Guys! Today was awesome. Like really, really awesome. Life has felt a little (ok, ok a lot) chaotic since Orion was born. He’s seriously the greatest baby alive but I’ve felt like 3 has really tipped the scales for a lot of things in life. haha. Being out numbered is tough! Anyway, I guess since he’s been born we haven’t really been going out a lot to do things together as a family. It always seems to be divide and conquer over things that need to get done. Sort of a “you take the girls and do this and I’ll take the baby and get this done” sort of deal on the weekends. We go here and there together but have missed out on bigger day trips and such. I hadn’t really noticed it being a big deal till today. This morning we headed to North Adams for a day at Mass Moca and it was just so refreshing and lovely. I love, love, love being out, doing fun things as a family!! It’s the wind to my sail! I realized just how much I’ve missed being adventurous all together. Just seeing the girls faces and excitement and getting to share in new experiences…. aaaahhhh! So, so good! Mass Moca is such a wonderful museum. Lots to explore and great programs for the kids to participate in. Not to mention the beautiful building it’s in. If you’re ever passing through the Berkshires make sure you take a trip there!
Our sweet little Orion is falling into his big sister’s foot steps and refusing a bottle. I seem to grow stubborn little babies (I wonder where they get that from?? Definitely not me! Insert winky face here) It’s been hard to create one on one time with the girls when I am attached at the hip to the little man. However, now that he is getting a bit older and on a tiny bit of schedule, I am making more of an effort to take the girls on dates. Girls Night Out! Or well afternoon, or morning or whenever we can fit it in. Nothing big or over the top yet. We only have about 2-3 hours before we need to be back home again, but we have fun and I love the time with them. Their all the sudden super grown up to me now that Orion is here. Ahhh how are they so big?!?!! They’re my best little buddies. For this particular date we just headed out for some frozen yogurt. We got out of our pajamas (because let’s face it, we’re always in our pjs if we’re at home) and put on our new favorite items from Abercrombie. They have some of the best denim I’ve ever tried. The perfect skinny leg, with the perfect amount of stretch and the perfect high waist. My favorite jeans by far ( I do size up just for reference!). I also LOVE the abercrombie kids line. They have some of the cutest sweaters and denim for the kids too. I mean look at how awesome that skirt is that Rowan is wearing or that little chambray shirt finely has on… *swoon. SO CUTE!!
Thank you to Abercrombie for sponsoring this post.
We had a big ol’ christmas at my parents house in Massachusetts this year. My sister Carrie and her husband Joel flew in from Vancouver and my other sister Amy came down from Rochester with her boy friend Matt. It’s very rarely that we are all together so it was a very special treat to spend the holidays all together. There was endless amounts of food, late nights, star wars, rope swinging and laughs. It was so warm over christmas. Like almost 70 degrees?!?! Wasn’t that crazy? We ended up giving the girls their Christmas present a day earlier just so they could go use them outside while they still could. Back in October I had gotten Kev a Micro scooter for his birthday. And since we’ve all been using it a ton, we ended up getting each of the girls their own for Christmas. It was so fun whipping around my parents driveway on them and having races all together in the warm weather. OOOh I was loving the weather!!! We need to move somewhere where that is the norm! We also got to spend time with Kev’s family. We are lucky our parents live so close to each other. We got to pop back and forth and see everyone.
Hope you guys had a great holiday season!
So I will be the first to admit that I kinda hate winter. Why we live in the Northeast is questioned daily when the temperatures drop and we are forced to spend waaaaaay more time than I’d like indoors. Every year I try my darnedest to get us outside as much as possible. The key I’ve found is to find fun activities to do while you’re out there. It helps take your mind off how cold you are, plus is makes really fun memories! Things like building snowmen, tubing (especially at those tubing places that have chair lifts and tracks!), skiing and snowboarding (getting Rowan in lessons this year!) and of course ice skating!! Growing up in Canada, learning to skate was like a rite of passage. We used to go skating every weekend after church. We’ve been making it a point so far this season to do the same with the girls. They really look forward to it! Rowan is getting pretty good too- she whips around the ice pretty fast. This past Sunday we headed down to Empire Plaza in Albany to skate outside on the little rink they have there. It can be pretty magical feeling when all the lights turn on at night. Love this family tradition we are starting! Can’t wait to get Orion on a pair of hockey skates!!
One of our favorite things to do when we come in from the cold is to make warm soup! I’ve always hated most pre-made soup, they’re loaded with ingredients I can’t even pronounce and frankly just don’t taste that good. Needless to say, I was super excited when I heard that our already beloved Annie’s just launched a new line of organic soups. They have simple ingredients, no preservatives, artificial flavors, or synthetic colors. How awesome is that? Helps save time and the kids are in love with them. Finley’s favorite is the Creamy Tomato Soup with Bunny Pasta (Hello! 1/2 cup of veggies per serving!). She’s asked for it for lunch for like the past week. The cherry on top for little Miss Fin is getting to put Cheddar Bunnies in the soup! I love coming in from cold with red roses cheeks, sitting around the table and creating more winter memories as we sharing a warm meal together!!
Thank you ANNIE’S for sponsoring this post.
Finley celebrated her 3rd birthday last week! Yippie! We had a low key birthday party for her at the house with some of her little friends. I posted a picture on instagram the other day with a little run down of Finley at this moment. Figured I would post it here as well…
“Finley still loves all stuffed animals, especially small, hand sized ones. She is perfectly average is height and weight. Just had her well visit this week. Such a difference from her off the chart in height older sister. She loves who she loves and if you aren’t in that circle then she probably won’t give you the time of day. She is wild and silly and brave. She has the sweetest little voice. We’ve nicknamed her finfin (which she thinks is her real name) and snacks. All she wants to eat are snacks… ALL.THE.TIME. She loves bean bags (or jumping pillows as she calls them), building with blocks and doing whatever Rowan is doing. She is the BEST big sister to Orion. Oh man this girl loves her baby brother. She has quite a temper when she is mad and loves things to be fair. She loves to drink everyone else’s smoothie except her own even when they are the same exact thing. And to her the only piece of clothing that should exist are dresses/skirts and tights. She insists on wearing all her dresses and tights from June&January all day, everyday. I think I’ve said more times than I can count “tights are not pajamas”. Haha. Welcome to 3 Miss Finley James!!”
Did you hear about the new Pantone colors of the year? I am not quite sure why they do that each year but oh well, it’s kinda fun right? This year the colors are Rose Quartz and Serenity. Both are very pretty colors, although I would lean more towards Rose Quartz if I had to pick a favorite. So when T.J.Maxx and Marshalls asked if I wanted to team up and create an outfit based on the new colors, I bet you can guess which color I went with. They had tons of beautiful designer options to choose from in both colors. This very soft pink sweater was the perfect addition to my closet!
And guess what? Woot! I am down 6 pounds. I am not dieting but just working at eating real, whole foods (and staying away from sugar) and working out lightly when I can. I know you hear a lot “it took 9 months to put on the baby weight so expect at least that to come off” and I agree. I am trying to be safe, healthy and not obsessive about it. Although seeing the weight come off does make me feel good. It can be a bit of a weird mental game to be at a weight you just don’t feel like yourself at. Anyway, I started back at the hot yoga studio in town and goodness, I missed it!
How’s your new year going so far? Anyone have any resolutions they want to share? I’d love to hear.
Hey guys! Did you send out Christmas cards this year? It’s one of my most favorite things about the season! I love seeing our wall fill up with family and friends. We teamed up with Minted again this year for our Christmas cards. They’re hands down my favorite! I love the selection and quality. Did you know there is still time to order- you could get them out and delivered right on/after Christmas. I say the whole month is fair game and then there’s always a New Years card (which we did last year!) and that gives you all of January in my opinion. I love New Years cards. It’s like a little bonus after you think you’ve gotten all the cards in the mail. Boom! Another card shows up. We went with a booklette again this year because so many of our friends and family live far away. It’s a cute way to share a bit more information about the year. We also used it as a birth announcement for Orion. I was so happy with how they came out!
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