Thankful

Per usual, I’ve been remiss in updating my blog with the goings-on in my life. I will say that things have been exciting for sure. Since today is Thanksgiving, in addition to reviewing what I’ve been up to, I’d also … Continue reading

How it’s Going

Howdy peeps and long time no post. As usual, life gets in the way and I have to remember to return to this blogging thing. We are in the full holiday swing, having just finished with Thanksgiving. We had a small little gathering at our house, consisting of my father stopping by to eat and share. The most important part of the holiday for me is having time off to spend with my favorite people.

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Being silly, as usual

Also, I love to eat and hubby and I did an awesome job with Thanksgiving dinner this year. Super yummy!

Looks at this goodness

Looks at this goodness

Other fun updates: I’m trying a new beauty regimen. I’ve heard and read a lot about coconut oil and all of its amazing benefits, so I’ve decided to jump on. So far, I’m using it to remove my makeup and clean my face. I will say that though it seems counterintuitive, cleaning my oily/combo face with oil seems to calm it down. I feel like my pores are getting small and my face actually feels tight and clean when I’m done at the end of the day. I take off my makeup in the evening with it and wash in the morning with it. So far so good. I’ve slathered myself in it before showering and shaving my legs, and I’m even putting it on the little one to soothe his dry skin. Apparently, this little jar will take me far in life!

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this is everything

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i’m wearing makeup in this pic but my skin is looking fly…oh and this is the end of the day!

Also, I’m incorporating more makeup/beauty products into my life. There is a lot to be said for feeling a little pretty everyday ūüôā

date night...feeling pretty

date night…feeling pretty

Till I post again, my friends! xoxo

 

 

The Land of Misfit Toys

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As some of you may know, I did not grow up with Christmas. I was raised with my mother, who is a Jehovah’s Witness. We did not celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any other holidays. We also did not celebrate birthdays. So many of these occasions are new to me.¬†

Often times when I am celebrating these occasions with my little family, I feel the child-like wonderment that my son is experiencing too. This puts extra pressure on my husband to teach us his family traditions, as I don’t have any to call back on and G is just doing what we do.

This has and will continue to allow us to create some of our own traditions. This year, I made a beef stew on Christmas Eve. Granted it was just prep and throwing everything in the crockpot, it still feels like something I could make a family tradition. As G gets older, I am sure we will continue to add traditions. 

For me, it is exciting to share these things with him from my unique prospective. The holidays we celebrate don’t come from a sense of religion, but for me, it is more a sense of togetherness and family bonding. There is something special about celebrating with the three of us (five if you count that cats; for Christmas I do, since they have stockings too). I hope to continue to foster that feeling in my son. Not that the holidays are about obligation or just about gifts, but about time spent with the ones you love. Happy Holidays all!

Always Thankful

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Happy holidays all!

The pictures from above are just a glimpse of my wonderful time off for the Thanksgiving holiday. I have always loved the holiday season because of the time off to relax and renew. Now, with my growing little family, I just love the opportunity to spend time with them. Being a full-time working mom who is also taking classes full-time, the break from school and work gives me a chance to spend all of my free time with my husband and son. I know I’m not cut out to be a stay-at-home mom but what a blessing it is to see him all day, every day.

Thanksgiving was great. We had the opportunity to host, cook, and had my father over. We did Skype with my mother-in-law so Gabe got to see almost of all of his grandparents. We avoided the Black Friday madness by heading out late in the afternoon to see what deals were left. The rest of the weekend seemed to fly by. Visiting my mom, movie/date night with the hubby to see Thor in 3D. Saturday and Sunday to relax.

Tomorrow it’s back to the grind. What I do have to look forward to is three more weeks of school and work until another break. A light at the end of the tunnel….and one of the many things I am thankful for!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

The holidays that is! I love them because it means lots and lots of time off work. Others love them because they mean family and all that jazz. This year I am certainly thankful for my little¬†immediately¬†family. My husband made a fabulous Thanksgiving feast for us and I got to spend the day appreciating how truly blessed I am to have him and marvel at how far we have come as a family. It doesn’t seem possible but I love my son more each day and enjoyed the days off I had to just spend playing, laughing, and taking care of him. Work, school, and family are challenging in equal measures but just seeing his little smile makes it leaps and bounds more worth it! Continue reading