Bennett Wesley :: 11 Months Old

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Nope.  This is not an April Fools joke.  Although, I wish it was… Y’all, in one month, my baby will be turning one year old.  How?  Why?  Stop it.

This little man has taken his first unassisted steps (up to 7 at a time, if I’m keeping up with details), he cuddles his stuffed animals (never really loved them before), his favorite food right now is oranges, wearing 18 month old clothing for the length (tall boy!), he has mastered throwing lots of balls out of his ball pit, enjoys drinking from a straw, and loves being called a “big boy”.

The only show he will watch is Sesame Street, of which he only really enjoys one episode titled “The Wedding Planner” and, really, he only likes it for the “Two Little Rocks” song… if you are familiar with this episode you will know exactly what I’m talking about.  So we have it DVR’d for those moments of melt down ;) ha ha ha!

His hair is getting so long!  And has a little bit of a curl to it in the back, which I find super cute!  No, I’m not going to cut it any time soon…

Next time we have our monthly baby photo shoot it will be for the BIG day!  Happy 11th month my little man!


Malibu, CA :: March 2016

This little family of mine!  We had so much fun being tourists in my old stomping grounds!  We seriously did a little bit of everything that Malibu has to offer… except surf… I’ve never been a big fan of the cold Pacific water.  We did go to Pepperdine, ate at all my favorite spots, went hiking, saw some of my greatest friends, and of course did some shopping ;).  It was a blast!

There are days when I reminisce about my time in Malibu.  It was such a special time in my life.  I was finally feeling what freedom was for the first time (my parents were 2000+ miles away!!).  I was meeting people who were totally different from me and grew up in a different world than me.  It was truly one of the best experiences, and I don’t think I would be who I am today if I hadn’t have been brave enough to leave the comfort of my home in Texas and go to college in California.  I never wanted to conform to the norm and get too comfortable knowing that my parents could just rescue me at the drop of a hat.

Someday, Bennett will be at the age where he is figuring out where he wants to go to college and as much as I selfishly will want him to be close to home, I hope that I am brave enough at that time to let him choose his own path and encourage him to fulfill his dreams.

Anyway, once again, Husband & I had a great time with our little buddy.  It’s crazy that his first college visit was to my school across the country when daddy’s school is only a 2 hour drive from our house in Florida :).

 I just know he is going to be a wave!!! ;) Enjoy the pics!

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Twenty-Four Week Bumpdate

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Another month down since my last bumpdate, and I really need time to slow down.  In 16 short weeks, I will {hopefully} be meeting my sweet little baby!! Can y’all believe that?!?  16 more weeks?!?  Yeeeeeee!! I’m so excited!  My cousin, Kelly, sent me the coolest gift a couple weeks ago called Bellybuds where we can attach the buds to my belly and share music & our voices with the baby, since he or she has been developing its hearing since around twenty weeks.  The other night Husband read “Green Eggs and Ham” to Baby {but it looked like he was just reading to my bump ha ha ha!} and it was just the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  Thanks again, Kelly, for those Bellybuds!

My latest food craving is anything with bacon and I’m drinking tons of milk.  The belly is getting bigger by the day {at least that’s how I feel} and I swear Baby D is having a dance party in there most nights because there’s a lot of movin’ and shakin’ going on.  According to my super scientific, and I’m sure 100% accurate, pregnancy app on my iPhone, Baby D is the size of an eggplant this week.  I really look forward to my weekly update of the size of Baby.  Last week it was the size of a “bunch of grapes”… Thanks preggo app… that makes the size crystal clear ;)

Overall I’m feeling great, really can’t complain about anything.  Hm… I take that back.  Gaining all this weight in such a small amount of time has not been cool… And swollen feet after a few hours of wearing heels doesn’t feel too awesome… but ultimately, I just feel so blessed.  I love this little human growing inside of me SO much, none of the symptoms of pregnancy are bothering me to the point of complaining. Not yet at least… we’ll see how I feel in another month or two.

Before I finish up this bumpdate, I have to share the best maternity leggings I have found so far because I literally wear them at least 3 times a week.  They are the Blanqi High Performance Leggings from Nordstrom.  I really need to invest in another pair before I wear these to death and get a hole in them.  I’m obsessed.

Y’all, 2015 is off to a great start!  I’m really looking forward to the rest of it! xoxo


Thirty-One

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I read a quote the other day, “As you grow up your priorities change. Nights out are swapped for nights in, your circle gets smaller and games, drama, and partying every weekend just aren’t entertaining anymore.  You get to a point when it’s quality, like your career, your relationships, your home, your family and YOU! You want quality now.  Something that’s yours, something real, something you can grow, something you’re proud of.  As you grow up you want a future, not just for now.  As you grow up things change, YOU change… and you start to like it that way.”

What a difference a year can make.  Happy to meet you thirty-one… you can stick around for a little bit.

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Boat Cruisin’ in Phuket

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Soooo… when booking our trip to Thailand, one (if not the most) important attraction I was dying to see were the islands of Phang Nga Bay.  We chartered a boat in advance for one of the days we were going to be in Phuket.  Well, sure enough, the day we were to go out on the boat, there was a torrential down pour and our excursion got cancelled.  I was absolutely devastated.  Sat around moping like a little brat in our fabulous villa overlooking the ocean… I seriously thought my life was over. WOE IS ME!!!

Then, after hours of praying, the next morning I woke up and the skies were clear and the sun was out!  I immediately called the boat company and it was a GO!  Oh boy, did my bi-polar attitude take a toll on Husband… ha ha ha!  All was good in the world!  I was the happiest girl on the planet!  It was everything I expected and more. Hope y’all enjoy the pics :)

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^^ James Bond Island ^^

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^^ The floating fishing village of Koh Panyee ^^

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As this is my final post about Thailand, I wanted to post some pics of the resort in Phuket.  Trisara was pure luxury.  Everything about it deserved the five stars it was rated.  Each secluded villa had it’s own personal infinity pool overlooking the ocean, no detail was ever overlooked, and the service was impeccable.  I will be back. For sure. ;)

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And for the foodies…

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I might post some outtakes from the trip at another time, but for now, thank you Thailand for being the absolute best place Husband & I have travelled to thus far (and we have been A LOT of places i.e. Greece, Spain, France, Netherlands, Canada, Hungary, Mexico, British West Indies aka Turks & Caicos, Turkey, Italy, etc…).  We cannot wait to visit again in the future!


Rest In Peace, Grandpa

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Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

For those who may not know, my grandpa passed away last week.  I’m so blessed to have had him in my life for 30 years.  He was married to my grandma for 58 years (almost 59), had 7 children (6 boys and 1 girl), had 22 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren!  He was a remarkable man who was loved by so many…

I hope you are enjoying a perfect round of golf in Heaven, Grandpa… Until we see each other again, I will miss you.


So… Palm Springs is kinda pretty…

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Husband & I have been forced to suffer a whole week in this little place y’all may have heard of called Palm Springs ;).  Considering I lived in California for 5 years of my life, I am surprised I had never visited this area. It’s gorgeous!  A little cold in the A.M., but the scenery and this incredible sunrise on the mountains that I captured this morning… breathtaking!  Not a cloud in the sky!  But it’s not all fun and leisure while we are here… we do have some work meetings to attend, but there could be worse places to attend a meeting.  Much worse…

Happy Monday!