4 AM

As much as I wish Mason slept all the way through the night, our 4am feedings are a special quiet time where I get to stare at his sweet sleepy face and rub his velvety soft feet and tell him I love him as many times as I can before he’s done eating. I live for him holding my finger while he eats and nestling his fuzzy head under my chin when I burp him. image

I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude that he joined our family. I feel like I’ve known his face forever.

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Bumpdate: 31 weeks

We’re reaching the end of 31 weeks over here and it seems like the morning sickness has come back. Thankfully it is not nearly as bad as it was the first 20 weeks so I will take it! But I have thrown up at work twice now, which is incredibly embarrassing, especially when my co-worker could hear me in the bathroom and I got vomit on my shirt! The beauty of pregnancy 😉 It’s also been really hot and the nights were not cooling down at all so I have not been sleeping well. 

on top of this I haven’t been feeling too well the past couple of days and was nervous that I was getting a UTI, my long lost friend! So I decided to stop in at my Drs. office this morning on my way to work, just to check. I’d rather be safe than sorry, especially with the weekend coming up and especially because UTIs can be a real problem during pregnancy and can lead to kidney infections and early labor…and I would like to stay far away from that! This baby still has two more months to cook! 

Turns out it was a good decision to go in and I do have a UTI, yay…now I get to start a prescription, hopefully it takes care of the issue soon!

Well, on my way home from a rough day, the thought came to me that despite all the sickness and rough things that have come with my pregnancy, I’m so blessed and grateful for this opportunity and privilege to become a mother to this sweet baby boy. I’m so thankful to my Heavenly Father for trusting me with this precious spirit. I’m also so thankful to Mark for trusting me to raise his son and starting a family with me, despite being nervous/scared about the responsibilities ahead and the change this baby will bring to our lives. 

A breath of gratitude

It seems like I’ve been running around, traveling, and just been busy. I’m starting to stress over wanting to have the nursery done and have everything I need for the baby. But sometimes I take a breath and realize how great life is. I feel so blessed. I have a wonderful family who loves me and is so excited for baby Warren, he is going to be a very spoiled little boy ☺️ And Ian so blessed to have Mark who works so hard at his job and then comes home and helps me make dinner and do the dishes and clean the house. I have to brag and say this weekend he spent three days deep cleaning our bathroom! (Which is my least favorite job and not to mention it is really hard for me to get down and scrub the shower floors and corners right now.) I really do think I have the best husband, or at least the best one for me! He is a gem and I think I’ll hang on to him 😉

I know the nursery will eventually get done and I’m sure September will be crazy trying to get every last thing we need to welcome this baby, but until then, I’m grateful for the quiet moments when my eyes open and I see how wonderful this life is. 

My valentine

Can you believe this is the 7th valentines day Mark and I have celebrated together?! Actually I can’t believe it, did I do the math wrong?

Our love has really changed and evolved over the years. We’ve come a long way from our first valentines day when Mark told me he was going home for the weekend and then surprised me that night at my door to take me out to dinner. And I can never forget when he tbought it would be funny to tell the waitress at Olive Garden that I was his sister…and then he nevet told her that he was joking, so it was awkward the rest of the night. He’s matured a lot since then!

I love holidays and Valentines day is obviously included. A whole day dedicated to love and the people you love! We had a really chill valentines this year which was nice. We’ve been so busy and running around lately. We got home from work and Mark was trying to think of somewhere to go for dinner but nothing was really sounding that good and I didn’t feel like getting dressed up and waiting for a table so we opted for something much more casual…Habit burger! I love Habit burger!!! Their teriyaki pineapple is to die for! we even took it to go and ate in the comfort of our own home hahah. I can’t remember if we watched the olympics or a movie…but then we went to get Kamba juice and called it a night! We went to breakfast at the yummy Denicas and spent the rest of the day relaxing at home. 

It was the perfect weekend. Most of the time I love getting dolled up and going out but sometimes it’s better to relax with your love. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful valentines day full of love!

Stepping into the Corporate World

I’ve got some big news! I got hired by Safeway Corporate! I wanted to work for Safeway when I graduated college and had been applying like crazy when we first moved back here. Now, 2 years later, I finally got hired! It is so crazy, a little nerve-wracking, and very exciting. Safeway is a Fortune 500 company and I finally have my foot in the corporate world. I’m on my first stepping stone to my career! I went over to my parents house last night to tell my family and my sister Courtney said “cool, so you’re going to be a bagger?” Haha thanks for the support Court! No my title is Promotion Specialist in the beverages department…I’ll tell you what I do when I find out…on my first day, which is MONDAY! Yeah, like this coming Monday!The Corporate offices are across the freeway from me, about a 10 minute drive from my house. Not a bad commute, huh?!

I’m so excited for this opportunity and new adventure. I have to thank Mark for continually encouraging me to keep applying, even when I thought I would never be hired and was sick of being turned down for not having enough experience. I would have never kept applying if it weren’t for you.

Here’s to no more receptionist/admin. assistant jobs!

Tulle Skirt

This weekend my wonderful sister-in-law, Sarah, helped me make a beautiful tulle skirt! I’ve been wanting one for a while now, pretty much since I saw Carrie Bradshaw in her pink tulle skirt in the opening of Sex and the City. So my SIL, being the great seamstress that she is, offered to help me make one!

It was pretty ironic timing because just the evening before I was perusing Anthro and found this darling skirt and thought it would be so fun for our upcoming cruise! But it was still a little pricey and I realized that I could probably make it, or at least something similar.

So the next day Sarah and I headed to JoAnns to get fabric and make my tulle skirt! Let me just tell you, I am no seamstress, although I wish I was, and it was so easy to make! Basically, you cut a circle skirt out of your fabric (you will need a lining fabric and tulle, I used knit for my lining and it was perfect) and you sew them together at the waist onto an elastic band. I’ll post tutorials at the bottom.

It turned out so cute that I couldn’t wait for two more weeks to wear it on the cruise so I wore it to church. I felt a little puffy but I loved it! And I got so many compliments. I’m planning on making one in every color, a sparkly one, and a floor length one 🙂

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Anthropology Capelli Skirt

ImageThis is the tutorial for the circle skirt:  http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-the-circle-skirt.html

Tutorial for the tulle skirt:  http://www.cottonandcurls.com/2012/12/diy-tulle-skirt-tutorial/ *I used 2 yards of the knit fabric and 4 yards of the tulle

A trial on a Friday

Today I had one of the biggest trials of my life so far (I say one of…I’ve been very blessed to fortunately not have had to experience too many hard trials.) But today was hard. All I can say is I’m glad it’s Friday. Very quickly I’ll explain, I’ve been interviewing for a position I REALLY wanted, I have never wanted a job like I did this one. It was too good to be true, obviously. It was at a large corporate office about 10 minutes away from my house and the position (pretty much a dream position) is right up my ally and would allow me to use my degree! I had a phone interview and 3 in person interviews and I felt like I had it in the bag. The interviews went great (except for the phone interview, but does anyone ever think their phone interview goes well?) After a three week process I found out today that I didn’t get the job. I felt like my whole world came crashing down. I had my hopes really high and felt like this was what I went to college for and this would steer me in the direction I wanted my career to go. I felt like I had a purpose again.

It was a good experience and I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to even get an interview, but I am pretty bummed to say the least.

I know things always work out and something better always comes along, but I’m having a hard time seeing that…I guess I’ll find out someday.

I’m so grateful for the support of my wonderful family and friends who have helped me through today. (Work wasn’t super productive today because I had to keep running to the bathroom to let out a few good cries.) I’m especially grateful for my loving, caring, supportive and understanding husband. He knows how much I wanted this and I know his heart hurts for me too.

Well hello there!

Hello blog! It’s good to be back! It’s been a while and a LOT has happened over the past 3 months. Courtney reminded me the other day that I hadn’t blogged in a while, so this is for you Court, my loyal reader! (And Dad!)  I’ll try to sum it up real fast.

  • First we went to Kauai with the Warrens. It was a blast, January is the perfect time to get away and get a nice tan (too bad I lost it within the first 2 weeks of being home. I miss you Sun!) We had a great time with Brad, LuAnn, Matt and Sarah. We really missed you Scott & Dani, and Dave & Lauren!
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  • Courtney turned 14 while we were in Kauai. She had a really cute Rapunzel party (She is the queen of parties!) I wish I could have been there for her awesome party.
  • When I got back from Kauai I had an interview at a Law firm in Walnut Creek and got hired! I’ve been working here since February 8th and am really enjoying it! Our law firm does Wills, Trusts and Estates. I am a legal secretary. It’s a much better fit for me than what I was doing at the Mortgage company, although I am very grateful for that job and for being employed during those 7 months.
  • For Valentine’s Day Mark gave me a box full of kitten supplies and said we could get a kitten!! So on Saturday we went to find the perfect one to join our family…however, there weren’t ANY! Not a single one. It wasn’t kitten season 😦 But the next weekend, while I was helping Taylor manuever around with one foot, Mark called and said he found a kitten! He went over to the shelter to check out the little kitten . He was the first one there and there was only one kitten! We decided to adopt him and he is so much fun! We named him Leo. He is a little rascal and plays hard and he makes us laugh. Thanks Mark for the BEST Valentine’s gift ever!
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  • Like I said briefly above, Taylor had surgery on her foot and was a trooper. We had an interesting time figuring out how to get her places on one foot with her healing foot in the air!
  • After Taylor, Dad had surgery to remove skin cancer from his face! He had 8 stitches and was awake during the procedure!
  • A couple days later was my 24th birthday. (I like being an even number!) It was fun to be around family for my birthday after being away the past 5 years! The Warren’s were having a big March birthday party but unfortunately we missed it because Mark had the flu. On my actual birthday Mark was feeling a little better and we went out to dinner with my family at Sauced in downtown Livermore. We were quite a site to see with one girl on crutches and dad with a big patch of gauze on his face. Dinner was really fun and after we were going to my parent’s for dessert and gifts but Mark and I had to stop at home for him to change and drop off one of our cars and pick up Leo. As we left, we locked ourselves out of the house (probably my fault, I thought Mark had grabbed the keys and he thought I had them). We couldn’t break in, which makes me feel safe that we won’t get robbed but we had to call a locksmith. We waited outside for 40 minutes, with Leo, in the cold, before the locksmith arrived. Then he wasn’t able to unlock the front door and had to try the back door. Luckily he finally got in but charged us for 2 doors. The money we spent on the locksmith could have been a REALLY nice birthday gift 😦 We learned a lesson and I went and got 2 spare keys made.
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Locked out of the house, pissed. Leo had the time of his life exploring outside though!
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  • Tomorrow is Rachel’s birthday and she will be 21! She’s patiently anxiously awaiting her mission call! We all have guesses on a poster board. I’m so excited for her and can’t wait to see where she will be going!
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  • Next Wednesday is Mark’s birthday! He’s not much into birthdays. Almost every year I’ve thrown a little party for his birthday and decorated his/our apartment but I think it mostly embarrasses him and makes him feel stressed because it is “clutter” to him hah! So I’m not sure what I’m going to do for him this year, but hopefully he is happy on his birthday.

 Well I think that is everything that has been going on with us! I couldn’t be happier with life right now. I love being close to our families (I know I say that all the time and it’s probably annoying but I really mean it.) We love our ward and the friends we have made. I feel very blessed.

Oh the Places You’ll Go…like the Rose Parade/Bowl

For Christmas my awesome dad gave me and Mark tickets to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl! It was on New Years day so on New Years Eve day we drove down to Southern California and stayed with my cute grandparents. We ate dinner and watched a little of Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve with them.We couldn’t find any channel that showed the ball drop in New York at 9 😦 We were already tired and figured it would be smart to go to bed since we had to be up so early the next morning to get to the festivities! So we said Happy New Year and were in bed by 9:30 pm…party animals! It was a good effort but neither of us could sleep. It seemed like every time I was about to fall asleep Mark would roll over or cough or fireworks would go off.
We woke up bright and early at 4:30am and were out the door by 5:30! We were very lucky and didn’t hit any traffic until we were in Pasadena and we were able to find away around it all and got a great parking spot thanks to advice from Mark’s brother. We made it to the bleacher and were in our seats with krispy kreme doughnuts and hot chocolate 40 minutes before the parade started! We didn’t know the floats were already lined up and we could have walked right by each of them, I would have loved to do that and look at the detail on all the floats…oh well! We loved the parade, especially the Bomber fly over, the Carsland float, and the military home coming (the wife and little son had no idea their husband/dad was home and in the parade!) I cried 🙂 I don’t really like watching parades on TV but they are so worth it in person. Yes, I did just say that the parade was worth waking up at 4:30 am for.

After the parade we followed the masses to the Rose Bowl Stadium for the Tailgate Party. Is it sad to say that the tailgate may have been our favorite thing of the whole day? All you can eat BBQ (I got a chicken apple sausage and my life will never be the same! AMAZING!), salads, wings, drinks, fruit, cookies, you name it, they had it! We sat in the huge tent eating ourselves fat and happy. Then we lounged in there for about an hour people watching!

Once we were full and it got too crowded in there we headed across the parking lot to the Stadium. We wandered and took our time. We finally got to our seats and the pre-game festivities started. The bowl game was Stanford vs. Wisconsin. It started with another fly over by the Bomber, which is amazing. Then both school’s bands went out and performed. Wisconsin’s was amazing and made the Stanford band look like the amateurs they are. They are so embarrassing and make me not want to root for Stanford. I can’t even count how many people were in the band but didn’t have an instrument…
Anyways, they game started off looking like it was going to be a blowout by Stanford but ended up being a close and exciting game! We had a blast (except for the frat boys sitting behind us spilling their beer all over us. I think between the 3 guys they had about 21 beers…they didn’t even know what game they were at or what the score was.) Other than that we had such a great day, it was the perfect way to start off 2013! Thanks for the experience dad and all the awesome tickets!

It’s a wrap!

I love New Years because it is the perfect time to look back and reflect on all the past year brought. Mark and I did a little reminiscing on our drive to and from Pasadena for the Rose parade/bowl game (more on that later).
2012 was definitely one we will never forget. So much happened and we are extremely grateful. Last year I did a year in review via pictures (see here) and really enjoyed it, so I decided I would continue the tradition.

Here is what 2012 looked like for us.


January-Went tot the Kraft Hunger Bowl with my Parents.
February-Took Mark to a BYU game
March-Celebrated our 23rd birthdays by building a fort and watching movies


April-Went to D.C. with my family
May-Highlight of our year was our trip to Europe. It was an amazing experience and I am so grateful for a loving husband who helps me fulfill my dreams. I had the time of my life and wouldn’t trade that experience with Mark for anything.
June-Came “home” to California!
July-Sister time at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. I also got a new job and car!
August-Celebrated our 2nd anniversary in Monterey 
Although this was hands down the worst experience of my life, my trip to the hospital with Staph infection has shown me how extremely grateful I am for my health and life. You take it for granted until all your organs are failing and you can’t take a breath.
September-Cal football game with Mark and my sisters
October-Taylor went to Homecoming and let me come over and do her hair/makeup. Every big sisters dream!
In October we also began making some really great friends at church. We are grateful for the people God puts in our lives 🙂
November-I had the privilege of going to one of my best friends’ wedding! Congratulations Melissa and Lynn!
Our biggest moment of the year was when we bought our little condo! Home sweet home!

December-we bought our first Christmas Tree! We loved spending the holidays with our family and not having to fly or drive 12 hours! We could get use to this!