Bringing Izabela Into This World

Jul 2, 2015 | Posted by in Baby #1, Izabela, Personal | 0

I wasn’t concerned, scared, or worried at all about giving birth.  In fact I was actually very calm throughout my whole pregnancy about the labor aspect of Izabela getting here, which to me seemed a little bit crazy because all of the other pregnant, first-time moms around me seemed to be really anxious and stressed about it.  I couldn’t tell if maybe that was because I was older than they were and therefore my outlook on life and the changes that bringing a little baby human into the world were different than theirs?  Or possibly it was because I have wanted to be a mother for my entire life and so the idea that after 32 years I was finally starting a family with the man of my dreams outweighed any anxiety I could have had?  Or maybe it could have been a number of other things, but ultimately, in the end, I wasn’t nervous about it at all.  In fact I was excited! This story is about Izabela, the light of our lives.  This story is also for me, as a way to record and remember what it was like to give birth to someone that has already soRead more …

The Most Impressive Creation That John & I Have Ever Made

Jun 18, 2015 | Posted by in Baby #1, Izabela, Personal, Photography | 0

  On Friday, June 5, 2015, at 8:58 PM we welcomed the most amazing little person into our lives.  Eight days early, this gorgeous little girl came into the world at 7lbs 3oz, and was 20 1/2 inches long.  After 32 years of patiently waiting to meet the man I wanted to share a child with (38 years for John), I held her for the first time and watched her open her eyes wide and stare at me as they laid her on my chest and let me warm her up.  John, who was amazing and watched her come out, said that she came out with open eyes and was immediately looking around.  I also remember hearing my doctor say, “No, you have to let go of the umbilical cord,” as she frantically grabbed and reached for the one thing that she had just spent the last 38 weeks and 6 days playing with and chewing on. So there she was, laying on me, finally outside of me and I was holding her!  Being a first time mom is the most amazing thing in the world and I’m so happy to be experiencing this with the most amazing man inRead more …

Butter!

Apr 23, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, Recipes: Misc, Tutorials | 0

Sooo… some of you may be wondering where in the world I have been. Last time I updated I was 13 weeks pregnant and now I’m a couple of days away from being 33 weeks pregnant! Way to disappear for 20 weeks. hehe Oops! Well, I’ve been around. I’ve just been pregnant, tired, and not inspired to do anything other than sleep. I’m going to try to be back though! I promise! So let’s get to it! Let’s make some real butter and buttermilk from heavy whipping cream!   There are about 103 different videos on YouTube that will show you how to do this, and ultimately that is where we learned about how to do this.  John got trapped in one of his late night YouTube wormholes and stumbled upon a video that showed how to do this.  We were so amazed, and afterwards we actually felt cheated at how much money we had been spending on the heavily processed and oily butters we were buying from the store.  It is easy to spend $4+ on a container of butter, but with this method you spend almost $7 on a large container of heavy whipping cream and end upRead more …

13 Weeks

Dec 11, 2014 | Posted by in Baby #1, Personal | 0

So this may be a selfie from my iPhone, and it may be in my bathroom, and it may not be super awesome clarity, … and it may have been rushed before I ran out the door… but it is what it is. I’m 13 weeks pregnant this week and through the bit of pudge you can start to see my baby bump! Super excited to find out what this little booger is in the next few weeks (hopefully)!

We’re Going Baby!

Oct 23, 2014 | Posted by in Personal | 0

On October 4, 2014 John and I found out we’re expecting our first baby! So this blog will now be incorporating mommy blog status and I’m super excited! Currently we’re 6 weeks and 5 days along and I’m soooo tired. I’m being consistently assured that after the first trimester I’ll start getting energy again, but I’m skeptical about this bit of information. I feel I shall be doomed to exhaustion for the rest of my life.

Autumn is coming.

Sep 10, 2014 | Posted by in Personal, Photography | 0

I hate summer. Oh my gosh I hate summer. For me it’s the worst time of year. It’s miserably hot, our garden struggles because of the heat, and everyone is in a foul mood constantly. Today something beautiful happened… this sweet butterfly landed on our patio lounger to take a break in the cool Canadian breeze working its way south into our area and cooling down the steaming hell pot that is Oklahoma in the summer. I thought I’d share something beautiful with you all this evening.

Chicken Spinach Wrap

Aug 27, 2014 | Posted by in Recipes: Chicken | 0

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a new recipe for all to share and so last night, in 100+ degree weather, I tried to come up with something that would be quick, healthy, and not make the inside of our house reach 100+ degrees as well. Have I said before that I hate Oklahoma summers? Yes? Well… I hate Oklahoma summers. Sometimes I don’t feel that it hurts to say it again! John is still working on a lake job that should have been something he was able to finish months ago, but due to circumstances beyond his control he is still there and working 16 hour days. You’d think being able to be right next to a lake every single day would be great, but in this case for him it’s exhausting. Last night he called me around 8pm to let me know he’d be home in about 15 minutes and so I thought this Chicken Spinach Wrap would be fast, easy, and healthy! Take some chicken. I made too much for just two of us last night but make however much you want. I used two chicken breasts but it wound up overfilling the wrap! Season with someRead more …

Using Reds When Painting

Jul 18, 2014 | Posted by in Design Advice | 0

My favorite color in the world is red and one of the things that I run into a lot when it comes to design is seeing people have a fear of using red. Reds can be amazing if you take the time to look at each red for its own merit and not for how red it looks on the color chip. Sometimes reds that have a purple undertone or even a pink undertone can give you the actual red you were looking for… even if you were expecting it! Here is a small collection of some reds that I really enjoy from Benjamin-Moore and Sherwin-Williams. Maybe one of them will work for you as well. Just remember that the colors you see on your computer screen may not be what happens on your wall. Samples are your best friend when you’re remodeling!