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Baby #3 Gender Reveal : And Gender Reveal Ideas
CELEBRATE, Family, LIFESTYLE

Baby #3 – The Big Reveal & Gender Reveal Ideas

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 🙂

Baby #3 Gender Reveal : And Gender Reveal Ideas

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! Continue Reading

Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in November 2017!
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month In 9 Squares – November 2017

Dear November, 

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.

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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in October 2017!
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month In 9 Squares : October 2017

Dear October, 

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 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in October 2017! Continue Reading

We are so excited to announce that we are pregnant with baby #3. I am opening up and sharing my heart & our maternity photo shoot w/ La Brisa Photography!
CELEBRATE, Family, LIFESTYLE

SURPRISE! Pregnant With Baby #3

Here we go – Our family is growing -Pregnant with Baby #3!

You heard it right, Baby Wodiske is joining our family in April 2018!  While it still hasn’t completely sunk in yet that we are going to be a family of 5… We are thrilled to grow our family and we feel extremely blessed.  BUT, why does 3 seems a lot scarier than any of the other pregnancies?! (EEK!) I am thankful to say that our transition from 1 to 2 went very smooth and we have been blessed with two sweet girls who are going to be the BEST big sisters. We are saying goodbye to man-to-man defense and transitioning to zone defense as our little team of 3 will officially be outnumbering us!  Let the games begin!

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I come from a family of 3 kids and I am the beloved middle child, so having a family of 5 has always been a dream of mine. Although life is harder in the baby stage, I know it will all be worth it to have the fun bigger family to make memories with forever!

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With all the joy of growing our family comes all the agony of morning sickness!  Unfortunately, morning sickness for me is for REALZ!… and whoever dubbed it “morning” sickness never had to endure ALL DAY sickness! Sadly I have endured nausea and vomiting with all three pregnancies.  I am praying that in the next month or two things will calm down and I will start feeling more like myself again. It took until 19 weeks with my first two pregnancies, and right now 19 weeks seems like forever away! For all you ladies who were/are sick during your pregnancies, I feel for you… It is tough, physically and emotionally.

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It was so special talking to both of our girls about the new baby in mommy’s tummy and seeing their expressions. They are going to be fabulous big sisters and already have so much love for their sweet little baby!  My oldest is already calling it a little baby girl… we shall see!

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We couldn’t have asked for a better friend and talented photographer to take these beautiful photos of us as we celebrate our new bundle of joy! Chris, you captured our joy (and craziness) in such an authentic & beautiful way and we will forever cherish these photos! Thank you La Brisa Photography for always capturing our special milestones in the most perfect way.

SURPRISE! Pregnant With Baby #3 - Espresso Ever After BlogWe are so excited to announce that we are pregnant with baby #3. I am opening up and sharing my heart & our maternity photo shoot w/ La Brisa Photography!


Well that’s the scoop! I plan on keeping you posted on our journey through this special pregnancy, I’m sure you will hear a lot about my cravings and exhaustion, but most importantly my excitement and preparation. Stay tuned a gender reveal post may be coming your way soon with highlights from both of the girl’s gender reveals and a little trip down memory lane.

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Thank you again for joining us during this exciting time.  So much fun is ahead!

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We are so excited to announce that we are pregnant with baby #3. I am opening up and sharing my heart & our maternity photo shoot w/ La Brisa Photography!

Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in September 2017!
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month In 9 Squares – September 2017

Dear September,

Where has the time gone? And just like that we are heading into the (real) fall season and I am beyond ready for cooler temps, living in layers and lots of hot coffee! We have finally been able to enjoy our backyard and patio in the mornings and evenings and having football back has made this month extra special!

October, we are excited for pumpkin patches, costumes and harvest-filled memories.

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – September 2017 ::

Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in September 2017!

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Looking for a good book to read? Big Little Lies is all the things! It will keep you guessing chapter after chapter. I highly recommend!
Book Reviews

Big Little Lies – Book Review

This book is ALL THE THINGS!!!

Big Little Lies is filled with friendship and laughter, touching moments, twists, murder and a dramatic ending… after all isn’t that what you want out of a good fiction book?  When you read this book you will understand why it is on the New York Times Bestseller list and why it was turned into a tv show.  To be honest, I heard about the tv show before I read this book and that sparked me to read the book first, and I am so glad I did!

Looking for a good book to read? Big Little Lies is all the things! It will keep you guessing chapter after chapter. I highly recommend!

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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in August 2017!
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month In 9 Squares – August 2017

Dear August 2017,

WOW what a scorcher! With extremely high temps comes a lot of staying inside or pool time for this family! It was a slower month for us to regroup and focus on one another, sometimes uneventful is a nice time to recharge before the busy season hits.

September is going to bring a busy schedule and new exciting adventures. We are excited for what is to come and I am looking forward to football and Pumpkin Spice season!!!  How about you???

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – August 2017 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in August 2017!

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Our Month In 9 Squares - July 2017
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month In 9 Squares – July 2017

Dear July 2017,

You were a very toasty month for us in AZ so we enjoyed our California beach getaway. You were also a month filled with milestone moments for our first born. She got her first haircut, started Kindergarten and celebrated her fifth birthday! So many sweet and bittersweet moments. Our littlest one started dance and it has become a highlight of each week.  There is something so cute about a 2 year old fluttering around in a leotard and tutu.

We have so much to be thankful for and looking back at these 9 photos is such a great reminder to be present and enjoy every minute. #feelingblessed

August, my only hope is that you bring more monsoon weather and of course more FUN!!!

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My Wish For You... On Your First Day Of Kindergarten | The Blue Envelope - K is for Kindergarten Tee | Back to School Looks | A Letter To My daughter on her 1st day of Kindergarten
Faith & Encouragement, Family, Fashion, LIFESTYLE

My Wish For You… On Your First Day Of Kindergarten

When you become a mom, you hear so often that you need to enjoy every minute because time flies by… overused advice, but oh so true!  I am so grateful for all of the time and cherished moments we’ve shared together.  Memories have been made, time has flown by, and though I don’t want to believe it, here we are… my daughter’s first day of Kindergarten.  How can my first-born and little bestie, that I have spent every waking minute with since the day I found out we were growing our family, be starting school?  I am flooded with emotions. Everything from excitement to sadness to loneliness to nervousness… but most of all, I am overwhelmed with a sense of pride in who she is and who she’s becoming.  If I could pass on a few important things, these would be what I would want you to take with you as you enter your Kindergarten class.

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Dear Paisley – On your first day of Kindergarten, my wish for you is… 

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Camping With Kids - Tips & Tricks To Make It Enjoyable For All
Family, LIFESTYLE, Travel

Camping With Kids – Tips & Tricks To Ensure Happy Campers

We took our girls out to the woods of Prescott, Arizona for their first camping weekend as a family of four.  To give you a little perspective, our girls are 4.5 and 2.5 years old and this was our first time all sleeping together in one small space… without a pack n’ play! My husband was raised camping and in the outdoors so he had been dreaming of the day that our girls would be old enough to enjoy a trip like this, and this was our first attempt.  To say it went well is an understatement… much to my surprise it went great! But don’t get me wrong, with any trip you come across a few hiccups here and there.  But, it was so much fun to take the girls off the grid, push everyday rules to the side and just let them enjoy being kids for the trip… and I know that we made memories as a family they will not forget.

Camping With Kids - Tips & Tricks To Make It Enjoyable For All

If you are like me, and questioning whether or not your family is ready for a camping trip, I say go for it! You will never know until you try.  And to help you out, here are a few of my ‘camping with kids’ recommendations.  I hope these ideas help make your trip extra enjoyable for all – we all want happy campers!

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