Friday, December 31, 2010

Date Night

So last night was our second date out without our little girl. It was fun. We went out to the mall and shopped around but didn't buy anything. Then we used a Chick fil a gift card that we got for Christmas and had some yummy dinner. Then we went home and relaxed for a little while.

I realize how much I'm changing. Being a mom is pretty much everything I dreamed but more. I love my little girl more than I ever thought possible. Her smiles and giggles bring tears to my eyes everyday cause it makes me so happy and I don't want the time to pass so fast. A lot of parents want to get to the next stage with their children but I just want to take advantage of every moment I have with her even when it's not fun. But in my changing I see how ridiculous materialistic things are. Like people thinking that they have to have a movie channel of movies they never watch and expensive cars. I watched this show called Hoarders and it makes me sick that people have these disorders of being so attached to their stuff. People in foreign countries would be sick over the attachment that takes place. I would love to see these people taken from their homes and put in a destitute third world country for 2 months and see what happens to their "disease" or disorder.

To everyone reading this I say to be intentional with your life. Spend time with friends and family. Teach your children and show them love. When you're tired after work think about the hours you're going to spend in front of the TV and spend them with the Lord instead or your family.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas (according to the church calendar it is a 12 day celebration that ends on January 6th) and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 coming to an end


My Christmas angel :)

I love Abigail's face in this one!!!

Life is going by so fast. Today Abigail laughed like an adult when Kyle tickled was so cute. Christmas was great. We got spoiled wayyy too much from my parents, but it was fun :). Abigail got lots of new dresses, most of her gifts were dresses. But they are going to look so cute.

I am trying to not miss any moments with my little girl. She is going through a growth spurt as of yesterday and is eating A LOT. She's wearing me out! lol. But I love her more everyday. I don't get annoyed when she is fussy, I just want to make it better and cuddle with her. She seems to want lots of stimulation and is ready to learn. Therefore, I have made up some things for her to look at and learn. I got little blocks of different shapes and colors and show them to her and tell her what they are. I colored paper and am going through colors with them spelled out. Whatever the hand touches, the brain learns. So I am trying show her how to use her hands...she's such a doll.

Now that I can exercise full force I am! My parents got me Turbo Fire. One word...AMAZING. 2o weeks of intense cardio conditioning, oh yeah. My body is sore when I walk or just move, that's what I like! A nutrition goal I have is to get at least 8 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Nutrition is actually more important than exercise. What you do nutrition wise sets the stage for your body to burn calories efficiently, lose weight, take in minerals and vitamins, and keep your body "fueling" properly. I love this stuff! My wish for everyone is that they'd have a passion to be healthy!!! It can truly be fun if you give it a chance. My life is worth it and it's worth it for Jesus!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Radical "Ezer"

"Ezer" is the Hebrew word, helper, in the Old Testament and is used in reference to the specific role given to women by God. I feel that it is my duty to fully embrace my God-given role as a wife and mother. I feel so privileged that God has blessed me and given me what I wished my entire life.

As you can see, I have been majorly slacking on blog posts and I haven't been on facebook as much. Well, after having Abigail, I was still giving myself tons of projects and trying to take care of her and the house and then trying to take pictures of my projects to blog about! Whew, too much work! I have decided that blogging is fun but it's too low on my list of things to do. Abigail is now over 2 months old (can't believe it!) and my main goal is focus on her as much as I can by loving her, giving her attention, and intentionally teaching her. She is like is this little sponge that is soaking up EVERYTHING and I don't want to be pre-occupied with other things. I am still doing projects and crafting here and there but I just don't have time to let everyone in on everything I'm doing.

Therefore, as my role of "Ezer" I will not be posting as much. But I will be posting on my life and the life of mothering Abigail. Right now she loves to look at everything and coos and tries to talk. She is the joy of my life besides the Father.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Busy Life

Ok, so it's been forever! I am so busy with my baby girl and watching her grow that being on the computer isn't a priority right now....I'm in the midst of many things happening in my life.

1. Reading - I am reading 3 different books and they are intense is about nutrition, the other exercise therapy, and the last is a Montessori book on things to do with Abigail from birth to 3 years old. LOVE

2. Presents - It's crazy how many birthdays and such are around this time of year. So I've been making homemade gifts still...which I need to post my last b-day present I made for my sis-in-law. I have also been making Christmas cards and slowly handing them out...need to go faster.

3. Cooking/Baking - I'm working on my cookbook and baking stuff to give family and friends for Christmas.

4. Training - started training one of my old clients from Fitness. Loving it!


Monday, November 29, 2010



One of the biggest things I'm thankful for this year (besides Jesus) is family. I love my growing family that is now 3. My husband is wonderful and my little girl precious. I am learning that just like people choose to "fall out of love" I am "falling in love" more with both my hubby and baby. I never knew love could continue to grow so much but it is. God has blessed me beyond belief and I am so thankful during this Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Make the most of it!

Family photo with the Johnson's :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Space Saving Weights

We were able to purchase these weights (from Walmart!) and they go up to 25 lbs. But the beauty is that you can do sizes you normally can't buy like 7 1/2 lbs, 12 1/2 lbs, etc. This is great for doing exercises that are too difficult to increase by 5 lbs but too easy at the weight you're at.

Since I had a baby 5 weeks ago, I can now start lifting heavier weights again. Remember that lifting heavy weights with less reps builds muscle and makes your metabolism faster and your body tight and toned. Pre-pregnancy body here I come!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

One Month!


As a mom I want to make sure and take time to teach Abigail and someday I will homeschool her when she's old enough (and any other children we have). Well, I was blog surfing through other mom's wonderful and helpful blogs and came across a masterpiece! It's called Confessions of a Homeschooler and it is amazing. This mom homeschools four kids and puts her materials on her blog for other moms to download...what a blessing! There is also an Australian mom who has some great Thanksgiving tools for you to do with your children if you want to check it out here.

Anyways, I can't believe my little angel is a month old! Man, time is flying in a good way. I LOVE being a mom and being able to stay home with her. She is now starting to coo, she definitely recognizes when I'm in the room and when I leave the room and her hair is getting longer! She likes to play on her play-yard gym thing and it's cute. I love knowing her and seeing her personality develop. God has blessed us so much.

But here's a little project I took on at my parent's house. This is just one wall but it gives you the idea. I took blank walls and turned them into warmth with pictures and such.



Friday, November 12, 2010

Time Flies


First of all, my kitchen is being featured on Envy My Cooking's blog! Please check it out...just click on the link!

So time is flying by. Today my sweetheart is 4 weeks old. Crazy! I am loving her more each day and being a mom. Also, today is my dad's birthday. He is turning 52...crazy too. This also marks the month that my husband and I officially became boyfriend/girlfriend 6 YEARS ago! How time goes quickly.

One of my old clients came over today which was really nice. She brought a gift for Abigail and I love it! It can be used for helping to teach her things later. Each side of the box has something different to help her learn. It was so kind of her to give this gift. I am blessed. Thanks Barb!

Watch out for my upcoming blogs because they'll be loaded with ideas for your house and gifts to give!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Picture Plaque


So I was reading A Glimpse Inside's blog and saw this plaque that Allison made. I love her craftiness and I'm planning to make one of these now but haven't decided what yet. This will be posted at a future time but for now I need to get back to my projects I have going...which are like 3 or 4! Watch out for future postings!

Monday, November 8, 2010

A bit of imagination


I worked on my brother and dad's birthday presents the other day and got them complete! My brother's birthday was yesterday and so I sent off his card. My dad's birthday is this Friday but he's not going to see this blog so I am posting his gift also.

For my dad's gift I used a picture frame I bought years ago and just took out a painting I had done in high wasn't hanging anywhere and doesn't fit in with my decor so I knew this would work. The other year I made a similar picture frame for my dad but it was of me and him from my wedding with a poem called, "Everything Dad". He loves it and still talks about it today and it's in his office. So I thought this would be perfect of his new little girl in his life. It has a poem titled, "Grandad" with a couple of pictures of wonderful Abigail....I think he's going to like it :)

My brother's gift was real simple. I have a stamp that turns a regular piece of paper into a postcard and then I decorated the other side with this...he's a guy and doesn't care for fancy stuff obviously. Then we ended up getting him a gift card to Starbucks cause he likes it so much.

So I came across this blog tonight and adore some of the cakes. It's called the Cake Bizzle. My mom was with me (who makes excellent cakes also). I picked out these two cakes and she is going to combine them for my birthday cake this year (which is next month!). I love the 2 tiered cake directly underneath this but like the frosting on the one my mom is going to make the one below but with the frosting "choppy"....much excitement when I figure out what cake I want my wonderful mother to make me each year for my birthday (it's a tradition).

So these are some of the fun things I've been up to, besides taking care of my little girl.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Live like no one else


The first snowfall of the season is here! Abigail's first snow :)

So this year is a little bit different for our growing family. First of all, we have a child! Secondly, I am not working anymore :) But with that things change. My husband is trying to grow a couple of businesses that he started and is working hard. He also works for other people doing landscaping, which is a downer when it comes to winter because he can't work in the snow. Thankfully he can plow but that depends on the snow. So of course I am praying for LOTS of snow this winter (sorry to those who don't want it!).

With these things comes change. Not everyone likes change. Also, with these things comes hard decisions. Kyle and I are committed to not going into debt and getting rid of the debt we have. In order to do that you have to say "no" to things that you normally do and want to do! It can be tough but that's part of being disciplined.

Since we are committed to doing God's will and not backing down, we have had to cut back for this upcoming Christmas season and that makes me sad but it is necessary. If we never say no then we will fall into the trap that can lead to wrong decisions in this area and other areas. The Christmas season isn't about gifts anyways and if we make a big deal about not being able to buy gifts then we are making it about them which is opposite of what we want. Christmas is about the birth of Christ and also spending time with family to worship Christ.

The good news is that when we get out of debt we will be able to do things we want to do now...we just have to be patient and wait. Of course that doesn't sound fun but you have to live like no one else now to live like no one else later! That's our plan!

"The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender."
Proverbs 22:7

"A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn't, and even brags about it!"
Proverbs 13:16

"He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a broken down city without a wall."
Proverbs 25:28

Thursday, November 4, 2010



So this pretty much sums up my life right now.....excitement! I am just feeling so blessed and praising the Lord for who He is and everything He's done for me. These are some of the things I am blessed with....I had a great pregnancy (bumps at the end but great overall), GREAT labor and delivery, wonderful healthy baby and she's very content and easy to manage, the Lord is allowing me to stay home full time and take care of my family, I have wonderful friends and family, and my God is good all the time. I also am feeling like myself again, which I kind of forgot what that feels like. I have tons of energy and I just feel excited/hyper about life (which is probably unusual for having a newborn)! I am also grateful to be having a great recovery, being out of maternity clothes, and able to exercise (taking it slowly).

Anyways, now that I'm done thanking the Lord, I am also excited about the Christmas season. I am declaring it the holiday season already because I want to! There are a few family birthdays this month and of course Thanksgiving so why not start it off earlier! Since I have entered the craft world more than I ever have, making homemade gifts is what I'm going to be doing this year and trying to save money, especially because I am not working. I will be posting gifts that I make on here but not till AFTER I give them out....cause that would spoil people's gifts!!! My Dad's birthday and brother's is coming up in the next week so I will post those later! Happy beginnings to the season!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010



I haven't exactly had time to start a bunch of new projects (wonder so I will post something that I didn't before! We bought this dresser at a garage sale in the Spring because Abigail's room needed one! We didn't have a ton of cash to just buy all new furniture so I bargained shopped and looked for something that would look worked! We bought it for $10.00 at a garage sale (basically and estate sale). They had a china cabinet too that was really cheap and I think would have cleaned up great but with no where to put it for a while we didn't get it...I'm a little disappointed we didn't but there is probably something else out there that we could find next year or later!

Kyle sanded it (no pic) down well.

Fresh coat of brown paint!

New knobs.

Finished product in her room!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Birth of Abigail


So for all those curious, I will tell the story of my experience giving birth! It's crazy to think a week ago right now I was in labor at the hospital! Anyways, Wednesday the 13th I thought my water might have broke but I wasn't sure. It was about 9 at night. We went to the hospital cause they wanted to check me out. Well, it wasn't broke and we went back home. We went to sleep and I actually was able to with my rash! Well, I woke up and went to the bathroom, my underwear was soaked but I was sleepy and thought nothing of it so I went back to bed. Then I woke up later feeling like I had to go again and the same thing. So I changed and went back to bed. Ha. Then I woke up one last time at 3:20 AM and on the way to the bathroom it gushed out and down my leg. So I yelled, "Kyle my water really broke!" He was out of bed before he realized what he was doing.

At this point I just had lots of water coming out but no painful contractions. You just feel like you're peeing a lot with no control! When waiting to hear back from the midwife, I washed my hair and styled it! haha. So I went in about 4 in the morning to the hospital. I started from ground zero cause I wasn't dilated, even though they said I was the week before. Contractions started hurting mid-morning and I labored all day. But it was so calm and Kyle was so helpful. I just saw the whole thing as a sports competition. Every time I had a contraction Kyle would hold my hand and motivate me by telling me it was my last lap around the track or to hit a backhand in tennis. It worked and they weren't that bad to me. I got an epidural at 6:30 at night cause I was tired and the contractions were getting so strong I was going to puke.

Epidural=amazing! I could still feel everything but just had no pain. I went from 5 1/2 cm to 9 1/2 in 2 hours. Then I felt it was time to push and it was. I pushed 2 1/2 hours which was really tiring but so worth it. Abigail was born on Oct 15th at 2:19 AM. It really was a great experience and I actually enjoyed it more than my whole pregnancy which I never imagined!! God has blessed us so much and I will never forget it.1

Monday, October 4, 2010

Baby Bumper Tutorial


So I didn't get a full bedding set forAbigail and the only thing I really needed was bumper pads. So I decided to make them myself! I decided this was to be my first project with my sewing machine and it turned out great! I did it all by myself with no help and it took a lot of re-doing at first cause I hadn't used a sewing machine since Jr. High! But I feel that I know a little bit more and stuff came back to me from my FACS class. Anyways, here's how I did it....

I started with getting the fabric for JoAnn Fabric. I got a 1 1/2 yards of each pattern because everything I found on the online tutorials said to get about 2 1/2. So I went for 3 just in case. It turned out to be PLENTY and I was able to make a little pillow afterwards with still a lot extra. But be sure to measure your crib first! I also bought ribbon too. One spool would be enough. But I messed up and had to buy one more so you could be safe and buy two.

I made the pattern with paper. I just measured how long each side is of the crib and added 1 inch so it wasn't too short. I used the width of the paper as the length of how high the bumper would be (hope that makes sense).

I just taped the paper together to the proper length for the bumper pads. Then I cut it out.

I used 2 different patterns of fabric, so I cut them both out and pinned them together. You want the outside (side to look at) facing the inside for both fabric pieces.

Now I cut all my ribbons to tie on the crib. I did 2 each end of the bumpers because I didn't sew them altogether like some bumpers are, I just kept them separate pieces.

Then I folded them evenly in half to sew onto the bumper pad. I placed them on the ends of the bumpers and pinned them at the seam.

Make sure the ribbon is on the INSIDE of both pieces and not sticking out so it will be outside the fabric when you turn it inside out. Then you'll be able to tie the ribbon onto the crib. I originally messed up on this and had to cut the ribbon off which is why I had to buy more. Ha.

Then I sewed them together and left a hole to put the batting in. After they were stuffed I hand-stitched the holes closed! Here's a pic of the bumper in the crib....I am going to put a brown sheet so it's not so busy. But that's about it. It turned out to be pretty fun and now Abigail has a home-made bed bumper by her mommy :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Getting Close

9/28/10 (38 week pic to be posted later)

I am not sure what God is trying to do with me but it's something. I am 38 weeks pregnant now and am having good and bad days still. I am very thankful that I'm not working cause I don't know if I could make it! The other day I prayed a lot about going into labor...but it hasn't been answered yet (the good thing is it will be soon!). But each day I see as it possibly being "today". I am experiencing cramping last night and this morning with more Braxton Hicks...but we'll see when it turns into the real thing.

My struggle is the bad days. On Saturday I developed this rash on my belly. My stomach has been itching really bad and I don't like the rash cause it itches too. I felt kind of miserable that night. It hasn't gone away and was better yesterday. Then, I think it's the season changing, but I have been waking up at night and this last night I developed a stuffy nose and feeling drained. So now I have a cold along with this rash. I just didn't think I'd be getting all these ailments at the end of my pregnancy. It's hard cause I am not feeling well right now and I think about how I'll feel if I go into labor tonight.....ughhh.

But through it all I need to remember to praise my Lord and Savior. I have so much to be thankful for. I am having a baby girl soon, I have a wonderful husband and family, and I can stay home and rest right now. I remember the story of Job and how he lost everything and the Apostles being in prison and stoned for their passion for Christ and they still praised the Lord. How am I worthy of anything less? I have a comfy home and can talk about the Lord all I want without torture. My goal in this life isn't to be comfortable, it's to bring glory to my Savior and King. Soon this will be a memory and I just want to glorify God through this time because He deserves glory ALL the time. So that's my lesson in this blog and this day. The Lord is good all the time and always deserves praise.

"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Scrap-booking Frenzy and Tips


So if you know me personally you know that I love to scrapbook. I have scrapbooks of Kyle and I's dating years, high school, engagement photos, wedding, honeymoon, first Christmas, 1st year, our house being built, and now our 3 year photos/pregnancy professional pics. Whew! I am also in the process of a scrapbook documenting my whole pregnancy and I've started a baby book for Abigail. I guess I do love scrap-booking!

Well I wanted to show some of my latest scrapbook in this blog. Maybe it'll give some of you hesitant scrap-bookers ideas to do your own! For this one I had found a scrapbook from a long time ago that had nothing really done to it so I made it our 3 year book. It's just a black leather one. If anyone has any ideas for the outside I would like to know cause it does seem kind of plain!

Here's a page I really like.

Love's amazing what some ribbon can do!

I was 29 weeks pregnant. I love the woods...great nearby park.

I like these of just me and my soon-to-be baby girl inside :)

**Tips for new scrap-bookers!

- Pick a theme for your book (wedding, full year, k-12 for kids, etc). If you just mash a bunch of pictures together you'll get frustrated and it'll look strange if there's no theme to it.

- Buy half-off! Hobby Lobby especially has half-off their scrap-booking supplies about every-other week.

-Buy a scrap-booking kit. You can spend less money on a scrapbook that comes with paper, stickers, die-cuts, ribbon, etc. If you buy from Hobby Lobby at their half-off then you can get one for $15 or possibly less. That's a great deal and that'll help you have enough stuff and stay organized.

- Stock up. When you see clearance stickers or stamps buy them cause the more stuff you have in your collection the easier it is to whip something up and not go looking for it when it's time and spend full price.

Hope that helps!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Stay-at-home Wife and soon Mommy


So this is my first week EVER of being an official stay-at-home wife/mom. It's very exciting! I love being able to just do things around the house and not worry about keeping a schedule and such. But I am definitely not one to sit around and waste time. I keep just as busy being home because I don't like to feel lazy. Except sometimes I try to do too much (surprise, surprise) and today I started feeling bad and had to lay down. I talked to Kyle on the phone at lunch and he was like, "Steph, you don't have to run around the house all day long, you need to rest too!" Ha, ha. It's just hard!

I did get a lot accomplished today. One thing I'm doing is making freezer meals so that when I have Abigail I won't have to worry too much about what to prepare or taking too much time to prepare things at first. I don't want us to resort to eating out and I don't want that burden on Kyle cause he has enough work to do. He's not even home and has been working for 12 hours so far. Anyways, I bought homemade French Bread and made my garlic bread for 4 future meals and just wrapped them in foil. All I have to do is pull it out, let it defrost, and throw it in the oven. It's just like buying the boxes at the store except without preservatives and added fat! I also made lasagna, spaghetti sauce, and vegetable spaghetti sauce thing for lunches for me. I put those in individual freezer bags and will heat up'll be like a frozen dinner. I have more things to make but that's what I did today.

I am so thankful to the Lord for allowing me to fulfill my dream of staying home to take care of my family. He has blessed me beyond comprehension. 6 years ago I had just met Kyle and had butterflies were in my stomach wondering what would happen with this cute guy. Now I'm his wife of over 3 years and pregnant with his daughter. I know it was all God and through prayer and His grace, He has made this all possible.

Delight yourself also in the LORD,And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Baby Progress


I'm 36 weeks and 4 days right now. About 3 days ago I started having Braxton Hicks contractions a lot! I'm still having them regularly and I went to the doctor yesterday. They said I am dilated about 1 cm and my cervix is softening!! I also got the strep B test, so not a big deal! Anyways, now I've started having a cramping feeling on and off. So we'll see what happens in the next week or so! I am pretty safe now to have her and the midwife said I could exercise again but no weights. So ball bouncing, walking outside, possibly elliptical here I come!

Here is a pic of me just over 36 weeks....oh boy am I big!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fall Wreath


Ok, this is my first tutorial! Hope you enjoy it!

So I was inspired to make my own fall wreath because I have plenty of inside decor but nothing for the door! And I saw Mandy's tutorial on how to do one of these too. I just changed some stuff to make it my own ( Part of making my own things is to save MONEY also! Well I think I was successful on this one. I saw wreaths you could buy at Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabric, and Michaels but they were all like 20-50 dollars. YIKES! Well I was able to make my own for, guess....less than $3.00 dollars! Yipee!! I got the wreath from the dollar store and bought the felt from Hobby Lobby for 25 cents a sheet. Now that's a good deal.

Ok so I had felt sheets and I cut them into strips. For a small "ball" use one strip like this. Then use a hot glue gun to glue the end. Sorry I didn't do the best with taking pics of all the materials first!!

If you want a bigger one then use 2 strips of felt and roll them together. Even bigger, go with 3 strips.

This is how you roll them.

Here are the different sizes of the felt pieces. I ended up going and buying 3 more pieces of felt because I didn't have enough. So I used a total of 6 sheets. I got brown the second time instead of yellow. After I finished all of them, I glued them all over the wreath spacing out colors and sizes. Then my friend Tiree had bought these buttons that have fall things on sunflowers, pumpkins, leaves, etc and I glued those onto some of these roll-up pieces of felt. So here is a picture of my final piece of work hung on our front door! I bought the hanging piece at the dollar store too!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Creativity Coming Out!!


So I've decided to get more thrifty and creative with all these people inspiring me! Lisa Rohrer, Steph Ebright, and other bloggers that I don't know but have awesome tutorials! So I want to get a sewing machine and start my own projects! Once I do I will start posting things I do to this blog....Creative Mom here I come!!!

Here are some inspirations of things I want to do in the future!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

So I want to start sewing and make fun stuff for cheap! Lisa Rohrer is an inspiration to me with her dress making, blankets, and these pins that she's giving away! I would love to win them and here they are! Just click the link to enter the contest!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Abigail Louise's Room


Door plaque that Kyle had his cousin Angie make!

Dresser and fun stuff...there will be a picture frame with a poem of "Daddy" in it to the right of the butterfly on the wall but we need her to come out first to take a pic of her and Kyle together :)

Her butterfly crib! Don't worry the stuffed animals won't stay!

Verse I painted on the wall!

Nursing/rocking, reading nook...this is my favorite part of the room...I know we'll spend a lot of time here :)

Another pic with widened angle...

So I'm getting pretty pumped about Abigail coming. I told Kyle yesterday that I feel like I'm just waiting now...waiting for her to come and waiting to be a mommy. I am very excited and she is going to be a very loved little girl :)

Here are pics of her room...almost complete! Just a couple things needed and pics to go in frames!