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Happy Birthday Nola Girl!!

It’s my little girl’s birthday today and I can’t help but feel a whole lot of panic and angst because she’s been here FIVE years already and frankly the time is going by too quick. But the emotion that trumps that is the love I feel for this girl. She is my #1 little buddy, she still is cool matching with me (thank you God!!!), she loves having a good time, an amazing sister to her overbearing 2 year old brother, smart, witty and I’ll say this every year but she’s the girl I always dreamed of having. 

So in honor of my girl here she is on each of her birthdays:
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We love you Nola and we are so proud of you. I’m so thankful I get to to be your mama!! xoxo

Daddy Daughter Dance

The one great thing about our kids getting older is doing not only fun things with them but having them understand what’s going on and having them remember these events. One of them being the daddy/daughter dance. Of course I didn’t go, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t excited for them and had fun getting her a dress, corsage and helping Nola get ready for the big date! The great thing about events like these is CJ has a lot of fun with it. He’s a great dad, he really is. I hope someday Nola will look back at this post and just realize how much we love doing things with her, how much she is adored and appreciates the special dates she had with her dad.

Here’s photos before they headed out for their date:

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Nola’s already looking forward to next year’s dance!!

First Day of School

We’ve been trying to get into the groove with school and honestly it’s been hard to get into a good routine. We are getting there, but I actually was thinking, ‘man I can’t wait until it’s summer and we don’t have to be so rushed‘. Which of course is super sad and hilarious since we have practically the whole year yet! But at the same time school’s been such a good thing. Nola loves it and we are so thankful how she’s become so well adjusted. I mentioned to a couple of people how I always think about homeschooling, but since we aren’t world travelers (we can all hope, right?) and we are staying put these days, I think this works best for our family.

Here’s photos on the first day. We of course needed to dig up another backpack for sweet Jonas boy because he needs to be doing anything sisters doing.

dsc_0006 this photo is a good depiction of my two kiddos. jonas is so happy he’s included and nola’s miss thing! gah i love these two silly!
dsc_0004 img_1189 i don’t say it enough but nola is a really good egg and sister!! she loves her little brother so much. img_1188 we are proud of this little girl and so thankful for her! nola i pray you have an amazing year!!!

Kids Update

Jonas – 8 Months

Our sweet boy is teething like a champ. I think I counted 3 new ones coming in along with his other 3 that already cut.

Remember when I was always saying this second kid thing isn’t very hard? 8 months is getting interesting. Jonas loves finding danger (it should be his middle name) in every possible way. He also will try to eat anything he finds. Nola never was like this so this is kind of freaking us out. You can’t take your eyes off the kid! We have daily scares and then I get this urge to clean frantically b/c this kid will find or get into anything (like toilets!!!).

Interestingly enough, though Jonas is the most adorable thriving-chunky baby, food isn’t his favorite. Sure he likes yogurt and cheerios, but veggies, fruit, meat…not so much.

Jonas has some pretty killer dance moves, shakes his head no, and gives kisses.

He is still a horrible sleeper, but since we co-sleep things aren’t as bad.

Still in size 4 diapers.

I try to get him to take 2 naps, but that’s not always consistent and depends on our schedule (nola’s mainly).

Jonas is a mama’s boy. When he’s tired it’s pretty hopeless to have someone else watch him. He loves his mama and I love that too (except when we want to go on a date). When we play he will regularly come and have me hold him one sec and then he’s ready to crawl and play. This action fills my heart because it seems like he’s giving me hugs and telling me ‘hey mama, I love ya!’

Oh and this is a big one, Jonas still is very easy going, but as of late he recently found his voice. If he’s frustrated or doesn’t like something he will let us know!!

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Nola – 3 years old or threeanger

Nola…I can’t even tell you how much I love this girl. She’s sassy but has the sweetest heart…but age 3 is hard man!

School has been so great. I love her school so much which gives me a peace of mind. And having Nola being in a school setting has been such a great thing for thing. Her teacher says she’s doing great, so we are thankful for that!

She’s in dance class and it’s during the witching hour of 5 and that’s been hard. I will never, ever, ever do another class in the evening!

Nola rocked when we had Jonas, like surprisingly well. But I think we are starting to maybe see some behavior to his existence starting to play now?? Or it is just her being 3??? Regardless she is a huge Jonas lover and truly a good sister, her rebellious actions are more against her parents.

I cut her hair for the first time.

Nola loves wearing dresses, still loves tigers and her favorite food would be anything sweet (face palm). We are really careful monitoring how much candy and sweets she consumes and not going to lie dreading that part of the holidays.

I noticed when I give Nola my undivided attention and play with her or do something nice she will later tell me, “thanks for showing me that book mom” or “thanks for giving me that flower”. She is such a sweet heart and melts my heart when she tells me these things.

Nola is now really good on her scooter and it’s amazing how much more coordinated she is! She’s got the directional thing down, we just need to work on the brakes. One night she told cj, “I want to show mom my skillz”.


In this crazy world where we are all living different lives, something we all have in common is time. I know I’m not the only mom out there who hates how quickly our kids are growing up. And I’m sorry I keep on complaining about it over here, but truly it just makes me sad in so many different ways. But since I can’t stop time I also don’t want to waste my time feeling bummed about it all. Rather I’m trying my damnedest to just appreciate my two little kids and be in the moment with them as much as I can.

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Nola’s 3rd Birthday

The fact that we now have a kid who’s three is beyond me.  Parents in the trenches with your wee little babies, hold on tight because you will blink and they will be three.  We are blown away by how much they change and grow in three years.  And as much as it makes me sad that she is no longer a baby at the same time it’s so-so fun seeing her in this phase as well. For quite some time Nola has wanted a tiger party and we were more than happy to make that happen.

This party was pretty small with family and it included pin the tail on the tiger, a puppet show, dance party and of course a tiger scavenger hunt. Here’s an onslaught of photos of that day if you care to see:

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Clearly Nola had a good day and of course we all did as well.

It’s always fun to look back, so here’s Nola’s 1st birthday party and her 2nd birthday party.