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Last Day of Preschool // 2017

May 18, 2017

Ivy had her last day of preschool today! First year of school DONE! Looking back at her first day (see that post here) is such a tear-jerker! My how the time has flown by! It was so sweet seeing her walk out those doors and the teachers loving on her. She had so much fun this year and met some new spunky friends and learned so much! I was a teacher for 8 years before staying home, so I am passionate about learning and school, AND summer breaks :) Haha. I am excited to get her for the summer, especially since I think she’ll be a big help with baby girl on the way.

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Oh look how she’s grown!!! (TEARS!)

So proud of you Ivy! You were such a good student, never any complaints from the teacher and never in trouble, you are just as I hoped you would be! Love you baby girl!

I did the same questionnaire with her again to see how her answers changed. Here they are and here’s the video!

 

What’s your name: Ivy
How old are you: Three!
What’s your favorite food: Chicken strips (same answer! Obsessed!)
What’s your favorite toy: My lamb  (same answer again. But so weird because she hasn’t touched her lamb in months! I would have thought she would say barbies, because she plays with them ALL THE TIME)
What do you like to do for fun: Play with my babysitters (Haha! Hilarious! Because I had just gotten home from getting my hair done and the babysitter had just left! Sooo, I guess, whatever, haha)
What’s your favorite color: Pink and purple! (same answer!)
What do you love the most?: My purple teddy (I liked her answer a lot more last time! She said Mommy and Leo, adorable. I swear she was just picking things out in her room at this point)
Who was your teacher? Miss Sonya!

Love you Ivy!! So proud of you!

Easter Weekend 2017

April 18, 2017

Such a fun Easter weekend! And it was GLOOOORIOUS outside both Saturday and Sunday! I love when Easter is a little later into April, last year there was still snow on the ground in March! This Easter we had two days to celebrate. We went to lunch with the Easter bunny on Saturday and it was a huge hit! Leo was OBSESSED with the bunnies, following them around everywhere and giving them hugs. It was adorable. Ivy was more into the Easter egg hunt, running around to gather as many eggs as possible. She definitely got some practice, that was the first of three Easter egg hunts they got to do!

Easter morning was filled with beautiful music and a sentimental sermon at Church, followed by the second Easter egg hunt. Leo would stop to see what was in the egg each time, so he never gathered too many, which we didn’t need more candy anyways! We headed back to our house with my family and my husband John’s family to be together for Easter brunch. It was beautiful outside for the third and last Easter egg hunt, brunch, then drinks and socializing on our patio the rest of the day. So nice to relax and enjoy some sunshine while the kids ran around on sugar highs! :)

Ivy… such sass with that hip pop!

Ivy’s dress // Leo’s shirt // Leo’s pants

And I celebrated 33 weeks with the baby! Feeling huge lately, but I know how much bigger I have yet to get!

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Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

Baby Number Three Is… !!!!

January 11, 2017

Yesterday we had our ultrasound, and first and foremost, baby is HEALTHY and growing perfectly!!! That is such a relief. While it’s soooooo exciting for us to find out the gender, it’s so nerve-wracking going in there making sure everything is fine with the baby. So after that hurdle was crossed, we had the sonographer stuff an envelope with our gender in it and there it sat on our counter just STARING at me until our date night (#torture)!  John said it hit him like a freight train, he thought it was a girl! I on the other hand, was super nervous thinking it was going to be a boy! I don’t know why boys make me so nervous, the other gender I guess, but they do! Even after how sweet Leo is, I was so nervous thinking it was going to be a boy!  So, babysitter arrived, and John and I headed downtown to M.B. Hastkett. We hardly even got our drinks before we opened the envelope!

Drum roll please…. Baby Koch #3 is a….

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YIPPEE!!!!!! Ivy is going have a little mini me! I can’t WAIT to see the girls play together! Ivy is SOOOOOOOOOO excited! She wanted a girl!

I always wanted a sister for Ivy since I grew up with two sisters very close in age, however, I also wanted a brother for Leo, so I was pretty indifferent, well more like 60/40 girl, so I AM PUMPED that Ivy will have a sister!!!! Sorry Leo!

I was looking at Leo yesterday thinking, I only want one Mama’s boy!! So I guess I get my one sweet boy and my two drama filled princess girls! :) Leo will be surrounded by girls! EEEK!

Just love him in that photo, so sweet. He will be such a good big brother!!! I can’t wait to see him with the baby. He loves babies!

So excited about another girl! Ivy and baby will be sharing a room together, already having images of girl talk up late at night! :)

Thanks for all of your sweet comments yesterday! We are so excited

citrine sweater | shoes | jeans | ivy’s dress | ivy’s tightsivy’s boots | leo’s shirt and pants |


Our Thanksgiving Weekend

November 29, 2016

After stuffing our bellies with tons-o-food at Thanksgiving (see that post here), the fun continued with lots of family time! My sister Jillian, her husband Brian, and their daughter Alexandra stayed with us and we jumped ahead to celebrate Christmas with them while they were in town. So fun and adorable to see all of the cousins ripping apart presents! Ivy was going NUTS opening hers and basically everyone else’s! I’m loving seeing her really understand and enjoy Christmas this year!

Here’s a sneak peak into our busy weekend with the family!

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Leo finally getting some boy toys!thanksgiving2016-50

Celebrating Christmas is so much fun with kids! Love seeing all the magic in their eyes

After the kids terrorized the house, we took off to an ugly sweater wine party to enjoy some delicious wine, cheese, and time with friends!thanksgiving2016-60

On Sunday, we got ready to go to a Polar Express brunch to see Santa, so of course the kids had to wear some pjs! HOW CUTE ARE THEY!!!!

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Yippee!!! Santa!! Christmas!!thanksgiving2016-42boy pjs | girl pjs

We headed to the brunch and Ivy couldn’t WAIT to see Santa!!!

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I’m so excited that she didn’t even cry!!!!! FINALLY! 3 years of torture on his lap and now she can finally enjoy Santa! She was so proud up there telling him she wanted a Barbie with blonde hair and a tutu, haha. Love that girl! Leo, on the other hand, just went up to him, grabbed his present, and ran back to Daddy, it was so hilarious!

We had such a blast with cousins and family! Sad it’s over as Ivy keeps asking, “Where’s Alexandra?”

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Cousins. Too freaking cute.


N A P A | Wine Tour

November 15, 2016

Napa has always been on my bucket list! Sipping on tons of delicious wines, gazing at hillsides of acres and acres of green vineyards, eating incredible food, I mean, I really just needed to stop at wine, because… WINE. Favorite. Neither John nor I had ever been, so we were anxious for a getaway, and a huge plus to meet up with my sister Jillian and her husband Brian out there!

John and I decided to fly out a day early to get a 24 hour glimpse of San Francisco, and we did it up right! We played total tourists and took the tour bus around for the day and hit all the hot spots, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, and tons more! The bus was so much fun because you could hop on and off, which we took advantage of to get some pics and to eat oysters and scrumptious seafood and drink along the way. I’m so glad we did this because we were able to see almost all of San Francisco in one day!

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The next day, we met Jillian and Brian and we headed north to Napa! I couldn’t wait to see the acres and acres of vineyards! Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. The next four days of our trip in Napa were cloudy and rainy! It ruined our views but did not ruin our fun! And when the rain stopped, the fog was actually really beautiful across the land.

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We stayed at the quaintest bed and breakfast in Yountville called the Oleander House. It was sooo nice getting a delicious hot breakfast in the morning before we headed out all day. That was our first time doing a B&B and I LOVED it!

Oleander House B&B

Now onto the WINE! We went to about 3-5 per day, whew, so way too many to go through, but I’ll definitely hit on my favorites!

Our first stop was at the Truchard Vineyard, and it ended up as one of my FAVORITES! We really started with a bang! They own over 400 acres of land and have been in the business for over a century. In fact, they are grape suppliers for a ton of well known wines. Truchard is a very small family owned operation and we felt like we were part of the family right from the beginning! They brought us through the vineyard and into their wine cave where they store all of their wine barrels that was built right into the hillside, so neat! Sipping wine in that cave was proooolly the coolest thing ever and every wine was soooo amazing! Case of this, case of that… swipe it! :)

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After that amazing first stop, I really didn’t think it could get better, but that was just the beginning! Another favorite was Failla Wines, an old 1930’s farmhouse turned into the tasting room. So cozy in there!

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Next, we headed up Howell Mountain to Cade Winery. This is where I was really bummed about the fog because we were on top of the mountain and would have been able to see the whole valley, buuuut no, shucks! : / Next time, hehe. Anyways! Cade had some serious architecture going on! Totally modern and known for its use of renewable resources, very environmentally efficient. Oh, and, DELICIOUS WINES.

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Another favorite winery was Schweiger Vineyards, up Spring Mountain. This view was finally pretty clear and it was soo beautiful!

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Of course, a trip to Napa wouldn’t be complete without some castles and chateaus! We did the touristy thing a little bit and toured Castello di Amorosa, a 13th century inspired Tuscan castle and winery. It was stunning and absolutely incredible inside! And the outside vineyard wasn’t too shabby either! Such pretty views! A bit too touristy for us though, we like the small intimate family run wineries that pour us extra wine! ;)

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We also toured and had a tasting at Inglenook, an 1887 French chateau. This was a favorite! The chateau was gorgeous, the wines were to die for, and we got to sit in an old parlour room with a cheese pairing while sipping wines. Our tour guide with the curly mustache was soooo fabulous!

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Lastly, a trip to Napa would NOT be complete without food! For dinner, we ate at Red Wood, Bistro Jeanty, and Ad Hoc, and while all three are making me salivate right now just thinking about them, I LOVED Ad Hoc! It has a daily-changing four-course menu featuring classic American dishes that are all served family-style. Some serious casual comfort of home right in the restaurant! Each course was IN-credible and we were soooo full by the end! One of those meals where you reaaaally couldn’t stop eating it was that good!

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I’d say we had a pretty spectacular first trip to Napa! I’m already so excited to go back sometime! Definitely could see this being another future trip, so many different wineries to see! But it was a good start and always nice to get a little vacay with the hubs :) And now our wine cellar is practically FULL!! Whoop whoop! Not for long though… haha! Until next time Napa!

Urban Family Photo Shoot

November 2, 2016

I LOVE taking photos! My husband, on the other hand, hates them! Probably like most men, but I always veto him and we take family photos! We try to do professional ones once a year, right around fall, just in time for Christmas cards, which I am OBSESSED with. Huge stationery fan right here! This year, I had basically been stalking Emily Mitton Photography since I saw a wedding photo of hers of a bride and groom under this huge gorgeous willow tree in the Dainty Obsessions magazine a few months back, and when she posted she was doing fall mini sessions, I knew I had to go with her! I was really excited to work with a new photographer with fresh new ideas! And she DELIVERED! So easy to work with and FABULOUS photos!

I really wanted to do something different this year. Each year we do the outdoors look in the sunset in a lovely field, and I LOVE those photos, but we’ve done that and I wanted something different. I decided on a more urban photo shoot and lurked through the hashtag #dtsf to find some cool walls around our downtown. I had two in mind and they were even more perfect in person! Love how these turned out! Thank you Emily! For capturing our family PERFECTLY! Ivy’s crazy girl personality and Leo giggling and being silly! Love them so much.

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ivy | shirtleggings | hair bow
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So many good ones! HOW am I going to choose one for a Christmas card! Already browsing Minted, which is who I use every year because of their FREE RECIPIENT ADDRESSING (timesaver!!!) and I am LOVING these: 1, 2, 3, 4 – usually always go with a more simple look, and these will really pop with the white wall photos I think I am going to use.

Love Christmas card shopping!

Again, thanks to Emily Mitton Photography for killin’ it!! So happy with all of our photos, you worked so well with our family! Thank you thank you thank you!