Friday, June 14, 2013

The Best Daddy

I have been counting down the days until Father's Day and can honestly say I'm more excited about it than Mother's Day.

Part of it has to do with I'm just really sick of hiding the gift I have for my husband and feeling on tilt every time he goes in the basement where it's poorly hidden.  But mostly I want to show him how much we love and appreciate every hour of hard work he puts in, every hour of sleep he loses as we build our business, and every dollar he earns for our family.  Without one complaint. Ever.

We are going to party hard this weekend and have much planned to celebrate this guy. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Family // Four Years

Can it really be true?  Four years have already gone by.  Each one is going faster than the one before! 

But the beautiful part is that they keep getting better.

I can honestly say four years and two babies later, I love Grant more now than ever.  I feel so undeserving to be is wife.  We have had some difficult times in the past four years, but I love how we have stuck it out through thick and thin. 

Right now we are going through many exciting changes.  Excited to see what God has in store for our future together! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Family // Mother's Day

Mother's day was exceptional.  I spent the whole day with the ones I love most: my two sweet babies and the one who made me their mommy.  I was treated to a new (to me) vintage dress which I'm dying to wear, brunch and dinner out (no dishes!), and clothes shopping.  Oh and a margarita. Twas amazing.  

All day long I was simply thinking about how much I love being Ashyr and Wyllow's mom. Snotty noses and poopy diapers included. I love working with my husband on web design and running my etsy shop, but neither compares to the blessing and privilege it is to be a mother. They are also neither nearly as much work. But still.

I asked my husband if we could get a good picture of me with the kids for Mother's day. Well, none of them are picture perfect, but I love them all because that's us. Not picture perfect, yet they are beyond adorable and I would have these pictures no other way.

Tickling the leg trick didn't even come close to working.

Nope not looking at daddy.

All frowns, but the best one of the batch.

Two year old attention span has reached its limit.
I hope all you momma's out there had a wonderful Mother's day too!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Web Designer Valentine

I made this and had it printed as a Valentine's day card for my web designer husband, Grant today.  Admittedly, I did see the phrase somewhere online.  But I couldn't resist making one myself as it simply could not be more true...we just belong together like HTML and CSS. 

I don't do this often enough, but I want to emphasize today how much I appreciate my husband for everything he does for our family.  Works his tail off, provides for us, leads us spiritually, and makes me want to be a better person every single day.

Love you Grant!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Thoughts // Twenty-Seven

Yesterday I turned 27.

I'm not going to lie...I hate getting older. Does anybody like it though?  Except for when you're a kid. I feel like it's a real issue for me, like I'm mourning it or something.  Am I crazy?  I know I'm still technically "young" in a lot of ways, but I've heard a thousand times how fast the years go when you're a mom with little ones. So far, that is exactly what is happening and Ashyr isn't even two yet.  Plus my Mary Kay lady encouraged me to buy anti-aging make-up the other day. Talk about brutal.

On the other hand, I happy.  Happy because I can't imagine wanting life to be any different at my age.  I have two healthy, beyond beautiful babies and a loving husband.  We are working on our business which I enjoy, we have a lovely home, dear friends, and a great church.  Sure there's a plethora of things I want to change in the midst of all of that, but in general, I have it pretty stinkin' good.

I'm determined to overcome this hatred of getting older.  I want to embrace it and live life to the fullest at any age.

How do you handle getting older??

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Thoughts // This Year

This year I am resolving to:

Abide in Christ and become more like Him everyday.

Deepen relationships and be a better friend.

Be okay with less sleep.

Be a better wife to Grant and find more time to spend together.

Run our home with more efficiency and inner strength.

Make business endeavors happen and overcome fear of failure.

Be a better mom by displaying more patience and not being easily overwhelmed.

Lose these stubborn last few pounds from baby #2.

Be healthier by eating and exercise habits.

Overcome insecurities, lack of confidence, and doubting myself which all hold me back from accomplishing the above.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thoughts // Abiding and Where I've Been

After announcing I was back almost 2 months ago, I disappeared again...not that anyone even noticed.  But I still want to share. 

So where have I been?

In the past couple of months, I have had this gut-wrenching feeling inside.  A strong, all-consuming desire to further my walk with abide in Him...alone.

I began to realize that too much of my time was being absorbed in things like social media, blogland, pinterest, etc.  I'm not saying those things are bad or wrong (I still do them afterall) but honestly, I was seeking to find life in them.  And as a Christian, my life and identity needs to be found in Christ.

I'm not planning on running this blog into the ground.  In fact, I plan to come back full force and have many things lined up, or at least brewing in my head for the future. I want to build more relationships with fellow bloggers, have regular postings, try new things. 

But I can tell the greatest need in me is to focus my heart and mind on Christ.  I know this can be done and still blog, but for me it is requiring drastic measures.  Meaning, I have to forsake some things right now to get my priorities straight.  When I'm not chasing my toddler, nursing my 5 month old, or changing two poopy diapers, I'm reading. Abiding. Seeking. 

I will still pop in from time to time until I am ready to plunge back in completely.

Thanks for reading and understanding.  Please share any similar experiences if you'd like.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Travels // Colorado Mountains

We just got back yesterday from our very first family vacation.  It was a fun, much needed, four day trip to Colorado.  We got to spend time in a cabin in the mountains and visit some of Grant's family.  The highlight of the trip for me was riding ATV's with my husband all over the mountains--alone.  No babies. In other words...surreal.

Speaking of babies. Being strapped in a car seat for 7 hours didn't work so well for poor Ashyr and Wyllow, but we survived (barely).  All I know is next time, we're flying.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review // New Glasses -- Get Your FREE Pair Too!

Have you heard of Firmoo yet?  It's a popular online optical store that offers quality and fashionable products at really affordable prices.

I was thrilled when Firmoo contacted me recently to see if I would be interested in reviewing a pair of glasses--my choice.  Seemed like a no-brainer. Who could resist a new pair of glasses absolutely free

I picked out this pair.

I was a little bit concerned about picking out glasses online without trying them on in person since I can be pretty picky when it comes to glasses. But I was pleasantly surprised at the quality, fit, and how true the product was to the description.  And most importantly, the prescription matched perfectly. I actually like them more than the glasses I paid over $100 for!

They are definitely statement glasses, but I had to go all out geeky.  I needed something that said "computer geek" to meet with clients for our web business.  My husband even said "You look like a real geek now." Which was a compliment, because that was the look I was going for!

So here's the best part.  Now its YOUR turn to pick out totally FREE glasses. Firmoo is offering a free pair of glasses (you pay shipping only) to all first time buyers

And while you browse for you free glasses, be sure to use their virtual try-on system.  Just upload a picture of yourself and try on as many glasses as you would like!  Here were a couple of my favorite glasses before I chose mine.

These were the winners...........
Cool huh?

Now go get your free glasses!!

And a big thanks to Firmoo for mine!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thoughts // Little Boy

My Ashyr is getting too big.  We can't go anywhere without someone commenting on how he is starting to look like a little boy and not like a baby anymore.

I know this has to happen at some point...but this momma just doesn't feel ready for him to not be a baby.

Okay, I should be there already.  I mean he is already 20 months old and is closer to two than  one (*tear).
So I'm curious.  How do all you mom's out there cope with this horrible fact of life?  It's inevitable that they will grow up, but why does it make me so emotional?  It's even worse than when I pout about myself getting older and that's a real issue for me!
My mom (who is wise beyond wise) keeps telling me that it wasn't that hard for her.  She just embraced us all growing up and thoroughly enjoyed every stage we were at.  She even says that this time in her life is her favorite right now.  That just blows my mind.  She's 54, has 9 grandchildren, and feels younger and happier than ever.

I hope I become more like her, stop moping, and geniunely enjoy every stage with my children.