Saturday, January 1, 2011

First Day..

... of the rest of my LIFE!!

I welcome 2011 with open arms. This year is going to be a year of Change. I need to get focused on my life and where I want it to take me.
What do I want to do? Who do I want to be?

I have the things I want! Eventually I want more babies though. :) These things that I have.. My wonderful, loving, caring, handsome husband, My beautiful, amazing, "I look at you and can't believe that you are mine" baby boy Abram, My health.. (I am happy for my health.. BUT, there are MANY changes that need to be made!!) My beautiful, spacious, memory making house, My amazing family that is there for me no matter what and never puts me down or makes me feel unloved, My friends - the new and old ones.. My wonderful church, and of course My loving, caring, forgiving God!

Of these things I have, There are things that I need to change with all of them! I want to be a better wife to my husband and do things for him that make him happy. Take care of him like he takes care of me! I want to spend time with him reading the bible and doing our devotions together and praying with him.

I want to be a better mommy to my little Abram! I know someday he is going to have siblings and I want to take this time that is just him and I and daddy and be with him and play with him more. I want to show him how much I love him and give him everything he needs and wants. :) I want him to know that when he is being a "bad" boy that mommy still loves him no matter how many times I have to say "NO, NO!" I want to shower him with more kisses than he already gets.. and that is A LOT! and I want to definitely take in each moment and soak it up and try so hard to remember it all!

My health.. Well, this one is my BIG one! It isn't a want, it's a NEED! I really need to get it together. I have "started" eating well and working out so many times and never follow through. If I keep going at that rate, I will only get bigger and bigger. I am at the highest weight I have ever been (minus being pregnant) And my eating was getting out of control. I am definitely an emotional eater and I am going to change this. I am ready to take this step for real! So if you are reading, please pray for me!

With my house, I want to really make it a HOME and decorate it and make it US. I want it to show who we are. I love our house so much and am so thankful that we were so blessed with it.

My family is amazing and I just want to be there for them as much as they are there for me! I love you all and I am so blessed to have you in my life! Thank you for everything you have done for me.

My friends, I am also very blessed to have you in my life. I know when I go to you, you love me and never judge me. I want to be a friend that you can come to and feel the same. I want you to feel happy and uplifted when we are leaving each other from hanging out. I want you to be honest with me and I will be with you as well. Thank you for the love that you have shown and for understanding me when I try to explain things to you.

My church, I love! I love the messages Andy gives. I have been unable to really listen lately because Abram is having a hard time leaving mommy in the nursery and I feel really bad for the workers when he is crying in there. So something I would like this year is to be able to listen better and apply the messages to my life.

God, Thank You for giving me all that you have! I am so very thankful for every person you have put in my life. Thank you for change! Thank you for helping me through this new year and helping me Change my life the way it needs to be changed. I want to have a deeper relationship with you!

Like I said before, if you are reading this.. please pray for me to be strong!! I need to change, It will make me a better person in all areas of my life!
Love you all!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

We are IN!

We are finally moved in. There is still plenty to do, but we are living here and loving every minute of it. It is such a good feeling to be a home owner and make a place your own. I have a feeling we will be here for quite awhile and I am so okay with that! I feel so comfortable here. I sit here with no curtains and I am not even scared! It's weird. We are getting curtains soon though. Abe is loving the freedom to crawl from the living room through the dining room allll the way into the kitchen and allll the way back with a BIG smile on his face and sometimes a little burp with spit up. haha. Hey, it happens! Well, I am going to post house pictures soon, but first I wanted to share one of my VERY FIRST MEMORIES here at my new house (sad that Nate wasn't here to witness, he was being an amazing husband back at the old apartment cleaning the whole place!) But I was sitting on the porch, our huge awesome porch with my sister, Jessica and Abe. My nieces and nephews (minus Ruby) Macy, Nolan, Evan and Avery were getting to know my yard and one of the kids walks up from the back yard with a bundle of grapes.. And asked "Are these grapes???" I told them that yes they are grapes and that we have a grape vine in the back yard. Let's eat some!

[side note] My sister broke one open and had me smell it.. We both looked at each other and were instantaneously reminded our our very first home growing up (our neighbor had a grape vine in their yard and we picked the grapes and ate them all the time). It made us smile! ...

So we all tasted the grapes and decided that we should make some grape juice! So.. that's what we did. First the kids went and picked a bunch

then we put them in a bowl and smashed them up,
then heated them to a boil,
added some sugar and water and sifted it though a filter,
then added some ice
and drank it, it was pretty tasty. Nolan, bless his heart overheard me say "isn't this how you make wine".. he wanted to make sure he wasn't going to be drinking wine. It was such a fun little memory that I know my nieces and nephews will talk about forever.. And probably want to do every time they come over! ;) I would love for them, when they get older to say, We made grape juice at my aunts all the time! I just can't wait to get all settled in and enjoy sitting around with Nate and watching Abe grow up here. I am going to take some pictures of the house when things all get put away and show you all. So fun! Check back soon.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ch Ch Ch Changes..

We close on our house today!

The time has finally come. We have bought our first home! We are so excited to move, but we are sad. The apartment we are leaving has been an amazing first home (technically 2nd, we lived in Wheaton for the first 2 months of marriage) where soooo many memories were made. This apartment was the place we called home for 3 years! We brought our first child into this home! And we may never step foot back in it. That is sad. But we know that this next house is just the next chapter in the story of our lives. It is going to be a fun and exciting chapter. Our house has room for our family to grow and more memories to be made. I can't wait to have our own yard to play in and our own real neighborhood to walk in and have more than one neighbor. I can't wait for FALL!! So we can decorate our house and make it smell like Cinnamon and Pumpkin smells and have little cute kids come to our door on Halloween and us hand out candy, I can't wait to decorate my house in my style and actually see what my style is. I can't wait to watch Nate crawl after Abe and play chase. I can't wait to finally have guests over and cook dinner for them and serve them. I can't wait to watch Abe take his first steps there, I can't wait to decorate for Christmas in our new house and play in the snow in OUR YARD! OH my GOODNESS! I am getting so excited.
So, as it may be sad moving out of this apartment, We are so very happy to move!
123A N. Main, You have been good to us!! Really, Really good to us! We will miss you and always drive by you and say "Abe, that is the first house you lived in!" :) Making memories is so fun!

Saturday, July 31, 2010


"i'm as cute as a butterburger is delicious"

So it has been a very busy past 10 months! Tomorrow I have a 10 month old! So crazy! Abe is amazing and I am so very thankful for him! Can you tell I like "!"'s? I just can't believe that he is as many months old as long as I carried him in my womb!! Not sure how to word that.. but I hope you get my drift!
So this month, Abe has learned so much. He is walking around all of our furniture and he can out crawl me when I try to crawl behind him and "get" him. He is letting go of furniture and standing for seconds at a time. Trying to talk a lot!! I am teaching him the sign language for "more" and he does this really cute hand rolly thing everytime I say "more". But... I am pretty sure he is just SAYING it now!!! He is learning "NO" and he stops doing what he was doing and looks at us. He is such a good boy. He is OBSESSED with my car keys! LIKE HE NEEDS THEM! haha! I need to get him his own little set. He will hold them forever but then I couldn't drive anywhere! He has learned to get mad when something he wants is taken away. But he is very easily distracted by something silly mommy does like " ah ah ah ahhh CHOOO" haha. He loves it. He has been doing these really cute silly faces where he squints his eyes. I love it. He loves waking up in the 5 oclock hour.. but always goes right back down after a bottle. Not sure when he will grow out of that! He is everywhere these days and he is so fun. Daddy and Mommy love him very much! He is still working on getting his 2 front teeth and one on the side in. We are very excited to announce that we bought a HOUSE! yay!! We own our first home. I love it. It is a little bungalow her in Washington. Keep posted for pictures.. Below is a pic of the front. Abe is on the porch with my mom. It needs work done outside so when we move in, I will get some bushes trimmed up and make it sooo cute! I can NOT wait!!

I will update as we move in and do some before and after photos. This will be so fun. I have a color scheme that i am inlove with.. not sure Nate is sold yet.. Here it is.. image by i love her blog! :)
Welp.. STAY TUNED...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

What I've been up to.


Some friends and I started a little shop on the square in Washington in holiday presence. Come check us out!!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010


Abe is reading books at Barnes and Noble.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sunny day!

We went on a walk today. He wore his sunglasses the whole time. Until I layed him down in the seat to nap. :) can't wait for more beautiful weather. So Abe and I can be outside more.

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