November 26, 2014

11.26.2014 | we're sick + tired but happy thanksgiving!

It's been a rough week over here. Wesley hasn't been feeling well which means no one in the house is getting any sleep. Now I've picked up whatever Wesley had and I am miserable. But it is Thanksgiving tomorrow and it's nothing that four helpings of stuffing and pie can't fix. 

I love Thanksgiving! It has always been one of my favorite holidays. It isn't just because of all the food and sleep I usually get on the day. Growing up Thanksgiving was a household favorite. My sister and I would wake up early to get into position on the couch to watch the Macy's Day Parade while the fire kept us warm and we could hear my mom working on pies and the turkey in the kitchen. It's just such a comforting holiday. I can remember some not so pleasant Christmas' in my day but every memory I have of Thanksgiving is so full of love, family and comfort. I hope to always bring that kind of spirit to our holidays as we raise Wesley.

So we are going to do our best to get better over here so that Thanksgiving can live up to all it's awesomeness. 

I was going to end this post with a list of things I am grateful for but decided not to because one, I'm sure everyone is bored to death with those kinds of lists already. And two, because honestly there is too much to be grateful for. I know recenlty I've sounded whinny and pathetic. There are always plenty of things to complain about no matter how awesome life is, but more then that there are things to be grateful for. There are days when I am overwhelmed with just how blessed I feel to be where I am today and with whom. So I'll leave it at that and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2014

11.19.2014 | mommy bloggin'

Anyone ever heard of the website Get Off My Internets? Well apparently it's a thing and I just discovered it. Basically it's a website for people to hate on bloggers. I don't bring it up because I'm mentioned on it, not at all. My little blog is of absolutely no importance in the blogging world. I'm not on anyone's radar by any means. After reading some of the forums and articles from this website I am relieved that my blog has not attracted any widespread attention. Honestly I go back and forth about keeping this blog. I'm not as committed as most bloggers and my life is pretty boring. I can't brag about all the "fun" things I do because that just isn't where we are in our lives yet. We are poor students with a kid so most of our time is spent working, going to school and spending any free time we have together as a family. I understand that people won't be genuinely interested in any of this. So I go back and forth each week about keeping a blog because I don't want it to appear that I am trying to be something I'm not. But then I keep it because we'll do something fun, take some pictures, and I like having a creative outlet to share with the people who are important to me.

I started this blog with some of the same intentions most bloggers start out with, to inform friends and family. Though some strangers have crept their way to this site, my blog by no means has a following. I think I prefer it this way. Where I currently am living blogging is kind of the thing to do when you get married. You're in love, the honeymoon is still going and you want all your friends and family to know just how much you adore your new husband and developing relationship. Then the babies come and you want to tell the world how much you love your children and how blessed you feel to be a parent. All this is pretty innocent when it comes down to it. I don't think there is anything wrong with wanting to express your appreciation for your family online. I guarantee I will continue to do so on this blog. I love my family and I'm not going to apologize for it. I'm also not going to pretend that they are not what consumes my life. Reading the musings of a young mother I assume is pretty boring for anyone outside of our circle. Days home spent with a baby who doesn't do much more then eat, poop and speak adorably in his own language probably doesn't warrant blog posts or people reading them. I'm a stay at home mom, work at home mom (I don't think I've ever shared on here that I have a job. Yes I'm a working mother), and a part time student finishing her last couple semesters. All this won't interest the majority of you. That's fine, however, I'm going to keep taking pictures of my family and talking about the boring things that we do together here on this blog. If my blog ever gains more readers I'm sure I'll be criticized for trying to be like other mommy bloggers or for simply being boooorrrinnggg. Thankfully this is my space and I can do whatever I want with it :)

I have noticed that there is something that happens with many blogs. Most start out innocently but then they become popular in a saturated environment, sponsors come in, the blog becomes monetized and the content becomes boring and sponsored. I think it's great that some people can grow their blog into a profitable existence but once everything sounds sponsored and insincere I stop following. I don't think this blog of mine will ever grow beyond what it is today but honestly I don't care. This small portion of the internet that belongs to me is simply a space to keep me creative. I keep a personal journal and I take pictures that I don't share in this space, but it's nice to have an outlet where I can muse and share with a community of family, friends and strangers. I will work to keep this space honest and sincere.

Thank you to those of you who read! 

November 11, 2014

11.11.2014 | autumn inventory

Wesley started walking this week. Technically he's been walking since nine months but it wasn't until this week that he gained the courage to walk without a hand to hold or furniture to guide him. Now he is always in motion, resulting in his mama finally losing those last few post pregnancy pounds. 

Making: Challah
Cooking: Soup
Drinking: Water and "mother's milk" tea
Reading: East Bay Grease
Wanting: A new stroller and fall wardrobe. Well, wanting lots of things, but we're still poor students so maybe some day
Looking: For Christmas gifts 
Playing: Chase the walking eleven month old
Wasting: Time...always
Listening: Taylor's 1989 album just like every other girl ages 13-28
Wishing: For a get away alone with Jason
Enjoying: Crisp air
Waiting: For the official Christmas countdown
Liking: My classes
Wondering: ....
Loving: Watching tiny little Wesley walk around the house.
Hoping: I can finish my list of to-do's
Marveling: That Wesley is almost a year old
Needing: More sleep. 
Smelling: Fresh baked bread
Wearing: Nothing new
Following: #thebuzziscoming
Noticing: More gray hairs!!!!
Knowing: I'm due for a haircut
Thinking: Always thinking. My brain needs a rest.
Pinning: Christmas decor
Giggling: During episodes of Arrested Development
Feeling: Tired.