Saturday, June 27, 2015

Happy Birthday Wiggly Girl!

Okay...I figured I should share a recent update of our family. Wiggly Girl turned one year old in May (yes, I know I'm a little my defense, her pictures weren't taken until a little over 3 weeks past her birthday to begin with). My dear friend Mandy, who also took her newborn pictures, did a fabulous job capturing Wiggly Girl's personality.

Just as a reminder, here is what she looked like in the hospital (see more pictures from that day here, or you can read a little about her birth here):

At about 1 week old with Widget:

And her newborn photo shoot a couple of weeks after that:

And now at (roughly) 1 year-old:
 Mommy getting Wiggly Girl ready for pictures.

 Swoop the Owl is one of her best friends...

 Crazy hair, don't care

 Big Blue Eyes!

 I promise I did not pose her like this...that's all her!

 Always on the move...yep, she's a toddler for sure

 Just chillaxin'  

 She loves to clap and say "YAY!" It was her first word, after all :)

And, of course, Widget really wanted in on these I now present to you, the Sisters!
It is crazy how time has flown by. I mean, just yesterday it seemed like I was hoping to get pregnant with Wiggly Girl and now she is so grown up! (well...for a baby, anyway). We love having her in our family-she keeps life interesting, entertaining, and painful (she loves to give big open-mouth kisses with teeth attached--ouch!). 

Thanks for sticking around!

Friday, June 5, 2015

One Year Older: Wiggly Girl Fun Facts

Happy Birthday to our Wiggly Girl!

On Cinco de Mayo (2015), our littlest one actually turned one.year.old! Our little blonde baby is now a quick toddler with a special skill in locating electronics. She has grown so much in the last 12 months, and since it had been 6 years since we actually had an infant/baby in our house, there was a whole lot of re-discovering of funny milestones. Because we think it's interesting, I would like to share 50 Fun Facts about Onyx :P

 Although every milestone and detail is super exciting in the moment, it is hard for us as parents to remember IT ALL after, like, 2 minutes of chasing, cleaning, cooking, and caring for our kids (I know I'm not alone in these sentiments!). So, I thought I'd make a list of things we can remember...that way I have it written down somewhere for reference ;)

 So here are a few Wiggly Girl Fun Facts:

 1. You were born 2 days past your due date (and Mommy had to be induced even though she walked a 5K on your due date to try to get the ball rolling)
2. You weighed 9 lbs 30 oz at birth and had a head full of platinum blonde hair
3. You were born the a Monday before Mother's Day in 2014
4. Even from the beginning, you have been very expressive with your eyebrows
5. You were super smiley in your sleep starting right before you were 2 weeks-old
6. We blessed you at church when you were 4 weeks-old
7. You have 2-4 dimples in your cheeks, depending on your smile
8. It took awhile for your hair to not just want to stand straight up (and poof out), at times your hair looked like a Troll Doll
9. Before you were 2 months-old, you could put your entire fist in your own mouth (that's talent!)
10. Your sister has always made you giggle and laugh the hardest

 11. When you get excited, you move A LOT...when you weren't mobile yet, you did a little move that looked like jumping jacks while laying on your back
12. Your first ponytail was at 11 weeks-old
13. Around 3 months-old, you started clasping your hands together when you laughed
14. As soon as you started rolling yourself over, you liked to bury your face into the mattress when you slept
15. You were pretty much sleeping through the night by about 3 months-old
16. Without using your hands, you could take off your own socks (special skill before you were mobile)
17. You have a cousin born in the same year (first time that happened in our family)
18. I use to paint your toes all.the.time...until you wouldn't hold still any more
19. At 13 weeks, you would roll from back to side (and scoot yourself around to face a different direction while on your side)
20. Widget taught you how to 'wrestle' around 14 weeks-old...and you have never stopped loving it

21. You have always been a perpetual teether
22. Your first pigtails topped your head at 15 weeks-old
23. You used your toes to grab things and bring them closer to your hands/face by 4 months-old
24. At 19 weeks-old, you could roll back to belly
25. I took you to Widget's school every Friday to help out in her 1st grade classroom. The kids adored you and thought you made a cute also had lots to say to them through the year
26. Many family friends lovingly called you Baby Elsa (a character from the hit movie Frozen that debuted the Christmas before you were born)
27. You took your first plane ride (and trip to Utah and Idaho) at 21 weeks-old
28. Your toes became your favorite thing to chew on at 22 weeks-old
29. Sweet potatoes were your first solid food (around 5 months-old)
30. You started pulling yourself forward while on your belly before 6 months-old--combination army crawl and worm wiggle

31. Your first hair cut was at 5 months-old
32. You slept at the end of our walk-in closet in a pack-n-play until you were about 6 months-old, then you shared a room with your sister
33. You were a ladybug for your first Halloween
33. First tooth appeared at 29 weeks-old (the eye tooth bottom left)
34. Sat without help by 7 months-old, and able to crawl out of a sitting position
35. You totally look like a cabbage patch doll when you hair is pulled up out of your face
36. You like rolling (and bouncing) any kind of ball--it makes you giggle
37. Started using a pincher grasp about 8 months-old
38. First french braid in your hair at 8 months-old
39. Whenever possible, I liked to dress you and Widget up in matching outfits (it's a Mom's right!)
40. Started really waving (think fingers moving from open hand to fist then open again) at 9 months-old
41. Pulled self to standing around 9 months-old
42. Had 3 teeth by 9 months-old and always chewed with one finger in your mouth
43. You love listening to piano music
44. Started climbing the stairs at 10 months-old
45.You love the shower, and the tub, but really water in general :)
46. About 4 weeks before your birthday, you were walking without help
47. You love to wrestle with your Daddy and Sister (and even pillows) on the family room floor
48. By your 1st Birthday, you had 8 teeth (4 on top & 4 on bottom)
49. While sitting, you wiggle your toes when concentrating
50. You are still adorably chubby, and growing up all the time

I better stop myself there! 

Happy Birthday Sweet Wiggly Girl! We are so very happy to have your sweet spirit in our family!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

My New Favorite Accessory: Nickel & Suede

I've been busy chasing my 8.5 month old around the house, looking at 1st-grade homework, keeping up with a family of four (including more laundry) and adding some awesome accessories to my wardrobe. If you've been following me on Instagram, you may have already been introduced to my love of Nickel & Suede--a company started by Kilee and her husband, who are friends of ours (who are also our neighbors).

I've also had the wonderful opportunity to work along side Kilee and Soren for the last several months, helping their vision come to life. It's been a great adventure in many different ways!

Because I love my friends so much, and because I love the product, I wanted to make sure you (my online friends) would also have the opportunity to check out Nickel & Suede for yourself.

My current favorites?
N&S Signature Silver Leather Slit Cuff
 Tan and Cream Calf Hair Leather Cuff
 And the Scuba Blue Leather Earrings
You are going to love all of the products N&S offers. The earrings are extremely light weight and very comfortable to wear. There are so many fun colors that are a great addition to any wardrobe (in both earrings and cuffs). And there are some exciting new things to come in the near future.

I'd love to hear what you think; if you hop over to, leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite item is :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

I Am Beautiful!

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! 

Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!
I Am Brave and Beautiful
AND so are YOU!

Sometimes I feel like the only thing I can see in the mirror are my negative (or at best neutral) qualities. I am pale, my freckles are uneven across my cheeks, I pluck my eyebrows so that they are two separate entities, my thighs are where I keep my 'extra' weight, my booty has changed shape many times (perky, flat, fat), I lose hair by the handful, my teeth aren't actually white, I'm a curvy girl in a 'slender frame' focused world...and the list could go on and on and on. I know I'm not alone in giving my self a guilt trip while glancing in the mirror. We, especially as women, are so very hard on ourselves, and even our expectations of others can be skewed. 

I know I shouldn't expect myself to be perfect according to anyone else's standards. I have a strong body, I am happy to have had the opportunity to give life to my children and that I can be there for them physically (also emotionally and spiritually) now, I can be loved by my husband and love him back, I can give service to those around me and I am continually learning and growing in all aspects of my life. My experience, including everything that has happened to me physically, has made me who I am...

I don't have to try so hard because I know I am loved by God, my wonderful and supportive husband, my beautiful daughters, our extended family and our friends. It has taken me (probably) my entire life to be (not only) okay with being me, but to actually LOVE being me...and I am certain it will be a lasting endeavor throughout my life to continue to love and be kind to myself 100%, but I know I'm headed in the right direction. I am happy to keep up this fight, to love myself for who I am and be supportive of others, as well. 

I don't have to try so had because 
I am already Brave and Beautiful!

share your natrual beauty -
Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
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