life changes

feeling extra thankful for all of the time that we have had together as a family over the past few months!


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the hubs got a call on Monday that he was leaving for training today (yep, two days notice)!!  so many emotions coursing through me right now, i just had to document it.  it is a very bittersweet day for our family (although i have to admit there is very little sweet for me)! i am very, very, very proud of him and the fact that he is chasing his dreams, but i will miss him like crazy.

to steal your words babe “i love you like a zombie loves eating human flesh, they just can’t help themselves. even if they wanted to they couldn’t stop”.

gorgeous pics by marchelle mosley photography


flying high

i had my very first flight lesson during my blogging sabbatical.  it was one of those introductory flight lessons where they teach you the basics.  i was shocked at how straightforward these little planes are to fly. and the flight instructor was so laid back, he even let bug come along!



bug and the flight instructor were of course fast friends.  he didn’t even mind when she kept interrupting over the mic to say “hey mom!! i just wanted to say i love you on this thing”31

i think the flight instructor wanted to ask if i was pregnant, but he didn’t.  not sure if that’s totally allowed, but eh.

bug was my in flight photographer and did such a great job34such a fun thing to do! if you ever get the chance, take it!


bug is getting herself a new baby SISTER and she is beyond excited!


101bug told me “it’s really unfortunate for you mom.  now dad will have two little daddy’s girls and you will still have no-one to be your favorite”!  ouch.  i know she loves her daddy a whole lot, but when she gets hurt or upset, she still wants her mommy.

so excited for more bows, dress up, nail painting, and just general girlishness!



yep, we are adding on! baby houston #2 due April 2, 2014!

17[note: my belly looks huge here….that might be partially due to the hot dogs (yes plural) that i ate while at the park. i have the best excuse ever, so i figured just go for it!!]

we told the bug while in Disney and may have slightly overwhelmed the poor girl, but she is SUPER excited! i can already tell she is going to be the best big sister. she has been taking care of me while i am battling some awfully brutal “morning” sickness (it actually drags on throughout the whole day, but whatever). i didn’t have any of these symptoms while pregnant with bug, so i am slowly learning how to cope with it (only 4 weeks left, thank goodness), but bug is a huge help and brings me water or saltines or a puke bucket or rubs my back for me. i can’t wait to see how she is around a little brother or sister.

so it may be a little quiet around here over the next few weeks, or at least until i can brush my teeth without vomiting!

where dreams come true



such a fun place!  my love for Disney runs deep. every time I go here I have a blast.  and seeing bug have a blast here just makes it that much better.  there were princesses, princesses, and more princesses filling our days!49_original7

^ the prettiest princess around!50_original2352_original12

it was cloudy and overcast just the right amount so that we didn’t fry in the heat!

space mountain was having technical difficulties while we were there, but bug was totally game to try it!25


^ typical53_original

we also went to Animal Kingdom

bug was really into getting her explorer badges and completing the explorer workbook3356_original

the safari ride was fabulous and you get so close to the animals3557_original39

the little bug freaked out at the bug’s life ride inside the huge tree.  we have learned she is NOT a fan of dense fog.58_original 43

^ the lion king show. best. ever.59_original

41such a great trip! can’t wait til next time!

home…sigh of contentment

it’s so nice to be home! no matter how wonderful your travels, it is just a great feeling to sleep in your own bed again!

while i am playing catch up at work and at home, here are a few beauts from San Fran.  i have such mixed feeling towards that city! freezing cold [yes, if you need to buy hot cocoa at a baseball game to keep warm, it qualifies as freezing] in the middle of August…so bizarre….yet very, very pretty.  totally torn.

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most of these are from hiking around Golden Gate Park.  there is so much to see there!00 0

and off we go again

on to another adventure or two!  the bug is heading back to Indiana to spend a week visiting family while i head off to San Fran for the week (work related, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun).  then back to DC for an adults only weekend at the beach before i am off to Orlando for a week. all of this culminating in a family Disneyworld trip!! woohoo!  it’s been three years since we took bug to Disney and i can’t wait to see her reactions this time around as she has been fully invested in planning and preparing this time around.


she had a smile on her face the whole time [minus one minor chicken nugget incident]

382569_684952887457_1793446402_nread about our family trip to San Fran here

this means the blogging will be sparse, or potentially nonexistent the next few weeks, FYI

Great Falls Park

this weekend we had a perfect weather day and nothing planned, so we took the papa bear to great falls park, which bug and i had visited last year with the aunties. it didn’t disappoint!


^ caught him taking pictures of his own accord!! i was beyond proud.50

^ consoling my love bug5462_original

“i’m sorry mom, you’re great and all, but i’m just a daddy’s girl. i can’t help it”60 61_original

^ bug was feeling very artistically inclined with the camera. which equaled a bunch of crazy leg shots, shots without heads, etc.48

^ and in the only non-blurry, non-crazy angled picture we have, i am swatting a fly. womp womp.64_originalbut no big deal, we wrastled up a total stranger who managed an only minorly blurry picture!


the bug puts her spanish lessons to good use

so as i mentioned here, the bug and i went to puerto rico with my family last week and it was a blast!! it was lovely to see all of my family all at once! we got to play card games, get hopelessly lost on back roads in the middle of nowhere, try new food, watch too many movies for a beach vacation, hoard oreos, and much more!

not to mention it was kind of awesome that i could lay on the beach and take a nap, not worrying about the bug since there were 6 other people there to keep an eye on her.


the house that we rented was in a gorgeous private complex and the beach was very quiet and secluded.  it had an awesome little tide pool that was warm and calm and perfect for bug.  there were also lots of little sea creatures to check out [crabs, sea urchins, fish]. 654_original 6

bug was very into her sandcastle building, flipping the bucket over so it didn’t spill, and bossing everyone anyone who would listen around.324_original 8

bug adamantly refused to speak a word of spanish the whole time we were there.  even when i was “conversing” with the little boy sitting next to me on the plane, who only spoke spanish, and tried to ease her into the conversation she wouldn’t.  she just stared at me with that look [ya know, the “girl whatchyou been smokin?!” look].  i also got this same look when i tried to ask “aparcamiento para la publica?”  to the parking lot attendant. and maybe a few other times when i more or less asked one word questions and did a lot of hand gestures…maybe i should join in on those spanish lessons with the bug.

[the correct way to ask would have been “estacionamiento para el público?”. in case you were wondering]

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^ they huddled up like this multiple times over a crab/fish/something…you can tell we’re family.3177

we went to the Cabo Rojo Salt Flats which were really neat! the water was a crazy bright purple color in the morning when we drove by, but when we got back to really check them out in the afternoon they were pink.6543_original 36

^ i wish i would have learned to take panorama photos before this. don’t worry, i have since been informed as to how it works [mind blown]!463549_original

the bug was in auntie and uncle heaven. we have a fun trip to Disneyworld planned for later this summer, but all she can talk about is going back to Indiana to spend a week with the family!!50 53

i might have been in auntie and uncle heaven also!3547_original 63 65111

^ this little guy had the coolest eyes.  they went vertical then horizontal every few seconds!
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^the whole crew56435_original92

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we went exploring waterfalls one day, which may have been the highlight of the trip for me! 95


it was really treacherous hiking through the woods, especially in our bare feet or sandals.  we had to have a local guy show us the way to the 2nd waterfall [sidenote: he was awesome and knew all the secrets from the best way to hike it to the best way to jump in].  bug just flat out couldn’t make the hike because of all the climbing and slippery surfaces, so the little monkey clung to my back on the way there and uncle aley’s on the way back. i admit, i felt like a bada** once i carried my not-so-little 6 year old through the woods and then jumped off a waterfall! pat on the back.


^ hey ma! just hanging out in a waterfall, nbd.26895_original 1149994_original 115and i really tried to narrow it down on the sunsets, honestly, but i just couldn’t help myself!  they were all so gorgeous!!