Monday, August 31, 2015

Wardrobe Malfunction


Lady kitten is looking so beautiful these days and I had to snap a photo of her in a swimsuit because she's just so dang delicious in spandex.  But don't look too closely, J is having a wardrobe malfunction.  Perhaps it's time to size up on the baby swimwear?  

Sunday, August 30, 2015

I cannot even.


You guys, neither one of them slows down.  Ever.  And they both fell asleep on a slow Sunday afternoon with the company of a good book.  Filed under: Moments I never wish to forget.  Also, #theswimsuit

Monday, August 3, 2015

Destin 2015

Amazingly enough, Chris and I have never done a family vacation with just our immediate family.  Our trips usually include another family or Chris' parents.  After such a full and eventful Spring, we were looking for a way to relax and celebrate the year's accomplishments.  Chris' family traveled to Destin as an annual trip when the boys were in middle and high school and the memories and stories (oh, the stories) were enough to help us take the plunge and book a trip to Destin for our own family.
We stayed on the San Destin resort and the beach was perfectly manicured and combed and left all of our feet as soft as a baby's bottom.  The Florida water was perfectly blue and we had clear skies and sun the entire trip.

While bringing your three dependent children to the beach is a bit of work, it was totally worth the trouble, sweat and extra energy to hear the sound of the surf and watch your children marvel in the beauty and wonder that is the ocean.  We spent our mornings at the beach, a little time resting and napping in our condo in the afternoon followed by some pool swimming and then out to eat each night.

To save money (and calories) we cooked breakfast in room and packed PB & J everyday for the beach (Bennett's dream come true).  In the morning, Chris or I would take our chairs and umbrella out to the beach and stake claim on a spot.  By the time we would get the troops sunscreened up and out there (8:00 AM most days) the beach was already filling up.  Destin in July is a busy time, but the crowds weren't too bothersome.  The traffic at dinner time... well, that is a different story.

 Egg sammies every morning.




 This kid and her water fascination.  She was in heaven all week.



 Bennett was a little irritated with the mess of the sand but once he got over the fact that it was everywhere he was able to enjoy moving it (with the help of his dump truck) all over our beach area.

 Julia in the ocean!  She loved the water and underneath the water was kicking up a storm.



 Nap time Cheese Its and lounging for the boss.










"C-rull," or cereal, is Bennett's first love.



 Her first glimpse of the beach!
 Za on the beach.  Delicious, minus the sand.



 Our room view.  We were a three minute walk to the water.  Perfect for a quick escape with the little ones.
 Checked out a little Destin restaurant, Chipotle.  Ever heard of it?



 Beachin' will wear one out.



 Here Baby, sleep on the towel over here.

 That time Sonic blew Lakin's mind.
 A naked Julia after one of her famous blow outs.
 A hereditary rite of passage?  Lakin stuck in a bike rack.  Flash backs to her dad and uncle getting limbs stuck in railings as well.
 We went to the library and checked out books to read in the car, those books snuck their way onto the beach one day.  I can't blame her, oceanside is my favorite way to read too.


We're counting this trip as a success!  We can't wait to begin making travel a tradition for our little family just like it was for Chris' growing up.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Julia {six months}

Happy half birthday to our smiley little girl.



I' m gearing up to begin feeding Julia some solids.  It's time, as evidenced in these photos:



Girlfriend wants a burger.  Kay?

This time around I'm attempting Baby Led Weaning.  Apparently it is a more effective method for baby... but I'm not going to lie, it's sort of feels like the lazy parent's guide to letting your kid figure out food on their own.  But if something seems to simplify a task that falls at the bottom of my "least desirable ways I like to spend an hour" list I'm interested.

In her sixth month Julia enjoyed a week at the beach and the comforts of her own room and crib.  She's an active one, rarely sitting still when being held.  She can scoot around the blanket and crib on her back and has figured out how to flip from tummy to back, but not how to make a complete circle roll.


Speaking of rolls, she's got them.  I'm taking her for her well child this week and we'll see how much she weighs but she's definitely helping me firm up my arm muscles when I hold her.


Those wrist rolls are really something, aren't they?

Jules is falling into a more predictable routine.  She likes to take three naps a day (who doesn't?) and it is pretty predictable when she'll want to eat and when she wants to get in her bed.  She's becoming more and more verbal and giggles with her full belly.



Julia's regular haunts include: the high chair, her play mat, a jumper contraption and the ergo.  Her day is spend moving from one stationary place to another.