Thirteen Hundred

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

1,300 miles was just about the ground I covered on my drive from Texas to Wisconsin with a 15 month old. Luckily I had my dad along for the ride to help.

We made 2 over night stops along the way; one in Arkansas to visit with my in-laws and then one in Springfield, IL.

Our visit is Arkansas was great, we actually stayed two nights just to relax a little before the long next 2 days. Alana got to hang out with her grandparents in the country and my dad got to see my in-laws place (after 6 years of being family).

Then, the next leg of our trip was from AR to Springfield, IL. We drove through St. Louis and got to see the Gateway Arch. We didn't stop because we really just needed to push through and be on our way. We made it to Springfield, unpacked the car, ate dinner and called it a night.

The next morning we only had about 5.5 hours of driving so it was the shortest of the 3 driving days. Driving cross-country with a 15 month old is no easy task. She was well behaved for about 3/4 of each day. She could have taken about an hour less of driving a day.

But the important thing is - we made it!

Coming to you LIVE from Wisconsin!!!

Friday, August 19, 2016

WOW, its been a really long time since I have been on this thing and maybe it was just my time to take a little blogging break. But I'm back and happy about it!

We are not "officially, officially" moved to Wisconsin but we're up here anyhow. Matt has been working at his new job since July, I quit my job in Houston at the end of July, made the 3 day drive to Wisconsin the week after and we got Alana enrolled in daycare part time to give me time to job hunt and house hunt. All while racking up the hotel rewards points in an extended stay hotel!

It has been very busy to say the least. Our first full weekend here we decided to make the short drive to Milwaukee for the Wisconsin State Fair and have some of their infamous cream puffs #pufflove. They were all they were cracked up to be!

Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puff & Alana enjoying some music
On my days off (the days Alana is in daycare) I am hoping to get out a little and explore our new surroundings, get some GOOD workouts in, work on my own business and apply for jobs.

This weekend the plan is to visit the Two Rivers area and spend the day on the beach on Lake Michigan. Hopefully it doesn't rain on us.

What are your plans for the weekend? This Thing On?!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Wow, can't believe its July! Where has the time gone?! I haven't blogged in a month! I need to get back on my game! So whats been going on?! We have been SUPER busy!

Almost 6 years ago to the day we made our first trip to Wisconsin. We were taking a day trip from the Mayo Clinic just to take a boat ride down the Mississippi in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Little did we know that 6 years later we would be moving there…whoa!

We took our first trip in late April to check out the area and make sure it was a place we saw ourselves. Then in early June we took our first “official” house hunting trip. And the following weekend I was back up for an interview. We’ll head up again for our final house hunting trip in early July.

This whole moving thing has its highs and lows. Sometimes I’m excited about it and I am looking forward to the adventure and other times I am literally making myself sick to my stomach because I am so stressed and nervous. And then sometimes I almost break out into tears at the airport when I think about how overwhelming all of this is.

I also feel like I am at a crossroads of some sort. As I waited in my car for my interview, since I was 45 minutes early, I found myself saying, “I don’t want to do this.” Maybe it is because I felt like the job wasn't right for me. I feel like I'm at a point in my career where I shouldn't have to take a job just to have a job; I need to make sure its the right fit or maybe I feel like I need to take a sabbatical and I’m not even 30 yet!! I really want a break. A chance to relax, and de-stress, a chance to take care of our daughter and do fun things with her. Like take her swimming classes, the splash pad, art classes…you know.

But what does having a second income mean for us… It’s the “oh shit” money. The money that we needed to take care of Lola in her time of need, the money that makes getting the car repaired a no big-y, the money that would make a hospital visit not such a big deal.

I had originally titled this post "Wisconsin and A Midlife Crisis" LOL

The 4th of July weekend is here and I cant wait to take some time a relax a bit. I may start working out again (I haven't since April since we have been doing a lot of traveling on the weekends).

And in other news...Our little bulldog puppy will be here soon than we thought since the mommy just went into heat! YAY!!!

Memorial Day 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

We had a wonderful weekend! We celebrated our wedding anniversary and we took Alana to her first trip to the zoo and splash pad.

We had some pretty crazy rains again this Memorial Day which caused some major flooding. But we were able to reroute our roads and celebrate our anniversary with a nice night out to dinner.

Sunday we had our first showing for recently listed house. We got the text at 8:30am for a showing at 9:30am. We haven't received any feedback or an offer but maybe its on their "maybe" list. I also took Alana to Potteryland to make something for Father's Day.

Monday we took Alana to the Houston Zoo for the first time. She loved it! She was very excited to see all the animals! Two of my longest friends also joined us which I was grateful for (SVHS Class of 2005!). And after a long nap on the ride home and some lunch we took her to our neighborhood splash pad and she had a ball! I was surprised she loved it so much, I was worried the water shooting out of places would scare her but it didn't.

Alana really seemed to turn a corner this past weekend. She is a little over 13 months old now and is FINALLY getting her first tooth! With that first tooth seemed to have brought on a whole lot of confidence with it - she started eating chicken nuggets, she started walking while only holding one of our hands instead of two hands and she has learned how to maneuver her walker instead of just bumping into things. 

I am also SO excited to be qualified for an all expenses paid trip to Puerto Vallarta next year with my company Nerium! So if you are interested in joining me on this amazing and wonderful journey visit my web page -

Hope you too had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

1,300 Miles

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

We're MOVING!!!!

Its a bag of mixed emotions. I am excited to move and excited to explore, do and see new things but I am also saddened by it since I have lived in Texas my whole life (except those 6 weeks I study abroad in Norway...but some people consider that a long vacation). And we're leaving our dream home (that Facebook reminded me was under construction 3 years ago). Our current house is perfect for us; it has high ceilings, 6" base boards and so many upgrades! And we finally found our taste in design and decorated this home to reflect it. Its also the house we brought our daughter home to and house we said our goodbyes to Lola in.

My husband got an offer that was too good to pass up for his career path. I am still looking for employment in our new location but I am hopeful. And if I don't find something right away I am looking forward to taking care of Alana and working on my Nerium business.

We are leaving Texas and moving to 1,300 miles north to Wisconsin! This will be the biggest move for us to date. I have bounced around all over Texas after graduating high school but never moved out of state.

Right now we are focused on selling our house, our house needs to sell for any other plans to be made and things to fall into place. If the house doesn't sell then Matt and I will live 1,300 miles apart until it does. We think that if it doesn't sell by Nov/Dec then we'll need to reevaluate things (either take a loss on the house or put it up for rent... hopefully we don't even need to go there). If the house DOES sell (fingers crossed) then we can get into a house up in Wisconsin, get all belongings moving in and start to get our life back in order.

And to make our new house even happier we'll be getting another bulldog at the end of the year! It will be a Christmas present for our sweet Alana :) and for me :D

So...if you know someone looking for a house in the North Houston area let me know!

Daughter's 1st Birthday

Friday, May 13, 2016

Alana's first birthday party was a few Saturday's ago and here are all the details on the decorations!

I bought most of the decor and supplies at Micheal's or Hobby Lobby (mostly Micheal's). And I had a friend help me set it all up for the big day! I ordered some things like balloons, popcorn and her outfits from Etsy. We didn't have a specific theme but we had a color pallet of pink, gold and white. It was so beautiful! I am so happy with how it turned out and that everyone got to come a celebrate with our little one!

For food we kept it pretty simple with sandwiches, chips, dips and finger foods. And then we had the dessert/candy bar! I have always love the look of these so I was excited to have one of my own. With the colors of pink and gold I did some candy shopping during valentines day to collect the pink kisses. Gold was easy with Reese's and Rolos. And to add something unique to the table I bought some pink and gold-ish caramel popcorn from Etsy. And besides the candy we had amazing cookies from Oh! Sugar, chocolate covered strawberries and rice krispies drizzled with white and pink chocolate and gold sprinkles.

I did a lot of Target Dollar Spot shopping over valentines day to get pink and gold items, a deal I found was this little gold gift bags that were already covered in gold glitter. I just added "thank you" to the bag and let people fill them with treats. I of course ended up with A LOT of extra candy.

I loved the party and decor! I think I did a pretty good job! :)

Alana's Birth Story

Friday, April 22, 2016

Our baby girl is one! WOW. thats crazy! Time has passed in a blink of an eye. And since it has been a year I thought it was time to share her birth story. So here is the honest truth in all its messy glory! 
It was a Monday morning around 2am when I woke up to go to the bathroom. I felt what might have been some discharge start to come out so I moved a little faster to the toilet and as I sat down water literally gushed out. I yelled for Matt, it took a few times for him to get up and as he walked over to me I told him I thought my water broke. He didn’t believe me. Then we looked at my PJs and yep, it looked like it was time. We weren’t sure what to do since my due date was 5 weeks away. So we called the hospital and I explained to them what was going on and the nurse just said, “Yep, you’re in labor. Come on in.”

We quickly packed the rest of our hospital bag, I couldn’t stand for much more than a few minutes without feeling the need to sit and let the water gush out of me. I put a puppy pad in the car and hollered for Matt to hurry the eff up! I was pretty excited about meeting our little girl, not once did I ever think that 5 weeks was maybe a little too soon.

Since it was 2:30 in the morning the roads were clear, thank god, and we made our way to the hospital. I called my parents and told them to make the 4 hour drive over because their first grandbaby was on the way. We called my in-laws, who live 8 hours away, to head on down if they wanted to be there for the birth of their first granddaughter. And I texted my best friend who was visiting her grandparents not to leave town because I was in labor!

We got to the hospital and as I got out of the car you would have thought my lady parts had turned into a waterfall…all modesty was officially out the door as I walked into the Labor and Delivery Unit with soaking wet shorts.

I got all checked in, they checked to see if I was dilated by fisting me…something I was not aware of (since I never made it to my 36 week appointment). I was not dilated at all, so the waiting began. The nurses did a great job of warning me that I might not get to hold her right away because the NICU nurses would need to asses her first. Then if they felt like she was fine I could hold her for maybe 10 minutes before they took her back to the NICU for further evaluation.

My bff arrived and we asked her to go to our house and take care of the dogs for us and to grab some more things from the house and off she went, she is SUCH an amazing friend! Then my mom arrived (my dad would come later after his doctor appointment he had in the morning). And then my in-laws finally arrived. Everyone was here! I got my epidural sometime during the day even though I wasn’t dilated at all. I didn’t want to be one of those women who waited too long and then couldn’t get it.

The epidural was an experience to say the least. The B stuck me 3 times before she got it right. When they put the meds in only one side of my body went completely numb, and then my blood pressure dropped, I turned very pail, I couldn’t hear anything, I could barely keep my eyes open and they put an oxygen mask on me. They quickly stopped the epidural drip and brought a new anesthesiologist to make sure this didn’t happen again. They decided to only use a half dose. And then I vomited everywhere…

Everything was uneventful after that. My doctor came and checked on me a few times and before you knew it was 9pm and time for bed. I tried to sleep but it is had when you have to flip over every few hours and you have all these wires connected to you. They had started the Pitocin before my doctor left but I didn’t really dilate at all (p.s. after you’re water breaks they want you to deliver within the next 24 hours so you don’t have a dry birth). Around midnight, about 22 hours after my water broke they stopped the Pitocin and laid me on my side with my leg propped up on a table.  And badda-bing-badda-bom, I started to dilate…and fast! They called my doctor so she could make her way in and right around the 24 hour mark we started to push. The contractions didn’t hurt, it was the baby ripping out of my vagina that hurt! I didn’t really push for very long before she arrived at 2:54am Tuesday morning.

She let out the littlest cry, I looked up to see my husband shed a tear at the site of our little girl. She was 4 pounds, 13 ounces and about 19 inches long (counting her cone head). While they got her cleaned up and did what they do, I was having my placenta pulled out of me like one of those magician’s never ending handkerchiefs and I got 2 stitches. I was able to hold her for about 5-7 minutes, giving just enough time for both sets of grandparents to see her before she was taken to the NICU.

{these are my absolute two favorite pictures from the day}
After the epidural wore off and I was able to walk, we made our way down the hall to see out little angel.

Her time in the NICU was short but that doesn’t lessen the sadness we felt when we had to leave her there and head home without her. We spent two nights at home without our sweet girl. She was moved out of the main area and into sort of an “evacuation” room where they keep babies that are starting to do better and on their way out of the NICU. But once she moved in there she got jaundice and needed the UV blanket. I’ve read that most babies need this but for us it seemed like a one step forward and two steps back sort of situation.

We were able to stay at the hospital again for her last night because we had to do what they call Care by Parent. It’s pretty much the hospital making sure that you’re capable of taking care of the baby on your own. We must have passed because they let us leave the next day and we were on our way home as a family. Finally.

I honestly cannot believe it has been a year, it feels like yesterday. Does it always feel that way? Will it always be so vivid in my mind? Will she hate me for posting this later?! Who knows...