1/2 Birthday Camping Theme

I am so excited to be a mom to two wonderful babies! They are so well behaved and so smart. I can’t say enough positive things about them.  For the longest time, I would often find myself dreaming up ideas for our kids birthdays one day. I never put too much thought into it, since I never knew when we would have our own. Now that we have two little ones, I feel I need to make up for lost time. Our little man is already two and our little lady is one. So, I thought about throwing them a 1/2 birthday party! No need to wait until next year, when you can do it right now!  I decided that I would pick a theme that is family oriented. This way it can be fun for everyone to enjoy! How about a Camping theme? My husband and I love to camp! It’s been ages since we have been able to get out of town and do something like that. We usually are off visiting family or taking a day trip somewhere. Plus, now that we do have kids camping might be a little different. So, why not have our first family camping experience in our own backyard. Just with cake, good food, games, lots of friends and a whole lot of fun!  I came up with a little inspiration board. I decided to pick a few items that would help me stay on track with the look I’m going for. Hope you enjoy the process of my first birthday party planning!  1. I am inspired by this Rifle Paper...

First Time Mom Things

So, we’re going on to three weeks. It’s been an assortment of ups and downs. The journey is interesting, always leaving me on my tippy toes. And I am constantly learning things as a first time mom.  I’m finding I have less time for me and more time for them. But that’s such a humbling thing, because I never realized how much of ME consumed my life. I’m definitely on a journey. I feel I am being steered away from certain things and toward a more satisfying destination.  I find myself becoming frustrated that I can’t do everything. I want to be able to do what I did before we had kids, but it’s not realistic. It’s selfish. I can do some of those things, but I need to lay some things to rest or at least embrace the things I cannot do. Perhaps, there will come a day when I can go back to doing some of those things, but for nowI need to let them go.  I’m tired of trying to keep up with the girl next door. Trying to prove something. Trying to impress people. Trying to get more for myself. I am ashamed to even admit it, but I’m sure if we all search our hearts there are things in there we’d rather not face. God knows my talents. My shortcomings. My desires and wants. Why does it have to be made into such a big deal? I’m still trying to answer that. Because I’m proud of the DIY I just did, it’s like no other! So? Because that salad was a great success for...

Holding On

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m on a roller coaster ride. All these sudden changes makes me want to hang on for dear life, close my eyes and scream during the twists and turns. I love these little ones God has trusted me with, but I feel so overwhelmed lately. It’s been 10 days. It’s been wonderful and crazy at the same time. The thing about adoption is that you feel so disconnected for the first while. Since we are fostering to adopt, there are so many things we can and can’t do right now. It’s hard to feel like they are ours during this time. Instead, it seems like this state of limbo. Like you’re babysitting, not so much parenting. If that makes sense. I have been blessed with an amazing two year old boy. He has such amazing character. He’s smart, expressive, helpful and so loving. But like so many two year olds, I am trying to figure out how to handle him during the ups and downs. I am trying to teach him right from wrong. I am trying to equip him with good manners and respect. It’s so much easier said than done. When we first got him, he was already such a good boy. I’ve learned so much about him already, but there’s so much I still don’t know. Here’s what I figured out so far: I feel so lucky when I take a step back to see how much this little man has accomplished so far on his own. I am in awe as to how smart he is. Even though he came...

Making Life Changes

It’s amazing how life can change overnight. Literally. A week ago, my husband and I were going out of town on little adventures, visiting family, going for dinners and movies. I could sit and do nothing or get everything done. Then, we got a call that would change our lives, for now or forever…. I’m not use to being called mom. I’m not use to being a mother. When you’re adopting you are trained in every way possible. I knew we would be getting a call soon, but it never hits you really.  Four days ago I was getting ready in the quiet of the house. I had all the time in the world. I washed my face, did my makeup, picked out what I would wear (a couple of times) and enjoyed a few cups of coffee. That was 4 days ago. Since then, I can’t remember if I brushed my teeth, washed my face, or if I changed out of my yoga pants yet. It might be these TWO little babes we brought home with us over the weekend. I never dreamed I would have two right away. Never mind a one year old and two year old. They are the most precious little things ever and I often find myself crying spontaneously. Maybe out of fear of the unknown or joy of having such good babies. Maybe because I’ve never heard a little voice call me mommy before, completely trusting in my every move. My life is over as I know it and it’s all for good! To be honest, I’ve been a wreck. I cry...

The Pieces

We are officially done our 6 weeks (18 hours) of certification in order to proceed with adoption! No words can express how we feel! It’s a bit bitter sweet, I truly enjoyed seeing the great staff and the new friends we met a long the way! They were a fantastic group of people! Now what, you might be asking yourself? Well, let me tell you! We have a few things left to do: – Medical Checkups (they want to make sure we won’t die after we finally adopt!)  – Some paperwork here and there…. – CPR training  – One more safety inspection – 2-3 Home studies  Then we are done!! I mean, done done! I cannot believe it. The list is getting shorter by the day and I am so overjoyed! I’m beginning to feel that panic mode….like the “nesting” phase pregnant women experience. I am ready to get the nursery together and get things organized around here!!!  Between now and then, I am trying to get my life in order. It seems to be getting more and more busy. I just started an amazing job at NYFotography, working for an amazing woman. I feel so blessed, she is completely understanding of my crazy life and super supportive. I’ve known her for about 2 days now…seriously, blessed. I am helping her with all sorts of things, but I am most excited about the opportunities to use my skills in graphic design. I already have a few little projects on my to-do list and I am excited for many more to come! I am still working hard at school and...

Baby Shower Minus the Bump

Over my stay in Canada, I had my first baby shower. It was amazing to say the least! So many old friends stopped in to support my husband and I in this amazing journey. As grateful as I am for EVERYTHING, I had some minor bumps this week. We received an email from some wonderful friends that they were expecting their first baby. This was GREAT news!!! But my heart still hurt because of reasons I find harder and harder to explain. I rejoice with them and their fantastic news! I don’t want to sound in any way ungrateful for our given circumstances, because I am not. I am as happy as an expectant mother! It’s just something most people will never understand, unless you’ve been in these shoes.    The morning of my baby shower, my house was busy as everyone cleaned and got stuff ready. I was so excited and oddly enough, nervous. It was as though this shower might jinx the whole process by having all this baby stuff. I was afraid it might be bad luck or something silly like that. I know. Weird that I would think this way. Do you not get to the point where you are so excited for something, you’re afraid it might never happened. That’s how it was for me!  I couldn’t shake this feeling as I mingled with all the guests. I knew this shower was for our baby and I, yet my womb was empty. As I opened each card and read the words that poured out of every single one, I realized something. They all had...

Birthday mom

Today is the day my wonderful mother turns 50. She is the most vivacious person I know, full of laughter and light! Over the years, she has become my best friend. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing relationship with her and I will never take that for granted.  Happy birthday mom! I hope you have a blessed day knowing you are truly special and precious to so many! You are more beautiful than ever! Love you always!!!!  XOXO,...

Travel day

* Feel free to use the above image, it is mine to share!  I woke up SO early this morning! 3:45am to be exact! My poor husband drove me to the bus and I took a 3 hour ride to LAX. I am so excited for my quick little trip to see my family, but most of all the birthday girl! This year, my mom turns 50 which is such a fabulous age. She is radiant, happy, healthy and beautiful as ever. ALSO, if you are in the LA area tonight….be sure to check out CCOC (Creative Connection Orange County)! Once a month these gals meet with fellow bloggers, photographers, event planners, designers, bakers, writers and a WHOLE lot more! They network together, support one another and most importantly build new friendships with one another! Once again, I wish I could be there to finally meet some of these ladies face to face, but one day it will happen! Hope you girls have fun!! For more information on this event, click HERE. Hurry, time is running out to purchase tickets!  Hope everyone has a great Wednesday! Feel free to comment anytime…I would love to hear from you!  XOXO,...

Baby Chronicles: Update

So yesterday we had our fourth meeting, which means we only have two more to go!  Can you believe it?! I don’t want to bore you with all the details, because there are many (which are so very helpful to us and not so interesting for you to hear!) It’s going by so quickly, even though the amount of work yet to be done is haunting me day and night! We have submitted most of our paper work, but still have a few things to submit and home studies to be done. This Friday we have our first safety inspection, which I spent most of my day hunting down the craziest of things. I went into Home Depot asking where to find fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. I kept asking the guy which ones he recommended ( I mean, there are a million things to choose from…seriously?!). He asked me how many fires I was expecting to have in the near future. I realized I looked kind of crazy, so I had to explain how we were adopting and this was part of the process. Obviously buddy, I’m going for mother of the year here! Well, two fire extinguishers and 6 smoke detectors later I was off to Baby’s R Us! I grabbed a first aid kit, some outlet plugs and cupboard locks. I stared at the cribs and strollers, but ditched that idea…too many choices, not enough time in the day!  I have to admit, I am starting to feel more and more exhausted. It’s not physically taxing, like you would expect in a pregnancy. It’s much more emotional...

Mood board: Part I

I have a feeling I will be doing a lot of these, seeing as I love to decorate and plan! Part of the non-stressful part of adoption is getting the nursery ready! I love color and an assortment of decor, which I realize our baby will be overly stimulated! I’ve been on countless blogs looking for ideas. I don’t mind the matching Pottery Barn look, but my husband and I are very much eclectic and inspired by vintage. I wanted a bit of a modern look mixed with the old. I have been a follower of Girl’s Gone Child for some time now and I am absolutely in love with her twins nursery! That’s where I was inspired to stand out and not be afraid of a room with a bit of color, mixed patterns, various knick-knacks and walls full of art. I put together a mood board to stay focused on what I’m trying to accomplish. We are on  a bit of a budget, so we are looking for good finds and a FEW splurges!  Here we go: Mood Board part I 1. Keys Console: I really want to find an old dresser (like the look of this one) to repaint and have a little fun with. Perhaps put on mismatched knobs?! 2. IKEA Gulliver Crib: There are SO many cribs to choose from, but you can’t beat this price. For $99.00 you have a modern and cute crib for the babe. 3. Urban Outfitters Zigzag rug: I have this rug in black/white and I love it! I guess I might just need another one for the nursery! 4....
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