Friday, November 9, 2012

{Giving Thanks}


Have you noticed I haven't blogged in some time? That's because I was laid off AND let me tell you...it wasn't a relaxing break from the grind. Looking for work, trying to earn extra money, watching my kids and others, filing for unemployment...it was all pretty intense we will say. I'm giving thanks with a grateful heart because I'm back to work on Monday. The time with the kids at home was wonderful and I will definitely miss them. But being employed again has already been a source of great joy for me. I will be working for Fitch as their Marketing Coordinator which will include doing Graphic Design {insert happy dance here.} I'm super thankful to all my supportive friends and family during my time at home. I felt the love for sure and the texts, messages and words of encouragement meant more than you could have known! Well I was able to squeak in some design on my break. Here is a printable that I designed for A Night Owl Blog



I also got to put out decor for Thanksgiving to show off a cool DIY that you can also check out at A Night Owl Blog. 



Anyways I will be able to relax more when I home after work rather than trying to doing 4-5 jobs at once so the blogs will be coming back with a force. 

Get ready! It's good to be back!


Monday, October 22, 2012

{Watch Fletch Grow | 7 O'Clock Month}


So this month you get to see a lil' booty because guess what?! Mister mister started to pull up on EVERYTHING!...he is SO CLOSE to taking steps. So I had to of course show how he could do this in this monthly pic. Sorry about the TERRIBLE lighting...note to self lighting changes monthly. OOPS! I'll do better next month. ;)

 

What do you think of the clock theme monthly pics of Fletch?


Saturday, October 20, 2012

{Nanny McMeeee}



So we had cousin William over for a play date the other day and I was feeling pretty awesome about the day! I made some awesome grub for the kids + we did an amazing project + went to Chuck E Cheese + sidewalk chalked it up + much more. 


It had me thinking that this might be a new calling for me. THEN later that night this happened...

and it smashed my dreams of being a nanny/doing childcare. Because of Reegan's eye infection William couldn't come back the next day since he narrowly avoided being sick himself. Sheesh! We did have a lot of fun for the majority of the day though. Check out the our project HOW TO HERE! I'm thinking to do a glitter version in the VERY NEAR future. ;)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

{Hey!!!}


Car rides with Reegan never fail to be entertaining from fake vampire teeth to singing and dancing. I'm thankful for the extra laughs and joy this little lady provides us with.



We are currently looking for a childrens version of the thun thun thun song. Eeks!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

{My Cuddle Bug}


It's amazing being a parent and watching how fast your children grow. I remember the day my son was born just like it was yesterday. So fast to come into the world but entirely too slow to come home. He spent his first five days in the NICU. I remember how rather than being able to cuddle him from the moment he was born he struggled to breath. I wasn't able to nurse him, really hold him, or love him before he was positioned by his nurse and then it was decided that he should be monitored carefully since breathing was clearly a labor for him. What a different experience each child and birth is. We did not expect this and were not prepared for the days ahead of us. 



Those days I will never forget. Watching the baby you carried safely in your womb only days before with tubes, needles, and monitors is one of the most difficult things a mother could go through. The pain of breathing effortlessly while your child struggles...it was one of my biggest test of faith. And from all that...I have a true appreciation for the wonders that God works. He gave us a beautiful baby boy on February 15th and we are beyond blessed that He watched over our son until his health was restored. I look back on these pictures and remember how every gasp, deep breath, cough, sneeze in his early days at home was something that made my heart skip a beat. I was eventually able to relax and enjoy our little fuzzy haired boy. I quite obviously cherish my little boy. 



These are just some of the many pictures I captured of him...and the rock and play that he dearly loved. He has already outgrown his first bed. He has outgrown his second bed (his bassinet). He now sleeps in his crib with his little bottom in the air...much like the first position that his nurse worked feverishly to get him into so that he was comfortable that first night in the hospital.




Today I am able to get in as many cuddles as I want with him. I feel so grateful that he is thriving and growing. But he will always be my little cuddle bug.





Thursday, October 11, 2012

{Strong Like Bull}



Dude my lil' man sure does work those baby muscles out! LOL! He is so funny how he moves stuff around the house these days! You think the baby girls are impressed?!


Wishing he could escape his sister here. Note to self teach Fletcher some moves so sister can't strong arm + "hug" him. Bahaha!


And the sweeter version. Awhhhhhhh love her ruffle butt! Also can we talk about her cute Old Navy shoes I'm obsessed with?!
 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

{Sweet Scarlett | Monthly}


My lil sweetie is growing WAYYYYYYY too fast and auntie isn't happy about this. In true form Scarlett is all smiles here! At four months old Scarlett has started rolling over, saying momma, puts her own binkie in her mouth and smiles more and more by the day. She, like her cousin Fletcher, has started to get supplemented with formula...what lil piggies they are! ;)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

{Basically, YEAH...}




So basically, yeah my husband is kind of a BIG DEAL! He planned an uber special anniversary this year. I was completely surprised and literally didn't believe that him when he said we were staying the night away. He had made reservations for us to stay at one of my fav hotels....I'd never stayed there but we looked at it for an after wedding party...in Oldtown Scottsdale called The Saguaro and was then The Mondrian. As we pulled up to the hotel Ryan says we are staying here tonight and I said no we aren't! When he told the valet we were checking in I was thinking OK maybe we are. What about my pump {funny that this was the first item of concern}? What about my toothbrush? What about PJ's and an outfit for the next day? Check, check and check...he had packed it all. 

After check in we made our way to our home away from home to settle in. We headed out to eat and stopped at the Bungalow for a quick drink and then to dinner at FNB. Amazing food + service + atmosphere...hands down one of my tops fav dining experiences. You. MUST. Check. It. Out...SERIOUSLY! Soft shell crab appetizer. His and hers prime ribs. A bottle of local Vino wine. Two piggies embracing {see pictures}. Peaches. Candlelight/white lights. The definition of fine dining. Pavle one of the owners waited on us and what a wealth of knowledge and impeccable customer service. He just made me smile! And we kinda felt dumb because he would say have you had this food item? No. This food item? No. This food item? No. I literally can't even remember the names. Ryan said apparently we have never eaten before. Haha! We were giggling about it and at ourselves. Wonderful conversation with my best friend. A clean plate and we never felt rushed.

Then back home to sit on our patio and watch a wedding reception and gallery event in Clayton Park. Last time we were here to celebrate Miranda and Alen's union and I had a full, pregnant belly. An old couple dancing to the music in the park. That will be us one day he tells me. My heart shines. I know it will be. He & I...we are forever. We finished another bottle of wine. Skip to the next morning. Hehe!

Enjoyed a walk to The Breakfast Club for yummy ice cream topped short stack. We took several silly colored door pictures seen above. God bless him for always playing along with me even though he definitely didn't want to. We quickly packed up and bid our home away from home adieu.

Warmly welcomed home by Grandma Janet, Reegan and Fletcher. Basically, yeah...a PERFECT anniversary celebration.




{Blessed for 12 Married for 3}

Blessed for 12 years with one of the most amazing people I know. I have called him so many things during our 12 years together...buddy, boyfriend, man friend, roomate, fiance, best friend, husband, hubz, father of my children, etc.

What we have is rare. The memories. The experiences. Over a decade of love. Every year we get closer to spending more time together than we were apart and I couldn't feel more happiness and love. Everyday he amazes me. His love. His patience. His grace. His strength. His kind heart. Wonderful in every way through my eyes...he's always been this way...ever since we were 16 years old. I struggle to remember one single thing that is the same about me since I was 16 years old but the most important thing in my life is I have been Ryan's partner.

On this special day we celebrate three years of marriage and I can't possibly find words that would do justice to describe how utterly blessed I am to have my husband in my life. I will never be able to express how thankful I am or give enough thanks to God for an amazing partner that He made just for me. My first, my last, my always.

Enjoy the lovely passage I found:

The union of husband and wife merges two persons in such a way that little can affect one without also affecting the other. Oneness in marriage doesn’t mean losing your personality in the personality of the other. Instead, it means caring for your spouse as you care for yourself, learning to anticipate his or her needs, helping the other person become all he or she can be. The creation story tells of God’s plan that husband and wife should be one (Genesis 2:24), and Jesus also referred to this plan (Matthew 19:4-6). (Commentary explanation for Ephesians 5:31-33)

See how were celebrated our anniversary here. And read about year 1 {a quiet celebration...finally going home after Reegan's hospital stay}  & year 2.

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

{ Fletcher 6 Months}


Sometimes...just sometimes an opportunity presents itself and you just have to say OK! So last month we were doing a cupcake photoshoot in Reegan's room {SERIOUSLY if you didn't already know this she get the BEST lighting in her room} and Jess offered to snap some pictures of Fetcher. Um YES PLEASE. So here is little man at six months...we took a break from the yellow/green stripes, put on some clothes, and DID IT UP! Don't worry seven months is coming soon and we are going back to the usual. ;)



Sorry if my Missoni zig zagish shower curtain hurts yours eyes...it's heaven to mine. ;)


Monday, September 24, 2012

{Lia Sophia - It's for a Good Cause}


Oh really?! Another candle, kitchenware, clothing, jewelry thing that us ladies are plagued with?! I'm just like the next person...Please do not solicit! should be hung from my neck. I do not have time for these things. EXCEPT I was hooked at my friend Jessica's party and on my own accord decided to pursue this venture. But why? Because I have extra time? Pfffffff! Because I love jewelry? Yes but no. Because I want to have parties with my girls? Sure but NO. So like most things in my life my every move + motivation + decision is center around 3 factors...Him, my husband and my kids. So the real reason I have decided to go after this is because I want to pay NICU bills off and consider this part of my Journey to 30. I feel like I'm being guided down this path. Why else would a person who so passionately avoids these types of things jump feet first in without much prompting?! Do I think I will fail....probably. But I know what is meant to be will be. And I have trust...undying trust...to the One that guides us through life. I already feel the love and support surrounding me on this venture from family and friends. I hope it will continue and I will be able to reach a personal goal mentioned above and see where this takes me. So when...not if...I come knocking on your door via email, text, postcards...simply *sigh* and tell yourself this solicitation is for a good cause...one that some of you like to read about here on the blog.  

So if you're thinking to buy something that sparkles let me know if you would like to direct it towards the little lights in my life. As always appreciative for any support...verbal + encouragement + orders + etc. etc.




{1.2.3.4...Tell Me That You Love Me More!}


LIKE I SAID {Twi ref}....no not prophase. LOL! NERD ALERT. Anyway it's Fletcher's fourth tooth! It came in! :) Last week...we will say September 21st. Hehe! I think a lot of us, Ryan and I included, can't believe how fast he is cutting these teeth.

 
We are definitely paying the price with some sleepless nights. But sleepless nights and all I love that little man more and more everyday. He even got some extra kisses {after one of his worst up all night stunts} as I pulled him out of the car for daycare this morning. So it truly is 1 {tooth}, 2 {teeth}, 3 {teeth}, 4 {teeth...Fletcher we love you more!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

{A Bean & A Gummi Bear Announcements}


Reegan Taylor's Birth Announcement - Nickname Bean

So I was cleaning out my email and guess what I came across?! Baybay announcements and people's comments. So what to do?! POST them on the blog. DUH! Hehe! I love my peeps! :)

From: megan@epicdiagnostics.com
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:29:04 +0000

Subject: RE: We're Expecting!!!
 
Aww so cute!!! A lil bean!!!! Have you come up with more names?Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


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From: zwain@swdmtg.com
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com; rharding@sigmacontracting.com
Subject: RE: We're Expecting!!!
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:59:05 -0700


Congrats guys!  You will be great parents.
 
Take lots of Folic Acid!
 
Zach Wain 
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 From: kaniekadpurvis@gmail.com
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com

Subject: Re: We're Expecting!!!
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:43:13 +0000

OMG!!! Congrats!!!
I am beyond excited for you!
And you are due 2 days after my birthday. 
 Man so exciting!
How are you feeling?
Any morning sickness?
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

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From: ryanwharding@hotmail.com
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: We're Expecting!!!
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:54:15 -0700

HOOOOORAY!

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From: kikixxix@hotmail.com
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: We're Expecting!!!
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:55:06 -0700

this is so freaking cute!!! I love it!!!  

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From: zeckser@gmail.com
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com; ryanwharding@hotmail.com
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:57:09 -0700
Subject: Re: We're Expecting!!!

Congratulations!  That is great you guys!

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From: lfaz34@aol.com
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com
Subject: Re: We're Expecting!!!
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 12:57:49 -0500

I am so freakin happy for you both!!! Now we can be the stay at home moms together!!! :) yah!!! 

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From: pjbradymsu@hotmail.com
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com; rharding@sigmacontracting.com; kt587@aol.com
Subject: RE: We're Expecting!!!
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 17:59:51 +0000

Congrats Ryan & Rachel !!!!!  

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From: kt587@aol.com
To: pjbradymsu@hotmail.com; retaylor19@hotmail.com; rharding@sigmacontracting.com
Subject: Re: We're Expecting!!!
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 18:06:14 +0000


Yay! I just got the chills! I'm so happy for you both! 
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From: Marco.Hermosillo@ladwp.com
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com

 Subject: RE: We're Expecting!!!
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 11:04:27 -0800


Congrats Rachel I am happy foryou!!!!!!!!!!  THE PARTYS OVER NOW!!!!!!! Just kidding its all about familyparty’s now!!!!!!!!
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From: lzeckser@comcast.net
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com; rharding@sigmacontracting.com
Subject: Re: We're Expecting!!!
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:13:39 -0700


Again.... WE ARE SO THRILLED. Baby Bean will be so happy when visiting Colorado with ALL THE BABY TOYS we have :-)
 
Keep us posted with updates :-)
 
Much love!
Aunt Lan
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From: justin.kunzelmann@gmail.com
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com
CC: rharding@sigmacontracting.com
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:44:01 -0700
Subject: Re: We're Expecting!!!

Congratulations!  You guys don't waste any time, huh? :-)
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 From: jessicajhammer@gmail.com
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 18:19:05 -0700
Subject: Re: We're Expecting!!!

cutest little bean i have ever seen!!! congrats!!! 

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 From: shaynes17@hotmail.com
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: We're Expecting!!!
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 20:51:55 -0700

Congratulations!  Let me know if you need help with names. ________________________________________________________

 From: christygoetz@cox.net
To: retaylor19@hotmail.com
Subject: Re: We're Expecting!!!

Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 10:15:00 -0700


I am so excited for you guys, this will be a BEAUTIFUL child!!
 
 
Fletcher Wayne's Birth Announement - Nickname Gummi Bear
 
Just in case you're curious Reegan was 11 months old here.
 
Ashley Hanawalt  
Love it! 
July 21, 2011 at 7:36pm
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Landon Harding  
yay!!!
July 21, 2011 at 8:39pm 
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Alicia Larson  
Congrats!!! That is awesome! 
July 22, 2011 at 9:42am
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Kristina Prugh  
Congrats cuz! I'm so happy for you all! ♥ 
July 22, 2011 at 10:22am 
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Amanda West Killen  
Congratulations!!!
July 25, 2011 at 8:31pm
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Debbie Walsh Eubanks  
Congratulations Rachel!!! 
July 25, 2011 at 9:09pm
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Erica Christenson  
Congrats so exciting!!
July 26, 2011 at 8:39pm
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Amanda Renee Burk 
Congratulations :) 
July 27, 2011 at 8:31pm
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Amanda L. Dahl 
 Congrats Rachel!!!! :)
July 27, 2011 at 10:42pm
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Rachel Harding  
Thanks everyone! Now to pick names! ;) 
July 28, 2011 at 7:07am
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Kim Bontrager 
Congrats!!!!! You two make cute babies, so excited for you ;-) 
July 28, 2011 at 7:24am  
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Natasha O'Brien  
This is the cutest picture!!!  
August 1, 2011 at 12:08pm


{Reegan Singin'}



You are welcome for this version of You are my Sunshine! Hehe!


She is really being goofy and I. JUST. LOVE. IT! I'm one proud momma and not ashamed of it one bit. ;)



{The Most Important Stats, Comments, Views}


So in this digital world we live in how can we go a day without being connected?! Hey I'm likely the worst offender of all. I have it ALL from a family blog, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, to a graphic design version of all listed and much, much more. So as I'm sitting here I am reflecting on what is most important to me. Sure the stats, comments, views, etc. of my blog mean a lot {more than any of you realize...like awh you really do care?!}. I look back at the beginning of this blog and I see that some posts have LITERALLY ZERO views. I see that the posts with the most views are when my children were in the hospital or when my messy house is shown for all to see...which is pretty disappointing. But really I think it is our nature to take interest in those particular types of posts. Well you know what I realized?! None of any of that truly matters, the numbers, the comments...none of it. I know ultimately I don't care about it because if it REALLY MEANT something to me I would have stopped this blog some time ago. You want to know why I continue to posting...I'll give you two guesses. ;) The most important stats are these ones:


Fletcher six month check = weight 19.13 lbs (I definitely tell everyone he is 20 lbs...he feels like it), height 28.5 inches and head circumference 45 centimeters 


Reegan two year check = weight 27.8 lbs height 36 inches and head circumference 50 centimeters

The stats of these two healthy, happy babies mean more to me than any other stats ever could.

The comments that are the most important to me come from these two + daddy. I wove brother. It's waining mommy?! Windows up? Bye bye shushy bye. I don't wick it. I go bye bye. I want a tweat. I love butter. I hold him! Shoes on. I go to the park? I love God. AND SO SO SO MANY MORE!



And views like these are ones that I live for! LOL! 


I am completely in awe of the amazing, beautiful things that God has created but the two most beautiful things my eyes see are these two. Who knew the beauty that could come in such small packages. I'm truly blessed. The gratitude I have to Him will never be questioned because He has given me more than I could ever give back to Him. I will forever be grateful to Him and it has nothing to do with readers {stats, comments, views and clicks} but everything to do with what is read about here...my family...my everything.

I was recently watching a documentary that followed the life of a baby leopard and I was practically brought to tears over the narrative below:

He has the ability to make his mother take care of him. For like all young his soft feel and smell, cute eyes...inspire to make him irresistible to his mother. He's quite simply hardwired to be adorable. To make him the center of her life...

And isn't that the truth?!...no doubt about it these two are the center of my life....well a big part of it at least...a certain Mr. ranks pretty high up there too. ;)



  
 
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