Sunday, July 19, 2015

30th Birthday~

I turned 30 in November.
It is the craziest feeling- partly because I've felt 30 for the last 10 years and partly because growing up 30 sounded so old!
I had mixed emotions the whole time- I was happy where I was in life and being 30, but I was sad to leave my 20's.
For TWO years I planned to go to California for my 30th birthday and I wanted to hit Disneyland, Price is Right, and if at all possible, the Ellen show.
Since I was pregnant with twins, Disneyland was out, and my brother and his wife weren't able to come after all, so we went with a whole new plan!
I knew after having these babies and taking care of 3 babies under the age of 2 I wouldn't be getting out much, let alone to travel so November was a travel packed month!
We started off by heading back to one of our favorite places- Hilton Head Island, South Carolina!
 
We decided not to take Lila. My Mom and sister offered to watch her so we could get away one last time together before the babies came. I was excited to get away until the night before we were to fly out. I panicked thinking of leaving Lila for that long (It was a whopping 4 days). I called my sister the night before and was bawling my eyes out that I couldn't leave her and that I had decided to take her with us. Russ was supportive either way so I decided to take her and let her play at the beach and ease my worried mind.
My sweet sister talked me in to leaving her and said how important it was for us to get away together before our lives were about to change so much. She more than anyone knows that best where she also had a toddler then twins. So I agreed.
The next morning we dropped her off and I of course cried all the way to the airport.
I am so glad my sister talked me in to it, and she was absolutely right- it was just what we needed and so fun to remember what it was like to just go play the two of us.

 
It was a little colder than we thought it would be so I wasnt entirely prepared clothes-wise. Plus it was that super uncomfortable time in a pregnancy in-between regular clothes and maternity clothes.
We love the beach no matter what!

 
We wanted to spend some time in the pool but again too cold. The tips of our toes too a quick little swim though ;)

 
We ended up going to a local store and buying a soccer ball and playing soccer on the beach- SO MUCH fun.


 
One thing I absolutely love about this little island, is all the dolphins!
Pretty much guaranteed to see a dolphin when you look out. While we were playing soccer Russ went to get the ball that was going toward the water and there was a dolphin, so close. He just kept getting closer and closer- it was incredible. I unfortunately didn't get to my phone and taking a picture in time, but I just love those creatures!


We are both entirely too competitive with ping pong, which makes it fun!
My old work used to have a ping pong table in the break room and the company would have tournaments, so I am used to playing in high heels, so playing bare foot is just a total bonus!

 
This fun little bar had amazing live music, volley ball court, and corn hole!
I will go ahead and say I won ping pong, but Russ killed me at corn hole!


 
The next morning we looked up a good breakfast joint- I chose this one because of the citrus crème Brule French toast! Did NOT disappoint. Crème Brule is one of my favorite desserts so to eat it as a breakfast on a bed of carbs, pretty much makes it perfect. 

 

 
We rented bikes for the day and pedaled our hearts out. We rode all over the island, window shopped for houses (day dreaming of course) saw live aligators, and I mastered the art of biking and reaching in my basket for sugar babies.


 
The sand on these beaches are so perfect! Soft to the touch of your foot, but packed enough to ride a bike all along the coast!









 
We rode to a pretty light house, walked around and had lunch on cute little rocking chairs over looking the water!
























It was a perfect way to kick off my 30s and a last hooray for us before the twins came!
Russ had to stay and work and I flew home to see Lila.
Thanks to my amazing Mom and sister for taking Lila for us :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Halloween

You think I would have tried to catch up blogging while being on bed rest with hardly anything to do, but nope, I like to make life hard and play catch up with 2 newborns and a toddler.

I LOVE making costumes. Especially when they cost me under $5.
This year we were the "Trophy Wife" and hunter.
I looked up a picture of some of Russ's "Horn Porn" (The man is obsessed with hunting and antlers)and made a nice little set of my own. I was so proud and excited to show him when he got home...from hunting of course.
If only I hadn't made them so heavy so they would stay on my tiny headband.
He of course critiqued them, we made some changes and we were ready for Halloween!
 
Lila creating her own little masterpiece while I painted my antlers.
We go all out at our house with TWO colors for her to chose from...haha. Poor girl has a nice set of jumbo crayons now.

 
Let me take you back to Halloween- 2005. I was up to school at Utah State University and most of my high school friends stayed in the Salt Lake Valley. My friend was invited to a Halloween party from some guys she met at the U of U. So we get all dressed up- They were snowboarder chicks, and I of course, was Mrs Piggy- Im talking pig snout, huge pink tutu, pearls and the nastiest wig you've ever seen.
We walk into this party- of course fashionably late...and its not a dress up party :(
So, my friends slip off their snowboarding pants, and I am left as Ms Piggy. It turns out they had all just come from a football game so no one was dressed up.
Because of this embarrassing moment, I am always scared when I wake up Halloween morning and get ready haha!
So to err on the side of caution and not show up to work looking like a buck, I did my make up in my cube once I saw it was in fact, Halloween just like the Calendar said.


 
If that is not the hottest hunter you have ever seen I don't know who is.
He was doubling it up this year and doing something else with his department that required a goatee and I quite liked it.

And you cant forget our cute little skunk!!
 
One of my co workers went up to her and mooed so I guess she looked more like a cow, but CUTE nonetheless.
 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Curiosity Museum

Im blogging about 6 months behind, but Im determined to get caught up!
I cant believe how much Lila has changed in just 6 months. Its sad how fast time goes and how much they change!
Just before Halloween we had a girls day out with my Mom and sister and our kiddos.
I remember feeling not that great, and a tich moody, but I still packed Lila up and met up for lunch. We were going to go to the Childrens museum after, but right at the end of lunch, Lila spilled her almost full bowl of Wisconsin Cauliflower soup all down the front of me.
I just wanted to go home and call it a day but they talked me in to going and Im so glad I did.
I thought Lila would be too young to enjoy anything but she had a blast, and I honestly think I had more fun than her haha! I mean helloooo, they have a zip line on the playground!

They really did have fun things for babies to do too!


 
I put Lila in here to play in the sand and some little boy tattle tailed on me :)

 
Grandmas are the best!


 
Making some music...

 
And the girls and I did a little tap dancing. Took me back to when I was 8 and tap danced at C & C Ballet. Weirdly I was super shy back in the day and was down right terrified to perform my monkey dance from the Jungle Book, but fortunately/ unfortunately for Russ, my shyness is gone and I was rocking that tap floor ;)
Smelling like old Wisconsin Cauliflower soup did not slow me down- Im sure I was sweating the smell of old cheese.

 
When you feel it, you feel it.



 
 
We may have been too confident in her sliding skills- she clung on for dear life before landing safely on wood chips- oops- you live and you learn.

 
After, we had delicious frozen yogurt.
I have no idea why Lila isn't wearing shoes in any of these pictures haha.
She loves her CC.