Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Another birthday!

The boyfriend turned 24 today. Happy Birthday sweetheart!
Bit of trivia for you:
1. His birthday is exactly one week after mine, but he was born one year earlier.
2. This picture above was taken the very first time we met back in 2008
3. I love him...but you already knew that. :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I love being a mother.


It doesn't matter how many times Abbie ground my nerves today with how curious she's becoming or how little I got accomplished while chasing her around. Or the fact that I faced a difficult spot in life today. At the end of it all, I'll still got to kiss her goodnight and tell her I love her. The best things is, she gave me hugs right back now. I may not be where I want to be in life yet, but I'd rather be here than anywhere else.

"No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you are the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside." Unknown

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Happy Birthday to me. 

And thank you to everyone who made it special. Especially Owlfish, who let mommy sleep in!

Monday, November 12, 2012

So guess who's another year tomorrow?

Hint: it's me.

I turn 23 tomorrow and as usual, I'm not quite sure how to feel about it. I mean, I'm happy I've gotten this far in life and have much more to look forward to. But at the same time, I keep thinking about all I haven't accomplished yet, the places I haven't gone, the goals I haven't met. And it can be a little disheartening. But Daniel keeps telling me to quit over thinking. Yeah...I'll work on that. :)

It's been pretty quite around here lately at the nest, but I am thinking of posting some DIY crafts I've found around in the past few days. Also, I don't know if I've posted before, but I am studying photography (mostly film and vintage) in college and recently, I finally got back all of my undeveloped Holga camera film. And the prints turned out beautifully. I am trying to scan them so I can post here soon (ish). (note to self upload artwork soon)

 Owlfish is still being Owlfish, growing like a weed. She now points a lot to what she wants or people she sees. And now she rarely crawls anymore, she wants to walk everywhere, including right out of an open door like today. We've also gotten to the point of waking up in the middle of the night again. Sometimes it's from nightmares, other times it's from noises. So we now are having to try and get back on a sleeping pattern again. 

Thursday, November 08, 2012

a month and a day

That's how long it's been since little Owlfish became not so little anymore. 
Hard to believe she's still a year old. She has become a complete "toddle monster", toddling around everywhere and insisting she do things by herself, like hold her toys or everyone's cellphone. Speaking of cellphones, she has learned to say hello and (somewhat) hold a phone up to her ear. She also has this cute thing whenever one of us asks "How big is Abbie?", she'll hold her little arms way up high as we say "Soooo big!", which leads to her clapping and saying "Yay!". Someday I'll catch it on film and post here. We've started adding more grownup food to her diet, including pancakes, cheese sandwiches, mashed potatoes, and blueberries. She's pretty pleased with the times she can feed herself and not wait on Mamma to spoon that jar food to her. Hahaha. Either way, my baby's getting big! And we're starting to prepare for the coming holidays, which I am very excited for.

Also, I realized I never posted any pictures from her birthday last month, which slipped my mind so many times. But we had a Rio movie themed party on October 7th (it's not like it's her favorite movie or anything.) Daniel helped me make and pick most of the decorations, while a close fried of mine, Jessica, made the cake. The party was held in a nearby park and much to our surprise, it turned out to be a lot colder than we expected. Our only other bump was after we sang the birthday song and cut the first slice to do the whole "let her smash her face in it", Abbie picked up the entire slice and made to throw it. So when everyone cried 'NO!" at her, she started to cry, fearing she was in trouble. It's was a bittersweet kind of cute. But we pushed through and Owlfish got to see so many special people in her life. It was a great way to welcome her first year.

Miss Abigail Jolene, big one year old!

Isn't the cake fantastic? Jessica is a really talented chef and baker. All of that cake, including the fondant topping, were handmade from scratch by her. So not only is she a great friend, but a great cook. Thank you again, Miss Jessica!

Grandpa Cullen and Owlfish

Miss Jessica lighting the candle.

(please excuse how wretched I look in this.)

Friday, November 02, 2012


Have you ever seen a movie or read a book that literally changed your life? Whether in the way you think or how you act? Because I have a list of  them. And this happens to be one of them. 

I had read this book sometime back in high school after finding it sitting on the floor of my school's library. And it turned out I picked up the book at the right moment. I had just started recovering from a difficult point in my life and this book helped with the recovery. I connected with Charlie more than I had any other character that moved me (Including Harry Potter and Stargirl...yes, my bookworm is showing.). When I found out this past summer that Wallflower was going to be made into a movie, I was both excited and skeptical. I could not wait to see how it would look on screen, but I knew I would be heartbroken if it did not do the book justice. 
I am happy to say wasn't disappointed.
Last night, Daniel and I made it our date night to go see the 10:00 pm showing at the theater. We were the only two there, which was actually reallyreallyreally awesome to me. I hate movie crowds normally, especially since the area I live in has a lot of those annoying teens who don't care about the rules of not texting and what not during the show. 
Anyway, the movie. Daniel had not read the book yet, but since the movie didn't stray too far from the original story line  I'm okay with that. It ended up being a huge emotional roller coaster for the both of us, good and bad, which lead to another couple hours after the movie sitting in a Waffle House talking about how changed we were. You can think me corny for saying that, but the movie did change us. I wish I could express how, but that conversation contains somethings I'm just not ready to air out yet.
Seriously. I really do encourage anyone to go see this movie, especially if you are a fan of the book. Logan, Emma, and Ezra make a great threesome on screen and the message is powerful. 

In other news, Owlfish has ANOTHER tooth! We are up to nine teeth over here now. And she's pretty happy with how much more she can crunch with her teeth. Also, unfortunately, my time at Party City has ended. I was not kept on for post season, but oh well. Onto more job hunting!