Saturday, November 18, 2017

Samuel's Second Birthday

Sammy I love you so much my heart could burst! I can't believe I've had two thrilling years with you! 

With all my love,


Danny my soccer superstar!

Today was Danny's last game of his first (ever) season of soccer and he killed it! Scored a goal! It was from a distance too! His first time ever being on a team, so I guess we can scratch that off the list of milestones. Oh Danny, you are fantastic! 

PS. I have no idea why pictures look so blurry on blogger..? Photos taken by Brittney Gurr

Monday, November 13, 2017

What we love about Charlie at four months!



  • He finally got his foot in his mouth and it's so cute
  • He started eating rice cereal yesterday and I melt watching him eat it! 
  • All the love he has to give! 

What we love about Charlie at three months


  • Oh where to start...
  • He is THE happiest baby! Seriously, he is just waiting for someone to look at him and smile so he can smile back.
  • His laugh, this kid gives the cutest laughs, all the time! I remember when Samwise was this age he'd give us courtesy laughs, he was stingy with true baby giggles. Not Charlie, He will laugh at just about anything.
  • He's a dream- Charlie is the type of baby who will make you baby hungry, he sits, he's pleasant,  he sleeps. He's perfect. 
  • HE SLEEPS- Danny AND Sammy have been waking up at night and it's killing Wyatt and I. Not Charlie! This kid sleeps 10 hour stretches one time he even slept for 13 hrs straight! (don't worry, I checked on him a lot. plus he sleeps in our room so it's not like we could forget about him.) I figured he'd wake me up at 2 or 3 am to nurse and he totally didn't! 
  • He rolled! Monday Oct 16 was his first time rolling! Way to go Charlie! 
  • He's just happy to be here! I always feel that from him. He just wanted to be part of the brothers. 
  • people stop and look at him everywhere he goes! They always say "I've never seen a baby smile this much in my whole life!" He's my piece of arm candy. No seriously I take him to all social events I'm worried about. 
  • His chatter. OH I LOVE THE BABY BABBLE!! Be still my heart! 
Oh Charlie, We just love you with all our hearts! Thanks for being part of our Family!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Look what you made me do

I've been thinking a lot about how women interact with each other and how we could all be kinder.

It's safe to say that the idea of "women are catty" transcends race, religion and age. That's so sad. It's nothing new, you can crack open a bible and find evidences of women being horrible to each other. It's always been around, and it's easy for contention to arise among women. This is, after all, a mortal world.  However, I have felt a shift in the ideology of women being mean to one another.  In this day and age mainstream culture, at least here in the USA, applauds women trying tear each other down. What? 

Through time it was probably accepted that women wouldn't see eye to eye and do crummy things to one another. But it wasn't applauded, it was kind of shameful actually. I'm going to use Downton Abbey as an example here (don't judge me), Mary and Edith were always fighting, but there was no one validating their retaliations or applauding them for "clapping back". In fact, most of the times, their acts of jealousy and spitefulness were met with a disappointed look. (Branson I'm looking at you) 

When did Branson become wise? When did he become everyone's best man at a wedding?

Thankfully at the end of the show we see that Mary and Edith put their differences aside, and decided to forgive each other. Edith tells Mary "Eventually you and I will be the only one's who remember Sybil" she goes on to say that at some point in the future they will be all that's left of Downton Abbey. It was a very touching scene (and so well acted). The show ends with them being friends, so much so that Mary wants to keep her pregnancy a secret so as to to not steal any attention from Edith on her wedding day. (good for you Mary) 

Forgiveness, it seems, is not something todays world is trying to push on us. In fact, it's the total opposite. Holding grudges, gossiping "tea spilling", and pettiness are all things the world encourages and even applauds. 

If you know me, it won't come as a surprise to you that I'm not a huge fan of Taylor Swift. I used to be, a lot. Our Song was my jam in high school. Her tales on unrequited love and having big dreams were relatable and made me lover her. However, somewhere in her music there was a shift in which she used her songs to "get back" at people for wronging her. At first I thought to myself "_______ (insert whatever mans name she's singing about) must be a pig" "poor Taylor"  but after the fourth or firth song I felt like it was probably time for her to move away from that narrative.  I went from being a fan to indifferent.  When she came out with bad blood I actually started disliking her. A self proclaimed feminist using her platform as an artist to humiliate and shame another female artist. Not groovy Taylor, not groovy. 

Her song Bad Blood was immensely successful and it became the anthem of women everywhere who had been burned by another woman. Her music video depicted her and her "squad" gearing up to go into battle against another woman. Nice. The other woman being Katy Perry, who Bad Blood was written about.  Fans of Taylor and Katy immediately pledge their allegiance to one or the other announcing their dislike of the other.  

Later Kim Kardashian would enter the narrative with Taylor and Katy. Followed by Nicki Minaj, the list goes on and on. One woman would do something to the other and everyone would celebrate (myself included). 

After a series of "clapbacks" and "tea spillage" the world turned it's eyes to Taylor and waited to see how she would musically retaliate. Finally, Look What You Made Me Do debuted.  Here are some of the lyrics. 

I don't like your kingdom keys
They once belonged to me
You ask me for a place to sleep
Locked me out and threw a feast (what?)
The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama
But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma
And then the world moves on, but one thing's for sure
Maybe I got mine, but you'll all get yours

DRAMA. I actually really like the song, it's so catchy. It feels like she shed her "i'm always victim" narrative a little and owned up to some of her actions ("maybe I got mine"). Fans everywhere proclaimed her "Queen of Petty". She released the video at the VMA's where Katy was hosting (of course) and in the video she dresses up as a trashy version of Kim Kardashian getting "receipts to edit a video later". Katy Perry claimed her to be the true Mean Girl of Hollywood. But, not so fast Katy. 

Katy Perry came out with a song called Swish Swish ft. Nicki Minaj. A diss track written about Taylor Swift. Here's some of the lyrics from her song. 

A tiger
Don't lose no sleep
Don't need opinions
From a shellfish or a sheep
Don't you come for me
No, not today
You're calculated
I got your number
'Cause you're a joker
And I'm a courtside killer queen
And you will kiss the ring
You best believe

The song (and the video) isn't her best work. The beat isn't even good (Katy you used to be fun on Friday) . Nicki Minaj's part of the song is well, her lyrics....

Swish, swish, aww, my haters is obsessed
'Cause I make M's, they get much less
Don't be tryna double back
I already despise you
All that fake love you showin'
Couldn't even disguise you

All these songs speak of unforgiving hatred. I'm not sure when this attitude became the "cool" thing to do (oh my gosh I sound so old).  But it's not. Women everywhere need to sit down, relax and realize that life is hard. For everyone. I've had my turns being the mean girl and being the "victim" and while I don't have all the answers I've learned that all these feuds stem from insecurities and misunderstandings. All parties feel like the victim. So with that in mind, be kind. It goes a long ways and nothing feels better than a clean conscience. So there you have it ladies, a whole blog post on my opinions nobody asked for... look what you made me do!

Friday, September 15, 2017

What we love about Charlie Month Two!

Awe my coat of many colors baby ;). What's not to love about Charles? To know him is to love him. Newborn heaven is real people. It's not a myth! But anyways, I GUESS I'll try to narrow it all down to a few things...


  • He's so sweet, Wyatt and I think he's the sweetest baby we've had. 
  • He loves to cuddle, and he holds on to you!
  • His big gummy smiles, he will smile at just about anyone and everyone. 
  • His sweet baby coo's. Oh my heart! One of my favorite stages of babies is when they babble/coo I think literally anyone, ANYONE, would melt when hearing him coo. 
  • Patience, this baby knows he's the third and is trying hard to make our life easier. His crying isn't even a real cry, it's more of a whine "Oh gosh you guys I said I was hungry forever ago!" 
  • low maintenance, Maddison said he's such a good baby you might even forget he's there!! He's so quiet and patient, he doesn't even make a peep. 
  • He loves his bath, I keep saying I want to give him a bath more often (rather than once a week, sorry Charles). He loves it! I remember when i had Sammy I gave him a bath and he had this look on his face that to me said "Thank you, the warm water feels so good to my little body". I get the totally same vibe from Charlie. He never cries! He loves it .
  • He's just happy to be here. Since day one I told Wyatt that it seems to me that Charlie's just happy to be here. He just has the happiest sweetest disposition. I think he really just wanted to be one of the brothers.  



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hold him a little longer

Every day I try so hard to take in all the beautiful moments life with three little boys has to offer me. It's not always easy, and sometimes it's really overwhelming but at the end of the day I love them so much I think my heart might burst. 
I can't believe how fast they are growing. I keep having these moments where I pause and look around and think "these cute boys are mine? pinch me!". We had dinner at Costco on friday, and I couldn't stop looking at them and thinking "I bet people are thinking I'm so lucky to have these cute munchkins". Honestly, they looked so handsome and were so sweet. 
When I'm home with the kids I listen to the radio a lot. This song in particular has been played sooo much, so now when I hear it I think of my babies and the sweet moments I have with them. 

Con todo mi cariño,

Hold him a little longer,
Rock him a little more.
Tell him another story
(You've only told him four).
Let him sleep on your shoulder,
Rejoice in his happy smile.
He is only a little boy
For such a little while.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I downloaded the Leap second app and I really like it. Basically you take a one second video of your day everyday and make a video out of it. Here's what we've been up to lately. Newborn heaven, a new swing set and our favorite visitors in town! Blessings all around!

xo, Cindy 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


The boys and I baking muffins 

Sometimes I have the most wonderful days. Filled with good feelings, laughter and love. Other days I don't. I imagine that's the normal for most people. Yesterday was one of those days that seemed like a dream. Almost too good to be true even. We played in the backyard all morning and it was the first time I truly felt that I got to enjoy it. We played soccer, we played catch, explored the backyard and loved each other's company. We went inside for Sammy to take a nap and Danny to have quiet time. All these years I've been doing quiet time backwards. Where we watch TV ALL DAY and for quiet time I hoped he'd play with toys quietly in his room. This,  as you might imagine didn't go over very smoothly. I've since then realized it has to be done the other way around.?
One day randomly I decided to break ties with our TV (actually I had heard someone left the TV behind and my competitive spark was lit.

 Honestly it felt like breaking an addiction. It's been a very positive thing for the kids and I. We still watch it, but maybe 1-2 hrs a day. We actually play the rest of it! I don't know how I did it. It just sort of clicked. But I've been so happy about it. Yesterday they didn't watch any TV and we all felt like we were walking on air the whole day. We had a one hour dance party before bed. Totally out of the blue. It was so fun. And wow, my energy. I have no idea where all that energy came from. I was up with them at 5:30pm and all day I had the energy to keep up with them and play with them.
I love my boys they are the treasure in my life and am so lucky they love me!



PS. I deactivated FB and don't have the IG app either. It's been very freeing. though sometimes I miss keeping up with people I love! So once a month or so I'll drop in on them to see how they're doing. last time I did a friend of mine posted a picture of her with her 2 month baby and toddler and. It was a very casual picture. Nothing special, no makeup or matching clothes or clean house. Her description of the picture really hit home with me. It's pretty much exactly how I feel! See below...

The days are long, the pictures (and reality😂) unflattering and the joy and love unmeasurable. I wouldn't trade these sleepless nights in the trenches for anything, these little humans need so much and sometimes it's overwhelming but I know I will not always be so needed and I know that right now I am their whole world and I'm just going to take a minute and soak it all in whenever I can. ❤️

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Well played Samuel

One picture wasn't enough, ugh Sammy you are so handsome!

In an impressive plot twist. Sammy found a loophole in the system. As I previously mentioned Sammy has started refusing his diaper but also refusing to potty train. All day I told him "you have to pick one or the other. You either have to wear a diaper or use the potty". After an hour or so of him running around totally naked and me taking him to the potty every 15 min hoping to stop an accident before it happens, he brought a diaper to me and asked that I put it on him. I obliged. He came back less then 10 min later took the diaper off and handed me his wet diaper. Touché Samuel