Family

2019 Goals

Well I decided to write my Goals down this year. Maybe by doing this I will have a better chance at following through. Last year my goal was to walk more and I did. I would go on walks 2 days a week and I was feeling great. Then life, kids and work started to get in the way. Well to be honest I was SOOO tired from all of the above. I was able to be consistent for about 5 months and I’m SUPER proud of myself. Now with all 3 kiddos getting bigger and life getting a “Little” easier here are my top 5 Resolutions for 2019

1. Being More Active

Now I know your probably saying “but Brittney you already do so much” Hahaha ok, maybe your not, but I am!! Starting next year I would like to get back to my 2 walking days a week and add our dogs at least once out of the week. Like I said before with the kids getting bigger, the girls can hold the leashes and that way it gets them moving and the opportunity to help as well. Planning on Mondays and Fridays being my walking days, so if anyone wants to join just let me know. I would also like to get an extra quick walk in every here and there and if I can it’s EVEN Better! Time to get Healthy and hoping it will help with my energy because we all know I could use a little more.

2. Better Myself as a Mom

This one will be a good challenge for me. This last year my body and mind has been through A Lot of change. I have days where I Love my Child and others I just want to leave but then the love I have for them won’t let me. I’ve found that lately I have had a short fuse with every little thing the kids do. When I hear them play with their barbies or dolls, I can hear them immediately me and it’s horrible sometimes. I know moms might not want to talk about the real feelings of motherhood but it’s ok!! Yes I have days that all I do is yell and can tell it gets me nowhere. Then other days I try to be super nice and still no nowhere. I need to find a parenting styles that works for my family and myself and the other biggest thing would be consistence.

3. My Mental Health

Halloween 2018

Now this also goes with my #2 goal, I need to work on my anxiety and depression. This past May I went to see my doctor because I know mentally something wasn’t right. I was put on a low antidepressant and started to take them. I could tell it helped but then again life got in the way and I forgot. I know that’s just an excuse and yes I was being lazy BUT it was a good wake up call. This last month I haven’t been on my pill and have noticed a difference in my mood and can see how the medication helped. [Will go into more detail on a later post about my depression and anxiety] So to achieve my goal I plan on putting a daily timer on my phone to help this mom brain of mine. Now in moments where I am starting to feel overwhelmed, I plan on stopping what I am doing so I can slow down and breath. Having kids is not easy! Yes very Rewarding but Very Exhausting.

4. Blog More

Would love to give myself some me time so I can work on my blog more. I really enjoy it and would love to meet more of the Mom Blog community. This year was really about figuring out what worked best for me and my family. I think I have found a good rhythm and now I’m ready to go. I hope to blog once a week on anything at this point. Right now Im going to start working on being consistent. So maybe I will do a post about what I did on a random Tuesday or maybe a fun adventure I took the kids on. Super random but hey that’s my life and I love it.

5. ENJOY MY FAMILY OF FIVE!

This goal speaks for itself 😊

Well those are my top 5 Resolutions for 2019. What are yours for the coming year? Would love to hear about them! And everyone have a Happy and Safe New Years🎉

Family

Christmas ReCap

Hope you all had a great Holiday and now that the New Year is just days away here’s our Christmas recap of 2018. Christmas was split into 2 days but 3 if you count Bridgets birthday. We started our family gatherings the weekend before Christmas on Saturday to celebrate Bridget. It was very intimate with just family over for dinner and cake. Bridget wanted a unicorn theme this year and I wonder if that’s what she will want for her party with her friends as well. (Which I need to start working on that ASAP) Didn’t take a lot of photos but here are some from her party and few special ones.

Sunday we went to my sisters for our first Christmas of three. By this point I was mentally shot and already done with the holidays and it wasn’t even real Christmas yet. We all brought something over for brunch. I decided to bring stuff to make French toast and Chorizo and Eggs (eggs used from our chickens) I was able to make everything and it smelt so good until…. when I was trying to put the pan of Chorizo in the oven to stay warm it FELL!! Oh My Goddess I almost lost it, well maybe I did a little. It was so frustrating but my sister and I were able to fix it and we moved on with our brunch after I took a little breather to myself. Once we were done eating my family and I like to do a gift card exchange and this year was a lot of fun with the girls helping out.

Justin tasting his new PJs

So Happy 😆

And tasting his gifts HAHA

How we Celebrate the Holidays

Having a drink with family is always FUN!

Christmas Eve I did NOTHING!!! That’s right! Absolutely. Nothing. The kids and I spent the whole day in our pjs. I did want to do a last minute gifts for the grandparents but wasn’t to keen on the idea of me packing all the kids in the car to then deal with Christmas Eve craziness. Soooo I called my husband and told him to pick up a paid online order on the way home. It was AMAZING, a perfect pre gift that I didn’t have to leave the house and was just able to be lazy all day LOL.

Grandparent Gifts turned out great!

On to Christmas number 2, Christmas Morning at our house. The kids didn’t wake up to early thank goodness! The girls got up around 7:15 and both Justin and I stayed in bed till almost 8. It was a Christmas gift to me YAY!! We spent the morning with the kids, watched them open gifts and the beginning of the Walt Disney Christmas Day Parade on TV. Then around noon went to my in laws for our 3rd Christmas. That’s right we Survived 3 Christmas in 2 Days. Our last Christmas was a lot of fun because the kids were able to meet cousins from Boston. It was great to catch up with family and eat great food. All the kids got along great just wish we had more time to spend. Hopefully we will be able to make it back to Boston in 2019.

Santa Came

Loves what Santa brought him

The Aftermath

Opening more gifts

Kids table

Take 1 of getting 6 kids in 1 photo
Take 2
Take 3 and the little ones were done

Now don’t think we didn’t have any family drama because we sure did. Our family is just like anyone else. But we made it through another Christmas and another year. Maybe next year I might want to go away for the holidays. Have you even been away for the holidays? Hope you all had a Wonderful Christmas 🎄

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Adventures

Visiting Santa at Disneyland

Here comes Santa Claus

Here comes Santa Claus

Right down Redwood Creek Trail

With it being December and Christmas time it’s the season to visit SANTA. This year we made a big deal about seeing Santa in hopes of no tears. We already saw Santa when were in AZ so I was hoping for the same experience. Decided to go up on a Friday since Bridget only has a half day at school. The drive was really smooth but once we go to Mickey and Friends parking structure I could see it was going to be a busy night at Disneyland. Our main goals were visiting with Santa and seeing the holiday parade on Main Street USA.

If you haven’t been to Disneyland in a while they have moved Santa’s location. He used to be in Disneyland at Santa’s Reindeer Roundup in Frontierland. With the new Star Wars Land coming next year they have moved him to DCA (Disney’s California Adventure). Once you are in DCA he will be located in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. When we got there the wait was about an hour so just be ready to be in line. You can also see Santa at the Grand Californian Hotel, which I might do when we go next time. The line is much shorter but I don’t know the times he’s there at this moment.

It was so sweet to see Santa and his Elf’s, plus all the Cast Member’s were so nice when we were standing in line. I went by myself (Yes! you all know I’m Crazy) so standing in a long line with 3 toddlers is a job. Not to forget that Justin only took only one 1 hour nap all day. So besides that it was great, HAHA. Bridget was able to sign both her and her sisters name on the nice list. When we got closer to Santa, Brooklyn started to get a little scared but she did great!! Justin, ummm not so much, he did the typical “baby is scared of Santa”. But it made for Great Photos, since last year it was Brooklyn screaming for dear life.

Once we were done with Santa, off to Disneyland we went. Got everyone changed in some warmer clothes then found a nice spot for the parade. Now for the holiday parade it’s a MUST SEE for everyone! It puts you in the Christmas spirit and was a great start of December for my kids. (We went on November 30th) I brought our dinner and a good tip would be bring your dinner or buy dinner before you find a spot for the parade. We sat about 2 hours before the parade started if you want a good spot on Main Street. Once the kiddos were done eating we still had some time so trying to keep them entertained was a little challenging. I like to bring color stuff or little toys for them to play with. Justin decided to make friends with everyone sitting around us. He was loving all the attention.

Once the parade started they all sat down and were amazed by all the lights. I love the music and all the magic they put in the Christmas Fantasy Parade. Now if you don’t have the ability to go to Disneyland to see the parade on Christmas Morning on ABC (check your local listing for times)

Ended the night with some cotton candy after I bribed them for a few more pictures HAHA

Merry Christmas Everyone

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Family

Oh Christmas Tree

“Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree. How lovely are thy branches Ok that’s the only part I can remember from the song HAHA.

It’s December and time to get a Christmas Tree!! The last few years we have tried to get our tree the first weekend of December. Now this year I was SO close to buying a fake tree, But the kids and Dad really wanted a real one. Now it’s always fun trying to get everyone ready and out the door, only took us 30 minutes. Life with kids what can you do…

This was another reason why it took long to get out the door. My Sweet Sweet Brooklyn is so creative in what she wears. She’s a true California Girl – Summer always at Heat

In our household my husband is very particular about the type of tree we get. Has to be the perfect height, shape and fullness. Let me just tell you trying to find the perfect tree while keeping all 3 kids entertained was very interesting. Yes last year Justin was here But he was a newborn, this year he was all over the place. We went to our local Home Depot and once we got there everyone was on the hunt.

How fun is this!! If you look closely you can see Bridget’s foot by Brooklyn’s head.

This year we didn’t want to spend too much and was hoping for a good deal. The girls found a tiny tree they wanted for their room.

I told them maybe next year we can get a little tree. Justin on the other hand just loved how big everything looked. He would go from tree to tree and touch them.

After opening about 3-4 trees we all found the ONE that was going to come home. As we all were walking out to the car there was a bowl of candy canes, and of course the girls HAD to have one. Now I have learned that they Both DON’T like peppermint and I always tell them they won’t like them. Well to no surprise after all the hard work from opening the candy canes they tell me “mom I don’t like it”. By this point Jeff has been tying the tree on the car while I was getting the kids ready to go. After a few meltdowns we made it home safe with the Christmas tree.

My family is so photo ready LOL and this was the best one I got. Oh Well!!

Now it’s time to decorate the tree and this year I was kinda over it. I would have been happy with just putting lights and the Star on the top but the girls were all about putting the ornaments on. With Justin being 1 and wanting to grab everything I told the girls they needed to put them out of his reach. They both did a great job with decorating the. It was nice this year to just sit back and supervise. Justin even wanted to put a few ornaments up. After the tree was all decorated it was time for a Christmas music dance party!!

These Girls are Sooo Sweet!! Can’t wait for Christmas morning.

Bridget was so proud that she was able to put the Star on by herself!! BIG GIRL, can’t believe she will be 6 on Christmas. (Yes, if you didn’t know Bridget is a Christmas Baby)

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Party’s

Justin’s 1st Birthday

So happy how Justin’s first birthday came out. The two weeks leading up to his party the whole house got sick and I didn’t know if we were going to be able to pull it off. I’m so thankful I had my mom to help, couldn’t have done it with out her. Three days leading up to his party we were able to get everything we needed. The party was a success and so happy we pulled it off.

When it came to picking a theme for my sons first birthday I just Knew what he would like. CARS!! He loves cars and saying Go Go Go so it was no brainer. To save time and money I did an evite on line. For the decorations I got all the checkered theme items on Amazon. The colored cups, tablecloths and cupcake stand at Party City. My mom cut out and put together the Happy Birthday banner and found a lot of the car printable’s online. My sister helped with a few of the food place cards. And we even had a Ramones Body Art activity with color hair spray and tattoos. Didn’t get a photo of it but you can take my word it was very cute.

Here are some highlights from the party. I wish I got more photos but let’s be real the food set up is the only thing that matters.

These ham and cheese sandwich’s my mom made were Amazing!!

Who doesn’t like dinosaur nuggets!

These pigs in a blanket are Always a crowd pleaser at my house!!

I made the Mac and cheese the night before and put in all in the slower cooker dish. The morning of the party I put the dish in the oven to get the backed goodness and to keep it warm throughout the party I put the slow cooker on warm!

These cute cupcake toppers I printed out and glued them on toothpicks. Great DIY!!

Organic Lemonade for the WIN!!

The Crew Chief and his Racer

His sister was SO excited she thought it was her birthday.

As you can see ALL my kids loved his smash cake.

My baby needed a bath after his cake eating fun! He definitely was a LOT messy then his sisters were at their first birthday.

Daddy ordered pizza once the after party started. Justin stole my slice.

The House was a mess afterwards but everyone had an Amazing time!!!

Well Justin was blessed with so many wonderful gifts from loved one. It was an amazing party and now I’m birthday planning mood for the girls.

Adventures

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

This new Disney movie was so magically and a great way to start the holiday season. I took the girls (ages 3 & 5) for a Mommy Daughter(s) date up to the El Capitan Theater in LA to see the movie. This was the first time my girls have gone to the El Capitan Theater, I remember going a lot as a kid so it was very special for me to see them there. We got there about an hour early which I would recommend if you want to take pictures and to see the fun stuff they have showcasing for the movie that’s playing. That way you don’t have any crowds around you.

There was the amazing costumes from the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara’s Party Scene Dress along with the shoes. On the stage there was a big music box (different then what I had imagined but still neat) you could take photos in front of.

Bridget is wearing the dress I wore in my first Nutcracker I performed in and Brooklyn is in the dress my cousin wore in her first Nutcracker.

About 20 minutes from show time DJ Maestro came out to pump up the audience with fun Disney dance music. It was very interactive and a great way for the girls to get some wiggles out before the movie. Once everyone was in their seats they showed 2 upcoming Disney movies and then the Calabasas Dance Academy performed a short nutcracker inspired dance. Then it was time to get the popcorn out and watch the movie.

The movie is PG and the length is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

My thoughts on the Movie

In a whole it was Beautiful!!! Disney didn’t disappoint with making such a classic holiday tale that is very near and dear to my heart. If you didn’t know I was a ballet dancer when I was younger and loved dancing in the Nutcracker. The movie had just enough dancing to satisfy my dancer heart. The story line was different then the ballet but was executed very well. each scene in the movie was gorgeous! I wish I would go and visit each realm and the costumes were so magically made. Both the girls loved the movie, they didn’t get scared with some of the darker parts. Now they were a little wiggle and Brooklyn a few times asked to go home. All in all if you want to see it GO!! You won’t be disappointed. And stay for the beginning of the credits to see a special dance number with Misty Coplin

Adventures

Movie in the Park

Last night I took the girls on a Mommy Daughter Date. We met our bffs for movie in the park, it was our first time attending one and we all had a blast. We will for sure be attending the next one! Here are some tips I learned last night and what I plan to do next time.

I planned ahead on what I wanted to bring for food. I knew pizza would be the easiest to eat so I got 2 Costco pizzas ($10 each). I also went to the Dollar Tree to get all the candy, cute cups for each of the girls and some fun glow sticks ($20 totally). I popped popcorn, packed some juice for the kids, wine for the moms, some blankets and chairs.

The event hold fun activities from 5pm-7pm with games, bounce houses and a concession stand. I got there around 5:50pm and there was already a good amount of family’s there. There was no parking left in the Stagecoach Park parking lot and the street parking was full. I was able to park up by the basketball courts and the walk down wasn’t bad. Next time I will try and get closer to 5:30pm or earlier.

Was able to fit everything in my wagon and it was a short walk down to the park. Once we got down we found our group and started to set up came. They had wristbands for $5 and that would allow the kids to jump and play games. Around 6pm there was a local choir that preformed which was fun to watch. They also had two minions walking around that you could meet and ale pictures with. It was really cute and all the girls but Brooklyn wanted their photo taken.

Once 7pm rolled around we rounded our kiddos up back to our spot to get ready for the movie. Had to wait for it to get a little darker so we could see the movie but it didn’t take long. Luckily one of my friend brought pillows and next time I’m going to bring a few as well. It was so sweet to watch the girls sitting together giggling and eating their candy and popcorn.

Here are some of the photos from the night