May 23, 2012

$100 bills, Kindle Fire, Work books, Farmers Markets...and what do they all have in common?

So I am sure everyone shares in my thoughts that this school year went SO FAST!!  

I have been getting ready to let out a huge sigh of relief as I am CURRENTLY running around daily for: 

Teddy Bear picnics, Water Days, Popsicle day, Cowgirl Day, Ice Cream Day, Graduation for preschool???  

Am I so mean when I heard Ella (unlike most kinder's apparently) doesn't have a kinder graduation and I was just thrilled.  

So looking forward to the POOL, beach house for a week, PJ's all morning, ice cream trucks, Sea World, lunch with Daddy at work, Zion National Park, Disneyland...I am sure after 2 weeks of summer break I will be begging the teachers to take them back to school, so see what we are doing (below) to try to prepare.

So with 2011-2012 school year going, going, gone...
I can't believe THIS 5 year old girly is done with Kindergarten.  She also...

  • Was academic student of the month
  • Played soccer
  • Did dance class
  • Joined cheer leading
  • learned to swim without any floatation devices
  • found a $100 bill (MORE on THIS later)
  • and has given me a hard time EVERY morning getting ready for school (7:45 start)

Then THIS little guy joined his first preschool class and thrived:

  • loved learning ALL his letters, uppercase and lower
  • can write his first and last name very well
  • became great at making friends (many parents told me he helped their child become comfortable in class) he is also our "house" clown
  • obsesses over puzzles, puzzles, and puzzles
  • and has discovered the joys and learned the addiction through a little something(s) called the Kindle Fire and iPhone4S
  • chipped most his front tooth, and has had it fixed 5x and it is still currently broken

Baby boy has only been with us for 10 months (OK, OK only 2 outside the womb, I will stop counting the other 9, although they were some of the hardest 9 months of my life).  In these 2 months or 10 weeks he has already:

  • Smiled at us all
  • Loves to chat  (I think I have ANOTHER talker on my hands)
  • Loves to eat (can you tell from his chunky cheeks already)
  • Loves his siblings
  • Giving us a hard time with his formula allergy and colic (MUCH better now)
  • Diagnosed with a heart murmur and other fun doctor trips
  • More updates here
  • Brings SO SO MUCH joy to our crazy little family

So come Friday morning when school is out and over, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?!?!?!?!?

Well to help, yesterday I turned my kitchen counter into THIS
So we could create THESE:

I used items like THIS and THIS and THIS to keep the kids busy for at least an hour a day and keep their minds fresh with the things they learned in school.  They were So excited, Asher actually completed 1/2 of one of the work books I bought him for summer yesterday afternoon!  Hope this never changes, but I am sure someday I will be begging.

We also have lots of reading planned (library), swim lessons enrolled, crafts (rearing and waiting to go), summer movie program, concerts in the park, Farmers Markets...and one EXHAUSTED MAMA just thinking about it all!!  When does the next school year begin?

Good luck to everyone else and their summer ADVENTURES!  (what have you planned?)

May 22, 2012

MY Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag and Giveaway!

I have been getting SO many compliments on my diaper bag lately that I thought I needed to blog about it.

So my mother in-law spoiled me with a super cute, practical and fashionable diaper bag for baby boy!  I have loved it and apparently so have so many others.

It is the Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag.  Ju Ju Be 'Be Hip' is the model I have (as seen below)
this is the PATTERN that I have

this is the model that I have

So I didn't want you to miss out because Ju-Ju-Be Parenting Giveaway is giving one away right now.

So keep up my compliments (I love them) and let me know if you entered to win one of your own!

May 17, 2012

Fresh Produce and Me

So I don't know if you are like me but it seems everywhere I look on the Internet lately I see this cute logo staring right back at me:

So I can't tell you how SUPER excited I was when asked to review one of their products and honestly tell them what I thought. So I had to share my final verdict with everyone: LOVE IT!!

As a super busy mother of 3, I of course am limited on time AND energy.  So I often feel less than cute in what I wear because I need comfort and flexibility to run around to school, preschool, cheer, dentist and the continually list that goes on and on.  But I also don't like looking like I just fell out of bed.  So when I got THIS SKIRT in truffle I immediately fell in love. It fit wonderfully, I ran around with my kids all day, felt pretty cute for just giving birth 2 months ago, and was SO comfortable.  And to make things even better my husband walked in the door and said, "That's really cute, when did you get that?" he he he  

So I think it's a win, win!

So if you are in need of some Vacation Clothes, a 
Casual Top or my personal favorite, Simple Skirts I would for sure check out Fresh Produce.

So I did get dressed cute but still no this is what you get for today!
Let me know what you think?  Do I look OK?

Also, enter offer code FRESH20 and get 20% off all regular priced apparel NOW!

 They also ship to over 200 countries!  So EVERYONE enjoy!

May 7, 2012

Tate's Appointment (according to my iPhone)

Yes for those of you who are wondering, Ned and I got iPhones 4s (yep with Siri), after years of having our free phones with no data. We are now in heaven, it is wonderful and I just love having a camera at my finger tips, an iPod in the car, and the MANY other addicting features we are just loving.

But it is so nice not to have to carry around my nice Nikon D5000, as much as I love it, it isn't super realistic to carry that along with my diaper bag/purse, backpacks, jackets and 3 kids along with me everywhere I go...

So here is Tate's doctors appointment pictures according to my iPhone.
Tate getting his blood pressure checked
He did NOT like it, although I thought he looked dang cute doing it!
The older kids said they were SO sad for Tate and his tests, but really I think they were just bored out of their minds!  Even with the about 30 stickers they received from every nurse they passed.  I love Asher's Tinker Bell stickers all over him.

Prepping for his EKG
He actually enjoyed the EKG
YES, he is actually smiling here! Hilarious!
This broke my heart (despite Ned looking ridiculous in his apron) he had to hold Tate's arms over his head for about 5 minutes while he screamed uncontrollably for his X-ray. We were on the other side of the glass (as you can see from the glare).

 So just ONE more test to go. The ultrasound.  But they have to put him under for this test so it will most likely be next month when we can schedule a time to be there ALL DAY for another fun test!

Just so grateful things are looking good and normal.  He is such a little sweet heart and a blessing in our family.  The human body is so amazing and intricate, and it is funny how sometimes it takes little experiences like this to help you realize and appreciate that!