Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Introducing Henry Storey

Oh, we are in love. Our Little Man finally came and we could not be happier. Right now, we're busy getting used to having a newborn around and I'm recovering from the birth. But in the meantime, here's our first family home video that we took while we were in the hospital. About day two (out of five) I started to get a little bored of being in our room even though I couldn't move. So what's a girl to do when she's stuck in her hospital bed? Make video of everything that's going on around her. Especially when it captures those first few moments of us being a family together. Hope you like it! 



Friday, March 28, 2014

Dream Nursery {and Win $90}

When it's your own baby that is coming soon, I can see how easy it is for parents to spend a lot of money! Well, in my dream nursery, here are a few things that I believe are worth the investment. Some of these were even given to me (which is so kind of everyone!).

I'm finally 39 weeks pregnant, dilated a centimeter (better than nothing, right?) and counting down! It looks like Little Man will be making his big debut next week. So it had me thinking that it was high time we finally put together his nursery. 

I'm going for a simple nautical theme because I want Little Man to remember to dream. Soon I'll be reading him stories of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, sailing away to dreamland. 

Now for the fun part, know anyone that needs a little extra to pamper themselves? Maybe order one of the baby things above? Of course you do! Enter below for a $90 Paypal giveaway which you can use literally use for anything! I've teamed up with these lovely bloggers to make your prize great! Good luck!

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Notes from a Newlywed // Sprinkles & Sundresses // Lavender & Light
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Friday, February 28, 2014

His and Hers linkup

It's been way too long since Kevin and I wrote a post together. Depending on how long you've followed our journey you may remember that he actually had a day of blogging to himself each week (my favorites are here and here). But then time of course escaped us and I haven't been journaling on this space as much as I would like to be. Having both of us blog what we're feeling right now, has reminded me to live in the moment! Kevin says he wants to start having his own day again, so it won't be the last time you hear from him! :)

His thoughts:

I am an engineer at heart (and I always will be).
I want to live in the same place for more than a year.
I have everything I need.
I wish I had more opportunities to read.
I hate riding a bike into a cold wind.
I fear getting stuck.
I hear humanity in a cacophony of urban voices.
I search for meaning.
I wonder about the stars.
I regret eating greasy Mexican food (but I do it anyway).
I love exploring new things.
I ache when I eat ice cream too quickly (it hurts).
I always keep up with the news.
I usually look for the good in people.
I never start a book without finishing it.
I rarely leave room for dessert (I usually have to come back later).
I am not always as confident as I appear to be.
I lose track of time (often).
I'm confused when people willfully ignore reason.
I should run the marathon I started training for a year and a half ago.

Her thoughts: (with a side of pregnancy cravings!)

I am about to become a mom in a little over a month (counting down the days)!
I want to be a great mom and settle down somewhere.
I have large cravings for mac and cheese.
I wish I didn't have to quit my job but it's for the best. 
I hate this winter weather, it has snowed so much in Philly.
I fear that I won't be enough.
I hear that we're supposed to get another storm in on Monday (boo).
I search for anything inspirational.
I wonder where life will take me.
I regret not exploring more while we've lived in Center City. 
I love to shop and plan on doing lots of it this weekend.
I ache in my shoulders.
I always love to read good books and am getting ready to read a few.
I usually want to eat ice cream unless it's 20 degrees outside.
I never miss an episode of Downton Abbey.
I rarely eat broccoli unless it's covered in cheese.
I am not always on time.
I lose memory cards for my camera (not so good).
I'm confused when Kevin starts talking about engineering. 
I should go shopping tomorrow for baby stuff that I need.

Ha! I love our honesty and makes me laugh because it really shows what we're going through right now.


P.S. We actually graduated college together and did a His and Hers announcement. Here's our first His and Hers post. It's still always better together!

Now it's your turn! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Because on bad days, we all need a cookie. Happy Wednesday dears! 


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Five Dresses to Kick the Winter Blues

Anyone else fed up with the snow? Or is it just the pregnant lady? This winter has been one of the snowiest winters ever in Philadelphia. I think that's saying something, because the weather records go back really far.

I'm really excited that spring clothes have come out, even though there is still snow on the ground. What's that? We might get another four inches this week? Sigh. 

Plus, with spring on the way, little man will come and I can wear some normal clothes again. I'm currently swooning over these five dresses with hope that the flowers will be blooming soon. 

Here's to spring coming soon!


(Top illustration found on Pinterest)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


I would have to say that I move a lot. I've moved 11 times since I've been married and that will be five years this coming May. It hasn't been the easiest road but I got used to living with very little and quickly packing things up as we went. Some moves were easier than others because they were close by. Others were to different states and eventually across the country. I was never sad about moving and always faced it with adventure (even if it meant living out of a box most of the time). Until now.

Moving to Center City Philadelphia was one of the best things that Kevin and I have ever done for ourselves. Yes, our parents told us not to move here. Yes, we were crazy. Yes, we never thought we would live here. Two kids from Utah who really hadn't spent much time in Philadelphia before moving there, made the plunge.

But that was just it. The city of Brotherly Love wasn't judgmental of our past, in fact we found that it embraced it. Philadelphia is not any ordinary city, if you can make it here, you can pretty much make it anywhere. No one judged us by our past, they only wanted to see if we could make it now.

Thank goodness, we did more than just make it. Philadelphia is where we rebuilt our relationship, redefined our marriage, lived with very little, got by on nothing but love, kindness, forgiveness and sweet moments. No, it hasn't always been easy. There have been numerous breakdowns on my part, but I have never felt more loved and respected than I have here. Plus, there was Kevin's long commute, two hours driving or an hour on the train. Both long and taxing.

There's also something about being able to walk outside of our apartment and to be right there in middle of everything. I thrive off of the city, being able to take evening walks, always headed in a new direction. When the weather was warmer, it was nice to walk past so many historical sites and to find different murals on the walls of old buildings.

Philadelphia is where we decided we were going to be an official family, making room for a little one.

It breaks my heart to have to move out of the city. Not to mention, the building we live in. It's convenient and we've made our small, unfurnished apartment ours.

It's funny how we get attached to things, isn't it?

In all the moves I've made, this is the first I've been able to really call home. I'm so heartbroken that I have to leave it.

This is where we grew to become a family. Philadelphia healed our hearts and brought us back together forever. 


Monday, February 3, 2014

One Little Word for 2014

January was one of the hardest months of my life. I chose my one little word long before it was the New Year and wanted to have a goal to become stronger. 

While I am so excited that this is year that Little Man will be born, the last few months of pregnancy have really hit home. Nonstop nausea, long hours of sleep, exhaustion, bouts of depression, meltdowns, blood tests, endless doctor visits, it has been extremely hard. I've learned that I have to take care of me and then let everything else practically fall by the wayside. 

It hasn't been easy. Especially when I'm used to being the one who takes care of everyone else. Especially my husband and the cleaning of our apartment.

But I'm slowly learning how to pull myself back up, how to live with the pain and to do what I can. (Someone lied to me by saying that the first trimester is the worst, it's the third for me). Thank goodness, this is only temporarily and that April will hopefully be here before I know it.

As always, what I've learned from the past, there is still joy in everything

January was the month with the ER visit.

A well deserved cupcake after it.

Homemade breakfasts for dinner made by Kevin (I'm now hungry).

Crazy snow days but thankful that Kevin was able to stay home and
walk with me in the sun.

A favorite brunch place with lots of light and green on that snowy day.

Warm cereal and homemade mushroom soup. You can't beat it.

The smile from this guy at brunch because he's starting to hear back from Grad Schools. I'm so proud of him (even if it means two moves with a new baby 
in one year, wish me luck!).

Also, the month of the a fire in our building. It was oh so cold, outside. Thankful for firemen who answer the call and made sure that we were safe. It reminded me to remember what matters most. I have to say that it did spark anxiety for this future mama.

Restaurant Week at The Melting Pot (and I'm still hungry). A great highlight 
and oh so good.

How cold is it you might ask? Enough for the Schullykill River to freeze.

I have a long way to go to becoming strong. I met with a friend and was shocked to see how stable she was. Thank goodness I have her example to remind me what strong looks like and how to be confident. Although, for January, I learned how to be strong and it make through while being in survival mode.

What has helped you through difficult times? 

P.S. I didn't have a word for 2013 (sigh), but here are my words from 2012 and 2011. This is the first year I've ever participated in Ali's class and I have to say, it's completely worth it! I'm thinking more about my word and how I want to grow this year, time to make something happen. 
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