Thursday, July 16, 2015

Talks with Toby


A few weeks ago, I conducted my own interview with Toby because, ya know, kids say the darndest things. Here's how it went:

1. what is something that mommy always says to you?
"eat pie pack"

2. what makes you happy?
(smiles)

3. what makes you sad?
"boo hoo!"

4. what makes you laugh?
"ha ha ha!"

5. how old are you?
"free!"

6. how old is mommy?
"free"

7. how old is daddy?
"free"

8. what is your favorite thing to do?
"red"

9. who do you like to play with?
"lightening mcqueen"

10. what do you want to be when you grow up?
"a player! pee pa po!"

11. what are you really good at doing?
(makes crashing noise)

12. what did you do today?
"i went to outer space on sunday"

13. what is your favorite thing to eat?
"pasta"

14. what is your favorite song to sing?
"daddy's song"



15. what do you want for your birthday next year?
"a firetruck"

16. what does daddy do for work?
"the 'puter" (translation: the computer)

17. where do we live?
"california!"

18. what is your favorite place to go to?
"the truck"

19. what is your favorite color?
"uh, the firetruck"

20. what is your favorite thing to do with daddy?
"build the car road"

21. what is your favorite thing to do with mommy?
"eat"

22. what is daddy's name?
"Dairk" (translation: Derek)

23. what is mommy's name?
"carlson"

24. what is your sister's name?
"zoe"

25. what is your favorite movie?
"toy story"


What's the funniest thing your toddler has said lately? Share below, I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ten on Ten


Ten on Ten :: June 2015 Edition

1. Morning reading
2. Sibling bonding time
3. Happy face
4. Snack time
5. Treat time
6. Trying on a new shirt
7. He's growing up so fast
8. Laundry, my Everest

Didn't get all ten photos snapped, but it was fun to stop and notice the little things in life throughout the day. Can't wait to do it again next month!

If you want to learn more about Ten on Ten, hop on over to Rebekah's blog and check it out

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hi Everyone

It's been ages since I last posted! Okay, I'm exaggerating just a tad but it definitely has been a long time since I've updated ya'll on life. Yeah, I'm super sorry about that. Honestly the emotional challenges of being pregnant after loss was really hard, and I just couldn't think of much else to talk about. Thankfully I was able to blog about my experiences over at Pregnancy After Loss Support, so if you have a little time you can check out some of my posts.

If you've left comments here and I didn't respond, please forgive me. My heart is still invested in this little blog; now that I'm in a different phase of life I want to get back to blogging more often so I can continue to connect with you.

Many of you already know but for those that don't know- our little baby girl arrived! 11 weeks ago, which is kind of hard to believe that's how much time has already gone by. Her name is Zoe Grace and she is all kinds of cute.

Am I right? *pats self on back*

Derek and I feel so blessed to have her in our lives. Toby loves her so much and Zoe feels the same about him; at least I think she does. 


Life with two littles to care for has been pretty great so far. Of course there are those moments when Toby is laying on the floor screeching/whining, Zoe is in one of her many baby-perches whilest crying, and I'm shoving as many chocolate chips as humanely possible into my face. It's not always pretty, but it's my life and I love it.

Anyways, I'm back to blogging. Again, I'm super sorry for being away for so long. Feels good to be back!

Friday, January 9, 2015

PAL Friday Blog

Well, we're getting closer to the home stretch with this pregnancy- 29 weeks and 1 day. It's been quite the journey. Any mom will tell you that pregnancy can be rough; pregnancy after a loss is really rough. I'm so thankful, though, that I've had lots of support from family and friends who have prayed for us, and been willing to let me share my anxieties and struggles. 

Another thing that has been helpful has been blogging as an outlet for the thoughts that swirl around in my head. I was so touched to be asked to join a wonderful group of women over at Pregnancy After Loss Support that share their journey of trying to conceive after a loss, pregnancy after loss, and parenting their subsequent children after a loss. It's been a privilege to read other's experiences as well as have a chance to share my own. I blog every Friday (mostly!) so today I wanted to share the link with ya'll. If you have a minute, take a gander. 




Happy Friday everyone! We're getting ready to kick off a weekend of festivities to celebrate Derek's 30th birthday- whoop whoop!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year Winter Wonderland

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with love and laughter, and of course yummy things to eat. After a busy holiday time we decided to keep our New Year's Eve low key; we had a few friends up and played a really fun game. Then- surprise- we got snow! It's super rare to get snow in Tucson, but it was a real treat getting snow on New Year's Eve. The next morning the snow was still covering everything so Derek went out to capture some of the leftover beauty. This was also Toby's first cognisant experience with snow; we had another snow storm a couple of years ago when we first moved into our house, but Toby was only about 10 months old and probably doesn't remember much about it. Well, he got to make lots of memories this time!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fall Fun

A few weeks ago Derek and I took Toby to the Marana Pumpkin Patch. It was our first time visiting and I think it's safe to say that we will definitely be making it a yearly tradition- so much fun!




 "Hay Mountain" (sort of an inside joke for those of us near A Mountain)




A little size comparison. Baby was about 16weeks here.



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sharing Our Story

Today Derek and I took part in a wonderful opportunity to share our story about pregnancy and infant loss.

We were able to join Derek's dad, Randy Carlson, on his radio show Intentional Living and talk a bit about our journey as well as offer some encouragement to anyone who's going through the challenges of life after loss. 



With it being Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, Derek and I have been talking a lot about ways that we can do our part to break the silence and encourage others. We're hoping and praying that God used us today to encourage others, and offered some helpful thoughts for anyone out there that has been through loss. If you want to listen to the show you can use this link. Sorry in advance for my mousey voice!