Saturday, March 19, 2016

What we love about Sammy month 4!



Our man Sam is now four months old, I can barely believe it. On one hand it feels like I had him just last week. On the other it feels like he's been part of our family since the beginning.  I have really tried to keep track of his "month by month" pictures. I thought I would throw in a little bit about what we love most about him month by month. Here are a few things that we love about Sammy at four months and a little video I made. 

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT SAMMY MONTH 4

*He is a champion sleeper! Are you really surprised this is first on my list? He usually sleeps 7-8 hour stretches and we could't be more grateful and happy!

* We love that he is always looking for me. The minute he hears my voice he scans the room until he finds me and sits and stares at me. Normally I'd say that a dude staring at you 24/7 is 100% not okay but in this case I can't help but stare back and adore the view! 

*We love that he's discovered his toes! It's adorable to see him hold his feet and smile at them.

*We love how excited he is to show you his tricks. The minute he notices someone watching him he stretches, kicks and smiles. Almost as if he's saying "look! look! look what I can do!"

*We love how much he smiles, he's a very happy baby... but he's pretty stingy with his laughs! 

*We love the way he plays with Wyatt's hands, he will sit and stare at them for hours! He usually picks a finger and holds onto it with both hands. 

*We love how much he loves Danny, he sits and smiles at him hoping that Danny will stop by and chat with him for a bit.

*We love how sweet he is, he loves to snuggle up to me. Once he's snuggled he can sit there for hours.

*We love him because he's ours! 





Con todo mi cariño,
Cindy

PS. These trackers were given to me from Little Peach Feet. I used them while I was pregnant to document my pregnancy and now am using them to document little Sammy, they are cute and I have really loved finding creative ways to take pictures with them. If you are pregnant or know someone that is they would be a great baby shower gift! Use the code VICIMUS at checkout for 10%! 





Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Northern Air Temple



Days seem long and weeks just fly by. Here's a recap of what we did in the past week, our trip to the Butterfly Museum and, most importantly, our lunch at Shake Shack!

Danny and his cute crafts from play school

All week he talked about "Beards" "little" and "money" 

Finally found a way to get this kid to do tummy time (inspired by my friend Bao) 

My heart melted when I saw this. Can't wait for them to play together when Sammy gets older! 










HEAVEN IS REAL

Con todo mi cariño,
Cindy

PS. Post title brought to you by this awesome mashup of Avatar and Game of Thrones. If I could visit one place in the world of Avatar it would be the Northern Air Temple! It goes without saying that no one in their right mind would want to visit Westeros .... 



Sunday, March 13, 2016

We will never go there


Lately our favorite family pastime has been flying Danny's kite. It amazes me that I can take Danny to a park and he will run with his kite for hours, he's so worn out by the end of it, win! I'm so happy I stumbled across that family at the park who had the kite and inspired me to buy a kite of our own. The things like $1.30 and it's by far his favorite toy (and mine).

Last week Wyatt got out of work a little early so we decided to pack up dinner (Top Ramen with corn and chicken... it was actually a lot better than it sounds) and take it to a park for a picnic. It was one of those magic moments in everyday life. The sun was setting, we could smell orange blossoms in the air, and we were taking turns flying our "Star Wars kite"--for some reason Danny doesn't just call it a kite. I looked around at everyone and thought "dang I'm lucky".  

Because this little kite has brought so much happiness and special moments to us I wanted to make a little video dedicated to it. Thank you Mr. Star Wars kite for ensuring good memories and naps.




Con todo mi cariño,
Cindy



PS. Today's post title was brought to you by a hilarious skit by Michael Mcintyre. 



Wyatt's hidden gems

Every once in a while I borrow Wyatt's phone, when I do I usually browse his photo library and I find all sorts of great pictures.  Here are a few of the hidden gems I found in his camera roll!

May 2013 when we moved to CT! That's Danny btw

Again Danny, at our little CT apartment 



We should really just buy a few of his grad pics











Sammy









RIP Danny's favorite toy hook, He carried that thing around for a solid month

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

No private rooms or telephones


This past weekend we decided to go on a last minute trip to Glendale, and it was awesome! We had planned to spend Saturday in Scottsdale and were looking forward to it, however we took Danny to urgent care because we thought he might be sick. Luckily he was fine and healthy! Not so lucky was how long it took. Our entire Saturday was wasted. As we sat around Saturday evening grumbling over this Wyatt suggested we stay the night in Glendale and go to the Hot Air Ballon Festival the next day. Marriott gave us a free night so we thought, why not! We packed our bags, bought tickets to the Hot Air Ballon Festival and hit the road! I have really enjoyed making little videos of our family so I made one for this trip! 




Wyatt and I are actually pretty impulsive. Which, luckily for us, usually turns out to be a good thing. That's definitely the case with this little vacation. It was fun! We got to the hotel Saturday night and were hungry so we ate at Grimaldis. That was nice, the kids were really well behaved too. We got back to the hotel and got ready for bed. Sammy went out like a light (he's such a good baby). Wyatt, Danny and I stayed up a little longer watching the movie "Baby's day out". I remember loving that movie when I was younger, I don't even know why. Maybe it's because the baby is so dang cute. Hearing the music from the movie was really nostalgic, it was special to be watching this favored childhood movie with my baby.

Staying in hotels with kids always makes the nights seem really long. It dragged. The kids actually did great, Sammy went down at around 10pm and didn't wake up until 4:30am! Danny woke up a few times asking to go home, it was actually kind of sweet.

Wyatt snoozed the alarm clock a few times so we were late getting out the door, the timing couldn't have been more perfect. We were there just in time to see the balloons launch!

Afterwards we went back to the hotel to have breakfast, which was delicious. I was impressed with their breakfast, and their rooms for that matter. We had a Studio King, the bed felt huge! Best part? No one touched me while I was sleeping! I hate being touched while I'm trying to sleep. That's how you know you're getting old. When physical contact at night bugs you haha! No but truly it's mostly Danny, when he sleeps with us he always winds up kicking my back  ALL NIGHT. Drives me bonkers! Anyways, after breakfast we went "swimming" aka sat in the hot tub. 


It was a little chilly (by Arizona standards;)  so sitting in the hot tub felt awesome! 


I love this picture I snapped of Wyatt and Danny. They're so cute! 



We headed over to Cabela's after checking out because it was literally right across the street. I had never been to Cabelas and was blown away! It's like a mini museum!


I still can't get over how big these balloons are, Smoky the bear takes the cake though. That thing was huge.  Wyatt and I think that Smoky has big sponsors, that balloon doesn't even touch the ground, they lay out a tarp for him. (fancy) There was a "Humpty Dumptey" balloon that we thought looked super creepy, but Danny thought he was funny. 

It was a really fun trip and I'm really grateful that Wyatt came up with the idea and was excited about spending time with us. Not that he doesn't like to normally, but these days I feel like the number of men who want to hang out with their families is dwindling. I guess that's why I love mine so much! 


Con mucho amor,

Cindy

PS. Today's post title was brought to you by Baby's Day Out! I always thought the scene with the war veterans was special. Again, I'm really happy I got to watch this movie with Danny, it was sweet. Also, side note, the parents in this movie look crazy young. How are they so wealthy?! Lastly, is the nanny on this show the same actress who plays Miranda on Sex and the City? Dang, what a jump. 



Tuesday, March 8, 2016

We're all stories in the end, just make it a good one eh?



As you know I've been doing a lot of "soul searching" with this blog. I've had it for years but I recently began sharing it. I go back and forth on it, a lot. It's a lot of work, to sit and write down memories and match memories to pictures. But I think that someday I'll be really happy I did. 

Do you like watching home videos? I do, I love it! I wish my family had more. Because of that, I'm going to keep the blog going. I think my kids will get a kick out of it someday. Maybe they'll even share it with their  kids and their kids' kids. A big long story of when Grandma and Grandpa met, fell in love and had babies. It's not all rose colored glasses on this blog, which I think is a good thing. I think it's good for our kids to see us struggle. To know that we had hard financial times, that we fought and that we had sad days too. Maybe it will help them navigate their lives. This is my gift to them, con todo mi cariño. 

I have decided to keep it public as well. Last night I said my prayers and nursed Sammy to sleep. As I was nursing him I had a clear thought in my mind "Let your light so shine". 

Back in 2009 I was really struggling, with everything! I was especially struggling with my religion, I felt that I somehow didn't belong. I felt that maybe I couldn't be happy being a member. It was a long road that eventually led to my testimony being strengthened and ultimately my happiness. One of the many things that helped me come to this was a blogger, I'm still not sure how I even found her blog. But I did, and I stayed up late reading all of her posts. She was young, fun, married and LDS. I felt that I could relate to her and I looked up to her. I thought "If she can find happiness in life, surely I can too". Reading her little adventures and watching her family grow gave me strength and inspired me.  

 I am a Latter Day Saint and I love it. I truly believe in this religion and am happy to be living it. I've been to hell and back with my doubts and I've reemerged enlightened and strengthened. I know that some of my media choices and thoughts may not be what you imagine a Mormon to be. But that's the point I'm trying to get across to you. None of us are the same, granted there may be an idea of what a Mormon should act like and say. But truthfully, there really isn't in my opinion. That's why I am deciding to keep this blog public. Maybe there is someone out there who thinks "I can't be a Latter Day Saint, I'm not the right "fit" " and they stumble on to my blog and realize what a weirdo I am. How much I like Flight of the Conchords, how much I adore Doctor Who and Sherlock. How much I do struggle and how much I love my family and my religion. Maybe, just maybe, it helps them on their journey to happiness. The possibility of this helping even one person makes it worth it. 

Con todo mi cariño,

Cindy

PS. Post title brought to you by Doctor Who, in case you hadn't already guessed it. I love 11, he is so fun, adventurous and quirky! I have the most fond memories of watching his seasons with Wyatt in CT, when  he had snow days. Which, funny enough, were really often. CT does not know how to snowstorm. I have to say that my heart will always be with 10 though, he and rose are my all time OTP. Eleven's season was fun because it took a huge jump as far as picture and sound quality. Plus, I love the Ponds, they were some of the best companions!




Sunday, March 6, 2016

Don't hide your heart



My mom bought me these cute jelly shoes last summer while I was pregnant with Sammy. They are beautiful and very comfortable! However I wasn't able to wear them as much as I would have liked because my feet were huge! They finally fit well and I'm loving them! You can find them here !
(mine are clear)


I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who's been reading the blog. It's in an awkward prepubescent stage and I'm still trying to find my voice and figure out what to do with it. It means a lot to me that you take time out of your day to read this. I also really appreciate all the sweet words you guys have for me when I open up about things that I've struggled with. Muchas Gracias!

Con mucho amor,
Cindy 


PS. Post title brought to you by Kevin Bacon and Jimmy Fallon. No other words are necessary.




Friday, March 4, 2016

Life lately has been pretty good to me. Granted there are ups and downs but on most weeks the ups outnumber the downs. Below are a few pictures that I thought I'd share along with a little description of each one. 


This is my view every time I sit down to nurse Sammy. I always sit in the same chair in the corner of my room. This rocking chair is SO comfy. I could sit in it all day, which I do... Anways, Danny always comes along and usually perches himself on the footrest to talk to me. Everyonce in a while he'll bring some toys with him and pretend to do a toy review. (Thanks Ryan's Toy Review, I swear that kid makes millions). I bought him this treasure chest during a time when we were really tight on money. We ended up going into overdraft and it basically killed  us financially. It really sucked. But on the bright side it's one of his favorite toys... so it kind of balances out? He puts all of his "Treasures" in it, which usually consist of loose change and a fishing hook (which he's since broken, so so sad :( but he loved that hook) we carry this dumb treasure chest everywhere we go. It's super annoying but I think I'll be heartbroken when he decides he doesn't want to carry it anymore. I'd really like him to keep a nice collection of change in it so that when the Ice Cream truck comes around we can chase it down and buy ice cream. So idyllic. 



Does this picture even need a caption? He's so cute, I have really enjoyed my second baby. He makes me melt like butter. One downside is that he can't stand to be put down! I carry him around all day, I'm a sucker, I know that, but in the next three months he'll be sitting up so I won't have to carry him around as much! 


Danny got this as a Christmas present from Nanny and Papa and he STILL plays with it! that's kind of a big deal considering toddlers haver such short attentions spans. Danny loves fishes, he has for a really long time. Not sure where the obsession stems from but he loves them, ever since CT! Lately he's added Pac Man and Surprise Eggs to his list of favorites. Some of my favorite things about him are...

*He's been saying "Try again" a lot. I don't know where he picked that up from but it's really cute and I love it when he says it to me. 
* He's such a great helper. He's been helping me left and right. whether it's cleaning up the toys or throwing away Sammy's dirty diapers. 
*He loves school. He comes home chattering about everything he learned and he's always excited to show me his crafts. He used to hate school and it was really sad! 
*I still love the way he says Puffer Fish "Pupher fish" or Anglefish "Anglerfish"


Again, no words. 

Danny's "You expect me to eat this?" Face.


Behold, my treasures, I'm so excited for them to become best friends!! 

In other news, Caila has just been cast for Bachelorette 2016 and I couldn't be happier! I'm actually going to watch it this time! Better call Saul is still amazing. Wyatt and I are trying to go to bed earlier so we don't feel like zombies all the time.

Welp, that's it!

Cindy