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This Is the Time to Remember

October 6, 2017

"This is the time to remember, 'cause it will not last forever. These are the days to hold on to, but we won't, although we'll want to."

As we enter autumn, I'm reminded of how quickly Roselyn is growing and how time is passing by.

Rosie is officially 6-months-old now, and although I've been taking photos of her each day, we have hardly captured any pictures of the three of us together since she joined our family. That is why we were so happy to reconnect with our friend Valerie, of Valerie Bolitho Photography, for family portraits this month!

Valerie helped us document both our engagement and wedding photos, so it was very special to have her shoot our family of three, now that we're back home in Phoenix again.













We had such an incredible time shooting this season of our lives at the Desert Botanical Garden and are looking forward to doing it again soon.

We've learned that you can never take enough photos of this time with your babe – Roselyn is growing so fast and it's beginning to feel like if we blink, we'll miss it.

Thank you to our friend Valerie for continuing to document these milestones in our lives!

Baby Outfit: Baby Gap
Caitlin's Outfit: PinkBlush
Ryan's Outfit: Chaps

Frida and Diego | The Heard Museum in Phoenix

September 17, 2017

Hi! How are you? It's been awhile since our last update!

We've been quite busy seeing family and friends, settling in and unpacking boxes at our new home in Phoenix over the last month.

We were grateful to find some time for ourselves to relax amidst meetups and the move, and we chose to spend that time at the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera art exhibit at the Heard Museum this past month.

(Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit/Heard Museum)

The Heard Museum was founded in 1929 by Dwight and Maie Bartlett Heard, prominent ranchers who collected a significant amount of American Indian art after they settled in the Southwest.

Today, their museum features over 40,000 pieces of Native American art and objects from multiple Southwestern tribes, including the Hopi, Navajo and Zuni.

We had a great time going through all the American Indian cultural exhibits at the Heard Museum, but were most thrilled to see Kahlo and Rivera's masterpieces from Mexico. We had been waiting to see their work in person for some time – Frida has long been an icon in my culture and has been my favorite artist as long as I can remember. So, it felt as if the stars had aligned when our move allowed us to see the exhibit during its last weekend on display in Phoenix – the only North American stop for the gallery, which is on a global tour.




(Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit/Heard Museum)




The Frida and Diego exhibit at the Heard Museum was everything we had hoped it would be – nothing short of spectacular!

It was incredible to see Kahlo's iconic "Self Portrait with Monkeys" and Rivera's "Sunflowers," in addition to more than 50 photographs that family and friends had taken of Kahlo throughout her life.

To make the visit even more special, we had our daughter with us, who absolutely loved looking at all the vivid imagery surrounding her. We can't wait to teach her all about her culture and about Frida and Diego one day!


Did you have the opportunity to see Frida and Diego's exhibit?

What was your favorite piece of work?

We'd love to hear all about your experience in the comments below or on my Facebook or Instagram!

Roselyn | Five Months Old

August 31, 2017
Between our cross-country move and settling into our new home, I'm more than a few weeks late with this blog post (#MomLife). But we're happy to share what Roselyn's month has been like today!

Roselyn | Five Months Old


This month:

Size: She's 14.5 lbs, 24.5" and starting to outgrow her onesies after only wearing them once or twice. If anyone's found the secret to slowing down this time with your baby, please share it with us now!

Sleep: Our recent move unfortunately took us off the sleep schedule that we were on – and a three-hour time change with a five-month-old has not been fun – but we're slowly working our way back to where we once were.

Things She Dislikes: This month, teething has been what Rosie has disliked the most, so she has been spending a lot of time being comforted by Dad, Mom and plenty of teething toys.

Things She Likes: Reaching out for anything she can touch, rolling over and trying to sit and stand on her own constantly!

Things We've Learned: That although the days have been short and the nights have been long this month, the moments we've had and the memories we've been making are irreplaceable and unforgettable.


Baby Headband: California Tot
Baby Romper: OshKosh
Milestone Blanket: BATZkids

On the Road to Home

August 2, 2017
I have some exciting news to share with you all today – the Burm family is on the road to home!


Ryan and I have spent an incredible five years moving and traveling across the U.S., but now that we've expanded our family and are raising our daughter, we've decided that it is the right time for us to go home to Phoenix.

This will be our third cross-country move and although these moves are always bittersweet, this one has been especially difficult – we're leaving the city and house we brought our daughter home to, along with so many memories, family and friends.

Thankfully, we have a lot to look forward to... like our new home being less than a mile away from Roselyn's grandparents and her Aunt and Uncle!

We can't wait to experience the city in a new way through our daughter's eyes and are also looking forward to having her surrounded by the unconditional love and support of her family as she grows.

We will be leaving the Mid-Atlantic and heading out on the road to home soon. You can follow my Instagram for more frequent updates about our travels.

Until then!

Roselyn | Four Months Old

July 31, 2017
We can't believe we've had four entire months (and one week) with our beautiful baby girl!

Roselyn | Four Months Old


This month:

Size: She's 13 lbs, 24" and growing fast! We started saving our favorite newborn to three-month-old outfits and onesies of hers this month because she's officially grown out of everything that we had purchased for her before she was born.You can bet that brought this Mom to tears!

Sleep: The first half of the month was difficult for all of us as we dealt with some sleep regression, but that suddenly changed one day when Roselyn lost her startle reflex. She's been on a great sleep schedule, smiling ever since and we couldn't be happier.

Things She Dislikes: This month, being separated from Mom is what Rosie has disliked the most, so she has been spending most of her time near me in her Baby Bjorn.

Things She Likes: Road trips with Dad and Mom! This month, we took our first roadtrip as a family to Grandpa Cole's, then traveled on to Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey. So all in all, Roselyn visited six states this month – not too bad for a 4-month-old!

Things We've Learned: We learned how to have a successful roadtrip with a baby after spending the last two weeks on the road. You can read more about our roadtrip and see our travel tips here.


Baby Headband: California Tot
Milestone Blanket: BATZkids

How to Roadtrip with a Baby

July 26, 2017

If you know anything about our family, you know that we love family time and we love road trips!

Ryan and I have been road tripping together across the U.S. since 2012 and have seen over 35 states thus far, but we found ourselves asking if we could continue to travel this way in 2017 now that we have a baby.



The answer? Yes we can!

With a little more planning and preparation, we found that we can still have a successful roadtrip... and you can too! Read our top tips on:

 How to Roadtrip with a Baby


1. Confront Your Fear

Just like anything else, it's important to first confront your fear of a roadtrip with a baby. Knowing that your baby will cry or have a blowout or spit-up as soon as you depart (in our experience) helped us plan and prepare for our travels more efficiently. We found that going into the roadtrip with this mindset was critical to it's success.

2. Make Frequent Stops

It is essential that you make frequent stops throughout your roadtrip, for you and baby! Our daughter lets us drive three or four hours while she naps, then, when she wakes, we stop for a half hour or so to feed, have a diaper change and play together. The stops help us all regroup so we can continue the roadtrip satisfied.

3. Purchase New Toys

There is nothing more effective or entertaining than new toys for a baby on a roadtrip. Our daughter's top three favorite toys to play with while traveling are:

Lovies
Fanfan the Fawn
Rattles

4. Ride in the Backseat

Although blankets, mirrors and new toys are beloved by babes on road trips, nothing can replace the sight of Dad or Mom! Riding in the backseat next to your rear-facing baby ensures that you can comfort him or her and make any necessary adjustments on the road without sacrificing travel time.

5. Travel During Naptime or Nighttime

Every baby is different and his or her needs are unique, but we found that traveling during naptime or nighttime makes for an easier roadtrip for everyone. Our daughter sleeps well first thing in the morning and again at night, so we try to drive as far as we can in the early morning hours then plan to make frequent stops or rest during the day so we can recuperate by nighttime.

Although road tripping with a baby requires more planning and preparation, try not to let your fear undermine your travels!

Be sure to use these tips to ensure a successful roadtrip for all.

Bon voyage!

Carseat: Britax
Pacifier: Natursutten
Pacifier Clip: Matimati Baby

Open Streets in Pittsburgh

July 15, 2017
Recently, we had the opportunity to take part in an Open Streets event in Pittsburgh – an event that's part of an incredible initiative growing in communities across the country!


Open Streets is a project in the U.S. that focuses on temporarily closing roads and streets to motor traffic, so that communities can enjoy bicycling, socializing and walking together throughout the city.

The initiative currently includes hundreds of cities across the country that hold Open Street events to help their communities become "the most active, happiest and healthiest" that they can be.










We had a great time participating in Open Streets in Pittsburgh on such a beautiful summer day – and Roselyn loved getting out in the cool air and sunshine in her Britax Stroller for the first time without her carseat!

We hope to attend more Open Street days in the near future, but in the meantime you can look for an Open Street event near you by visiting the Open Streets Project map.

Want to see more photos of our day to day when we're not out exploring on the weekends? Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Roselyn | Three Months Old

June 30, 2017
We're now a week into Roselyn being three months old! Where has the time gone?


Roselyn | Three Months Old


This month:

Size: She's 11.5 lbs, 22" and we couldn't be more proud. This month, we went from celebrating Roselyn fitting into her one-to-three month onesies, to having her hit her three month growth spurt early and then suddenly having her not fit into those very same outfits she wore just weeks prior – what a month it's been.

Sleep: Rosie has been sleeping well for the last month now, but as soon as she hit her growth spurt this past week, we regressed back to waking up a few times a night. Thankfully, Dad and Roselyn have been letting Mom get a nap in when she can. When Mom's happy, everyone's happy!

Things She Dislikes: This month, being in the sun has been what Roselyn's disliked the most. We can usually manage the sunlight with a sunhat and sunshades – whether she's outdoors or in the carseat or stroller – but the second that direct sunlight hits her, she's an unhappy babe.

Things She Likes: Taking day trips with Dad and Mom! This month, we've enjoyed trips to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, PNC Park for our first Cubs game and to the University of Pittsburgh with family.

Things We've Learned: How to make Rosie giggle – and her laugh is so contagious! Roselyn learned how to giggle at Dad and Mom this week, and we all think it's the best thing ever.


Baby Romper: Baby Gap
Milestone Blanket: BATZkids

Our Anniversary

June 12, 2017

I cannot believe that I am celebrating 11 years spent with my best friend and husband today!


June 12 marks our 4-year wedding anniversary and the 11 years we've spent together, and I am so thankful for every minute I've had and every moment I've shared with him since 2006 – from highschool sweethearts, to husband and wife and now dad and mom.





Happy Anniversary, Ryan! I love you and can't wait to see where this voyage takes us next.

About Our Wedding:

Our beautiful wedding photos were taken by one of the most talented photographers, Valerie Bolitho, of Valerie Bolitho Photography. She made us feel so comfortable throughout the day and I would recommend her to any couple. You can view her blog about our wedding day here.

I also wouldn't have felt near as beautiful on my wedding day without the help of makeup artist Sandy Goldstein. She specializes in a wide variety of makeup, including airbrushing, which she used to make me picture perfect on the big day.

I'd highly recommend both women to engaged couples looking for bridal cosmetics or photography!