holiday detox

Dec 30, 2014

A detox that has nothing to do with hot chocolate, prime rib, potatoes, bread, cookies, cookies, and more cookies. I mean a detox of the holidays themselves. Don't give me your bah humbug looks through your computer screens, you know you are slightly relieved that Christmas is over. I mean I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief and stop popping tums in our mouths. All the prep, shopping, present sneaking, panic attacks of whether or not the package would arrive in time. All of it just to be literally ripped to shreds in a matter of minutes. Exhausting. Exciting. But exhausting. 

I am definitely the person that is taking decorations down the day after Christmas. I do it slowly as to not upset the children as they trip over all the toys in the living room. If I did it my way I would rip that holiday cheer from the walls like a band-aid. I am a creature of habit people, I just like things to be mostly the same. Slightly insane since the reality of my life is anything but the same old routine. But I will be happy to get back on a schedule, not to mention having my children back on their normal bed time schedule because Chris is all about breaking the rules while on Christmas break. I am pretty sure I fall asleep before everyone every night. I just can't hang like I used too. 
Oh! And I have yet to unpack from our little ski getaway. I will admit that it is slightly convenient to have matched outfits for the kids all in one place. Need to get them all ready to go out? Just look in the's alllll in there. There are three laundry baskets full of clothes that need to be put away but I am not volunteering myself to do that at this time. I really am trying to soak up all the family time as possible before Chris goes back to work. While at the same time trying to tell my need for planning and organization to simmer down. It's a tough battle. I am suppressing the itch to pull out my 2015 planner all shiny and new and mark it up with all the things we have going on. Did I mention we are having a baby in a few months? If I allow myself to think about the logistics of it all I will throw myself into a tail spin. So for right now I am living in the "what week pregnant am I" bliss. Plus, Ace turns five next week. FIVE!!!! That too I just can't talk about....hormones will be the death of my tear ducts. 

So, tell me, do you have New Years plans? I will be asleep by 8 I can guarantee. Have you taken down your Christmas decorations? Or do you like to savor every last drop of the season that keeps on giving? Do you do new year's resolutions? I am not one for it, but I enjoy hearing what other people plan on sticking to for the first couple weeks of January. Ha! 

Happy Wednesday folks!

our christmas in pictures

Dec 28, 2014

I will keep it short and sweet since I just overloaded on pictures, but I think this year was by far my favorite Christmas. I am sure I will say that next year once we experience another "baby's first Christmas". But this year was just so good. It was all about the kids, no family was visiting, not that we didn't miss them terribly, but the kids got our undivided attention for every moment of holiday cheer. Chris and I exchanged gifts in the weeks leading up the Christmas, so on the actual morning we were able to watch the kids open one gift after another and then get right to playing, and cooking for me. It was just good! We facetimed with all of our family members spread out across the lower 48 and indulged in good food and family time. 

How was your Christmas? I hope the happiest time of the year!

impromptu family getaway

Dec 25, 2014

Did you survive Christmas? Are there still pieces of wrapping paper hiding in corners of your house? If you answered yes to both of those questions that will make me very happy! I for one am super surprised we pulled Christmas off. I thought for sure we would have unwrapped presents to put out, or possibly be caught pulling an all nighter as we frantically put wooden toys with a million pieces together. I guess it wouldn't have been so nerve wrecking if we actually planned things in our lives, but where is the fun in that? I have come to realize Chris and I function solely off impulse decisions....not my advice to anyone, unless you would like to live in chaos much like us.

That is what happened the Sunday before Christmas. The morning started off normal, Chris got up early to go ski, I didn't sleep much and waddled down stairs to have my cup of decaf and await the sleeping beauties. After Chris got home he said "let's go stay at the resort for a couple days, they got a decent amount of snow to ski on". I laughed....and said "oh wait your serious? You know Christmas is in a few days? the man didn't care. Next thing I know there are suitcases being brought up from the basement. We ran around destroying the house finding clean ski stuff, multiple changes of clothes for every human, and diapers! The next morning we were off....
The resort is only about an hour from our house so not bad at all as far as road tripping goes. The kids were so excited, they love them some hotel living! Movies, room service, more hallways than they could ever dream of exploring. At one point Ace said "can't we just stay here instead of having Christmas? It's the room service right? I mean he couldn't possibly have wanted to give up his toys. 
The whole hotel was decked to the highest halls! Which I have to admit I loved, if I wasn't going to be home enjoying my own Christmas lights, might as well have a Christmas tree at every corner you turned too. The kids loved all the decorations, and ran through the halls yelling "ho ho ho".
Even though we were only there for two days, it was non-stop skiing. If Chris was taking runs down the mountain, the kids were building a snowman. For me it was just a lot of being on my feet. And being almost 7 months pregnant, just sitting is exhausting to me. I was so surprised and thankful when Chris said "I booked you a few spa treatments in the morning". At first I was like...noooo this is a family affair. But I snapped out of that mindset real quick and let myself relax for a few hours at the spa. It was just good for this mamas soul. 
After that it was back to the bunny slopes for the boys! We made a quick decision to sign the boys up for ski lessons for the two days we were there, because well, they won't listen to us but they will listen to someone else. And they did! When we try and tell them the technical stuff like how to stop they just argue or say "I know how to do it!!!!!". But this time they listened and in a matter of minutes were jumping on their skis to get down the hill. Chris and I sat on the side lines with perpetual smiles on our faces. 
After another long day in the cold and one more night of playing musical beds we had to say goodbye and come up with a game plan to pull off Christmas, with multiple meal preps included. But we needed this change of scenery for our family. Get out and away from the house, let the kids be kids, both Chris and I fitting in some relaxation time. And fully taking advantage of Chris being on vacation and willing and able to turn off his phone so there are no interruptions. It was a nice little recharge....or as recharged as one can be chasing toddlers down long hallways, or riding the elevator up and down because your kids have quick button poking fingers. Someone take me back!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are attempting a recovery from a food coma!

Merry Christmas

Dec 24, 2014

From our family to yours...we wish you a very Merry Christmas Eve!! 

I hope you all are surrounded by loved ones, eating yummy food, and if you happen to not be gestating drink a few sips of red for me! 

I couldn't feel more blessed and grateful that I get to spend every waking moment with these goofballs! 

Merry Christmas!!

weekend vibes

Dec 21, 2014

sweater: old navy (non-maternity)// jeans: zara (old)// shoes: topshop (now on sale!!)
bag:artisan revival// sunglasses: ray-ban

A casual weekend look for tons of running around! Even though we had all of our Christmas shopping pretty squared away, it was the little things like present tags, batteries, a bag of sugar to make cookies, you know all the things you forget until it's too late. Not to mention we decided to throw in a very spontaneous mini-vaca riiiiight before Christmas. We are nuts, but life is an adventure! I spent the rest of the weekend packing for our little two day family getaway, which looks more like we are leaving for two weeks. I mean surely we need a whole box of diapers, right? And a case of water. Not to mention my footwear options (these pom flats are coming!). You just never know what your going to want or need!

I hope you all had a productive weekend on the Christmas front! And you can follow along on our little getaway on instagram, you know my social media poison of choice. 

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I present....zoo lights

Dec 19, 2014

Last night we decided to hit up one of the winter wonders here in the Anchorage area, Zoo Lights! What is zoo lights you ask? It is where they turn the zoo into a Christmas light extravaganza. They place lights throughout the whole zoo, light shows, music, hot chocolate, all very Christmas spirit inducing if you ask me.
It is one thing to drive house to house around your neighborhood to spot some glorious lights, but it is another thing to walk around in 17 degree cold to spot some animals by the colorful illumination. Explaining to toddlers that we are going to the zoo to see Christmas lights is quite the conversation. In the car they were thrilled, but we have been to the zoo so many times that once we got there the most frequently asked question was...."where are the animals? how come I can't see them?" That is when you distract with hot chocolate and keep on walking. Remember the goal here is to tire them out......I mean see Christmas lights. 
Oh thank you tiger for letting yourself be seen! The boys didn't care how many animals they saw, as long as they saw one. And with all their failed Christmas caroling to try and wake up the polar bear, they stood silent looking at the tiger. Which gave me a little break from skate chasing them all over the place. 
And then there is always Princess Avalon, who cannot be bothered to to walk, or even be cold like her commoner family. No no, she must always ride in some chariot like device and be pushed or carried to her destination. Sorry, I think that was my jealously talking. I mean she was so warm in her stroller with blankets, and hand warmers, and the top down so there was no chill on her face, how can you not be a little envious? The boys always take turns getting warm in there as well. 

But really this is my favorite piece of "baby gear". I had never seen this stroller like contraption until we moved to Alaska. Our first winter we saw people pushing their kids around in these mobile enclosures, and Chris and I knew we had to have this. It also turns into so many things, if we would get some damn snow we could strap the skis on this thing and really have a good time. I just love it...and the kids love it, how could they not?
Surprisingly we were in and out of here in an hour! When you are on the hunt for animals, things tend to move a little quicker. But it was so fun, something we definitely look forward to every year. It is a little different, and Anchorage doesn't offer too many activities like this so you have to capitalize on these things when they come about!

And once we arrived home we all passed out on the couch....Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

all for one and one for all

Dec 17, 2014

As in we are all sick! I don't think there has ever been a time where all five of us wake up sick. We have certainly all gotten the same sickness, but more or less staggered in its arrival. Not this time. Starting Sunday we had the sniffles, Monday a little achy but not enough to keep the boys from trying to kill each other all day. Bam! Tuesday I woke up at 4:30 just not being able to swallow anymore. Chris hit his alarm I don't know how many times (which is semi unusual). And then the kids slowly crawled down the stairs one by one looking like death. The morning was spent with me hunched over the counter like "please tell me you all will just eat toast this morning because I can't fathom taking three different breakfast orders right now". Luckily, they all wanted fruit and some toast, that I could manage.
To the couch we went...... and stayed. 
This picture of Pierce pretty much sums it all up. Just bodies flopping to the floor, clinging to any ounce of comfort we can find. I have been pumping us all full of vitamin C, elderberry, and echinacea. Everyone sipping on warm lemon water with honey. Each taking turns to grab more tissues. Sitting and listening to each other cough, sometimes we even do it in unison. It is all very dreamy. 

And you know what!! This is the first year, and I do mean first year ev-er that I got a flu shot. I have explained before that my mom is very much a holistic healing, witch doctor type lady. She never really did the flu shot thing (yes, I got all my vaccines as a child). But she just pumped us full of vitamins and when in doubt pulled out an oil or two, put on her head dress and did a healing dance, and when that didn't work, modern medicine was her friend. I have gotten my kids the flu shot in years passed but never myself, who the hell knows why. But this year I was sitting in my OB's office and he asked if I had gotten it yet, I said no. He said he thought it would be a good idea and they could do it right now. I was like....oh okay let's give this thing a whirl. And wouldn't you know the very first year I get it, they announce (they being the CDC) this years flu shot is missing a KEY strain, one that very well accounts for much of the crap floating around. Funny flu shot....let's see if I get poked with you again. Okay, but seriously I am not blaming the flu shot, just thought that was funny. Well actually Chris thought that was funny. He makes fun of my "all natural" ways every chance he gets. I don't blame the shot....I blame the kids at Ace's preschool. Is that harsh? 

In any event, here we are, trying to kick this to the curb. Chris's vacation starts this week and the weather report is calling for snow! As much as I may not be a snow bunny, these kids of mine are. And if they see fluffy white things falling from the sky and can't go out and play in it, I will probably have to melon ball my eyes out! So, grandma how does the healing dance go? I don't have a head dress, but I did just buy a killer fedora!

fancy pants

Dec 14, 2014

top: marciano by guess (old similar here)// pants: nordstrom
blazer: vintage tadashi (similar here)// shoes: zappos

Forget the party dress this year, and go with some party pants!! I could go on and on about why these are the greatest pants, but I think they speak for themselves. They are incredibly comfortable with a stretchy waistband so no need to be stingy on the appetizers. And depending on whether or not you are planning on chasing toddlers around, you could easily pair these with a cute black flat. The pants do all the dressy talking for themselves. I also chose to keep my accessories to a minimum, because you are literally wearing a statement piece on your legs. Ahhh love them, so fun! One holiday party down, not sure how many more to go, but I plan on wearing these for New Year's as well :)

What do you think? Would you give up the sparkly dress number for some pants?

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poppin tags!

Dec 11, 2014

There are still so many great sales out there, even if maybe you didn't get all your shopping done on black friday, small business saturday, cyber monday, tubular tuesday, or freeload friday. Okay, I made a few up but it seems like each year they add a new shopping day. I still have a few family members to check off my Christmas list. Thankfully I am done with my own household, even though Christopher if you somehow read this.....that Madewell sweater up there, want!

I thought I would share some of the amazing sales and codes floating around the internet at some of my favorite retailers.

Amazon- still having Green Monday sales.
Ann Taylor- 50% off full price sweaters and dresses use code: PARTY50
Anthropologie: 25% off all sweaters plus new items added to sale.
Gap- 30% off with code: SHOP
J Crew- 30% off full price styles use code: GIVETHIS
J Crew Factory- 50% off including new arrivals!
Old Navy- 25% off your purchase use code: SAVENOW
Kate Spade Saturday- 25% off use code: RSVP
LOFT- 50% off full price sweaters and tops. AND an extra 50% off sale styles!
Madewell- 30% off with code: GOFORIT
Nordstrom- up to 40% off new sale items.
Target- Buy one get one 50% off toys.

Have a great weekend, I hope you get all your shopping done :)

toddler talks

Dec 10, 2014

There really is nothing like having conversations with toddlers, just listening to their down right honest opinions about everything is comical. Someone should really make a show about them, oh wait that's been done right? Well, I feel like everyday in this house is like a hidden camera series!
After we brought Christopher some food at work:
Ace- I love bringing dad food to his work.
Me- It's nice right?
Ace- Ya. Mom why don't you have a work office?
Me- I do, it's our whole house!
Ace- No that's our house. You don't go to work.
Me- You guys are my work.
Ace- I am a kid. Not work.
Me- Trust me you are the hardest kind of work.

Random car questions:
Ace- Mom what's a yard sale?
Me- Where you gather a bunch of stuff you may not need anymore and sell it in your yard. A yard sale.
Ace- WHAT! Sell my stuff? That sounds awful!

Ace was sitting at the table watching his iPad while I made dinner:
Me- looks over at Ace blinking a lot. Ace what are you doing?
Ace- Taking pictures with my eyes so I can dream about dinosaurs.

At my OB appointment:
Doctor- Did you guys have a good Thanksgiving?
Ace- Yep, mom ate all the turkey.
Doctor- She did?
Ace- Yep, just look at her belly. She getting so fat.
Doctor- laughing laughing
Me- not laughing
Pierce and Ace were playing with lincoln logs:
Ace- Okay first we have to build the foundation.
Pierce- Ya let's go on vacation.
Ace- No not vacation the foundation.
Pierce- Oh otay so when do we go on vacation?
Ace- I don't know let's ask mom where we should go.
Me- thinking..... well that conversation took a turn

After dropping Ace off at school:
Pierce: screaming screaming screaming
Me- Pierce why are you freaking out?
Me- Well why didn't you say so, I would love to go to Target.

Sitting on the couch with Pierce:
Pierce- Mama can I lift yo shirt up to talk to da baby?
Me- Sure.
Baby- ________
Baby- ______________
Pierce- Fine don't talk to me. How ooode.
Avalon is a woman of very few words, but her new found favorite is MINE. MINE MINE MINE. Everything is MINE! And if you take what's mine, even though it is technically yours, I will belly flop myself onto the floor and scream until you no longer want whatever it is you have. Thus it is MINE!


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