ONE little MOMMA: December 2014

What I Wore- NYE


Asymetrical tee, dark denim and leopard ankle boots

Asymetrical tee, dark denim and leopard ankle boots

Asymetrical tee, dark denim and leopard ankle boots

Asymetrical tee, dark denim and leopard ankle boots
SHIRT- Elizabeth and Clarke c/o // JEANS- GAP // BOOTS- Thrifted // CLUTCH- Local Boutique // NECKLACE- Stitch Fix // EARRINGS- Forever 21

Happy New Year's Eve! We've had a busy day running to Walmart (ugh) and then Target (yay!) to pick up a few things and get ready for our big night. Not only is it the last day of 2014, but for our family today is an especially big day. My brother Cody has been serving a mission in Taiwan for the last two years and today he comes home! We'll be heading to the airport shortly armed with handmade welcome home signs and lots of love. It feels like he has been gone forever, and yet I can't believe two years have flown by! So much has changed here and I can't wait to see the changes in him that are sure to have happened. He hasn't even met Knox! 

We plan on picking him up and heading to my Moms to eat a family favorite dinner of homemade Calzones. Then we'll open the last of our Christmas presents we saved to enjoy with him. I'm sure he'll be exhausted so we'll only stay as long as our kids can handle it and then we'll head home. We won't be going out to dance or party or do anything glamorous, but I can't imagine a better way to end this year and start the next. 

What are you plans? How do you celebrate New Year's Eve? 

What We Wore- The Usual

Butterscotch Freshly Picked Bag

Gray layers and blue Converse

Ombre long pixie curled with loose waves

Gray layers and blue Converse

One little Momma and Knox

Gray layers, dark denim and navy converse

Ombre long pixie curled with loose waves
Me- TUNIC- Nu-Mod c/o // CARDIGAN- Old Navy // PANTS- Old Navy // SHOES- Thrifted (Converse) // BAG- Freshly Picked // EARRINGS- Nickel & Suede

Knox- SWEATSHIRT- Target // PANTS- Old Navy // SHOES- 6pm // HAT- Old Navy (old)

I have been looking forward to today for weeks! Probably more than Christmas...maybe. Soren and I are going on a mini road trip today all. by. ourselves. Our dear friends have offered to watch our babies while we go shopping for new leather for Nickel & Suede. We'll be on the road for a few hours, shopping for leather in peace, going to lunch and driving home just the two of us. It's going to be like a vacation. Eeek!

That being said I already miss my kiddos and have plenty of what-if-we-get-in-a-car-crash scenarios going through my head. Can't let myself be too happy right?

This outfit is a super casual usual around here. I wear this tunic all of the time and layering it with a cardigan  makes it warmer for Winter inside wear. I bought myself this Freshly Picked bag for Christmas and holy cow- it really is amazing. I'm shocked at how much I love the size and how soft it is, not to mention the color. It's definitely one of my favorite Christmas gifts. I sure know myself well! :)

What was your favorite Christmas gift? Do you have any fun plans for today?

Favorite Past Winter Sunday Style Looks

It's coming down to the end. 2015 is on its way and I'm excited. I love to look ahead and plan ahead and work on improving. I don't always like to look back and see how I've done- usually I get embarrassed of how I've fallen short or get discouraged. But it is amazing to see what can change in a year and the unexpected events and opportunities that life has brought. Today I"m choosing to look back at Sunday Style and share a few of my favorite Winter outfits for you. As you can see I despise wearing tights, but I'll make an effort this year- maybe.

Have you already started to make goals for next year? What traditions to you have for starting the New Year off?

Christmas 2014


Merry Christmas! I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday and continue to get to enjoy the rest of the weekend off. We have had a great last couple of days, despite the flu and coughs running rampant through our house. Nothing like being sick on Christmas huh?

On Christmas Eve we all stayed home and really took it easy. Soren and all three kids were pretty sick so I ran the show. But who am I kidding, I always run the show on the holidays.

Our family does Christmas Eve dinner with my parents and so Christmas Eve day we spent preparing our food for the meal. The boys helped wash potatoes and we made several batches of cookies. Knox was very enthusiastic to be washing anything, including the floor.

But right before we left for my parent's house- disaster struck. A Sam's Club size jug of laundry softener fell off of the dryer and proceeded to dump all over our carpet and laundry room floor. It was EVERYWHERE. Apparently there really is such thing as too much fresh smell  because the scent was INTENSE. We got a lot of it cleaned up, but there is definitely still a puddle of it under that dryer.

We finally made it to my parents and had an amazing traditional ham and potatoes dinner. Afterwards we all played games like charades and my boys did awesome. Kesler can act out "making a snowman" like nobody else.

We opened a few presents and came home to get kids in bed but not before stopping at Walgreens for more cough medicine. This is what our counter has looked like for days. 

Christmas morning was such a treat. The boys did a great job waiting until about 8 am to get all of us up and we all opened our stockings. My Dad "helped Santa out" by painting these wooden swords we found on Etsy. The boys wanted fire swords like Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon but I think these turned out a little better than the plastic Target versions.

We all got apples in the feet of our stockings (we were out of oranges) and Soren found his had a tiny bit out of it. Must have been those elves!

Knox was really fun to give gifts too. Like the perfect child that he is, he loved to pull off the paper and was happy with whatever he found inside. He is such a sweet little guy- I can't eve describe how much fun he is.

Easton was given the opportunity to shop for and wrap gifts for his family at school. He was so excited to give them to us and he was very thoughtful about what he chose. Soren got a real medal declaring him #1 Dad and a mug with an eagle on it (Easton's favorite animal). I got a mug with fire, soccer balls and footballs on it that says #1 Uncle. I'm pretty sure he doesn't know what it says but I'll treasure it anyway!

Kesler was the crack up of the day. He was amazingly bad at opening gifts. He said the worst things about the presents he opened- but he was so honest. I was dying! There was only one gift (his Playmobile castle) where he didn't say something like "Oh no- not that! I didn't want that!" He pouted about gifts from Grandma and told Easton that the gift he gave him was "Good and bad." It was so terrible and funny at the same time. We definitely need to work on what it looks like to politely receive gifts!

All in all it was a wonderful Christmas. The boys are old enough to be entertained by their toys all day and I just loved watching and playing with them. We ate leftovers and took our time opening and assembling gifts all day. It felt wonderful to just "be". I'm so thankful for my little family and my place as their Mom. I can't imagine a better way to spend the holidays. I hope you had a wonderful day with your family and friends!

Miscarriage- An Update


I have been thinking about writing this for a while, but honestly haven't been sure what I had to tell. We've kept so busy that its easy to think that I've moved on- but there has still been a healing process and in the spirit of keeping it real I wanted to share how its been lately.If you are a new reader you may not know that in October I had a very unexpected miscarriage. It was rough but some time has passed and we are doing better. Since then I have seen so many blessings in the way things have turned out, but there have also been plenty of painful little jabs and reminders along the way.

As far as the positive side goes, not being pregnant right now has been a huge blessing. I have been living on no sleep, not enough water, lots of meds and plenty of stress as we have been working long hours and filling Christmas orders. I can't imagine adding a growing belly, heartburn and more fatigue. I've been through pregnancy a few times and although mine aren't terrible, they aren't a cake walk. This is a physically demanding season of life and I can definitely see the silver lining of not being pregnant as far as my health goes.

I'm also so grateful for the chance to really enjoy Knox being the baby. Because I didn't (and don't) think he was our last, I don't think I really made the most of his time as a baby. But now? I am soaking him up. He is such a sweet baby and although technically not still a baby- he is my baby and I kinda wish I could keep him that way forever.

And although those are the positives that have come out of the miscarriage, I have been surprised at how hard some of the little reminders are. For example, I find its hard when people ask me how many kids I have. I surprise myself when I start to say four, but really mean to say three. I guess that in my head I had already moved on to the number four, so going backwards feels weird.

It's also annoying when I get pregnancy updates from Baby Center every week telling me how far along I am and how difficult it is to unsubscribe to those emails. Why do I have to sign in for that? Why?

I feel slightly envious of friends that are pregnant because we were going to be pregnant together. Or I was going to be the next one to have a baby. Not to mention just plain feeling baby hungry when I see birth announcements, tiny baby clothes or someone planning a nursery.

The hardest part has probably been feeling such a loss and not knowing what to do with it. I am pro-life so obviously I believe life begins before birth- but this whole miscarriage has made me ask questions that never mattered to me before. Do I really have four kids? Do we have a baby in heaven? Or is the loss I feel because we lost a potential life? It's pretty heavy stuff and in general I just feel like hiding from that side of it.

But I'm fine! Really. To be honest I'm fine. I'm fine because I have faith in God's plan. I have faith that because of the Savior all things will be restored and made right- whatever that means for us. It doesn't make that pain all gone or fix everything now, but that's okay. We have so many joys and happiness in our life (like three awesome boys!) that we can still feel good and move forward.

If you have suffered a similar loss, I'm where you are. Thank you for your words, support and love. I know they have been another blessing for our family this year.

God Bless!

What I Wore- The Nutcracker


ONE little MOMMA- The Nutcracker

ONE little MOMMA- The Nutcracker

ONE little MOMMA- The Nutcracker

ONE little MOMMA- The Nutcracker

ONE little MOMMA- The Nutcracker

ONE little MOMMA- The Nutcracker

ONE little MOMMA- The Nutcracker

ONE little MOMMA- The Nutcracker
COAT- Chicwish c/o // SHIRT- Elizabeth and Clarke c/o // PANTS- Boden c/o // SHOES- Old Navy // CLUTCH- Local Boutique // EARRINGS- Nickel & Suede

I've mentioned before that we don't get out on dates often, especially not dressy ones, but this weekend we stepped it up and went to the Nutcracker. We went on a double date with my parents and it was wonderful. The ballet was at the Kauffman Center which is a gorgeous new performing arts center downtown. It was a beautiful venue and my brother who is a welder, actually did some work on the interior. I've been to The Nutcracker four or five times before, but I never get tired of it. All growing up I danced ballet and I still think there is no performance more beautiful than the ballet. It was a much needed night out and Soren didn't even hate it. :)

Did you do anything festive over the weekend? 

Sunday Style- Red Red

Red sweater, Nickel and Suede earrings

Red sweater, Nickel and Suede earrings

Red sweater, Nickel and Suede earrings

Red sweater, black skirt, red heels

SWEATER- Target // SKIRT- Kohls (old) // SHOES- Old Navy // CLUTCH- H&M // EARRINGS- Nickel & Suede

Well it is Christmas Sunday and this is a festive as I'm going to get. My kids are all sick so I'll be staying home with them and only Soren will make it to church. Usually I have a Christmas "dress" and the kids have coordinating outfits and I love getting a family photo after church- but this year I don't have special outfit plans and we'll be spending the day in pajamas. I am actually really looking forward to the day because we have a lot of good things planned. We'll be finishing making and addressing Christmas cards, wrapping a few presents, playing board games and taking naps. I don't work on Sundays so I appreciate the day to catch up with my kids and spend quality time together. Church is important and we'll be back next week, but the Sabbath today will  be a family day and we'll be worshiping from home.

I'm so looking forward to Christmas list week and thanks to our advent calendar, I feel like our whole family has learned more and remembered more about our Savior this month. We love this uplifting message about the first gift of Christmas and I hope your family will too.

PS- I feel like I'm still figuring out this new hair! These photos were taken last week and since then I've snagged quite a few new products and been trying new things. It's not perfect- or easy to get down- but I'm working on it and I still love it. Bear with me and when I feel like I have a handle on it I'll do some tutorials!