• I’ll take 3 more of her.
  • these first few smiles are literally the best thing ever. when you realize how happy you make a tiny person. when you see their face light up because they love you so much. then you fast forward 2.5 years and they’re demanding brownies and cheetos for lunch. 😬😬😬 #sixweeksold #happilytrista
  • (sponsored) When you become a parent, there are so many new things to learn about and I feel like each person latches on to something they’re passionate about / can’t stop reading and learning about. For me? That’s car seats! Thankfully some states are finally updating their laws to conform to recommendations from the APA. We have tried quite a few different seats and this 3-in-1 Pria seat from @maxicosiusa is the nicest! The chest clip is magnetic, making it easy to clip and unclip with one hand. The straps stay in place thanks to their out-of-the-way spring assist, so no more twisted up straps. And the cushions are both washer AND dryer safe! Yay for no more hang-drying! On top of that, it’s rear-facing up to 40lbs, forward-facing up to 65lbs and then a booster up to 100lbs. #ParentYourWay #PriaMax3in1 #happilytrista
  • 6 weeks of this angel girl ✨
She is still waking up once over night most nights. She just started smiling at us these past few days. She loves tummy time but rolls herself over all of the time so we have to roll her back. She loves to be worn and snuggled. And we have to restrain her brother from kissing her 193739 times per day. 🤪 #happilytrista #newborn #sixweeksold #fourthtrimester
  • We are currently paying the price for last week’s easy bedtimes. I’m trying to get Ben to sleep in his own room. So you can guess how happy he is about that. His yelling has Blaire awake still, she’s been out of her room about 25 times. And Sloane is passed out on the couch. At least someone is asleep. They’re lucky they’re adorable because holy moly I’m tired and just want to veg out on the couch. #gotheftosleep #blairebenandsloane #happilytrista
  • Yesterday was almost 60° and today it “feels like” 21°. We had a handful of fall days and it’s not fair because I’m not ready to skip right to winter. There’s nothing better to get us all out of the house than a walk, especially because wearing Sloane puts her right to sleep. Anywho, trying to squeeze in a nap before we get Blaire from school because once we get home it’ll be a mad dash for me to shower and get everyone ready for Blaire’s first kindergarten parent/teacher conference. AND it’s book fair at her school. Who still gets excited for the book fair? 🤭🙋🏼‍♀️ #happilytrista
  • someone changed out of their pajamas today. it wasn’t me.
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  • daylight savings vibes... casually pouring coffee in my eyes today. what time were your kiddos awake? 
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  • Sorry if this made you yawn. 🤭 I just love that Sloane feels the sleep dust when I’m wearing her, just like Benny did! 💕 Hope you’re having a weekend as great as this girl. She is one month old today! Still waking just at 1:30am most nights to eat... occasionally around 5am, too. When she’s awake she likes to look at lights and stare at mama. Whenever she does tummy time she rolls right over to her back. 🥰 #happilytrista
  • Tried some Pinterest-y nail art while the two older kids were at school this morning... and I’m ready to remove and do something a little less crazy when they’re all in bed tonight. 🤪 Real wild Friday night plans, am I right?
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  • Sloane’s first Halloween... the one where it snowed 3 inches and was 20° outside. Woody and Jessie lasted about 30 mins trick-or-treating, then they wanted to head home to hand out candy. What was the weather like where you live? And how many pieces of candy do people give out where you trick-or-treat? Here, it’s a tie between “choose two pieces” and “grab a handful.” #blairebenandsloane #halloween #halloween2019 #happilytrista
October 20, 2014

Another Weekend Gone


Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was as fun as ours! :) We are starting week 3 that our dishwasher has been broken. It is the worst! (I take that back. Having the washer or dryer break would be the worst. Dishwasher is third worst.) My dad is the fixer of all things and hasn’t been able to get it back up and running yet. Here’s hoping it is fixed next weekend because washing dishes by hand is a serious time-suck! Good thing doing the dishes is my husband’s thing and not mine. ;)

On Friday my brother was in town for a few job interviews. During his second interview he was offered the job on the spot, and he accepted! It’s his first big-kid job (he graduated from Pharmacy School this Spring) and I’m so proud of him! He came over to hang out with Blaire between his interviews, and to celebrate we took him out to dinner once Jason got home from work. Since he’s a good sport he went to Carter’s with us so I could buy Blaire this flannel shirt and this ADORABLE jumpsuit. On the way home we stopped for Whiteys Ice Cream. Yum! Once we got home Blaire got a kick out of hearing Jason’s brother announcing the high school game on the computer. She just loved hearing him say her name!

Photo Oct 17, 8 47 00 PM

On Saturday, my parents and one of my brothers came over bright and early (not really, it was 11am) so that my dad could fix the heater on our dishwasher. We had Happy Joe’s pizza for lunch (yummy!) and they headed home around 3pm. Then we had some errands to run, so we went to SAMs Club to return our ‘Simply Right’ baby wipes that were recalled. (You can find information on the recall here.) While we were there we had to check out the samples and we picked up those adorable Carter’s purple-striped pengiun PJs from my last post. They were only $8! From there we headed to Babies R Us because I had a 20% off coupon and $15 in Rewards. I have had my eye on this door jumper, and with the rewards and coupon it was $1.06. Win! If you haven’t already signed up for the Babies R Us Rewards program, then you’re missing out!

Photo Oct 18, 4 27 54 PMHeadband /// Top /// Leggings

Photo Oct 18, 6 24 53 PMJumpsuit /// Door Jumper

Our one last Saturday project was to move Blaire’s toys to the basement. Now that she’s older it seems like her toys are getting bigger and bigger, and she’s getting more and more of them. On Friday I realized the craziness that had become our living room. (See first photo below!) One of the best features of our house is the giant, finished basement. We’re so lucky that there’s plenty of space down there. We really only use half of it right now, so as she grows, she can take over the other side. But, for now we’ll share our space. ;)

Photo Oct 17, 11 15 50 AM

Photo Oct 18, 7 22 55 PM

On Sunday we started our morning with mass. Two babies were baptized during our service. Baptisms are so exciting. Blaire’s baptism feels like soooo long ago. (Does July count as soooo long ago?)  After mass we headed home to eat some lunch and let Blaire take a nap before we headed to the pumpkin patch. This was Blaire’s first time at the pumpkin patch and we were both super excited to take her. The patch we went to had lots of farm animals (pigs, cows, sheep, goats, chickens) and Blaire let out little squeals of happiness each time one of the animals made a noise. She seemed to really like watching the other kids feed the goats and pigs in the petting zoo. It was such a windy day, with no sun in sight, so it didn’t exactly make for the best photos. The good news is we’ll be heading to a different pumpkin patch with some friends this coming weekend! Here’s hoping it’s a sunny, gorgeous day. :)

Pumpkin Patch

Photo Oct 19, 4 28 00 PM Jason’s Shirt (American Eagle) /// K’Tan Carrier /// Blaire’s Hat (Knit by my Pharmacist Brother) /// Blaire’s Fleece Vest (Carter’s) /// My Fleece ///  My Boots

Blaire was asleep for Nap #2 approximately 10 minutes after this second photo was taken. It’s hard work being carried around a pumpkin patch. Which reminds me, what did people do before baby wearing was so main stream? Thank God for this K’Tan wrap that I randomly found on sale at Target for $9. (It was an “Online Only” item that someone had returned in store. I couldn’t pass that up!) While the Baby Björn we have is easier/faster to put on, I think the K’Tan is much cozier, because it holds her closer to my body. Photo Oct 19, 6 04 20 PMHeadband /// Everything else – Carter’s

I just read in Parents Magazine that we have fewer than 1,000 Saturdays with our kids from the day they’re born until their 18th birthday (approx. 940). Talk about crazy! This was such an eye-opener to me. It makes me want to squeeze in even more bonding time during our precious weekends. How about you? How do you make the most of the weekends with your little one? xo

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    October 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm

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    Bethany Nissen
    October 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Have you tried the Solly Wrap?

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      October 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I have not, but I just love the blue and white striped pattern. I might have to order one!

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  • How many kids do you have? Which transition was the hardest? It may not be the traditional answer, but for me, becoming a mama to one was the hardest. I had NO CLUE what I was in for.
The mom guilt.
How long it would take to leave the house.
The sleepless nights.
Losing myself in motherhood — feeling like I had to be with Blaire 24/7.
Adding Ben and now Sloane to our crew has been so much easier for me. It’s like they just fall in line with the crazy. 🤪 And I think being so much more confident in myself as a mom doesn’t hurt either. 💁🏼‍♀️ #motherhoodishard
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  • #ad I can’t believe this girl is heading off to kindergarten! With afternoon pre-k last year, we were lucky to not have to worry about the morning rush. So this year, our go-to is a waffle and a chocolate milk for the ride to school. Horizon® Shelf Stable Chocolate Milk is our favorite since we can easily grab it and go! Spoiler alert: she takes one in her lunch, too. Blaire is so excited, but little brother and I are sad to see her spend so much time away from us. But I am excited to be able to walk her to school and avoid the CRAZY drop-off and pick-up lines while the weather’s still nice, anyways. 
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  • This summer hasn’t really felt like summer yet. 🤨 So when we have an 85° day we make the most out of it with a trip to the pool! How’d you spend your Sunday Funday? #blaireandben
  • another day, another doctors appointment for someone in our crew. today it’s Ben. he was up overnight saying his ear hurt — a double ear infection for him. luckily the kid loves taking medicine and hasn’t let his ears get him down! as long as he’s up moving around they’re fine, but the second he lays down... 😭😭😭. hoping our poor buddy is feeling better tomorrow. do you feel like you need a frequent flier card for your pediatrician? just me? okay. #blaireandben #itsfinewerefine
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  • It is definitely bittersweet to leave the house where we brought both of these babies home. But we are excited for our next chapter as a family of five! #rainbowbaby #blaireandben
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  • Last night was our first night in the new house. 👏🏻 We still have lots of stuff to bring from the old house and then lots of cleaning over there before the final walk through and closing next Monday. Then we can focus on getting this house unpacked and organized. But first, I would like a nap. 😴 #blaireandben #happilytristahome
  • The snow that never ends. 🙄🥶 Walked out into the snow this afternoon and one kid loved it, the other not so much. “Wowwww! It’s like a wizard out here.” —Blaire 😂
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