Big Sky, Montana

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Has anyone been to Big Sky, Montana?!?  This was a first for us and it was incredible!  And cold!!  The highs never got above 30 and it snowed almost every day we were there which was pretty chilly for these Floridians.

The trip was dedicated to skiing with our friends, we stayed in a ski in/ ski out home that was absolutely fabulous, but unfortunately Bennett (who was allowed to start ski school because he is 3 and potty trained) did NOT enjoy it.  Not surprising… it takes him a while to warm up to new things, but he didn’t even give it a second chance.  I’m hoping we can do another ski trip next year and try again, that way Remy will be able to join in on the fun and hopefully encourage Bennett to try.  Although, I must say, Remy HATED being cold.  Every time we went out and played he cried the entire time (see solo picture above ha ha ha!).

I took a lesson since I haven’t skied in over 15 years.  I learned so much in that three hour private lesson than I ever did as a teenager.  I feel like as adults we appreciate the time and energy it takes to do activities like skiing, so we pay attention better as to really avoid hurting ourselves ;).  I didn’t want to go home with two very energetic little boys and a broken leg or hip!  So, I was very attentive and felt like I got the hang of it fairly quickly.  Now… I’m very slowwwwwww.  This mama won’t be going down a black diamond any time soon.  But, I did enjoy myself every day that I got to ski and cannot wait for the next time!  Husband grew up going on ski trips with his family and friends, so he is a fantastic skier.  He picked right back up where he left off and was feeling pretty sore after the first day going down blacks.  He was super sweet and went skiing with me a couple of times and was super patient while coaching me down the mountains.  Love him.

When we weren’t on the mountain shredding powder ;) we were hanging with our kiddos.  We got to experience authentic dog sledding which was an interesting adventure.  It was like a blizzard that day and the kiddos were freezing, so just getting them into the sled was a complete sh*t show.  Everyone was staring at us like, get your kids under control and wipe the snot please.  But once the doggies started running and as long as they were at full speed, my boys were silent and enjoyed the moment and scenery.  It was so beautiful.  I don’t think I will ever need to go dog sledding ever again, but at least I can check that off the bucket list.

Another day was spent traveling over to West Yellowstone where we actually got to drive through the outer side of the national park (gorgeous, would love to go back in the summer) and visited the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.  The boys loved it!  The wolves were stunning and so interactive.  We only saw one bear and he seemed a bit old… but still entertaining for a few minutes while he moved logs around and ate.  Highly recommend if you are visiting the area with small children, it’s nothing fancy but it was interesting.

Most of all, what made the trip so fun was going with some of our great friends and their kiddos.  We spent many nights making dinner at home, warming up in the hot tub, and cuddling up enjoying the log burning fireplace with a nice glass of wine.  We had a great time and hope to visit again real soon!

 

 


A Cali Birthday for Mama

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My 35th year on this beautiful planet started in one of my favorite places.  California, and Malibu in particular, hold such a special place in my heart.  I lived there for 5 years, went to college there, made some amazing friends that are like family to me there, and have experienced some pretty incredible things that most people only dream about.  I’m very fortunate that my parents sacrificed so much to allow me these opportunities, and it helped mold me into the person I am today.

In 2018, I was so fortunate to be able to travel to California not once, not twice, but THREE times!  The first we went to visit my very best friend and celebrate her daughter’s first birthday at Disneyland.  I don’t think I posted about this trip because it was a quick weekend, I didn’t get many pictures, and to be honest… it was EXHAUSTING traveling with two toddlers by myself.  Not sure what I was thinking…  The second trip was in October where Husband & I went with three other couple friends to Napa for a few days of wine drunk hilarity, again, I don’t think I posted about that trip… read: wine drunk hangover.  But this trip, this amazing birthday trip, I got to go with my sweet little family (plus our nanny :)) and enjoy the good life for a few days.  Got to do all the cool stuff like stay at one of my FAVORITE hotels (Shutters on the Beach), hang at the beaches and parks, and visited my alma mater, had brunch with my sister cousin and sweet baby Parker James… then, when husband & I wanted to have a nice dinner or go shopping without being interrupted by a massive meltdown, the kiddos went back to the hotel and hung with the sitter!  It.Was.AWESOME!

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^I have to tell you, what made my birthday trip so incredible was this man right here ^

There are not enough words to express how amazing he is to me.  He truly exemplifies what it means to be a husband and father and I couldn’t have been blessed with a better partner in life.  He really outdid himself this year, and I’m so lucky.  So. Very. Lucky.

Thank you, hunny, for always treating me like a queen.  I love you.

 


Remy’s Winter Pool Party Bash!

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This weekend we celebrated Remy’s 2nd birthday with family and friends at our home.  We heated the pool to about 94 degrees, hired 2 lifeguards, ordered cuban yumminess, and enjoyed the absolutely perfect day that was given to us!  About 20 kiddos enjoyed the pool time, parents got to enjoy the spirits and grub… I’d say it was a win/win situation!  Minus the fact that I unfortunately did not get many pictures.  At least we got some with Remy and his cake :)

Happy Birthday (again) sweet boy!


Remington James :: Two Years Old

Y’all, today my baby is two.  I cannot comprehend how time is blowing by me, wasn’t it just the other day that we were heading to the hospital to deliver him?  And it’s not like it’s his first birthday… it’s the second.  He is not crawling anymore, he no longer wakes up in the middle of the night crying out for me, he doesn’t need me to feed him… my baby is growing up and I’m getting the mama blues over here.

This little boy is running into the terrible two with a vengeance.  He is rough and destructive like a tornado and will destroy anything in his path.  He throws temper tantrums and can cry with alligator tears on command.  He should really take up acting.  But then, with the flip of a switch, he can be the sweetest little angel killing you with those big eyes and wide, teethy grin :).  Oh, and boy is he smart.  He knows almost every letter of the alphabet and numbers to 10.  He mimics everything that Husband & I do.  He picked up the phone in our hotel the other day and started blabbering off a bunch of gibberish, pausing between some words as if the other end was talking back to him, then he would say “bye bye” and slam the phone down.  It was so funny!  He loves to do everything that big brother is doing.  If brother is playing trains, he wants to (destroy) play trains, if brother is jumping on the trampoline, he wants to be on it with him, if brother is brushing his teeth, he wants to brush his too.  Not sure if Bennett is crazy about the constant shadow around him, but he tolerates it to some extent.

My Remy James,

You have no idea how much I adore you.  Every single thing about you is absolute perfection and you bring thousands of my smiles to my face all day long.  I have no idea what I did so great in life to be blessed with your presence, but I feel like the luckiest mama in the world to have you.  Your smile lights up a room, your giggles make hearts melt, your little waddle run… I never want it to go away!!  Of course, I wish you would eat more, and whine less, but I know that this phase will also pass and someday I will have to get a deep freezer in my garage to hold all the food you and big brother will consume and I won’t be able to keep it stocked.

I know you are going to do such great things in this world, at least based on your fun loving personality ;), and I cannot wait to see it!  You are so outgoing and friendly to everyone you come in contact with, you like to make people laugh or at least you like to laugh at yourself while trying to make others laugh, you are precious in every way.  You light up my life like the sun.  This Mama loves you to the edge of a galaxy and back, and nothing will ever change that.

Your forever number one fan,

Mama

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

…And the busiest!  Here is a snapshot of what we have been up to this holiday season!

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New York City

Golf Cart Parade

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Boat Parade

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Gingerbread Houses

Christmas Eve

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Christmas Morning and Day

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It was by far the best Christmas yet!  Hope you & yours had a wonderful Christmas as well!

 



Oh, Christmas Tree! 2018

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I didn’t have time to post these before we left for NYC last weekend, but the tree went up last week!  … And seriously, all of the sudden, the house feels so magical with all the Christmas spirit!

The boys were in awe looking at all the lights and ornaments, I immediately pulled out my camera and started snapping photos of them and their sweet gestures.  They each took one ornament off and played with it for a few minutes, but that was about it!   I’m really surprised they didn’t start grabbing everything and pull the tree down on top of them!  I mean, sometimes these boys can be confused for wild animals…  It’s been up for about 10 days now and everything is still in tact.  This mama (two thumbs pointing at myself) is amazed!

Tree pics from the past can be found here, here, and here.

Has your family put their tree up yet?!? Do you use a real or fake tree?  I always get a real tree.  I’m sure I have written this in the past, but the smell of a live fraser fir is probably one of the best smells of all time.  My whole house is consumed in the scent and I LOVE IT!!!  Sure, the needles are annoying, and the tree will never have the perfect shape… but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I hope the Christmas spirit has hit your homes too!  Happy December, everyone!  It’s going to be a crazy, fun, exciting month!