4th of July | 2017

It’s almost August and I’m just now posting about our 4th of July–that’s cool, right?

Anyways, we really did have a great holiday, despite rain keeping us from enjoying it like we had planned. We still made sure to have fun though.

Every since I can remember, the city of Parkville, Mo., has held a 4th of July carnival and a parade. So on Saturday before the holiday, we met up with my Mom & stepfather to take the kids to the carnival. I’ve never been very good at paying attention to the weather, but I REALLY should’ve at least stepped outside before loading my littles into the van and dragging them to a carnival, in no shade, on blacktop, during the hottest day we had had yet. WE WERE MELTING!

Maverick didn’t seem to mind, but all of us adults were miserable and I was worried about Kennedy getting too hot. So we very quickly hit up some carnival rides before bailing & heading to my mom’s house for some pizza and air-conditioning.

Shawn insisted on taking Maverick down the big slide. I was absolutely terrified, but I remember going down slides like this with my Dad when I was little so I let Mav go. Naturally, they both loved it.

Maverick also rode the carousel with me and did the mirror house with Grammi, but his favorite was by far the games. I can’t blame him though, I mean, look at that skill!

On July 4th, we were hoping to take the kids to the Parkville Parade, but we woke up to thunderstorms. So at last minute we decided to take the kids out for breakfast (which always sounds like a better idea then it actually turns out being) and of course, I still had to get them dressed up in their red, white & blue.

I didn’t go too crazy with the outfits this year. I picked up Maverick’s shirt at a consignment sale because I’ve learned that every time I spend money a cute outfit for him, he ruins it–somehow, someway. Plus, he will currently only wear Kansas City Royals shirts, so the $2 consignment sale shirt was perfect since I know he won’t ever wear it again. Unless of course, he starts wearing only flag shirts, then I’ll be prepared.

For Kennedy’s outfit though, my mom found it at Cracker Barrel and picked up for her when she was still a newborn. It fit perfectly and the headband was probably the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen.

By the time the evening rolled around, the rain had cleared, but Shawn and I had already decided that the kids are still a little young for a big firework show. I think next year Maverick will definitely be ready, but this year, we opted for some small fireworks (smoke bombs, sparklers, poppers) in our driveway.

I’m afraid Maverick is a mini pyro in the making because he wasn’t afraid of the fireworks at all. Not even when our neighbor started setting off the big ones when we were outside. He kept asking for more and getting him to go inside was a little bit of struggle.

After the kids got to bed, Shawn & I sat on the back patio and watched the fireworks from all over the neighborhood. It was a good way to end a relaxing holiday and I’m excited for next year, but hopefully with less rain.

Memorial Day in Ellis

Does anybody else feel like they are still recovering from their long weekend because I sure do?! I know it’s already Wednesday, but my goodness I need a vacation from my vacation.

We spent Memorial Day weekend in Ellis, Kan., which is where Shawn is from. It’s a very small town about 4 hours west of Kansas City. We left Friday afternoon, around nap time, so the kids would sleep in the car and only had to make 1 stop the whole drive! Kennedy woke up from her nap outside of Salina, Kan., so we stopped at a gas station for diaper changes & snacks.

This trip was the first Brack Family Road Trip in the new minivan and words cannot describe how much I love this car! Not only did we fit ALL THE THINGS that my 2 tiny people require, but I had feet space in the front seat & nothing was blocking Shawn’s view in back! Plus, when Kennedy lost her shit with about an hour left to go, I just jumped in the 3rd row so I could entertain her (and clean up the entire Starbucks cookie that Maverick let melt everywhere).

The main reason we traveled to Ellis for the weekend was because it was Shawn’s 20th High School Reunion! On Saturday, we went to the reunion lunch and I got to meet Shawn’s old friends. It was so good to hear stories of high school Shawn (spoiler alert: nothing has changed in 20 years) and finally meet some people that I only knew through Christmas card exchanges.

18836250_10102717793012867_868816734_o

Ellis High School, Class of 1997

There was a reunion dance that evening, but at last minute we scraped those plans & decided to take the kids to the races with Shawn’s best friend, Christy. It was cold, the cars were loud, the track was muddy & Maverick LOVED every single second of it.

IMG_5239

He kept saying, “Fast cars. Very fast cars” and when 2 of the cars crashed (very minor crashes), Maverick got excited & kept saying, “Crash.” He was very into watching the Jeeps tow the crashed cars away.

IMG_5241

Kennedy had not napped all day (shocking, I know), so I put her in my Tula for the races & strapped some headphones on her. It was so loud, even when we sat far away & I was worried about her little ears. I don’t know if it was the muffled noise or being strapped to my chest, but Kennedy had the best nap of the entire weekend while we were at the track.

IMG_5242

Sunday we spent the day with Shawn’s mom. We went to eat lunch at one of Shawn’s local favorites, Taco Shop, and we had to check out the new snow cone shop in the mall. I will say, those snow cones were some of the best we’ve ever had. They were the perfect ice to syrup ratio. After naps, we finished off the day at Shawn’s grandmother’s house for dinner & some outside play time.

IMG_5214

IMG_5215

I love that Maverick & Kennedy get to spend time with their great-grandparents. It’s something I never got to do & I know it means the world to Shawn.

IMG_5220

And it’s pretty cool to see 4 generations of Brack’s together.

IMG_5223

Overall it was a great weekend, but we were all very excited to home. There’s just nothing like sleeping in your own bed, you know?

Hope everyone had a great weekend too!

xoxo

 

Mother’s Day Weekend 2017

How is it already Wednesday?! I was hoping to get this post out earlier in the week, but I blinked and suddenly the week is half over. But I still wanted to share all about my Mother’s Day weekend, because it was pretty perfect (despite all the crying from my children).

We kicked the weekend off on Saturday with the Kansas City Northern Railroad’s National Train Day. Just a few minutes from our house is a miniature railroad track that runs during the summer months and for National Train Day, they had free train rides, as well as inflatables, food trucks & other family-friendly activities. It was so hot and crowded, but the lines moved super quick and Maverick had a blast.

IMG_5126

Of course we had to ride the miniature train. Kennedy slept in her Tula and Maverick sat with Shawn. Last summer when we rode the train he was a little scared, especially when it goes through the tunnel, but this time around he was all about it!!

IMG_5107

After the train ride, we visited the model train museum that was there. I think Maverick would have stayed there ALL DAY watching those trains. He was in awe!

IMG_5111

We had planned to eat lunch there and enjoy the sunshine, but it was so hot and Maverick was quickly approaching the point between Nap Time & Overly Tired, so we hurried home to get the kids to sleep.

While I laid down with Kennedy, Shawn decided he was going to run to a car dealership to look at yet another minivan. Quick backstory–we have been shopping for a minivan for about a year now. We knew the exact one we wanted & had a price in mind, but nothing ever seemed to pan out. Shawn, the eternal optimist, continued the search over a course of a year and every once in a while would make trips out to various dealerships to see if it was “the one.” I had long given up my dream of driving a mini, so when he told me he was cleaning out the SUV “just in case,” I just smiled and let him be.

Fast forward to an hour later and Shawn called me asking if I can meet him at the dealership to sign the paperwork!! I could NOT believe it! I woke the kids up, threw them in the truck and before the dealership closed, I drove away in my brand new 2017 Toyota Sienna.

Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 9.55.46 PM

source

I swore I would never drive a minivan, but you guys, I’m driving one and I have never been more in love with a vehicle. Maverick can get in and out of the car all by himself and I don’t have to worry about him running out into the parking lot while I get Kennedy in and out of her carseat. Not to mention, I can fit both the double stroller AND the groceries in the trunk. I mean, seriously, it’s the little things that make my heart go pitter-patter.

And what else says Happy Mother’s Day better than a grocery getter? Oh, that’s right, the fact that my children were absolute nightmares the whole day on Sunday!

Like a lot of moms, I had high expectations for Mother’s Day, but when my children woke up extra early and crying, I knew my dream of having a day of not “momming” was over. We had plans to meet my mom & my sister at Ted’s for lunch that afternoon and I’m honestly surprised we even made it out the door. It was as if my children knew I wanted a day off and revolted by having epic meltdowns over nothing. When we finally did make it to the restaurant, we all had to take turns defusing toddler tantrums and walking around with Kennedy to keep her from screaming. I was supposed to go shopping with them after lunch, but I knew there was no way Shawn could handle this on his own (I mean, I could barely handle them) so we came home.

Lucky for me, we did eventually get Maverick down for a nap and Shawn pushed me out the door so I could go to Target for some alone time. I spent almost 2 hours cruising the aisles and shopping for new car accessories for my mini van (and no, I’m not joking either).

While the actual Mother’s Day wasn’t perfect, the weekend as a whole was, because it was spent with my family. Plus, my kids quit acting like lunatics for 3 whole seconds so I could snap this picture on my first Mother’s Day as a Mom of 2.

IMG_5140

And how can you possibly not love that?

xoxo

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is 5 days away and I have yet to do any shopping for my mom and if we are being really honest, I doubt my husband has done any shopping for me either. So to avoid the obvious last minute gift of flowers and a gift card, here are some options that all mothers will love (myself included!).

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts

  1. Phone Case: Have you ever looked at your phone case and realized how disgusting it is? That was me the other day. I’ve had the same case since I brought the phone–nearly 2 years ago–and it’s definitely time for an update. I’m loving this clear case that still allows for the gold on my phone to show through and the mint design is adorable! It may seem like an inexpensive gift, but it’s something I would never buy for myself and those are the BEST gifts.
  2. Slippers: I love slippers! They are great for winter, early mornings and just to have laying around the house for when you need to take out the trash, check the mail or sometimes even just make a Sonic run. I’m picky about my slippers though and these in the Sand color have everything I like in a slipper–hard sole, fuzzy inside and the cute factor.
  3. Pajamas: Ninety-percent of the time I go to bed in baggy sweats and t-shirt, but there is something about matching pajamas that I just L-O-V-E. With summer around the corner, this adorable set from Target is cute, budget-friendly and guaranteed to make those sleepless newborn nights a teeny tiny bit better.
  4. Sandals: What woman doesn’t love new shoes? I have seen these all over the internet and I’ve decided I have to have a pair. The only problem is picking out which color.
  5. Makeup: Remember when I said that the best gifts are gifts moms don’t buy themselves? This is one of those gifts! I buy makeup because I have to, but I never buy the really nice makeup that I just want to have. My current favorites are this eyeshadow palette (or the more budget-friendly option) and this mascara.
  6. Perfume: I know this sounds like a cliche Mother’s Day gift, but not in my book. Especially when it’s an awesome gift set that lets you try all kinds of different scents. Bonus–if you don’t know which fragrance your Mom actually likes this is perfect!
  7. Bluetooth Speaker: I am slowly trying to get away from having the TV on all day long, but I like the background noise. So instead of PBS Kids playing in the background, we now have music. Only problem is it’s usually on my phone and the ability to really get a good jam session through my phone’s volume is limited. This bluetooth speaker falls under the category “Want, Don’t Need.”
  8. Jewelry: Every Mom has staple pieces of jewelry she wears, but there is something fun about a new piece of jewelry she can wear with anything. I’m currently crushing on this simple ring and of course, these earrings.

Regardless, whatever you buy your mom, she’ll love it. And if you truly don’t make it to the store then a hug, a thank you and some hot coffee will be just perfect.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin