Wednesday, September 28, 2011


My sweet hubby turned 26 today! He worked today so we celebrated his burfday last night! I actually figured out how to use the grill and made BBQ chicken, corn, these really yummy potatoes, and watermelon! I had been asking Peter for the last week or so what he wanted to do for his birthday and he said he really just wanted to have dinner at home with our little family. So that's what we did:) It was perfect!
Poor Peter had to listen to my horrific singing. Usually you're in a group ya know so if you can't sing, your voice gets drowned out my others. Not this time, it was a solo, but he got the point:))
After Peter opened his gifts I asked him to stand below his sign so I could take a picture. He laughed like "are you kidding me???" But the sweet man humored me and I got a photo. He told me this was something we do for our kids, but I reminded him that he is a kid. At heart. I asked him if he could be less normal and more cheesy and he looked at me with a blank stare for a few seconds....then busted out this...


That's my babe and I'm CRAZY about him! Happy birthday lover!

Holy moly holy cross is awesome!

yo our church is launching October 9th, 2011! Woop woop! Last Saturday we gathered to hit the neighborhoods of NW Tucson and invite them to the public launch of Holy Cross Church! I stayed at the community center with my dear friend Jenna' and the babies. Here they are! Aren't they all adorable:))Please meet Cohen! You can call him Jeevs or Cohen, he will probably respond to either. At least I'm giving it a shot. Isn't he a doll baby?
Here they are! Cohen, Aubrey and Nevaeh! Aubrey is Nevaeh's cousin and they are the same size! Aubrey is about 5 months younger though. It's pretty magical if you ask me.
Daddy's Home!!
video

Nevaeh is crawling around at lightning speed and pulling herself up on everything. She gets so excited when she hears Daddy walk through that door! I have tried to capture it a few times and this is the best I could get. It's cute but it doesn't quite capture her excitement and facial expressions the whole time. Who wouldn't want to come home to a face like that?!

hOuSeWaRmInG pArTy 9*17*11
We have moved and are starting to feel semi-settled. Buying our first home has been such a beautiful process. God's hand was clearly in it from the beginning. We first saw the home as a short sale. We put an offer on it and about 5 weeks later learned that it did not go through due to the owners bank not accepting a short sale. So we kept looking. I kept my eye on MLS and saw it pop back up about a month later. "Could it really be on the market as a foreclosure so quickly?" I pondered. Well turns out it was! And so we made another offer on the home, only this time for less money! And we got it!
We got the keys on August 5th and you better believe we camped out in the new digs the first night. We brought a borrowed air mattress, the pack n play, Nevaeh and the coffee maker. It was fabulous. We didn't get much sleep but we have great memories of the first night!
And of course when God blesses you with a fabulous new house, the next thing in order is a PARTY! so we sent out about 60 housewarming invitations and on Saturday, September 17, about 45 people joined us in breaking in the new house. Unfortunately I didn't take ANY pictures at the party, just pre-party! Boo! I need to get better at remembering to have my camera with me at all times! Our beautiful neighbors on both sides came over and we met them. Friends and family attended. Even my sweet parents and brother drove in from Prescott and San Diego just to help us celebrate! Love them!
There is no significance of the color choice (someone asked me that). Peter and I just went to Walmart and picked out the table clothes we liked. Then I went to the fabric store to pick out fabric to make my pennant banner. Super easy! And I bought tissue paper at target and made some cute and easy pom poms. The center pieces were an idea from Pinterest, Kerr bottles with clear stones at the bottom, filled 3/4 with water and a floating candle. I tied Raffia around the neck to add a little flair. Cute!
The backyard is definitely one of our favorite parts of the house! It won't be long before Nevaeh is running all around it! and Daddy chasing her of course.
We had a blast with all of our friends and family and are so thankful for everyone who was able to make it out!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11


Daddy was working today, which I think was pretty neat. His fire department was doing a community event at a local church here in Tucson. The church held 3 services and each was well attended with folks piling in to remember 9/11/01. Wow how things have changed these last 10 years. In our country and in our individual lives. I will never forget that Tuesday morning. I was just a freshmen. A baby. I remember my Mom coming downstairs to wake me up like she always did, but something was very different. She said "we've been attacked, come look at his." Eyes half shut I drug my feet to the couch to see what it was she was talking about. I remember going to school that day and the halls seemed packed with people but silent. Every period our eyes were glued to the television as we sat watching the devastation unfold. Most seats were occupied, but every now and then there would be a period where I would sit next to an empty desk. A few people were suffering first hand. Family members worked at the WTC or for NYFD. I remember my freshmen year social studies teacher saying, "you are watching history be made. You're children will read of this in books, like you read of the Boston Massacre now." It was surreal. Devastating. Heart wrenching to watch people jump from buildings.

We will never forget, that's the truth.

Ten years later I'm so proud to be married to a fire fighter. Although Tucson doesn't get action like NY does, I have no doubt in my mind if my husband would have been there 10 years ago, he would have risked his life to save anybody he could of. I am so thankful for those firemen from NYFD. And I'm so proud to be an American:)


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

8 month Nevs News

Where does the time go? I thought yesterday I called Peter and told him I was headed to the hospital. Today, boom 8 months. Well 8 months and 4 days to be exact. I will try to give you a quick update on the last 3 months!
5 months- Nevs got her first 2 teeth! They seemed to pop up out of nowhere! One day she's a toothless old man look alike and the next day, hello teeth!! Between 5 and 6 months Nevs started sitting up. At first she sat there for a second and then fell backwards, but not too long later she found her balance quite nicely and has been a sitting champ ever since.
6 months. Nevs started army crawling. More like worm crawling. It was pretty rad to watch, but that only lasted a week or so before she came full force hands and knees tearing up and down the house. Now she could enter a speed crawling race. Especially if you put something awesome in front of her like: your cell phone, a piece of paper, a beer bottle. These are the things that seems to get Nevs especially physced. Don't ask me.
7 months. Nevs started pulling herself up on everything. Chairs, walls, people, ovens, dogs. We also recently (in the last month or so) discovered Nevaeh's love for animals! It started off with Mimi and Grandpa's dog Reka. She would get so excited whenever Reka entered the room, trying to get to her however possible. Then in continued with Nana and Papa's dog Tatum. Tatum makes her laugh and squeal! Then this last weekend when we were in San Diego, we discovered it's not just doggies but cats as well. She had one eye on a cat the whole weekend. Cats are a little more patient with her. She can pull their fur and they put up with it for a little but longer than the doggies do. Also Nevaeh started saying "MAMAMAMAMAM" And while it warms my heart, she doesn't know it's me. I discovered this when she started pounding on our vacuum cleaner box saying "Mamamam." I gently reminded her that the vacuum cleaner is not her Mommy, but that I am.
And now here we are 8 months. Nevaeh is getting three top teeth. One has broken through and two are visible. Everyday is a gift. I won't take one for granted. She lights up our life every day. Peter and I have been listening and reading all about raising children, and well we definitely know we have our work cut out for us. And we couldn't be more excited.
54489-162-A9BAC6DE9BA6DF7E6465C07D7919D488

Friday, August 19, 2011

new life motto

So i have a new life motto. Live everyday like it's everyone elses last.

You might be more familiar with the phrase "live everyday like it's your last." But as i thought about that the other day, it seems incredibly hard to relate to. I can't live everyday like it's my last because then everyday i would drain my bank account with frivolous crap and Peter would wonder why skydiveaz.com had charged our debit card $180 .....three times. Friends would wonder why I'm calling three times a day, family would wonder why I show up at their homes and don't leave until wee hours of the morning. Yeah see that won't work, so i tweaked it. Live everyday like it's everyone elses last. Life can get really frustrating. Friends, family, co-workers, spouses, children and random strangers can totally get under your skin some days. That's life, ain't never gunna change:) So....you change....or in this case I change. My perspective. I like it.

I guess I should specify, so people don't think i want people to die the next day. See when i start living like it's everyone elses last day, then the things that really bother me about folks seem so caddy. I mean life and people and things can get frustrating but when you think of the alternative of not having those people around, it really changes you. It's kind of a depressing thought but it today was your best friends last day, or your husband's last day or your child's last day or a family member or neighbor's last day...what would you do differently? It doesn't mean that I am calling everyone I know everyday, but for me it means every interaction i have with someone could be the last. so take advantage of it and love them and don't let a day go by without being thankful for and loving on those immediately surrounding you.

eh this perspective is interesting and has many holes, but for now....i think it works.


I also have a new favorite song...

check it out.....



and happy last day of life..in my mind.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Whenever anything significant happens (like getting married, having a baby, buying a home) I always think what would I have thought if 10 years ago someone were to tell me "In 10 years you will marry the man of your dreams. In 1o years you will have a baby girl of your very own. In 10 years you will buy a house." At that time I would have thought "wow what will he, she and the house look like." But now I sit here, or lay here (on an air mattress) and I can see. Husband. Whoa, he's hot. Baby girl. Holy smokes she's adorable. Home. Wowza we could afford that?

My parents had money growing up so I never went without. I was beyond privileged to do many things and have many things. But being on your own and paying for life on your own (or being married to someone who pays for life;) ) is a different feeling. A blessing really.

So we have moved and here we are. Garage, back yard, laundry room, pantry, walk in closet. New place, new space, new sounds, new grounds, new smell, new feel, new ness all around. It's all new to us.

And we are beyond thankful and I continue ask God ... how can and will you be glorified here?


Thursday, July 28, 2011

just a little update.....actually this is really long i just finished writing it

It's hard to keep up with this little one. I clearly can't blog quick enough. I give updates a month or so late, but as some say "better late than never". Although my physics teacher junior year thought "better never than late" was more appropriate. Sometimes I agree. Anyways, hi. Let me tell you about Nevaeh. She's so fun. She sits, she scoots, she crawls, (well she actually doesn't crawl, she does the worm across the room) it's more fun that way. She coos, she babbles, she smiles and she FREAKS out when Mom leaves the room. She's in a mom phase, and to be honest...I love it. Her hand/eye coordination is quite impressive. She does this crazy thing where she can be looking one way and she senses the spoon near her mouth and she grabs it without a blink. She's like a frog catching a fly with its tongue, except this is way cuter. We definitely think she is going to be a little athlete. With a mom who drove the ball 250 yards the first time she picked up a driver and a dad who played pac ten tennis and rocked at it, we have high hopes for her;) But more importantly we are praying fervently for her. For her to know Christ at a young age. For her tongue to be loosed to proclaim the gospel. For her heart, her soul and her eternal destination!

Other news and blessings in our life. The air conditioning in my car went out. Let me remind you we live in Tucson. There should be a bigger word than 'hot' to describe the feeling of the heat, because hot doesn't seem to cut it. maybe if i capitalize it. HOT. Yep that looks better. It would cost roughly $800 to fix it. Now to some that may be pocket change and fixing it would be a given. Not for us. Pocket change is more like $.80 and if it cost less than a dollar to fix our AC, well the world would be a weird place. So Peter and I just switched cars. He took my Honda and I took his Pathfinder. And on with life we went. But the story doesn't stop there. We got a call three days ago from someone who I guess will remain anonymous (I would like to publicly shout a huge thank you to these people but knowing their hearts, they would rather I didn't). So anyways, we got this call. Someone wanting to pay for our AC to be fixed. ???? !!!!! :__( <-- emotions we felt. And if you don't read symbols that would translate to shocked, excited, overwhelmed (tears). Why would someone do something so nice? Because we serve a God who is kind beyond belief. Who is gracious beyond belief. Who is merciful beyond belief. No the check wasn't written by God himself, but by God's people. God's servants. And we are so thankful for the blessing of air conditioning:) Thank you Lord:))

Next bit of news.....our loan was approved! We heard from multiple people that the loan process would be a headache. They would ask for document after document and when you think they couldn't possibly need anything else they will ask for another document. Well interestingly enough that wasn't how it worked out for his this time. We gave them an initial set of paperwork and about 3 weeks later we received an email that said your loaned has been processed and approved! Congratulations! So we close on August 22. The home doesn't come with appliances so we have been keeping our eyes on craigslist, home depot sales and stuff like that. We found a great washer/dryer set at Lowes for $700. But then we checked Craigslist and found a gently used set that was much nicer than the Lowes one for $400. Wow! So we bought it.

And last but not least my prayer list is growing by the day. I have a prayer list that I break into sections. (health, babies, grief, relationships, etc). I don't write just anyone on this particular list. This list is for immediate prayers. (some very urgent) Let me just share a bit of this with you (everyone will remain anonymous no worries). I have 3 people under health right now. Although I wish this was referring to chronic headaches, colds, flu type stuff these three people have aggressive cancer and 2 have been given how long they will live as one awaits to hear results. I'm praying for miracles here. I have ELEVEN people on my grief list. 9 people who have had a tragic death take place in their lives and 2 who have had miscarriages. It's a crazy time right now and my prayers are never stopping. On a lighter note I have 3 people on my babies list. These are three people who are months away from giving birth. For 2 people it is their first and for the other it is her 2nd. This list was at 7 a few months ago, but God has been gracious and 4 beautiful, healthy babies have been born. And last but not least I have six couples on my relationship list. Three who are engaged to be married. 2 who just recently said 'I do' and one who is dealing with some struggles in their marriage right now. So why am I sharing this with you? Because God has been teaching me so much about prayer. How vital it is. I'm just one small person and I have 27 people on my immediate prayer list. This doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of people who I could be praying for on a continual basis. Let me encourage you to stop and notice all those around you who need you to be lifting them up. And what a wonderful seat I have.....to sit front row and watch all that God is about to do. Praise and glory to Him!


If you read all this, I'm impressed. If not, well then you aren't reading this part and so I can write whatever I want!! Peter would like to buy half a cow and store it in our freezer, how crazy is that.

Adios.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

4th of July



Nevaeh's first fourth of July!! In the best place ever! Prescott! 4th of July in Prescott is always very fun and festive. We walked around downtown at the art fair, went to lunch, watched fireworks, bbq ed yummy food! all around wonderful time!

Wedding

Two weekends ago two of my closest friends from high school got married! It was the most lovely wedding. So fun seeing so many high school friends and catching up on life. We danced the night away and had a total blast! Congrats Chris and Raquel, can't wait to visit you in Nashville! xoxooxo

Portland

Oregon was amazing! It was so fun to seeing Kelly and Jonathan. We were there Monday-Friday and it felt like we were able to do so much. We went to the coast and walked on the beach, when to a brewery and laughed our heads off, we went to a gianormous waterfall that reminded me again of how awesome God's beauty is, we went to the park and played with Nevs, we went downtown and ate yummy food and went to the largest bookstore I have ever seen in my life and we spent some good ol quality time with my beautiful sister and her soon to be husband! We were so blessed by the trip!Neveah LOVED the beach! She was the happiest little girl next to that ocean. I will post of video soon, it's just too cute to pass up!
This was us having a beach fire at night! So beautiful and such lovely company!
This was the ginormous waterfall I was talking about above. It literally took my breath away!
There it is!
Oregon is so green and lush and simply beautiful!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Momma drops baby:/

Well it happened. Today it happened. The first fall of my sweet baby girls life. It was awful. Okay in retrospect it wasn't awful, it was bad. Peter, Lisa and I had just finished playing tennis. Peter was talking to the other pro at the club and I was getting Nevaeh ready to get in the car. I didn't buckle her into her car seat because I was waiting until she was in the car. Stupid I know. As I detached the car seat from the stroller I tilted it over to far and well.....out tumbled my little Nevs. Oh my, my heart sunk faster than you can blink. I grabber her from the ground and held her close. She cried, but no longer or louder than usual. I was crying...longer and louder than usual. No I'm only kidding. Daddy rushed over and when he saw that she was okay I could sense his sigh of relief. Later I told him I was glad I dropped (omg) her and not him because I would have probably yelled at him. Not because that is wise, but because when I fear for my daughters safety, perspective quickly leaves and panic sets in. Let's just say I'm working on it. He is an excellent father and well it turns out....I need to take a few tips from him:) The first: don't dump your baby out of her car seat onto the cement. We survived. And on my sweet family's behalf: with grace:)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Teeth are in!

Nevs has two teeth!! They came in about a week before she turned 5 months. They are the cutest little things. She folds her bottom lip over the teeth and her top lip over the bottom and makes a chewing motion. It is the funniest thing ever because she looks like a toothless old man! I have been introducing solid food to her one flavor at a time. She loves sweet potatoes, but is not a huge fan of cantaloupe, bananas or broccoli. She actually gags with broccoli, it's quite funny because her Daddy is a huge gagger. Other news in the life of Nevs: she sits like a pro! She balances herself very well and can sit up forever now! She is dying to start crawling, and is probably not too far from it.

She melts my heart everyday with her little face. She is talking all the time, and that is my absolute favorite! She especially likes to coo if she has something in her mouth to chew on. Oh it's just precious.

She's a bundle!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Grabbing, Rolling, Swimming and Smiling like crazy!



Nevs is coming up on 5 months! Wow, where has the time gone? What's new in the world of this little ball of energy and joy? Well let me tell you!

Nevs grabs for anything that she can. If you are holding her drinking some lemonade, wine, water, juice, soda...she wants it! And not only would she like to hold it, she would like to drink it.

Nevs grabs for your face! She has discovered how fascinating faces are. She likes to poke your eyes, nose and mouth. It's quite fun!

She is a rolling machine. You can't keep her on her back for more than a few minutes before she's rolling over to see the world from her tummy. She mostly likes to roll from back to front, but if she's in a super rolly mood she will roll over from back to front and front to back.

Nevs LOVES to swim!! She loves the water and likes to splash in it. We just bought her a baby raft with a cover and she could just sit in that thing all day long. She kicks her feet and moves her arms, there's no doubt she will be a little mermaid. (I have always loved swimming so this is no surprise!)

Last but not least, the girl loves to smile. Which is the greatest thing thus far! Every time I go in and get her from her naps or night time sleep she has the biggest grin. She loves to see herself in the mirror, she smiles for herself quite well! She loves faces, so if you put your face near hers, most likely she will smile.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

James 4:14 that says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

I’m sure as the years unfold I will have many opportunities to teach my children about choices. But for now, I’ll take a lesson from myself.

Choices seem like a word you teach toddlers. “Nevaeh you have a choice, you can have oatmeal or cereal and those are your choices for today’s breakfast.” “Nevaeh you have a choice, you can obey Mommy and share your toys or we can go home and you can play alone.” I can just hear it nowJ But these aren’t the kind of choices I’m thinking of this morning. This morning I’m thinking of eternal choices. That is, choices that have an eternal value.

Through my experience as a women and being in many Bible studies with women young and old I have learned one thing; many struggle with time and choosing what to do with it. I ‘ve been in this boat many a times, but God continues to show me how faithful He is when I am faithful with putting Him first with my time.

Life is busy. Throw in a job, a family, soccer practice, dance lessons and a social life. You’re booked! But I’m reminded of James 4:14 that says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” If life truly is a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes then possibly it’s time to re-prioritizing.

The choices we make now do indeed matter. Opening up your Bible each and every morning to feast on the words of God matter. Getting on our knees to beg God for justice, wisdom, and strength to live in this world matters. When we close our Bibles for weeks on end, and tell God that we will be with Him shortly, right after we are done with our list of things we need to get done, we drift. And when we drift we start stuffing the place where only He fits with other stuff that falls short and leaves us unsatisfied. And then we wonder how and why we are in the place we are in. Choices, they are incredibly powerful.

May God grant you and I the grace we need to turn from our busy lives and toward Him. May He give us the strength and courage to say to LIFE “we will be with you shortly, right after we spend time with the GOD of the universe” and may He give us the conviction not to reverse that order.

Blessings and love,

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

exposed darkness

Before words come out of my mouth, they start as thoughts. Unfortunately sometimes I don’t think about my thoughts before I blurt them out and then I wish I had thought about my thought before I spoke. Are you following me? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I say. Often times it’s after the fact, but regardless I have been thinking. This thinking has led to a realization of how often I belittle people, things, events, etc. It’s very nonchalant, never super intentional, often carefree and about something that doesn’t really matter. So why do it?

When I get real honest with myself I have to admit something. These small offhand comments show a glimpse into my heart. Ugh. These comments represent a part of my soul that I’d really rather not deal with, I surely wouldn’t want anyone to see and I hope will just change into something lovely on it’s own.

Let’s get real, that isn’t going to happen. (Un)Fortunately things don’t usually change into something lovely on their own. If you plant a flower you need to water and nurture it into bloom. If you buy a puppy you need to train and exercise it into an obedient dog. If you make a friend you need to call and hang out for it to develop into a friendship. Without effort and work on these things, you would simply have a withered colorless weed, an obnoxious four-legged shadow, and a non-existent friendship. So that is why I’m willing to admit this. I don’t want that type of life. I admit I have a dirty soul, I desperately need Jesus and I’m 100% confident He will indeed change me.

I love this verse in Philippians 4:8. It says “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Isn’t that just beautiful? These are the things I am to think about.

This doesn’t mean that I will not have thoughts that are not honoring to God, or that I will not have thoughts of things that annoy, irritate and irk me. No definitely not. I will still think of those things. But as a follower of Jesus I will do this: take my thoughts, compare them to this verse (phil4:8) and then if they don’t compare I will throw them away, seal my lips and move forward.

His light exposes my darkness and it’s a beautiful thing.

Blessings!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Being Nev's Momma



My first Mother's Day as a Mommy was
FAB-U-LOUS
(adj); extraordinary, esp. extraordinarily large

About 3 years ago Peter and I started watching
LOST.
Along with half the country we quickly became
addicted.
We would watch it online after it aired, and because we started late
we could watch as many episodes in a row as we wanted. One sad day
ABC.com stopped putting the episodes online.

Long story short
we stopped watching it...until
we got netflix! yee haw.
So on Mother's day morning we finished the show and finally
caught up with the rest of the world on the
disappointing end:(

But that didn't effect the flow of the wonderful day!
Hubs quickly jumped
up and made us some yummy yummy breakfast as sweet Nevs napped.
After that we went on over to
Nana's house
and enjoyed fellowship with Peter's sweet family.

The
GIFT of MOTHERHOOD
is absolutely everything I hoped for and much much more.
Being
Nevaeh Grace's mom means so much to me
i can't put it into words.
Hope y'all had a
FABULOUS
mother's day as well:)




Sunday, May 1, 2011

The blessing of Grandparents

I love quotes. I could read quotes all day long! I just google a topic and add "+ quotes" and it never fails to deliver me page upon page of quotes about that subject. I decided to google Grandparent + quotes and found a plethora of fabulous quotes. Here are some of my favorite.


To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word "boo." ~Robert Brault

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children. ~Alex Haley

A garden of Love grows in a Grandmother's heart. ~Author Unknown

Four generations of beautiful people:)
Sweet Nana & Nevs
I love this picture of Papa and Nevaeh (in the early days!)




Tuesday, April 26, 2011

4 month Dr. appointment




Well my appointment went as well as an appointment where they stick your leg with a pointy sharp object can go. They stuck me 4 times and I received 5 vaccinations. (one was liquid I drank...why can't they all be liquid?)

I now weigh 11 lbs 11 oz. I am 25.5 inches. Dr. Kopas said he thinks that I will be tall and skinny based on my records and my "parents genes". The Dr. thought my skin looked dry and suggested my Mommy and Daddy put vaseline on me and avoid lotion. Apparently lotion is bad for me and my mom wonders why the heck anyone uses it then. I think my family will be switching to all vaseline, so if we are extra shiny next time you see us, that is why. Also the Dr. told Mommy that he thinks I need to start supplementing with rice cereal and formula. Mommy feels good about this because sometimes she worries I don't eat enough.

Mommy and I went to Target after the Dr.s and bought some cool things like; bottles, rice cereal and a bumbo tray. Right now I'm actually trying to fall asleep and rest before friends come over for dinner tonight so I better go.
-Nevs

Monday, April 18, 2011

She's a 'Rollin!

Nevaeh started rolling over last week! She started arching her back a few weeks ago by pushing her feet into the ground, but she never did anything more than that. She would arch and then fall back down to the bed, arch and fall down to the bed. But then....last Friday evening, she arched and twisted all the way over! Her little arm was stuck but Peter and I just left her there for a second and she quickly pulled it out from underneath her! It's amazing to watch this little bundle develop and learn new things. About two weeks ago she really started cooing. Peter and I just about died...it was the cutest thing ever. But then she stopped. Literally didn't hear that precious little voice for almost 2 weeks! We waited patiently, knowing that growing is on her timeline not ours! And then, this past week she has begun talking again!!! Not real words obviously but lots and lots of baby coos. In fact now, she talks my ear off! I absolutely love it. I can sit there and watch her coo all day long and feel 100% satisfied with my day! I will try to post a video of her cooing. My phone is not the best at transferring videos. Peter and I think she will be crawling in no time! And then....life will change once again! In the best possible way!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Nevaeh's first SNOW experience

This past weekend we went up to Prescott to visit my folks. It snowed 8 inches the last day we were there! It was so beautiful! Nevaeh seemed to love it. It will only be a matter a time before she will be running around and building snowmen! So fun:)Nevaeh had an opportunity to wear her jacket and uggs one last time before she grows out of them!
Daddy and Nevy
Mommy and Nevy
It was a great weekend! :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Cloth Diapers are da bomb!

I am a firm believer that every family is different as well as every child and every parent. Some want to breast feed for a year. Some want to make it to 6 months. Some prefer to just do formula. Some have difficulty with their milk and have to do formula. Some like cloth diapers. Some gag at the idea. Some want their babies in their own room and crib by 6 weeks, some 6 months, and some 6 years. I love that we are all different. If we weren't, how boring would that be. So we decided to do...dun du du duhhhhhh....CLOTH DIAPERS!!! I debated. I thought...poop. gross. Poop in a cloth that gets warms and smell. Nasty. Spraying poop off the diaper and it going in my face. Kill me now. Then I thought, money saving. Nice. "Going greeeeeeen" , ehh that's pretty cool. Knowing what is on my babies bum bum. Love that. So I did it. I didn't test any out before hang. That's just not my personality. I had some recommendations from friends and I went with the CHEAPEST brand. Sun Baby. More like FUN BABY!! I absolutely love them. Not only are they easy on the environment, they are chemical free, saving us money...but most importantly.....they are super CUTE!!! Here are a few pics...along with Nevaeh's thoughts on them....


Mom you know I hate black...it is just NOT my color! Please get be back in those pink diapers!
That's more like it Mom. Now I can relax in my rocker and enjoy my comfortable bum bum.
Mom, give me a pound for choosing these awesome diapers. I just don't know how else to thank you besides a good ol fist pound.
Flower to the side, covering up my ear because quite frankly Mom...I'm getting sick of you telling me how cute I am all day long. I know i know, don't you think I see my big ol belly in front of me....I know i'm irresistible.
hey what can I say, I got my version of apple bottom jeans on . Now will you get me my boots with the fur?
Oh oh oh ....Mom look at my moves... "getting jiggy with it, nah nah nah nahnahnah." Got to love Will Smith.
Thanks again Mom for buying me these rockin diapers. I LOVE THEM! and you;)

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Today is the longest I have been away from Nevaeh. Going on 8 hours. I miss her so much! Yesterday I started feeling really crappy. I had a fever, chills, and my body was achy. This morning I woke up and threw up and still wasn't feeling that well. My sweet friends, Sarah and Stephanie, took Nevaeh for me for a few hours and then she has been at Nana and Papa's house since then. They are bringing her home to me shortly. Less than 3 months ago I didn't know this precious little girl. But now she is part of me and I feel naked without her. So I am looking at pictures of her and writing about her. Here is a cute pic....

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Grandma and Grandpa visit!

My parents came into town this weekend to visit. It was such a blast having them here. For the first time since Peter and I have been married, they stayed WITH us! They usually always stay in a hotel, but this time they joined us! It was so fun. We definitely got to spend a lot more quality time with them! It's so fun for them to see Nevaeh smile, kick, stretch and start to show her little personality more and more! It was a blessing to have them here!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My sweet friend Chloe drew this picture of Nevaeh. She is so talented and I just absolutely love it! Thanks Chloe!

Nevy News

Nevaeh is 2 months old! Gosh I just can't believe it. Time has always flown fast but now that I'm a Momma it seems like it's going even faster. I'm enjoying every minute of this little bundle. Some of my favorite things are: laying next to her for her afternoon nap, listening to our "lullabye radio" on Pandora. I just lay inches from her sweet little face falling asleep and savor every second of it. Also the mornings that Daddy comes home from work are wonderful. He gets home around 8-8:30 and we just sit and stare at Nevs and hang out as a little family.
About a week ago, Nevy started smiling. Oh my goodness, talk about melting your heart! When she flashes that precious little smile I just about die. It's so sweet.
Nevy started sleeping through the night at 7 weeks. We started bedtime routine around 8 (depending on the night). She sleeps for 7-8 hours and then I feed her and she goes back down for 3-4 more. I am getting 8-10 hours of sleep a night, which is such a blessing!
I have been so blessed with an incredible Mom's playgroup! I absolutely love it. I have met some really awesome Mom's through it. Everyone is right around my age and it's been so fun meeting new families. Last week we went to the park and the kids ran around and played while the Mom's talked/chased the kids:) Nevy obviously wasn't running around, so I just helped with my niece and nephew! Today we went to the zoo! It's so fun, the kids just love all the animals! Not to mention it was an absolutely gorgeous day out!
Every day is an adventure with a baby, because it feels like Nevy is doing something new all the time! Yesterday we put her in her Bumbo for the first time and she sat at the dinner table with us! It was so awesome. After about 20 minutes she started getting tired and so she slumped down and rested her head on the bumbo, it was so adorable!
These pictures are pics that my dear friend Sarah Esparza took. Sarah came by to visit the other day and brought her camera. I had no idea that they would end up being some of my favorite pics on Nev! Thanks Sarah!