03 January 2015

How did I welcome the New Year?  With love and with family, it was quite the perfect day. Click http://www.glenysnellist.com/?p=617 for full story written by mother in law.

On the second day of the year it was back to work however I experienced a slight panic attack after picking Sam up.  As I was getting into the back seat I noticed there was no car seat to put him in.  I stood there for a moment my mind racing with thoughts of how am I going to get Sam home.  It took everything in me to remain calm.  I had help though and that was going to save me.  Sam was in good hands while I walked back to my car thinking how long it was going to take me to rush home to pick up his car seat. But in that moment and before starting up the car I thought to check in the trunk.  It was like fireworks went off in my head when I saw the car seat sitting pretty as if it could talk it would say, well hello there silly, don't you remember how nice it was of your father in law to pick you up on New Year's Eve and how I had to be placed in the trunk to make room for everyone!  I hastily grabbed it and began the painful process of installing the seat back into the car. This is when Gareth comes to the rescue.  My hands couldn't get the clasps to fit after numerous failed attempts and I just simply surrendered and had Gareth help me.  I tell you, I'm not very good with asking for help because I think I should be able to do it all!  But in that moment, as I was receiving help in the form of installing Sam's car seat, I realized its okay and that help is sometimes what I need.  Finally, tucked in safe and sound and homeward bound, I pull out of their driveway, rolled down the window to hear Sharon say, hey there sexy lady!   In my worse moment of the year, I still got it!

That evening things didn't get any better.  Out of sheer exhaustion, we had a bit of a rough night and went to bed early.  In a nutshell, things are great we as a couple & family just needed a group family meeting.

Fast forward to today, the third day of the year, after a trip to the oil service shop and the rest of the day spent at home I want to welcome the start of this year today - in front of a fire all cozy and warm, holding Steven's hand and talking about our future together.

Keep warm in your hearts everyone!

08 November 2014

Can you feel the calm of Autumn? Say it out loud several times now - can you feel the calm of Autumn. Do you find yourself wanting to sound more French as the word 'autumn' rolls off your tongue.

06 November 2014

Why do I take photos while driving!!!! So dangerous yet something inside me craves to capture the image right at that very moment.  Is it because the sun was out, something us Oregonians don't get enough of? Maybe but truth be told I saw a strange cloud that caught my attention and I wanted so desparately to catch it, to be able to show someone else what it was that made me turn into a daredevil at the wheel.  Of course this photo shows much of nothing but I tell you, the fervor I felt to document that strange colored cloud was off the charts.  With that said, stay tuned for my next random Natalie find!

21 October 2014

I wrote this over a year ago, never posted it until now. We still have yet to mark off #3.

Sometimes I wonder how do we do it?  I get that we are here to handle things as they come, learn and conquer but to me no one can truly say they are 'ready' for motherhood.  Yeah, you know you'll become a Mom but this is something that happens right at that very moment you hear your baby's first cry.  Then everything I never endured before is upon me.  The worries, the struggles, the challenges, the amazing love felt over and over again, the illnesses, the endless laundry piles, more cleaning, vacuuming, planning, where is his burpy blanket, watching him grow oh my!!!!!! it's so much of this and more.  We all go through it but now that I'm doing it, its one helluva a ride.  To all the folks who have supported us this year, I have 20 more days left of maternity leave and at this very moment, I'm thinking:

1). Get more sleep.
2). Snuggle Sam as much as I can
3). Go on a date with Steven before I go back to work
4). Do a few test runs with Sharon who will be taking care of our little boy when Steven and I are at work.
5). Don't worry too much.  Things always work themselves out.
6). And finish watching Season 5 of Fringe.

19 October 2014

Can I have another treat guys?  Come on. -Sam