Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It's a love hate thing with Technology

Recently I have been doing a lot of thinking about a little thing called technology. Ok it's not a little thing it's a big thing! It's been on my mind a lot. It could be because I am in awe at all the current devices out there that I wonder what it will be like when my children are grown. Which is amazing and also freaks me out. Yes you read that right freaks me out.

Somedays I am so grateful to have it! I love it and I can't wait to see what will happen with it. Then there are someday's where I want to chuck it against the wall and say good ridden's, which I secretly hope it isn't a robot in disguise that I just made angry. Ok that's an exaggeration but hey.




But lately I have been looking around and I just don't love what I see with mobile technology. What happened to parents chasing after their children at the park? What happened to the parents that actually looked up when their child was at the top of the play place yelling "Mom! Mom! Watch me!"? What happened to face to face conversations, instead of "Hey check this out" Where a bright screen is then thrust in your face and then silence reoccurs?


I am definitely guilty of the last one, I am not perfect with consciously knowing when to put my phone down, but I am becoming more aware of it. The other day I took little miss to the Mcdonald's to play, I took her shoes off and let her have at it. I choose the booth closest to play area so I could see her no matter where she went. Then I took gander around me. All 15 people in Mcdonald's were doing one thing. Staring at their phones. Guess what?! They all had someone sitting across from them! There they were eating in silence. Occasionally glancing up, turning their screen they would giggle and then silence would engulf them once more. I couldn't believe it. What really put me over the edge though, a mom was there with her three kids.  The little girl was doing something dangerous, and her brother ran to tell their mom. You know what she did? She yelled the girl's name waved her hand to get down and not once, not once did she take her eyes off of her phone! ( I feel justified saying she was doing nothing more important then scrolling through Facebook) I couldn't believe that Facebook was more important then her daughter's safety! I don't normally look at my phone more then a few seconds when I am watching my daughter play, one for her safety and two because I feel that is the perfect time for a creeper to snatch my daughter. But after I saw that occur I made sure my ringer was off and that phone was tucked away in my bag so I all my attention was then placed on my daughter.


I love what technology can do for us. Don't get me wrong. I love blogging. I love being able to stay in contact with my friends literally all over the country. I am definitely SO GRATEFUL to be able to talk to my husband on the other side of the world nearly everyday and take pictures of my baby girl whenever I please with the touch of my phone. But there is a time and place to be staring at your phone, and then there is a time to actually be "present" in your life not just virtually. Maybe that mom had a good reason for being on Facebook but what if her daughter had gotten seriously injured? Would she have put the phone down then?

I am definitely going to be working on learning to put the phone down when it's not necessary. I am not perfect at it, but right now I definitely have a love hate relationship with technology.




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Monday, October 27, 2014

To the pumpkin patch we go!


                


The Pumpkin Patch. The beloved Pumpkin Patch, where row upon row's of pumpkin's sit awaiting the picking of a family member to bring it home. Hay scattered across the floor while country music plays in the background giving you some sense of the great out doors. Carnival rides and families snapping pictures galore fill the surrounding areas of the fenced in lot. What a glorious time in fall! I love it! It truly makes my heart sing (in the words of my granny goose).

                

Last year Mr. Sailor and I took little miss to a simple one at a local church in our area, but this year would be different! We would be in California, where I grew up. Though my husband isn't here (though I desperately wished it) We made plans to take our baby girl to the exact pumpkin patch where my parents began taking me and my sisters 21 years ago. I purchased this $3 shirt from Walmart and knew baby girl had to wear it when we walked through the gate.

             


               

She was thrilled! She had to hug every single pumpkin and she screamed in delight. My heart was full, I chased her around snapping as many pictures and video's as I could so that night they would be waiting in Mr. Sailor's inbox to take a gander at. We all exclaimed that the pumpkin patch hadn't changed too much but was still as adorable as ever. They still had this gigantic metal pumpkin you could take pictures in and sit inside. So naturally we had to take advantage of it!

               

Little miss wore herself out as she hugged each pumpkin and chased bubbles being blown from a machine! Which Grandpa graciously helped her catch. It was a magical fall night remembering the great things I got to do as a child and now being able to take my own daughter to them really warms me up inside.
              

We finished the night by purchasing hot fudge sundae's from Mcdonald's and drove home jamming out to my awesome playlist of songs. I had to prove to my family that though I LOVE country music I can still jam out to other genre's. Any fun halloween plans for you guys?!

            

            


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Little Miss' Daddy Doll!






This is not a sponsored post. These ideas are my own. I am just pretty dang excited about this! 


For those of you in the military community, you are probably more then aware of the Daddy Doll or Hug-A-Hero. For those of you who don't know they are amazing AMAZING stuffed dolls. Sounds boring right? It's not! I promise.

When Mr. Sailor left I knew we needed to purchase one of these. They are a bit pricey, but I say for deployments they are definitely worth the investment. We had to take a full length picture of him that showed him from feet to hat. It didn't need to be perfect, but we needed to be able to see all of him. Why? Because This amazing company takes the pictures and prints it onto a 12" stuffed doll with your choice of a saying at the bottom. You can get them one sided with a pattern on the back or two sided.
                  

I was anxiously awaited to order one for little miss, but with moving and the financial hole moving causes I knew I had to wait. After some time has passed, I finally decided to order one. Little miss kept calling out for her dada and tried ripping his photo off the wall, so decided it was worth it to purchase one. Thankfully due to the Navy's Birthday I found a 25% off code with a choice of a certain fabric. HALLELUJAH! It was the exact fabric I was hoping for! BAM! I was able to order her daddy doll for $25. I was so giddy! I couldn't wait.
                   


I awaited for the doll to show up on our door step. After exactly a week after ordering it, it arrived! My heart melted as I ripped open the package. Then I began to cry. There my handsome sailor on a pillow. A Pillow that I little miss could snuggle with at night, that could go with her trick or treating (thanks mom for the idea) and bring her comfort without him here.

Since she was napping when it arrived I had to patiently wait for her to wake up. When she did I felt like a little kid on Christmas. I hid it behind my back and waited for the perfect moment to give it to her. Her eyes lit up! She pointed at his face and exclaimed "DADADADADA!"
                    

There have been times where she has thrown the doll, but for the most part that doll has been cuddled up in her arms and I have caught her staring at his handsome face and pointing. I am so thrilled that I was able to provide some sort of comfort for my baby girl. It's been hard for me to try and figure out how to comfort her when she is still too little to understand why her dad isn't walking through the front door everyday.

I was able to take a picture and send it to my husband and he was just as pleased with outcome as I was! So thank you Daddy Dolls for making one more daughter a happy camper!

               


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Guess who lost her first 5 lbs?!

That's right! This girl did! When Mr. Sailor left I wanted one of my goals to be getting back to my high school weight. I knew it would take time and dedication. But I didn't want it to be a "quick fix" I don't mind if other woman/men do the programs such as herbalife or Visalus or Atkins. Or any other weight loss program,  But I sadly have seen that once those who participated in the program stopped the weight came back. Sometimes quickly.. Sometimes a little at a time.

I didn't want that. I wanted something that would teach me how to eat healthier and gain a steady work out ethic. I just wasn't sure how to do it. Until my twin sister told me that she joined weight watchers and just three months in she lost 20 lbs. Though I was super proud of her, I didn't want to pay for for a program. Obviously though, I had been trying to do it on my own and it just wasn't working.

So I signed up. Lo and behold a month in I have lost 5 lbs. I realized that last week I had done the most exercising { four 30 min walks} which contributed to my highest weight loss of 2 lbs last week. I am learning how to portion control and that exercising really does make a difference. With these 5 lbs gone I am more motivated then ever to continue exercising and using the program. I get to make the decision every day of what I WANT to eat with no limitations, but I have to decide if it's worth it and pay attention to how much I am eating.

 I feel like I am forming great habits and skills which will allow me to teach my daughter to eat healthy and how to make healthy, but yet extremely delicious meals for my family. I don't feel like I am on a diet. I feel like I am finally learning how to eat right and apply myself to working out.

My mom showed me in a real life comparison how much 5 lbs look like. Ladies and gentlemen 5 lbs is 3 28 oz cans of food! 3!!
                     
                


Look at how much that is! It isn't easy and has taken a lot of self control. I mean ALOT! It's halloween people with delicious candy. But I know in the end it will be worth it!  I can feel myself making healthier decisions on my own and I am feeling the happiest I have in a while! I hope that I will be able to check this off my deployment bucket list! Any great milestones for you guys?!



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Spook-Tacular!


                     


This past weekend was my new ward's Halloween Spook-tacular! I love when my church throws a shin dig. It's super family friendly and just plain fun. I am grateful that while Mr. Sailor is away I have little mini countdowns. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas etc etc. It is definitely making time seem faster.

                   

I knew little miss was going to be a mermaid. So to find out that she could wear her costume an extra night I was thrilled. Last year we went to a party on the ship and little miss was bundled up due to the cold winds you could barely see her cute cow costume. So I was super excited to have her dress up this year, though it would be a fairly simple costume.

                  
                  

The party was a hit with little miss! We indulged in hot chili and hot dogs, candy, bounce house (Though she would only walk up to it, run away and then come back) and fun carnival games! They even had a cute Photo Booth set up! It was a blast! I loved seeing all the little munchkins running around throwing sponges at the bishop's face and giggling with joy that they got em'!


                 

                 

                

                

Little miss ran back and forth across the parking lot and picking out all the suckers she could from the buckets. Grandpa even played a few of the harder games to earn her a few pieces of candy! Over all I think it was a massive success and I was so happy we were able to attend!  I feel like I am going to make a lot of good friends in this ward which I am so very grateful for!  I can't wait to see what she will do during her first time trick or treating! Ahh the pleasure's of being a mamma! I wouldn't trade it for the world!Any fun parties you guys have planned? I would love to hear about them!

              



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Friday, October 17, 2014

My favorite Qoute


As many of you know my husband is on deployment. Did we sign up for this? Yes we did. Were we aware this would eventually happen. Yup. But does it make it easy... absolutely not. The day I said "see you later" to my best friend was also the day I started out on my trek with my best friend and baby girl to literally the other side of the country. Double Whammy in one day.

Though the trek has been made easier by small blessings through family and friends and their actions; somedays are just tough. I have cried to my mother. I have cried silently when my baby is asleep and sometimes I cry when I hold her in my arms. I try to be as put together as possible, but my best friend is not here to help me. He sends me words of encouragement and I know we both keep each other in our prayers, but sometimes you just need them here physically.

This move and deployment could go two ways, I decided. One: The I'm so mad at the world and my heart is filled with bitterness and sadness all day long 24/7. Or Two: I could just take it day by day and look for the small successes.  Though it may seem like the easy choice to pick number two, in all honesty I really did have to think about it. Until I saw this quote, which has now become my favorite.

{To read where this quote came from. Click here}
This quote derives from this talk given at the LDS General Conference in April of this year. It was exactly what I needed to do. I needed to choose to be grateful for all that we have been blessed with. Do I love that my husband is not with me for the next while, ABSOLUTELY NOT, but choosing to be grateful has made it more bearable and has allowed the days to pass just a little faster.

 I have chosen to be grateful that My husband is safe. I am grateful he is stationed on his particular ship with men I know he trust's his life with. I am grateful that we traveled 3,000 miles with not one major hiccup. I am grateful that my mom and dad have opened up their home putting time and effort to build us our own space in the garage. I am grateful for the constant words of encouragement from my family and friends. I am grateful that I have my healthy baby girl to shine her bright light when my days seem cloudy and dark. I am grateful to be married to my best friend and know that when he comes home, he comes home to me! 

Focusing on the good through out my day has helped take the edge of this deployment. I am expecting that there are some days where Ben & Jerry will be my best friend and I will hash it out with them as the notebook plays in the background. But for right now my family is safe even though we are apart and I am surrounded by people who love us. This quote has gotten me through a lot these last two months and I am sure in the near future it will help even more!



{This is what I imagine him coming home will feel like!}




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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My BFF Haley Smith




Right when I graduated I met my best friend Haley. She was my manager at Pier 49 Pizza, one of my favorite places to work might I add. I honestly thought she hated me. We worked together but a full on conversation was never struck. Until  about a month before she left for BYU Hawaii. We both discovered our love of song writing and just music in general. Though we TRULY bonded the night before she hopped on a plane due to manager's poor lack in judgement. Anger can really bring people together!

Somehow  we stayed in contact with even an ocean between us and became best friends the year she moved back. Which eventually lead to roommates. (This next part is seriously just bragging about her. So if that's not your cup of tea skip ahead)

Haley is SUPER Talented! She has been playing the piano for what seems like forever, in fact Media Music is her major. I am in awe every time I hear her play. It gives me goose bumps. Being a great friend she even played at my wedding reception for free ;)  Recently she has really worked on her voice and by george I think she has got it! I am so proud of her and all that she has been able to put her mind too and accomplish! We have definitely grown but throughout these last 5 years we have been able to lean on each other no matter what.

So the reason for all this bragging? Haley has recently done her first music video of the cover of "Stay With Me" By Sam Smith. I teared up watching this guys. For one she is taking a huge step by putting herself out there and two her voice seriously warmed my soul. So I would like to post that video up here today. I am doing this to show her my support and spread the word about how talented my best friend is! I hope you enjoy!

Check out her FB here! 
Check out her Instagram here


Wasn't that amazing! Haley dear I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished. I couldn't ask for a better friend. *end sappiness* 


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