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My Birthday! 35!

I turned 35! If you know me at all you know that birthdays are a big deal and I love celebrating them. This year I was not as much up to the task. I was scheduled to watch my nephew on my birthday and it was the middle of the week so I was not too into it plus PREGNANT. img_20181104_184422_598After  few friends asked me about it I finally decided to host a small brunch at my house with a few of my close girlfriends. It was lovely, and pretty nice and relaxing and in the comfort of my own house. I made simple things, a coffee cake (https://lilluna.com/recipe-tip-deal-and-video-of-the-week-quick-coffee-cake/) crustless quiche(which is one of my go to recipes for brunch for a crowd mix 1 cup bisquick, 2 cups milk, 5 eggs, 2 cups cheese and salt and pepper then pour in a 9×13 pan and bake at 400 for about 45 min then when it comes out I like t top it with fresh chopped chives so easy and so good), caprese salad, and prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Well right after my birthday brunch Em was home from school and the girls were down for a nap. After nap time we went for a mani pedi and the girls absolutely loved it. Brock stayed home to take care of dinner.img_20181107_162318672img_20181107_160846245img_20181107_160840285

The girls said they felt like princesses and it was so nice there was no one else there. Violet had a little mishap or more of a Violet moment and decided she did not like the color she picked after they had already panted her nails so she tried to wipe of the paint #ohviolet well they ended up letting her pick another color and repainted her nails. The ladies were so sweet with the girls and gave them candy and put on the trolls soundtrack so the girls were in heaven. I just loved having an hour long pedi and foot massage. Well we headed back home for dinner and then we went out for donuts to finish the night.img_20181107_191043212

Just because my actual birthday was over did not mean that celebrating me was over! That weekend Brock took the girls and I to afternoon tea which I love doing. We feel so fancy and girly and Brock humors us. The girls and i got dressed up and they even picked a bunch of accessories. img_20181110_133820399

This year I did not do my typical girls wine trip of even a vacation but maybe next year I will feel more up to a big celebration.

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Halloween

This year for Halloween we did not do a family group costume, instead I let the girls pick whatever they wanted. This is what happens when you are pregnant and not feeling great, I pick my battles and what I have the energy for. Costumes this year was not one of them, lol. So Brock told me not to worry and he would handle it all. He ordered Violet a Ariel costume and she wanted one with a tail this time and Emerald wanted a Jasmine costume and she wanted one that showed her belly like how Jasmine wears it. He bought  both costumes online (I think from China which took a month to get) when the costumes arrived neither of them fit, but thank goodness my mom and Brock sewed them and they ended up working out great. (I was very skeptical of the entire thing)img_20181030_100104325_hdrimg_20181031_082040645

We started the morning off with spider pancakes (I usually try to have something fun and festive for breakfast it just adds to the excitement of the day) And yes I started them off with a super sweet breakfast, well the spiders were made out of blackberries.img_20181031_075736716

Violet had a party at her Tiny Tot class and she was so excited to wear her costume and show her friends. It was really cute the class got to go trick-or-treating with the other staff offices in the building and the gym was decorated with a bunch of fun halloween decor.img_20181030_100414825

Emerald had a costume parade at her school (same as last year)  Emerald had to wear a shirt to cover her tummy for school so that the costume was appropriate for class. Brock came left work to come to this and so did the girls uncle and grandma, Em had a big crowd watching her in the parade.img_20181031_120013563

After all the school activities we headed to Brock’s brothers house for dinner and trick-or-treating, this year the girls had a another kiddo, their cousin to go with them even if Tenley did not walk it was so much fun all of them together. I made a spider trifle all organic from a couple of boxed cake mixes and I was not a big fan, I have yet to find an organic mix that turns out well and taste good, if you know of one please drop me a comment. I also used an organic pudding mix again not so great its like there is not enough sweetness to them. img_20181031_175259819Anyway, the trifle looked pretty lol. There was plenty to eat and I girls loved trick-or-treating and all of the candy they got. (I still have a bag of candy from halloween in the pantry that i should probably throw out)img_20181031_181223382

This year I felt like most things I have been pretty low key about especially since I have just not had a bunch of energy growing a tiny human and all. Maybe next year we will go back to a family themed costume, you will just have to stick around and see.img_20181031_210547_829

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Brock’s Birthday

We of course love celebrating Brock! This man is such an amazing husband and daddy. This year for his birthday we had a weekend trip to Huntington Beach. The first day we spent at the OC Fair. It was a hot day but we had a great time with Brock’s entire family.

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The girls love taking pictures at all of the signs.

IMG_20180810_154838958Violet’s favorite thing was playing in the kiddy area, especially the corn boxes. This area was surprisingly pretty empty, although it was a little hidden towards the back of the fair. Emerald got to sign up for the kids cooking demonstration which she could not have been happier about. She was so proud of the cookies that she made.IMG_20180810_175303382

Not only did Em get to do this she was also picked to be the main cheerleader for our section in the pig race. The was hilarious to watch, the cute little pigs run their little hearts out. IMG_20180810_162038356

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We were so in love with all the baby goats!

We of course had to end the day with a lot of time in the petting zoo section where an animal tried to eat my dress and I was soaked in disgusting drool. (I know Brock has not been in any of these pictures, what can I say he or I are usually taking the pictures of the girls) Anyway after a long day at the fair was went to the condo in Huntington Beach. The next morning Brock’s mom had a fishing adventure planned at the pier. Poor Brock spent most of the time helping the girls who were always loosing their bate or getting caught on something. They were all having a great time I on the other hand was not feeling great and it did not help being in the scorching sun on the pier. Thank goodness for shakes from Ruby’s Diner at the end of the pier, they were a life saver for me and Violet who of course was over the fishing thing pretty quickly (I mean she is only three) IMG_20180811_091130105IMG_20180811_110858203

The fishing was of course followed by swimming in the ocean to cool off and might I add we did not catch anything . . . we got a lot of nibbles but nothing reeled in. IMG_20180811_115928391IMG_20180811_120241371Brock and Emerald went out into the waves while Violet and I hung out in the very shallow water where she could dig for sand crabs and could run away from the waves. IMG_20180812_182501909Some how ever year we end up at BJ’s for Brock’s birthday, he absolutely loves the chocolate chip pizookie and I think could care less about what other food he eats. It was a very full weekend celebrating this man and we are so lucky that we get to spend so much amazing time with him. We love you Brocky!

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School started for both the girls

Well I know I am beyond late getting this post up but I’ll share later why I have not been posting for the last few months. Anyway Emerald started Kindergarten in August and Violet started TinyTots in September (and she is already on winter break)

Emerald was so excited to start school. I think she really missed it during the summer. Well the first two weeks she was an early bird which meant she had to be at school by 830am which was so not fun after having the summer of no early mornings. During those first two weeks they assessed the kids to group them for early bird and late bird (which gives the teacher one hour in the morning with only 10 kids and one hour in the afternoon with only 10 kids) well she ended up as a late bird since she can read a little. The late mornings is nice but after two weeks of early mornings we were all used to getting  but we made it work. IMG_20180813_095637_579She likes her teacher a lot which helps and says everyone in her class is pretty nice except one kid who seems to be a handful in general and not nice to anyone. Well we already had her first report card and she did wonderful and the teacher said she is such a joy to have in class. Awe my sweet Emerald we love her so much.

After Emerald was in school for a few weeks I started watching my nephew a couple times a week which added in another aspect of changing times and schedules around. But as moms we know how to adjust and make things work.

Next was Violet she started Tinytots which is thru the city and she absolutely loved it. She was so excited that she was finally big enough to go to school like Emerald. She went to school only two days a week and each class is only one and a half hours which I thought would be good since this is the first thing she has done totally on her own. IMG_20180911_122927_282It look her a week to remember her teachers names a ver a month to learn the kids names in her class which one she kept calling “Salami” and I later found out her actual name is Lelani. When you are three some names get mixed up. Well the class was only eight weeks long and then the get a winter break and don’t start up again until January. I’m hoping she likes it just as much when she goes back.

Well I’m working on the next few posts since I am so far behind!

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getting bunkbeds for the girls

Well it has finally come to the time to acknowledge that my baby is no longer a baby and needed to move to a big girl bed. So many feelings and this has been hard for me . . . no longer having a crib in the house is a strange thing since we have had one for the last almost six years.

LRM_EXPORT_20180713_144845We have had the bunk beds stored for a little while since they used to be mine that I shared with my sister when we were little. Yes they are old but my parents were getting rid of them when they moved out of my childhood home and Brock and I decided to keep them for the girls. They had been stored for a couple of years so when Brock brought them home we gave them a good cleaning and you would never guess that they were mine as a kid. Well Brock tried to put them together with my help and that did not go so great considering they are solid wood and I am not the strongest person and I am on the shorter side so not the best for holding up the wood to be screwed together. After much frustration Brock had his bother come over to help and thank goodness I was off the hook with that. The guys got the beds together and we had Violet sleep on her big girl mattress all by herself on the floor the first night to get her used to the size. I know this seems weird but I had realized that she had never slept in a big bed by herself she has always shared a big bed whenever we have stayed somewhere for the night.

The first night in the bunk beds and Emerald was thrilled she loved sleeping on the top bunk and called it her castle. Violet was not a huge fan and kept saying the bed was too big and too high up. So I put pillows all around the edge and put her in the middle of the bed so that when she looked down at her feet there was not as much bed. This seemed to work the next night and it got a little easier and she stopped complaining about the bed being too big. We also went looking for new sheets and comforters which I was hoping would get her excited about the new bed, but nope she still wanted to use the blankets from her toddler bed/crib that my mom had made when Emerald was a baby. (Sad to say but it has been a month in the bunkbeds and I still have not been able to have her sleep without the baby blanket) Well we still have not found comforters that we all agree on but I am not stressing about it since it is summer and hot so we settled on fluffy blankets and white sheets for now.

IMG_20180713_085256254At the beginning Violet was scared to climb up to the top bunk (which is not a bad thing I was worried she might fall) but now that we have had the beds in their room for a little while both girls hang all over the bed like little monkeys. Yes they have fallen off the latter a few times but never really hurt and has made them realize not to be so wild (well sometimes) Jazz, our cat now climbs up the latter too! The girls think it is so fun that the cat goes up and down the latter and it is pretty funny to watch, Brock has still not seen this happen, he was convinced Emerald was putting the cat in her bed for awhile but I assured him I saw the cat climb the latter all on her own. Plus it is the funniest thing Emerald calls the cat up to her bed and Jazz comes running to join her.

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Jazz napping with Violet

It has been a hard transition and crazy to think these girls are growing up so quickly, but I love seeing them grow and love getting to spend each day with them and help guide them on their journey of life. I love my big girls.

 

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Summer break!

Emerald finished her first year at school! We made it through TK with her loving going and only missing a few days here and there and only a couple times of getting her to school late. She is so excited for the summer break before she starts Kindergarten.

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We have tried so hard to book the Summer full of fun things for the girls. Summers are now becoming a treasured time to spend with the girls since Emerald started school. Right after the last day of school Emerald came home to a few little goodies I had picked up from the dollar section at Target and a sign I made saying how excited we are to spend the summer to party.

The first weekend was Memorial weekend and the girls got to be in a parade that my parents retirement community put together. The girls had so much fun.

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We of course cant forget the last time we get to go to disneyland before our passes expire for the summer. The last time we were able to go and Lolo (the girl’s grandma) was able to come with us, unfortunately Brock had to work and was not able to join which Violet was so sad about.

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Our first big trip for the summer is one to Florida where we’re going to see all of my siblings and their families. ( I will have a blog and pictures coming soon for this trip) The girls are super excited about this trip since we don’t get to see their cousins that often. We also have several weekends booked with camping and weekends at the beach. I’m also planning on switching the girl’s bed to bunk beds so Violet will be moving out of her toddler bed😬. ( I will write something about this too since there will no longer be a crib in our house/sad moment for mommy)

We also got to just participate in a picnic that one of the moms put together for Emeralds TK class to get together during the summer it was so sweet. They had a pinata and even a face painter and we did a potluck picnic.

This school year has been such a fun year for Emerald. She was so lucky to have such an amazing teacher. Miss Creekmore really was one of the best teachers for Emerald. I also love how her teacher at the end of the year made books of all the different special projects that the kids had made throughout the year. She also gave each of her students a special award describing each of their personalities.

While Emerald was at school it was so nice getting to spend one-on-one time with Violet and I am loving watching these girls grow up. Sometimes I battle between being sad that they’re getting older and being happy and excited that they get to have so many wonderful experiences. It is so much fun getting to be there Mom.

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Easter celebrations!

I love holidays and getting to celebrate with family and having good food! We started with Easter prep of dying eggs which the girls love doing. We did this on Tuesday evening which meant Emerald got to bring Easter eggs for lunch the next several days, which made my lunch making days easier and made Emerald so happy. She said all the other kids asked why she got a special lunch 🙂 The other prepping I do is decorating the house the week before, this year I tried to keep it pretty simple and did not buy any extra decorations like I normally do. I am trying to keep things simpler and not stress myself out and go over board (Im a little extra sometimes) I even kept the girls easter baskets simple, I used the same baskets from last year and filled them with little goodies I found at the 99cent store (cheap and easy) The last thing I could do to prep a few days early was the decorations for the cupcakes I was making to take to both of our families.

The Friday before Easter this year was passover which we go to Brock’s great Aunts house to celebrate. His aunt takes care of everything which is so nice for us all we have to do is show up and clean up after.

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Girls in there Passover outfits.

 

The next day Brock took the girls to my parent’s house to swim and I got a few hours of pampering! I love getting my hair done I always feel so fabulous after and like I can take on anything life hands me. That evening was a lot of food preping for Easter. I try to bring the same things to both families so that we just double up the recipes, which has made going to both Brock and my families for Holidays much less stressful. Every holiday I feel like all I do is work hard and I never get to enjoy it so I am trying really hard to not overextend myself and PREP so that I am not rushing the day of to get everything done. So Brock helped me prep Saturday night by making and decorating (and eating) the cupcakes and dipping strawberries in orange chocolate to look like carrots, and making lemon bars also diced and sliced everything we could for the next day.

The next morning the girls were up and ready to see what the Easter bunny had brought them, so we started with their easter baskets and while they were playing with everything from their baskets I mixed the crustless quiche together and got it in the oven (we made two, one for breakfast and one to take to Brunch with Brock’s family) and Brock hid the eggs outside(the girls had no idea he was even gone). Then while breakfast baked we took their now empty baskets outside to collect the eggs (that I had filled the night before with little candies) I took a few funny videos that showed how clueless Violet was at first with collecting eggs but she caught on pretty quickly after that. Although our girls are too sweet they kept giving each other their eggs to make sure they each had the same amount and the same colors. What can I say we are raising very considerate little ladies.

After the egg hunt and opening all the eggs and putting all the candy in a bowl although they of course wanted to eat it all before breakfast . . . we had breakfast of crustless ham and cheese quiche with our “carrot” strawberries, so delicious. After breakfast Brock made two potato and pear gratin (one for each family meal) and I got the girls and myself ready. By the time I got all of us ready Brock had already got the dish in the oven and had cleaned up! Woohoo! Next was loading up the car and heading to have lunch with his family first. IMG_20180401_131100_540We took a family picture first thing before those kiddos got wild from all the candy they had been eating. We brought the quiche, potato gratin, lemon bars and cupcakes (ok so I do go a little overboard on making several items, but I love cooking and baking) The girls had a great time running around and playing especially since it was a beautiful day. Their grandpa gave them each an easter basket that they of course tore right into. Next stop my parents house. We brought fresh green beans with parmesan cheese, potato gratin, lemon bars and cupcakes. So I really did get to double up on pretty much everything but green beans.

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Here are the yummy desserts we had, my rabbit bottom cupcakes and lemon bars in the back and these adorable rice krispy treats my sister made up front.

 

The first thing we do at my parents house is always the egg hunt, that way it is still light out since we don’t meet up until the evening. We start with all the little kids. (this year there is only three since both my bothers and their families live out of state)

The girls had a great time collecting the eggs and getting all the fun treats my parents hid for them and this year they did candies, magic grow pellets, and little toys. While we were helping the girls with all of their loot my dad went back out to hide eggs for all of us big kids, Brock and myself and my sister and her husband. They always do egg hunts for us in their neighborhood with money in the eggs. They leave a lot of the eggs empty as a trick (happy April fools day) well guess who found all of those, yup that would be me! I ended up with a total of ten cents! Yup you read that right I was the big loser I got one egg that had a dime in it and the rest were empty. Thank goodness Brock was the big winner and got lots of dollar bills.

After the egg hunt it was dinner time and we were all stuffed by the end of the day but still finished with those yummy desserts and we also had a gluten free cake my parents made (yes we love dessert and sweets!) Well we were all exhausted by the end and had to head home because Emerald had school the next morning. It was a long day but a wonderful day! A few days later and all of the decorations are put away and only some of the Easter candy remains, but we are on to the next family fun filled days.

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Family Photos

Trying to take family photos with toddlers and babies is not easy. Brock and I have been taking “Family Photos” since we started dating with one of my closest friends Michelle. We have loved not having the studio look but a more natural feel. These were from our engagement shoot. It was a crazy windy day and we were being sandblasted but you would never know that from looking at our pictures.

So that shoot was a little easier without any children . . . once we added them into the mix it got a little harder trying to find ways to keep them from melting down, after all those are not really the pictures I want to go on my walls.

We did a shoot with Emerald when she was a little over a week old. I definitely did not feel great about myself but I wanted to have a few nice pictures of Emerald. I know that is is becoming more common now to have a photographer in the delivery room, but that is not for me, I actually only have my husband and obviously the doctor anyway getting side tracked. These are a couple of my favorites from that little session of Emeralds baby pictures. I loved this sweet picture of Brock holding Emerald’s tiny little feet and remembering how content she was in Brock’s arms. The other one I loved the lighting that Michelle captured in this although again not really feeling much like myself, but this picture makes me feel empowered some how.

We try to take photos at least once a year and the next time was for Emerald’s first birthday we did another small shoot nothing to fancy just a few pictures at a local park. This session went actually pretty well I even had a few wardrobe changes for Emerald. We are very lucky with Emerald even as a baby she was so sweet and happy most of the time.

The following year we did a session while I was pregnant with Violet. I remember it being a little chilly that day and I was so frustrated trying to find something that “matched” for all of us to wear and clothing options that we all felt good in . . . this seems to be one of our biggest problems especially as the girls are getting older and are more opinionated, anyway again Emerald was so easy, but we made sure the photos were right after her nap so that she was not tired for the photos and we brought snack.

The following session again just a small shoot was when Violet was a little baby again a little after a week it might have been closer to two weeks. We did this one in our house just like Emerald’s and we just threw a sheet over everything to try to cover up the mess of a house I had after just having a baby and having a two year old running around.

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This shoot we tried to make Emerald feel included but still had a few of just Violet. It helped having this done at our house and made everyone a little more comfortable plus we had been having Michelle take our pictures for a few years now. I love the silly shots that capture our family dynamic. Pictures that show our love for each other make my heart melt. We decided to do another session about eight mother later (mostly because I love sending out photo christmas cards) I loved this session of the girls Emerald loves being a big sister and I think this captured that so well. This is the shoot when things started to get a little bit more challenging . . . two kiddos that you are trying to coral and they were not always on the same nap schedule which made it harder to schedule a good time, luckily we have an amazing photographer who works so well with keeping the kids interested in taking pictures, but of course these are pictures that happen and you just learn to roll with it and know that they are kids and yes they sometimes eat leaves.

_DSC1453Of course you still get a few good shots and photographers know that it just takes a lot of snaps before you end up with a few wonderful pictures. The one of the two girls I actually made into my mouse pad and the family picture is enlarged on my office wall.

The next year got even more interesting as now both girls were on the move and harder to keep in one area. Incase you can’t tell Violet has a million marshmallows shoved in her mouth. She was so not into taking pictures that day and made sure we all knew it. I brought a ziplock bag of marshmallows that Brock kept in his pocket and would toss at her when she did well, yes I know it was like she was an animal performing for rewards, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do and with Violet we have realized there is no correct way to do anything we just have to adjust and keep going. _DSC5456-84This session is the one I currently have up in my living room and I love seeing these everyday (yes I know I am behind on updating my pictures in the frames and hopefully I will do that soon)

This is the last shoot we just did and we had so much fun with it. I let the girls pick their own outfits and accessories and they told me how they wanted their hair. I have been working on being silly with the girls and wanting them to remember their childhood being something they loved and wanting them to feel loved.

Yes I think Brock missed the act crazy memo poor guys surrounded by crazy girls. And the second just shows the sass of Violet and the sweet playfulness of Emerald.

These next ones I love looking at together they were taken with in a few seconds of each other one was us walking together and the other Brock yelled run and well Michelle captured it.DSC_2363DSC_2529-Copy1Yes adding children into the mix has made it interesting but just like with life you find things that work (or don’t work) we adjust and continue to love living this life together as a family with photos as proof (lol)

All photos were taken by Michelle Tachet. You can visit her link and check out her other photos or schedule a session. http://www.MichelleTachetPhotography.com

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Family weekend trip to Solvang CA

Family time is so important to us. The girls are growing up so fast and I want to make sure that they have the best childhood we can give them. So we try to do little trips or family days just the four of us to make sure the girls know that we love and care about them and want to spend time with them. This time we did a weekend trip to Solvang. It was a quick trip we only stayed one night at a hotel. We ended up staying in Buellton which is five minuets away from Solvang, but the hotels are half the price, we stayed at Pea Soup Anderson’s Inn and it was only $100 for a Saturday night, felt like a steal.

We headed up Saturday morning leaving our house at 930am and we only hit traffic in Montecito since they had only reopened the freeway there a few days ago after the mudslide that happened. It saddened me driving through there seeing the aftermath of what the residence had been thru, I can’t even imagine.

We reached the first winery, Lincourt (if you have read my other posts we are member here and we love it!) We had a picnic on the grass area right in front of the tasting room where there is plenty of room for the girls to run around. We had not been in a little while so we had two shipments of wine to pick up. 🙂 The girls had so much fun, they love picnics! Emerald especially loved it since it was all food she had picked out the day before at Trader Joes.

The picnic was followed by dancing and rolling down the grassy hill (Brock and I did not participate in I think it might have been frowned upon if Brock and I rolled down the hill lol)

Next we went to Quicksilver Ranch which is right next to the winery. This place has so many mini ponies! This is another one of our go to places (even when we don’t have the girls with us when we go to Solvang) this time the girls got to walk with one of the mini horses while it was being brought over to a pin to be groomed. The girls were so excited they got to pet the horse for a little while although Violet kept asking the man if she could brush the pony 🙂

After the mini ponies we went to another winery, Firestone Vineyards. Here we got a table outside and let the girls run around again while we tasted wine. This is another one of favorite places, it sits up on a little hill that overlooks the vineyard and is beautiful (although January is not the most beautiful time for vineyards) I unfortunately did not take many pictures at this place . . . sometimes I need a break from picture taking and I try to just enjoy the moments, but we did take pictures inside the wine tasting room on the huge chair they had.


After this winery we went to our hotel, Pea Soup Anderson’s Inn, for a nap the girls were very tired from all of the running around and lets face it Brock and I were pretty tired too. The hotel is pretty clean and a nice enough room for one night plus we don’t spend a ton of time in our room anyway. After naps it was too late for the Ostrich farm so we walked around Solvang for a few minutes before heading to dinner at Hadsten House Restaurant.IMG_20180127_190029618 I have been going to this restaurant for years . . . it has definitely changed through out the years and I miss the large ravioli that they used to have, but we made it for happy hour (early dinner when you have kiddos) The girls were completely wild the whole dinner . . . Emerald making hats out of her napkin and Violet singing her heart out. Brock took the girls on a couple of walks during dinner so they could get their wiggles out. After dinner we headed back to the hotel because the girls really wanted to go swimming, we mostly stayed in the hot tub since it was pretty cold out plus Emerald can stand up in it on her own which makes her so happy. Then it was bed time, it was a long day and we had more to do the next day. We had breakfast at the hotel which was just pastries and juice from one of the bakeries in Solvang.

Our first stop for the day was the Ostrichland USA we got there right when they opened which was pretty nice there were only a couple of other people there. The girls had so much fun feeding the Ostrich and Emu. Brock was having the girls pet them and sure enough first Emerald got bit on her arm and she thought it was funny because Brock told her they were trying to eat the butterfly on her jacket and then a few minutes later Violet got bit on the finger and she screamed her head off. There was no calming her down so her and I went and washed off her hands and she was done but Emerald went and got more food to keep feeding these crazy birds. When we left Violet said she had fun but did not want to go next to one again. Next we headed to the Folded Hills Farmstead, but they were not open. Their website said they opened at 11am, but no such luck. So instead we had a picnic in the back of our car and let the girls pet the animals that are there. This is one of Emerald’s favorite things, if animals are there she loves it. Violet was over the animals pretty quickly and just wanted to eat. Emerald told us the only way she will move from our house is if we move to a farm were she can pick all the animals we will have lol.

We stayed at the farm for awhile before hitting the road. We headed to Ventura for in-n-out lunch and a bathroom break. Then back to our little home we went. It was a short trip, but we packed it as full as possible. I love doing life with my family.

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Christmas, New Years and Winter break

Colds, Flu and Pneumonia . . . such a fun holiday season in our little house. We were hit with the cold/flu bug hard over the winter break which was not so fun especially since Brock got a week off of work and he spent most of the time having to care for the rest of us. Emerald’s last day of school was December 22 and she loved it because she got to wear pajamas to school that day and thought it was the best thing ever. IMG_20171222_090447_287The following day we tried to rest a little so that we all would have energy for all of the Christmas activities we had planned. We met up with  Brock’s family on Christmas Eve which was pretty low key, just hanging out at the house together which was so nice since I was not feeling amazing and I just kept thinking it was because I was tired.

For Christmas and we tried to limit how many gift we gave the girls this year, so Emerald got a Bike from Santa and Violet asked for a tablet from Santa, (I mean she is two years old and she wanted a tablet), anyway they also got a five other things from us nothing crazy, (because we gave them a kitty, Jazz a few weeks prior). Brock worked with Emerald riding her bike while I finished up breakfast which was cinnamon rolls that I make from scratch (I made extra to take to Brock’s family)

After Breakfast we headed over to Brock’s family where we stayed for a few hours and the girls got a few little gift and we had lunch then we left so that the girls could nap in the car while we drove to my parents house (yes we are crazy and do two places on Christmas) we are pretty lucky that our families are only about a 30 minute drive away from each other. Anyway it was more gifts there too but was so happy my parents this year did a trip for the girls instead of a million gifts that they really don’t need. So they gave them a vacation to Sea World which the girls LOVED they each got their own vacation with Grandma and Papa which they already cashed in on. My parents ended up taking Emerald the following week since she was on winter break from school.

By the time we finished gifts and dinner it was time to head home and I was completely exhausted. The following day I kept telling Brock I was having a hard time breathing he thought I was being overdramatic well I went with my instinct and went to urgent care, they did an X-ray and sure enough I had pneumonia! So I started antibiotics in hopes of winter break not being completely wasted at home I rested the following day and was so glad that Brock was home to help with the girls but was so bummed we did not get to do everything I would have liked, but such is life. Well that week was a bit of a blur for me being so sick. Brock took the girls places with his mom and I stayed home dead to the world. During that time the girls got to go see the horses that were going to be in the Rose Parade and Emerald even got to help with the City of Burbank float and glue on some flowers, she was so proud of herself, so cute.

I made it to my cousin’s and her families going away party, they are moving out of state and we are sad to see them go but are so excited for them and the new adventures they get to have doing such a big move. Next was New Years and we decided on New Years Eve to stay at Brock’s families beach house in Oxnard and the rest of his family came too I still was not a hundred percent but did my best to hang in there plus a little wine and champagne never hurts 🙂 This meant we got to spend New Years at the beach and it was a beautiful day and even though it is crowded staying at the house I was glad we got to have a wonderful day at the beach.

Well Brock was back to work the next day and I had to fend for myself with the girls so we had one day of resting and a zoo day to fill the time before my parents came to pick up Emerald for her Sea World trip, they took her thursday thru Sunday and originally my mother in law was going to take Violet for a couple days but she came down with the stomach flu so I did my best to fill the time with pony rides and ice cream.

Thank goodness after that Brock was back to being off for the weekend and I was gradually getting better (this sickness lasted forever!) While Emerald was having the time of her life with my parents in San Diego we tried to make our time with Violet really special we let her pick everything to do and she of course picked the zoo and getting ice cream at Costco (yes my kid loves Costco and trader joes, mostly because both those places give kiddos treats while you shop)

And the next day was Sunday and we picked up Emerald from my parents and celebrated my sisters birthday at the same time. The next day was back to a regular routine of school for Emerald, although that of course proved to be soooo difficult and it is now thursday and we finally made it to school in the morning with out yelling, crying and fit throwing . .. waiting for the days to get easier and for me to feel completely like myself again. As a mom I have learned I am way stronger than I ever thought and can handle more than I ever wanted too lol.