Sunday, July 8, 2018

c a l i f o r n i a | family vacation 2018

One of my favorite things to do when Berto and I first started dating was planning and going on adventures. We took many trips before we decided to have kids and knew that trips would be so much more fun when we had kids to take on our adventures. While they are certainly fun, they are also full of preparations, tears (by me and the kids, usually), and lots of bickering! There is nothing like sharing one hotel room with your family for five or so days straight!

This time we stayed at the Grand Hyatt in Newport Beach. The best part of this hotel was definitely the three pools. We only went to one because it had the slide, splash pad, ping pong, and giant connect four. Let's just say we drank a lot of pina coladas while the kids had such a good time swimming and playing! The worst part of this hotel was the room. It was much different than pictured online. As avid Hyatt hotel-goers, this was my least favorite Hyatt room. We will probably stay back at the Orange County Hyatt again, and skip this one, because of the rooms.

The first day we went to Huntington Beach with my bestie, her husband, and her three boys. We did not plan for the large Fourth of July parade that occurs right on PCH near downtown Huntington Beach. Parking was INSANE! We finally found a overpriced spot. Leila was loving the beach and playing in the waves and having the best time. Then, just like on America's Funniest Home Videos, she did a epic cartwheel fall and did not want anything to do with the ocean after that moment. I still wish I had it on camera! 

We stayed at the beach for the whole day before heading back to our room to get ready for the fourth of July festivities at Heather's house. She cooked amazing kabobs, salad, fruit, and cupcakes. Fourth of July with friends is so much more fun than battling the crowds at professional shows! 

The next day we spent at Newport Beach and it was crazy windy. There was lots of sand in our eyes and mouths and did not stay at the beach for very long. We ended the day going back to our pool, having dinner and drinks by the pool, and crashing! 

Leila slept in this amazing bed that we bought prior to leaving and it is PERFECT when traveling with a toddler. I did not love the sheet it came with, so I brought an old crib sheet of hers. Most nights, she was asleep before the boys even got out of the shower. Girlfriend is a good sleeper! 

The last evening we spent time in Venice Beach. Um, not my favorite place to go but pretty amazing for people watching. There are people from all different walks of life there. Homeless people, drug addicts, maybe pimps? It is a very interesting place. We did have some good ice cream and a beautiful sunset swim and played on the beach playground! 

The last day we spent at the pool most of the day before heading back to the room to get ready to head back to Los Angeles to catch our evening flight. It is always hard saying good bye to your best friend, but thankfully she will be visiting Colorado in a month, which makes things easier. 

What are your favorite places to visit in CA? Anything else we should do next time?

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pink Hearth

When browsing through Pinterest I got a wild idea to switch up some of our decor. I ordered new PB Comfort slip covers in a light gray that should be here in a few weeks and wanted to design style to follow. I took my beautiful clock down and added some more contemporary art. I am loving how this looks and I love how bright and happy the pink is. Happy Sunday!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Luke's last day of preschool!

How this child has grown. He was the sweetest baby in the universe and now he is such a middle child. He tries to stand his ground every minute of every day and has such a little attitude!

Next stop: Kindergarten! 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Let's Flamingle: Leila's Third birthday.

I love the idea of having an adorable, blog-worthy birthday party. But holy moly, they are a lot of work. If you have noticed, I have tried to take a break from blogging over the last 9 months because I am trying to be more present with my family. I think blogging comes in waves. Football for the boys, gymnastics for Leila, working a full time job, and being a mom have all needed to come before this sad little blog. I am going to try to get back into it because we have some fun redesign projects coming up to curb my need to move and start over decorating a whole new house! But I will get to that in another post!

After years of boys birthdays, it has been so fun to add some color into doing Leila's birthday's! This year all she asked for was "unicorn shoes" which Vans had in stock! Good news: she loved them. Bad news: our puppy Ruby already chewed them up. Womp womp.

Happy third birthday, Leila! Sources below.

Cupcake stand: Crate & Barrel
Flamingo plates, napkins, and cupcake toppers: King Soopers
Letter board, greenery and flamingo stir sticks: Target
Cookies: Cookieliciousness (on Facebook out of Parker, CO)
Beverage holder: TJMaxx
Fans: Hobby Lobby

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What dreams are made of: white kitchens!

Well, hello! It has been a hot minute! I just thought I would stop by and share our newest home project! And when I say "our" I basically mean me because my husband helped in the slimmest way possible because I am a control freak! I am loving how big and bright our new kitchen looks. Well, it is technically the same kitchen, but the espresso cabinets had to go! There is nothing quite like a bright and airy feel in the kitchen!

And remember what it looked like before?

And now...

Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore Advance in Cloud Cover
Wall Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray
Chairs: American Furniture Warehouse
Sign: Dear Lillie
Pendant Lights: Lowes
Accessories: HomeGoods
Blinds: Overstock

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017

How is it that another Christmas has come and gone? I feel so lucky to have such a good family to spend the holidays with... all of the people that surround us fill our hearts with so much love and joy.

I always feel like it is hard to truly get into the holiday spirit when lives are so consumed with the mundane day to day things that have to get done. Which is always so sad. My little empathetic middle child, Luke, came up to me on the evening of Christmas and began to cry. When I asked him what was wrong he said "Christmas is over and I want it to be Christmas again." We talked about all of the fun time we will have between now and next Christmas. He was still sad but thought it would be fun that next Christmas he would be in Kindergarten. Now... onto the gift part..

Does anyone else have children that create these elaborate lists, then you get your shopping done early, and then their lists change? No? Just me... okay.

When Luke was asked what his favorite gift was he said it was his Fingerling from Santa (thank you Facebook world for telling me what to get my children!) Aiden could not decide on a favorite gift and said everything was his favorite. Leila's favorite (I think) was "Moana Dog" a.k.a. Pua, the pig from Moana.

I cannot wait to see what this next year brings for us. I am going to put together a list of New Year's Resolutions and how we did on our resolutions from last year. But anyway, here are some of my favorite pictures from our Christmas holiday this year:

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate! 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Luke is FIVE!

I cannot believe my sweet babe turned five in November... How is that even possible?! This year we decided to do a small party with family only and went to dinner and Jump Street! All of the kids were sick, but we still managed to have such a fun time!

What is your favorite color? Green
What is your favorite toy? A buffalo
What is your favorite fruit? Apple
What is your favorite TV Show? Wild Kratts
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Mac n Cheese
What is your favorite outfit? Jeans and a football shirt
What is your favorite game? Duck Duck Goose
What is your favorite snack? Gummies (a.k.a. fruit snacks)
What is your favorite animal? Giraffe
What is your favorite song? "Rolex"
What is your favorite book? Little Presidents
Who is your best friend? Jonathan (I have no idea who this is)
What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play football
What is your favorite drink? Lemonade
What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Donnie
What do you like to eat for breakfast? Waffles
What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Cake
What do you want to be when you grow up? Help people

We love you little, Lukey-Bear!