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What’s your wish?

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One of our favorite traditions for Christmas besides the carols, family parties, live nativity scene, yummy food, ugly Christmas sweaters, favorite holiday movies, playing in the snow, decorating the tree, hanging stockings, visiting temple square, opening presents, writing letters to Santa… are the pajamas! It would be like Thanksgiving with out the pie. Something is missing.
I remember when I was little and my mom would buy us all matching flannel pants. I wouldn’t take them off all Christmas day or maybe even Christmas break… even when we go to the movies Christmas night. Which was my dad’s favorite tradition… I never really wanted to go. I thought, why don’t we stay and play with all these awesome presents? But now I get it, he probably wanted us to be entertained and sit quietly for 90 minutes. :)

I teamed up with one of my favorite places to shop to share their cute pjs styles. And, you guys, all the sleepwear is 50% off today!! I wanted Q and Lola to be twinners and loved the gold hearts on cream top and bottoms.
Avery loves her cool cat top that reads, “Meowy and Bright” haha! I also loved this red striped onesie for her!
Collin has on some comfy joggers and baseball tee which is nice cause he can wear them year round too. And striped onesies are always a classic for Christmas on Myles and me. And my socks (pictured below) of bulldogs wearing a santa hat. 😀 So festive!

Looking at these photos with the wish lights, I have been thinking about what my wish is this Christmas and my thoughts turn to my family and my mom and all that I wish I could give them! Feeling grateful this week for this beautiful, crazy season of my life.
What’s your wish this Christmas?

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Sharing Smiles

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Friday after school we didn’t have any plans and time to kill before my niece’s play so I wanted to do something positive with my kids since there is so much negativity looming with the recent election. At first my husband was like, let’s do something bigger than this, but we had an hour and a half and three kids with us. Plus I knew if we waited until we had a bigger and better idea it probably would never happen so we went with it.
We got some balloons, treats to tie on the ends and even a little cash. It may seem small and even trivial but our hope was to brighten someone’s day and spread a little happiness.
Watching the girls deliver each one and seeing people’s reactions was so fun and uplifting! First, we stopped at this eatery where we took the pics and watched Lola with the smile balloons bobbing above her head as she passed some out and ran back to the car. It was so cute! The girls each took turns and completely loved it! Quincey was a little shy but I noticed as she saw their happy reaction she became more and more open to reaching out.
It doesn’t matter who you voted for… I hope we can all do what we can to uplift and come together!

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Election Day

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Wearing our “I voted” stickers proudly today for Election Day in the U.S. Going to be interesting night but honestly I’m kind of ready for it to be over. I remember when I was traveling in Australia, earlier this year, my friends and guides wanted to talk about our election and it was neat to learn what they hear about the U.S. and their thoughts from the other side of the world.
The line today to vote was outside the door of a school and around the corner but it was worth it to cast our choice. It’s such a historic race! And to think that women used to not have a chance to vote makes me grateful for this priveledge that we can today!
Politics can bring to surface fierce emotions… be respectful. Be brave. Be nice. :)

Myles got a sticker for being adorable.
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Step Outside

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Some days I wanna move somewhere where I can step out the door and ride my bike to the store… then other days I realize that even though I hate driving up a steep hill to our house (especially in the snow) we are so lucky to live with the mountains in our back yard. We can literally walk a block up the road and find the prettiest trails and gorgeous views of the city. There’s even a hike to a waterfall that starts two blocks away. Sheesh, why am I so ungrateful at times? I love how my kids help me see what I start to view as ordinary and remember to enjoy all these moments that we can easily dismiss. Like an afternoon hike when the leaves look fall as fall can be!

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In a couple weeks, when this is all covered with snow, these new boots by Kamik are definitely going to come in handy keeping my toesies toasty. Because I am THE biggest baby when it is cold that I have to dress warm. Then I am a happy snowman. When I am dressed warm I definitely love the winter. That and we started skiing again last year so now I am counting down to the first snowfall.
Love all the Kamik style boots. Avery got some when she was younger and they last forever so my others girls will wear them too.
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More than any of our kids Quincey loves her one on one time. She thrives on it. I think maybe because she’s can be a bit quieter than the other two that it’s nice when she feels like she doesn’t have to compete with others to be silly, or to talk to mom and dad. She’s my Sporty Spice which makes it fun to do something adventurous.
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What’s for lunch hunny?

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First of all, I mess up saying “acai” every time like Myles trying to say Lola “wowah”. But I think I got the hang of it. Second of all, perks of having Collin home is he makes me food. Today and last night he made me an acai PB&J bowl. While he was traveling, on a recent trip to Washinton DC,  he ate something similar from a food truck at Union Square and has been raving about it ever since. We had most of the ingredients on hand but grabbed a few things yesterday and it’s so good! It’s called PB&J because it’s a spin off of the sandwich with the acai as the jelly and there’s also peanut butter. Which I realized peanut better makes everything better.

Here’s the recipe for ACAI PB&J Bowl:
Mix all ingredients in food processor or blender. I use a Ninja.
1 frozen banana/ 1/3 c. peanut butter/ 1/3 c. Almond Coconut Milk/ 1/2 c. Acai berry juice (the freeze dried stuff is better but we grabbed the juice at Costco)/ handful of frozen strawberries/ 1/2 c. frozen pineapple (He threw in some spinach today which messed with the bright purple color but it was still pretty!)
Toppings: Granola, blueberries, bananas, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut

Found the best seat in the house with that tree’s leaves turning yellow rn.

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It’s Fall, I’m in Love

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Fall always sweeps in with a cool breeze and knocks me off my summer-loving feet. I somehow forget about a day at the pool or blue snowcone stained smiles. Instead give me a sweater, pumpkin muffin and a drive through the canyon singing 90’s love songs on the top of our lungs with the sunroof open.

Although by the end of this drive from one canyon 10 minutes from our home through the mountains to Sundance and back home I honestly was car sick and my head was spinning. But it was worth it.
If this doesn’t make you wanna Florine Maria up those hills twirling and singing, I don’t know what will!
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We went on a little hike on Lame Horse. Which actually wasn’t lame at all. The kids all found the perfect hiking sticks, tracked down many animal prints (which looked like nothing to me but sheesh they’re little geniuses). Myles was looking for a dragon while Lola found the only flower on the entire hike. Dad carved our family name into a tree because anyone who’s anyone has there name engraved in an aspen. It’s like graffiti for hippies. Poor “Sam + Molly” which was carved years ago inside a heart but had a fresh X crossed through it.

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Always looking for a chance to break-in my Danner boots. aka Reese Witherspoon Wild boots. aka they will last til I’m an old lady and more.
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Daddy let them hang out the sunroof for a bit. Which I did NOT approve of but they loved it and will always remember it, I bet. And that’s what dad bases most decisions on while parenting.
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What Color Are You? #colorcode

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In high school, which seems like forever ago (because it was forever ago), for one of our classes we took a personality test. I remember thinking, whatever this is so lame, like an annoying teenager would. But to this day I still remember my results. I thought it was so awesome because it was spot on. It goes into much more detail but sensitive, moody, sincere, dependable, easily frustrated, creative, and likes to have fun! Could have summed me up.
Well a couple weeks ago, for a church activity with the youth in the church I attend, we took the test. The results were the same except I lost the fun part and it was replaced with the peacemaker color. Which makes sense, I guess, since I’m an old maid now. hehe.
Can you guess what color I am? BLUE. It’s crazy how blue I am. When I read this description it weirds me out that someone could figure out the science of my personality so well. How I deal with situations, conflict as well as needs and wants. Then the next color was white. But I used to be blue/yellow. It made me realize that I want that fun, spontaneous side of me back. (There’s a free test on line you can take at Color Code.)
So the reason I bring this up, is we all know how different kids’ personalities are. Even siblings raised in the same environment with the same parents. As I struggle to discipline, reward, love and nurture these four wonderful souls. I realize that what works with one of them doesn’t work for another. I was trying to figure out what color each one is… and it’s kind of tricky. But I’m figuring it out and how to best respond and validate their needs. Striving to make their light and color be the brightest it can be. And celebrating who each person is! Some days are tougher than others. I definitely live for the small moral victories, a spontaneous hug and kiss. Or Myles’s tender but matter of factly “I like you” that melts my heart.
There’s an awesome article here for kids and personality color coding and a simpler tool below:

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Have you taken it? What color are you? 

 

The battle with a spider

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Last night I couldn’t sleep. I had a feeling that I might have left the garage door open so I went down there at like 3 am. The door was closed and there weren’t any murderers hiding out. JUST A FREAKING HUGE SPIDER! Like trianchula size. And I realize I probably didn’t spell that spider word correct but there’s no way I’m goggling it and have to see pics of it only to relive this creepy moment. The thing is the second it saw me, like 10 feet away, it crawled/lunged towards me. Fast. Which scared the crap out of me so I screamed and ran around to the other side of the car. Haha. Then I had a grand idea, grabbed the bug spray that has a hose with a trigger and shoot some at it while peeking around the car. It literally just sat there. Then I grabbed a basketball and chucked it at it. I missed because I’ve never had good aim and it run to the wall by the freezer. Now I had it cornered. Also please note I could actually hear its legs crawling when it ran. (shudder) So I mustered up some courage grabbed a pair of skis and killed it. Not my beautiful skis, of course! Some old red and gold ones from the 80’s that Collin is still holding onto because he was skiing and cut off Robert Redford while wearing them or something.
I kinda feel bad now though. Not about the skis, the spider. But that thing would eat me and my children if I would’ve let it live. Or bite me on the arm and I’d lose a limb. Okay, I still feel bad. After that I really couldn’t sleep and I could feel his spider friends coming for revenge on my legs all night. Needless to say my head hurts. Collin is traveling for work or I would’ve been soundly sleeping. I can’t sleep sometimes when he’s gone.
Waking up to these cute pics in my inbox brightened my day though. Love this boy… and donuts! Chocolate is definitely the cure for a tired headache like this!
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Obsessed with this skirt. Plus it’s on sale right now and it’s so adorable to dress up or down. Cute cute! And those tees are my favorite. I have multiple colors. Just wanted to share! xoxo

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“You’re not coming to my birthday party”

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The other day I looked in the mirror, it was one of those loooong days that you just want to end and go to bed before it’s even dark. When 7:25 finally rolls around, “Is it bedtime yet?”
As I was splashing water on my face and cleaning off yesterday’s makeup… I looked like a zombie mommy and that’s being nice. I realized that no matter how dead I look this cute boy of mine has been giving me kisses, asking me to hold him and smiling at me all day. He loves me no matter what. That genuine love is what it’s allllll about and why I adore being his momma. Why I can handle these tough days. Why I appreciate the good days even more. Why I smile so big when I see him wave to me from the top of the slide of the playground before jumps into the tube and slides down. Why I feel like the luckiest.

All the girls were in school so we had some fun one on one time. Myles actually starts preschool (gasp!) That’s crazy! How is he old enough for preschool already?! It’s only two days a week for a few hours so basically I’ll take a shower and get a few things done and he’ll be home. No I don’t take that long of showers, what I mean is, his school time will be done before I know it! 😉

Shared this on Instagram yesterday, but he uninvited me to his birthday party… in April. I don’t even remember what it was about but I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry because it’s basically the biggest insult from a three year old. I think I laughed though.
Pretty soon he will forgive me when he realizes who brings the cake!!

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We partnered with Zappos and we both got some new kicks from Superga! They’re this cool Italian brand and definitely inspired me to get out of mommy zombie mode and go on a mom and Myles date. Comfy and stylish snake skill sneaks. Not to mention Myles’s high tops have two zippers on each shoe so you can keep it tied and just unzip off and zip them back on. That’s my favorite kind of kid’s shoe… one that you don’t have to tie! I’ll probably be living in these this fall.
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SHOP: HIS black high top sneaker | HER snack skin lace ups

Lola & Her Bear

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When I was traveling in Australia… Tasmania to be exact! There was the sweetest lady I met and she asked about our dog and I told her I would post some photos of him. So here ya go! These are for you!
Lola and her bear. She still loves on him. He still follows her around and waits for her to drop something to eat. Or licks any extra off her cheeks.

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Since my husband travels for work I didn’t have a camera cause he would have to pack up all the gear. I am excited to get a new camera and can start taking photos again of our day to day. Still figuring it out though! I got the Canon 6D. I will do a more extensive review but I am liking it so far and getting to know it. I also use the Canon lens 24-70. It’s by far the best lens we’ve shot with. Sharp photos and the zoom is great. For these pictures I used this Sigma lens 50mm lens.