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Palm Springs, Pregnancy, Video

Baby Moon in Palm Springs + a VIDEO

IMG_3022 We just got back from a much needed baby moon, or should I say, Jace moon ;)  Our last getaway, just the three of us. I wanted to go somewhere within driving distance and have had my eye on Palm Springs for quite some time now. We’ve always driven by the exits but have never been, so I thought it was a great roadtrip option. The Saguaro hotel consistently fills up my Instagram feed, so I was beyond convinced to give it a try. A little colorful for Rob’s taste, but still fun all the same. And their spa offered prenatal massages;) Once we got there, the pool was bumping with a DJ, but that didn’t scare us. Mr. Jace got his dance moves on and loved the attention from all the pool-goers. My favorite thing by the pool was the watermelon lemonade and the cheese quesadillas made to order — so fresh and cheesy! Our room was super comfy, with soft beds and lots of pillows. We had a great view of the pool, too. And we loved how many fun games and comfy seating they had scattered throughout, including ping pong, corn hole and bocci ball. It was just what we needed .. lots of pool time, snuggles in bed and food to eat!

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Pregnancy, Walker

A Surprise Baby Shower!

IMG_2958   This week I walked in to my Monthly Marketing Meeting to a big surprise. A baby shower! I really don’t do all that well with surprises, so when everything started to process in my pregnacy brain, I teared up. My team is made up of over 20 people and they all worked together to put this on. There was even an agenda for the meeting so I came thinking I was having to present on a couple topics. They had a big Chick-fil-a breakfast waiting for me, with sausage biscuits, hashbrowns and fruit .. cactus cupcakes, gift baskets, diapers galore (inlcuding an awesome diaper 4-wheeler!), and succulents every where. In case you haven’t heard, my theme for this baby is southwest and catci, so they definitely brought their A-game. We played a fun baby picture match game, which was a hoot! It was a blast trying to figure out who was was who! And some other fun baby shower games, that applied to both men and women. I was so taken back by how thoughtful everything was, and the entire hour and  a half was dedicated to eating and gifts and hanging out!  And now I feel a little more prepared for baby Walker. And things feel more real now, too, I guess, now that I actually have diapers, ha! I sure do love the team I work with, and feel so blessed to know them. Even my CEO stopped in for breakfast and to give me some advice. All around great morning!

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Giving Joy

February’s Gift for a Friend: A heart attack

IMG_2938I got my February gift out for a friend just in time for her Valentine’s Day weekend with her honey! I saw this thing online where you give someone a “heart attack” either with cookies or chocolate, but in my case, I just rolled my gifts into the theme. And I’m also a HUGE fan of Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Blind Dates with a book, so I copied that, too, and found her a love story that I think she’d really like (and maybe if she loves it, I’ll borrow it and read it, too!).  And I never realized how mouse-like my voice sounds, so please try to ignore it! It’s so annoying! Hopefully this inspires you to do something special next year around this time for someone you care about!

Cher Joy, Date Night

Oh heyyyy Sunday!

Hola friends. February is in full swing in these parts. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous lately. Temps have been heavenly. One morning when I was up early for a dental cleaning it even smelled like California out! I even took Jace out for a little hike/run around Papago Park yesterday. We’re slowly trying to get things in order before the next one, including school and house to-dos, finances and the nursery details. The count down is officially here. Only 7 more weeks to go! Holy moly. I already feel huge, but I know I’m only going to get bigger.  And this morning I’m craving some french toast, so I’m going to go wake up my boys so we can go out for breakfast! He.he. Here’s what brought me joy this last week:

1. Making pineapple shaped cookies for Jace’s friends at daycare. I’ve had this cookie cutter for quite some time, so I was excited to finally use it to celebreate our little pineapple for his birthday. And it was sort of relaxing cutting and icing them while the boys watched the Superbowl. And I can’t lie, pretty tasty ..!

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2. Jace’s 3-year (3!!!) wellness appointment. Still can’t believe he’s THREE. It only took 2 suckers to get him through it but he was so cute. We got a big smile out of him when the Doctor wanted to touch his arm muscles ;) Like father like son. And his blonde locks are killing me. He’s my total surfer hippy boy and I love it.

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3. An early Valentine’s Day dinner with Rob. We didn’t want to do anything on a week night, and had a gift card so we treated ourselves to Maestro’s. And oh was it worth it. The lobster mash, the brussel sprouts, the filet. So good! Thanks Grandma Teri and Auntie Tay!

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4. Our tomatoes are finally starting to turn red and they’re delicious!! Rob is definitely more excited than me though, since these were sort of his baby from the beginning. He eats tomatoes like apples. And I think some of the compost I used is sprouting little cherry-sized tomatoes, too. I see a lot of BLTs in our future!

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Jace

Jace’s Jungle Birthday Party

jungle-party-ideasOur little man is 3! THREE!!! Man, has time flown by. Right now he is obsessed with lions and baseball, so that’s pretty much what we focused his birthday party around:) I had a hard time finding jungle/zoo decorations, so I improvised with animal balloons, a hand-made sign, leis, and some grassy frill. Gift bags for the kids consisted of mini monkeys in a barrel, animal print sunglasses (can’t resist cute shades for kids!) and mini jungle animals. It was a small get together with family and a couple friends. The weather was beautiful. Just an all around awesome day of playing baseball out back, opening gifts and stuffing our faces with chocolate cake!

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