Picture Outfits

Any thoughts? I’m supposed to bring three outfits…



I started another post yesterday, about our vacation, and was hoping to eventually add in some highlights from Nora’s 3rd birthday. But it’s still in draft phase.

I’m currently sitting at Panera wondering where all my times goes. Seriously? How do I not have time to keep up this blog, to share all the cute pictures I took of the girls over the past several weeks?? I have so many thoughts in my head I’d love to share…

Nora’s three-year photo session is tomorrow. Yes tomorrow. And here I am, at the last minute, frantically trying to put three outfits together which contain colors I’ll want plastered on my walls for the next several years. I randomly bought far more than three outfits over the past several days, but I still need to see what fits her and coordinate accessories. Yes, shoes too. OMG. I was at an outlet mall this morning and actually found quite a few cute things, which surprised me, as I rarely shop there. (Side note, I decided the girls are wearing dresses everyday this summer. One piece of clothing seems far easier than leggings/shorts and t-shirts, which is mostly what they wore last summer.) If I have time tonight, don’t hold your breath, I’ll post pictures of the possible outfits… I’d love input!

This is, well, was, since it’s Thursday already, Eric’s commute week. And so far he hasn’t made it home in time for dinner or bedtime, not even once. It’s so hard on me, and the girls. Nora is old enough now that she’s always asking where daddy is… And it’s not just the parenting that’s hard, it’s keeping a house running. I have a list of 20+ things that need attention, for example, there is a piece of siding on the house that needs to be replaced, we need a water softener, I’d like our treadmill reassembled from our move, I need several curtain rods hung, etc. I mean, none of it is life or death, but the reality is, if I can’t do it, I probably have to hire someone. Eric’s next week off is the first week of April, but he’s in Las Vegas three of those days, and already told me he wants to take the girls to his mom’s house one of those other days he’s off… So, that doesn’t really leave a lot of time for house repairs.

For now I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite pictures from Nora’s birthday party with my family.

Traveling with Kids

Next week is my 38th birthday, and Nora’s 3rd. We’ve been in the habit of trying to do things for birthdays, rather than giving lots of gifts, although we’ll still do some gifts for Nora to open:) So… we’re going to Kansas City next week. For the first time ever we went through VRBO instead of a hotel, and rented a house seven blocks from Country Club Plaza. We’ll be eating, drinking, shopping, and hopefully finding lots of activities for the girls as well! I think it’s about a five-hour drive from our home, and we’ve leaving Monday and coming back Friday. So ya know, plenty of time for lots of toddler meltdowns! But hopefully a lot of fun too!

I’m sure I’ve posted about traveling with kids… but I’ll refresh your memory… Vacations with toddlers rarely feel like vacations, from my past experiences anyway! Ugh, naps, bedtime, meals, all the messes, all the whining. Ugh. But… with Eric having every third week off, and the girls not yet in school, I feel like we should take more advantage of our time off together. Starting small though, driving as I’m not yet brave enough for planes with kids! I know, it’s doable, but even the thought gives me anxiety! Someday!

In preparation for our trip, I’ve been looking at a few things on Amazon. But… please, if you have any tips or awesome products that make traveling with kids easier, please comment! Keep in mind my girls are three and 18 months 🙂

Sleeping – This is huge to me, as I love, and need sleep. I’m willing to purchase whatever it takes to get the girls to sleep on vacation. In the house we rented we’ll have a bedroom for each of the girls, so hopefully quiet, dark, and will mimic their own rooms at home. We have sound machines we use every night at home, and we’ll make sure to take those. Both girls still sleep in cribs, so for Nadia, our 18 month-old, we’ll take our 4moms® breeze® Playard which is really just a slightly larger version of a traditional pack and play. It’s super nice, but very heavy, don’t say I didn’t warn you if you happen to decide to purchase one!

For Nora though, who will be three next week… She is technically still sleeping in her crib, as still hasn’t figured out how to climb out… So… I found this on Amazon, what do we think? She wouldn’t be ‘contained’ as she is used to in her crib, and in a strange house. I don’t know… thoughts?

hiccapop Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed with Safety Bumpers | Portable Blow Up Mattress for Kids with Built in Bed Rail71gGtYurUbL._SL1500_

Potty – We’ve been working with Nora on potty training. So far though, still not going great in my opinion. She will go pee if I take her to the potty, but won’t really ever tell me she has to go and she doesn’t ever initiate sitting on the potty. Also, her diapers are always wet, so clearly she isn’t holding it. Do either of these look helpful for travel? The aqua one folds flat so also fits over a toilet seat, and comes with bags if she just wants to sit on it and go.

Gimars Upgrade Large Non Slip Silicone Pads Travel Folding Portable Reusable Toilet Potty Training Seat Covers Liners with Carry Bag for Babies, Toddlers and Kids, Pink81YVFx-NYEL._SX522_


OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty for Travel – Aqua51vnjmYXOpL._SX522_

Packing – Last topic, before this post gets too long and I lose everyone’s interest! What’s your opinion on kid’s luggage? I’ve seen some, just like at Target, like this one, for example, but the quality seemed really poor. I like the idea of keeping each girl’s stuff separate though, and think that would make it easier for me to pack and organize. If I’m going to buy them luggage though, do I buy real luggage, just small items? In the past I’ve either used lots of smaller duffel bags or tried to also throw some of their items into my suitcase. I felt like we had their stuff all over though, and ended up with lots of small bags, many of which didn’t securely close. Real luggage is expensive though, even the small items. Thoughts?