Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Sensiba Family

Sheesh, it's been a while since I've photographed people that aren't my own people! I got lucky with two photo sessions last week! I forgot how fun and rewarding it is to create photos and capture moments of love between people.
Holly and I have been friends for seven years. We were college roommates for a couple of those years! Luckily, I moved to Phoenix, and her parents and sisters live here as well, so we're able to see each other about twice a year when she comes to visit. Sometimes more! I feel blessed to have her as a friend for this long, and I'm very happy that the odds were in our favor.
Here she is with her cute family!

This last photo tugs at my heart strings! I kid you not, tears welled up in my eyes. And her little leg pop is the cherry on top. I'll be uploading photos of my other session soon! It's a newborn session, and I have a crazy story to tell, as well.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Life Update

Boy, it's been a WHILE since I last blogged. Where do I even begin? I mean, nothing major has happened in the last two months. I'm just constantly adjusting to life with these two kids- they're always changing, always growing. Most days I feel guilty that Gwen watches too much TV and I'm not paying enough attention to her while I'm tending to Fox and/or trying to clean or cook. I have to remind myself that our life won't always be this way. Eventually Fox will become less dependent from me. I guess I have an excuse for having a messy house, but it still doesn't make me feel any better about it. I'm thankful for these photos that my friend Lydia took of us. I know that I will look fondly at these little captured moments in the future.  

Gwen has warmed up immensely towards Fox. She likes to crawl into the bed after he's had a nap, but more often she'll wake him up from said nap and I'll need to get him back to sleep, so as to not have a cranky baby in twenty minutes. This happens a lot.  Fox smiles at her. He smiles at everyone. I love this age, except that he's getting more distracted when we try to put him to bed and he's not sitting up yet. He's getting there! He's teething, I suspect, because he puts everything right into his mouth and he's drooling like there's no tomorrow. He's five months old. He reaches for anything I'm holding. 

We're on the cusp of potty training Gwen. I knew that before I became a mother that I would DREAD potty training. The whole thing sounds frustrating so I've kind of been avoiding it. She'll be three years old in three months. She might be able to learn quickly, but I'm waiting until Ryan has time off from work (maybe a three day weekend where we can solely focus on potty training) to help me out. She loves Finding Dory and Moana. She likes to color, but more specifically, she likes to watch me draw. She requests that I draw all forms of ocean life- octopi, jelly fish, sharks, angler fish, etc. I think for her birthday we'll have an "under the sea" theme. She likes to sing and is specific about the songs we sing to her before she falls asleep. She is mostly sweet, but curious. We're learning to share with baby brother. She's good about it half the time and likes to hand him toys. She has recently been interested in watching me apply makeup and has snuck into my makeup bag a few times to try it for herself. She's still a little book worm. 

I spend a lot of time in this chair. 

Photos- Photography Hill 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Toddler Test Kitchen

The best part about being a blogger is getting opportunities to do new things. We were invited to participate in a toddler cooking class at the Halle Heart Children's Museum and I'm so glad that I jumped at the opportunity! I really wanted to have a mother daughter date with Gwen because I've been feeling a little guilty/bad for her since most of my attention is towards the baby these days. It was really nice to give her all of my attention and help her cook. I never really think about having Gwen help me cook at home, so I looked at this class as a "test run" to see if she's ready to take directions. It helped that the kitchen was a super low-key, comfortable atmosphere. It has to be when you're dealing with toddlers, right? lol 

We learned to make avocado banana muffins. Gwen helped pour in the ingredients, mash the banana and avocado, squeeze lemon juice, and stir it all together. She especially liked taste testing. 

While everyone was waiting for the muffins to bake, we read a story about eating fruits and veggies and then colored this fun worksheet. 

The finished muffins! Gwen and I thought they were delicious. It was hard saving a couple for Ryan to eat... I just wanted to eat them all!

I really want to go to another class! It's such a fun activity to do with little kids and it's so nice to prepare food without having to clean up afterward! It's also a great way to learn new, healthy recipes. Now that I've been once, I feel like I'd be comfortable taking Fox in my Ergobaby carrier. Yaffi, our cook, was wearing her baby the whole time she taught. It inspired me!

The Halle Heart Children's Museum has offered my readers a 10% discount code!
Just use TTK-WhatADay at checkout! This code is applicable for individual tickets as well as the 4-class series option for all upcoming Toddler Test Kitchen classes. I love the multi-class deal they'll be having this summer. This sounds like a great indoor activity to stay out of the heat in the upcoming months! 

Here's information on how to register- Toddler Test Kitchen. 
Who wants to come with us??