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9 Jun

Two years ago almost at this very moment, my water broke. We are hoping we don’t have a repeat today or tomorrow of that as her brother is coming soon – but two years ago our lives were about to change so much for the better.

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Sweet Newborn Girl (Photo Credit: Galati Photography)

The past two years have been full of growing and learning as parents and as a kiddo.  I do know that I have the best job in the world – being her mom. I still find my footing here and there, but it’s definitely what makes life worth living and I am grateful for each and every day I get with her and my family.  Seeing the world through her eyes is just simply amazing.

We’ve had lots of changes over the past year.  We switched daycares (which was the BEST decision we ever made), our jobs have changed, but mostly we’ve gotten to see our little girl grow and she grew a lot.

What are her favorite foods? She will try almost everything. She loves condiments – especially ketchup, noodles, ice cream, yogurt, any kind of fruit (and I do mean any!). She had some steak and sushi recently again and she loved them both.

How many words does she say? Probably close to a thousand. She talks a TON. She’s constantly amazing us with words and short sentences. Her latest one is, “Coming Soon.” We think she picked it up from the movies she’s asked to watch. Best thing she says “I love you, Mommy” or “I love you, Daddy.” She says these on an almost daily basis.

Current Obsessions? Finding Nemo (Hank the Octopus), Beauty and the Beast,  Word Party, and Bambi – along with anything Mickey Mouse/Fab 6 related when the mood strikes her.

Developmental wise? Right on track from the quizzes and ahead in some areas. She can count from 1-10 some days solo, other days with assistance. She knows her shapes and a lot of colors. She has fantastic fine and gross motor skills.  She runs, jumps, plays, and is an extremely active two year old. Switching her daycare was the best decision we ever made as watching her grow this past year is such a blessing. I’m constantly amazed by the social, educational, and emotional skills she’s learning.

Favorite Toy? So many – bubbles, balls, her bikes, Mickey Mouse Fisher Price House, her play kitchen. She also loves airplanes and trucks/trains.

Tantrums? They happen – they are a part of life. They are really just her struggling because we misunderstand or she can’t communicate with us what she wants. Through her school, we found a great way of dealing with them through conscious discipline and it actually works and helps us move on.

Favorite things as a family? She LOVES water (agua), so we’ve spent a lot of time at the Disney Water Parks and the beach over the past year. We’ve traveled to Disneyland and gone on a lot of adventures around home to Theme Parks, playgrounds, and picked a lot of fruit – blueberry, strawberries, and peaches. I can’t wait to go back to the farms next year.

Favorite activities?  Anything outside – bubbles, going to the park, playing on her new play structure outside, visiting Disney World, trains, and going on adventures with Mom and Dad.

Favorite Books? She LOVES to “read” and have us read to her. She loves the Carl Books, Where’s Spot?, Sandra Boynton books, any books about animals, and still loves doing You Are TuTu Cute.

Favorite Character? Nemo, Dory, Hank, Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald, Goofy, Pluto

How do we think she will adapt to big brother? To be determined. We don’t have any expectations for her. The next few months will be a big adjustment for all of us. She calls for baby brother and knows he’s in my tummy, but how she reacts when he gets home will be determined by her. I’m not trying to set any expectations so she can just be herself.


Photo Credit: Lady Blue Photography by Nerissa Johnson

What do we expect for the next year? Keep being yourself kid. The next year will be full of adjustments for all of us.  We will struggle, we will learn, and we will find our new normal.  You bring us so much joy and teach us so much. Keep dreaming, keep learning, and keep living – I can’t wait to see where the next year takes us through the struggles, the happiness, and the small moments that really added up make amazing moments as we are together as a family.  You are what makes my heart sing with happiness.  I love you so much sweet girl and I always will.

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl. (Photo Credit: Lady Blue Photography from Nerissa Johnson)



In sickness and in health… thankfulness…

11 Nov

These past few days have been… tiring? challenging? worry some? My amazing husband, love of my life, my everything was scheduled for wisdom tooth removal. All four of them. Not a huge deal. Yes, his were more challenging than most they said as two were attached to the main nerve in the jaw. However, they could get the one they needed to as it had a cyst. The other one they could do what they needed to make sure it doesn’t damage his mouth in the future.

Not too many worries. We went off on our amazing European Adventure and we had a blast (blogs to come eventually). We come home.

He has the surgery. It was just over an hour. I get called back, they say he is going to be in a lot of pain. They got the one they needed to will send it for biopsy, but it should be fine. They did have to take a bit of gum with it. I’m not normal wisdom teeth surgery has normal amounts of pain. He will be in intense horrible pain, bruising, and need a lot of TLC this weekend.

No worries. I am prepared (although now worried that oral surgeon said this) we have pudding, jello, mashed potatoes, crock pot chicken, ice cream, etc. I get him home, he’s on narcotics as he got the big kid drugs. He’s in a bit of pain, but floating once he wakes up more. No worries. He keeps telling me it hurts to talk yet keeps talking. It’s cute.

I monitor his pills, i make him a honey cheesecake, all because I want to. It’s what marriage is, he would do the same for me. I wish he wasn’t hurting, but I am thankful to have this time with him. Nurturing. Marriage is all about the other person.

Then a clot breaks. Excessive bleeding. The bathroom looks like bates motel. No worries, I clean, I distract my poor worried husband with more video games for his Nintendo 2ds I bought as an early birthday gift. We make it through. He can’t get off the high pain meds, too much pain, I take an extra day off of work to take care of him. We got this. We are a team. 

I get him all set up with his meds the next day, bowls of food, anything he could possible want just to make his day easier as I am due to return to work the next day.  Fast forward to three a.m. on the morning I am heading back to work, I wake up and he wasn’t next to me. I call out after a brief thought of maybe he fell out of bed and is with Bailey? He’s in the bathroom, in pain, he thinks it’s kidney stones. Alright, I get him pain meds, a shake, water, and try to convince him to go to the er. They can help with pain.

It was kidney stones. Thank God we went, he was in so much pain (not in his mouth at least). They give him meds to pass them and recover at home. He will be okay. He will recover. Silver lining is half the drugs they wanted to give him he’s already on. I take another day to make sure he’s okay.

I would much rather our time together be happy, but I am thankful for any time. My husband comes first. He is my everything and I am so thankful I am here to take care of him. It’s what I want to do.


I love you hubby. 🙂

six years…

9 Jul

Recently it was my six year anniversary at work.  This brought up another thought in my mind that it’s been six years since I met my amazing husband!  It feels like we have been together forever, and that’s nearly not enough!

us over 4 years ago!

us over 4 years ago!

monorail photo!

monorail photo!


The very first time I saw him, I felt something.  It can only be described as I knew he would be important to me.  Somehow, I knew he was supposed to be in my life. That spark has never left me and I am forever grateful to have him!

Aren't we adorable?

Aren’t we adorable?

on Castaway Cay!

on Castaway Cay!


We’ve had some crazy adventures, some fun, and we’ve survived and learned a lot – about each other, life, and communicating!

one of our amazing wedding photos!

one of our amazing wedding photos!

milwaukee zoo!

milwaukee zoo!


I can’t wait to see what amazing things we get to do!  We are coming up on five years of marriage next year and I can’t wait to hit 50, 60, 70, or more! I’m dreaming big, I want that long and it still won’t be enough!

Our First Home!

Our First Home!

great movie ride dinner!

great movie ride dinner!


I love  him, I love our family, I love everything about this guy!

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all dressed up for Victoria's and Albert's!

all dressed up for Victoria’s and Albert’s!

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parasailing on our first anniversary!

It’s amazing to have someone who I can tell what I am feeling and know he won’t judge. I love him for him and he loves me for me. I am so happy we found each other. I can’t wait to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary next year!

Apologies for a super mushy post! A less mushy one tomorrow!



wordless wednesday…

26 Jun

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love, life, and the starter wife…

7 May

I wonder how many people are reading this as I have “the starter wife” in the title. It’s nothing exciting, it’s what I am currently watching on DVD though!

My husband and I always seem to have the most amusing conversations.  It works out well as you know, we are married, but between him and a few of my greater friends I can be completely honest and silly with. It’s a blessing.

Love is just love, it can never be explained

We are slowly London planning for our trip later this year.  This past weekend we had a lazy weekend and didn’t plan to do anything. We helped my friend move, but then it was simply being lazy. It was glorious! It’s nice to not plan anything.

It gave me sometime to reflect.  We have exciting things coming our way so it’s so nice to just be lazy and with each other. I love those moments as even though I am lonely at random moments as I feel I fail in some ways, I am so incredibly thankful for my husband. He gets me and I would never ever trade him for anything. He is my everything.

So this really just ended up as me rambling.  Oh well. A rambling post is better than no post!

wordless wednesday…

8 Feb

back to reality…

6 Feb

After an amazingly fun trip to Missouri to visit husband’s family, we are now back in Florida. I’m adjusting to my new role (and loving every minute of it)!  We are officially on our weekend and Husband and I have two days of together!  So excited for that!

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Anyway, it’s nice to be back and adjusting. It feels like I haven’t had a day off in forever! Last night we took advantage of the Superbowl and went shopping to buy some birthday gifts and grocery shopping.  (Grocery stories are SO dead during the Super bowl.)  We were super proud of our budgeting skills as we haven’t bought a lot for a few weeks leading up to Missouri, so we went a tiny bit crazy last night.  However, we did have $67 worth of savings and we took advantage of the Publix promotion to have a $10 gift card to use for next time.  Today, I had a dentist appointment in the morning and then we ran errands.  A trip to Target to finish up the gifts then a stop by the post office and a delicious lunch at Sweet Tomatos!  After that we stopped by the library to turn our books back in and get new ones!

All and all, a very good day.  And best part yet we have another one tomorrow! It’s nice just to be thankful for the little things.  And we were reminded of that on our drive home…