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


2nd Grade


wow. i still can’t believe i have a second grader!!  and what big changes this little bug has had over the past year, all handled with so much strength (and a few melt downs, but hey, she is human)!  i don’t know what i would do without this little lady.  she has been immensely helpful with her new little sister, while trying to adjust to a new school and town.  she has also been preparing herself for her daddy to leave for training while her mommy works at “that dumb job that takes too many hours of your life, mom”.

i didn’t really even need to ask her what she wanted to be when she grew up because she talks about it all the time.  she will talk my ear off anytime she has the chance about the mansion she is going to open for all of the poor people that just need a little help or somewhere warm to sleep for the night.  “it’s really hard to take care of yourself when you don’t even have a place to sleep at night”.  this little lady, my little lady, makes my heart swell with love and pride each day.  she makes me want to be a better mom and person.

so cheers to second grade, bug!  one day you will read this and know you are so very loved.

1st grade and Kindergarten 


sometimes life happens

sometimes life happens and i choose to live in the moment rather than worrying about thoroughly documenting it. but has it really been half a year?!  well my goodness.  honestly though, i feel like i have a legitimate excuse in the form of two very adorable little ladies and one handsome husband.

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let the catching up begin!

a holly jolly christmas

yep, more catch up pictures. the holidays are my favorite time of year, so it really can’t be helped.

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bug made so many cookies all by herself and shared them with everyone.  she really loved helping pick out and wrap presents this year too.08762349_original

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a blogging sabbatical


so I went MIA for a bit.  prepare yourself for a raging flurry of excuses:

first of all i’m pregnant.  the best excuse ever.  an excuse to cop out on basically anything and everything…except for work.  which is in and of itself another excuse for taking a blogging sabbatical, as my job does not recognize that we are people (let alone pregnant people) and requires ungodly amounts of hours and stress.  also, we made some other major family decisions that were quite stressful and required lots of thinking and researching and energy.

i am not an easily stressed out person.  i typically thrive on stressful situations.  i am one of those people who can’t ever just sit down and relax.  even when the hubs has convinced me to sit and watch a show with him (which rarely happens), i am antsy and typically doing something else while watching, always needing to be busy. however, i was extremely stressed out for a few months this fall while making some major life changes.

thus, something, somewhere had to give, and i thought that blogging was the right thing to give up. but i was wrong.  i have realized that blogging/photography is actually one of the only things that i do for myself!  and having an outlet or hobby that you love is an absolute must (even more so when you’re stressed).  so i’m back to blogging.  even if it is sporadic and the pictures are not quite up to par with what i would like them to be, i’m still going to make an effort.

i do have to caveat my intent to blog, for anyone that actually reads this blog with any sort of consistency, that i am in a crazy busy season at work, we are moving in March, baby #2 is due in April, and my husband is leaving for two years of training in May… the blogging is more for myself.  and to document family memories, because looking back at some of my older blog posts is so much fun!  here are a few of my favorite memories that i had forgotten about until i looked back through:

my favorite healthy food is pikl

the hair of berkley elizabeth

fashionista in the making

and yet another day in the life of an auditor…..

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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

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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


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we also went to Animal Kingdom

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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