8.07.2014

throwback thursday: birthday party.

on june 15th, my baby turned ONE...and i am just now blogging about it.

we celebrated by having a swim themed party in my parents backyard.  naturally, the day we chose was a little bit on the chilly side for a summer swim party but that didn't stop the fun from being had.

some of the decor:

the lighting was awful and i was running around with my head cut off so matt snapped some photos real quick and didn't quite capture all the cute details, but i love him anyway.

the soda cans had straws attached with little googles making them a snorkle set.
similar to this.

for dessert we had these ocean cups.

the candy bar selection consisted of:
-gumballs for "beach balls"
-colored licorice for "pool noodles"
-swedish fish
-saltwater taffy

we had hot dogs, fruit, veggies, chips, and a variety of treats and dessert.



we displayed his one year photos, along with his monthly photos to show how he grew over the year.






i got brave and decided to make his cake which actually turned out pretty cute.  the kid went to town and literally ate half of it.  the next day his poop was actually blue because of the dye in the frosting haha!








brooks was so loved and spoiled by lots of family and friends.
here's to the next year.
hopefully it doesn't go by so fast!





8.06.2014

brooks' favorite books.


brooks is loving books these days.  often times i can find him in his room looking at books and it's the cutest thing ever.  he is partial to board books these days which is probably for the better because he has also learned to tear pages.

1// waddle: this book is so cute.  it's like a moving picture book of animals and it's pretty neat.  brooks is super into animals and their sounds right now, so this book is perfect.

2// eric carle's ABC:  this book has lift and flap pages which is probably what brooks looks for most in a book.  he loves to lift the flaps himself.  eric carle has always been one of my favorite children's author/illustrator so i was happy to add this to my collection.

3// did you? peek-a-boo!: ok, this book is so darling!  each page asks a who done it question, and then has a lift and flap page with a picture of a real baby under it saying it was them.  brooks laughs hysterically and has certain babies that he likes over the others.  he gets so excited any time we whip this book out.  it's a lifesaver in church and on long car rides.

4// little blue truck: this is another animal/cars and their sounds book.  it is written so well and is perfect for little boys (and girls :).

5// moo, baa, la la la!: again, we are in an animal phase.  i love the bright colors of this book and brooks loves to point at all the animals while we say what they are.

6// where is baby's belly button?: another lift and flap book.. i'm telling ya, these are money for babies.  he is OBSESSED with lifting the flaps and laughs so hard.  he has also learned many of his own body parts from this book.

7// baby einstein 12 board book pack: this little set i got off amazon and it's probably his all time favorite.  the books are little 2x2 inch squares with a variety of topics.. shapes, numbers, letters, animals, music, etc. brooks loves to carry around the little suitcase it comes in.  since there are 12 books, these keep him entertained for a LOOONG time :)

8//let's go to the farm: this is the ultimate lift and flap book.  it goes through numbers, shapes, colors, animals, and sounds.  it's quite large, so we generally only read this one at home but it's really fun.

what books are your infants/toddlers/kids loving?
i'm always looking to add to our ever growing library.

8.04.2014

oregon road trip: sahalie falls.

a few weeks ago we spent traveling to the oregon coast for an extended harris family reunion.
the drive from utah through idaho is SO boring, but once you hit oregon it is top notch.  the only down fall is the speed limit drops to 55mph.

on our second travel day as we were nearing eugene, OR where we would be spending the night, we decided to meet up with some of matt's family at sahalie falls.

this is probably the most incredible water fall i had ever seen.  i wasn't thrilled about stopping because i just wanted to reach our destination, but i am so so glad that we did.




some of the crazies jumped into the water... it was FREEEEEEZING!!




at one point, matt climbed to the top of the waterfall and hung over the edge to get some pictures.. crazy if you ask me.



sahalie falls is pretty incredible.
pooch thought so too!


if you ever find yourself near eugene, OR i highly suggest the pit stop along the way.
i can't wait to go back.

7.11.2014

flashback friday: road trip with the ladies.

number 7 on my birthday bucket list was to go on a girl's trip...and that's just what we did.
along with some babies, of course!

we packed up the mini van and headed to a condo in st.george for two days.  i am a lover of hotels but i must say it was so nice having extra space and being able to cook some of our meals rather than eating out all the time.  condo for the win :)


we did what you typically do on a girls trip.
ate. swam. shopped. talked. laid out. swam some more.





 some sister wives action.









^^also, i just love this picture.  after the babies went to bed we were confined to the condo, but that didn't stop us from having a little fun.  this picture totally sums up our friendship.  and i love it.


on the way home after one of our nursing stops, we took a family selfie.  probably the most homeless family selfie in history, but it's pretty great.
and we may or may not have got a speeding ticket on the way home.

i am pretty certain in the general rule book of life, at least one girls trip is necessary per year in order to survive.
i'm glad i got mine in :)

7.10.2014

pregnancy update: 27 weeks.



here i stand at 27 weeks, 3 days pregnant.
nearing my third trimester and all i've got is some awkward bathroom selfies.
i must say, poor baby sheila.. she is getting documented far less than brooks did.
also, for the record we are not naming her sheila... it's just what we refer to her as of now.

how far along// 27 weeks, 3 days

maternity clothes//maternity leggings, normal everything else

weight loss/gain// 10 pounds. i must say, i'm gaining a lot faster than i did with brooks. at 26 weeks with brooks i had only gained 3 pounds.  what can i say, baby girl loves food :)

best thing about this week// brooks giving my belly loves all the time.  he of course doesn't really understand, but it's still ridiculously cute.

gender// girl

name// TBD. we have 3 main names on the chopping block.  i just can't commit for some dang reason.  want to hear them?? ok, i will tell you.  in no particular order they are... harper, ryan, & remi.  i will say matt's number one is remi. but i just don't know.  feel free to give your input haha

movements// if the amount this child moves is any indication of her activity once she is on earth, then heaven help me.  she will never sleep! haha seriously though, she is ALWAYS flipping and kicking her way around my uterus...especially when i hold brooks.  they are buds already.

food cravings// cereal. the occasional taco bell burrito. fruit. hot dogs.. weird but true.
aversions// if the smell bothers me at any given point, i can't eat it.

what i miss// energy.  i have none... and yet, somehow i just keep going.

sleep// i have a hard time falling asleep some nights, but once i fall asleep i'm golden.  like i said above however, i don't think there is any amount of sleep that i could have that would make me feel awake and energized.  growing a human = sleepy amy.

what i'm looking forward to// next week i get to see her little face again.  i seriously luck out and get ultrasounds at every appointment for various reasons.  i have so many ultra sound pictures i don't even know what to do with them all.

oh baby girl, october can't come soon enough.




7.09.2014

{six} favorites.

with summer in full swing, here are some of my favorite products that i've been using A LOT lately :)



one// urban decay 24/7 perversion eyeliner LOVE this stuff.  it glides on so smoothly, stays beautiful all day, and doesn't smear or smudge with sweat and water.  it's worth $19 for sure.

two// neutrogena oil-free moisturizer with spf 15 confession... i didn't start wearing moisturizer until about a month ago.  i know, i'm horrible.  however this stuff is bomb.  usually in the summer, my face is the only thing that gets burned.  since i've been using this every day i have yet to have a burned face...and i'm outside a lot!  my face isn't dry and of course, it doesn't leave me feeling oily.

three// herbal essences naked dry shampoo i have been wanting to try out a dry shampoo forever.  luckily, influenster sent me this stuff to try out.  it is a full size bottle so it will last a long time.  i have nothing to compare it to seeing as this is my first run with dry shampoo, but i quite like it.  i have gone multiple 4,5,6 and dare i say 7 days without washing my hair.  it's pure summer heaven. plus, it smells good!

four// eva nyc therapy session hair mask oh. my. gosh. this stuff is straight heaven. i received this in my may ipsy i believe. number one, it smells SO GOOD.. like i probably sniff it daily, it's that good.  number two, it leaves my hair feeling and looking so shiny.  since i've put bleach in my hair i've had a really hard time with it looking healthy.  after using this stuff just once, it made a huge difference.  i've tried many, many deep conditioners/hair masks and this is my fav by far.

five// nyx butter gloss everyone and their dogs is loving these right now, but can you blame them?  i love that they are not sticky like other lip glosses.  i love the formula and the pigmentation of the colors.  i love the variety of colors they have to choose from.  i pretty much just can't say enough...and i can't stay away.  i've got five already and i've got my eye on more.  i pretty much wear these daily. and ipsy also sent me one of these..score!

six// ofra universal eyebrow pencil ok so this is something that i also got in my ipsy.  i've never been one to take great care of my eyebrows (which is a shame because well groomed eyebrows make a big difference)...so i definitely have never been one to pencil mine in.  well, i tried it out one day and now i'm hooked.  this baby is eyebrow gold.  my eyebrows have improved ten fold. try it.

like i mentioned above, i recently signed up for the monthly subscription of ipsy (which is so awesome by the way).  each month they send you a cute little makeup bag full of five or six products to try.  usually they are half to full size which is great.  some of the products i have gotten i've loved so much that i am going to continue to buy and use after my samples run out.
it's ten dollars a month and so far it has definitely been way worth the money.  if you are interested in trying new products definitely check this out.

ok people, what else do i need to try?  i'm on this beauty kick where i just need to try everything... dang youtube beauty gurus.  i get so addicted.  for reals though, let me know in the comments what you are loving :)

7.02.2014

life lately.

according to my cellular device, this is what we have been up to lately...


lots of evening owlz baseball games//craft day with friends


saturday hikes//playing at the park//outdoor uno tournaments after brooks is asleep


doctor visits//day at the pool//feeling so pleased with a new forward facing carseat


new way to ride in the stroller//OBSESSED with books (makes this mama happy)//feeding the ducks


girls road trip//outside water shenanigans//fire & smores with friends


not pictured would be the millions of shaved ice, beverage, slurp runs that occur on the weekly.  along with pretty much daily swimming.
what can i say? we love summer <3 p="">

and you should probably follow me on instagram
@amylynn188