JUST GIVE ME THE SIMPLE LIFE

I don’t know what it is about social media today but every time I check my newsfeed it is filled with the sweetest parent quotes and the most inspiring articles about children. Truth though, I have cried at least twice today from these bad boys. While reading them it got me thinking about where I saw my life going and where it is now.

Growing up I was positive I would be a world famous celebrity or perhaps the next big fashion designer. Spoiler alert…I was into fashion design before Project Runway was cool….total hipster up in here. I always thought I would live in New York or LA maybe even Paris. My humble abode would be a killer urban loft that I would host parties that everyone would be talking about for months. The kind of party that LMFAO would base their next hit single off of.

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Let’s look at how things have played out. I am married to my best friend. I’m London’s mommy. We live in Corpus Christi, TX. I’m a stay at home mom who is also a work from home mom. Instead of accepting that Academy Award I’m accepting a tiny pebble that the sweetest toddler in the world picked up at some point in our day and chose to give it to me. Any Mom knows that it’s those random gifts that mean the most. No idea I had concocted in my earlier years could even compare to how beautifully my life has unfolded.

Things that my 16 year old self would have cringed at make me weak in the knees. For instance when my husband is snoring so loudly I can’t sleep and he’s coating his pillow with drool I don’t grimace in disgust but I think of how blessed I am that I get the opportunity to spend the rest of my life with such an amazing man. Sure, sometimes he gets WAY to into college football. He likes putting butter on everything and this makes me slightly nauseous. Quirks and all he is my world. He loves me when I haven’t showered in days. He makes me feel like a million dollars on those days when I feel like I am below rock bottom. I’m pretty much the luckiest girl in the world basically.

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“ME” time is non-existent since the arrival of our son London 18 months ago. Errands take 7 times longer than they used to. Thank goodness my go-to hairstyle is a ponytail anyways because I can practically count the number of times I have used my flat iron in the last year on one hand. I didn’t end up with a jam packed schedule requesting my presence and an agent who only landed me the hottest gigs. I am filling my days watching the truest joy in the purest form. That belly laugh that ensues during a fun swing session at the park is far better than hitting up Rodeo Drive with the Kardashians. The little eyes that peak around the corner at me followed by the slow smile that is filled with adoration and love kicks my preconceived notion of having paparazzi follow me around. Who knew I would birth my best friend in the world?

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My car karaoke performances have changed drastically too. BC (Before Child) I would belt out some questionable lyrics complete with chest thrusting and Beyonce esque motions. Now it’s all about nailing all the different voices from some of Disney’s hottest songs. Sebastian- CHECK! Pumba-CHECK! Olaf-CHECK! Anything to make that doll baby sitting in the backseat smile and giggle is sure to be done. That party life MTV made me think I would be living pales in comparison to London’s chipper disposition.

SUCK IT 16 YEAR OLD ME! Life has turned out to be nothing like I thought it would, thank God for that. I haven’t had any crazy life plans or dreams like I did in high school for a while. I figured it was because my drive had subsided. Quite contrary actually…..I’m living the ultimate dream! Days may bring tough times, fun time, sad times and confusing times but without a doubt these are the best of times!!!!!

Labor Day in Port A

Happy un-official beginning of Fall y’all. Today marks the beginning of Fall in my mind. We had an absolute blast today goofing off. Our Labor Day started off meeting my Stroller Strides girls and their families at Fajitaville on North Beach for lunch and fun. As per usual London saw the beach and couldn’t get enough. Most of our morning was spent trying to pry Wee Man out of the water. After lunch we decided to take a trip to Port Aransas and act like total tourists. We shopped at all the kitchy stores, ate cupcakes, sipped iced coffee and drove along the water.

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No road trip would be complete without a mini dance party from London in the backseat.

BUH BYE Summer, Hello Fall!!!!

Say Cheese!

My dear friend Kelly with Kelly Lea Photography  is doing Back to School Minis on Sunday, September 21st from 6-8pm. She was such a gem and asked if London could be one of her models for the promo pics. As expected she hit it out of the park with these photos. She’s kickass in everything so it was a guarantee her pictures wouldn’t be anything short of phenomenal.

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Kelly found a grungy old school desk and refinished it in a funky teal. The end results of this photoshoot still have me in awe!

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When we moved to Corpus Christi I was so worried we wouldn’t find a photographer we loved as much as did Edlin with E.M. Photography. While nothing can and never will replace my Edlin love we are feeling very at home with Kelly. It means so much knowing such talented people who adore our little guy. We’ve got family photos coming up in October with Kelly so the search for outfits for that has commenced.

Is it Halloween Yet?

This will without a doubt not be the most fascinating post but I am so excited for Halloween I cannot stand it! So since this is my blog I’ll do as I wish and right now I wish to share my Halloween excitement!!!

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Seriously though does it not make you anxious when you notice it’s almost September, which means it is practically October?!?! I’m not a huge Pumpkin Spice Latte girl but I am huge on ghosts, candy corns and everything black. Ahhhh black…..it’s my favorite hue in all the land. Fortunately my family allows me to let my crazy show even more this time of year. One of the girls at the store asked if we would be decorating for Halloween. This question was answered with “Do you know Morgan?” LOL I guess it’s pretty evident that Halloween and me go hand in hand.

Lazy

Lately I have been so freakin lazy.

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One main example is my lack of initiative when it comes to working out. I took the month of July off practically due to doctors appointments and well August hasn’t been so hot. I’ll wake up to my alarm and think….Nah I’m good. This wouldn’t be such a problem but my fat pants aren’t feeling like fat pants anymore. They are feeling more like day to day pants. Maybe my relationship with my stretchy yoga pants isn’t the healthiest thing I’ve encountered in a while.

Poor London has had to suffer with seeing his Mommy pant-free and bra-free way to much recently. The kid is not going to know what’s going on when I actually get dressed. Today for example I haven’t even brushed my hair and my teeth didn’t get brushed until well after the noon hour. My hottness level is clearly off the charts today. I did manage to get out of pajamas and I did put on a bra today. Sexy Mama over here!

A good thing is my little partner in crime is now well versed in Netflix, Psych in particular. He dances around the living room every single time the theme song plays.

Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster would be so proud. Some may say this is poor parenting on my part but when one digs deeper they see that by watching every episode of Psych a child’s sarcasm level rises, their ability to solve various crimes increases and their love for pineapples is enhanced. That sounds like a total parenting win to me. Heck, London can even operate the remote controls accurately. His fine motor skills are impressive.

By 4 o’clock my guilt hits and I throw in a load of dirty clothes into the washer and try and pull the house together. For instance right now I’m trying to find the motivation to get my happy butt off of the couch and into the kitchen so I can feed my family. That guilt has miraculously faded now though and I’m thinking that once dinner is done it’s back to my sofa sanctuary to partake in some more Netflix!

Surf, Sun & Sand

Days like today remind me how truly fortunate our family is to live where we do. We started our Sunday off by going to church as per usual then afterwards we packed up the whole fam damily and headed to the beach. It’s extremely cool being able to spend the day at the beach and then drive 15 minutes and be home. We took London to the beach for the first time on Father’s Day and he wasn’t quite sure about it. The past few times he has really enjoyed it. Today he was a beach bum professional. Had we not forced him to slow down we’d probably still be there right now. We got to the beach around 1:30 and left at 4:40. London didn’t stop playing until we left. Once he did slow down he immediately crashed. My little water baby had a fantastic day and so did we. Wee Man’s new favorite activity is finding seashells and putting them in his red bucket. He was covering so much ground that he even had some very pretty girls, older I might add, bringing him shells to add to his collection. It was too freakin’ cute seeing London socializing with everyone today.

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After grilling, wave hopping, seashell hunting, splish splashing and getting a tan London was exhausted!

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Seriously, it’s insane that this is our real life! How did we get so lucky to spend our Sundays like this?!?!?!

Our First Budget

My Hubby and I have been married since May of 2011 and living together since February of 2010. We’ve moved twice, had a kid, traveled a lot and shopped til we dropped. One thing we’ve never done is actually sit down and set a budget.

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I know what you’re thinking, “WTF?!?! How can they just now be setting a budget?” We’ve always just paid our bills as they come and spent when we wanted to. We’ve never really had a money problem but we’ve noticed our savings dwindling and couldn’t believe the amount of money we have gone through in the last few months alone. So tonight while prepping a crock pot meal the “B” word came up. It is high time we acted like responsible adults and got our sh** in check. We decided to sit down right away while it was fresh on our minds and just bite the bullet. Initially we thought we’d see a measly amount of moolah left over after our bills were paid, ugh, bills. Bills suck! It never seems too terrible when you are paying a $50 bill here and there but when you add them all up…

Being an adult sucks in the realm of paying bills. On a surprising note though we discovered we have more than plenty left over after factoring in our bills, household costs and even weekly spending money. Yes, we factored in mandatory mad money. When we sat down I think we both figured that we were broke as a joke. The heavens parted and angels sang alerting us that it wasn’t too late for us to begin an adult relationship with money. We are actually feeling super pumped up now that we’ve got a budget written out. Knowing exactly what we’re working with helped bring a level of peace. We know what we make in total each month and we now know what we have left over after each and every single effing bill is paid.

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Since we were already on a roll with figuring our money situation out we looked at investments as well. Our projected savings blew my mind. How the hell had we not done this until tonight!?!?! Personally I found looking at this part to be the most rewarding and it has me psyched and ready to save and stick to this budget. It’s moments like this that make the little kid who was thrilled with getting $5 in her birthday card feel like a total financial mogul. My childlike mind is like I’M RICH!

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What happened to me? Now I’m practically walking on air when I get to see my gas tank completely full. I get even more elated when I add on the deluxe car wash to my gasoline purchase. How did we get to the age where we need a budget and get all jazzed for gas?!?!?

Adulthood! Pssshhh please I still feel like I’m only 16. It floors me that I’m married, have a kid and am willingly making responsible decisions. My Dad would be so proud. I highly recommend sitting down and deeply analyzing your own finances and setting a budget. Now if only I could get into the stock market my Dad would be overjoyed!

*PS – Please forgive my over usage of GIF’s in this post. I am writing this at 1am while fighting a minor case of insomnia. These GIF’s are helping me cope.*