Summer Bucket List!

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Its finally for real summer! Lets all hope the weather gets the memo and stays acting like Summer! I don’t know about where you live, but here in Utah, the weather has been so indecisive! One second its hot outside and there is sunshine galore, and the next its pouring rain and you need to wear jackets and pants! Its getting exhausting, to be honest.

So hi Summer! Stay a while, would ya? We missed you and we are ready, ready, ready for you.

OUR FAMILY SUMMER BUCKET LIST

-At least three trips to the temple for Craig and I

-Visit the Bean Museum

-Visit The Dinosaur Museum (Thanksgiving Point)

-Visit The Museum of Curiosity (Thanksgiving Point)

-Visit The Butterfly Biosphere (Thanksgiving Point)

-Visit The Farm (you guessed it…Thanksgiving Point)

-See Toy Story 4!

-Maaaaaybe squeeze in a Disneyland trip

-Blog regularly (think it can be done, again??)

-Buy so much sunscreen because of so much outside time – but also sun safety

-Go to our local reservoir a few times

-Lots of pool time at my parents pool

-Go to the splash pad a few times

-Go to the zoo

-Go on at least three kid friendly hikes

-Go to my parents condo up North

-Go to Craig’s parents cabin also up North

-Have a ‘campout’ in the backyard

-Have a late night s’mores night with my boys, or at least H

-Go to lots of parks, lots of times (my boys live for parks)

Its simple, but thats what I’ve got so far. Obviously I have some bucket list items for myself that are much more business-y, but I wanted to post the fun stuff I plan on doing as a whole family, or at least just with my boys while dads at work!

We are so excited for Summer!!

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Ode to Toy Story 4

We saw Toy Story 4 yesterday and my life is officially changed for the better. I knew the movie was going to be good, but I didn’t know it’d be this good! The original gang is all there and they’re killing it as always. Forky stole the show for me. Duke Caboom is phenomenal. Ducky and Bunny are hilarious. Bo Peep is back and she is one awesome, independent toy. I loved everything about this movie. I want to talk details but I’m not one to give away spoilers, so let me end this short blog post with saying this: It is amazing and dare I say, my new favorite Toy Story movie. If you’ve been on the fence about seeing this movie, do yourself a favor. Hop off that fence and go buy tickets!

Fathers Day!

Sunday we celebrated Fathers Day, and it was giving me all kinds of feelings. I’m pretty outspoken to people close to me that I think fathers are greatly underestimated and not nearly as valued as they should be. Moms get a lot of credit, and rightfully so, but know who else works hard and does awesome? DADS! Especially the dads that I’m surrounded by.

My dad has always been my hero and he still is. He is all things good. He has a heart of gold, he’s humble, he’s very generous, he’s happy, he’s freakishly smart, he’s supportive… just all things good. Being one of his daughters is something I don’t take for granted – I’m fully aware of just how lucky I am.

My father-in-law is incredible. He is hardworking, optimistic, so friendly, helpful and happy. I knew him before I knew Craig and I adored him, so I feel very lucky that somehow I was able to sneak my way into his family. He is a great man I’m lucky to know.

Then there is Craig. The father to my children. I could go on and on, but I’m going to try and keep this brief, especially because I just gushed about him recently on his birthday post. He is the best. I mean that. I spent pretty much my entire life dreaming up my ‘perfect man,’ and as cheesy and cliche as it sounds, Craig easily beat out my dream guy. He is amazing. Celebrating him as a father, will forever be something I love. He is the most amazing dad. He is so hands on, so involved in their lives and best of all, he never ever, ever lets his kids forget or question how valuable, important and capable they are. My heartstrings can hardly handle the love I have for him when I watch him with our boys. He excels at a lot, but nothing will ever surpass the father that he is.

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Happy (late) Fathers Day to all of you men out there! Whether you have kids, want them someday, are trying for one, have fur-babies, or are content being the fun-Uncle, I celebrate you! You’re making a difference in these kids lives and I am grateful for that!

The Motherhood Project – Back by Popular-ish Demand

I don’t know if you guys remember a few years ago when once, sometimes twice a week I featured a different mom on my blog. I’d post a picture of her with her kid/kids, and ask her a few questions all about being a mom. It was really fun and they were very informative and empowering, but then somehow they just kind of faded out of my regular blogging schedule. Every few months I’d have someone send me an email or DM and ask if I was ever going to bring that back and I always said, “yes, eventually.” Well I’m happy to say that eventually, is now! I’m bringing back The Motherhood Project!

SO!

If you would like to be featured on my blog, or you have someone you’d like to nominate to be featured, contact me any way you’d like (leave a comment, email, social media, text me – whatever!) and I’ll send you over the questions! If you have already been featured on my blog a few years ago and would like to do it again, no worries!! I’d love to re-feature you!! It doesn’t matter your age or number of kids, I’d just love to have you guest post on my blog!

I am so excited to get this project going again!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, or need a refresher, I’ll post a couple links to some of the features I did years ago, below.

The Motherhood Project: Sarah

The Motherhood Project: Felicia

The Motherhood Project: Katie

The questions you/your nominee will be asked are:

Your name & your kids names/ages (if you’re comfortable sharing)

Did you enjoy your pregnancy?

How was your delivery experience with your children?

Whats your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?

Whats your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?

What is your parenting style?

What is your favorite part of the day with your child/children?

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?

Advice for fellow moms who need a boost?

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your kids?

Whats your favorite product for yourself? Favorite product for your kids?

How has being a mom changed your life?

If this is something you want to do, get in touch and we’ll make it happen!! (my email is ceeceesparkles@gmail.com – or you can comment, contact me through social media, etc)

Baby Cow

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You guys. We went to the farm a few days ago and can I just tell you real quick how sweet my little H is? I mean, I already knew this, but he just proved that to me even more here. I’m going to tell you the story real quick because I have to tell the world just how adorable he is.

We saw a big cow. It was exciting because my boys love animals. There was a way to walk around back of the cage the cow was in, so to get closer to the cow, we walked that way. When we came around the corner, much to our excitement, we saw that behind the big mama cow, WAS A TINY BABY COW! It was just laying there by the gate being all sweet and cute. H, without hesitation, walked quietly up to it, stuck his hand in and started softly scratching the top of this baby cows head. The cow started closing its eyes, very relaxed and happy. Mama cow watched as H took care of her baby for a minute. Then, because monkey-see-monkey-do, sweet little E also joined in on scratching the baby cow. They were very quiet and soft and the moment just felt so special and pure.

I love how soft H is. He reminds me daily the value in being kind, sweet and peaceful.

My Wild Man

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Today is Craig’s Birthday!! 

I can’t think of anyone who deserves to be celebrated more than this guy. I mean, really, he should be celebrated daily, but I’m glad that today, he’s the center of attention. I love this guy and am truly in awe, quite often, about just how lucky I got in marrying him and living life with him. He is the best of the best. The cream of the crop.

He is the husband of my dreams and then some. He is so supportive, always has my back and understands me in ways I don’t even understand myself. I really think he can read my mind, too. I feel so comfortable with him. He is my safe place. He is my happy place. He makes me laugh harder than anyone else has ever been able to do. He is a great shoulder to cry on. He has amazing advice, a tremendous listening ear and he doesn’t forget things I’ve told him, even if it was years earlier. He has a heart of gold. He is helpful and recognizes that marriage and parenthood is an equal thing. He has never made me feel unimportant, un-special or less valued. In fact, he constantly is building me up. He’s my greatest cheerleader. He makes me believe I can accomplish all my wild dreams I’m too nervous to believe in myself. He calms my anxious heart. He doesn’t judge all my worries. He genuinely cares for me and puts me before himself. He treats me like a queen and loves me fiercely. I’m proud to be his wife. He is the grandest human being earth will ever know.

He is the best dad in the world. Just ask our boys. Our kids will forever know just how valued, important and special they are, because Craig lets them know this daily. He encourages our kids to be exactly who they are and to be proud of it. He is proud of them and never lets them forget. When he’s home and the boys are awake, you better bet that he’s down on the floor playing dinosaurs, Avengers or cars with the boys – just making their day. He is a hands on dad. He changes diapers. He gives baths. He picks good outfits. He knows their schedules. He knows their stats. He knows their favorite foods and the ones they hate. He knows their personalities and how to work with them in the best ways. He loves them and not only tells them that, but he shows them that. He teaches them through example, how to be a good helper, how to be respectful and kind and how to be a friend to everyone – no matter what. He is a super-dad and my kids are the luckiest little ones ever to be his child.

Happy Birthday, Craig! I hope your day is magical and wonderful. I love you to infinity and beyond.

Soaking Up Sunshine

I have never been one to wish for warm weather. Growing up I tended to wish Summer away, because I was all about Winter. My birthday is in the winter and so is Christmas, so I was basically just spending my time wishing it was December. Even as I got older, though I loved Summer, I wasn’t heartbroken when it left and I wasn’t losing my mind waiting for it to approach.

Until I had kids. Summer is so much fun with kids! When the weather allows us to (Utah’s weather has been psycho!), we have spent so, so much time outside and its always the highlight of our day. We go on lots of walks, visit parks, swim at my parents pool, play in our backyard, you know – all that good stuff. Its been heaven on earth. Everything is just a little bit better outside. My house has greatly suffered because I’ve been shirking all responsibility days in a row because outside with the boys is so much more fun!

I’m so glad the warm weather is *mostly* here, now I just hope its here to stay and takes its own sweet time before it fades away again until next year.

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