Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Vibes :)

Believe it or not, I love Halloween even more than I love Christmas and I LOVES me some Christmas! The costumes, the treats, the parties, the pumpkins and decorations… I could go on and on. I think my love for this holiday is closely tied to my birthday given it’s just a few days before. I also think I adore October 31st because it takes place during the fall and what’s not to love about fall?!

Having a kid has made All Hallows’ Eve even better. Since Grace was teenie tiny, G and I have dressed her in orange and black Halloween themed outfits every October. I’ve relished in the fun of hand making her costumes and planning little pumpkin carving events for her and her cousins. Ekkk, it’s just so fun.

Going to the pumpkin patch as a family has been a tradition that we’ve had since our nephews were little and it’s something we’ve continued with Grace, which she thinks is just about the most fun there is. This year Halloween kind of snuck up on us and we weren’t at all prepared. I didn’t start the Bean’s costume until two days ago because she wasn’t even sure what she wanted to be until this past week. There was no Halloween wardrobe purchased because coordinating outfits wasn’t even on this Mama’s mental agenda this go’ round. I did manage to buy a few spooky crafting activities but I didn’t remember to cut out any time for all of us to do them together so those things are still sitting on the kitchen counter AND planning a family trip to the pumpkin patch didn’t even happen. The thing is, we’ve still had a pretty awesome Halloween, so far! 

I’m telling you, this whole go with the flow parenting style is totally growing on me. ;)


October celebrations began with our niece’s princess themed birthday party! Her birthday is the day after my ma’s so there was lots of celebrating that week!


I arrived a bit early to the stinkers festive little Halloween lunch at the Co-op so we got to hang together for a bit.


My wife totally nailed it with my birthday festivities this year! We went to Hooters to watch the Cowboys game on my bday (and yes, I know they lost... boooo). Even with the loss, I still thoroughly enjoyed Hooters for both the orange shorts and the food! We had a night of painting with yummy wine and we took the Bean to see Hotel Transylvania 2!


P.S. It’s such a great movie so be sure to take your kiddos!  


She wore these for nearly the entire movie. Basically the cutest thing ever!


I’ve officially been with my new company for nearly 6 weeks and look at what they did for my 34th! It was totally unexpected and meant so much to me. I’m still in adjustment mode with this new position but the people I work with are awesome and that makes the transition so much easier. :)


The weekend ended with pumpkin carving with Gracie’s Guncles! Their house is gorgeous and they are awesome hosts. We carved pumpkins, had mimosas and green chile stew. It was the best birthday I can remember having in many years.


The wife has some serious skills!


And today we joined Gracie’s class in visiting a local pumpkin patch! It worked out that I was a slacker this year in the planning department because the universe arranged for us to go pumpkin picking after all!


And check out this adorable hand-me-down outfit Gracie’s friend Stevie gave her. So cute!


One of my absolute favorite silly faces this kid makes, lol!


Corn angels! Hahaha!

 

I feel like it’s been Halloween for weeks and I’m loving every minute of it! Now to finish that princess mermaid costume… Wish me luck!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

33/52: "Pink Princess Mermaid"


This year she asked to be a "Pink Princess Mermaid". Not sure what that is? Yeah, me either... We're making it up as we go. :)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello Fall, Goodbye Summer!

You know what happens when you write the world’s longest blog post recapping your summer and then it disappears into Blogger oblivion? You get super pissed and don’t write anything again for two months, ha! That’s one reason I’ve been MIA but mostly things have been crazy around here and with Gracie back in school and me back at work, there's just never enough time. That last part is the really, really good news I’ve been dying to share with all of you! I am once again a working Mama and in this new position I’m actually using my graduate degree (MBA/HRM), which is most definitely an added bonus!

I had planned to stay home with Gracie until around November/December but then out of nowhere, a nurse friend of ours told me about a Human Resources Management position that her healthcare organization was hiring for and it was just too perfect to pass up. My friend B’s the Clinical Director in the practice. Her wife is also a friend of ours who is a nurse for the company as well and so far the position has been a great fit. I’m salary so there’s lots of flexibility. The office is brand new and located very close to the mall and lots of other fun shops and yummy restaurants. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing though considering I’m really trying to eat less food and spend less money as we head into the holidays... but whateves! Everyone in the office is friendly. My awesome staff has already showered me with gifts for National Boss Day (yes, that’s a thing) and there are several other LGBT employees in the office making the environment really comfortable for this Lesbo! It’s just crazy how things work out sometimes. It’s even crazier when things work out after a year of everything NOT really working out in other areas. A welcomed blessing, for sure.

In my original post I wrote all about our end of summer adventures and even though it’s been two months since I accidently deleted it, I still can’t bring myself to write it all again. Instead, I’ll share the abridged version complete with lots of pictures! We have family in town visiting this week, which is why this is a quick update but I’ll have so much more to share including me and G’s first trip without Grace to Las Vegas (WOOT!), our road trip to Texas, visiting the State Fair, our Balloon Fiesta weekend and a long overdue update on our BIG 3 ½ year old. Oh and I should probably document our little gal’s return to pre-k. Sheesh… I’m so behind! Story of my life…      
Swim School: √

Swim school, oh how we love you! Grace started swim school a little over 4 months ago and she is obsessed with it! We found out about the school from a friend from college who couldn’t say enough good things about the place. We put our gal on a waiting list for 5 months and finally got in at the start of summer. It’s been totally worth the wait. The ratio of instructors to kids is 1 to 2; the facility is super nice and the coaches are awesome. It’s been 4 months so I’ve obviously taken around 2.5 million pictures. Here are a few favorites along with some video of the Bean’s progress earlier this summer.





Our little water baby!


Go Camping:


This trip really deserves a post all its own because the location was amazing. Both Georgia and I were born and raised here in New Mexico but before this camping trip neither of us had ever visited El Vado Lake and yeah, we’ve been missing out!



The thing I absolutely LOVED about El Vado is that it’s located deep in the mountains so it’s like you’re chillin’ at the lake and camping in the woods at the same time. The water is like glass and so beautiful. We were surrounded by mountains and trees and the night sky was like nothing else. G brought her ipad and on our first night after everyone went to bed, we charted stars on the app, Stargazer. Cocktails + star gazing = highly recommended!

Check out these cuties!


And the award for coolest grandparents goes to…


We went up for the weekend with Nani and Grandpa K and were joined by Grandpa K’s grandson, Gracie’s new cousin C. He’s the cutest and these two stinkers always have such a blast together! On this trip they were the captains of our boat! They lit firecrackers, had picnics together, played in the sunflower fields, took little hikes around the campsite and played in the dirt. So much dirt!


I grilled steaks for breakfast for the first time ever and they were actually good! See babe… I can grill!


We can’t wait to visit again next summer. :)


T-Ball:


This summer was the Bean’s first time playing t-ball and she liked it, sort of. In the beginning of the summer she (along with the other kiddos) appeared to be far more interested in running around and picking flowers than playing baseball, haha! Grace was the youngest on the team by about a year so the tee was always just a bit too high for her but we didn’t mind and neither did she. Watching her go up to bat and smack that tee every time had us all cracking up.


Our gal was given a pretty pink bat by one of our friends and that was probably her favorite thing about the whole experience, lol. Her glove was also pink and her team shirts were the brightest green there ever was! The team’s bright green shirts inspired the team name, Ninja Turtle Mermaids and yes, Grace was responsible for suggesting the mermaid part!


In the 3 months that Gracie played on the team she learned how to hit a ball, catch, run the bases and stretch! More than anything, Georgia and I got lots of exercise chasing our 3 year old around the field doing everything we could to keep her focused on practice. All in all we realized that for now, t-ball does not appear to be her thing. Dance class, soccer, swim school and camp – loved it. T-ball… meh. ;) 

That’s all for now. I’ll be back soon!    

2015 Summer Bucket List: 
20 out of 23 adventures checked off our list! I’d call that a successful summer!


1.     Swim school – CHECK
2.     T-ball – CHECK
3.     Dance class – CHECK
4.     Make a fairy garden – CHECK
5.     Go camping – CHECK
6.     Feed ducks – CHECK
7.     Run through the sprinklers – CHECK
8.     Visit the library – CHECK
9.     Make popsicles
10.  Go to Ranch Camp – CHECK
11.  Theatre Themed Summer School – CHECK
12.  Visit local water park – CHECK
13.  Lake trip – CHECK
14.  Go swimming – CHECK
15.  Movies on the lawn – CHECK
16.  Plant a Salsa Garden – CHECK
17.  Have a picnic – CHECK
18.  Visit the Nature Center – CHECK
19.  Make homemade playdough – CHECK
20.  Go to a Zoo Music Concert
21.  Light fireworks – CHECK
22.  Roast marshmallows – CHECK
23. Make root beer floats 


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