Two years ago was one of the greatest days of my life. The day I became a parent. I'm literally tearing up typing this because the thought of time moving this quickly is terrifying. How do I have two year olds? They're the funniest, craziest, most emotionally unstable pack of weirdos I have ever met. and they're all mine.


Jack +goes from extremely happy to extremely sad in less than a second+is literally the most ticklish person on the planet +has the best lips ever +favorite food: tortellini +Favorite Color: he doesn't know what colors are +Favorite toy: play kitchen +Favorite activities: giving kisses to "LELLA"

Clara Jane +literally couldn't care less about what other people think +wakes up and answers "no" to every single question asked for the first two hours of the day +tells you she's pooped all day except when she has actually pooped+Favorite Food: Strawberries +Favorite Toy: an owl puzzle she doesn't even play with, she just keeps all the pieces in line so that nothing gets lost +Favorite Activities: pretending to help me do things like change "Lella's" diaper

Olivia: +is in a class by herself at school and is flourishing because of it+Has the longest hair of all three +says over and over after being dropped off at school "mommy, daddy, stella" "mommy, daddy, stella" +calls Clara "Sissy" (we did not teach her that and nor do we call them that. no idea where that came from) +SUPER bossy about Jack. Must know where he is AT ALL TIMES. +Favorite Food: All of it +Favorite toy: toy car ladder they just got for their birthday +Favorite Activities: anything Elsa. anything at all.

It's incredible to see these little 3lb miracles grow every single day. and as bittersweet as this day is, I'm SO HAPPY we've made it here. alive. because I had my doubts. (just kidding. but no really)

Happy Birthday Jack! Happy Birthday Clara Jane! Happy Birthday Liv! We literally have NO IDEA what we are doing, but we're really happy y'all are our guinea pigs.

IMG_4302 I have NO idea what they're wearing. I did NOT send them to school in this. Clara would otherwise be HORRIBLY frightened to climb up there, but because the other two did, of course she had to.

IMG_4310IMG_4315IMG_4316Two years old. Here we come.

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Our First Dentist Visit

Today we had the Trips first dental appointment and cleaning! and by cleaning I should say "cleaning".

The dentist and I sat across from each other in chairs. She held their heads in her lap and I help their body and arms. She just brushed their teeth, inspected which ones they have and put the flouride paste on them. She gave us more instructions on dental care over the next year as they get more and more teeth, when to stop paci use, etc. It was SUPER helpful!! And good to know that their teeth are looking great already! IMG_2485 Can you tell they LOVED it?! They actually do love brushing their teeth in the bath tub at night. The Dentist?? NOT so much. Clara (pink pants) was the most traumatized for sure. She panicked even after she was done and the other two were going.

IMG_2488I think Jack was crying because he was nervous they were going to take the tooth brushes back. HAHA He loves those damn things. He's still walking around the house with them, talking to them. #weirdo

Another First checked off the list! These babes are growing up!!


20 Weeks, Gender Reveal

      Most of my Facebook + Instagram already know this, but I NEEDED to get these photos and *Pretend* we did an adorably cute gender reveal to the world. haha




IMG_2361Oh Jackie. You're such a ham. You have no idea what the next 18 years of your life will be like. Michael Gasser, any words of wisdom??

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(I'm that evil mom that has a crotch shot of every single one of my kids on the internet... )

Our first photos of SEG. We cannot wait to hold you in our arms!

IMG_2330 IMG_2326 Also, halfway? How are we here already? Can I just say how much I love "normal" pregnancy??

Happy Friday everyone!!!


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These Days

I'm alive!!!!!! I promise I haven't given up the blogging life. Just attempting to get settled into our new home, travel as much as we can, and learn how to get wifi...which surprisingly is WAY harder than one would think.

We FINALLY got wifi in our house last Wednesday!!! YAY! So, I'm here to tell you, I'M BAAAAACKKKKK!

and here are some updates on our Life in Germany thus far:

#1: we love it here. LOVE. we are settling into the German way of life very easily. (except for maybe trash separation....that's proving to be quite difficult, considering the amount of trash we produce daily)

#2: the babies are way less of a "big deal" here than I thought they would be, and for that I am SO extremely thankful. We are finally able to leave the house and no one stops us (mostly because of the amazingly large language barrier) because THEY REALLY JUST DON'T CARE!!!!!! and I love it!!!!! (I also think they just don't get it, haha)

#3: I'm starting to seriously panic about what we will do about childcare come August 1st. Our nannies are leaving us to go back to school, the CDC (on-post day care) hasn't found slots for us, and we have been really unsuccessful working our way into "mom groups", on Facebook or otherwise, to find viable babysitting options. Here's to hoping we find something soon!!!

#4: I'm almost halfway through this pregnancy. WHAT?! I kind of feel bad because I seriously totally forget some days that I'm pregnant. Maybe that means this baby will be SUPER relaxed and laid back (one can dream...)

Here's a little 18 week belly shot for you. Yeah. I know.....but, I assure you, there REALLY IS only one baby in there.


#5: the SUBURBAN is here! and we look just as ridiculous driving it in Europe as we thought we would!!!! But, dear GOD am I happy we are through with that rental van we had. I wish I could write to Chevy and let them know just how much I appreciate the comfort and luxury of their cars.

#6: I will NEVER ever ever again judge someone who has their child on a leash. Because I definitely put Jack on a leash the other day going to the PX to pick up our wireless box. I'm only 1 person, with this ever growing belly. I can't wear them in the Tula on my front anymore, and we have only a double stroller. Since they are walking, I tested out pushing two in the stroller and putting the monkey Backpack leash on Jack to let him walk and hold my hand. It worked well...for a few minutes. and then he just got tired and sat down. Like a dog. So, we are working on that.

but, I got some pretty terrible stares and side comments thrown my way when walking through with him holding my hand (AND I WASN'T EVEN ACTUALLY USING THE LEASH PART!) So, I want to just put this out there: I apologize to the universe and every single mother in it if I have ever judged you by how you were transporting your children. Unless there is smoking involved. and then I don't apologize at all, because I will always judge someone smoking with their children.  (seriously, stop that shit.)

I did get an AMAZING suggestions from a mom this week, to wear my ring sling!!!!! I haven't pulled it out in a while, because my front carry Tula has always been comfier for me. But, now with my belly in the way, the ring sling is perfect to just prop them on my hip! WOO!

So, there's some of where our life has been lately. We have also checked Brussels + Prague off the list of "Places to visit!" Both were AMAZING! But, I've definitely decided that Prague is in my new Top 3 list of favorite cities in Europe. It was incredible.


I promise to jump back on my twice a week blog sessions! and now that this promise is public, I have to stick to it!

and for those requesting, I'll start some belly shots around 20 weeks :) (that's when we find out if we'll be having a He or She Garay, anyhow)

Happy Monday!!!