Dear March 2018,
I am a little late thanking you for a month of holiday celebrations and family fun, but pregnancy brain won this time. As I hit the end of pregnancy, you were a month filled with so much joy! We celebrated all things green, a puppy-themed 3rd birthday party, bunnies and egg hunts and special family time before this little bump joins us in April.
So April, YES, we are more than ready for you and finally meeting our baby. This will be a magical month!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – March 2018 ::
I don’t know about you, but mornings can be extremely hectic around our house! Now that my oldest daughter is in kindergarten, and a new baby is right around the corner, it’s time she steps up her “help mom out” game a bit more to help manage that chaos of our life! We just started Spring Break and I figured it was the perfect time for her to own a bit more responsibility around the house.
As a momma on the go, our days can be pretty unpredictable, so I decided to use a morning sticker chart to give her a routine. The goal is that she would choose to help out without always being asked or told to do so. Now that she is learning to read, responds well to positive affirmation and loves rewards, a sticker chart was the perfect option for us!
With baby #3 on the way, I am hoping that after 2 weeks of Spring Break, she will have her morning routine down and can carry it on into the rest of the school year, and hopefully create a sense of willingness to be a big helper for me when I’m busy with baby. My other secret goal is that our 3 year old will see her big sister earning stickers and want to join in on the fun too! WINS all around – A mom can dream! (I will keep you posted on the success of this secret goal!)
I created this sticker chart with just a few of the morning tasks that happen every day in our home. These are tasks that she can finish on her own, and she should be able to succeed in and be proud of! As she grows and matures over time, this sticker chart will look a little different. I also left a few bonus spots on the chart to add fun twists to her normal routine… Gotta keep her on her toes! I will keep a folder for her to save her finished charts in, so she can look back on all of the good that she accomplished/stickers received (insert visual affirmation) and if she makes it through each full chart for a whole week I will have a small prize waiting for her at the end (i.e.- new book, markers, candy, etc).
CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE STICKER CHART PRINTABLE –> Mommy’s Big Helper Chart
I hope this FREE PRINTABLE CHART comes in handy in your home as well, and our growing littles can begin to do their share and earn their keep. (JK, but seriously – haha!)
Dear February 2018,
February 2018, you did not disappoint in the LOVE department, it definitely was a red and pink-filled 28 days! It was a month filled with family time and of course lots of sweets! Let’s just face it, little girls just love everything Valentines! The girls had their first father daughter dance, and it was beyond adorable. The weather got the love memo as well, and has been dreamy and chilly – my favorite! We were able to take a family trip to the mountains for some much needed bundled-up family time. And now as we enter March we have a 3 year old birthday to celebrate and just a few weeks to-go before baby #3 joins the party! So much to look forward to!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – February 2018 ::
Dear January 2018,
January welcomed me into the third trimester for baby number three… Ahhh, how can this be?! It doesn’t seem possible! The new year is here and the new baby will be with us soon!
Travis and I were able to enjoy a relaxing BabyMoon at just the right time. We are so grateful for our time away and the fun we were able to share… Just the two of us! After our relaxing getaway, we made it home just in time to each partake in this season of sickness, oh joy! I am ready for some complete healing and looking onward and upward to a healthy, family-fun-filled February.
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – January 2018 ::
Dear December 2017,
December is always one of my favorite months. It’s filled with Christmas fun and so many family memories. This month we had a case of the flu, but we pushed through and took it as an excuse to slow down and snuggle… A LOT! Since this was a record breaking, unseasonably warm month for us, we traveled to cooler temps when possible. We celebrated the girls first dance recital and my mama heart just about burst with anxiety & pride! Meanwhile baby bump and I successfully finished our first and last race! Haha, check that off the bucket list! We visited Santa again and thankfully it was another tear-filled visit for Payton… Tears make the best Santa photos! Trav and I were able to sneak off for an unforgettable court-side Suns date night! And of course it was another beautiful celebration of Jesus’ birth and showing the girls the true reason for the season.
We had so many great memories this month, but I am most thankful for not overdoing it. We did and saw amazing things, but I never felt like we squished too much into our month. We did just enough and rested just enough, and I’m grateful for all of it! Sometimes it’s easy to fall victim to the commercialization of the season and feel like you have to do more, buy more, stress more… But this season, I made sure to fill up our time up with what was most important to us, and it was just right.
With a new year knock’n on the door, we’re excited for a new year of adventures and memories and we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come with 2018! Baby #3 will be joining our family in April and I don’t know what could be better than that – Cheers to a great year ahead!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – December 2017 ::
December is here so you know what that means… 2017 Christmas Card Season is upon us.
YAY for Happy Mail! 🙂
This year I decided to order our 2017 Christmas Cards through one of our favorite online stationery companies… Shutterfly! If you are a regular here at Espresso Ever After you already know how much I adore partnering with Shutterfly and all of their personalized options; they make beautiful and quality goods for all to love! To tell you the truth, this pregnancy has really slowed me down this year and I am so thankful that I can trust Shutterfly with this aspect of the holiday season. The tired mama in me wanted to skip the photos and the card making, but since Shutterfly was able to help me with the heavy lifting… It was worth it. Their online program is extremely user-friendly and their options this year are unique and creative. As usual I loved so many of them, that I had a hard time narrowing down my favorite card styles.
We went with a bright and colorful look for our photos this year, and I knew I wanted to pick a card that offered a happy and cheerful theme. When I found this 5×7 Gate Fold Card, I knew it was the winner. It offered multiple text areas, different sized photo slots, 2 types of paper styles and a fun flip-open effect. Thank you Shutterfly for always bringing a winner!
I am sure you are visiting the blog today to see our gender reveal for Baby #3, BUT… we decided to not find out and SURPRISE ourselves at birth. Crazy, I know!
We found out for both girls and it is so exciting to spend the remaining pregnancy months preparing, naming and dreaming of your little bundle. But, my husband and I came to a decision that we are ready to try something different. We are living on the edge! haha 🙂
We are so happy and thankful for our two girls and honestly, this time around we are just praying for a healthy baby. We would love to have another sweet girl and we would be excited for the new adventure a little boy would bring to our girly family… BUT, we are becoming most excited about the idea of being surprised on delivery day!
You were a month of traveling and holiday fun! Between Thanksgiving celebrations, my husband’s birthday and my annual best friend trip it was an adventure-filled month…. Just the way I like it! I was able to jet set away to San Francisco for a kid-free girls weekend full of yummy food, beautiful sites, much cooler weather and lots of shopping. It was dreamy and exactly what this pregnant mama needed! I am now in my second trimester so hopefully this morning sickness will fully go away soon, counting on it December! But, what I loved most about this month was the excitement it brought for the holiday season ahead. It was a month of gratitude and family time and a special first… Our oldest learned how to ride a bike! This is a big deal in the parenting world of firsts!
As the hustle and bustle of December begins, I pray that I can stay grounded in the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus is the reason for the season, and continue to demonstrate for my girls what giving and showing love is all about. Blessings to you this Christmas, remember to pause and cherish each moment.
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – November 2017 ::
You were a month of special news! We excitedly announced that we are growing from a family of four to a family of five. It was a month filled with kindness, love and sweet comments that made our month! October has also been a month of fun holiday functions and preparation for the thankful season ahead in November.
As our AZ weather FINALLY cools down we are so grateful for the family fun ahead and our growing baby bump.
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – October 2017 ::