Thursday, June 28, 2012

Packin Up

 Tonight we spent the whole evening packing the boys for our trip to Arizona.  We have a family reunion in Northern Arizona (Taylor/Snowflake to be exact) and so we decided to make a vacation of it.  We are flying into Phoenix and then driving to Taylor for the family reunion, and then heading back to Phoenix for a Diamonbacks baseball game (we are fans).
 The boys are so excited about this adventure.  The boys and I packed their bags tonight (Josh just got back in town for work).  I decided to give my 8 year old some space and let him pack up his own bag.  I came into his room just as he was trying to put his boy scout pine wood derby car and an enormous triangle rock into his suitcase.  There was a bit of an intervention after that, but he did a good job.
 Can I tell you how much I love this denim skirt.  I am not even sure if they are "in" right now, but I will continue to wear mine.  It is a favorite.  I will be buried in it if it lasts that long (kidding).

Shirt: Jcrew Factory (similar) | Skirt: DownEast Outfitters (similar) | Belt: ModBe | Bag: Nine West via Ross (similar) | Shoes: Sperry | Sunnies: Ross (similar)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Have Some Color With Your Whites

 I am up late again doing my post.  This time we hosted an outdoor movie on our house for the neighborhood kids.  It was a lot of fun, but hopefully tomorrow is grumpy kid-free.  I love doing random fun things throughout the summer and I hope my kids always remember the fun things we do (this is why I document things on my family blog so I can show my kids all of the fun things we did while they were growing up).

These are the last of my Boston outfit posts.  I grew up a lighthouse fan.  I had never seen one before in real like, but they were so mysterious and romantic to me.  I had pictures and figurines of lighthouses all over the place.  One of the awesome things my husband did for me while we were in in Boston was to get us tickets for a tour of the Boston lighthouse.  I was giddy the entire way there and once we were on the island I couldn't stop smiling.  It was everything I had ever hoped for. 
This was the lovely island we visited.  It was such a wonderful experience for me.  I took so many pictures of this lighthouse.  We even got to go up in it and see the light itself.  Doesn't the whole thing just remind you of Anne of Green Gables (P.E. Island is also on my list of places to go).
 I was going to wear my Sperry's but ended up opting for some flips, which was a bad decision since apparently they aren't even supposed to let you on the boat to go to the lighthouse unless you have close toed shoes.  I am definitely a rebel.  Josh and I walked everywhere in Boston and my little feeties needed a break from shoes so the flips were worn, but they weren't the cutest so I ditched them for the pics. 
Once again my yellow belt earned it's keep.  I wore it with just about everything I wore in Boston.  People I am telling you, but one and you will not regret it.
Our trip to Boston was surprisingly cold.  I wanted to still dress in fun summer wear, but not freeze at the same time.  I was glad I brought these pieces.  I felt summery but was still warm-ish (it really was so cold).
Sweater: Jcrew | Top: Layers | Jeans: Bohme Boutique (similar) | Belt: F21 (similar) | Sunnies: Ross (similar)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Tour of Havard, and I What I Wore

 These are one of the series of pictures I took while Josh and I were in Boston.  This was our first morning out and we were heading first to go tour Harvard and then to go kayaking so picking an outfit was a bit of a challenge.  I totally wanted to go prepster on my first day out...and all of the days after that too.  
We saw this gorgeous building (oh and I just realized that there is a cute little head of someone in the corner...disreguard) and I thought I just had to do some photos there for this blog (when half of my photos are in the front of a garage door, you can see why I would be excited about this).  So even though my outfit was a bit casual, ya know in prep for kayaking, I had to do a impromptu shoot. 
 I have to be honest, I am seriously impressed with Harvard and everyone there that seemed like a student (summer school?) I just wanted to go up and shake their hand in congratulation of them belonging to such an exceptional school.  As much as I would love for my kids to go to Utah State University (mine and Josh's alma mater, that we both adore), I would love for them to go somewhere as impressive as this...I bought them some shirts to inspire pressure kids.
 One more thing (on a list of about 900) that I loved about Boston was all of the geraniums everywhere.  We saw apartment buildings where they were literally on every balcony.  Oh my goodness, I loved it!  Just fun, beautiful pops of color all over the place.  It was especially beautiful in the North End by all of the lovely Italian restaurants. 
 In other news, I finally caught up on The Bachelorette (and stayed up late again...darn it).  I have now decided that I like Jef, Sean and Ari.  I think they all seem genuinely in love with Emily and interested in HER as opposed to just being the Bachelor next season (cough cough, Ryan...).  I think I'll be okay with any of those three, but um Chris?  What in the world?!?  That is all I can say
 Top: Hollister | Shorts: Jcrew Factory (similar) | Belt: F21 (similar) | Shoes: Sperry | Sunnies: Ross (similar) | Necklace: gift

Monday, June 25, 2012

Color Blocking

 Most of you know that I am a color blocking fanatic fan.  Can I tell you how much I love this full on color blocked DRESS!!  It is the funnest most comfy dress to wear and can be dressed up or it.
 Tonight I am up WAY too late catching up on "The Bachelorette."  So pathetic I know, but I have missed the last few weeks and got sucked into it.  Hoping I am not a grumpy mommy tomorrow...not promising anything.  My poor kids, good thing we are headed to a water park tomorrow.  They will like that and its hard to be too grumpy when its sunny and lovely.  
 So I am dying to know...are any of you spoiler watchers?  I have to admit, I am with The Bachelor/Bachelorette.  Usually I am not and would never dream of reading the end of a book first, but for some reason I MUST KNOW what is coming in The Bachelor/Bachelorette.  I know I am lame.
 Another thing I am doing tomorrow (because you are DYING to know), is starting to pack for our family trip this weekend to PHOENIX!!  We are heading down to Arizona for a Diamondbacks game, rodeo, horseback riding and hopefully Sprinkles cupcakes (in love).  The boys took their first airplane ride a few months ago when we went to Seattle and this is their second (and my 2year old's first...I better get lots of fun things to do.) airplane trip.  They are pretty excited, me too.
Dress: c/o Sugarlips | Belt: No idea...had it a long time :) | Shoes: Aldo (similar) | Sunnies: Ross (similar) | Jewelry: Macys

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Lime and Navy

 Wow, Two navy themes in a row...I really am going to be in trouble when I have used every color combo as post titles.  It is just easy, I will do it as long as I can.  I have already mention (probably more than once), what a fan I am of green and blue together.  I love trying different shades of the two colors together and this one was no exception.  You can't really tell too much in my pictures that my shirt is lime...but it is :)  The skirt is also a tiny polka dot print, which you can't really see either...working on it.

This is what I wore to church today (it was so WINDY!).  I LOVE getting dressed up for church.  Is that strange?  Probably, but I figure if I am going to wear a dress, I might as well go all out.
 This past weekend was such a lovely one.  Summer has been so fun to be able to have fun adventures with my boys (and we have DEFINITELY had some), but it is fun to be able to have Josh with us on our adventures on the weekend.

On Saturday we went on a hike.  It is a hike that we do every year.  It is up at a ski resort and leads to a perfect little lake.  The air smells clean and heavily of pine and the terrain isn't too steep for kids.  We always take a breakfast of bagels and cream cheese and nectarines (the tradition started when Josh and I were dating and that is what we took, so we just always do that...I guess we are sort of sentimental)  We usually go a bit later in the summer, but decided that Saturday was as good a day as any.
 Well, unbeknownst to us, the road we usually take up to the beginning of the trail was closed (we found out it opens NEXT WEEK...) and so we had to hike up a different way.  We followed a family that looked like they knew where they were going and began our hike.

Well, to make a long story short the "trail" was super steep and seriously hard.  I was SO proud of my boys. They are only 8, 7 and 6 (the 2 year old was in a hiking backpack) and they didn't complain.  They just kept saying "This is hard, but Nelsons can do hard things."  I was seriously impressed with them.

 This picture is from the beginning of our hiking adventure.
 It ended up being so fun and we took the more leisurely way back (and they slept really well that night). 
 My two year old LOVES to have his picture taking (which I love because I am a picture taking mamma).  He was dying to be in my pics, so I thought you'd like to see his cute little mug.  He seriously kills me with his adorableness.  On our hike yesterday he kept throwing rocks into the pond saying "here ya go!"  He always keeps us laughing.
Shirt: Jcrew (similar) | Skirt: Tommy Hilfiger (similar print) | Shoes: Michael by Michael Kors via Nordstrom (similar) | Jewelry: Jcrew | Sunnies: Nordstrom | Bag: Aldo (similar)

P.S. If any of you were interested in seeing pictures from my trip to Boston I have posted some here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mint and Navy

Can I just say what a huge fan of navy I am?  I just love it with everything and today I paired it with my mint jeans.  Loved it. 

   In other news, I have discovered an new way of wasting time, because I was desperately in need of one of those (my old iphone time waster was "Words With Friends", but I think we need a break from each other :) Has anyone ever played "Draw Something," on their Smartphones?  I am sure I am late on this one (I usually
am :), but it is so addicting!  Seriously so fun...all of you that are desperately searching for a new way to waste your time, it's your game.
 Alright darling readers, I hope you have a wonderful day/night.  Thanks for reading!
 Top: H&M (recent) | Jeans: Target | Shoes: Famous Footwear (similar) | Bag: local boutique (similar) | Jewelry: Macys | Watch: Buckle | Sunnies: Nordstrom


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Splash of Color

 I just about called this post a "glob" of color because there is so much, but doesn't splash just sound better? Well, summer fashion is in full swing.  I find a lot of my summer outfits are pretty boring simple compared to what I wear in colder weather.
 I decided that I was going to try to attempt some excitement with this outfit.  I just started playing with colors and patterns (the crops are a striped seersucker and the navy short polka dot.  It is hard to see in these pictures) and this is what I came up with.
 This was one of those outfits that was FUN to wear.  You know verses something that just "works".  It also was a little more of a risk.  Sometimes I forget to take risks with fashion and those same risks are what makes fashion fun!  Luckily it has been pretty cool lately so it wasn't too hot with the layers.
 In other news last night we positively swam around in summer, we had a BBQ with the cousins, played night games (we like the old fashioned "kick the can" and "anti i over"), built a fire and taught the kids and sang camp songs (I was once a camp counselor for the summer...I know a million songs) and made s'mores over a fire pit (that I scored for $5 at a yard sale last summer).  It was pretty heavenly.

We have one of our favorite hikes planned with the boys this Saturday.  We don't get up into the mountians too much through out the year, but we always love this hike.  We pack fruit and bagels and hike up to a cute little lake at the top of a mountain and eat our breakfast in the early morning sunshine.  It is a perfect hike with kids but is still definitely a challenge.  We have been doing this hike for a few years now and always love it.  Summer really is the best (I will probably say that 741 more times on this blog in the coming months...).
Polka dot shirt: Loft (cute and cute) | Turquoise top: Banana Republic | Crops: Jcrew Factory | Heels: Aldo (similar) | Bag: Aldo (similar) | Belt: F21 (similar) | Jewelry: Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Macys | Sunnies: Ross (similar)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


 I am a lover of all things preppy.  I had totally pictured what I wanted my look to be while I was in Boston and it included my Sperrys, and large amounts of preppy-ness.  I decided to do a few outfit pictures while I was there and Josh was such a good sport to go along.  I didn't bring much jewelry with me on the trip because we were going to be site seeing all day and I wanted to keep things pretty simple.
 These pictures were taken at the city garden.  The shorts were actually an emergency item that was purchased after we went Kayaking (where we saw the Harvard Crew team practicing on the Charles River...ya it was pretty awesome),  and I got SOAKED (I was told there was no way I would get more than a few drops here and there, but the wind picked up, the waves got big and a few drops became buckets of water)  We actually hadn't planned to do ANY shopping while in Boston, but thanks to the fact that after we got through with our 5 1/2 mile kayaking trip I was dripping wet and Josh noticed my shorts were boarder line see through so it was a necessity (and Josh casually tried to stand behind me until my shorts dried off a bit).  I have to say I wasn't thrilled to be wet until the shopping trip came into the picture and then I thought it quite wonderful ;)
 This was the most charming garden that was right across from the Taj Hotel where we went for tea.
 I have to be honest that I have always been a little hesitant to wear red and yellow together because I didn't want to remind anyone of Ronald McDonald.  I just love the colors together however and I decided that they grey and white would tone everything down a bit and I might get away with it. 
 One again we see my F21 belt here.  Honestly the best $4 I have ever spent.  I wore it with just about every outfit I wore in Boston, both day and evening (the only exception being the dress I wore to church).

 Sweater: Jcrew | shirt: Jcrew Factory | Shorts: Jcrew (they just went on sale-yeah for you, lame for me!) | Shoes: Sperry | Sunnies: Ross (similar)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig

 Well, I am back home.  It is amazing how much going away makes you love what you come back to so much more.  Josh and I had a grand time in Boston and enjoyed every minute together.  I think it is quite amazing that I still LOVE to be with him.  We talked about politics, religion, philosophy, literature and oddles about our children.  We came home united and more determined than ever to try to be the best parents that we can be.
 We bough each of our children Harvard shirts and they were thrilled to get them.  They actually all wanted to wear them to bed tonight.  We told them a little about Harvard and showed them some of the pictures that we had taken on the campus.  They all decided that they wanted to go there when they grew up.  My oldest has already decided who should write him letters of recommendation and they include his parents and each of his brothers.  I tried to tell him that wouldn't be very impressive, but he is determined we start working on our letters recommending him to Harvard right now... :)
 Tonight my boys and I read together again.  It is funny how I would miss that little thing so much.  I tuck them all in their beds and read to them in an attempt to get them to quiet down and go to sleep more readily.  In the summer that is no easy task when it isn't dark until pretty late.  That is one of the things I missed the most about being away from my boys.  It was fun to come back to it. 
 I am happily exhausted physically but completely refreshed emotionally and mentally, which I am grateful for.  Tomorrow begins the week with our first orthodontist appointment.  Palmer (my 8 year old) is under the impression he WANTS braces.  I think I wanted them when I was younger as well (to the point that I unfolded paper clips and put them around my teeth telling my friends that I had gotten braces...), but I quickly learned that braces HURT.  I have been trying to tell him they aren't all that he thinks they are, but he won't believe me. 

 I now need to catch up on everything and start getting ready for our family vacation that happens to be next week...we are heading to Phoenix for some fun, family, baseball and a rodeo.  I can't believe that June is now more than half way over!  Summer is flying by!!!
Top: Arden B | Skirt: Jcrew Factory (similar) | Shoes: Unknown (similar) | Jewelry: Jcrew and Macys | Sunnies: Ross