Last weekend my baby girl had her first ballet lesson. It was a huge milestone for Ariah and I wanted to share a few sweet moments from the day. So proud of her!
We decided to put Ariah in dance because she seems to naturally enjoy it. If your child is really curious about something, getting them involved in it from a young age is a great way to help them learn and explore. I know a lot of adults who wish they’d explored their interests more when they were little ones, myself included, so I wanted to make sure Ariah had that experience if she wanted it.
She’d already gotten on her toes and twirled on her own, not to mention how much girl loves a cute tutu, so all signs pointed to ballet for Ariah’s first official dance lesson. Love how confident she is when trying new things!
Momma was by her side for support the entire time.
She’s a natural! Ariah had a blast learning the basics… And getting silly too.
Aden has his own extracurricular activities, like karate and soccer. I’m so excited to see both of my babies follow their passions as they get older and find what they truly enjoy doing. Life is so much more fun when you make time for what you love, and I want them to know that early on.
I’m one proud momma! Moms, when did you start enrolling your little ones in activities?
Hey guys! Remember those gorgeous blue waters that I posted on my Instagram not too long ago? We took a family year-end trip to Cabo, Mexico during my break from filming – can you say relaxing – and I have been wanting to share the pics ever since!
It was our first trip out of the country with Ariah and we decided to head to San Jose Del Cabo and the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa. We wanted a resort with something to offer for all of us and still feel like Adam and I had some adult time. The beachfront location is where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean and our room had a gorgeous front row view. I got much needed spa time and it was amazing!
It was so nice to just hang out with Adam, Aden and Ariah. The chaos of our jobs and the busy holiday season just melted away. It’s so important to take time off when it’s needed, and I couldn’t have asked for better company.
Of course, even the most relaxing family trips still include tons of playtime. This was a big break for Aden after being in school this fall, so he needed the vacay too! He had a great time enjoying the hotel’s children programs and daycare.
Had to get some blog pics of course. This is a view from the JW’s lobby!
Love this pic Adam snapped… Sums up our trip perfectly. I had a chance to recharge and reflect on what this past year with my growing babies was like. Parenting is always a roller coaster, and getting a little time to unwind lets your brain refresh. In these moments, I couldn’t help but sit back in awe of all that God has blessed me with.
Hi guys! Did you do family Christmas cards this year? It can be a struggle to get the whole fam together to take a pic, but no matter how it turns out, I love having this to look back on! For our family Christmas card this year, we coordinated our outfits… Love seeing the kids all dressed up like this.
We hope you have a chance to celebrate the blessings 2016 has brought you and reflect on the meaning of Christmas with the people who have been by your side all year long. This is a time to take a step back from the hectic schedules our busy lives bring and surround ourselves with the people and experiences that are most important to us as we walk into a new year together. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas… from our family to yours.
Hope you enjoyed scrolling through all the photos from Part 1 of Aden’s 4th birthday bash. All of those treats were delicious! But the bubble machine wasn’t the only activity for the kids at the party (even though it was quite the hit), we also had a photo booth, face painting, and more:
One of the best parts of the day was when we all sat down to an incredible magic show from the magicians at Happily Ever Laughter. We had already had the treats, so it was time for the tricks…
Of course Aden got to participate in the fun. It was a huge hit and these guys are so talented.
Like I mentioned in Part 1, Aden wasn’t feeling his ghost costume when it came time to actually dress up for the party. But it finally made an appearance!
One of Aden’s favorite parts of the day was cake time.
Cake cutting is very serious business.
And yep, the cake was as yummy as it looks.
Safe to say Ariah and the rest of the fam had a fantastic time at the party too. Love, love spending time with everyone–thanks to all who came out! See the first part of Aden’s party here.
Are you ready for part one of my recap of Aden’s birthday party? Even though his official birthday isn’t here until the 12th, he loves Halloween and dressing up so much that we knew he would have a ton of fun at a costume party. Ghostbusters made for an amazing family costume and jumping off point for our Halloween-inspired birthday bash, even though when the day came, Aden didn’t want to wear his ghost costume anymore. Kids, lol. But there was so much to do, he had a blast regardless…
We had yummy treats like candy apples and autumn pies, as well as other snacks catered by Bite Catering. My talented assistant Amy was behind the table accents… So impressive!
For spooky centerpieces, we had cauldrons filled with dry ice and water so the little ones could stand back and watch in amazement.
Sibling pic! So many of our family and friends were able to make it to the party, which is what really made the day so great.
Then it was time for Aden to open his gifts. Ariah wasn’t so sure about her hat at the beginning of the day, but she warmed up to it.
Party planning tip for those of you with little ones? Two words: Bubble. Machine.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Aden’s party, where we recap the magic show and cake cutting! So fun.
Hey everyone! Did you see all the cute pictures I posted of Aden and Ariah at the pumpkin patch? These two have the most fun together and we all had a blast on our family outing. I haven’t posted an Aden’s Style guide for you all since I wrote about his activewear essentials back in July, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for a style post in honor of the fall season.
Aden LOVES his rain boots. He seriously never wants to take them off! Lately a white T and rain boots are his favorite outfit, but we managed to dress him up in some dark jeans and a jacket for the day. Believe me, it’s not always easy getting this one to pose for pictures… But so worth it in the end ;)