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Today has been one of those days.Not a horrible day.I’ve certainly had worse in my life, but it was a trying day nonetheless.And when you have trying day after trying day, you just start to feel beat down. But it seems not many people talk about those days.A friend of mine did tonight, and it was like a breath of fresh air.So as I was lying in bed feeling her pain and remembering my own, I decided to write.For anyone else that can relate.For anyone else that might read this and think “Yes!I’m there too.”
Before I say anything else, let me say that I know how blessed I am.I know that on the outside, my life could look amazing.I have a great husband who works so hard to provide for his family, a beautiful home to bring us shelter, two healthy daughters...And you’re right.It is great.And I’m sure on the outside everything looks wonderful.  But sometimes, on the inside, on days like today, it’s also very lonely and very defeating.
Today my husband woke up, albeit before the rest of us, a…
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Maternity Style

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If I'm being honest, most days I can just stay in my pajamas (one perk to being a stay-at-home working mom).  But on the days that I have meetings or get out to run errands, I still like to look put together (without breaking the bank on maternity clothes that I'll only wear for a few months). 
To me, the best things to splurge on while pregnant are jewelry and shoes.  Those are things you can (hopefully) still wear after baby is born.  With that being said, here's my errand outfit for the day. Pardon Remington's photobomb and our unmade bed :)

I got the top for $6 during a promotion (it's now $10--still great) and the jeans are on clearance for less than $25!  Here are the rest of the pieces:
one- The Rebel Pendant by Stella & Dot is one of my daily go-to pieces because it adds a little flair and can be dressed up or down. 
two- I've had this watch for six years now, and I still love it. 
three- Today is the first da…

Big News

If you don't follow me on Instagram, you may have missed the big news I posted at the end of April...

Baby number 2 is on the way!  Jon and I are very excited to be expanding our family and even more so now that we know what baby number 2 is.

But let me back up a little bit.  If you've been a reader for awhile, you know that Jon was the one to make the big reveal for baby number 1, Auden.  This time around, I wanted to be the one to share the news with him...especially since I could find out right before his birthday (at the beginning of May)--the perfect present, right?!

So me, my mom, sis, mother-in-law, Auden and my nephew loaded up in the car to go on a "shopping trip" one Saturday (Jon was none the wiser) to find out the gender of the baby.  Here we all are before heading into the ultrasound.

Me and my sweet girl cheesing after we found out the results.

To finish out the surprise, I wanted to present the sex of the baby to Jon the same time he got his gift, a Bi…

Auden's First Birthday-Pumpkins and Pearls

It's only been 6 months now, but better late than never, right?

Auden turned one on November 11th and we celebrated at our home with close family and friends.  The theme of the party was pumpkins and pearls.  Pun'kin is one of the nicknames I called her when she was little and pearls bring a girly flair and tied into our reveal party when we found out we were having a girl so it seemed perfect.

I had so much fun creating her invitation and all of the party printables.  And for a little extra adornment, the invites were tied with jute twine and placed in scalloped envelope. Invites available for purchase here.

Here's the sweet birthday girl in her homemade hat.  I love how the bow on top turned out :)  Her birthday stats poster is now available here.

The smash cake table with our go-to milk jars (Starbuck frappuccino glasses) with paper straws.  The tree slab plate they are sitting on was also used at our wedding.  The smash cake was a $10 cake from Public and Auden LOVED …

Target Finds

I love shopping at Target.  It's always clean, usually not busy (my location anyway) and they always have great deals on things!  I especially love their accessories and recently purchased a few I thought I'd share.
I love a good hat and this one was just what I've been wanting to find!
Blanket scarves are very in for this fall/winter and this one has beautiful colors at a great price.  I wore it for date night last week with a black blouse and cognac boots, and it was perfect.
I actually got a different color that was on clearance in my store, but I love this one too. Check your stores to see if they have a better deal.
P.S. Target is offering free shipping site wide right now!  Happy shopping!

Ten

That's how many months my sweet girl turned yesterday.  Ten.  I feel like the first 3-4 months cruised slowly on by and then all of the sudden time just sped up.  And now here we are--prepping for her the celebration of her first year of life in two short months.  Wow.

I ran across this photo earlier today when I was organizing my files, and it almost took my breath away.  She was three months old and still so tiny.  We were just at the start of our journey.
Newborn- 3 months- 6 months- 9months
My how she has grown and become her own little person...mild mannered (most of the time), so happy, curious, joyful and full of giggles and grins.  What a treat it has been to be her momma!  I'm thankful for every day--even the hard ones, because I know life ends far too quickly sometimes.  I want to love her well and soak it all in.  But the truth is most days are a blur and then it's bedtime.  I pray that in that "blur" she thinks I'm doing my part well.  That "…

To my Auden

Dear Baby Girl,

You're eight and a half months old now and have been sleeping through the night for quite some time.  But some times, ever so often, you'll let out a cry in the middle of the night.  Usually, it only lasts a bit before you soothe yourself and roll over and go back to sleep.  But some times you won't stop until someone comes to see you.  I secretly love those times.  Those times remind me that you still need me. Those times bring me back to the first weeks of your life when you still needed to eat often...when were you still my tiny girl.  In those moments, in the quiet of your dark room, I hold you close and whisper to you how much I love you, how lucky I am to call you mine.  In those moments I thank God for this gift; this immeasurable gift.  In those moments, I just want time to stand still.

I'm staring at the monitor now and watching you sleep peacefully, wondering of what your dreams are made.  I have big dreams for you myself and pray continuously…