Leaving your kid for the first time

When it comes to being a mom I would say I am very easy going. I am not overbearing, but at times I can be a worry bug. I think all moms can be at some point. After I had Dekker I was still working as an esthetician in a small salon which meant leaving Dekker with other people that I trusted. Leaving him with other people such as my mom and mother in law was EASY. I never feared for a second that he would not be well taken care of. Thanks to them for raising my husband and I; I never questioned there ability to take care of my own. It was not until today that I left Dekker with a stranger. Being a stay at home mom is a blessing, but of course I need my own time too which made me get to the part where I recently got a gym membership.( I know what you are thinking.. yes typical New Years resolution.. No shame here) Today was my first time taking Dekker with me and letting him stay at the children’s activity center while I got ” mommy time”.  Now what you must know is Dekker has such an outgoing personality that of course he went straight to the lady at the activity center. Things were looking great, until I suddenly got into the gym and decided that I was going to pick the machine right next to the glass wall where I could see him. I knew this probably was not the best choice, but I was feeling like that overbearing mom for the first time. It was strange and I had never felt this way before. There was a few times where I wanted to just go get him when I saw him standing by the gate or maybe it was those nachos they were eating in the lobby that were calling my name, either way I pushed through my work out until I was done. Everything went just fine, and sometimes you just got to push yourself. For all you overbearing moms.. I feel you! Next time I will not be working out where I can see him or those scrumptious cheese nachos.

Enjoy your weekends!

xo

 

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Holiday Fun!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWe officially survived the holidays!! Happy 2016! We took on the holidays in our home town where we mostly spent our days in the snow, or cuddled by a cozy fire. After three lovely weeks of vacation we made it back to our home. Call me crazy but I was excited to be back in our 32 feet of living. Less chasing Dekker around large houses, smaller messes to pick up, and of course having this little munch sleep in his own bed again. The adjusting back to our routine is still in the process, but we are happy to be back. Hope you all enjoyed the holidays as much as we did.

 

xo

 

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Dekker Drew

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On November 14,2014 at 4:29 pm we were blessed with our sweet Dekker Drew. And this past Saturday was his 1st birthday. I still can not get over the fact that I now have a one year old. It was a year ago that  we anxiously waited for your arrival. I remember this day like it were yesterday. As I went into the hospital on November 13th I was definitely scared for how my life was about to change. I got induced that morning, and nothing was happening. I walked the halls a millions times, and Cody was being Cody doing wheelies in the hospital chairs( I did not approve). There was one moment where we literally had almost 10 people in that tiny room playing cards against humanity. Haha! Finally as things progressed after they broke my water I remember telling my mom that I was ready to go home now. Well sorry Blake there is no turning back now, as I was in full blown labor. They gave me some medicine and I was feeling like a million bucks. Seemed like minutes later after only three pushes that I was holding my little boy. Like a crazy person I said, “I could do this all day”. (My pregnancy was not this easy. I was sick 8 out 9 of the months. Preggo pops were my best friends.) I will forever remember this day, as this little boy has made our hearts SO full. We now have a crazy little boy. Climbs on everything he sees, waves at every stranger, and wants to help mom out with everything.  I look forward to my morning snuggles, and our afternoon adventures together.

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Our First Move

blog moveThis family of three has had a lot of things going on. Two weeks ago Cody got “laid off” from his job in Los Angeles, so we waited around for a call to find out where we were headed next. We got a call the following Tuesday that we would be making a not so big move to Lancaster, CA. Only an hour away from where we were.. not going to lie I was kind of bummed that we weren’t going to be closer to our home town, but the day will come. Right?!? They gave Cody almost a week off to get things together so that he could start his new job on Monday (two days ago), so instead of getting things together we took a road trip. We drove up to our home town, Grass Valley, CA. It was a  much needed quick trip for all of us! Fresh air! We could finally breath again. 🙂 Cody got to see his buddies, and Dekker got to spend some time with his Mimi. On Sunday, Cody’s aunt and uncle helped us move our trailer… lets just say the day was exhausting! Our trailer tire blew… and that was just the beginning. We are now all settled in here in Lancaster. It may not be my favorite place(already), but I am thankful Cody is liking his job and there is a lot less traffic. YAY!

 

Xo

B

 

Photography by sweet sis in law:  http://www.kelseylaurenphoto.com

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My FIX

A lot of people have been asking me what I got in my first fix, so here it is! I received this in the mail a few weeks ago.. I spent a few days constantly tracking my package and finally it arrived! I was SO excited when it arrived, because you never know what fun pieces are going to be in there. I am so picky about my clothes so I was a little worried, but it was perfect. When I opened it I was not certain about the ombre dress, but I decided to keep it and I even wore it this week 🙂 That is why Stitch Fix is so fun, because you get items you would not normally pick out in the store, but when you try them in your own home you love them! Now I wish I could get a fix umm EVERY WEEK… but I think Cody might think my shopping problem has gone too far! So its fun to get every now and then when you feel like you need some new items in your closet! I love the distressed black jeans and the patch sweater for fall. The blue tank top I showed the back because I loved the button details. And last but not least I love some fun jewelry to bring my outfits together. Here is my referral link to Stitch Fix if you want to check it out: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4342883
Feel free to comment below for any questions!

IMG_2042IMG_2043It is officially our last week in Los Angeles, so I better get packing things up! Stayed tuned for where we are headed next.

xo,

B

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Happy Fall

FullSizeRenderIMG_1902IMG_1833IMG_1832 A visit to Mimi’s pumpkin patch was a must while we were in my home town. As you can see Dekker was loving playing around in there, and it was just the cutest thing ever. It was nice to get away from the heat in Los Angeles, and experience some amazing fall weather! Although I think I brought the colder weather back down with me. Yay! Bye Bye 100 plus weather. We have been traveling a lot lately so we are happy to be home all together. Cody started school for work, and we are looking forward to being moved in the next month or two as this job is ending!

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Kauai

DCIM100GOPROAloha!! I just got home from a 10 day vacation to Kauai, and it was all in celebration of my marriage. Kauai was filled with “honeymooners”, and we were one of them!! Every place we went we would try to spot them all out, and it was pretty easy! How fun that we got to celebrate our marriage on this gorgeous island.. WE WILL be back 🙂 Iv’e gotten a lot of questions about why I haven’t posted anything yet about our trip… 1. We really wanted to enjoy the time together just the two of us AND 2. I forgot my camera at home, so we were using Cody’s phone for all our pictures.. whelp… It broke the day we left. bye bye pictures. It took me a while to get over the fact they were all gone, but I had a few so I will share 🙂

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IMG_1418FullSizeRenderMost nights we spent across the street on “our little beach” watching the sun set, and drinking some delicious Smith Vineyard wine. That bottle was one of the last bottles from the wedding, so we enjoyed it together. It was so nice having this beach across from us!! We biked a couple times, but most nights we just walked over. One night we even brought dinner on the beach 🙂

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Everyday was such a blast in the water. If you know me you know I am afraid of the ocean… I went in everyday and snorkeled around. It was my favorite part!! I’m not going to take this up as a hobby or anything, but the water was clear and beautiful and I loved it.

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Kauai was seriously magical. My husband and I both needed that fun get away, and we can not wait to go enjoy  it more later on. Of course next time we are going to bring our little water baby boy with us! We missed him. I am going to miss happy hours, snorkeling, exploring, beautiful sunsets, and most of all the chickens!!

xoxo

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Visits

This weekend I had family come to visit, and it is always so nice to see some familiar faces around here. I had SO much fun being  a tourist with them. We enjoyed Santa Monica all day shopping, and then Sunday went to Zuma Beach in Malibu for a day of relaxation. Although the relaxation turned into Cody forcing me in the water, and Dekker covered in sand from head to toe. My little munch has no fear when it comes to the ocean unlike is mama. He is so obsessed with the sand and the water it is too cute. Dekker got company in his little room as they were troopers and slept on the bunk beds in our little home. My home is starting to really feel like home which I LOVE. They brought a bunch of our stuff that was still in our home town. HOORAY for no more plastic forks! Enjoy some favorites from this weekend in Los Angeles… & those cute little “teethers” down below. My baby is growing too fast 🙁IMG_1100IMG_1103IMG_1045IMG_1102IMG_1093

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7.11.15

Thirty-Nine days ago I got spend a very special day celebrating our love with friends and family. Cody and I met in high school, but did not date till later on. When we first starting hanging out I remember telling my parents that he was just a friend. My mom and step-dad thought I was crazy… a friend that comes over every day?!? As our friendship grew we quickly became inseparable. Although long distance did come into place a few times as I moved to San Diego for school, and Cody moved to New Zealand, we still managed to keep our connection. After four long years of getting to know this handsome man I got to marry him. The day was nothing short of magical, dreamy, and just perfect. As you can see in the amazing few pictures I have chosen to share. Marriage is something special to the both of us, and we are exactly where we want to be right now. This past week I bought something on Cody’s debit card, and he was right next to me while I purchased it. A couple days later at work he is on a lunch break looking through his bank statements, and see’s this odd purchase that he did not make. He immediately calls the bank and files a fraud( yes against his wife), and cancels all his cards. After canceling the cards he says to the banker,” You know what, I think this was my wife…” OOPS. Haha.

Enjoy our amazing photos by Kayla Lilli Photography

And Hair and Makeup by Angela Nunnink hair and makeup artistry
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