Friday, January 9, 2015

{Random Thoughts}

Have you ever stopped in the middle of a busy day looked up at the sky, and just took a deep breath? That the realization of today's "worries," will be forgotten tomorrow? So many times I have ignored the very basic beauty of life, because current demands make it too stressful to focus on anything but my to-do list. 

Well, in 2015 I want to stop, take a deep breath, and focus on the bigger things in life. Worrying less about things I can't control, and enjoying moments of peace more often. Even if those moments are only a few seconds. Being present in the moment really is the only way to live. 

Here's to turning over a new leaf in 2015.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

{Life at the moment}

It's 2:30 in the morning. I'm sitting in my dark bedroom, pumping, and snuggling a worn out, and very congested baby. Sometimes you just have to stop, and say a prayer of gratitude. Hopefully we can get some sleep. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

{Nolan - 5 Month Update}

Dear Nolan, 
Oh you are growing so quickly! Yesterday you turned 5 months old, and left Mama wondering where time has gone? You are really starting to develop a sweet, little personality. Your laugh is contagious, and your constant baby babble melts my heart. A few of your likes....

Your comfort blanket is an absolute must to sleep through the night. It's a cute little football, and you love to chew on it....

You have loved your moose toy for awhile....

When I lay you down on your changing table, you immediately start kicking your legs like crazy! It's comical, because you don't stop the entire time I'm changing you. Which has made for some interesting diaper changes. Haha. 

 We got to see your cousin Kaden last weekend, and you still aren't too sure about him yet....
I'm certain both of you, (and the new baby cousin), will have many fun adventures in the future. 

You met Santa, but you were zonked out from milk....

You love to be nestled into our Boba wrap. Especially if we are someplace new...(Can't wait to try our new Beco carrier...Santa is bringing it...)

I don't have a picture of it, but you love music. We listen to countless hours of "Lindsey Sterling" pandora channel (she's a violinist), and we like the Disney pandora channel during bathtime. 

You also LOVE to watch Baby Einstein. Anytime, anywhere. For example, we had to wait in a long line at the post office the other day, and when you started to fuss, I played it on my phone, and you were pleased as punch. 

Of course there are things you don't absolutely hate 'tummy time.' I can distract you with a toy for a few seconds, then you take matters into your own hands, and roll over onto your back.  Sometimes in your sleep, you will roll from your back to your belly, and that's the only time you will wake up crying. 

A recent development is throwing yourself into hysterics if your bottle isn't ready in time. During these frantic moments is the only time I wish we had a normal breastfeeding relationship. But we rock the pump. This usually happens when you are also really tired. It makes Mama and Papa a nervous wreck! Thankfully, it doesn't happen too often. 

I can't believe we are already 5 months into this parenting thing. I honestly can't imagine life without my sweet boy. Since having you I've slept less, worried about even the smallest nuisances, learned how to make coffee with one hand, and basically stopped wearing makeup. But I've grown so much as a person. I have more patience, am more observant, and truly cherish quiet time with Jake (and with myself). There isn't a day I don't thank Heavenly Father for making me your Mama. Can't wait to see what new thing you'll do next! 

All my love forever, 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

{Daily Snippet -December 4, 2014}

Dear Jake, Four years ago today, we started dating. We went to volleyball, and dinner at Ruby Tuesday's on our first date. I was totally smitten. (And still am). Let's have brownies and peppermint ice cream tonight to celebrate!  Love you to the moon. Dear Little, Your smile lights up your entire face, and melts my heart completely. I'm so in love with the little man you are becoming. Dear Rain, This is December. You are supposed to switch over to snow. Please make the necessary corrections, and bring me loads of the 'white stuff.' Dear Wild, I'm beyond excited about seeing you, but you aren't being released in any theater's around me. What gives? Dear Erin Condren, I'm ready to order my 2015 planner. Do I want a cute print, or lots of pictures? Decisions, decisions. 

After a short sabbatical, we are back! Or I am back...whatever. Happy Wednesday! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

{Daily Letter - October 12, 2014}

Dear Husband, Thank you for knowing when I need a nap more than anything else. You always take care of me. Dear Nolan, Your adorable. The end. Dear Eyeballs, Thank you for not bursting out in tears when we had to order another pizza after slipping and spilling the first one in my passenger seat. Dear Pizza Hut London, Thank for giving me a free pizza after the above happened. This Mama is appreciative. Dear "Mom's Day Out," I could really use a laugh. Please be funny. 

Are we sure this isn't Monday? Sure does feel like it here. Happy Sunday night, folks!

Friday, October 10, 2014

{Thankful Friday}

Today I'm thankful for....
- Husbands who feed me dinner, so I can pump and feed the babe.
- Heating pads that make a clogged duct feel better. (Sorry TMI)
- Fleece Halloween jammers that keep my little warm. (And look super cute)
- Plans for Porter cousins to meet this weekend at the Pumpkin Patch
- Celery with almond butter
- Sleeping in
- Taking a hot bath
- The smell of wet leaves
- Apples, apples, apples. 
- Scones made by my Mama. 

Sorry I'm late posting! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, October 6, 2014

{Daily mail - October 6, 2014}

Dear Hubster, You looked so hunky playing video games with my bro last night. I might have a crush on you. Come home from work so we can eat chili, and snuggle. Dear Nolie, You look super sweet in your Halloween jammers. I can't wait to see you in your costume. Dear Littlest Brother (but also the tallest), THANK YOU for visiting us. We love having you around. Please come back soon! Dear Patagonia, I took advantage of your 50% off sale. Ship my package ASAP!

It's a cold, rainy Monday. What's everyone making for dinner?