyes! I think that's totally just a mom thing though. They do have such different personalities and have been different babies though. Beckham is my squealer and he snorts when he gets excited it's so funny. We kind of laugh at how high pitched he can be. He's totally the baby of the family! At 6 months old Beckham...

- is working on sitting up!
- eating pureed baby food and loves it
- napping 2-3x a day
- nursing all through the night ( finally ordered a sleep training book)
- no teeth but chews on anything he can get his hands on
- wearing 6-9 month clothes
- squeals and snorts when brothers make him laugh
- sticks his tongue out all the time
- favorite thing to do is jump in his jumper
- rarely goes to the dr. so I don't know his height and weight, yup.

Beckham's personality is really starting to develop and it's so fun to get to know this little guy in our family. Each one of my babies has taught me so much about love and patience and our little B is no exception. He is is always wanting to be up and with the crowd and afraid to miss something and is very particular about naps. He is particular about his routine and how he naps and that's been both a blessing and a curse as we juggle life with 3 kids, living in a small space and now moving.
Being the littlest guy he just kind of gets to tag along on all the things our family has going on and I'm just so grateful I have him to remind me to slow down and to appreciate the little moments at home with him and cuddling at night. I feel so so lucky. Our little guy is so loved!

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Year of Beckham (5 months)

Monday, November 26, 2018

Year of Beckham (5 months)

It's my favorite time of year and it's always even that much more special with a new babe in the family. We just had our first Thanksgiving with Beck and it definently feels like our family is another person bigger. We are all loving getting to know his personality and see how much he is looking like Krew. His hair is so red and his facial expressions are already identical to big bro. We are finally starting to get a nap rhythm and he's becoming soooo chunky. The exact same thing happened with Krew and Dash when they hit 5 months and it's so funny to see him rolling side to side like a big rollie pollie bug. He is still so long but his legs have thickened up so much and we love tickling him and squishing his rolls. He is always squealing and so loud and it makes us all laugh every time. Whenever he's not sleeping he's eating, jumping in his jumper, or laying on the ground rolling around being tossed back and fourth between brothers and different toys to chew on.  At 5 months baby Beck...

- finally sleeps in the car and doesn't cry!
- squeals, laughs, and fake coughs at us all the time
- smiles and loves to grab our hair and face
- listens to us read books at night and watches big brothers play
- chews on anything he can get his hands on
- jumps in his jumper until he can't jump any longer 
- wearings 6-9 month clothes (because hes so long!)
- has had his first haircut 
- wearing size 3 diapers 
- naps 2-3x a day but still struggling to sleep through the night
- loves to be swaddled 

It feels like I am finally coming out of my newborn baby phase and getting to enjoy this new stage of milestones. I am going through his baby clothes like crazy as he grows and having a hard time keeping up! I'm secretly so grateful he was a boy because I use all big brothers clothes and hardly have to buy anything for him. Since his birthday is a week later than Dash's they have worn all the exact same clothes and it's so fun to look at pictures of them in the same clothes at the same age. I can't wait to take their pictures with Santa this year with 3 kiddos! This year has been the fastest one yet and I can't wait for his 6 month mark right after Christmas. We love you sweet boy. 
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Life Lately

Life Lately

I'm back! I have taken a little break from blogging lately coincidentaly at the same time I felt it was time for a social media fast. I started getting burnt out and felt really over whelmed with the idea of trying to blog and keep my sanity with the kids and the busy-ness that 3 kids brings. I have always loved blogging so whenever I feel like it's a drag or not worth the energy I make sure to take a break. I always want it to be something I look forward to and enjoy doing. I also felt like I was working hard at putting out information and it wasn't being seen or received and that can be really discouraging when you care about something. I don't want this blog to a be a source of validation so it's important to check myself and make sure I remember what is MOST important in life.

With all that being said the holidays are some of my favorite times of year to blog and be creative! We just had Thanksgiving and then Beck turns 5 months old tomorrow! We head to Disneyland in the beginning of December and then there's Christmas! I love decorating and talking about holiday things and doing gift guides so I look forward to doing that in the next few weeks as well.

Also if you haven't seen or heard I started a new instagram with my girlfriend Alison. We are sharing all of our FAVORITE must have things and giving you direct links and reviews of all of them. It's called THE it LIST and you can find us here. We are working towards getting our page established and potentially will start it's own blog where everything will be saved and easily accessible. I love sharing things and this has been so fun. It's something we are working really hard on and we would love any and all support of it!

Besides that life lately has consisted of finishing up the soccer year, play dates, decorating and taking things down, enjoying the beautiful fall we have had this year, making more dinners at home, cleaning out our closets and toy bins, making cookies, looking into buying a home, online christmas shopping, target runs to get out of the house and lots of movies and laundry. I have been loving doing lashes and having a really great work/home life balance that I am so happy with. The kids just had their school conferences and we are so happy they are doing well and enjoying school and yesterday we were able to go take some family pics on a whim by my talented and dear friend Katie. I was kind of worried about how it would work out with 3 crazy boys and Beck being so little but I am so glad she convinced me to do it because it was SO worth it!She did such an amazing job I can't wait to share here.

We are talking about the possibility of moving out after the New Year and it has me feeling very emotional. As our family grows and we majorly have outgrown our space we have found a way to make it work but have come to the conclusion that it's really time we find something bigger. We are hoping to buy but might need some time to save or look elsewhere. We want to stay in Enumclaw and by our families so bad and are just having faith that we will find the right fit at the right time for our family. Thankfully we have the most amazing supportive parents on both sides that are here to help with the kids and support us through this change but it very likely will be the last holiday season we have in our little home and its bittersweet. (I'll share more when I know more!)

There have been times in my life where I have been severely depressed, lonely, sad, alone, discouraged and hurt. Every year the holidays roll around and I find myself surrounded by supporting family I can't help but feel so incredibly grateful for the stable healthy life I feel I finally have. Although we live simply I love to document this time of life and to be able to recognize how blessed I truly am to have this family, a roof over our head, and plenty of food. I hope anyone reading this who feels lonely or sad knows that they deserve good things and it will come to them. If you are going through something hard "this too shall pass." Find joy in the everyday life and you will be grateful every single day.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and know how grateful I am for you here and for your support!

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Year of Beckham (4 months)

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Year of Beckham (4 months)

Our little Beckham is becoming quite the handful already! He is the sweetest happiest little guy and always wants to be awake. Even since he was born he has been a terrible napper but now he's just having a hard time sleeping in general lol. 4 month sleep regression has hit hard on a baby who already likes to take little cat naps so basically my day revolves around nursing this little guy, getting him back to sleep, and then cramming everything I need to do into 30 minute increments when he's sleeping. I've tried it all- including going off all caffeine completely, which nearly killed me and made no difference in his sleeping habits. But as most moms know it's a short time of life -so coffee, and deep breaths is getting us through..  of course he's worth it look at that sweet baby boy!
At 4 months old Beck...

-suck on his thumb and fingers
-grabs his feet and sucks on his toes!
-rolls from belly to back ( and recently back to belly!)
-wearing 6 month clothing
-wearing size 2 diapers
-loves to play in the bath
-blows bubbles and talks in the back seat
-doesn't scream in the car anymore
-up every hour every night though
-belly laughs whenever the boys play with him and loves it

His first Halloween is in just a couple days and he will probably end up wearing the cute outfit he's wearing in this post. The holiday season is so exciting with a new baby because you get to document all their firsts. It's been so fun putting him in outfits his older brothers have worn and seeing how different their bodies are at this age. He is in the 95% for his height and only 50% for weight so he is a tall skinny guy! Most of his clothes that fit his length are so big on him or the ones that fit his body are like 3-4 inches too short in the legs and arms lol. He is such a fun baby and we are so happy he is in our family. The next few months he will change so much and I can't wait to see what he looks like next month at Thanksgiving!

See all of Beckham's monthly milestone posts HERE

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

I Took A 10 Day Social Media Fast

Thursday, October 18, 2018

I Took A 10 Day Social Media Fast

I couldn't decide how I wanted to write this post. The last 10 days off social media have opened my eyes a lot and also surprised me. It's interesting to me how much we all admit we're on our phones too much yet most of us don't do anything about it or care too. Well I finally felt like I had enough for a while and the church I grew up going too (LDS or mormon) challenged a 10 day social media fast. It came at the perfect time and I jumped right on board because I felt it was just the kick I needed to do this.

I surprised myself. I deleted the app on my birthday 10 days ago and it was actually quite easy not to have it. I think maybe because I work part time and have 3 kids to take care of but genuinely I didn't miss it half as much as I thought I would. I think the most significant thing I missed online was that a celebrity couple broke up lol, like WOW. I even contemplated not getting it back at all. Honestly it can be such a time drainer. I was so much more productive without the constant temptation of those apps. If I was bored I got something done or thought about something I had been pushing away for a while. I didn't worry about taking photos or seeing what other people were up too and genuinely just lived in the moment. For me, instagram is kind of a creative outlet and I love taking and sharing photos so I missed the opportunity to do that but at the same time those are my memories and photos to keep anyway. I realized how much of my spare time went into scrolling and watching other people's lives and that kind of makes me sad. I never felt like I was neglecting my family or my responsibilties but I was constantly distracted by it or stressed over it for no reason. I felt like if I missed a message or a comment I was rude and if I didnt post everyday I was lazy, which is so crazy because I couldn't be busier in my life right now. Over the 10 day break I was barely even on my phone at all and that goes to show how much I was using social media before because I never went anywhere without my baby and phone in hand!

What made me sad was how little people care to remember significant dates and check in with you if they don't have social media to remind them. I found the people I am in contact with most hardly missed my absence online and those who noticed finally reached out to say hi. Some of my closest friends forgot my birthday and some family even forgot my son's. I don't hold it against them, I know it's the society we live in now but it really opened my eyes to how much better I WANT and NEED to be with my own friends and family in my life. How much time have I wasted when I could have been making cookies for a friend going through a hard time or cleaning my house when I say I never have the time. It really changed the way I looked at my day and how much I got done. When I finally sat down to relax it was because I was exhausted or intentionally taking a moment of quiet. No phone in hand no scrolling. And that felt sooooo good.

Moving forward from this I've set limits on my apps and have changed my ideas about how much I want to be online, at least for now. To be honest I've pursed blogging for so long and I think I have struggled with it because I hate the online commitment it has required of me. There's a huge pressure and I felt like I could never meet the expectation. I don't want to feel like that for a job or in my real life so I am taking a little moment to relax in this online space and post mostly for fun. I think no matter what it is in our lives that is taking too much time or energy it's always a good ting to take a break and step back to reevaluate. Social media can be used for so many good and cool things so I don't mean to say its horrible it's just over whelming. I think most of us can agree there's a heightened anxiety level amongst our generation and I think social media contributes a huge chunk to that. I love it for so many reasons but I've come to a small conclusion that I don't need it HALF as much as I thought I did in my life and that's okay for right now.

If you're feeling the same way I was I recommended deleting the apps and simplifying your life. Even for a solid week you will see such a difference and feel so much better. It's hard to make changes in our life but I think that's where there is growth and when you're done you can really feel proud that you've gained control over your life again and have given yourself what you need to feel at peace and good in your life. Thanks for everyone who stuck around to read this, I'm sure most can relate and sorry if it feels dramatic, sometimes you just gotta speak your truth!
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Happy 7th Birthday Krew

Happy 7th Birthday Krew

I am currently taking a social media break which I will write a post about next week but I couldn't let today pass without writing about my sweet oldest son.  Yesterday was Krew's 7th birthday so I wanted to take the opportunity to write 7 things I love about him.

1. He is creative 
One thing I can always count on is Krew coming up with a good story. He loves to talk and is always telling us stories and ideas he has. Sometimes we just look at eachother in shock of the things he comes up with. The kid is hilarious!

2. He is tender hearted and still loves attention from mom and dad
He is our little softy for sure. He still loves to be hugged and cuddled and we can always count on him to ask to sleep with us or to be carried (even though hes huge now!)

3. He is helpful with his brothers 
He is definently the oldest for a reason. He set high standards for his brothers to live up too but he loves them both and is very helpful with them. He always includes Dash and loves to hold Beck and rock him or play with him when I am busy.

4. He makes friends easily and loves to include others 
Krew seems to always be the ring leader or center of attention but he is always playing with everyone and making friends where ever he goes. I love that I can count on him to always be kind.

5. He has the most unique style and is always making us laugh with his outfit choices 
I kid you not he went to school in nike sweats and a shirt and got off the bus in a 3 piece suit. This kid is hilarious with his style choices and I have finally given up and let him just be himself and where whatever. He is always so proud and loves to pick out clothes and dress up nice.

6. He loves God and going to church 
He looks forward to wearing his 3 piece suit whenever he can. He always asks to go to church and always talks about how God loves everyone and often says prayers that God will make me pregnant again HAHA! I love how sweet he is and how much pride he takes in going to church and looking nice.

7. He is very athletic and talented like his daddy
Dylan and I have both never really played soccer but Krew has just picked it up like a natural. We are so proud of him in his first year of playing and love watching how hard he works and how much he enjoys it. It makes us so proud to see him active and playing on a team and how talented he is already.

Krew is the glue that made us a family and changed all of our lives. He came at a hard time but ultimately changed me forever and was the best thing to happen to me. Im so proud to be his mom and to have the opportunity to raise him. He is my first born and so special to me!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Behind the Blogging

Monday, October 8, 2018

Behind the Blogging

I have struggled with how to write this post for a really long time but I just figured it's best to just say what you're feeling and get it out there. How ever this is received I hope that my blogger friends know I love and support them as well and that this is only my personal experience with being online!

So lately I have been getting comments that have made me feel like I am some kind of hot shot blogger which I AM NOT. I have had girls say my life looks so perfect or the dreaded, "what does your husband do" question. Let's just clear the air lol. We are not rich and my husband has a very regular physical labor job here in Washington that pays our bills and not much more! We have learned to live on a very tight budget and I have adapted to making things work on very little, and sometimes I actually prefer it that way! We have struggled over the past few years of building our family and finances but it has also taught me so much about what we want in life, what matters most to us, and what we can do without. I am actually a bit of a minimalist and we live in a small little house. I pride myself on being simple, always finding things on sale, and not needing the latest and greatest everything which I think is rare in the "influencer" community. I try to be respectful of everyones views and budgets when I share things and I think it's important for you to know that. Although I share where I buy things I genuinely am considerate of price and what I think you girls might like as well. That being said, if someone buys something from a link I share I get a little kick back and it makes me so happy that someone liked something I did as much. Truly! And let's be real I make close to nothing so this is all for fun. That is my reality when it comes to blogging.  A tiny bit of money here and there but mostly just fun and a way to be creative after kids go to bed!

I think there's a fine line between being real and sharing too much. My husband is very private so as much as I am an open book and could tell anyone details about our life and family I try to be respectful of my husband and his feelings. Blogging has always just been a side hobby for me which I love to do but I also recognize how important it is to ME to see the real side of the people I follow online and how they really are able to afford things and do as much as I do. Let's be real, no ones life is that perfect from what you see online and it takes a lot of hard work to set things up and to create the beautiful content that these women do and I love the inspo! It's so important to keep in mind that these women are working and doing their best to represent brands and also to provide for their families. So in short, yes these women are being paid and getting sent clothes but they're also working hard and no one said you couldn't do it too! lol. I think there are some instagrammers out there that just share where to buy things and the latest trends and I love them for those reasons but I also appreciate people who share more of their life and give us a glimpse of reality behind instagram. I'm not sure where I fall but I always want to be represented in an honest way and tell you girls how it really is for our family without crossing the lines of privacy. Can we agree sometimes things are TMI?

I want you to know that "instagrammers" struggle too and compare themselves on the daily. It's such a contraditcting thing to be looking at beautiful photos online, trying to be yourself, trying to be confident but then being sold products and clothes like what you have isn't enough. I want you to know that what you have IS ENOUGH. It's okay to buy something off of a recommendation online and it's also okay to get off the app, spend time loving yourself and reminding yourself you don't need anything other than what makes you happy. It's a balance such as everything in life these days but for some reason sometimes we just need to be told this and reminded. Sometimes instagram has given me the tips to save money or the just the pillow I have been looking for! And sometimes it's driven me to a dark hole of comparison and feeling like I will never have or be enough and wondering how these women have all they do. Don't fall for it and don't let yourself miss out on this community either.

With all that being said I shared today on my instagram I am going to be doing a little social media fast. For 10 days I'm getting offline and trying to get back to not being distracted, feeling less than, and trying to keep up with everything. I have been thinking about doing this the last month but after the leaders in the church I grew up going to challenged the women of the church to do it, I knew it was the right time and I would hold myself accountable. I know it doesnt seem like long but for someone who is online every single day and uses it as my hobby it's going to be a challenge for me to stay off. If you feel like doing the same, please do and reach out and tell me about it! I need all the support I can get. I'm really hoping to be less distracted and to get back to what fills my soul. Being with my kids but also gaining clarity and using my spare time to read, be with my husband and get back to some real life hobbies. I should note that I am not depressed or feeling bad about myself lol. I genuinely just need a little break and I think it's the best thing to do what you feel called to do.
Thank you all for following along on social media and my blog it means more to me than you know! See you in 10 ;)

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Fall Decor Inspo

Monday, October 1, 2018

Fall Decor Inspo

I love fall inspo so today I rounded up a few of my favorite images on pinterest and some links to the cutest fall decor! I recently shared my checkered pillow cases from Amazon and so many of you were interested so I thought I'd share more inspo. I love getting creative and doing things on a budget so if you have tips send them my way! We like to collect plastic pumpkins to reuse around the house every year but nothing beats going to a local store or farm to pick up some real pumpkins and mums. We have a tiny little porch but it's still so fun to dress It up and get a few things to really make it feel like fall. Check out the links to some of these fun decor items!

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