Monday, October 20, 2014


For the last weekend of the Balloon Fiesta, Jon's parents and grandparents came to visit and we had the best time!!

They spoiled us completely completely rotten. We ate out, we went shopping, the boys had constant people to hold them and play with them and Nathan pretty much was in absolute heaven with the amount of people he had to entertain. ;)

It was SO much fun. :) :)

We were all very sad and teary when they left on Monday. Already counting down the days until we see them again!!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday five

Happy Friday!! So excited for a fun weekend of pretty much nothing other than a fun dinner with the family planned. Hoping for lots of time just relaxing after a crazy couple of weeks!!

Top five for this week...

1. Dandelions

Nathan loves loves loves to pick dandelions for me. Anytime he sees one, he's immediately picking it and handing it to me. It's one of my very favorite things that he does. At his game last weekend, he found a dandelion in the field and he picked it while playing and then held it until a water break and came running across the field to give it to me. So sweet. I just love him.

2. Our new Book Club!

Quick reminder that next Friday we will be discussing Sandra Byrd's Let Them Eat Cake! Can't wait to hear what you thought of the book!! For more info, here's the post I wrote on it.

3. Dental dreams and pumpkins

Uncle Caleb gave Nathan this little play dough dentist set and it is one of his most beloved possessions. He plays with it all the time and gets so serious to get things exactly right. It's hilarious.

We were coming out of Trader Joe's the other day and he said, "Oh hey, Mom, here's some pumpkins. Quick. Take a picture of me with the pumpkins. Cheese!"

4. Essential oils

Okay. Y'all. I have always thought people who got into essential oils were a little on the weird side. But I have two very dear friends who I love greatly who are both pretty sane and who both love essential oils and so I decided to try some. I got them right as Parker got sick with a cold about a week and a half ago and since he didn't sleep to begin with, I just knew we were going to be up every hour until he got over this cold.

Guys. I put some in a diffuser and diluted some and rubbed him down and HE SLEPT ALL NIGHT. So I did the same thing the next night and he did it again. And it's been almost every night since!! We've had only two nights in the past week and a half that he's gotten up and even then, it's only been once at night when we were previously doing two and often three times.

I promise I will not become the lady who is all "your leg fell off? Quick - rub some essential oils on the stump and your leg will grow back!" but I am so so happy (and rested! ha!) that I had to share. I know there are a LOT of ways to use them so I'm still definitely in the process of learning but I'm seriously in love with these things. And bonus - they totally help my house not smell like little boy stink. ;) I'm sure you will hear more about the oils from me in the future.

5. Every day life

Our glamorous last Tuesday night - sitting on a washer that was trying to spin out if control as it washed cloth diapers with a baby who was screaming when he wasn't being held and a four year old who found my nursing bra inserts on the dryer and was using them on his head as the gongs as he pretended to be Cogsworth. ;) All I could do was laugh.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Parker is seven months old!

I seriously JUST wrote his six month post. I told someone in a grocery store that he was six months old this last week and they remarked on how big he was and I remembered, wow...he's really almost seven.

It's just not possible.

Time is FLYING past. I'm soaking up every single second of this precious time!!

Parker is just the sweetest, smiley-est, most content little guy - especially if he's being held by his mama. ;) I remember thinking Nathan was a Mama's Boy but my little Parker Bear is taking the cake for that.

He will get on his hands and knees and rock back and forth or turn in circles but we've had no crawling yet. THANKFULLY. After experiencing the "joy" that is a crawling baby, I'm in no rush to have him start yet!! Especially since we now have the added bonus of tiny toys like Spider-Man action figures all over the floor. ;)

He loves to dig through his toy box and throw them all on the floor, loves to bang toys and pacifier on tables, loves to be tickled, loves to be loud, loves to dance, loves to be kissed (if you stop, he'll ram his head back into your face), and LOVES to eat, whether that's nursing or food.

He is a super picky eater though - he does not like homemade baby food and he can't stand avocados, bananas or peas. I can't really blame him for the peas and the bananas. We were iffy about carrots but I guess they have passed the test. ;)

Parker is my little warm-natured baby. He loves to be in a diaper and nothing else. It's starting to get cold here though so to his frustration, I make him wear clothes. ;) His little hands get too cold otherwise!!

Parker is finally on a great nap schedule. He will sleep for about 45 minutes in the morning and then sleep another 2-ish hours in the afternoon. Then he usually goes to bed about 7:30. He is still nursing about six times a day and he also eats about 3 ounces of baby food at lunch and dinner. So far his favorites are pears and applesauce but he also loves sweet potatoes and squash. :)

He loves his brother with all his heart, loves to be in the same room as all of us, puts up a big fuss if he is feeling left out, he adores when Daddy gets home, loves his pacifier, loves to talk and yell, loves to laugh, loves to be snuggled and is the most content when he is just being carried around everywhere.

We love our sweet Parker Bear!!

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Monday, October 13, 2014


This last week, Jon had Thursday and Friday off for Fall Break. When we woke up on Friday, the balloons were all up in the air, so we hurried and got dressed, made our coffee and hot chocolate and chased the balloons down. It's one of my favorite, favorite, favorite fall traditions we have!!

I looked back and saw this as we were driving. Um, when did he turn sixteen??

The sight as we drove. So much fun!

We found a little street that led along some little league fields and there were seriously TONS of balloons landing there! It was SO fun! The boys were on their way to check out Smokey the Bear.

Smokey's Chase Crew is so so sweet and they use an old firetruck as their chase truck. SO awesome. They let the boys sit in the truck and Nathan even got to ring the alarm. He thought he was about the coolest thing ever.

I love these boys. :)

Then we turned around and saw....


None of my boys were super impressed with my renditions of "Hound Dog" as we walked over to see him a little closer. ;)

Nathan asked one lady if he could help put away the dragon balloon and she took off her gloves and gave them to Nathan so he could help. So cute. He absolutely loves helping the crews!!

And then Friday night, Jon's parents and grandparents came in town!! We had the best time and they spoiled us completely rotten. But that's another post. ;) Love these people so much!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Balloon Fiesta Weekend

Oh this was a CRAZY weekend.

On Saturday, we were up and moving early to get to Nathan's 9AM soccer game. It was SO cold that morning. Fall is here and came in a hurry! My allergies are already feeling it. Yuck.

The view out the window on the way to the game. Only in Albuquerque. ;)

Sweet soccer playing boy. :)

Seriously. The cheeks, people. The cheeks.

Some of the fans. ;)

Right after the soccer game, we did a couple of errands, then went to a birthday party for one of Nathan's friends from BSF, then we put the boys down for naps and rest at Gammy and Pops' house and then we spent the rest of the day swimming and eating dinner with some new friends there.

Sunday, we were hoping to go chase balloons but the winds were a little too rough for them, so instead I went to the grocery store and Costco while Jon did homework and I came home in time to do some cleaning before it was time to go to the Balloon Glow.

SO much fun! We went with Gammy, Cayce, Cayce's roommate and her boyfriend and Nathan's soccer coach who is from England and had never been to the Fiesta before. We had a great time! Parker's expressions were just adorable. He was mesmerized by the flames and the fireworks.

Nathan was on a mission to find Spider Pig and he succeeded. Ha! He was SO happy.

Group shot!!

I adore this baby boy.

My sweet family during the fireworks. Parker was starting to lose it here. He's becoming pretty attached to his 7:30 bedtime.

Such a wonderful weekend!! I'm off to make more pumpkin muffins (it's fall. It's kind of a necessary thing to have around), only this time I'm trying the two-ingredient muffins that are all over Pinterest. Except I might have to make mine three ingredients and add chocolate chips. ;)

Have a wonderful Monday! 

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