Thursday, May 31, 2012

Saving Grace of Family

You have your family... and then you have your family,,,
The ones who are there for you and make you laugh and make you smile and make you cry... who make the days that could be terrible end up alright...
I am grateful for my family...








These are from our trip to Six Flags on Tuesday... So much fun.

I am missing my husband sooo much.  He has been gone three weeks now.  I am trying my best to get back to the regularly scheduled programming and even make things better.

until then...
Vanessa

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New: calming fancy things


Blingy new sandals.
Fancy tea.
Truffle oil...

Keeping it fancy in the midst of emotional wreckage.
The husband is now multiple thousands of miles away...
:-(

Hope all of you have had a better weekend than I have.

xoxo,
Vanessa


Monday, May 14, 2012

Outfit: Get out of the kitchen

The title is my "I can't stand the heat and it's only the middle of spring I'm gonna die" reference...
Ugh, Sacramento... the heat of the valley destroys my willpower.








What I wore:  Tee  and bag from Target. Skirt from F21. Shoes from Love Culture. Neon cuff from F21.

I don't know if I would call this outfit age-appropriate, but it was hot out and I liked it.

Photos taken by J. Innes using my Holga Lens.

xoxo...
Vanessa

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Spoils

There is nothing like some EPIC retail therapy to cheer a girl up...
No one has ever been able to shop til you drop like my mums can... we can go ALL DAY LONG... for reals... just try and keep up with us. You will probably fail.  Only one food stop allowed. Bathroom breaks must be minimal (totally kidding... ish)...

We hit two big shopping centers, with three fun stops for Aveline and one lunch break... left around 930 am, got home after 8 pm. 









It was fun for the kiddo too! She was the real trooper that day.

Wanna know what we hauled home????
Do you?
We stopped at the fun high street shops like F21 and H&M...
HOWEVER...

Some delightfully epic purchases were made...
Yup... we were rich for the day!
I just have to say though, that NO ONE in the world deserves a Louis Vuitton more than my mums.  She is so generous, will buy, do give anything and more to you.  She is so unselfish, works so hard as a nurse and it has been a dream of hers to get a LV.





She went with the Tivoli bag and I think it's perfect for her!
The rest of the lineup... I was able to "treat myself" to a gray Coach bag... my first and only brand new Coach purse (i have a few vintage ones) and I really love it.  I have searched high and low for a gray bag, from MK to Target and everywhere in between... this is the best I could find.
ALSO... my other dream bag... the MK Grayson with the vanilla logo... is my totally and completely UNDESERVED gift from my parents for Mother's day... I am too spoiled!




I don't think Michael would be mad at us for cheating on him with Louis and Coach, do you? 

I forgot to get a pic of my mum's new Coach wallet... it's also gray and super cute! 

So that was the day... I think I am done shopping for the next 6 months!  gotta wear all the fun stuff and make use of these babies!

Thank you again to my wonderful mums.
You are my Oats!!!!
xoxo...
Vanessa

Thursday, May 10, 2012

the long farewell

It was great that my parents threw a sweet fare-thee-well party for the husband.  He kept saying "there's not going to be many people there" and he was really surprised by how many people showed up to give him love, support, kind words and just spend time with him.  I didn't get to take as many photos as I hoped, but I am so incredibly grateful for everyone that was able to come, as well as the people that could not be there but still sent kind words, thoughts and prayers.










Ugh, he's only been gone about three days.
I promise this will not turn into a Vanessa-misses-Jorden Blog... but this is my life...

<3 him...
Vanessa

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Out with it

I am not a fan of writers who vaguely post about things to come or things going on in their lives that they "can't  really talk about"... if you can't talk about it, then don't hint at it and write about it.  Like THIS and THIS and THIS ONE TOO.
But I do understand timing.  Timing can be everything.
And time is running out. 
So here it is...
My wonderful, amazing husband has to leave me and our princess and our beastly dog and our beautiful home.
He has to do his duty and fly far and away to the land of Afghanistan, where he will fight fire and foe, train the future Afghani military and stay as safe as he can so he can return home to us.
I am devastated.
I am sad.
I am scared.
I do not want to be alone.
I know I am so blessed to have my daughter and all my family and friends nearer rather than far, but ask anyone who has ever loved so much and so hard as we love each other - there are billions of people in this world, but it is not HIM... and it is HIM that I will miss so incredibly much that I ache from head to toe, from the inside out.




All photos by Katie Taylor Photography,
(she also happens to be one of my best friends and such a great support.)

I am lucky to have him and he is lucky to have me.  We will make it through this. We have to. There is no other option. He will be back... sooner rather than later.

To my wonderful husband with love,

Vanessa