Showing posts from February, 2013


So, I'm not quite sure where this stems from (yet), but I have been very sensitive lately in the feelings department.  Particularly (and this may have no shock value to some of you) when it comes to the thought of weaning Presley from breastmilk, especially after reading this recent post from The Leaky Boob.
 I have mentioned plenty of times here lately that it will definitely be a bittersweet moment for us, but now I am downright distraught at the thought of it.  I've narrowed it down to a few things that really bums me out when I think about it:
Missing out on the few times throughout the day when Presley and I can be quiet together, snuggle, and share those special moments just the two of us.  Will she still want to do that with me at all throughout the day once breastfeeding is out of the picture?  Another underlying (and somewhat irrational) fear here:  Is Presley actually bonded to me or the nourishment I provide her?  How will that bond change after she realizes I'm n…


Loving:  Netflix streaming - and let me tell you why... we have super duper basic cable (as in the major 4 stations and that is it) so it's really nice to be able to have some other options when it comes to watching TV shows or movies.  While we've certainly watched a good amount of movies on there, we primarily use it for TV shows with the top 3 being:  Sesame Street (for Presley in the morning while I'm brushing my teeth and getting dressed), Top Gear (my husband LOVES this show all about cars), and How I Met Your Mother (re-runs!  I watch them just about every night before bed).  I have recently been hooked into watching the show Castle and I'm patiently waiting for Netflix to add the previous seasons of the show... so Netflix, get on it!

Watching:  The Vow.  Well, I'm planning on re-watching it tonight after my husband goes to bed.  I read Ryanne's post today and it absolutely reminded me how fantastic that movie in.  Which reminds me, I need to track down t…

Marriage Monday: Surviving the First Year of Marriage

As I have posted before, when it comes to relationship and marriage advice, I enjoy and respect the opinions and advice of Dr. Phil.  Not necessarily the Dr. Phil on his TV show (because I don't regularly watch it), but the Dr. Phil who offers so many helpful and healthy resources for a happy life.  Through reading the various articles and books he has written, I've also come to appreciate his wife, Robin, as well.  I recently came across Robin's Words of Wisdom for Newlyweds and it is way too fantastic not to share!  Of course this is ideal to read before you enter into marriage, but I feel that it is never too late to pick up healthy habits... so whether you've been together 10 years or 10 days, this is worth a second look!

Ask only what you're willing to give.If I ask that he give me and treat me with dignity and respect, then I have to treat him with dignity and respect.

Embrace who your spouse is. Support what is important to him/her. When we first married, I s…

Happy FIRST Birthday, my BEAUTIFUL baby!

That is my big, beautiful, 12-month-old girl right there.  She has proved herself to be so tough all while having such a sweet heart.  Presley is so independent and wants to prove she can do things on her these days.  But there are those moments, usually just before bedtime, where she will snuggle into my shoulder as I sing to her and she will let me hold her like the little baby that she still is to me.  I never understood how vulnerable being a parent could make you, but it really is exactly like they say... having a child is like letting your heart walk around outside of your body.  It's terrifying and completely satisfying at the same time.  From the day that we have our babies, we are constantly learning to "let go" a little more by the day (just like my mama friend, Sharon said in one of her blogs months ago, yet is still fresh in my mind) and while each milestone feels like such a momentous experience... it really is just a drop in the bucket (like my mama friend…

All Presley wants is birthday videos!

Hey guys! As you may or may not know by now, today is my daughters FIRST birthday! To celebrate and commemorate, I'm asking that all friends who want to participate send us a birthday message for Presley via video! You can sing her happy birthday, send a birthday message, or just say hi! She will love it! And at the end of the day I will compile the birthday videos together to make one big birthday video for Presley. :-)

You can send them to my phone (if you need the number, let me know) or to my email (

Thanks guys!

Family Pictures (February 9, 2013)

A few months ago, a good friend of mine recommended a photographer to me that was just starting out who not only took great family pictures, but did it for a super reasonable price, too.  Isn't that what every woman loves to hear?  Or maybe it's just me!  I saw some of the pictures Lindsay took and decided right away that I would absolutely love for her to take pictures of my family as well as pictures of Presley just before she turned one!  Sometimes, especially as a stay at home mom, you have to sacrifice quality for price - but thankfully, this was not the case at all with Lindsay!  We got phenomenal pictures that I am so proud of.  I can't wait until the next time Lindsay can take some family photos for us and would highly recommend her to anyone in the Quad Cities area.

I'm so excited to share some pictures of our family and of our sweet little princess... Enjoy!

Marriage Monday: Husband vs Wife

Welcome to another Marriage Monday!  I think one of my favorite parts about being with the same guy for so long is to look back on where we've been.  Not to mention, I think reflection is a very healthy thing in a marriage.  I love to talk about the people we were when we first met, the things we spent our time on, and how different we are today; how did we get from there to here?  Sometimes I wonder if we'd still like each other as much if we only met today - it's a crazy thought and I'm so glad we did all that growing together.

So, thanks to another blog I follow, I found You. And. Me. Are. We. and so far I absolutely love her blog.  So I'm linking up to a post of hers which sounds like it will be a lotof fun as today's Marriage Monday entry!  Feel free to join in.

My answers will be in purple and Tony's will be in blue with any commentary from me in green.  We both filled these out separately before we swapped answers!