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Homesick and lots of pictures

Iowa summer

Clive Iowa family

We asked Chris to take a picture of us and he took like 30 and thennnn we ended up only liking the selfie we took earlier haha 

Iowa family activity

Chris + Irie

Clive Iowa summer

Me, Irie, and Tani's cute mama

things to do in Iowa with kids

how to get a baby to smile

toddler activities this summer

Brielle

children activities iowa

Fyfe

get baby to smile in pictures

Trying to force Irie to selfie with me and obviously she didn't care ;) 

Iowa in the summer

cute pictures with babies

jethro's BBQ  iowa

jethro's BBQ  iowa


Iowa, you guys. It was the best time spending the week up in Iowa with my brother, Chris and sister, Tani (in law, but like basically real sister) and nieces, Brielle & Irie + nephew, Fyfe.  Chris is a dentist in Iowa and Tani teaches at a school part time/ is the best mother ever full time. We ate, played, talked, ate more, repeat. Seeing the kids made me REALLY really reallyyyyy excited to have my own baby girl here soon. 

Like seriously, Irie (8 months) is the most perfect, sweet, happy baby EVER. She didn't even cry when she was put down for her naps throughout the day. I was hoping she was speaking her baby jabber to my baby telling her to love naps and not to cry. Because seriously, I need an Irie baby in my life.  She smiled non-stop and let me carry her as much as I wanted. I kept saying I was going to take her home as my lap baby on the plane and still wish it could have really happened haha I love that baby girl.

Brielle (5 years old) reminds me of, well, me!! She's sassy, super stubborn, and so dang playful and full of imagination. I loved getting to play more with her and hoped I made some sort of imprint as the "cool aunt" or something. We played a game on the trampoline called "breaking the rules" so OBVIOUSLY I'm cool because I break rules, right?? 

Fyfe (3 years old) took some time to warm up, just because I'm not sure he remembered me from the last time I saw him about a year ago!! I learned that his love language is high fives and snuggles, which well, also happen to be apart of my love language so we got along great. And that red hair!! My siblings all have a red haired child so I'm pretty sure I will have one, too. 

I learned so much from Tani on how to be a mother! She really does let them be little and I love how much they loved the back yard!! I remember before cell phones (obvi) just playing in the backyard for hours and doing whatever I wanted and I loved seeing her kids still do that! haha sounds dumb but with electronics and TV I barely see kids outside being LITTLE. I took lots of mental notes on what I want to do with my future littles and the kind of mother I want to be for them. Tani was such a good example of an amazing mother and wife and holy cow, I am still on an inspired high! I missed Jason sooo much and I keep trying to encourage him that we should branch out and move away from Arizona once he graduates. Ideally wherever Chris and Tani are haha I would LOVE to live by them for forever. Jason needs a little more convincing (he is a full blown Arizona lover) so wish me luck :) Tani and I already decided that one day our families will buy a mansion together in California and learn to surf and have the best lives ever soooooo fingers crossed ;) I love that whole family and every second so far I've wished I was back in Iowa! Already planning my next trip and next time, I'll bring my own baby! 

xo
Candace

ps Tani has a blog, too! Check her out here :) 

26 comments

  1. How are you fitting into skinny jeans??? You look great! I know when I was pregnant I busted out of everything at like 13 weeks.

    You are going to be such a great mama Candace! Just looking at the pictures with your nieces and nephews. I think it's always awkward for first time moms to take pictures with other people's kids but then they have their own and it's so obvious what that first picture was showing. I can't wait to see you and your little soon enough.

    We encourage so much outside time with Sophie. She actually has made a friend across the street (we're friends with her mom and dad and Kyle and the husband actually work together), but we never really explored a friendship until Sophie was older, and now she's finally able to really play with the little girl and it's fun for both! Although I think the little girl thinks that sophie just wants to wear her shoes and eat her food haha toddlers I tell you.

    liz @ j for joiner

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    1. They're leggings so they stretch!! haha I have lived in these so far since they aren't uncomfortable yet :) And thank you so so much!! They are the cutest littles and gave me lots to look forward to in the future :) I can't wait, either!!

      I love that your encourage outside time, too! I think that is hugeeeee and so important!! How cute she made a new little friend:) haha and that is funny, toddlers crack me up!!

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  2. These photos are amazing! I am so glad you got to enjoy time with family.

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  3. Love these photos! Glad you got to your family and spend time with them. You look like a natural with the little's. They are seriously so adorable and the baby is just like a doll!! You're gonna be such a great mom :)!!

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    1. Thank you!!! It was soooooo fun and I miss them so much already! Seriously, Irie was the most perfect baby ever! and I really really hope so, thank you!!! xoxo

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  4. What an excellent way to prep for mommy hood! Your nieces and nephew are totally precious! Red heads have more fun. (; Not going to lie, I hope at least one of my kids ends up looking like me. Right now, my daughter looks like a clone of her daddy. (: I couldn't help myself, your next trip to see them will be BYOB (bring your own baby). hahahaha (;

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    1. It was seriously so fun spending the week with them!!! haha red heads are the best!!! ;) We are for sure probably going yo have a red head at some point, it's in my blood!! I bet your next one will come out as your mini :) hahaha BYOB, sign me up!!!

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  5. I totally get what you mean on letting the kids be little and spending time outside. I really don't want to use my phone much in front of my future kids (for non-essential things, at least) and I want to keep them away from TV as long as possible. Which will be super hard because all we do is Netflix hahaha.

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    1. Let's make a pact to let our kids be little and not be obsessed with electronics, deal?! haha I hope I stick to it because I know it can be sooooo convenient at times!

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  6. Aww I know what it's like to feel homesick! My family visits a lot but I miss all of our friends from when we lived in Atlanta. You're going to be an amazing mom and it's so awesome you have family to talk to, ask for help, advice, e.t.c. I'm the first one to have a baby so unfortunately I'm all alone on this one haha

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    1. I didn't realize you lived in Atlanta in the past, that is so cool!! ahhh thank you, I really really hope so!! I'm super grateful to have Tani to ask things to, she seems like a professional mom!! But at least you can be the help to whoever has the next baby in your family :)

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  7. Glad you had such a great time with family. That's wonderful and so special.

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    1. Thank you!! it was seriously the best week ever!!

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  8. Sounds like you had a marvelous time. I love all the pictures, everyone looks happy. I'm glad that you were able to get away & spend that time with all of them. :)

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    1. It really was the best!! Thank you, it was soooo nice to get away, too! And sooo green there!

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  9. Awwww a little red head! I hope you have one! So cute. So this is why I love your blog. Like this post was so interesting to me and I have no idea why lol! I just love peoples real life and thoughts. And you are going to make THE BEST MOM EVER! I just know it. I know what you mean though, I always am watching people I know or the women I work for and I'm thinking like, "I need to remember how they did this" or acted like that. It's cool to have good role models. She is beautiful by the way. So are you :) Duh.

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    1. I'm like 100% sure at least one of our kids will be a red head!! I'm hoping this one is blonde tho :) haha k and thank you!! Seriously!! I always hope my posts about life aren't too boring but I gotta document!! gah I hope I'm a good mom!! My mom sucks so I just have a goal to be 100x better than her and I'll be happy :) and seriously, watching other moms has taught me so much already! I can't wait for you to be a mama someday, too :) Just help me get skinny again when baby is born haha

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  10. What an amazing time to be able to spend with your brother and SIL and the kids!! I'm sure all the time with the little is getting you even more excited! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. Thank you, and yes it really was soooo fun!! I miss them so much already!

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  11. I love that you are so close with your sister-in-law!! What a blessing! She sounds like an amazing lady and an incredible mom. I love the names of all her kids too. So sweet!

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    1. She is seriously the best!! I don't have any sisters so it was awesome to get a great SIL who IS a sister to me! And seriously, she has the best names!!

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  12. AWWWW!! This is soooo beautiful!!! Family is so amazing and I love that you gave us a glimpse into yours!!! Love this post girl, honestly so beautiful and so real!!

    xx Olivia
    www.hellooliviablog.com

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    1. Thank you sooo much!!! I love them all so much and I was so happy to share about them on my blog :)

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