buns buns & buns
Aug21

buns buns & buns

Ok I am notorious for throwing my hair up in a bun theses days. Its not so much that I don’t want my hair down but more of I don’t want my babies grubby hands pulling on it with a combination of being so exhausted the thought of getting a little person ready then myself sounds awful! Haha ok I’m starting to sound whiny and that’s not what I’m going for.  Basically being a new mom with the responsibilities of home life and balancing working life too makes it hard for me to spend time on.. well me!  The simple bun twist takes me about 1min to do and I like that.  However, I was reading some articles today and one caught my eye.  It was titled “20 amazing buns for bad hair days” ok the bad hair day part I chose to ignore but the 20 amazing buns got me sucked in.  I clipped a couple pictures below to share.  It gave me ideas on how to spice up the messy bun if you will so I can throw my hair up and still look like I put effort into. I tried the braided bun one today and was feeling pretty classy as I did the dishes, sent off some emails and spoon fed Jaid some squash. You can read the article I found...

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Pizza for dinner
Aug20

Pizza for dinner

OMG! Ok so I was on pinterest again and came across this chicken pizza recipe.  My mouth literally started watering the second I saw it.  I know people say you should never go grocery shop while hungry and I think the same rule applies to looking at pins.  Anyways Richie and I got a pizza stone as a gift a while back and we’ve hardly used it which is weird because if you know my husband saying he loves pizza is an understatement.  Richie could eat pizza for dinner for the rest of his life!  Needless to say this is his birthday week and what better way to celebrate him than to make a delicious homemade pizza for dinner! I found this particular recipe at: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-pizza-50400000118608/ or check out my Tasty pin board for more...

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half way there!
Aug08

half way there!

It is so hard to believe but today, August 8th, Jaid is 6 months old! My little baby is half way through her first year of life.  It seems like yesterday we brought her home from the hospital and now she is rolling around, laughing and saying “da da.”  I’m not trying to be dramatic but seriously there is no handbook on how to raise a little baby.  When we first had Jaid all I kept thinking is “I have NO idea what I’m doing.” haha.  I’m sure there are other parents out there that can relate to that feeling. I had that same feeling again when I was up with Jaid at 3 am in the mornings and there was no sign of her being tired but this time the feeling was “what did I get myself into?” All in all these last 6 months have been the most exciting but also the most challenging moments of my life so far.  Let’s just say there has been lots of tears.  I cried tears of joy when Jaid was born, I laughed so hard I cried when she smiled in her sleep for the first time and I also held Richie’s hand as he wiped away tears of fear and frustration as we went back to Harrison Hospital the third time in one week to hook Jaid back up on lights. Every day Jaid changes!  Richie and I joke all the time with each other that she “woke up older today ” and although it sounds funny its true.  Its unbelievable just how fast babies grow!  I want to keep taking pictures and videos and writing down the funny moments with her so we never forget this time in our lives.  Along with the funny times there are also the hard moments that I don’t want to forget either.  Not every day I wake up to a smiling baby and clean home.  Some days Jaid wants nothing to do with eating and its hard to shove food down that little mouth. Some days she grabs my freshly clean hair with her grubby rice cereal hands and I have to shower all over again!  There are also days when I get her cleaned up and dressed and as we are walking out the door in a hurry so I’m not late for a meeting she spits up all over herself and its back inside to start all over again.  I’m not complaining though… it may sound weird but I actually enjoy moments like that, the good and the not so great mornings.  I know that someday when she is older I’m...

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In the Struggle
Aug07

In the Struggle

I woke up early this morning and headed to “Latte on your way” my favorite drive through coffee shop in Poulsbo!  We are on a really tight budget right now so I almost felt guilty ordering my tall vanilla latte but every now and then I splurge on a cup.  Richie met up with me at the 10:15 gathering with Jaid and we listened as Jeff and Nick spoke on the story of the prodigal son. I’ve read this particular story and heard it a ton of times.  Long story short a man has two sons and the younger son comes to him and ask for his inheritance early and then goes and waste it all, hitting rock bottom.  He inevitably comes home seeking forgiveness as he has shamed his family.  The father who could turn him away instead shows crazy love by embracing him, forgives him and then throws a party.  It’s one of my favorite stories of redemption and just how deep a father’s love can be.  I was listening to the message taking notes and drawing when Nick said something that stopped me.  He was talking about the moment in the story when the younger son had hit rock bottom and was feeding pigs looking at their food thinking how hungry he was.  He talk about the father’s heart in the story and how hard it must have been hard for him to hear about the situation his son was in and not step in to help him.  Here is the line that cut me deep..”If the father had simply sent a little bit of money to keep the son from starving he would have been just comfortable enough to never have to repent.” OUCH! I never thought of it that way.  You see Richie and I are going through a REALLY tough time with our finances after having a baby, losing jobs and adjusting to a new budget where we are still not making as much as we are spending.  My prayers lately have been “Please God don’t let us hit rock bottom!” Maybe Nick is on to something though.  As much as it hurts and completely sucks to be in this financial situation.. we are learning to work together and ultimately trust God in this season.  My prayer this morning changed from “God please save me from hitting rock bottom” to “God please be with Richie and I right now.  Give us wisdom to make the right choices for our family and know that you are in control.”  I don’t ever want to be comfortable enough to forget that I NEED God.  I guess...

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Vegas Weekend
Aug06

Vegas Weekend

In T- 2 days I will be heading on a plane to Las Vegas for a girls weekend with out the baby! Yup that’s right Richie is going to have Jaid all to himself Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  He is actually pretty excited about it and I know he is going to do an amazing job.  I’m not even worried.  I mean I will miss her and it’s definitely going to be weird leaving my 6 month old babe for 3 days while I’m states away but its good for me and for him.  All the mom’s I’ve talked too about this trip said they wish they would have done something like that when they had babies so it gives me encouragement. We are going down to Vegas to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday.  So excited for her and to sit by a pool soaking up the sun sipping a pina colada (my vacation drink of choice)!  I’m going to have to get creative and do something really sweet for Richie when I come home.  Did I mention its his birthday month!! I definitely married the right guy… I’m blessed to have him as my best friend and Jaid is blessed to have him as her...

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