Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Randoms

I love how my iPhone allows me the to capture pictures from our every day life.
Moments in time that would definitely be gone by the time I ran inside the house to grab my real camera.

Here's a peek at our week through the lens of my camera phone.

What our family would look like if we were pirates.

Per the request of my two favorite little pirates.

I was wondering why Madelyn was being so quiet over there.

We went on a little scavenger hunt around our yard.

Daddy, sleeping on the job :)

Mackenzie is rocking her alphabet.
Well the letters A and B at least.

Best. breakfast. ever.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oreck Infomercial Shoot

Last Friday the kids and I had the privilege of being in an Oreck infomercial.
It was our first time doing anything like this so it was definitely an adventure.
There was only one
I-want-to-crawl-in-a-hole-to-hide moment
and they got all the shots they were looking for so I have to say the day was a success!

We arrived at the shoot at 9:30 a.m. and didn't leave until 6:00 p.m. so it was a full day of shooting. The kids did great overall thanks to my mom and Aaron who came to help and the backpacks full of entertainment we packed.

Shot #1-
Mommy and Kenize were making lunch while fake Daddy (definitely not as good looking as my real hubby!) and Wesley ate lunch.

Posing after one of the many wardrobe changes.
This was right before shot #2 (A.K.A. the most horrible moment of the day).
This was another family shot with me, Madelyn, Mackenzie, Wesley and our TV husband/dad.
We were supposed to be sitting down playing with our dog.
Let's just say a certain little man of mine was not interested in the dog or the shoot or doing anything he was told to do.
In fact he was way more entertained throwing teddy bears as high as he could in the air, laying face down on the floor and screaming like a crazy man.
Just picture me sweating like a mad woman, holding the baby, trying to control the boy while being on camera with 30 people watching me.
Not my favorite moment of the day but thankfully they did great for the other shots.

Shot #3-
Playing games together

Getting my hair done for my shot with Maddie!

Shot #4-
Me and Maddie playing

Shot #5-
Mackenzie with her "fake Mommy" playing on my iphone

Shot #6-
Wesley on camera with his "fake Mommy"

That's a wrap!
We had a great time pretending to be an acting family and can't wait to see how it all turned out.
Thanks Script to Screen for using us as your Oreck family!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What I Wore

I think I'm finally getting back into the What I Wore Wednesday groove.
I actually got dressed every day this week
and remembered to take pictures (a major feat in itself).

If your new here, What I Wore Wednesday was created to help stay at home Mommies like me to get out of their t-shirts and sweats and to put a little effort into themselves.
It's amazing how much looking at least a little put together makes me feel a little more put together. And since most days my hair is thrown into a pony tail and I smell like spit up I need all the help from an outfit I can get.

sweater- Old Navy *new*
skinny jeans- Target *new*
boots- Cathy Jean
bracelet- 31 bits

top- H&M
jeggings- Forever 21
boots- Cathy Jean

tank- H&M
jeans- Express
necklace- Forever 21

tee- Old Navy-
sweater- vintage
jeans- Old Navy
flats- Naturalizer

shirt dress- Macy's
leggings- Forever 21

top- Old Navy
jeans- Target *new*
flats- Naturalizer

Monday, September 26, 2011

Flip down desk

I'm in love with everything about this desk.

It takes up hardly any space, is functional (check out the storage inside!),
and it even doubles as a chalkboard.

It's pretty perfect.

Now I just have to figure out where it can go.
Oh and I actually have to make it (minor detail).
Does anyone know if there is a store bought version of something like this?
I think if I put it on my project to-do list it might not be completed until my kids are in high school...maybe college.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Randoms

It's Friday!!!
I had a long week, how about you?

Life with a 2 year old is just plain hard.
This week has involved more time outs and consequences than I would ever like to repeat.
Good thing he's so darn cute.

Remnants of Mackenzie's pink juice.
She's convinced if she drinks enough of it she just might turn into Pinkalicious.
I'm just happy that she's excited to be drinking beet, cucumber, apple, carrot, lemon, and ginger juice :)

We heart Fridays
because on Friday we get to watch the trash truck!

My little girl is getting too big too fast.

Every coloring session now ends with having Mommy draw our family with the kids dictating every detail of how our family should be.
P.S. Mommy is NOT an artist!

And Mackenzie has totally turned into a little perfectionist.
Like will have full blown melt downs if she goes out of the lines even the tiniest bit.
It's kind of creepy.

Just another reason I love Trader Joes.

We went to a gymnastics birthday party which the kids thought was the coolest thing ever.

Mackenzie also started her first gymnastics class with a deal I got off Groupon.

She loved it!
And poor Wesley cried the entire time because he wanted to do it too.
One more year buddy!

Wrestle match with Daddy

We took some dinner to our friend who just had twins.
They looked so tiny compared to Madelyn.

I crocheted a scarf.
You my spare time.

And I started reading this totally amazing book.
I definitely recommend this to any one with kids.
and hard in the best way.

How was your week?

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Yosemite was absolutely

In fact after looking at all my pictures you will either really want to go to Yosemite to experience the wonder yourself or feel like you have already seen all there is to see through me.
You're welcome :)

There's just something about being surrounded by God's magnificent creation that is unlike anything else. This trip definitely confirmed that the Sellars' are a camping family. Aaron and I want to take the kids camping at least once a year.

Every good road trip starts really, really early and includes breakfast from a donut shop along the way.

The drive up was long but the kids did great!
All I have to say is thank goodness for the portable DVD player and a backpack full of toys!
Oh and for kids that still nap.

Once you enter into Yosemite National Park you drive through a tunnel, turn the corner and BAM you are greeted with this beautiful landscape.

Not too shabby if you ask me :)

Once we arrived we headed straight for our site at Lower Pines to set up camp. It just so happened that we scored the most perfect group of campsites that were right along the Merced river.

Camping is fun but camping with 4 other families who are also great friends is even better!

Last year we took my parents tent trailer but this year we decided to try out a tent
and it was...cozy.
Our little 6 person tent was jam packed with 3 cots, a pack and play and a bassinet. I'm not sure how the tent maker came to the conclusion that it could fit 6 adults but we made it work.
We also went back to REI and returned it for the 8 man tent as soon as we got home.

Day one we headed to Mirror Lake.

My little wilderness girl

and her sidekick :)

It ended up being a really easy hike

and it was so pretty.

Mirror Lake ended up being more of a pond (if that) but the kids didn't mind.

They loved playing in the freezing cold water

and I loved watching them.
It was way too cold for me.

We even saw a deer run right next to us!
Like a little too close for comfort next to us.

I could stare at this view all day long.

The Bumbo is definitely a camping essential if you have a baby!
Madelyn loved hanging out in it and watching everyone while we were back at camp.

After Mirror Lake we took a trip into Camp Curry to get some wood and a few other things.

The kids found this branch at Camp Curry and thought it would be good for some fire wood.
Such big helpers!

The best part of camping (in my opinion) is definitely the campfire!
Wesley thinks so too.
He kept bringing us the bottle of lighter fluid saying "More FIRE!".
He's kind of a pyromaniac.

Oh and the reason the campfire is the best part of camping is because you use it to make Smores!

We also tried out some Mexican Smores.
Just put some peanut butter, pieces of chocolate, and mini marshmallows in a flour tortilla, fold, wrap in foil and wait for everything to get hot and melted then enjoy!

Reason I love camping #100...
Kids can be entertained without toys or TV!

Rocks+river=instant fun

love our little family!

The girls are ready for the hike with their walking sticks.

Day 2 we decided to hike up to Vernal Falls.
My friend had been there in the past and convinced us that it was one of the most beautiful places ever.
She also told us that it wasn't that bad of a hike.

Boy was she wrong!
Well she was right about the beautiful part.

But wrong about it being easy!

Aaron carried Wesley in the backpack,

and sometimes Kenize on the front too.

And I had Madelyn on the front in the Ergo and our daypack with all the water and food on my back.

It was a tough hike but we made it!
I was so proud of Mackenzie.
She hiked almost 3 miles (round trip)!

with a few breaks here and there from Daddy.

Wesley was also beat from the long hike.
He was so out that we even made a video of him pretending to talk while we moved his mouth.
It is one of those things we will keep for his wedding day :)

Day 3 we went to Yosemite Falls.

The walk from our campsite to the trail head was beautiful!

I loved the meadows with the purple wild flowers!

so. pretty.

Yosemite falls was beautiful too.

We had a great time playing in the pools at the bottom.
It felt so good to dip my dirty feet in that cool water after all the hiking we had done.

And since we are a little crazy....
we decided to stop by Nevada on the way home.
We left Yosemite after dinner and drove through the night until we reached Aaron's grandparents house.

It was so good seeing Aaron's grandma, grandpa and great grandma!
They had never met Wesley or Madelyn so we were definitely due for a visit.

And Wesley fell in love with his Papa.
He followed him everywhere he went. It was so cute!
And he also fell in love with Papa's car.

Papa even took the kids out for a spin in it.

After a yummy meal and some time visiting with family we grabbed some beef jerky and headed home.

It was such a fun trip!
We can't wait for our next camping adventure!