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Our Week in Pics (week 92 – Dec. 14th-20th)

We started the week off with a fun time with one of my closest friends, tlaking and having fun.

The week started off with lots of Christmas Activities at school and one last week of Ballet before winter break. While at Ballet another child fell hard on Sarah’s foot spraining it. Thursday the girls had fun at school and by Friday we realized Sarah needed x-rays on her foot.

We had a snow day Friday so Sarah was able to rest her foot. She keeps asking me if she can still do ballet and take snowboarding lessons.

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A Year in Review – 2013

Here we are with another year coming to a close! This year was great for our family!
The girls grew so much and have loved all their activities.

This year Samantha and Sarah enjoyed snowboarding lessons, Girl Scouts, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Softball, wakeboarding, swimming, Nutcracker and spending time with friends and Family. Not to mention a HUGE Family Vacation where we traveling through eleven states!

Samantha played softball, took snowboarding lessons, danced in both ballet and hip hop. Raised her grades to all A’s and b;s!

Sarah took snowboarding lessons, and danced in ballet and also took violin lessons.

Shelby learned to walk, talk, sing and climb furniture.

While 2013 was an amazing year for our family we also had losses. From extended family to our sweet AbbyJean.


We look forward to a new year!

Happy 10 Years Doll

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The day we met,
Frozen I held my breath
Right from the start
I knew that I’d found a home for my heart…

When I think about being married for 10 years I first think I am old! I still can’t believe it has been 10 years since I married my best friend.

You are my best mate
For your presence in my life, I thank fate
I couldn’t have done anything without you by my side
You are the reason my face bears a smile so wide
As we celebrate one more year of being cute and cozy
I wish you, my dear husband a happy anniversary

10 years (2)

I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

10 years (3)

I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more
And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more…
I’ll love you for a thousand more…
And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

Here’s to another 10 years doll

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Our Week in Pics (week 92 – Dec. 7th to Dec. 13th)

Wow, what an incredibly busy week! We started the week with a trip to Disneyland where we had a blast! It was still completely packed at Disneyland even with all the rain! But California Adventure was not that busy and we had a wonderful time.

The new week started with lots of activities and fun for the kids!

We ended the week with Hubby and I celebrating our 10 year wedding Anniversary!


Our Week in Pics (week 91)

Another fun week! We started with celebrating Sarah’s 8th Birthday, then the rest of Nutcracker. And a pretty easy rest of the week.

Safe Babywearing with Boba Baby Carriers #BobaAmbassador

*Disclosure: This is a compensated post I am writing as a Boba Ambassador. The opinions expressed are honest.


I first started baby wearing when Samantha was a baby, but I only wore her every once in a while when I would be out and about. I loved the ease of carrying her and wish I would have more often.

With Shelby I have been wearing her since birth and absolutely love it, not only does she enjoy being carried but she seems calmer when I have her on me. Not to mention I get more stuff done around the house when I just carry her.


Over the past eleven years of baby wearing I have tried many different carriers and in different way. I thought it was OK carrying the kids facing outwards, but I have a few reason s why you might want to re-think carrying them outwards.


One way my husband and I both love to carry Shelby is on our backs! She loves it because she can see around and loves to see where we are walking, I recommend this position for any parent who thinks that their baby wants to see more. No need to carry your baby facing out when they can see everything from your back!

While on vacation this summer I made sure to bring my Boba 3G carrier with us, I found that wearing Shelby was so much easier than trying to use a stroller. Especially at Mount Rushmore!

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We recently received the new Boba 4G Carrier and already love it! What makes it different than the 3G is that it now comes with an integrated infant insert and may be used well into toddlerhood. The carrier can be used from 7-45lbs. The ergonomic design, foot straps, and multiple adjustments make this carrier the perfect fit for your entire family.

Some people have a hard time finding the right carrier and I love the soft structure carrier of the Boba. The infant pillow allows you to use the Boba 4G from newborn and on.


Follow the Boba Blog for a lot of wonderful information on baby wearing and  Dr. Sears for attachment parenting information and  more. Connect with Boba on Facebook & Twitter.

*Disclosure: This is a compensated post I am writing as a Boba Ambassador. The opinions expressed are honest.

Our Week in Pics (week 90)

Wow this week FLLLLEEEWWWWW!!!!

It starred with us celebrating Sarah’s birthday with a really fun party, then Monday was Nutcracker week!

We were beyond busy with Nutcracker and Thanksgiving and more Nutcracker!


I just adore this time of year!

then Thanksgiving!


Happy 8th Birthday Sarah

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It is completely crazy that another year has passed and now our sweet girl has turned EIGHT! I can’t believe how quickly this year came and went!

Sarah received two of the gifts she has been wanting, Molly the American Girl Doll and the Spa Chair by American Girl!

We celebrated Sarah’s birthday with a really fun Neon Dance Party! She had a ton of her girl friends over and they enjoyed a few hours of dancing!


Happy Birthday sweet girl! Here is to another amazing year with you!

Happy Thanksgiving 2013


It’s that time of year where families gather together and share what we are thankful for each year. As I sit and think about my last year with my family I am truly blessed.

A year ago I spent Thanksgiving with my Brother and Sister (and families), I met new family members, and we celebrated babies who had been born earlier last year. While I am not with them again this year my love with with each and every one of my siblings.

This past year has been life changing for sure with a move to Texas, then back to California and then in January back to Texas. It has been a trial, and there has been a lot of tears shed, but I wouldn’t change the past year.

I have enjoyed watching my daughters make new friends, excel in their activities and to start finding the little person they are meant to be.

We have watched the baby grow, learn to talk and to start becoming an independent toddler. She loves to dance and talk. Although her favorite word has quickly become “no”.

Samantha has grown so much over the year and I am thankful for the sweet and generous young tween she has become. She always puts other’s feelings before her own.

Sarah has come out of her shell this past year. We don’t see our quiet calm sissy anymore. Now we have a loud, confident and energetic 8 year old!

I am very thankful for the love and support of my family. This year I got a new sister when my brother got married, I adore all my sisters and brothers and love seeing our family grow.

I am also very thankful for my dearest friends who have been there when I need them, to laugh, to cry, have fun, celebrate together and well be goofballs together too.

I am very blessed in my life to have such caring people, who not only care about me but also my family.


Here is to a new year!

Happy Thanksgiving Friends! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family this year!

Wordless Wednesday: Nutcracker 2013

Yesterday started off Nutcracker week for my two older girls! Every year their ballet school puts on a ballet production and the girls were beyond thrilled to join in this year!


Thanksgiving Crafts with Crayola

*A product was provided.


If your looking for some fun craft or coloring page ideas for this years Thanksgiving Crayola has some great ideas!

Thanksgiving Handsome Turkeys
Children can celebrate Thanksgiving, and explore shape as they finger paint.
Problem-solving and observation skills come into play as they turn their handprints into Thanksgiving decorations like colorful Turkeys.

Supplies needed: Crayola markers, paint and paper pads

Turkey Table Topper


A gaggle of turkeys are on their way to help kids celebrate Thanksgiving
Kids can create this festive centerpiece  to welcome their holiday guests on Thanksgiving

Supplies needed: Crayola colored pencils, crayons, glue, paint, paper pads and scissors.

Thanksgiving Turkey Napkin Rings


Get ready for fall parties and Thanksgiving!
Kids can create turkey napkin rings that add color to every autumn table.

Supplies needed: Crayola crayons, markers, glue, paint and scissors

Fancy Filter Turkeys

Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving meal preparations.
These awesome turkeys add gob(bler)s of color to any holiday table.

Supplies needed: Crayola crayons, glue, markers, paint, scissors, coffee filters, etc.

 Crayola’s Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

Kids can choose from a large variety of Thanksgiving coloring pages online, print them out, and then use their favorite Crayola tools to create cute and colorful masterpieces!

For a complete listing of Crayola’s Thanksgiving craft ideas, visit for inspiration or vote for your favorite crafts! Additionally, people are encouraged to share their festive creations with Crayola at #ColorfulThanks.

*A product was provided.

Our Week in Pics (week 89)

Wow this week I totally slacked on taking photos! With being sick (yeah had the flu for two days) and then party planning for Sarah’s birthday…. ohhhh and the weather I completely spaced on taking photos.

I did get a few photos though… look at adorable Shelby with her ice cream!

Our Week in Pics (week 88)


What a busy week! It started with a surprise that I was going to the USC vs Stanford game with hubby! We had a blast!

The rest of the week was playing, Dr. visits, Girl Scouts and Nutcracker.

Oh I also joined Origami Owl as a Designer! So I of course am having fun playing with all my new jewelry!

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Our Week in Pics (week 87)

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The first week of November flew on by! We came down from Halloween just to start up with Thanksgiving! We had a ton of cleaning to do and I started my week off with Christmas shopping!


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Our week in Pics (week 86) (Oct. 26- Nov. 1st)

I can’t believe that we ended the week with a new month! November! One of my favorite months of the year!!!

The last week of October we spent celebrating Halloween! We had a lot of fun from Trunk or Treating at school, to our church and around our small town.  It was a lot of fun and the girls seemed to have had a blast.

The older girls also had Nutcracker rehearsal and Sarah had costume fittings. Lots of fun and kept ups extremely busy!