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Friday, May 6, 2016

It's Friday. Finally. Having the girls sick and then getting sick on top of that has made for a very long week. So thankful it is Friday.

I am linking up with Karli and April.

One. I am super excited for this weekend...but I need to kick this sore throat first. I am loading up on the lozenges, DayQuil, drinking lots of water and tea and hoping it leaves me alone. It gets better by the day, but it needs to go away. Go away cold, no one wants you. And Sutton's cough hasn't gotten much better so we are going to take her into her pediatrician to make sure she doesn't need antibiotics and that it isn't something more than a cold. She sounds like she is getting better and her breathing is better, but the cough is still there.

Two. A few of you have asked how my recovery from surgery is going and I can say that it has been pretty awesome. I did have a bit of a scare after flying home with Sutton from Mexico and her jumping around on my belly, but thankfully the pain has disappeared. Here is my progress so far...don't mind the selfies.
As you can see my scar is sooo much smaller, lighter and is healing so well. I do use the silicone strips on it daily (mine last for 6 weeks per strip), so that has helped. Along with massaging the scar. But the biggest change is my abs are flatter. It is hard to see in these photos, but prior to surgery I looked like I was 4 to 5 month pregnant because I had a 3 1/2 inch gap between my abs. Now they are sewn shut and look so much better. My belly button is finally in and looks closer to what it did prior to having the girls. And I am pain free. I have most of the feeling back in my stomach (cutting through nerves takes time to heal just like it did with a c-section) and would do this surgery over and over again. My doctor rocked this one and I would recommend him and this surgery to anyone.

Three. We got our family photos back and I am in love. They turned out amazing! Our outfits look good together, the girls smiled for some of the photos, the scenery was beautiful, I got a new blog picture out of it and the overcast weather made for the perfect lighting. I can't wait to share them with you next week. In the meantime, here is another sneak peak.

Four. I want to make these muffins this weekend. Lindsay over at Lindsay's Sweet World said she and her children made them and they loved them. My girls love muffins and it is an easy way for me to sneak fruits and veggies into them. I will not be adding the peanut butter this time as my girls have yet to try peanut butter. Why you ask? My father-in-law is extremely allergic and we worry that my girls could have inherited the peanut allergy. Most likely not, but we need to test it on their hand first, then let them try it for a few days and see what happens. So for now, we will skip the peanut butter which was just added for some extra protein.

Five. Mother's Day is Sunday and I can't wait for all the family time we have this weekend. The girls, Rory and I get to spend Saturday afternoon with my parents and then Saturday evening with my in-laws (including my sister-in-law and her husband and my aunt-in-law). Then Sunday we are having a family brunch with my in-laws and then time with just my family. What are your Mother's Day plans?

Have a good weekend and don't forget to link up.

Confessional Thursday is Back!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Ladies, I am so excited to be co-hosting my first Confessional Thursday with Lynn at Dispositive Motion. We really wanted to carry on the tradition that Leslie Sisti (A Blonde Ambition) started and Jess (The Newly) continued. And now it is our turn to take the reigns.

Wanna join in on the fun? It is super easy. Confess your heart out, grab the button (html) below and put it in your post and come back to link up with us (at the bottom of this page).

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Now that the business side is taken care of....onto the Confessions.

I confess that having two sick babies is like taking care of 20 babies. So much work, so many boogers, so many tears and way too many glasses of scotch. Yes, I have ended my nights with a generous glass of scotch. Don't judge.

I confess that I can't stop looking at these photos from the wedding we went to last weekend. They make me smile every time I see them.

I confess that I have a sore throat and I am quite mad about it. It HAS to go away before the weekend because I want to see family and enjoy Mother's Day.

I confess that this weather here is dumb. For a day or two it is in the low 70s and then bam, rain and winds with temps in the 50s. I enjoy our evening walks and we can't go on them when the weather is like this. Spring give me sunshine.

I confess that I am dying to see the movie Bad Moms. I watched the trailer yesterday and I couldn't stop laughing. I am sure I will never be the Pinterest perfect mom (even though I try to be), so this seems right up my alley. Are you going to see it?

I confess that I am not that crafty, so I borrowed an idea off Pinterest for the girls' teacher appreciation gift. I think it turned out just like the picture and I am happy with it. Plus I added a little note from the girls.
Yes, you can see my tape. I ran out of the invisible stuff.

I confess that I purposely didn't buy anything from the grocery store for dinner last night because I hate cooking after getting a massage and facial (I spoiled myself!). No one wants to cook after relaxing, so take out it was and I don't regret it at all.

I confess that I still went to the gym yesterday even with a sore throat. I didn't want to skip it (it re-energizes me for the rest of the workday) because I have made such great progress going 2 to 3 times a week since I was given the go to workout again.

I confess that I "forgot" my lunch yesterday so that I would have lunch today and not have to go to lunch with my co-workers today. It's not the co-workers, but the monster burritos they were getting. Sure, I love a good burrito, but after Mexico and its amazing food, I didn't want to be disappointed.

I confess that my momma heart bursts at the seams when I see how much Sutton is a mommy's girl. Avery may be a daddy's girl, but when he isn't around, she is all about her mommy and it melts my heart. I am beyond thankful and grateful to be the mother to my little ladies.

And those are my confessions. Don't forget to link up below.

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Our Mexican Vacation Part 2

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Time to finish up our Mexican vacation. If you missed Part 1, click here.

I left off on Monday morning. We went to breakfast at this little place that was half indoors and half outdoors, Coco's Kitchen and I had the best french toast there. It was almond crusted with a lemon curd and it was to die for. The girls played and entertained the waiters and guests.

After the usual naps, walks around the city and snacks, we headed up to the rooftop pool. We wanted to try the girls new floats and see how they liked the pool. It was a heated salt pool and since the girls love bath time, we figured it would be a no brainer. Boy were we wrong. The girls didn't like it at first.

Total meltdown

After we took them out of the floats, they started to like it more. We just passed the girls around between us and the grandparents and they started to like it.

After pool time and the girls nightly routine, we headed to Polo's for their red snapper. We also had these shrimp raviolis that were so good. Combine this with two margaritas each and we were in heaven.

This sunset also helped!

Tuesday we did a bunch of the same stuff...breakfast at Fredy's again, shopping for some gifts, walking the city, chats with Conrad (Rory's great uncle) and more pool time with the girls. This became our days and it was the best.

While walking around, we saw this power post and were blown away by how many wires were coming out of it. It can't be safe, can it?

That evening, Rory and I headed out to Bella Napoli for some pizza. We tried to find this place last time we were in PV, but we searched for hours, only to never find it and go to one of our usual spots. We used TripAdvisor for directions and everyone had it wrong. It was literally a quarter of a mile north of us when it sent us about a mile south of us last time. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. We started off with their burrata, asparagus and prosciutto appetizer and followed it up with a pizza each. The pizzas were huge, but thin crust. We filled ourselves up on that and wine and Rory said we needed the lime pie that everyone kept ordering. It was good, but I was beyond full. Basically how I felt after every meal in PV. The food is just THAT good.

After a fun conversation that evening with my mother-in-law, we went to bed.

Wednesday was more of the same thing. Breakfast, pool time, sunbathing and relaxation. My in-laws watched the girls while Rory and I got some sunbathing in and then they brought the girls up for some pool time. By this time, the girls were liking their floats and loved "swimming laps" aka mommy and daddy swimming while pulling the girls. We were all settled into our Mexico lifestyle and didn't want to leave.

I know it is hard to see, but my doctor killed it with my hernia surgery. I haven't felt this good, let alone in a bikini in a very long time. Plus look at how adorable my girls were/are!

That night we had another date night at Joe Jack's Fish Shack which has been a favorite of ours for years. We ate a ton of food that night...surprised? But what we enjoyed the most was the company and the sunset on the top patio. My fish tacos were so good!
Enjoying his El-Mex Jito (a mojito made with tequila)
Enjoying my strawberry mojito

We walked a lot after dinner and caught up with my in-laws after.

Thursday we did the same as usual, but this time we threw in a massage (at a nearby spa that had great reviews) for Rory and I. The massage room was on the rooftop, with canvas curtains all around us, so the breeze came through and it was the best. And it was $22 US Dollars including the tip. Killer deal and so worth it. We felt amazing after it and booked another one for the following day. Spoiled.

That evening we went back to Bella Napoli, but this time we ordered take-out, so we could share with my in-laws and have an evening in. The food was great, we watched the sunset and fireworks and just chatted all evening.

Friday was our last full day in Mexico, so we made the most of it. We went back to Coco's Kitchen for amazing omelet's, did some shopping on the way back to the condo before the girls' naps and had another massage. We had the massage in the same place with the same masseuses and came back to the condo refreshed. I had checked the weather earlier in the day for our connecting flight (to Denver) and found out there was supposed to be a massive snowstorm to hit there Friday night through Sunday night. But United still said our flights were on time. 

But after our massages, we got an email (which I luckily had checked within 5 minutes of it being sent) saying our flight to Denver was cancelled. We went to Conrad's condo next door and I spent an hour waiting on hold with United to make our changes since the mobile app ones wouldn't go through. We had some beer and nuts while waiting and chatted with Conrad while my in-laws took care of the girls. After I was able to get through to someone, I spent the next hour and a half trying to find other flights.

United thought they were doing us a favor and they rebooked us on a flight from PV to Chicago (with an overnight in the Chicago airport) to San Francisco to Reno to get us in on Sunday at 11:30 am instead of Saturday at 8:30 pm. I had a flight to catch to Israel on Sunday at 7:30 am so this wouldn't work. Since we booked our flights with points, they couldn't change us to another carrier...until I told them I had a flight with them on Sunday morning to Israel and Rory was a gold member. They would have lost out on a lot of money for a refundable ticket to Israel, so they found us an amazing flight on American getting us in at 6:30 pm instead of 8:30 pm and we got to spend an extra hour and a half in PV. Crisis adverted.

After all the dust settled, we went up to the pool with the family and enjoyed the pool one last time on our trip. 

That evening, Rory and I headed to No Way Jose! A restaurant super close to the condo that we had never been to. We ordered table side Caesar's (so good) along with a flank steak special for Rory and Mahi Mahi in a mango and mandarin sauce. I had a play off a Moscow Mule in a boot and Rory had a chili margarita. Both were amazing and we each had two. Our last night was our most expensive meal and it was still a killer deal.
 My Mexico version of the Moscow Mule
 Table side Caesar

Saturday morning was spent going to breakfast one last time at Fredy's, packing and saying our goodbyes to Mexico. Well not goodbye, but until next time because we will be back.
Avery eating crayons and super pumped for her pancakes
Sutton loved eating crayons as well and standing in her highchair

After we said our goodbyes, we made our way to the airport. When we landed in Phoenix, we got through Customs quickly, grabbed our bags and headed back through security. We did have to run to our gate to make our plan, but luckily there were about 15 people from our previous flight heading home with us. But we made it through, a little stressed and razzled, but we made it. We flew home and Walter was pretty pumped to see us.
 Sutton was none to pleased to be leaving Mexico.

I was only home for about 12 hours before heading off to Israel for work, but I will save that for another post. I will also save the flying with toddlers for another post as well.

Mexico treated us so well and I am so happy we got to share it with the girls. Can't wait to go back in another two or so years.

10 on Tuesday - Random Stuff

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Today is the 10 on Tuesday link up and I didn't have time to write a post yesterday, so this one is coming at you very late and pretty random.

10 on Tuesday - Random Stuff Going on In My Head

One. Having a sick baby is the worst. Having two sick babies is not fair. The reason I didn't get this post going until today...Avery got pink eye and Sutton got it mildly, but she also got a nasty cough. They were both sent home from daycare yesterday and we got to hang out with crabby babies. They wanted to be held, but then they didn't. They didn't want to play, but they wouldn't sleep. The only thing that made them happy was a long walk in the sunshine, a bath and bedtime. Poor baby girls. They have been on antibiotics for 24 hours as of 10:30 am so they will be arriving to daycare late (unless their sickness is worse). We are exhausted.

Two. I think I barely slept 3 hours last night and I feel like a zombie today. Every time Sutton coughed, it woke me up. Hoping for a nap or a great nights rest tonight.

Three. I missed the gym yesterday and even though we went on a 3 1/2 mile walk, it doesn't feel the same. I need my workouts to release the stress and get rid of those extra million calories I consumed this weekend.

Four. We are a month and a half out from our annual vacation to Graeagle. It is only an hour and 15 minutes away, but it feels like so much more. We stay in cabins, have breakfast and dinner prepared for us daily, go on hikes, sleep in, relax and golf. So looking forward to that. I would rather be there than here at work.

Five. I should be working, but writing blog posts is so much more fun. Plus it is pretty dead in the office today.

Six. I caved and bought the boots I showed you all on Friday. $30 was a steal and I needed them in my life. Please be comfy and as cute as the picture shows.

Seven. My sister-in-law comes into town this weekend along with some other family and I am so excited to see them. Hoping my girls feel better by then otherwise we have to cancel. Can't get my pregnant sister-in-law sick.

Eight. Mother's Day is this weekend and we (meaning my mom, sister and I) finally booked a Picasso and Wine session for May 20th. It only took my mom a little over a year to use her Mother's Day gift from last year. No biggie. Ha.

Nine. Sushi. I can't get sushi out of my head and I feel like a date night should happen ASAP so I can indulge in it.

Ten. 200 more miles until I take my car into the shop for the oil consumption test (conclusion). My gas mileage hasn't been that great, so I am fearing the worst (they may not even be connected) and thinking my car will need a whole new engine. Ugh, so many problems.

See, I told you, very random list here. I just needed to get it all out and what better way than in a post to you all.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy Monday All! We had a pretty good weekend and I can't wait to recap it all for you, but first I have some news. No, I am not pregnant. Ha. I was really sad when Jess (from The Newly) was forced to stop blogging publicly due to a crazy woman basically stealing her life. That meant no more posts about fashion, shopping finds, her beautiful family or Confessional Thursday. After talking to Jess and getting her ok, Lynn (from Dispositive Motion) and I want to bring back Confessional Thursday. So we are going to start hosting it every Thursday. So grab the button below, write your confessions and come back to one of our pages and link up. I am so excited to be co-hosting my first link up and continuing on a beautiful tradition that Leslie Sisti (from A Blonde Ambition) started so long ago.

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I can't wait for our first link up this Thursday!

Friday after work, we picked up the girls and headed to the mall to get Rory a shirt for family photos. But first we stopped for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. Good thing they serve bread because Avery was hangry and needed food ASAP. We enjoyed our lunch and got Rory's shirt and were quickly home for the girls naps.

It rained all afternoon and evening, so we snuggled inside and built a fire. That evening I made lasagna, we drank some wine and relaxed.

Saturday morning we were up bright and early for family photos. We were worried about all the rain from the day before and it being overcast outside, but the pictures look great (from the sneak peak we got).

After photos, we headed to breakfast (second breakfast for the girls) and the girls were being so darling.

After a quick nap and some packing, we headed to my in-laws to drop the girls off for their first overnight trip. We got everything set up, gave them kisses goodbye and headed back home to get ready for the wedding we were attending.

The wedding was in a beautiful and big church. The vows were sooo soo sweet and we were happy to see the couple finally (after being together for almost 9 years) married. Then we all drove to the reception where we ate, drank, danced, did the photo booth and hung out with some amazing friends.
 Our table and our song. We were called to get food based on when they played our song which was Frank Sinatra Fly Me To The Moon.
 Reception Hall
 Me and my main squeeze
 My dress was a hit at the wedding. Got sooo many compliments on it.
Me and one of my bests, Heather

Rory and I stayed the entire reception to send off the bride and groom and then made the short trek back home (less than a mile) to crash out.  

Meanwhile, the girls played.

Sunday morning, we got ready, headed to breakfast and then picked up our little ladies. They were very happy to see us, but they had the best time at their grandparents house. And their grandparents sent us a text last night saying how much fun they had and that they missed them so much. Next time, they can do two overnights!

We came home, gave the girls a nap, did some housecleaning and then took a long walk. By that time, it was time for a bottle and a nap again. Avery slept like a rock, but Sutton wasn't having it. She was a grumpster for awhile after. But nothing some sunshine, dinner, a wagon ride and a bath couldn't fix.

We ordered in pizza (delivery from a new favorite pizza place), caught up on some shows and crashed early. 

How was your weekend?

I am linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston today.
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Friday Favs

Friday, April 29, 2016

I survived my first week back in the office and it's finally Friday. I have never been so happy to see you. Being back in the office after being out for two and a half weeks is rough. Sure I had tons of emails to catch up on, lots of work to do, but jet lag kept creeping up on me.

Anyways, let's get onto our Friday Favorites with Karli and April.

One. We have family photos tomorrow. Finally. I am excited and nervous about it. Excited because we need updated photos of our cuties, but nervous because it is in between meals and they can get cranky and want their naps. Our pictures are scheduled for 9 am because the light is perfect then and we have a busy day ahead of us. I have our clothes mostly picked out, but hoping (more like stressing) that they go together.

Two. That brings us to our busy day after pictures. We are taking the girls to my in-laws house for their first sleepover away from home. My in-laws are beyond excited. We picked up another pack n play from my aunt this week and now we just have to pack for the girls overnight trip. Why are the girls going on an overnight? Well Rory and I have a wedding to attend tomorrow afternoon and we don't want to come home (the reception is a mile from our house) slightly tipsy and worry about taking care of the girls. So we did the responsible thing and asked if the grandparents wanted a sleepover. It wasn't a hard sale at all.

I received my dress a couple weeks back and I loved it until I tried it on when I got home from Tel Aviv and as Rory was zipping it up, the zipper busted. It zipped but had that gap in the zipper. I freaked out a bit, but managed to get it off and get it unzipped without damaging it. But I was worried it would happen again when wearing it. I contacted Lombard and Fifth and they were super sweet about it. They sent me a new one and the next size up just in case. And then I send the damaged one back along with the one I don't want and it is all free shipping. Amazing customer service.

Three. Nordstrom is price matching Ray-Ban glasses and I really want to pull the trigger on these. I loved my Ralph Lauren aviators and I tried these on and need them. And they are on sale. Should I? On sale for $116.

Four. Speaking of more shopping, I want to get some peep toe booties or booties in a nudish color. I have my eye on these two. Need, want, must have.

Five. I am on the hunt for a water table for my girls. I have looked a few up on amazon, but I want to hear which ones you have and ones that you love. I think my girls would love one this summer. Send me your picks.

Six. I had to throw one more in here because I love this stuff. I know I have mentioned it before, but I love Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser. This stuff is gold. I never got dark circles until I had my lady babies. I tried to get by with a little concealer and then Jess (from The Newly) mentioned this dark circle concealer and I knew I had to try it out. It hasn't disappointed at all. I pretty much use this stuff daily and I am only a quarter through the bottle and I have had it for months. Buy this stuff. It is so much cheaper than the YSL stuff I was buying and works just as good, if not better.

Have a good weekend!

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Currently (April)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It has been a long while since I did a Currently post, and since I don't have Part 2 of our Mexico Trip done, I thought now was as good of a time as any.

Drinking/Eating. Coffee and water...my forever staples. I have given into my sweet tooth and have been eating AirHead bites and gummy bears from my trips. Gotta finish them up and they cure my sweet tooth in an instant.

Planning. A Picasso and Wine day with my mom and sister. I got my mom a gift certificate last year for Mother's Day and we are finally getting around to using it. I can't wait. I am also making Father's Day plans (way in advance since we go on vacation right after).

Reading. I finished reading two Shopaholic books (you know the Confessions of a Shopaholic series) that another blogger recommended and I just downloaded I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends by Courtney Robertson because I am a huge Bachelor fan. Next, I want to read Emily's tell all book.

Dreaming of. Another vacation (ha!) and finally renovating our kitchen.

Wishing/Hoping For. That my next work trip is moved to July instead of early June. I would love for a longer break between out of country travels. Fingers crossed that we can make that happen. Remember how I told you I couldn't say where yet? Well now I can....England, Scotland, France and Gibraltar. Soooo excited. I want to travel to as many European countries as I can in my lifetime and this will cross off another three for me (I have already been to England).

Wearing. Jeans and sweaters. We have had lots of wind, clouds and spits of rain the last couple days. But hey, when I get to wear jeans to work, I am one happy lady. We get two weeks of wearing jeans for employee appreciation. I will take it.

Enjoying. Watching my girls interact. They may take things away from each other and hit each sometimes, but when they are apart, they (fake) cry for each other. It is so sweet. Plus I have been enjoying lots of cuddles and slobbery kisses from my girls since being home.

Loving. The way my hernia surgery turned out. I can't wait to show you my progress. I am so blown away how much better this surgery was compared to the last one. So thankful for my doctor, his extra care and my results. I don't feel as embarrassed to wear a bikini now.

Looking Forward To. Mother's Day weekend. My sister-in-law is coming into town that weekend and we get to see her belly! We haven't seen them since the girls' birthday party. We also get to celebrate her birthday (which is a week later). And then it is Mother's Day and my husband has something special planned for me. I can't wait to spend the day with my sweet family.

Pinning. Ha, whats that? Just kidding. I haven't pinned much lately since I have been out of the country for the last 2 1/2 weeks. But I should be pinning some new week night recipes and some crafts to do with the girls.

Watching. Grey's Anatomy (still love the show), The Family (so good, but so scary to think of this happening), Better Call Saul (just finished the season finale), Silicon Valley (love this show) and Gilmore Girls (on Netflix since I never watched it when it was on tv).

And that is what I have been up to when I am not traveling.
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