Thursday, March 13, 2014

24 weeks

Oh hey, It's a picture of me. 
top: JCPenny // pants: Q

I have to tell you, I don't know how other bloggers take happy pics of themselves while pregnant. I feel like crap, most of the time, and barely have anything decent to wear most days. These pants are completely unbuttoned/unzipped under that long tank top there. 


I'm 24 weeks pregnant, which sounds crazy because that means in about 16 weeks there will be an entire other human living in our house... I'm so not ready. Then again, on the other hand, I can't stand not feeling normal and can't wait for this baby to be born. Besides not having anything to wear, I'm beyond exhausted and I still can't eat plain white rice (weird right). 


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Monday, March 10, 2014

free hawaii trip... not as exciting as it sounds

Getting a free trip to Hawaii should be a very exciting experience. Unfortunately for us, a "free trip" has been anything but exciting for almost a year now.

Last April we went to a time share presentation and actually bought one. As an incentive, they gave us a few gift's, one of which was a free 4 day trip to Hawaii, Airfare and Hotel. We were definitely excited since we were already planning on a Hawaii trip to visit my FIL. We had to wait 3 months before we could send in our form and then we "thought" it would be a matter of them getting in contact with us and making arrangements. (I would like to mention this trip is through a second party, NOT our time share.... that would be a major bummer since we bought into it).

Well, 3 rounds of back and forth "Forms" and 4 different "Picked Dates" and we still haven't gotten our free trip. And we most likely won't. Why?! Because I will be having a baby soon and "that's not their fault". Not that we were blaming them, but after postponing on us for months and MONTHS couldn't they at least say they would try to work with us when we are able to take the trip!?

Needless to say, after the 3rd date they denied us, we decided we would just go ahead and plan our original trip to Maui... which is finally less than a week away. I started packing this past weekend (only because I needed to try on everything in order to find out what fits my belly... I REFUSE to buy any maternity clothes). All I need now is a good book and "maybe" a new purse and sunnies. 

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Friday, February 7, 2014

a few "blog" favorites

I haven't been feeling TOO excited about anything in my life to say it's been a favorite... except for this super awesome Olay BB Cream I picked up from Big Lots for $4! Seriously, I can't believe I haven't tried it sooner. It's super lightweight, sheer coverage (which is the perfect amount of coverage for me) and smells amazing.


I have, however, been loving some blog post's that I would love to share:



1. If you "happen" to be stopping by from Style Elixir, then you already know about Bloggers Closet. How fun to be able to shop your favorite bloggers closet! I LOVE it, so genius.


2. Noni from Oh I Love You My Dear shared this super simple Valentine Garland/Gift Idea that I can't wait to make (If you are my husband reading this... don't click on the link)
 
3. Not only is Kinsey ridiculously talented but so is her husband Josh. He released an amazing EP last year that I JUST listened to when she announced it was available on CD.


This weekend I am looking forward to celebrating my nephews birthday, doing some early birthday shopping (for myself) and getting all packed for Vegas... exciting stuff ahead.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

babe lately

babe has been one of 2 things lately...


1. a huge pain in the butt that doesn't listen to a single word coming out of our mouths, who thinks HE runs the household by spouting demands, and screaming and crying to no end if he doesn't get his way.

2. the cutest, sweetest kid who says the funniest most random things, who just wants to snuggle and kiss.

I asked my husband if he thought babe had a split personality because one night my husband made him a little snowman out of rice balls but it only lasted about 1 minute before collapsing. Babe said "well, it was a nice try" and ate his rice. I immediately thought how sweet of him to acknowledge my husband's effort and then immediately thought of a scenario where he was NOT in a good mood and would INSIST my husband rebuild the snowman and end up crying and falling asleep without taking a single bite of rice.

That's my babe for you. Of course we love him either way, yes... even when he is screaming in my face.


I don't know if it's because of the baby, I like to think he's old enough that he wouldn't be jealous, but I hope it's just a small phase and in a few months we won't even remember what a brat he was right before he turned 5.

Speaking of the baby:

he wants a sister! he is so cute. I asked "but what if it's a boy?", he said "well, then can we have a boy and a girl too?"... um, no... absolutely not.

a few weeks ago my SIL was over with her 2 kids and her baby was crying very close to our bedtime. I told babe "I hope the baby doesn't cry long, I'm tired", he said (pointing to my tummy) "maybe we shouldn't have this baby".

one day I was cleaning my room and he kept asking if I could play with him in his room. I told him I would go after I was done cleaning and said he should play by himself. he said "maybe I will play in my room all day when the baby pops off". yes, he said pops off... I love my babe.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

enjoy

I decided that I would only set one goal for 2014, and that would be to "ENJOY every moment as much as possible". The first few months hold a handful events that I have been looking forward to with so much eagerness in my heart. Sometimes life throws a curve ball and you might need to take a step back and rethink how these exciting events will be fully enjoyed under unexpected circumstances.

Let's first countdown to said events and then discuss further:

34 days until Britney in Vegas. It seems like a lifetime ago that I wrote about this and I can't believe it's a month away.

67 days until our Maui trip. FINALLY!! a REAL vacation. One of my goals for 2013 was to take a "real vacation", but this trip took FOREVER to finally come through (saving that for another post).

95 days until Babe's 5th Birthday. Yes, this is a HUGE event. I have literally had this birthday theme picked out since his 3rd birthday and started buying stuff last summer. I might be more excited than him, just a little.

AND....

176 days until Baby #2 is due. Yup, we're having a baby.


So, this is the reason my main goal this year will be to "enjoy". Last year when I wrote out my goals, my hope was that I would accomplish them all BEFORE having baby #2. I must admit that I did pretty well besides not taking a vacation and half assing on the minimalist thing (something I still really want to work on). But once it started getting closer to the end of the year, I faced the fact that 1. my husband was NOT ready for another baby and 2. neither was I because I still wanted that damn vacation AND I had a Britney trip now planned in Feb.
And then less than 1 week after we bought our Maui tickets... I found out I was pregnant.
The first few weeks all I could think about was the plans I already had, that did not include me being with child, but as 2014 rolled around I realized there is nothing I can do but try to make the most of it. So what if I can't have a delicious fruity cocktail before seeing Britney perform and so what if I can't zip line in Maui... as long as I'm well enough to be present, I might as well enjoy it... right?!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

i've missed my blog


It's been 2 long months since I have been "slightly" disconnected from the social media world. I haven't posted at all, I haven't been reading other people's post's, I check Instagram maybe every 3-4 days and my personal e-mail account has over 500 e-mails. I don't know what happened, but after I wrote about me as a working mom, I felt guilty about even opening my laptop. 

I really miss blogging though. I miss sharing the little things that happen in life, the things babe says or does... and I miss reading about those little (or big) things in your lives. I look forward to getting back into it though. I've had a nice break and I have so much to share. 
Happy New year to you!

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Monday, November 4, 2013

me as a stay at home mom - part 2

Is the grass greener on the other side?

In case you missed part 1, I wrote about "me as a working mom".

Me as a stay at home mom:

It may seem weird, but during the course of my son's life I don't think I have ever spent 5 whole days in row, at home, with nothing else on my mind, except for "what will I do next". Even though I was at home sick, I got up every morning once my son left for school to clean the house. I ate breakfast in silence and took my time getting ready for the day. One day I walked to pick up babe from school and another day I drove and we decided to go to the park. Except I'm not familiar with his "favorite" park, so when I went to one, he INSISTED I go to another by "making a left at the corner". It was a little frustrating but I decided I had no other plans so I would try to find the park he was referring to.
During that week we did the following:
went to the park. went to the library. ate lunches and dinners together, at decent times, without any hassle. read everyday. worked on homework. I made a skirt. watched some DVR and didn't think about work.... not once. Babe seemed to listen more the first time and I didn't get as frustrated with him for taking SO long to decide when he was ready to take a bath.


So before I say what might be obvious, I want to make it very clear that I am super thankful for my job. I am thankful that I have a career that I am good at, and able to support my family with. My conclusion has nothing to do with my actual job itself (no matter how stressful) but more with my feelings about being a "working" mom and a "stay at home" mom.

So do I think the grass is greener on the other side?... In my personal opinion, I'm going to say Yes. No matter how great my job is, it absolutely does not compare to the thousands of moments I have already missed with my son. I can't get back those baby years, the most important learning and growing years before school. I would trade in the past 4 years as a working mom to be a stay at home mom in a heartbeat.

I know stay at home moms who would love to get away from their kids for a bit or are so stressed out from all the responsibilities that come with being a mom, trust me, I'm a mom, I know. So imagine that... PLUS all the extra added stress of a demanding 40 hour a week job. If my only worries during the day were those revolving around babe, I would be living a much happier life.

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