Showing posts with label Hjelseth Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hjelseth Life. Show all posts

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A DAY IN THE LIFE

these are one of my favorite kinds of post to look back on (along with kiddo updates)!
it always amazes me just how quick we move from one phase, onto the next.
and it's far too easy to almost 'forget' what life was like in the previous stage.

I had all the intentions to make this same post while we were on a two naps a day schedule with tanner... but here we are... and by the time I've gotten around to it... he's now down to one a day!

it has changed a little bit of how our days run.
the stage we're in right now is one that I just LOVED when harper was tanner's same age... and i've been kindly waiting for it to come. with a one nap a day schedule, our life is so on routine. and I LIVE FOR IT. I'm open to being flexible with these two littles in my life when we need to be. but boy do we run our days best when we're living on our routine!
I try my hardest to wake before harper and tanner do. with a goal of 6:30am.
I like to be able to wash my face, put my contacts in, make the bed, and pour myself a cup of iced coffee before I'm needed to tend to one of the littles.

 if time allows before they wake (and depending on what time I woke) I will spend some time in my journal and devotions. I find if i can start my day this way, I'm at least off on the right foot here in this moment and I'm better ready for what comes in our day.
every morning I also write my self a 'to-do' list so I keep focused on what I want to get done that day. if I don't I find that...
1. I feel like I didn't get anything accomplished that day (it helps to be able to cross off what task I did. I often even include little daily things like laundry, dishes, other cleaning, ect.) such satisfaction crossing something off the list!
2. when I'm busy with the kids, I often forget what I'd hoped to do and the day's busyness can sometimes take over
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 Harper usually wakes around 7am.
either brandon or I will make smoothies for the kids and give harper hers and then tanner's waits for him in the fridge until he wakes.
frozen fruit + whole milk greek yogurt + whole milk + a splash of orange juice
 a show or two for her while she drinks her smoothie.
usually little einsteins or bubble guppies.
throw princess sophia + doc mcstuffins in the mix there too ;)
tanner starts to stir around 7:30am and I'll usually go up to get him around 8 :)
this boy does better if he has a little time to wake on his own before we greet him in his room with his smoothie.
 if we don't have many plans for the day and it's a slower morning home, I will make a hot breakfast for us all around 8:30. if we have somewhere to be sooner, it'll be a quicker breakfast. usually oatmeal or toast or frozen waffles with a side of fruit.
I usually spend a good 30 minutes afterwards doing dishes/cleaning up the kitchen/living room while these two play/help me :)
then we're upstairs to get ready for the day!
this particular day all we really had on our agenda was a stop for some groceries so our morning at home before heading out was slow paced and a bit leisurely.
if we have somewhere to be sooner, breakfast is quicker, clean up isn't done as well ;), and it's a quick 'getting ready' (where I usually skip my hair or makeup, or both!)
we try to get back home by noon as to fit in lunch before naps.
we'll usually watch a little bit of a show before nap and tanner will have some regular whole milk warmed up.
one nap a day for tanner is new for us as of just a couple weeks ago, but his nap time has been falling about 1:00-3:30/4. and it's great!!
if harper is in need of a nap that day, she too will go down at this time. if not, I will let her rest on the couch and watch a movie. while I get some 'me' time! ;) to work on the things on my 'to-do' list that are much more challenging with two kiddos awake and active. and some blogging if I can fit it in too :)
after that, while tanner is still finishing his nap, harper and I will have some one on one time. it may just be some house chores we do together, a craft, a couple pages in her workbook, or baking of some sort :) I love our one on one time together! 
3:30/4 tanner is up!!
...and a well rested, happy boy he always is!
I'll often keep the three of us upstairs and work on folding some laundry or picking up bedrooms until it's time to get dinner going.
dinner around here is generally around 5:30. 
we find it important in our house to all have dinner together at the table. so that's what we do :)
after dinner + kitchen clean up, if it's bath night we'll head upstairs for that (we do baths every other night), and if it's not, we'll get a little extra play/family time!
after all the bath time craziness of washing + drying + lotion + jammies + ear cleaning + hair combing.... we wind down with a show and chocolate milk.
for our chocolate milk we do: whole milk for tanner - - 1% milk for harper & mixed with a little chocolate carnation instant breakfast.
then it's to the bedrooms we head! for some reason they often think this suddenly turns to play time! butttt... after reading a few books together, oil + socks on feet, brushing teeth, washing face + hands, and a camel ride back to their rooms, it's to bed they go :)
I take tanner, who is super easy-peasy these days!! lullaby music on, lights out, cuddle and sing a couple songs, then it's down in his crib he goes.
brandon takes harper, and with a bit of work, her music is on, lights are out, and bedroom door is shut.
we work for 'bed by 8' and usually we're able to hit it, if not just shortly after!!
wash my face, contacts out, sweats on.
once the babes are in bed it's all about husband + wife time for brandon and I.
...and we roll into bed always later than we should around 10:30/11.
this was a 'typical' day at home. but also throw in various appointments, kindermusik, dance class, play dates, ect. in there.
some lazy days. some productive days. and surely everything in between.
ultimately we are happiest at home. with a few fun things sprinkled in throughout our week :)

I always love learning how others run their days + what 'a day in the life' looks like for them. to learn from others how they balance life and to pick up a piece of advice along the way.

it's such a sweet spot in raising babies when you get to a good ol' routine and stay there for just awhile :) 

Xoxo
-Brittney

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cannon Beach, OR || summer 2017

family getaways are getting better and better as our family grows and as we return back to the same places. the memories we make, and getting to repeat our destination makes for an extra special little place in our hearts. 
we went to Cannon Beach, OR for the first time as a family of THREE last year when I was pregnant with tanner. and to have gone back the following summer and tanner is actually there with us.. just warms my heart.
this trip was a last minute thing, but it was all just as fun had it been something we had planned for months. we knew we wanted to make the 3ish hour drive there again this summer, but we didn't anticipated it'd be in the plans only two days before going!
because of that (and it being the busiest weekend EVER-- labor day weekend!) we just barely found lodging. we stayed two nights, and each night was in a different room :) I think we literally got the last available rooms in the whole town.
we were honestly fine with it, because all that mattered was that we were THERE!
and harper actually got soooo excited with each room and exploring it. like the second we walked in the door, her three year old energy just EXPLODED!
honest to goodness, there is nothing more special to me than spending time with my little family. all four of us.
as much work that there is to come along with traveling with a one year old and three year old.. it is absolutely worth it.
these two do so well. we make sure our days are flexible with little to no big plans. if a nap needs to happen, we just spend a little time going for a drive. which brandon and I actually LOVE doing. it kinda becomes like a little bit of date haha! quiet time, just him + i :)
we took this same picture, in the same spot last summer.
last year's picture HERE!
we would've included tanner here, but he had fallen asleep in the stroller :)
salt water TAFFY!!
sunsets over the ocean are spectacular!
and pictures just never do them enough justice.
harper every time she found something she liked... "take a quick picture of me like this!"
the afternoon spent at the beach-- definitely everyone's most favorite part of the weekend!
both kiddos we in heaven.
tanner jumped right to playing in the sand as if it's a thing he's done a hundred times. pure boy ;)
and harper. poor girl, I forgot to pack her swimsuit along!! #MOMFAIL
she still had a great attitude about it though and thankfully it didn't ruin the moment. cause those moms of three year olds... you know how something like that can just ruin a moment, right?? ;)
this ocean water on the pacific northwest coast is anything but warm. SO COLD!
but harper could care less.
if we would've let her, she would have been out there swimming in it.
in her makeshift swimsuit and all ;)
we had pizza for dinner both nights and we would've had it again for a third if we'd stayed longer :)
it was that good.
CLEARLY tanner boy agrees with me on that! ;)
ice cream three times in the two and half days we were there.
birthday cake with sprinkles was harper's go-to. in a cone. of course.
until next summer cannon beach!!
I can't wait to see what changes come in the next year for our family and how much these littles grow and learn.
our next family getaway will be planned for Suncadia just before christmas. I'm already looking forward to it. it'll be our THIRD year making that trip.
--last christmas, suncadia HERE--
--and the photo every hour post of that trip HERE--

Xoxo
-Brittney

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

life lately | our weekend

what I'm gonna call our weekend started on thursday :)
about mid morning,  brandon's work schedule for the day opened up. he came up to me, suggested we take the kids to northwest trek, and without an ounce of hesitation I said YES.
it literally made my week.
doing family things together is one of my absolute favorite things. with brandon's work life in real estate it can be sporadic as to when he has free time. and even when things are planned ahead, last minute work appointments can switch that up.
life of a realtor ;)
but there are also perks like having this whole thursday afternoon together as a family!
northwest trek is amazing!
it's what I would call a 'zoo', but in addition to that they have a tram that drives you through acres and acres of wildlife. the animals are literally right outside the window.
it's so fun and amazing to see them so close!
after our tram ride, it was time for a little ice cream treat before walking around to see the rest of the animals.
friday
one of my favorite times of day is putting this sweet boy down for his nap.
it's so stinking hard for me to actually lay him down though once he falls asleep!
that afternoon I headed out with some awesome mamas from fit4mom for some kayaking fun followed by pizza. this girl time was so refreshing and filled me up!
saturday
the only picture taken... but I was home with the babes in the morning while brandon was working.
then tanner + harper had some time with their nana while my sister-in-law angela and I went out for a coffee and some shopping before meeting up with our husbands for a fun bbq with friends.
sunday
at the start of 2017, brandon made the decision to take sundays off of work. in real estate, that is not always an easy thing to do. it can become 24/7 if you let it. but since he's done it, it has been the BEST for all of us.
so sunday is family day.
we made our way to the farmer's market with tyler, angela, & lleyton.
did some things around the house, went outside for some bike riding, and fit in some naps.
THEN!!!
it was harper's first every HAIR CUT!!
to trim those little baby hairs that have been there for three whole years was not easy!!
but made such a difference in her hair with it getting cleaned up.
I should've done this long ago!!
...and I'm the crazy mom who saves her baby's hair!

it was a good one over here, and hope your weekend was a happy one too!!

Xoxo
-Brittney

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