Growing up, I always loved the late afternoon/evening car rides to the beach. We would all pile into the minivan and get frosty’s, with my dad’s oldies blasting away. Taking long drives is still my favorite. Today we drove up to Malibu, had a picnic, and the kids had a blast playing in the park. It was great! Now here’s to hoping these tuckered out babies go to sleep before 9 tonight. 😆❤️
Because tomorrow’s aren’t promised to anyone...and I keep thinking back to the inspiration I heard at @momsincolor: “When I meet the Lord, I want to be able to say: Thank you for my beautiful life this is what I did with it.” So I took some chances, put out some asks — the worst that can happen is I get a no. But then you pivot and keep on keeping on. #takechargeofyourlife
L: “My birthday party.” So glad you were born @mylestw and that we got to celebrate you all weekend and eat lots of cake 😘 And a big thanks to all the friends that helped pull off the best surprise party and great day that followed! #happyheart#thisis30
There’s power within women — we just have to recognize and tap into it. “You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.” ✨ Rumi #internationalwomensday
When you’re 14 months apart, sibling annoyance, fighting over the same toy, and both wanting mom at the same time (usually to do completely opposite things) is inevitable, but they love each other so much — I love catching these little moments 💕 #bffs
Today was magic. Thanks @momsincolor for a wonderful afternoon filled with positivity, community, and light. Loved all of the discussions and getting to meet so many amazing women. Some thoughts that stuck with me:
✨ The moment we stop looking outside and start looking inside that’s when you shine (aka stay in your own lane.)
✨ It’s never too small. You just have to be passionate about it.
✨ Don’t feel guilty about self-care and having a life outside of your kids (whatever that means to you).
✨ Your life is a blessing. At the end, I want to be able to say, “Lord you gave me this life and this is what I did with it.” 🎨: beautiful face paint by @jag.adore #momsincolor
My mantra for today. I’ve been starting to get into a slump thinking about ALL the things I’m behind on in the different areas of life — while yes, there is more I wanted to cross off my to-do list and get done, I need to remember there’s a bunch of other things I made progress on. Small victories are still victories. 🙌🏽
Tonight I read two lines about parenthood that made me cry: “One day you’ll pick up your kid and it’ll be the last time that you do. But you won’t know it then.” 😭 Motherhood, especially for me as a SAHM, is such a rollercoaster of emotion. In the same day I have all the feels when both kids engulf me in the biggest hugs and cover my face in kisses, and later I feel like I’m losing my mind when one melts down over waffles not heating up fast enough in the toaster and the other over me leaving the room. They’re both peacefully 😴😴 next to me now, and I’m thinking about how big they’re both getting. That’s the thing about this #momlife , the days can be so long but the months fly by. Trying to do my best to soak in all the good and practice more patience for those especially trying days. ❤️
I think Rhy and I might *finally* be on the other side of whatever the craziness of the last three weeks has been. We had used our trip to NYC to fully wean her from the boob (it was time for both of us) — Rhyan was having a really tough time when we got home though bc she thought it was back to business as usual. She wanted the boob and was super clingy (in that I couldn’t put her down or be out of her sight without a complete meltdown) as a result of not getting it. And bedtime became a nightmare — epic tantrums/crying. BUT last night we seemed to have found the light at the end of the tunnel, because bedtime happened with barely any crying and there was no waking up in the early hours of the morning! ✨🙏🏽 #itsthelittlethings
We had the best time celebrating Logan’s birthday with family and friends yesterday! Smokey’s Firetruck was a hit 🚒 — so cool getting to take rides and the kids loved spraying the water. Logan had so much fun, he’s STILL sleeping! #momwin
Happy birthday to my sweet, loud, energetic, creative, smart, friendly, stubborn, and loving baby boy. Can’t believe you’re THREE 😭. We spent the day doing some of your favorite things: eating cake, going on a family adventure to the @kidspacemuseum, (where you got to ride bikes, build with legos, play with dinosaurs, and more), and tonight there will be pepperoni pizza and @bobsdonutsla!
I’ve always believed in the power of our thoughts and after reading “You Are A Badass” it just reaffirmed certain things (and gave me some new ideas to think about). One of my goals for the first part of this year was to meet new mommas and soak up as much knowledge about growing @mommy_brain, so when I got invited by @livelovegive.gabrielle to go to the #influentialsummit I said yes. I made some new friends and came away with new learnings! And since I said yes to this opportunity, two more have come my way ✨
Earlier this week I celebrated my 31st birthday in NYC with just my husband, no kids. It was our first flight/trip/weekend without them. I definitely cried in the Uber to the airport, but once we got underway I was okay (thanks to plenty of photos and updates from YaYa). It was so nice to reconnect and have that time for just Myles and I. We ate all the food and treats (when we landed Sunday night, we went to “dinner” at 12:30am! I don’t think we’ve ever eaten dinner that late, but the restaurant was packed 😂) saw old friends (and Myles tried to make my birthday dinner a surprise party, but I had a feeling/I’m a pretty good detective 😆), and I had time just for myself (another first for me was eating an entire meal alone. And I didn’t feel self-conscious about sitting there by myself — something I very much would have in the past 💁🏽♀️). Cheers to this being my golden year and one of my very best yet! #31onthe31st
Saw this @ikeausa kitchen and loved it for the kids — didn’t realize it came literally in pieces. It took me two nights to put together (partly bc I started after I woke up from putting the kids to bed and partly bc one of the instructions involved hammering and didn’t think our neighbors would appreciate that at 10:30pm 😆). Feeling 💪🏽💁🏽♀️ and they love it!
Today was one of those days that just made my heart smile extra big — nothing grand happened, but it was filled with chocolate chip cookies, all the snuggles, lots of playtime with these two bunnies, and no meltdowns from either. With two toddlers, meltdowns are a pretty regular thing here, so a day without one is rare. 😂❤️