Monday, July 27, 2015

a condensed version of my weekend

Let me just warn you, this post is loaded with pictures.

So, this weekend we traveled to Douglas, Arizona. If you've never heard of Douglas don't feel too out of the loop because neither has anyone else. Douglas, Arizona population: 16,500 people -and it's a border town.

Anyways, we traveled to Douglas for my great grandpa's 95th surprise birthday party. The trip down there is supposed to take 4 hours, but with sweet little Hazel it took us 6. She wouldn't eat -even though she was hungry and we were stopping at multiple places to see if she would eat there. Nothing worked.  I felt bad and was mostly worried that she would dehydrate herself, thankfully everything went fine and we had no dehydration problems. But seriously 6 hours? I must admit, I was going a bit stir-crazy in the car -cracking random jokes here and there, it was a sight. When we made it to Douglas we headed straight for La Fiesta. I'm a huge fan of Mexican food and La Fiesta is where it's at -it's the real deal guys, none of this American Mexican food stuff, I'm talking real tortillas and allll.
So, apparently in order to surprise a 95 year old you have to tell him you are taking him to get his B12 shot -or at least that's what they told my great grandpa. I guess he's not a fan of parties and they haaaaad to make it a surprise or he would have refused to go. Anyways, he walked into the party and was sure surprised, and kept asking when he was going to get his B12 shot, little did he know there was no shot.  

So, we partied and Hazel had a great time -she loves being with people, talking with them, smiling, and waving. This little girl is a social butterfly and has the biggest smile around. 

We got our five generation picture, Hazel got to meet her great-great-grandpa, and she got to see a little bit of where my mom grew up. I must say Douglas has some sweet little areas that really can take you back, and the weather this weekend was seriously amazing.  I got way too many pictures, I'll never need, of the landscape as we drove ten hours in one day -with a baby, but now we can say Hazel has been to Douglas and we can say we've been on a road trip with her. 

Happy Monday to us all, we've lived through a traveling weekend. 


Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Formula for Happiness

I love being a mom. That's it. I love it. I prayed for these very moments. But, it's hard. Being a mom is hard, it's trying, and stressful. And sometimes you feel like you are never going to figure it out -but you will it just takes time. Here are a few tips that I like to call The Formula for Happiness™, they are tips that have helped me through rough times, and tips that I really like to live by. 

Get out of the house - Your house is a wreck you say? You're not dressed for it you say? Who cares! Get out of the house, enjoy some fresh air and some interaction with another human that isn't crying. I love my little Hazel to pieces, but in those first few months it was so nice to be able to put her in the car seat and just walk the mall or walk around the neighborhood -she was born in January mind you so it was nice and cool outside. 

Find some me time - Day and night you are caring for this beautiful baby, and they are totally reliant on you. When they are napping find some time for yourself, sit down and watch your favorite show or make your self your favorite snack, do something for you. It's so important to not burn yourself out too quickly, because if you aren't taking care of yourself you wont be able to take very good care of your baby. 

If you need help ask - You don't need to do it on your own, I called my mom so many times just to see if she could come over and watch Hazel so I could take a nap, or if she could come over and hold her so I could get something done -Hazel has always liked to be held.  And the thing is, who doesn't want to hold a brand new baby, people are so willing to help you just need to be willing to ask. 
Get some sleep - This is at the top of my formula for happiness list. Sleep is so important, it makes you happy, it makes you healthy, and it refreshes your mind. Make sure you are getting enough sleep!
What's your formula for happiness

For more tips and to book a free appointment with a baby sleep consultant, or a certified lactation consultant head here

Today’s post is sponsored by Gerber® Good Start® Gentle, who believe that comfort for baby means happiness for all.  Here is my Formula for Happiness™


Thursday, July 23, 2015

when you don't want your feet to sweat

socks: c/o Kushyfoot, top: mom, jeans: old (like 2008), watch: (similar), flats: (similar), necklace: no longer selling.

I have a few favorite pairs of flats, the kind I wear day-in and day-out. They are my go-to flats and I covet them -in fact I bought two pairs of the same flat, that's how much I love them. The one thing I don't love about them is that my feet get sweaty in them. It's gross, it's hot, and after a while it can get smelly -let's get real people. Kushyfoot low cut foot covers help rid this uncomfortable and awkward situation, plus they are super comfortable and stay on great.  I also like them because they help protect your feet from getting blisters! They are easy to put on, easy to wear, and you don't have to mess around with them while you have them on -they stay up. They have a padded sole -that makes it nice and cushy to walk on, and a no slip grip on the back so they don't fall down while you wear them.

My friends over at Kushyfoot are practically Einstein when it comes to things about feet. They have these wonderful flats to go -I like to call them house slippers. You can bring them with you on road trips, or when you stay in a hotel -because I'm kind of a germaphobe when it comes to hotel rooms.

While we are on the subject of socks let's talk about bootie shoes. I love them, and they are the cutest, but it's really tough to find a good thin sock that you can wear with them. These sheer anklets are absolutely perfect when it comes to booties, I'm one hundred percent sold!

Here are some of the other socks I really like these are perfect for summer and spring, and when you wear a sling back shoe. Yes!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

six months

At Hazel's six month appointment she weighs 15.8 pounds and is 26 inches long.

At six months Hazel:

Can sit up by her self
Loves to stand
Is constantly laughing -and it's contagious
Has started waking up ever couple hours in the night to eat, we are thinking she is growing again
Loves eating big girl food -she thinks she gets to eat everything mom and dad are eating
Can roll over when she is on her tummy 
Can wave
Is extra chatty and loves to sing with you
Twirls her feet and hands when she gets excited 
Puts everything in her mouth

We love our big girl!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

a condensed version of my weekend

This weekend flew by. As it usually does when you are busy with all day plans. My brother is officially married and I'm so excited to say that I have a new SIL! She is the greatest and I'm so excited for this cute pair. Their wedding was a success -it rained in the evening so they are bound for good luck!  In the morning I was a bit stressed because Hazel didn't take her morning nap and she was starting to get super fussy, but it all worked out in the end.

We made it to the temple right on time, handed Hazel over to our friends -gave them a few tips, and in we went. It was beautiful, they were beautiful, and I'm so happy for them.  After they were married in the temple we had a luncheon and it kiiiind of felt like a zoo -lots of bustling people. We stayed to help with the clean up of the luncheon which gave Hazel only an hour and a half for a good nap, but she took it! I was very proud of her and also felt bad waking her up for the last part of the day. Poor girl was totally wiped out! 

The ring ceremony was at 5, but obviously we were late to that -I can't seem to get to many places on time with this little Hazel -okay, it's not all her fault. Afterwards we had pictures and then the reception began.  It was so fun to see my brother all dressed up, he looked so handsome. One of my favorite parts though? Watching him dance, I've never seen him dance before. I'm not kidding. So I felt obliged to take pictures and video for posterity sake.  Oh what a weekend it was. 


Monday, July 13, 2015

all dogs go to heaven

January 27, 2001 - July 13, 2015
Till we meet you in the light sweet Maggie

You'll meet me in the light
I know that you can't see me, 
but trust me I'm right there. 
Although I'm up in heaven, 
my love for you stays near. 

So often I see you crying, 
many times you call my name. 
I want to much to lick your face, 
and ease all of your pain. 

I wish that I could make you see
that heaven is indeed real. 
If you could see me run and play
how much better you would feel.

But our loving God has promised me 
that when the time is right, 
you'll step out of the darkness 
and meet me in the light. 


Tuesday, July 07, 2015

self image + $25 giveaway

top:c/o The Mint Julep Boutique, shorts: Old Navy, sandals: Target (similar), undershirt: thrifted, watch: no longer sold (similar) belt: thrifted

So, I've been thinking a lot about self image lately. Thinking about how I'm constantly putting myself down and talking bad about the way I look.  I started thinking about Hazel and how I don't want her to ever think she isn't good enough. And then it made me realize that she watches my every move, she learns everything she does from me -which is reeeeally scary. I am her example of what women are, what makes us tick, what spins us around, and I'm starting to realize that I'm not such a good example. 

Thing is I've always been self conscious about the way I look. After having Hazel it has been a whole other story. I never realized how much having a baby could change your body. Just this morning I was getting ready for the day when I started talking about how ugly my hair looked -I'm going bald, and how these bags under my eyes are getting worse -lack of sleep, yeeeeah probably.  I caught myself halfway through the end of that last part and thought -precision of language!  I know she can't understand what I'm saying, but if I start changing now it will be that much easier for me when she can understand me. 

And so, here I am July seventh two thousand fifteen, saying goodbye to negative self image talk. Yeah, I know I'm not going to just quit it cold turkey, it will take some time, and I'll let you know how I'm doing.

And if you promise to stop talking bad about yourself you can enter this awwwesome giveaway -kidding, you can enter it either way, but really, be nice to you.

So, I really like The Mint Julep, I love looking through all their clothes and picking out different things to buy, I mean seriously: I feel like this would be my patriotic shirt while also being a weekly staple because it looks so comfortable, and I love this because you can dress it up or dress it down.  The top I'm wearing is especially my favorite because it's great for nursing and it's so versatile -I'm quite addicted to button downs as of late. You can wear this top with jeans, shorts, a skirt, really the possibilities are endless.  So to celebrate our beautiful selves, and to celebrate how great we look for being where we are today, while also celebrating the end of negative self image talk, we have a giveaway!

Thank you to The Mint Julep for sponsoring this post. All thoughts are my own.


Sunday, July 05, 2015

a condensed version of my weekend

Saturday was HOT but it didn't ruin any part of the day. I really do love these patriotic holidays, and I think they are becoming my favorite. I love my country and I love supporting all the things we were founded upon, we are so blessed to be here. Friday night we kicked off the weekend early with some swimming and eats with friends, I really enjoy simple things, just hanging out and talking is right up my alley. Saturday morning was church breakfast and then bbq and swimming with the family. Hazel had her first real swim and I think she really enjoyed it -until she got hungry. We also gave Hazel part of Brand's pizza crust. She didn't quite know what to do with it, and I didn't have my phone on me to take a picture, but she had it hanging from her mouth and was sucking on it like a pacifier. Ohhhh Haze.

Saturday afternoon was lazy and cozy -swimming can sure knock you out. Hazel took a nap in the above pictured position -my arms. We are still on the whole no good naps during the day unless you hold me type thing. I don't often given in to arm naps, but when I've got a whole evening planned and I don't want her to be over tired I just do it.

Saturday evening we headed to the fireworks downtown and I was so very hot and baby wearing didn't help. Also, it felt like we were just walking and walking -I've got to find a better place to celebrate this day.  Anyways, we went to the park, walked around, looked at the old model cars, got some shaved ice -because that's what you do in America. We saw the missionaries -Brand and I were looking for someone to take our picture, but I feel like there are only sooooo many people you can really trust not to run off with your camera, and then we see the missionaries -jackpot.

Fireworks started at 930, but it was 8:45 and we were tired, hot, and Hazel was hungry so back to the car we went. By the time we got back to the car the fireworks were about to start, so for the first half of the show Hazel ate and Brand and I watched the fireworks.  I think one of our favorite parts was seeing her face as she watched the bright lights in the sky. After a while she would look at me, talk, and then look at Brand and talk, as if she were checking in with us to make sure this was supposed to happen. I love my curious, smart, careful girl.
On the drive home Hazel fell asleep -as we knew she would, we went to two McDonalds' and they were both out of ice cream -on the fourth, I mean that's just simply not American.  I think our day was pretty successful though, Another first for our sweet little Hazel to mark in the books and it was definitely a success. I really love watching her see and learn new things. There's just so much wonder and excitement in her eyes. 

Happy Monday Eve!


Thursday, July 02, 2015

Dear Hazel,

 5 months old
romper: carters, pacifier clip: ryanandrose

I love all these new things you are doing. I love your laugh, your gummy smile, and the way you look at me when I see you after you've had a really good nap. I love nap times, I love rocking you to sleep -although you don't always cooperate- I love singing you to sleep and watching your eyes get oh-so-heavy.  

I love our night time routine. How happy you get when I get you changed into your pajamas, You don't so much love when I put lotion on your arms and belly because it's oh-so-tickle-y, but you sure love a good leg massage.  

I love the way you sit up and reach for your toes as they wiggle and stretch. And if you could get them just-a-little-bit-closer you could surly see how they taste. 

I love how when you feel things you scratch at them. Maybe it's because you give me a hard time when I try and trim your nails, but you love "scratch feeling" things. Your current favorite it your boppy, all those wonderful colors. 

I love your happy screech, sometimes it's so loud that I think our neighbors can hear.  It such a happy screech though, you get so excited when you are playing toys or when I come to play with you in your gym. 

I love how much you want to sit up, it's no more laying down for you just sitting up. You are too big for your britches. 

I love how you love me. How you smile from ear to ear when I talk to you, how you reach for me when your sad.  How you bury your face in mine when you are tired and how you have me convinced that you know what you are saying when you say "ma ma". 

I love you my little Hazel, you are by favorite girl and I cannot imagine my life without your perfect self. 



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