Mueller Farmers Market, Austin, Family, Kids, Toddlers

We wanted to get out, and enjoy the first day of October because the weather was too good to just stay inside! We decided to head to a local farmer’s market, which was an absolute B L A S T! There were so many activities for the kids, and there were a ton of vendors whether you wanted to buy fresh vegetables, drink amazing coffee or fresh juices, eat BBQ, listen to music, or even do yoga! The two things that the kids were super excited was the petting zoo, and the horse riding! It was soooo cute! They got to hold bunnies, turtles, birds, and a bearded dragon! And then of course, the icing on the cake were the horses. I mean, how can you beat horses, am I right?? 

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This post is a long time coming *insert giant eye roll*, especially given that it happened over three months ago! It’s embarrassing to be honest, but I still wanted to share because we had the absolute best time with our friends, and it made for such a memorable trip. 

This was our fourth time we’ve gone to Mexico! We’ve gone every year since 2014, when Aria was a mere 7 months old because it’s a direct 2 hour flight from Austin to Cancun! It’s hard to beat honestly!! Nonetheless, we stayed at Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmerelda, and the kids absolutely loved it. After staying at four different resorts, I think we’ve honed in on what we need out of resorts in order for it to be more of a vacation than just a trip, if you know what I mean! Because traveling with kids isn’t always a vacation.

Nonetheless, I think Aria and Rishi ask at least twice a week to go back to Mexico! Yes, still!! They remember it so vividly and it’s fun to talk about it and share the experiences we had together. Even though it’s no easy task to travel with little ones in tow, I honestly love it. I also highly recommend it.  A lot of people always tell me that the kids won’t remember, but my response is always, “I will!”. I want to create memories with them, even if it takes lots of effort, tears at the airport and the plane, and the stress of packing for tiny humans. #diaperstakeupsomuchspace I’ve learned so much from traveling with them, and what kind of patience it actually requires, and through that I’ve actually grown! Plus, hearing their little stories about what all they remember makes it worth it! Plus, they get so excited when we start talking about our next vacations!

Anyway…back to the actual resort…there were definitely a couple of cons, like the food wasn’t the absolute best given we’ve had some better food at other resorts like the one we stayed at last year which you can read about here, but the positives definitely make me want to go back there! 

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I’m sure what you’re wondering what Raksha Bandhan is if you’re not Indian or are familiar with it. Well let’s talk about pronunciation real quick before we move further: Ruck-sha Bun-Dhunn or the easier version of course is just calling it Rakhi! =)

I actually never got to do this as a kid since I didn’t have any brothers or any close cousins that were boys. But the tradition is absolutely sweet and I’m so glad I get to see it happen with my two babies. 

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My sweet little Aria. Tuesdays and Thursdays have become so much fun, because it just ends up being her and I for a few hours while brother is at school… It’s temporary as she will also go five days a week starting June, but we had to wait for a spot to open up. Til’ then, it’s “Mama-Aria” time two days out of the week! And we have been eating it up! She gets so excited to have just me all to herself. We don’t even do anything fancy and just run regular errands, but she loves having my full attention. And I get it. She started having to share me when she was a mere 18 months old. And that always weighs heavy on my heart, because she was so teeny and doesn’t understand why her mama couldn’t give her 100% anymore. But I digress…

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This is a recent photo except there are still ornaments in our yard from the wreaths that were on our door when the wind came and knocked them off!! Don’t judge! =)

Grainy but one of my faves of them!! The only thing they will watch together is Little Einsteins and it’s adorable when they sit together and talk about things from the episodes with each other!!

I feel like I haven’t done an update on my not-so-babies anymore so here’s a little snapshot on my little ones! 

Aria

3 years old but behaves like she’s 13. So. much. sass. in this tiny little girl. She has a few friends that she absolutely adores, but she pretty much keeps everyone else at an arm’s length. She’s super timid until you get to know her, and then look out! She will talk about you, ask about you, and want to see you every chance she gets! It’s definitely a trait I have that I can see got passed down to her…I’m very skeptical to let people into my world, and she’s a mirror copy of it. OOPS! 

Loves to paint, do crafts, and absolutely loves school! This is a giant change from last year..she used to hate her old school and I could never figure out what it was that she didn’t like about it, but she has flourished at this new one! It’s a spanish immersion school, so she’s also learning Spanish! There have definitely been a few moments that she’ll just throw in a word or two like no big deal and it’s always hilarious because it completely comes out of the left field! Like the other day, I was singing Itsy Bitsy to Rishi, and she just starts singing it in Spanish! And last weekend, we were around a bunch of butterflies and she casually goes “oh mama, that’s just a mariposa (butterfly)”! It’s awesome to watch how quickly her mind has picked it up! 

She’s a big TV bug and could devour any movie if given the option, which I’m sure she gets from daddy! Rudy is all about TV and movies, and could watch all day if he had the time, and she definitely follows in his footsteps there! Her jam right now is Moana, and she will literally quote the movie for you. We listen to the Moana soundtrack around here daily…and, I’m not going to lie…I can belt out “Where I’ll Go” like nobody’s business! HA. 

An amazing older sister, who loves on her brother dearly! Always ready to fight with him as well, BUT if anyone ever looks him the wrong way, you can bet she’s giving them the stank eye and protecting him to make sure he’s alright. She’s a rule follower, rarely misbehaves, and is my little buddy! Hanging out with her is so much fun since she say’s some of the funniest things! Loves wearing skirts, dresses, and tutus because of the twirling aspect. Definitely a fan of when I paint her nails! And her newest thing is swim lessons which she’s doing amazing in! 

Always curious, and always looking to learn. A reader by nature. A beyond sensitive soul. And a daddy’s girl like no other. My sweet little darling Aria. 

Rishi  

Almost 2, and the complete opposite of Aria. They weren’t kidding when they said it’s very likely your children won’t be alike because Rishi is different in every which way! He’s open to everyone, loves on anyone, and wants to chat with the whole world! Basically, he’s anti-shy and probably has no idea what the word “stranger” means since he makes everyone his friend. He’s my little socialite, but stubborn as ever. If he says no, good luck trying to get him to say yes. Right now, we are definitely in that phase where it’s his way or the highway since he doesn’t really understand consequences, or has the vocabulary to fully reason with…so sometimes going places with him is definitely challenging! But with each passing month, it get easier ever so slightly! *I stress the ever so slightly!* =)

Eats all day unless its actually mealtime, and is such a jokester. He has such a sense of humor and he’s not even 2 yet! LOVES to dance, and that is such a understatement. The minute music comes on, he literally cannot. sit. still. And this kid has got some serious moves! He’s not a TV bug like Aria, but his current faves consist of Moana and Little Einsteins. Those are the only two things to guarantee him to sit for about 20 minutes without getting into trouble! Naughty is his middle name, and he’s always got a smile on him when he knows he’s doing something wrong. 

Always playing with cars/trains/planes/tractors and any other vehicle he can get his hands on.  He’s such a little brother and can annoy Aria within milliseconds, but asks about her all day while she’s gone. He loves her to bits and follows her around pretty much all day long. Their bond and relationship is by far one of the sweetest things I’m getting to witness. 

Reading books has become a new thing for him since he didn’t really care for it before and his current go to book is “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”. He loves to play with water and is loving his swim lessons! I call him my little Rishi-Fishy! Not a fan of slides at the park, but swings and mulch are two things he obsesses over. 

A giggler which I adore because his little laugh is so contagious. My snuggle bug to the fullest. Sensitive and beyond caring. Mama’s boy down to the core. 

Can’t believe he’s going to be 2 in less than 2 months! 

At their first dentist visit! And after I took this picture, they just looked like such big kids to me!

I love these little bunnies so much! They take up every minute of my day, and it’s definitely tiring, but man…they are the center of our universe. They teach me everyday about patience, kindness, compassion, patience, love, giving, patience, and to appreciate the little things everyday. Oh wait, did I say patience? Cuz they definitely teach me a lot about patience in case you hadn’t caught on. =P