29 April 2014

Am I the only one who likes to embarrass my hubs in public?

The other day my Mattie and I were at the grocery store, shopping for cucumbers because I really wanted something like this. Apparently, cucumber shopping can be quite hysterical when you're as immature as we are (read: as immature as I am). 

I don't know what they feed the cucumbers in our local grocery store, but these puppies are like a foot and a half long! I was marveling over the size of them when Matthew started trying to hurry me out of the produce section before I could make a scene (he knows by now not to expect me to act like a grown up in the cucumber section). Too bad for him, I had already found the one I wanted and was twirling it around like a baton. He tends to frown upon that, but I could tell that he was trying not to laugh so I took it a step further...I started poking him with it haha!

If you ever poke a man in the butt with a cucumber, he will probably snatch it away from you. So that didn't last for long, but as soon as he had grabbed it and turned around I ran away and hid from him! My poor husband then had to walk around the grocery store looking for me with nothing but a freaking foot and a half long cucumber in his hand! He found me quicker than expected (possibly due to the laughter coming from aisle 3??) but even still, it was enough time for him to get strange looks from everyone he passed. Welcome to a day in my husband's life. 

I just love that when I am with him even a trip to the grocery store can gives us the giggles! We have so much fun together no matter what we do, and today at lunch I found myself thinking of yesterdays venture into the cucumber section and laughing to myself. I know it's just a little silly story, but I wanted to share it on the blog to keep that moment preserved. Before we move into our house, before our babies are sent to us from heaven...just my Mattie and I buying cucumbers and being in love.

25 April 2014

The highlight of today will be eating a bacon cheeseburger.

Impressed yet? No? What if I told you that this bacon cheeseburger is completely different than any other. It is referred to as the 50/50 burger and the patty contains 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef! If that doesn't excite you, I give up. Haha. The BEST part of living near L.A is watching food network and noticing that an amazeballs restaurant is not even too far away from you. #thatfoodielife

Next up (oh, this is a 5 on Friday post just FYI) ... I changed my mind about the leash thing. You can't have 5 kids on a leash in a crowd all going in different directions! Thats just cray. So I saw these things and think they would be worth investing in. They're for finding keys and stuff but if you got one with a really big radius and just put them in your kids pockets I'm sure it would work the same way. Also, a little less degrading I guess. I still think leashes are cute but hubby hates the idea haha.

I am soooo excited to have my own kitchen soon I can't even stand it (back story: I'm currently live in a basement but hubby and I recently bought a house and are getting ready to move in) Honestly...I haven't cooked since August lol. My pinterest feed is being blown up with all sorts of things I want to try and I can't wait! These are a bunch of "kid favorites" (psh! Laynah favorites!) That can be made from scratch. I've tried the oreos before and they are amaze.

On to clothes. My husband has always made it clear that he pretty much hates "flowy weird outfits" (like this, I suppose) and that he finds me infinitely more attractive in just jeans and a t-shirt. I've really fought this though because I've always wanted to, I don't know, have my own distinct girly, trendy style...so I hated the thought of quitting before I even figured that out. But you can't force it if it's not there, and I just don't have that kind of style! I feel more comfortable in jeans and a tee anyways, so I've embraced it and have been trying to figure out how to look put-together in a jeans and tee outfit.  I like this one because I just bought a baseball cap, but there are other examples on pinterest with chunky jewelry and heels that look really nice!

Love love this. I want it in my future home. My favorite is the "say the courageous thing" line because I've decided that I need to be more brave about saying what I feel. I have really strong beliefs but feel uncomfortable sharing them sometimes - I should really work on that!

22 April 2014


I was actually headed on here to talk about something else...but then I saw all of your Easter posts and remembered that I should probably go over that first. Easter this year was pretty quiet, with the highlight of the weekend being the marvelous trip that Matthew took me on. 

But on to Easter. First of all, I woke up very excited to eat my chocolate bunny for breakfast. Then I remembered "Dang it! The Easter Bunny doesn't come unless I buy crap now!" It's only my second Easter married, so give me a break. Luckily our parents still baby us and we each got Easter baskets from both sets! So that's a relief. 

THEN, church this weekend was not the greatest ever haha. I felt the spirit SO much when I was preparing my cute little Easter lesson for my primary kids (any time you study anything about the Savior's life you just feel the realness of what he did for you so clearly)... but they were just not feeling it. In fact, they were not feeling it so much that one of that one of them actually had to be carried into class while he screamed in protest. So that was awkward. People are gonna start wondering what kind of torture I inflict upon them for an hour each week! 

After that we just headed over to the Crawley grandparent's house and stuffed our faces with smoked meat and cheesy potatoes and asparagus after hiding eggs from the little ones. Deeeelish. 

19 April 2014

Our Mini-trip!

A few weeks ago, I sweetly reminded my Mattie that we haven't been on any trips in a while. Next thing I know, he's telling me to keep my calendar clear on the 18th and the 19th! This just proves that whining works sometimes (although my friends at work say it's not whining, its simply negative reinforcement to help the hubby train faster). The point is, he arranged the most perfect little trip for us this weekend and I could not have enjoyed it more! It felt kind of like our honeymoon...except so much better! I wonder if every trip that we take from here on out will just keep getting better and better because we love each other more and more? 

Yesterday we left right after work and enjoyed a nice scenic drive up the PCH. When it was time for dinner we stopped by Joe's Crab Shack...unfortunately, however, the wait was an hour long and we were like "aint nobody got time for that!" So we drove and drove around looking for something else that sounded good but neither of us could agree on anything. Finally, somewhere in Carpinteria we were so hungry that we both decided to just stop at the next food place we saw. It happened to be Clementine's Steak House, which happened to be ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS WE HAVE EVER BEEN TO. Seriously. In my opinion, it is better than Fogo de Chao which is a 5 star restaurant in Beverly Hills. I can not stress enough how much you need to go there if you are ever in Carpintaria.

Then today (after a truly beautiful night's sleep with no involvement of alarms the next morning) Matthew requested "Ostrichland" for our first stop. After that we walked around all the cute little shops in town for a few hours. 

I really loved my outfit so I had to have Matthew take a picture haha. Hats are SO hard to feel comfortable in when you are not used to wearing them, but I am determined to change that!

Ebelskivers...the danish pastry we were told that we just HAD to try. Very good, but not to die for. I'd be a much bigger fan if they had jam in the center!

Matthew is so much more comfortable taking pictures now that we've been to a few photography classes together. We would even have conversations while I was taking pictures about what aperture I should be at haha. 

AND we left with enough time to drive by our future home and admire it from the outside. So happy.

17 April 2014

My kids will wear leashes.

I have been so scared of strangers lately, because it seems like every other day I hear a new story about some woman being abducted from a parking lot or something. THEN IT HAPPENED TO ME. You guys. I know I can be kind of a drama queen sometimes, but I do not exaggerate when I say that I'm pretty sure a creepy man tried to steal me the other day!

I was in a gheeettttoooo part of town, getting my tires changed. It was a two hour operation, so instead of staying in one place I decided to take a two hour walk (worth it, because I found the most fabulous dress at a nearby Marshalls). But then on my way back I was texting my mom, and I stopped walking to be able to reply faster. I remember looking around the deserted parking lot and thinking "Hm this area is a little sketchy, maybe I should get out of here." Not thirty seconds after that thought came into my mind, a creeper pulled up next to me in his car. He was obviously homeless and living out of his car because the inside was just filthy and full of all sorts of things. Here's how the exchange went:

Him: Hey, will you come in here and help me charge my phone?
Me: NO.
Him: Oh come on, it will be...fun.
Me: I am NOT doing that. (Run away)

Okay, so I know nothing happened, but I really think it could have gone a lot worse than this. The scary part is that it's kind of second nature for me to want to help people and so I ALMOST DID IT. Thankfully I got hit with this terrible feeling before I could act on that and I just knew that he was a bad guy. Then I told my friend at work and she told me that when she was 8 a man in a car pulled up to her like that, opened his car door and lunged at her! Oh, and he wasn't wearing any pants so he was fully exposed. I know you're supposed to focus on the good in the world and not the bad, but it just disgusts me that something like that is so common.

Now that I'm on the subject...you know what story is the absolute worst and just makes me sick every time? The one where the family noticed their little boy missing while they were on vacation at Disneyland. They told the park authorities and so all of the staff knew to watch out for a little boy with that description. But the dad actually went to the park entrance and stayed there, just watching and waiting. Hours later, he sees a man trying to carry his little boy out of the park - with a different set of clothes and dyed hair!! Can you just imagine the rage that the father felt at that moment? Oh my gosh it makes me sick. 

And Matthew makes fun of me because every time we see kids in those little backpack leashes in public I tell him that our children will definitely have those. 

14 April 2014

Look mom, I made them myself!

Sometimes in my spare time I just sit around and design pretty things (or at least try). Today I stole some pictures of my sister in law and tried to make some graduation announcements. When I was finished I couldn't believe my eyes because I could definitely see an improvement from the last time I tried to make cards! I am so proud of myself. Sometimes I tend get discouraged and give up altogether when I don't do as well as I want to with something, but I've been trying not to let that bother me so much, and lo and behold - I GOT BETTER. Oh, and I know what you're thinking: How can one girl be THIS beautiful?? The answer to that question is: I don't know, but try not to be too distracted by it because you're here to look at my designs, haha!





Just for reference, my last cards looked like this:

12 April 2014

A lot can happen in three days. AKA I'm a homeowner now.

Thursday afternoon, I was just about to get off of work and was blissfully unaware that my day - and whole life, really - was about to change drastically. Before I begin, I should explain that my Mattie and I have been working on lending and what have you to get a house for the past month or so. Well, on Thursday around 3 in the afternoon, Matthew got a call from our Realtor saying that our lending was all squared away...and oh yeah, by the way...there's this great government incentive program for new homeowners that ends in three days. 

Now, I've never bought a house before, but even I know that you don't just have one land in your lap within three days. But we decided to give it a shot AND WE WERE WRONG. Turns out, houses DO land in your lap within three days time if that's what God has in mind. We are now the proud homeowners of this little beauty. I just know that the timing and the place were exactly right, and it really just feels like the house picked us more than we picked it.

Did I mention that she's only a five minute walk from the cute little lake (glorified pond really, but who's counting?) where we took our engagement pictures?! Seriously a dream come true.

10 April 2014

The week I decided to not do my hair

I've always been pretty "natural" with my hair...not too many hot tools, swapping mousse for hair lotion, deep condition often etc...but I guess this week I just went a little off the deep end. I don't know if it's a long term thing or not (I texted my husband to let him know that I wasn't going to do my hair anymore and he said "No. You should rethink that." haha) but either way, it's a nice reminder that I don't have anybody's beauty standards to uphold besides my own. 

It all started with Pinterest. The other day I looked up "natural hair" and found pages upon pages of beautiful women embracing their natural, fuzzy hair! This, combined with my lack of time for a shower, inspired me to not do my hair the next morning (basically I just wore the day before's hair...usually a no-no because the curls get so crazy from sleeping on them). But it was sooo refreshing to have messy hair and literally just not care. Like, yeah, I didn't do my hair this morning. What of it? **One annoying part of owning natural curls: sometimes when you DON'T do them, they look better than when you actually try! Blessing and a curse - just imagine how horrible this is when you are actually trying. 

THEN I just got carried away and haven't done my hair since then, haha. You know how photographers will sometimes declare "straight out of the camera!" on a photo they supposedly didn't edit? Well, this is my straight out of the shower hair. Fuzzy. As. Heck. But it's me - and it feels good to own it sometimes!

That is all.

04 April 2014

Five wants this Friday!

That awkward moment when you only have one post in between your last Five on Friday post and your current Five on Friday post...my bad. I wasn't going to participate for that reason, but I just CAN'T hold back how beautiful all these camera accessories are! Swoon-worthy - each one.

ONE. This bag is so beautiful I can hardly stand it. I have ALWAYS carried my camera with me where ever I go, and just because I have a DSLR now makes no difference. Sure the bag is going to be a little bigger, but it's a small price to pay.

TWO. I was going to get a whole new camera strap...until I fell in love with this one! I've heard some people say it's dorky to walk around with a camera strap around your neck (the cool kids wear it around their wrist or - GASP - no strap at all) but I am sooo a securely-around-your-neck camera strap person. 

THREE. Even though I love the first bag more, I will probably get this one first since it's more practical. I think I like the walnut color better just because I wear leopard print shoes nearly everyday.

FOUR. My short term fix for wanting my camera with me where ever I go. The problem is, I don't think I have a purse that would fit this right now...so I would have to go out and get a new bag.

FIVE. I put this one at the bottom of my list because, although it is beautiful, I don't know if it would be as secure as the camera strap cover. It would be a lot easier to wrap around your hand though, and hold it like that for when I don't feel like looking like a tourist haha.

03 April 2014

The struggle of craving a DSLR is real!

I think I may have mentioned a few times in the past that I would really love to have a camera. A DSLR, to be more specific. What I didn't mention was exactly HOW BAD I wanted a DSLR. I have been actively researching cameras, spending hours studying photography tips, and trying sooo hard to save up enough money for one over the past few years. Unfortunately, we are on a very strict budget so I only get a $50 allowance a month...needless to say it has been very discouraging because even if I save up 100% of my allowance I am still years away from my goal! I am not taking this fitness challenge seriously because I want to get fit...I am taking it seriously because that $200 to my camera fund would really make a difference! And honestly, to make up the rest, I've been looking into donating my plasma. The struggle is real, people.

Anyways, the good news is that my in laws have a DSLR that they let me borrow allllll the time so my cravings to have a camera of my own have subsided a teeny bit. Last week I decided to sign up for a beginners photography course so that I can actually know what I am doing by the time I get my own. Matthew seemed really excited about it too, which was strange, and he even wanted to take the class with me...but um, hello, we only have the one camera. So that was kind of a bummer. He assured me that he could find one for him somewhere though, so I finally signed us both up for the photography class.

That same day, he hid the exact camera I wanted in my backseat for me to find after work! I was so completely stunned and I still can't really believe it. Apparently he had been planning on getting it for my birthday but figured that I might as well have it before the class so I could learn on MY VERY OWN camera! Moral of the story is I can't even get over how good he is to me. Here's a picture of my new best friend.

And here are the pictures my new best friend and I took together on our first nature walk:

So...if you're wondering what I'm going to spend my money on now the answer is EVERY Kelly Moore bag I can get my hands on! Starting with the B-Hobo in Walnut - so obsessed.

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