3 Things I Do To Make a Big Decision

The last year of my life has brought an intense amount of stress, worry, and overwhelm.

We decided to have the hubs apply for a job that would take us across the country. He got it.

I resigned from teaching.

I found out I was pregnant with baby 2.

I became a stay at home mom, which has been a lot more difficult for me than I ever would have thought.

I had baby 2.

We decided for finances I would go back to work.

I interviewed and turned the jobs down.

WHAT?! Yes. It was the. most. stressful. night of my life. Not really, but I was extremely upset thinking about leaving my babies again. There was something inside telling me that this was not the right decision.

You might say that I was a little cray for turning the offers down, and I probably am. However, I have no doubt in my mind that staying home with my babes for another year is the right choice. I will live off Ramen if I have to!

I did a few things that helped me in determining if staying home really was the best choice.

 

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How It All Started… A Marriage Proposal

Walking down a beach, with the breeze blowing in your hair.

On a sports marquee.

In a beautiful candle-lit restaurant for all to see.

These are just three ways that your significant other can propose marriage to you. And three ways that my husband did NOT propose marriage.

Now, I know putting this out there and having you know that I said yes, could make you rethink my judgment and sanity, but what can I say?! I love the dude!

wedding photography

 

 

Here’s how it all started….

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Lessons of the Last Year

 

Wow! It is so crazy to me that I am about to be a mom for the second time! Two weeks from now, I will have 2 kids under the age of 2. WHA?! If you would have told me a year ago that I would quit teaching, be across the country, staying home with my child, and having a new one, I would have said you were completely bonkers!

Well, here we are. This pregnancy has gone by faster than anything I’ve done in my life. It’s been cray cray! The last year has been a complete whirlwind, but I can’t even tell you how grateful I am for my life! My family is amazing. My little girl and husband have been such a blessing to me that my heart is so full. I don’t know how it will hold more love for this little man to come.

Flowers

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Liebster Award

Oh my goodness! I have been nominated for a Liebster Award! This is a girl that does not get nominated for awards and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I was nominated by Continue reading →

9 Truths About Infertility

Infertility is a beast.  It sucks you up, beats you up, and leaves your world upside down.

I am one of the lucky ones.  I know this.  But I still remember the pain that those seven years brought me.  They cut me like a knife and there was no turning back.  Just when I thought we were getting somewhere, we would hit a road block.

It does not matter who you are, or what your situation is, if you have dealt with fertility issues, you have encountered the beast.  He’s mean and relentless.  He does not give up, so you can’t give up! Always have hope.  Always have faith.

Here are 9 things your friends and family do not know about infertility:

 

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Surviving Without Power

I’m not sure how they did it back in the pioneer days.  No power.  No heat.  No microwave.  Sheesh!  Last week was a rough one for sure!

Let me set the mood…

Monday… Snow storm comes in.  Hubby’s flight is delayed/cancelled, so he decides to drive for his work trip. (as a psychotic pregnant woman with a toddler, this was not my idea of a smart move.)  M and I spend the rest of the day chilling inside.

Tuesday… Wake up in the middle of the night to the power going on and off.  Wake up at 5:30 to get ready for my doc appointment…. Power goes out while I’m in the shower.  And yes, people, I do not like the dark.  I frantically search for my phone as I’m reassuring M that we won’t get eaten by anything coming up from the toilet.

Turns out we got more of an ice storm Monday night which caused trees to break and power lines to fall.  I’m a city girl.  Our power would go out and come back on within an hour or two.  Not the case here.  Not with this storm anyway.  The big city was looking much better to me by the second.

power outage

Hubs sent me this pic as our power went out. The view from his hotel room. Umm.. Not nice!

So, we carry on with wet and soapy hair.  Doctor appointment, here we come! Turns out everyone was stuck at home.  We waited a while for him to even get there just to hear a heartbeat.  Can’t the nurse do that next time?

Spent the rest of the morning and lunchtime eating with our pals over at Tea With B… came home for a nap… decided we were going to spend the night in a hotel.  I mean, how do you even light a fire anyway?

Wednesday… Nothing.. Nada.. No Change. But I’m going to tough it out tonight. Start a fire. Cuddle on the couch with my girl and pray we wake up to power! Welp, that didn’t happen. Once the hubs walked me through getting the fireplace lit, I was feeling pretty good about the situation.  Until I smelled gas. And then I was concerned whether or not the chimney was open. (Please take it easy on me.. I’m a city girl at heart.) Hotel, here we come!  Two hours after we check in, I get a text… “The power at (my address) has been restored.” DAMNIT!  Hotels aren’t so forgiving once you’ve already been in the room.

So… for those of you who ever are faced with the situation of being 7 months pregnant, with a toddler and a dog, and have no power while your husband is on a work trip… here are some tips to prepare BEFORE he leaves!

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Becoming a Stay-at-Home Mom

My entire life all I ever wanted to do was become a mom.  Not only a mom, but to be able to stay at home with my children.  For the seven years that we tried (a post for another time), I slowly gave up on the dream of a stay-at-home mom.  When we found out we were blessed with our first miracle baby we were not in a place for me to stay home.  The devastation I felt was huge, however, I had a baby.  I could stay home another time. With our move across the country came the opportunity to make my dreams come true.  Being a teacher meant that I would have to probably wait until the end of the school year to find a school to teach at.Cheese Eater on the Island

Woohoo!! {Insert happy dance here} Dreams do come true!

But there are things they don’t tell you about being a stay-at-home mom.

 

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Baby Boys….

Boys, boys, boys… That’s what I’ve always imagined myself with.  When we were blessed with our miracle girl, I knew that God had a specific plan in mind for me.  As a teacher, girls have always given me a run for my money.

20 week ultrasound

Baby Boy Katter

Well…. Here he is!  Our little Baby K! He decided his toes were tasty… little cutie!

I am now plagued with questions like

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