Sunday, September 14, 2014

20 Months & 3.5 Years

I took some pictures of the girls the other night, & while uploading them to my computer, I remembered they are quite overdue for an update on the blog!  I actually got these dresses for them back in March for some Spring family pictures, & after having to reschedule our family pictures about a dozen times (no lie!) due to weather, sickness, and every other reason you could possibly think of, I decided I better just snap a few in them before the dresses don't fit anymore! 

^The only way I can get a picture of them together is holding hands and running towards me.  Taking pictures of your own kids individually is already SUPER hard, but getting a shot of them both together, smiling, etc?  Near impossible!  I adore this shot of them - they are such cute little friends.

It is so hard for me to believe this little one is TWENTY months old this month.  Since I like lists, I'll just do updates in bullet form:

- Active, sweet, stubborn, & mischievous best describe Kate right now.  

-She calls Aubrey "Au-Jee" & Aubrey corrects her every single time. "It's AU-BREE, Katester!  Not Au-Jee!"

-Every night, she asks for a "shong".  Her favorites include John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt (who the heck knows how to spell that?!), Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, & anything from Frozen of course.  She sings right along in the car and knows a ton of the words!  

-Kate HAS to have two of everything.  Two books at bedtime, a snack in each hand, if I hand her a cheese stick she MUST have me break it into two pieces.  Such a silly quirk!

-Starting to memorize some of her letters, colors, etc.  

-LOVES Bubble Guppies & Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  She gets bored after about five minutes of tv, but loves when the opening songs come on.

-She brings me books all day long to read to her.  If I'm not reading to her, she's sitting there reading them by herself.  She is a huge book worm!

-Takes an awesome nap every day.  It usually lasts around 2.5-3 hours.  She also goes to bed at 7:00 every night.  

-Loves nursery, except for when we leave at the beginning.  

-Loves her baby doll, named Leo.  She calls her/him "Yo!"  I almost want to name our next baby Leo if it's a boy just so I can hear her call him that all the time in her cute voice!

-Still in the hard-to-take-anywhere stage.  She makes grocery trips, church, etc. very interesting!  

-Coming out of her shell more & is very friendly.  Loves saying "Hiyee" to everyone she sees.  She gets THRILLED whenever she sees a baby.  "Deedee!"

My big girl.  Three and a half!  

- Aubrey is at such a fun age.  Everyone warned me that 3 is much worse than 2, but I disagree completely, at least in our experience!  3 is definitely easier and less frustrating than 2 was for us :)  

-Aubrey loves playing games, with her Disney princesses (yes, still deep in that stage), walks/the park, dancing, & playing with her friends. 

-We decided to forego preschool this year and just do our own thing at home.  She LOVES when we do "school time" & begs to do it every day.  (But for my own sanity, we do it twice a week).  We work on hand writing, letter sounds, counting, patterns, & all sorts of other fun stuff.  It's pretty fun playing teacher a couple times a week. :)

-She is starting ballet/tap tomorrow for her second year and is so, so excited to see her dance friends again!

-The girl is a drama. queen.   Whenever Kate won't share with her or something, she'll pout and say, "Kate doesn't want to be my sister anymore!" Also, if someone accidentally hurts her, she'll say, "You KILLED me!" 

-She definitely keeps us laughing all day long.  I wish she had a voice recorder strapped to her all day so I can remember all the hilarious things she says!  Yesterday, she patted my rear end and said, "Mama, you have chubby buns."  

-She melts my heart and can be the sweetest thing.  Sometimes she will just say she wants to "snuggle and talk" and we do just that!  I hope she still wants to snuggle and talk when she's a teenager :(

-When it's time to go to bed at night, she'll talk our ear off and be especially funny so she can stay up later.  Sometimes she'll say, "But I just want to hang out with you guys!"  Some nights she comes down about three times for all sorts of reasons - "There's monsters!"  "I need a flash light!" "I just need to hang out!"

I know I've said it time and time again, but I'm so ridiculously in love with these little girls of mine!  I love each of their unique personalities.  I'm so thankful for them both and their own special gifts & how loved they make me feel every day.  I am thrilled every day waking up and getting to spend my days with them.  They challenge me, they make me laugh, and are just more amazing than I could have ever dreamed.   I can't wait to see how they change and grow in the following months!

Thursday, August 28, 2014


We put our season passes to good use again and visited Disneyland with my family this past week.  I have to say this might have been our favorite trip there yet.  With shoes and standing REALLY straight/tall, Aubrey barely skimmed the 40 inch line so she was able to ride a whole new list of rides: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, the new Cars Ride, & Thunder Mountain!  Surprisingly she wasn't scared one bit on any of these and even put her arms in the air screaming "Woohooooo!" on most. :)  I was a bit worried taking Kate because she is at a hard age to take places right now, but she did awesome.  She enjoyed all the kiddie rides and took naps on Grammy & me. 

We always take a trip to the beach on our first day in Los Angeles.  So fun!

Kate always feels so safe with Daddy.

We brought along my little nephew, Caleb.  Aubrey loved having a sorta-similar aged kiddo around!

Pretty much sums up Aubrey.. 

Look who is now a total beach baby!

She jumped over and over again into this sand hole, laughing so hard.  Love her!

My disney lovin' man!  

Just totally failing at the whole "Dirty Dancing" move :)

The morning of our first day... they were soooo excited!!

Yep, we're that family!

 Aubrey loves all the characters now, but Kate is terrified.  She wouldn't go near any!  Why is it so funny when they are so traumatized by their favorite characters?

Grammy & Papa :)

My happy place :)

Second day: Belle & Minnie!  

I could just eat them.

We took Aubrey to the "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique" where they transform little girls into princesses.  (More like take your money & then put their hair in a way too tight slick bun and throw a handful of glitter over them.  But hey, she felt special & beautiful!)  

After her "appointment", she kept saying she wanted to show her prince.  So sweet!

Of course she had to go see her favorite princesses of the week after all the gussying up..

We had some great family time before the Summer ends...although let's face it, it's Summer until October here in Sacramento!  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Maui Trip!

We have toyed with the idea of going on a kidless trip forever, & we finally just DID IT!  We all survived & to be honest... I look forward to the next one :)  And that is coming from an overly attached mama that cried at her first hair appointment away from her baby.

We decided to go to Maui this time, since we had never been there before and heard so many wonderful things about it.  The kids stayed with my mom, and they had the week of their lives!  Pretty sure they didn't miss us at all.  

I'll try to caption everything in order:

Our first stop after leaving the airport in our rental car we stopped at this Shrimp truck.  Hawaii has the most amazing food ever and these shrimp did not disappoint!!  

Next we stopped at the first beach we saw - we just had to!

First sunset on the island... always so beautiful. (View from our balcony)

The second day was our six year anniversary and Steve had booked us a spa day at one of the nicest resorts on Maui - Grand Wailea Resort.  It was so beautiful outside, & even more gorgeous inside the spa area.  Our couples massage was SOO fabulous, & I didn't laugh this time :) 

After our massage we went to the beach outside the resort.  I definitely make Steve ask strangers to take our picture. :) Good man!

We upgraded our rental to a Jeep...who doesn't want to drive a Jeep while on vacation?

For our anniversary dinner we went to Leilani's on the Beach.  SUCH good food.  

On the way back to the condo we stopped at a lookout and watched the sun go down.  So beautiful!

The next morning, we got up super early to watch the sun rise above the clouds.  We drove up a mountain 10,000 feet up to watch it.  SCARY drive in the dark, & freezing outside, but well worth the gorgeous view.  It was definitely something I won't forget.  

The next morning we stopped at a cute little Hawaiian farmer's market and I got to take home a pineapple.  It was SOO delicious!

We spent the rest of the afternoon at Makena Cove.  Side note: Steve lost 30 pounds before this trip...he looks uhhhmazing!  Eating right and exercising every day DOES work!

The next morning we did a Hawaii must: ate banana macadamia nut pancakes - yum!

We went to old town Lahaina after breakfast...old little Hawaiian town with little shops on the ocean.. 

Later we visited Iao State Park - so green & gorgeous!

Probably Steve's favorite part of the trip!  Golfing on the ocean.  

Being cheesy at sunset... Love this man!  It was so incredibly nice to spend an entire week with each other with zero distractions.  

The next day we drove up the Road to Hana...a beautiful scenic drive with lots of stops a long the way.

We ate the most amazing banana nut bread & pineapple.  I gained five pounds this trip and I couldn't care less!  Worth every bite.

 Purdy waterfall.

A Hawaiian king allegedly brutally murdered his wife in this cave...Steve asked to take a picture in it! Haha!  Weirdo.

My favorite stop - the Black Sand Beach!  So so cool.  

In the middle of the week we found out a hurricane was possibly going to hit Maui on the day we were due to leave the island.  I kinda freaked out and immediately called to get our flight moved up a day because I was terrified our flight would get delayed a couple days.  It was SUCH  blessing there were two seats left so we got to go home a day early.  Our original flight did end up being delayed and we probably wouldn't have been able to go home to see the girls until a day or so later.  At this point I was REALLY REALLY ready to see them (I cried in three different public places throughout the week because I was missing them so much) so I was sooo grateful they had room on the plane.  Plus I was scared of the hurricane!  Our condo was right on the ocean - not exactly where you want to be when a hurricane hits.  Since this ended up being our last day, we just rented a cabana and relaxed on the beach!

Ate at our favorite restaurant...

had our beloved Hula Pie one last time..

and watched the gorgeous sun set on our last night on Maui.  

Tan, well rested, & as anxious as ever to see our sweet girlies!  We were beyond ready to squeeze them!

Reunited and it felt SO GOOD!