Saturday, June 28, 2014

Short but sweet

Right now I should be finishing packing for my summer trip out west, but I felt I wont be at ease until I quickly post this belated blog. So it's going to be short and sweet. The month of May, we eased into the hot summer weather. Okay, I lied. I never EASE into hot, humid, sticky, rainy weather. It more than not sneaks up on me, and I'm never prepared. Luckily, we found some great outdoor activities to make the heat seem a little more bearable. Such as....

Waiting out HUGE downpours in the car

Getting soaked at water parks

Eating our fair share of fudgesicles

Snorkeling naked in buckets of water

Flying kites at the beach

Sending creepy hug pictures to Grandmas

And finally, taking a weekend off for a friends wedding. 
Now that I have this post out of the way, I can concentrate on the undesirable amount of laundry, cleaning, and packing, and if I'm really lucky, SLEEP. I can't wait for Monday to come, and us flying off to San Diego, then Spokane! It has been too long since I've enjoyed myself some beautiful west coast summer weather. Goodbye miserably hot Florida.  I wont be missing your humid sticky self.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Infertility, and a baby!

In my previous blog post, I mentioned the best part of our month. It was a lie. The very best part of the month was that we found out we were having a baby! I can't begin to explain the overcoming amount of joy we feel at this moment. Our prayers were finally answered after 2 long years of a ridiculous amount of negative test, ovulation test, multiple, multiple, multiple Doctor visits, infertility treatment fails, bills after bills, and enough tears to last me a life time. 2 years really isn't a long time in the eternal nick of things, but when you are going through it, that is the ONLY thought in your head, nothing else matters, and I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Motivation gone. I have a lot more to say about my journey with infertility but I feel I will save that for another day, when I have the courage to actually share it. I can say this, I have learned A LOT. My empathy for other women who have gone through, or are still going through infertility has completely been expanded beyond means. My testimony on prayer has been greatly strengthened, and my gratitude for carrying a baby can't even be expressed in words. I find myself multiple times a day thanking my Heavenly Father for this incredible blessing. However, I know now, this is a trial I HAD to go through, even though I pray I will never have to encompass it again, nor would I wish this upon my worst enemy. Infertility is one of the most lonely and difficult pains a women can feel, and if you know someone who is going through it, show compassion, give them a hug, and tell them you are there for them. Don't give them the, "You just need to relax," speech, or "you're still young, you have plenty of time," or "be grateful you have a child." (of course I am grateful for my child!) Whatever wise words you have, keep them to yourself. We know. We just need to know you are there through this difficult time with a listening ear, and a shoulder to cry on. I was blessed to have great support from my family, and some dear friends that were constantly there for me. They made all the difference. With that being said,

Our announcement:

This picture explains it all really. Sam can't WAIT to be a big brother! (maybe not Otis) I can't count how many times, Sam asked, and prayed for his brother, or sister. That broke my heart more than anything else. The day we got to tell him his prayers were answered was one of the best days of my life! December can't come soon enough! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Proud Parent

I don't have a lot to say about April except it was a good month. Our Saturday mornings were spent watching Sam play soccer. He may have been half the size of the rest of the kids, but he ran his little heart out. I have dreamt for a long time on being a soccer mom, and this season it came true. I have to admit though, I did thoroughly enjoy watching the benched kids, playing in the dirt, picking their noses and making faces at one another. It's the little things that make life humorous.

I also spent time at the Orlando Temple with some of my young women from our church. It was beautiful, and such a fun trip driving with 4 loud, crazy girls, singing their little hearts out, introducing me to all their favorite bands. I love being in the Young Women's presidency. These girls have such strong testimonies that strengthen me. Their excitement for life, and the gospel is such an inspiration, and I truly love them.

For some reason I decided to take a "pretend somethings funny" picture?

My favorite part about this month however was celebrating Easter. It has always been one of my favorite holidays. The feeling during the entire month filled our home with such joy. We sadly missed our wards Easter egg hunt, (thought it started a hour later) But two sweet 11 year olds in our ward went outside and hid all their eggs for Sam to find. I was truly grateful. Sam loved finding Easter eggs with his two little friends and devouring the candy right after.

Wayne is the Cub Master for our church. He planned a pinewood derby for all the boys. Even though Sam is a tad bit under age for scouts, Wayne and him built a car together. I didn't actually expect him to race his car, but he did, and he won one of the races! Pride and joy radiated from my sweet little 3 year old, and even more from my husband:) It was a great month indeed.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

5 years and many more to come

March in Jacksonville was a cloudy, rainy, mess. Our days consisted of us shut away inside trying to keep ourselves occupied and wait for a hint of sunlight. Luckily, we were given a couple of good days, and we took advantage. We even brought Wayne along with us...

Beach Day with Daddy

This month was our 5 year anniversary! Wayne and I always talk about how we can't believe that we've been married this long, but at the same time we feel like we've known each other forever. Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of the best decision I ever made on March 14th, 5 years ago. Advice.... Marry your best friend. 

Wayne completely surprised me with a weekend getaway to Myrtle Beach this year. Our friends came and stayed with Sam, and we were off from Friday to Sunday. Wayne's surprises are always the very best

Our resort was absolutely gorgeous. The pictures obviously doesn't do it justice. We had a gorgeous view of the river and golf course. The pool and hot tubs were completely ours at night, since March is considered freezing here? And lets be honest here. Any parents ideal vacation is relaxation. And that's just what we got.

Oh... I may have got a little gift from Wayne as well. She's a beauty and the first nice watch I've ever owned. It's rare to find a man with good taste. I have to admit, I kinda love that about him.

Our days at Myrtle Beach were filled with the most delicious food. We looked up on travel advisor the best restaurants to go to. I think we tried the top 3 or 4. One of which was at our resort. We also walked around the board walk for hours. People watching, candy shop eating, and browsing all the little surf shops. We of course took a little trip the the outlet malls... what's a trip without a little clothes shopping.

Wayne was in heaven. Every jelly bean flavor. We got one of each. 
I'm always satisfied with pear. Nothing more.

There was this incredible Ferris wheel right on the beach that we wanted to try, but we decided waiting till night would be more romantic...

We were right. It was beautiful, romantic, and a great view of all the lights.

We ended our trip spending the day in Charleston, which is one of our favorite cities. The homes are always breathtaking. We love how historical this city is, and that no matter where you go, you feel like you can go back in time. This trip we ventured to a local hotspot, okay local is not right. This place, is nation wide famous, and for good reason. Hominy Grill. Now, I'm not a huge southern food kind of girl, but I'm all about the atmosphere, and trying something new. We waited to be seated for close to 2 hours, outside, in the rain, along with 30 other people, at 2 in the afternoon. This place was insane. If you make it to Charleston, check it out. I wish I had taken pictures of our food,but after waiting 2 hours, I wasn't patient enough to take a picture. It was a great trip, and Wayne was so sweet to plan it. I couldn't have imagined a better way to spend 5 years together with my incredible husband.

We ended our month with a baseball game. Florida State vs University of Florida. Any event between these two teams is always intense, and expected to be a madhouse. I love that our little family does so many activities together. Wayne is constantly on the lookout   for something new to try. Our little lives are never dull for a moment, and I couldn't be happier.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Corny Love Month

I have two words to share with you today, Pediatric Dentist. Seriously? Were they around when I was little, cause if so, life would have been just a little bit better. Going to the dentist has always out. (except my awesome sister in law:)) So this month Sam had his first appointment at a pediatric dental office. This place was incredible. A kids dream land, really. Video games, movies, toys to choose, and every room was a fun bright color... Sam loved it!

As always, I find with every holiday I need to make some sort of decoration. Wreaths are my kryptonite. I love them, and have an entire closet to prove it.

I hosted a small Valentine's playgroup at my house, which turned out to be so much fun. The kids created or ate a cereal heart craft, decorated sugar cookies, and passed out their homemade valentine's. It was adorable. Plus, delicious food with awesome friends, calls for the best party.

For Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to give Wayne a "heart attack".... I blew up close to 50 balloons, stuffed them in Wayne's car and Sam and I wrote all over his windows. I love how Valentine's Day is one holiday you can do something totally corny and get away with it. "I like corny, I'm looking for corny in my life." (The Holiday)  One of my favorites. So Sam and I brought out a little corny this Valentine's Holiday.

The "Valentine's Lady" dropped off some beautiful roses for me before we went out to dinner, along with a beautiful necklace, and new frying pan."She" knows just what I like. Wayne and I enjoyed a delicious meal at one of my favorite French restaurants, Bistro Axe. We then headed over to a little European cafe for dessert. It was the perfect night away.

Sam like most little boys, is obsessed with monster trucks. So naturally when Wayne found out that the Monster Jam was coming to town he had to take Sam. He waited over a hour to win tickets on the radio. (well worth it) They had a great time! Wayne really is the best dad. While they were having their man date, I was shopping, getting dinner, watching Downtown Abbey, while working on projects. My kind of night.

February brought us some beautiful weather. We spent an evening at the beach, which I admit made me a little anxious for summer days in the ocean water.

As always, my favorite Saturday morning activity is heading down to the farmers market where we pick up fresh produce, look at all the unique vendors, sample everything, then walk over to memorial park and just let Sam run wild. We finished our day with a bike ride.

I ended the month with a short girls getaway to Orlando for some retail therapy, peaceful time at the temple, delicious food and to attend Time our for Women. 7 of us girls stayed in a villa. We ate junk food, did our nails, and stayed up way too late! It felt like junior high all over again. Time out for Women was incredible. I was uplifted. I laughed, I cried... a lot. I felt that every speaker was speaking directly to me. Funny how that happens... I truly loved it, and can't wait to go again next year.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Year, New Beginnings

I've never been one to plop down on a couch with my family and friends and bear my soul of all my sorrows and deep dark secrets. I try to be grateful about my life since I have been given so much when I know others have had so little. But I will say this, 2013 was one of, if not the most trialing year of my life. Luckily, I have a husband that comes home from long days at work, and comforts, listens, and holds me when days have been hard. He is my rock in every which way and I don't know where I would be without him. 
So here's to 2014. I am only looking forward with hope and surety that life works out the way it should. Instead of focusing on the future, I will focus on the now. And my now is this adorable little man, who brings light to my life.

Sam's first day of Primary. Obviously ecstatic

Almost every Saturday morning, Wayne takes Sam on a father son outing so that I can just be at home by myself, to do whatever I want. And if you're a mother, you know how precious and rare that time is. January's outing consisted of the golf range, breakfast/ park, and soccer cleat shopping. 

We also enjoyed going to the zoo with some friends. I have to say that I have been to my fair share of zoos and Jacksonville is one of my favorite. These are Sam's best friends whom we seem to do everything with. 

Children's Museum of Art and Science. Company great, museum, not so great

For anyone who knows me, I am constantly working on some kind of project. I am in the process of a few right now. (Those to come later) But of course with the new year you always think about organization. Pinterest, Costco, even good morning America was flooded with new ideas to organize. This is something that I have progressively gotten better at. Wayne and I have had a filing system that has worked great for us for the last 3 years or so. I realized it was high time to start a file box for Samuel. His papers were starting to pile up. I found this adorable file box at Target. I just cut out his name with my silhouette and vuala! 

A great start to a new year I'd say.