We took a little trip to Columbus to see my sister over last weekend (like, a week ago…). Chad had not yet our new nephew, Brennen, and my sister had some stuff coming up which made me want to visit her even more! So Saturday morning we packed up the car (way more than we needed for a two-day trip!) and started our 2.5 hour trip!

I’m SO happy that my children decided to rest on the trip down so that by the time we arrived we were rested up and ready to play! In fact, our first order of business was to head to a local trampoline park to celebrate Ari’s birthday!

It was my sister, Shauna’s, idea. I was like “ehh, he may not like it.”

Guys. I was wrong. So, so, wrong.

Dude took off like a bat outta hell! I couldn’t believe that my kid was being ballsy! Whaaaat?! Where was my shy boy!? Apparently when you turn four, you aren’t afraid of anything anymore.

Happy fourth birthday to the one who made me “mommy!” You are perfect in every way😘

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At the jump park he was convinced — absolutely convinced! — that he wanted to go into the “hurricane machine”. We let him watch another kid in the machine, and, even then, he still wanted a shot at it. I was wearing Remy, so I sent Chad in with him. And it was hilarious.

And, of course, he hated every second of it. He tried. Ohhhh, gosh, did he try to like it!

Post-jumping, we headed to lunch at Hale’s Ales + Kitchen for some gastropub fare and beers! Oh, and then to The Daily Growler for some CBC Bodhi! When we got home we all relaxed and played and fed the babes before doing a little (extra!) celebrating of Ari’s birthday, with the help of cupcakes and presents!

He was so excited about the sprinkle cupcake — as well as the gifts, which consisted of a Star Wars Playdoh playset and the board game, Sneaky Snacky Squirrel. We ate cake, the adults sipped on tasty craft beers, and we played toddler board games (which, of course, he insisted on winning…), before all going to bed ridiculously early.

We spent Sunday morning lounging around, feeding, eating, and just general relaxing before Shauna and I headed out on a big Costco trip! Haaaa! How basic (and mom!) do we sound!?

Eventually, we had to head home to Akron. It was such a nice visit, but — gosh — I was totally looking forward to sleeping in my own bed! Granted, Remy slept okay-ish during our trip, which was a first! Yay for small victories!

I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with my sister (and her new family) and my little family! It was perfectly relaxing (even if it took me a week plus to blog about it!). ♥



Weekly Mantra //

October 24, 2016 in #MomLife,mantra

I’ve been a little off my blogging game over the last week. Honestly, it was kind of a rough week, emotionally. So I took a step back from my computer for most of the week. I’d like to say it was refreshing, but I was busy with other stuff. So no. It wasn’t. But this week I’m truly happy to have a light schedule! It’s our ‘break week’ for gymnastics classes at work, so I am still working, but my schedule isn’t nearly as busy as it typically is!

I’m grateful for all of the people who made an effort to be at Ari’s party yesterday. I know life is busy, but it really does mean a lot. Because, well, it was a choice. And I’m glad you all chose to spend your afternoon with us!

I wish I could say I’m content, but I’m finding it to be really hard right now. I have a post coming about it soon, but I tend to be pretty sensitive. And, because of that, I can get easily overwhelmed with emotions. And because of that, I tend to have quite a bit of extra anxiety. So yeah. Blah. Emotions!

I wish for a week filled with sleep! We’ve had good nights and we’ve had bad nights, as of late. I’m seriously wishing and hoping that every night this week is a good night!

Happiness is when people come together to watch The Walking Dead. I know it’s silly… but “watching it” with friends and family just makes me so happy. Even when we’re miles and miles apart.

Weekly Mantra:

After last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, it’s definitely a top knot and double shot kinda morning. AmIRight!? So tell me — if you watched TWD, what did you think!?



Weekly Mantra //

October 17, 2016 in mantra

I’m already emotional this week. I mean, I cried most of yesterday — for a variety of reasons. But a big reason is that my baby? He’s no longer a baby. He’s a boy. I can’t even call him a toddler anymore. He’s. a. BOY! My heart is so happy and so, so, emotional. I can’t believe it was four years ago since my horrific labor with him. Holy smokes. (See Ari’s birth story here).

I’m so grateful to have spent a weekend with my sister, brother-in-law, and little nephew, Brennen! Columbus is about a 2.5 hour drive from where we live, but it’s close enough. And I’m so grateful to have had this time to reconnect with them over baby snuggles and football on the TV!

I’m content with the direction in which my life is going. Eek! That kinda sounded deep. But I don’t mean for it to be, honestly. I just mean, this blog, my kiddos, my job… I’m just, well, content. And thank you for being part of my life!

I really wish for the health of my family members. Without getting into details, would you mind please just keeping my family in your thoughts this week? I honestly have never asked that before. Ever. But we need it. More on that later. Thanks, loves.

Happiness is happy babies. Have you ever tried to be happy around miserable babies?? Because it’s impossible. No joke. But our kiddos have been (mostly) genuinely happy for the last several days. So yeah. That’s real happiness, y’all.

Weekly Mantra:

Have a happy week, my loves. xoxoxo



Dear Ari // Happy Birthday

October 16, 2016

Dear Ari, I’m not going to say something cliché about the years flying by; because, honestly, as quickly as they do, the days sure are long, dude. I have to say this though — Going from being a self-proclaimed “never-going-to-have-kids” chick, to finding out I was pregnant with you? That rocked my world. Your daddy […]

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Ari’s Birthday Parties // a look back

October 11, 2016

I try not to be one of these “pinterest moms;” I try not to perpetuate the idea that everything must be ‘worthy’ of sharing. I mean, I think I do a pretty good job of keeping the balance and showing people that I’m real, but sometimes I like to pinterest the crap outta things! Ha! […]

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Weekly Mantra //

October 10, 2016

This week is Ari’s last week as a threenager. That’s right — next weekend Ari turns the big f. o. u. r. I can’t believe it! I have a(n almost) four year old! How!? I’m totally grateful to have had a semi-relaxing weekend with Chad and the kiddos. Saturday, Ari and I had a Lowe’s […]

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Thirty-Two //

October 8, 2016

Ohhhh, thirty-two! To think… not long ago I was terrified of turning 30. Now? Now I embrace my age! Even though the last several [okay… many…] birthdays ‘meant’ nothing, I was still somehow hung up on getting a year older. And even though this years birthday came and went without fanfare, there was something extra […]

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Introducing Solids with Gerber Cereals //

October 6, 2016

As a first time mom, I had super high (and super unrealistic) expectations of how I would ‘mom.’ You know the drill… those who aren’t moms seem to have all the answers. I was no exception. With Ari we did Baby Led Weaning (BLW). At the time, he had very little interest in food. So, […]

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Bye, Felicia!

October 4, 2016

Today is my last day as a 31 year old. And this is what I have to say: GOOD, FREAKIN’, RIDDANCE! I was determined — DETERMINED — to have an awesome year. I was knee-deep in hyperemesis with Remy and certain — just certain — that things were about to turn around. Newsflash: It didn’t.  […]

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Weekly Mantra //

October 3, 2016

This week is my birthday week! Which, let’s be honest, means nothing. But still! Another year has gone by! Holy smokes! Last week was super rough. Looking back, I had all of these expectations at the start of last week. And really, the only day that went according to plan was Monday. I KILLED Monday! But […]

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