There are no words for just how thankful we are. We feel so lucky to have been blessed with these kiddos that literally light up our lives. They keep us on our toes yet fill our hearts with so much love at the same time. Kayla has the biggest heart and is so smart, I’m sure she will be running circles around us by the time she’s 12. Cameron is playful yet sensitive and also too smart for his own good. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the both of them and will enjoy every moment as they continue to grow.
We’re always thankful for our beautiful friends and family as well. And this year we’re extra thankful for the little ones who have joined us just this Thanksgiving as well as the ones still on the way! It’s so beautiful to see families grow and watch friends become mommies and daddies. Watching them discover this new kind of love is so special and just warms the heart.
This year was our first time participating in Burbank’s annual Turkey Trot thanks to some last minute convincing by my mom. Her, Steven, Kayla, Cameron and I all finished the 5K. I was dreading the early rise on Thanksgiving morning but once we got there, I had so much fun. From the warm-up led by an energetic lady dressed as a turkey to crossing the finish line with my family. It was so funny watching Cameron weave in and out of the crowd as he ran down the street in his oversized shirt. Kayla ran like we’ve never seen before. We brought a jogger for both kids but she was only in it maybe 10 minutes because she wanted to run her little heart out. I loved crossing the finish line with her and she was so proud to get her medal. We will definitely be back next year!
So, I usually get the kids’ Thanksgiving outfits in July or August but somehow this year, I forgot! These photos were so last-minute yet definitely my favorite Thanksgiving photos I’ve taken yet. It was the Sunday before Thanksgiving and I literally ran to Target while Kayla was at gymnastics and grabbed this outfit and let Cams pick his out. He picked this fox sweater and was so happy to put it on for pictures. Kayla liked her shirt and skirt but looked at the shoes and said, “I am NOT wearing those”. She claimed they were Easter shoes, but I got her to wear them with a little convincing. She is very particular about what she wears these days. She has been wearing dresses every single day since she started Kindergarten. She will not wear pants, shorts or even skirts. I’m not sure the reason but as long as she’s not insisting on going naked, I’ll take it 😉 Thank goodness for front yards, a “give thanks” banner in the garage and that my mom had made a beautiful arrangement for her living room table. It all worked out in the end!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now, on to Christmas!!!
Psssst – I’ve been listening to Christmas music since before Thanksgiving and our lights are all up, along with a giant Olaf. I love this time of year 🙂
Kayla – Swimsuit: Cat & Jack; Glasses: Janie & Jack (similar); Red Shorts: Baby B’Gosh; Gingham Top: Baby B’Gosh (similar); Cameron – Tank: OshKosh; Popsicle Shirt: Cat & Jack; Shorts: Cat & Jack; Shoes: Cat & Jack; Lobster Towel: Pottery Barn Kids.
It’s not even the 4th yet and we’ve been having so much fun! It is swim season and the kids could not be loving the water more. They’ve both been taking swimming lessons and are learning so fast. Kayla skipped 3 levels in her first session, we’re so proud of her. Cameron had a rough start, with lots of tears the first few classes but he has come around and is a start student at last. They both love the beach as well. Cameron loves being buried in the sand and Kayla enjoys burying him.
So many fun red, white and blue props this year, I’m in heaven. I couldn’t resist the rocket pop float. Not only does it photograph well, it’s Kayla’s favorite popsicle. The donut float is not 4th themed but I love donuts and they looked so darn cute in it together, I had to include here. The lobster towel I picked up at Pottery Barn Kids along with a cute, matching plate and cup set. Cams knows it’s his and will not let anyone else use his lobster towel.
I can’t wait to see what other fun this summer brings!
Wishing everyone a very happy and safe 4th.
PS – More pics to come including a special new addition to the family!
Top Left – Personalized Heart Shirt: Hallmark Baby; Pants: Circo; Top Right – U R2 Cool Shirt: Target; Shorts: Cat & Jack; Middle Left – Cat & Jack; Shoes: Mini Melissa; Bottom Left – Heart Shirt & Skirt Set: Kidtopia; Shoes: Similar or these would have been perfect too
Kayla is very into picking out her own outfits these days. I basically have no say in what she wears anymore. It’s like my worst nightmare! She literally picks out the least matching outfits she can find everyday and then tops off the look with mismatched socks encased in two different open-toe sandals. I’m not sure if people realize she dresses herself or think I am a crazed mom of two and can’t get my act together enough to pick out matching outfits for my kid! I need to do a post on one of her every day outfits because I’m sure my description doesn’t do it justice. Luckily, she was really into her Valentine’s outfits with the sparkly heart and tutu skirt which she loves so there was no argument there. We did, however, have a shoe disagreement so I had to compromise with the white socks sticking out of her boots.
Kayla’s new favorite accessory is headbands which she likes to wear atop her favorite hairstyle, the “Elsa braid”. She had a favorite pink, shiny headband that she recently lost at a birthday party. We searched all over and couldn’t find it (most likely lost in a ball pit). She keeps asking us to call the place to ask if they’ve found it but they have not returned our calls or emails. We have no idea why one of her 12 other headbands aren’t sufficient replacements but a quick trip to target has temporarily fixed the situation.
We had a very low-key Valentine’s Day because poor Kayla got a stomach bug the day before. Poor thing was down for a couple days and even had to miss her little exchange at school. She’s much better now though!
Hope everyone had a very happy Valentine’s Day!