Eleven Months With Natalie!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


I am waist deep in 1st birthday party planning for my Peanut, and I can't even believe it! Seriously, this was the fastest year ever and it breaks my heart. I love watching her become a toddler right before my eyes, but there's a part of me that sometimes aches to do this year over again. She's been the sweetest baby, and I will always miss her tiny snuggles and quiet mannerisms. Time, you thief, you.

Age: 11 months
Weight: 20 lbs
Height: 27 inches (last time I checked...she might be more now)
Clothing size: 12 months
Teeth: 2! 1 fully in and 1 that just cut yesterday! Finally!
Favorite foods: cheerios, pasta, carrots, peas, cheese, eggs, and yogurt
Words: dada, mama, baba, sissy (ti-tay) & dog (Natalie is definitely not as much of a talker as Baylee was)
Favorite activities: pulling herself to a stand on everything in sight, taking all the tupperware out of my cabinet, bath time, eating, and playing with Baylee
Least favorite activites: getting out of the bath tub or having her face wiped
Favorite toys: activity table, her fishbowl, and her llama
Signature moves: crawling around the island in the kitchen as fast as she can to chase Bay, splashing in the dog water, twerking to any and all good beats


Natalie got to celebrate her first Christmas this month, and as I recapped in my Christmas post, she had a blast! First Christmases are seriously the best!



She has been enjoying all her new toys she received, but her favorite by far is her activity table. She also loves her llama that we have named "Sweet Llama". She snuggles her when she is tired and it's the cutest thing. Also, she randomly has decided that her paci is life, and I'm not even mad about it. #paciloversunite



It's been so much fun watching her relationship with Baylee develop as she grows. They are starting to become best friends, and they want to be around each other all day. My Mama heart can't even handle what sweet sisters they are!

 

Oh, my Natty Lou, how are you going to be one?!
Your love of the dogs water bowl runs deep, but not as deep as my love for you! I can't wait to celebrate your next month, my sweet baby!

 
 
 

Snow Day!

Monday, January 7, 2019


My sister, Nicole, & her husband, Andrew, got a cabin in Big Bear over the weekend, so we decided to crash their party and let the girls have a snow day! My other sister, Gina, her husband, Eric, and my niece, Kennedy, joined us, so it was the best day! :)



 There wasn't a whole lot of fresh snow, so we didn't get to build a snowman, but it was just enough for some fun sledding! Baylee could not get enough. She is snow-obsessed just like her Daddy! (He used to be a ski instructor in the mountains where he grew up.) She is definitely ready to go skiing this winter.






This was also a very special snow day, because it was Natalie's first time seeing snow ever! She was definitely interested and giggly...until she got cold, then she just wanted to be held. But just the pics of her in her little snow suit made the trip 100% worth it! 



 After snow play, we plopped the girls in their brand new wagon and went for a walk in the village to find some lunch before we headed back home. It was such a fun family day, and I'm so, so glad we got to do it! Love my girls so much!

 
 


 

2019 Resolutions

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


Last year, my only new year's resolution was survival, and looking back it's almost hilarious what a smart choice that was! Learning to do life with a newborn and a threenager while my husband started a brand new firefighting career was no joke...throw in buying a new house and moving, and well, it's been survival mode at it's finest. :)

Things are finally in the beginning stages of settling down, though, so I feel like I can start goal setting again. I am so excited to see what the new year brings as we fully settle down in to our new home, and Brian and I discover what it's like to parent a toddler and a kindergartner! (She starts Kinder in 6 months you guys...my heart is breaking.) So here are my goals for the next 12 months:

1. To get organized. About a third of our stuff is still in boxes, because Christmas hit and I just kind of stopped unpacking. I want to fully unpack and get a system of making the house more organized as well as implement a cleaning schedule for myself. 

2. To lose the "baby weight". I know this is so cliche, but I have kept 10 pounds per baby, so I would really love to lose it to get healthier and feel better about myself. (Says the girl who ate donuts for breakfast...there's always tomorrow!) 

3. To get my stress and anxiety under control. I had some postpartum anxiety and depression this year, and it seems to be getting much better, but I still have a lot of moments where I have to put on my essential oils and calm myself. I want to learn more about other oils and invest more in them, because I know they will help with prevention.

4. To be more present with my girls. It's been a rough year of being tired a lot and not always feeling like playing or going places with the girls, so I really want to change that. I'll have a blog post soon that will delve in to it more, but my goal is to become more of a "yes" mom instead of being a "no" mom so often.

5. To be a little selfish. I know this sounds so contradictory, but I tend to be a people pleaser and often forget to fill my own cup. In the end, this usually makes for a grumpy and worn out mama/wife, so I'm going to make a point to focus on my self care more than usual. It's all about balance. 

Well, now it's out there on my little corner of the internet, so you all are holding me accountable. ;)

Leave your resolutions in the comments, I would love to read what you all have planned.

Let's make this the best year ever, friends! 

Christmas 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


You know what's more fun than being a kid on Christmas morning and more fun than having a kid of your own on Christmas morning?! Having two kids and a niece on Christmas morning! The paper flying, the squeals of joy, the laughter...it was seriously the best!

Now that we have a house big enough, we hosted both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. Christmas Eve we had Brian's family over all day and we all just relaxed and hung out. Brian's parents gave the girls a Nugget for their playroom, and it was definitely the hit gift of the day! 


After everyone left, Baylee could not wait to put cookies & milk out for Santa and go to bed. I have never seen her more excited to sleep in my life! Also, funny story, we left the cookies and carrots for the reindeer on the hearth of the fireplace and took Baylee upstairs to tuck her in to bed. When we got back down the plate was empty, but Santa had not come yet. Let's just say our cocker spaniel, Stella, definitely got coal in her stocking.



My sisters and their families came later that night to stay over. The next morning, the kids slept in past 7:00 (what?!) so all the adults got to be awake and caffeinated before the craziness. Once more of my family came to the house, we were already starving, so we went against our normal tradition of diving right into presents, and enjoyed a breakfast of cinnamon rolls, eggs, and bacon first. After we were all fed, the kids went nuts under the tree! I wish I had taken a good picture of just how crazy presents for 3 kids and 8 adults looked! Such a fun sight!









We must have had a trio of nice girls this year, because Santa definitely delivered! We spent the rest of the day hanging out and letting the girls play with their new toys. We had a lasagna, salad, and garlic bread for dinner, and a delicious homemade cheesecake for dessert. It was absolutely one of the best Christmases ever, and I will never forget how blessed I felt to be celebrating it in our new home!



From our family to yours, we hope you all had a magical Christmas!


And now, the countdown to 2019 begins! 

 
 

 
 

Cuddle + Kind Under the Tree

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The final toys in my must-have toys series are the dolls from Cuddle + Kind. This company is far more than just a toy company. Their dolls are hand-knit by artisans in Peru, and every one purchased helps feed 10 meals to children in need. That alone is reason enough to purchase from them...its like giving two gifts in one!
 
 

 My girls adore their Cuddle + Kind dolls! Baylee has Aspen and Natalie has Stella. Natalie loves to snuggle Stella, and Baylee has slept with Aspen every single night since we moved in to the new house. She was an amazing help for Baylee's transition to her new room, and makes her feel safe and secure. I love knowing that these heirloom-quality dolls withstand the test of time and will be around for my girls to love on their whole lives. :)
 

The dolls come in two different sizes, and tons of different creatures that are perfect for boys and girls of every age! Make sure you order by December 19th to ensure delivery on the 24th. Check them out and let me know in the comments who your favorite is!  


Special thank you to Sarah Krieg for her amazing photography of our special friends!

 
 

Christmas Pictures 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Since I am so very excited about our new house, I asked our photographer to do the unthinkable this year and take our Christmas pictures inside the house...on a cloudy day! She completely made it happen though, and our shoot was not only magical, but the most relaxed and stress-free ever. In-home shoots are officially life!

If you are local to the inland empire, and need a photographer, Sarah Krieg (@sarahkrieg) is absolutely amazing! She made us feel like we were just hanging out having a good time instead of doing a structured photo shoot, and she's great with the kiddos and babies! Along with our beautiful pics, she made us the sweetest video which you can watch here. I will cherish this entire shoot forever, Sarah, I can't thank you enough!

So, without further ado, I present The Tibbetts Family Christmas Pictures 2018...

 










































 So obsessed! And this was just a selection of all the gorgeous shots we received! Aren't they perfect??
Let me know what you think of both the pics and video in the comments!