FOURTH OF JULY


A little behind, but wanted to share these little gems from our Fourth of July! Every year we always head off to the mountains in Idaho at Eric's family vacation home. It's in the cutest little mining town where we go ATVing and dirt biking. Lots of walking and thrifting. I'd share a link to our past times in Wallace, but something is going haywire with photobucket at the moment so just believe me when I tell you how magical it all is!
 Zoe rocked a giant bandaid on her forhead over the holidays, and I'm pretty sure it was the cutest thing ever. Everyone that we would bump into kept asking what happened. She took a little spill off of a curb (babies are SO fast). Not exciting, but you can tell it doesn't bring her down! She's still rocking a little scar which I'm hoping will fade over time. Man I just want to squish her!!

Zoe could stay in a pool all day every day if you let her. Every time we leave the gym she just wants to sit and watch everyone going swimming. Need to sign her up for swim lessons again. We even bought a little pool for our backyard that she walks in and out of all the time. After dinner instead of cleaning her off I just throw her in there (clothes and all), and she loves it!
 This is one of my most favorite pictures right now. How cute does Zoe look running down the block. What's even funnier is the fact that she was heading straight towards Eric and then b-lined it right after him without the hug. Tough love, hehe.
 Why so serious?
 My little wallflower. Seriously, I could just sit and take pictures of her all day. And I do! HA! 


 Baby Z and her Grandpa Tom after off roading!
 My little mini me! I love my little blonde haired, blue eyed babe!
The only way to stay cool is with the famous Huckleberry Shakes, yum! I think Z shared about 2 sips of this one....

LOVE WINNIE JAMES

RASPBERRIES FOR ZOE


Do you know the book, "Blueberries for Sal"? I read it to Zoe every so often and when we were going raspberry picking I just kept thinking of this book. More berries were consumed than picked (whoops), and luckily we didn't loose Zoe to any bears. However, we did lose her to some horses. It felt like we were in Tuscany out in the middle of no where in the blazing sun and then we turn down another vine path and standing right there are the prettiest horses! We had this little hidden pathway and horses all to ourselves. So magical! Here's to a magical summer!

LET'S BE HONEST MAMAS: Technology with Kids


Life update! I feel like Zoe has hit the terrible two's early. She's still the funniest, craziest, happiest, talkative, little bundle of joy ever, but homegirl has got a sassy side. Welcome those throwing, hitting, kicking, rolling on the floor screaming tantrums. Luckily nothing out in public (like the grocery store) just yet, but man those toddler tantrums are real! So much of her tantrums come from her not being able to express herself just yet. Because she's so independent she wants to be able to do things all on her own and when she can't she just gets so frustrated with herself. And I don't blame her, I'm the same way! Another trigger for her tantrums is the phone. As soon as she sees a cellphone she wants to play with it immediately. If we let her she could watch videos of herself alllllll day long! I basically hide my phone until Zoe goes down for her naps or when she goes down for the night. Which brings me to today's post!

It's another Let's Be Honest Mamas post (you can read all about that and how it started here). A big shout out to our girl Hannah for bringing us together! And today we are talking all about technology with little ones. Of course the use of technology with kids is such a personal opinion, so please when you read on know that what I have chosen to do is what works for me and my family! Okay, now that that is out of the way let's get to it.

MADLY WISH


I wish that you could hear her laugh through these photos. She has the best laugh!! My baby girl is a full blown toddler now and I have to say I love it! As much as I miss little baby snuggles, seeing her personality blossom is just the greatest! Just a little bit about 19 month old Zoe. She is obsessed with wrestling, being chased, tickles, throwing balls, everything about being outside and playing with rocks and dirt. We bought her her own little baby doll and stroller and now she's all over that too. I even came downstairs to find her pretending to change her baby's diaper. It's amazing just seeing how Zoe observes and absorbs everything around her. She loves to say "dadadadadadadada" alllllll day. She also says "baby", "daddy", "puppy", "go away" (not sure where she learned that from, ha), "what's this?", "ball", "mama" (only when she's really sad), ummmm, I know she says a few more things but I'm drawing a blank right now. She's a dream baby going down for naps and bed time. She just gabs and gabs to herself until she falls asleep.

Speaking of sleep, isn't this the cutest crib sheet you have ever seen? They are from Madly Wish! They are so soft, vibrant and stretch to fit all sizes for crib mattresses. Make sure to check out their other pieces here, because they are seriously the greatest! Also their customer service is the bees knees!

Make sure to "read more" to see more pictures of Zoe rolling around!

WE'RE GOING ON A PICNIC









This has definitely been the rainiest year in the PNW that I can remember. Bursts of sunshine have been few and far between, but any sign of good weather you can bet we are out the door. Zoe is such an outdoor girl, rain or shine she's happy. The other week we hit the low 70's (which felt like heaven), so we took our little family on a picnic to the park. Apples are on constant repeat at our place so apples it was. Love my little family!

LET'S BE HONEST MAMAS & AN aden + anais GIVEAWAY


MEET ME IN THE TULIPS

'HOPPY' EASTER!


LET'S BE HONEST MAMAS


FEBRUARY FLORAL SHOOT

LET'S BE HONEST MAMAS



Moments to myself are non-existent these days. Whether it's working out, folding laundry, taking a shower, or running to the grocery store, sticky little fingers are always tightly wrapped around my legs (which makes for an interesting time when going to the bathroom). Having Zoe these past 16 months have been some of the hardest, happiest, trying, and reward times of my life. Patience is a skill I pray to keep throughout the day, because babies know how to push your buttons. To other mommies out there, do you ever feel like your babes don't like you sometimes? I swear when we are at home Zoe will scream and cry, and then as soon as I meet up with friends she's happy as a clam. No one ever believes me when I tell them how hard she is at home. Is it just me? Please say no, or just lie and make me feel better. 

Something I've quickly learned after having a baby is the importance of forming a tribe around you. You need other mommies to let you know you are not alone in this. Introducing the "Let's Be Honest Mamas" group. Because let's be honest, it's so easy to check out your Instagram or Snapchat feed each day and see all these pretty squares and cute videos of happy smiley babies. Yes, babies are stinkin' cute, but they can also be stinkin' hard. I love the "Let's Be Honest Mamas" group because it allows you to share true facts about your life without feeling shame or guilt. So make sure to read through our posts, and play along if you want by sharing the hashtag #letsbehonestmamas and tagging me and all of these fun ladies found down below. Because let's be honest, we all need to stick together!

ZOE CHILD

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