Thursday, July 19, 2012


Westin is now officially a walker. He has been taking steps for a while now, but now has finally preferred to toddle his little self from thing to thing! It is quite funny to watch!  I am a proud mama, even though we knew this time would come eventually and I had nothing to do with it! ;) Us moms derserve to be proud of every little or big milestone. We love our babies. :)

Here are some of the best shots I could get of him, he moves quick so most of them are of the back of his head or blurry, oh well!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Six years and counting...

There is a sappy love post coming at you, so feel free to move on without reading it, ha! ;)

As a young girl I prayed for a man to come into my life who had everything on my "list". You know the obvious..had a relationship with Jesus, sweet, kind, funny and spontaneous, cute and HANDSOME, good hair, but not better than mine, eyes that you could get lost in, a musician, someone who could sing and share my passion for music, someone who smelled good, who always looked clean and put together, and had clean finger nails...there is more but I will spare you. Silly? Maybe. Truly how I felt and wanted? Absolutely. Now, with age you realize that your "list" soon seems to shorten and not all of those things seem as crucial. My sister used to tease me and say that the Lord would have to ascend some guy from heaven because I was so picky! Ha!

The Lord cares about even our silly but picky things we look for in our future husbands. My husband is proof!

We just celebrated six years of being married! We met each other when I was 18, him 21. But the Lord knew that the time wasn't right for either of us. We both had some growing in Him to do. Time went on. Then on my 21st surprise birthday party when I found him standing there at my family's house, I knew this guy was different. He was everything I had prayed for. He loved the Lord and actually had a relationship with Him, not just say that he did. He was so kind and such a gentlemen. He went out of his way to make me feel special. Even the things that aren't as important, he had. Handsome? Yep. Musician? Yep and Yep. The boy plays every instrument. God just was showing off here. ;) His eyes are about as pretty as they come. So, the Lord is faithful, Amen.

The Lord gave me Joey the moment I needed him in my life and not a minute too late. We have both grown in our 6 years of marriage. We have taught each other some things. Important things. Marriage can be one of the most humbling lessons in life.

Joey, to me is the strongest, most giving and loving man I know. He is so wise in his young age. I knew he would be a good dad. But, I had no idea. He's amazing and loves his son, like whoa. He is becoming the father he always wanted. It is such a sweet thing to watch.

He is my best friend, my other half. When I think of home, it's him.

Happy Six years, handsome man.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kitchen Makeover...

I wanted to do a fun post today on some changes we have made over the past three years of us being in our house! I will let the pictures speak for themselves...

The cabinest had lost their spunk and looked an old orange piney color. The appliances were probably as old as the house! And lastly the tile were the old blue 90s style and color. So not cute and soo not our style.

I loove the new feel of my kitchen! It is much more my style. Crisp and clean. I am planning on changing the paint on the walls eventually, but other than that I am happy with the way it looks and feels.

I painted the cabinets which is a task I truly hope to never have to do again on any of our houses. It makes all of the difference in the world, but it is a lot to take on. If you can afford it, pay someone to do it!

 We have replaced all of our appliances over time here and there. Nothing fancy but definitely updates the kitchen.

We replaced the recessed lighting above our sink with a pendant light. Seriously the easiest project I ever did and super affordable. Plus it looks so much better with it!

We replace our faucet fixture as well.

I opened up some of our cabinets and removed the doors to give a hutch feel. I love it.

Finally, we got new tile! We chose the larger tile and set them diagonally to give the illusion of a bigger kitchen and it is amazing how well that works! It seriously feels so much larger and we got rid of the blue yucky tile!

The kitchen may be my favorite room in the house now! :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

5k..say what?

Once there was a girl who was young and unhappy with the way that she looked and felt about herself, so she started to take care of herself. She ate sensibly and fell in love with excercise. Every form of it, even...running...<crickets>... Shocking. Even for her. But? She loved it. All of it. She lost A LOT of weight. I won't share how much..but trust me she has the pictures to prove it! And it ain't pretty.

Ok, so the girl is me, duh.

Fast forward time. Marriage. Still work out, but not as much. The hubs isn't the biggest fan. And we won't even talk about the so called dates we went on to run and he supposedly 'liked it'. It was all an act...for me. So I'll give him that. ;) It worked and I still love him and his unlove for anything active. Although as I sit here and write, I just finished my hardest run yet and he is in here running in place as I speak. I guess me running again has him motivated?

Then a baby happened. They straight up, as my best friend puts it..jack up your body. It's true. If you are one of those women who bounce right back? You are so blessed with good genes! Me? The women in my family have hips, then we have babies and we get more hips! But, one look at my little one and I would do all of it over and over again just to have him here! It's crazy the love God puts for your kids in your heart. Crazy enough that you would consider doing it again to have another one.

So, back to my point. I am running again! Which I have done a few times since having our little bundle of boy over a year ago. But, now it has GOT TO stick. Because, I did the unthinkable and signed myself up for a 5k in September. I knew it would be the only way for me to stay motivated. Because let's be honest once you have a baby, things get interesting to say the least and time gets away from you.

This has been something that I have always dreamed of doing. Quite frankly it scares the tar out of me, but I AM going to do this! I am. Period. No backing out. Plus I already paid the 35 bucks. Ha!

I am doing the couch to 5k program. I am only on week 4 and it's getting challenging! Although I am intimidated at the thought of race day, I am quite excited too! I know that once I finish I will feel so good that I set myself out to do something and finished it!

So, here's to 5ks! And to all of us "once lovers" of running, moving towards the rekindling of that love! ;)