Wednesday, November 23, 2011


1 hour after our family became a party of 5!

on Thanksgiving Eve.. I am thankful for so many things, but most of all I am thankful for a God who loves me so much that despite my imperfections and stubbornness keeps working on me :) and second, a family who is more beautiful than I could have ever dreamed or imagined. I have the most loving husband who is so patient and kind, when I watch him with my kids I feel like everything I ever wanted in a dad I get to watch my kids have with him. All three of my kids are full of so much joy and love. Each one so perfect. Thankful for so many things in life... but these I love the most! ♥ Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! you are unique and a one of a kind, and I am thankful for each one of you!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christmas Gift Ideas

If you're still looking for some gifts, here are some things I like that might help you! I linked each picture below for easy shopping.... I'll keep adding stuff as I find it so come back if you're still looking!

$5 and under

$10 and under

$15 and under

$25 and under

$75 and under

$100 and under

$150 and under

Friday, November 18, 2011

Birthday Boy

It was my little man's birthday yesterday, and so for our first family outing we decided to go to Disneyland! oh I know... I was nervous, but we all did great. I think my biggest thing was nursing in public, but me and the baby did great and now I feel like I can conquer the world!
I cannot believe he is already 3. He is the sweetest most cuddly little boy. Every morning he asks me if I can sit with him and rub his feet. haha!!!

I cannot believe Christmas is already around the corner. I am a huge nerd and usually finish all my Christmas shopping by October. I'm not all into the big crowds and scrounging to find something on Christmas Eve. I feel like you end up buying something out of desperation that-that person won't really love.. but you have to give them something, so you settle for whatever you can find. This year I've been dipping into my Christmas stash for other things, so I need to replenish. I've been doing a lot of online shopping and thought I should remind you guys of Swagbucks..its an online search engine just like google, but you just randomly earn points while you are online. you can also do special offers to earn more, but I usually just use it as my search engine. I've redeemed over 100 giftcards between $5 and $25. I took a picture of the first page of my giftcard page.
its awesome because then I can buy stuff I normally wouldn't buy or spend the money on since it is free. I usually end up getting Amazon giftcards because it seems to be the best deal and of course, then you can get anything!
Anyways, here is the link to swagbucks. I think if you sign up you get extra points and I get some points too! woohooooo~~ happy online shopping!

Search & Win

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Little Miss Evie 7.6 lbs 20.5 inches

so after my last post... i woke up the next day to having 'real' contractions. i always thought i wouldn't know the difference. there is definitely a difference. i started counting them at about 8:30am. by about 10am my husband kept telling me we should go to the hospital. I was like "no way jose, i'm not going in until i feel like i'm dying. i don't want to get sent home" so every 20 minutes when he'd ask I'd say 'lets just wait a little longer" finally noon rolls around and he says 'i really think we should go'... so i agreed. i told him that if they sent us home we were gonna go do laps and go back, i was not coming back without a baby!!

anyways we got to labor and delivery around 1pm, and usually the doctor takes a while to get there. not this time, she was there right after we got there to check me. i was so hesitant because i wanted to wait longer (if you are 4cm they keep you) so she checked and was like '5cm, ready to go' and i said 'uhm...does that mean i get to have the baby today?" and she laughed and was like 'the way it looks, its gonna happen soon!" so anyways i called before 6pm. when 5pm rolled around i was like, i'm ready!! and minutes later out came the most beautiful baby!!!

i am so blessed... she was so worth the wait. so beautiful and sweet. my older daughter and son are so in love with her... and are all up in her space 24/7. i am so overwhelmed with the love i have for my family. such a wonderful husband and 3 beautiful, perfect kids.... life is good! (even with no sleep!)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

new hope

its been a rough week. had quite a few false alarms. went into labor and delivery just to get sent home. on thursday my stomach was so painful all day so finally we called my husbands parents to come watch the kids so we could go in at around 10pm. went to labor and delivery, they told me i was 2 cm and 70 % effaced so to go brisk walking around the hospital for an hour and come back. i did, came back and they sent me home. told me i wouldn't make it to my appointment the next morning because they were convinced i would be back sooner. got home and then started throwing up like i've never thrown up in my life. there was so much force it literally hit the toilet and back out all over the walls behind me. my poor husband. after rounds of that i laid down with a fever, good thing his parents were there. i guess at the same time my daughter had started throwing up too (my son already had it) so needless to say it was really long night. woke up to my doctor's appointment where she said was 2.5 cm... that's progress right? went home and then my husband got sick. throwing up... fever.. the whole shabang. so with people lying all over the ground and buckets everywhere, for the first time i thought... hmm.. maybe today is NOT a good day to have a baby!!! so my husbands mom decided to stay to make sure we all recovered well. on Sunday i had to miss church.. which made me feel so weird, i never miss church. that evening we thought, hey..i've been having a lot of contractions, maybe i've progressed... lets try going in again. when we went in, the nurse wrote our names on the board and wrote "welcome baby girl evie" so it made me feel so optimistic that it was happening. the doc came in and said " you're only 1 cm". WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?!?!??!?! your cervix doesn't close back up!!! so i had to really fight back my tears.... cried in the elevator and came home.

its so hard when you are so anxious, have hope each day and feel let down. it is so weird, never had any false alarms, painful contractions or discouragament like this with the first two kids. so i feel like its the first time for me!

anyways today is Nov. 1. beautiful day out, i woke up feeling like today would be a good day... Thanked God for keeping her in while we were all sick.... and then pleaded with Him. haha!!!!
so anyways, i am feeling hopeful again today. every day is just one day closer right? i think inside every mom, you just want to see that the baby is healthy and everything is okay.
thought i'd share this song with you to help remind you that God is in control and things aren't so bad!!