Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Charlotte's Birthday

Today was quite the success!! Before I went to bed last night, I set up all her gifts and got everything ready to go for the big day. She walked right passed my display, but quickly found it and exclaimed, "is this for me?!" She had to wait until Josh came home too pen anything. No biggie! 

Charlotte took her donut holes and goodie bags to class, where she also wore a birthday crown and was sung "Happy Birthday" to. 

While she was at school, I cleaned got the birthday cake baked (but that turned into a disaster so it ended being cupcakes), and worked a little. I don't know why, but (attempting to) baking a cake for Charlotte is really important to me. Even though I can't cook/bake and really don't enjoy being in the kitchen, I feel like baking a birthday cake is so special. Yes, weird, I know. Charlotte was so excited and helped frost the cupcakes when she came home.

After school, we ran some errands and then headed to the MARTA station for a huge surprise!! My parents flew in for her birthday!! They told me a couple weeks ago but I've kept it a secret. She is so happy to have hem here!!

We came back home and waited for Josh. Once he came home, we opened presents!! I was most excited for her real tea party set. I was so excited when I found this at the Pottery Barn Outlet.  

She also got a new dress made by my grandma, with matching purse and fun things inside!! Thank you!

Charlotte got her first out of Nike shoes for her new "Playball" after school extra-curricula activity. 

During our Labor Day shopping, Charlotte picked out a new lunchbox and matching water bottle for her after school activities. She loves the water bottle so Michigan, she brought it to dinner! 

Birthday pajamas just might need to be a new tradition (like Christmas). I couldn't resist these donut PJ's I found at Costco. I mean, you all know how much we love donuts!! And yes, she's sleeping in them now. 

After presents were opened, we went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner. But opted out of dessert since I had chocolate cupcakes and vanilla ice cream waiting at home! 

The day couldn't have been more perfect. We love you baby girl!! Happy birthday! 

Where did the last 4 years go?

Charlotte turns four today. WHAT?! I just cannot believe I have a four year old. But more of what I am amazed and grateful for is my miracle baby. I can't hold the tears back when I think about the way this little girl has changed my life. How can I love this little human so much? Why did Heavenly Father send her to me? I feel like the luckiest mom. 

Charlotte's little existence started as quite the surprise to me, Josh and our whole family. We got pregnant a lot sooner than we had planned, but we all know how that goes! We were thrilled from the moment we found out I was pregnant and for nine months, we kept imagining our lives with a little baby. Charlotte was born right after we moved from Provo, UT to Orange County, where I tell Josh all the time, was the best year of my life. We had lovely doctors, loved where we lived and from the moment Charlotte entered the world, I enjoyed every second of her. 

I was induced two weeks early and after having an incredible pregnancy, I had an even better delivery. We opted out of having her go to the nursery each night and she slept in my hospital room. Josh went with her to all her testing the rest of the day. The day after she was born, Josh had to leave and move us in our apartment. That was one of the hardest days. It was actually horrible. I realized right then and there the special bond the three of us instantly had. While Josh was gone, Charlotte was next to me in her little bed and I just looked at her and talked to her and told her how much I loved her. I still do that every day! Josh came back that evening and we had an emotional reunion. We hate when he has to be gone from us.
{Birth Story}

The next year was amazing. We went to Disneyland at least once a week, the beach frequently, and we went swimming like every day. Josh made sure we were having fun and living a great life. I am so grateful I could savor every moment with Charlotte. I do feel very fortunate. 

When we moved to Charlotte, NC, I had a hard time adjusting but luckily, I always had Charlotte. She brought so much happiness to me and cheered me up even on my saddest days. We spent so many days at Carowinds, exploring new parks and splash pads, hanging out with friends and continued to have so much fun together! 

Now we are in Atlanta and she is more lively than ever. She always makes up songs and asks, "Mom, is that a sad song it a happy song.?" She loves reading books and is great at her alphabet. She can spell and write her own name and gets smarter every day. She is very into her baby dolls, playing in her kitchen, coloring, and painting with water colors. She gets excited to go to Sunbeams and preschool. This school year, she will be attending every day along with ballet after school one day a week and "Playball" once a week, exposing her to different sports! Charlotte shares well and has lots of friends at school. Her teachers always have nice things to say! She loves her cousins and talks about them all the time. She is having a lot of fun living by Eleanor and seeing her often. She keeps everyone laughing and wants to be included in everything. 

Josh and I love Charlotte. She is our everything. We are so proud of the little girl she has become and look forward to all that she will accomplish. 

Today she will be going to school, taking donut holes and goodie bags for her friends (since we aren't doing a party this year) and then there will be some fun surprises during the day. Josh will be home for a special birthday dinner, presents and dessert. Yes, I am baking a cake per Charlotte's request! 


(If you have read until now, wow! Even though I'm not good at blogging anymore, I have to record my feelings.)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

LuLaRoe Leadership Training May 2016

Like I have mentioned before, I have started a business selling LuLaRoe clothes one year ago, this month.  I have enjoyed every minute of it.  I have built a team and rank as a Trainer.  This was the first Leadership Training I was invited to and it did not disappoint!!  

I flew into Burbank on Wednesday night, had my friend Katie pick me up and then met up with Carolyn.  We roomed together and of course, had to get In-N-Out immediately!!

The next morning we woke up super early and got bussed to Downtown LA for some JOIA shopping.  JOIA is a wholesale jewelry/accessory store.  It is HUGE!!  I didn't even go through a third of the store.  I stayed right in all the jewelry and stayed under budget!

After we shopped and were exhausted, we headed back to the hotel for registration and got ready for our TEAM time.  

My amazing sponsor, Carolyn, made reservations for our team at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel!  It was so beautiful and perfect.  She treated us to lunch (which I got breakfast since I hadn't eaten until this time) and showered us with gifts!!  I also got my first trainer, TIEKS as well.  It was such a fun day!!  The weather was unbelievable, of course, and I am ready to move back!! 

That night, LuLaRoe had a huge kick-off ceremony for us.  We danced non-stop, there were food booths all over for us to eat at, a wonderful musical number, and Deanne spoke to us expressing her gratitude for all of us.  She grew up in Pasadena, I think that's why we had the conference there.  It was a great day.  Carolyn said it was one of the best days she's ever had.  I have to was definitely up there!!!  

Day 2 included a trip to the newest warehouse in Corona.  I couldn't believe how we didn't hit any traffic any of the times we were bussed somewhere.  It was a LLR miracle.  

 DeAnne personally gave us all of our bonus checks for the month of April.  All I can say is WOW!!  What an amazing company.  I pinch myself everyday feeling so blessed to be a part of it.

We helped curate the bins.  When a consultant places an order, there are people who pull the order.  In order not to get duplicates, the items are curated and spread throughout each bin.  We helped separate the prints!  It was really nice to see the behind the scenes work.  Thank you to all of the warehouse workers for getting us our orders!!

They let all the consultants who attended pull our own order!

The rest of the day we had team building activities, dinner at BJ's, and more team time with our upline.  It was a long day, but of course, worth it!

Day 3 we stayed in Pasadena and had trainings all day.  We had amazing speakers that included Jeff Stutz, Alan Ayers, Les Brown and a couple of DeAnne's daughters.   

One exercise we did had half of the group stand up around this huge ballroom and have the other half of the room go around and write nice things.  At first it was a little uncomfortable since nobody knew anyone, but it got better as I talked to the people who passed by and wrote on my paper. 

 There was a guy taking polaroids of all of us.  I love this activity and think it could be used in many different settings.  

We took several pictures on the way to and from the conference and the hotel.  We walked a lot that day.  

That night, LLR and The Alison Show, hosted a 70's dance party at The Rose.  We had so much fun.  I haven't danced like that in a long time.  Sometimes it's nice to just let loose.  

Being our last night, we had to take our North Carolina friend, Penny, to In-N-Out...yes, again!!  I mean, really, can you ever have enough??

We ended the night driving past the Father of the Bride house.  It was five minutes from where we were staying and it was magical.  I wish we could have gone during the day.  The picture is super blurry so don't zoom!!  

Leaving this training really made me appreciate my life and how hard I have worked in this company.  I realized a big part of my "WHY" is to help those on my team become successful.  I saw firsthand how this company is changing people's lives and I can't wait to see what the (near) future has in store for me!!

Turning 31

When I turned 30, I had kind of a hard time accepting that I was THIRTY.  But this year, turning 31, I decided to change my perspective around and consider myself super lucky that I was getting older instead of the alternative...dead!  I have a lot to be thankful for and turning 31 is definitely up there!!

My mom and Annie came the week of my birthday!!  

We ate lots of yummy food, did some home improvements, and had late night karaoke/dance parties.  

Just a pic on the way to preschool!

A favorite donut shop I always take my family to is DaVinci's.  I won't say how many times we went, but if you lived close by, you'd be going all the time too! ;)

On Tuesday, my actual birthday, we started the morning by going out to breakfast at Egg Harbor Cafe, going to Home Depot to buy a drill and went home to hang up all my pictures around the apartment!! When we went to pick up Charlotte from ballet, we were able to watch her entire recital performance.  It made me sad that I wouldn't be watching the real thing, but it was still sweet and I had to hold back the tears.  I just can't believe she is my child.  It's amazing!!

After we picked Charlotte up, we headed to Sprinkles for Sprinkles sundaes.  If you haven't had them, they are pretty much heaven in a paper cup!!

I am so boring, but every birthday I always choose Cheesecake Factory.  We are such chain people but I love their menu, the brown bread and the cheesecake!!!  See, I told you we ate lots of great food!

Grateful my hubby could sneak away and come to dinner with us!

That night, Annie helped me out with a LuLaRoe birthday giveaway for my Instagram account.  I don't know if you can watch the video, but if not, click here.  

During the week, my mom also painted a little half wall with chalkboard paint.  I attempted, but my first stroke ended up BAD!!  So she did it all.  Thank goodness for moms!!!

It was really nice having them here, especially for my birthday.  Josh has been super busy lately and it would have been a sad week if I didn't have company!!  Thanks for coming, Mom and Annie.  It's always a party!!