Mornings with Nolan

Nolan has transitioned out of his crib and into a big boy bed. Which makes for really hard evenings for us. He comes into our room throughout the night wanting to sleep in our bed. We have to take turns walking him back to his room in an effort to teach him to stay put throughout the night. It’s an exhausting process when your used to getting sleep. This morning, Nolan woke up extra early so we watched the sunrise and picked flowers from our front yard. It sounds peaceful (and it really was for about 5 minutes) before the door shut on his foot and Ryan told him he couldn’t drink my coffee. These are the moments I treasure though because I know he’ll be a teenager within a blink of an eye.

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Making our house a home

Our new house is feeling more like a home every single day. Our home, that is. It’s a strange feeling to move a few neighborhoods away from your old house. You end up driving by the old house whenever you find yourself in the area. Each time I do that, my old house feels more and more like a distant stranger. It’s a weird emotion.

This house, I love love love though. The other night our great friends came by to celebrate this new chapter. They brought their baby, Clementine, and “Colton’s best friend.” They brought wine. They brought gifts. And they brought great memories with them. These two (now, three people) mean so much to us and we loved sharing our new home with them.

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The kids were the best babysitters, never leaving her sight.

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Thanks to Kelsey, my 7-year-old, for this photo.

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We love you, Bocktings!

We’re all moved in!

We are all moved into our new home! Every box is unpacked. Every one. Everything is put away and we can now start to relax. It’s been an incredible few months … an entire year, actually, of packing, unpacking, re-packing, then packing again. I’m never moving again. Quote me on that. I’ll take post some photos of our new place soon, but for now … I’m going to put my feet up and relax. Who am I kidding, I’m going to help my husband hang ceiling fans. Jealous?

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He turns into a monster when he has too much video games, so he just got his games back. He hasn’t played them since February. Mostly because we packed them in a box so he would forget all about them. ha! Wish us luck now that the games have been found.

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Kelsey’s best friend, Avery came over today for a play date. I took the girls to Skateland in the morning for a birthday party and now they are enjoying cookies that I made for them. I actually made them for me, but if I say I made them for them then I don’t feel so guilty about eating 10 cookies all by myself. Okay, one cookie more and then we’re off to hang ceiling fans. 🙂

Date night at Mora Italian in Phoenix

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Have you been to Mora Italian? If not, get yourself a reservation, grab a date and go! It’s remarkable. If you’re a foodie, this restaurant will not disappoint. Ryan and I went on Saturday for a pre-anniversary dinner (9 years!). As we were sitting at the bar waiting for our table, the server brought over a pizza with a poached egg (it wasn’t ours) but I wanted it so badly. Right behind us another server was preparing freshly baked bread as a side dish, table side, and the scent of fresh bread was heavenly.

Everything at this restaurant was amazing – from the atmosphere to the service to the cuisine. I can’t recommend this place enough. Plus, I had this handsome guy by my side. Between him and the salted caramel dessert, it was an amazing night out.

Janelle’s Newborn Lifestyle Photoshoot

I had the privilege of photographing the sweetest (and coolest) family last month. Janelle, a friend from high school, reached out to see if I would be open to photographing her twin boys, baby boy and hubbie. I jumped at the opportunity! Here are a few photos from that day. We seriously had so many laughs. I loved hanging out with this awesome crew.

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What Real Life Looks Like

I’m so over all of the perfect family photo floating around Instagram. That. is. not. real. This is what real mom life looks like. You know, just trying to get a photo of my family but Nolan refuses to wear pants (I have to sneak into his room at night and put pajama pants on him so he won’t freeze) and Colton has so much energy that I wish I could bottle it up and use it for myself. Kelsey loves giving me attitude, rolling her eyes and making me feel like I am a mother to a teenager. But, at the end of the day, I love them so incredibly much and sometimes (just sometimes) they look at me and smile. Other times, it goes a little something like this.

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Mornings with God and Family

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We made it to church this morning, besides the rain that tried to get in our way. Have you ever tried to get three kids, four umbrellas and yourself into a church building? It’s really difficult. Not to mention the fact that I was wearing heels. But, we made it and there is truly no better way to start the morning. My heart is full today. I would love to blog more and tell you all about what’s been going on in my crazy household, but Ryan’s out grilling in the rain and the fort I built my kids just caved in. Gotta run, but I promise I’ll be a better blogger soon.

The Happiest of Hours

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Friday night I called my best friend for an emergency happy hour. I had a lot on my mind and needed some time away from it all. Postinos and conversation with Angie proved to be just what I needed. A great way to kick off the weekend and recharge with the one who knows me best. She’s been my best friend since we were in 10th grade and totally gets it. I hope you have friends like that. They truly make the world go round. And this amazing Arizona weather was the perfect complement.