Monday, March 10, 2014

Corny Love Month

I have two words to share with you today, Pediatric Dentist. Seriously? Were they around when I was little, cause if so, life would have been just a little bit better. Going to the dentist has always out. (except my awesome sister in law:)) So this month Sam had his first appointment at a pediatric dental office. This place was incredible. A kids dream land, really. Video games, movies, toys to choose, and every room was a fun bright color... Sam loved it!

As always, I find with every holiday I need to make some sort of decoration. Wreaths are my kryptonite. I love them, and have an entire closet to prove it.

I hosted a small Valentine's playgroup at my house, which turned out to be so much fun. The kids created or ate a cereal heart craft, decorated sugar cookies, and passed out their homemade valentine's. It was adorable. Plus, delicious food with awesome friends, calls for the best party.

For Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to give Wayne a "heart attack".... I blew up close to 50 balloons, stuffed them in Wayne's car and Sam and I wrote all over his windows. I love how Valentine's Day is one holiday you can do something totally corny and get away with it. "I like corny, I'm looking for corny in my life." (The Holiday)  One of my favorites. So Sam and I brought out a little corny this Valentine's Holiday.

The "Valentine's Lady" dropped off some beautiful roses for me before we went out to dinner, along with a beautiful necklace, and new frying pan."She" knows just what I like. Wayne and I enjoyed a delicious meal at one of my favorite French restaurants, Bistro Axe. We then headed over to a little European cafe for dessert. It was the perfect night away.

Sam like most little boys, is obsessed with monster trucks. So naturally when Wayne found out that the Monster Jam was coming to town he had to take Sam. He waited over a hour to win tickets on the radio. (well worth it) They had a great time! Wayne really is the best dad. While they were having their man date, I was shopping, getting dinner, watching Downtown Abbey, while working on projects. My kind of night.

February brought us some beautiful weather. We spent an evening at the beach, which I admit made me a little anxious for summer days in the ocean water.

As always, my favorite Saturday morning activity is heading down to the farmers market where we pick up fresh produce, look at all the unique vendors, sample everything, then walk over to memorial park and just let Sam run wild. We finished our day with a bike ride.

I ended the month with a short girls getaway to Orlando for some retail therapy, peaceful time at the temple, delicious food and to attend Time our for Women. 7 of us girls stayed in a villa. We ate junk food, did our nails, and stayed up way too late! It felt like junior high all over again. Time out for Women was incredible. I was uplifted. I laughed, I cried... a lot. I felt that every speaker was speaking directly to me. Funny how that happens... I truly loved it, and can't wait to go again next year.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Year, New Beginnings

I've never been one to plop down on a couch with my family and friends and bear my soul of all my sorrows and deep dark secrets. I try to be grateful about my life since I have been given so much when I know others have had so little. But I will say this, 2013 was one of, if not the most trialing year of my life. Luckily, I have a husband that comes home from long days at work, and comforts, listens, and holds me when days have been hard. He is my rock in every which way and I don't know where I would be without him. 
So here's to 2014. I am only looking forward with hope and surety that life works out the way it should. Instead of focusing on the future, I will focus on the now. And my now is this adorable little man, who brings light to my life.

Sam's first day of Primary. Obviously ecstatic

Almost every Saturday morning, Wayne takes Sam on a father son outing so that I can just be at home by myself, to do whatever I want. And if you're a mother, you know how precious and rare that time is. January's outing consisted of the golf range, breakfast/ park, and soccer cleat shopping. 

We also enjoyed going to the zoo with some friends. I have to say that I have been to my fair share of zoos and Jacksonville is one of my favorite. These are Sam's best friends whom we seem to do everything with. 

Children's Museum of Art and Science. Company great, museum, not so great

For anyone who knows me, I am constantly working on some kind of project. I am in the process of a few right now. (Those to come later) But of course with the new year you always think about organization. Pinterest, Costco, even good morning America was flooded with new ideas to organize. This is something that I have progressively gotten better at. Wayne and I have had a filing system that has worked great for us for the last 3 years or so. I realized it was high time to start a file box for Samuel. His papers were starting to pile up. I found this adorable file box at Target. I just cut out his name with my silhouette and vuala! 

A great start to a new year I'd say.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Holly Jolly Christmas

This was our second Christmas we've spent in Jacksonville. The warm weather still threw me for a loop, but as soon as the Christmas tree went up, my Christmas spirit was enlightened. Our home was cozy with holiday music, evergreen candles, mace bundt cake, and Christmas crafts. And how could I forget about my little Sam running around ringing his bell singing Jingle Bells, which has now become my new favorite Christmas song.

Sam didn't understand why in all of his Christmas movies
 they had snow and snowmen. We created our own version,
which Sam decided to call Yoho.
Just a couple of the cookie plates I made for some friends and family.
Maybe I'll get around to making one for myself next year :) 
We were so lucky to have my parents come for the holidays. They've had enough cold winters in Washington to last them a life time, so Florida weather seemed ideal for them. Plus, year long golfing?
 Their kind of place.

There's a famous neighborhood in Jacksonville that has a fairytale of lights. The streets are lined with cars, children hanging out of windows singing, and wishing each other a Merry Christmas. Even Santa (skinny women version) came walking down the street passing out candy canes. It was magical.

Christmas Morning is so much better when you get to watch your excited 3 year old run down the stairs to see what Santa brought them! Sam was very precise on what he wanted for Christmas. "Santa, I want a blue bike, and a dump truck."

I guess Santa listened...

Wayne's Christmas present. Driver from me, irons from my parents. One happy boy!

Samuel couldn't wait to try out his new bike! 

We got my parents tickets to the Gator bowl for Christmas. 

We took the water taxi to the stadium

It may have been rainy... but well worth it!

I thought I was wet until I saw these two... Maybe I should have handed
over one of my extra ponchos? Sorry Jill. 
We were sad to say goodbye to my parents. It took Sam a couple of days to give up on asking for them. It makes me excited for the day we get to move back west and be closer to family. Until then I guess we'll keep livin' it up at the beach. Darn...

This was a happy birthday Video we made for my sister. I look like a NIGHTMARE (don't judge), but Sam was adorable, and besides, check out his INCREDIBLE dance moves. I wonder who he gets them from...

Monday, January 27, 2014

Three Years Old

I am a mother to a Three Year Old! I can't even believe it. I'm afraid I fall under the Cliche' "I feel like it was just yesterday..." And now he's a toddler! The sweetest, cuddliest, funniest toddler at that. I have no complaints. Samuel has only made my life more meaningful, and has given me a greater understanding of our purpose in life. 

We like to say, Sam is a boys, boy. He loves trucks, superheros, motorcycles, dinosaurs, pretending to fly, sports and so on. He of course loves firetrucks, which explains his firetruck themed birthday party. The fire station agreed to letting Sam and his friends come on a little tour for his party, which I thought would consist of a walk around the station,  looking at the firetruck, and maybe trying on a fireman's hat. "It will take 30 minutes..." they assured me. Oh how little I knew. These firemen went above and beyond to make the dreams of these kids come true! I could not have imagined something more incredible! Even us parents were stunned as to every little thing they did. Our "tour" consisted of playing with firemen tools, "see how high the ladder can go," dressing up as firemen, driving the firetruck, and shooting the fire hose! Our "30 minutes" turned into a 1 1/2 hours. The firemen even came on over the intercom to wish Sam a happy birthday. Truly an unforgettable experience. After the fire station, we walked to the park right next door, for some lunch, cupcakes, and playtime. It was 80 degrees, and sunny in the middle of December! Probably the only outdoors birthday party Sam will ever get. 
Happy Birthday my dear Samuel. 

"Can you show me how old you are Sam?"