Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Well our little blog was neglected for quite awhile. Oops!!  Life has been busy 😀

A catch up since our last blog
May 2014- we found out we were having baby #2. Just like last time we waited until the baby was here to find out the gender. 

2.  We put our house on the market, it was shown a few times, never sold. We took our house off the market and are still figuring out where we will be going in the future. 

3.  My job that I had worked at since just before we got married was eliminated. Thankfully I knew enough in advance about the elimination I was able to find something else. My new job, that I started in April 2014 is a much closer location and I'm really enjoying it. 

4 we took a little mini vacation in March 2014

5.  The best thing of all- we welcomed another baby girl on January 27 2015. Halynn Elise was born at 8:57pm weighing 6 lbs. Blair is a great big sister!!

6. Jeff and I celebrated 5 years of marriage!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


I'm contemplating re-joining the blogging world to keep family and friends up to date on our family and hoping to include some extra yummy recipes :)

It's been over a year so I'll be back soon with all of our life/family updates

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Favorite Blogs

I'm always on the lookout for new blogs to follow and read.  Some that I read regularly I have found through other bloggers, some I have just stumbled on.  Most of the blogs I frequent are people that are in the same season of life as me- new mom, working mom, moms of small children, farm girls...etc....  So here are my favorites (And no- I have never met or talked to any of the bloggers!).

 I'd love to hear about other blogs that are great or just that you think I'd enjoy!

1.  Blonde Ambition-  I love reading what Leslie has to say about being a new mom and a working mom.  She's also a fashion blogger and I love to see some of the outfits she puts together.  Too put icing on the cake- her daughter is adorable!

2. In This Wonderful Life-I started reading Megan's blog shortly after she had her son, Cohen. Cohen was born with a congenital heart defect and unfortunately passed.  Megan now has boy/girl twins that she blogs about and has recently just started her own business that has adorable stuff!

3.  Kelly's Korner-  I don't remember how I found Kelly's blog, but she's a godly woman with 2 little girls.  She has a weekly link-up that is always fun too!

4.  Kristi's Blog- This was the first blog I read- it was Kristi's blog when her and her family were traveling to China to adopt their daughter Piper, they've since brought home Presley and I think they have their hands full :)

What are your favorites??

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Window Shopping

I love to just look at things that would be nice to buy at some point- most of which is when money is no object- so I don't see that happening anytime soon.  I'm not a spender- if I buy something it's either a) Needed, b) a gift, or c) not for me.  So today I'm going online window shopping for me and Blair!

First up for Blair:
Hunter Boots- are these not the cutest things ever!  I think ever little farm girl should I have a good pair of "wellys".  They are just so stinking cute and all of the colors I love.  Maybe for Easter or another reason she'll be getting these but I absolutely love them!
A little North Face fleece-Again, I think this is cute.  I will not be buying on though- I cannot justify the $45 for a fleece jacket.  We have a fleece jacket from The Children's Place that is very similar and very good quality.  This is definitely just a looker for us.
A Plasma Car-  I'm kind of kicking myself for not buying these on super sale last fall on Zulily.  It's not that we need another ride on toy to sit in the house right now, but I think Blair would like it when she's older.  They come in lots of colors, so I'll be watching zulily again for a good deal (hopefully!).

Now for my window shopping:  My stuff is obviously more expensive and won't be purchased at any time in the near future :)

1.  I've looked at these boots for probably 2-3 years, but I can in no way, shape, or form justify the cost :(  They look like a good classic riding boot that could be worn for a long time, and be comfortable.  Maybe someday I'll slpurge, but for now they stay on the window shop list :)
2.  Another thing I've looked at many times, but still haven't completely decided on is a Maxi dress.  They look so cute on others, and I will admit, I've never tried one on because I'm so short.  But this Lily maxi is adorbs!

And since I've never really had a high-quality purse- the Coach Borough Bag.  It comes in a grey color which I love because it's so neutral. But the almost $600 not coming out of my pocket!

Oh to window shop.  I love looking and knowing that I can dream!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Getting to Know You!

I'm linking up today with A Blonde Ambition for a fun little "Confessional Friday"
Getting to Know You Edition - Post Template

1. Your name:  Natalie

2. Where you're from:  Illinois- not anywhere close to Chicago :)

3. What do you do with your days? (Work, SAHM, student, etc.)  I work as an assistant and plan events large and small

4. Tell us about your family (photos are great!)  I've been happily married to my Husband Jeff for 3 1/2 years.  Last January we welcomed our Daughter, Blair.  We also have one pup-child, an English Mastiff, Kuba.

5. What are your dreams and goals-  My dream is to figure out what I want to be when I grow up ;)  Okay, so maybe not, but my dream is to raise a centered child that loves her family.  My goals is to be the best mom I can be to Blair and any future siblings.

6. Why did you start blogging?  I started blogged to chronicle our life as newly-weds and now parents.  I also started to hopefully gain some bloggy friends.  I've slacked on blogging the last year, but can hopefully turn that around.

7. Maybe tell us some random facts!  I have horrible fashion sense and look to fashion bloggers for ideas/tips/great buys.  I would wear a sweat, shirt, boots, and jeans every day and be fine! :)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Blair is 1!

This is a few days late, but we were soaking up every single moment of Blair's first birthday! Pictures and more coming later today :)


You are 1!  My, oh my, how the last year flew by!  You are amazing little girl with a great personality, and you are SO SO SO LOVED!

We go to the doctor this afternoon, so I'll update with all of your 1 year stats :)

You are in size 2 diapers still, you wear 6-9, 9-12 and 12 month clothes- it just depends on what brand we have and what size you need.  You are in size 3 shoes and have the cutest silver glittery shoes.

You are still nursing, taking a bottle, drinking from a sippy cup, and loving your "real foods."  You aren't a fan of pasta at all, in fact you will put pasta with meat in your mouth and figure out how to spit the pasta back out at us.  It's really funny and Daddy and Mommy laugh each and every time!  You love yogurt, any kind of meat, and cheerios.

You are walking, running, and starting to climb.  You are completely given up on crawling, because you have figured out that you can run and get there faster.  You are such an explorer- you love to just walk around the house and look and touch things. You know exactly where your room is and where your book basket is and sometimes if we just let you go, you will walk in there and sit on the floor and look through your books.  You also know how to close doors that are open, and love to do that repeatedly.

In your 11th month, you got to celebrate Christmas, New Year's and just this past weekend your birthday.  You were very cautious at Christmas at first, but learned that opening up your gifts was a lot of fun.  You are very loved by our friends and family and Mommy and Daddy weren't sure all of your gifts would fit in our house.  And then we had your birthday party and we were even more sure that we will need a bigger house soon!  For New Year's, we stayed home and Aunt Lindsay, Uncle Tim, Anthony, and Jimmy came over for dinner.  You went to bed at your normal time and all of the adults stayed up.

You are typically down for bed between 7:30-8 and are back up for a feeding around 3, then back down until 6:30 or until we have to wake you up.  Some nights when you are really tired you will just walk into your room and up to your crib and we know you are ready for bed.  We have been able to transition you from being rocked to sleep to just putting you down tired and you've started sleeping better since that.

You have been the best baby and we are so lucky to be your parents.  We were slightly scared at the beginning knowing that we were going to mess up or do something wrong, but we quickly learned that what we were doing was right, even if it wasn't by the book.  It was what you wanted or needed.  Most of all we love you more than you will ever know.  You made us Mommy and Daddy, titles we love having.  You are the happiest girl, and we know we are so lucky to have that.  We can't wait to experience many more firsts with you as you grow into toddler-hood.  You will always be our little tater.

We love you!

Mommy & Daddy

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Blair is 11 months


You are 11 months.  It's so hard to believe that in under one month we will be celebrating your first birthday!!

We are guessing you are around 18 pounds and 27 inches.  You are in size 6-9 month clothes, size 3 shoes, and size 2 diapers.

You go to bed at night around 730-8 and are usually up for the day between 630-730.  There have been nights you sleep all night and others we are up a couple times, but you have been doing good sleeping through the night.  Mommy is very happy about this!

You love to feed yourself.  You eat pretty much whatever mommy and daddy have for meals, but your favorites so far are chicken and meatloaf.  The other night we had meatloaf and you kept wanting more!  You still take bottles when you are with grandma, but we'll be moving to all sippy cups soon.

You are such a curious little girl.  You are into everything and trying to figure out things.  It's so fun to watch you find something new or learn a new skill.  You walk all over the place, but know that you can get places faster crawling, so when mommy or daddy comes to get you you take off crawling.

We have done lots of things this past month, we went to another wedding, we went to the festival of lights in Peoria, we had your first thanksgiving, put up the Christmas tree, went to see Santa, played in the snow, and had lots of fun!

We love you so much Blair.


Mommy and Daddy