Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I watched Star Wars...

Let me just start by saying... I have NEVER seen Star Wars. Maybe I am only one in thousands but I just never really had the desire. I think I have seen bits and pieces of the newer ones- you know, just from them being on TV or whatever. But sci-fi just isn't my thing I guess. So... here comes the NEW Star Wars with all it's hype and jazz and fancy schmancy-ness. My husband kept "teasing" me that we would be going to McDonald's and to see Star Wars for our anniversary (which happened the be the day it came out). He even went so far as to tell me that he had OUTFITS for us to wear when we went and saw it. KILL. ME. NOW. Luckily he WAS joking and took me to eat at Elway's at The Ritz-Carlton and to listen to The Colorado Symphony play Handel's Messiah (way to completely knock it out of the park this year Captain Zufelt). But I digress... this post IS about Star Wars. I'm not completely mindless when it comes to Star Wars... I don't live under a rock. I know Darth Vader is bad, and Luke and Leia are brother and sister...  
I asked Devin if he really did want to see the new movie (of course the answer was a resounding YES) and that I would go with him to watch it. He said that if we were going to do that, then I NEEDED to watch ALL the other Star Wars movies from the beginning... I agreed. We decided to watch them after Charlotte (the 2 year old) goes to bed and during her naps if needed....

Within the first MINUTE of the film I paused it
"WHO the heck is 'The Empire' and WHY are they having a Civil War? The words are going too fast for me to comprehend what's happening- can we read them again? Maybe twice more so I understand?" 
My husband replied with, "Ssshhh, just watch the movie nothing has even happened yet!" 
Some other comments I made during the movie:
"Darth Vader's breathing is REALLY annoying me"
"Ben Kenobi sounds an awful lot like Obi Won Kenobi..." 
"What the heck kind of farming do they do?" 
"Seriously Luke? Not a SINGLE tear after losing your family?" 
"How can Princess Leah? Leia? Hear with those cinnamon rolls over her ears?" 
"All this gibberish talk is giving me a headache"
"There is NO WAY that anyone took that many shots and MISSED that many times!" 
'The way Luke looks at Leia is seriously creepy" 
"Harrison Ford man!" 
"So, no one really uses the force or believes in it yet Vader can strangle a guy?" 

We stopped and started this movie and grand total of... 7 times. I fell asleep watching this movie 7 times and had to restart it. Each time Devin would ask me if I remembered where we were. The first time I fell asleep it was within the first 9 minutes of the movie. One day Devin asked if I remembered what happened and I said, "Yeah, Luke's uncle and aunt died and he wanted to go with Obi Won to Alderaan (yes I used google to learn how to spell that) to learn the ways of the force and become a Jedi like his father". He gave me an incredulous stare to which I responded "And now I feel like Penny from 'Big Bang Theory' because I SHOULD NOT know that." I finally finished it yesterday. Devin laid down next to me as I (again) started from where I left off. It was the end flight scene. He said, "Ooooo this is where it gets good!" And I said, "Are you sure?" 
When it finished he said, "You did it! 5 more to go!"
This is going to take me forever. 
Overall I guess I just DON'T get the hype yet. Devin reminded me that this movie was made in the 70s and for a movie made in the 70s it's pretty fantastic. I guess he is right. I will watch the rest of the movies, slowly but surely... if only to watch a young Harrison Ford with sweet hair run across my screen. And if nothing else, they put me to sleep.

{Sorry to all the super fans whose life is Star Wars! I respect your love and devotion to it as you respect my indifference} 

Friday, December 18, 2015

7 years

Oh. My. Gosh. Devin and I have been married for 7 years today. 7 YEARS! Yesterday we talked about what we were doing 7 years ago. (I THINK I TELL THIS STORY EVERY SINGLE YEAR BUT THAT'S OK!) It was POURING rain as we drove down to San Diego. Devin, me and my best friend Crosby left early in the morning to drive down to LA to pick up another bridesmaid and so Devin could meet his family and drive the rest of the way down to San Diego with them. My parents and family left later in the day. Devin ate at In N Out TWICE that day (hahaha) and I was a GIANT stress ball because my freshly manicured nails had CHIPPED! (Mom was smart and brought hot pink nail polish just in case such a thing happened- which is why my "wedding nails" were hot pink and not a french manicure like I had wanted). My friends and I shared a hotel room and I COULD NOT SLEEP! But I tried. I was up super early in the morning showering and generally getting myself together- I had a hair and makeup appointment with a lady I had never met before. I remember calling Devin and asking what he was doing- he was leisurely having breakfast with his family... I had my dad go pick up our flowers (I believe I described in great detail what they should look like as well just in case they weren't what I wanted...) Mom and I headed off to my appointment and the girl FLAT OUT told me that I could not have my hair how I wanted (I wanted it down and wavy- like old Hollywood glamour). She convinced me to go with an updo.... But she curled my hair and had it looking exactly how I wanted it... until she started pinning it up into this weird beehive swirl of a mess (no, I do NOT have a photo. I made my mom delete that thing). She did my makeup while my hair was curled and pretty so I was thinking I was going to be looking good! And then... she did the beehive mess. As soon as she was done and turned me around I started freaking out. I only had 30 minutes to get to the temple and my hair looked horrendous. We went to pay and the stylist kept asking me if I was "OK". Luckily my mom answered and told her that I was just nervous. As soon as we got into the car I started crying and pulling out bobby pins. I was getting married in 2 hours and I had crazy hair and messed up makeup. I was FREAKING OUT to say the least. When we got to the temple Devin and my friends all met me as I got out of the car which was super embarrassing "YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL..." they all said which just made me cry even more. Devin and I met with some people in the temple about how our wedding would go and as soon as they were done I squeaked out "Do I have time to fix my hair and makeup!?" Well thank goodness we got married on a Thursday because we did have time. My mom (bless her) had brought combs, brushes, curling irons, and her makeup arsenal. And she fixed my hair (as best she could) and touched up my makeup and got me dressed. I hadn't eaten anything all day (we got married around 2pm) so the nice temple ladies brought me some crackers and tic-tacs. And then it was time to go... Our sealing was beautiful and everything else went wonderfully the rest of the day. When we were getting our photos taken Devin asked me where I wanted to eat and for some reason I said "CPK!" (California Pizza Kitchen) I WAS STARVING! The day did not start out as planned by boy did it end up being the best day.

Devin, we have been through a lot these last 7 years. We have gone through 3 degrees (2 for me! 1 for you!), 4 moves, bought 2 houses, wrecked 2 cars (both in Colorado), started retirement plans, had countless adventures, and added our sweet babes to our family.  There is no one else in the world I would rather do this thing called life with. You seem to always know what I need, when I need it and you work so hard to provide and care for our little family. I love you just doesn't even seem to cut it anymore because the longer we are together the more and more we are one. I am so thankful for you and grateful that you married me. Happy Anniversary my love! 

Also, we will not be celebrating today as Devin has his work Christmas party. So we will be celebrating tomorrow instead! I have no idea WHAT we are doing. Devin has it planned and has kept it a secret. Although, he keeps telling me that we will be going to watch "Star Wars" and he has costumes for us to wear... Oh, dear. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

All about hair

It was one of my goals to learn how to do a TRUE hair blowout this year. Call me crazy (my husband does sometimes) but I felt like there was no way I could be 28 years old and NOT know how to correctly blow dry my hair. Now, that isn't to say that I blow dry my hair perfectly everyday- to be honest it's usually only on the weekend when I have a bit more time (read: Devin is playing with Charlotte) to get ready. Most of the time I just "rough dry" my hair BUT the important thing is... I know how to do it and I CAN do it. And I have become insanely picky about what I put on my hair. (Every product listed I use, MINUS the particular round brush. Everything else is tried and true! Remember to click on the photos to be taken to retailers).

-The number one thing I have learned about the "blowout"... Use good shampoo and conditioner! My absolute FAVORITE is DryBar "Happy Hour". I only use it a few times a week because it's a "cleansing" shampoo (meaning it removes impurities and buildup) so I usually use this on Wednesdays and Sundays and SOMETIMES ONLY on Sundays. The first time I used these products I noticed an IMMEDIATE difference in my hair and I have become a huge believer in them. This is what lead me to using the "Sake Bomb" collection as well. I definitely need hydration especially during the winter- so on the day's I am not using "Happy Hour" or a dry shampoo, I am using "Sake Bomb".

-The next thing I learned is about using the RIGHT products for the RIGHT purpose. I never style my hair without product in it. My favorite is DryBar's "Hot Toddy". It gives great hold without being too sticky (you know what I mean?). If I am curling my hair I do a double whammy with "Hot Toddy" and Bumble and Bumble's styling creme. Makes my curls STAY (which used to NEVER happen with my straight hair!). It is also important not to overdose on styling products! I literally use a dime sized amount for my entire head. I also really love Living Proof's style extender or Bumble and Bumble's styling lotion for days when I just want to leave my hair straight. (*Side note: only in the winter will I finish my hair with the hairdresser oil by Bumble and Bumble. Since it's so dry here I definitely need it!*)

-Learn to use a round brush. I was really intimidated by this when I first started to attempt to dry my hair like a grown up (haha). I used to always watch my mom use a round brush to style her hair growing up (which she STILL does) and I just thought it seemed like a lot of work and wasted effort! Well, sorry mom, I get you now. Watch tutorials if you have to but learn to use that bad boy. It will be your best friend! And so will styling clips! They help you section off your hair without leaving it horribly creased.

-After the blow-dry... I have figured out that I need to allot 20-30 minutes to curl my hair and only 5-10 to straighten it (even less time if I have done a proper blowout). So pending how much time I have left... that's what kind of hairstyle I go with. Usually I only curl my hair on Sundays and sometimes not even then! But Devin LOVES my hair curled so I try and do it at least once a week. Last year for my birthday, Devin bought me the Nume 5 in 1 (pictured below) and I absolutely LOVE IT! I bought a single titanium wand for travel as well because I loved the 5 in 1 so much! I love that it has different barrels to create a custom look. Then for Mother's Day he bought me the GHD flatiron (pictured below) because my CHI that he bought me when we first got married broke (I dropped it on the floor by accident and the plug broke!).

-Finishing. OK guys. I bought the Oribe Apres beach wave and shine spray on a total whim after I got my hair cut back in the summer and I splurged on the full size bottle (which I NEVER do if I don't know that I love something). I saw a tutorial on how to style a LOB and I decided I had to have it. This is probably my favorite hair product I own because not only does it smell fantastic but it gives my hair amazing body which I totally lack. I use it to give me some "oomph" when I curl my hair AND when I do topknots- it's my topknot secret weapon. I also love their dry texturizing spray! I'm going to go "off the record" here and say that I don't really have a hairspray that I love. Seriously, I don't. I feel like they ALL smell funny and they ALL are a bit crunchy. But the closest one I have COME to loving is the DryBar "Money Maker" hairspray. But if you want to use Herbal Essence as your hair spray- I will look the other way. Because to be honest, I don't love any hairspray (haha). So, if you have one you LOVE and I MUST HAVE IT please let me know.

-Making it last. Ok guys. I have the WORST time with dry shampoos. I have really dark hair (which is natural. I haven't colored my hair in 7 years) and NO dry shampoo completely soaks into my hair regardless if I do a cool blow dry (which I recommend doing anyway) and try and "fluff" it out. I really do love DryBar's detox spray but lately I have been using Bumble and Bumble's pret a powder. I will say it would be GREAT on blonde hair... but it's super messy to use so if you are in the market for a dry shampoo GO FOR THE AEROSOL! SO much less mess! So, brunette girls- if you have a fav dry shampoo that will soak in and not leave me looking like I'm 80- let me know! (I only wash my hair every other day so having dry shampoo is vital. I do like the ones I have used but I don't LOVE them and I need LOVE in my dry shampoo life.

Anyway those are just my tips and tricks! What are yours!? 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

If I weren't pregnant

I told Devin that while it's so fun being pregnant at Christmas time... I am so tired of not fitting into anything! Like my down jackets... to keep me warm. AND this is the BEST time of year to get the best deals on my favorite clothing brands! I seriously go onto their sites and LUST over their adorable items right now. (I'm looking at YOU JCREW!) So, I have entitled this post "If I weren't pregnant" and essentially these are the things I would LOVE to have if I weren't pregnant. And yes, I realized I won't be pregnant for forever (although, it feels that way) but it still takes me awhile to lose all my baby weight and as Stacey and Clinton always say- BUY THINGS THAT FIT YOUR BODY NOW! So I will just have to wait next year and save my money... or spend it on makeup.. you know... whatever comes first ;-) but that doesn't mean YOU can't enjoy all the awesome sales right now! Have a look at some of my favs and don't forget, clink on the photo to be taken to the retailer for pricing. (DYING over the silver and tartan skirts!!!!!) 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Tree

I feel like we always have a "tree story". Always. It's like our curse. We can never just have a normal experience when choosing a Christmas tree. Here is our 2015 Christmas tree story... 

{"Douglas" the morning after we finished decorating}

Want to know what makes a pregnant lady upset? Not having what she wants WHEN she wants it. Am I right or am I right? 
We always get and decorate a Christmas tree the Friday after Thanksgiving. ALWAYS. And because we are in the military, we refuse to buy a fake tree and haul it everywhere we go (we are only allowed a certain amount of weight to take with us when we move as it is), we always buy a real tree. We used to try and go chop our trees down ourselves and then that got way too pricey so we decided to try tree lots and those were just as expensive for the trees we wanted and they DIED so stinking quick! So, for the past few years we have been buying our tree at Costco. Because Costco is for lovers. And their trees are a good price (duh, it's Costco) and we have never had a problem with them dying too quickly. 
So, here comes Friday after Thanksgiving (Black Friday if you will) and Charlotte gets up from her nap and we get her all excited about going and getting our Christmas tree! Side note: Our child LOVES Costco and recognizes them every time we pass one so I think she was more excited about going to Costco than the tree. We take the truck and drive around and can't find the semi that usually has the trees in them. So, we go inside and sure enough there is a tree sitting there... with a sign... that says they won't be available until the 29th... which is a Sunday. 
Cue the pregnant lady mini-meltdown
But Devin convinced me that we could wait to get our tree until Monday. 
So, Monday rolls around. I talk to Charlotte ALL DAY about getting our tree and decorating it and all the lights that we will put on it! Devin decided to pick the tree up on his way home (because duh they are all tied up and you can't really pick "a good one" that way anyway) and he called me on his way home and told me that he got a "9 foot tree". WHAT!? We usually have a 7 or 8 foot tree... but 9!?!?! 
He gets home and leaves the tree in the truck while we eat dinner and then it dawns on me...
Um... maybe we should get the tree out of your snow filled truck bed... so it doesn't freeze...
So, Devin went outside to cut the bottom fresh and trim some branches and THEN he comes to get me to help him get the tree in the house. Me? Seriously? This thing is a MONSTER how am I going to get it up the front steps, and into the door with my big ol belly in the way? AND it's icy out! Regardless, we got it in the house and into the stand... and lo and behold

{"Douglas" before we cut the string off... just for it to stay in place...}

Not because Devin left it in the truck, but it just came that way!
Fresh frozen tree! 
So not ONLY is my living room covered in needles (which reminds me every year why I really DO want a fake tree! I swear I sweep those suckers up until May every year!) but also water from the de-thawing tree. 
Obviously we couldn't decorate a frozen tree (My mom texted me and asked, "How are you going to get that thing decorated if it's frozen!?") so we spent the evening watching the tree de-thaw and remembering WHY we love having a real tree. THE SMELL!!!! Charlotte kept yelling at the tree, "Come on tree! You can do it!" But it didn't help. We still went to bed with a frozen tree. We woke up the next morning to "Douglas" (which is what Charlotte named the tree?) being full and beautiful! It was absolute TORTURE waiting to decorate it until Devin got home.
But wait we did!

{All done. I love this photo of my sweet girl and her tree!}

We thought Charlotte would be ALL over decorating that tree
Nope. Kid just wanted to hoard the ornaments she liked in a basket that I usually keep cinnamon pinecones in???? What the heck kid?
BUT Douglas is done! He is decorated!!! And he looks fantastic
Devin calls our tree a "hodge podge" of nice ornaments and sentimental ones... I wouldn't have it any other way.
Now Charlotte wants the tree lights on 24/7 and every time she walks by it she says, "Wow! Pretty tree! It's beautiful!"
So much magic happening this time of year!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Diaper bags...

Ladies, I don't know about you, but I definitely did not realize how big of an investment my diaper bag was! I bought that sucker 3 years ago and I am STILL using it. The handles are a bit worn and coming apart now but it's been a good soldier these past few years and it's time to say goodbye. I have had THE HARDEST time deciding on a new diaper bag. For awhile I just thought that I would buy a few tote bags and use those (which I might still do....) but I have rounded up my favs. Help me pick one! Side note: Am I crazy? Maybe- but hear me out. I feel like I should be able to carry a bright pink bag even though we are having a baby boy. Because HE isn't carrying it- I AM! I'm just lugging all his stuff in it! Regardless I still think i will be going with a black bag just to be safe haha. 
{Remember to click on the photos to be taken to retailer site!}

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

To my sweet children

Dear baby boy,
I am so ready to meet you. But then again, I can wait. At night when my back hurts from carrying you (and your sister) around all day, I am thankful that you are still inside growing away. We have reached the point where if you were born you could survive on the outside (with a lot of intervention). I am so happy to have made it this far because to be honest there were times when I wasn't sure we would. No matter how uncomfortable I am, I am grateful for every day/week you spend inside. Not just to make sure you are healthy but to try and be READY for you! Or as ready as we can be. I feel like we NEED this time out here. Your daddy is so excited to be having a boy. I know he says he wouldn't have cared either way but I know the truth. After your sister was born (literally in the recovery room), daddy was holding Charlotte and said to her, "Did you just come from Heaven? Were you up there with baby brother?" And it turns out, she was. For the longest time Charlotte would tell me that she wanted a sister. "No brother mama. Just sister." But I think she is finally getting it that she is getting a brother because today she said, "No sister mama. Brother's right there!" And pointed to my swollen belly. I hope you know how much you were wanted little guy. Both you and your sister were so wanted. And you are both SO loved! Can't wait to meet you! But then again... I can. Time will come soon enough. Love you sweet boy


Dear Charlotte Alivia,
Oh my sweet baby girl! Where to even begin!? You are mommy's buddy. And it's seriously the best. I honestly think this is my favorite age and stage because YOU SLEEP and YOU NAP and YOU EAT like a champ. And you can talk and play and you make me laugh every single day. You are my biggest helper! Your "chore" is to feed Lucy and clean up your toys and you do a fabulous job at both. We are potty training right now and while it hasn't been your favorite thing in the world you are getting the hang of it and you always ask "Mama, hold your hand?" before we go. You sing "I am a Child of God" at least 10 times a day and sometimes you even play it on the piano and sing for us. It's the sweetest thing in my life and it makes me emotional every time you do it. Sometimes, when you give me hugs you say "BEST EVER!" and it really is the best thing ever. You are putting T's on the ends of some words for some reason and I really hate correcting you! "Snow-t" "Costco-t" "Bullseye-t" its pretty dang adorable. Also, lately whenever you "make something" you ask, "Mama, you like it?" And I always say "I LOVE IT!" and you say "you LOVE it!?" You love to go to the pet store and see "fishy, froggie, and chinchilla!" You still talk about Disneyland all the time and you can "read" all your favorite stories to mama. You are the most empathetic child I have ever met. We were coming home from the store the other day and we saw a homeless lady and you said, "Mama, she's sad. Why? She crying? Fix it mama." It just about broke my heart. You are just so in tune with the emotions of others and you hate seeing or hearing other people cry and you always want to "fix it". You also think that boo-boos can be fixed with kisses. I hope that one lasts a long time. You aren't so keen on having to share you blankets with your brother but you always give him a corner to hold (aka you put it on my belly) "Here you go brudder" and you also love giving "Brudder" kisses. You also suggested we name baby brother "Mickey Pluto". We will think about it. Every night for the past few weeks, when we put you to bed, you have wanted mama to stay and lay down with you after daddy turns off the light. Of course I do it. Because who knows how long you will let me? We talk about your day and all of the things you did. We snuggle for a little while and then I tell you that mama has to go to sleep and you give me the sweetest night night kisses there ever were. Usually you just want mommy to do this with you but daddy and I have been trading off because he needs some Charlotte time. I hope we can continue to do this once brother comes. I probably ask you about 30 times a day if you know how much you are loved and you always say "yeah". You love to go shopping (can I blame you!?) but you especially love Target and Hobby Lobby (or Lolly as you call it). You are my little best friend. And I really do worry about our bond when brother comes. Because you and me girl- it's just been us for so long! Every night after scriptures and prayers you grab my and daddy's shirts, pull us close, and say, "LOOK AT US!" Yeah babe. Look at us. Your daddy and I love you so so so much. And we think you are going to the the best big sister ever.