• Lifestyle

    30 things I would tell 20 year old me

    For those of you that don’t know, I recently turned 30. My birthday is nestled right in between my kids birthdays in the busiest birthday month in my family. And I don’t mean just my immediate family. I mean cousins, nieces, in laws, April is very busy. But with my immediate family aside from myself, Oliver turned 4 this year and Genevieve is about to turn 1. As my husband puts it “April is a very expensive month here”.  To start off April, Oliver turned 4 and had his first birthday party where we invited friends he made in preschool instead of just friends whose parents we knew who also…

  • Caribbean,  Travel

    Dominican Republic/Iberostar

    In my last post I promised you all a post about our vacation that we went on with the kids, so here it is! Our trip to the Dominican Republic was unlike any trip I’ve ever planned before. Typically when we go somewhere new we do an AirBnB and rent a car and I look up different places we might want to visit while we’re there. This time I booked us at an all inclusive hotel and made absolutely no plans to go anywhere else. So this post really isn’t going to be so much about the Dominican Republic, but more about the Iberostar Bavaro Selection Suites where we stayed.…

  • Caribbean,  Travel

    Flying with kids-Baby and Toddler Edition

    We recently got up the courage to go on a plane with the kids. Four planes in fact. We had the plan that for our 30th birthdays we would each get to choose a vacation to go on. This year is my turn. However, my birthday is sandwiched right in between the kids, all three of us are in the same month. So I decided we could do my trip a bit early and get away from the winter cold. After searching around a bit I decided on the Dominican Republic. I wanted to do a trip where I didn’t have to plan any special activities, any meals or anything…

  • National Parks,  North America,  Travel

    (New) Mexico Road Trip

    Last fall we did our first road trip as a family of four. I’ve been writing this post since then, 4 months later I’m finally done with it! This was our first trip since the world shut down, and we were pretty excited to get out and go somewhere after so long.    We went down to Mexico to visit Mauricio’s family and have them meet Genevieve. We’ve done this drive twice before, but this time we decided to make it a proper road trip and see all that we could of New Mexico instead of just cruising right on through it like we had before.  On the way down…

  • Lifestyle

    2021 Reflection. 2022 Goals.

    Okay. This year has definitely been my worst for blog posts. I’ll be honest, it’s been hard finding time to sit down and blog with two kids. I have two posts that are part way done and another two or three that I’ve literally had on my mind since I started this page 3 years ago. Yes you read that right, 3 years. I don’t have nearly as much on here as I thought I would 3 years ago, but every year when the website comes up for renewal, I can’t let it go. I want so badly to be better at keeping up with it that I tell myself…

  • Baby Care,  Toddler Life

    Bringing home baby, with a toddler

    So my already sporadic posts are becoming even more sporadic. Such is life. But I really appreciate those of you who read these. I really enjoy doing them and maybe someday I’ll be able to get more regular posts up, but don’t hold your breath. The point being, thank you for being here. Anyways, I wanted to share about how it went bringing a newborn baby home with a three year old in the house. A new family addition shifts things so much, but getting a toddler prepared for that shift was a new hurdle for us. When we brought Oliver home we did a lot of preparing the animals…

  • Postpartum,  Pregnancy

    Postpartum-Round 2

    So I’m technically still in the postpartum stage, or fourth trimester as some lovingly call it. Does it ever actually end? But I wanted to recap some major postpartum differences for me this time around. I shared a lot about postpartum when I first started this website, but this time around has been way different for me. I want to share again to highlight how different pregnancies are, even within one person. I don’t think there is such a thing as a “normal” pregnancy or postpartum time because they are all so different. Recovering from having Genevieve who was 7 lbs 9 oz was WAY different from recovering from Oliver…

  • Birth Story,  Pregnancy

    Genevieves Birth Story

    I’m happy to say that I’m no longer pregnant. We finally have our sweet girl and our family feels so complete now. I want to share Genevieves birth story for the same reasons I shared Olivers. I don’t want to forget what happened and I think some people can benefit from reading birth stories to help prepare for their own deliveries. Also I know some people just like hearing birth stories. I know because I’m one of them now that I’ve had babies of my own. This delivery was so much different from my first delivery in so many ways. I won’t spend the whole time comparing them, but if…

  • Pregnancy

    The second half of the second pregnancy

    Well this pregnancy is almost over, so I guess it’s time for an update. Writing this I’m 38 weeks pregnant and in about one week I’ll have our baby so I figure I should get this pregnancy story wrapped up before she’s here. If you just did the very simple math on that and thought “wait aren’t pregnancies 40 weeks?” Yes, yes they are. But this time around we’ve decided that I’m going to get induced at 39 weeks. Last time I went over my due date by a few days, but this time my doctor is comfortable with inducing me at 39 weeks and I won’t lie, when he…

  • Lifestyle,  Toddler Life

    Olivers 3rd Birthday

    This past weekend we had Olivers first birthday party. I don’t mean he turned one. I mean it was the first time he’s had an actual birthday party. He really turned 3 on the 3rd, his golden birthday. So I wanted to make this year special for him. We had never done a real party for him before, but this year he has friends to invite over and was just way into the idea of his own birthday. Also it was on a Saturday with awesome weather so it just seemed perfect for a party anyways.  The reasons we hadn’t done a party for Oliver before are pretty simple. For…