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12 Sep

I don’t know if anyone is still here….but wanted to give an update!

Life is good. We are blessed for sure!

Ryan has been healing in ways that can only be judged as miraculous. We received an opportunity for him to get his blood tested at home instead of having to take him to the doctor each week. This is awesome, because even though we only live 5 minutes from the office, it’s difficult for him.

We are balancing out his blood thickness and that, along with a new migraine medication, it’s making a huge difference in his attitude and energy level.

Speaking of a huge difference, we have a friend that moved into our other bedroom. She has been such an amazing gift. Having someone home with Ryan all day is amazing. No worrying about how he is doing if not answering the phone. It’s amazing. She watches Avi at home 3 of 5 days during the week too, which is fantastic because Avi gets to play with her daddy. She’s going to the babysitter 2 days a week to give Ryan more of a break too.

I love the stories I get to hear that happen during the day. For example, Avi was obsessed with the Big Bad Wolf yesterday:

AVI: SUZANNE, the Big Bad Wolf put the tooth fairy in JAIL! That wasn’t nice of him.

SUZ: No, it wasn’t! Poor tooth fairy. She doesn’t deserve that.

AVI: No, but he DID IT. Because he’s BIG! He’s BAD! And he STOLE MY MAGIC WAND.

SUZ: What a mean old wolf!

AVI: We need to STOP him. The Big Nice Wolf couldn’t do it because the Big Bad Wolf hid from him and he couldn’t find him ANYWHERE.

SUZ: What a SNEAKY WOLF.

AVI: Hello! I’m a superhero!

SUZ: Oh thank GOODNESS you’re here, Superhero. Avi needs help getting her wand back from the evil Big Bad Wolf. I think she can do it, but she needs help from a superhero.

AVI: I can do it! *runs off to help Avi* TO THE RESCUE!!!

I love that I get to hear and see these special moments in my daughters life! These are stories that I wouldn’t get to hear otherwise. And that’s awesome.
Now, if you know me, you know I am far from a good cook. I can make pancakes and rice in a rice cooker correctly, but that is about it. Suzanne, on the other hand, loves cooking. This means we get to try recipes that I’ve always thought sounded good but didn’t ever have the energy to touch. The Kitchenaid mixer I won from The Pioneer Woman? Actually getting used now! We have fresh meals and baked goods!
It’s also given us the opportunity to start something else.
In October, we are going to be doing The Whole30. 30 days of a stricter version of Paleo. I think I’ll try to blog about it to see how it goes. But I’m excited to eat healthy. Both Suzanne and I on Monday had thoughts (completely separate) about eating healthier and how little energy we’ve been having. Bringing it up together was meant to be…it’s amazing how God can work even on the little things!
And just because I can, here are some of the more recent Instagram images of our lives:

Good morning, world. I'm ready for Thursday. Let's do this.
Trying on his Halloween costume and showing off his sheer awesomeness. He prances around and loves his clothes.
Best McDonalds toy ever: Paul Frank pencil and book "Hold on, I need to write this down before I forget." I love this girl!
I don't think I've shared one of my two Uncommon cases. I love it so much, not just because it's one of my favorite pictures of my family but because the case works super well! I also love being able to offer them to my photography clients who have iPhone

What have you guys been up to?
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For Those That Gave All

28 May

Small Style :: Nostalgic Minnie

10 May

My daughter is so in love with this dress. She will most definitely be sad when it’s too small.

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It was mine when I was little. I remember wearing it when I was Avi’s age to a Disney on Ice event, sitting in the front row and being so excited when I got attention from the stars because of the dress.

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It’s almost as if she knows it’s special.

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That she gets so excited to wear it.

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When she wears it, she lights up and loves showing it off.

She even wanted to tell Harvey alllll about it.

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Plus, it looks so lovely spilling out in a circle when she plays on Harvey. The polka dots, the lace, the bow, the ruffles.

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See more Small Style at Momma Loves Papa.

Hard Days

24 Apr

We move on Saturday.

Four days left.

Tonight, I’m suppose to be packing. Instead, I’m eating ice cream, watching Castle and drinking a glass of wine.

It’s been a rough day. Random things throughout the day, layer upon layer just being crappy.

Including learning that the book I preordered a while ago (the amazing Elizabeth Messina’s The Luminous Portrait) was going to be delivered next week….and if I changed the address so it would arrive to the new address, it would take even longer. So I canceled the order, figuring I’d just get it at Barnes and Noble on the way home. Yeah, Receiving didn’t even know which box they were in.

It helped. That I discovered she did the cover to Portland Bride & Groom. So I got to enjoy her images anyway!

Bookstore failed at getting @elizabethmessina 's book on its shelf so I have to wait, but pleasantly surprised to see her photo on the cover of Portland Bride & Groom!

Add into it the joy of being a woman and light food poisoning from the chili at Sweet Tomatoes, and I’m done.

So I’m taking a day off. Breathing and enjoying my daughter being in a good mood tonight, watching Dragon Tales quietly in her Minnie Mouse dress. The sounds of Ryan watching TV in the bedroom. Remembering the blessings I have in my life.

A great post by the amazing Kristen Kalp gives me permission!

I’ll see you tomorrow…when I’m in a better mood…

Don’t Forget…

20 Apr

                                                                                                                    Source: ffffound.com via Kathy on Pinterest