Finish this.

July 09, 2014

This is a weekly link-up courtesy of co-hosts Jen, {The AZ Russums}, Nicole {Three 31}, Lisa {Coastlined}, and Becky {The Java Mama}.

For the Fourth of July, I celebrated by... hosting my sister who was in town. She was extremely helpful and so hands-on which made time for me to relax this last weekend. On Sunday night, we went to a free concert in the park to listen to music and watch fireworks. Naturally, my extroverted child talked to every stranger in sight. But he missed his first fireworks show since it was way past his bedtime and he fell asleep in the stroller.

My go-to cosmetic product is... my tinted moisturizer. I started using Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ after receiving a free sample. It's super light with sunscreen included, and it leaves my skin looking smooth and clear. If I have to look alive and awake in thirty seconds, I go with this.

I am inspired by... watching Liam learn and communicate and soak in everything around him like a sponge.

The best relationship advice I received was... to stay true to yourself and not become so dependent on a relationship that you lose yourself in the process.

When no one is around, I tend to... enjoy the heck out of it. Because unlike my husband and son, I am an introvert and thrive off of alone time. 

Prompts for next week:
I don't have to be perfect to be...
I would improve ____ by...
The only thing standing between me and ____ is ____.

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Liam: Fifteen months.

July 01, 2014

Growing: At fifteen months, Liam weighs 26 pounds 9 ounces (90th percentile) and is 34 1/2 inches tall (which is over the 100th percentile!). For comparison's sake, Chris was that same height right around 19 months. Eek! He finally has eight teeth: four top and four bottom, with one of his molars popping through. (C'mon, more teeth!) 

Wearing: He's in all 2T clothes and 3T pajamas. He finishing off size 4 diapers, but we will switch to 5's for the next box. He wears size 6 to 7 shoes. 

Eating: He eats three meals a day with lots of snacks in between. He takes a cup of milk in the morning, after his afternoon nap, and right before bed. His favorite foods include macaroni and cheese, peas and granola bars. His ultimate favorites are still bananas and blueberries.

Doing: He is running, climbing, jumping, and basically keeping us on our toes. He never sits down. Never. (Which proves well for his one nap a day that lasts 2 to 3 hours.) He also gives great hugs, kisses, high-fives and fist bumps. 

Playing: His favorite things to play with are building blocks, the remote, our cell phones (he knows how to call Siri now - yikes!), and books. But he has never been a child that I can sit down and read with. He brings me a book, sits in my lap, I open the book, and he's off again. 

Saying: He officially says 11 words that I can recognize, including more (with the sign), milk (with the sign), dog, Daddy, Mama, Bubba (his stuffed elephant that he named all on his own), bird, duck, ball, bubbles, and pew-wee (when we take of his shoes or we are changing a dirty diaper). He also does the sign for "food" when he's hungry (which is all the time).

Loving: He loves Mia, being outside, and going to school each day. 

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Finish this.

June 25, 2014

This is a weekly link-up courtesy of co-hosts Jen, {The AZ Russums}, Nicole {Three 31}, Lisa {Coastlined}, and Becky {The Java Mama}.

(Enjoying a summer concert in the park way past someone's bedtime. Because we're rebellious like that.)

I have a quarter (25 cents) to use a pay phone, so I call... my husband or my parents. Because I assume if I am on a pay phone, I have lost my cell phone, and I sadly don't know many other numbers by heart.

I found $25 in my pocket, so I buy... something from Loft or Target. (I rarely treat myself to either of these stores.)

I have 25 minutes to watch anything on TV, so I turn on... the TV to find that we only have three channels since getting rid of cable. (Technically four if you count the Spanish station that Chris has been watching the World Cup on.) Most likely, my choices will be Wheel of Fortune, Cash Cab or Criminal Minds. But you can't just watch 25 minutes of Criminal Minds and be left hanging, so the one of the other two it is.

A meal I can prepare, from start to finish, in 25 minutes or less is... this delicious foil-pack chicken we had the other night. Yum.

At the age of 25, I wish I had known... that God had big plans for us and that we should have saved more money for those big plans. God's plans are bigger in purpose than what we tend to consider in cost and expense.

If I drove 25 miles from my house, I'd be in... the desert between Phoenix and Tucson, or in the middle of cute restaurants and shops near central Phoenix. Take a guess as to which direction I'd go.

Prompts for next week (July 2nd) are...
It's never too late...
I compare myself to others...
My personality is...
I can...
I embrace change...
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This and that.

June 24, 2014


I'm currently obsessed with this pizza dough recipe and have resorted to making a homemade pizza once a week as part of the dinner rotation. Easy and cheap!

Speaking of food, this blueberry muffin recipe made with yogurt is incredible. I think they might be the best muffins I've ever tasted.

And this foil-pack chicken recipe was the easiest dinner to cook with no prep, no clean-up, and we had leftovers for lunch the next day. 

My closet and Liam's closet are currently overflowing with stripes. It doesn't help that I just scored big on this big sale of striped tees from The Children's Place. (I got them when they were an additional 40% off with free shipping making them 2.99 each, so watch for a sale!)

These suction bowls for Liam make dinner time a lot less messy when you have a kid who likes seeing just what happens when he picks up his tray full of food for the hundredth time in one week.

I'm Type A through and through, and this fun article pretty much sums up my daily happenings. 

I'm currently playing two songs on repeat: "XO" by John Mayer and "Always In My Head" by Coldplay. Download them and you won't be disappointed.

And that's a little bit of this and that.

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Five years ago today.

June 20, 2014

I'm dusting off an old post to celebrate the fact that Chris and I met five years ago today. Since the time I wrote the post below, we've added Liam to our nest which makes me look back even more fondly at that hot summer night in June.

Dear Chris,

Three years ago tonight, I met up with a few girlfriends at a local, dusty bar. I had just been on an awful date the night before and there I was, again, jaded and guarded.

But then you walked in and before I knew it, we were talking. And I stood there, guarded, but you kept at it. I excused myself for just a moment, and that's when I heard it. I heard Him. His voice. He said, "This is it."

It's been three years since you got my number. Three years since you took me on our first date. Three years since I let in to what would become the rest of my life.

Sometimes when it's hard, and we both know there have been hard times, I wonder if we jumped in too soon. If three months to engaged was a quick step. Or if a five month engagement wasn't long enough. I wonder if getting married nine months to the day we met was cutting it short.

And then I hear those words again, so clearly, "This is it."

This is it. We are it.

The thing is, it was all right at the time. Something in me - something in you - was so strongly pulled that night. If at the time it felt right, so, so right, then who am I to question it?

It's what keeps me devoted on the days when I question and doubt. That feelings, those words, the certainty of that night keeps me focused on the long haul.

We were certain of each other. We were certain we were in the other's next chapter. We were certain the rest of our stories would be penned by the other.

I don't blink an eye at those who fall in love in just a few weeks. I don't think twice about those who others see as rushing into it. I now believe in love at first sight, first meeting.

We had it. We still have it. It's a story to tell, and I tell it often.

And each time I pass by the dusty bar, I think, "That was it."

You are it.

I love you,

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