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Girls Trip to Palm Springs!! {7.24.13}

The trip has officially begun!

The trip has officially begun!

This trip has been long overdue! I’m not sure when the last time was that we had a girls trip. A solid one. Although a couple of girls were missing from this trip due to other planned vacations or whatever the case, the 5 of us had the trip of a lifetime. There have been so many weddings, babies, showers and celebrations throughout the past 4 or 5 years that has indeed kept us all in close contact with each other, but getting out is a necessity sometimes too. This summer, we decided to plan a girls trip to Palm Springs to just get away, relax and do what you do on trips like this… lounge poolside, eat, drink, bond and get tattoos! Wait… Yep, that’s right! Tattoos! A TOTAL spur of the moment thing, and a decision that was fueled by spontaneity and excitement that made it all the better. We had all only been out there for about 3 hours, hanging out in the pool, discussing things over Jameson Gingers and Vodka before this came up!

...who knows...but it was REALLY funny!!

…who knows…but it was REALLY funny!!

No caption necessary.

No caption necessary.

CHEERS!!  Let's go.

CHEERS!! Let’s go.

After a bit of a run around and 2 tattoo parlors and a piercing shop later, we finally ended up at Adornment Tattoo in Palm Springs at about 8:00pm. The 5 of us walked in with an idea of what we all wanted, and we we sitting in the chair about 15 minutes later. We all walked out a couple of hours later and were home before 11:00pm with fresh, new tattoos on our hands and wrists. Holy hell!! I suppose it would’ve been different if we were spending the weekend with different people, but these girls are ALL my favorite girls in the world (plus my Kelly) and I wouldn’t have wanted to get a tattoo any other way! (Except for with Matt, obvi).

At the tattoo parlor...rearin and ready for some permanent ink!

At the tattoo parlor…rearin and ready for some permanent ink!

It’s a weekend I’ll never forget! We were all tattoo high for the rest of the trip… What a rush! The fun, once-in-a-lifetime kind of rush, filled with excitement and nerves. Of course there’s the moment the next morning when you wake up with slight damage control as you look down at your finger (or wrist) and check the spelling!!! Thank god! Hahaha. I still loved it as much as I did the night before…and I still do!

Perm-a-nente!!

Perm-a-nente!!

Tattoos or not, it’s so important to take trips like these, to enjoy, cherish and celebrate the friends in my life. I value all my friends more than most things and I wouldn’t be who I am without these girls. My Mom always tells me how lucky I am to have such wonderful and true friends and I couldn’t agree more. However, the close friendships I have are the ones I work the hardest to keep. Just like any relationship, the ones you water are the ones that grow. I consider myself quite fortunate. Palm Springs 2013!!!

Friends forever.

Friends forever.

Finnley’s 1st Birthday!! {7.9.13}

My sweet Finnley

My sweet Finnley

Well, a year has come and gone…just like that.  This past year growing up with Finnley has gone by way too fast!  MUCH faster than Jake’s 1st year.  MUCH!  I think a big reason why I feel like Finnley’s first year flew by is because I was busy chasing both of them around.  Although very fun, adventurous and exciting, it all seems like such a whirlwind now looking back.  Jake had a big year too!  He is growing straight through his 2′s and has had many breakthroughs in just one year as well.  We are so happy to be raising such fun-loving, genuinely sweet and adventurous kids.  It’s an indescribable feeling.

We booked a vacation to Cabo San Lucas for the weekend after her birthday, as that was the weekend it happened to be booked for.  This was an “adults only” vacation :)  So, we planned her birthday party for the end of the month (a few days after we got back from our 5 day vacation).  I made sure to make all of her decorations and solidify all plans in the weeks prior so I didn’t have to try and put anything together last minute, after returning home from vacation.  I made a month-to-month banner and a few other fun little touches to make her party special.  It was fun!  I love crafting, especially if it’s for my kids!  I made sure that all I had to do in the few days before her party was to pick up the food and her cake!  And that’s how it went.

Prepping the dessert table

Prepping the dessert table

The Picnic Table!  Turned out great!

The Picnic Table! Turned out great!

The Rice Krispy treats all melted together...Oops!

The Rice Krispy treats all melted together…Oops!

I decided to throw Finnley a Picnic at the Park!  I figured it was a perfect way to celebrate as she LOVES to be outside and enjoys playing with her friends…and eating.  She LOVES to EAT!  So we invited our closest friends and family to come join us at a park in Penasquitos and we had a fabulous day!  It was actually one of the hottest weekends in history, to date, but luckily the day of her party, it was overcast so the sun never actually came all the way through the clouds that day.  It was the most we could have asked for!  Matt and I really started getting nervous the night before the party because of the heat.  I took a quick trip to the store and bought squirt guns and and these washcloths (that we’d keep in ice water) that he thought we’d need for anyone who was overheating.  Hahaha!  Didn’t end up needing those…  To say the least, her picnic was a success!  Matt BBQ’d hot dogs and hamburgers, there was delicious potato salad, pasta salad, watermelon on a stick (thanks Mom, you’re so good at replicating Pinterest), Ants on a Log (remember those?), chips and other great Picnic food!  It was great.  I think Finnley ate 2 whole watermelon sticks that day.

Watermelon!

Watermelon!

Luke and Finn loading the squirt guns for a serious attack on their older siblings!

Luke and Finn loading the squirt guns for a serious attack on their older siblings!

One of the greatest parts of celebrating a childs’ birthday is seeing all the kids together.  There are so many kids now!  It’s nuts.  This was our first party that we held that there were actually more kids/babies than adults.  Whoa, makes us feel old :(  The kids are taking over!!!  It’s pretty awesome at the same time.

Goin' out for a stroll with her girlfriends Lana & Ellie

Goin’ out for a stroll with her girlfriends Lana & Ellie

Wyatt the GREAT!

Wyatt the GREAT!

We felt so lucky to have our cousins come down to help celebrate as well!  Thanks Garrett, Crystal, Kelsey and Brad!

Matt and my cousin, Garrett and his new born son, Bradley.  Love them!!!

Matt and my cousin, Garrett and his new born son, Bradley. Love them!!!

Nico loves Doritos!!!

Nico loves Doritos!!!

We’re looking forward to Finnley’s next year of growing, learning, exploring and playing.  It’s quite the adventure and I feel so grateful to be living such a fun chapter of my life.  I’m definitely trying to hold on to these sweet memories as close to my heart as possible, as I know one day I’m going to wake up and my kids will be graduating college.  Life moves too fast!!  We cherish our babies and all of the wonderful family and friends near and far.  It’s so nice to have all the grandparents and Brian and Peris and cousins, Rory and Abi close so we can all enjoy in these huge celebrations together!  We surely missed Finn’s other cousin Emma and her Uncle Josh and Auntie Mickey.  Hoping to see them soon.

Nonny & Papa!

Nonny & Papa!

Gigi and her girl

Gigi and her girl

Happy Birthday Finnley!!!  We love you!

Happy Birthday Finnley!!! We love you!

It was a fun day to say the least.  Although it made me nervous to have her birthday party only a few days after returning from vacation, it all turned out just the way I had pictured it.  I love you Finnley!!!  Happy 1st birthday my sweet angel.  May all your dreams come true.  Forever and ever.

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