...and then I found $5.

A Jersey Girl turned Northern Virginia Girl.

This "blog" is a collection of useless things including, but not limited to:

• Pictures of my dog Macho
• Pictures of my other dog Beamer
• Things I try to DIY
• Races I run
• Tales of Love + Marriage
• Beautifying our Home Sweet Home
• Our sweet baby girl Ellie

And many more random things!

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If my phone got hacked I wouldn’t feel one ounce of embarrassment or shame over what pictures I have taken.

If my underwear drawer got ransacked, however…

Being a baby is hard, y’all.

Do you drink soda? If yes, how often?

I’m looking into ordering ‘SIGN with your BABY - Quick Start Baby Sign Language (ASL) Kit: Includes Book, How-to DVD, Quick Reference Guide’ by Dr. Joseph Garcia.

Does anyone have any other recommendations for baby sign language books and/or DVDs?

I’ll never forget anything about that day 11 years ago. I remember where I was, what I was wearing, the beautiful sunny skies, the day I found out he died.

My friend George was in a car accident (he and the driver were both drunk) and ended up in a coma. I can’t remember if it was medically induced. The doctors gave him very good chances. He never recovered.

It was one of the hardest times of my life. I think about him often, about his family. Even though it’s been so long, sometimes I still can’t believe he’s gone.

Ellie is 4 months old today! I couldn’t have ever imagined that I could love such a small person as much as I do. 

At 4 months, Ellie:

  • weighs a bit over 12 lbs! In the past month she doubled her birth weight.
  • is continuing to smile pretty much all day, every day. There are exceptions, obviously.
  • has started daycare. She seems to really love it.
  • has made me go dairy-free. It seems to be helping her complexion and skin issues, but the poo is still weird. 
  • sleeps through the night!
  • doesn’t sleep in a swaddle anymore and has graduated to a sleep sack.
  • smiles at the doggies.
  • is working on rolling over from her back to her tummy. She’s almost there.
  • LOVES to look at herself in the mirror. 
  • LOVES to put weight on her legs and “stand.”
  • holds her head up.
  • likes to play in her jumper seat, even though she’s not quite big enough for it yet. (I closely supervise!)
  • doesn’t need the infant insert in her car seat.
  • is just now starting to grow out of her 0-3 clothes.

Watch planes flying everyday and get paid bank for it?! Dream job!

Do you think that being an air traffic controller would be excruciatingly boring after like, a day?

How much do you think they make?

Means new 16-digit number to memorize. Eric gave me strict instructions to not use my old one every again (he has some kind of financial reason) and to only use my new one going forward. 

Rejoice! 🙌🙌🙌🍎🍁🍂

I love her so much.

Cuteness overload! #babies #elliebelly

My best friend is having babies! Can’t wait for her sure-to-be-beautiful girls to arrive! 👶👶🎀🎀

When in Jersey…

Happy 33rd anniversary to my mom and dad.

They set such a great example of what a marriage should be. Cheers to you guys!