Friday, May 11, 2012

Old Navy Shorts via Crowd Tap

I have been a member of Crowd Tap for about 6 months now and have been waiting for this opportunity to come! Old Navy finally offered me and a friend a sample! We got to try to the shorts just in time for some GREAT weather here in the 'ol Valdez. So I went perusing for the best fit for me. Since we've been doing Insanity by Beach body I KNEW I needed to get some shortish shorts to show off my hot (to get hotter) legs! I chose the 3.5 inch cuffed shorts. I loved the versatility of the light grey and have already taken them for a spin! I willed the sun out today! Anyway, here's the recent showing my free goodness and then me rocking them on this cloudy turned sunny day!

Thank you crowd tap and Old Navy for this awesome opportunity!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


As I sat in my hotel room in Sitka after putting the baby to bed I had a lot of time to think. I thought not so good things, like how sad I was that I had dropped my husband back off at the academy just a few short hours before. How agonizing that was to know he was literally a half a mile away, yet I wasn't allowed to see him. Well, I was allowed, but he had a lot of work to do. I thought about how hard it was going to be to travel with a 10 month old. The daunting task of being up in the wee hours to get on a plane where everyone stares at you assuming your child is going to transform into a demon once the flight took off (which she wasn't AT ALL! In fact she was an angel.) I thought about how hard these last 6 weeks were going to be, essentially being a single mom.

Then I couldn't help but realize how small and temporary those things were. I immediately started to mull over all the amazing PERMANENT things that God has blessed me with. I have an amazing husband. He really is. He makes my everyday SO much better. He is my rock, he is my comfort, he is my provider. He is the best father I know. He has love for me and Layla that is indescribable. As much as I miss him, I know what he is doing is only for us. It's to provide us the best life possible.

I have a beautiful, smart, caring daughter that absolutely amazes me EVERYDAY. I can't begin to describe the love I have for this little being. She absolutely makes everyday worth it. When we were in Sitka she instantly knew who Wayne was. It was incredible to see that connection for a 10 month old even after not seeing him for 2 months. You could ask her "where's daddy?" and she would look right at him. There were times I was holding her and she would want him, which is saying a lot. I am usually the ULTIMATE. To have her request someone over me is pretty much unheard of. I can see her learning things everyday. She waves hi and bye, shakes her head no, crawls faster than a lightning bolt, says her name, mom, dad and nana. She loves to be chased and wrestled around with, she's got the most beautiful curly afro, and the cutest baby giggles. She sleeps through the night and is always SO happy. I really can't explain HOW perfect she is.

I have a beautiful roof over my head, not one, but 2 well working vehicles, the most incredible view a girl could ask for, just out my front window, a family that is so supportive and loving and friends to die for. I can't believe how much God continues to bless my already beautiful life, everyday. I am one grateful lady. Very, very grateful lady.

1 John 3:21-23
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


So to finish off my set of 7 dreams, I dreamt a dream 2 nights ago.

We (Ashley Chaffin and I) were up at the pass going snowboarding. We climbed up this vertical tunnel that had a ladder in it and at the very top it had a zip line on it. I should mention just how high this was. It was VERY VERY high. Like hundreds of feet high. Well Ashley was like "I haven't done this in a while I'm gonna do it!" She grabbed with one hand then leapt with the other and her hand slipped off and she fell... I just watched her fall and fall and fall. I just grabbed my head thinking "what do I do? I have no idea what to even do?" I was just in shock at what had just happened! I climbed down so fast, thinking to myself there was no way someone could survive this. I got down and just screamed for help. there were already people trying to shovel her out since she had sunk down in the snow. I remember definitely not wanting to see her since I knew her body could possibly be mangled. I can't handle mangled. Then she was in the hospital... ALIVE!! I remember not seeing her for a bit then went to see her and her leg had been almost torn off her body and just nasty. They ended up stitching it back on and it was a gnarly scar! Then somehow that turned into Wayne's knee and scar. Anyway. That was it and with that I have completed my 7 dreams!! :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Dream 6

Posting this straight out of my notes that I wrote when I woke up... Maybe it makes sense? Hahaha

Basketball team on a run. Out at squirrel creek. Team bonding. Katie and I go down big slide (fell off) saved by big fluffy trees. Try to catch up. At halfway point open gate for bobby Gibbs. Wonders why we're behind. Tila late. Cassie wants to know why... Seriously. Whit going other way.

And on a side note. I remembered my final dream, so I'll post about that tomorrow!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My sweet love

So I thought I'd do a short update on my sweet babe. She's 9 months now! I can't believe how fast time has really flown. It's a blessing and a curse I tell ya! They just change SO fast! Anyway, he has one tooth, the other bottom one is ALMOST through and she crawls! Well she's been crawling since she was 6 months, but she's rather efficient at it now. She also pulls herself up on everything AND FAST! She also will stand there not holding onto anything for a few seconds.

She is eating all kinds of solids. I've started introducing just plain ol food to her. Don't think I'm going to puree anymore. She does such a great job chewing. I still avoid dairy, because I don't want it to bother her too much, but anything else is pretty much game. She claps on command, waves hi and bye when in the mood and has recently started saying "hi." And by saying I mean whispering it. It's so silly. Then tonight when she was at my mom's she taught her how to click her tongue. She doesn't do it like we do, but she sure tries. TOO CUTE.

Her cheeks are always still red. I think she has eczema considering only the hydrocortisone helps, which is a bummer because it's not really good for babies since it has steroids in it. I'm starting to get irritated by people suggesting things. If I added up the cost of EVERYTHING me or my mom or Wayne has bought we've spent a pretty penny. So as much as I appreciate the suggestions, I think time will just heal it and we'll keep it nice a moisturized until then...

So here's a few pic's of the little love! :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Dreaming a 5th dream

So I had two really awesome dreams last night, but can only remember one and really, only parts of it... So I remember driving down Egan and all of a sudden the car in front of me was hit by a car coming from west pioneer to pioneer. it was spun out on the side of the road. Then I got out and ran towards what is the Eagles, but it was like Italy. i was running down these rock stairs and there were shops all around. i felt like i was in Diagon alley from harry potter. i went into one and it was really packed and small. i was just looking for help. I saw Jessa there on a date with someone. Didn't know who it was. I started talking to them and got seriously side tracked. Then I remembered I left Layla in the car assuming I was see someone really soon and I didn't!! so I was running back as fast as I could and then she started crying. I thought it was my dream, but it was really her crying! haha! So that's one more down!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Another day zero thing is I have to identify 25 things I like about myself, so here goes!

1. I looove my eyes. I always get compliments and I like it!
2. I like my athleticness. I can pick up almost any sport. I may not be great, but I'll probably get it.
3. I like that I can cook. I haven't always been able to, but especially since becoming a stay at home mom I've really honed in on my skills.
4. I like my goofy pinky toe. It makes me, me.
5. I like that I handle pain well. Let's just say I gave birth with out even a thought of an epidural. I made it to the hospital and I had made it to 8-9 cm.
6. I like that I can fall asleep anywhere anytime. It's really come in handy :)
7. I like that I love working out. I may not always do it, but I truly get a euphoria from running and working out that is unlike anything else.
8. I like that I can TYPE! and fast!
9. I like that I can take a step back and realize things aren't THAT bad. The husband taught me this long ago. He would always say to me "no one is sick, or dying. Everything is ok." I try to say that every time I'm getting overwhelmed by a situation.
10. I like my body. I don't love my body, although I have, but I really do. I'm a curvy lady and that's OKAY!
11. I like that I run my own business. It took a lot of guts and hard work, but I'm doing it!
12. I like that I am musically inclined. I can carry a tune and play a few instruments :)
13. I like that I'm honest. It may not always be nice (and those I try to keep to myself) but, at least I don't get caught up in lies
14. I like that I'm open. I try to not get bogged down by what I think I believe or just by what someone has told me, I try to listen to all sides and decide for myself whats best for me. Research is also key in that
15. I like that I'm more spiritual now. I feel like having a better bond with God has made me a better person.
16. I like that I am technologically sound. I can work my way around almost any technology.
17. I love my ability to forgive easily. I'm not one to hold a grudge.
18. I love my creative self. Whether it be photography, hair dressing or whatever!
19. I love my love for animals. I guess it's the same as babies. I love cute and cuddly things. I love that I love cute and cuddly things :)
20. I like that I remember peoples special things. Whether it be a birthday, christmas, just because, WHATEVER! I never forget thank you notes and I'm sure people appreciate this. It makes me happy.
21. I like that I have family upon family upon family. I have my REAL family, which can be quite extensive, I have my in laws who are awesome and also quite extensive, then my love not blood family which is also quite extensive. I love love love it.
22. I like that I love to garden. It's a recent love, presumably inherited by my mutha. I think it's ever since I got a yard I've been more interested.  
23. I like my hair... most days. I like that it's versatile most. I can straighten it, curl it, it's kinda curlyish so lots of options.
24. I like my parenting skills. I like to think I have just the right mixture of love and discipline.
25. I like the feeling of my skin. Sounds weird and boastful, but my skin on my stomach has always been really soft. I love it.