feeling crafty

hello blog, how i’ve missed you.

this month has been ridiculously busy & i’m just now getting time [since both my boys are asleep] to sit down and reflect on what i’ve been up to & do some much needed photo editing.

i’m really trying to follow #9 of my “28 to-do-list”, which is to finish every project that i start. i’ve actually been able to follow through on a few things [i’m still working on a ton of stuff] so here’s what i’ve been up to.

i recovered some 2 of our throw pillows in our living room to add some much needed color. our couches are beige, our walls are beige, our furniture is light wood…the blandness was driving me crazy. hoping to incorporate some more red into the room, i think it’ll make it really fun.

my niece is addicted to a crocheted blanket that was given to her as a gift when she was born. unfortunately, it’s a little large for her to tote around everywhere so i made her a small blanket to carry around. it’s still not the same as her favorite, but it’s growing on her.

one of  hubby’s cousins just had a super cute baby girl & i really wanted to take her something when we first met her. i hadn’t sewed a blanket in awhile so it’s really not the best i’ve ever sewed, but i think the super cute fabric makes up for my lack of perfection.

i still have LOTS that i’m working on & trying to get finished before malachi gets here [only 6 weeks left!] so i hope to update you all soon!

september date night

We cut it close in September & went out for our date night on September 30…just in the nick of time. Thankfully a couple of good friends were able to watch Benjamin for a couple of hours while we went to SDSU’s Living Room Cafe. So many good desserts & teas to choose from!

We shared an AMAZING cherry tart. [I’ve been craving one ever since.]

Had a lovely cup of tea. Our favorite.

Played a little Scrabble Slam!

And just enjoyed being together. ❤

10 things i love sunday

Today the hubs, Benjamin, a couple of good friends & I headed into North Park to the El Dia De Los Muertos show put on by the San Diego North Park Craft Mafia.

Oh. My. Goodness.

It was love lust at first sight.

Here are 10 things I loved.

1. Sugar Skull Bride Plaque:Artista Muerta

2. Muertos Skull Plaque:Artista Muerta

Both of these plaques would look awesome in our bedroom with our wedding pictures. I can see it now!

 

3. Amor Copper Heart Pendant:WinkArtisan

So simple & so beautiful!

 

4. Sterling Silver Flaming Heart Pendant:Braverelic

I love sacred hearts (almost had one tattooed on me). I love the finish & shape of this pendant.

 

5. Knitting Crochet Project Bag:Slipped Stitch Studios

How rad would that be to carry around my yarn in this bag instead of it being thrown in my purse??

 

6. Day of the Dead Dance-Wristlet & Scissor Keyring: Slipped Stitch Studios

I would never be without my scissors again.

 

7. miPattern Saver Pattern Wallet-Slipped Stitch Studios

I am always printing out patterns & losing them. Then I can’t find my needle or my stitch markers. This pattern saver would be perfect!

 

8. Tattoo Love Mix-3 Magnet Place Holders:Slipped Stitch Studios

These genius magnets fit in the miPattern Saver Pattern Wallet or in your craft books to hold your place. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the middle of crocheting something intricate & forgot where I was at. And they’re super cute, too!

 

9. Zippered Notions Bag with Zipper Pull-Sugar Skulls:Slipped Stitch Studios

Such an awesome little bag for carrying around all those misc. things that I always seem to need & are just floating around in my purse or craft bag.

 

10. Itze Luna Day of the Dead Totes:Itze Luna

Pretty new shop that has such amazing totes that are handmade from Mexico. They also have awesome accessories that I would love to have!

flashback friday

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Finally getting back around to blogging…

After reading that t0day is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance day I thought it was only fitting that I flashback to December 2007 & share the only photo I have of my sweet baby.

I found out that I was pregnant on November 8, 2007 & both Nate & I were shocked & excited! On December 7 we went in for our first ultrasound. We didn’t know what to expect, but couldn’t wait to see our little baby! According to my cycle I should’ve been about 8 weeks along, but after checking on the baby it was determined that I was only 6 weeks along. The midwife had trouble finding a heartbeat (sometimes normal for 6 weeks) & saw some other abnormality that caused her to be alarmed. She let us know that we might possibly be miscarrying & ordered us a more detailed ultrasound. It would’ve been sweet to be able to get that ultrasound immediately, but of course it was Friday afternoon at the end of the day & we had to wait all the way until Monday in order to find out if our baby was okay. I was crushed. I didn’t know how to react. I wanted to be strong for my baby. I couldn’t believe this was happening. I was reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I tried to rejoice always, knowing that God knew my baby. He formed him or her in the womb & was completely in control of every single thing that was going on. It was a difficult weekend, but with the prayers & support of our awesome family & friends we made it through. On Monday, December 10 after a second ultrasound it was determined that everything looked great! Thank you Lord! We were so excited!

In the following couple of weeks my nausea started to set it & I was beyond thankful for it because that meant that my hormones were flowing & my pregnancy was going well. My pants even started not to fit! I had a great few weeks completely enjoying being pregnant.

On December 30 everything changed when I started spotting. I knew immediately that everything was not okay. I had this feeling deep within me that this was not “normal”. I was taken back to that day just a few weeks before when the midwife thought something was wrong. I was devastated & spent most of the night that I can remember crying and praying with Nate. The next day, New Years Eve, the spotting continued & we went to the ER with some great friends by our side to see if  I could get an ultrasound to determine if everything was okay. Unfortunately it was New Years Eve &  I was told that I would be spending most of the night in the ER if I wanted an ultrasound because everyone that was there took priority over me. Nothing could be done for me if I was miscarrying so I wasn’t on the top of the list. We ended up leaving & spending the night with close friends trying to be joyful & thankful for the blessings that God had given us & surrendering our baby to Him, because he or she was always His to begin with.

I had a doctor appointment already scheduled for Friday, January 4 so I took it easy that week, didn’t do much walking or standing, but the spotting continued intermittently. Friday finally came & I could not wait to see my midwife. I knew. I knew my baby was dying. I went in ready to hear the news. I wasn’t trying to be negative or unhopeful, I just knew.  It was confirmed that since the baby had not grown in size since my 6 week ultrasound & there was no heartbeat, that I indeed had miscarried. Even though I knew it was coming I didn’t want to hear it. I can’t even begin to describe how much that moment hurt.

I remember my baby regularly. I think of how old he or she would have been & how different my life would be now. It was hard to get through & some days I didn’t see how it was going to get better. I thought I would always be sad. I thought I would always start crying at the slightest thing. I thought it would always be difficult to be around people with kids. Thankfully, I was wrong. Everyday God made me stronger & the more I relied on Him for that strength the more healing I received. James 5:3  says “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…” While I still miss my baby, I am thankful for the hope that God provides. I am hopeful that one day I will see my baby again & he or she will know me & we will be together in Heaven.

On this day, please remember & pray for all those mamas (& papas) that have lost a baby.

flashback friday

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Time for Flashback Friday! Thought I’d finally do one again since it’s been awhile.

Nathaniel, Benjamin & I.

I’m pretty sure we’re all somewhere around 15-18 months in these photos. I think it’s pretty obvious that for the most part Benjamin totally looks like me, but really, some of his features just stump me. I still have a hard time figuring out where some of his looks & facial expressions come from. I think both of the men in my life are pretty darn cute *ahem* handsome.

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For more Flashbacks check out Christopher & Tia’s Blog.

august date night

Date Night! 2 Months in a row we’ve been able to get out for a bit & I couldn’t be more excited about it. This month not only do I get to cross off #1 on my 28 To Do List [go on a date once a month], but I get to cross off #19, too, which is to go on a picnic in Balboa Park.

Nate & I went to Balboa Park to watch a Mariachi band from Chula Vista, part of their Twilight in the Park Concert Series. We got there a little late, but the concert was so much fun! I have a thing for Mariachi bands & I [not so] secretly want Benjamin to play in one when he gets older. How cute would he be?! I know, I know…I’m crazy. We set up a little picnic on the lawn just behind the pavilion, where we were still able to see the stage, but still be able to hear each other talk.

I thought that since we were watching Mariachi’s we should also have Mexican food for dinner. I made posole using a Rachel Ray recipe that is super easy & Nate & I both love it.

It was great to just relax, catch up on all those little things we forget to talk about & just enjoy being with each other in one of our favorite places in San Diego.

When we got home I was still craving dessert so I made Apple Dumplings using a Pioneer Woman recipe [pretty much my favorite recipes right now]. They turned out AMAZING! We shared some with the Williams’ next door & they agreed with us just how good they were. I will be making more of these throughout this pregnancy for sure.

Can’t wait for date night next month…I think it’ll be hubby’s turn to plan it. 🙂

6 years with my love.

6 years ago after an exhausting day of river rafting nate asked me to be his girlfriend using a ridiculously cute cheesy line…in my car…at a gas station…in bakersfield while we were waiting for our caravan to go home. how romantic! honestly, it was. i had waited 22 years to be “asked out”-that’s right, i had never dated until i met nate & i’m so happy that i didn’t. god totally spared me from all the dating drama & i don’t feel like i missed out at all. the past 6 years have had their ups & downs, but god has been with us every step of the way & i have no doubt in my mind that i was blessed with the perfect man for me.

LOVE YOU!!!

a wee bit of me wednesdays

I ran across “A Wee Bit of Me Wednesdays” while blog browsing today & thought it looked fun so here’s my first attempt at it. I love getting to learn little things about others so I hope you enjoy my random answers, too.

{one} how would you describe your style?
I don’t feel like I fit into any particular style. I like basics; skinny dark wash jeans, converse, t-shirts, tanks, anything with stripes [i’m slightly obsessed], bright colors, and i never go anywhere without a hoodie [my bff]. I try to accessorize when I remember, which isn’t very often, but I’m getting better at it.

{two} what would your perfect day look like?
Simple-spending the day with my husband and Benjamin hanging out in San Diego getting to know the city we LOVE; trying out new food, playing at Balboa Park, taking a trolly ride, trying out a new Farmers Market,…the possibilities are endless.

{three} what would be the best workplace perk?
Getting to work in my PJ’s, hang out with my son, nap when I want, take breaks when I want…wait, that’s my life [not that it actually works out like that everyday, though].

{four} if you could have the starring role in one movie, which would it be?
Maybe Step Up 2…I would LOVE to be able to dance like Andie. Basically any good dance movie-I’m a sucker for them-even the bad ones.

{five} what tv show do you wish would go off the air for good?
To be honest…I really don’t care that much. I’m sure there are plenty of shows that I watch that people would think should go off the air.

{six} chocolate or vanilla?
When i’m not pregnant it’d be vanilla for sure, but with my newly developed pregnancy sweet tooth it’s chocolate all the way.

{seven} if you could date any celebrity, who would it be?
No one…honestly. I love my husband’s non celebrity status.

{eight} if you could have been the author of any book, which would it have been?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower-I love that book more & more every time I read it.

{nine} what’s your favorite type of flower?
Anything bright! I don’t have a huge flower preference, but right now I’m really into Gerber Daisies, they’re in my kitchen & living room right now.

{ten} what do you think is your most attractive feature?
Hands down, I’d have to say my legs. I’m totally vain about them & I’m constantly working on letting that go. They make me feel like I’m super tall, when I’m really only 5’4″.

manic monday

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Are you ready for our Manic Monday?

Benjamin has been on this kick where he wakes up early & hangs out in bed with mama & papa every morning. My Monday morning started with some pounding on the head & some little kisses at about 7:15 a.m., quite a bit earlier than I was hoping. I tried to resist his wake up call, but since it was early I figured we’d get started on our busy day.

We did a Joann’s trip followed by Target, the Post Office & Pay-Less (not pictured, but pretty much the same). We tried to make it to the grocery store too, but sleep was calling Benjamin’s name (thanks to his early wake up call) so we headed home.

I had a nice time relaxing & getting some much needed crochet time in. I’ve been trying to finish this blanket for months & it’s finally almost done.

Nap time didn’t last forever & Benjamin eventually woke up after a couple of hours ready to play & take some super cute pictures!

After some playtime we headed out to the way-too-busy-post-office, best part was that I wore Benjamin in my ring sling on my back & he LOVED that. Too bad that was probably the last time, he’s getting a little too heavy for pregnant me to carry for too long.

After running to the grocery store for potato salad supplies papa was was home & gave Benjamin a bath. The best part of his day is usually after his bath where he gets a little naked time. haha He chose to spend it curled relaxing on our IKEA chair with is two pals; his pacifier & his blanket.

For dinner I made some awesome potato salad using the Pioneer Woman’s recipe & slightly tweaking it. Boy, was it good! Benjamin got some spoon practice in with his apple sauce & did much better than I expected. Up until this point we’ve done very little with the spoon & most stuff with just our fingers. He was exhausted by the end of the day & went down for bedtime perfectly.

The best part of my night-making some homemade biscuits. So yummy. The rest of my night was pretty uneventful & ended with me falling asleep on the couch.

And here’s yet another, Manic Monday. For more Manic Monday’s check out Mommy Elephant’s Everyday Adventures blog!

july date night

thanks to some awesome friends who gifted us with a night of babysitting hubby & i got to go out on a date night. and where in all of san diego did we go for dinner on our first kidless date night in months? olive garden, of course! the thought of soup & salad was much too appealing for us to pass up. after a really good dinner (i’m now addicted to their salad) we went to barnes & noble for some uninterrupted book loving time. i know all of you with kids know how hard it is to browse books while running after a toddler. it’s those little things that make us happy. stoked that i can check #1 off of my 28 to-do-list for the month of july.