Sunday, August 31, 2014

Unravel Pediatric Cancer!

Please take a moment to visit my fundraising page:

It was only 11 months ago when we found out little Jennifer had an inoperable and incurable brain tumor.  I prayed there would be a miracle and the doctors would be wrong.  Jennifer's mom Libby had become a very special person to me over the past couple years.  I will never forget the first time she called me encouraging me not to give up on my dream of becoming a mother.

I wanted to help raise money for pediatric cancer, so no other family has to ever lose a child to this ugly disease called cancer. I am just about to become a mother myself in the next couple days. We need to Unravel Pediatric Cancer, so no other family has to go through the pain of losing a child.

It will be difficult for me to spread the dragonflies all over with a newborn, but that doesn't mean I can't help raise money.

These dragonflies are spreading the word that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Along with spreading awareness, they are busy raising funds on behalf of Unravel Pediatric Cancer a 501(c)(3) pending charitable organization.

Did you know?

  • Seven American children die from pediatric cancer every single day
  • More American children die of cancer than of AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and congenital abnormalities combined.
  • The NCI (National Cancer Institute), the federal department that allocates all of the federal cancer funding, spends less than 4% of its annual budget on pediatrics. 

Funds raised in this campaign will go to researchers at Stanford Hospital, specifically Dr. Michelle Monje, Dr. Jim Olsen, the creator of Tumor Paint, at Project Violet and towards raising awareness via Unravel Pediatric Cancer. Please visit for more information and to read one family’s story.

How it works: For a suggested donation of $25, you can choose where these dragonflies land next! 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Winter 1990
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I recently bought 2 OPI nail polishes at Marshalls. I have been wanting some glitter to use on an accent nail. I bought 2 polishes at Marshall's for the price of one at Ultra.

Pink: Chic from Ears to Tail
Glitter: Which is Witch?
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Where have I been?

It has been almost about 2 months since I blogged. I just haven't been feeling the blog lately. We have been busy doing stuff around the house, baby showers for 3 weekends in a row and lovin life. I have some great things to blog about. I had 2 huge surprises at my baby showers. The nursery is completed, clothes washed, I am on maternity leave and we are ready for the baby to come. Here is a little of what has been happening. 

The grandson is getting so big! Talking more and making us laugh. 

The baby is growing away! 

Kaleb enjoying lemons!

Off to the park - 3 generations

I will update the blog over the next week on what has all been happening!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

25 Weeks

How far along: 25 weeks (as of 6-3-14)

Maternity clothes: Yes! 
Sleep: Sleep was very good. 
Best moment of this week:  Feeling him move around. He moves throughout the day. I love feeling the kicks. 
Miss anything: I don't really miss anything. 
Movement: Yes, he is kicking away!
Food cravings: Veggies!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Certain smells get to me. 
Have you started to show yet: I don't have a stomach. I just look like I have gained weight. 
Gender: Boy!
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: on 
Happy or moody most of the time: Emotional this week
Looking forward to: Going to see a bunch of my friends in So Cal!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Expectations Ruin Everything!

Expectations usually end up disappointing someone. I had expectations of what I thought pregnancy would be like. It has been NOTHING like I expected. I expected to love every minute of being pregnant, love being able to gain weight, enjoy pregnancy once I passed week 12, because this was the moment I had waited for my entire life! I remember being a little girl dreaming of the day I would be a mom. Unfortunately all those expectations were a big disappointment. 

I recently told my mom I don't think I will ever be one of those women who says they miss being pregnant. Some people have told me they loved feeling the baby move inside of them. I do not love having him sit so low while using my bladder as a trampoline. I do love feeling him kicking higher up! I won't miss it though only because I would much rather have him here, so I can look at him to make sure he is safe. 

This is pregnancy number 10 for me. I thought once I hit week 12 I would calm down and enjoy being pregnant. I have had different worries or concerns the entire pregnancy. There are soooo many tests you go through and each time you worry will they find something. Even though I have made it to 28 weeks I still worry what if something goes wrong. I think that is a normal thing for someone who has had 1 or 9 losses. It is hard! That scared feeling in the back of your mind creeps in. Add in hormones and it can be a little worse. 

Would I do this again? Without a second thought! Every time we went through a loss I would think can I do this again? In a few months my heart would start to heal enough that I felt I could go through it again. I always prepared myself that the next pregnancy could result in a loss and I needed to be strong enough. I knew eventually though we would have a successful pregnancy. My heart always knew I would be a mom. I couldn't give up. I had some terrible things said to me by people who thought they were being caring. They would ask why I kept trying, maybe I needed to calm down and stop worry, maybe God didn't want us to have a child, there were lots of children that needed to be adopted and the nonsense continued for 5 years. It came to the point where I stopped telling people about a loss because if I had to hear one more crude comment I might end up in prison. 

Pregnancy is hard no matter how prepared you are, but there are some good parts to it. The second trimester has been one of the best. I FINALLY feel back to normal physically. This is the first time I have physically felt good since surgery in January 2013. If I could live in second trimester I would stay here forever. Someone needs to learn how to bottle this and sell it! I would buy it for a lot of money. lol 

My hair has been amazing. It is full, doesn't get greasy, I don't shed and it's shiny. I would lose handfuls of hair in the shower each time I washed it over the past year. It was awful! I was on a every 3 to 4 day hair washing schedule. Now I wash it every 7-8 days. This is one of the things I will miss terribly bad. I hate hate hate washing my hair. It is such a chore. 

I only have to shave once every other week. How fabulous is that! It's just as fabulous as not having a period for 9 months. Who cares if you bleed like a mother after birth. You had 9 months of heaven. lol

There are good things and bad things. You can't go into pregnancy with expectations or saying you will do certain things. I had plans to work out and eat healthy. lol What a joke! The first trimester I choked down what I could just to survive. The second trimester round ligament pain killed me when I tried to exercise. I had to walk like a granny if I just wanted to get a 1/2 mile. 

I have read so many blog posts about how wonderful pregnancy can be. I thought there needs to be a reality to what it is like. Heartburn, round ligament pain, gestational diabetes, peeing every 15 minutes, stretch marks, bladder used a trampoline, breasts the size of cantaloupes, worrying, looking fat instead of pregnant, sleepless nights, moodiness, crying one minute laughing the next, acne, fabulous hair, and the list goes on & on & one.  I have around 80ish days until my due date, but who is counting. Honestly I am enjoying every minute of this because I know this could be the first and last. 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

27 Weeks

How far along: 27 weeks (as of 6-23-14)

Maternity clothes: Yes! 
Sleep: Sleep was very good. Sunday I actually slept through the night for 6 hours straight. That is almost unheard of for me without 1-2 bathroom breaks. 
Best moment of this week: Hearing his heartbeat and recording it. I love that I can listen to it anytime. 
Miss anything: not this week. 
Movement: Oh yes, every single day. He is quiet from the time I get ready to work until around 10am. Then I feel him until I go to bed throughout the day. Evening time he is very active. 
Food cravings: Taco Salad! 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing in particular. I have been feeling queasy after I eat sometimes. It is strange. 
Have you started to show yet: Finally getting a rounder belly. Art cheered the other night he was so happy I am starting to look pregnant. 
Gender: Boy!
Belly button in or out: in. It is starting to get shallow. I never thought I would say that. 
Wedding rings on or off: I can't wear them at night, but I can wear them during the day. I really thought they were on their last leg. So far so good. 
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! 
Looking forward to: My due date!  lol I just can't wait for this little guy to get here!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

24 Weeks

How far along: 24 weeks (as of 5-27-14)

Maternity clothes: Yes! I found some maternity jeans & capris at Babies R Us for $5 each. I wish I had bought another pair of the capris. They are super comfy and what a fabulous deal!
Sleep: Sleep was very good. 
Best moment of this week: Ultrasound of the little guy. He is growing just perfectly.  
Miss anything: Just vacation lol
Movement: Yes, it's almost daily
Food cravings: Orange Juice
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not this week
Have you started to show yet: Starting to show some
Gender: Boy!
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: on 
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! 
Looking forward to: working on the nursery
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

23 Weeks

How far along: 23 weeks (as of 5-20-14)

Maternity clothes: Yes! I have one pair of black Rockstar Old Navy jeans that still fit. I am so glad I bought these!
Sleep: Sleep was very good. 
Best moment of this week: Enjoying vacation, relaxing on the beach and with family & friends
Miss anything: not this was vacation time!
Movement: Yes, he was very active after I ate steak. I think he likes beef!
Food cravings: Fish! Good thing because I ate a lot of it. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not this week
Have you started to show yet: Starting to show some
Gender: Boy!
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: on 
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! 
Looking forward to: Next ultrasound next week!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

26 Weeks

How far along: 26 weeks (as of 6-0-14)

Maternity clothes: Yes! In the beginning of my pregnancy I bought a pair of black Rockstar Old Navy jeans. I figured I could wear them for a few weeks and then afterwards. Well I am still wearing them. They were one of my best purchases. 
Sleep: Sleep was very good. 
Best moment of this week: Having a soccer game inside me. lol He is kicking like CRAZY! The little guy LOVES beef. When I eat steak he goes bonkers.  
Miss anything: just my bed. I love sleeping in my bed. 
Movement: Yes! Saturday night he went bonkers! It scared me at first because I felt thud thud thud. lol
Food cravings: Steak!!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: The smell of cleaning supplies! 
Have you started to show yet: Starting to show some
Gender: Boy!
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: They are on their last leg. My fingers are starting to swell. There are times I can't wear them. 
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! 
Looking forward to: Doctor appointment next week. I am sure we will get to hear his heartbeat. Also entering the 3rd trimester! I can't believe we are almost at that point! 

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

The older I get the more I realized what a great childhood I had. My parents were very protective of us kids. They sheltered us from a lot which kept us innocent. I never had a fear of my parents abusing us in any way. As I have gotten older the relationship with my dad has become great. We have always got a long. I remember when things kind of changed I was in my early 20's. We started to develop more of a friendship and closeness that when I was younger. 

The majority of our phone calls are us laughing. We like a lot of the same tv shows, have crazy little sayings that probably no one else understands and like to be goofy. We also have really good talks about life. I know I can call him for advice, to vent, or just for a laugh. My dad doesn't understand he doesn't have to answer his cell phone all the time. There are times he will answer to say I have to call you back. Lacey and I ask him why do you answer if you can't talk? lol

Last night we were on the phone as we were watching Family Feud. We were commenting on these women dresses that were a terrible choice. He says look at her dress it's so tight it looks like she has a hernia. I was laughing so hard I was crying! 

My parents balanced each other out while raising us. When one was hard on us the other would usually talk some sense into them. lol I remember my mom got mad when I came home 15 minutes late one time and ground me for I think a month. It was the first time I had ever come home late. I know she was trying to teach me a lesson. I remember hearing my dad say a month? Don't you think that is a bit rough? I think it was reduced to 1 or 2 weeks. It was not reduced that night, but a few days later. Now there are times my dad was hard on me and my mom had to talk to him. 

Hanging out reading a horse magazine

Hey, look at all my Christmas gifts!!

How about the mix of plaid???  We do need to work on my dads wardrobe. lol 

I look around this insane world we live in and realize just how lucky I am to have a fabulous Fausha!!

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

22 Weeks

How far along: 22 weeks (as of 5-13-14)
Maternity clothes: Yes! My regular clothes are on their last leg. 
Sleep: Sleep was very good. 
Best moment of this week: We got to hear his heartbeat this week. He is growing nicely. 
Miss anything: not this week
Movement: Yes, I am feeling it just a little bit. 
Food cravings: French Fries!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not this week
Have you started to show yet: Starting to show some
Gender: Boy!
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: on 
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! 
Looking forward to: Vacation! It can't come fast enough!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

23 Weeks

How far along: 23 weeks (as of 5-20-14)

Maternity clothes: Yes! I am super excited I found a pair of Thyme jeans and capris at BabiesRus for $5 each. BabiesRus had a sale on all their Thyme clothing for $5 each. I needed a new pair of jeans, so this was an AWESOME find!
Sleep: Sleep was very good. I have realized when I get 7.5-8 hours a sleep a night I feel great the next day. 
Best moment of this week: Feeling the baby move each night. Around 7pm each night he moves around. I woke up Saturday to feel him kicking. Sammy laid on my lap later in the morning. I thought Sammy was moving his head around, but it was Bing Bong kicking away. It was so cute! Almost like each of them know about the other and were excited. 
Miss anything: not this week
Movement: Yes! While we were on vacation I ate a lot of fish. Fresh fish is the best! I was craving steak one night. A couple hours later Bing Bong was going CRAZY kicking. A couple days later I had a burger and the same thing. That little guy loves beef!
Food cravings: Dunkin Donuts Latte's! Oh they are the best. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: lemonade! Oh the acid was a terrible terrible thing for heartburn!
Have you started to show yet: Starting to show some
Gender: Boy!
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: on 
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! 
Looking forward to: We have an ultrasound in 2 weeks. 

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Menu Monday

It is back to planning a menu for the week. We have decided to go back to meatless Monday's and adding in taco Tuesday's. I will not turn down any Mexican food! While we were in Florida we ate a lot of fish, so we decided to add more fish to our diets. I love boneless fish! Art went fishing on vacation. One of the people on the boat caught Mahi Mahi and gave Art a big bag. We made fish tacos were were amazing.

Our menu for the week is:

Burrito Bowls
Fish Taco's
Crock Pot Potato Soup
Asian Chicken Salad

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Spoiled Little Boy Already!

Our little man is spoiled already! We have received so many clothes for him already. Art told me he is not a doll to dress up. Ha! That is what he thinks. Luckily kids go through a lot of clothes, so all the adorable outfits will be put to use. 

My grandma sent the outfits before for little Bing Bong. I LOVE bow ties!!! Aren't they just soooo cute!

My friend Alicia has a little boy that is 5 months old. She gave me all the clothes he has outgrown. I couldn't believe the bag of stuff she hauled out of her car to give me. She told me to come visit her in July and she will give us everything her son has outgrown. I love this!!!! 

Look at that pile of clothes!!! We are all set for the first 3-6 months. Pjs, onesies, pants, overalls, sleep sacks, swaddles lots of adorable stuff! The blog will be filled with lots of pictures of our little man wearing all this stuff. 

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Thursday, May 22, 2014


The craft room is now gone and has been transformed into a nursery. I will post pictures once it is completed. I got rid of a lot of craft stuff and moved the rest into the guest bedroom. Well I finally got the bug to start making some stuff for the little man. Art asked if I was depressed because I was crafting. lol I told him no I am nesting. 

One night I cut everything out and the next day I sewed it all together. I have a pile of other stuff I still want to make. I left the pile of fabric in a box near my spot on the couch, so I will work on it each week. 

Puppy & Mustache burp clothes

A lady at church just had a little girl, so I made some burp clothes and bibs for her. 
I also made my little man some bandanna bibs. 

My list of items I want to make are:
mustache flannel blanket
farm animal waffle knit blanket
camo bib
more burp clothes
decorative onesies
wet bags

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cheater Caramel Rolls

My Grandma Fischer always made the BEST caramel rolls growing up. I have been craving them for a couple weeks. I didn't want to make the dough. I wanted the yummy caramel rolls, but I didn't want to do all the work. I decided to be lazy and make a cheater version. 

I bought a half roll of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in the refrigerator section. Did you know they sell just 5 rolls in a package? I already had heavy whipping cream and brown sugar at home. I put 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and a 1/4 cup of brown sugar in a sauce pan, brought it to a boil and then poured it over the cinnamon rolls. I baked them for 12 minutes and wa-la they were AMAZING! They tasted just as good as homemade caramel rolls. I really think it is the sauce that makes caramel rolls amazing!

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