Thursday, July 11, 2013

Baby Boy

I have been absent from this blog for far too long but here is why:

We welcomed our Baby Boy on June 9th, 2013. He weighed in at 7lbs 4oz and 19 in long. I am trying to become adjusted to being a mother of 2. It is definitely something new but I love it everyday!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Wedding season

It's a real shame when the first picture you go to take of the newly wedded couple and their photographer gets in the way so naturally I left it at that and didn't take any more! 

However we did manage to take a great picture of us bridesmaids 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Long time no blog

I'm busy....
Soaking up sun
Spending time with the soon to be mr.
Planning a wedding
Not taking pictures 
And enjoying life

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

That one time when I used to blog

Oh ya. I have a blog. Remember that? It's not that I don't want to blog but once you miss a few days, a few days turns into weeks and time starts flying by. Let's be honest. I've been spending every waking minute with my little girl and also making a baby. It's exhausting now that I am in my third trimester. I will be 35 weeks tomorrow and will then start going to my doctor for weekly visits. WOW! I am ready to be done with this pregnancy but am not sure if I am ready for a baby to come. Here are some things I have been up to lately:

1. Turning 34 weeks. (Last week, I will be 35 weeks tomorrow). My belly feels so stretched at this point and I have been experiencing some Braxton Hicks, not terrible though.
 2. Attending Mia's first ever dance competition. Her team took 1st in her category. (There were 8 in her category) I was definitely a happy momma watching her dance. Her face was lit up and she was having the time of her life.

3. Watching the hubby play in his work softball league. Mia was cheering him on the entire time saying, "Go Daddy, Yay Daddy, You did it Daddy!"
4. Went and got a pedicure with my mom and Mia yesterday. It was MUCH needed and I decided to get shellac paint so that I won't have to worry about painting my toes for the next month or so!
I am trying to get everything ready for baby boy to come. Can't believe it but he will be here before I know it!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday Letters




Dear Netherlands, I miss you. I miss your pretty streets. I miss the water, canals, and boats. I miss the buildings and cute gables at the top. I miss the wooden shoes. I miss you and it's only been a month. I need to snap out of it. Dear Wedding, You are consuming my thoughts every second I just want it to turn out good. I think I need to start sharing my plans as it goes. Dear Blog, I have been neglecting you and I am ashamed. I think I miss the Netherlands too much and I think I want my wedding to be perfect beyond reason so I naturally put you on the back burner. I promise I'll change.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Baby Boy

Today I had my 33 week appointment. I go again in two weeks and after that every week. Oh my gosh where is the time flying??? I feel like my belly is growing and growing and growing so I pulled up some pictures of when I was pregnant with Mia to compare. Here is a Then and Now:

I hate taking pictures when I am pregnant but they sure are nice to look back on, especially when I want to compare me to myself. I also have been doing some baby boy shopping. I might have gone a little crazy buying some clothes lately but who can resist when they are so dang cute? Also, my mom finished making a car themed minky quilt for baby boy. She is quite amazing and I am so in love with how it turned out. Baby boy is going to love it.

Things are starting to happen and quickly. Baby boys room is going to be a vintage cowboy and indian theme with a quilt my mom made (not quite finished yet), the colors are minty turquoise and red. I originally picked out the fabric 7 years ago before I was even married. I just loved it that much. My mom bought it to keep in stock for when I did have a baby boy. Now 7 years later and I still love it but we are having a hard time finding fabric to match to make a crib skirt and bumper pads. Well after we spent the entire day today searching for fabric to make a crib skirt we finally found the right fabric to match. Hallelujah!! Because baby boy will be here before we know it. I am getting more and more excited for him to get here and can't wait to shower him with love, hugs and lots of kisses.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

tulips, but not really.

We wanted so badly to see the tulip fields in full bloom, but it was
just too cold for the tulips when we were there. When in bloom you can
drive through almost a 20 mile stretch of tulip fields. I can only
imagine how beautiful and amazing that would be. Luckily we were able
to settle for a few beautiful Crocus fields.
 I guess this just meansanother trip to our beloved Amsterdam!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spring Wreath

I bought the supplies to make a spring wreath almost a month ago. I started working on it immediately and then it came to a halt. When I would get a chance to work on the wreath it would be about 9pm and by that time I was completely exhausted from the day and just wanted to relax and hang out with my hubby. Yesterday Mia took an unexpected nap so I had about an hour and a half to finish up the wreath. So glad I did because I still had my St. Patrick's day wreath hanging up (oops). I used mustard color yarn, a few cream felt flowers I had lying around, turquoise felt, and some patterned felt I found at Hobby Lobby. I had not seen patterned felt before and as soon as I saw it I just HAD to buy some.

It feels so much better to have this wreath hanging up and now I can leave it on the door any time of the year. Now I just need to put my Easter decorations away and put some Spring decorations up....just maybe.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thursday Tid+Bits

1. Today I am officially 31 weeks and beginning my 8th month of pregnancy. Baby boy is all over the place and literally never stops moving. It is starting to get harder to bend over and my energy level is not quite what it was a few weeks ago. Oh and my happy moment of the day was when I found out that I only gained 1lb within this last month. Yay, because getting on the scale at my dr's appointments are my least favorite part.

 2. Finally went and got my hair done today. It had been far too long and I was really in need of a cut+color. I have the best hairstylist in the world who also happens to be one of my BFF's since 7th grade.  Still went with the ombre but just lightened up my ends a little more. This is definitely the longest my hair has EVER been.

3. Over the weekend I bought two double strollers and I am so excited for hubby to put them together and start using them. Mostly excited for my new jogging stroller so that I can get back into running. I haven't been able to run for the last 3 weeks because it hurts to bad and the elliptical is starting to get a little boring but I know it is all for a good reason! :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Read: Hush, Hush series

My favorite thing about my ipad is the Kindle app. I love being able to read books on it and take it with me on the go. There is less waiting for holds at the library and more reading to be done! I can read in the car even when it is dark or late at night in my bed. Lately I have been hooked on the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. It is about a young girl who falls in love with a fallen angel. I love it because it is an entire new set of characters than what I am used to and it is different from anything I have read lately, no silly love triangle either! I am currently on the fourth and final book of the series. Let's just say I haven't been able to put these books down and I got my aunt hooked on them as well. If you are looking for a new series I highly recommend this one.

Check it out!

Friday, April 19, 2013


Kinderdijk is gorgeous. There are 19 windmills and almost all
of them are still lived in and being used. It's definitely windy there..
obviously why they built windmills there. It is a definite stop when
you are in Amsterdam.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thursday Tidbits

Lately I just have not had the energy to blog. Mia doesn't let me get on the computer so if I blog it is only for a few seconds because she is climbing all over me. Toddler climbing on me + growing baby bump = no blogging for me. Here are a few tidbits I have been up to lately:
1. Growing baby bump. I am now 30 weeks. Yay! Only 8-10 weeks left of this until we get to meet our baby boy. 
2. T-Mobile finally got the iphone so on Friday me and my Hubby went and bought ourselves one. Feels so good to finally jump on the bandwagon. Can I just say it was love at first tap of the button??? Any suggestions on apps that I must have would be fantastic.
3. Going to go look at double strollers this weekend. I really need/want a double jogging stroller. Do any of you have double strollers? Will I need both a regular double stroller and a jogging stroller? What do you suggest? Brand favorites?

4. Also, pregnancy hormones are in full effect. Sometimes I feel like this saying is so fitting:
5. Been working on a spring wreath for about 2 weeks now. Where has all my energy gone?

I promise I will get better at blogging. Maybe even post a recipe in a day or so? Ha, we'll see about that.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

wisconsin bound

Speaking of rings........
There is a reason we've been 5 days hiatus.


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I'm getting married!
I feel like I've told the proposal story at least 87 already,
but I'm willing to make it 88 for all you readers.
I'll warn you though, it's long... so prepare now...
or just read the last paragraph.
So It all started Thursday night when I was at school that night when I got a text from my man chris breezy (family joke). continuing. It read "So I sent you a late birthday present in the mail a few days ago, but change of plans I want to be there when you open it." If you think my face went bright red and that I had a grin on from ear to ear you'd be right. I was completely freaking out mixed with a little nervousness. I knew this meant it (the proposal) would happen this weekend, how and when was a little foggy at this point still. continuing. The family was all gone Thursday night so I knew it wouldn't be then so as we played ping pong that night I was without worry. At the end of the night we made plans for dinner the next night (friday) at six. He seemed pretty casual as to the plans so I wasn't reading into it much, although I figured he wouldn't do it saturday then fly out sunday morning because that would just be lame. continuing. Friday came and I was getting caught up on homework when the mail came. I went out to the mailbox to find the package Chris Breezy had told me about. Now you must know Chris Breezy obviously lives out of state so when we talked about getting married officially and picking out a ring I would always joke that I didn't want there to be a crowd, I didn't want it to be on temple square, and that he could just send it in the mail so he wouldn't have to be inconvenienced with a proposal. Obviously I was joking about the mail thing. But when I saw the package I began to think Chris Breezy was craycray. You don't send a ring in the mail. Or do you? Let me just say I got that package and inside I could feel something that was most definitely in the shape of a ring box. I freaked, texted him, and said can I just open it. He responded with "up to you.... but you should probably just wait till dinner." The kid knows me like a book and knows I love to open present and packages, so he had to be thinking I'd open it. Which made for a good enough reason for me to not open it and wait. continuing. He came and picked me up and told me we were going to city creek. We drove by the conference center and parked on the back side of it. which I thought was weird but whatevs. So as we walked along the east side of the conference center he told me he wanted to go this way which was walking on the conference grounds. UM hello chris breezy did you not here me tell you I didn't want watchers for this big moment. I was smiling through my agony and he could feel it. So we walked up the stairs to the roof of the conference center and he told me to open the package. I started and opened it up to see a ring box and I kind of gave him a laugh that was a bit like a laugh you do just in case this is real and you need to be happy but it also gets the point across you aren't happy about this as well. He could read all the emotions I was having and just kept watching me with a grin. Low and behold inside the box was a GIFTCARD to the cheesecake factory. Funny Chris. real funny. But really it was quite relieving. We went to dinner, not at cheesecake cause it was packed, but nonetheless we had dinner and I completely forgot the whole idea of him proposing tonight until he said as we walked out from dinner that we had one more place to go. Obviously I knew at this point it was coming.
We got in the car and started driving up to the avenues where we went to city creek canyon and looked out over the city where we had no one to watch us! We had a good chat which after he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, oh how I love that kid. Now here we are. I'm engaged! The countdown begins and now the blog will get an overload of wedding updates, plans, breakdowns and more.
andddd did I mention another countdown begins... it's the one where I move to Wisconsin with Chris Breezy....AHH!


Thursday, April 11, 2013


I just experienced a moment of terrible panic. You know, the kind of panic you can feel where you are so sick to your stomach that you think you might vomit, are shaking like crazy, heart is pumping out of your chest and tears are filling up your eyes. 

So far today was fairly normal. I went to the gym, cleaned the house and then hopped in the shower. I always take my wedding ring off after I shower and set it on the counter so that I don't get lotion all in it. I almost always put it on right after lathering up. Today I forgot to put it right back on and continued on about my day. I made lunch and then Mia and I headed to Wally world to do some grocery shopping.

While at the store my hand felt a little naked. I looked down at my ring finger and sure enough I had forgotten to put my ring back on. When I got home from the store I put the groceries away, threw in a load of laundry and watched Mia while she played outside. After seeing about 3 tiny little ants she freaked out and wanted to come inside. That is when I remembered I still needed to put my ring back on. So I went into my bathroom and it wasn't there on the counter. AHHHHH. Sheer Panic. I started looking everywhere in my bathroom, in the laundry, retracing my steps. I knew that I didn't move it anywhere so then my next awful thought was maybe Mia took it and if so it would probably never be found again. Yikes. I called my hubby and he said he would come home soon to help me look.

I kept thinking how awful this was. I am in love with my wedding ring. Still to this day I stare at it and all of it's beauty. It is not only beautiful but it means so much to me. It stands for the vow that I made to my husband more than 5 years ago to always be faithful and love him for all eternity. I decided to say a little prayer, and then another one. I kept looking and started literally scouring the carpets on my hands and knees when all of a sudden I saw something shiny on the floor of my closet. Hallelujah. It found it!!! Oh, such a miracle. Let's just say my wedding ring won't be coming off of my finger any time soon- I never want to go through that again.

Hopefully now I can relax a little.