Santa Fe Trip


We went to Santa Fe, NM for a week in April. We were looking forward to warm weather…………… yeah, that didn’t happen. It was cold and windy most days. We stayed at the El Dorado hotel for the first half and moved to the Hilton for the second. The Hilton was SO MUCH NICER. We wished we had stayed there the whole time. We roadtripped in down from Denver. It was about a 6 hour drive, but we stopped a lot to give the baby time to stretch her legs. Audrey hasn’t been much of a talker, well not English. She talks plenty, we just don’t understand it. This week she was talking a ton. She was pronouncing words perfectly like she’s been talking this whole time. Words like doggy, bubble, ball, cool, bye bye, car, but she says it twice like ball ball. It’s so cute hearing her start to speak Eniglish, but I know it will never end now haha! She has gotten so big. I just can’t believe how fast my little baby has grown up. Now every time I see a little baby I think “I WANT ONE!’

Santa Fe was a cute town but I think a week was too long to spend there. If the weather was nicer we would have been able to do more. Audrey also caught something so she wasn’t feeling too good. We stayed in the hotel room a lot, which I didn’t mind too much once we moved to the Hilton. One day we went to the Plaza area and there was a band playing. Audrey just LOVED it. They should have given us a portion of their tips because people were stopping by to watch her dance! You can see her dancing in our vlogs of Santa Fe. She also learned how to jump on this trip! Now she can open doors, which is pretty scary. She would run out of the hotel room whenever she could.

The drive wasn’t too strenuous. Audrey napped for half of it and then a good portion was spent watching Yo Gabba Gabba on the iPad. It was highway driving the whole way so we didn’t hit any traffic. But I definitely would not have wanted to spend any more time in the car for one day.

Our Easter Weekend!


Our Easter weekend started with a baby trying to swim in the dog food! She went straight into the bath tub. Here is a picture of her in her custom made (by my stepmom) watermelon baby towel. It is the cutest thing! It’s a hand towel that she sewed buttons onto so it fits Audrey perfectly.

Saturday our church was hosting a huge egg hunt at the park. They had two egg hunts, one for ages 5 and under and another for 5 and up. DEFINITION of EGG HUNT – A flat space of grass with thousands of eggs (hardly a “hunt”, more of a buffet). But Audrey was a natural! They let the 1 year olds go out 30 seconds before the older kids to give them a fighting chance. I guess they weren’t ready for THIS little hunter! She didn’t waste any time. Once she crossed the rope she was grabbing eggs left and right, two at a time. She didn’t even know there was CANDY in them yet. I wonder if she stopped to think “Why am I running around picking up these colorful plastic balls and putting them in a bag?” She probably gathered 2 dozen eggs on her own. After the hunt you have to go through your eggs to see if you found any “golden ticket”, but Audrey was more focused on the candy.

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After her hunt it was the older kids turn at an egg buffet. Everyone was standing around waiting when Audrey notices this car JUST HER SIZE. She didn’t care who it belonged to, she jumped right in and started to drive. Aw my little “Grand Theft Auto” baby ha ha! 



After the egg buffets we went to Wally World to buy supplies to color eggs. Audrey obviously had other interests at the store. She wanted to try on the hats and she would pose and say “CHEEEEEEESE”! How freaking adorable!

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We started to dye the eggs with a lot of trepidation because we had no idea how messy Audrey was going to make this. In the end she was content watching the older kids dye eggs while she drank a bottle and cuddled with her new egg friend. She sat the whole time holding this egg to her cheek…………….well before she bashed it on the table and ate it. 



It’s SUNDAY and it’s time to celebrate what Easter is really about. He is RISEN – no not the bunny people, JESUS! It was a more frustrating morning since I am the only one in my family trying to direct attention to the real meaning of Easter. We focused on the egg hunting, candy and other festivities on Saturday. So I wanted Sunday to be focused on Jesus and what this day represented. But after the thousandth mention of the easter bunny it was beginning to be disrespectful. I think if it were up to my husband Christmas and Easter would be 5% Jesus and 95% Santa and Bunny! I understand that those things are more fun for some people, but if we keep watering down our Holidays eventually there won’t be anything more than the Eater Bunny. The TRUE meaning of these days will be lost and when our children have children they will know Jesus even less. Luckily the weather was so nice and we got to go outside and enjoy it a bit after church. We tried on Audrey’s bike helmet again and, as you can see she found an interesting way to wear it. I tried to take her on a bike ride but she wasn’t into it 😦 Sad moment. 

I’m so impatient for the leaves on our trees to come out! We are so late this year and it’s making me sad. I want GREEN NOW!


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Tory Burch Lip Color

While I was obsessed with Tom Ford lipstick, I came across Tory Burch Cosmetics. She just released some lipsticks and I fell in love with the orange and gold case. These lipsticks are $32 and I found mine at

The color Ramble On Rose is a matte light pink. It’s really pretty and the texture is like a Revlon Lip Butter with about the same color payoff. My favorite part of this lipstick is the beautiful Tory Burch impression in the lipstick. All in all these are worth a try if you love cosmetics, but I probably wont buy anymore because I’d rather buy a Lip Butter for much less $$$.


Baby got to the box first though!

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Decorating PEEPS!

It’s the day after the pageant and half of the house is down with the stomach flu. I am even starting to feel it. But I wanted to decorate some PEEPS today! I thought it would be really fun for the kids to decorate them and hand them out to their friends on Monday. I love Easter because of what the day TRULY MEANS and the pastels!!!!

All you need is some melting chocolate, Peeps, and sprinkles. You melt the chocolate in coffee cups and dip the peeps in them. Set the dipped peeps on wax paper and put your sprinkles on them. Then just let them harden. Everything was purchased at Walmart.

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Our Little Audrey Is One And A Half!

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18 Months already! I can’t believe how fast these months have gone. The last 6 months our baby has quickly grown from a baby to a non-stop toddler! She’s GO GO GO NAP, GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO BED! She is a very active little toddler now. She is constantly into something she shouldn’t be. She’s got a very strong personality that is equally as sweet. She loves to cuddle but she cannot be distracted if she has her mind set on something. Lately she has been saying “High Five!” and giving high fives all over the place. Her hair is curlier that ever and she doesn’t let us touch it! She has 3 teeth coming in at the same time on top. At the moment she has one fang on top and two middle teeth on the bottom. Tom likes to call her “Fang Baby” because she has one tooth on top to the right. Audrey is a super stubborn little girl! She’s the friendliest baby I’ve ever seen. We were walking around the museums here in DC and she will walk right up to a group of people and say “HI!”. She doesn’t even look to see if Daddy and I are following her. She will see a family and she’ll just join them and start following them and we have to snatch her back. It’s so funny how she completely skipped the STRANGER DANGER phase. In our hotel lobby there was a lady standing in the corner on her iphone, Audrey saw her and ran away from me to meet her. She walked right up and said “HI” then she gave her legs a hug! I have to admit that we love how cute and friendly she is. I prefer this over an anxious, paranoid child any day. Audrey has really grown up the last 6 months, and even though I’m sad to see her get older I am enjoying this phase quite a bit.

Spring Break 2014

Tom and I were alone this year for spring break. We dropped Audrey off in Arizona and then flew to Cancun. We stayed at Le Blanc which is a very fancy adults only, all inclusive. The hotel was a nice size, and they weren’t congested with guests. In the past we’ve stayed in places that were HUGE and they didn’t have the staff or the space to accommodate all of their guests. We really liked how attentive the staff was. They really took care of you. Every floor had a butler who would take care of the guests and what they needed in their rooms. This resort seemed to cater to an older clientele. I was one of the youngest people in the resort. It’s main focus is relaxation and they do a great job of providing that environment. When we got bored of relaxing they made it very easy to schedule excursions outside of the hotel. We went to Coco Bongo, Explor, and took a surfing lesson with 360 Surf School. Two of the days we rented cabanas on the beach and we LOVED it. The cabanas were really nice because they block you from the wind and you don’t have to leave for anything. The beach was beautiful! This wasn’t our first trip to Mexico, but it was our first time staying in Cancun. I think this was the best beach we’ve seen. The water was warm and light blue. The sand was white and so soft. Usually you find an occassional rock here and there or seaweed, but we didn’t see any of it the whole trip.

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