Raising Blondes with Redhead Attitude

Raising Blondes with Redhead Attitude

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Mumble mess.

Ahhhhh..... It's been a roller coaster weekend and my head is a jumbled mess. So, bare with me as this post is bound to be spastic. Truthfully, Im not sure what to write or say. Which is a struggle for me since writing has always been my outlet. I hate being "pen"-tied. It's very frustrating and annoying. So, I am going to stop staring at the screen since its been an hour already. I do want to wish my Dad an awesome late Father's Day. You have proven yet again how strong and awesome you are this weekend. I am very grateful to have you as a dad and the girls to have you as Papa. And also to Hubbins. You are such an amazing daddy to the girls and they are so blessed. I couldn't imagine a better pattern in raising our kids. Thanks for always having my back with them and being there to support me in our journey as parents. 

I know I have more to say but can't really figure out what so I am leaving it for the moment. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Packing for a road trip....Toddler edition

I love summer time and it just screams ROAD TRIP! I love summer trips, OK, I love ALL trips but there's just something about summer road trips that brings me back to high school and childhood adventures. Ladybug and I will be joining my sister and niece for the first "official" one this summer. We are headed to Spokane this weekend. Its a short trip but since I haven't gone on one with my sister since before I was even thinking about being a mom, it should be a BLAST. Anyway, I am sure I will have at least one post about all that later. Today I want to share some of my tips for packing for kids. 

I've discovered it is a WHOLE lot easier to pack for just Ladybug and not both girls. One because, its only half the outfits to figure out and I dont have to worry about diapers, and all that jazz. Though, since Bug is still little I want to make sure I have all the essentials and spare clothes. 

The left two pictures are all the clothes that will be going. The top is the before and the bottom is the after. Look how much room is saved! Since, Ladybug and I will spend Saturday on foot exploring downtown Spokane, I want to make sure she has tennis shoes. However, I do not want dirt every where. The solution, a shower cap. This is an old one from a previous hotel stay that I use over and over again but they can be bought super cheap at Dollar tree. I love this for a couple of reasons. Of course, it helps keep clothes clean but it also makes it easy to find the shoes. They are secure and together in the shower cap so I don't have to dig too much. The bottom right is all of Bug's hair accessories. I try to pick things that can be bent and will handle the time in the luggage. I also like to keep them all together so getting ready in the morning is a breeze.
To pack all the clothes and save space, I use gallon sized zip lock bags. Each outfit or ones that coordinate (ex. the travel outfits or PJ's) go in the same bag. I've seen the bags then labeled but I prefer to use the bags over again until they break or get a hole so I leave them as is. Plus, I can easily see what is in each bag and have a good knowledge of what each one is for. I also put all the extra clothes in an extra bag.

As far as choosing clothes, I want to make sure Ladybug will be comfortable and that the outfits can be interchangeable or longer pants/sweater can be added in case the weather is cold. Since, Ladybug is 4 now and has her own sense of fashion I wanted to make sure she got to help in the choosing process. She got to pick a travel outfit and extra outfit and then together we picked out the rest. 

Here's the run down:

Top left: travel outfits- I needed something that was easy to maneuver in case of emergency potty stops but also comfortable. Since we will be in a car for 6+ hours, I wanted clothes that would be cool so she doesn't over heat.
Top right- I also bring a couple different jackets. She loves her dance hoodie and it will be great for nights or on the go. The jean jacket matches every outfit and is a little heavy. The jean jacket will go in my travel bag in case Ladybug gets cold on our journey. 
Middle left- Spare travel outfit, this is for just in case. Ladybug is potty trained but on long trips you just never know. I picked something that would fit in a smaller bag so it wouldn't take up too much room in our travel bags. 
Middle right: This outfit is for Saturday. We will be doing a lot of walking and exploring. I wanted her to be comfortable but able to be a kid so we went with shorts and a comfy tank top. Also, this outfit works with tennis shoes or flip flops. 
The bottom two- these are fairly self explanatory. Pj's and extra clothes. Still sticking to the comfy but fun theme. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013


A photo each week of the girls for a year. (As always please do not copy my pictures. Thanks) 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Trendy tot

Yesterday we spent the day driving around as a family and getting some updated pictures done. I am so excited to see the finished ones after Hubbins edits them. From what I saw though, the pictures will be super cute. Anyway, for today, I wanted to share a couple of the outfits we picked for each of the girls. Picking out photo outfits can be tricky. In my opinion you don't want everyone to be too matchy-matchy but you do want everyone to go together. It's also important to make sure that the outfits reflect the people who are wearing them. So here are the outfits and then I'll give you the reasons I chose each one. 
Shirt/shorts: yard sale find
Shoes/headband: Old Navy

I love this outfit for Bug. To me, it screams diva fashionista. As Bug has grown over this last year, she's begun to step away from the tutus and poofy dresses (not that she doesn't still love them). Her style has started to mature and I think this outfit shows that. The black shirt is super blingy with the sequence and the big flower head band adds its own flare. The yellow shoes and purple glasses give the outfit a fun kid friend pop of color. 

Romper/Shoes:Old Navy
Bow: local farmers market. 

Lil Giraffe is still all toddler and I LOVE IT! This is by far one of my favorite outfits on her and the color is an obsession of mine. More than that though, it's fun and at 2yrs fun is the name of the game. 


I didn't snag a great shot of the 2nd outfits separately so we will do just one of them together. For Bug, we just switched the shirt for a brighter more springy shirt. This was also a yard sale snag and so was Giraffe's shirt. Her skirt is one Yaya got Bug a couple years back from Children's place. Anyway, we switched up the colors a little here. Since, Bug had a more neutral color first outfit I wanted to give her a chance to stand out with the second set. So, of course, Giraffe's outfit is more neutral but still fun. I love the pop of pink on her tank and though you can't see them the buttons on her skirt are hearts. 

So my tips for picking out great photo outfits for kids:

1. Find something that is comfortable. If the kid isn't happy the pictures will show it. 
2. Make sure the outfit represents them. 
3. Don't over do the match. Yes, sometimes it's cute to be matchy matchy. My last tendy tot post showed that I do sometimes. But over all find outfits that fit together but don't over match. 
4. Pick a couple outfits. It's easy to change tots during shoots. Even outside ones. But as they get older like Bug, try to make the changes easier. Example: pick two tops that match the same bottom or if its colder do layers. 
5. It's important that each person stands out a little but this doesn't mean everyone needs to wear neon. Have one person in a bright color and one in a neutral gives each kid their own spotlight. 

I hope these help and fill free to comment if you have more tips or disagree. 

One more picture for good measure. The first time the girls played on a teeter totter. Seriously, love that its a butterfly too!!!! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Summer bucket list

This summer seems so different from the past ones. I think because it feels like we have a time line. This is Ladybug's first summer break, the first time we have to plan and cram as much family fun into three months before school starts. (That sentence seems to odd. Everyday I am reminded just home big my little girl is getting. I don't like it!) Anyway, gone are the endless days of eternal time together and there is so much I want to do this summer. So, I decided to make a summer bucket list and here it is in no particular order. Wish us luck!!!

2013 Summer Bucket List

Go Camping
Teach Bug to swim
Go fishing
Take the girls to see a waterfall
Visit Virgina City
Visit Glacier or Yellowstone
Make homemade bubbles
Make homemade sidewalk paint
Play in the rain
Splash in puddles 
Go hiking
Picnic in the park
Explore some place new
Get family pictures
Walk every evening
Let the girls count the stars
Find pictures in the clouds
Fly a kite 
Go to an orchard
Spend the day at a lake 

I am sure there will be more and I will add to this list. But for now this is good. 

I hope you all have a wonderful summer.  

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bug's Dance Pics

So I wanted to post a few of Ladybug's dance pics Hubbins has done so far. They are just her tap dance costume since we are doing her ballerina ones outside later this week. But like always he did an amazing job and I am so excited to share.

So stinkin cute!

She definitely has my heart!

Doesn't she look a little too grown up here? But still its a favorite..

School, dance and Harley

I feel so behind on my blog. I've managed to keep up with some of the little stuff but haven't had a chance to post the mile stones of the last week and half. So, bare with me as this could be a long post.

I want to start but welcoming my beautiful new niece into the world and family. Little Love was born on May 16th glaring and stubborn. I am madly in love with you, lil girl and can't wait to watch you grow up. You fit so perfectly in our family with the perfect mixture of sweet and stubborn. Congrats also to her mommy, daddy, and big brothers. You guys are all so wonderful and I am so proud to call you family. My love to you all. 

The following Saturday, May 18th, Ladybug had her first big dance recital. To say I am proud is an understate of extremes. This whole experience of Ladybug and dancing has been an emotional year and dream. Watching her dance on stage was breath taking. My mommy heart went through a range of emotions. I wish, I had danced more as a kid and seeing Ladybug begin to love not only one of my passions but one of her Yaya's as well, is beyond words. 
She was embarrassed of lil sis's yelling. lol

I love the attitude here!

The lil click
Waving to her groupies

Curtain call

Before the big show!

Though its a horrible phone pic this is by far one of my favorite. Jozy congratulating big sis after the show. 

Before the show.........Love her boots

From the moment we found out she was a girl, I picture the moment she would dance under the spot light but it was nothing compared to the smile and personality that shown through on stage. The conquering of nerves and pure joy she had was blissful for me. She wasn't the perfect dancer, or the one completely forgetting the routine. But she was completely her. She danced the parts she knew and added her own twist to others. She was perfectly her. 

I sat there in awe soaking up each twirl, each step, each smile, each moment. 

Alas, Ladybug has finished her first year of school. On May 21st, she had her very first last day of school. It still boggles my mind that our little baby has finish her first year of preschool and thankfully I have one more year to adjust before kindergarten starts. It has been such a memorable year, filled with so much adventure and emotions. We watched her blossom into a little girl. Watched her grow out of being a toddler and grow into the next stage. She's developed friends and this whole new array of smarts and emotions. I'm crying writing this post because of all the mile stones and huge steps my baby took towards growing up. 

I want to thank her wonderful teachers for making this year a little easier. For loving our girl and embracing her. For helping her grow strength and courage. We couldn't have picked a better set of teachers. We love you both and thank you for everything!

   You've grown so very much this year. I've watched you begin to step out of your comfort zone and take steps away from me. I can't begin to tell you how much I love you or how very hard it is to watch you grow up. To see how far you've come from the day we brought you home from the hospital. Your personality though stubborn and feisty at times is filled with love and caring. You are so very smart and I am so very proud of you. 


Lastly, this last Saturday, the 25 of May,  the girls and Hubbins were in the Big Sky Harley Davidson fashion show. Though this was Ladybug's second year, it was Hubbins and Jozy Giraffes first. The fashion show was a total blast. I am so proud of my family, especially my husband. He is not a fan of the spot light and he braved it for me. Jozy and Ladybug defiantly take after me with their love of the stage. Neither of the girls but especially Jozy did not want off the stage.

Ok, I think that's all the big catching up for now. Lol.