Wednesday, June 25, 2014
These two crack me up.
They are best buddies. Total opposites. If one doesn't think of it the other will. They belly laugh at each other's jokes (they're the only one who understands each other's jokes!), they wake up to each other every morning and have a little buddy meeting on how to gang up on me all day.
He's the butter to her bread and I hope they are best buddies forever.
We drove by some local street art and decided to be tourists in our own city. It was lots of fun!
C waved at all of the passing cars...
...and we even ran into someone we knew! She took a photo of all 3 of us. I can't get them to both look and smile at the same time and that's when I'm acting like a crazy person, so she certainly wasn't going to be able to get them to both look and smile. But I always end up behind the camera and was grateful to get a photo with my people.
Happy hump day from Austin, TX!
Posted by Tiffany Mendenhall at Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Outside of the swimming pool and the snow cone stand, I think we found our summer sweet spot yesterday. We met friends at a splash pad that's only 10 minutes from our house and it was an absolute winner! Parker and Caroline LOVED it!! They squealed, splashed, and played to their heart's content. My sister just moved to town and she went with us and we had the best time. We're so glad Kristen will be able to spend the summer playing with us.
Parker didn't like the water to stop. Ha! He would stick his finger in the spout trying to get it to start again.
Their favorite part might have been snack time. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!
I love days like this!
Posted by Tiffany Mendenhall at Thursday, June 19, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
It's officially summer in Texas! We're a few sno-cones in and we're pretty thrilled that it's still in the 90's. Now that we're in full swing I've noticed a trend in our days and already realized a few of my favorite things for the summer. They are things that make life easier, more enjoyable, or are just products I'm loving!
My jelly jacks and G&G. These jellies are great for pool shoes. They can get wet, muddy, dirty, and they just wipe right off. And hurry, because Nordstrom has their Jr. Jelly on sale for $33! Seriously, you can't beat that. Garden and Gun is my absolute favorite magazine. I read it cover to cover. Great editorials, fun gift ideas, and it's unisex. There have been tons of articles that I have bookmarked for Dave to read.
My Land's End large tote bag. I got the one that zips and I love it! It stands on its own, has pockets, is so durable, and has plenty of room to carry all I need.
I have the makeup maven, Emily, to thank for this one. I was loyal to SkinCeutical products until Emily introduced me to this amazing face wash. I absolutely love it. My fave feels so clean and I have seen rejuvenation in my skin since starting using it 6 weeks ago.
Bumble and Bumble Straight products are fabulous. I use this after every hair wash and it absolutely tames some of the curl and frizz of my wacky hair. I got this Rodan + Fields Sunless Tan and it's awesome. I'm not going to lie and say that it has no scent, but as a very fare complected person who has used just about every sunless tanning product on the market I can absolutely say this smells the least. It gives a great color, is super easy to use, and I don't feel like the odor is a factor.
P&C's Step 2 pool! My parent's gave them this for their birthday and they LOVE it!! This is our after-nap activity several days a week and it's great. It fills up fast, stores easily in the side of our house, and is so shallow that I can handle them both playing with just me here and not worry.
JJ Cole outdoor blanket. This thing stays in my car and goes absolutely everywhere with us. Probably the most used item currently. Grass, sticks and dirt don't stick to it so it's so easy to spread out for the kids to play. They love to be outside and we take toys out at least once a day and sit outside, so this blanket couldn't be easier. They eat on it and it washes right off. Winner!!
Posted by Tiffany Mendenhall at Thursday, June 12, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
My family makes fun of me for the constant picture taking. They say, "Bless their hearts. It's such a shame they never have their picture taken!" I'm sure I won't take photos every time they go to the park or each time they go for a swim, but I can't help that every day I think they are just a little bit bigger and I don't want to miss it. I would say, "I just want to bottle them up" but I'm not sure that I do. I do, but I don't.
They were so precious and snuggly as babies. I adored the snuggles, their angelic expressions, their sweet smells...I could have held them and rocked them forever. I just wanted to bottle them up, but if I had bottled them up I would have missed what came next. Learning to smile, giggling, learning to clap, "Momma" (MELT), crawling, crawling as fast as they can- giggling with excitement- when they just want to get to you as fast as they can, slobbery kisses, tickle fests, their precious voices in constant babble, watching them reach out for each other's hands crib to crib...Everyday my heart is overwhelmed. I can't bottle it now because I might miss what comes next but I sure wish I could record the moments that I never want to escape memory.
Those memories just happen to be picnics at the park. Swinging with Zsa Zsa and Nana. Giggling with two people who I love more than anything. Who have shaped me, taught me, and selflessly and unconditionally loved me for 33 years. It is now the greatest privilege to watch my kids light up when they walk into the room. I'm thankful that on a random weekday they'd find no greater joy than to picnic on a beach towel with two deedle bugs at the neighborhood park.
I'm looking forward to a summer filled with picnics...
Giggles and swinging...
And relaxing in momma's lap...
Bless their hearts. It's a shame they aren't loved more!
Posted by Tiffany Mendenhall at Monday, June 02, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
We had a wonderful weekend with family. We were all together for the first time in a long time. We laughed, we found out that Parker and Caroline will have a BOY cousin in November, and we enjoyed lots of time outside as a family. It's ironic that memorial day tends to be a weekend of family, BBQ, swimming and celebration when so many families mourn the loss of their loved ones. They aren't able to gather with their family without a missing piece. That is not lost on me.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for Country. Your loved ones are not forgotten. Your families are not forgotten. I thank God for their service and bravery and I ask for peace for your families until you see them again in Heaven.
In a way it was a weekend of celebration. Celebration of lives given for freedom and Country.
This was the toy of the weekend! Little sister pushed Parker around and thought she was the cat's meow!
The deedles didn't love the life jackets. They were a little constricting for busy bodies!
On Saturday night Kristen and Brad did their gender reveal! We all dressed in pink or blue to reveal our guesses and we had a little photo booth fun. The majority of the crew guessed boy and they were right!
It's a BOY!! Congratulations to my sister and brother in law!
There were dogs everywhere! Ha! Caroline was in Heaven!
His kisses are the best :)
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
Posted by Tiffany Mendenhall at Thursday, May 29, 2014