Meet AJ! | Our Birth Story | Video

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Hello friends. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. It just started snowing here making today a little more magical! Speaking of magical, I am back today sharing a new video introducing you to the newest member of our family and sharing his birth story. It was not traumatic or scary. It was simply one of the best moments of my life. It feels like yesterday when we locked eyes and met for the first time. After nine months of carrying him, I was just so overwhelmed when seeing him for the first time. He was simply perfect. Hope you enjoy! 

He is now 11 days new. Since we have been home he has done really well. He is surrounded in love by everyone in our family and within our circle of friends. I truly could not be happier. He is also already calling all the shots right now. He pretty much determines everything from when we eat and sleep...where we go...all of it is in his hands right now. We are just adapting our schedule to suit his. As we move on though this journey with him and the rest of the kids, I plan on taking you with us. I truly appreciate all the love and support you have shown him and my entire family over the years. Thank you guys for everything. It's time to cuddle our little baby boy and watch the snow come down. ♥ I'll see ya soon. xx

Stepping into this Next Season....

Sunday, November 26, 2017

light, tree, and winter image

Hello friends. I hope you are having a great Sunday. Ryan and I have been laid up in bed most of the day watching football and just relaxing. It feels good being I am now 37 weeks and 6 days. This is such an exciting time for us. We have so much going on and there barely seems like there is enough time to get everything done. In a matter of 10 days we will have a new little baby boy to love and care for. It feels like we have been waiting forever to meet him. We have taken fall by a storm getting things ready for his arrival. There are still other things that I want to accomplish but it might not all happen within 10 days but that won't stop me from slowly checking items off my to do list. 

I don't know what it is about fall/winter babies but we have a bunch. It's the perfect time of the year to snuggle up a squishy soft newborn and just forget about everything else. Waking up to hold, cuddle and feed a baby with frost on the ground and snow falling. I love this new season even if it's freezing cold. Being home with my family has been so nice for me. I see this area completely different than what I did when I lived here before. Time away did good as well, but there is something special about being able to spend so much time with my loved ones. And now we have a new baby coming into the mix making our hearts grow even more. We have really prepared as much as possible for his arrival. I am hoping that in the days coming home from the hospital we can take some time to just bond and adjust as a new little family. Of course there will be many moments of the older kids and family coming to get to know their new family member. But I am really looking forward to the three of us sharing all the special moments in the first few days. 

A lot of the reason I have not been recording as many videos or writing blog posts is because my life is so much more full now. I am always spending time with someone I love. Very rarely am I alone. So in those alone moments, I just try to find simple ways to relax. A hot bath, a favorite show on Netflix or Amazon, enjoying a cup of tea and book. Just little things that help me relax if only for a few minutes. I don't mind the busier schedule. I actually love it. Life has certainly changed in a drastic kind of way, and its so much better than I ever thought it would be. 

I don't know what my schedule is going to be like after he is here. I am hoping to post more...make more videos and share with you guys more. I have truly missed you all. I didn't know what direction this blog should go after everything happened with Scott. But this has been such a happy place for me, its hard to imagine not having it. I have neglected it some but hopefully somehow, I will make more time to dedicate here. I want to share sweet family photos and updates, share more videos like how my schedule has changed yet again, what I am using to plan out that schedule on a daily basis. So much I want to share. Right now I am actually uploading a food haul on youtube that will be live on Monday. Monday's actually use to be when I would share a week in review with photos and most of the time a vlog from that week as well. It would be nice to get back to that point. I am glad I still have this space and community to continue to share with you. A while back, I deleted my facebook page. I really don't know why but it was one of those days when I was really considering stepping away for good. Clearly that didn't happen so I have made another page. You can find it and follow it right here. I know so many of you followed what was happening with blog posts and videos through that page. I'm sorry. I wish it could fix it but there is just no way. So I encourage you to follow the page so you get updates when browsing facebook. You can always follow on youtube and instagram as well. All are great ways of keeping up with our little family and journey. 

I already posted most of these photos on instagram but I know not everyone follows that way. Here are a few photos of our Thanksgiving with Ryans family. It was a really nice time. Lots of good food and good company. I hadn't seen some of them in many many years. It was nice catching up and watching all the kids play together. 

I have no idea why we didn't take photos with mom. I think we were just too busy eating and visiting with everyone that it totally slipped our minds. It was also a hard day on me physically and I just got tired super fast. However, here are a few of the photos that I did take over the past few days. 

My life seems to be changing just like the seasons. While spring and summer will always be my favorite times of the year, right now seems magical. I love seeing the twinkle lights driving through town. Just yesterday I saw three cars with Christmas trees tied to the top. I can't wait till we are taking our new little son out and about to cut down his first tree. It's truly going to be amazing seeing the world through his innocent eyes in the coming weeks, months and years. I hope you move out of fall and into this new blessed season with us. Thanks for stopping by. xx

Question & Answer | Video |

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a beautiful and blessed day. After my last few videos, I got a lot of questions. I thought today I would sit down and answer some of them for you. If you have any others, please leave them on the video or below. Hope you enjoy! 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll be back soon sharing more videos and blog posts. xx

What's in my Hospital Bag | Video |

Hello friends. I am finally back sharing a new pregnancy video. This time I am going to take you through everything I packed for the hospital. I understand to some that it might seem like a lot but I would rather be prepared than not. We only have 10 days at the most till we meet our little boy and I couldn't be more excited! Here's what I'm taking with me for all of us. Hope you enjoy. 

So do you think I forgot anything? I'm guessing not! :) I can't believe we will have a newborn in the house so soon. Our family has been so blessed and soon I will be introducing him to you guys! Have a great day! 

Weekly Food Shopping Haul ( Video )

Hello, I know its been a while since I have posted a food haul but....I thought it was time again. :) I actually started out watching food hauls first on youtube. I really do love watching them as well as sharing them with you. Here's what I got....hope you enjoy! 

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