Description of Photo We celebrated Dylans 3rd birthday yesterday and I honestly cannot believe she is 3. In case you are new here, first Hello and Hi and Welcome! Dylan is one of my best friend Laura's daughter. Laura had the sweetest unicorn party for her, it was just precious. Its still really hot in September so Laura had a few pools set up for the kids. Ardo and James were in heaven. Ardo can be a little bit hesitant when it comes to daring things and for him a slide in the pool is daring, but Ardo saw all the other kids going for it so I was so happy when he did too. I was so proud of him. I don't have a picture of the big slide but trust me, I wanted to slide down it too. Last year James was just two months old and I remember it being a lot hotter of a day then again I wore James the whole time and if I wasn't wearing him he was nursing, so this year it was much better for me. Description of Photo James wanted to go down the small slide over and over again but the water was just a little high for him so Jerry and I really needed to keep an eye on him. If Ardo is hesitant James is our daring child! Description of Photo The sweetest little unicorn set up full of goodies. I ate 3 donuts, you know in celebration of Dylans birthday of course. Description of Photo I wrote this little story on my instagram but I want to share it again here. I asked Ardo if I could take a picture of him at the party in front of this cute unicorn backyard that Laura made. He said yes and then said he wanted to look "weird" so he smiled and quirked his body a little bit. Then after he asked to see the picture and when he saw it he said "YES! I look weird!" He showed a few people at the party his "weird" picture too. He was so proud of himself and achieving ultimate weirdness! I love this kid. Description of Photo
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Description of Photo Description of Photo Ardo has been asking me to go see the animals at the petting zoo. Today was the perfect day. We had nothing planned. Marcy and I went to super Joanns in the morning and then the rest of the day was dedicated to the boys. We packed up (very lightly) and headed to zoomars. The drive is about an hour but honestly, it can take me an hour to go 10 miles sometimes so an hour really is nothing. I honestly love zoomars. The last time we were there James was 6 months old. He stayed in the ergo just about the whole time. This time James was desperate to interact with every animal. Ardo is a little more cautious. I love to watch both of their personalities blossom. We went into the guinea pig area and James was so excited. He touched the guinea pigs and followed them around, he would get so excited when he was able to pet one. We're teaching James how to be gentle and although sometimes he isn't, I think correcting him really helps. Ardo kept insisting the guinea pigs were trying to kiss his cheeks, who knows maybe they were. Ardo is already talking about going back…..Im sure we will.
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Description of Photo 3 little piggies. But honestly they have these sweet little pigs and they're adorable! Description of Photo Description of Photo Did you guys know corn was this fun? Description of Photo Long weekends are the greatest!

on my new job

It's been about a month since I started my new job. Guys its an adjustment. Everything starts a little earlier and ends a little later, but we're learning to embrace our new schedules all around. I've learned so much at my job in such a short amount of time. It's been challenging and great at the same time. It was really weird my first day, walking into a new place and not knowing a thing! I knew the person who hired me but only from the interview, I felt like a baby because she literally had to teach me the new phone greeting when you answer the phone. This change tho, its been great for me. Getting laid off was something I never expected, and when this new job came to me I had a feeling it was meant to be, because it found me. I wasn't even looking and in my internal clock I still had another couple of weeks til I was going to start "really looking." There's a couple of things I'm grateful for with my new job, one of the biggest things is that I'm back downtown. It's exciting to work downtown and the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles gets you in a working mood, because everyone is trying to get somewhere … and quickly! I'm trying to balance everything and that includes this blog, I think what I'm going to try and do is take at least 2 days (if not 3) out of the week and just focus on this little blog of mine. I have a few sponsors I'm dying to share with you, and I can't wait to tell you about another new adventure I'm taking. I promise I'm not trying to vague blog but once I have things up and running I'll be sharing here! So this is to new adventures and new awakenings.
These pictures are of my favorite little area of downtown right now. Target, H&M, Zara, Sprinkles, Mendocino Farms….
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disneyland again

I just had to share these pictures of the boys in front of the castle (the hand holding always gets me). Ardo keeps asking me to go back to Disneyland and honestly I can't wait to go back! I think our next trip will be in October (well Im hoping). The weather should be cooler and I just love seeing that giant Mickey pumpkin. I'm also being very optimistic with the weather cooling down, last year it was hot til December. Oh fall please be good to us. disneyland disneyland disneyland disneyland Group hug! disneyland



disneyland Before I started my new job I wanted to take the kids to Disneyland. Jerry has been gone the last two month getting training in Colorado. Soon after he left I was laid off. About a month later I had an interview and soon I was starting a new job. It was the perfect time to go to Disneyland. Marcy and I looked all over the internet for a deal on tickets. We wanted to go, but we also really wanted a discount! Marcy found a military discount Disney was offering. A 3 day hopper pass for the price of a one day hopper pass. We were so excited. Marcy hadn't been to Disneyland in a really long time so to split our time up into 3 days was perfect. We were able to see everything we wanted. We went to Disneyland late two of the three days and my sister and I loved it! We had a plan of what we wanted to get on and where we were going. It was hot (because July) so going a little bit later was nice. Ariels Ride. I love this ride so much. The line is so fast and its so cool in there. Nice little break. james turns one Ardo absolutely loved these guys. We watched the entire show. james turns one I love this picture of them so much. james turns one We also met Woody. james turns one james turns one I am so grateful we were able to spend a good amount of time at California Adventure. I always feel like I never spend enough time getting on everything at California Adventure, this trip I took my time. I notice its easier to get pictures with the characters at California Adventure. The look on the boys faces when they can actually touch Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck is so sweet. Even James, at this point James knows who the characters are and has decided he's a fan. james turns one I have just a few more pictures I want to share and also nursing a 1 year old at Disneyland. More to share in the next few days. :)


the very hungry james

On July 25th I had a party for James' first birthday. James turned one on July 15th and I originally wanted his birthday party on July 18th, but when I went to reserve the park the space I wanted wasn't available, so July 25th it was. The craziest thing ever is, July 18th it rained like crazy. Yes it rained in the summer, in California! I was originally bummed I had to change the party date but I'm so happy I didn't get rained out. James' party has been a long time coming because I started working on it months ago. I chose the theme very early and started buying things and I saw them. I chose The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme for his birthday. I knew early on what I really wanted was a giant caterpillar and fruit to go along with it. I wasn't sure how I was going to pull it off. I decided painting it would be the easiest way. (I'm going to post a little tutorial in the week or so on exactly what I did-so stay tuned) james turns one
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For my dessert and food table I really wanted something different. Last year for Ardos dessert table I used the Photo Booth we made for us announcing we were having another baby. I wanted something with the same feel because caterpillars and wood and parks all go together. I thought about renting a wooden table but man are those expensive to rent. So instead I asked my father in law in the nicest way possible if there would be anyway he could make me a table, and he said YES! He made two beautiful wooden picnic tables for me to use. I absolutely loved not needing a table cloth. The wood really gave the party an extra special touch. james turns one My sister made the garland we used for the table out of felt. We used the cricut to cut out most of the fruit. Yes you guys, you can cut felt on the cricut and it really isn't too hard. However there were some fruits that the cricut didn't have and for those my sister hand cut. james turns one Deciding on desserts was actually easy. I had seen a few ideas I wanted to recreate. I had ice cream cupcakes. james turns one james turns one Krispy Kreme donuts. This is the second time I've had Krispy Kreme donuts for my party and I just love them. We never have left overs and I always go with the mini donuts because people love to just have a taste. james turns one These watermelon rice krispie treats were my FAVORITE! The hot sun melted them just a little bit but they were still yummy. james turns one Using Auntie Apple for my cookies is another tradition I've started. She always does such an amazing job and her cookies are so good. Thanks again Jen! james turns one Butterflys! My butterflies were filled with skittles, I loved the way they came out. james turns one I really don't like "candy bars" I just think a ton of candy is unnecessary. I normally go for a dessert table and add a little of everything. For James' party I had 3 different candies to choose from: gummy worms, runts and butterfly gummies. I was so happy with the way our candy bags came out. I ordered these bags with the idea my guests could take candy or any leftovers and when I saw them making themselves candy bags I was so happy! james turns one James' smash cake. james turns one This was my food table for snacks. I wanted to incorporate the sun from the book, I decided instead of having my snack table plain, I'd decorate it as well. I traced the sun, painted it and then cut it out. I used scissors to cut out the big parts of the sun and then an xacto knife to cut the rest of the rays. Anything I wasn't able to cut I just painted. I loved the way it came out. I know I'm saying that a lot but honestly, with all the hard work my sister and I put into this party, when something came out the way I saw it in my head, I was so excited.
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For Ardo's first birthday I made a birthday banner with his picture for ever month. I wanted some type of picture at James party and when I saw this frame at Michaels (40% off) I couldn't pass it up. I opted to do 3 pictures: newborn, 6 months and then 1 year. Also a little home made piƱata. james turns one
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These popsicles were so refreshing, and aren't they just gorgeous. So happy I went with Sweet Clementine. james turns one As soon as Ardo got the party he was in the jumper and barely came out the whole time!! When he did I asked him for a picture and he happily obliged as long as he could keep his shoes off! He had a great time at James' party. james turns one Ardo is wearing these party hats I made for all the kids to wear. I was intimidated before making these but once we got going they were actually easy. Marcy and I really put our team work out there for these hats. These were the last things we made so by this time we were starting to feel done with the crafts. I'm so glad we pushed through for these hats tho, they came out so cute! james turns one James had no problem digging into his smash cake, the little booger. james turns one The best sister in the entire world…like for real for real. james turns one Lots and lots of long days and nights was well worth it. Our party was the best I could have asked for and I'm so proud it! My sweet James, a whole year old!