June 25, 2018

The Last 5 Months

Well hello there! It sure has been a while since I did anything here on the blog. Blame it on terrible wifi, lack of motivation, life as a new mama....the list goes on and on!
I started this journey of Caleb being deployed with so many goals in mind. Here we are now so close to the end and as things typically goes, it didn't necessarily go how I planned..

Definitely isn't a bad thing though! These last few months have been such a process of excitement, a few tears, and so many memories. But I absolutely CANNOT wait for it to be over! haha I am so ready to have my husband home and life back to normal.

Thus why I am here again, typing onto my little laptop, and ever so grateful for my mom's fast wifi.

So as I try to keep myself accountable for keeping up to date on posting. I really do love sharing these little details of my life. It's like an online scrapbook for me to look back on. So let's catch up!
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Back in January, Caleb left for his first deployment :( It was emotionally exhausting, but here we are near the end and still going strong. As expected, it's been 100x less fun for him. But we're grateful for him to be coming home soon, happy and healthy :)

While he was gone I drove all the way back to the midwest to spend time with my family and Caleb's.  I drove back and forth between Indiana and Ohio, even making a stop in North Carolina for a bit.

2 more weeks until I am going to head back to Washington. It'll just be me and Isla on this 36 hour drive. I want to get back with enough time to help get things a little settled before Caleb comes home. I can at least have a house picked and some food in the fridge. Although, I'm gonna have to wait for him to help get most of the furniture, but hey....living room sleepovers until then don't sound too bad. 

Until then.


January 10, 2018

3 Months Old | Isla Makai

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weight | If I had to guess maybe 12 1/2?
height | Not sure either, sorry!
sleep | She's kind of created her own routine, which is about 4 naps during the day and bedtime by 9:30pm
eating | Eating every 2 to 3 hours usually. She loves her milkies
likes | her playmat (Thanks Grandma!), breastfeeding, silly faces her daddy makes, and watching him play video games
dislikes | getting stuck when rolling everywhere, Mama being out of eyesight for more than 5 minutes
favorite moment | When she rolled back to belly for the first time! I was like "Oh my gosh! Yes!! You can do it!!"
milestones | rolling back to belly and belly to back pretty easily, super strong neck muscles, squealing and lots of coos
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She's reached 25% of her first year! Woah, when you put it that way she'd getting to big too fast!! 
This month I would definitely say was the most fun, because she's starting to interact more and more with the world around her. It's so cute watching this big personality come out and seeing her grow into her own person. 

Miss Isla
I've loved you more and more over these last 91 days. You're the sweetest little blessing I've ever received!

Be sure to also check out this video I posted on her 3 month update as well! 

January 8, 2018

I Started a YouTube Channel

Happy 1st post of the New Year! 
One of my resolutions for 2018 was to start uploading videos to YouTube. As much as I love blogging, it's so obvious that visual content is much more popular than text. You can connect to your audience more as well as really share your day to day life. I think the whole point just comes across better through video. Plus I would love to be able to look back on these videos and see how our lives have changed over the years, especially as little Miss Isla is growing.

So, for my first video I kept it short and sweet. A quick introduction into who exactly is behind the camera. I am so excited to share more videos with y'all and have a lot of content planned so stay tuned and subscribe!


December 29, 2017

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

As the year comes to an end I've been thinking about all the things that have happened in these last 365 days. This year has been one of HUGE life changes, tears, laughter, lots of miles on our car, and definitely a lot of love.

We started the year off with a 3,651 miles road trip to our new home in Washington. That was the most intense trip I have ever been on in my whole life. Poor Caleb drove the gigantic box truck all across the U.S.
Finally though we made it and settled into our cute little part of the world.

Our whole world changed though on January 31st when we discovered we were going to have a baby! After a year and a half of praying for little one it was happening!

And to make things sweeter, we were having a little girl!

The days between finding out we were expecting to July were mostly filled with endless days of nausea and vomiting. I barely left the bed, lived off of gatorade and pretzels, and lost 40+ lbs. It got so bad I ended up in the hospital in mid-July.

Finally after a practically a whole year of preparing, we welcomed our sweet one into the world on October 10th, 2017. Labor was fast and easy, but unbelievable. To think the lord gave us this girl to love and watch grow. I couldn't believe this was my life.

 In November, both families came up to visit us and meet Isla. We hadn't seen them since last Christmas so it was a blessing to get a few days with them. I absolutely loved watching my parents with Isla. Too cute!

Now here we are at the end of December. About to embark on a whole 'nother year of adventure and changes. I can't wait to share it with y'all again.


December 26, 2017

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Happy Tuesday! Did you have a good Christmas? This was Caleb's and my first Christmas without any family around. We thought Caleb would have to work through it (that's the military for ya), but his supervisors were so sweet to let him have the day off! So on Christmas Eve we headed off to explore a nearby beach by us. We've been here for almost a year and yet I had no idea this place was so close. To make things even better, when we left the house it started to snow; our first snow of the season!
Walking through the woods was like a dream! It was so quiet, the only sound we could hear was snow hitting the ground and our footsteps crunching against the dirt. It's a bit of a hike down to the beach. The views on our way there were amazing.
We were hoping to see some sort of sea creatures when we finally made it to the beach, but there wasn't anything but shells. To be honest if I was a starfish I'd want to stay off of the cold beach too!
We could barely see the ocean's waters with the fog. It's so crazy how there was no fog anywhere except for right where the water started. It just seemed like this whole spot was out of a storybook.

Isla slept through the whole thing, all bundled up against me in the baby carrier.  It was the most magical Christmas Eve. All I could think about was how blessed I was to be surrounded in such a beautiful place with my loves. I can't believe this life is mine.