Thursday, November 10, 2016

Liam's Barnyard Bash

As I'm sitting here staring at these pictures I have so many emotions. Tomorrow morning my baby will wake up as a two year old. How have two, incredible years flown by this fast? I have absolutely loved watching our little boy change and grow but I would give anything to rewind the time. Liam is truly the sweetest, most loving, happiest, baby boy. He brings nothing but joy to our lives every single day. He is everything I've ever dreamed, prayed and hoped for! I'm just so thankful to be his mommy. 

This year we decided to do a "Barnyard Bash" theme! Liam is obsessed with farm animals, or "babies" as he calls them when he plays with his stuffed animals. We ordered the cutest cow cake and animal cookies from The Cake Ladies. We had custom stickers, prints, toppers, thank you cards, labels, a personalized book and banner made from Pear Tree. I made DIY popcorn bags for all the kids! We tried to have the food match the theme as well! We had pulled chicken, green beans, "farm fresh eggs," pasta salad, a veggie tray, chips and salsa and "cowpies + haystacks!" We also had a custom "TWO" shirt made to match the theme! CodyandKait did an excellent job!! 

Liam had so much fun playing with all his family and friends! He also loved every second of being center of attention! I think everyone singing Happy Birthday to him was his favorite part! 

I'm so thankful I was able to pull off this party for him so last minute due to my car accident. I couldn't have done it without the help of my amazing family. 

Happy 2nd Birthday to the best little boy a mom could ask for!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Mommin' Ain't Easy

As moms, we are our own worst critics. I ask myself daily, "am I doing this whole mom thing right?" At night I'll stay awake thinking of all the things I could have and should have done better as a mom. I struggle daily with "mom guilt" even over the simplest things. Was I on my phone too much? Did I read him enough books? Did I let him watch too much TV? Did he eat too much junk food? Did I spend enough quality time? Was I too grumpy? 
Did I put him first? The list goes on and on...............
But why, WHY are we SO hard on ourselves? Don't we get enough judgment and backlash from society? Isn't it God's job to judge us? At the end of the day my baby is fed, clean, in a warm, comfy bed, being cuddled to sleep by a mother who would give her last breath for him. As mother's we have a huge responsibility to mold and shape our children into decent, well rounded, loving human beings. Trust me I get it, but there has to be a point where we give ourselves a break. We aren't perfect, no mother is, but I truly feel like we're all trying our best. Comparing ourselves daily to other moms is the worst thing we can do. I honestly believe comparison is the thief of joy. 
Parenting isn't for the faint of heart. All the mistakes and lessons make you who you are. Everyday is a learning experience that will make us better than we were the day before. I've made it my mission to stop being so hard on myself. When I see Liam's smiley face look up at me and say, "love you" I know I must be doing a whole lot of right. 
He is one amazing little boy...
and I'm one awesome mama, even on the bad days. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

California Vaca

I'm finally getting the chance to sit down and blog about our California vacation!! To say this vacation was a dream would be an understatement! We basically traveled the entire state of California in seven days! We started off our trip in San Diego. We rented a beach house with an ocean view and spent three days soaking up palm trees and salt water! We visited all of the best beaches, Mission Beach, Laguna, (my absolute fave) La Jolla, Coronado, etc. It was heaven on earth and so relaxing! 

After our three days in SoCal, we drove to LA! We spent one day driving and exploring Venice beach (holy freak show!) Literally if you like to "people watch" Venice beach won't disappoint. After our day in Venice we made it to our hotel in Los Angeles! LA was my favorite part of the trip. We got to see the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, the Hollywood Sign, we went window shopping on Rodeo Drive and we went on a guided, celebrity home tour! Did I mention that I also got to spend my 25th birthday dining at SUR?!! I literally almost died when we pulled up! I met Lauren (the hostess who slept with James lol) and Max, Lisa's son! It was unreal. After cramming in all our touristy spots we said goodbye to LA and made our long drive to San Francisco! 

San Fran was such a neat place! It was filled with so much charm and character. We crammed SO much in while we were there! We toured Alcatraz, ate lunch and shopped at Fisherman's Warf, drove across the Golden Gate Bridge, walked through the Redwood Forest and saw the "Painted Ladies" + the real Full House house! We ended the day with dinner at the Rain Forest Cafe! 

In seven days we experienced SO many amazing sites! Liam was such a trooper for such a big trip! He absolutely LOVED the ocean and sand! That was definitely his favorite part. California was everything I imagined and more! My hubby did such an amazing job planning out this vacation for my family and I! I can't wait for our next adventure! :)