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Holiday Recap + Life Lately

Well, hello everyone! It has been awhile. The holidays kept us busy and then the plague stuck our house. We have hardly left our house since Christmas and I have been working my tail off to kill all the germs. This was the first time that Ada was really, really sick. We had the stomach bug – which I don’t need to tell you how fun that was, then I caught the stomach bug followed by the flu and finished it up with a cold. But getting the stomach bug was one way to jump start weight loss in the New Year! 😉 Just kidding! I wouldn’t wish this stomach bug on my worst enemy… it was seriously that bad! And then just when I thought we were out of the clear, Ada all of a sudden got high fevers. She has been fighting fevers for days now and I am hoping that yesterday was the turning point for her/us. Please keep us in your prayers! Life lately has been days filled with cleaning vomit, doing so much laundry, going to the doctor, sanitizing the house from top to bottom, doing more laundry, comforting a feverish baby through all the night, snuggling during the day (that part wasn’t so bad) and of course, trying to keep myself healthy so I can do keep doing all of this. Needless to say, I have been nursing a glass of wine every night this week. 😉

But moving on to more pleasant things, our Christmas was awesome! Ada loved all that the Christmas season brought – she loved the Christmas lights, baking cookies, decorating gingerbread men, and of course, opening presents. There is nothing better than witnessing the wonder and joy of Christmas through the eyes of your child. On Christmas morning, I believe Randy and I were more excited then Ada. We got up before her and we wanted to wake her up so bad. So while she slept, I made my first nutty cinnamon rolls. This will definitely be something that I will do every Christmas morning because they were delicious! Ada loved all her presents; especially, her awesome pink Jeep! We are so glad that she loves it because when I got a power wheel at her age, I was absolutely terrified of it and refused to get in it. (Sorry mom and dad!)

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year! Stay healthy! 😉


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Saying Goodbye to 2014

For the past year, I have kept a memory jar of our 2014 year. A new tradition I would love to keep for years to come. Basically, every time we received good news or did something fun or wanted to remember a good day, I would write it down on a piece of paper and place it in the jar.



On New Year’s Eve, we sat by the fire and read all the notes.

It was so much fun to sit and reminisce about all our experiences in 2014. And to think about the ones who helped us make these memories as well.

Some highlights of our year:

  • Celebrated our 28th birthdays
  • Cruise to the Bahamas
  • Summer Concert
  • San Francisco
  • 10 Year High School Reunion
  • Wags to Riches Gala
  • Wine and Dine Party
  • Sharing life with our small group
  • Family dinners and get-togethers

And many more great memories! This really helped us slow down and think about each memory. It was wonderful to see how God has truly blessed us – with joy, health, friends and family.

The word I picked for 2014 was change. I believe we have done just that. We have explored new places, experienced new things and have made wonderful new friends. We have changed and grown so much this year. We have learned to view the world and our lives in new ways. We have leaned on each other more, appreciated each other more and supported each other more this year; helping us to become even closer together and with God.

I look forward to see what God has in store for us in 2015! Happy New Year!

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Speaking of Change


I have had some technical difficulties with my blog, which I am sure you have noticed. I am working on correcting these issues, which I hope doesn’t change my web address. If it does, I will let you know.

I will not be posting new posts for a little while. 🙁

But don’t go far! I will be back before you know it!

Thank you for your support and I look forward to sharing, with you, the new and improved blog!