The Princess Reigns..

What’s a birthday party without a photo shoot?

For me and my kiddos….well, for me an incomplete party is what it is. My kids probably wouldn’t mind one bit if I put the camera down. We all know that will never happen. They will thank me later when they have all these memories to share with those they love. OMG! I sound like my MIL! She would take pics of the hubby and I all the time, it didn’t matter what time of day it was!

Anyways, the twins were taking an early afternoon nap so I thanked God and headed outside with all my props and my little muse.

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These photos may look like she was thrilled to do this but that is the furthest thing from the truth.

How she truly felt 😆

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She actually told me she didn’t want to be a princess nor did she want to take photos…the audacity. Good thing she’s not the parent in this relationship. At times, she has run the show but not when it comes to my photo sessions.

I’m learning to be patient and take what she gives me because she has more fun and I get better photos. If that doesn’t work then just bribe them like I did. Oh the power of being able to ride your new bike.

Peek-a-boo cures everything
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Or a game of catch me if you can
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Shhhh, sleeping beauty is napping
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This shoot was a lot of fun, but it just seems like the photos lacked something….a castle.

A few days later…

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~TOODLES~
Stacey

A Royal Celebration

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Ahhh my little CuddleBug is turning three.

She has been such a joy. She makes motherhood easy. One of my greatest fear was not being able to have kids. Motherhood has been so much more than I ever imagined it could be. I love her spunkiness, her sense of adventure. Everyday she asks “MOMMY WHERE ARE WE GOING TODAY” or “WHAT ARE WE DOING TODAY”

I wanted to make her birthday special. This is my goal every year but this year feels different. With her getting older I felt like she would remember this one. We had settled on a Princess Theme months ago but was I prepared for party day….absolutely not.

I am a procrastinor despite my best efforts but it always work out in the end so why change it right?

Here’s what I put together the week after returning from our kid free vacation in Hawaii.

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Thanks for viewing.

I can’t imagine life without you Ms. Jayla. I’ll be forever thankful God choose me to be your mommy.

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Hello Fall

It’s that time of year when the temperatures gets brisk, night falls upon us so much earlier than we like. The smell of pumpkin spice fills the air, leaves ranges from yellow to deeper yellow to red to even burnt orange.

Some call you autumn. Some call you fall but whatever you call it, it’s certainly here.

Now that it’s officially here. I’m a LITTLE excited I must admit…okay maybe more than a little. I want to see what this season has in store for my l family.

I’ve been checking out apple orchards and pumpkin farms and I’m excited. I’ve never been apple picking, never had apple donuts nor have I had apple cider.

You’re probably thinking, where have you been and how have you been surviving? My answer partly is cultural differences.

I grew up picking apples but never from an apple orchard. It usually wasn’t a big celebration either because picking apple was just a means to an end. Picking apples from a neighborhood tree was just something to do to kill time or grab a snack.

Last year was the first time I visited a pumpkin patch. This year I’m looking forward to going to an actual farm to pick my own pumpkin from a field.

Again, I grew up with my grandpa picking pumpkins from our backyard. Again no celebration as he was picking it for us to eat either for breakfast, lunch, or dinner

Another thing I’m looking forward to is our family photoshoot with a massive pile of leaves. I can hear the kids laughter as they throw leaves and play.

I’m ready.

Fall please be kind!

What are you most looking forward to this Fall?

What does Fall mean to you?

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Tudor Place & Historic Gardens (9.19.15)

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Knock-knock!
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They won’t open the door mommy
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We have to help the garden grow
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When we left home that foggy Saturday morning I had no idea we were off to Georgetown. I try not to research our adventures prior to our visits because I find the unexpected fun.

Tudor Place is part of historic Georgetown built back in the 19th century by a decedent of the nation’s original First Lady, Mary Washington.

The garden isn’t grandiose but it is very quiet and provides a bit of serenity here in the nation’s capitals. Gardens like these are my absolute favorite places to hang out and explore with my littles. I love laying out our blanket, kicking off our shoes and enjoying a snack. You know take a deep breath and just relax (which is practically impossible to do with three littles under three).

It is the end of summer so I imagine when the garden is in bloom it provides a more picturesque backdrop for a picnic or a stroll.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures from our Saturday morning in Georgetown.

Thanks for viewing. Happy Saturday!

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Fall Concert in the Park (9.26.15)

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Why is it the day you have an event scheduled is when everything and everyone comes to town?

We had a tennis clinic and hubby’s work picnic overlapping then heard about Drake, Wale, and Miguel performing in Washington DC for the first Landmark Music Festival. Ugh! So many options!! I know a good problem to have but I really wanted to do all three events.

Ultimately we chose the Landmark festival. Yes, we became THOSE people at the concert with three kids under three, out there waaay pass the kids bedtime. The tickets were free and they advertised a kids only zone so I figured my little ones would be able to have some fun too. I was expecting something that would give moms and dads a break such as bounce houses but was quickly dissapointed. They provided arts and crafts, music petting zoo, photo props and legos for the kids to play for a few hours.

While I was thankful for the activities provided I wished I had visited the other two activities prior to visiting the music festival.

I guedd you can’t have it all huh?

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Recipe:- Baked Poppers with Chorizo & Bacon

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We tried a recipe the other night 🙊

I’m not a fan of recipes. I hate measuring things. I feel like whatever I’m making need to look exactly like the recipe pictures or else it’s a failure.  So to avoid such failures I don’t cook with recipes.

I’m an old school type of girl when it comes to cooking. Think of your grandma (I was raised with mine) a little dash of this and that and at the end you lick your fingers or your bowl and smile.  That’s how I cook. A splash of this , that, and a whole lot of Old Bay.  Nothing tastes the same twice. I must admit sometimes I create something so good that I wish I had wrote it down but that’s the beauty of cooking. Right? Trying to create the masterpiece again and again.

Anyway we decided to try this
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Poppers w/ Chorizo & Bacon Recipe

and LOVED it.  It is a very easy recipe. Anyone can do this. Even you. Give it a try. The instructions sounds more complicated than they actually were…maybe that was just us. Like I said I hate cooking with recipes. Too much reading. Too much measuring.

This is all you need
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We used half the chorizo and added extra mozzarella cheese. Also we opted not to use the shrimp because we didn’t want to spend the extra money. I haven’t mentioned how frugal I am?

The poppers were delicious. They definitely didn’t taste like anything was missing. This recipe will leave you wanting more but those jalapeños…FIRE but worth the burn.

We absolutely will be making this again especially now that it’s football season. If my team is half as good as these poppers it will be a good season.

TIP:- The longer you cook the jalapeños, the less spicy they will be.

Please let me know what you think if you decide to be adventurous and give it a try.

~TOODLES~
Stacey

HAWAII Awaits..

ALOHA!

I’m beyond excited!!

In less than thirty days we will be in MAUI celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. 😮 WOW. One decade in the books.

Two kids who met by chance, engaged seven months later, another seven months and we were married.  We’ve accomplished so much together from earning undergraduate and graduate degrees, to purchasing our first home before 30 to now raising three kids under three. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has absolutely been worth it! We’ve been blessed!!

MAUI awaits ….

I can’t wait to frolic on beautiful beaches, witness majestic sunrises and sunsets, but most importantly, spend TIME AWAY FROM THE KIDS. 😮 (our first trip since our oldest was born in 2012) Is it time to board yet? Just kidding….am I? 😉

Seven days in paradise.

So much to see, so much to do.

Here’s what’s currently on our list:

1. Drive to Hana

Upper Waikani Falls (Three Bears)
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2. Sunset sail
3. Pa’ako Beach
4. Mama’s Fish House
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5. Nakalele Blowhole
6. Waianapanapa National Park

Black Sand Beach
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7. Molokini Crater
8. Haleaka National Park
9. Kaihalulu (Red Sand Beach)

10. Hamoa Beach
11. Makena Big Beach
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12. Honolulu Bay

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I can’t wait to experience this wonderful island and create beautiful memories with my hubby.

If you’ve been to Maui or know anyone with good recommendations, please share this post. Thank you!

PS:- Photos from Instagram accounts MAUIHI and MAUIVISIT

~TOODLES~
Stacey