Showing posts with label things and stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label things and stuff. Show all posts

spring and other random thoughts



Happy Friday everyone. We're within spitting distance of the weekend and I couldn't be happier!! We're going on an adventure next week and I'm really excited to see some different sites and relax as a family.  

That picture up above was from last weekend. I'm 23 weeks today and just starting to feel really heavy and achy. I am not one of those pregnant ladies who skip through pregnancy and have very little to complain about. This week I've been dealing with some serious round ligament pain. What the heck is a round ligament? Well, I had to do some googling to figure out what was bothering me so much. If anyone has some miracle cure (besides delivering a baby), let me know!

The first day of spring slipped by this week. The weather has been pretty awesome here in Colorado and it has me wishing the grass was green and the trees were blooming already. So far we've been super dry all winter, so this summer will be tough for farmers and for my lawn! I'm thinking I am going to have to get creative with all of my flowers this year and only plant what I really plan on watering. I also am going to setup some automatic sprinkler system so it's Johanna-is-being-lazy proof. 

Well, I've got to do a little work and then get to packing. We bought the girls their own luggage this time around. I am trying to get all four of us into our own carry-on. I bought some Samsonite luggage from Amazon and so far I'm impressed with the quality. The girls were super excited about it and I'm hoping that means they'll be hauling it all over the airport by themselves without help. I don't think we'll get that lucky however. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Check over on my Instagram to follow along on our trip next week. I'm hoping to take some really cool pictures to share!

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Hello, friends! Aren't these trees dreamy? I'm savoring this picture while I wait until we actually get to go and see them! We have a trip planned at the end of the month to northern California. I'm super excited to take a break and get away. I think it will be nice to spend time together as a family and see something vastly different than Colorado (like the ocean and precipitation).

Last Friday I had my 20 week ultrasound. We found out we are having another girl! Also, everything looks to be growing right and she's on target for a July due date. It was very happy news. The girls came with us and were only mildly interested in all the parts and pieces of the baby. They were however very excited to hear they were getting a sister. Every doll we have in our house is a girl, so it fits right in with their view of what babies should be. Haha.

I've been struggling this pregnancy with what in the heck to wear over this growing baby bump. I've been trying Le Tote, but so far haven't been really loving the service. It's a subscription box where you get to wear 3-4 pieces of clothing for as long as you want, then you either buy them or return them for a new box. So far I haven't bought anything. I don't love their suggestions, but I'm going to try it for a while longer. The hope is I won't have to buy any more maternity clothes, I can just rent them while I need them. They also have many more clothes besides maternity. I think it might be better suited to regular clothing and not just maternity.

Anyway, I hope you are having a good week. Just wanted to check-in and say hi!

happy new year and all that jazz



Happy Thanksgiving. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year! 

I think that counts most of the holidays that have passed since I last shared anything here. So why, might you ask, have I been so MIA lately? Well, for many reasons. Life has been running at full speed lately. The holidays were a mess of parties, travel, Christmas shopping, work commitments with really no downtime in between. Also, I've just honestly lost some of my urge to blog. I still enjoy reading other blogs and I do miss using my creative side to share content here. I do think it's good for me to have a little hobby outside of family and work time. I honestly haven't had much time for anything else. This weekend is my birthday and I'll get to see some friends that I haven't seen in SO long. I have been a terrible friend lately and it's really all my own fault.

One refreshing conversation I had over the holiday break was with Chris's cousin, Jami. She said she really missed my blogging and wondered why I didn't share anything anymore? I told her about how busy I was and my recent hesitancy to share personal things with the internet. Her response was so Jami and so perfect, 'f*ck those guys'. I laughed. She's right. It's worth it to me to take the time to share things and there are a few people that enjoy what I do also. 

Maybe that's my new 2018 manta? 

F*ck those guys.

Also, just exposing myself to less hate/incompetance/ugly stuff. I need to unfollow @realDonaldTrump on twitter. I've tried to stop reading hateful/ignorant news articles that are written merely to inflame and not to educate or inform. 

There are exciting things coming up in 2018. I have a few thrilling announcements coming up soon. So there are some things to look forward to around here. Also, I'm so thankful that everyone is healthy and doing well in my family. So all of the important boxes are checked.

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you've reflected a bit on 2017 and are ready to give 2018 the what for. 

things and stuff



Happy Monday everyone!

It's a cold and snowy Columbus day here in Denver. I hope you are having a good day!  Nothing exciting to say here other than here are a few links I've been clicking lately.


- you're probably related to Neanderthals and those genes affect your behavior!

- I just read this book and it was amazing

- some great advice on saving money

- here is something I bought recently that I'm really excited about (also 30% off right now!)

- we all should really stop getting on Facebook #Russianmeddling

- are you into pins?


Hope you have a good week!

things and stuff



Hey guys, how are you? I feel like it's been a few since we've caught up! I've been on such a constant run of sharing photos from our trip, that I haven't really checked in with you all lately (hope that's not getting annoying).

How has your summer been? Can you believe that it's September already? I feel like we were just planning Memorial Day festivities and now it's all back-to-school and pumpkins-for-sale at the grocery stores.

An aside: Ever wonder where Labor Day came from? Here is a great Drunk History explanation. That is one of my favorite shows, hilarious and you learn a little something along the way.

Life has been really great lately and at the same time it's been so heavy. The news cycle is particularly depressing these days. There are major fires in the western United States, record breaking hurricanes in the Atlantic, and flood waters still ruining lives in Texas and Louisiana. If we're not worried about nuclear war one week, we're worried about mass deportations the next. It's hard not to think about all the pain and worry that is going around without letting it seep into your own life. I'm so thankful that here in Colorado we haven't been affected by anything major besides smoky skies (well, and mass deportations).

I mean, it's not all roses and daisies around here either. We're still dealing with a torn up kitchen floor and missing some drywall and flooring downstairs from our dishwasher leaking for many days while we were on vacation. Dealing with insurance and trying to prevent splinters in our kids feet hasn't been the most pleasant experience, but it's understandably minor in the grand scheme of things.

I'll just end this with a quote from someone much more eloquent than I.

"It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars" - Garrison Keillor