Monday, December 16, 2013

Hello, Portland

Hi guys! I have been so busy (what's new, right?) lately. Danny and I have made our way to Portland, Oregon. It feels so nice to be back. Danny found a job his last week of Code Fellows. He is now working at FINE Design Group here in downtown Portland. Our new apartment is right down the street from his job. His first day of work was November 11th. He went to dev bootcamp for iOS, but he got a job for rails. Which is another language. But he is still doing iOS on the side and is going to find work doing that a little later on. 

He enjoys his job, and the people he works with. I have been there a couple of times and it is a really nice workplace. Everyone I've met there seems pretty nice. I would like working there too if I were him, it's so chill and relaxing, they get to listen to music while working. We are both happy with our lives right now, everything has fallen into place perfectly. 

For those of you who don't know, this is our first time living on our own without any roommates, in the whole three and a half years we've been together. It's crazy to think about how far we've come, and how long it took us to get to where we are now. But I am so happy with where we are, it has taken a lot of stress off of our relationship. Living with others can be so stressful, and most of the time, it is. Especially when it's with other family members. Because you're bound to get on each other's nerves, and with family, you definitely don't want any relationships to fall apart. And with a baby, it's 10 times harder to live with others. 

Everything is the way it should be now, and we couldn't be more happy. Rylee is getting so big, and learning so much every day. It's amazing watching her grow and develop. We love being in Portland so much. I'm not super stoked on the weather here, but if I'm gonna live somewhere with crappy weather, it's gonna be here! I just love the vibes Portland has, and the people are pretty cool, too. 

I plan on getting back on YouTube again here very soon. We are pretty much all settled in our apartment now, so it's only a matter of time that I start filming again soon. Sometimes I think about how much I missed out on (on YouTube), and how much farther I could have gone, and sometimes it disappoints me, because I feel like I've gone absolutely nowhere. But I know I have, not nearly as far as I'd like to go, but it's a start. When I look back at where I started, and where I am now, I am a little proud of myself, it's my job, and I've been on one long vacation, ha ha! But I have also been a mom, and there is nothing better than that. 

I'm going to try harder to make more time for YouTube, it's what I love doing, and it's what I'm doing for work right now. I am a certified makeup artist, but I am not really doing makeup right now on clients, I'm just not free with taking care of a 1 year old everyday while the husband is at work. Sometime in the middle of this next year, I will be going on my second tour at Aveda here in Portland, and possibly starting school there next year. Doing hair has always been a dream of mine, and I wish I would have done that a long time ago like I wanted to, instead of listening to other people when they told me I'd fail. I know that's my dream and I know I'd be great at it. Hair and makeup. 

I could go into more detail about everything, but this post is already a bit lengthy. So I will post more videos about everything soon, as well as some beauty ones. I'm getting back into blogging on my beauty blog, so check it out and please go follow! Thanks, you guys are awesome. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Life Without Danny: Weeks 7&8

The last couple weeks flew by. Danny came to LA on the 2nd of November. We stayed a few days at my grandparents house and drove back up to Mammoth yesterday. 

It's nice having him back. We are all still adjusting though. We both got used to being away from each other. But we are very happy to be together again. It has just been so tiring with all the driving we've been doing. 

We drove to San Diego on Monday, we took Rylee to the zoo for her birthday, which is tomorrow (November 7th). The drive to San Diego was 2 hours. Ry did pretty good but got a little fussy towards the end. The zoo was enjoyable though and wasn't very busy. Rylee had a blast seeing all the animals. She loves animals. 

The drive from my grandparents house in Azusa to Mammoth is 6 hours. Rylee did pretty good but there were times she just cried for awhile. Especially towards the end. We are in Mammoth one more day then we start our drive up north tomorrow morning. Did I mention Danny got a web development job in Portland? He starts Monday! I'm so proud of him. He just got out of dev bootcamp and he already has a job. Although it isn't iOS, it's a start. And he will still be doing iOS on the side. A few iOS jobs have contacted him for interviews in LA, but be already took the job at FINE Design and doesn't wanna chance it. Hopefully in about a year or so he can work for an iOS company. 

Anyway, that's all for this journey. I was a single mom for two months and it definitely wasn't easy. But I have learned so much from it. And I think it has bettered me as a parent. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Life Without Danny: Week 6

We are going into the sixth week of being away from each other. But the good news is Danny is coming home earlier! Instead of coming home on December 4th, he will be back on November 3rd! We are both so excited. It's only a couple weeks away. 

Turns out he won't be taking the rails class after all. Long story. But he is almost done with the iOS course. And he is loving it. He has already made an app called fridgeit for iOS 7.0. It's not a very exciting app, it was just a little something he threw together in three days to have something to put on his resume. But he is working on creating a game right now and is actually putting some time into that app. 

As for Rylee, she is doing great. She is teething right now and her back teeth are next, she already has her top four and bottom four teeth. She's had those for awhile now. Poor baby is going to have a bad time with these new ones coming in. I'm very excited to see how she reacts when Danny comes back home. She loves him so much. She will be so excite to see her daddy again! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Life Without Danny: Week 5

Wow, it's already been 5 weeks. I can't believe how fast the weeks are going by. Almost halfway through. And only less than a month until I get to see Danny again! 

Taking care of Rylee without Danny here is really wearing on me. I don't have time for anything. I'm lucky if I get to do a 30 minute cardio session in the morning. But I know this is all for the better so I am trying to stay positive about everything. 

Also! Danny might come home early! He might be done with school in November instead of December. He's in the iOS class right now (8 weeks), and he was supposed to take Ruby on Rails(4 weeks) right after. Turns out, the class might be full and he may not get to go. 

Danny already knows a little RoR, from teaching himself. So that's good. It would obviously look better on his resume if he took the Rails course too, but if not, he can always put in more hours at home. Either way, whatever is meant to be, will be. We're just letting God take control. We will find out soon when he will be coming back home for good! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Life Without Danny: Week 4

4 weeks down, 8 to go! Wow, time has just been flying by. I can't believe it has already been a month. It's getting easier day by day, although I don't really get to talk to Danny much on the phone. We usually only iMessage each other. And we don't even get to do that often because he's constantly working on iOS apps. But it's okay because I keep myself busy with Rylee, and it's nice hanging out with my grandparents. 

So like I said, I don't get to talk to Danny on the phone very often. I get to talk to him once a day, and it's usually at bedtime, if I'm lucky, I get to talk to him for a little while on his lunch break. Anyway, last night I finally got to talk to him, after not being able to talk to him all day. He was in line at a RedBox returning a movie as he was telling me about how he was at Vons the night before and a lady in line was being super rude to him. He finished his story, and I started talking to him about it, not knowing that I was on speaker phone, so everyone around him could hear me. Well, as I am talking to him, some girl behind him in line totally cuts me off and starts asking Danny about the situation in Vons he was telling me about, so he starts quickly explaining it to her. So I said "I guess I'll let you go and talk to you later." He asked "why?" And I said "because someone just RUDELY interrupted our conversation while I was talking to you and now you're talking to her." I said way more than that, I can't remember exactly what I said, but something along the lines of "holy shit, what is wrong with people?! I can't believe someone would try to stay a conversation with someone while they are clearly on the phone. Does she seriously not see that you're talking to someone?!" So he just started talking to me again. I asked what movie he was returning. And he said the new Star Trek. THEN the girl goes "oh that was a great movie huh?!" And I say "oh my god, she's doing it again? That's so f*cking rude and inconsiderate, she needs to shut up, I never get to talk to you and this is the only few minutes I have with you." Then Danny was walking back to his car and said "jeez babe, you're on speaker phone." Oops! I told him I was glad she hear me. Keep in mind I was a little sad in the first place that I don't have much talking time with my husband and I miss him like crazy. Also, I was so surprised that someone would completely interrupt someone on the phone. How disrespectful. AND, it's even worse because she tried talking to him a SECOND time after she heard me tell him it was rude the first time she did it. And after I expressed how much I miss him and never get to talk to him. So it was almost like she did it a second time to be a b*tch. Excuse the language. The whole situation just pissed me off! 

I do think I overreacted a little bit though! But, I have been exhausted for four weeks being a "single" mom, and I miss my damn husband! I don't regret saying anything I said while I was on speaker phone, like I said, I'm glad she heard me! Haha! 

All I know is, when I see someone talking on their cell phone, I definitely wouldn't randomly start a conversation with them. Have some decency people! 

Anyway, I cannot wait to see Danny in a month! He will be back in Mammoth to visit for the weekend for Rylee's birthday! :D 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Life Without Danny: Week 3

I can't believe it's been three weeks already. Almost four! The third week without my husband wasn't too bad. Obviously each week gets better, because I get more and more used to him being gone. He is doing really well in school and I am so proud of him. 

A few days ago, Rylee would NOT nap. I tried for three hours to get her to nap. I tried bouncing her, I tried laying down and nursing her, nothing was working. I was also in the middle of getting ready. So I would put her down to play with toys so I could finish getting ready. Every time I put her down, she would cry. So I would try to get her to nap again. And that was the cycle for three whole hours. It sucked. It was very hard on me. 

Eventually she took a nap, and I got to finish getting ready. I just need to keep reminding myself that everything will get better, eventually. 

We FaceTime Danny almost everyday. Rylee and I miss him so much and can't wait for him to be done with school! It's so hard with him gone, I'm a full time mom and I just miss having him around in general. He will be back on November 6th for Rylee's birthday weekend. We cannot wait! <2

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

10 Months Postpartum

The last time I updated about my postbaby body was at 7 months. Ever since then, I have been working out a lot, until recently. If you've read my posts about Danny being gone for school, then you know I've been so busy lately, and exhausted. 

However, I am satisfied with my body the way it is now. I am 115 lbs (20 lbs below pre pregnancy weight), and I feel great. I was jogging about 5-6 days a week for awhile, as well as weightlifting and eating a healthy diet. 

Since Danny left, I've been working out less. And since I've been at my grandparents house, I've been eating more junk. I know, I feel terrible about it! But I haven't gained any weight. I still walk a lot, and still chase a baby around everywhere so I think those things alone keep me fit. Ha ha!! 

Today I started doing workouts again. I don't plan to jog though, and if I do, it'll be like a 1 day a week thing. I don't want to actually lose anymore weight, I'd just like to tone up a bit. So I will be doing tons of little workouts and weights. I am also going to try and eat healthier again. I still eat healthy, I just indulge in desserts more often now. 

Anyway, here is a photo of my post pregnancy body now! 

I am so happy with my body. I love my body. I have never been able to say that before. Like I said, I will continue some workouts and tone my body more, but I'm not unhappy with the way I now look. And I actually do love my curves! :)