I’m seriously in shock with how grown up my boys seem lately. Knox is ALWAYS a wild man.. Rad is go go go all the time.. and Ace crawls as fast as his little limbs will carry him. I feel like they all three bolt in different directions and it takes everything in me to wrangle them all in!
Last week it was such nice weather and we all went to the Daybreak lake to see the ducks and walk around. It was such a perfect evening.
And I am LOVING the twins new shoes from Kinbe Kids. They are so perfect for my littles that are always on the go and I love knowing that they will not. fall. off. Few things are worse than when you look down and realize your child is missing a shoe! Not only are these shoes super cute and functional but this amazing company donates 25% of their profits to helping create loving homes for children without one. This totally pulls at my heart stings. I think about all the love that my children get everyday.. and it makes me sick thinking that not all kids get that same sort of love. Kinbe Kids is changing the world one shoe at a time and I am totally on board with that!
One of my favorite things is to take a long nice bath. It’s a rare occasion.. but when I do get the chance I am in heaven! Dim the lights.. Light a candle.. turn on some nice music.. HEAVEN. When Bomin’ Baths sent me some bath bombs I was so excited to add this to my routine. It would be the cherry on top of my nice relaxing evening!
THEEEEN Knox found the bath bombs and my planned night of relaxation turning into an in house, pink, water fight! Not the exact night I was envisioning but it was SO much fun. He screamed as we dropped the bath bomb in the water and it started fizzing and turning our water pink! And then our skin felt like butter and we smelled like a dozen roses Bath bombs are definitely a Lee House favorite now!
And Bombin’ Baths are making my bath dreams come true with their bath bomb subscription to get two bath bombs a month! Now we will never run out of bath time fun! And hopefully I’ll be able to sneak in a relaxing bath soon
I’ve been so excited for this Summer since last Summer.. haha. I know that sounds weird but I am dead serious! When the twins were born I was pretty much home bound. I loved soaking in all the new born snuggles don’t get me wrong but I remember saying.. “Next Summer will be so much fun.. the twins will be one and walking and our backyard will be finished and it will be the best Summer ever.” And even though it snowed like two days ago.. I can definitely feel Summer creeping up on us!
And can you get over these matching swimsuits from Kortni Jeane? Me either.. They’re a Mama’s dream come true!
Monday nights are my absolute favorite. Ryan makes sure to get home from work a little early and we plan a fun family night with the kids. Last Monday was SO perfect. Yogurt and swings at the park is my idea of a perfect night
I am finding myself reeeally appreciating my days with my little boys. I mentioned in a post a few days ago that I felt like the last 11 months I’ve been in survival mode with the twins and have missed milestones because… well twins. But finally this place we are in is SO good. Like SOOOOO good. Twins are still a lot of work obviously. Babies are a lot of work! But they are finally to the point where they can entertain themselves for a while. I watch them play together. I watch Knox play with them. They are totally crushing the finger food game and I am able to eat a normal meal while they eat theirs. See… SO good
And now that things aren’t so crazy, I feel the…. drum roll… MOM GUILT sweeping in because of all the milestones I missed. I know Mom guilt is honestly the dumbest thing in the world because Moms are awesome and we all work so hard! But here I am feeling all the feels of the dumb Mom guilt. LIFE.
So I see that I have two options. One: I can feel bad for the “survival mode” stage and mope over the missed milestones.. or I can Two: look forward and soak up every new milestone that is to come. I’ll be honest.. I did option one for a quick second.. and now option two is rollin’ in hot! I am loving where we are at as a family and the twins and Knox are at such a fun age. I love the adventures we go on.. and let’s be real, a run to the grocery store is an adventure for us!I am living in the now. I am CHOOSING to live in the now.. and the Mom guilt’s got nothing on me
I have been focusing so much of my time on teaching my boys to be gentlemen. I feel such a responsibility to teach my kids how to be decent human beings before I send them off into this crazy world. Manners are huge to me. Being kind is huge to me. Being thoughtful and considerate and responsible… HUGE TO ME! And, so help me, I will try my absolute hardest to engrain these qualities in my sons.
I am so grateful for companies that help me along the way. Reading is one of my favorite things to do with Knox. And, don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for dragons and monsters and runaway leprechauns.. but I LOVE when we read books together that help teach him the things I’m working on with him everyday! Inspirational Nursery Rhymes does just that. Their books teach Knox such great manners and their rhymes are fun and entertaining for little growing babes! And ever since we started reading these books, Knox hasn’t missed a day of making his own bed!
My boys have been giving me a run for my money lately. Twins are no joke people! Everyone wants Mom.. But there is only so much of Mom to give. Sometimes I feel so worn out.. sooo exhausted.. and sooo tired. And this week we are all sick… Finally some warm weather and we haven’t been able to leave the house!! But IT IS ALL WORTH IT.
It really is. All the temper tantrums, screaming, pulling, scratching, diapers, broken glasses, holes in the walls (yes… Knox literally has already put 3 holes in our walls..). It is worth it. This stage of life is hard but it is something I know I will miss. I’m already finding myself looking back on when the twins were just itsy bitsy and I long for those sweet newborn babies…
Living in the moment is nearly impossible but I am doing my best because I don’t want to find myself missing out on when I was my kids number one!! They all want me and one day I know that will change.. their friends and girlfriends will one day trump Mom.. so right now I will take advantage of being their very best friend!
And even though we are praying for healthier happy days, I will soak up all the sicky snuggles I can
Photoshoot with Gathre
Photography by the amazing Becky Kimball
I have to remind myself that I am STILL a first time Mom. I am learning as I go. And Knox.. my sweet little Knox.. is my guinea pig. He is teaching / learning with me! It seems like the moment I feel like I’ve gotten it all together, a brand new stage of life presents itself and knocks me back off my high horse. Reminding me that I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I AM DOING. Anyone else feel like that?
Knox is going through this new phase where he will not go anywhere without me or Ryan. Not his primary class at church. Not the day care at the gym (which is making my goal to work out more this year really hard). Not anywhere. He will scream at the top of his lungs, crying, swinging his arms, and literally throw a complete fit. My first instinct was to just make him go. He’ll get over this phase. To force him. It is just such an inconvenience.. TO ME. I called my Mom in desperation (thank heavens for good moms) to ask her advice. She told me to be patient. That for some reason, big or small, Knox doesn’t feel safe. This is a big deal to him. It is scary and I should not force him. This totally made me think. I was being so selfish thinking that my sweet son’s fear was inconveniencing me. I took a step back and realized what was most important. HIM. His happiness is way more important then a work out at the gym. Obviously we will continue to work through these issues so he can feel safe and have a fun time when we are gone. It’s just figuring out how to do it. See! I really have no idea what I am doing. I’m learning as I go!
I love this little boy and am so glad that we get to experience this first time parent run through together. I love having him as my little side kick. My little boy version mini me. He bring so much joy into my life. He puts his sticky little hands on my cheeks and tells me I’m pretty. He is everything.
Ryan and I have been longing for a quick getaway.. without the kids. So when he surprised me with a trip to New York for Valentines Day I was so excited I almost cried! We had the funnest time with some of our closest friends and I got so much needed Ryan time! We got to do whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted.. We got to be selfish for a weekend and I promise it was sooo needed!
This was my first time to New York and I was such a tourist! There was so much to do and so much to see… and we walked literally 1000 miles and didn’t even scratch the surface. Guess we need to go back?
Here is our New York Getaway..
The first day is always filled with traveling.. It felt so odd having only a few bags for just Ryan and myself. Usually we have like ten pieces of luggage when we travel with the kids! And since we didn’t have the kids we thought we didn’t need to show up to the airport as early. Long story short.. we were dead wrong! We got to the airport 30 minutes before our flight and they almost didn’t let us check in! It was a crazy close call but we begged and pleaded and they finally pulled some strings to let us on our flight. NEVER doing that again!
We stayed at The Hudson Hotel by Central Park. I was in love with the hotel the second we walked in. There were vines covering the walls and exposed brick everywhere! I was obsessed! The only downfall was the rooms were literally peanut sized.. but it wasn’t a big deal because we didn’t spend much time in them anyways!
I can’t even start to tell you how amazing it felt to sleep in… Amazing! Once we woke up we grabbed a quick breakfast at a Cafe next to our hotel and then walked to the American Museum of Natural History. This is the Museum that is in the movie ‘Night at the Museum’. It seriously was incredible! A definite must see!
Then we rented bikes and rode them all around Central Park. This was by far one of my favorite parts of the trip. But it totally took me a minute to remember how to ride a bike! I almost crashed like ten times! But it was seriously so much fun. Central Park is huge and so beautiful!
We rode our bikes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you know me then you know I’m a huge ‘Gossip Girl’ fan. Like huge. Like I thought I was going to die when I finished the series! It was so much fun to sit on the Met Steps and eat lunch!
We then headed back to our hotel and got all ready to see Wicked on Broadway. I was completely speechless after the show. I honestly bawled because it was so incredible. Ryan even liked it and he is definitely not a Theater kind of guy! One of my favorite parts though is how Ryan kept calling Intermission.. Half time!! hahaha I love him.
We woke up early and got an Uber to take us to the Ferry. We road it to The Statue of Liberty. It was seriously so cool to see in real life. We walked around the island and took a million pictures.
After that we walked to One World (911 Memorial). It was breathtaking to see all the names of the lives that were taken engraved into the memorial.
Then we did a little shopping and ate at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. I 1000% recommend this! The food was not the greatest but ohhh the entertainment is unreal!
We walked to Levain Bakery and ate the most amazing cookies for breakfast. AMAZING. Then we shopped and shopped and shopped. It was good for the soul My friend Tory and I somehow got a personal shopper who took us back to these unbelievable dressing rooms with treats and drinks… It honestly felt like something straight out of a movie!
Then we spent the rest of day in Brooklyn and ate at Julianas Pizzaria.. AMAZING. And we ended the night almost dying on the subway! Haha
New York was like a completely different city when we woke up on our last day! It was sooo windy and absolutely bone chilling. We literally could only last outside for a few minutes before we had to go warm up in a store! The weather all week couldn’t have been more perfect though. It was just this last day that was a bit unbearable! But it was the perfect send off.
This was honestly the perfect trip. It gave me just enough time to regroup and have some me time. I don’t get that very often! We were so excited to get back to our little boys and to snuggle them almost do death!!! I think our next trip we will need to bring the little boogers! But until them I seriously am so happy to be home
Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. Thanks to my Dad. Every year a “secret admirer” would leave balloons and stuffed animals and boxes of chocolates on my front doors step. Too bad my cute Dad’s handwriting always gave him away and it always meant so much to me! I know that if he were still around there would be a porch full of presents for all my boys.
I’m so glad that I get to carry on my Dad’s traditions. I love having a day dedicated to showing others how much you love them. It’s a day to celebrate love! To a parent, a sibling, a spouse, child, or friend. Love is so powerful and it is the best part of life. I really do love this day.
We blew up about a million balloons to have the kids wake up to. I always wake up early so I can catch their faces on film… but today Knox decided to wake up earlier than he’s ever waken up before! So his presents, candy, and surprised face were all over by the time we woke up! The boys played in the balloons all day and it was so much fun to watch.
We had such a fun day playing together and telling each other how much we love one another. I hope everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day!
The hot topic at our house lately has been all things manners! I am determined to raise little gentlemen and have been really focussing on teaching Knox what that really means. So we planned a “date night” with our friend Hailey Devine’s little Lucy. Knox and I practiced over and over how he should act on his date… greet Lucy at the door with some flowers, hold her hand, pull out her chair, always give her the first treat I was so proud of Knox because he really treated Lucy so sweet. He was SUCH a gentleman! Their date consisted of apple slices, grilled cheese sandwiches, and ice cream.. and of course some dancing!! And… yes I am still dying over the cuteness of that night!
Party Supplies: Zurchers