Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Has Sprung!

At the Pack home anyway...

Here are the springy things around our house that make me happy right now

My Easter decorations are up

My tulips are almost blooming

It's getting warm enough to swing

Easter candy is oh so yummy...and will be gone by tomorrow :)

I finally bought the wreath that's been keeping me up at night {you think I'm kidding? I've been looking at this beauty for months} it looks perfect paired with an old window I had {I know I'm kinda weird and like old used stuff} but now this duo needs a home...hmmm...

My Petunia bags came yesterday! Aren't they the cutest?! Perfect for spring

I absolutely ADORE this time of year and it never seems to last long enough here in Utah. Before we know it, it will be a blazing 100 degrees and too hot to do anything.

Happy Spring everyone! Hattie and I are going to the park now to watch Mr. Pack and the boys play tennis :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

California Dreamin'

Over Sean's spring we headed out to California. The drive was long but we had so much fun visiting with Sean's Aunt & Uncle, Cousins, and of course Daniel & Kylie! We went shopping, to the pier, did a TON of good eating and went to the San Diego Zoo.

The first day we were there we there we went to the Fashion Island Mall. It was so pretty with some really fun stores. Inside there was a Koi Pond. Hattie couldn't believe all the fish! I couldn't either--they were huge!

The next day Kylie came to visit and we went to the pier and ate at Ruby's. It's this cute little place at the end of the pier with the most gorgeous view AND the yummiest milkshakes!

On the pier we even saw some dolphins swimming! It was so fun to watch them!

While staying at the Stinson's, Hattie was OBSESSED with going "up" (we are working on the word "outside"). They live on the water and she would sit at their back door constantly looking at it. She was so interested in the water and I'm thinking we will need to put her in swimming lessons this summer.

The next morning we took a drive to Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach. GORGEOUS!!! In Corona we stopped at a little place called Rose's cafe for breakfast. They had the best breakfast burrito's!

Sean's cousins were so sweet and loved taking Hattie outside too. Here Hattie is playing with Chelsea.

Sean put her on the kayak much to my dismay...but of course she loved it :)

My baby is getting so big. Such a pretty girl.

Rod and Kris both adored Hattie and loved having her around. Everyday they would have her help them water the flowers and even bought her her own watering pail! How cute is that?!

That night we headed down to San Diego with Dan and Kylie. Funny story. We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel and when we pulled up it was 11PM on a Friday night. Well let me tell you, the club was BUMPIN'! There were so many people standing outside waiting to get in and of course it was right next to the valet. So here we are getting out with a baby in jammies and Kylie with her baby bump. All of us probably younger than several of those in line. SO FUNNY! It was like two different worlds had collided.

Once we got to our room I asked Hattie if she wanted to look out the window. We were on the 10th floor and when you looked out you could see the street below with all the lights and cars. I opened up the curtains and Hattie said, "WOAH!!" We all died laughing. She had never said it before and it was in perfect context--too cute!

We also had to get Hattie some milk so that she would go back to sleep. Kylie was nice enough to call room service for us and they brought up 2 big glasses of whole milk. When they brought it up, I told the guy it's probably the strangest request he's had in a while--he just laughed. HA!

The next morning we got up, went to breakfast and then headed to the San Diego Zoo. Unfortunately Dan couldn't join us because he was presenting a project at a Dental convention. He's kinda smart like that--go Daniel! Luckily though Kylie joined us and helped out so much with Hattie--THANK YOU KY!

Our first stop? The petting zoo. We probably could have stayed there the whole time--Hattie was obsessed! She kept running from goat to goat! HA!

The zoo is huge and there is just no possible way you can visit all of the animals. Here are some of our stops.

That night we went to a place called Hash House a go go. Sean had been there before and was super excited to take us there. Well...the pictures speak for themselves! The portion sizes were HUGE! Holy cow! And I must say that it wasn't my favorite dining experience. The boys loved it and I decided that it's a Man's restaurant-- the gigantic portion sizes of home cooked classics with a twist--what guy wouldn't love that? HA!

That is basically where our trip ended. The next morning we headed back home. Hattie did pretty well for both drives but I think we were all excited to be home. When we walked in the door I took Hattie up to her room and she pointed to her crib and started clapping! THEN she wanted IN her crib--I put her in and she hunched her bum up, snuggled her blanket then sat back up and clapped some more. I have to agree with her, nothing compares to your own bed.

We loved our road trip and can't wait to go back in July when Daniel and Kylie welcome their baby girl!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Upon the Shelf

Remember that $5 shelf I bought at Saver's a few weeks back? Well, I finally got around to hanging it in Hattie's room! I was able to use existing things from her room to decorate it and I really like the way it turned out!

I guess I must really, REALLY like shelves to decorate her room...

Shelf #2:

Shelves #3 & #4:

Oh yeah, and see that gorgeous 16x20 of my baby girl? I found that frame at a yard sale and gave it a fresh coat of white spray paint to cover the NaStY gilded gold of another era. Then I took it to Hobby Lobby for the glass and mounting. I love how the colors in the photo match perfectly in her pink and green, all things girly, made for a princess room :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Savvy Shopper

Growing up I was a Nordie's kind of girl. Like father like daughter, right? Well, not anymore! I realized pretty early on after having Manhattan that dressing her had the potential to be VERY expensive. I've never really considered myself frugal but I am grateful that I am married to the "Deal King" and he has taught me that expensive doesn't always mean better.

This leads me to my latest shopping trip to Savers. Yep, you heard me right. The thrift store! I seriously can't get enough! Let me show you why:
From left to right:
Outfit #1:
Blue Tunic, Target - $3.49
Leggings (new) Old Navy - 2 for $12
Outfit #2:
Pink Tunic, Carter's - $3.49
Leggings (new) Old Navy - 2 for $12
Outfit #3:
Pink Shirt, Children's Place - $3.49
White Short, Children's Place - $3.49

From left to right:
Outfit #1:
Blue Dress, Gymboree - $2.75
Outfit #2:
Purple Dress, Gymboree - $4.99
Purple Sweater, Carter's - $2.99
Outfit #3:
Green Shirt, Janie and Jack - $1.65
Plaid Short, Target - $0.90

From Left to right:
Outfit #1:
Striped Jumpsuit, Target - $3.99
Outfit #2:
Pink Short, Carter's - $3.49
Khaki Short, Children's Place - $2.25

Now can you see why I love it?! These clothes are seriously {practically} brand new and super cute! It's fabulous! Now, don't get me wrong, I have to be REALLY picky and sometimes when I go I don't find a single thing. But I definitely think it's worth stopping in once in a while.

Want to know another thing that I do to save money and keep Manhattan's clothes in tip-top shape? I don't dry them. It may sound crazy but they keep their color so much longer and most of the time I don't have to iron them either, I just shake them out, and hang them to dry.