12.30.2015

{Christmas glimpse}

I have a lot more pictures than this... But this will have to do for now ❤️  I'll more to this post later! Enjoy a glimpse in to our Christmas day ♥

Christmas Morning ♥
Opening her first present on Christmas morning ♥

Of course Daddy got her a light saber!  She was SOOO excited!

baby boy, enjoying the warm and cozy morning, cuddled up to mommy
with sister's doc mcstuffins stuff!
Christmas Dinner at Ama & Ampa's 

giggles & tickles form daddy!  She was trying to take his hat off...
we had a competition going to see who could leave theirs on
the longest! of course he won...





12.29.2015

{ #lifegoals}

I see this hashtag a lot.  and honestly.  it makes me roll my eyes a lot. ha.

But.  As the year is about to begin, and we are concentrating on our vision for the year... which isn't quite complete yet... I cannot wait to blog about it!! But it includes simplifying.  Focusing on our family.  Focusing on our relationship with God and decluttering any obstacles.

have you have felt God hit you over the head... repeatedly.  it's those quiet whispers that are easy to ignore, then they get louder... then basically what he is wanting you to hear is EVERYWHERE!!!  yeah.  welcome to our life the last month or so.

this coming week, our pastor is going to challenge us to fast.  fast in prayer.  fast from one meal.  fast from eating for the week (biblical fasting is quite frankly amazing isn't it?!).  I've never fasted for a week... and well, I doubt it would be too smart considering I'm pregnant.  but I hope to do that before long.

but one thing that has been following me wherever I go... those not so quiet whispers... spiritual warfare.  we are equipped to battle this warfare... God has already defeated our enemy.  but.  that doesn't mean we can do whatever we please.

long story short:  it's time to prune some branches.  this is hard for me.  let's use the example of social media.  i have struggled with this for years.  i think mostly because i realize it is empty... time used up on something that is quite empty.  our pastor made an AMAZING point this past weekend:  we aren't always called to prune dead vines and limbs.  sometimes those things that need pruning are live... they may even be good.  but if they are taking up space and taking away from God and His plan for us... then it's time to prune it. That hit me like a ton of bricks!!! That is why I struggle with social media... I love the connections and the friendships I've made, I love taking part in others lives and sharing my own... but is it fruitful?  Not really.  It isn't bad, but I don't feel it really produces fruit either.

so.  here i am.  i have limited my self on instagram and facebook checking and posts... mostly you will find me here on this blog... sharing my thoughts and collecting memories.  i will still check facebook, but i'm just not making it as easy for myself and same with instagram.  so you can still find me there... just don't be surprised if it takes me a bit to get back to you.

instead of grabbing my phone and looking on social media when i wake up, i am going to grab my youversion app on my phone or even ... gasp... my bible!

wish me luck friends!!

12.28.2015

{husband love}

I think it's so important for us mamas to brag on our husband now & then... Don't you agree?!

Well, my guy... he's pretty awesome!

I use to do a post every week about "why i love my husband...".  I LOVED doing it!  I'm sure some saw it as nauseating, while some I'm sure thought I was over compensating... while, y'all... I just believe in building my husband up, in our home as well as publicly!

I'm not going to pretend we have a perfect marriage.  We don't.  not in any way, shape or form!  That man can infuriate me more than any human being on the planet.  We know how to push one another's buttons and often times do it accidentally.  But on the flip side, there is no one I'd rather be on this journey of life with!!  He's my best friend and we have been through so much together.  I can't imagine doing life without him!!


My hubby took me and our little lady out to dinner tonight!! It was just one of those good nights!  We had planned to go to dinner, but little did I know he would surprise me with dinner at one of the best italian places in town... one we rarely go to because, well... we aren't rich, ha!  Apparently Harper knew... she wore her pearls ;) ... anyway... it was a great evening!  Harper was so well mannered at the restaurant and the food was amazing.  Then something happened that made me take a look at my phone (we are trying SO hard to disconnect in order to intentionally connect...) and I had a text from my husband!!! He had sent me a starbucks card ♥  now come on.  how sweet is that?! swoon! ♥  this man.  he spoils me.  To top it all off, he took me by hobby lobby on the way home... even though the broncos game had already started!! Such a wonderful man!

I've been feeling larger and larger everyday.  I can honestly say I never feel more beautiful than when I'm pregnant and I can contribute a lot of that to my husband.  He tells me how beautiful I am more than once a day.  Last night I mumbled something about feeling uncomfortable and larger than ever.... His response was "no, you are my gorgeous pregnant wife!!".  Now come on.  As much as it makes me roll my eyes a little, that sticks in the heart, am i right?!

I just love this man!

I love that our girls get to have him as their father.  Their first true love!

We are three blessed gals... that is for sure!! ♥

xoxo ♥ a wife in love! 

{Hayden Alexis}

Our sweet baby girl - our second born.

Oh how I cannot wait to meet her, get to know her personality, study her little face and hands!! 

At almost 28weeks it's so hard to believe we are in the final stretch!!! I cannot wait for our girls to meet!! 

It's no secret that we wrestled with a name choice for awhile!!! We found out we were having a girl around the 12 week mark!! I was dead set on a name. Like set!!! Rob didn't like it. No budging. And that just wasn't ok!! Our baby girl had to have a name we both love! So Eden quickly was marked off our list, although I still love the name!!! 

I let it go. We didn't really talk about it much, we threw around a few names here and there - Rob even downloaded name apps on his phone since he was the one more laid back and I was the one sitting over here saying "I am growin a child inside me!!! We need to name her!! Lol" 

You might remember a few months back Hayden was even a name I said we had thrown out. We had a list!  We had it down to three: Emilia, Emery, or McKenna. I loved the E names and we loved the idea of her nickname being "emmie"... but neither one of them seemed to be our baby girl!  I know about ten jillion McKennas. But, I love the name. And hearing Harper say it was even cuter!!... "Kenna!!"  That was quite honestly almost our pick! Like we were almost there!!! And then I just kept seeing it everywhere - friends little girls on Facebook, random strangers kids on social media, etc and I just realized I just really didn't like it for this baby! I knew that if it was THE name, no matter the cons, I'd still love it.  But - I left it on the table for Rob to decide! We went back to the drawing board so to speak and pulled out the list on my phone. I just REALLY loved the sound of Hadlee and Hayden both - and how they both sounded with Harper!! Rob wasn't sold on Hadlee... and I was iffy on Hayden for awhile. But the moment I heard "hayden alexis" and even better, saw it in writing... my heart knew!  But I didn't want to push Rob too much -  I really wanted it to be his choice.  

Two weeks ago we had Rob's parents and his brother and our sister in law over for dinner. We started talking names. We discussed our list and then some!! We still weren't 100% on any of our new top three. I mean. Throughout this pregnancy we had about five different top threes haha. 

I had about all given up - thinking ok, we are going to just have to meet her first. 

Then Christmas morning came. 

All three of us had opened most of our gifts, it had been a picture perfect morning. Like really. We were all in a great mood and even laughed together as I got grumpy making breakfast... Cause mama doesn't really operate too well that early on half a cup of coffee. It was just a good good good Christmas morning. Then Rob handed me a bag. Inside was a hobby lobby bag. At first I thought- wow!!! He got me something fun from Hobby Lobby!!! ... Which he did ;) I just had no idea how fun!! 

I opened it up and started pulling out wooden letters!!!! All random and out of order. But I saw an H, an A, a D, and then a Y... I then knew!!! I started bawling!!! It was right then.. RIGHT THEN that I was 10000% sure!!  Our little girl is Hayden!! Little miss Hayden T!! 

Harper has already been calling baby sister, "baby haayyyden".  It melts my heart!!

It's so amazing how when you decide on "the" name how much peace it brings.  I remember the same feeling with Harper.  It just gives the baby an identity and it's so awesome!! So keep an eye out for lots of "#harperplushayden" hashtags!! Apparently, Harper and Hayden are pretty popular sibling names, ha! So I had to get creative with a hashtag that could be ours alone ♥ 

So very excited!!!

12.26.2015

{Christmas 2015}

Waking up this morning was so amazing... Sleeping in (thanks Harper), and then walked out of our room.

Oh. Boy. 

Our house. Is. A. Mess!!!

Basically Christmas exploded yesterday and then we left for the day. 

Funny how I forgot that. 

Toys to sort through, find a spot for. Laundry to do. Dishes to do. Oh and I just asked Harper if she wanted to get dressed and go brave the crazies for some good after Christmas deals. She literally laughed hysterically at me. So is that a no?! 

But my goodness what a wonderful day yesterday. 

It really started Christmas Eve. We got all dressed up and went to one of our Christmas Eve services at church,  it was wonderful. Then we ran home, I changed out of my 5inch heals (yeah what was I thinking lol), and headed out for our first Christmas dinner at the Harrison's. We ate yummy food and spent some great quality time together. Then headed home, got Harper to bed and the presents out and stockings stuffed. 

Christmas morning was so fun!! We woke up, well... First off... My hubby woke me up at 3am wanting to have Christmas. I gave him (I'm sure) the craziest look and politely (or not so politely) told him he was crazy!! So around 7 we got up, did stockings, stuck a breakfast casserole in, and opened gifts. Harper was so fun... "For meeee???!!" Before she opened everything. It was the cutest!! 

After we ate and were lazy bums - played with new toys - we headed to Matt & Leah's for brunch and a wonderful time with family and friends!! Then back home for nap time - then straight over to Ama & Ampa's for Christmas dinner and secret Santa gifts!! 

Such a fun day!! And in between all that, Rob gave me exactly what I wanted for Christmas (he got me so many amazing things... but this is what I REALLY wanted!!) !! A name for our baby!! We had it narrowed down - but he wrapped up the letters to the name and gave it to me for Christmas. I cried. It was so special!! And now our little one has a name!! We announced it on Facebook and Instagram today after telling our families yesterday. I'll do a separate- all on its own post about her name soon. So until then... You can check us out on fb or insta! 

Hope you all had a very merry Christmas!!!  Keep an eye out for a baby name post and of course more Christmas pictures! ♥  It's time to go brave the post holiday crowd and tackle target!! But of course, mama will need a Starbucks fix first ... All my Starbucks are out of caramel brûlée and some even out of red cups (gaspppp!!!)... So I gotta soak up that chestnut praline!!! 

Xoxo❤️

12.23.2015

{27 weeks}

Just a quick little update!! 

Happy Third Trimester!!! 

The belly is finally front and center! I've said so many times that I'm carrying this baby differently. I'm really thinking it has a lot to do with my placenta being up front. 

Two milestones this week... 

• the husband looked at me and said, "wow your baby belly is finally getting big" lol. I laughed. Because I totally agreed!! 

• a stranger asked me for the first time when I am due!!! 

I feel like the baby has also turned - at least I hope! I'm feeling a majority of my kicks higher up past my belly button, where they had been quite low. Also, I went from having more of a small cantaloupe looking belly to a more stretched - from top to bottom - belly!! I'm curious to see what my doctor says in a couple of weeks! 

I feel like we are SO close to a name choice!! I can't wait!! 

Busy! Busy!!! It is Christmas Eve, Eve after all ;) 
Xoxo ❤️

12.22.2015

{the chaos}

So anyone else began the Christmas chaos?! 

This year was suppose to be nice and relaxing. We aren't traveling. Our families aren't really doing presents besides buying for the kids. 

Simplify. 

That was our goal. 

I do still think we will have a peaceful holiday. I really do. 

But man. How did I all of a sudden get so much to do?! 

I'm way behind on wrapping Gifts. You'd think it would be easier this year since basically I only have Harper's to wrap. But hers are the hardest. While, we don't really do the whole gifts from Santa thing... I normally would have them all wrapped and under the tree by now.

Well. This child is sooo excited about Christmas and loves the idea of gifts and giving gifts even more!  There are two gifts under our tree right now and they are both for her daddy. I think she's tried giving them to him every day since they were placed there... Saying "merrryyyy Christmas daddy!!!" Ha! It's so cute!!! But has led me to waiting to wrap stuff. And waiting to put stuff in the stockings. And just waiting. 

I'm not so good at this. Ha! 

It makes me feel like it's chaotic. Even though it's really not. 

I'm so excited for this Christmas with her, though!!! This is our last Christmas as a family of three!!! Exciting and a bit sad, all at the same time! 

I want to make sure our little princess- our soon to be big sister has the best Christmas!!!! ❤️

12.18.2015

{instagram}

Did you guys know that some users accounts were getting locked or even deleted last week????  Insert terrified face here!!!! Aside from blogging, Instagram is my go to memory catcher!! I locked that baby down!!! I havn't had my account private in awhile!! Here I am, secretly wishing I had backed up my photos already... I need to do that asap!! But - in reality, I feel bad because I get request for follows in and I don't even know they are there, yikes again!! 

But. - do you all snapchat?! Wait is that the right verbage?! Is it a verb?! I'm not gonna lie - snap chat makes me feel old. All of my mommy friends and I laugh- none of us really know exactly how to use it. Completely. Yes. I just admitted it!! 
Ha!  

Ok. Enough social media monopolization for now!! 
Xoxo❤️

12.17.2015

{expectant}

Sometimes I forget that I'm not the only one "expecting".

Our whole family is waiting in expectation! 

Even Harper. 

Granted, she isn't quite certain exactly what is happening... How could she. She's not even two. But she knows sister is in mommy's tummy and she wants her to come out! 

In fact, the common happening around our house is for Harper to want to lay on my baby belly. She will lift up my shirt, just enough for her little face to touch my skin, and lay there - feeling her baby sister kick her. She loves it. 

It is the sweetest thing!! But it reminds me. She is waiting too. Just like I'm waiting to be a mommy again, she is waiting to be a big sister for the first time!!  So amazing!! 


I'm the youngest in my family - so this big sister thing is new for both of us! I'm so excited for her! She is going to be just the best big sister!!! 

12.16.2015

{26 weeks}

My last week in my second trimester... Next week I'll be seven months pregnant.

That is just so crazy!!! This pregnancy is seriously flying. So fast that I had a little freak out in my head yesterday.... Haha. You know that point when you realize what your body is going through and is about to go through again!!  yeah. 

So anyway!


At 26 weeks, I'm already feeling it. I'm tired. But at the same time, I'm really enjoying this pregnancy!! This little girl is so active- kicks, rolls, hiccups... You name it! 

I think we are closer to naming her - I think. Right now it's down to two! Unless we hear a name that we haven't heard yet and fall in love with it - we are either going to have another little "H" or an "M"! Both aren't too common, and I love that!! Rob and I can think of two famous people with the "H" name and well - the "M" is a little more popular- but none the less, I think we have it narrowed down. Harper has a favorite. It's pretty cute!! I'll have to get a video of us talking to her about it to post after we announce the name - hopefully that's before the hospital, haha!

No crazy cravings this week. No stretch marks and my belly button is still in. It never popped with Harper so I'm very curious to see if it will this pregnancy! I feel like my weight gain has been good - even though we don't even own a scale hahaha!! I'm so dreading my glucose test in a couple of weeks ... Ugh!!! I don't mind the drink - more the way I feel when my sugar plummets. Ready to get it over with though. 

& I have to confess.  you see that scarf?! I pretty much live in it.  It is so comfy and warm... and goes with everything!! It was an early gift from Rob and Harper... shameless Old Navy plug ;)  It seriously has been my go to this winter so far!! & that sweater?! Well, my sweet sis-in-law brought me over two huge boxes of her maternity clothes! Thank goodness!! Even though this isn't my first pregnancy, with my pregnancy with Harper - most of my maternity clothes were hand me downs... and well, I handed them back, ha!  I have a few pieces I've picked up here and there, but I was wearing them every few days.. now I have some super cute pieces to put in the rotation!! & this sweater is a new favorite!! There's room for the bump, but isn't baggie! And well.  I've been living in those jeggings too... thank you forever 21! I've seriously had these pants longer than I'd like to admit, ha!... their elastic waste make them great for maternity and just regular day.

This week, on the agenda... you guys.  Tomorrow I'm cutting a few inches off of my hair.  When I say a few, I mean like 5! haha!  that is, if I don't chicken out ;) We shall see!!

Well, that's about it at 26 weeks.  We have been so busy that really, there's not much pregnancy news!
Hope you are all having a great week!!
xoxo ♥


12.13.2015

{bye-bye paci!!!}

So, we've been paci free for a few weeks now. I hesitated blogging this milestone... Mostly because I was unsure it would stick. 

Harper did it all on her own. 

I had heard rumors of fairytales of this happening. I thought surely this was impossible. 

I was wrong. 

I'm not a fan of pacifiers!!! In fact I wasn't sure we'd even introduce one when she was an infant. 

But life happened. Her first shot in the hospital - the nurse said the paci would help ease the pain during it. So we agreed to her giving it to Harper. Then Harper had jaundice so we had to have her blood tested everyday for a week ... So I applied the same logic the nurse told me. Then I happened upon the amazingness that my baby that already slept like a champ would sleep even longer with a pacifier. This tired mommy was sold!!! 

Which led us to having a 22 month old still walking around with a pacifier in her mouth!!! We had been saying since she was a year old, that once she lost them all - they were gone - we weren't buying new ones. 

Guess what. She always managed to find one. Then one day, out of the blue, a few weeks ago, she wanted to throw them all away!!! We actually tried talking her out of it - we were sure she didn't realize that meant they were gone for good. She insisted. So we let her. Then Rob sneaked then out and we washed them and hid them, just knowing she would want them back. Well. We were wrong. 

In fact, she found one this weekend and told me, "baby paci!!! Baby sister!"  I was shocked. 

She has been so easy so far with things like this. It was a similar transition when she quit bottles. 

Now can potty training now be this easy?! 

Harper is quick to tell you these days that, "I a big girl!!!" ... I keep reminding her she will always be mamas baby!!! ❤️

12.12.2015

{life before the mom-knot... }

i've seen so many posts lately about how mamas can't remember life before their babies.  and i know what they mean.  they mean they are happy.  that their children are the perfect addition to their family.  that their children make their family complete.

and with all of those statements i whole-heartedly agree.  but am i really the only one that remembers life before the mom-knot?!

i'm not saying it was better... in fact, the exact opposite.  but i'd be lying if there were some days i'd love to sleep in, sipping on coffee, and watching something besides diego or dora.  ha!
but those Saturday morning snuggles i got this morning... the ones that lasted for almost 2 hours, little arms wrapped around my neck, lots of smooches... those i wouldn't replace for any sleep filled night or sleeping in til 10!  in fact, i wouldn't trade any of it...

as we prepare for our second little princess, i know life is getting ready to change even more and i'm so excited!! because if i've learned anything in the last almost two years of motherhood, it's this.... that even the most challenging of changes or seasons are beautiful when you are a mama.  this is what God has called me to do.

last night as we laid in bed, our family of 3 (+ little sister in my belly), doing our evening devotional with Harper, watching her sing "I give because God gave me Jesus... it's what I do, do do, do...." at the top of her lungs, I felt God whisper to my heart... this, this why I created you - for you to be her mommy, for you to lead her in my way.  And that my friends, that trumps all.  if i was created ... my only purpose in life, being for nothing more than to be her and her little sister's mommy... then that, my friends, is the highest purpose i could ever imagine!

so for a split second, i might long for binge watching on netflix or amazon prime - something else besides shows that wait for your response awkwardly... all it ever takes is that sweet little voice or hug... or even being called "mommy", and i'd trade every 8hour+ night of sleep i've ever gotten! ♥

12.08.2015

{top three Tuesday... }

So I saw a fellow instagramer post about blogging a "top three Tuesday" as she had seen someone else do. 

Honestly, there were parts of today that could've been a lot better. But just like anything in life, there was so much more good than negative in my day & I want to focus on that!! So I thought I'd join in the top three Tuesday this week!! 

• my sweet husband hearing my frustration and getting me Starbucks AND another new Starbucks Christmas mug!! It really brightened my toddler tantrum filled day right up!! 

• having our brother, sister, and our nephew & niece over for dinner! Watching our kiddos play together and laugh together. Sharing my day with my sister in law and her literally sitting there saying "me too!!", sharing an evening with her over a cup of tea/coffee, as our kids ran back and forth between us and their daddies. I'm not sure we finished one complete thought but the time was still so good for the soul!!! I just love our family!! 

• the fact that my baby girl is peacefully sleeping, and she insisted on cuddling baby sister (in my belly) for awhile before her daddy took her to bed. The sweetness and love she already shows her sister... It melts my heart!! ❤️ 


12.07.2015

{currently}

I decided to pick back up doing a "currently" post here and there & link up with Becky over at Choose Happy ❤️ 

Currently, Ive (or we) been.... 

Craving: 
Sushi!!!! In fact. One of our grocery stores has a little sushi bar and I literally crave sushi from there... Constantly!! Not from our normal sushi place - FROM THE GROCERY STORE, people!!! Logically that sounds awful haha. But they make the best spicy crunch roll! It even has bites of jalapeño in every piece!! Rob was a loving husband and went and got some for me this week when the baby was basically demanding it!! 


Which leads me to the next item.... 

Sipping ... 
On his sushi run, this grocery store also happens to have a Starbucks - at which he also bought me my annual Christmas mug from him!! What a great surprise!! I've really enjoyed sipping my yummy lattes from it this week!! 



Toting... 
No, not THAT kind of toting y'all!!! I know I live in CO, but jeez ;) 
I found THE CUTEST bag this week (of course while shopping for others)... FOR TWO DOLLARS!!! Two!! 
I fell in love with it, because... Well I'm definitely #crazythankful!! 


Christmas-ing.... 
Last year, my mother in law and I started a little tradition of taking Harper to see Santa at a local high school's craft fair! He's really just the best looking Santa... And he's free!!! Harper did well... She was apprehensive and didn't really want to smile, but then didn't want to get down from his lap when it was time to go, haha! 

Continuing our advent...
We have continued our Tisthammer family dinner/advent by meeting last night as a family. We have also been doing advent with Harper nightly, using the you version app for kids and of course her chocolate countdown and link chain countdown ❤️

& more Christmas-ing.... 
Tonight we had our super fun ladies Christmas party at the church - including a Christmas mug exchange (does that have my name written all over it or what?!) it was so fun!!! And gave me an excuse to make gluten and dairy filled Christmas treats!!!!! 


Well, there's really so much more going on around here too... I'll get to that eventually I'm sure :)
But these are the highlights over the last few days. I just love this time of year and how enjoyably busy we stay!! I think we have plans every day/night for the next few weeks. It wears me out thinking about it a bit since I'm such a home body - but it's all so fun and festive!!! 
Have a great week, friends!!! 
Xoxo 


{letting it go... embracing the good}

so last week I won a give away that one of my favorite instagram mommy friends was doing!! you should really check out her blog, friends!!!... click here!

i met MaLyn a while back through social media!  in fact, in this give away post, she refers to the fact that a year ago she made the decision to make her instagram public (take it off private settings) in order to connect with moms through instagram (see that here)!! i, for one, am so glad she did :)  even though, ironically enough... we didn't meet through instagram, but through facebook i believe. 

anyway... it really got me to thinking.  i've wrestled with social media and the sharing vs not sharing of my life publicly for quite awhile.  i know there are major creepers out there... like major.  like scary, steal your picture creepers.  and i also know there are just people out there that are nosy and curious, harmless... but really that i'd rather them not know all the ends and outs of my life that are meant for my family and friends.  so every once in awhile, you'll see me fort knox it and lock everything down in a momentary freak out, ha!

but this was such a good reminder to me that opening myself up publicly really does have some awesome benefits!  i have met some really really awesome friends through social media.  a lot of mom friends and mom blogger friends who i really do feel like are real life friends, even though i have never met them face to face.  we've laughed together, prayed for one another, and listened to one another vent, and i'm pretty sure even cried together on occasion.  i've connected with some amazing women that i'm quite certain i wouldn't have met otherwise.

to those of you that legitimately want to connect and get to know one another because you feel we have common ground, please, please do!!! find me on insta! for the super duper creepers... the scary ones.  just don't.  go find some one else to be scary creepy to.... i promise there are a lot more interesting people out there! and for the harmless, nosy/curious ones...
welcome to my unbelievably happy, blessed, wonderful life!  and yes, this happiness is real.  hey ... maybe let's be friends, then you don't have to be nosy ;P

i'm sure i'll continue to flip back and forth, especially as my girls grow.  it's hard wanting to share how wonderful they are, but being concerned about putting them out there where the whole world has access. 

but that being said... let's connect!  if you love jesus, your hubby, your kiddos, your friends... and chick- fil- a & caffeine... or if you're just a non-creepy stalker mama (ha!), I'd love to get to know you ♥ 

here's to social media, bringing mamas together!
xoxo ♥

12.06.2015

{my sweet, sweet girl}


As my little one leaned over to snuggle my ever growing baby belly, I came across a blog post on expecting a second daughter. These words are basically straight from my heart!!! 

"So, while I’m sorry that the era of just-you-and-me is coming to a close, I’m going to stop and decide to always remember this precious, beautiful time we’ve had together and be grateful that you were the one who taught me how to be someone’s mother. You, with your sweet, gentle nature, your enthusiastic and kind spirit, and your compassionate and loving heart.

What an amazing big sister you’re going to make. Your little sister is going to be thrilled when she finds out that you’re the one she got."-RASHA RUSHDY (via @scarymommy)

12.03.2015

{happiness is...}

I'm having one of those super thankful days!!

Where I just look at my beautiful family and think, wow.  I. AM. SO. BLESSED!!!

During my life, I've seen people attempt to find happiness in material possessions and I won't pretend that I haven't from time to time.  And I won't begin to pretend that I don't see people's picturesque homes or blog worthy outfits on social media venues and sigh... ha!  And don't even get me started on the ideas pinterest puts into my head ;) 

But then I quickly remember.... even if we were all crammed into a one room house - we would have each other & I get to stay home a lot with my girls!! And really, that time is worth more to me than any pretty clothes or home décor (which really, I feel like we also have... maybe just not the latest and greatest)! I clearly remember a time, when I wanted to stop working so bad and stay home with Harper... telling Rob, that I really didn't care if we ate soup every night.  I just wanted to stay home with my baby! And really, it's so true!! So as I sit here in, well... to be honest, who knows how old these clothes are! ha! I'm thankful for a husband that works so hard so that I get to spend so much time at home with my babies!! And my goodness... we have so much more than enough!! I could really want nothing more!!!
... ok, I really need some Rubbermaid drawers/organizers to get our girls' closet in order so I can start washing and putting baby clothes away.  But that's reachable. and manageable.  I think.  ha!

so, lately when I see something on social media that might typically make me wish, gosh... I wish my house looked like that, or I looked like that, or... fill in the blank, I'm trying really hard to just be thankful for that person.  And guess what.  It's working :) 

So here is to putting a stop to comparison!  Because really, what good does it do?! ♥

Let's be thankful for our own blessings, friends!
xoxo ♥

12.02.2015

{transitioning back to blogger}

I've been working for the past month or so, transitioning back to blogger from wordpress.  There are several reasons, that I won't really go into. 
I like the options blogger gives me, without charging me any additional fees. 

I played around with weebly some, trying to decide between that and blogger.  It then hit me... blogger has all my posts, minus the last two years!  Why wouldn't I just go back to them and slowly, but surely pull all my posts from wordpress that are missing over to blogger? Let me tell you... it is no small task!  Blogger doesn't read a wordpress export file, so there's no quick and simple way to do it!
My goal was to get a month + pulled over, then start using blogger again.  So here we are...

I'll continue to work on pulling more over in my not so free time ;) 

Thanks for following along on the ride of my blog switching... go figure that I'd end up back with blogger after switching to wordpress 2 years ago.  So typical Carrie ♥

I will keep my old wordpress blog up for a while until I get it all pulled over.  Feel free to access that here!

xoxo ♥

{twenty-four weeks}

We had a doctors appointment this week AND an ultrasound!!


We were able to push the ultrasound out time wise since we already knew the gender!
The appointment went really well! We had the ultrasound first, then met with my doctor. Can I just say... the further we get in this pregnancy, the more and more of a comfort it is to have the same doctor that delivered Harper... the same doctor that has walked through two miscarriages with us!  the same doctor who, even though Harper wasn't with us at our appointment - asked about her by name, remembered when she was born, and how old she was!  So comforting!!


At the appointment:
  • Baby weighs 1lb
  • Is cute as can be... Pictures are so much like her big sisters!! - minus the foot in the mouth from this little princess ;)
  • Baby kept putting her feet in her mouth! At first I thought it was her hand... Then the technician said, "she's definitely sucking on something but I'm pretty sure it's her foot!" Then as time progressed and she was looking at all the "parts"... Sure enough... A long skinny leg was stretched all the way to her mouth ❤️
  • Baby was breech today, but my doctor wasn't concerned at all since we have three more months.
  • Baby's heartbeat was 160!
  • & we were right... The placenta is right up front! Which is why I could feel her butterflies but not her kicks for so long! ... I can DEFINITELY feel them now  ;)
  • I have only gained 1lb since my last appointment. I was shocked since we are in the middle of the holidays. Hopefully I can keep it up!
  • Glucose test next appointment. Here's hoping the sugar crash doesn't give me an anxiety attack like it did last time!!!
Pregnancy wise:
  • Acid reflux/heartburn have been giving me fits! My doctor told me what I could take tho. So fingers crossed that will work!
  • Still wearing combo maternity/non maternity clothes.
  • Belly button is still in
  • No stretch marks or linea negra yet.
  • I feel like there's a chance my sciatica might hurt the rest of my life. Ha!
  • No off the wall cravings besides just food in general.
  • I feel like the belly is more and more out front, but feel a lot smaller than I was with Harper.
  • we still haven't finalized a name.  I have a new favorite (I think!)... a favorite out of our top three anyway ♥
This ultrasound really has me excited to meet this little one!! Harper was SUCH an EASY baby, I'm hoping this little one is no different!  Harper would let us sleep for 5 hour stretches even from the get go... we would have to wake her up to eat!  It use to drive me crazy, because she was SO hard to wake up to nurse!! But I realize now it was actually a blessing, haha!  If this little one is anything like her big sister, we will have nothing but smooth sailing! ♥