Loving our little one, Charlotte <3

 

And when you choose a life partner, you’re choosing a lot of things, including your parenting partner and someone who will deeply influence your children, your eating companion for about 20,000 meals, your travel companion for about 100 vacations, your primary leisure time and retirement friend, your career therapist, and someone whose day you’ll hear about 18,000 times.

Intense shit.

I just donated @maitaiworld. I got you, girl! Good luck!

I just donated @maitaiworld. I got you, girl! Good luck!

HOW is it that I’m already planning for my daughter’s second birthday party???

I feel like she was just born last week :*******( October, slow down a little, will ya?

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Here’s my #icebucketchallenge: I’m not gonna record myself, and my daughter is a lot cuter than I am, so she’s gonna represent.  

I got nominated twice last week for the #icebucketchallenge. I’m just slow and getting around to it now.

I think the power of social media is amazing, and I’m super glad that this challenge has raised so much money and awareness. With every good intention, there is always going to be criticism and negativity, but that’s okay, because even negativity means awareness. Besides donating to the ALS Association, we’ve also donated to the American Diabetes Association in memory of my sweet father-in-law that we lost this summer. We also made a donation to the Newborn and Fetal Care unit at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin where one of my very best friends lost her baby girl to hydrops fetalis.

I’m not trying to glorify myself or anything by these donations, but this has urged me to donate to associations and organizations that are close and dear to my heart. I encourage you to give to causes that are important to you, and that hopefully cures may be found in our children’s generation (or maybe even grand children’s).

I nominate anyone else who would like to join :)

Smoky Mountains

This weekend we are joining Steve’s family at the Smoky Mountains for a little getaway. I can’t wait! It’ll be our only mini vacation we got this summer and after the kind of summer we’ve had…so need it. We wanted to take MIL away for a few days and just spend time with her. It’ll be a long drive (15+ hours), buttttt tickets were around $400/each person round trip and we don’t have that kind of money around here.

We’re talking about white water rafting and ziplining, but I’m kind of a chicken so we’ll see, lol. 

Hope you’re all well!

All right y’all..

Gonna start making some smart decisions: lets see if I get pregnant or lose weight first. Either way, one of them is happening!

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! Nursed my daughter exclusively for a year, then nightly until 21 months. Hardest thing I’ve ever done, but so glad I didn’t give up.

Last night before we headed to bed, she patted my boobs and said &#8220;Hiiiiiiiii!&#8221; Lol. We weaned in the last month or so and I know she really misses it.

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! Nursed my daughter exclusively for a year, then nightly until 21 months. Hardest thing I’ve ever done, but so glad I didn’t give up.

Last night before we headed to bed, she patted my boobs and said “Hiiiiiiiii!” Lol. We weaned in the last month or so and I know she really misses it.

Long updated post…skip if you want :D

Wow I’m at 694 posts! That’s cray cray.

I know I’ve been MIA lately…I’ll try to update here and there throughout the day. Good thing Tumblr lets save posts (okay, more like retrieve posts that we haven’t posted yet). 

Lets see, biggest thing that happened is that FIL passed away. If you follow me on FB or Instagram, I’ve posted a bit about it. It was so fast and sudden and unexpected. I won’t go too much into how it happened, but ask me if you’re interested and I’ll tell you. Life was put on hold as we made arrangements and prepared for his funeral. We missed a lot of work, but got to spend that time grieving and just being with family so it was all worth it.

He was such a wonderful man, and I’m not even saying that to be nice. You can tell by how many people loved him, by all the stories that were shared about him..by how he raised his family. We miss him so much already. I know I try not to be religious on here because people have different view points and I respect that, but knowing that he is with God and in heaven now really brought peace to our family. It really is “I’ll see you later” and not goodbye. It’s nice to know where he is now, and scripture really has comforted us. My poor MIL, I’m not sure how she’s handling it internally but we are trying to call/facetime/visit more often. I know she misses him terribly. How do you go on with life after losing someone you’ve been with for 32 years? That’s longer than I’ve been alive. Steve goes to church camp annually for a week and I feel lost. No, I’m not dependent on him, I don’t need him, I just like having his company and him here. He is my other half.

My workplace moved, so it is farther away now from home. About a 35/40 min drive on a nice day, probably over an hour in the winter. I’m not looking forward to that, so I’m gonna have to make some decisions on whether I’m gonna suck it up and do the commute, or find a new job closer to home…or sell my house and move closer to work. Or Michigan. I don’t know, life is kind of all over the place now. I know, I know, it’s not THAT bad, but jeeze, gas prices and the number of times I have to fill up my car is not nice on my already empty wallet. And I really just hate driving.

Steve and I are doing okay, better than we were last year for sure. I hope we will continue doing better and loving each other. After such a loss, I think it has made us really realize how much our significant other means to us.

Charlotte will be turning two in about two and half months; can you believe that? I swear I was just blogging about my pregnancy a few weeks ago. She’s still in size 3 diapers, but I think we are ready to move up to 4 after this box. She fits in 18 month clothes best, and her hair is getting long :) She’s so smart and amazes us every day. I’m sure every parent feels like that! She’s been going to bed without nursing for awhile now, but still wakes up once in a while in the middle of the night looking for boobs. Charlotte loooooves books and reading, pointing out things. The last visit with the pedi said they want a 20 word vocabulary by age two, and she definitely has over that. On Sunday she asked “Mommy, I eat cereal?” as we were about to head out to lunch. So of course, I couldn’t deny her sweet request. I took her out of her clothes and gave her a bowl of cereal (I hate getting milk on clothes). Last night she was sitting down on her little chair and said “Mommy, I sit down.” So cute and so sweet <3 She knows a lot of her letters, can count to ten both in Hmong and English. I think I’m gonna start working on colors and shapes soon. She also knows a lot of animals and the noises they make :)

Oh yeah, and I still love dressing her up. It’s becoming quite a problem :) OH, and we’re having baby fever so maybe we’ll be lucky and expect a little one in 2015 :D

I thank God everyday my husband isn’t an egotistic SOB who thinks he should be treated like a king and waited on hand and foot. That he knows how to take care of himself, cook, clean, raise our child, heck, even changes her diapers and happily gives her baths without hesitating. That he doesn’t think he owns me, or that I’m his freaking slave, that I need to answer to him at his beck and call. That he believes in me and that we are equals. F’ing douchebag, it’s 2014. Get with the times. 💁