A few days ago, Veda decided to break Jude out of jail (crib) while we were still sleeping. We usually keep them fairly quarantined during the night because we are always so worried about them wandering, so this was quite the accomplishment. Little Houdini. I woke up to the sound of the kids playing downstairs and was a little shocked! I also realized that I had overslept and I had a meeting to get to. Quickly, I woke Ryan up to go downstairs and see what the kids were doing. In the process, I heard the faint sound of the fridge door closing, which is basically every parent’s worst nightmare.
I can’t figure out when I decided that I absolutely love everything about the “Back to School” time of year. A part of me feels like it’s something I’ve always loved, and thinking back- I can’t really remember a time when I was not happy about going back to school! It may be that fall is right around the corner, which happens to be my favorite time of year. I can smell the pumpkin spice and caramel as I’m writing this, and it makes me want to put on a sweater and turn on Hocus Pocus. Beyond that, though, I think there is something so refreshing about starting school. It’s a time of reflection, and a time to make some new goals.
You all probably know that it is Ryan’s birthday week and we have been celebrating our guts out! We have also had family in from out of town, so we were able to go out to our fav restaurant AND to a movie- which it has been way too long since that has happened! We went and saw Spiderman: Homecoming which we both loved- we laughed our faces off and loved the modern John Hughes film vibe! I have also eaten about 30 Swig Sugar Cookies and have been enjoying a slightly slower pace of life!
It is no secret that my husband is actually He-Man, with a much cooler haircut. Words simply cannot describe what he means to me and our little family. He is my absolute best friend. He has been the rock of our family, and even when things (or I) get crazy he is the calming force that reminds me that all will work itself out in the end. They say that opposites attract, and that is definitely the case with us! He is outgoing, and the life of the party. This guy is always smiling, even when I am making him do yard work. He is the first to volunteer when someone needs help, and is the first to give me a hug and a pep talk after a long day.
You may have noticed a bit of radio silence here on the blog, as well as on my social media accounts. While this is a “beauty blog”, I’ve recently been focusing more on the beauty that surrounds me which mostly includes my amazing family. I have to be honest, it feels wrong to be posting about my new favorite lipstick when my heart has been breaking.
This past weekend, Ryan and I celebrated 8 years of blissful matrimony. We had the most incredible weekend as we enjoyed a little staycation in Salt Lake City and ate our hearts out. I honestly can’t believe that it has been that long! We are still kids, right? We actually have quite the history and I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of our love story with you, the cliff notes version!
Have you ever been to a favorite things party? I have ALWAYS wanted to go to one! So, when my cute friend Dani invited me to her Favorite Things Party I was so excited!! Dani and I met in cosmetology school years and years ago. I always say that hair school friends are like sisters. They have seen you at your worst, you have been through it all together (including every hair color), and you most likely have ruined each others hair and/or nails at one time or another. I can go years without seeing my girls and we can always pick up right where we left off!
We have been going through a bit of a rough patch with Veda and Jude. Veda is the epitome of a mean big sister and Jude is the most sensitive little guy on the planet. He is either giggling to the point of hiccups or having a total cry fest. So, the two of them together is usually a recipe for disaster!
A few weeks ago I wrote about Veda having autism for the first time publicly. It was somewhat nerve-wracking, not because I am ashamed by any means, but saying it out loud and publicly makes it more real. Being the mom of a child with autism can be challenging, but it also has been my greatest joy. Veda brings so much laughter and happiness to our home (as you will see below!). I have so many thoughts that I want to share, and many have asked about how I felt when she was diagnosed. Those are all feelings and experiences that I do want to share and will share. However, our journey with autism did not start 8 months ago. We knew the diagnosis in our hearts much sooner than we ever saw it on paper.