Saturday, July 7, 2012

Our Fourth...

I love when holidays are in the middle of the really breaks up the monotony. 

Our fourth was spent at the in-law's. 

And what made it a true holiday for us?

The fact that they have a gigantic slip and slide.

Lets just say I heard a lot of this...

And saw a lot of this...

Don't you love her life jacket swim suit?  It was actually great because it provided some extra padding for the slide part of things.  :)

All in all it was quite relaxing and nice.

Plus...when you get to share it with my two cuties...yup, life couldn't get any better.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Life Changes...

So. Thought I'd share the reasons why I've been absent lately.

6 weeks after having my baby boy...I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Thankfully, the biopsy came back benign and the diagnosis was changed to an incredibly rare disease called Granulomatous Mastitis.

I believe in a loving Heavenly Father.  Sometimes I think when we start to take life for granted He sometimes sends us gentle reminders that He is the one in charge and puts us back on the right path.

I think that's what happened here.

I had recently started a new job because my husband had been laid off for the 2nd time.  I left my 4 week old baby home and got back to work.

At my 6 week DR's appointment I showed the DR the lump I had noticed.

You know your DR is worried when they rush you in for an ultrasound.

You know you're in trouble when the ultrasound tech excuses herself to get the DR after looking at the lump.

You know you're in big trouble when the radiologist looks at the screen then at you and says "I'm concerned this is cancer...there's really no other way to say it."

You know there's a possibility you might die when the lump they show you is the size of a golf ball and they're talking about lymph nodes.

I can't even describe the emotions that you have as you go through this.

You immediately quit your brand new job because you can't handle spending any time away from your precious family.


You immediately start compiling a list of things you want to do with your family...memories you want to instill.

You schedule family pictures.

And you start praying.  Hard.

Luckily for me...this was Heavenly Father's way to tap me on the shoulder and point me in a different direction.

The biopsy was the day before my birthday.

29 years old.

You don't expect to be waiting for biopsy results when you turn 29.  There's a lot of other things you expect to be un-burying the list of "things to do by 30" to see what you can scratch off...but waiting for results that could tell you if your chance of dying might be incredibly high is not one of them.

My birthday was spent quietly at home with my babies and my husband.  And the day afterwards came the wonderful phone call that told me the tumor was benign and it was instead Granulomatous Mastitis.

There was seriously a less than 1% of a 1% chance that was what it was.

There were a lot of unknowns after the diagnosis.  There is no set treatment plan for this disease.  The most popular treatment is steroids...but that has a very high re-occurance rate.  Some women get lumpectomies.  A few have elected to get mastectomies to ensure that this painful disease goes away and stays away.

I'll be doing a whole separate post about what my treatment plan has been.  This post was mainly to catch everyone up on what has been going on and the reasons behind my absence on the blog.

So.  Coming soon is what I have done to work with this disease and how successful it has been...stay tuned.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Kid's Room Plans...


So for our kid's room...Here is what I've come up with.


Just a fun, modern room full of lots of colors.  

The walls are going to be painted with light gray and white stripes and there will be a chalkboard wall as well.  

I heart chalkboard.  

I'm making Captain a quilt for his crib right now.  I'm quite excited about it.  

I'll share a tutorial after it's all completed.  

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Updating the Kid's Room... that we have 2 kids, it's time to update their rooms.

It was just the Princess's room but since she can't go into the basement without "help"...they're going to have to share.

I've decided to do orange, light blue, and gray.  And perhaps some chalkboard paint.

Here are some cool pics I found online.  I'll put together an inspiration board a little later...

I'm so excited to get started. 

I'm going to be stenciling a rug and yeah...a bit nervous about that.  But the rug in the last picture was stenciled so if she can do it and have it look so phenomenal...I can do it!  That's my they can, I can.  

We'll see if that works.  :)

Kids Make Everything Better...

made my day.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I'm Back.


It's been so long I don't even know where to start.

First of all...the reason for my absence. 

Pretty cute huh?

This is our sweet little boy who joined our family in Feb.  We'll be calling him Captain on the blog. 

I found out I was pregnant last June when even looking at a computer screen made me sick.  So.  I stopped blogging and then just got out of the habit!


But since he's now 2 months old...I figured it's probably as good a time as any to start up again.

There are going to be some differences though.  Instead of just design...I think I want to turn my blog into more of a lifestyle blog.  I LOVE design...but there are other things I want to share too...

So hopefully that doesn't mean that all my readers will desert me.  :)  Cause the posts will probably include more of that cute face you see up there.