Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Maternity Style

As of Christmas Eve I was officially 15 weeks pregnant... and I wore my maternity jeans for the first time. Judge me if you must- I did plenty of judging myself prior to becoming pregnant. I always thought that I would be the pregnant lady who was at the gym everyday and running and had tons of energy and kept her appetite in check and that all the weight I gained wouldn't be due to ice cream... Haha the joke was seriously on me. I didn't realized how EXHAUSTED I would feel all the stinkin' time. That when I got home from work all I wanted to do was take a nap. And that running would make my (sorry TMI) ever increasing breasts hurt and that all I really want to eat is toast with peanut butter and bananas and occasionally a milk shake and that SPINACH and BROCCOLI are so incredibly disgusting I gag just thinking about them.... But I digress. I am healthy and finally getting my energy back (thank goodness) and yes I do find time to workout even when I am tired... although I don't beat myself up if it isn't everyday of the week like I used to do. But let's talk about maternity style. Since we found out I was pregnant husband and I have been going into the local Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity... and I can't say I was all that impressed (or even a little impressed). Despite my every growing body and my desire to always wear sweat pants I vowed that I WOULD NOT be that mom. So I went back to those stores and tried a few things on and everything looked ridiculous. I called my mom and broke down about having to do the "hair tie trick" to button up my jeans and how I hated everything that was maternity in the stores because they didn't fit right but I didn't feel right wearing my old stuff because it was depressing when something didn't fit and what the heck was I supposed to wear!? Mom got to work. And jumped on to 2 of my new favorite sites for maternity clothing.
My mom is a lifesaver. Within the next few days a few of these beauties were on my doorstep.
Image 1 of ASOS Maternity Supersoft Ultra Skinny Jean #11
(I now have this whole outfit. But the skinny jeans are my favorite. Find them here) 
Image 1 of ASOS Maternity Spot Skater Dress With Belt
(This is Devin's favorite. It's going to look fabulous with a pair of boots! Find it here )
 Image 1 of ASOS Maternity Exclusive Stretch Top In Wide Stripe
(I love a preggo lady in stripes! Find it here )
Maternity Stripe Tunic
(Yes more stripes! Beware if you order from Topshop in the US it takes about 3 weeks to get your order so be prepared... this little baby hasn't arrived yet but I am so excited! Find it here )
 I have a feeling I am going to love all things "legging-ish"... and more power to the ladies who wear their old wardrobe their entire pregnancy.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I always wondered how I would feel if I were ever pregnant on Christmas
...I can tell you that I definitely feel tired (especially from moving stuff and cleaning every day)
I can also say that I do feel lonely- I miss my family.
Husband has to work today until 3 (he left at 5am) so its just me and Lucy holding down the fort.
But I also feel peace...
It's just so quiet around here today and I feel that everything that happened this past year has happened for a reason.
All the things lost and gained helped us grow closer together as a family even though we are far apart.
I also feel love... so so so much love.
Love for my husband and how hard he works supporting our little family
Love for my mother who sent me lots of maternity clothes because my body is growing
Love for my Savior that he came and lived and died for me and all of us
and tons of love for this new little life growing inside of me.
And overwhelming respect and gratitude for Mary, the mother of Jesus, who was so willing to do all that she could to bring the Savior into the world...
Even though it meant giving birth in a stable
Which we know smelled horrible and was magnified by her extra powerful pregnancy sniffer.
May your Christmas Day be filled with wonder and joy and magic!
 Devin, Whitney, Lucy, and Baby

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

4 Years and The News

Dear Husband,
Four years ago today we promised each other that we would be each other's for forever. Four years ago, the grounds of the San Diego temple were extremely wet, and my dress got filthy. But the day was gorgeous... absolutely perfect. I remember the way you looked at me when you saw me all in white... I will never forget that moment. You are the love of my whole life and I am so grateful for you. I love you more and more everyday we are together. Happy Anniversary my love.
Your wifey
Dear Friends,
We have been keeping a secret from you...

Baby Zufelt is due June 17th, 2013!
(photos taken by Cherieberry Photography )

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Until we meet again

It has been an emotional last 24 hours here at the Zufelt home
After years of fighting cancer, Devin's daddy passed away yesterday morning.
When Devin came home from work the night before, I just sort of knew.
The nurses thought that his dad had had a stroke since he couldn't feel the left side of his face
And he was down to a tiny 100 lbs... and in so so much pain.
I said a little prayer that night that when his time came that he would go quickly.
When we woke up yesterday morning I had a missed call from Devin's mom at 3am...
And we both knew.
Devin didn't even need to check his phone for the 4 missed calls... the messages confirming what we knew... Gary was gone... and no longer suffering.
Gary, we miss you so much already. You were an amazing father to Devin and a great father-in-law to me. You always made me feel welcomed and appreciated and loved. More importantly you made me feel like I was part of the family. Devin said that he wished you could have shown him how to use more of the tools in the shed, and that you guys could have had one more fishing trip together- I'm sure you wished that too. I am so grateful that I got to know you. Thank you for all you did for us. And thank you for helping to raise the man of my dreams. I know we will see you again.
Alma 22:14
 "And since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance, and so forth; and that he breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory..."
Please excuse me the rest of this week while we spend it with family.

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Charlie Brown Christmas

We are moving 5 days before Christmas
If I had it my way we would be moving AFTER Christmas
But alas, we are buying a house (yes again- still renting our other one out)
And we close December 20th.
I am so very excited about getting OUT of this apartment
Some people are just amazing at living with people stomping above them all night
I am not one of those people.
I can't wait for peace an quiet and MORE SPACE (hallelujah)
And a place to call out own.
But since we will be moving 5 days before Christmas we are not putting up any Christmas decorations at our apartment (just to take them down and pack them all away again in a few days time).
I have been sad and mopey and whine-y this whole week about it.
So when I asked husband if we could "Please please please" just get a little fake Charlie Brown type tree to make me feel better... of course he said yes.
Since we didn't want to "dig out" all the other ornaments and we didn't want to spend too much money buying more... I headed to pinterest and found THIS TUTORIAL
And thought it would literally be perfect for my "Charlie Brown" tree.
I did a few things different... I got lazy and didn't sew on the back felt... I glued it on
And I changed Linus' face... I just thought he looked better facing front like all of his friends.
I also found out that I am TERRIBLE at embroidery (so don't look too closely)
But after months of not doing anything creative it felt good to do a cute craft...
And even husband adores it ;-)
We have decided that in future years, our Charlie Brown tree will live on our dining table at Christmas... for now this is my little peace of Christmas happiness... and I turn it on every chance I get.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Just words

Just words today.
I miss my family
Being here, a lot of times I feel alone
So very alone
Especially when Devin is gone at nights...
As I was flying into LAX a few weeks ago I was sick, tired and not exactly happy about having been on a plane for 2+ hours with my ear feeling like it was going to explode
And then I saw the lights on the freeway
The freeway Devin and I had driven so so many times before
And I felt this overwhelming longing for our life in California.
I missed our home
I missed the ocean
I missed my friends
and most of all I missed my mom.
I really didn't want to come back except for the fact that husband wasn't with me.
Then this past week was Thanksgiving
For the first time in my life I made Thanksgiving dinner on my own without my mom
I called her and told her that if I were at home we would be baking sweet potato pies and watching White Christmas.... after I asked multiple times how I would know when the potatoes would be ready to mash.
Mom and Dad went to Home Town Buffet for Thanksgiving and they didn't even eat turkey.
But I cooked an entire Thanksgiving feast for husband and myself
I cooked for 2 days all for 5-10 minutes of eating
And it was fabulous.
And although my mom wasn't there with us... she kind of was
I made her rolls, and her mashed potatoes... and I made her favorite chocolate peanut butter pie.
I am so very thankful for my family
For my mom who taught me to work hard and that homemade pies are always better than store bought.
For my husband who provides for us and who loves me no matter what.
For my sisters who are always there for me.
And for our little dog Lucy who finished off the turkey leftovers because there is only so much turkey you can eat.
Happy Monday my friends!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Being sick sucks

I have been so sick this past week (don't worry I will spare you the details)
But really... it has been zero fun around here as husband has been sickly too
HOWEVER... Today I am leaving for California
Despite the stuffy nose that refuses to leave
Oh California how I have MISSED YOU!
And of course my mom. My mom is my very best friend
Mom and I are off to have another "Mommy and Whitney" trip
And I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see the new Carsland
Yes and will be eating a churro or two...
No I will not care about what I eat for a few days... so there
SO my friend I hope you have an awesome rest of the week
And I will be seeing you early next week!
With stories of Mickey Mouse and lots and lots of fun.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lucy's first snow

Our dog is a California dog... in the same sense that I am a California girl
She was born and raised with sunshine and occasional rain
But never anything as cold as what happened Thursday morning.
I went to sleep with everything brown and dead looking
And woke up to a winter fall wonderland
Devin was working mids so he came home right when I woke up
we grabbed the camera and took our little Lu outside for her very first snow.
You could see it in her face, "What the heck is this cold white stuff!?"
She didn't even want to step in it until Devin did.
And then... she was in love.
Frolicking away and being crazy
Although I will say that she doesn't like it when snow gets on her ball
Snow on the ball is off limits.
I just wanted to stay and play with her all day
I am also happy to report that I survived 2 days of driving to work in the snow
Sadly the snow is going away and revealing all the dead, brown stuff again
But I know it will be back... and I will probably get sick of it really quickly.

Monday, October 29, 2012

It's OK...

(Shoes: Enzo Angiolini. Pants, Sweater, Scarf, Jacket: J Crew)
It's OK...
-That I have almost gone through the entire (Trader Joe's) care package my mom sent to me from home... I got it on Friday.
-That all I wanted to do is stay home and curl up with a blanket this weekend.
-I still haven't finished my Halloween costume
-The candle Devin bought for us from Bath and Body reminds of me churro's from Disneyland
-That I have been falling asleep before 8:30 this entire past week
-How I never realized the movie Twilight is completely blue
-Speaking of Twilight, now whenever we see something that's Hunger Games or Twilight Devin says, "Is that Cotfish Joe or Keeeevin?" (reference: bad lip readings from youtube)
-That I bought a new shampoo/conditioner set last week and I already hate it
-To watch Finding Nemo and any other Disney movie you own to prep for Disneyland in... 9 days.
-That I think that jet fuel smells like adventure
-That my husband does most of the laundry

Happy Monday my friends! Let's make it to Halloween!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Ghosts of Halloween Past...

I never thought I would marry a man who likes to dress up for Halloween.
Most of the guys I knew thought it was lame and that it was just for kids.
Imagine my surprise when we spent our first Halloween together and Devin wanted to dress up!
We ended up running to Walmart ON Halloween to find these very very last minute costumes.
We vowed that the next year we would be more prepared. So we bought our costumes in September since we were moving in to our new home the weekend of Halloween. I remember putting away dishes in the cupboards in between trick-or-treaters.
The next year was harder to choose. I wanted to be a princess and Devin wanted to do something scary. So we comprimised and did something that was cute and scary. It's probably one of my favorites that we did because we both got to wear our costume's twice! Plus my makeup was super fun to do.
Then last year. Oh last year was the biggest. We went "all out" as far as costume's go. We made Devin's. Mine? No way. We bought mine. But the makeup, the green contacts, the giant bowtie. We vowed never to do it all again.
So this year we are going a bit more low key for Halloween. Yes we are still dressing up. We do have a bit of sewing to do... But I don't think any costume will top 2011. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's the truth Tuesday

The Truth about me and J Crew
By, Whitney Zufelt
(My very first week of college in the dorms. Note: The Abercombie shirt. January 2007)
I am an obsessed woman. O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D. with J Crew. I honestly can't help myself. Back when I was in High School I used to dream of owning something from J Crew. My closet was mostly American Eagle... and a few choice pieces from Abercrombie and Fitch (Hollister didn't come around until I was in college). Want to know where I used to mostly shop? Pac Sun. I worked there for a year during High School and why not? I got a discount! Oh, and I also wore colorful Dickies and Hurley pants (anyone else remember those?) And those mary jane doc martins-those were super cool. Needless to say my wardrobe was teeny-bopper to the fullest. And then it was time for me to go to college and my mom decided I needed a more sophisticated look. Did we go to J Crew? No. There was not a J Crew for miles and miles. So mom took me to Express. For 3 years she took me there buying me wardrobe "staples" but I always went back to my Pac Sun/Abercrombie staples. I wanted to be stylish! I really tried to look cute on Sundays... but those were the only days I felt like getting out of my old tshirt and jeans uniform. Then I met Devin. And he created a monster. He took me to my very first J Crew right after we were married. I remember walking in and hitting that warm store and my eyes lit up like a kid in a candy store. Oh the cardigans! The pencil skirts! Oh the color and the beauty! And I was a goner. Ever since that December day almost 4 years ago J Crew has been my go to store. Most of my closet now is in fact J Crew. Husband says I need a new store because I have most everything that they sell there. I disagree. Why mess with what works? I will always love J Crew for it's preppy goodness.
So thank you J Crew. For making cute stuff so I can fill my closet.
And that's the truth about me and J Crew
(One of my very first J Crew purchases was this jacket. February 2009)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Things I can't quite seem to master...

#1. Not getting my nail polish everywhere (literally). No matter what I do I somehow get it all over my hands.
#2. A head stand. there is just something that freaks me out about it... like my neck is going to snap in 2 or something.
#3. Using an electric can opener. I guess I am just old fashioned but electric can openers hate me.
#4. For the life of me I cannot make homemade mac n cheese... not for a lack of trying.
#5. Parallel parking. I go out of my way to avoid parallel parking. I have horrible depth perception.
#6. Not missing a spot while shaving... and its usually on my knee. Why oh why knee can't you get cleanly shaven? Its a mystery to me... not matter how many times I atempt it I have a few spots that refuse to be hairless.
#7. How to do the "cat eye" eye liner. It might just be that my eyes are too round but the more I try it the worse it looks
#8. A true blue whistle. Sure I can make sound while putting my lips together and blowing... but a for real whistle? It's just not in my genetics to do.
#9. Mowing the lawn in the correct "pattern"... It's kind of the same principle as my one spot on my knee that refuses to be hairless... although my lawn mowing skills have no particular order or pattern.
#10. Relaxing. I am the worst person at relaxing. Seriously I need assistance to relax. And I really believe there is a difference between "resting" and "relaxing"... but that's just me. Luckily yoga is helping me to empty my mind and be in the moment.
Happy Wednesday friends. I can see the weekend from here!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It's the truth Tuesday

The truth about me and green beans.
By, Whitney Zufelt
You see them on most every dinner table come the Holidays. You know... the green bean casserole that mom/grandma/Aunt Judy made. Perhaps its toped with the magical fairy dust of culinary arts (aka bacon). Or maybe there is something crunchy and delicious on top like french fried onions. I'm sorry my friends, but I just can't stand green beans. Honest and truly I think they taste like warm grassy feet (not that I have ever tasted anything of the sort. It's just what I would imagine warm grassy feet to taste like). I just can't bring myself to like them no matter what anyone does to them. Even fresh ones can't break the spell. I suppose this hatred dates back to somewhere in the 1990s when my mom would make green beans and would make me sit at the dinner table until all my green beans were gone (sorry for telling on you mom). I literally sat there for hours until she told me that I only had to eat as many green beans as I was years old (the older I got the harder this was). I ended up taking them as a "pill". Yep, I pinched my nose and basically swollowed them whole with my milk. I guess my mom thought that my tastes would change as I got older (I no longer wear high heeled tennis shoes thank goodness) but my feelings about green beans have remained the same. I do not like them and there isn't anything anyone can do to change my mind. Because if bacon can't fix it, nothing is going to fix it.
And that's the truth about me and green beans. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Things Cinderella taught me

The last time I watched Cinderella was on VHS while snuggling my rainbow blanky inside a blanket fort my mom made me while I was sick... when I was... um... 9 maybe?
So when I heard that it was coming out of the "Disney Vault" I knew I had to have it
So husband made a special trip for me to the store and let me watch it that very night
And I realized that I learned a fair few things from Cinderella

#1. My love of dogs
Bruno is the hero and Lucifer is pure evil (not that I think all cats are evil. I had a really cute cat named Kitty only I was allergic to her)
#2. Black flats are a working staple
Other than her yellow clogs she wears outside to feed the chickens, Cindy is rocking the simple black ballet flat.
#3. Gus-Gus or Jack should always be the name of any mouse you meet
Let's be honest... who doesn't love Gus-Gus?
#4. If at first pink doesn't work out, try blue
(I also learned this from sleeping beauty)
#5. If you can't buy what you want... make it instead
Cinderella's cute little mice are the original up-cycler's
#6. Singing while you do your chores always makes a difference
How beautiful is sing sweet nightingale? I mean really.
#7. My mom was always my fairy godmother
Who always helped me get ready for dances? And most importantly, my wedding.. My mommy. And sorry fairy godmother but my mom is cuter.
#8. One pair of shoes can change your life forever
Before I ever got married I bought a little plaque that says, "One pair of shoes changed my life - Cinderella." and now my wedding shoes reside by it on display in our guest room.
So thank you Cinderella... and thank you Disney.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

It's the truth Tuesday

The truth about me and pencil skirts.
By, Whitney Zufelt
There once was a time where I despised the pencil skirt. To me, it was sononomos with "old lady". My grandmother wore pencil skirts. My mother wore pencil skirts. And I don't think I ever saw any of my sister's wear pencil skirts. (Granted I never wore sandals or flip flops until my senior year in high school, which tells you a ton about my fashion sense.) Then it happened. My mother took me shopping before my first semester away at college. We went to one of my favorite (back then) stores... Oh Express how I spent so much hard earned (smoothie makin') money there. My mom was absolutely convinced that I could not go away to college without a pencil skirt (or black roundtoe pumps... or a shirtwaste dress but I digress.) So, rather reluctantly I let my mom bring this hideous tweed pencil skirt into the dressing room with us. I placed in the back of my pile and persisted to try on my many other pleasing items. And then we got to it. The tweed old lady pencil skirt.
I tried it on... and something magical happened.
I no longer looked like a teenybopper... I looked like a woman
Classic, elegant... and dare I say it... timeless.
And it is a love afair that has lasted ever since.
So here's to you tweed pencil skirt
Thank you for still being in my closet
And for changing my mind for forever
And that's the truth about me and pencil skirts.
P.S. Yes I am apparently obsessing with leaving my right hand on my hip