Wrapping-up Summer

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I just thought I’d pop on here to share a little bit about what we’ve been up to this summer! I feel like I just haven’t taken the time to write like I used to; partly because of our house remodel hell we were in for a year, partly because being a mom and having any sort of a social life is time consuming and I’ve put my blog on the backburner!

Aloha from Kaanapali

We semi recently spent a week in Maui with my parents and my brother’s family to celebrate my mom turning the big 6-0! Instead of having a big party, she decided the best gift she could have would be to spend a week with us in Maui. My parents paid for our plane tickets and everything and I’m so beyond grateful for the generous gift. I think when I’m 60, all I will want is a week in paradise with my husband, kids and grandkids too! It was honestly such a special time and I didn’t want to leave. The boys slept like little angels (they shared a bed) and everyone had such an amazing time. I think it really helped that we were all in separate condos, enabling us to spend tons of quality time together, but still having that bit of privacy – they’ve had a time share with the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas since 2005 and I finally got to see it haha. The grounds are stunning, the pools are so fun and it’s right on the beach – we will definitely be going back. We are already tentatively planning to have our 10 year wedding anniversary there (sans kids).

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Summer in Sacramento

Back at home, our summer has been consumed with summer camps, back-to-back kid fevers (womp womp), ice cream cones, BBQ’s, swimming and trying to finish our house. The big stuff was done prior to us moving back in, but we ended up taking on a lot of the finishing touches ourselves. Ryan bought a bunch of saws over the past year and they have sure gotten some use! We’ve saved a lot of money thanks to Ryan’s handy work – and since he’s a civil engineer and is super meticulous about everything, I know all the work is being done right. It’s been a long time coming, but we passed our final inspection right before we left for Maui! Hooray!

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Trip to SoCal

After being home from Maui for less than a week, I headed down to Orange County for a sorority friend’s baby shower (Alpha Phis where you at?). I went to a smallish private college called Chapman University in Orange, CA.  To this day, my sorority friends and I are close — even though we’re all sort of scattered across the country (with a clump of them in OC/LA) we always make sure to reunite every year or two. It’s been easy with all of our weddings and now baby showers, but we have plans to always continue our get-togethers as we grow old. I so cherish these friendships that have stood the test of time/distance!

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Update on the Kids

Porter starts Transitional Kindergarten (TK) next week! It’s crazy to me how fast he’s growing up, but I’m excited for this next chapter. His birthday is September 2, so he missed the Kindergarten age cut-off by one stinking day, but I’m grateful for the TK program they have these days for kids with fall birthdays! He’s also starting golf lessons soon, which he’s so excited about.  Porter’s dad, grandfather and great-grandfather are/were very skilled golfers. It’ll be interesting to see if Porter follows in their footsteps — either way, seeing Porter carrying around his cute little junior golf club set is pretty much the cutest thing ever.

Preston (Presto) is still my little tornado and he’s not old enough for preschool – most preschools in our area have an age requirement of two years, nine months. Some of them are two years, seven months, but require potty training (unless you go to a daycare type of school). Preston turned two in March, so I’ve decided to just give it until next year when he’ll be old enough to attend Porter’s old preschool. He’ll get two years of preschool and I think that’ll be fine.

With school starting already, I sort of feel like “summer” is already coming to an end, even though I know it’s technically not. I’m totally ready for pumpkins and fall (can I get an amen?) and for these damn NorCal fires to be put out. I’ve been living in smokey air for like two weeks now — I know it sounds whiney considering all the people who lost their homes, but I’m an asthmatic and this smoke is killing me!

I’m going to end this blog post with two sources of entertainment I recently discovered:

  1. Iliza Shlesinger’s Elder Millennial Netflix Special (so funny, and so relatable since I’m 33 and considered an older millennial) She’s funny on Instagram too: https://www.instagram.com/ilizas/?hl=en
  2. S-Town Podcast (totally sucked me in) 

Holiday Gift Guide for the Exhausted Mom

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I’m in the trenches of sleep deprivation, so this gift guide is a reflection of my life haha. Husbands, if your wife is tired (which let’s face it all moms are tired) this list will help her feel a little more rested, rejuvinated and appreciated! Everyone knows the saying “happy wife, happy life,” so this list is my Christmas gift to you…

Staycation (tell her to go for one night with her girl friends)

I recently did this and we stayed at the Westin Sacramento; It was local, but happens to be off the beaten path near the Sacramento River and various wineries such as Bogle Vineyards, Scribner Bend and the Old Sugar Mill; we felt soooo rejuvenated after just 24 hours of relaxation time

Spa or nails gift card (include a note about how you’ll watch the kids)

I hardly ever feel like I have the time to get my nails done anymore, but always feel so much better after I do; a massage at a local spa would be even better

Maid service

Weekly, bi-weekly or just a one time deep clean; ANYTHING would be much appreciated – trust me on that

Gift card to her favorite store (again, include a note about watching the kids)

Surprise date night “save the date” card

Plan EVERYTHING from the babysitting to the restaurant reservations; tell her to go get her make-up done beforehand so she can feel extra pretty (Mac will do it for free)

A bottle of her favorite wine

If she doesn’t have one but likes wine, anything from Rombauer, Runquist and Frank Family is a safe bet; I’m also a huge fan of Butter Chardonnay

A Keurig

There’s nothing worse than a night of no sleep than a night of no sleep plus waking up to no coffee; snag this one to make her mornings a little easier

A cute coffee to-go mug

Like this Kate Spade one I started using mine at home because I was tired of microwaving my coffee 7,246,376 times each morning; kids make it impossible to drink coffee in a timely fashion

Drop in daycare gift card

The one I’ve used is Kids Camp, but just Google “drop in daycare + your city” to find your local ones; I recommend doing a temperature check with your wife beforehand to make sure she’s comfortable leaving her kids in said daycare