Flash Back to Halloween 2014!

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As you know… I didn’t blog at all after Haven was born, but I still have so many great memories and pictures that I never posted. This is pretty much my own little journal as well, so I figured I’d add in some pics from last years Halloween; our first Halloween in a home and as a family of three!

We dressed up as The Little Mermaid! Cory was King Triton and I was Ursula and of course Haven was the little mermaid and Curly was Sebastian. It’s so crazy to see how much Haven has grown since last year. One year makes a HUGE difference when they are brand new baby’s. It kind of makes me sad.. I guess it’s bittersweet.

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My little Mermaid was such a good little model! Not to fool you all though… we probably took about 100 pictures and I was standing right behind her and holding her up with my arm and then pulling my are away really quick and then putting it back after we got a quick shot. Somehow we got really lucky on the posing with this pic… the things you do for a picture.

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I made this little crown for Haven and I’ve got to admit, it turned out better than I thought it would. I just got some wire measured it around her head and made a pattern out of seashells, hot glued it to the wire and then spray painted it with a pearly paint and wallah!

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She was not liking that wig

She was not liking that wig

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Zombie Nicole and poor Haven

Zombie Nicole and poor Haven

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Curly looking so majestic in her Sebastian costume.

Curly looking so majestic in her Sebastian costume.

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Haven at 6 months old!

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Batman heading off to work!

Batman heading off to work!

On Halloween Night we stayed home and passed out candy, it was so fun being able to do that for the first time since we’ve been married. We were always in apartments so it was fun to be able to do that this year.

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Here are some pictures from “the party that never was”. We ended up having it on the worst day ever, because everyone who was invited had other plans or couldn’t make it, so it ended up being just us and another couple that night. We still talk about that night, but we’ve made up for it for all the other holidays that came after.

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Lion’s and Tigers and Bears… OH MY!

This year for Halloween we decided to have Haven be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Mainly because I had these adorable Yosi Samra red sparkly flats and I thought they would go perfectly for a Dorothy costume. I couldn’t find a dress that I really liked for her, so I sewed my first dress for Haven! I was pretty proud of myself, considering the fact that I’ve never really made a dress before. I also made Curly’s costume out of felt. Her hat was the best part! I found a gold curtain tassel and used it for the top of her hat, then I found some white angel wings and spray painted them black. Cory’s costume was the tornado, so we went to Lowe’s and got some piping and to use as the top of the tornado and then wrapped him in tulle and leaves and he was good to go!

I was basically a witch 3 times during the week of Halloween, once for a witches night out with the ladies, the second time was for a trunk-or-treat and the third time was on Halloween. I didn’t paint my face that time.. plus my skin was already pretty much dyed green anyway from the previous days. Later that night we had a Halloween party with a bunch of our friends and Cory and I dressed up like Fat Monica and Chandler from FRIENDS.. Unfortunately we forgot to take pictures, but we did get a video of us doing our Chandler and Monica dance.

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I love Haven's big cheese in this pic

I love Haven’s big cheese in this pic

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

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Haven was so funny when it came to trick-or-treating.. We were using her Toto basket as her candy basket as well, but anytime we would try to put it in the basket she would not let it happen. Apparently only the dog was allowed in there.

Haven was so funny when it came to trick-or-treating.. We were using her Toto basket as her candy basket as well, but anytime we would try to put it in the basket she would not let it happen. Apparently only the dog was allowed in there.

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This picture was taken right before I left for a Witches Night out with some friends.. Haven was in her diaper and bib, wearing her Dorothy shoes and when Nicole and I were walking out the door saying bye, Haven turned around to Cory and said “Bye!” and began following us out. She just wanted to be witch with us that night and go out with the girls so bad… maybe in a few more years Havey girl.

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OCTOBER!

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These are just a few pictures from this month, I probably had about 200 pictures on my phone for October and it was hard to just pick a small amount.

My sister, Deanna came in town from Arizona with her two girls and we had a great time going to the Pumpkin Village at the Dallas Arboretum and the Taylor Swift concert! It was finally starting to feel a little more like fall when they arrived (high 70’s).

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Haven’s very first masterpiece… she is already writing too!

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One day I was feeling domestic before a pumpkin carving party we were going to so I baked up these cookies and 4 hours later I had about a dozen and a half decorated. Although, I will admit that decorating them was kind of therapeutic.. until Haven woke up from her nap.

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Haven and her buddy Quinn at the pumpkin patch! I couldn’t get Haven away from those tractors.

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Haven wanted didn't want Quinn in the picture this time.. so she decided to stand in front of him and do a big cheese. haha

Haven wanted didn’t want Quinn in the picture this time.. so she decided to stand in front of him and do a big cheese. haha

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This was a picture of the day we were all just getting over the stomach flu. Haven caught it first, but luckily she only threw up once and then had some green poops. Then Cory came home from the gym and threw up, first I thought it was just from his protein or working out too hard (he has a weak stomach), but then the next day I caught it too and we were all out for the next 4 days. Poor Haven had a bunch of energy and Cory and I were dead while she just played around the living room. I’m soooo glad it’s over though, it was hell.

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UPDATE…. a long time coming

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Well today is August 24th, 2015 and boy has a lot changed! As you can see, my last post was the story of Haven’s birth story. This was before we made the big move to Texas and all the many changes to follow in the last year. Let me just give a quick list of all that happened in between, I’m kind of sad I didn’t update this blog at all since then, but as many people know, blogging takes up a lot of time and effort that I just didn’t feel like adding onto my plate be honest.

So here it goes… After Haven was born, Cory graduated dental school on May 15th, Haven was blessed on Sunday, May 18th. We moved from Charleston to Dallas and drove for a week with a very packed car and trailer being towed behind us. I got mastitis the day we started our road trip and Haven and I were packed like sardines in the backseat with a cave of stuff around us. We arrived in Dallas on June 5th, 2014 to our new rental home and started our new lives together in a nearly empty house without water for a few days.. which is always so much fun!

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On Monday, June 9th my mastitis got so bad that I couldn’t take it anymore (After seeing a doc in the box on the way to Dallas, she said I had to wait until it gets better) so we went to the doctor a few days after we got to Dallas and it had gotten so bad and big that he had to cut the abscess (sorry this is gross) without any pain meds or anything and drain it out. He did give me a shot to numb the area, but he missed and I felt every bit of it. So we started off being in the new place on a great note! I the moment we got out of the doc’s office I went straight to the pharmacy to get some drugs to help with the pain.. which meant that I had to temporarily stop breast feeding. But just because I stopped breast feeding I had to pump and dump, which was a very painful thing since the cut was right where the pump would pull.. again, sorry for the TMI, but it was not a fun time.

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Humble beginnings. When we moved into our rental house the only furniture we had was our sofa, bed, Haven’s pack n’ play and a little mirrored console table.. it’s always fun to look back and see where we were. 

Cory started his new job in July and things were going pretty great until the end of October when Cory was informed that he was being let go due to a lack in patients at the office. So we were on the hunt for a new job again, but luckily one of his friends got him a job at his dental office and he was able to get straight back to work in the beginning of November. The unfortunate part is that we didn’t end up getting a paycheck until February (long story), so we were running off lots of savings and many pizza date nights at home.

My good friend, Nicole moved to Dallas right around the same time we did which has been the best thing ever! We were roommates in college and she was actually one of our first friends made my freshman year. We started our business together in October and went live in November. It’s called Be Bona Fide, it’s a movement to try and help our social community to live more authentically in a world that promotes perfectionism. You can check it out and read more here >> http://www.bbonafide.com.

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We celebrated Haven’s first birthday in April and it was a fun little backyard garden party! On her birthday we made her pancakes with whipped cream (she was in heaven), then we went to the zoo where she got to feed the birds and watch the elephants take a bath. Then that night she devoured her very first birthday cupcake and it was pretty epic.

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I painted and designed Haven’s 1st birthday invitations, since I failed on making her birth announcement through all the moving and graduating, so I thought I’d make it up for her birthday. 🙂invite1

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Come June our lease was up and we decided we wanted to be a part of the action of downtown living, so we moved the the heart of downtown dallas in the Medical District which is right down the street from Nicole (my biz partner) and my brother and about 20 minutes from Cory’s work. We are very happy here and love living close to good restaurants and all the happenings that a downtown city can offer you.

At the end of June we headed out to Utah for a family reunion, where we got to see many friends and family that we haven’t seen in a while. Then Cory and I headed out to Cancun, Mexico for the 4th of July weekend (ironic I know) and Haven got to stay here in Dallas with my Mom and little sister. We all had a great time and didn’t want it to end.

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July flew by and now here we are in August, which is also flying right by! So until next time… hopefully I can keep up on my updates.