it's true.

well, we've spilled the beans!
...and boy(or girl) did that secret want to BURST out of my mouth about a million times!
hence, the lack of blogging recently! 
ever since we found out, it has been pretty much all we talk about around these parts & writing down my daily dos & thoughts for the public was allll too tempting!
but it's official! 
we are having a little snowbaby come february. 
i told chris the news in the same way that he proposed to me 3 years ago... see HERE
on the bottom of a starbucks cup.
... i'll never forget his face :))

trimester two starts friday & i have been SO fortunate to have next to NO symptoms! other than being suuuuper tired & turning into a pumpkin around say... 10pm every night & waking up early now (ummm who am i??) it has pretty much been smooth sailing! 
thank you baby!

i'll say it again, we are thrilled!
i can't wait to see husband as a daddy :)
he's gonna be the best dad ever!

this is getting ridiculous.

this is starting to get out of control.

but seriously? all i can think about is fall time. or autumn, if you will :)

i think it's partly because i am headed back to colorado on sunday for my little sister's wedding, and the other day it dawned on me... we have lived away from colorado for over 2 years, and the only time we are back to visit is in the fall or winter for the holidays... so i think i have it in my head that it is ALWAYS crisp & fall-ish or snowy & christmas time there! 

preeetty silly, but still.

so i keep reminding myself, that it is july & middle of summer there as well, however... autumn consumes my precious thoughts anyway.
so here it is. 
another post dedicated to the gorgeous colors, festivities, and joys of fall.
all photos via pinterest!

if you really knew me...

just a fun post idea from Jenni over at Story of My Life blog :)
when reading blogs, it really is important to remember that the writer gets to decide what parts of their  life will be publicized on here, and what parts will be kept private. i by no means have a perfect life, it is pretty great & i truly do feel blessed by it & all the parts that make it up, but it's not perfect. i try to keep my posts authentic & i try to share a little from every angle, BUT i also like this to be a positive place, so i try to keep the complaining posts to a minimum :)
this post idea is fun to me, because while it's true that if you're a regular around here, you know the characters in my life, you know i have a serious love for cupcakes... & really anything sweet for that matter, and you have probably given me a voice... you know what i'm talking about. it's the tone that you think i have, or the way you picture my voice to sound if you don't know me personally. we all do it. that's what makes this blogging world so fun :)

if you really knew me...

*you'd know that i type on my iphone using only my right thumb. yea, it's strange i know! but thumb gets all the glory.

*you'd know that i can't stand to hear people chew. myself included. it's becoming a real phobia. i have to have the tv up or music on to buffer the sound.

*you'd know that i absolutely LOVE Christmas & that Halloween is a close second. fall & winter are just the best times of year.

*you'd know that i talk about my mimi a lot. 

*you'd know that it's not uncommon for me to stay up until 4 or 5 a.m.... by choice.

*you'd know that i'm a cryer. doesn't take much. sometimes i even just need to cry to release stress, and then get back to business like nothing happened. 

*you'd know that my nickname is hilla.

*you'd know that confrontation is NOT something i enjoy. i will avoid it at any cost & when it's not something i can avoid, anxiety consumes me.

*you'd know that pets are not just pets around here, they are family.

*you'd know that when husband is out of town, i sleep on his side of the bed, and harvey gets to join our little party on the bed instead of his usual sleeping arrangements (shhh don't tell chris :))

*you'd know that i love hard. which also makes it hurt worse when relationships have trials. but it's worth it. i'd rather have deep & meaningful friendships.

*you'd know that Walmart is my happy place. 

*you'd know that husband and i are still kind of sickening when it comes to being lovey dovey & pda even after all this time together.

that's all for now :) 
i hope you are having a wonderful week!
i am.

here & there: nyc edition.

okay, okay. i agree, one week is max for posting about one trip! so i tried my best to feature a few things & then compile the last kajillion photos into a simple… here & there in nyc post. to say the least, it was a wonderful trip. i love my brother & sister SO SO SO SO much & had a great time with them! nyc is a fun place & there is so much to see and do! this won’t be my last trip… however next time, i’m going when it’s fall or winter & not a million degrees out :)

happy weekend!

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central park.


the metropolitan museum of art.


grand central station. (totally felt like i was on gossip girl)IMG_1051IMG_1053IMG_1065IMG_1060in a flash1IMG_1071IMG_1070IMG_1078IMG_1085Collages12

brooklyn bridge.


oh yea… and a bird pooped on me… part of the damage on my dress ha!IMG_1107IMG_1121IMG_1129IMG_1131

new york city is huge.

top of the rock.
rockefeller center that is.
we went to the top to see the view of nyc, which is supposedly better than the empire state building view… but who knows. all i can say is NEW YORK CITY IS HUGE.
holy canoli!
it just goes & goes & goes & goes…. pretty cool. i could not tell you what is captured in these photos, because i did not make good use of my little guide that says this is that… but nonetheless it was a great view :)
central park is that big ‘ol green patch ;)
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my brother is cute :)
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