Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Years Resolution #5

No Smoking & Limiting My Drinking

So once I found out I was pregnant with S in 2008 I quit smoking.. I swore I was done.. I didn't want to be a mom who smoked. Well a few months after having her I turned into what some call a social or closet smoker. I would smoke when I would drink, when others would smoke or when I was stressed & honestly I don't want to be a smoker nor do I want it around my kids which I never had it around S but I know I smelled of smoke. So my resolutions is to NOT SMOKE no matter what!! I need to stay strong with this one! It's gross, unhealthy & so expensive. It will probably be the hardest resolution for me especially if its around me or when I am drinking & but I must do this not just for my kids but for me as well. 

I am not a big drinker anymore. I used to love to party & go out & have a good old time like most young people do but before we found out we were expecting G I really cut down on my drinking & smoking because I knew it can be one of the reasons why I wasn't getting pregnant. In that time I actually liked how I felt.. it was like I had energy again & I was happy & to not be hungover was so nice because come on who wants to care for their baby hungover.. not I & no matter what anyone says or who is helping you.. YOU ARE ALWAYS MOMMY & that job doesn't get a vacation or sick day. 

So this year I hope to be more of a TWO DRINK kind of girl & the whole lets take shots thing yeah that is for the birds as far as I am concerned. I know I will have my Vino.. I love my wine & beer from time to time but I am done with the lets go out & spend $100 on drinking or lets go clubing or just go out to drink {I have no business in a club when I am happily married with 2 kids & about to be 30} & I want to be healthier & well when alcohol is in the mix.. its just not healthy. Plus alcohol just puts me on an emotional roller coaster & I don't like that either. So I know this one will not be so hard for me because alcohol is not something I have EVER been a big fan of because I have seen it ruin lives, friendships, cause a lot of drama & split up families. So I know this one I can handle.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Things I Am Looking Forward To In 2011

Things to look forward to in 2011:
✶Becoming a mommy of TWO little Princesses!
✶Moving to a house {Hopefully}
✶Turning the BIG 30 {I am done with my 20's}
✶Taking my girls to Disney World & to Florida & Texas!!
✶My sister in laws Wedding!!
✶Not being PREGNANT & Transforming my Mommy Body to a Hot Mommy Body HA!

--That's it for now ;) What do you have to look forward too??

"Look I am a Cowboy Mama"

So Shiloh is constantly picking up & learning new words.. this morning she grabbed her Easter hat from last year & jumped on her little horse & said "Look I am a Cowboy Mama" LOL too stinking cute..

Top 2 Tuesday


Top 2 New Years Resolutions

#1 No More Negativity in my Life or my Families Life!!

I have come to realize there are so many negative people in this world who just think life is to be handed to them on a silver plater & that they don't have to put forth effort to be happy or get the things they are wanting or looking for that its suppose to just be handed to them.. & that I have allowed a lot of them to effect my happiness & my families & well frankly I am done!

Like is said on my 30 Days' of Truth Day:29
I hope to stop allowing negative things to effect me so much. I hope to rid of the anxiety  that I deal with & that cause my heart to hurt. I hope to be stronger when it comes to issues I can't fix & to learn to just step away & move on.

#2 New Years Resolution #2: To learn to cook healthier meals!!

Now that bean is almost here I need to get on the ball & start making more healthier meals for my family. No more stir fry frozen bags, or Hamburger helper for  days that I am just too tired to cook & no more quick meals like fast food!! I want to start having real meals. I want salads & veggies & meals that don't leave us feeling like pooh after. 

So I am going to be buying a cookbook with healthier meals. I have a ton but I have found that once you buy all the ingredients its so so expensive so I want to find a cookbook that offers healthy meals that wont empty my pocket book. So if you have any suggestion please do tell :)

I really hope that this will help us feel better about our selves & to help shed some weight because I know that not only have I gained 20lbs with this Bean but the hubby has put on some weight as well. Plus we need to have a healthier household to set a better example for our children so they eat healthy as well. Not that my child doesn't eat healthy because she does.. she would choose fruit & veggies over candy & ice cream any day.. but that could change as she gets older & I don't want it too.


37 Weeks

Please excuse the sleepy face & messy hair I just woke up LOL
My Belly @ 37 Weeks
Dec. 27th 2010 to Jan. 2 2010
Size of baby: 6.5lbs, 19 to 22 inches & the size of a Watermelon
Weight Gain: I am at 200 so I have gained a total of 25 so far
What I Can Wear: Comfy clothes!!!
Gender: GIRL!! {Gabriella a.k.a. Ella for short}
Movement: A ton at night or when I am having contractions or cramps!!
What I wish I had: Gabriella in my arms!! I am done being pregnant now ;)
Cravings: nothing my appetite is gone now.. I only eat because I need to
Sleep: Some days are great others not so much
Complaints: I am just tired & want my body back. I hope she arrives soon. Doctor appointment on Wednesday so will see what she says. I almost had to go to the hospital on Christmas Eve due to strong cramping & painful contractions but they ended up going away. It's just the waiting game now.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas 2010

Santa Came


Christmas this year was amazing! Having Shiloh walk into the living room to see all her gifts was priceless & was such an amazing moment. She really loved all the gifts she received & I can't say there is one gift she loves more then the other.
Christmas is so much more special now that I have a family.. there is no greater gift I could have then my husband & daughters :)

Santa was here
Loves Her New Bike
Her Nana Janet & Papa Steve bought her this wig LOL
Testing out her new wheels
Later on Christmas our good friends came over to share in the holiday. Shiloh LOVES her Aunt Jens {that is how she says her name LOL} & Uncle Mo
Cabbage Patch
They are so silly
On Sunday my in laws stopped by to have Christmas with us. Shiloh just loves when they come to visit. They have such a fun time together.
Oh WOW
Another baby.. Shiloh LOVES babies
Her Favorite Thing.. Sweeping!!
Cleaning with Kristen {they bought her a cleaning set for Christmas}
Loves to sweep HA!
Surprise
Cuddle Time with Uncle Drewbee & Kristen
Silly Girls
Loves Her Kristen
I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas & Holiday! Now its time for the New Year & I can't wait to see all the blessing's 2011 brings!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

New Years Resolution #4

Finding time for Me

I love being a mom & wife.. it was my life dream to be where I am today.. but I also need to make sure to find time for me. I am a SAHM so my job is 24/7 no breaks, no days off, no vacations.. but I need to change that. I need to start setting aside a day or even two once a month to do something for me.. without the family & just let loose & pamper myself. Weather it be getting a pedi & mani or going out with my girl friends, shopping or going to the spa.. I need to start doing this for myself because I need to have life other then changing diapers, routines & cleaning house. Again I love my family & would do anything for them.. but I also need to do for myself to stay healthy & happy for them as well. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

36 Weeks

My Belly @ 36 Weeks
Dec. 20th to Dec. 26th 2010 
Size of baby: 6.5lbs, 19 to 22 inches & the size of a Watermelon
Weight Gain: I am at 200 so I have gained a total of 25 so far
What I Can Wear: Ugh nothing it seems
Gender: GIRL!! {Gabriella a.k.a. Ella for short}
Movement: Not as much but when she does it sure can hurt!
What I wish I had: the ability to sleep comfortably.. & less emotional days
Cravings: nothing I have zero appetite really
Sleep: Don't even want to go there
Complaints: Cramps have started which are such a joy, I am a basket case it seems & I just ache all over & I am just ready for this little girl to arrive.. but I do hope she stays in till 2011.


Doctors Notes:  I had my Group B Strep test today & I am dilated 2 cm. She is thinking I will deliver right around the 38th week mark like I did with Shiloh but she also said maybe sooner since my water did break with Shiloh at 2 cm. So we are getting everything ready.. car seat is in, babies bag is packed, I have my things ready but not in a bag because my Vera Bradley bag is waiting to be opened on Christmas HA! 

New Years Resolution #4

Scheduled Routines

I really want to have more of a schedule or routine now that I will be a mother of TWO!! I want to have a set time we eat, nap, bathe & go to bed. I am over the well we will do it when Shiloh is ready routine.. it makes it hard to plan things throughout the day. Also I am going to cut back computer time & schedule when I blog, check email & FB. I feel like I am on here WAY too much lately. {which I know I am pregnant so its easy to be but that soon will change} Also I want to set up a schedule for cleaning & what days I do what so I am not doing it all on Saturday or some here & some there & then not doing other things that need to get done.

So as of January 1st. I will be working on this.. but it may not fully be set until Gabriella is here because well with a newborn they seem to take over at first LOL. I just want to get Shiloh into a better routine & sleeping in her OWN BED!!! That is one of my biggest goals & its been such a challenge for us that its exhausting thinking about it but with a new baby almost here having my two year old sleeping with us just isn't going to work any longer.

So I would love to hear of some great schedules that work for other SAHM & any tricks you may have to getting your very cuddly child to like sleeping in their own bed? 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

30 Days of Truth 27, 28, 29 & 30 DONE!


It has taken me way longer to complete this then needed so I am finishing all the questions up today!!

Day 27: What’s the best thing going for you right now?
The best thing going for me & that will continue to go for me is the love of my family & the love I have in return for them. They are my inspiration.. my everything!

Day 28: What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
HA! I am pregnant & this is my second time.. & I am thrilled to be a mom to another little miracle! I am going to strive to be the best mom I can be to my girls & provide them with all the love & support I can.

Day 29: Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
I hope to stop allowing negative things effect me so much. I hope to rid of the anxiety that I deal with & that causes my heart to hurt. I hope to be stronger when it comes to issues I can't fix & to learn to just step away & move on.

Day 30: A letter to yourself: tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself.
I am not going to do this one.. I love almost everything about myself & I don't need to write a letter to remind myself. LOL 

Here is the list of Questions I am to answer honestly for the next 30 days..

Day 1: Something you hate about yourself.
Day 2: Something you love about yourself.
Day 3: Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 4: Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 5: Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 6: Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 7: Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 8: Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 9: Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10: Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11: Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12: Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13: A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14: A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15: Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16: Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17: A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18: Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19: What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20: Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21: (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22: Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23: Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24: Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25: The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26: Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27: What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28: What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29: Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30: A letter to yourself: tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself.

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Years Resolution #3

No More Negativity in my Life or my Families Life!!

I have come to realize there are so many negative people in this world who just think life is to be handed to them on a silver plater & that they don't have to put forth effort to be happy or get the things they are wanting or looking for that its suppose to just be handed to them.. & that I have allowed a lot of them to effect my happiness & my families & well frankly I am done!

Like is said on my 30 Days' of Truth Day:29
I hope to stop allowing negative things to effect me so much. I hope to rid of the anxiety  that I deal with & that cause my heart to hurt. I hope to be stronger when it comes to issues I can't fix & to learn to just step away & move on.

So starting the new year.. if you are going to be a negative nancy or if you have nothing nice to say or are treating me or my family {hubby & girls} poorly you will be 86'ed!! I am done with all of that & don't need HS drama in my life.. I/WE are too old for that.. I am about to be 30 for goodness sake.. not 16 so take it somewhere else thanks ;)

New Hot Mama Boots

So I know I talked about getting a pair of boots {click here to read} & the ones I originally wanted were $150.. well I ended up running into these hot mama boots & liked them much more.. plus I was able to buy them & Shiloh's all for $75 which is a steal of a deal..


Things you should know about me if we are going to be BFF:

Things you should Know about me if we are going to be BFF:

I love a clean house.. but I HATE cleaning the bathrooms!!

I am taller then my husband.. & he SWORE for ever he was taller so we made a bet that he was wrong.. & of course I won HA!

Most days I DON'T get out of my PJ's.. I am lazy about getting dressed to go nowhere.

I am a HORRIBLE speller!!

I STILL CRY for my mom.. who lives clear across the US from me.

I can't sleep with dry skin.. it drives me CRAZY!

I LOVE to design on my computer weather it be my blog layout or using an interior design program.. I could be hooked for HOURS!!

Taking photo's & editing them is probably one of my FAVORITE past times but I am NO professional or even that good.

I DON'T handle drama well or others having a problem with me.. I am SUPER sensitive & cry like a baby when there are issues that people have with me.

I really CAN'T STAND FB but i am also ADDICTED to it at the same time?



I have ADHD.. BAD.. I can't remember the last time I was able to watch an entire movie at home.

I don't read.. I have ALL the Twilights & HAVEN'T even finished half of the 1st one.

Rihanna is my girl even though we have NEVER MET.. I just love everything about her & wish I had her look & style!

I am a huge PEOPLE pleaser.

Being a mom is the only job I think I have EVER done well.. & the ONLY job i think I will ever have :)

I have TRUST ISSUES when it comes to being friends.. its something you have to earn!

I would love to ADOPT one day.. its convincing the hubby to want to that is the problem.

I SECRETLY want to be on a daytime soaps LOL

I am NOT a phone talker.. I will text you before I call you any day & it's nothing personal.. I just don't like talking on the phone.

My BIGGEST PET PEEVE is someone trying to hold my child after they smoked or smoking in front of my child or when I see others doing so!

I am ADDICTED to ABC Soaps.. I can't help it I love them!

I envy skinny minnie girls & wish I could be a size ZERO but I know that will NEVER HAPPEN!

I am scared to join a mom's group because I am TOO AFRAID to make my self vulnerable to others.

To be honest I don't get why some people HAVE TO bring their pets EVERYWHERE??

I love to sing in the car & I HONESTLY do think I have a really good voice.. I am just too afraid to share it!

Making new friends is something I LOVE but I am not very good at because I am insecure.. I usually wait for others to befriend me before I do them.

I plan on having a reduction once I am done nursing.. I CAN'T STAND big boobs & I will never understand why some people are so obsessed with them.. I need perky & proportion!

I was born & raised in Florida but I HATE the heat.. it actually makes me sick now!

I DO NOT watch the news.. it scares me & depresses me!

What about you.. what should I know about you if we are going to BFF??
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Stream of Consciousness.. & It Begins...

So I am starting to get a lot of anxiety about having this Bean. I mean I am super excited & I can't wait to have another little miracle baby in my arms, but I am also so scared I am going to fail my girls & husband. I am scared I am not going to be able to share my time & love & that Shiloh or Gabriella may not feel as loved as the other.  I am scared that it's going to be a lot & I am going to be overwhelmed & have no one to help me or turn to. {I think that is mostly because I have no family here except Stephen's & I wish I had my sister or mom living near by} I am scared that Shiloh is going to think we replaced her & not be the happy, loving child she has grown into. I am scared she is going to loose her glow & turn into an unhappy child.. & that is something I could never forgive myself for.

I know that most are going to say that these feelings are totally normal.. & you are all probably right.. but either way I am scared. Sometimes I ask myself did I have another baby too soon? Then of course the guilt sinks in for even thinking that & then I remind myself that if I hadn't of gotten pregnant when I did I may have never been able to have another baby. I just never want to do anything that hurts my family.. & I am just really scared.

I am such a protector when it comes to my babies happiness & well being & to some I go way above what I need to.. but its just who I am & I can't help it. I mean I can't stand to leave Shiloh with anyone.. I am okay with leaving her with Stephen for a little while but to leave her for more then a few hours is hard & to leave her more then a day.. well I turn into this not so happy worried person.. like my heart has been ripped out. I mean she is my sidekick, my best friend.. as we tell each other & when she isn't around I feel less of a person. I know that is so ridiculous to say about my two year old but I have her every day. We wake up together, we take naps {most the time} together, we cuddle, color, we have talks about our day & when things bother us, we learn new things & sing & dance.. we just have a blast together so when I think of not having her or having less of that my heart hurts.

I keep making promises to myself to make sure to do this or make sure to do that. Make sure you involve Shiloh in every part of this new Bean.. to have her help me feed, change her, bath her & to help bond together. I keep buying Shiloh things because I feel a little bit of guilt for feeling like pooh for so long & not having my full energy to be what I consider the best mom. I find myself crying at the thought that she may in time think I don't love her as much because of the new baby.

I just love both my girls more then anything & I just want to make sure that I provide them with as much love & attention as I do the other. My mom says with the second baby it may be harder to hold the baby as much & that doesn't sit well with me. I keep making list in my head of what I need to make sure to do & what I need to make sure not to do.

Shiloh has been sleeping in our bed again & even though deep down I know she needs to be in her bed for ALL OUR sakes I can't stand to see her feel like we are pushing her away. So she sleeps with us. Lately she has also been acting out & has this new attitude that we call the 15 act.. because she literally acts like a mad 15 year old LOL & I am worried its because she knows there is change to come.

We have most the baby stuff up in our spare room. I can't call it a nursery because its kind of a mess of stuff LOL. Crib, changing table, bassinet, 2 shelves of baby care needs & then a half full closet of Gabriella's clothes & what nots & not to mention her swing.. car seat {the old one} bouncer & soothing glider. Then the other half is a TV we don't use on a TV stand we don't use, a broken lamp & a box full of linen's we don't have a place for since we don't have linen closest where live & then the pile of Christmas presents are in there too since I know better then to trust my all too curious two year old to put them under our tree. But apart of me feels guilty for not having a dedicated room for Gabriella. Then I also feel guilty because Shiloh wants so desperately to  play in there & to check things out but we had to put the gate up because of the presents.

It's just all starting to sink in that now I not only have to divide my time two ways between my hubby & Shiloh which most of my attention goes to Shiloh {I know my poor hubby} but now between three people who are my everything & I don't want to fail them..

So I pray that I can still strive as a mom & wife & provide the love & attention as I always have & that we have a happy loving home as we always have & that no one feel less loved or forgotten. I know God will not give me more then I can handle & I have full faith that I will succeed.. but I still am going to doubt myself from time to time.. I think its only normal right?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hot Mama Boots

So I rarely find clothing or shoes that I love I am so picky I swear but today I found some Hot Mama boots that I so am going to buy... I normally would NEVER spend this much on anything for myself.. I am usually a Target/Ross kind of shopper but I will own these hot suckers even if I have to kick & scream to get them LOL {okay not really but you get my point}

They are perfect. Flat no heal to kill me. Wool inside & the brown leather is just what I have been searching for & the rubber soles are perfect for Seattle weather :)

I found them at Nordstrom's today while shopping around & though I could have purchased them I know its the holiday's so I shouldn't be buying anything for myself. So you betcha I will be going back for a pair after Christmas even if I am in labor HA!

New Years Resolution #2

New Years Resolution #2: To learn to cook healthier meals!!

Now that bean is almost here I need to get on the ball & start making more healthier meals for my family. No more stir fry frozen bags, or Hamburger helper for  days that I am just too tired to cook & no more quick meals like fast food!! I want to start having real meals. I want salads & veggies & meals that don't leave us feeling like pooh after. 

So I am going to be buying a cookbook with healthier meals. I have a ton but I have found that once you buy all the ingredients its so so expensive so I want to find a cookbook that offers healthy meals that wont empty my pocket book. So if you have any suggestion please do tell :)

I really hope that this will help us feel better about our selves & to help shed some weight because I know that not only have I gained 20lbs with this Bean but the hubby has put on some weight as well. Plus we need to have a healthier household to set a better example for our children so they eat healthy as well. Not that my child doesn't eat healthy because she does.. she would choose fruit & veggies over candy & ice cream any day.. but that could change as she gets older & I don't want it too.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What I'm Loving Wednesday

This is my first time joining in on this carnival & I am pretty excited about it :)

First off I'M LOVING that my husband is home from his trip to Texas.. 4 days is a long time for him to be away from  Shiloh & me!

I'M LOVING that Christmas is only 10 days away.. I can't wait to see my little monkey princesses face when she sees all the goodness Santa has brought her!

this is not my tree.. though I wish it was :)

I'M LOVING that I am now in my 35th week of pregnancy & in less then 4 weeks I will be a mother of TWO which is the best gift of all.


I'M LOVING that I have ALL of my Christmas presents bought & wrapped :)


I'M LOVING that my house smells so because of this holiday plug in purchased at Bath & Body Works:

New Years Resolution 2011

So we are in day 15 of December & are quickly approaching the new year.. & well I have a lot of resolutions for the year to come!! So I thought everyday until then from here on out I will post a new resolution I intend to set for my self {some for my family} & write a little something about why.

New Years Resolution #1: NO MORE SODA!!!

I am a soda lover.. Dr. Pepper, Mr. Pibb, Grape Soda, Sprite, Sierra Mist.. I love my soda.. like most love their coffee. But its so horrible for you! So I am giving it up in 2011 & finding a new love.. called WATER!! HA! I have quit soda before & lost a TON of weight so I pray this happens this time since I have put on the pounds even before I was pregnant.

So once we are into 2011 no more soda in our house {hubby will have to comply with this too} & no more soda when we go out to eat. I want to get my family back to eating healthy again.. we have gone off track with this pregnancy & we have been eating poorly & since I do all the shopping I know this is something that is very accomplishable for the home front.. I just hope its something I can stick with when going out to eat I think that will be the hardest challenge.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

30 Day's Of Truth Day 26

Day 26: Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?

Well I can honestly say I dreaded answering this question. I wasn't even sure if I would continue.. I like to be open & honest.. but somethings are just hard to write about when you know the world is full of judgemental people.. but apart of me feels I need to write about it.

I originally had a full on post about this.. but I just didn't feel like I should have my business out there so I deleted it.

I think we have all had our moments of weakness in life some worse then others & some have a harder time when dealing with sorrow & sadness. We all have our way of coping & some of our ways are unhealthy & some are life changing but I am glad I found a better way to deal with things then the way I used to. I am not perfect & like I have said in the past I have flaws & I have done things I am not proud of.. but all of those choices & things I have been through made me the person I am today.


Here is the list of Questions I am to answer honestly for the next 30 days..

Day 1: Something you hate about yourself.
Day 2: Something you love about yourself.
Day 3: Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 4: Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 5: Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 6: Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 7: Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 8: Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 9: Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10: Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11: Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12: Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13: A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14: A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15: Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16: Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17: A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18: Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19: What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20: Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21: (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22: Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23: Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24: Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25: The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26: Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27: What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28: What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29: Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30: A letter to yourself: tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself.

Monday, December 13, 2010

35 Weeks

Love that it looks like Shiloh is laughing at my belly
My Belly @ 35 Weeks
Dec. 13th to Dec. 19th 2010 
Size of baby: 6lbs, 19 to 22 inches & the size of a Large Cantalope
Weight Gain: I am thinking the same 199
What I Can Wear: pretty much the same stuff I have been wearing but things are getting really snug in the tummy area.
Gender: GIRL!! {Gabriella a.k.a. Ella for short}
Movement: Not as much but when she does it sure can hurt!
What I wish I had: the ability to sleep comfortably.. my hips are starting to really hurt now & I am using the bathroom so much now its hard to get a good rest in.. also I miss sleeping on my tummy!
Cravings: Coconut Dreams by Keebler Yummy Yum Yum Yum :)
Sleep: I am sleeping at night now which I am so thankful for.. but again I want to sleep comfortably again.
Complaints: I am just ready.. & her moving is starting to really hurt me. I am not sure my tummy can stretch much more LOL. But other then that I am feeling pretty well.. haven't had a dizzy spell in a long time it seems & I am even feeling well enough that I am going to watch B this week & a few days next week as well which will be nice for Shiloh to have her buddy here to play with :)

Today We Met Santa

Well it started off okay.. she was unsure.. we couldn't get her to smile..


Then it lead to this..


& this..


& then the tears..


& then we said our good bye's..


The end.. better luck next year with both girls.. yeah right LOL

Christmas 2008

I can't believe it has already been two years since this picture was taken. I also can't believe soon we will have another baby this tiny in our arms to hold & love.. it's bitter sweet how fast our babies grow.

This is the first time I really started taking pictures & realized how much I LOVED it & LOVED to edit them.. I think they all came out really well :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Decision Made

So I am horrible about spending a lot of money on things.. if its more then $100 I procrastinate like no other in purchasing it even if we need it. I mean I can go to Target buy stuff & check out & if it's more then $100 I get home & rethink it & have regrets & sometimes even bring stuff back.. & I NEVER spend that kind of money on myself EVER.. I would rather it be spent on my hubby or girls.

Anyways we have been looking at our options as far as double strollers now for months. Graco, Baby Trend & Chicco & we just could not decide for the life of us on which was the better one to go with.


  • The Graco Quattro Tour Duo Stroller & Graco Snug Ride has been my top choice now & is nice but I found its not very wide & a lot more expensive then what I really wanted to spend. 
  • The Baby Trend.. the Sit N Stand Double. Now this one is nice because it's light, wide & later I can take the back seat off for the sit & stand option for when Shiloh is old enough. The only thing that held me back was the basket seems to be odd & hard to get to. Plus my sister said that when she had it & my nephew as laying back in the front seat my nice didn't have much room to sit on the bench for the sit N stand part. So that concerns me a bit. But I love that I found it in Purple & Black/Gray {which purple is my fav color} & that I haven't seen anyone with it yet hehe. Also I like how light the car seat is & soft. 
  • Then there is the Chicco double stroller.. we were just going to get this one because we have the car seat already but I honestly don't care for the car seat so much.. its heavy & when Shiloh used it she was always so hot in it & it was not going to match the stroller {I know so silly but I like things to match} Then the stroller is nice but heavy & I didn't like how the car seat sat on it for some reason it seemed weird. 


So today I finally made the decision I went with the Baby Trend Sit N Stand Double-Elixer & the Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat-Elixer & I bought them through Target. It was the cheaper one to go with & I liked the colors & the room the kids will have to grow with it. I ended up paying $336.62 for it which is way cheaper then what I would have spent on the Graco & only $30 more dollers or less then what I have spent on just the Chicco stroller.

So its done the decision was made & I feel good about it.. I don't like that these things cost so much when they are a necessities, but I am happy with my choice :P

Here it is:


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Monkey Magnets

So my husband had to take a last minute trip to say his good bye's to his cousin. It's been a sad time for our family & I have been praying everyday for all of them & for them to have the strength to handle what has been thrown.

We have such a large family combined with not just immediate family but extended & step family that it makes it hard to give everyone a gift for the holiday's.. I would love to give everyone something but it's just not doable or affordable most the time. But since my husbands family is in a time of grieving I wanted to give them something to smile about.. & well I know that Shiloh ALWAYS puts a smile on my face so I figured why not give them not just a picture but a cute magnetic frame for it to go in :)

So here is my newest craft project that I am calling Monkey Magnets :)

So first all material's used where purchased at Ben Franklin

1st I always recommend you work on a cutting surface when using scissors or an x-acto knife.

Products needed:
  • Wood Magnetic Frames to but a 2x3 picture in {I bought them $1 each}

  • Scrap Paper {I bought a small 6x6 book of scrap paper that was only $5.99 because I was making 17 frames}

  • Scissors or x-acto knife
  • Modge Podge & A spunge brush


  • A Print out of the picture you would like to use :)


Now the fun part:

    1. First take out the backing of the frame for tracing & choose your paper 


    2. Trace the frame on the back side of the scrap paper 

    3. Then cut with either or both the scissors or x-acto knife

    4. Then take the apply a layer of the modge podge to the wood frame & place the    
        cut out on it & smooth out any lifts with your fingers. Then wait for it to dry & apply   
        another layer of the modge podge to the top of the paper cut out & let dry.

drying shouldn't take too long as long as you didn't cake on the modge podge

    5. The add the picture 

    6. Hang on your Fridge or give as nice gift :)
{I just noticed I took this picture while the photo in the frame was still upside down LOL}

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