Fall Faves.


So it’s officially Fall, however the Arizona weather does not make it feel so. It’s under the 100 mark at least, but we’re still above normal for this time of year. As it is now the Fall season, I thought I would talk about some things I am obsessed with for Fall this year. There may be more to come, but here are the items that I am VERY into, at this moment.


Tiffany Blue…Anything of this color I am absolutely in love with. I am even going to incorporate it into Emerson’s upcoming first birthday which will be Fall themed. For some reason the color is still POP-ing at me, even though you would think it’s more of a Spring/Summer hue.


Simply Orange Juice…I know this has been out for a while, and I’ve been drinking it for a while, but I enjoy this orange juice more than all of the others. Maybe too much. I drink it all of the time. At least I’m getting my vitamin C.


Bold nail colors…Nail art has really been making a comeback. It was very popular in the 90s when long artificial nails were a fad. Remember those creepy hands at the salon that had unicorns and murals on them? I guess some nail places still have them, but for the most part the nail trend in the 2000s were more subtle. I love the new trend in fancy polish, and I’ve jumped on the train. Although I do not wear fakes, I paint my own nails with store bought polish, as I am too cheap to go to an actual salon. My last colors were a grayish purple, with a pop nail of (you guessed it) Tiffany Blue. Right now, my nails are the gold you see above.


Loafer style flats…Although I haven’t had extra money to blow on shoes lately, I have been really wanting to go out and buy every color and style of loafer flats. They look amazing with skinny jeans and leggings, and for Fall, are the perfect shoe.


Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax Granola Bars…I haven’t been eating too many carbs these days, but I have to have my fix of granola. I got these because they were on sale, and like the Kashi brand. I was hesitant to try them at first, and they patiently waited on my counter for two weeks or so. I finally got hungry enough to try them, and man was I pleasantly surprised! They are delish, and if you’re a granola lover like me, I recommend you go out and buy yourself a box…STAT!


Last week I did an all liquid diet to sort of jump start some weight loss before the holidays. I drank all natural smoothies, and had only blended fruits, veggies, a small amount of dairy, and supplemental protein. After a few days of just fruits and veggies, I really wanted to have some fall flavors on my pallet. Thanks to Google (Happy birthday btw), I found a yummy recipe for a healthy pumpkin smoothie! Here’s the link.


My new jogging stroller…After almost a year of using my Graco travel system stroller, it stopped working. I know a few other people who have experienced this glitch, but after using the stroller for a while, the collapse feature jams, and it is difficult, or impossible to collapse and expand the stroller. I had a bunch of Amazon gift cards that I had hoarded over the past two years, and gathered them together to buy myself a jogging stroller. Although I could not afford to get a BOB, I did go with the less expensive Baby Trend model. It is amazing! The jogging strollers are so much sturdier and easier to collapse then my previous stroller. After looking at the design of the collapse function, it does not look like it will have the same issue as the Graco stroller. I am looking forward to when it cools down so I can take Emerson on runs!


I don’t know about you, but I am so lazy when it comes to washing my face at night. I got some traveling face wipes to wash my face while camping a few months back and fell in love! I did not like the particular brand that I was using, but after some trial and error with a few different brands, I found that the Say Yes to Blueberries brand was the best for my complexion and had the least amount of chemicals in it. You can find it in the organic beauty section of your grocery store. It is a little more expensive then some of the other brands (just by two dollars), but it is worth the extra money in my book. It smells so fresh, and my face feels like I got a facial every time I use it. So refreshing!!

Well, I hope you enjoy these things as much as I do! I swear I’ll write more…Life has just gotten the best of me lately! Updates soon to come!

Im back!

Well…I’m back!

After a long hiatus from the blogging world, I thought I would make an attempt to get back on! It’s been a crazy few months, but I’ll try to update you quickly:


-I’m a stay at home mommy now! I love being at home, and it has been the greatest thing for my mental and physical health. I enjoy spending the majority of my time with Emerson, and since I’ve been home, he has been breezing through his milestones.




-The church plant has launched! Although we have not started a larger gathering yet, we have started meeting is Missional Communities in people’s homes, and implementing our church model. It’s been a whirlwind few months, but there have been some amazing God moments.Check out the website!



-Emerson can crawl, stand, walk along walls/couches/anything, almost say words, just popped his first tooth, and knows how to give kisses! He is quickly moving past crawling and lets just say, we need to get this kid some shoes!! Although we have so much to be thankful for with our amazing son, there is something serious about to happen. Since Emerson was a few months old, we noticed a bump behind his ear. When it hadn’t gone away by his six month appointment, we got it checked out by our pediatrician. She referred us to a cranial-facial surgeon. When we met with the surgeon, we were informed that it was the best case scenario, a bone cyst. We were so happy to find out that it was the best case scenario, however, when the doctor was explaining the procedure to us, we discovered that it was a lot more invasive then we expected. We have to first get a CT scan of Emerson’s head, which he may have to be put under anesthesia for, to see if it is a bone cyst that grows under, or on top of the bone. Then, during the actual surgery, the doctor will remove the piece of skull that the cyst is attached to without adding any artificial material. We don’t know how long the surgery will take, or if he’ll have to stay overnight or anything yet. I am so terrified that my baby will put under…twice…and have a scalpel millimeters away from his brain. We need to get the surgery done soon, because there is a risk of the cyst rupturing and getting infected. Please pray that all of the medical procedures he will endure go smoothly and he will not be in pain.


-Babies are everywhere! So many friends are having little ones! Sarah, one of my closest friends, had her baby boy, Everett Kelly Brooks, on Friday, July 27th. She, and her husband, Joe, were generous enough to let me attend the birth of their baby, and document it on camera. It was such an amazing experience to be there, and meant way more to me then just a photo op. I was able to help when needed, and witness my dear friend go through a natural childbirth. It was a spiritual experience, and I was inspired watching her and Joe go through each contraction, push, do skin to skin, and pray with each other after Everett was here. This experience definitely brought us closer…


Well, that’ll be it for now! Just a slue of photos to finish up!


Idaho a few weeks ago for a spiritual retreat for church planters


Emerson teething


My birthday dinner


Sarahs shower that I co-hosted


Emerson and I on the fourth of July!


Fight SMA in Avery’s Name

Made a donation in Avery’s name today.


Here’s the link if you would also like to contribute.


Thank you.

Avery Lynn Canahuati 11/11/11 – 04/30/12

It is with a broken heart that I share the following news: Avery, written about in my previous post, has passed away.  I am very upset by this news, as I have been following her blog closely since its creation. You can read about her passing and her story here.


Rest in peace sweet baby. Your story has touched so many lives.


Emerson here!


ImageHello Everyone!


Today is a special day because mommy said that I could write in her blog! I’ve never written anything before!

The reason I asked mom if I could write in her blog today was because I have a story I would like to share with you. I have a friend who was born just four days after me, Avery.


 When Avery was four months old she found out that she had a boo-boo called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (mommy Google’d it for me…Wikipedia defines it as: “Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an incurable autosomal recessive disease caused by a genetic defect in the SMN1 gene which codes SMN, a protein necessary for survival of motor neurons, and resulting in death of neuronal cells in the anterior horn of spinal cord and subsequent system-wide muscle wasting (atrophy).” )

This made me very sad that one of my friends had to experience such a hardship. Her family is doing as much as they can to raise awareness of SMA, because it is the number one genetic killer of babies and children under the age of two. Mommies and daddies can have genetic testing done to see if they are carriers of SMA, which for some is free! But you have to make sure you ask your doctor, because they do not typically offer the test. Avery and her family are also raising awareness for SMA so that they can reach their goal of 1,000,000 dollars towards a cure! How awesome is that?!

So, I wanted to help out my friend and share her story on mommy’s blog so that maybe a few more people can hear about Avery’s story, learn about SMA, and do something about it. I hopefully will be able to meet my friend one day, but in the meantime, I hope that she stays comfortable, gets lots of love from her mommy and daddy (that’s my favorite!), and remains in good health.

You can read more about Avery and her family here: Avery’s Bucket List


 Source: http://averycan.blogspot.com/

Isn’t she beautiful!!!

It’s been a while.


My apologies for not posting in so long…again, life was taking up my time and the blog-world had to take some time off.

So much has happened! Emerson is almost six months old! I cannot believe it. He is HUGE, and I anticipate to find out his percentiles at his next appointment. He has begun to sit up and roll (although hasn’t mastered either), is a drooling mess, and loves to listen to himself talk. I love his personality, and he is my favorite person to be around (other than my husband…I guess *wink*).

Speaking of spending time with my favorite person, I’ll be doing a lot more of that come May 3rd. As of that day, I will be a stay-at-home-mommy!!! When Gavin and I got married, we decided that me staying at home with our children would be a high priority. For the first six months of Emerson’s life, we had to compromise since Gav was still in school. Now that he’s graduating (another great upcoming event!), we have been blessed to have the opportunity for me to be at home with Emerson. It will be a huge change. I have always been a busy person, either working or in school full-time. Taking a step in this direction is definitely going to take some time getting used to. Now my full-time job is going to be mommy-and-wife-hood, and I couldn’t be happier.


Many people look down upon stay-at-home-moms. There is this belief that everybody needs to have a full-time income, and be career (not family) focused. I am not saying this is everybody, but unfortunately, is the increasing norm. I have had some people voice their concerns about my choice:

What are you going to do without that money? –None of your business

What are you going to do all day? –Sit on my butt and eat popcorn…NO! Take care of my child and pour all of my resources into developing his mental, social, physical, and spiritual health.


I have had the blessing of being close friends with a few stay-at-home-moms. Their lives are so fulfilled, their children are incredibly smart and happy, and they are doing perfectly fine. They are not struggling to keep food on the table. If I am lucky, I will experience the benefits of my new ‘job’ like they have. Will it be hard? YES. But, I cannot continue to spend my days staring at a computer screen while my little boy is living much of his life without his mommy.

My current employment was not my career choice, but was a temporary job that had some amazing financial benefits for where Gavin and I were when I was hired. My job provided us with a home, the ability to reduce some debt, generate some savings, and have a child. I am so thankful that I have had this job, and typically enjoy my work. My employer has been very supportive of my choice to be at home with Emerson, and I am so thankful for their encouragement.

I already have some goals in mind with the new change in my life. I’m going to try and not stress about doing them, which I have a bad habit of doing (making lists, and feeling like a failure if I do not complete them with haste or at all). Of course my top priority with me Emerson’s caretaker, and then I hope to do other things like: get the house where I would like it, scrapbook my pregnancy and the first year of Emerson’s life, work on my photography, reach my fitness goals, continue and develop ministries that I’m involved in…Look, I already have a full schedule!


Anywho, I am genuinely happy about the change, and look forward to it very much.

Some upcoming things I am looking forward to:

Emerson eating solids! This is something I’ve been holding off on till I am at home. You can wait till they’re 6 months (it’s actually recommended), and he’ll be almost that age when we get him going. It’ll be a mess, and it’ll be glorious. Pictures will definitely be posted.

Emerson swimming! It’s been in the 100’s here in Arizona, and the pool has been looking incredible. Em already has some swim gear, and I think I’ll bust it out soon.

Gavin’s graduation. I am so proud of my husband. He has been so challenged with being a full-time student and church planter simultaneously. Both are extremely time consuming, and you add being a dad on top of that…sheesh! Superman here…I am hoping that when he finishes school, he can take a deep breath, and enjoy a little bit of calm. He deserves it.


Well, here are some photos to end the post:


Emerson Rolling.


Big boy can hold his own bottle.


Look at this handsome boy!


Loves his jumperoo!


He loves going on walks!


Girls night for my bestie’s birthday.


I thought this was cool. Made a compilation of my pregnancy pics. What a difference from start to finish! Have a great day everyone!

Cloudy Weekend.


It was a gloomy St Patty’s Day weekend here in Arizona. Half the state got a snow day today because of all of the winter weather. I thought we were over the coldness here, but it came back with a final vengeance. Today the high is in the sixties, while last week we were almost at ninety. Make up your mind Mother Nature! – I already packed my winter clothes…


Busy weekend, as usual. Saturday I went to my dear friend Alex’s baby shower. It was a mustache themed party, turned out very cute. Emerson wore a mustache onsie compliments of Sherrie Allen, who also made the flags in Emerson’s nursery and my nursing cover (she is so talented!) After the shower, I tried to feel better as I had been feeling nauseous and headache-y all afternoon. Gavin, Em and I then trekked over to the parent’s to feast on our corned beef and cabbage meal, watched a movie, called it a night. Sunday started off with church, where I worked in the kids ministry. We’ve been observing and helping out for part of the church plant in order to better understand and equip ourselves for the future. I absolutely LOVED helping out with the kids. I didn’t know what to expect, but I ended up loving my experiences, and hope to help out again! Anywho, had lunch with friends, where Emerson had the poop of a lifetime. And, of course, the restaurant we were at did not have a changing station, so I was performing a balancing act of changing a blowout diaper and outfit on a bathroom sink counter. Gavin and I then did some chores around the house while enjoying the weather, and watching our nephew. We later had dinner at my sister-in-laws house, where Em decided to drown us with smiles…


Pretty good weekend. I love the rain, but not the cold, but I hope that I get to enjoy a little bit more gloom till we go back to endless sunshine and heat.


Grandparents are coming into town this week. I am excited to see them, as always.