Summer birthday picnic

Nellie just turned 5! Which is crazy. I love that I have a summer baby and a winter baby because party planning is my favorite (I already have Remington’s 1st birthday planned, and did before he was born!). Because we just moved, we just had a small family picnic at the beach. But there was enough food to feed A LOT of people.

Something that drives me crazy is the party trend to have cake and donuts and candy and cookies and cake pops all at one party. Are we trying to get sick?!? But I like the variety and Nellie is a huge snack fan. It’s her favorite “meal” so that was her birthday dinner.

In case you can’t tell: raspberries, pineapple with salsa inside, crackers, Nutella, chocolate covered raisins, almonds, strawberries, cookies, grapes, pineapple, hazelnuts, blueberries. And pretzels! Not pictured are tortilla chips and a pasta salad.

And here is my five-year-old.

xoxo

Charissa

Four! Months of Remington.

He celebrated his four month birthday in Canada! Did amazing at his first wedding, despite the lack of naps, and is still the cutest, happiest boy I know.

first photos from the day turned four months the second two from when we came home to his basket and Hazel Village friend. Side note, we adore his Hazel Village chipmunk and you can save 20% here.

Go Play Outside onesie: Milo’s Corner

Rainbow leggings: Little & Lively

Xoxo

Charissa

Easter baskets : for baby and big kids!

Easter is just a couple weeks away! Gifts are definitely a love language of mine and while I try to be more minimalist I still love to do a little something each Easter. First, I do not buy cheap things that won’t last and second I like to find things they might need.

Here are my kid’s baskets and a few other ideas for both babies and older kids.

Remington’s Easter basket:

1. A book, “You Belong Here”

2. Bonnet

3. Sippy cup lid for mason jars, or a bottle top, also the jar cover.

4. Wooden animals.

5. Soft rattle, or this one.

6. Pacifier

7. Wooden toy, or this one.

Nellie’s Easter basket:

1. Nature journal. Adding a pack of colored pencils too.

2. Nail polish. Kid friendly!

3. Animal.

4. Swim suit. Also love this one.

5. Jelly shoes.

Jaxon’s Easter basket:

1. Night light.

2. Animal.

3. Nature journal.

4. Whale print.

5. Nature tee. Also this one.

Hello, I’m new here.

Meet Remington Locke Harvey!

Born March 6th at 2:31 am. He was our smallest baby at 6 lbs 4 oz and 18.5 inches long.

Born 3 weeks early, my water broke in the middle of the night, so our other two kids had to come to the hospital with us. Grandma was on her way but had a six hour drive and neither of my other two labors were that long. Because it was flu season and there have been a small measles outbreak in our area, they wouldn’t let the kids come into the delivery room. Anthony finally got them to let the kids come back (and so he could too) but they had to wear little face masks. It was cute but a kind of stressful start, thinking I’d have to do this all by myself. After a fairly short (but still not fun) labor (too short to get someone to give me an epidural like I wanted!) Remington was born while the kids watched videos on their kindles. And after only about 16 hours at the hospital we were on our way home! It was nice to get to “sleep” in our own bed. It has been almost four weeks now with our little guy and he loves to sleep, especially while being held, and gets very mad about being woken up, diaper changes, and baths. Basically he likes to be warm and cuddly.

We are all very much in love with our little Remington Locke.

xoxo

Charissa

We Are Still Here!

It has been SO long but we have a good reason!

Our little BOY should be joining us in about a month and though not really a part of our plan, we are so excited.

I guess he is very flexible because he likes to have a foot in front of his face. Also here is our family Christmas photo, the funny one, because it was really the best.

I’m guessing a lot of the next few posts will be about baby life. But I also have some school posts I want to share.

xoxo
Charissa

Road Trip Ready

For us, summer means multiple road trips so I thought I’d share a few audiobooks we have loved and will keep your kids entertained while on those long summer road trips:

  1. The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  2. A Bear Called Paddington
  3. The 101 Dalmatians
  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  5. Doctor Dolittle
  6. The Swiss Family Robinson
  7. How to Train Your Dragon

Also I highly recommend the app Libby by Overdrive. This free app lets you borrow digital media from your local library. You have to have a library card and a way to play them (iPad, Kindle, ect). It is great for road trips because you download the book so you don’t need wifi to play them.

xoxo

Charissa

Summer bucket list

Summer break means summer bucket lists! Here is ours:

  1. Visit ALL the family.
  2. Swim lessons. We have an outdoor pool near us and there is just something special about learning to swim outside in the summer.
  3. Go berry picking, hopefully more then once, because we can’t get enough strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries!
  4. Have a water balloon fight. This is top on Jaxon’s list.
  5. Participate in the library summer reading program (and get a free book).
  6. Make homemade ice cream, and enjoy it in a cone!
  7. See a movie at a drive-in, or more likely, fall asleep at a drive-in movie.
  8. Build an epic sandcastle, because beach trips are a given.
  9. Visit a new park.
  10. Trip to the zoo.
  11. Family hike…or two…or more.
  12. Eat breakfast out, breakfast is our favorite meal.
  13. Make friendship bracelets and give to all our friends.
  14. Go to a baseball game.
  15. Have root beer floats. Our kids have never had root beer floats!
  16. Ride a Ferris wheel.
  17. Go disc golfing, with grandpa.
  18. Complete a bug unit for summer school
  19. Make a campfire and roast marshmallows and if we are feeling extra adventurous, cook our whole dinner over the open fire.
  20. Read a chapter book as a family.

We had a lot of fun making this list together in our family journal (more on our family journal someday because I LOVE it). I hope our list can inspire you to make your own!

xoxo

Charissa