our weekend adventures

we’reeeeee baaa-aackkkkk!
our weekend adventures are back as promised!
this was a good one to start on too!

friday


we met up with our neighbor/friend and her two kiddos for crepes and shopping afterward. she had never been to jewel box so jaz & i thought it was a must!


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seriously the cutest and sweetest boy ever!
we headed over to u-village for a little shopping!


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our other two! mila is just one month behind a and is the sweetest baby girl ever!


austin had to try out his new jim jams! maddie introduced me to kickee pants and i am obsessed now! have you felt that material!! you can get austin’s pj’s {here

saturday


this sweetness in the morning. swooonnn!


i was in desperate need of a pedi and an eyebrow wax so the hubby stayed home with the kiddos and and i got to sneak out for an early appointment.


this dude turned 4 months!!!
read his update post { here }

sunday


eggs & bakey for breakfast!


we went on a cleaning kick on saturday and cale deep cleaned our bathroom, including my makeup organizer. but this is how he put everything back in it! geeeezzzzz!


we went and celebrated this handsome boy’s 5th birthday!
happy birthday cruz!


grocery shopping sunday and the whole clan came with!


bedtime bottles with papa! it’s becoming quite the task to get this guy to eat without squirming everywhere and pushing the bottle out so he can sneak his hands in.


after brother went to bed, sister got to make slime! i am SOOOOOOOO READY for this slime phase to be overrrrr!!


and of course to end the night once both kids are sleeping, GAME OF THRONES!!!

told ya it was a good weekend to start our adventures back up! the weather has turned cooler over the last few days and i’m okay with it. the last month has been HOT! plus i always get excited when we get closer to taking out that god awful ac window unit.

what did you do??

-jess

baby a : my favorite things

hey y’all!
sorry i’ve been a ghost around here, i promise to get back to our adventures once jazmyne comes back from texas!

but for now, i wanted to share some of my favorite baby items that austin has! i get a lot of messages on where i got certain things and how i like them, so i decided to review/post them here!

there is quite a few, so bare with me.
{all items will be linked in the caption below the photos}


{ solly baby wrap }
obsessed.
when i had first looked into baby carriers, i thought, neh, i don’t like wraps, they look too complicated. so we bought an ergo and at first, i thought that was great but then, austin had his first growth spurt and didn’t want to be put down. which meant, i had to clean with him, cook with him, everything while wearing him. do all that in an ergo, meh, not the comfiest. plus, everytime i bent over to pick something up or put something away i would have to hold his head to my chest and then the waist belt would dig into my thighs. ENTERS SOLLY BABY! lucky for me, my whole neighborhood is either pregnant or JUST had a baby so i texted my neighbor and asked if she had a wrap and she had a solly. after watching a tutorial more times than i would like to admit, I WAS A PRO. oh my gosh, so comfy! i like the solly better than a moby wrap too, moby’s are VERY thick and austin seemed too hot in it. i would highly recommend a solly for baby wearers.


{ dohm sound machine }
cale and i have made it our mission to NOT be quiet around austin while he is sleeping. when visitors come over and whisper once they see that he is sleeping, we say nope! speak in your regular voice! he needs to get used to lots of noise while he is sleeping so that if we are out and about or at someone else’s house, he won’t have an issue falling asleep. this little machine makes the loudest white noise sound ever! it definitely helps lull him to sleep.

 
{ infantino teepee }
we got this as a gift from one of our showers and it is amazing!
1) it’s mega cute and 2) austin loves it. there is a mirror right in the middle of the mobile that is hanging down and he just lies there cooing and talking to himself. and the mobile hangs low enough where he can actually grab the toys hanging from it. it will eventually transition to a reading area that we will move to a corner in his room.


everything o-ball }
these toys are great for babes trying to conquer those pesky fine motor skills! the big holes allow them to easily grab and hold on to them. i bought the set but have also purchased individual ones for the diaper bag and then this { o-ball o-link } to connect an o-ball to his carseat handle so that he can play with his it while riding in the car!


{ bath time easy kneeler }
life.saver.
it’s knee pads AND elbow pads! seriously, something that seems so petty and simple is really something, i think, all mamas and papas need.


{ halo sleep sack }
when austin was born up until he was about 10 weeks, he hated to be swaddled. HATED it! but then, once he figured out he had arms… boy did those things flail when it was time for bed. so we resorted to swaddling and these things are great! they keep his legs in the open position that they are supposed to be to prevent hip dysplaysia and keeps his arms in real tight! search the ‘halo sleep sack’ for different options in print and materials.

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love to dream-swaddle up 50/50 }
to go with the last item, we are now trying to transition austin out of the full swaddle. instead of his arms being glued to his side, they are up by his head and he is still able to suck on his hands. my other mama friends and neighbors have raved about this swaddle while they were transitioning their little so we decided to give it a go! so far so good! cale always giggles when he sees him in it though.

now here are a couple of our splurges that we loveeee.

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freshly picked moccs }
love these little shoes! and now they make little loafers! ugh swoon!


{ lily jade diaper bag in camel }
if you know me, you know that i love everything camel and this is no exception! i always get so many compliments on his diaper bag and it’s so roomy i don’t even need to carry a purse. it also comes with a tote on the inside that you can take out. prettyyyyy nifty if you ask me!

Main Image - Stokke 'Trailz™' All Terrain Stroller
{ stokke ‘trailz’ stroller }
smoothest stroller ride. we love this thing. it’s easy to break down and stuff in the trunk. not to mention, stokke has all kinds of accessories and add on’s to make the babes more comfy.

let me know if you have any questions about anything specific! whether it be ones i posted here or any you’ve seen on my social media.

-jess

baby a : months 2-6

as promised, here is a recap of our pregnancy thus far!
at the end i’ll do a little q & a with some popular questions that i have been being asked!

i also decided to do these in months rather than weeks because that just got too cumbersome. some weeks i just didn’t feel like taking pictures so…:)

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also, for those that don’t know and think i can’t math. here is how pregnancy is broken down in weeks to months. it’s not your normal 4 weeks = 1 month scenario. so put those judgy judy thoughts back into your wittle head…i know how to math, mmk.


the awesome beginning!
we found out i was pregnant about a week before i took this and every thing was running so smooth! no nausea, no weight gain, no huge cravings besides pho, just all around, GREAT!


hello nausea. i hate you.
seriously, my life was miserable from weeks 9-18… AWFUL.
i repeat….AWFUL!


even though i was still as nauseas as ever, this was such an exciting month!
we found out we are having a litte….
BOY!
and his name is
– austin david anderson –
austin because, that’s where cale & i met, that’s where we got married and that’s where jaz was born! it just seemed perfect! and david because that is cale’s dad’s name!


finally getting some reprieve from the nausea. hallelu!
austin’s monthly appointments have been going awesome! his heart beat is always so strong and i finally started to feel some movements! he’s an active one, that’s for sure!

 
& here we are! 6 months pregnant!
{yes i’m in my undies, we have a strict no pants rule in the house}
i cannot believe how fast this is going! this month we had his anatomy scan and he is definitely still a boy! like for sure for sure, haha. everything looked great and he is growing right on schedule! they did however, change my due date to april 27th so my cinco de mayo date is no more…womp womp. in other news, nausea is completely gone, but heartburn and constipation has reared her ugly head! but you know what? i’ll freaking take it! anything is better than being sick constantly. seriously anything!

alright now for all the questions!

what names were you considering? – before we found out that we were having a boy we knew our girl name. 100%. the first time we heard it, even before we got pregnant, we knew that was the one. it was lena cohen. lena would’ve been pronounced lee-na {like sisterhood of the traveling pants!} but we could never agree on a boy name. liam, leo, aksel…our list went on and on…and on. it wasn’t until one of our friends jokingly mentioned austin, that it dawned on us. DUH! that’s perfect!

will you breastfeed? – yes…well i will try to. i have already started producing colostrum so i know supply won’t be a problem but jaz didn’t take too well to the boob, so we will see. i was also 16 with jaz and gave up on it pretty fast so i will work harder at it this go-round.

will you stay home? – this question you guys…i get this all of the time and it’s obviously by people who don’t know me very well. yes, i will stay home for 3 months after austin is born, but my butt will be back in the office right after that. now let me just step up on my soap box for a quick sec…
i literally had someone tell me, “oh…you’re not? {while pursing her judgy lips} well…i’m just so grateful that i have a husband who can provide for me and my family so i can stay home and not have to work”
yep. can you see me fuming?
i am going back to work after my son is born because i want to. not because i have to. my husband can provide for me and our children just fine on his own, but i just love to work. that’s just who i am. i’ve worked since it was legal for me to work and i don’t think i ever won’t work. i don’t judge stay-at-home mamas, so stay-at-home mamas don’t judge us working ones.

will you have a nanny or daycare? – as of right now, we are planning to go the nanny route. i’ll let you know how that goes though…looking for one is so overwhelming!

how much weight have you gained? – yes, that has been a question but i’m not so put off by it like most pregnant women are. mainly because i haven’t gained much at all hehe if it were opposite then maybe i would be offended. but as of this morning i have only gained 3 pounds. austin is growing fine and all my labs have come back normal so the doctor isn’t concerned. i am all belly, thank goodness, but those three pounds are probably in my cheeks and my boobs. these things are gigantic. i have noticed my arms and thighs have slimmed out so i guess he is just pulling all of fat from there into my belly. FINE BY ME!

do you plan on delivering naturally? – haha i would like to say yes. but in reality i know that answer is hell no. i mean…i got an epidural when i was only 3 cm with jazmyne…so yeah you could say i’m a weenie.

i can’t think of any others off the top of my head, so if you have any, please feel free to ask me in the comments!

happy 6 months to me and austin! 

if you don’t already follow me on other social media, you should! i am obnoxiously sharing pictures of the bump and all things baby, family & shenanigans.
follow me at :
instagram : @jess_g_anderson
snapchat : @jaevas

see you next month!

always,
-jess

our weekend adventures

i’m backkkkk!
nausea has finally kicked the bucket and i have most of my energy back!
WOOHOO!!

so with that, i am back to blogging about our shenanigans on the weekends. and what a great weekend to get back in the mix. jazmyne is leaving for texas on wednesday so we celebrated our christmas eve & christmas this weekend.
so here we go!

friday

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we had an appointment to check up on baby a {which is a boy!} and his anatomy and everything looks perfect! he is perfect! and look how cute!
i promise to do a recap on the bump, that post is in the works!

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i compared his profile to his papa and
oh my gawsh!
he’s going to be his mini!

saturday

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cale took jaz to altitude, which is an indoor trampoline park so i unboxed the most awesome package ever! my mother-in-law sent us all of her wedding china and threw in a couple of other awesome pieces! they are so beautiful, i don’t ever want to use them!

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jaz & i went shopping for some xmas gifts for family and supplies for the night and christmas morning and this belly is getting quite large! and i am so in love! i always said before i got pregnant that i loved being pregnant with jaz. and now that i am in the clear with the nausea i am back to feeling that way! it’s amazing what my body is doing and i am absolutely obsessed with it!

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cale just had to try on this vest before i returned it. what a fashionista!

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cookie time!!!

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it’s been a tradition, ever since jaz was a baby, to decorate sugar cookies on christmas eve. these two were so serious!

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our master-pieces! andddd of course cale has to make his inappropriate.

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another xmas eve tradition, jaz gets to open a present! it usually is a movie, some sort of snack and pjs! this year she got the secret life of pets.

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once everyone changes into their pjs, we make palettes {or forts, depending on the mood} and watch jaz’s movie while drinking hot cocoa and eating our cookies!

sunday

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it’s christmas morning! time to open presents!

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someone is excited!

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so i got this for cale but it’s secretly for me too! god i love this game!

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the aftermath…yikes. you can’t see her but there is a cat underneath there. she loves to be buried with paper. freaking weirdo!

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one of jaz’s xmas gifts was a lego american girl set that she did all day. literally…not once did she ask to watch tv or play on the ipad. she just sat there at the table all day long! parent win!

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while jaz was busy putting together her lego set, i got some free time to get some sunday cleaning done. anyone else just feel happy when they are done cleaning their kitchen and it looks this pretty!? i love me a clean kitchen!

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i also finally got around to putting all of the fall decor away! see you next year!!

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we finished our night with quite a few games of guess who. another present that we got jaz! nostalgia much?

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what a great weekend! we will miss our mina girl this christmas but we always know she is going to have so much fun every time she goes to texas, so it makes my heart feel a little bit better. and while it will be so weird to wake up christmas morning without a child we just remember that next year we will have TWO children to share such a wonderful holiday with! so with that happy note…
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE ANDERSON FAMILY!

always,
-jess

fiesta de gingerbean

hey, y’all!
so a few weeks ago i had to make a little trip to good ‘ol tejas for a little business that i had to take care of. totally not for fun, strictly for business.
little did i know, my best friend and all of my closest friends were scheming behind my back to plan the most wonderful surprise baby shower!

i literally had no idea.
preslee did such an amazing job of keeping mum and so did everyone else! i really am surprised i didn’t pee my pants when they all jumped out and screamed surprise…or was it ‘OLE’….you see, i don’t even remember because i was so dang scared! haha

i cannot even begin to tell you how loved and special i felt. i have the most amazing group of friends. they always go above and beyond for me and i am forever grateful. my mama and sister made it too, which made it 100 times more special since i haven’t seen them since the wedding.

before i get to the photos i just want to give some shoutouts and kudos!
thank you for all the wonderful photos to the amazing misty mclendon photography!
and a HUGE thank you to posh print design for creating all of the awesome props, signs, cupcake toppers, and screen printing!
everything came out great!! i couldn’t have asked for a better fiesta!

and just a little tidbit on why it’s fiesta de gingerbean…my due date is may 5th… cinco de mayo, and my husband has the most red beard ever and well…i’m mexican.
so gingerbean!!

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so glad my tummy popped earlier than most (2nd pregnancy apparently does that to you) so that i could sport a little bump!
how fricken sweet is this?! we love our little ginger bean so much already!

gingerbean28 thankful for these amazing women that i have in my life. you guys always make me feel so special! we know our little man will be so loved!

i cannot thank my best-friend and all the wonderful people that helped her with this gorgeous surprise baby shower. i am so lucky.

**sidenote** so sorry i have been mia, ya’ll. this pregnancy has been kicking my ass. i am into my second trimester and still sicker than a dog. so blogging has been on the backburner as of late. i am hoping that i start feeling better soon and when/if that happens i will get back to our weekend shenanigans and some home updates. thank you guys for sticking with me through it all!

always,
-jess♥ 

updates are coming!

we are still alive! i promise! 

just a quick update…
we are officially moved in to our brand new home! it is nowhere near finished and probably won’t be for a couple more weeks/months.

jaz is back from texas and loving her new school, new after school care, and new cheer squad! the transition for her has been seamless. not surprising though, given the little social butterfly that she is.

i promise i haven’t forgotten about the giveaway and still have all of those little goodies wrapped up and ready to ship as soon as i find the energy to monitor and track entries!
it will happen! and i have some more goodies that i threw in for your patience!

we have a few other exciting announcements to make so be sure to stay tuned! they are so good and we are so excited to share!

thank you for always coming here to see if i’ve posted anything! once things settle down from the move, i will be back.

love you guys and all of your support!

always,
-jess

our weekend adventures

friday

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i had a training in seattle with a whole bunch of police officers! talk about super intimidating!

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can you imagine how much i stuck out when i walked into a room full of men & women in uniforms and a gun on their hip, wearing this??? yeah, that was fun!

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i really do have a crazy admiration of law enforcement though. i’ve worked with so many departments that i know how tough it is. from the sheriff’s office, jp’s office, constable’s office, superior & juvenile court, it’s really amazing what they do for such little appreciation.

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after a dinner with our good friends, we got to come home to a beautiful sunset! i love the summer time here in seattle!

saturday

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after recruiting some help {thanks britt} we got the railings knocked out! my hubby has done such an amazing job building this thing! we are almost done, y’all! i can’t wait to decorate it!

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after working all day on the deck {in the hot sun!} britt and i got dinner and went to watch me before you. this not your father’s root beer is just what i needed! so yummy!

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and this is how i felt after me before you. a complete mess! holy cow did i bawl like a little baby! so good though.

sunday

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if you follow me on snapchat then you got to participate in a poll for which color we should stain the deck!
the winner with the majority votes was…….
LIGHT MOCHA!

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so while the sunsets have been beautiful, the sun itself has not been setting till…
10 O’CLOCK!
i think i complain about this every year, but c’mon! going to bed when it’s still light out makes me feel so old!

this weekend was amazing! it hit 90° people! so so hot! we had to install our ac window unit it was THAT hot, and now we are thinking of getting one for upstairs too, it was almost unbearable to sleep in. yuck.
i hope everyone had a great weekend!

always,
-jess