As much as I love being able to dress Aden up in the cutest boy clothes, this little man is not always in the mood for dress up and photo opps… He wants to get outside and play. It’s no surprise that when he dresses himself he usually goes straight toward a fave comfy tee. So for our weekend playtime, a cozy outfit he could run around in was key.
Picking flowers for mommy :)
Football tee / Holy & Lulu hoodie / Red New Balance shoes / Gray Nike shoes / Terry harem pants / Harlow sneakers
Aden’s style is pretty classic when he’s out running around. He loves the reds and blues! But you can always sneak in a little added style with sweatpants and hoodies that have big pockets or unique styles.
If only us moms could get away with those sweatpants on the reg. Lol.
Got any go-to toddler brands?
Sometimes being a working momma can be so crazy, but when it comes down to just laughing and playing with your babies, it really couldn’t be more simple. Aden and I have such a blast together. He’s been such a good sport about having to share mommy time with his baby sister and I truly cherish the moments we can just hang out! Here’s a recap of a few of our recent mommy-son play dates. If your little ones are at this toddler age, they’ll love it too!
Sometimes it’s the simplest games that are most fulfilling for children. Actually, most of the time that’s the case! Aden loves his legos. Once he gets going, you can’t tear him away from them. They get his creative juices flowing and suddenly he’s building a whole world.
When the weather is warm, you can’t go wrong spending the day in the backyard. Blowing bubbles is a simple playtime activity that toddlers go crazy for. (And did you know you can even make your own recipes for bubbles?) Even better if you can add in some fun music while they play. Whenever the music stops, he has to stop and freeze, and gets to get going again when it starts up. It’s a blast and pretty much has us cracking up the whole time.
You guys, it really is the little things. I love seeing my little man smile!
If you have any fave toddler activities, share them below.
Our baby girl is finally here! We’re enjoying every second of having a new addition in the family and thrilled we’ve been able to share pictures of Ariah already. It’s been even more amazing to say her name while looking at her face and feel my heart almost explode with emotions. Uttering her name will likely mean many things to me over the years, but it’s the story of how we chose Ariah and what it stands for that will always remain consistent.
Naming Ariah was a bit different than when we named Aden. I had always known that I wanted Aden to be my son’s name, and since Adam began with an A as well I wanted to keep our family tradition alive of starting my childrens’ names with the same letter. So it worked out that before Adam and I were even married we stumbled across a shop named Araya. I stopped and immediately told him I loved the name and wanted that to be my future daughter’s name. It was and is such a beautiful name. The only catch was that I wanted to spell her name phonetically, so people wouldn’t mess it up and call her a-RAY-ya.
We entertained other names like Arriana and Aliana after I became pregnant, but I always came back to loving Ariah and ultimately committed to the perfect name for our baby girl. Her middle name, Talea, is a name I’ve adored for some time that ironically was going to be used in a friend’s future book as a character inspired by me. It wasn’t until after we had decided on Ariah Talea Housley that Adam and I learned the origin and meaning of both names–they couldn’t be more appropriate for a family like ours whose faith is so very strong. Both Hebrew names, Ariah means Lion of God and Talea means one who resembles the morning dew of Heaven. We couldn’t have found names with a better meaning if we had tried.
Holding her in my arms every day I know we chose right. We are so elated (though exhausted) to have a beauty and healthy baby girl. We are truly appreciative of all of our family, friends and fans for their blessings. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Can’t wait to share more about her as she continues to grow and warm our hearts.
Just one week ago Aden turned two years old. We wished him a happy birthday and shared pictures of his last two years with fans, but it wasn’t until the weekend that we celebrated properly. We like to keep our celebrations intimate–friends and family and nothing unnecessarily extravagant–and Aden loves the Disney movie Planes, so we held a small get together at the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica Airport for his birthday. It was such a good venue and fun for him to see massive flyers and control panels with a million buttons any toddler would want to touch. We all had a great day, even Aden tried to capture the moment with his own selfie. How couldn’t he with his stylish Baby Bow Tie? ;) Here’s a look at my baby’s party.
Aden’s love of Planes steering the celebration decor.
Aden taking a pre-party selfie. The boy has his blue steel look down. ;)
Planes at the Museum of Flying
A jump jet. Cree and Aden were all “oohs and aahs” about these.
Two little pilots. Forget toys, this cockpit can entertain for hours.
Some auntie love for his birthday. Aden looking dapper in his Baby Bow tie.
Flying with Tahj.
A ColdStone Creamery ice cream airplane cake for the birthday boy.
Aden going to town on his cake.
Still can’t get over how fast he’s growing…
Today is Aden’s birthday! I can’t believe it was only 2 years ago that I was giving birth to my bundle of joy. These years have flown by and been so magical. When Adam and I decided to have a child I knew I would love him or her with all of my heart, enjoying every step of the journey, but these years with Aden have been beyond words. He is my complete heart and soul and every day I’m blessed to have him running around and cozying up to momma when he’s worn out. Sure there have been trying times, but as they say “there is no love like that of a mother and their child”. Even on days when I’m exhausted or he’s testing me, I can’t help but beam from the inside and think about the years ahead and how he’ll grow…I’m so happy to be sharing the entire experience with Adam.
We’ll be having a little party to celebrate this weekend that I’ll share soon, but until then, here’s a quick look back at the last two years with Aden.
My newborn baby boy.
One of the first pictures of Adam and Aden. This melts my heart.
Cree getting to know his cousin.
Those eyes, though.
Tia with Aden at our first joint Mother’s Day celebration.
Park day – really enjoyed my time off so I could do day play dates with my boy.
Celebrating Aden’s first birthday with a Disney party.
Bouncy house fun with momma.
Making calls and cruising – a true LA boy. :)
Play dates with these two are always so fun. Love seeing our boys grow.
Taken just a week ago. My baby looks all grown up.
Happy Birthday, Aden. I love you with all my heart!
Life has been incredibly busy lately, so I was happy to have some time off with the family this past week. We went up north for a little R+R and a Giants game. While there, we took Aden to a pumpkin patch. I love pumpkin patches – they are the full embodiment of fall. We took him to one in Los Angeles last year, but he was so small back then that he didn’t really comprehend what was going on. Now that he’s nearly two (I can’t believe it!), it was even more fun to see his reaction during the nearly hour and a half it took to get through the maze at Cool Patch Pumpkins. While riding through the hay and searching for the right pumpkin to bring home I snapped a few photos that I had to share. Hope you enjoy! My favorites are the ones where Aden is posing with his knee up. ;)
Have you taken your kids to the pumpkin patch this year?