Thursday, January 21, 2016

I Saw The Sign

First, the meeting with our realtor went great! My hubby and I are excited about this move in our life. We feel like it's just the right time. But boy oh boy is moving going to be much more challenging with a baby in the mix. The good news is, though, that we're going try and sell all of the big furniture pieces in our house, with the exception of "our bed and the crib" (in my hubby's own words). So hopefully that will make moving easier, even with a baby and all of her toys in tow!

Also, it should be noted what an amazing man I married. He somehow manages to speak words that make perfect sense in my head in times when I need them the most. He told me, "God doesn't give people cancer. He isn't too particularly concerned with the body." Which is a true statement, because ultimately, God wants to dwell in our spirits (and our body is simply the vessel that holds our spirits). That isn't to say that God cannot heal - because He absolutely can. In fact, God is the greatest doctor that ever was. But cancer and disease does not come from God.

Next up on the list of things to chat about is the fact that my baby started clapping the other day (now she does it all the time) and every time she does, I cry! I don't even know if there's a logical reason behind my crying other than it's severely cute and I feel proud of her. She has also started dancing and it is just as precious as all get out. Here's a video, because... cute!
In other news...

The Bachelor is amazing and all but y'all, I haven't even had a chance to watch Monday's episode yet. Wahh!! Hoping to catch up soon. Maybe tonight if I'm lucky!? I can tell you that Lauren and Jojo are my favorites! They are so adorable. And Ben? Um cutie alert!

And um yea, my allergies are kicking me. I have been on and off with allergy issues and a cold (ugh!). Really praying hard that I don't get Kens sick. Her nose has been runny, and now her poor nostrils are crusty. My baby! But anyways, I tried Flonase just now and am keeping my fingers crossed that I will start being able to breathe through my nostrils very soon.
Oh and so random, but I decided that I would listen to Ace of Base yesterday. Did you know that they were the first CD I ever owned?! Followed by Spice Girls. But yes, Ace of Base was where it was at, if you ask me. Don't mind me over here, I'll just be singing I saw the sign, and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign.
Lastly, can someone please tell me that they're also listening to on the Serial podcast? I am hooked. The newest epi came out today and I am about halfway through it. Give me all of the podcasts! kthnxbye.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Confess Sesh

I confess... that I just bought this new deodorant to try and I'm ridiculously excited about it. Who knew buying deo could be a highlight of your day? I have tried pretty much every kind under the sun, but my sensitive skin is picky. The quest continues until I find the perfect fit and I have high hopes for this one.

I confess... that I'm antsy (in a good way) to meet with our realtor tomorrow. We had our house pictures taken today, and I am feelin good about this move in our life. I feel like it's the right time. You may or may not remember (here) that we were gonna move around the time that I got preggo, but things weren't adding up. It's really awesome to see how God has orchestrated our lives, and always leads us where we need to be. Anyways, we're using the realtor who helped us purchase our very first home and we definitely trust her. She is super responsive, is excited for us, and very detailed... all things that matter when selling your home!

I confess... I haven't exercised in MONTHS and have no motivation to do so. The extent of my exercising is carrying my nearly 20lb baby everywhere. And I am not exaggerating. She only wants to be in my arms (I don't hate it *insert happy face*). But I just don't have the drive to work out at this point. I know I'll get back there, but not right now, thank you very much.
I confess... that I am itching to see 13 Hours. I've always had a strange obsession with all things America and military type of movies (here). Also, Independence Day is my most favie holiday ever. Anyways, 13 Hours looks AMAZING and now I just need a date night with dada. (p.s. can we talk about how I linked to a post from 3 years ago... oh silly young Alli).

I confess... that I need this in my life. Because true story.

I confess... that I have been scream-singing "It's Not Over Yet" by For King And Country (one of my favies). It's such an awesome jam, y'all. Also, did you see what I did there? I linked to another post from 3 years ago. What's gotten into me? Moral of the story: listen to the song.
I confess... that I just won $4 off tonight's powerball drawings. Oh what fun! Hubby said that he would allow me to spend $4 a week ($2 on Wednesdays and $2 on Saturdays) to enable my addiction of gambling. Silly, but fun!

I confess... that I am already (and have been) brainstorming for my baby's first birthday party. Say WHAT? Well, she's nearly 8 months... then comes 9, 10, 11, TWELVE. So there's that. Insert all the mom tears.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

There's A Chance

Y'all. The weirdest thing. I never played the lotto until a couple weeks ago when it reached billionaire status. At that point, I kinda had to, you know? You can't win if you don't play.
Ross and I were talking about what we would do if we won the lotto. Hey, don't judge! It's fun to pretend play. Didn't you ever do that when you were a kid? When we were little, my cousin and I would play "restaurant" because Grandma gave us those pads that servers write on. We had a ball. Let me tell you. "If I won the lotto" is the adult version of "restaurant."

So, what I'm trying to say is that if I won the lotto, I would...

* Break out into a dance. I'm thinking the "joy hop." Do you remember that from American Idol a few years back? I'm LOLing!
* Never let my gas tank run on "E" (whoops).
* Give 10% to my church.
* Buy all of my Stitch Fix goodies every.single.time. Did you hear how obsessed I am?
* Use TaskRabbit all the time. I guess you could say that is my latest obsession. My hubby probbbbbably shouldn't have told me about that app. But it's pretty genius.
* Pay off student loan debt. Wahhhh!
* Make some more embryos so that I could implant each and every one of them and become a mommy to lots of kids. (This is actually the very first thing I told Ross that I would do if we won the lotto. He said that if we win the lotto, I can have as many kids as I want. YAY! #wishfulthinking).
* Give 10% to the A21 campaign .
* Go on a tropical vacation with Hubby and Kens. I'm thinking Bora Bora, yes?
* Buy this new pair of booties that I've been eyeing. Bootie heaven.

Other than the obvi smart things to do, what else would you do if you won the lotto? Add guac to your taco? Buy a new car? 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

My First Stitch Fix Experience

I know that I just met you, Stitch Fix, but I'm in love. I'm in love, I'm in love, and I don't care who knows it. Can I just say that I have little to no free time in my life, so having clothes and shoes delivered (!!!) is the most genius idea ever. (Do you know how hard is it to go shopping with a 7.5 month old? To put it politely, my girl has a short attention span. But that's to be expected, child is a baby.) Anddd as if having a delivery of goodies isn't the best thing ever, subscribing to Stitch Fix exposes me to things that I may not otherwise try on. It's officially official. I am HOOKED. I see this relationship lasting a long time.

Stitch Fix is a subscription that you can receive every 2-3 weeks, every 3 months, or somewhere in between. I am signed up for the monthly occurrence as a treat to myself. It's a flat $20 styling fee (free shipping both ways too!), but the beautiful thing is that you get to apply that $20 towards whatever you purchase. The subscription contains five pieces specific to YOU, which I really adore. I also loved the fact that my stylist included various ways to wear the pieces and a personalized note. I am super old school in that I love snail mail, and it almost felt like Jen was my long lost pen pal who knew my Pinterest heart. So, without further ado: 

Minal V-Neck 3/4 Sleeve Solid Blouse
I am super basic and love shirts like this fuchsia one. It's sheer, soft, baggy, but still stylish. I paired it with my new Lilly scarf that I received for Christmas and was sorta in love with it all.

Celinda Lurex Detail Open Cardigan
I love me a frumpy sweater, ESPESH if it's got a cheetah design. But, the arms were a tiny bit too long, and I had a hard time with the price. But this was no easy decision because it was super comfy and covered my back side! 

Kathy Striped Fit & Flare Dress
Nothing bad to say about this pretty dress expect I already own one almost exactly like it. I seriously love stripes, but I couldn't justify keeping it. It is stretchy (mama like), soft, and can be paired with so many other prints. 

Adorra Skinny Jean
So first off, these jeans are adorbz. But I was a tiny confused by them because they had the word 'ankle' written on the tag and they also said '30' (for the size. hey, no shame here)... but they appeared to be much smaller than a 30 and much longer than ankle length. Sure enough, they were tight and long. Two things I don't want in jeans. I managed to make them work for the pictures all cutesy-like, but I couldn't keep them longterm because they just didn't work for my body 100% right. If I received a larger and shorter size, I would be sold.

Snare Ankle Bootie by Seychelles
To be honest, until about 6 months ago, I didn't understand women who wore booties. "Why?" A famous quote by yours truly when it came to booties. I just didn't understand. And then, one day out of the blue, all of that changed. I kept seeing booties everywhere. Bootie here, bootie there. BOOTIES EVERYWHERE. That being said, you can imagine the pure excitement that I had when I opened my Stitch Fix box with these amazing (leather!!!) booties. Come to mama. 
In case you couldn't tell from my reviews about the items, here's the down low on what I kept: I decided I HAD to have the fuchsia shirt because it not only fit me well (I love all things baggy), but also because the color is actually something I didn't have in my closet therefore I needed it. And... drum role please... I somehow managed to also convince hubby that I needed the booties. He pretty much only approved because he wishes I wore stuff like this more often instead of yoga pants (#momlife). But I am super giddy over these booties that you have no idea. 

And one more because cute baby alert.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Oh Hi.

I think (?) that I am going to be a better blogger from here going forward. Kinda hard to say. I truly have had the best of intentions, but time is so precious. I don't have too much of it, because every free moment is spent with my baby. Which for the record, I wouldn't have it any other way. I am reminded time and time again how blessed I am to spend my days with Kensie.

Before becoming a mommy, I knew I would at least document Kensington's monthly milestones, but I thought surely I would blog more frequently than that - at least twice per week. Oh life.

What I'm saying is that I really am going to try. Because at the end of the day, I still really enjoy blogging! So to get back into the swing of things (maybe? ha), let's do a reintroduction of sorts, plus a few "currents" if you will.

But first, the basics. So basic.

NAME/ Allison (le duh).

AGE/ 28 years young until March. 

RELATIONSHIP/ Wife to Ross and Mama to Kensington.
LOVER OF/ Blankets, Independence Day, church, Topo Chico, Stitch Fix (omg just got my first box and I am literally obsessed. I will be writing a post next week with pictures about it. Promise!!!), weekends, and all things baby girl.

HOBBIES/ Making bows, online shopping, going on walks, playing peek-a-book with Kensie Grace, blogging (oh hi), watching TV, and reading.

WATCHING/ The Bachelor (Ben is the cutest bachelor this shown has ever seen, if you ask me), Dateline NBC, Shark Tank. And two shows that I just finished, which I highly recommend: The Jinx and Making a Murderer.
READING/ Currently, I'm on three books: this onethis one, and this one.

LISTENING TO/ Kari Jobe - Only Your Love. She is just awesome.
OTHER CURRENT UPDATES/ We're praying for big news this year. Despite the fact that I run a blog, I really hate to expose things that I'm pursuing in the fear that something doesn't work out the way that I would like. I guess I worry that I'll be embarrassed for showing such a vulnerable side about my desires. I also fear that people will try to be in competition with me if I express what I want. Is that crazy talk? Probably, but it's a worry that I have. That being said though, God knows much better than I do. I keep reminding myself to not doubt God's great plan. Rather, to be excited for what he's planning. So there's that. (Also, FYI, I am keeping this all in one paragraph simply so readers don't skip ahead. I'm such a jerk, right?!.) Things that we're praying for in 2016: 1) successfully selling our house at a reasonable price, 2) building our second home, and 3) of course, adding a sweet little baby to our family. Let's talk about our house situation: we love our humble abode, but we're looking for space and a community with a playscape and pool. We are also hoping to move closer to my hubby's job since he has permanent plans there. Speaking of moving, which costs money, that reminds me of the lotto. Shout out to all the jackpot winners, but the real winner is that person who has a higher probability of birthing identical quadruplets than winning the lotto. I heard that on the news yesterday and I kept thinking that birthing four kids at once would be legit awesome. It would for sure be better than winning the lotto. I'll take two sets of quads, please. But anyways, my prayer about our second child is that God would give him or her a story, much like a story that He has given to Ross, Kensie, and I. Whatever which way we add a second child to our home, I want that.

Okay, that's all for today folks. Please please stick around. Loveyew.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Kensington Grace: Seven Months

Weight: 17lbs & 1oz.

Height: 26.57in.

Hair: Growing slowly but surely. Light brown with hints of red.

Eyes: Gray and ever so beautiful.

Clothes: 9-12months.

Diapers: Size 3.

Sleeping: Sporadic is a good word for Kensington's sleeping patterns. Naps used to be so consistent but now they're a bit short and random. But I take any of her nap breaks that I can get so I can feel semi-productive around the house. In the night, she starts in the crib and usually wakes 3-4 hours later and we move her to our bed. We love cosleeping! Then, she does one of two things: 1) wakes 2 hours later for a feeding and diaper change, OR 2) sleeps until 6am, eats and gets a diaper change, and then falls back asleep till 830am.

Eating: Formula + baby food = one happy Kens. Her favorite food is butternut squash. But only the store bought kind because apparently mama doesn't puree it to her liking. 

Kensie's favorite things: Trying to pull her self up (cue mama heart attack!), screaming with joy, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, bouncing in her Einstein, riding in the Trike, and tickles from dada.

Mommy's favorite things: Watching her inch forward. She's going to be crawling officially any day now. She's made some serious strides and I count those in my mind, but here soon, she'll be taking off in a fast-paced way!

Daddy's favorite things: When Kensie is chill so that he can play video games. (*shakes head* haha)

Mommy's nicknames for Kensie: Doodle, Baby, Honeybee, Honey.

Daddy's nicknames for Kensie: Princess.

New with Kensie: Has been sitting like a champion since 4 months, but can do so now without accidentally tumbling over. She also is trying to pull herself up on things, which scares me. I guess we'll be baby-proofing the whole house very soon!

Prayer: Jesus, thank you so much for our little girl. She is a delight and makes my life so fulfilled. My prayer is that you'll ease my fears of "messing up" and keep your hand on our lives. I pray that Kensington's health and development continue to thrive in Your name! Please let our little girl be a blessing to others through her joyful smile and happiness. I pray that Kensie will understand how loved she is by You (and me too!). Please guide my life, Jesus, with your spirit so that Kensie will see You in me.