Top Ten of Fifteen

I can not believe that the year is coming to a close. I know I say this every year, but this year went by really quick. So many wonderful things happened this year and it truly was a great year. Here are some of our top tens for 2015:

1. Amari turned five in February.  

2. Trevor and I celebrated our four year wedding anniversary in June. We also celebrated six years together in March.

3. In July we bought our new car! We traded in Beast Mode for a Ford Flex with a third row. It's beautiful and we absolutely love it! Car shopping was an ordeal and every vehicle we wanted had something wrong with it. I think it was the Lord watching out for us and he answered one of our prayers by finding a car that was in our budget but most importantly roomie. 

4. In August Amari started his schools three week Jump Start program. It served him wonders! I'm so happy we signed him up for it. He really benefited from it.

5. In September Amari started kindergarten. I never finished writing about his first day of school but think I might sometime in January. It's half finished. I might as well.

6. Aurora turned one in September. She had a nice birthday bash and surprised mommy and daddy by walking the day of her birthday! It was a great birthday gift to herself. Two weeks later she was running! 

7. I attended my first parent/teacher conference in October with Amari. He is doing great, just needs to focus more and stay on task.

8. I turned 30 in October. I'm still in denial about it. 

9. Talan turned three in November. 

10. We paid off two huge medical bills this month! It feels great to windle down debt. For 2016 we hope to pay off the last two medical bills and a credit card bill so we can start saving to buy a house. 

2015 has been good to us but I am eager to see what 2016 brings our way. Happy New Years Eve everybody!




Chocolate Dipped Chewy Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

One of my favorite holiday cookies to make are sugar cookies. Three years ago when my second son was a wee little newborn we didn't have a lot of money to go out and buy gifts for every single family member. I started looking through Pinterest and online for easy cookie recipes so that I could make edible gifts for our loved ones. I ended up finding lots and lots of yummy cookie recipes but ended up giving my Grandma a call instead for her chewy sugar cookie recipe. She made them a lot for us growing up and they are so yummy! 

I ended up adding crushed peppermint candy canes and dipped them in chocolate. They are amazing! I make them every year now. Their is something about that chocolate and peppermint combo that goes perfect together. 

Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe - 

Ingredients: 

2 3/4 cups flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt 
1 1/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
1/2 cup crushed candy canes (about 7)
1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap candy canes (about seven) and toss into a food processor or blender; set aside. 

2. In a bowl stir together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla extract.

4. Gradually stir in dry ingredients and crushed candy canes until it's just blended. 

5. Roll dough into walnut sized balls and flatten slightly with a fork or your palm. Place on greased cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 8-11 minutes until edges are a light golden brown. Let cool. 

7. While cookies cool prep the chocolate. In a microwave safe bowl melt half a bag of chocolate chips for 1 minute. Stir until chocolate is smooth and creamy. 

8. Dip half the cookie in the chocolate mixture and place on parchment paper. Add crushed candy canes or sprinkles for decoration. Repeat until all cookies are done and let sit until chocolate hardens.

These cookies are the bomb-dot-com. They are soft, chewy, sweet and chocolatey! I promise you will love them. Enjoy! 


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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Kids

Out of all the Christmas traditions that we have as a family I would say that stockings are my absolute favorite thing. There is something fun about walking into the room on Christmas morning and seeing all the stockings hanging from the fireplace and packed full of goodies.

As a child our Great Grandmother would fill our stockings with all sorts of candy, socks, and underwear. Yes she was that lady. After she passed away and we moved in with our guardian Neil he would fill our stockings with all sorts of things like Starbucks gift cards, nail polish and lipgloss for my little sister and I, fun Christmas socks, DVD's, and other goodies. 

Now that I am a mother of three under the age of five it gets a bit tricky with filling stockings. I like to limit the candy intake as much as possible and fill it with things my kids need but actually like. I have put together some ideas to help those who might need some stocking stuffer ideas for the kids. I based them off my three but you can switch things up depending on the gender of your littles and their age. Here are some of the items that I have picked out.

For the baby or toddler girl in your life:

1. Socks 
2. Pacifiers 
3. Bibs
4. Teething toys 
5. Books 
6. Shampoo and body wash
7. Toothbrush and toothpaste 
8. Boogie Wipes 
7. Moccasins - Sweet N Swag or The Little Doe Baby 
8. Winter Hat and gloves
9. Yogurt Bites
10. Puffs
11. Gerber pouches 
12. Headbands - ThinkPink Bows and Aurora Rose Designs 
13. Hair clips 
14. Brush and/or comb 
15. Sippy Cup
16. Wash clothes 
17. Small Stuffed Animal or doll
18. Sock slippers 
19. Nightie or Pajamas 
20. Onesies 
21. Small Toys 
22. Face Wipes 
23. Detangler Spray
24. Baby Leg Warmers 

For the toddler boy in your life: 

1. Bath Books
2. Bath toys 
3. Socks 
4. Underwear
5. Hot Wheels 
6. Legos 
7. Glow Sticks
8. Crayons 
9. Stickers 
10. T-shirt 
11. Pajamas 
12. Play Dough 
13. Stacking Cups
14. Puzzles
15. Small Superhero Stuffies 
16. Trains or cars
17. Gerber Applesauce Pouches 
18. Clementines 
19. Banana 
20. Bath Crayons 
21. Body Wash
22. Shampoo 
23. Toothbrush 
24. Toothpaste 
25. Gold Fish Crackers 
26. Bubbles
27. Chalk 
28. Movies (Big Lots sales $5 Thomas the Train and Bob the Builder DVD's)
29. Moccasin's or slippers 
30. Matching Cards from Target or Dollar Tree
31. Stickers

For the school-aged boy in your life:

1. Socks
2. Underwear
3. Hot Wheels 
4. Legos 
5. Hex Bugs found only at Target
6. Superheroe Action Figures 
7. Bubbles
8. Toothbrush 
9. Toothpaste 
10. Bath Wash 
11. Shampoo 
12. Chapstick 
13. Puzzles (25 to 48 piece puzzles from the Dollar Tree) 
14. Pencils
15. Crayons 
16. Stickers
17. Movies (Big Lots has Barney, Thomas the Train, and Bob the Builder for $5)
18. Glow Sticks 
19. Fun Erasers 
20. Hand Sanitizer 
21. Baseball
22. Gloves 
23. Winter Hat 
24. Gold Fish Crackers
25. Tree Top Applesauce Pouches
26. Clementines 
27. Banana
28. Sight Words Cards from Target or Dollar Tree
29. Colored Pencils 
30. Markers 
31. Play Dough 

I hope these stocking stuffer ideas are helpful. I am pretty sure I forgot some things but these are some of the things my kids love to get in their stockings each year. I don't get them every single item on the list but I do like to have variety. Enjoy your Christmas shopping. There are 8 more days until Christmas! 

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Aurora Rose: Her Birth Story

It's been over a year since our sweeties birth and I am just now getting around to sharing it. I know that I will not be able to account for every single detail like what operating room I was assigned to for my C-section our even the room we stayed in afterwards or the names of our nurses but I do remember the events leading up to her birth, during, and those first few moments I got to meet her. 

My surgery was scheduled for 8:00 am on Saturday, September 20th. We arrived at the hospital at 6:00 am. The boys stayed the night at the hotel with their grandparents and I spent most of the night eating and drinking water until 11:59 pm that is and getting up to pee every other hour until five o'clock that morning. I think I managed to get about three hours of sleep in total. The lack of sleep and anxiety are a very lethal combo when your in your third trimester and about to get cut open for the third time. I was so nervous... You would think I would be a pro by now seeing as it was my third time having major abdominal surgery and I knew what to expect this time around but in all honesty, no one is every really prepared for that.

We sat in our room for what seemed like an eternity just watching the news in silence while the nurses hooked me up to my fluids. Thankfully this time around I didn't get poked a thousand times in my hands like I did when having Talan. That sucked so badly and it hurt!

I remember sitting and just staring at the clock, watching the minute hand move. Time was going so slowly and I swear the minute hand kept going backwards.

When the nurse returned at 7:45 I was both giddy with excitement and nervous as hell. I waddled down the corridor with the nurse and Trev into the operating room. It was freezing and they made me take my awesome owl socks off. The worst part was getting my spinal done. It felt like forever and the sound of it entering into my spine is a sound I hope I don't hear anytime soon. It's a very odd crunching sound as it enters your vertebrae and you can feel the medicine shooting up your back. It's warm and  it works instantly. It started working and I laid back on the gurney before I was numb from my armpits down to my toes. I don't know how long I laid there. It felt like forever. My toes were cold and the medication that they gave me was starting to make me sick. It always makes me sick. I remember shaking uncontrollably and my anestiologiost gave me a warm towel to try an warm me up. 

My vision was blocked by the ugly blue curtain and all I could do was pray to the Lord for no complications and a healthy baby. I lost track of time, fighting the urge to throw up and to fall asleep. It took all of my willpower. Eventually Trevor was at my side. I can't even recall our conversation now... It was probably silly seeing as I was loopy from the medication. He talked, I mumbled a lot, and tried to breath without purging my insides out when I started to feel a lot of tugging and pulling. The thought of someone playing with my insides creeps me out. I tried to think of anything else but I got a little uneasy during this entire process.

My doctor told me I was going to fill lots and lots of pressure and to try to relax. I remember squeezing Trevor's hand tight and closing my eyes. I didn't feel too much discomfort as he pulled Aurora out. I held my breath, waiting to hear her cry. Dr. Rice held her up so I could see her. She was tiny and handed her off to the nurse. Trevor left my side to take photos of her and I was able to see her while they cleaned her up and tended to her. She was just in my line of vision and I just stared off into space and waited for her to cry. After a few seconds she did. I sighed with relief. There is nothing like hearing the sound of your baby's first cry. I teared up a little bit I'm not going to lie. I stroked her cheek and kissed her head when I finally got to meet her. The sound of my voice soothed her instantly. She was tiny and so sweet and I couldn't wait to be more coherent and hold her properly. 


I gazed at my little beauty, taking in her features. Like both of her brothers she had a full head of ebony hair, her dad's chin, and her mommy's nose. She looked a lot like my oldest son did as a newborn. The only difference was the dimple on her right cheek and the light red Angel kiss inbetween her eyebrows. She was pure perfection and I was instantly in love with my baby.  

I got to hold her while they wheeled us from the O.R. to the recovery room. She was so tiny and I couldn't take my eyes off her. She was just the sweetest little thing. It's crazy to think that we waited in recovery for over three hours. Time is a crazy thing because I look back and try to remember every detail and it only felt like minutes instead of hours. I do remember her first feeding. She caught on a lot faster than her brothers ever did at nursing and she had no issues at all. Aurora was a very smart little girl from the beginning. 

Today my sweet princess is 15 months old. I love being a mother to a daughter. It is so different than being a mom to boys. She still is as sweet as sugar but has her crazy moments. Sweetheart has a temper and can give her brothers a run for their money. She is one tough little cookie. The Lord has blessed our family and completed it. I couldn't ask for anything more. 


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Aurora: 10 Months

Time is just going bye so quickly lately. I cannot believe that in two months my sweet baby girl will be one years old. She is growing so fast and getting bigger as each day goes bye. I find myself looking at photos and seeing how much she has changed in the past nine months. Its amazing! I do miss snuggling my itty-bitty girl but enjoy my little adventurous lady. She loves to explore now that she is mobile and she is starting to try and pull herself up onto things. She still rolls around the living room like a crazy person on a mission and her newest thing is laying on her back and kicking her feet down as hard as possible. She loves the "thud" sound it makes. She is so silly and so sweet. I am enjoying being a mom to a girl. They are so much different than boys. Here is what's new our little lady:

- She pulls herself up on objects like the sofa or people and she is starting to walk will holding on to objects.

- She has figured out how to rock back and forth on her knees. Pretty soon she will be a speedy little crawler.

- Her favorite toy to play with right now is a mini version of Belt from The Croods. She is really into playing with her brothers things.

- She has six teeth (four on top and two on the bottom)!

- She is very smiley, except for when I try and take her picture.

- She loves the sound of her own voice. She is a little babbler and she even sings.

- When she sits on the floor, she kicks her feet nonstop. I can tell she's going to be hyperactive when she's older.

- Rora finally eats a jar of baby food at each sitting. She loves her fruits and sweet potatoes.

- She enjoys following mom around the house.

- She loves playing the drop game. She thinks its hilarious.

- Her chubby little thighs are starting to go away now that she is learning to stand and walk around objects. Every day she gets one step closer to walking and I don't like it.

- Her hair is coming in blond. She's my little Goldie Locks. 

- She also is obsessed with the vacuum. She will chase it around the house while we clean. She also loves to turn it on for me.

- Clickers and phones make great teething toys in her mind.

- Oh! She talks in her sleep...

- She also likes to rock herself back-and-forth against the wall. She likes it, even when she bumps her head against it on accident. 

- She plays peak-a-boo with pretty much anyone. 

- She is a major flirt too. 

- She loves sucking on her toes. 

- She waves. 

- She can say mama, dada, ba-ba, and nom-nom's. She also says her name. 

- Rora is also is learning to feed herself. She tried olives the other day and was kind of grossed out by them. She loves banana's (I swear all babies do!). 

I can't seem to think of anything else at the moment but will add it to next months update. I still cannot believe how fast the past year has gone. My sweet Aurora will be a big girl soon but I am going to try and enjoy the last two months of her babyness before she becomes a full fledged toddler. Happy 10 months Princess! We love you baby girl.  


My Top Five Kids Consignments - PDX and Vancouver

This post has been updated as of 2/14/2018. 

Some of the shops changed their name. So the list needed to be updated. 

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If you are like me, you're always trying to find ways to stick to a budget when it comes to clothing your children. There are times when buying brand new clothes can get pricey depending upon where you shop at. I allot each one of my three little humans with a monthly budget for either new shoes or clothes depending on their needs. They grow nonstop and need new clothes and shoes pretty much every other day but I want to get the best bang for my buck so I started shopping at local consignment stores in my area.

Before having children I would have never thought, let alone dream of shopping at one. I grew up living in generational poverty which meant all of my clothes from the time I was little up until I got my very first job at the age fourteen were thrift store goodies. I learned to be frugal but also learned the art of looking thoroughly at used clothing from thrift shops. You can say I am pretty good at poppin' tags. It's a skill that comes in handy every time I shop for used clothes for my son's and daughter.

I have put together a list of my top five consignment shops in the Portland Metro area and in the Couv for those who are interested in checking them out. There are a lot of great shops in the area but these five are  the ones I frequent the most and have found amazing deals and items.

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1. Once Upon A Child || Vancouver, WA

I love this consignment so much. Hands down it is the best one in Vancouver in my opinion. If you have clothes that no longer fit your little one(s) and are in good condition  (no holes or stains) they will pay you cash for your clothes. I have taken boxes of clothes there to trade in. The staff is great and it is neatly organized by gender and age (preemie to age eight). They also have a book and toy section as well as a play area for the kids so mom can shop without being bombarded by little kids. I first stumbled upon Once Upon A Child by accident two years ago. I just happened to be driving by and stopped  to check it out. I instantly fell in love. I have purchased gently used items and have also scored brand new items with the tags still on them. There is nothing better than getting new items for half the price.

2.  Beanstalk Children's Resale Clothing || Portland, OR

The Beanstalk is wonderful. I have never sold to this shop but have found some goodies for my daughter here while on my lunch breaks. I have purchased her some darling little dresses, all of her swimsuits as well as a brand new Bumbo in a box for $19! Score for this frugal mom. The staff here at the Beanstalk are very friendly and helpful. I always feel welcomed here. They also sell local items like amber teething necklaces, tutu's, and hairclips.

3. Baby Goods (formally known as Other Mother's) || Gresham, OR

I have been here twice and have found some great items for my daughter and my toddler boy. They also sell maternity clothes for expecting mothers. They have some brand new items and gently used items in great condition. My last Baby Good's hull was a pair of new magenta leggings, a sweater, and a shirt for $7. They also will buy items from you. I'm not sure if it's cash back or store credit only though seeing as I have never sold to them before. Baby Good's is pretty deep in Gresham but definitely worth the drive. You can find some great deals and cute clothes for your kids here. I highly recommend visiting this consignment.

4. Tiny Hiny's || Vancouver, WA

The name of this consignment is just the cutest! I love, love, love this place. It's absolutely darling and the woman who owns it is the sweetest lady. I stumbled upon this shop by accident last spring. It was a few weeks after we found out we we were going to have a girl. I had a box of my youngest son's baby clothes and took it inside to see if she would take any items. While inside I found some great items for my daughter here and they have some great sales. I highly recommend checking this consignment out. It's great and super cute inside!

5. Denim and Frills || Vancouver, WA

I have been here a handful of times and have found some great little outfits for the kids. They have two locations, Hazel Dell and East Vancouver. I usually go to the one in East Vancouver because it's closer to my house. It's a cute little shop, organized neatly, and they have some great things. I found new outfits for my daughter and shoes for my son. They also sale toys, baby gear, and local items like letters and tutu's.

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I hope this mini review is helpful to those  of you living in the Portland and Vancouver area's. If you shop at consignment shop that is not on the list, I would love to check them out. Leave me a comment or email me at simplydurantblog@yahoo.com with the name of your favorite shops and I will happily check them out and expand this list.

Aurora: 8 Months

Aurora turned 8 months old two Tuesday's ago and I am just now getting around to updating. She is such a joy. I adore her sweet little self, especially her chubby cheekies and baby rolls! She is so funny and she is always smiling and laughing. She has everybody in our house wrapped around her little finger and she knows it. Here is what has been happening with out little lady in the past few months:

- We have a CRAWLER! Yes, my little sweetheart is mobile. She gets into everything.

- She has four teeth. Two on top and two on the bottom. She's cutting more teeth too. And she bites!

- Rora just got a new toy. She seems to enjoy her new walker. Daddy picked it out for her.

- She loves playing with big brother's Hot Wheels and Mega blocks.

- Personality-wise, she is very gentle natured, amuses her self, is happy all the time, and just so stinking sweet. I'm not just saying that because I'm biased and she's mine.

- She self feeds herself Puffs. It's rather amusing to watch. She has horrible hand-eye coordination.

- She thinks it's funny to blow raspberries during meals and spit food on Daddy. She does this with carrots mostly. She is not a fan of them anymore.

- Bath time she gets to kick her feet like a mad woman and she LOVES IT! She throws a fit when we take her out of the bath.

- In the past week she let's Mommy put her hair in a ponytail. Daddy tries but it's a struggle.

- She loves rolling around continuously while squealing as loud as she can.

- She likes walks. Still hates her car seat and no longer wants to chill in her bouncer.

- She also sleeps in her own bed now. No more co-sleeping at night. Girl is a bed hog!

- Girl loves her veggies! She refuses to eat meat and I don't blame her. Pureed meats smell disgusting and probably taste even worse than they smell.

- She likes to watch TV. We try our best to distract her so big brother's can watch their shows in the morning.

- Aurora looks a lot like my Grandma. They have the same dimple and facial structure. It's the cheeks. ;) The only difference is their hair and eye color.

- She sucks on her left hand mostly. I'm thinking she will be my left hander.

- She also has Happy Feet like her big brother Amari. Girl kicks her piggies nonstop. I can already tell she is going to be hyperactive.

- She can say Mama, Dada, hi, and baba now.

- And for the past three nights she has been sleeping through the night. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that this trend sticks. 

The past eight months have been a blast getting to know Aurora. She really is a sweetheart and so different from her two big brothers. She is so funny and her laugh is precious. She also loves to sing and babble. In for months she will be one... I wish time would slow down. Happy eight months Princess Aurora!


T-ball Season

T-ball is almost over. Amari is loving it. He is enjoying being on the yellow team, also known as team Minions. It has been fun watching him learn how to play the game. His swing has vastly improved over the last four weeks. He has some power behind his swing now and ended up hitting a line drive up the middle on Saturday and a hard groundball that went through the infield. He has even fielded the ball cleaning and uses his body when he needs too. We just need to teach him a good fielding stance and to always throw to first base. Sure we are constantly yelling at him to stop kicking and throwing dirt 98% of the time but everyone on his team is doing it. Mari does have the best arm on the team and is often at third or shortstop. He doesn't like playing catcher but looks so stinking cute in catchers gear!

He has two games left in the season and we can't wait tell he is old enough to play pitch-hit next season. This year he was five months too young to play but he will be playing next season. This summer we plan on working on fundementals and basic rules of the game. He also needs to work on his hustle both on and off the field. Amari is a natural when it comes to playing ball. He has been throwing since he was eight months old and his arms amazes lots of people. He is finally at that age where he can do extracurricular activities and it is exciting.

Aurora: 6 Months

Aurora gets sweeter and more precious as each day goes bye. She smiles a lot and coo's nonstop. She is very sweet and gentle natured. 

- She loves to do tummy time now and play on her ocean themed floor mat.

- Her smile is so lovely. She wakes up smiling.

- She has also started teething...

- She has started wearing 6-9 months clothes but still doesn't fit into her shoes with the exception of her mocs from Kensington Lane and Tiny Shoes Boutique.

- Her pretty dark hair is falling out. Girl has a little mohawk going on.  :(

- Sweet girl still hates her carseat. She last about 30 minutes in it and than the diva comes out.

- Yes, Aurora is a diva! Don't let her sweet smile fool you.

- She whines... 

- She sucks on her thumb and her piggies! 

- She loves to make raspberries and smack her lips. 

- She is learning to give slobbery kisses. 

- She can roll from her back to tummy. Tummy to back. And around the living room. My baby is almost mobile! 

- She can pivot on her tummy and move about to get toys. Soon she will be crawling. 

- She can sit up by herself until she reaches for her piggies. She face plants when she does that.

- Aurora now weighs 17 pounds and is 25 inches. 

- She can feed herself with her bottle. She figured that out around 4 and a half months. 

- She loves rice cereal. She has tried green beans and is not a fan. We tend to introduce our babies to vegetables first. Bland foods before fruits. 

- She still loves sitting in her bouncer. She also enjoys her Bumbo. 

- Little Miss enjoys touching peoples faces. If she touches your face it means she likes you. 

- She likes reading her Princess books and playing with her brothers toys. 

- She finally enjoys bath time. Her favorite part of the bath time is getting her massage after.

We are enjoying getting to know this darling little girl. She is the sweetest little thing and she is so happy. We treasure our little princess and are eager to see what the next six months bring us. Happy 6 months Aurora Rose! 



What's Going on with Mr T - Winter 2015

Talan is hilarious. I wish I could sum him up in one word but it wouldn't do his personality any justice. Little dude is one vibrant spirit with lots of sweetness and a dash of attitude thrown into the mix. He is funny and he knows it even though his language development is four months delayed it doesn't stop him from doing silly things. Here are a few of his Talanisms:

- He is obsessed with his boots. He wants to wear them all day, every day even though they are two sizes too big. He rocks those boots like a champ and throws a fit when we suggest he wears his sneaks.

- He loves Thomas the Train. We watch a lot of Thomas in our crib.

- He has learned some new words: table, chair, nose, eyes, mouth, butt, hair, head, boots, milk, juice, T.V., Gru, and many other words.

- Talan is a FLIRT! He flirts with any pretty girl he sees. He has no shame! He gets this big goofy grin on his face and bats his thick little lashes like a pro. He would make Uncle Shawn proud.

- He is my human garbage disposal. Kid empties my pantry like no bodies business.

- He also has started learning to use the potty. He has a tendency to take his dirty diapers off or even dig when he has gone pooh and it is not fun!

- He goes to school two days out of the week and loves it. I'm just happy he is socializing and making friends. He is Mr Popular in his class.

- His jam is "Uptown Funk." Kid goes crazy when he hears the song.

- He enjoys books. We read a lot to help increase his vocabulary. He even likes reading Aurora's princess books.

- T loves to clean and I love that about him! He helps put away baskets of clothes and picked up all the toys. He is going to make a great husband one day.

- His interactions with his sister are precious. He adores her and she him. He likes to lay on her and they both crack up laughing when she gives him slobbery kisses! 

- We did learn that he is allergic to pineapple. No pineapple chunks or juice for him. He throws up and breaks out in hives.

- Talan has learned to climb. He climbs on the coffee table, the dinning room table, the end tables, the sofa, the stoles, and now big brother's top bunk. He tries to fly like Superman. He hasn't gotten the memo that toddlers can't fly... He is a thrill seeker and it scare me. 

- He is fascinated by the construction site behind our house. He stares and watches them like a hawk as they break ground and start building new houses. Maybe he will be a construction worker someday.

- He loves to build with Lego's, Lincoln Logs, and blocks. He finds it funny to be destructive and knock it all down once he is done building. 

That is all I can think about for now. I will add whatever I missed this time around in a few weeks. 



What's New with A.J. - Winter 2015

Amari is 5... I'm kind of in denial about it. My sweet boy has been around for half a decade and I couldn't imagine life without him. Sure there are times when he pushes my buttons, tests me on the daily, acts like a little drama king, snaps and pretty much blows a gasket and clears tables out of pure rage, throws toys across the room, or even picks on his younger siblings; at the end of the day he is still my sweet baby and I am excited to see what five brings him.

- Amari is extremely athletic. This spring he will be playing baseball and maybe soccer. He is still deciding.

- In December he started at a new school. He seems to enjoy it, loves his teachers, and has made two really close friends. The class size is smaller and we are enjoying the curriculum. He has learned a lot over the past few months.

- He can write his name.

- He is learning to write and working on sounding out letters.

- He loves putting puzzles together.

- He is obsessed with Star Wars and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Leonardo is his favorite turtle and Yoda is his favorite Jedi.

- His favorite shows are Ninjago, TMNT, and many others.

- His jam is "Uptown Funk." He makes us listen to it nonstop.

- Mari is a great big brother and a good helper. He is always eager to please and help out in any way.
- His favorite colors are blue, green, red, and brown.

- He is obsessed with the movie Polar Express. Next year we might have to go on the train. He would love that!

- Kid loves fruit snacks, Gogurt, and apples.

- Hot Wheels and Legos are two of his favorite toys to play with. He is a master builder when it comes to his Legos. He will sit and build for hours.

- Bugs scare him. I don't know how many bugs I have to kill or put outside for him. He squeals like a little piglet and it's hilarious.

- He loves to give hugs. He is Mr. Affectionate.

- Amari's smile lights up the room. He is a beautiful smile.

And pretty much that's what is new with A.J. these days. If I forgot anything, I will add it the next one. I still am baffled that my little dude is five now. I wish I could slow down time. I am missing my Itty-bitty baby.


Aurora's Newborn Photos

I am so excited to finally be able to share some of Aurora's newborn photos. They turned out great. Diana always does such an amazing job and captures my children beautifully. I could not ask for a better person to take my children's first photos. These are only a few images and I can not believe how tiny my sweet girl was. She was itty-bitty and perfect as can be. Thank you Diana for the sweet memories of our precious real life Sleeping Beauty! 






Newborn hat from The Sassy Cow Boutique