I’m Back *and with a* Baby ;)

I have a good reason for not posting these last six weeks, I promise. It’s the best one yet;)

Some of you many already know but….

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We are expecting our first little babe!

I know. Crazy.

Hence the reason I have been MIA these last six weeks.

This little babe is a dramatic one, to say the least. I gotta say though, It comes by the drama gene honest.
A fact my family members remind me of daily;)

We found out about five weeks ago and since then its been a crazy ride!

I was blessed with morning sickness from six weeks on which was not fun for anyone. AT ALL.

My poor hubs barley slept for two weeks, because unlike the name suggests, it’s not JUST in the morning.

And in my case it was 24/7 for a solid 2+ weeks. Which meant my hubs was waking at 12 am (and 2, 3;30, & 5 ect) to a wife that was heaving in a bucket next to him.

Just Delightful.

He being the amazing hubs he is, was up every time to help me. #SnaggedAGoodOne

Also, fun fact you can have “Morning sickness” both ways *if ya get my drift* Ask me how I know;)

Anyway, that has been slowing down a little (Thank God, Really!!) and mama is getting a little more food down.

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About now is when I give a huge shout out to my lovely mother in law and Grammy, who came and fed and clothed us plus cleaned my house and helped with errands for the last few weeks. Life Savers. Really though.

You know it’s getting bad when you text your husband asking if he has eaten recently and if there actually WAS anything to eat in the house. #WifeOfTheYear.

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We are thankful for A LOT of things!

*That this little bean appears to be growing well.
*That I get the chance to carry and grow a little baby.
*That we are otherwise healthy and doing well.

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We are SO excited to met this little one!

Feels like it’s going so slow, but we have a busy summer planned so I’m sure it will fly by. Until then, Grow big and string little babe!

So, that’s the big news from this little wife!

If you have any pregnancy tips (MAINLY ON MORNING SICKNESS) please share!

And join us over the next six months as we prepare to welcome this Tiny Tunnell into the world!

 

Love,

New Little *Mama-To-Be* Wife

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139v13-19

House Hints; Plastic Sleeves & House Schedules

I meal plan.

It saves my butt EVERY DANG DAY cause you can be SURE that if I didn’t I would get to five pm and we would end up eating cold potatoes.

There was a struggle at the beginning though.

I didn’t want to keep writing and using a sheet of paper each week, or print out the pretty ones you can find online every five seconds. Seems like a waste of paper/ink

Plus, I change my mind *often* during the week of what we are having.

Enter, the plastic sheet.

Y’all know those plastic sleeve things you can get for like 2 cents. Here is what I did.

I Wrote out all the days of the week SUPER FANCY and shoved it into the plastic thing.

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Then stuck a dry easer marker next to it.

Thank you thank you, I know, I’m a genius. 

Now, I just scribble whatever we are having down for the week after I shop, and rub it out each week.  Magic.

I do the same thing with my cleaning plan.

If you are anything like me, you might end up washing the towels three times a week and leaving your kitchen floor for three months. Ahem.

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So, I found this pretty one online *I think its from youngwifesguide.com* and printed it out.
Wrote down all the BASIC things I USALLY need to in a week; Think bathrooms, laundry, dishes, vacuum ect, gave each day a few of them, and STUCK IT IN OTHER PLASTIC SLEEVE.

When I’ve done them for the day I cross ’em of. If I decide to play with the dog or go for coffee and slack off instead of do my house work, then i just leave it uncrossed and do it the next day.

ITS SO EASY.
And it literally takes me TEN minutes to get all the work done AND the bathroom gets cleaned more then twice a year cause I actually REMEMBER  #Winning

So, in summary, GET YOU SOME PLASTIC SLEEVES GIRL!

And maybe, if ya lucky, I might make you a pretty meal plan/ cleaning sheet for them;)

Love,

New Little *House-Hints* Wife.

Goals + Thoughts for 2017.

The first person to point out that it is March and I am only JUST writing this will get a huge eye roll.
Anyone else after that is just a copy cat. Y’all get nothing.

So yes, it’s March.

The year has got off to a cracking start *see the previous posts about our Aus trip and Alfie!*

I have been thinking these past few months about some things I want to try to do this year, and I have been doing them a little bit, I just havent told you all about them yet.
Ha ha.

So, here they are, in no particular order;

Write letters and cards; I have been doing this one recently and been loving it!
If you would like a little card in your letterbox, let me know!

Pray in the “Spare Minutes”; Which means when I’m washing dishes, driving, walking, showering ect. Using these minutes that I’m already doing things to start connecting with God.

Read more non fiction; I tend to go towards certain book genres, which is fine, but apart from the bible I don’t really read any non fiction.
So I want to try to change that, I have a Brene brown on my night stand waiting to be devoured.

De-Clutter the house; I have been smashing this out thanks to our house remodleing. *YES THEY ARE STILL GOING. DONT ASK*.I’ll post after pictures when they are finished, *unless we pass away before that happens which is looking INCREASINGLY likely*.
However, We have thrown out a huge amout of stuff and about 50% of our clothes. It has been AMAZING.

Workout regularly; If you wanted to come and watch someone pant, limp and die around a soccer field, come to Poway on thursday nights.
We have started to play indoor soccer  and it has shown me JUST how unfit I am.. For the viewers at home That would be VERY. 

Create Something; I don’t know what this one is going to look like, but I want to create something this year. It could be a career, eBook, house, some kind of arty thing (NOT LIKELY BUT I’LL ADD IT IN HOPE) or whatever. Comment and give me some suggestions if you have them!

Say YES to more good things; I have gotten out of the habit of saying yes to the little, spontaneous things, and I’m not loving it.
So it’s back to the Girl who said yes to 10pm beach swims,random summer road trips and lazy saturday drives JUST CAUSE.

Re Read childhood Favorites; I am thinking Anne of Green Gables, Little house and The royal diaries. What are some of your childhood favourites?

Learn a new skill; I’m thinking SEWING, which would have made my lovely Grandma proud, but will come as a surprise and concern to those who have seen/heard of my sewing skills up to this point.
I did not gain the sewing skills in the family. Infact there is a 90% chance of bodily harm when I get behind a machine. I will update you on this, when I’m in hospital with two casts and missing an eye.

Get a dog; this was NOT on there, but since we got one, let’s add it so I can cross something off! HURRAH!

My overarching theme of this year would be trust.

Trusting in Gods plan and that HIS timing is right! rRemembering HE knows me SO well and He loves me like no one else.

Trusting in my husband, trusting other people and trying to see the BEST in them.

So if you see a lot about trust, or my lack thereof, this is why.

SO, anyone else have any goals for this year they would like to share? Or any comments on mine?

 

Love,

New Little *2017-Goals* Wife

And then there were three…. ;)

We have some news!

We are SO excited to introduce to you the latest little member of our family.

King Alfred the 7th.

AKA; Alfie.

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I will tell  y’all what happen, but first we have to back it up a bit and start a few months ago.

Seth has been wanting to get a dog for a while. We had been going back and forth about it for some time, done a few trips to the humane society but found nothing. We had talked about breeds, and I had laid down a few ground rules starting with; No puppies, no dogs that have to be inside only, no loud ones. I had thought I had set the bar high enough..

Then last Saturday he had the day off and we were planning what to do, he suggested going to the humane society. So off we went.

And within a few minutes he had seen Alfie, who’s name was Jerry then, and fallen in love. We got him out in the interaction pen and for Seth, that was it.

I, on the other hand, was less excited and a little unsure. We we put our name down for them ti call if he became available to adopt and left.

For the next few hours Seth proceeded to name every quality of this dog and sing his praises, while asking repeatedly if I was sure I didn’t want him.

The next morning we were making breakfast before church and there was silence, till a voice came down the hallway..

“But Babe, ARE YOU SURE?!”

Cue the eye roll and the mutter “for the love Seth, shut about this dang dog..”

Then a miracle happened.

After church finished Seth had no jobs to go to, which left us without anything to do and a few more hours in which to adopt the dog, before he went to someone else.

I relented and said we could go back to “See him again” and of we trotted. After we got him out again he ran right up to us and snuggled in *i’m positive Seth sent him some kind of telepathic message..* and five minutes later we were totting this dog home.

He has been an absolute dream of a dog. He’s house trained, doesn’t bark, LOVES to cuddle and chill out. He’s SO excited when we come home and he loves being outside, which is good since thats were he is going.

The only thing is we have NO idea what breed he really is! We have been told everything from King Charles to Corgi to Terrier.

We do know one thing though; he’s pretty stinking cute.

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So fellow dog owners, any tips and tricks to give me? And anyone know what breed he is?!

Love,

New Little *Dog-Owning* Wife.

 

 

 

 

Well this is embarrassing; ANYWHO, Life for the past few months.

I last posted on Dec 15th.

It’s now Feb 23rd.

2017.

Nervous cough.

ANYWHOO; moving right along.

Life’s been good. It’s been nice to be relaxing and living and feeling better. We had a new years eve party at our house, just a small one, which was fun. The weeks kinds blur between thanksgiving and new years huh?!

We headed to Australia mid Jan to get some baby squeezes in cause Y’ALL I GOT A NEW NIECE.

SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL.

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She was born Jan 11th. And a few days after we headed out to meet her.

*Cue the huge amount of photos*

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Aus was, as always, amazing and fun and way to short a trip. Catching up, squeezing kiddos, nights out, Sleep overs with Nieces, and first days of pre school and family pictures. See below.

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PC to my amazing brother who’s a pretty dang good photographer:)

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We headed out of LAX while it was raining and freezing and 40, and landed at 9am in humid, sticky 95. Seth almost died.

Actually he almost died twice in the first day. Once when we landed and the other when he found out my parents DO NOT have AC, and the only spare fan was actually a heater that had fan element and was the size of a radio. Poor kid never saw it coming.

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We’re back at home now and into trying to FINALLY finish the house. I laugh that I told myself it would take 2 weeks.. HAHAHA*SOB*.

This year I am going to try and work on being better about posting, but posting things of value and not just rambles. Hopefully I’ll get my new year thoughts and goals up here soon and some other stuff.

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What about you guys? Did you all have a safe and happy Christmas/new year/ VALENTINE break?

*HOW did I go this long, my stars*

Cue awkward stage exit.

Love,

New Little *Ah-Well-I’m-Back* Wife

AND A FEW MORE FOR GOOD MEASURE.

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Salmon.

A few months ago we had some of our friends got hitched. Hurrah.

We had some other friends stay the night.

Yeah I know, we have more than two friends #Winning.

They meant to only stay one, but hot days and bad burgers and beers along with other things made for two nights.

All this meant we trotted off to the store to buy dinner. And we decided on salmon.

Delish.

My lovely friend showed me a new way to cook a fillet of salmon. Heat up the oven hot for 25 mins, put it straight on a baking tray, pop it in and turn the oven off. It slow cooks.

We did that. And well, Didn’t it turn out just fab.

It was so simple and so amazing I had actual tears. We ate and laughed and chatted and cleaned up..

Well. Mostly.

They left, we rushed on and a few 90+ days later I started smelling something not swell.

Our trash tends to be of the putrid variety after a day or two.

We eat so much fresh stuff it starts fester in the bottom… Yum 😉

I tossed it, cleaned the can. Done.

Two more days, and it was getting worse. So I turned to the fridge, got that cleaned. Ran the disposal.

Sparkling. Swell.

IT TOOK ME FIVE DAYS TO FIND THE FISH PAN STILL IN THE OVEN WITH SHRIVELED MODLY SALMON STILL CLINGING ON.

Five 95+ days.

It was utterly filthy.

And as soon as I opened the oven door I nearly died. #TRUTH.

It was dry heave worthy.

I had to air the house for hours.

There was not an oil in the world could cover that stank.

And I didn’t even try to clean it up.

I took one look at the baking tray and deemed it irredeemable.

I haven’t cooked salmon since.

#HomemakingFails.

Love,

New Little *Salmon-Stinks* Wife

Hello. It’s Me. I was wondering if after all these *weeks* you’d like to read.

I have been disgustingly lax about posting these last few weeks, and they, as they tend to do, have turned into months. Dang it.

And I verhemantley apologize.

Thanks to my brother who wrote a random and totally unplanned post about how much I love him, I hope that kept you all amused. I do love ya Bro.

ANYWHO.

I could tell you how busy we have been, and how crazy the last few weeks were, and ALL THE THINGS, but let me just show you some pictures, so you understand.

This is my house.

Yes. We are sleeping in that small corner over there.

And yes, all of our worldly possessions seem to be in our living room.

 

I was thinking that it would only take us a week.

HAHAHA.

We started out just wanting to paint the walls. Which turned into scraping and redoing the ceilings, which turned into redoing the closet doors, and pulling up the carpet and everything else.

Hence, we are still here, half way done.

The smell of paint now is normal and having you laundry in your pantry seems sane, at this point.

However, there has also been a ton of fun times these past few months including thanksgiving!

Some things I was thankful this year include;

Seth’s new job -which is going super well!

My health – SO THANKFUL for the medical treatment I got earlier this year, it has worked wonders!

Our Friends and family all around the world.

A new baby on the way – MY SISTER’S NOT MINE CALM DOWN Y’ALL

Our little home, which has seen many friends & family the past few years. Even though its torn up right now, we still love it 🙂

There is also another cool thing I am doing this month, which Ill explain in a later post more, but briefly, here are some facts.

It is called DRESSEMBER and I am wearing dresses all month to raise awareness and money for Anti Human Trafficking Charities who rescue these poor women and children.

I’ll post some of my dress outfits in the next post, but so far so good!

The only times I haven’t been able to do it is the few few days of painting, and a hike I did!

It such a good cause. As I was reading up on this crime I was so shocked to see that it s one of the largest international crimes today, and has been RISING. More on that later, but look it up here.

We have a busy month this month with our anniversary, my birthday, christmas and planning for our TRIP HOME IN JAN! HURRAH.

I’ll be back with more, but right now I have to go and scrap my roof.

Again.

People who have done DIY home work, please leave me sweet little comments about how it’s all worth it;)

Love,

New Little *House-Hurry-Up* Wife.