Mother's Day Weekend.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Clearly a little late on recapping Mother's Day since it was just Father's Day a couple weekends ago (maybe expect that recap in July lol!), but I didn't want to skip sharing some photos since it was definitely one of the best Mother's Day's I've had since becoming a mother.




My brother in law actually organized the whole thing and to be honest, at first I didn't want to go. He mentioned to Seth that he was making reservations at a tea house and I kind of blew it off like "I don't want to go sit around and have tea and crumpets for Mother's Day." So Seth told him I didn't want to go. But then my sister in law texted me, surprised I didn't want to go, and asked if I had looked up the menu and... to be honest... I hadn't. So I did and then... I wanted to go. Ha! Thankfully she texted me.

So we added me on the reservation and we were on our way!

But first... I got spoiled a bit from Mason's multiple schools. First up, speech class.


Mason made this super cute puzzle piece picture frame for me in his speech class and I couldn't love it more. Not only are the puzzle pieces perfect (for autism), but that picture is to die for. Look at that sweet smile!

Second up, preschool.


Mason made this "I love you to pieces" picture in preschool and I absolutely love it. I think he's made one similar in the past, but no matter how many I have, I love them all more than the last one.

And finally, his ABA class.


When he got done with ABA class on the day before Mother's Day, he brought me not one, but two cards, AND a pretty flower. He quickly broke the flower, but then I had two, so I wasn't mad ;)

After ABA, we came home and got ready for a night with Bubbe to celebrate Great Grandma's Day. We opted to bring dinner and dessert to her at her place this year and she was just SO happy to have us all over. It was so sweet. We love to shower her with gifts and food and love whenever we can.

thankful for a brother in law with a long arm for selfies ;)

the great grandkids


On Sunday, actual Mother's Day, we took the Amtrak train down to San Juan Capistrano to hang out for a bit with everyone (kids and husbands included) and then the guys took the kids and the girls headed to lunch at The Tea House on Los Rios. They had a special Mother's Day lunch going on when we were there, but the menu was sort of similar to what they show online.










my mother in law and pseudo mother in law (my brother in law's mom)

sister in law and sister in law



The BEST tomato soup I've EVER had.

Key Lime Pie dessert.



The food was delicious and we left stuffed. We were also gifted a "tea steeper" (the thing you put the loose tea in and then put in your cup to make tea), so of course we had to buy some loose tea to use it for ourselves at home. Overall, it was a wonderful day -- a good combination of spending time with the one that made me a mom as well as spending time with adults and nobody poking me every thirty seconds saying "mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy" ;)

And, one last photo to end Mother's Day. Mother's Day wouldn't be Mother's Day without acknowledging the woman who brought me in to this world -- my mom. Though she was taken from me far too soon and she never got to fully experience being a Grandmother (I say fully because I know she is looking down on us now and enjoying watching Mason), I think of her often and know I am the mother I am today because of her. She is my idle, my hero, and if I am even half the mom to Mason that she was to me, then I am doing something right.


I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day!

Four Things that Never Made the Blog.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I saw Sarah do this the other day and thought it was THE perfect way to catch up. So, thank you, Sarah, for letting me steal your idea. ;)

ONE.
Easter.

I shared about our Egg Hunt at California Adventure, but I never actually shared Easter. The day.

I know this was over two months ago, but for my sake, I wanted to make sure I shared. I won't get too detailed, because really everyone knows what happens on Easter, but I will say this. Easter morning, I wanted to make it special for Mason. I filled a basket with some goodies that he opened right in the morning and then I also filled a bunch of eggs for him and did a little egg hunt outside our house after breakfast. It was nothing fancy, but he loved opening all the eggs to find his favorite treats of fruit snacks and gold fish as well as some coins and some toys.








Later that afternoon, we went over to Seth's mom's house for dinner and another egg hunt with all the cousins. Seth's sister and her family were on vacation, but all the other kids were there.




It was a simple, yet wonderful day. Just how I like to spend my holidays :)


TWO.
My niece's birthday.

I actually think I shared a little bit about it here, but I didn't really get to share the pictures of the party like I wanted.







My oldest niece turned ten back in the middle of May, but she had a birthday party the weekend that we went to Palm Springs. So we left early that Sunday morning and headed back home to attend the party. It was THE cutest spa themed party where my sister in law had a nail truck come give manicures and pedicures, the girls made their own foot scrub, and Seth's mom's best friend's daughter, who is a hair stylist, came down from Northern California and was giving up-dos to all the girls. It seriously was a dream party for a little girl (and an adult I might add, but sadly I did not get to partake in the activities so I was just insanely jealous of twelve 10 year olds). I wish I was ten and could have participated!


THREE.
We moved!



If you follow me on any sort of social media, you know we moved. I also think I mentioned it on the blog a time or two. Well, it's official. We are officially in our new place. We are settling in well and things are getting better. I do plan to do a more comprehensive moving post at some point, but for now, the long story short on why we moved (more the short, fact only version for the internet) is that when we moved in to our old place, we didn't really check in to the school around there before we moved. Mason was nine months old and kindergarten and elementary school was not at all on our radar. Fast forward to Mason getting older and we found out that the school wasn't the greatest, but we didn't really think anything of it. We figured we would move (hopefully because of buying a house) or we could just put in a transfer and we'd be fine. Fast forward again and it's this year and we haven't moved or bought a house and it's almost time to think about kindergarten registration, so I put in a transfer. And we waited. And we waited. And we waited some more. I got nervous. Everyone told me things would be fine.

And we were denied. Cue me freaking out.

Long story, still cut short, we decided we didn't want to send him to the home school in our area, so we moved to a better area (not that we lived in a bad area before) with a better school. And I enrolled him. And he's all set for elementary school next year!

Moral of the story. Mama gets what mama wants ;)
(even if it means making some sacrifices)


FOUR.
Mason finished speech class.


Well, there's actually not really that much to that statement besides the fact that Mason finished speech for this school year. Since we transitioned him to getting speech services through the school district in December, they follow the regular school year and since the school year is over in some places and almost over in others, Thursday the 8th was his last speech class for this school year. I must admit that I was a little more sad than I thought I would be, mainly because these boys in this picture have been so wonderful the past six months. While we only saw each other every Tuesday and Thursday, Mason would talk about them constantly and was genuinely excited to go to speech class to see his friends. They all got along so well, and I truly wish we all lived in the same area so the kids could all go to kindergarten together next year. These boys will truly be missed, but hopefully we have have some play dates in the future to fill the void.

Speech is not over for this little dude though and he will continue to get speech help in kindergarten in the fall. He won't be going to a separate school for it though, the speech teacher will just take him out of class twice a week for 30 minutes. It will still be in a group setting but smaller (if you can imagine smaller than four kids). I'm excited to see the progress he continues to make next year!


More on moving, Mother's Day, and Father's Day to come soon!



Fivin' on Friday.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Helllllloooo Friday! I look forward to this day every week and every week it takes forever to get here and then is gone in the blink of an eye.

Mason has the day off school today so we will be out and about, but before we get to the weekend, how about we talk about five random things, shall we?

ONE.
Hello Fresh wine.



I haven't scheduled a Hello Fresh box in a while, mainly because we were moving, but also because as much as I love them, they are kind of expensive. But then. Then I got this email the other day and it intrigued me! I looked in to it a bit more and sadly you can't get a bottle of wine delivered with your food shipment, but you can get a shipment of wine to your doorstep! I imagine its kind of like a wine club where they deliver wine to you (though I don't do that, so I don't fully know), but it sounds awesome!

Unfortunately you have to be home to sign, so unless I change my delivery day to Saturday, I'm going to have to hold off on this service for a while. Still super cool they offer it though!

PS In the last box that I ordered, there were 3 coupon codes for friends to try Hello Fresh and get one FREE box! (Offer valid for new customers only in the US (excluding HI and AK).) So, if anyone wants to try Hello Fresh out for free, leave me a comment below (make sure your email is associated with your account or leave your email in the comments) and I'll send you a free box coupon code! (First three people to leave a comment/their emails will be sent the coupon code.)

Disclosure: I'm sure I get something out of it if you sign up to get a free box, but the coupon doesn't specifically say... just an fyi ;)


TWO.
Dry Bar champagne.


At the risk of sounding like an alcoholic, I also got this email a couple months ago and was super excited about it! I mean... someone doing my hair and making me pretty AND I get a free glass of wine or champagne?! Sign. Me. Up. Now I need an excuse to go get my hair done!

THREE.
First Podcast.


I listened to my very first Podcast a couple weeks ago! Shocking, I know. I think I'm like the only one not listening to podcasts. Anyway, if you follow me on Instagram, you know my love for my Letterfolk letter board and guess what podcast was my first? The one on Joanna and Johnny - the owners and creators of Letterfolk. Yep, clearly I have a problem. BUT I will say that even though I don't plan to be a small business owner or an entrepreneur, I did think their podcast was super interesting and I would highly recommend it!

You can find it here if you're interested (#25 on the list from 4/17/17).


FOUR.
My new ring.







I feel kind of weird sharing pictures of my ring on the blog, but after I mentioned that I got a ring with Mason's birth stone in it, a bunch of people wanted to see pictures, so I thought I'd share here. I'd been wanting to get one of these for FOREVER (or well, more accurately, almost five years now I guess lol), but I couldn't find one that I loved. My engagement ring and wedding ring have a special design on the inside (you can see in the picture where I'm holding the rings and you can see the side) and they are also "square rounded" on the bottom, so none of the ones that I found that were pre-made would line up quite right for my liking. I'd find one and I'd like it, but I didn't love it. So, for Mother's Day-ish (I say ish because I got it before Mother's Day), I had one custom made to match my wedding ring, but with rubies (the birth stone for July). It was a bit more expensive than I thought it would be, but I will wear it forever and have since worn it every single day and LOVE it, so I think it was a good investment. I was wearing it below my wedding band, but my sister in law suggested it engagement ring, ruby ring, wedding ring, and I love it that way and have been wearing it that way ever since. I love having reminders of both of my boys with me at all times!


FIVE.
Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3.



I am irrationally excited about these two movies coming out. I seriously think I am more excited than Mason. Cars 3 comes out today and Despicable Me 3 comes out on the 30th and I'm super excited to take Mason to the theater to see them. He actually has the day off school today for a teacher in service day, so I took the day off work. Seth also has the day off since it's his 'every other Friday off' Friday off, but he has plans with his dad and he straight up said "you better not take Mason to see Cars 3 without me." LOL! Clearly we are more excited than Mason!

With that, here's hoping we make it to the movie theater this weekend!
Happy Weekend and Happy Father's Day!


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