ToT

Jan 01

I don’t believe in resolutions but I do have 10 goals for 2013 :)

1. Maintain my weight and continue to eat healthy
2. Exercise more!! It feels so good to do it but once I miss a day or two, I am completely off track
3. Spend less money…I always end up buying too much and stuff we don’t really need
4. Have more patience with the kids…I’ve already been working on this and have gotten much better but there’s always room for improvement
5. Do more things for me, even if it’s just getting out of the house by myself for an hour once a week
6. Cook more! This too I have been getting better at but still, most nights, Victor cooks dinner
7. Clean more! This is just like exercising…I love having a clean house but sometimes it’s so hard to get motivated to actually do it
8. Have more family fun days!!
9. Figure out what I want to be when I grow up :) Once both the kids are in school, I want to have some sort of career. I was thinking pharmacist, but the amount of schooling needed is ridiculous, or paraprofessional, until I recently found out how much they make an hour
10. Be in more pictures!! This is a big one! I am always the one behind the camera, never in front. I don’t want it to look like, 10 years from now, that I was never even here

2012…What An Amazing Year!!

Dec 31

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Blessed. If I had to describe the last year in 1 word, it would be Blessed. I literally have never been more happy with my life, in my life. I don’t want to go as far as to say it’s perfect, everyone has their problems, but it’s so damn close, it scares me sometimes. I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve so many blessings, but I am beyond thankful for each and every one of them.

This past year, I started my job at Care.com. I so love being a work at home Mom!! It is truly amazing. I love that I am able to be home with the kids AND bring home a paycheck. It also helps keep me connected with the world outside of my home, even though I am still in my home, and lets me have adult conversations throughout the day :)

And we of course welcomed our little buddy into the world this year!! Justin is a blessing on so many levels. Most, if not all, of the things I’m about to list as being blessed for are directly associated with him and his arrival. He has completed our family. Every day with Lauren and Justin is a little slice of Heaven. I am so head over heels in love with both of them. Sometimes I don’t know how my heart beats because there is so much love for these 2 little cherubs. They are both such characters and I just love them to pieces! It is at times crazy and busy and stressful, not to mention the lack of overnight sleep we are getting, but I would not change a thing. I am enjoying every second of every day, even the bad moments. I want to look back 20 years from now and know we did all we could to provide a happy home for our children. I think we’re doing pretty well so far.

I’ve also been getting into shape. When I got pregnant with Justin, I was 10 pounds heavier than I was when I got pregnant with Lauren. My goal was to get down to my first pre-pregnancy weight. I am more than happy to say, that with eating less and more healthy, and the occasional week or so of exercise, I am currently 5 pounds less than my goal!! I have never, in my entire life, felt better about myself. Not only because of my weight, but I just feel…like myself. I’m not even sure how to explain it. Like, take my hair. I always used to have to straighten it to leave the house, or put it in a perfect ponytail with hairspray and hopes that no one would touch it to make it go out of place. Now, I just blow dry for a few minutes, and I’m good. And it’s not that I’m lazy or don’t have the time, it’s that I’m okay with my hair (and myself), how it is naturally. This is how I was made and I am more than ok with that. Yes, I have stretch marks, I have a lot of extra skin and fat in my belly, my hair is a little frizzy…but I feel relaxed and strong in my own skin. Something I don’t think I have ever been. Ever. I wouldn’t say that I’m confident, I never have been and I don’t think I ever will be, but I am comfortable with myself. And that is seriously a blessing. I feel that somehow, becoming a Mom for the second time, did this to me. So…thank you Justin!

And to top it all off, I have never been more in love with my husband. He is truly my everything. I knew from the very first time that I saw him, that he was the one. I’ll never forget the story a friend of his told me after we got engaged. Way, way back, when Victor and I were only 19 years old and were “dating”, years before our official relationship even started, I drove through the McDonald’s parking lot (real romantic, huh), past Victor and a couple of his friends sitting in his car. After I drove by, Victor said to his friends, “I’m going to marry that girl.” Every time I think of that story, I smile. We’ve definitely had our ups and downs and everywhere in between, but God blessed the broken road, that’s for sure. He’s been my best friend for the past 7 years but we have never been closer since Justin was born. Our love is stronger than ever. Forever and always.

So my life, and this past year, is blessed. Everything feels right, how it should be. I truly feel that I am exactly where I am meant to be, doing exactly what I was born to do, and I feel so beyond Blessed for that.

***Here’s hoping 2013 is just as good as 2012, because I can’t imagine it could get any better***

Happy New Year to you and yours!! Much love and happiness!!

Holidays

Dec 10

I seriously can not do enough to recommend my dear friend Gayle’s photography skills. She is seriously amazing. If you are looking for a beautiful, creative, real life (no uncomfortable, stiff poses for me, please!) photo shoot that is also crazy affordable, look no further than GLC Photography. You will not be disappointed :)

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7 months

Dec 04

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The Big Man in Red

Dec 01

113 days!!!

Nov 15

So, it is official….WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY!!!! I seriously can not wait!! We’ll only actually be in Disney for 3 days but we are going to Florida for 2 weeks in March!! And we’re driving :/ I’m not crazy excited about that but, it’s going to save us a ton of money on flights and we won’t have to rent a car, plus, I think our plan is going to work so it shouldn’t be to bad.

We are going to leave on a Friday at around 8pm. We’ll spend the day packing and loading up the car and taking turns getting as much rest as we can. Then we’ll leave and drive all night and, hopefully, the kids will sleep all night. Then in the morning, we’ll stop for breakfast and stretch our legs for a bit, drive a few more hours, then stop at a hotel for the day. The kids will swim and hopefully they’ll be a few other fun things for them to do in the area, and again, Victor and I will take turns sleeping as much as we can. Then we’ll leave that night at 8 and drive all night again.

We should get to Connie and Joe’s in the early morning on Sunday. So we’ll stay there all day Sunday and Monday, doing relaxing things, maybe go to the beach, then Tuesday morning, we head to Orlando!! We are staying in a Nemo family suite at the new Art of Animation hotel and Connie is coming also! Our plan is to go to Hollywood Studios Tuesday, then Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, where we have a lunch reservation with the princesses at the castle :) , then we’ll go to Animal Kingdom on Thursday before heading back to Connie and Joe’s.

Then we’ll have Friday through Tuesday there, we’ll prob hang out around the area, do some fun day trips, go to the beach, and visit with family. Then we’ll be leaving there Tuesday night around 8 and drive all night. We’ll stop for a bit in Myrtle Beach to look around, since Victor wants to buy a vacation home there one day :) Then we’re going to drive to Virginia to stay for 1 night at Great Wolf Lodge, which looks awesome!!! It’s a hotel with a huge indoor water park and it should be a ton of fun!! So we’ll leave there Thursday night at 8, drive all night, and should be home early Friday morning. Then we’ll have the weekend to recuperate! Sounds exhausting but so much fun!! I can not wait!!

ToT

Nov 06

This is pretty gross and probably TMI, but I was in the shower the other morning and I noticed that the tub was filling up with water and I figured the drain must be clogged, most likely with my hair (damn postpartum hair loss!!) And I thought, I’ll have to let Victor know so he can unclog it. And then I thought, How gross is that? That he has to clean MY hair out of the drain? I mean, I’m sure I could do it but it’s just something he’s always done. And that got me thinking about how seriously amazing he is. Ok, I get it. Everyone thinks their significant other is the best and is so great, but Victor really is, not only for removing my hair from the shower drain, haha, but for so many reasons. We got together with some friends of ours a few weeks ago and the wife was complaining about the husband (not maliciously, it was in front of him). How he never cooks, and then complains about what she has made, how he never goes grocery shopping, how he fixes things around the house half-assed. And he did not deny any of these things! It made me realize how seriously lucky I am to have this man in my life. To be my best friend and my biggest supporter. To have him be the father of my children. I know I complain some and I’m sure I nag way too much but I hope you know how much I love you, Victor, and just how appreciated you really are. This week’s Ten on Tuesday is dedicated to my amazing husband. Here are 10 of the MANY reasons you are the best! I love you!!

1. You are so different from the boy I met 10 years ago. You have grown up so much and have become a great man. You know what’s important and take your responsibilities seriously.
2. You are a really hard worker! You may not work long hours (thank goodness!) but you work hard. He leaves for work between 8 and 8:30 and is usually home by 4…Amazing! But he doesn’t get paid by the hour, he gets paid by the job, and he does a lot of jobs while at work! And his commute is short and he doesn’t go to the bar or anywhere else after work. He comes home, to his wife and kids, because he wants to. And I love that.
3. You cook! Almost every night!! And you’re good at it!
4. You do the dishes….well at least you try :) I usually have to rewash the dishes you’ve cleaned but I do appreciate the effort!
5. You do the grocery shopping almost every week. And if I need a break, you let me do it to get out of the house ;)
6. You do everything around the house…and not half-assed! Sometimes you do too much!! You go out to mow the lawn and end up planting a garden, painting the shed, paving the driveway…lol!
7. You help so much with the kids. Although I think all dads should, I know most don’t, and you go above and beyond. You help with tubbies and bedtime EVERY night! You handle most of the overnight feedings, even though I wish you’d wake me up so you can go to bed! You clean the bottles, you change poopy diapers, you make a killer chocolate milk…I could go on and on…
8. You take care of us, and yourself. I think that’s important. You seriously look amazing and I’m so proud of you! You’re sexy and I know it!
9. You are the best father. Lauren may not always show it, but she loves you so so much. Hearing her call you “my Daddy” melts my heart. And the way Justin smiles at you, Love.
10. You love me for me. I can’t thank you enough for that.

Yum!!

Nov 05

So I’ve made this recipe a few times and after baking it last night, I decided I have to share it!! It really is so yummy and very easy to make!!! I am all about the pre-made and boxed stuff, but any time I can make, and eat, a real homemade dessert, I’m a happy girl :) Try it, you’ll like it!

Cobbler

1/2 stick of butter, melted (plus more to grease pan)
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup self rising flour
1 cup whole milk
2 cups fresh or frozen fruit, rinsed

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 3qt baking dish with butter. Whisk 1 cup sugar, flour and milk together. Add butter and whisk. Pour batter into baking dish. Sprinkle fruit evenly over batter. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup sugar over fruit. Bake until golden brown, about 1 hour.

DELICIOUS!!!

A couple of notes….
-use the butter to grease the pan, don’t use Pam! The butter really adds to the flavor
-if you’re like me and can’t find self rising flour ANYWHERE, use 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
-I don’t use as much sugar as it says. I probably use about a 1/2 cup in the batter and maybe 1/8 cup on top and it is plenty sweet
-I have only ever used fresh blueberries when making this, and it is so yummy, I personally wouldn’t make it any other way
-I suggest serving with vanilla ice cream!

6 months

Nov 04

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Ten on Tuesday

Oct 30

It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a ToT so here it goes :)

My top 3…

1. Fears: Spiders, raw chicken and raw eggs, the stomach bug
2. Pet peeves: People who don’t use blinkers, jeans that are too short, people who try too hard
3. Actors (based on acting): Emile Hirsch, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera
4. Actors (based on looks): Ryan Reynolds, Adam Levine, Ryan Gosling
5. Colors: Green, purple, pink
6. Foods: Bread, pasta, cheese
7. Places I’d like to visit: Portugal, California, Greece
8. Guilty pleasures: Jersey Shore, Kardashians, People magazine
9. Kid’s shows: Super Why, Phineas and Ferb, Charlie and Lola
10. Things I must have/use before leaving the house: Chapstick, mascara, coffee