Friday, January 6, 2017

A new year.


Shelby and Brandon We had a couple weeks where Brandon was home and it was so wonderful to have him around all the time. We relaxed, spent a lot of time with family and created new goals for this upcoming year. I'll tell you a little more about our goals at the end of the post, but this week was Brandons first few days back at work. We sent him off with a lot of hugs, kisses and tears- we sure to do love him.  And yes Brandon is awesome, he rides his bike to work most days- whether its rain, snow or shine.
Shelby and Brandon Shelby and BrandonIt seems the littlest always have the hardest time sending Brandon off because their still trying to understand the concept of time (obviously) but right now Benson is having a hard time letting Dad go every morning.
Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and BrandonIt been these three and me all day and next week we will send Daxton back to school. I still am not loving Daxton in school all day and we will miss him a lot. But its been so fun to have him at home with us.
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Also, Brandon's had a messenger side bag for his work bag and it seemed to always get in the way when he biked. So for Christmas, I got him a Just Porter Streeter Backpack because I wanted him to have an easier bag for biking to work, he's loved it and has commented saying its "The best bike commuter bag." Anyway, love when gifts work out as a success.

As a final note, I wanted to tell you a little about what we are doing for our goals this year. For me, I decided that I wanted to work on a goal each month. I think by the third or fourth month of the year I forget my resolutions and I really don't want that to happen. So this year I'm hoping that if I write down a goal each month it'll help me with the progress that I have and if I need to extend a goal or move on I can do month to month- helping me progress more. Just thought I would write it down for anyone who might need some ideas on resolutions. Hope everyone is having a good start to their year!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Cards

We got a few Christmas cards this week in the mail and I can't even tell you how excited i am! I just love Christmas cards and I have been patiently waiting for ours. They showed up yesterday and now I'll I want to do is stuff and address them. Thats what we did for an hour last night and Tatye and Daxton have been loving it too and have been so helpful getting them ready! We got our last years cards from Tiny Prints and so I went with them again this year because their cards are beautiful and its just a one stop shop for all the things I need! And as I just went to their site I saw that they have 40% off everything AND free shipping! Such a steal! So if you are still wanting to get yours done, head over to Tiny Prints, lots of options to choose from. Wish I could see all of your cards... Christmas + Family all on one card has a very beautiful message and one of the most important messages in my book. Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon

Monday, December 5, 2016

LegoLand!

We have been wanting to take the boys to Legoland forever. And the chance came, Brandon had a work conference in San Diego, I had a brother and a family in Huntington Beach and it all just came together for a fun little getaway.

We left on Halloween night so our kids didn't actually trick or treat- but I don't think they even noticed. Especially since they got to swim in a hot tub instead! We drove to and took a pit stop in Vegas and stayed at this beautiful house and let the kids swim and get out their energy

OH! and I have to add my incredible sister Cassidy decided very last second to tag along by herself with her two kiddos and it was perfect, we were so happy that they came!
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This water was seriously freezing. We all took turns taking on dares to jump in. But this brave boy just stayed in and was showing off his new love for cold water. Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon
We dropped off Brandon in San Diego and then the next day drove to Huntington beach to stay with my brother and his family. We had blast staying with them and going to the beach!
Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and BrandonThat little pony tail! Gets me everytime I see this picture.
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The sisters with the twins :) Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon My little nephew Taysome. Such a fun, loving boy!
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Mandy is such an amazing mom. I was so grateful for spend some time with her and Tanner. They have a lot of wisdom and are trying to do so much good in the world. 
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Wrestling with Uncle Tanner!
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Little Charolette, how how I love you. Shelby and Brandon 

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 Our sweetest friend Marilyn and her husband were so good to us this trip and I have to say a big thank you to them!

LEGOLAND!!!Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon 
I didn't get a ton of photos from legoland because I was trying to capture more video but here are a couple stills. The boys loved it, and were loving every single ride. Shelby and Brandon
Poor little Benson had had it at the end of the day. He was a trooper but boy does this kids  always need a nap!
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These cute boys did a lot of chores to earn those legos. We started about a month before and they worked everyday to get enough money to buy them their own lego set. They were so proud and were so happy about their new legos!Shelby and Brandon I'd say it was a pretty successful trip!!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Picking out a stroller

Shelby and Brandon Over the past few years moms have questioned me about my stroller and what kind of stroller I would suggest.  I want to be able to help those with questions because making a million decisions when your a mom isn't fun- like tonight I was done making decisions with Brandon and trying to schedule things out for my kids and my life and then I went into a zone and I stared at a wall for like 20 minutes completely checked out. ha! So in partnership with The Baby Cubby we hope to make moms decisions on strollers a little easier.

I'm going to just touch on a few points, because the Baby Cubby has a great details guide already set up, but these are just my opinions.

 How will you use your Stroller?
When we lived in Boston we walked around a lot on sidewalks, we were city dwellers. But most of the sidewalks had huge bumps due to the roots of the trees taking out the sidewalks. I knew we had to get a stroller with heavy duty wheels, that was durable and had a large basket storage. We decided to go with the Baby Jogger Double Stroller. We have absolutely loved it and always recommend it to those looking for strollers.
Shelby and BrandonAre you a jogger? There are lots of things to consider when buying a stroller for jogging but I have seen and used the BOB strollers and have loved them. I've had friends who use their jogging stroller for everything and don't use a second stroller. But there are some that need that second stroller.
I don't like to run with my kids, its too stressful for me and I like that alone time. So I've never considered getting a jogger- at least at this point in my life. So do what works for you and your life.
Shelby and BrandonWhat is most important to you? Does the weight or the size of the stroller matter? Would you like a big canopy for you little one to sleep under? Or does that not matter to you. Since we walk a lot of place, I wanted to keep the sun out of my kids face and so I researched canopy reach.

Another thing that was important to me was the amount of storage that was accessible . I walk with my stroller to the grocery store, parks, picnics, library and end up filling that storage to the brim. So it was important to me to have a large storage compartment, but you might just need a little storage that can hold one or two coats or a purse.

There are lots of things to consider when you buy a stroller, and I just touched on a few but let me know if you have any questions or if there was something you wanted me to cover.
Shelby and Brandon One more thing because Brandon and I are friends with the people over at Baby Cubby and I wanted to give you a little more information about their store. The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has felt overwhelmed or discourage about becoming a parent. They find the best and safest baby gear and provide it to parents in a fun shopping experience. They price match, even amazon! They do their research about the safest and only carry whats best. I have loved going into their store and shopping online with them. I hope you check them out!

Shelby and Brandon