Monday, November 30, 2015


We've been dealing with some hard things the last couple weeks. 
It sucks but we are surviving and are very much looking forward for it all to be over. 
We are learning a lot through it all and I guess that's what matters right?

I've been trying to stay busy/distracted doing the momma/house wife stuff and trying to grow my photography business here. 
That alone comes with it's own challenges in a new place. 

I expected to be busier with the Christmas season but unfortunately that's not the case. 
Some days i'm like, this sucks, I give up, but I alway come back because i'm passionate about it. 

Hopefully it'll pick up soon. 

I'm still working hard to loose the last of this baby weight. 

It always seems to go on the back burner when life gets crazy and hard. 
I have to keep reminding myself that it's a process. 

I just hate feeling like a chubbier, unhealthier version of myself.
I'm trying to make time for myself and for my fitness goals but life ya know?
Again, it's a process. 

It also doesn't help that i'm already getting baby hungry again...
David is really like his job and is starting to figure out what direction he wants to go with his career after he completes his Masters Program. 
I can't believe he will be done in a year.
He has also been working on his strength and conditioning programing and has been putting a lot of hours in our crossfit/garage gym.
He's been making some serious gains and has the physic to show it ;)
Remington has been practicing writing the letters of the alphabet. 
He can write his name and pretends to read to his sisters all the time. 
He loves picking out his outfit for the day and spends hours in the backyard playing games with Olive. 
He's also currently growing out his hair. 
Olive Lou is growing like a weed. 
We literally have to buy her an entire new wardrobe. 
All of the sudden everything is too short and to small. 
We attempted potty training a few weeks back but we only lasted 1 day. 
She begged me to let her stay in diapers and with everything else going on, I wasn't in the mood to fight it. 
So, we will try again in a few month. 
Frances Pearl is so close to crawling (without actually crawling) 
She is just so cute and fat and happy all of the time. 
We get stopped everywhere we go with her.

Looking forward to a fun Christmas season to pull us of this funk.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Decorating the Christmas tree on film!

Not going to lie, it's a lot harder to get into the Holiday Spirit here in the Arizona desert. 
Hoping that the Christmas decor helps a bit! 
Remington is already asking when the snow is going to come. 
Poor guy. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

6 months with Frances

Dear Frances,
I can't believe you've already been around half a year.
At 6 months old your stats are 20 lbs 11oz (97 percentile) and 28.5 inches (100+ percentile).
You are growing like a weed!
Currently wearing 18 month and some 24 month/2T clothing.
Every you have is a hand me down from Olive and it's so funny because all the pants are stretched out around the bum!
Other than that, it all fits you very nicely.
You are starting to try and move around more.
You rock back and forth on your bum and reach super far forward past your feet to grab something in front of you.
Dad and I are making bets that'll you'll be crawling by Christmas!
I'm happy if you stay put for awhile.
You try to pull yourself up on stuff.
Most times you end up getting stuck in a weird position and you get really mad.
The past couple weeks have been absolutely terrible for sleep.
You woke up so many times during the night...
and naps during the day were like 20 min tops.
I hadn't felt that sleep deprived since we brought Remington home as a baby!
Thankfully, you seem to be getting back to your normal routine.
This month you had your first taste of food.
and you LOVED them.
You've also had some apple sauce.
I'm not pushing starting solids either.
Just kind of going with the flow over here.
I want to keep your at this fat baby stage forever!
You're not really into being held much anymore.
You'd prefer to be on the ground and part of the action.
In the rare moments that do you like to be held, you grab my face with both hands and plant a big juicy wet kiss on my nose, cheeks, mouth, anywhere really.
I LOVE it so much.
This month you learned how to drink water from your siblings water bottles.
But you still refuse a bottle.
You say "MOMMA MOMMA MOMMA" on repeat.
You're doing better on car rides, we are looking forwards to getting you into a convertible carseat soon.
You still have to be swaddled in order to nurse and always when you sleep.
Still sleeping between Dad and I.
I think you would do fine in the crib, it's your sister I don't trust..
This month you'll be celebrating your first Thanksgiving and next month, Christmas!
I'm just so happy that you are mine, Francie girl.
We love you so much,

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Home Tour // The Master Suite

Here's where all the magic happens. 
Here sleeps Dave, Fran and I and sometimes Olive and sometimes Rem, depending on the night. 

I wasn't kidding when I said this bedroom is GINORMOUS! 
Like i'm pretty sure our entire first apartment would fit in this bedroom/closet/bathroom space combined.

I see SO much potential in this space.
Right now, our bedroom falls low on the priority list for decorating because honestly, I'd rather spend money and do projects elsewhere in the house. 
The Hemnes Ikea dresser was of of the first things we bought after we were married. It has held up pretty well after many moves. 
Except that missing pull on the left middle drawer...(here's another reminder for you to fix that David!)
My mom has this same mosaic mirror art in her bedroom and I always though it was so pretty. 
My Grandma and Aunt got me my very own as a house warming gift. 
I love how the light bounces off it!
My chandelier clock used to hang in our living room in our first apartment. 
It has taken a beating over the years and doesn't work anymore, but I still love how it looks. 
White lamp from target. 
Jewelry holder from TJMaxx a few years back
Pretty gold dish we actually got as a wedding gift. 
Feather was from my bridesmaid bouquets from our wedding. 
Currently on my wish-list is this BEAUTIFUL iron bed frame.
It would look so perfect with our white bedding. 
I kept going back and forth between the iron bed or something like this  but David like the Iron one more ;)
I picture a huge fluffy rug under the bed, some pretty window treatments and a chaise lounge against that back wall, underneath a gallery of photos!
You see where i'm going with this?
Hello natural lighting! 
We do not lack that is this home. 
His/Hers night stands.
Lamps from HomeGoods. 
I'd love this chandelier over this bed. 
Last look before we head into the on suite

More glorious natural light! 
It's actually so bright in the mornings we have to keep the door shut. 
His and her sinks, tons of storage and a false drawer that Rem broke off like 15 min before I took these. 
 I left the walls empty because I don't really know what to hang in a bathroom...ideas??
And finally, the closet. 
This has actually NEVER looks this clean/organized. 
(I can't keep clothing on hangers to save my life.) 
Lucky for me, I can just close this door and I go on with my day and I don't ever think about the mess. 
Out of site, out of mind, right?


Next up, probably the living room or toy room...whichever I can get to stay clean long enough to snap some pics. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Family Photos

^^Our family portrait for the year.
I think we nailed the "three under three" look.

These photos perfectly capture my family in this exact stage of our lives right now. 
It is straight up crazy town over here.
Sometimes, we can barely keep it together.  

Documenting our family is something I know I will never regret. 
To be able to look back at this difficult time in our life and to be able to see the little happy, shiny moments means the world. 

Thanks to my tripod, wireless remote and David's best attempt behind the camera, we got a few framers! 
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