Monday, March 26, 2012

Say good bye to the baby mullet


Here is sweet little Jonah,
crawling around Uncle Chris and Aunt Shannon's yard 
(we're finally getting over our hatred of grass!!!)
"Hi mommy! You called my name, what's up?"

Here is Jonah sitting and flirting:

And here is Jonah getting his first little locket of baby hair cut off:
*tear* from mommy, not Jonah.
He did so good! 
He didn't cry.
 He didn't squirm too much either.
I know, I was amazed as well.

I was so proud of my big boy!!!
All Done!!!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

new hair!

My ponytail for donation :)

My new do!

I love love love my new hair! My sister-in-law did a really good job. I feel so fresh :) It's slightly shorter in the back than it is in the front, and the bottom 1/2 of my hair is died a dark brown. In the front bottom layer there are some purple streaks, which i will post more photos of later. Sometime this week I will get around to playing with the style and such, so I will have some better pics to share. As you can probably tell in the above picture, I'm exhausted... so it's bedtime!

Friday, March 23, 2012

I'm shameless

There is an ongoing joke between my husband and I involving my hair. He swears that it could take over the world. It's everywhere. Let me in your car for 5 minutes and you'll be finding red strands for the next 20 years. I'm proud of my long wavy/curly red locks, and I have never been one to complain about or curse my tresses for any reason. I have good volume, pretty color, and no serious issues. Except maybe lack of moisture, but it's nothing dire. All that being said, you're about to get a very honest and blunt glimpse into my relationship with my hair.

I don't take care of my hair very well. 
I suppose I'm not a very girly girl in that respect. 

Here is what my hair looked like today:
This is not different from any other day. It always looks like this. I rarely do anything different. Rarely as in maybe every 6 months I might braid it or style it in some way. Note: by styling I mean straitening. 
Pretty boring. 

I have a ton of hair styling products in my bathroom...
but they are never used, except the little kids detangler after I wash my hair.

I only wash my hair every 3-4 days. My hair is extremely thick and coarse so it takes about 25 mins to wash it and make sure it is thoroughly rinsed. I only brush my hair like twice a week. No joke. 

Now, I'm not super gross/dirty/lazy, and I have very good hygiene. I shower and brush my teeth and stuff like a normal person, lol, I just don't get spending a lot of time on your hair. I don't judge anyone who does, it's just not my thing. It's all pretty nuts, yeah? Well- it's all about to change. I'm going to be getting a drastic new 'do soon... and I'm super stoked about it. 

 Now that you've heard my hair rant, you can understand why it's such a 
big deal.

All my friends keep changing up their styles and getting cute new cuts, and I'm still rocking the same hair I've had since I was like 8. LAME. My new hair's going to require quite bit of upkeep and I'm probably going to be a little irritated at first, but at least I'll have the help of all those poor neglected products. 

Here's a sneak peek into some of the hair photos that have been inspiring me:

Not sure which direction I'll go, but when a decision is made, there will be pictures.
of course.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


The past few days at our house have been pretty rough. Jonah woke up Wednesday at about 2am seriously sick. He was having trouble holding fluids down that morning, but stopped getting sick by the following day. He remained fussy and sleepy all week, but had his appetite back by this morning. I woke up Friday with the same thing... but thanks to help of my husband, mother-in-law, and Nick I was able to sleep it off and I am doing fine today. Thank goodness, cause there really isn't anything worse than a sick munchkin- except maybe when all the munchkin wants is their mommy and their mommy is currently glued to the bathroom floor (gross, but true. whatever, we've all been there). Excuse my absence for maybe another day or so and I will be back full swing.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Yesterday's post church picnic

(no, i did not wear my bright pink sweatshirt to church, lol)

Hope you had a fun weekend!!!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I have decided… follow Jesus. Just kidding. Not really though, I decided to follow Jesus when I was about 6 and I love him very much.  You should too. In fact I’ll be sharing my testimony AND my feelings on the book Heaven is For Real with you very soon. But that isn’t what this blog post is actually about. It’s just what I think of every time I here the words “I have decided”, thank you Sunday school. 

Anyways, I have decided to take up gardening this spring. Considering my insane allergy problem, this might not be my most logic or healthy idea ever, but load me up w/ Zyrtec and watch me buy a cute garden apron cause this is happening people. I am so excited! Even though we are renting, we can add plants and such to the property a long as we don’t remove and shrubbery or trees that are already in place (which is, um, zilch. We have one tree in our front yard and two ugly bushes by our front door). Since this a 2 year lease, I have no problem making the investment, especially since I plan on taking my trellis thingys and garden barrels with me.

I was well aware of the time and effort this would include. I was not however aware of the initial money involved in this garden of my dreams, aside from the aforementioned garden apron. So of course husband was the first to chime into my excited fast-talking plans, “Well do you know how much soil we are going to need to get? And the wood to build those trellis things you want, and some sort of fencing to keep Roxie and rabbits out of the vegetables, and the wooden barrels, and miracle grow, and some sort of pest spray”… WOAH. Hold on there mister frugal green thumb, fertilizers?! I think not! Try used coffee grounds (they make excellent fertilizer, FYI) or even cow poo, but I am not spraying chemicals on our home grown food. This is one of the perks to growing our own. Duh. (and there are recipes for homemade pest sprays that are safe.)

If I had it my way, we would eat no processed foods. Our diet would be free of pesticides, saturated fats, and preservatives. Every artificial dye and sweetener would be banned from our kitchen! Oh the dreams. But eating this way is expensive. And expenses are not so fun right now. We have a lot of them.

A while back my dad sent me some e-mails about a company called Monsanto. I’d never heard of it. Had no idea who they were or what they did. I found out. I found out that they control 90% of our food source. That once a field is contaminated with there seeds or fertilizers, every food grown there ever again is contaminated. Contaminated with fertilizers and genetic hormones that even the government and FDA can regulate (not that they are so helpful anyways). Not only that, but if a farmer pisses Monsanto off for any reason, they will fly planes over that farmers property and drop chemicals to not only kill that farmers crops, but make the soil unable to produce food... Monsanto’s product has been linked to cancer and birth defects. And unless all of the food you eat is certified organic, you’re eating it in every single thing in your pantry and fridge.

To say the least, it totally freaked me out. I tried to not think about it for a while, but recently it’s been bugging me even more. We try to buy as much as we can organic. It especially bothers me that all of Jonah’s food isn’t organic. There’s no way I want to put pesticides and chemicals into that tiny little ball of chub and giggles. It  never really occurred to me until now, but I asked myself, “When will I ever feel comfortable letting him eat that stuff?” (the answer, of course, was never) and why on earth am I ok with eating it? Well, I’m not. Obviously. Otherwise I wouldn’t be thinking about it.  The hold up, like I said before, is money. As the budget-er for our household, that’s always my first question “Can we afford it?” Since we live off one income it’s almost always a “NO”, no matter what it is… but this time… “Can we?”

Well, my little garden is the first step. Whatever I can manage to grow, is less that we have to buy. Also, since I’m on this health kick, tomorrow is my last day of smoking. I got an electronic cigarette (you inhale water vapor and nicotine, not all that other nasty junk) to use as a crutch for a few weeks. Yes, a crutch. I have no shame in saying that I need one. I know for a fact that this will be essential in making sure I can brake the habit for good. I am more addicted to the motion of smoking than the actual cigarettes. And since you can gradually lower your nicotine levels with the e-cig, eventually your just inhaling a tiny amount of water vapor, and nothing else. Coolest part: they don’t have to taste like a cigarette. Mine tastes like fruit punch. This was the most appealing part for me, since when it comes to smoking, I hate the taste of cigarettes most. Aside from the potential death, obviously. Might as well be blunt. But anyways I am very excited to be finally ready to quit this time, and any encouragement from any of you in any form would be really helpful for those inevitable days when I am going to want to cry or scream or smash in a wall. thanks.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My 100th Post

Crazy. I've been blogging for almost a year, and this is post #100.
I feel like I should throw a party!
Anywho... If you weren't around to read my 1st post, I started blogging because I needed an outlet to talk about all the stuff I loved like crafts and photography and clothes and food and stuff. It kinda turned into a blog solely to keep my family up to date on Jonah's growth. Which is fine with me, cause lets be honest, I don't love talking about anything as much as I love talking about him. BUT, I am going to try and make it a point to balance both in the next 100 posts. 

I really do love blogging. I like being honest about why I love it too. I do it because it makes me feel good. I love to write. I have a hundred idea's swimming around my head everyday and blogging is a great way to pin some of it down. It does kind of irritate me how a majority of the blogging community can seem very generic and "trendy"? I learned really early on that a lot of people use the internet to complain, or gather a following- and not really to share what they love.

That being said, I have discovered some really neat, stellar, fabulous people. I mean- people that I LOVE. Like I seriously get really excited for them when exciting things are happening... and when I didn't have internet for a while, I would wonder how they were doing sometimes, or miss reading their posts. Blogging is like getting a card in the mail from an old friend if you find the right blogs to follow. I really do mean that. So here's to 100, and all of the friends I've made along the way :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Part 7 recap of my internet hiatus

2012 so far...
One of our local radio stations hosted a teddy bear drive for the Peoria children's hospital. We spent a very emotional and scary week there when Jonah was only 3 weeks old. He had to have surgery for Pyloric Stenosis, and we were a wreck. No one wants to end up in the hospital, especially not with their child... and imagine how scary it is for those kids who- unlike Jonah was- are old enough to grasp what's going on. Donating stuffed animals for these children was a great way to pay it forward. It made us so happy to think of the smiles and comfort they would bring.
 Look how many stuffed animals they had collected!!! 
This was only 1/2 way through the donation week!!!!

Valentine's Day:

Jakob's snowman:

kung-foo mitten baby:
Husband's 1st Five Guys burger:

The nieces after their fashion show:

Stud Muffins:
Roxie's 4th Birthday:

 Jakob's 4th Birthday:
a bunch of little kids spraying silly string at the camera lady (a.k.a. me)
Jonah making friends: