Happy 1st Birthday Ben

December 30, 2017: The day our PB&J world was complete.

A letter to our Ben, on your first birthday...

Ben's Wonderful 1st Christmas Time!

We'll be having wonderful 1st Christmastime!

Merry & bright
Ben's 1st Christmas was definitely a special one for our little family. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday and this year would be extra magical since it would mark the last "first" holiday celebration for Ben. PB and I made sure to fill his holiday season with lots of family fun and adventures, but when it came to the official Christmas celebrations, we made sure to do what we could to make sure Ben's 1st Christmas would be *merry & bright*.

Family, Food, Gifts and Fun
The main event for Christmas in my family is our traditional family Christmas Eve celebration. I come from a huge family, so our Christmas Eve celebrations are always loud, full of food and most of all... fun! Ben channeled his inner Santa Claus and was showered with gifts, cuddles and lots of Christmas Eve love from my family.

Santa's Elves Working OT
After our annual family party, PB and I headed home to get the magic started on making Ben's 1st Christmas morning one for the memory books.

All about that Christmas morning
While Christmas Eve always meant "party-time" growing up, Christmas day on the other hand is traditionally a much more low key affair. I say "low key" but it doesn't mean any less special. Christmas Day, particularly the morning has always been one of my favorite parts about Christmas. It's those quiet moments, right after waking up as a child... running into the living room and realizing that Christmas magic had happened overnight and just maybe... a special visit from one called Santa Claus. This was something I hoped for Ben to experience and boy oh boy was it a Christmas morning to remember!
Santa stopped by and dropped off a little walk and play car for Ben! The look on his face when he came out into the living room and saw the gift set up was priceless. His big toothy grin, the giggles and curiosity. He looked around thinking "what is this thing and how did it get here?" LOL. There were definitely a lot of mama happy tears shed. I can't even begin to describe the emotion you feel as a new parent, seeing your child experience the magic of Christmas for the first time.

The merriest memories!
Christmas day also means more merry festivities! We spent the day with our closest family, more gift fun for Ben, food, tons of quality time spent with our loved ones and of course, more food. Ben's 1st Christmas may be over, but now we have so much to look forward to in the years to come. Here's to a lifetime more happy Christmas mornings and merry moments ahead. 💜

Merry Christmas!

From our PB&J family to yours....


Santa Day

Santa Day
Our official first date, a before & after!

Ben's 1st Disneyland Holidays

A merry & magical holiday season

The brightest way to celebrate our 1st holidays as a complete family: Disneyland Holidays!

The most magical time of the year!
Disneyland, or any Disney park for that matter, is truly the most magical place to celebrate the holiday season! There's just something about the parks during the holidays that is extra merry and magical.

This time last year...
It was around this season last year that we were on our "babymoon", our one last Disney trip before Ben was due to arrive. You can read all about that wonderful trip HERE. Last year's holiday trip to the parks was filled with so much anticipation for what was to come with our little one. I specifically remember watching the snow fall after the holiday fireworks, clutching onto my little Ben-belly bump and thinking of all the love and good feels because the next time I'd witness this moment, my little Ben would be with me!

This Christmas
Flash forward a year and we found ourselves heading down to the happiest place on Earth again for the holidays, but this time with our Ben with us! I wanted to make this holiday trip extra special, so this crazy Disney mom put in some work and crafted up some *extra* special style for our looks this trip. I don't know how to sew, but I've been known to be pretty handy with a hot glue gun, scissors and imagination, lol! My DIY looks didn't turn out half bad, all thanks to some amazing accessories from a few amazing small shops, some Disney props and of course, my two boys who let me dress them up in crazy Disney ways (Thanks PB)!

Happy Birthday Mickey
The day we arrived just happened to be Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday! We're never in the parks on the actual day of something fun like this, so it was an extra dose of magic to check out the special merchandise and say hello to the big cheese himself to wish him a "Happy Birthday"

Dreaming of sugarplums and gingerbread style!
Our holiday trip was filled with the *sweetest* memories, both literally and figuratively! While last year my belly was big due to a baby bump, this year it was full all thanks to the amazing holiday treats and eats around the park. On top of that, we did it all in some "sweet" style!

Snowfall & it's a small world
Quite possibly my two favorite memories of this trip was fulfilling my heartfelt dream from the year before, seeing the Disney snowfall with my Ben. I held back so many tears, not only is the holiday fireworks my absolute favorite fireworks show Disney puts on, but there's just something about the "snoap" or the soapy snowfall that falls right after. I remember the first time I saw the snow fall on Main Street, I was surrounded by my family and I had tears flowing, it was the epitome of the holidays for me, being surrounded by loved ones, Disney magic and the snow falling all around. So to witness this year's snowfall meant the world to me because I was now sharing it with my little miracle!💜

Right next to the Disney snowfall, another thing high on my "emotional heartstrings" charts for the holidays? It's a Small World Holidays! Not only is this ride my favorite, but when it's all dressed up in it's festive glory? Well that's just game over when it comes to feeling all the feels! Watching Ben soak in the holiday version made this mama so happy.

Here's to a lifetime more of Disney holidays ahead of us!
Like always, this trip was filled with magical moments and memories that we're forever thankful for! Christmas is my favorite holiday, it represents everything that I hold near and dear to my heart, family, sweet treats, the season of kindness and giving... And the way that Disney celebrates the holiday season is always extra special. So here's to a lifetime more celebrating the happiest holidays on Earth with our Ben!💜

PB&J Parenthood: 11 Months!

One month away from One year...
Happy 11 months my little love!

November was a fun filled month packed with all the loviest events, adventures and memories. So incredibly thankful for another month of so much love. Let's start at the beginning!

Just Keep Swimming
November brought about a whole bunch of new adventures starting with Ben's first visit to a childhood favorite, the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA. Growing up, my parents would take me here and I'd always be so amazed by the incredible under water exhibits and fun. Our little family packed up for a weekend getaway and got to take Ben for his first visit to Monterey and to the aquarium! He loves the little adventure and making so many under the sea, ocean friends!

Love, Love, Love
Family is everything to me and it's something that both PB and I hope that Ben grows up to value and know: family always comes first! November held so many special family events starting with celebrating my grandmother's birthday, then my cousin's wedding aka Ben's 1st wedding guest experience!
I was part of the bridal party, so Ben got a LOT of daddy and me time while I was off doing my wedding party duties. This probably explains why Ben's dapper wedding guest outfit was unbuttoned 50% of the time, lol! But it was a beautiful evening at the most gorgeous venue, Nestldown in Los Gatos, CA. Ben loved getting to party the night away with my family!
When you leave it to daddy to dress you... #buttonfail
Holiday Magic
If an aquarium visit, great grandmother birthday and family wedding wasn't enough.... add in a dose of Disneyland magic to the busy month 11 mix. We took advantage PB's Thanksgiving week off and headed down to Disneyland to soak in all of the Disneyland holiday magic. There's really no feeling like being at the Disney parks when it's all decked out in it's Christmastime best!
We also lucked out by arriving to the parks on Mickey Mouse's 90th Birthday! We missed a majority of the morning festivities due to our drive down, but we were still able to soak in some celebratory fun with the day's special merchandise and getting to meet the birthday mouse himself!
We scored one of the Birthday Mickey sippers at Disneyland!
Ben got to experience his first Disney Christmas, complete with getting into festive style, catching "Snoap" or the soap snow that would fall down Main Street and just soaking in the holiday love. I can't tell you how much my heart soared during this trip. Disneyland during the holidays is my absolute favorite. So being able to finally share it with my little guy was beyond anything I could have ever asked for!

Turkey Day
As if there wasn't enough to celebrate or do this month, we also got to celebrate another "1st" holiday for our Ben, Thanksgiving! I can't tell you how amazing it is to watch Ben experience his "firsts" with the holidays. Since he's a little older, he's more aware of the day. Trust me, he didn't let those mashed potatoes and turkey go by unnoticed.

Oh Christmas Tree!
My family had a ton of traditions for the holidays while growing up. One of the traditions for us was to set up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving with my sister, holiday music on blast, truly kicking off the holiday season surrounded by love. We got to continue that tradition this year by sharing it with Ben. He loved all the Christmas tree action, especially when my dad would put up the colorful lights.
We also got to take Ben to his first Christmas tree picking experience for our own tree at home. He loved getting to be surrounded by all the trees and holiday spirit!

One year on the horizon
So here we are, 11 months into parenthood. I can't believe that our little Ben is one month away from turning ONE. It's crazy I tell you, simply crazy! I look at him sometimes and think "has it really been a year?". His little face is completely different from when I first laid eyes on him, he's no longer this little squish, he's now like a little grown man. Ben is so curious about the world around him and is becoming so much more independent and fearless. This kid is going to be a daredevil!
It's a little bittersweet knowing the next PB&J parenthood update will be recapping one whole year. There's been so many happy memories, growth and milestones. So here's to looking forward to what a whole ONE year will look like next month! Until then, thank you, as always, for reading along!💜