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
Winter blues is a REAL thing.. I am having the hardest time waiting for Spring! Anyone else with me?
This last weekend we got to stay at our friends amazing cabin in Park City. It was SO good for the soul. A quick trip was just what we needed to get through the next few weeks of winter.
I love my boys so unbelievably much and when we get away I get to spend all my time with them. There truly is nothing better!
Ever since the twins were born I feel like all the attention has been on them.. Knox is definitely our little golden boy but he has had to take a back seat for a while, since all hands have been needed to take care of the twins.
So last night we decided to ditch the babies and focused all of our attention on Knox! He was in heaven having Ryan and I give all of our love to him and spoil him like crazy. We kept chanting “PARTY TIME WITH KNOX.. PARTY TIME WITH KNOX!” and he felt so special.
We went to the Jazz game and even though we spent most of the game out in the halls getting cotton candy, and pizza, and Swig (this kid is for sure a foodie like his mama!)… It was a night to remember! I loved spending one on one time with my favorite little dude!
shirt – Urban Outfitters
pants – Zara
shoes – Nike
My favorite part about blogging is learning about amazing new companies that help make the world a little better. Right now we are totally crushing on Dulo Supply Co. for so many reasons! They create minimal, stylish products that you all will absolutely love. Not only do they have awesome products but they also have a great message to help raise awareness for depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders. SO COOL.
Their first product is this awesome wallet. First off, I’m obsessed with the design and the look, but also I’m amazed at the quality. I promise you will all love it as much as we do! We are so anxious to see what Dulo Supply Co. will come out with next! Be sure to go support them as they will be launching their Indiegogo Campaign February 1st! Subscribe to their newsletter and follow them on their Instagram to be kept in the loop!
We also have such a great Giveaway going on with them right now! And there will be three winners!!
1st place will win this awesome speaker (worth $129.00).
2nd place will win $100 to Target.
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Seriously it’s a huge giveaway so head on over to my Instagram to enter! But as always if you sign up for our email list you will be given an extra entry So maybe go do that first!
I don’t know how I always let it get to this… Every time I catch up on my laundry I tell myself I’m never going to let it get that bad ever again.. and then here I am… once again… with mountains of laundry to fold! I would blame it on the kids because they really do all they can to run right through my piles of folded clothes, but I have to admit I was like this before they were even here!
I admit.. I get really frustrated sometimes though. Trying to keep up with these kinds of things and then the kids just make a mess of it all… but today I reminded myself that I was in no hurry.. no where to go and nothing to do but be here in the moment. It felt so good to have a clothes war with Knox and barry the babes. Sometimes it’s good to just let go and let things be the way they are. And today was a good day all because of our mountains of laundry