Tuesday, November 26, 2013

tis the season...

to order your Christmas cards from The Paper Egg! The shop is somewhat stocked so go take a look. 

I've been designing birth announcements, Christmas cards, birthday invitations and more for years and I'm trying to add those all to the shop.  It's a slower process than I thought so check back weekly to see all the new items!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/eggsturnbow

Thursday, November 7, 2013

true friendship knows no age

Elliot, Kash's best friend, has been sick and out of town the past few weeks so we haven't seen much of him.  In the times that Elliot is gone I think to myself, "We can do this!  Kash will be O.K. when Elliot eventually moves away." (Elliot's dad is in his last year of his residency so it's almost inevitable that they will be moving once he's done).

Then the two are reunited again and I forget how much Kash truly loves Elliot.  It's actually amazing how much he values Elliot's opinions, how excited and giddy he is when Elliot is around and how much no one else in the world matters except Elliot.  I've never seen him play with another kids like he does Elliot. It's almost as if you can actually see Kash's face beam a little brighter when his favorite friend is in the room.  I know it seems dramatic but after I saw these two reunited today I couldn't deny that their little toddler friendship was real and true!

Sometimes I think these two little blonde Mormon boys are friends by default.  Since they were about 18 months old they've seen each other at least three times a week (or more some weeks) because of church, preschool, playgroup and date night.  I used to think that they were just friends by circumstance, but today I was reminded that they are truly the best of friends.  They have similar styles of play, humor and learning.

That's not to say that they never fight or disagree, but all real friendship has to be tested right? ;)  Kash does have a hard time realizing that while Elliot is his best friend he can still be friends with other kids too, or at least be nice to them.  And if you start something with Elliot you best believe you will be answering to Kash (not because Elliot gets his bodyguard...it's because Kash loves Elliot so much he feels the need to fight his battles.)  Things that we are definitely working on, but it is secretly cute that Kash loves his friend so much.

Their friendship reminds me of the many best friends I've had in the various places I've lived.  That friend that just fits with everything that you are.  The friend who you can be your true self around.  They love all the things you love and make you laugh until you cry when everyone else thinks you two are dorks.  The friend who is selfless and puts your needs in front of their own.  While it was hard moving around so much as a kid I feel beyond lucky to have found a special "best friend" in each place I've lived.  Some I've kept in better contact than others but for the most part I'm lucky to have real friendships that have lasted the test of time and many, many miles.  Friendships that no matter how much time has passed since we were together last it's as if middle school, high school or college was just yesterday and we're able to pick up right where we left off.

I'm glad that Kash has found this at such an early age.  It makes me happy to know that he's capable of such a friendship and of such a deep love for another person.

So, will we be O.K. when the day finally comes for Elliot to move?  Yeah, we'll be alright (after months of therapy I'm sure haha)...but it sure will be heartbreaking to see my little boy say goodbye to his first best friend!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Nixon 10 months


You sure are changing and growing fast every day.  You are perfecting your bear crawl and getting really good at walking around the furniture. I think you'll be walking before we know it!

You still adore your brother, whatever he's doing you are right behind him.  You get so excited to see him in the morning.  And if he's laying on the floor you will crawl over to give him "pats".  He interprets your love pats as hitting and that results in a big ordeal...but none the less I see the love you have for your big brother and I think it's sweet!

You still feel the need to also be my sidekick and have major stranger anxiety, even with family members that you see often.  I'm hoping SOON you grow out of this.  You are such a sweet and funny baby but it seems I'm the only one that gets to see that side of you.

You still aren't sleeping through the night and that is a little hard on me, not gonna lie.  You are really good at going down for bed, maybe one of the easiest babies I've ever put to bed, but you still wake up every 3-4 hrs at night. You aren't the best eater, so maybe you do still need the calories at night.  You are a pretty picky eater and if I serve you something you don't like (which is most of the time) you are quick to make a huge mess by throwing everything off of your tray.

But you are still the sweetest little baby.  Full of hugs, pats and kisses.  I'm cherishing these sweet moments of yours, I know one day you'll make me drop you off 5 blocks away from the mall so you won't have to be seen with me.

Love ya, Nixy.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Great Flood of 2013

Shirts with that title coming to you soon.

Last month Colorado received a lot of rain in a short amount of time (I think I read somewhere it was like 15 inches of rain in 2 days?  But don't quote me on that).  Blaine called from work and asked me to check our basement just in case water was getting in.  I kind of rolled my eyes and slowly walked downstairs.  To my surprise water was covering the entire basement floor, it was up to my ankles and toys were just floating around.  Naturally, like I do, I started to freak out.  Luckily the kids were napping or at preschool so I was able to act as fast as I could.  I grabbed our computer first and then worked hard to get the couch off of the ground and then try and figure out where the water was coming from.

You always here of people's basements flooding...I just never thought it would happen to us.  The past few years Colorado has made the news for droughts and fires, not excessive rain!!! I really was in shock.

Blaine came home right away and we started to clear out the basement.  Blaine's dad (who really helped us SOOOO much, I don't know what we would have done without him!!), neighbors, friends and more family came to help us extract water, provide shop vacs, and extract more water when it flooded two days later.  Treats and dinners were provided and I can't believe how many people from our church stopped by to help without even asking.

Compared to those across the state we were extremely lucky and blessed.  Our lives were inconvenienced greatly and at the time it was a very big deal for our family, but we were lucky.  We did have a few things get ruined, and our computer was pretty damaged but with a lot of money we were able to save our hard drive.  If it rains I still have a hard time sleeping and often have nightmares that our entire house has flooded.  So it was stressful, but like I said it could have been a lot worse!

Here's a video of the second time our basement flooded.  It had only been raining for literally 5 minutes and the water accumulated that quickly on the ground.  This time was pretty scary because it was really windy, hailing and the tornado sirens were going off.

There are a lot more details of this ordeal but what I want to remember and document is that this trial was a blessing.  It was such a testament of my faith on how my personal prayers were directly answered in this situation.  Heavenly Father was definitely watching over us, protecting us and helping us to find ways to fix our house.


Aside from the mess the flood created it also put a little halt on my blogging.  I mean I've been pretty inconsistent for awhile now but being without my computer for so many weeks meant a lot of catching up on work once we got it back. Anyway, all is well.  I'm sitting in a dry and restored basement now typing away like nothing happened.  I'll be catching up on all of Nixon's monthly posts, his birthday and everything since then.  I know...you can't wait! ;)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

California Dream Vacation: Disneyland

Nixon is sad he didn't get to wear stripes :(
The second day of our trip was Disneyland day!  The day Kash had been dreaming about for months was finally here and the day I was the most nervous about for many reasons.  I was worried about a whole day of walking in the heat with no naps.  I was worried about Kash being disappointed.  I was worried about not getting to ride on the Radiator Springs ride.  I was worried about everyone getting so stressed out that we wouldn't be able to enjoy "the happiest place on earth".

I read every blogger's opinion about doing Disney with young kids (one still nursing), I polled my expert friend who goes to Disneyland like 10 times a year, I read websites, printed maps and had a game plan of what and where we were going to go first.  I don't even think I planned out where I was going to college as much as I planned out this one day! It may seem overboard but I'm glad I felt as prepared as I could be.

We decided to only do Disneyland for one day.  My mom tried talking me into doing more than one day but with the kids being so young I just didn't think it was worth the money.  If they were older and could really appreciate all that was happening I would definitely purchase the 3 day park hopper pass and stay somewhere near the park.  But we (I hope others felt this way) wanted to experience other things on our trip as well.  Anyway, you can't do Disney in a day but we did it the best we could and I think in the end everyone had a great time.

As soon as we walked into the park we were greeted by the Newsies.  We think Kash's auditions went well, although we are still waiting to hear back from the casting director.  Both Nixon and Kash loved the music and dancing that would spontaneously occur on Main  Street, and who's kidding so did I!  Kash also loved seeing the characters in movies and TV shows that he loves.  My mom even bought him a little autograph book to get their signatures.  Sadly he feel asleep when we ended up seeing the most characters. 

IMG 3220 from Erica Turnbow on Vimeo.

The first thing on the agenda was to run to the fast pass line for the Radiator Springs ride. I ran to the line while the rest of the fam fixed our stroller tire :(  The line was ridiculous!  But it moved very fast and I think I only waited 10 minutes (if that) to get our fast passes.  I was a little disappointed when the pass said our ride time would be at 1pm...the time Kash would normally take a nap and the time we predicted his mood changing drastically.  And as predicted Kash was a little crabby when it came time to ride the RS ride, but once he was in the car he LOVED it!  He cried after we were done because he wanted to go on it again, so Grandma Shell worked some magic and took him back for a second round.

We were taking a lunch break near Cars Land when I saw THE Lightening McQueen drive on the back street.  I grabbed Kash as fast as I could and tried to catch Lightening, but he happens to be the fastest car in the world so we missed him.  But this got everyone excited to finally head into Radiator Springs.  


And there was actually only one really bad moment.  Yes, it occured as I was trying to capture yet ANOTHER family picture at Disneyland.  Kash was tired, Nixon was hungry and the adults were all of the above.  At this point we split up, Nix and I went to nurse and the rest of the fam hit up Toon Town. And can I just say how much I loved the mother's rooms at Disney!!!  These things were fully equipped with ANYTHING you would need to take care of your babies.  They were quiet and peaceful and just the break Nixon and I needed.

We didn't necessarily have plans to watch the parade but Nixon and I took a break on the sidewalk as we waited to meet up with everyone and it just happened to be a prime seat for the parade.  So we sat and had dinner on the curb and I was so glad we didn't miss the parade!

The boys were in awe of the parade!  Kash was dancing and clapping, singing a long as he waved to all his favorite characters.  And Nixon was in awe of all the giant floats, costumes and action!  This was a really fun part of the day and actually a much needed rest.  Plus my parade loving heart was in 7th heaven watching it through my boys' eyes. 

This was the everyone's first time to Adventureland.  I wasn't sure what it would be like other than I knew that Cars was there so we had to go.  It was really cool and had a ton of rides just for Kash's age.  Plus they featured all of the Pixar movies that Kash was familiar with.  But there was something about crossing the street and entering Disneyland.  Memories flooded back from trips of old and I felt like a little kid again.  There were a lot more characters there and all the old rides we all remembered.  When planning I thought maybe we should just do Adventureland, but I'm so glad we did both. 

We let Kash take a nap in the stroller in hopes to revive his spirits, and for the most part this did help.  Once his sleepiness wore off he was sooo happy, running around, laughing and so excited for the next ride and character.  And once it got dark it was awesome to watch everything light up.  Disneyland at night is pretty cool.

 There is probably a lot more I could write about, but it's taken me all summer just to get that much put together so I better leave it at that.

Overall I think everyone had a great time.  It was so awesome to watch through Kash's eyes as he saw characters from his favorite movies and shows come alive on the streets of Disneyland. Some might even say magical.  I'm not when we will be able to make it back, so I'm grateful we went at a time that Disney really is Kash's life and he was beyond excited to meet Goofy, Lightening, Donald, etc.

Thanks again for everything Mom, you made many dreams come true on this trip!!!

Leavin' the park in style...with a churro of course!

Friday, July 19, 2013

California Dream Vacation: The Beach

I've been putting this post off for some time now.  One, because it was one of the hardest vacations to leave.  I seriously have never felt so sad to be back home after a vacation as I was after this one.  So I was in no rush to look through all of the pictures and relive our dream vacay.  Two, there's so much to be told about our trip I didn't know where to start. I'm going to break it up into multiple posts, I know lame, but really it's the best I can do as far as having time to blog and go through all the vids and pics.

The idea of this vacation all started last summer when we went to visit my mom in Wisconsin. Kash saw a commercial for the new Cars ride at Disneyland and said, "I want to do that!!!".  Well, Grandma Shelley didn't blink an eye and responded with, "OK let's do it!".  I just kind of laughed and didn't really think anything of it.  Well neither Kash nor my mom forgot about it.  Kash talked about going to see Lightening McQueen and going to Disneyland all the time...and Grandma Shelley already started the planning!

Don't get me wrong I was never opposed to the idea, HELLO-Disneyland with my whole family is only my dream vacation, I just figured it would never really happen because of all the expenses.  But my mom found a way to make it all work and before I knew it we were on plane to California.  Best. Grandma. Ever. 

The first thing we did once we got settled in was go to the beach.  My mom found an awesome house within walking distance of the ocean.  It was so nice to have an actual house with a kitchen and lots of space for the kids.  Kash even got his own room with toys and an xbox (mind you he doesn't know how to actually play an xbox but he was excited none the less).

Kash was very excited to see the ocean!!  We had talked about it for months and he had seen it on TV so this was definitely one of the things he was most excited to see!  And he loved it, well he loved the beach, he wasn't too fond of the ocean.  He was scared of the waves and very nervous about Blaine going in too deep.  Plus it was pretty freezing.  But every time we weren't at the beach Kash was asking when we were going back. Nixon loved the beach as well.  He surprisingly kept the sand out of his mouth, for the most part, he just liked to pick it up and let it run through his fingers.

It was so nice to relax on the beach and not have a care in the world. It was definitely a favorite from our trip.  Even now, months later, Kash asks to go back to Grandma Shelley's beach house (which is not actually my mom's she just rented it).

balboa island 0003 from Erica Turnbow on Vimeo.

Monday, July 15, 2013


I quickly tried to capture this moment.  I thought I was too late but looking through my phone I saw that I captured enough of it to still make me smile. 

It was a Saturday at Costco. People everywhere nudging their way to a free bite of sausage on a pretzel stick.  Kash was yanking on my necklace complaining that he was thirsty. Nixon had fallen asleep in the car and wasn't super excited to be awake. It was hot and I was unfortunately crabby.

Pushing my giant cart through the crowded isles I looked down and witnessed one of my favorite moments as a mother so far. Nixon reached up and put his tiny little hand on Kash's back and leaned his head on his brother's shoulder.  Usually Kash would scream that Nixon was touching him but on this day he embraced him back. I stopped pushing and darn near cried.  I couldn't stop hugging and kissing them both and getting in on the love-fest.  Once I finally resumed my shopping I realized a guy in front of me had been watching the whole thing, I was somewhat embarrassed about my over-gushing-mom-moment. But we exchanged smiles and I could tell he had had his share of  "dad moments" as well.

Being an only child I had big dreams of one day having multiple kids and they would be the best of friends, period.  It never once crossed my mind that this best friendship wouldn't happen immediately. In my dream world 3 year olds aren't jealous, they love babies, always want to share and play with their siblings. It's been a tad bit hard for me to watch Kash not immediately have all of these desires for his brother.

When Nix was born Kash wanted nothing to do with him. Nixon started to sit up and Kash would sometimes talk to him but was mostly annoyed with him still. Then Nixon started to crawl and Kash saw this as an opportunity to boss Nixon around as much as possible, "no, no Mix!!!", "Get out of my room Mix!!", "MOMMM Mixon has my toy!!!"

This isn't to say Kash doesn't love Nixon, he does.  When he's not around he always asks where he is.  If he gets hurt he makes sure he's ok and he's very protective of him when it comes to other people holding or "hurting" his brother.  He just doesn't want to kiss him, talk to him or play with him like I dreamed.  So when I looked down at my cart and saw these brothers sharing an embrace my heart melted.  It was the boost in motherhood that I needed, hope that one day these two WOULD be best friends.

I've really grown to love my boys for their differences.  I always dreamed of a life with little girls and pigtails running around my house.  Now I have two boys who hug it out in Costco and I wouldn't want it any other way.

It's the little things in life.