Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Let's play catch up shall we?

It has been far too long since I've blogged (once again, said almost every time this happens).  Life has been one crazy whirlwind so far.

Here's what's going on:

1.  My Japan trip was amazing, short, beautiful, and insane.  I'll share it with you later this week, promise!

2.  4 days after I got back, 4 DAYS, we went on a family vacation to Montana.  Let me rephrase that- the middle of nowhere, Montana.  It was with 17 of my family members and it was also amazing, beautiful, and peaceful.  I would have gone crazy jumping into a trip that soon after my previous trip, but since we were going to a place where the only thing to do is hang out around the cabins, I was more than happy to do it.

Hairdo courtesy of an auntie and sunscreen   -   The lake, dock, and cabin. Yes, there is a dock there that everyone is standing on.

3. We paid off all of our student loans this week!  I still can't believe that all of that debt is gone and behind us.  Living with family has some serious perks.  It would have taken us years to pay it off.

4.  As for Ellie?  Well, she's growing way too fast.  She's army crawling like mad, blowing bubbles, imitating noises (no words yet), eating a lot, and loves interacting with people.  She steals everyone's hearts when we're out and about.  Nick says that there will be a sudden burst of babies next year because of our daughter's swooning to all of the women around here.

She's also going to be a year old next month.  GAH!  How do you even plan kids' birthday parties?  Cake or big cupcake?  Presents or no presents?  So many questions.

5.  On top of that, school starts in less than a month.  I'm going to miss you summer...

Monday, June 30, 2014


I have a confession to make...

...my daughter is a dork.  And, I have proof.

Not dorky enough for you?  Let's continue on...

And continue...

And, the best one of them all.  My favorite dorky picture:

See?  I have the cutest and dorkiest baby around. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Stuff and Things: June 26th

I have reached the point of summer break where I feel like I have a lot to do, but nothing to do all at the same time.  That is probably because most of the things I have to do are projects.  Projects that will take awhile.  I'm now reverting back to my school-self who likes to procrastinate things.

It's even worse when you have limited time to work on these things (like when baby is napping).  So, I keep debating which project I want to bust out first and then I end up thinking about this while checking Facebook or watching just one (but mostly two or three) episodes of some addicting show on Netflix.  Or Office reruns.

I'll get there.  Someday. 


We went to Portland this past weekend.  Nick had two gigs in the Portland area, so we decided to visit family and make a mini-trip out of it.

Well, we went to Deschutes Brew Pub for lunch one day.  It was AWESOME.  I have never had a burger that was as good as theirs.  Plus, the place is pretty dang hipster.  Go there for lunch some day.  It rocks.


Japan is coming.  Actually, I'm coming to Japan, but same thing.  I leave in less than a week.  LESS THAN A WEEK!  I can't even begin to tell you how nervous, excited, and anxious I am about it.

I grew up, went to college, and currently live in a small town.  Now, imagine taking that person and putting them in Tokyo.  The largest city in the world.  Yes it is, I Googled it.

Can you see why I'm a little bit nervous?  The first two days I'll be on my own (meeting up with my friend who's getting married, though), but my mom will join me later.  I'm so glad that she's coming with.  I would probably die from sensory overload if I went alone.  That and long and boring plane ride.

Why are Nick and Ellie not going?  Financially it's just not the best thing for us.  We're living at my grandparent's and putting all of our money into paying off debt.  Plus, it wouldn't seem right to all go on an extravagant trip while living at someone else's house and paying off debt.  Anyways, we worked it out to where I can go.  I debated taking Ellie along, but I'm only going for 6 days and taking Ellie by myself while I'm in the wedding just didn't seem like the best thing to do.  Plus, there's a 17 hour time difference.  Do you know how hard it would be for her to adjust to the jet lag and time difference?  I'd be up all night and all day.

It's going to be incredibly hard to leave her.  I wouldn't do it if I didn't think that Nick was going to have an awesome support group alongside him.  Living in a commune (grandparents + aunt and uncle) has it's serious perks.  My biggest fear about leaving her is that she won't sleep well at night for Nick and/or she'll have a hard time getting back to breastfeeding when I get back.  Not that it's not okay for her to wean herself, I just want it to happen closer to her birthday.


Speaking of my daughter's birthday, I need to think about it.  What a weird thing to have to think about.

I mean, what kind of cake do I make?  I want a good one with good ingredients, not Safeway's icing drenched sheet cake. Who do I invite?  Do I even want to ask for presents?  If I don't will we get a million things we don't want?!

Her birthday is only two months away.  Holy cow...


To end this post I'll share one of our family photos that was taken recently by one of our awesome friends.

Or maybe two...

 linking up with Kristin