Nolan’s Baby Vintage Tuxedo

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I know, I know. This is very stage mom of me to dress my itty bitty three-week old baby boy in a tuxedo, but this isn’t just any tuxedo. This is the same tuxedo that both of my younger brothers came home from the hospital in. In the 80’s. Which means, Nolan is actually wearing a ‘vintage’ tuxedo. What you can’t see is the fact that he can’t straighten his legs. It’s a bit tight. But how could I not squeeze him into this? It was a moment that I couldn’t resist.

Not-so-Newborn Photos

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Funny story: I tried taking “newborn photos” of my little, Nolan Ryan Cross. The thing is, he’s 17 days old and he is already over 11lbs and 23 inches. Which means, all of the cute baskets and “newborn poses” that I put him in just looked ridiculous. Let’s face it: he doesn’t look like a newborn. So … I scrapped the traditional newborn photos and just took pics of him doing his thing.

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He also wouldn’t sleep. Aren’t you supposed to get photos of them sleeping? I kind of like the photos of him more aware though. I like seeing into those baby blues. His expressions make me giggle.

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My best friend, Angie’s mother gave us this dog from Anthropologie at my daughter’s baby shower (five years ago!). I love how this little pup has made his way into the arms of each of my three children.

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We call his feet “puppy paws” – big feet for such a young baby. He will soon grow into these puppy paws of his.

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How cute are these anchor diapers from The Honest Company? The girls at my work gifted us these and I love them. Sadly, this will be my only pack. If you know my husband, you’ll know that he would never pay double for diapers just to get a cute, printed booty. So, I’ll just enjoy these while they last.

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Newborn Photos - Mom Blogger Many Hats of a Mom
Nolan Ryan Newborn Photos - Mom Blogger

We just love this little man so much. Our family is complete. xo

Finding your happy place

I have no idea where your happy place is, but I’m sure it’s somewhere fabulous. Maybe it’s your parents house during the holidays, or a beachside hammock in Hawaii, or simply at the bottom of a great glass of Merlot and a good book … wherever your happy place is, I hope you go there often. For me, it’s our family cabin in the mountains. It takes us about 4 hours and two screaming kids to get there, but once we are there … every moment turns into a happy one. We just returned from the cabin, here are some photos of our trip.


This bubble maker is a cabin staple item. It’s supposed to be Colton’s favorite thing (and my last resort when I can’t get him to stop throwing a tantrum). Whenever Colton sees this bubble maker he starts freaking out in excitement, “Bubbles. Bubbles. My bubbles. Bubbles!” Then, of course, when I brought him up to the bubble maker, he just stood there frozen with his eyes wide open.



G-ma bought Kelsey this cool game of Hello Kitty. It’s basically these suction cup kittens that stick to each page, creating a new scene. She would empty her water bottle ever so carefully onto each Hello Kitty piece to create the perfect suction, and then place it ever so gently on the page. Such a meticulous one, this child is. She gets that patience and keen attention to detail from her father.



Who knew the doorbell would be such a hit. Colton would run outside and say, “Button!” and then run around the cabin to the front door. He can finally reach the doorbell now (all 37 1/2 inches of him!) and then he would knock on the door and continuously ring the doorbell until his sister answered. This was a fun game that drove everyone inside mad.

family vacation

family vacation

family vacation
We were on the swings a lot. Colton isn’t super excited in this moment because he wanted his dad to push him and not me (I’ve been demoted to someone who can only watch). And then little Kelsey Jean would only go slow (she haaaaates a fast swing ride, always has) so I was forced into taking their photos. Ha. Jokes on them.

Ryan bought me a new camera lens, so he was being a good sport while I practiced taking close ups of him. This is also one of the last pictures you’ll see with his beard. He shaved it last night. I think he looks handsome both ways, but I was kind of excited he shaved it. I like seeing his entire face. And that thing poked my nose every time I went in for a smooch.

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My sister-in-law and her boyfriend also joined us for the weekend (which was amazing to get to know him better and see her, since she lives in California). We went on a great hike while G-Ma hung out with the kiddos. I’m telling you, when you can build babysitting into your vacation, then you’ve got it made. More photos on that hike coming soon.

There’s something so real about this photo


Sometimes you have to just give yourself credit for trying. This past Sunday we were getting ready for church when I noticed these giant clouds overhead. The way the sun was bouncing off of the clouds left this really pretty glow in the sky. My inner photo hobbyist immediately thought, “Such great lighting for a photo!” So I asked Ryan if he would snap of photo of the kids and I on our front porch. (I have been a mother for nearly five years now and should know better than to think I could actually get my kids to sit still for a photo, but I tried anyway.) Turns out, Colton started running in circles like a crazy person, Kelsey kept asking if we were all done and I was taken to the ground to try to wrangle the troops. This is actually the best photo I got. It was such a bummer that no one really looked at the camera (Kelsey was almost spot on!), but what I love most is this picture actually represents what mornings are typically like for our family … half chaotic, half insane and always full of silly, unexpected moments.

Museo Nacional de Antropología

Mexico city museum

Everyone said, “You’ve got to see the museums in Mexico!” So, we went. Now, I’ve never been one to love walking around looking at artifacts in a museum (just ask my family about when I was younger) but it was still amazing to hear about the rich history and to see all of the ancient pieces. Did you know this museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of archaeological artifacts from pre-Hispanic civilizations. Yep. Pretty cool to see.

The best part of the museum? The company. Our team split into thirds and went on private tours. Our tour guide was Nachi (as I write this, I’m not even sure if that is his name, but we’ll just assume it is) and he was hilarious. He kept us all in line … literally. Nachi also made sure to tell us about every. single. artifact. For two hours! As he was talking, he would slip in something totally random here and there that made you scratch your head. Like when he was talking about an old home and then somehow started talking about his hair and how its “a permanent and its real.” Why, thank you sir.

I may have wanted to throw an adult tantrum half way through the tour, only because it was sooooo long, but it’s all good. We had some great laughs and learned more about the culture that makes up Mexico. Plus, we had some downtime to just hang out and chat outside prior to it raining. Fun fact: I am from Arizona and rarely get to use my umbrella. It started to sprinkle and so in all of my excitement I grabbed my umbrella only to find it had three large holes in it. Lovely. The girls from Chicago looked at me like I was crazy for keeping it. But hey, it never rains in Arizona, guys!

mexico city museum

mexico city museum

The Best Resort (and drinks) in Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

I had a business meeting at the Hotel del Coronado last week. It was my first time at this historic resort. At first glance, I kind of felt like I was on a Disney cruise – with all of the kids running around, but then I got the reason why: The Del is a safe and beautiful place, steps from the beach. The amount of activities for kids (and adults) is unreal.

Hotel Del coronado

They have somewhere between six different restaurants, a comedy club (Laugh Factory), spa and a ton of little shops. Plus, it’s a true Southern California staple. The resort was beautiful, charming and exuded so much character. I will definitely be back to the resort … only next time, I’ll ditch the laptop back for a diaper bag and bring my family along for the ride.

hotel del hotel

We had dinner at Eno Pizza & Wine bar at the Del and I had some of the best gluten-free pizza to-date. It was topped with fennel  sausage and charred broccoli and was the perfect compliment to a cool glass of wine, great conversation and a beachside sunset. I introduced Kelly to the art of taking a picture of everything you see. It’s true. I’m guilty.

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I wish I had more time because their Sheerwater restaurant looked pretty cute too. Prior to dinner we had cocktails at Sunset Bar. The group and I sipped on lavender lemonade, blackberry margaritas and white wine before calling it a night at the Laugh Factory (where we saw Biff from Back to the Future perform). I vote for all business meetings to end this way.

Hotel Del Coronado Hotel

Our family adventure. Continued.

I still haven’t had time to go through all of our summer vacation photos. (Sometimes I wish kids would take naps or let you play around on the computer while they cleaned their room or something, but that’s not how it works around here.)

In the free time that I have had, I came across these vacation photos. My aunt and I sat on the cabin porch, in near perfect weather, and watched the kids play in the yard. We made flower necklaces for the kids, which Kelsey loved. Colton? Not so much. He ripped his necklace to shreds about 2.5 seconds after we put it on. Then he tried to eat it.

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Both kids were in good spirits so I figured I would try to get a photo of them together. It’s impossible to do at home, but this time I thought it would be different.

I convinced myself that this is the day they would magically listen to me and smile at the same time. Just once. Just once! I would like a photo of both of them together. But on this day, a photo with his sister was the farthest thing from his mind. Oh well, the outtakes are kind of the best takes anyway.

Side note: How proud are you of Kelsey for holding her pose while trying to wrangle in her brother? That’s talent.

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Good Morning, Pinetop

We’ve spent the last 7 days in Pinetop – Lakeside, Arizona. We have a family cabin up here and it’s been so amazing to get out of the city and in to the countryside. Our cabin backs up to the national forest so every morning we woke up to the sounds of crows, elk, critters or Colton crying for me.

The first morning Colton was getting acclimated to the change, as most kids do on vacation, and he woke up at 5am. Eek. That’s too early for us. But we were really grateful for it because that meant we got to walk around the cabin and watch the sunrise through the Aspen and Pine trees.

I also got to watch Colton explore the outdoors. He would pick up pinecones, leaves, sticks and poke his finger at flowers all the while looking up to make sure I saw what he saw. It was the best way to wake up. I’m almost going on three months free of caffeine so watching him explore while hearing the wind through the trees and feeling the warmth of the morning sun was a great replacement for my usual chai latte.