It’s Me Again!

Apr 26, 2014

I know, it’s been a long time. So much for keeping up on this. Oh well.

The good news is, everything has been going really well! I love my job, I love my family, I love that its getting warmer outside. I’m so ready for some good weather and getting outside again.

I’m learning a lot, and at the same time I still get to work with WordPress. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to actually expand my skills now. After wading through all the new things, it’s a relief to get back to something I really know, and since I worked with WordPress for 3 years, it’s kind of like coming home. It’s such a nice combination.

And to top it all off, I finally get to go on a real vacation this summer. This will be the first real time off I’ve taken since Lucca was born (two years ago btw, holy cow!). And I only took two weeks off for that. We’re headed to California this summer, spend some time on the beach, and see some family. My oldest brother is getting back from deployment shortly before that, so it will be nice to celebrate him being home and Lucca will finally get to meet another of her uncles for the first time, which I am really stoked about, and various cousins as well. She’s never been to the beach either. It’s going to be a blast.

I have been taking pictures, even though I have been slacking on the blog…so many pictures. Let’s see what I’ve got.


Big Changes! Oh and More Pictures

Jan 26, 2014

It’s funny how much your life can change in less than a week. Looks like I am moving on and up in my career. I got a great job offer this last week. I’ll be sad to leave behind my coworkers, but I’m excited for the new opportunity! I can’t wait to get in and get to work. I’m going to be learning so much, and being the nerd that I am, I’m stoked. I just wish I could start sooner, but I have to do what I have to do and wrap up loose ends for my old job. Yay for the future!

So it’s been a week since my last post, lets see if I can sort all my pictures out.

Day 20 – Daughter again, but come on! She’s adorable.




Day 21 – A job offer!


Day 22 – Ok so she’s my go to picture. But I am thankful for her everyday. Maybe I should get more creative?


Day 23 –  I just like seeing double numbers on the clock :). 11:11


Day 24 – More adorable.


Day 26 – I finally got to see the otters at the zoo. They’re always hiding. I love them.



Adventures and Nerdness

Jan 19, 2014

I feel like I’ve been geeky this week – don’t judge (unless your judgement = love).

Day 16 – My Hearthstone Beta


Day 17 – My Doctor Who lunch date with Lucca (the show per her request btw, proud mama here).


Day 18 – Taking my daughter to her first movie at the theater – dawwwww!


Day 19 – Zoo Day – thankful to my parents for getting us a pass so we can take her to see her monkeys and I can watch the seals and sea lions



One of those days

Jan 15, 2014

Had some trouble coming up with things to be thankful for today. So of course it will be the Lucca again. She can make me smile any day (even if she has been part of the problem with her trouble making toddler ways).

Day 15 – dancing monkey jammies for my dancing monkey (have I mentioned she loves monkeys?).


The Picture Plan

Jan 02, 2014

I’ve decided to try a thing I heard about recently: take a picture everyday of something I am thankful for. I take plenty of pictures all the time on my phone so maybe I can do it. I’ll post them here as a way to keep track. Here’s yesterday’s and today’s.


Happy new year! A great way to start the year cuddling with my sweet sleeping baby.


Cousin time. The girls are doing they’re hair. So grateful to have my niece come visit and spend quality time with my daughter.

It’s a New Year!

Dec 31, 2013

I have never been one for new year’s resolutions. I’ve never really seen the point. So I realize that what I’m going to talk about next probably seems a bit counter-intuitive. The thing is, New Years is a time that is symbolically the beginning of something new (even if really, nothing particularly changes other than our calendars), which is why people make resolutions in the first place. For me, I get the same feeling at New Years that I do at the beginning of Spring, and the beginning of Fall; its a time for changes and new things. It feels full of opportunity. So this year I want to seize some of that opportunity.

I have been working my way around to this for a while actually. I’m a believer in the power of thoughts and state of mind. When my daughter was born I felt inspired to become the person that I pictured raising her, and to an extent I have. But now I feel that more is necessary – changing not just to benefit her, but to benefit myself. With a happier mother, I can only imagine that her life will be better too.

Everyone is a work in progress, but I feel like I haven’t been progressing much lately, other than a slow evolution in thought and outlook. But that slow evolution got me here, and today I read an a article that inspired me just that little bit extra (you can see it here). And in that article was a quote. I must have needed to see that right now, because it struck a chord.

“Set a goal so big that if you achieved it, it would blow your mind”

I’m not good at setting goals, and when I do, I’m even worse at following through. But this made me think – what if I had a goal that I really truly committed too, that I knew if I could accomplish would make me proud, and give me that sense that I did something worthwhile. Even if it’s just something personal.

So I sat down today and I made a list. A list of things that I would like to do right now in my life. I’m sure I will be adding to it, and I know that right now not everything is possible to achieve. Some things are work related (and since I like my work, actually things I just plain want to do) and some things are life long dreams. Some things are too vague (be more enthusiastic about things!) and some things I just plain don’t have the time and means to do right now with a full time job and a toddler. But it’s a good list, and I can look at it to remind me of where I want to be.

A couple of those goals are thrilling to think about actually doing, actually finishing. That is what the quote, and the article, inspired in me. At some point you realize that those things you’ve been dreaming about, idly playing around with in your mind, are actually things you can take real concrete steps to achieve. Sometimes you just need that nudge to open your eyes and realize that there’s nothing holding you back except yourself.

I’m not saying that I will suddenly change. But putting myself on that path is a good start. I won’t call them New Year’s resolutions, because those have become a joke, and I’ve never believed in them anyway. Big things are happening for my little family, big changes right now that make the whole thought of this next year exciting. And what better way to go into an exciting new year, than with an attitude to match?

Happy New Year! I hope it treats you well.

New Things Are Coming

Oct 31, 2013

I’ve been so busy lately with work and family and reading and pretty much doing anything but pay attention to my site.

But that’s changing. I’ve been working on an updated design, and some major recoding, and I have a new domain name. Hopefully I will have time to make that happen soon.

I also have a couple sites I’m building for people other than myself…amazing!! Hopefully I will get those finished soon as well.

In the meantime – Happy Halloween! Here’s an adorable baby ‘panaber.’


6 Months

Sep 20, 2012

I can’t even believe my little girl is 6 months old as of yesterday. She’s just cruising right along, and she’s learning new things almost every day it feels like. Just today she figured out how to sit up on her own. She can pull herself up, she’s almost crawling, she sits in a high chair when we go out to eat. She thinks she’s big stuff and can do whatever she wants (and for the most part she’s right). She’s just so dang cute and smart, how can we tell her no? Here are some pictures of her day at the park yesterday.  She’s not too spoiled is she?

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She’s Here!

Mar 25, 2012

After a fairly quick and, at times, pretty rough natural labor and delivery our beautiful baby girl is finally here! Lucca Eire is healthy and amazing.

There’s not much better in the world than a brand new baby sleeping peacefully on your chest. We are truly lucky in every way with our new daughter.


Dec 11, 2011

I have been meaning to post here for quite a while. A lot has been happening since last I posted, and even before that.

Our biggest news is Baby! We’re expecting a baby girl in March. It will be our first, and very possibly only, child.

We’re rapidly coming up on only three months left. It’s been a crazy few months. We have so much to do before she gets here, seeing as we really haven’t done anything at all. I think after Christmas and probably after the new year we will actually really start to reorganize our home and our lives to make room for her. Of course this means that we have to go apartment hunting again, but I’d say it’s worth it.

She’s really making her presence known, and I think she annoyed the midwife at the last appointment because she was moving so much. K and I are madly in love with her already.