Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Boener Botanical Gardens

Second year of residency has been very busy but then again so has every year before now, haha! I think, in general, when you have little's busyness is just a part of life. Although B's schedule was all over the place at the beginning of second year (that started in July) the month of August did not involve any 30-hour overnight's and that's always a nice change! If you follow me on Snap Chat (@MommyinMKE) I chat a lot more about B's schedule since I post more day-to-day things over there. There's a lot of solo parenting that happens during all of B's training but we make it work because our little family is our priority. This month he has had a few weekend days off since he's working more in the operating room now that he's only doing Anesthesia as opposed to everything else when he was an Intern last year. In some ways, it gives us an overall idea of what his schedule is going to look like ahead of time and that is a bit of a luxury that we haven't had in the past. We've taken advantage of this time and have planned more outings as a family. A lot of the places that we've visited I've gone on my own with the little's so it's been extra special to have B experience them for the first time with us and now as a  family of five!


We decided to go to the Boener Botanical Gardens  that has been a fave of mine for quite some time. If you're ever in the area it is a must-see. This place is stunning. It's also kid-friendly and if you remember to bring lots of water and snacks you'll be good to go. It's so fun seeing the boys run around the area. We decided to bring our wagon for the boys to sit in and in between them sitting in it and them pulling it, they loved it! Cristian is now in  the phase where he wants to do everything on his own. Mami or Papi can't help anymore and he isn't afraid to struggle a bit until he gets it right. Just look at that determined strut.




That little smile is the one he uses when he feels especially proud of himself and I can't help but smile really big whenever I see it. He is growing into such a determined little boy. He never quits when something doesn't work and he'll keep doing it until he gets it right. I really admire that about him.


I mean. That face!


Gabriel on the other hand was determined to find all of the fish in all of the pools of the gardens. They have several there and they're all so meticulously cared for. I could spend hours staring in them and so could the boys!


When Gabriel found the fish he kept waving and saying, "Hi, Fishy!" It was so incredibly sweet and that's all he could talk about when we asked him what his favorite part of the trip was!


The last time we were here I was babywearing Cristian and he napped the entire time! It was so neat to see him experience for the first time by walking around and exploring it on his own. Having B there was the icing for me! Residency can have its very challenging moments but making the most of the time we do have together as a family has been our saving grace.


Our sweet Lucia slept the entire trip! I have loved being able to wear every one of our babies. I know it'll be very sad for me when I no longer have any babies to wear. But until then I'm soaking up all of these sweet cuddles.


I'm so glad that we made it while the roses are in bloom! There are so many varieties right now and as we walked around I couldn't help but wish I could bottle up some of this sunny weather. But I suppose we get the perks of the changing seasons so I can't really complain quite yet haha!


This is one of my favorite benches on  the gardens because it's under the trellis and  it overlooks the rose garden. The boys were just glad we finally sat down to have a snack haha!


B offered to snap some more pics of Lucia and me and I of course I said yes because look at my snuggly bebe!


On our way out we stopped by this pool again because Gabriel wanted to make sure there weren't any fish there! And we obliged because summer is only here for a short time.

I hope you're all having a great week and take advantage of the warm weather while you can!


Monday, August 29, 2016

nursing-friendly styles

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had a really good one and B had off which was a nice change. One great thing about second year of residency is that if he's working in the OR than we know he'll likely have a weekend off during the 4-week rotation. Our plan is to visit all of the spots that I have adventured with the boys that he hasn't been able to join us because of work. It's really been extra special to visit some of my favorite spots as a family of five for the first time ever! This weekend we decided to stop by the Boener Botanical Gardens before it closes for the season. We had so much fun exploring that place again and it was all so new to the boys now that they're a little older. We snapped so many pics that I'll be splitting them all up into two posts. I can't decide on just a few pics so you'll be getting the whole enchilada haha! Today's post is officially my first style post postpartum other than my mirror selfies! I have to say that I felt so comfortable in this dress and it's the perfect transitional piece for Fall.
 



As B was snapping pics of my look, Gabriel and Cristian sneaked up behind me and insisted they wanted to be in on the pics too! They both tagged teamed me and began to run off with my purse, haha! But these faces you guys. They are both looking so big these days. And don't even get me started on Cristian turning two in November. Two. Also this is now the smile Gabriel gives us when we ask him to smile for a pic haha!


The look of victory.






This dress from Shop Buru  (available in black and emerald too) is so comfy and perfect for running around while still look put together.You all know how I love a cute and functional outfit! This one drapes perfectly. It is a bit low-cut but you can always pair it with a thin cami underneath to provide a bit more coverage. I cannot wait to wear this with my faux leather jacket and some booties when it starts getting cooler outside. The best part is that it's nursing friendly! I've been asked by a few of you lovelies to share more nursing-friendly outfits and I can't wait to share more!


Deep V Dress via Shop Buru | black sandals old Kenneth Cole similar here and here | Lipstick Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Naked' with Mac 'Saint Germain' underneath | Diaper Bag via Newlie Co c/o


Did you guys do anything fun this weekend?! 




Wishing you all a great week ahead!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

indoor picnic with Snappers Snacks

This past week we had a couple gloomy and rainy days. Unfortunately, we had to cancel one of our playdates to the splash pad after the boys were so excited to, "plash!" I decided to improvise with our already packed lunch! I love rainy days because they can be so cozy and the sound of rain is so soothing to me. However, that is not the case with the boys haha! They seem to get so antsy when we aren't able to go outside and now that Gabriel is a little chatter box he kept asking, "When we go?!" So to his absolute heartbreak I had to tell him (repeatedly) we'd be going another day. And right before the floodgates opened I hurried up and told him we were going to have an indoor picnic instead!


It immediately curbed his devastation and we picked out our favorite blanket, laid it on the coffee table, gathered their fave toys, unpacked our cooler and started to play! It still somehow amazes me that the simplest things are always such a hit! It borderline makes me want to toss out most of their toys... I kid, I kid ;) I really need to work on my indoor play ideas but a picnic never fails and it's always so sweet to see them get creative.




I had packed our new bag of Coconut Snappers snacks and some other goodies that I'd gotten ready for the splash pad. And you guys they are so good! Call me crazy but I'm not a huge chocolate gal but give me pretzels, coconut caramel, drizzled chocolate and I'm all over that! When I was asked to give these a try I immediately said yes because we're big fans of the originals that don't have coconut. I was pleasantly surprised that the coconut isn't overpowering but adds just the right amount of flavor.



The boys loved them too and even shared with all their dino's!


Gabriel kept saying, "He no eat, Mami!" These boys have my heart.





Pinkies up!


These new yummy Snappers will be available only at Costco's in Midwest. And am I glad because you all know how I love me some Costco haha! Do you guys have any favorite rainy day activities?! I'd love to know!

Thank you Snapper's Snacks for Sponsoring this post.