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Metallica | Master of Puppets
Boy does this take me back. I got to see them twice way back in the days.
Once in ’99 and the second time in ’04.
Fun times and fun memories.

The prompt for today was “Metallic”.
My entry for The Idea Room’s Photo-A-Day May 2014.

Egg Hunt and Family Time

We’re not religious people. Religious holidays, for us is a time to celebrate each other and enjoy and appreciate one another. The four of us headed over to Dana’s parents to spend some time with them and enjoy a yummy dinner together. We picked up a small bag of candy to fill a handful of eggs that I kept from previous Easter Egg Hunts. Monkey loves the egg hunts. She looks forward to it every year. This is the first year Squish got to enjoy hunting eggs, since last year he was much too little. Along with the filled eggs we also picked up a few boxes of confetti eggs. Confetti eggs are real eggshells that have been dyed and filled with paper confetti. They were a big hit with the kiddos.

Monkey & Squish | Confetti Egg
Monkey & Squish | Confetti Egg
Monkey & Squish | Egg Hunt
Great food and quality family time. I couldn’t ask for more.
Monk got to eat a bunch of candy, which is a rare treat for her. We usually keep the house stocked with organic lollipops but only on rare occasions do we pick up candy for the kids.

Monkey & Squish | Lily
Monkey & Squish | Accessorize | Pearls, Chalcedony, and Quartz
I hope everyone enjoyed a fabulous day with the ones you love.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
-XOXO Lysa

Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait
I’m not a big fan of self-portraits. Well, portraits of myself I should say. I’m super uber picky about photographs of me. Above is my self-portrait that I took last year (January 21, 2013) using my Nikon COOLPIX L110. Below is my newest and only one self-portrait since the one above was taken using my Canon Rebel T3i on April 12, 2014. Since I post so many photos of Dana and our kiddos, I thought it was only fair to share a couple of myself.

Self-Portrait
Thanks so much for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

Happy Birthday To My Littlest Love

Driving the twenty minutes home from the fair seemed to take forever. As the contractions came on stronger and stronger I just knew that tonight was the night. When we got home, Monk was hungry from her big day so I made her a quick sandwich and then I laid down on the couch to try to relax. After Monk finished eating she laid down next to me on the floor cushions and fell asleep immediately. It’s been a long exhausting day for both of us, but I knew my night was just starting.

At around 10:00pm I knew it was time to call our midwife. I didn’t want to wait any longer and end up waking her in the middle of the night. Our birth plan was to have another water birth at the birth center, just like how we had Monk. As each contraction got more and more intense, Dana would rub the small of my back to help ease the pain. At one point the pain was getting so bad I had to walk to the bedroom so as not to wake Monk up, who was blissfully sleeping next to me.

Dana was busy packing up the car, putting in the baby car seat and loading up our bags. I knew he was doing this as fast as he could but there were moments when I cursed him in my head for leaving me on my own, even if it was just for a few minutes. The pain was so intense that any thoughts of leaving the house just flew out the window. All I could concentrate on was how painful the contractions were. At one point I decided to get up and get into our bath tub hoping that the warm water would help ease some of the pain.

As soon as I get into the bath tub another wave of contractions hit me. I didn’t even get a chance to turn the water on. I tell Dana, the baby is coming! He looks down and sure enough he sees the baby’s head. A few pushes later, Dana was proudly holding on to our baby boy. We didn’t know the gender of our baby during our pregnancy. We had one ultrasound early on to determine our due date and that was it. So the fact that he was a boy was a complete surprise.

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We called our midwife about two minutes after Dana caught the baby. Jennifer was at our home within 10 minutes. We didn’t plan for a home birth because I felt that our home was just going to be too small to have so many people around. It ended up being such an amazing experience.

After I got cleaned up, we all made our way to the bedroom. Jennifer let us relax for a bit, letting me nurse and giving us some time to bond with the baby. A few hours later Jennifer left after making sure both the baby and I were doing great. We woke Monk up to meet her new Baby Brother.
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It was the third day after his birth was when we finally settled on a name.
Myles Christopher B.
The perfect addition to our little family.
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Happy birthday little man. We all love you so very much.
Thank you for all the love, joy and giggles you have brought into our lives.

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Thanks so much for stopping by.
-XOXO Lysa

Central Texas State Fair

It’s that time of year again.
The Central Texas State Fair has returned to the Bell County Expo! Center.
I’m ready to go feed some animals at the petting zoo, go on a few rides and make some fun memories.2011This photo was taken back in 2011. This was the first year we went to the State Fair. Monk was two at the time and unfortunately for her, she was too short to ride most of the rides.296315_2296990059755_1171252_nWe ended up going on the Ferris Wheel a few times.

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We fed the animals at the petting zoo area and Monk also got to ride a pony on our way out. We all had a great time.563063_4310459915243_1927368076_nThis photo was taken last year, 2012.
Monk was three and tall enough to ride pretty much all the rides. I was pregnant with Myles so I couldn’t go on any of the rides except for the Ferris Wheel, so Monk and Dana went on all the rides that she wanted to go on over and over again.394305_4310423114323_1554886452_n
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As the sun was setting we made our way out of the fair grounds.
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We all had an amazing time.
As we were walking back to the car to head home, I started having contractions.
We welcomed Baby Myles to the world about six hours after this photo was taken.
As I look back, I hope Monk had an amazing last day of being an only child.

We’re headed to the fair later today.
I’m looking forward to making new memories, taking some photos and just enjoying some family time.

For more information: Central Texas State Fair

Thanks for stopping by.
-XOXO Lysa

Happy Birthday to My Little Love

My dearest Baelynne aka Monk(ey).
You have brought so much joy, love and laughter into our lives.

Little MonkYou are full of giggles and hugs.
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Always ready to jump, dance or play at a moments notice.
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You are the sweetest child I have ever known.
Pirate Bae
I love my morning hugs and kisses.
I love our conversations about what we dreamt of the night before.
I love how you pick out 20 stories for bedtime.
And after we’ve read them all you still ask for one more.
I love the way you hold my hand each night as you fall asleep.
You are amazing just the way you are.
Happy Birthday to you my little Love.
I love you more than words can say.

-XOXO Mommy

Three Simple Rules

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I don’t really know which direction I want to take MonkeyAndSquish, my etsy shop. Right now I’m working on streamlining it and making it more cohesive. I’m phasing out my pallet signs and art and focusing on just my jewelry. I’m still in the mint & coral phase, so a lot of the things I have been making are in that color scheme. I will be working towards exclusively working with sterling silver. Some things I’ve been working on:

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Mint & Coral Statement Necklace

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Aqua Chalcedony White Macramé Bracelet

I’ve also been making some macramé bracelets. I’ve been testing out various closures for the macramé bracelets and am still unsatisfied with the end result so they will not be listed in the shop just yet.

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Aqua Chalcedony Coral Macramé Bracelet paired with Mint & Coral Simplicity Bracelet

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Coral Braided Bracelet with Chalcedony Connectors

The problem with making jewelry in the style that I love is that I just want to keep every piece! I am absolutely in love with the colors of the oval chalcedony. That sea-foam green color makes me think of tropical waters and reminds me of how much I miss the beach.

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Sterling Silver-filled Wire Letters

I had some left over wire so I decided to play around with it.

Dana and I

A photo of Dana and I, taken a few years ago. (October 2011)

I’m 30 years old and I still have no clue what I want to be when I “grow up.” All I know is that I’m blessed to have the most wonderful, supportive boyfriend anyone could ever ask for, and our two wonderful kids light up my life each and every day. Can you believe Dana has put up with my crap for the last seven years?!?! Good thing he loves me! Our baby girl will be four in a little over a month and our little baby boy will be a year old in a little over two months! Where has the time gone?

My little Squish & Monkey

My little Squish & Monkey

I may not know which direction MonkeyAndSquish is taking me, but I know that I am enjoying the journey. Thanks for stopping by my little blog.
XOXO Lysa

Words To Live By

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.  -Maya Angelou
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

-Maya Angelou

Live in the Moment

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Remember to stop and smell the flowers.

Too quickly spring turns into summer.

Months turn into years.

Live in the moment.