November 30, 2014

11.30.2014 | thanksgiving day

Thanksgiving day was bittersweet for us this year. Jason had to work the whole day :( almost twelve hours, which meant we missed him throughout all the festivities. Each year we rotate between families and this year Thanksgiving was spent with the Carrick side. We woke up early to have a quick breakfast with some of my family before Jason had to head off to work then Wesley and I headed out to the Carrick's for family fun and food. Jason was missed the entire time but luckily he isn't the biggest fan of turkey and wasting the day away eating heavy food (weirdo).

So Wesley and I spent the day with family and food ourselves. It was a long day of leaping from house to house, family to family but it was a fun day. I feel so blessed to have so much wonderful family near by. Wesley is so spoiled. He has aunts, uncles, and cousins galore. 

After our long day of stuffing our faces and moving around like gypsies we ended the day at my mom's house while we waited for Jason to get off work. Once we recieved word that the new Star Wars trailer was going to be released on Friday we stayed up even later. Needless to say we didn't get to bed until well after midnight. Worth it. 
Dara recovering from turkey and mashed potatoes. 

Wesley had so much fun with his older cousins. He is so lucky to have so many cousins on the Carrick side of the family. Here he is with his cousin Austen watching all the other children play outside. He's turning into quite the observer, always watching, a little too timid to engage. I love getting to know all his new quirks. 
Thanks for all the fun this year Thanksgiving. Now let's get the Christmas festivities going!

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!