This year I turned the big 3-5. My sisters helped kick off this birthday by meeting me in Portland. It was a jam packed 3-day trip. We spent the majority of day one hiking along Columbia Gorge, and man are we so glad we did. There are no words to describe the wonder of the waterfalls that we got to experience. We ate at some of Portland's highest rated restaurants (Screen Door, Mother's Bistro, Beast, to name a few). And as if that weren't enough, my sisters even arranged for us to partake in a Zumba class, which you know is my most favorite activity. But all the awesomeness that was Portland set aside, I was just so thrilled to be able to spend a couple of carefree and silly days with the two women who mean the most to me. I loved our trip and I thankful that even at 35, we are able to make some awesome memories together. Special shout out to our husbands for holding down the forts so we could enjoy ourselves!
hiking along one of the trails
At Multanomah falls
Sweaty after Zumba
Dinner at Beast
Shortly after the trip ended, one of my best gal pals, Tiffany, decided to come out and celebrate my 35th birthday with me as well. The majority of our time was spent chasing the kids around and grocery shopping to make meals for everyone, but our usual abundance of laughter was not lacking. Always a pleasure to see this girl.
At Denver Botanical Gardens

Sledding with the kiddies
And as if that wasn't enough, Eric arranged for us to celebrate with our friends in Colorado. We went to a new Indian restaurant in town, checked out a new brewery and ended up at a local favorite beer garden. It was a great night with great friends.
Dinner at Tamarind
Again, I am reminded that I am blessed far beyond what I deserve. If this was a preview of what it'll be like to be 35, I am beyond excited about what this year has to bring. 


Love and Basketball

It has become a birthday tradition for Eric to take Connor to an NBA game when the Pacers are in town to play the Nuggets. Connor showed interest in basketball at a very young age. So even last year, at the sweet age of 2, He was able to sit through the entire game (well, at least until it was bed time) and was fully engaged and excited the entire time. This year was no different.
Father and son at the game

Loving every minute
I was informed that the night was filled with sweets and treats of all sorts. But when they got home, it was 9 pm (an hour past his bedtime), and my sweet boy ran in and was halfway through the door when he said "Mom! I had a good day! I saw Paul George!", clearly the highlight of his evening. And as I was getting him ready for bed, he was still buzzing with excitement, the same sort of feeling I can relate to after having experienced something incredible. I heard him talking and giggling to himself while in bed, the kinds of sounds that just exude happiness. And his happiness makes me so happy.

Love my little baller.


Sunny Christmas in 2015

With the kids' daycare shutting down between Christmas and New Years, we decided that if we were going to have to take time off to entertain them, we might as well entertain all of us. So this year, we decided to spend our holidays in Florida.

Every single time we've visited Florida, it has always been a relaxing vacation. This trip was no exception. Every morning's toughest decision was "beach or pool?" The kids spent an average of 4 hours a day in the pool. They have both improved so much in swimming and overall confidence in the water. And let's not even start to talk about the tan lines.

Connor getting his feet nice and sandy

Eric's dad watched the kids so we could watch the Colts/Dolphins game

My animal lover got up close and personal w/ this iguana

ringing in 2016

last day of vacation

Oberlys by the sea
It was such a memorable trip for us. It makes me happy that the kids are starting to develop fond memories of places that hold such awesome memories for Eric and myself.