Sunday, March 13, 2016


Let's start off by saying I am soooo tired of Mario and Luigi themed things.  My boys are still very much in love with Mario and Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad, and anything else related to the video game.  Vincent is IN LOVE with Princess Rosalina.  Unfortunately I don't see an end in sight on this but I really HOPE this is the last Mario and Luigi party I throw, fingers crossed.

How have I been a mom for 5 years already?  Such a whirlwind!  With that I have also grieved the loss of my daughter for 5 years.  Those two will always go hand in hand.  It's hard to celebrate their birthday and not think back to that day. The day I became a mom was also the day I held my stillborn.  I love acknowledging her and remembering her.  One of the ways we include her in the celebration is by putting a "K" on their birthday cake.  This cake was Princess Peach style with a pink K and a crown.  I loved it.

We hadn't had a big birthday party for them since they turned one.  So this year they got to invite some friends.  We had it at a pizza place because the boys love PIZZA! And we didn't want to risk the rain for a backyard party.

I think the 1-up mushroom and big mushroom cupcakes were the hit of the party.

They loved their gifts and it was so fun watching them get excited.  I think they said "oh my goodness!" with every gift.

They really wanted a bounce house and pinata at their party.  Like I said, we weren't sure about the weather so it was a no for the bounce house and I didn't think the restaurant would allow a bat and pinata in their party room.  So Pinterest to the rescue! I saw this awesome idea of making a pinata that was opened by the kids all pulling on ribbon.  They yanked it open and out came the candy! 

The party favors were white chocolate Wii remotes.

We had so much fun and are so grateful for the family and friends who made it special for Vincent and Landen.

I cannot believe they are 5 already and I'm registering them for kindergarten!  They are completely opposite in every sense of the word and I LOVE that about them! 

Every year we visit Karissa's grave on their birthday.  This year they were calling it Karissa's house.  They picked out flowers and a balloon for her.  They were asking more questions and I think understanding more about her.  I always tear up at her grave.  And Vincent told Landen "Mommy is crying because she misses our sister"  And then he stood next to me and matter-of-factly stated "I miss her too mom" 

Vincent has such a sweet heart and a silly little laugh.  He has developed this mad face when he doesn't agree with me.  He is quickly learning that his mad face only gets him in more trouble.  He is a perfectionist (like his mom) and he's very private and reserved.  I think it's so cute how easily he gets embarrassed.  He tries to act tough and hold back those tears but I can usually get out his reason for the welled up tears in his eyes.  Mom's tend to have that ability :)

Landen is hilarious.  He is a talker.  Non stop!  He doesn't have a shy bone in his body.  He will talk to anyone who will listen.  He is enthusiastic and hyper.  He hates most vegetables.  He loves his stuffed animals and usually totes his lovie and blanket all around the house.  He keeps us entertained.

Vincent and Landen are the best of friends.  And they always insist on dressing the same. (I will enjoy that while it lasts) I couldn't be more proud of my two 5 year olds.  And they can't wait to be in Kindergarten! (and honestly neither can we! That is two less preschool tuitions we will be paying for! hallelujah!)

Landen and Vincent (February 23rd 2016)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

When can we go again?!?!

We went on our first big camping trip of the year!  We stayed at the Monterey/Santa Cruz KOA campground.  It was such a great place, especially for the kids.  The first thing we did was jump on their huge bouncer thingy.  It was like a bounce house without walls and it was surrounded by sand so you could jump off or roll off into the soft sand.


Our campsite was awesome and Ryan is getting more and more comfortable parking this home away from home we have.

The next morning we spent exploring more of the campground and riding on the little train they had going through the campground.  It ran twice a day.  

Snack Time!

After nap time we drove down to Monterey to the Fisherman's Wharf. We walked around and enjoyed some ice cream.

 Our trailer has an awesome set up for sleeping arrangements.  Everyone has their own bed and Ryan and I have a queen bed.  My mom sewed a mesh divider that we put up on the lower bunk to keep cruz from falling out.  It worked really well! And he slept great in that bed.

The next day we headed out right after breakfast to drive down to Monterey again (45 minute drive) this time we had tickets for the aquarium.   We almost forgot the camera, had to go back and get it, but something we DID forget and didn't realize it until we got there was our wallets.  NO ID, NO money!!  I had prepaid and printed our tickets but we didn't have a way to pay for parking.  So we found a bank and thought it was worth a try to get cash before we drove all the way back to get our wallets.  And they gave me cash without ID!! We were so thankful we didn't have to drive back to the trailer.  So after that wasted 45 minutes of our time we were finally able to park and head into the aquarium.

That's a sea otter swimming towards them.
A bunch of Nemos

This penguin loved kids! He/she would follow Landen's hand by the glass.
Cruz, sittin in a penguin egg

We had lunch at the Bubba Gumps restuarant and made it back to the camgproud to enjoy some time on the playground and the bouncy thing before a storm rolled in.

 We had to eat dinner inside the trailer.  It was cozy hearing the rain outside.  I was soooo grateful we were in a trailer and NOT a tent.

That night the trailer shook with the thunder.  Ryan and I woke up to the storm but the boys slept right through it.  The next day we enjoyed some mini golf, even though it was slightly drizzling. Late morning the sun came out and we spent the day bouncing, napping, and playing on the playground.  Because that's what vacation is all about. Relaxing!

Ryan and I started out trying to teach the boys how to properly hit the golf ball, stay off the green when it wasn't your turn, and not to touch the ball until you made it in the hole.

I LOVE his concentration

The teaching didn't last long!  After awhile, we were like, forget it. Move the ball, take your turn twice in a row, walk on the green, whatever. It was a free for all.

 AND golfing with a 20 month old? UM no thanks!  This kid.  He would smile when he had his club and ball, then as soon as we asked him to get off the green or wait his turn.....

full on tears.... oh what a joy!

 We spent hours at their "beach" area.  That's where the bouncy thing was and all the sand.

Dinner was hamburgers and dessert was S'mores of course!!  And Ryan's cousin came to hang out with us for a little bit.  The boys loved it and all the candy she brought!

Holguin Brothers

Ryan and I had such a great time.  And the boys are still talking about our vacation we went on for FIVE days to camping and the aquarium.  We really can't wait to go camping again!

One last picture....Cruz taking a selfie! "cheeeeese"! haha