Big News!!

So, it’s no secret that I suck at keeping up with this blog. I wish I did. I think about it every single day, but I just don’t ever find the time to do it and I really need to. I know that I have started so many posts out like this, (call me a slacker. I know, I know.) saying how I am going to do better and blah, blah. I really do WANT to, I just don’t. My intentions are good though. Annnnyyywayyyy… I have some big news!

I am under contract on a house! Can I get a WOOOOHOOOOO?!?! After looking at over 20 homes, I found one.

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It’s an older home and I am doing some renovations to it, so I really am planning on posting my progress here! The kitchen is what I am most excited for! I am getting WHITE KNOTTY wood cabinets with black counter tops (insert emoji with heart eyes here!). The flooring in the kitchen and both bathrooms, as well as the entry way to the front door, is grey vinyl that looks like tile. I’m getting new carpet, new doors (interior and exterior) and a new bathroom upstairs. The windows have all been replaced, which is so nice because that will save me a lot of money. The home was built in 1974, I believe, and there really hasn’t been any improvements to the home since then hahah! So it’s pretty outdated. Each room has a different color carpet. Downstairs has the orange shaggy carpet. I think I might keep that…. 😉 The downstairs also has wood panel walls, so that needs to come off. There is no actual laundry room; the washer and dryer are just in a storage room, which kinda sucks. I was looking forward to having an actual laundry room, but I will survive. Both bedrooms upstairs have wall paper, so we’ll have a good time peeling that off. The upstairs bathroom only has a tub, no shower, so I am getting rid of the original PINK tub and installing a tub/shower combo. There is a window above the tub and we will just frame it in from the inside and place the surround over it because it is the “perfect height”. The water would hit it and it would grow mold, etc., plus.. You’d probably get to see some naked bodies in there! 😐 and we can’t have that! The home is a good, solid home. It is well built and should last for many years to come. I love the big yard! The right side is all fenced in, which is so important because of my sweet boy and dog. The one thing that I do hate about the yard is that there is no covered parking – no garage or carport, just a gravel driveway. I will eventually add a carport when I have some extra monies. There is a nice sized shed in the back side yard. Lots of good storage in there.

I am hoping to be in the end of April/beginning of May. I have to complete all of my renovations before I can move in. I just signed the counter-offer papers on Friday. I am just waiting on the appraisal before I can actually close and they said that usually takes about two weeks to order and have them come in and take a look. So, now I play some more of the waiting game.

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September 1 – Goals

Hello bloggy land. It’s been a {LONG} while since I’ve been here.. And I’ve missed it. I miss writing. Soooo much has changed in the last year… I’ve been wanting to blog for a while now, but didn’t know where to start. The other day I was browsing Pinterest {naturally}, and I came across this calendar for blogging. So I thought, “What the hell? I’ll give it a shot!” So here goes..

Blog ideas for every day in September.

September 1 – My Goals

I only have a million and two of them. My number one goal right now {besides being the best mother I possibly can be} is to buy a house. I seriously cannot get my mind off of it. And if you know me, you know that I am stubborn as hell and when I want something, I don’t stop until I get it. “My way or no way” kinda thing. I am going in to the bank tomorrow to see if I even qualify for anything. Also, my dad and I are going to look at a house I’ve been eyeing. It’s older and needs some work, but it’s for a really good price. I’m hoping it’s not too good to be true. There are a couple others besides this one that I have been looking at, but I am not sure if they are outside of my price range or not, since I don’t know if I qualify for anything. I’m nervous but excited. I want to be in my own place so bad. I want to get sweet boy a dog and I just want my own space.

My next goal is to get my bachelor’s in Psychology. I decided on Thursday that I can going back to school in January to pursue my dream of becoming a counselor and that starts with getting my degree. Here’s to an even busier life. Not quite sure how I am going to juggle everything.

Another goal I have is to pay off some debt. I need to be better with my money and not get suckered in to every stores credit card. Even though they have such good incentives! Ugh. The struggle is real. I need to only use them to get the discount and then pay it off right then, while I’m still in the store.

One more current goal I have right now is to lose some weight. To get back down to my “normal” size. I’ve gained about 20 pounds since March and it’s so upsetting to me! I have no idea why. I wasn’t doing anything different. It seemed like one day I just woke up and gained half a person. I’ve had to break out all my old pants from high school – which barely fit. This is the biggest I’ve ever been. I’m thinking it has something to do with my thyroids. I really need to get some blood work done, but we have been waiting for our new insurance to kick in. Now, I’ve been watching what I eat. Drinking only water. Walking at least three miles every night. I’m not seeing a lot of progress, but I am doing what I can. Trying to let the weight just take care of itself.

Those are just a few of my short-term goals I have for myself right now. Here’s to being able to accomplish them!

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I’m Back!

Holy cow!

SOOO much has changed and gone on since I last posted.

Let’s start from the beginning.

I went to counseling, as you may have read in my last post. I went a few times and it was awesome. I am go glad I did!!

I went to Oklahoma for a vacation/get away. Just Karsyn and I! We stayed with my moms grandparents for two weeks. It was a lot of fun. I will share some pix in another post, as well as traveling with a toddler tips!

While I was gone, I found out that Kade got a new job. In Vernal. Which is 4 hours away from where we lived.

When I got back, we had 1 day to get everything packed, cleaned and out of our apartment. Well, Kade had been packing while I was gone, but I didn’t get back until the 11th and we had to be out of there by the 12th.

That weekend we went to Brian Head for a family reunion with Kade’s family. We stayed at a super amazing cabin. It was HUUUGE! It had 3 floors and 2 game rooms!

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The following Monday, we went to Vernal to look for a place to live. Found one {the last one we looked at!}, had to go back home because she said the application process would take a few DAYS, rather than minutes/hour like the other ladies had said.

Got the call on Tuesday night that we were accepted, so we left Wednesday morning and have been here in Vernal since.

Kade started his new job on the 22nd. It is a great job. He is working inside now, which is a HUGE change for him. He has to wear a uniform. Another HUGE change. He has an office. Yep, you guessed it, HUGE change! He works on the computer a lot of the time. Uh huh, HUGE change. Overall, he likes it and it is a great job. A raise and full benefits are super nice, too! (;

Fast forward to this past weekend – My mom came up and dropped one of my brothers and sister off. They stayed until yesterday. It was so nice to have them here and I am really sad that they are gone.

Other things that have changed include my whole blogger “office”, like as I’m writing this I’m noticing all sorts of changes. Posh came out with 42 NEW products!!

I think that’s all?

I’ll be back tomorrow!

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Inspiring Quotes

In yesterday’s post, I told you I have been in a bit of a funk. Read the story to find more about why I am sharing these, other than the simple fact that I LOVE these.

And I am going to tell you right now, I am not a very religious person. I do pray and I do believe in a higher power, but I don’t go to church every Sunday and I do sin on a daily basis {who doesn’t?}, and I know there are things I should change in my life, but for the most part, I am a good person and am living my life right.

Disclaimer: All of these images are from my “So True” Pinterest Board. Please visit my board to see the original source.

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This is how I am feeling today, now that I’ve read it again. I think back to other not-so-good things in my life, and they made me the strong person I am today and I wouldn’t change it.

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Yes. And if you can’t accept me for who I am, feel free to exit.

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Thank you! SO true. I think this when I am praying at night. I laugh at myself for asking God to make things right because I know it will be in the end.2

I just told my step-dad the other night how sometimes I hated having so many hours in the day because then it gives me too much time to think about things that don’t need to be thought about.

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I truly believe it. Everything happens for a reason.
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Yep. And usually it’s something stupid, but sometimes it’s not. And it’s nice for people to know when I’m lying…spirituallythinking.blogspot

This is one of my all-time FAVORITE quotes. I have thought about getting it tattooed on my wrist. My mom tells me this ALL THE TIME! Love her.www.searchquotes

Yes. Like I said, I am not super religious, but I do believe there is a God watching over me and blessing me each day.GetAttachment

Isn’t that amazing??

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MMMMMHHHMMMMM! Yes!! Love this! I think back to when Karsyn was born. My sweet, sweet boy. Plus, I cry a lot. I’m really alive.perfect_by_des_fan-d53sk6m

After I found this, I immedaitely posted it on Facebook. People really need to get this through their heads.
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A similar quote has been on my mind a lot lately. “Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.”jennyanddukefamily.blogspot

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Again, another super true one lately.

I hope you liked these and were maybe even a little inspired.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

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Final Blog Angel Round-Up

As some of you may know, I was a blog angel to Army Wife, Mommy Life.

This is our final round-up and each Blog Angel was asked to answer the following:

1. How has your relationship with your blogger and Blog Angel developed since the reveal?

Honestly, it hasn’t.

2. How have your helped them out and what help have you received?

I’ve tried giving her shout outs on my Facebook pages and I’ve pinned some of her creations. My blog angel, Myranda, asked me to do a guest post, which went live yesterday, so head over to her blog and check it out, if you haven’t already! There may or may not be coupon codes and a giveaway involved. (; {hint, hint}

3. What have you learnt about your blogger since the reveal?

I have learned that Alejandra works hard to be a good mom for her two young daughters, she likes to craft, she hates cancer {who doesn’t?}, and she likes to send care packages to her husband {he is deployed}.

4. What plans have you to stay in touch in the future?

I will continue to check up on her blog.

So, there you have it. I honestly feel like I haven’t done much to help her. And I feel bad. But like I’ve said before, I only know less than a handful of people who can relate with her, so it’s hard to really give her the readers that she needs.