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the sibling bond.

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I only have two kids and that’s really how I feel- only. To me I don’t feel maxed out, passed my birthing years, or like our family is complete. I feel secure in the little reproductive break we are taking but I know this strike will end sooner than later.

However, when I go to the park or the the grocery store strangers are always putting their opinion on me, implying that I got my boy and my girl so I can just hang it up- mission accomplished. It’s weird. When I vocalize that we aren’t done having babies yet they are stunned! They look at me like I’m delusional! Really! And again I think just how weird THEY are!

See, I was never the mama who consider having only one child- and thank goodness since I was pregnant again by the time my first was six months old!!! Oops! But really, I always knew I wanted more and I always knew I wanted to give them siblings. So I mean I guess we could stop. I have a boy and a girl and they have each other. I could look at it like okay I did it cross that obstacle off the list but my heart doesn’t feel that way and one of the biggest determining factors for me is the sibling bond. You just can’t grasp just how sweet it is until you create it and watch it bloom before your eyes. It is easily one of my very favorite things about being a mama, just watching them love on each other so well. Siblings create a crazy dynamic and at times it is a bit overwhelming because I swear they learn how to team up and take you out so quickly! But even on the toughest days, nothing compares to the love.

Having multiple children is a lot of work. It is a stress on your body, your patience, and your wallet. HOWEVER, the reward is ten fold! Giving your child a sibling is one of the very best gifts you will ever ever give them! I mean imagine them stuck with crazy you || ALONE || forever?!?! I mean that’s just not right! Give them some back up! Give them a forever buddy! Give them a partner, a confidant, and truth speaker that will be by their side for life! Help them grow by teaching them to love more, share more, and communicate more from a young age. Their life will be blessed by it and so will yours!!! And while you’re at it don’t just give them one give em a few!

I always say// you’ll never regret the kids you have but you might regret the ones you don’t have!

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Where to snag the looks we love//
High chairs// ikea
Bows // every dot and tiddle
Tank // little boogaweezin
Tee// the seeding project
Pizza Tee// JAMZ
Moccs// freshly picked

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Girls Getaway Turned Mama Moment

Over the weekend I went about an hour north and enjoyed the sunshine of the City of Angels. ||LA||

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20140113-110242.jpg It was my sister’s birthday so it was the perfect excuse to leave the babies with their dada and eat unbelievably delicious food, engage in tons of girl talk, && shop! We discover some amazing little thrift stores and just wandered around to our next adventure.

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20140113-110744.jpg It was so much fun BUT man this mama missed her babies! Am I the only one who’s like, “GIRL TIME! GIRL TIME! WOO!” Fast forward a few hours and I’m stalking my husbands insta for photos and texting him for updates?! My guess is that it comes with the territory…. But maybe I’m just a little obsessed with them, and if that’s the case I’m totally fine with it. I mean who could blame me? They are as sweet and full of personality as can be and cute to boot! I mean. Yeah! I’m fully obsessed. Being a mom does something so gnarly to your heart. It has created a level of ownership in me that I’ve never had before. I 100% believe that my babies belong to God before they belong to me. He created them and loves them even more than i do. BUT He chose me! I repeat ||HE CHOSE ME TO BE THEIR MAMA|| that is huge && I certainly do not take it lightly. I have been commission to train them and teach them in the ways of The Lord. It is my job to pour into them with love, affection, knowledge, creativity, adventure, and deep passion. I am privileged to stay home with them daily. Of course I make claims about wanting to get away and needing a break from time to time but the relationship I have with them has changed me at a core level and I never want to put distance there. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having time to yourself. There is nothing wrong with going away for the weekend. There is nothing wrong with date nights or sighing in relief after you’ve tucked them in bed for the night after a long day. Mamas need their fill up time as well but what I’m learning is that I cannot separate myself from Phinneus and Tallulah because when I’m with them I am full.

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#holstromholiday

So if you follow me on Instagram you know that I was just in cabo for a week!
So let’s talk about it! Cabo is where it’s at! We had the most incredible time! 20131221-211431.jpg

Here’s why:
⇥ I hate flying and from Southern California the flight is a only two hours!
⇥ I’m traveling with two little kids with sleep schedules and the time change is only one hour!
⇥ Mexican food is heaven.
⇥ The weather was sunny perfection in December!
⇥ The resort was killer!!!!! If you’re looking for a gorgeous || kid friendly but in no way kid zone || resort to play && relax then Cabo Azul is the place to be!

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Okay now that that plug is outta the way… Just kidding no one paid me for that.

Anyways I come from a close family with a large extended family! We actually all like each other (mostly)! So when my parents/ siblings/ aunt and uncle/ && some cousins were all heading to Cabo for a week I was green with envy! I wanted to go with my little family desperately but my husband and I couldn’t see the way! Right when I had given up hope God showed up and blew me away! He totally made a way where we saw no way to go on this incredible vacation together! We had the best time just being together. We are such a busy family and for a whole week we just slowed down and relaxed. Multiple times we thought out loud- maaaan this is easier than being at home! I don’t know about you but often times I view vacation as a lot of work and I return home tired. This trip wasn’t like that. I feel filled up and refreshed. I feel thankful and blessed to have had such an incredible opportunity to make memories with my own family.

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When we first got there I was stunned by the beauty of the resort. It was perfect. I held my sweet boy in the infinity pool looking out to the ocean and I had tears in my eyes. I was overwhelmed with joy and pride in what we were able to provide for our children. My husband and I didn’t get passports until we were prepping for out honeymoon and now our babies both have them before either of them are even three! It was a pretty cool revelation! I am so excited to see the beauty all around the world with this family of mine!

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I really do believe the best is yet to come && that is dang exciting!

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We’re so California

It’s that time of year. Time for scarves, hot tea, lights & of course, Christmas trees.

Every year in California we would head over to the Christmas tree lot or even Home Depot, walk up & down the rows until we found the perfect one. As a kid I always like the Charlie Brown trees. I felt bad for the ones that didn’t get chosen & would eventually become firewood.

//I mean don’t they all?//

Being in New Mexico & starting new family traditions we thought we could pick out our Christmas tree in a new way as well. I’m not sure where else this is available but in New Mexico you can apply for a permit & cut your own. How fabulous right?

The drive to the closest national forest is about an hour and a half away. Not too bad. We make it to the mountains safe & sound. Now all we have to do is spot the one. However, there are regulations you have to abide by. Be at least 100ft from the road & no private properties.

This is where our California roots s h i n e. We all grow quite impatient looking for unfenced areas & Beckette starts dry heaving. So much fun.

I’m totally not picky when it comes to trees so we find one we like pretty quickly. We bundle the kiddos up in the snow & blizzardy winds. I’m coldy mama. Daddy drags the ax over & we watch him chop away. We make it back to the car in one piece & after freestyle nursing Major in the passenger seat, Beckette going #2 in her diaper & a few F bombs, James gets the tree strapped to our roof. Sweet bro, now let’s get the heck outta here.

We’re so California.

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|hold up//back up//play it cool|

Oh my goodness! This is real! My first blog entry! Eeek! I have wanted to do this for a long time & I’m finally brave enough to do it!

|hold up//back up//play it cool|

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Hey guys! It’s me, Sarah! Let’s be friends! I am the wife of a bearded babe and the mama of two littles- Phinneus Bear & Tallulah Perri. We all live in sunny Southern California where we are committed to pursuing joy & Jesus daily!  My life is far from perfect but it sure is beautiful. I believe that perspective is everything & I am currently in a season of choosing to be present and purposeful. My goal here is to document the beauty and laugh like crazy through out this wild ride.

I’ve been in search of a creative outlet and a way to make myself known- to be vulnerable. I tend to be the don’t ask don’t tell type but I’m looking for a change. I want to be open and honest so here we go- the  g o o d, the b a d, & the u g l y  all coming from yours truly!

Xo!
S

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