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Hey lovelies, welcome to SDB! I'm Natasha. I am a walking, talking mombie fueled by coffee. I am obsessed with shoes, all things glittery and/or sparkly, and I have an owl obsession. We talk about everything from motherhood, lifestyle, and all things inbetween. I am a mom of three kids and we reside in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for tagging along! Now lets sit back and sip on a cup of coffee in the AM or wine in the PM and lets relax.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

I love everything about fall. From the crisp cool air that kisses ones cheek whenever the wind blows to that sweet aroma that fills ones nostrils with each inhale of breath. I love watching the colorful leaves drift down from the treetops up above and slowly flutter down to the ground and find a final resting place below. There is something both comforting and welcoming about the changing of seasons and autumn is my favorite season.

I always look the most forward to photographing my children playing in the leaves. When we go on walks we often search for acorns on the street or look for the prettitiest and most colorful leaf on the ground. We bake cookies and drink warm apple cider together and brainstorm on what cool costume they want to wear on Halloween night. This year my boys will be Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Cat in the Hat. Little sister will be a lady bug.

My all time favorite fall activity is going to the pumpkin patch. Growing up as a child my siblings and I never had the luxury of going to the pumpkin patch and I promised myself that when I became a parent that I would start this tradition with my children. Family traditions are essential and creating great  memories for Amari, Talan, and Aurora is crucial and most important.

We finally were able to make a visit to the Vancouver Pumpkin Patch this past Friday (my 29th birthday). It was chilly and of course rainy here but that didn't stop us from trumpin' through the muddy patch in search for the perfect pumpkins. Amari was not a fan of the mud and complained and squealed a lot whenever he slipped in the mud and got a little dirty. Talan could careless about the icky mud caked on his jeans and boots. He had a blast running amuck through the field and kicked decayed pumpkins as he went. It was an epic journey finding three pumpkins for the kids but in the end we found them. We even went on a hay ride which the boys thought was the coolest thing in the world. Talan and I went into the "haunted" hay maze together and he  didn't show a single ounce of fear as we navigated our way through it. He is my adventurous child and loves being outside exploring the world. He would have gone in the maze again and again if we would have let him. Amari wanted nothing to do with the maze no matter how hard I tried to persuade him to join us. He is my strong willed child. 

We had a grand ol' time at the pumpkin patch even though I didn't get a chance to take as many photos as I wanted due to the heavy rain and storm passing through the Couve that day. Its hard to imagine that this time next year all my babies will be running wild through the patch in search of the perfect orange sphere to bring home with us and "carve" (even though I am the one who does ALL the carving in our house!).

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Aurora: One Month Old

I can't believe that it has been a month since our sweet Aurora was born. From day one she has been nothing but a precious little gift and we have enjoyed getting to know her sweet personality. Like both her older brothers at this age, she is one sweet little girl. She also is a very sleepy baby but when she is awake she is very alert and content.  

- Aurora hates diaper changes and screams like a banshee every time she gets changed. She has yet to realize that clean diapers are a good thing.

- She is a gas producing machine and belches and toots like a grown man.

- She isn't a fan of baths. 

- She is a breastfeed baby only and was a pro at nursing by her second week of life. She is a quick and efficient eater which is a nice change seeing as her two brothers took their dear sweet time when they were nursing. 

- She self soothes when she is fussy by sucking on her fingers or her binkie. 

- She has pretty good head control and is a strong baby. She seems to enjoy tummy time when lying against our chests and she will lift her head to look into our faces. She can hold her head up for about a minute or so. 

- To her big brother Amari, she is known as Pretty Girl or Rora. Talan refers to her as "my baby." 

- Aurora also doesn't seem to mind being poked in the face, kissed every five seconds, or receive the random hair tug here and there from her curious little big brother Talan. She is going to be one tough little cookie when she is older. 

- She loves her bouncer and often naps in it during the day. 

- She enjoys car rides and going for walks in the double stroller. She just hates being strapped into her car seat. 

- And in the past few days she has started smiling more, cooing, and having more wakeful periods throughout the day. 

I am looking forward to watching our sweet little princess grow and help mold her into an amazing little lady. We adore her so much and she has completed our family. Happy One Month sweet Aurora! 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Introducing Little Miss

Please forgive my month long hiatus. I have been adjusting to life with two crazy kiddos and this sweet precious little girl. Her two brothers, father, and I have been enjoying our time getting to know this little lady. She truly is a gem. We are enjoying loving on her. 

Aurora Rose 
Born at 9:06 am on Saturday, September 20, 2014 
7 pounds, 8 ounces 
19 3/4 inches