Reading: Present Over Perfect. Almost done, and man. It’s given me a few solid punches to the gut. In a good way. Have Uninvited and She Reads Truth. Also cannot wait to read the newest from my girl crush, this.
Eating: Whole 30. No surprise there. It’s October Whole 30 time! Every year for the past 3 years I’ve done a round. This is now my 4th, and it took me a few days to get psyched about it. I’ve found some new recipes and I’m excited about cooking. I know how to shop, and I know what kinds of things I like to make and eat.
Thinking About: What’s next. I’m trying to be really focused and present during my days with the boys. But I keep getting little nudges to step out and expand. And I don’t think I’m ready to move on to the seemingly bigger and better stuff on the other side of the grass. I’m trying to make friends, make our home welcoming and build a routine for the boys. And that’s plenty to keep me busy. The sparkly objects keep calling to me, but I’m choosing to just stay the course. The theme for our family this year was: Survive. And we’re really doing it. Next year might make way for other things, but this feels right for now.

Looking Forward to: A fun girls weekend coming up. It’ll be a whirlwind trip, but I’m really looking forward to some quality time with a dear friend and a little alone time. I’m already sad to be missing the boys for those few days, but I think it’s going to be a great weekend for all of us!


Enjoying: FALL! We have Fall! It’s amazing and wonderful and just like it is in the movies! I’ve always loved the “fall time,” but in Los Angeles it made me grumpy because the weather was always hot and miserable. Here – it’s so amazing and fresh and comforting. I knew when we decided to move that I needed to have 4 seasons in my life, and I’m so grateful we found it. I may think differently, come Winter. Fall might cause me to dread Winter – but I’m loving it so much, and tying to soak up all the colors and smells and sights. It’s amazing – COME SEE!


Learning: How to make friends all over again. Mom dating is hard. Making friends as an adult is hard. Moving to a new place where you only know 2 people is hard. But I’m trying. I’m like a freshman girl in collage. Join all the clubs! Get all the numbers! It’s working, I hope. I’ve met some really great people, and I feel welcomed and included. I have no doubt we’re going to find our village here, and our people. But I miss my other village. A lot.


Loving: Livepool jeans. I’m 100% obsessed. I got a pair from StitchFix, and it was the first time they’ve ever sent me jeans. I was skeptical…they looked just like maternity jeans with I pulled them out. Elastic band. But, I put them on and I’m converted. I want to shout it from the rooftops! All women should own a pair. They are the only jeans I’ve worn for the past 3 weeks. I’ve got my eye on a black pair next.

Riley is 3



Riley is 3. We have a 3 year old. A Pre-Schooler.

He’s fun and silly and chatty and full of energy and spunk.


Waffles. Paw Patrol. His Dogs. Helping Daddy. Cinnamon Rolls. In N Out. Watching Movies. Playing with Cars. Construction Trucks. Playing Hide and Seek. Fruit. Happy Cake (Birthday Cake). Talking on the Phone. Nonny and Grandpa and Gran. Popcorn. His Best Friend Leon. Rescue Bots. Playing on his Swing Set. Being chased. Jumping in Rain Puddles. Digging holes. Doing Laundry. Sarah + Duck. Baking cookies. Hot Wheels. Cutting papers. Carrying his favorite toys to and from his room for naps and bedtime. Taking pictures. Green Smoothies. Pointing out any trash trucks or construction trucks he sees. Telling long stories.


Favorite phrases:

“Mom, you pop the horn.”


“Daddy be home in four minuets.”

“Pelescope” = “Telescope”

“Nulk” = “Milk”

“Tee-Show” = “TV Show”

“God Bless You.”

“Careful ____!” Dad, Charly, Mom.

“Oh, hi Charly.”

“Wake up early, early.”

“Thanks, Mom.”










Happy 3rd Birthday, Riley P. We love you and your enthusiasm for life. You wake up each day full of ideas, and plans and possibilities. I hope you never lose your energy and joy for life. Love you, dude.

Charly is 1 Year



Weight: 25+lbs and I can’t remember how tall he is. I feel like he’s a bit shorter than Riley was, but weighs more. He’s 98% on the scale for both.

Health: No new teeth, but I’m thinking any day! We’ve all had some winter cold’s recently. And allergies due to all the new Mountain things! He got a 12 hour stomach bug a few weeks ago, which was no fun, but thankfully brief!
Sleep:  Restless sleeping lately, and some crying before naps and bedtime. He’s also standing in the crib and moving around much more. I feel like he’s on the verge of walking and more talking so his little mind is on overload. He’s had a few time where’s he’s woken up panicked and screaming and nothing will comfort him until he’s laid back into bed. It’s so sad, and breaks my heart that I can’t make him feel better – but he’s really comfortable self-soothing and will stop immediately after we lay him back down.
Nursing: WE MADE IT TO A YEAR! All the feels about this. It was hard in so many ways. Pumping 3x a day for 5 months is no joke, I could write a whole post about our experience. Especially with a 3 year old and a baby that needed me. I was so ready to be done, but also felt guilty about stopping. Mom guilt is real and serious. He’s transitioned to whole milk after some diluting and he’s taking one bottle in the morning, and just a few sips before bedtime. We’ll cut that at 15 months, that’s when Riley weaned so I think it’ll be a good time.

What Charly is up to: Not yet walking. Loves music, clapping and dancing. Daddy is his favorite – he lights up when he sees him. Thinks Riley is cool, but doesn’t like that he takes stuff he’s playing with. Still hanging out in the Ergo. Took his first shopping cart ride! Says, “Ma-ma,” “more” and “hello/hi.” LOVES reading. He would have me read books to him all day if I could. Waves “bye” by opening and closing his fingers to his palm, normally behind my back if I’m holding him, after the person has walked away. Nods “yes” and “no” to almost any question. Loves to eat. Favorite foods are any kind of fruit, mac n cheese, peas, yogurt.









PostPartum: After weaning I’m starting to feel more like myself. Doing my yearly Whole 30 in October. Trying to find the motivation to work out more.

Baby Gear: Ergo. $5 walker from the thrift store – which he loves playing with more than walking with. Play food. High Chair. Britax Marathon Convertible Car Seat. Size 4 diapers. 18mo,24mo, 2T Clothing. Fresh Picked Moccasins. His baby swing on his birthday swing set.

Thoughts: We love our little Charly Bear so much. His personality is so easy going and laid back – a lot like Dad. He’s happy and content much of the time, and I’m looking forward to him walking and really playing with Riley. I hope they grow to be really great friends. Love you, Char – happy first.


Charly is 11 Months



Weight: He’s heavy! My arms are for sure getting tired hauling him around on my hip all the time.

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Health: Healthy! We seem to be between teething and growth spurts, so a nice happy time!
Sleep: It gets lighter here earlier, but he’s still sleeping until 6:30am or 7:00am which is nice. Gives me some time to get up with Riley and get things going before he’s awake. Still taking 2 naps morning and afternoon. I try to get he and Riley to take their afternoon naps together, but sometimes Charly will take a really long morning nap and isn’t ready for his afternoon nap until 2ish.
Nursing: Still keeping up with Pumping. I’ve been so focused on making it to a year I’m just now starting to realize that we should think more about how weaning may got for both of us. I’m not going to be sad to say goodbye to the pump. But I do like those quite moments when I’m feeding him after he wakes up…although he’s super distracted and wiggly so sometimes it’s not a relaxing feed. He’s drinking from a straw now, which is awesome. And he’s sipping water at his meals. I waited until after a year to introduce Cow’s Milk to Riley, but I’m tempted to see if Charly likes it now. I’m nervous to wean from the pump, I still feel uncomfortable if I go too long between sessions. Breastfeeding was such a natural stop, I feel like pumping is going to harder in a few ways.

What Charly is up to: Saying “no” “da” “mama” “mmmm” “mah” for more. Still working on waving. He loves to dance and wave his arms around, it’s the cutest thing ever. He’s a rascal and loves to wrestle and play with Riley, or anyone that will let him climb all over. He’s pulling up to stand, but still wobbly. He’s got the best belly laugh and the cutest giggle.

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New house!
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New Park!
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Swimming pool time
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Dancing to music on TV

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First pull to stand!

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PostPartum: I’m looking forward to finding a new exercise routine (well, any routine would be nice!) now that we are in the new house. In a way I’m also looking forward to weaning, and hitting the year mark. I didn’t feel like myself again until Riley was a year, and really until we weaned at 15 months. I’ve been pregnant or nursing for SO long.

Baby Gear: He loves plastic straws. Tonight he pulled one of my socks out of the clean laundry folding pile and it was his new favorite thing. He loves anything that makes noise, and he’s drawn to my phone, computer or the iPad screen. Love the Ergo 360.

Thoughts: The year has flown by. With moving and everything else it’s been such a whirlwind. I’m so thankful for our little Char, he’s such a fun and happy guy. I love that he fits into our family so perfectly. I need to start wrapping my head around the thought of a first birthday, ahhh!

Charly is 10 Months

Ten! Already?! I’m only a month behind, oops. I didn’t take very many photos this month either…

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Weight: 22lb 5oz. 29.5″ long at his last check up. He’s heavier than Riley was at this age, but not as long. He’s wearing some 12 months, lots of 18-24. I was just thinking today he needs some more shirts. His tops don’t cover his little belly! We haven’t really put shoes on him, but with crawling the tops of his feet are chapped, so I try to keep socks on him but socks in the summer is lame.

Health: All good here! I think we’re all still adjusting to the allergies up here, and the pollen. He’s sneezy and has a runny nose some weeks but nothing every comes of it. He’s got tooth 8 finally. He handles teething really well though. Just a little sensitive and crabby.
Sleep:  He sleeps until 6:30am/7am, and bedtime is 6:30pm or 7pm. Sometimes earlier if he didn’t nap late enough. He goes down for his morning nap around 9:00am and then take another nap around 1:00 – 2:00. Both naps are around 1.5 hr. Sometimes longer. I hear something really great yesterday, about keeping a 2-3-4 schedule. Put them down for their nap 2 hours after waking, then 3 hours after they wake from their morning nap for their afternoon nap. Then 4 hours later is bedtime. We follow that schedule, but I didn’t notice until someone else pointed it out, ha!
Nursing: Still pumping 3x a day and he’s taking 4, five or six oz bottles for between 20 – 24 oz of breastmilk a day. He had a week where he was eating a lot of solids, not interest in the bottles, then he got “stopped up” which caused him to not want to take his bottle which made it worse. I was stressing, it was 100+ in Phoenix and I was worried he was going to get dehydrated. It worked itself out and he’s been fine since, but I’m starting to think about what weaning is going to look like. Since Riley didn’t take a bottle this is going to be a new experience.

What Charly is up to: Crawling all over the place. He really got the hang of it this month! He had his first swim in Aunt Leslie’s swimming pool and he loved it! He likes to splash and play in the bath too. He’s working on waving and using a spoon.

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Eating on the patio at the new house
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Checking out his new room!
PostPartum: I was a really emotional this month. Probably from the moving and stress of that, but I’m also getting really close to the 1 year mark and that makes me happy and sad. I love seeing the boys grow, but it’s also a little bittersweet, knowing that it’s always going to be changing.

Baby Gear: Wooden “busy box.” Stacking cups. Shapes. Spoons. Clip on high chair. Ergo 360. Pack N Play with Crib mattress.

Thoughts: So thankful for an easy month staying at Aunt Leslie’s house, and excited to move into our new home!!! Can’t wait for the boys to have their own rooms again. And to have our stuff back. I didn’t think I would miss my toaster, but I do!

Charly is 9 Months





Weight: I think he’s put on some weight in the past few weeks, thinking maybe around 20lb? He’s eating like a champ, anything and everything!

Health: We’re all adjusting to the weather in AZ. It’s MUCH more dry here – hello, desert. We were in Flagstaff when it was super windy, and the pollen – oh, the pollen. All of us were feeling gross. Thankful we’ve gotten used to it. Charly also cut a new tooth! We’re at a total of 7 now.
Sleep:  Since moving he’s getting up earlier, 6:00am – 7:00am, sometimes he sleeps later until 8:00am. He takes a morning nap for 1.5 – 2 hours, then an afternoon nap for another 1.5 – 2 hours. Bedtime has been 6:00/6:30, sometimes 7:00pm or even 5:30pm depending on how long his afternoon nap was. We spilt the boys up so Charly sleeps alone, which is better for him. He sleeps longer in the morning than Riley, and since Riley is in the room with us and he sleeps harder it’s much easier to sneak in and go to bed at night.
Nursing: Still going strong and pumping 3-4 times a day. He takes 4-7oz per bottle, around 20 – 24oz a day. He’s eating all kinds of solids too. I’m sad that our nursing time has ended, and pumping is not my favorite thing to do, but I’m happy to make it at long as I can. He’s going through a growth spurt and is pounding all bottles/food which is harder since my body doesn’t respond the same as if he was nursing – so I have to add in sessions, or pump for longer to increase my supply.

What Charly is up to: Crawling! Everywhere! He’s pulling up to his knees. Loves to “talk” and eat everything – including the carpet at Aunt Leslie’s house. He loves Betsy, not sure the feeling it mutual. His big brother is his favorite person, and he loves any time Riley looks at him. He’s learning the signs for “more” and “all done.” And will repeat the sounds for some words, like if you say “more” he says “mo-mo” or “bath” is “ba-ba.”










PostPartum: Hormones. Moving. So many emotions. I’m holding it together pretty well, but I’ve for sure had more “off” days than my normal. But, acknowledging that I’m anxious or irritated is normally enough to get the feeling to pass. I’m trying to eat well, and I look forward to finding our new routine in Flagstaff.

Baby Gear: Ergo 360. Pack N Play w/ crib mattress. Sound Machine. Balls. Size 3 diapers. Size 18 – 24 mo clothing. Kitchen tools. Travel high chair.

Thoughts: It’s been a crazy month, but it’s also been really great. We’ve had some nice time together as a family. And the boys are handling the changes really well. It’s also been fun to explore new areas and towns. Finding fun parks. Thinking about doing some mommy + me classes when we get to Flagstaff. Riley and I did a music class around this time that was really fun – I think Charly would like that too!


Reading: I’m about half way through Midnight Circus on eloan from my library. I really should pick up another book. With summer here and some extra down time I need some extra reading material. Any suggestions?
Eating: Everything. With moving and everything going on, I’ve tried to be flexible with my diet. We are still cooking and eating in for a majority of our meals, and that makes me feel so much better. Our first week in AZ we ate out a lot more than normal and my body was not happy. We’re in a better routine now. Excited for summer produce season!!
Thinking About: This crazy life thing we did! For an update: we listed, sold and moved out of our home in Burbank in 30 days. For years we’ve been dreaming and planning to move out of state. We finally got serious a year ago, and worked on getting the house ready for sale. Everything in the house was updated and changed in the 15+ years Kelly lived there. We are proud of that house, and thrilled for the sweet family that bought it. We’re still in the house hunting process here in Arizona, but we are really excited about what’s next. 

Looking Forward to: Quality family time. By relocating we’ve dramatically changed our family and personal lives. Kelly can be home more, we will have so much more balance in our marriage and home life. I’m so excited for new memories and family adventures. 

Enjoying: Being 100% DEBT FREE. It feels so good,  and it’s still a little unbelievable. When we buy a new home we will take on another (smaller!) mortgage and payment. But that’s minor compared to where we started years ago. Dave Ramsey and Financial Peace University were crucial. 

Learning: How to be flexible. This whole moving/house hunting thing has been a big lesson for me to relax and let go. I have little to no control over anything. So I’m trying to just sit back and find enjoyment in the adventure. 

Loving: Arizona. From snow and hail to sun and warmth it’s so different here. We are having a great time, and enjoying all that this state has so offer. I never would have thought that I’d be an Arizona resident, but I really am loving it.