Thursday, May 21, 2015

family video 2015

About a year ago I saw one of my facebook friends post a family video they had professionally made and to be honest I didn't really think much of it. And then I saw a few more people do it and I thought, "is this a new thing?" I started looking more into it and loved the idea! So, I contacted Kavin and we set something up. Last month while we were in Utah (I have yet to blog about that little getaway. Oops!) we met up with Kavin and had our own family video made. You guys, Kavin was amazing! He made us feel so comfortable. We were a little nervous about doing this because we've never done anything like this before so we didn't know what to expect. But Kavin just jumped right in and started doing his thing. I've watched this video a thousand times already and there's scenes where I honestly had no idea he was filming and I'm so glad he caught all these little candid moments because they show off exactly who we are as a family. I'm completely obsessed with our little video and I'm excited to share it with you. 

We've already decided to make this an annual tradition. I love that not only can we watch our family grow but we can also capture their personalities on film. Thanks for watching, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Happy Birthday to me (3 months late)

This year I celebrated my 28th birthday (way back in February!) and it was the first birthday that I've just totally dreaded. I love getting the extra attention and love each year but I felt like this year, I was actually feeling a year older! If that makes sense!? I only have two more years in my twenties and I feel like there's so much I want to do before I turn 30. Expect a 30 before 30 post soon ;)
Anyways, so for my birthday this year Dave's little brother came down from North Dakota to visit and he was kind enough to offer to babysit so Dave could take me on a date. Lucky for me I got two dates in one week. Thanks Brandon!

Why do iPhone's have such crappy cameras?

Our first date we took the kids out for Hibachi. The restaurant was so dark with just horrible lighting, hence the awful quality pictures. It was snowing outside and absolutely freezing in the restaurant even with all the fire everywhere. But nothing was going to stop me from celebrating in my sparkle pants! After dinner we went shopping in an empty Target! Whenever it snows in Texas, people become hermits and refuse to leave their houses. I wasn't complaining because we had the entire store to ourselves. It was perfect!

Our second date was just Dave and I. We stopped for some crappy Taco Bell, my favorite, and took our food to the drive in where we watched American Sniper. Or at least tried. It was sleeting the whole time so the windows kept fogging up and there was water all over them. We were able to fold the seats down and we took pillows, sleeping bags and blankets and just cuddled up in the back. So even though we weren't sure what was happening in the movie we still got to cuddle for a couple hours uninterrupted! haha

Even though I still feel old, 28 has been a great year so far. We've already done so much and there's still a lot more in store for this year. Happy Birthday to me!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ringing in 2015

I know this post is WAY late but it's better late than never? At least that's what I'm telling myself. So we didn't do much for New Years Eve. We spent it at home, just the four of us and had a teeny tiny little party to keep the kids entertained until midnight (let's face it, they didn't need any help staying up late). We ended up staying up playing until 2:00 am playing games and playing in our "photo booth." We ate snacks, drink my body weight in Sparkling Cider, watched the countdown on TV and attempted to do floating lanterns but it was foggy, snowy and below freezing outside so we scratched that idea and figured we 'd just do them once it warmed up a little. Those lanterns are still sitting on my dresser! Oops! 
I had the best time staying in our warm house with the people I love most!
Here's our silly little pictures from that night.

Monday, May 11, 2015

mothers day 2015

It has been far too long since I last blogged. I have so much to catch up on and so little time! So here I sit at 11:40 PM watching DWTS. This is the only down time I have these days and it's usually spent catching up on some cleaning. Not tonight! Tonight the dishes are piled up in the sink, the trash needs to be taken out, the floors need vacuuming and there's a mountain of laundry that needs to be done. I've been itching to do some blogging for two months now but have just been way too busy. So tonight the chores can wait!

Yesterday was Mother's Day and to be honest it really wasn't that great. Don't get me wrong, I love all the special attention (who doesn't?) from my kids and hubby but it just seemed like things were working against me all day. Dave and I stayed up late Saturday night and at 12:01 AM Dave surprised me with a basket full of Mother's Day goodies! I was so surprised because it is very hard to surprise me with gifts because I watch our bank account like a hawk! So the fact that he pulled it off without me even slightly suspecting it was pretty amazing! He wrote the sweetest card, had the kids make me a card and gave me some thoughtful gifts. The day started out perfectly! But once we woke for the day Presley was an absolute nightmare! From sun-up to sun-down and it was so frustrating and so draining! And because of her crankiness, things just were not working out how I had imagined. So after some tears, a drive around town by myself and some time to cool down I realized just how much I love my kids even when they drive me absolutely crazy!

I am so thankful to be a Mom. I can't believe I've been a Mom for over six years now and I love that I get to spend eternity with Kyson, Presley and our future kids! Dave made me feel so loved and special even though I was being dramatic and annoying. I absolutely love my family! I hope everyone enjoyed their Mother's Day surrounded by the people they love most. 

To the Mother's who have one kid or many, to the Mother's who have sweet angels in Heaven, Mother's to fur babies, or who simply long to be Mother's some day you are why this day is devoted to you. A Mother's love for their kids is in-explainable!

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kyson turns SIX

My sweet, happy, playful little boy turned six on Wednesday! I can't even believe it! It seems like just yesterday I was holding him for the first time. He was so excited for his birthday. Every day for the past three months he'd remind me that his birthday was coming up and that he was almost six. Haha. The day finally came! I was planning on doing a whole lot for a party but then as he was going to bed the night before his birthday he told Dave he wanted to come home from school to a party... So the next day while he was at school, I ran around town like a crazy person trying to get a party set up. I even had time to take cupcakes to his class! Man, I'm good. I decorated, baked and frosted a cake and even blew up a zillion balloons. I finished about five minutes before Kyson got home. Phew, I pulled it off. He was so happy and excited! We ate cake, opened presents and played the rest of the night. Kyson was a happy camper!

Kyson's really been into basketball lately so the weekend before his birthday we got him a big basketball hoop. We set it up for him early because the weather was just too perfect to pass up! I can't believe how good he's gotten in the week and a half we've had that thing. Kids got talent!

Here's some update's on him:

-Kyson weighs 44 pounds and is 45 inches tall. He's very healthy and very smart. His doctor is extremely pleased with him.

-He's been such a picky eater his whole life but he's been more open to new foods lately. Some of his favorite things to eat is chicken, rice, corn, PB&J, carrots without ranch, watermelon, bananas, meatballs or anything with hamburger, muffins and a few more things. Its a whole lot better than cereal and waffles all the time!

-He's an amazing artist! He gets it from his daddy because I can barely draw a stick figure. If there's any piece os paper laying around the house, you better believe it'll end up with some type of doodle on it. Kyson loves to draw!

-He also loves to read! He's learning how to read in Kindergarten and he's doing amazingly! I can't believe how much he's reading! Entire books!!

-He loves to pretend to be a superhero, a guitar player, and a dog. It cracks me up!

-When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he answers 'a basketball player.' Every time!

-His last tube finally fell out of his ear!! It only took three years!

-His six year old teeth are making their way in. He also has his first loose tooth!

-He's probably the sassiest six year old I've ever met! He has a witty comment for just about anything you say to him. I would blame it on Dave but I'm the witty one of the family..

We love Kyson so much! He's at such a fun age. I think he's going to be a genius and change the world! He thinks so too. He dreams big and I support his dreams! Happy Birthday little dude!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2014: a look back

2014 was such a great year! We had so much fun all year long and have nothing but good things to say about the year. Of course we had some tough times but the good ones outweigh the bad ones. Here are some of our memories from 2014!

-Kyson turned 5! I cannot believe how fast time is going! It seems to go faster with every year that passes!
-We had a snow week! School and work were cancelled all week long and we definitely took advantage.

-We hosted s Super Bowl party filled with tons of food!!
-We celebrated Valentine's Day as a family of four! It was our fist one with Presley and it was so fun adding her to the festivities.
-Dave and I did a Run or Dye 5K.
-I celebrated my Golden Birthday and turned 27 years old. It was fun doing a teeny tiny photo shoot to celebrate.

-We went on a little weekend getaway to Dallas. We took the kids to the Dallas World Aquarium, Lego Land, and the Dallas Blooms. We go every year!

-Dave turned 27!
-We celebrated Easter at home. Just us four!

-Dave bought me a new car for Mother's Day!
-My in laws came to town for a few days. They met Presley for the first time. 
-We spent a lot of time at the Splash Pad.
-Kyson graduated from Pre K!

-Dave's car was totaled! 
-We traveled to North Dakota. Spent our time with family, swimming, and relaxing!
-We met up with my friend Paula in Bismarck for the day! We love P!

-We traveled to Utah with Dave's family.
-We spent two days at Lagoon A Beach and Lagoon.
-We spent a day at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
-We spent a day at Seven Peaks.
-We traveled to southern Utah for a few days. We had some Military style pictures taken, spent time with family and soaked up our time in St George.
-Dave and I celebrated our 6th year of marriage in Las Vegas for three days.
-Dave and I went Sky Diving!!
-We spent a few days in Mesa, AZ visiting my sister.
-We spent every weekend at the pool.

-We took Kyson and Presley to the zoo. We saw our first Albino Alligator.
-We did a 5K Glow Run as a family. So fun!
-Kyson started Kindergarten!
-I met my friend Danielle for the first time! Don't you love social media and the friendships you make?

-Dave and I attended the Air Force Ball. Our last one! :(
-Had the cutest Mommy/Daughter photo shoot with Presley. 

-Presley turned ONE!! We went all out for her first birthday!
-We took the kids to a cute little Pumpkin Patch.
-Celebrated Halloween!! Kyson was a vampire and Presley was Snow White.

-We spent a few days in Dallas. We went to the biggest, coolest Pumpkin Patch I've ever seen!
-We flew up to North Dakota for Thanksgiving.
-We took Kyson ice skating. It was his first time and he hated it!
-We enjoyed a private viewing of Mocking Jay.

-Took the kids to see Santa!
-Had our annual Christmas family pictures taken.
-Celebrated Christmas as a family of four. Santa was good to us this year!
-Partied on New Years Eve wearing my sequin party pants!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Presley: 15 months

I haven't done an update on Presley in a few months so I thought I'd update on her.

-Presley has a mouth full of teeth. I think she has about 15 teeth total. She grows teeth fast apparently and she handles teething real well. 

-She's starting to say a few words including Momma, Dadda, hi, wow, uh oh, and whoa! She knows sign language for 'more' and 'milk' which makes life so easy when it comes to eating.

-She's learned how to blow kisses and it's the sweetest thing ever! Each night at bedtime I'll ask her, "wanna go na-night?" and she'll immediately start blowing kisses if she's tired. If she's not tired she'll just turn around and run away.

-Presley baby is quite the little eater. The girl loves food!! I still haven't found anything that she refuses to eat and it makes me so happy!

-She refuses to sleep though. She goes to bed easily and even falls asleep easily but she can't sleep very long. She's transitioning from two naps a day to one so on days where she only takes one nap she'll sleep for about 2-3 hours. But when it comes to sleeping through the night? F'getabout it!!

-She's right on the verge of running! She does this little bouncy fast walk when she's trying to run and I laugh every time.

-Still no hair, ha! It's really filling in well but it just wont grow!

-She's really interested in her tongue right now. Her favorite thing to do is look at herself in the mirror while sticking out her tongue. She thinks its so funny.

-She's recently learned how to get off of the couch. Let me tell ya, it's so nice not having to worry about her falling off anymore. She loves to be on the couch and I don't always have the time to just sit there ready to catch her if she falls.

-She loves "helping" with laundry. She'll go around the house finding clothes (usually from pulling things out of drawers) and putting them into a laundry basket. She always gets so proud of herself!

-She recently started bending over and putting her head on the floor so she can look through her legs. I made her do a somersault and she got so excited. Tumbling will definitely be in her future!

-Girlfriend is a little drama queen!!! She's started throwing temper tantrums when she doesn't get something she wants. Its the cutest thing! She'll bury her face into the floor and do her fake cry. I can't help but smile!

-She wears 12-18 months tops and 18 month bottoms. She's also in size 4 diapers. We also turned her car seat around and she's in baby heaven!

We love miss Presley so much and can't believe how fast time is going! I can't wait to make her a big sissy because I know she'll be a good one. She's so much fun to have around and I'm completely obsessed with her!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

lovely and bright

 top c/o Collectively Yours 
skirt c/o eShakti
shoes c/o Charlotte Russe

I bought this top a few months back and fell in love with it. It fits so perfectly and is so soft! I wear it all the time with different outfits. So when I came across this gorgeous skirt I knew I had to buy it and pair it with my Lovely statement tee. They fit so perfectly together! It was so perfect and festive for the holiday season, especially with bright red heels! I couldn't have asked for a better outfit to make me feel girly, fun and festive!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas family pictures

Every year we get some Christmas family pictures done, just like the rest of America. Ha! I guess you could call it a tradition? The main picture we go for is a "Merry KISSmas picture!" I know, so cheesy, but we look forward to it every season. It's fun going back and comparing our KISSmas pictures, especially since we've added another kid to the mix. So, here's our 2014 Christmas photo album.