Honeymoon Reflections

It has been so good to be back in WA after our two week excursion to Florida and North Carolina! I am someone who loves to explore but I do tend to get a little home sick. Plus, I missed our delicious Washington water and fresh, non-humid air haha. We had such a blast though! Florida was so fun and beautiful. We stayed in Hollywood, FL at the Diplomat Beach Resort and man, it was so incredible. The pics below are of our amazing view from our hotel suite. It was such a treat to wake up and see this endless ocean view everyday. Plus, I got a ton of interior home inspiration! I love the light, minimal, beachy look so most of these pictures is for me to look back on when we move into our own space so I can figure out how to recreate some of these design aspects ;) 

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Our honeymoon was great. We splurged, dined out everyday, had fantastic food and the best cheesecake of our lives. Lots of ice cream, lounging by the pool, and laying in our comfy bed. It was nice to just relax and have nothing to do but enjoy where we were. 

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We stayed in Florida for a week then flew to North Carolina for Nick to compete in the AM Worlds Disc Golf tournament. Playing disc golf in hot humidity or crazy thunderstorms was interesting to say the least. At times it was just too much for this pregnant gal and one day I stayed back and had some me time with a manicure and gelato ;) Nick didn't play as well as he wanted to, but is still grateful for the overall experience, plus we made some fun new friends! Traveling in general isn't ever picture perfect and we definitely came across some bumps in the road or a few tiffs here and there. We learned sometimes we are so different in how we travel. I can be much more laid back and that can stress Nick out because he very much likes to be prepared and early. Always always learning how to be more patient with each other. A never-ending process ;)

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We were both ready to come back to WA and begin getting settled in the Harbor. Since we got back we've settled into our little space in the downstairs of my parents house and our kitties are adjusted as well. It is such a blessing to have this time here and be able to focus on saving money and getting ready for our baby girl! Nick has also gained a healthy obsession for golf and has played probably close to ten rounds with my dad. Good for both of them because Nick can learn a few things from my dad and now my dad has an avid buddy ready to go golfing at moments notice. As I write this Nick is practicing his swing at the driving range hitting a bucket of balls haha. Crazy man... he never runs out of energy! 

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This coming week Nick starts his new job! God is so good and provides in His timing. Nick was struggling with being patient while he was on the job hunt for two weeks after we got back from our trip, but I knew something would come along and it did. Thank you, Jesus! So this week we jump back into exploring a new job, new routines, and continuing to settle into life over here and what we want that to look like. A lot of good things are starting and I have a lot I'm looking forward to this fall (cuz also fall is just the best!!). 

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Seasonal changes, job changes, all changes... I look forward to change because I'm someone who likes to plan and create new routines. Quitting our jobs and moving back to GH has created a nice blank canvas for me that I'm excited to carefully fill. With this new season of life I am focused on being intentional with my time and who and what I say YES to. I really like the quote, "If it's not a definite yes, then it's a NO." So much truth in that little saying. Sometimes it can be easier to just say yes and yes to different commitments or friends or whatever, when really we need to be picky and say no so we make sure we are taking care of ourselves. 

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So I'm challenging myself and anyone reading this to take a look at the things filling your plate and check with yourself if you need to reevaluate any of your commitments, potentially toxic people, time wasters, or anything that's not a definite YES in your life. XO

Cozy Cravings

Today is our last full day in North Carolina and tomorrow we fly back to Seattle. We’ve been gone for two weeks on our honeymoon + disc golf trip and I am feeling ready to be back in Washington! Our time in Florida was amazing and I can’t wait to share those beautiful beachy photos later this week :) It has been so nice to relax and spend quality time together as newlyweds. The past two weeks have come with some challenges though as I’m only getting more pregnant haha. Swimming has been lovely, but humidity, heartburn, and sleep have not been my good friend. 

All of this current heat and humidity has me craving some cozy fall weather!! I’m reminiscing back to this rainy weekend with our sweet friends Olivia and Jesse for engagement photos. Now we are just waiting for our wedding photos (crazy !!!!!) so here are these cozy + authentic pics that Olivia captured. 

More from me later this week :) 

Bridal Showers

In honor of all the wonderful wedding festivities beginning in two weeks (!!!!!) I wanted to share some photos from the two beautiful bridal showers I was spoiled at last month. The women I am blessed to know and who came are incredible. I felt such a sweet amount of love and support over this weekend. It warmed my heart to be in a space surrounded by women I love, admire, and cherish their friendship and mentorship. 

The first shower was thrown by my best friend Haley with the help of her sweet mama and my sisters. It was feminine with great attention to detail. They went above and beyond from a delicious lunch to cute macaroons! One of my favorite parts was the sweet advice book they made...I love reading through that with Nick! 

The shower on Sunday was hosted by my mama's bible study at Mindy's beautiful home with a mediocre view ;) It was equally lovely and meant so much to get prayed over by this group of women. Nick and I are blessed to have people consistently praying for us, our marriage and our baby. I appreciated this piece of advice- put Nick before the baby even when that's hard or feels unnatural. This baby is because of Nick and I and our marriage and relationship just us two always has to come first and stay strong so we can be at our best with each other and to be better parents to our babe. 

I would say the common theme running through all the marriage advice we received was: be kind and patient towards one another, don't sweat the small stuff, and laugh a lot. Love it all. 

And, why yes, I am QUITE excited to use our new white Kitchen-aid mixer !!! Maybe I should just always keep a bouquet of flowers inside when we're not using it?? :) 

Transitions

This past Wednesday was my last day of work at Mt. Spokane High School... such a bittersweet time! It feels like we made the decision to quit our jobs and move back to the west side just a minute ago, and now the reality of work being over is here. 

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Inevitably with yearbook and the school year coming to a close I've begun doing some reflection on my past three years at MSHS. I started with student teaching and was blessed to get hired after graduating Whitworth, and now have two years of teaching experience under my belt. Not long at all, but the lessons I've learned in that time are invaluable and I am grateful.  

Ultimately, I've learned much more about myself... I learned what kind of person I want to continue pouring work and energy into becoming. How I care most about listening to people and making them feel heard and valued with where they're at in the moment. I learned to stop caring what others think of me. I learned what kind of parent I want to be when my kid is older (I experienced A LOT of examples of how I don't want to be haha) and how I'm not going to be that parent who just complains so their kid can get their way. Teaching Yearbook showed me I still procrastinate just as much as I did in high school and college, and deadlines are not my friend. Yearbook brought out the worst in me- a lot of tears, swearing, panic attacks, late nights dreading work and feeling all sorts of anger and resentment... not good stuff. Becoming pregnant helped force me to step back and not let the stress affect me. I am still learning how to handle stress better, but yeah, I don't think teaching Yearbook will be in my future again ;) 

I recognized the days I was proud of the teacher I was and other days I left work disappointed and discouraged in myself feeling like I could never get it right. I'm sure it's normal and will always be a game of trying to get it right without totally losing your marbles in the teaching world. 

I just remember back in November feeling like I was so ready for June and it felt like a lifetime away. Now it's here, the school year is over, I somehow survived, my wedding is about 20 days away, and I am just beyond ready for this next season of life to begin. I'm embracing all the current transitions. I shared earlier that this baby was not planned, but man, I am so grateful for this timing! Transitioning into becoming a full time mama is the best job I could ask for. I always had this picture perfect vision of the type of woman I would be before having a baby... but life isn't perfect, I'm only 24 and have plenty of time to figure it out... but also giving myself grace as I know I'll never fully "figure it out". Ready to enjoy these last 4 1/2 months of pregnancy and time just Nick and I before our world shifts and we're probably insanely sleep deprived :) 

Well, time to go pack more and do another Goodwill drop off. Thanks for stopping by! 

 

Why Not?

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I got to be home on the west side with family to attend my bridal showers- it was so fun! My sisters and my mom's sisters came, plus I got to get some Mitch and Amy time as they popped over from LA for a wedding. My aunts flew in from Indiana to join in the shower fun since they, unfortunately, cannot make it to our wedding. I love a weekend filled with family crowded in the house altogether. It can be loud, mom is constantly talking about the next meal plan, dad is always playing music or a game on TV, lots of chatter and laughter... but I wouldn't want it any other way. It's home. It's so good! 

Speaking of HOME... Nick and I are dropping another bomb and have recently decided to move back to the west side (Gig Harbor) at the end of June!! Lots of changes coming our way and we are both feeling like, why not? The west side feels like home and makes more sense for us to begin raising our family where our parents and more friends and mentors are. We want to enter this new season of marriage and parenthood feeling confident and prepared, so we are taking a plunge! I'm excited to be closer to the water! Ah, my soul is ready for that beauty. Just can't beat it, especially in the summer time.

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Of course, there are a lot of unknowns with making this decision, but we're already feeling a strong sense of peace and support since we've decided on the move. Both our parents are happy to have us be closer. Especially mine considering we are moving into the downstairs area at their house until this winter, ha! We are incredibly grateful for their generous offer. Parents are just the best. 

Nick and I will be doing a fun-employment month for July to go on top of our wedding and honeymoon. We are looking forward to sweet time together just us two as newlyweds and before our little babe enters the picture. It will be a cherished time. During our fun-employment month we'll also be doing some job hunting and continuing to figure all those good life things out. But you know what? I truly feel no stress about all of this. It is a lot at once, but it's all good and positive so why be stressed? I experienced enough stress this past school year to last me a lifetime so I am done with the stress and negative reactions.

Life lately...

Aside from finalizing this big move, I've gotten to pop over to the west side several times the past month, Nick and I have treating ourselves to dinners out often (we are currently loving Anthony's!), and talking to our sweet baby more and more. I am 16 weeks along now! My little avocado inside can now hear us and begin to recognize our voices. So special. 

Nick has one more month of work left and I have less than two weeks of work left and am going through my little end of the year to do list. There is a lot of packing (in our home and my classroom) that has commenced already.  I seriously LOVE to declutter so I am just living it up over here. We are going to be purging through ALL of our things and only keeping the essentials- the functional and beautiful items used most often. Moving is such a wonderful time and excuse to go through everything and take a step closer to embracing a more minimalistic lifestyle. 

We will only have 3 cars total to make this move (including one truck- thank goodness!) and I am eager to embrace the challenge of fitting everything we need and want to keep with just that. I'll keep ya posted on how it goes ;) 

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With a lot going on I am so very thankful for Nick, my almost-husband. We were chatting last night at dinner about how we're thankful and often unsurprised by how we're practically always on the same page. Big life changes like these (marriage, a baby, and moving) can be stressful or a lot all at once, but we're just continuing to praise God for ALL the good going on. Because again... why not? Life is an adventure and I'm blessed to have Nick's sweet and supportive soul by my side experiencing all the highs and lows. 

XO, S

 

 

BABE ON THE WAY!

It's been quite some time since I hopped on my blog. I've missed it!!!

So last night Nick and I publicly shared some pretty big news... we are expecting a sweet little baby!

We are over the moon excited!!! It's shocking news because we didn't plan this timing, but we couldn't be more grateful to begin this incredible adventure. We've both felt in our hearts how much we wanted to be a mom and dad, we talked about it all the time... I am excited to see each other grow in this new light of parenting together. We are ready to ride this wave! 

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I just feel so thankful. I've been brought to tears, especially more and more recently, by just how good God is. I've always wanted to be a mama and for some reason I had built up negative thoughts that because I wanted it so bad I wouldn't be able to get pregnant someday. Super negative I know, but now I just feel blessed! I GET TO BE A MAMA! 

I am brought to tears holding baby's first onesie, sitting in our now office that we're going to transform into a nursery, thinking about it growing inside me, and soon getting to hold it and have it rock my whole world. I want God to wreck me with this little miracle growing inside!

Nick and I keep talking about all of the things we're so excited for. Baby's first smile, first laugh, first steps, going swimming with it next summer, having it be surrounded with love by our families, going to the fair someday, hearing it's little voice develop and learn to talk... Ah! All the things. we have so much to look forward to! Life is just going to keep getting better and better. 

Lately...

I am 11 weeks and 6 days today! Almost through the first trimester!! We are continuing to pray for a healthy growing babe and a smooth pregnancy. I have definitely been struggling with nausea, morning/anytime sickness, and super low energy. I have been passing out before 8 most nights. Building bones and organs is pretty exhausting! 
Although throwing up is never fun, I'm still thankful for all the symptoms... It reminds me my little babe is in there and it will all be worth it. I would spend all day head over the toilet to get to hold this sweet baby soon! BUT, haha I am hopeful as my 2nd trimester begins some of the nausea will calm down a bit. 

Yesterday we had our first ultrasound and it was amazing to get to experience together. We got to see our little one (it's only 2 inches big right now !!!) move and jump around, and see the little heartbeat working away. It has a healthy heartbeat and everything looks great so far, yay! Nick was just smiling, jaw-dropped while we were in there. It's such an incredible thing to witness. I love our doctors, we are going to be working with three midwives and we already just feel so supported.

Supported by the doctors, but also by our families and friends. Man we have been receiving so much love we are incredibly humbled by all the encouragement and sweet words. Babies are such a blessing and bring hope. I can't wait for our little babe to positively affect all of our people! I know it will be so loved!! We get to turn our parents into grandparents, our siblings into aunts and uncles and our best friends into more aunties and uncles :) 

We should be able to find out if it's a boy or girl right before our wedding!!! I have no expectations or preference. I just can't wait to not have to call it, it! Whatever it will be is already perfect and predetermined. Boy or girl will be completely wonderful. 

There's so much more, but that's a good place to stop for now. Thank you for all of the love and we are so excited to keep sharing this beautiful story with you! 

xoxo Sarah + Nick 

 

 

 

 

Oils // DIY Floral Winter Roller

Happy Sunday! Nick and I are in Portland area with our friends Jesse and Olivia and woke up to beautiful snow! Yesterday we did our engagement photos and I got to see a little sneak peek and totally teared up! These photos mean so much to me... Nick and I have never had nice photos of us before so this is such a special time. Can't wait to share them! 

Olivia and I both love our essential oils and desperately wish we could afford ALL of them ! I mean who doesn't... so in the spirit of being financially conscious, here's a DIY with items we already have at home. 

DIY Floral Winter Roller 

I love a good and simple DIY. I think that's why I'm so attracted to essential oils in general. They can replace gross, chemical-filled products by creating your own natural ones with a few simple ingredients!

Rollers and sprays are my favorite things to make. I made this roller a few weeks back but never shared it, so here it is now! Adding some baby florals, leaves, greenery can just add some prettiness and add even more natural scents. I mean, how cute?!

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I ended up using this roller as a perfume for pretty much all of December and January. I mixed in:

  • 5-8 drops lemon
  • 5-8 drops grapefruit
  • 5-8 drops melrose 
  • 1-2 drops citrus fresh
  • Filled the rest with carrier oil (I use organic grape seed oil)

It became a really lovely floral + citrusy scent- I am obsessed! Especially living in Spokane where it stays cold for a solid 3-4 months, smelling this heavenly scent on me everyday just made me feel a little brighter on the inside. 

Aside from this roller...

Lately I've been spraying my face with a Eucalyptus Lemon spray (mixed with water) before I moisturize. Then I add a drop of Melrose mixed in with the face moisturizer, and I just feel clean, relaxed, and fresh! 

If YOU are an essential oil lover as well, what are some of your faves as of lately? Leave in comments! xoxo 

+ or - // Happy V Day

Happy Valentine's Day friends! I am sick at home from work with the world outside covered in a fresh blanket of snow... I bought so much medicine at the store this morning my head feels foggy. I'm having Dayquil, so much water my stomach hurts, essential oils, tea, and some zicam...hopefully that will do the trick! Ugh, I hate getting sick...anyone else?! 

Anyway... VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!! I love Valentine's Day! I'm bummed to be sick today, but it will still be a great day filled with love and affection. This year Nick is planning our night and I'm excited to see what it entails :) Last year I made him an at-home picnic with some of his favorite take out and champagne. I always make Nick cards and get real cheesy, but hey, that's just who I am ;) I'm thankful he let's me be cheesy, emotional, and overly OCD at times... what a guy. lol. 

 The card I made for Nick this year <3 and of course his favorites, Reese's. 

The card I made for Nick this year <3 and of course his favorites, Reese's. 

I already got to chat with my OG Valentine, aka my dad, on the phone this morning. He's the best. Earlier this week he shared with my siblings and I what his plan is for Lent this year and encouraged us to take some time to think about what we might want to do...and I did! 

I haven't participated in lent in a while, but this year  I'm going to hop on board with my dad and we're both working to lose 15 pounds by Easter. In order to do that I'm going to go back to the Whole 30 diet, but do things a little different. Especially seeing as this is a time of transitioning into a lifestyle change I am going to eat hummus because hummus is LIFE, and the occasional glass of wine (like tonight..uh duh I'm going to have wine and something sweet because it's Valentine's Day!!). Aside from eliminating bad foods (dairy, gluten, soy, corn, added sugar and processed foods) for Lent I'm also going to take away TV. I know this one is going to be hard at times!!

Nick and I love to just relax and watch a few episodes of The Office together at night..but there are times where I get frustrated with myself because I know there are so many other productive things I could be doing. Not to say there is anything wrong with relaxing and watching some TV, just for now I am going to cut it out so I can get re-inspired and spend more time blogging, reading, painting, and just doing more creative things in my free time. I have a huge reading list for 2018 so it's time to get excited and tackle it! 

So LENT... to my understanding Lent is about recognizing Jesus' sacrifice for us and taking intentional time out of your life to give something up (or add something positive in). If Jesus could manage 40 days and nights in the desert getting tempted by Satan, I think I can handle no TV or sugar...

What about you? Do you participate in Lent? if so, what are you adding or taking away? I'd love to know and we can hold each other accountable :) 

Hope everyone has a lovely Valentines day surrounded by people or animals or food or other things you LOVE. xo Sarah