Thursday, March 24, 2016

Three Things Thursday [Three Twenty-Four Sixteen]

Happy Thursday Friends. We are almost to Friday, but not quite.



My Hubby is emceeing the closing ceremony for the PurpleStride 5K walk next Saturday, April 2nd. We are super excited for this. One of my besties, Katie, is coming into town for the weekend, so she is walking with me and the kids, along with our friend Jen. Katie lost her Grandpa to Pancreatic Cancer and our friend Adam lost his Dad to it last June. Not even a year ago.





I watched the Season Finale of How to Get Away with Murder last night. I was totally like this as the episode/season was wrapping up...



Anyone else watch it and surprised at all that happened in that last episode? WTF?!


We have lots of things up in the air about life right now. I have mentioned them before on this blog...our lease ending, new house, moving, school for Hailey, daycare for Griffin, financials and making it all work...the list goes on.

I am not sure if any of you are UFC fans and are familiar with Connor McGregor, but this is basically how I feel about everything. Every. Single. Day.


We watched The Ultimate Fighter show where he was competing with another UFC fighter, Urijah Faber, on the UFC Fight Pass. It's a great show if you are interested in UFC. Anyways, McGregor said this so many times on the show it's now ingrained in my brain and has become sort of a thing or an inside joke in our house. My Husband says it to me all the time just like him in an Irish accent.

That's all for today! I hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The 5 W's of the D Family

I originally saw this post on Wife Mommy Me. Thanks Stephanie for the idea.

WHO ||  Wayne, Leah, Hailey and Griffin. Wayne and I met in a trashy nightclub, were friends for about 6 months and then started dating (7/12/03). I knew just after a month of dating that he was the man I wanted to spend my life with. We were married 11/11/06, had our daughter 6/26/11 and our son 7/14/15. We are up in the air right now whether we want to stop at two kids (one of each) or go for a third. We are not in a rush at this point. Only time will tell.



WHAT ||  I originally started this blog to document and "scrapbook" our life about starting a family, etc. Since starting this blog, it has become so much more than that. I've met some really great people through blogging and I've had some of the best times/friendships with those people. Sometimes I get carried away with other stuff and what I think blogging should be and I have to remind myself of the original reason why I blog... for myself and my family. I'm trying to get back to that place.

WHEN ||  I started blogging back in April 2010, when we decided to start a family. The blog has been called a few different things since then. I have shared a miscarriage, two pregnancies that equaled two children, a few job changes, a few moves (one across country to Las Vegas), countless linkups and favorites and fun.

WHERE ||  We call Las Vegas, Nevada home as of right now, but Minnesota will always be where our true home and family is. We moved to Las Vegas May of 2015. We love the city, everything it has to offer, the weather and have made a few friends in the process.


WHY ||  Sometimes I ask myself why I blog, but I think I touched on this question above. I think when so much time has gone by with no posts or updates that I should just quit, but then I always find myself coming back to my little space on the internet. I have a list of literally a million things I need to update and share, but no matter how long that list gets, I don't think I will ever quit blogging. I call myself a "part-time blogger." It suits me. Like I said above, this space has introduced me to so many friends (online and IRL) and like Stephanie said, it's a hobby that allows me to be creative, expressive and network with other women and mommies. Can't beat that reason.

Until next time.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Weekly Check In {Three Eighteen Sixteen}

Happy Friday Friends! This is my week in pictures:


We ran some errands and because it was in the mid 70's here in Vegas, we got shakes from McDonalds. I always forget how delicious strawberry shakes can be. They really hit the spot.


[Do not worry. We were parked in our garage when this was taken. I do not just let my child roam around the car unbuckled.]


We celebrated a birthday at work and enjoyed this chocolate cake. It's called the Chocolate Motherlode Cake and it was DELICIOUS! That's my small piece on the bottom.



I am loving how snuggly Griffin is. Nothing more peacful than naps and snuggle time. This picture and his face melt my heart.


With that said, this is currently how I am feeling:


I finally got the paperwork for the kids to go to the Kids Club at the gym. Hopefully now I can get it filled out and get my booty moving. I want to go a couple nights during the week, too, but I just don't know if it's feasible at this time.



  

Our passports came! It only took 2 1/2 weeks. Yay! Now I have my certified birth certificate back, which I will need in order to get my Nevada drivers license. Now I am just waiting on the certified copy of our marriage certificate. So many hoops to jump through just to get a new license.

We went to see Pitbull again. His residency started here again on the 12th. We got to meet him again, too. He kissed me twice on the cheek. He puts on SUCH a great show and is one class act.



Before the show we met up with my cousin, Nate and his wife, Kayla. They were in town vacationing in Las Vegas for a few days. We ate at PBR Rock Bar, which is in the Miracle Mile Shops attached to Planet Hollywood. It was so good to see them and catch up.


I wore this for St. Patrick's Day.
It is significant for the following:

1) Green shirt for the holiday;
2) Capris (because the high was 81); and
3) they are a size 12; which is exciting for because I have been in 14's since after Griffin was born and have been struggling with the whole baby weight loss thing since he was born. Hence all the gym talk. 

Yay for the small things in life, right?!


And today. Can't go fast enough. I am very much looking forward to the weekend!



Have a great weekend y'all!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Currently (March 2016)

I haven't done one of these since mid last year, so here goes.

CURRENTLY...

EXCITED for dinner with my cousins that are in town this week visiting Las Vegas. 

I'm also excited for Pitbull to come back. The opening show for this residency is Wednesday night! Woohoo!

I'm also excited that the new Bachellorette is JoJo!!! She was my season favorite and even though I know Ben and Lauren are ultimately better together, I LOVED JoJo and how she carried herself all the way up until the very end.




WORRIED that I won't get the documents I need in order to get a Las Vegas drivers license. I have 24 days to get what I need and get my booty to the DMV.

READING blogs. Trying to keep up on my Bloglovin feed. Also, reading blogs give me some creative juice.

WRITING/CREATING not much other than a few blog posts. 

LOVING my little family. Seriously nothing better than us.

HATING that our rent is going up as of June 1st. Lots of decisions to be made soon. Moving? What area of the city are we moving to? Can we stay in our area? Finding a new place? Finding a new daycare? Getting Griffin into daycare? Hailey starting Kindergarten in the fall? Which school will she end up at?

WONDERING whether we should re-sign our lease at our current house or try and look for something more affordable. We got notice that our rent is going up, so that's not very fun. And while we LOVE the house, we are just not sure if the new price is really worth it.

EATING PF Changs. We went out to dinner over the weekend for the first time in awhile. Love me some good chinese food. 

DRINKING coffee in the AM, water the rest of the day, with a coke thrown in every once in awhile.

CRAVING coke. Sometimes I crave that fountain coke taste and I try and curb it with a regular coke. I end up not even finishing it half the time.

HOPING answers to our rental situation work itself out in the coming weeks.

WATCHING Fuller House with the family. Walking Dead. There were a couple weeks where it was like, what's next and then last weeks episode with Neegan's group was exciting. Now I think we are back to what's next? Bachelor Finale. Read above. So happy that Ben and Lauren are happy and I squeeled with excitement when they announced JoJo as the new Bachelorette. I'm also getting caught up on lots of other shows that I got behind on. Trust me there is a lot and with two kids and working full time, I just don't have the time to really keep up.

LISTENING TO lots of Rascal Flatts lately. Also, 93.1 The Party of course.

WEATHER is in the mid to high 70's this week. It's perfect Spring weather.

WEARING sandals and loving it. There was about a month or two where I wore closed toe shoes, because it was "winter" in Vegas, but other than that, I have been wearing sandals exclusively. I just got these at DSW for super cheap. They are not the MOST comfortable and by the end of the day I need to take them off, but they are super cute and have been my go to sandal since I got them about a month ago now.


LOOKING FORWARD TO our vacation at the end of April. It's the first time Wayne and I have been out of the country and on a vacation just the two of us. No family. No kids. Just us. We even had to get passports, which is crazy.

FEELING very tired. Griffin has been getting up multiple times per night. It sucks for work the next day. #coffeeplease

WANTING some new summer clothes, but I gotta get my booty into the gym first. 

NEEDING a new bed. We have had our current king size bed for almost 10 years and just within the last few months it just hasn't been as comfortable as it used to be.

Also, I am NEEDING to get my booty to the gym. I have been procrastinating because while our gym opened March 1st, the Kids Club hasn't opened yet. so I have been kind of waiting on that.

THINKING ABOUT lots of different things lately. See above HATING with so much on my mind. 

ENJOYING this stage that Griffin's in. He's so smiley and happy and growing too fast. It makes my heart hurt sometimes that both him and Hailey are growing so fast. He's going to be 1 and she is going to be 5 before I even know it. Gah!!



THANKFUL FOR my Husband who works every day for our family. He is my rock and I seriously don't know what I would do without him. 

DREAMING about our vacation in 45 days.

CLICKING ON this BLOG. She does a weekly menu planning blog post, that I have been getting some inspiration from. I haven't tried the meatballs and tortellini bake, but it's on my list. Also, THIS blog is also a good go to if you are looking for uber healthy options.

OBSESSING over the future. So many things on my mind. See previous THINKING ABOUT.

WISHING I had more time in the day for things. I feel like all I do Monday-Friday is work and then by the time I get home, get dinner done, eat and spend a little time being Mom/Wife, there is no time for anything else. Like this little blog for instance. I'm trying to get a better balance of things, but by the time both kids are sleeping, all I want to do is go to sleep.

TRYING to get better at meal planning. It's such a pain, but it's so helpful. Any tips for me?

Until next time.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday Faves (Three Eleven Sixteen)


It seems like I blink and the week has flown by! The last month of work has been crazy. We have been in trial mode since beginning of February for a trial in mid-March and then late last week it got continued to May. Yay! So now this week has been catch-up of all the things we've been putting off because of this stupid trial.

Not only has work been crazy, but my peeps and I have been sick the last couple weeks. We got the crud that's been going around and then Griffin had a double ear infection. I think our house is finally on the mend and we are all on the up and up. Thank God! The only thing worse than your kid(s) being sick, is you being sick with them. Can we say exhausting?

Hailey had a friends birthday party last weekend at Pump It Up, Griffin's been teething and isn't sleeping through the night anymore like he used to. Blah! But he's hitting milestone after milestone and eating lots; so that's all good. Green Gramma took a trip to New York to visit family and the Hubby has been so very busy at his work as well. They are making some changes and switching some things around, which is all fine and dandy, but that just means more work for him and longer hours. This week has been a doozy and we are both looking forward to this weekend very much!

Here is my fun Friday list of things that I am loving and looking forward to.




The Good Dinosour. OMG. What is with these PIXAR animated movies and making grown adults cry like babies. Seriously. It's such a good and cute movie. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.





It may be SUPER cheesy, but so was the original. I personally love it. We watch it as a family and actually my daughter has been re-watching them as well. They also have good messages that are great discussion topics with a soon to be 5 year old. Also, I think I cried every episode, too. I'm really excited for season 2 to see where they take this.




I recently signed up for Stitch Fix. After years of reading everyone else's posts about it, I had to give it a try. I will be doing a separate post about what I got and if I kept anything.




I'm so proud of this guy. Monday was his 5 month sleeversary. If you are new around here, he had the sleeve surgery back on October 7, 2015 and in the last 5 months he has lost 120 lbs. It's been a long road and he has put in the work, so I am so proud of where he's at. He's very hard on himself. I keep telling him he has to enjoy where he's at now and more will come as time goes on. After I took this picture, he was totally blown away because he felt like he looked like a different person. He's so handsome!!! We had such a great night at Rascal Flatts.





Thursday was Nevada's Big Give day. It's an all day fundraiser. His station, 93.1 The Party, helped raise money for SafeNest. It's such a great cause helping people in domestic abuse situations. He appeared on the local news station. Again, so proud of him for all he's doing.



I am so excited for the Bachelor Finale this coming Monday. I was not impressed with the Women Tell All. I still hate Olivia. And am on Team JoJo, but the rumor is he picks Lauren. So we'll see.



I've now seen Rascal Flatts twice in the last 3 weeks. Meet n Greets included. Thank you Hubby and 95.5 The Bull.



Here is a picture of Griff's toofers. I need to get caught up on his monthly posts, now that he is almost 8 months old. #HelloLadies



Here is a pic of Hails acting like a teenager, watching the iPad in her room. How is she almost 5? Wah!



And last but not least, Pitbull is coming back to Vegas next week! Yay!! So excited to go see his show again!



That's it for now. Hope everyone has a great weekend!