Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Printable Super Bowl 50 Pool

Oh, hello there! I know it's been a while... Like 1/2 a year, but we're just going to carry on like nothing's happened.

Basically, I love football. It is definitely my favorite sport to watch. I grew up rooting for the 49ers, and have been slowly molded into a Bills fan since marrying my Bills-fanatic husband 11 years ago. Actually, we just had a Buffalo Bills themed first birthday party for Braxton. Maybe I'll write a blog post in my spare time...


I am SUPER competitive. Whether it's Scrabble or Fantasy Football- I'm in it to win it! If you've spent anytime with my four-year-old, Grace, you will quickly realize she gets her competitive spirit from her mama! (Last year I was the Fantasy Football champion, and this year I ended up the runner up to my brother in law. GRRRR! You're going down next year, Brandon!)

In preparation for the big game, I'm putting on my Younique game face! If you want to join in on the fun (and score some big deals), message me to be added to my VIP Younique Boutique Facebook Group. 
Sadly, neither the Bills nor the 49ers are in this year's Super Bowl showdown, but I'll still be watching. In fact, we recently moved to Charlotte, so it's fun to be in a city with a winning team! #KeepPounding!

One tradition my family has is a friendly Super Bowl Pool. (We play for money, but you don't have to!) This keeps things interesting if the game is a there's always the commercials to keep us entertained and nachos to be eaten.

Here's a blank printable for you to engage in some friendly competition with your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, strangers at the bar...

Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers

Stay safe, don't drink and drive! It's nice to be back. Hopefully I can find some time to post a few more times this year! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Summer Loving & Leaving

Who needs a vacation when you can spend your summer doing this...

Ok, ok, maybe we were on a permanent vacation, but it's back to reality for me after spending the majority of the summer galavanting across the country. Grace, Braxton and I got to spend some amazing time with my parents in northern California.
Grace and Grandad found each other at the airport
Braxton met his Grandad for the first time. 

Grammy and Grandad with their favorite grandson!

We visited family. 

GG, or "Grandma Buddy" as Grace calls her
Great Grandma Elsie and Braxton

Lots of fun times playing games and snuggling!
Went to the Alexander Family Reunion Campout at the DeForest Ranch.  

Dog race followed by the kids race
Grace wants to ask Santa for one of these for Christmas! 
Grace took swim lessons.
3 weeks of lesson in Portola. Grace loved the instructors and gained so much confidence in the water. 
Braxton learned how to sit up, scream and Army crawl. 

"It's on, Mama!"
We ate like we were on vacation!

Went hiking, biking and kayaking. 

We missed Daddy a lot, but we were reunited for a fun trip to South Lake Tahoe at the end of the month. We got to enjoy to the view (and the cooler weather), and let loose a little with some good friends.
See the resemblance? ;)

My handsome date! SO happy to be reunited with my other half. 
The boys pre-wedding. 
Congratulations, April and Ryan! We had a blast celebrating with you guys!
I'm still not exactly sure how we ended up living so far away from my family, but I am so grateful for this fun-filled time we got to spend with them this summer. How lucky was I to wake up to fresh brewed coffee and the occasional bakery delight? We went on evening walks and enjoyed the bounty at the weekly Farmer's Market. We saw wildlife ranging from packs of bucks, to a bear trotting across the rode. We laughed, joked and made cherished memories.

Bike ride and donuts- a perfect combo!
This mug was handmade by a potter selling his wares at the Beckwourth Farmer's Market. I'm pretty sure it can house 3 cups of coffee! (Perfect for mornings when you're dragging...)
We were sad to leave our west coast friends and family, but had to head home and resume "real life." The flight home was pretty good not quite horrible. We decided on a red-eye non-stop flight from Sacramento to Charlotte. Our hope was that B + G would sleep (you know, since it's the middle of the night?!). The hard part was getting to the airport well past their bedtime and negotiating ticket counters, security checkpoints and gate areas with two delirious children. Braxton slept the entire flight home (thanks to the all-you-can-eat-breastfeeding-buffet) and Grace finally got comfortable a fell asleep.
You know, just hanging at the airport trying to maintain our sanity. 
Now that we're home, we're getting in some more family camping trips and prepping Grace for her return to preschool. She will be attending three days a week, and can't wait to go!

Braxton is moving and grooving and basically a menace. He can maneuver his way using an army crawl all the way across the living room, into the kitchen (or to the dog food bowl). He is still not sleeping through the night and has started eating pretending to eat, but mostly just spitting it all out.

Family life is keeping us busy, and we are looking forward to the shift to fall in the coming months. Bring on the football, celebrations, pumpkins and changing leaves!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Feels Like Summer

Eeek! I am officially that person who says, "where has the time gone?" (I also say, "darn" and Grace seems to have picked up the phrase, "what in the world," from me, too!)

But seriously you guys, the days have been flying by and summer feels like it is officially here. We have been staying busy while we gett settled here in Charlotte.

Some highlights include:

Blowing bubbles
Picking strawberries
Learning to roll (4 months old)
A hair makeover 
We are ready to explore... our new vacation home on wheels!

University City Duathlon and Kid's Fun Run
Enjoying some time in the sun
Grace teaching her little brother everything she knows
So there you have it. A glossed over, made for social media, highlight reel of some of the recent going-ons of our family. Sure there are some not so great times, like late night baby feedings, and 'mad-at-mama-three-year-old-llama-drama,' but I can't complain. There are way more lilacs coming my way than lemons