Well guys we sold our house! We have a potential closing date of September 15 as long as everything stays on track! Our house was on the market for a total of 28 days before we accepted an offer. We showed our house 25 times with 2 open houses. Continue reading “Goodbye 6841”
Dear Charlotte Rose,
Happy New Year from my little family to you!
I know it’s a little late, but I’m trying to catch up!!
For my parents for Christmas I got them a family photo session! It was the first time in years that we have taken professional pictures together that wasn’t for a wedding or on an iPhone! It was so much fun, and such a good time. Create Photography took our images below, they were incredibly professional and we got so many good images!
I’ve decided that for our parents every year we’re going to do two separate family shoots. Family photos are so important and they make your home so much more happy and inviting! Just from being a professional photographer before I know how special photos are.
Today marks year 2 of marriage for Eric and I. I couldn’t ask for a more selfless, and hardworking husband. If not for his hard work and dedication to his job I wouldn’t be able to stay home and raise Charlotte. Eric and I met back in Spanish class freshman year of high school. Come junior year we went to different schools and didn’t really speak again for almost 6 years, until Eric started stalking me on Facebook and asking me out. I finally said yes, and we went to a Toby Keith and Eric Church concert, it was over from there. We’ve been together for going on 6 years. We have conquered 7 states, 9 different countries, 2 dogs, and 1 baby together so far. Some days are easy, and other days are not so easy, but at the end of the day we have each other, a roof over our head, our bellies are full, and the amount of love we have for each other will conquer anything it throws our way. I love you so much Eric, thank you for creating this beautiful life with me, and especially thank you for giving me another best friend besides you… aka Charlotte! You’re the best!
Charlotte is 5 months old! Oh my goodness, this little pumpkin is growing up so fast, I kinda wish she would just slow down, or at least time would slow down. This past month so much has happened. Charlotte started trying baby food, so far she has tried carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, peas apples and bananas. The only thing she has not liked was peas, bananas and apples. Peas doesn’t surprise me but the fruit did, I guess she will just be my veggie girl. She also started scooting backwards and she scoots in circles, here before too long I just know she’ll be crawling. She is also sitting up for long periods of time unassisted, she loves to be sitting up or laying on tummy or side. Whenever she lays on her back she does a crunch to see what’s going on. She loves dogs, especially her doggies she pets them and it’s the sweetest thing in the world. Charlotte also loves when you hold her hand. She holds my hand to fall asleep at nighttime. Here before too long we’re going to transition her out of our bed and into her own and I’m just not ready yet, I wish I could cuddle her at night for forever. Anyways she still loves her Sophie, also she loves this infantino rattle that she has right now, and of course some car keys. She doesn’t like her pacifier at all, and uses it very rarely when she’s extremely tired, she also doesn’t suck her thumb anymore. I can’t wait to see what next month brings, we just love this sweet girl so much.
For Labor Day we decided to go to a Dodgers game and go to Laguna Beach for the holiday weekend. We started our weekend by getting up bright and early and heading to LA. Charlotte was the BEST baby on the car ride to LA she stayed asleep the whole trip. We booked both our hotels through Hotels.com our first hotel we stayed at was The Hilton Pasadena. We have stayed at this Hilton before and we enjoy the cleanliness and the location. It’s close to Dodger stadium and that’s all we really need, nothing crazy fancy. It was Charlotte’s first time in a hotel, and we all slept like babies that night after the game. This was also Charlotte’s first MLB game. She loves to watch baseball with her daddy at home, but I’m glad we got to take her to her first game. She was so well behaved, and even took a short nap while we enjoyed the game. Unfortunately the Dodgers lost to the Padres. Before the game we went to a restaurant called Islands Restaurant we have one of these in Las Vegas and have never been to it (big mistake). I had the best burger ever its called the Nalu Nalu Burger. It has roasted garlic aioli, which I just tried for the first time not too long ago and love, the burger also has sautéed onions and mixed peppers on it. Seriously the best burger I’ve ever had. So yummy. I’ve also been trying different beer’s our recently and have been enjoying IPA’s more. Never thought I would like a little hop in my beers but they’re different and yummy.
We booked a hotel on the beach in Laguna called Capri Laguna Inn on the Beach, since it was a holiday weekend it was very expensive, and not thinking about it I booked a queen size room instead of a king (Big Mistake). I mean we didn’t spend much time in our room anyways but I wish we would of gotten a balcony with a sliding glass door and a couch, or even an ocean view room. From just exploring Laguna if I ever stayed there again I’d stay at the Surf and Sand Hotel, much bigger and the amenities were way nicer. Eric had a headache and we had to go over there, because our hotel didn’t have a gift shop. Our first morning in Laguna we just strolled a mile down to the main shopping area, we had lunch at this cute little restaurant called Laguna Beach Brewery & Grille the service was really good, and they had plenty of seating indoors and outdoors, and had high chairs for kids. Even though Charlie fell asleep after a little milk and slept in her stroller, there were other children in the restaurant in high chairs. I ordered the Taco Culiacan, they were delicious and Eric ordered the Carnitas, which were also very yummy. After that we strolled around and went to this little kids boutique called Little Bohemian they had Bla Bla Kids Shop dolls and I just had to get one for Charlotte. We actually let her pick between the mermaid and the froggy princess and she picked the frog. She loves it. It’s so cute! That night we decided to get pizza for dinner from Gina’s Pizza and just relax. The next morning Eric picked us up some coffee and croissants from Koffee Klatch. We then got ready for the beach, our hotel has chairs and umbrella’s right there on the beach with a service guy it was so nice. Charlotte put her feet in the sand and loves it, it was so cute. She enjoyed some mama milk and then took a nice long nap right there next to the ocean. It was so peaceful and nice, Eric fell asleep too. After that we decided to change and get some lunch at Sapphire Laguna ok I know said that the other hamburger place I had was delicious, but this hamburger was also one of the best ones I’ve ever had, and they had garlic fries!! I ordered the Kobe Beef Havarti Cheeseburger and Eric got the Fish and Chips. We then stopped at this cute little gelato place right there next to Sapphire’s it was so good too. We headed back to the hotel and decided to go swimming in the pool. We did that for a little bit and then Eric went and grabbed us sandwiches and we sat up on the balcony of the hotel and ate with ocean breeze and sunset. It was beautiful and simple. I loved it.
I decided that night that with how bad traffic is always coming home from California to Nevada that I wanted to get up early and leave at 4am. We did just that, and didn’t hit any traffic on the way home either, it was so nice. Charlotte did amazing again. We even stopped at the Fashion Outlet’s in Primm, NV and enjoyed some shopping before coming all the way into Las Vegas.
Overall our second family trip ever was amazing and fun. I can’t wait to see where we go next!!
We decided to get some family photos done, my good friend Chauntelle from Chauntelle Graf Photography took them for us. It was a super quick mini session, which was just enough time for Charlotte’s first awake professional photoshoot. This little girl did so good during our session. She was all smiles for everyone. I wanted to try to get her some photos of just herself, but she absolutely hated the grass (as you can see above). I definitely want to get her some photos done for her 1/2 birthday. I guess from being a professional photographer before photos are so so so important to me, and you can never have too many! I hope you all enjoy these photos!
PS. My outfit choice was not my favorite, the skirt was up a little higher than I wanted, but oh well, you live and you learn!
This little babe is 4 whole months old! Oh my goodness does time fly. This past month we went to Laguna Beach and loved every minute of it. Getting out of this Las Vegas heat for 4 days was amazing! Charlotte also went to her first MLB game the Dodgers vs Padres, at Dodger stadium. She did so well, stayed awake for most of the game, took a little nap and then woke up. One thing we have learned about Charlotte is that she hates to ride in the dark in the car. We’re not sure if she’s scared of the dark or not. She is growing so fast though, gaining about a pound or half a pound a week. All from mama’s milk which makes me very very happy. We go to the doctors next week and we’ll ask him his opinion on baby food and getting her ears pierced. I know most people say to wait till 6 months, but every time she see’s us eating she always trying to grab at our food and eat it too! We’ll see what the doctor says though. Also this past month Charlie has let us know that unless she’s going to sleep she doesn’t want to be on her back, she wants to be sitting up in her bumbo or on her tummy looking around. She can almost sit up on her own without toppling over. She also has learned to grab her toes, and it’s about the cutest thing ever. The first time we heard her laugh was at out dogs playing, now we try to get them to play on the daily to get her laugh. She just loves her doggies so much, she’s starting to try to pet them. It’s adorable. Charlie loves to read and chew on her touchy feely books from Usborne. Highly recumbent them!!
I just can’t wait to see what this next month brings. We love this little girl so much!
PS. Sorry for the not so great photos, Eric just snapped them last night so I could post this this morning! xo
I am currently obsessed with small businesses, and their super cute clothes for both moms and babies! Every time I find a company I like on Instagram I find another. My husband gives me a weekly allowance to buy new stuff for Charlotte and I, and I always spend about 3 hours trying to pick a place to buy something from. There are so many small business shops. Lots of Stay At Home Moms trying to support their families or just get a little extra cash to spoil them. I have a serious shopping addiction now that I have a baby, and there is no other way I’d rather spend my money than shopping a small business and supporting another SAHM like myself.
In the photos above I am wearing a “Raise Good Humans” tank top by WeeStructed and Charlotte is wearing a “Rollin with the homies” onesie by SlyFox Threads and a Notes&Knots headband bow. The material and sizing for both items are spot on. I love both and we have worn both items on multiple occasions. Unfortunately for Charlotte this will probably be the last time she’s able to wear this onesie because she’s growing so fast!!
I picked my tank top for myself because there is no greater time to raise good humans like there is today, and plus it’s so cute. I found Charlotte’s onesie through Instagram and it reminded me of the movie Clueless so I had to get it!! I also bought one for one of my friends baby showers as a gift.
Find a small business to shop this Sunday. You’ll be surprised how amazing the customer service and the product is.
Charlotte is a whopping 8 weeks old!!! Where has the time gone!! She’s totally a different baby now. Charlotte’s starting to giggle, and can hold her head up about 80% of the time. She still really hates tummy time but we’re working on upping her on the minutes per day. Her doctor is so impressed with how well she is growing and how strong her neck is. Which as a parent it’s all about the little triumphs and wins. She’s such a happy little girl. Charlotte is sleeping through the night since about week 5!!! I think it’s all thanks to our tight schedule and our Dock-A-Tot. I will be doing a review about this product next weekish. Keep an eye out for it!
We decided to get professional newborn photos done just a few weeks before giving birth to Charlotte I wasn’t sure if i wanted studio photos or lifestyle photos. I ended up going with studio photos, because I know when we have our next one I want to do the same thing. Lifestyle photos are really special to me but I think I’ll use a lifestyle photographer when we do her 3, 6, and 12 month photos.
Photography by: Tiffany’s Stuido