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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Gracie's 1st birthday party!

Our sweet girl is ONE!!! My goodness, talk about a FAST YEAR! Her content little soul has just been the perfect edition to our family. We are just the luckiest!!!!!

So one very cool fact about celebrating the sweet third child of the family: we've discovered the best way to throw a party - do nothing! Bahaha! This was by far the easiest shindig we've ever thrown - got to love the third baby for showing you that there's no need for pinterest perfection (as opposed to my strives toward that idea with the older two!) as long as you've got some cool people to hang out with. I mean, what's life all about? It was by far our favorite way to celebrate a good ol' fashioned birthday: invite people over, eat some food, have fun, and that's it! Don't worry guys, we're only 7+ years into this parenting thing and we're just now figuring it all out hahaha!

Funny fact: see that table up there with the "G" on top of it? That is literally the most "decorated" the whole affair got!!! The night before I had these lofty plans to create a really cool backdrop and a table skirt to go along it all to hide the ugly coolers... but I just REALLY didn't want to make those TWO SIMPLE THINGS! It was the strangest thing but also one of the coolest - both Chad and I were like "why kill ourselves? Let's just have people over and have fun!"

So anyway, when we were setting up, I realized that maybe I should put a little something out that signified that this party was for Grace... so I went into the playroom and plucked that "G" right off the wall and placed it there - I mean!!!!!

There was a tiny voice inside my head that was making me feel a bit guilty about my over-the-top laid back ways with this party. After all, it WAS Gracie's first birthday party - a big deal!!!! But after the event has come and gone, I can say I'm glad that the scant route was the one we took (even though typing that out really does still makes me feel a bit guilty bahaha).

Speaking of the scant route... our empty room is a serious hit with people! More often than not folks will tell us to just leave it empty until Grace is like 5 years old and I have to say, I'm slowly starting to agree. It definitely won't be empty until G baby is 5, but I'm slowly morphing into a human who will probably be sad when we fill it up. Crazy!

The best party accessory: cake frosting from the big one year old's hands!!! She really didn't want anything to do with her smash cake, but hey, she got a little bit on those chubby sweet fingers of hers which transferred over to Chad and I. Got to love it!

And these pictures don't even really capture the party in all it's awesomeness! We were all having so much fun I completely forgot to grab my phone and/or the ol' DSLR until nearly the end after a few great families had already left! I'd say that's a great problem to have :)

After all was said and done with the big partay, the birthday girl (IT WAS HER ACTUAL FIRST BIRTHDAY ON PARTY DAY!!!) went and hung out on the front porch for a bit - it was such sweet time with her! We are truly the luckiest in the whole wide world!!!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

"Ladera Days" and other random thoughts

We love our "Ladera Days" with the sister's family - I mean, how could we not? That place is one giant movie set of perfectness, it's so dang lovely. Every time we make the trek down there to hang with the ol' Fitch crew, I spend the first half of the visit wondering why the HELL we moved away from it's wonderfulness. Then during the second half I think, "hey it's all good, at least we get to visit Gina here. She better not ever move away!" And then by the end I'm always ready to head back home to Corona - the cycle happens EVERY time! It's so funny!

If we lived there though, we wouldn't be able to hang out with our babies while re-doing our closet like what's going on down here. The bath tub is honestly the best thing ever. Grace is corralled in there while the older two use the whole thing as a type of jungle gym. So great!

Anyhoo! That's all! G babe is crying up there so I've got to go grab her. Also! Chad and I have an out-of-town wedding this weekend!!!! We are so dang excited to get out of dodge and MOST IMPORTANTLY to celebrate our amazing friends - they've been together longer than Chad and I have and we've all just LOVED watching the two of them walk through their journey together!!!! Truly an honor! So yes, we are very excited. Cheers to love!!!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fall time!

Fall, fall, wonderful fall!!!! We are so into it this year. I've made a goal to buy one seasonal thing each time I go into a store and I've got to say - best idea ever. I'm beefin' up on the pumpkins but will soon switch to permanent decor to last through the years! It must be the house that's doing this to us. Just the thought of it possibly being a forever home type of situation makes us all want to cozy up and nest. THE BEST.

In other news, Grace will be ONE in 18 days!!! Isn't that just freakin' incredible? The fastest year of our lives, that's for sure. We've decided she will be our forever baby (closin' down shop, over here), so any challenges she presents us with is sort of viewed in a this-isn't-so-bad type of way. It's really a lovely way to live (in opposition to how we were with Carter - poor oldest child and all the insanity parents load on them! Baha!). 

And that is all! Woohoo! Back to consuming carrot cake!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

A summer corral of life updates

Now that it's feeling a bit like fall, I've got to corral a summer update from the House Cisneros! We've been plowing through projects like crazy, all documented here at the ol' DIY blog that I love so much. Up there, Chad and Carter were installing a legit baby gate for Gracie. That child sure does love to crawl like a speed-demon over to the stairs, dog food area, any and all bathrooms, as well as dart toward the bed in the playroom that she's now able to climb onto - it's nuts!! I love it so much.

Here was THE LARGEST PROJECT WE'VE EVER DONE AND THOUGHT SEVERAL TIMES WOAH HOLY CRAP, WE HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR ACTUAL FURNITURE MAKERS OUT THERE - that stuff was HARD!!!!!! Our wonderful friend connected us with a woman in the community who was in the process of opening a shop here in Corona (and who goes to our church - bonus!). We ended up falling into an agreement where we made a TON (well, a ton for us), of furniture for the store!!!! How cool is that?! All in all we made 2 10' tables, 4 10' benches, those two arbors you see hanging over the tables (1 was 7' tall, the other was 9'), then a kids table with two little kids' sized benches. I mean - IT WAS AN UNDERTAKING! (And awesome undertaking!)

While we project, Gracie hangs out!!!

I mean, I guess these two have to get older in life, despite my "stay young forever" vibes I've been sending into the universe since the day they were both born. Speaking of these two and getting older, we recently measured them - they both have grown FOUR INCHES IN 10 MONTHS!!!! How is that even possible?! Chad and I were like "woah." Up there on the left is Carter showing off his handy work when we were re-doing our pantry.

My men!!!! There Chad is on the right constructing a table for a friend of ours (it came out so freaking great I want him to build another one just for our house). Y'ALL WE'VE HAD THE BEST LUCK LATELY WITH WOODWORKING! It's been so fun!

What else has been going on? Chad and my lives have been even more ruled by Game of Thrones than it was previously, so there's that. Hmmmmm. I don't know what else is going on but I've got to get off of here! The minutes are ticking down until Gracie wakes up baha.

So there's a mini wrap on a summer of awesomeness! Now I'm going to go out into the garage and see if I can continue this awesome streak we've had going in terms of our projects out there. We've got a TON of scrap wood so I'm hoping to create something cool out of it all. Yesterday I made a scrap wood tray on a whim and HOLY CRAP I LOVE IT SO MUCH I CAN'T BELIEVE I MADE THAT! So dang fun! Okay, over and out!

Friday, September 15, 2017

2nd grade and Kinder - what is happening in the world

They're both in elementary school - what is actually happening in the universe?!!!!!

This fact though, albeit mind blowing, is pretty dang awesome. Carter is enjoying how he is the authority on all things Susan B. Anthony Elementary in general, and Kota is just enjoying chasing the boys around the playground. Can you believe that?! I can't remember if I wrote about it up in here, but when Carter was in kinder, he was chased by a group of girls - it perturbed me to no end. I thought it was going to define the rest of his life - Carter being overly aware of girls chasing him (or something like that hahaha). I was so torn up about it! I even had a conference with his teacher over the matter bahahahaha. (Got to love first-child-over-sensitivity bahaha.)


So now I'm thinking that's just what girls think is fun? Bugging the boys? Who knows!!! Bahaha how about that?!

Anyway, that's just been one of the fun learning experiences from the last month while these two have been gone from me everyday. Kota is away for a whopping 4 hours and Carter goes all day - it's great, man! Gracie and I spend the mornings alone (where she takes a nap for half of our time together), then once Kota gets picked up it's just the girls and I for a few hours, then Carter joins the group, at which point Gracie goes down for another nap, so I get to hang out with the older 2 for a bit. Heaven!

On top of this already-awesome schedule of ours, we got into a carpool with a super fun family from the Kota's TK class at Crossroads - how dang cool is that? So every other day we switch off taking the kids. Talk about cool!

It did take me a bit of time to adjust to the whole "two kids getting ready everyday" thing. Coupled with the massive increase in our sports life for them (an activity 6 days a week - it's been insane), school was slightly overwhelming for a bit there! It forced me to get UBER ORGANIZED. We now pick out Carter and Kota's clothes for the ENTIRE week on Sunday evening. I place those outfits along with clean socks, shoes, toothbrushes and hair products in the play room's closet in these nifty organizational little shelf things. THEN! I made it super easy for the two of them to pack their own lunches. We recently redid our pantry, partly because I wanted the kiddos to be able to easily access snacks each morning to put into their lunch boxes. Lastly, I have the kids get as much homework done as possible either on the weekend or during the early part of the week. We keep it fun and light, so that way they don't loathe homework later in life, but on the inside I'm really pushing for them to get as much done as they can. It makes sports easier and also just an overall feeling of calm going through the week.

Those organizational efforts has really made a difference! I feel like Chad and I get to enjoy ourselves through the week, especially because so much effort is being put into their activities nowadays.

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