Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Milestone....

Morning friends! Yesterday we reached quite a milestone in the Wagasky household, one that I am still celebrating this morning. Miss Tallia slept till 9:00 am in the morning. She had gone to bed at 10:30pm the night before, slept till 5:30 am, got up to eat, and was back in her bassinet by 6 am sound asleep. She then slept another three hours. I couldn't believe it! A few hours after waking up, she was ready for her first nap. I laid her down and she woke up. I totally thought she'd start crying, but she didn't. She settled herself back to sleep. She did the same thing for her afternoon nap. I was totally ecstatic. 

We've been working on her getting use to a schedule, with regular naps and boy has it been an uphill battle. She's still little and is still learning, so we don't push to hard. We do know that she is much happier though when she gets more sleep, so I am slowly but surely trying to get her more into naps.

I am hoping for a repeat performance today. I know that it may not happen everyday. Yesterday could have just been a really good nap day and that's ok. We'll get there eventually. For now I am going to bask in the sweetness of what a two nap day looks like. It's all smiles, cooing, and little baby laughs. It's pretty amazing :)

XO Danielle

Thursday, October 20, 2016


My sweet boy is twelve, which means he was able to be ordained a deacon in our church this past Sunday. I'm so thankful for this sweet boy. I'm thankful to have another priesthood holder in our home. I'm thankful Jason was able to bestow that gift to Keagan. Being able to witness that was amazing. I know the Lord has big plans for Keagan. I pray he will stay strong, be courageous, and be a warrior for Christ.

That boy is going to do amazing things.

XO Danielle

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Walk in the park...

Earlier in the day I had told the older kids that we would go for a walk. We got a stroller for Tallia yesterday and we were all itching to get outside to use it. After a full morning of lots of tears and a bit of mama stress, I was no longer feeling like going out for a walk. I was tired, my hair was a mess, my shirt had spit up on it, and I really wanted a cupcake (have I mentioned I can't have sweets. It makes baby girl gassy. Poor thing). I was ready to just call it a day and take a nap. Ever have one of those days?

I nursed Tallia and tried to put her down for a nap. This was attempt three I might add. She was not having it, so I took a deep breath and decided to shift gears. I had the kids put on their sneakers and said we were going exploring. We drove to a new park we'd never been to and tried out our new stroller. 

Miss Tallia feel asleep right away. That girl makes me laugh :)

We walked around the small lake at the park. We watched the ducks go in and out of the water and we saw some turtles sunning themselves. We saw people fishing and teenagers running around throwing a ball. It was a good afternoon. A day that was starting to go down as a stressed out - no good - mamma day, turned into a pretty good one.

I love how when we choose to shift gears and change our focus, things can get a whole lot better.

I stopped focusing on the lack of sleep, spit up all over the place, baby really needs a  nap funk I was in and started focusing on the fun I could go create with my kids.

I'm thankful for an afternoon of exploring....

and the hour that Miss Tallia got in of sleep as we walked around.

Everyone was much happier afterwards :)

XO Danielle 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Put your hands up...

I'm shouting it from the roof tops tonight friends...

If it's 9 pm and your baby is in bed say "wahoo!!"

For real. I'm putting my hands up and doing a little dance. I love my little chickadee. Every single thing about her, but getting us closer to that eight o'clock bedtime needs to be celebrated.

That means I have a wee bit of time to spend with hubby before bedtime. Poor thing gets up super early, which means he goes to bed super early. I'm excited for some cuddle time on the couch with that man. He's my favorite ::wink wink::

I think a savory snack and some hulu is definitely on our agenda tonight. We've been watching Lethal Weapon (the TV show). It's real good.

What are you guys watching lately?

XO Danielle

I wrote this last night

I finally got a picture of Miss Tallia looking forward and smiling today. Woot! Woot! Look at them cheeks! Gaw! They're adorable! 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Body After Baby: Workout Goals....

I wanted to start a new little series here on the blog. It's lovingly called "Body After Baby". My body just grew a sweet baby girl for nine months and then delivered that sweet babe. My body has done that three times so far and that's an amazing feat. "Body After Baby" is about recognizing that gift and giving my body the love it deserves. It's about slowly getting back to exercise and focusing on healthy living.

I've been able to get back into working out lately and boy does it feel good. Getting active and getting my heart going has felt amazing. I'm sure a huge part is I'm about 40 lbs lighter, so I feel like I can really jump now.

I'm slowly getting back into it. I stayed active for most of my pregnancy. Once I hit 30 weeks it started getting much harder and uncomfortable though, so I didn't do a whole lot. I've had quite a break from my normal workout routine.

I'm trying to get a habit going again. I've made a goal of working out at least four times this week. I'm also striving for a smoothie a day and about a gallon of water a day.

I have absolutely no weight loss goals. I am not worried about the number on the scale. I do weigh myself, but I'm not stressing about what it reads. I do not count calories and do not plan on starting. I try to eat three meals a day with a few snacks thrown in. I eat when I'm hungry. Some days I'm hungrier than others. When that happens I eat more. I'm listening to my body. It's all about supplying my body with the best I can, so my baby gets the best she can. I'm a nursing mama and I don't want to do anything to hurt my supply.

I've upped my protein and I've been reading a lot lately. It motivates me to work hard and do good things for my body. I just finished Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Breastfeeding. It was awesome! Such an encouraging read. I highly recommend it.

I'm eager to gain back my strength and flexibility. I've quite a road ahead. I'm excited to document my journey here. I hope you'll come along with me. Let's get active. It's not about bring a certain number or size. It's about being your best you. We deserve the best! :)

XO Danielle

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Celebrating Twelve Years Old....

Morning friends! Thank you everyone for your sweet birthday wishes yesterday. It surely made Keagan smile. Yesterday we celebrated his birth with our traditional"present hunt" in the morning. We started this tradition when Keagan was just two years old. We hide the gifts the night before and in the morning the birthday boy/girl gets to hunt for them. When they're real little they get clues, but at twelve years old bubba had to do it solo. We hid his gifts in my closet under some clothes, under the couch, stacked with the cookbooks, and resting on the doorbell speaker on the wall. It took him all of 7 minutes to find them. We all had a good laugh, while he searched.

Keagan asked for a few books (which I purchased from ebay), the new TMNT movie, and Pokemon Omega Ruby for his 3ds. It was so fun seeing him unwrap his gifts.

We put up our family birthday sign. I made it a while back and I just keep reusing it. I wanted to fill his bedroom floor with filled balloons, but hubby shot me down. He reminded me they might trip in the morning. Oops. I hadn't thought of that ::Smile::

We ate cinnamon rolls with sausage links for breakfast, BLT sandwiches for lunch, and chicken fried tacos for dinner. Yum! The birthday boy planned the menu. His birthday cake was a butterfingers cake. Similar to this one I made last year.

Keagan spent a lot of time playing his new video game and reading his books. We had a nice slow day at home. Later in the evening, once baby was in bed, we stayed up and watched Avatar. It had been a while since we had seen it, so we requested it on Netflix. I had forgotten how awesome that movie was.

By 10:00 pm kids were in bed and I was one tired mama. We had a great day celebrating our boy. We sure are thankful for that red head :)

XO Danielle

Today was a much better day. Less crying, less spit up, more naps :)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Birthday boy....

 Today I want to shout from the roof tops....

"Happy Birthday baby boy!"

You are twelve years old. I can't believe we are already here. It seems like just yesterday we were anticipating your arrival. You were an answer to a silent prayer. You made me a Mom and I cherish every day I get to be with you. You are such a blessing sweet boy!

Dad and I are so proud of the young man you are becoming. You're shy, kind, and oh so tender hearted. You love fiercely, give the best ultimate bear hugs, and you are the best big brother around.
You are always so eager to serve and help out your family. You like to lift heavy things and you love to snuggle with your baby sister. Oh and you still call me Mama, which melts my heart. We are truly blessed to call you ours.

I pray you never change. I pray you always know how truly loved you are...not only by your sisters and parents, but by your Father in Heaven. He has great plans for you I am sure of. You will move mountains some day bubba and I can't wait to see all that you do. You're amazing!! Happy birthday!!

XO Danielle AKA Mamma

Tallia took a fabulous morning nap today ::Cheers:: I cleaned diapers, did dishes, got dinner in the crockpot, took a LONG shower (where I actually shaved my legs), and folded laundry. It's amazing what a good nap can do for a mama's sanity. :) Love my little squish!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Few Evening Thoughts...

"As your arms encircle your little ones, his arms are there, too. 
Feel secure, for his arms are lengthened out toward us all the day long."
-Mary E. Folger

Today was rough friends. It was a busy day, packed with lessons, feedings, laundry, church meetings, and a lot of spit up and crying. Naps were not baby's thing today, which meant very little happened around the house. Oh and did I mention there was a lot of spit up happening today? Haha! There totally was. It seems to be my most worn accessory lately ::wink wink::

By the end of the day I was feeling pretty overwhelmed and a bit down on myself. We do that a lot as Moms don't we? We have a rough day (which is totally normal I might add) and we start to feel like we are less what we are doing is not enough...that we are not enough. I was very guilty of that this evening. Then I started looking through the pictures on my camera. One picture in particular stood out. Keagan took it. It is of me holding Tallia. I was about to put her in the car. She had just spit up on me. I wiped her face and then gave her a big kiss on one of her squishy cheeks. It was at that exact moment Keagan snapped this picture. 

This picture brought tears to my eyes. There's so much beauty in the everyday. I have a messy Mom bun going on, I have some serious roots going on, I am rocking black leggings for the second day in a row, my shirt has some serious spit up on it, and I have not one stitch of make up on. Although I might not be all dolled up and put together, I still see beauty. I see beauty in the fact that I got to love on three kids today. Beauty in the fact that I took them for a walk today and we were able to witness God's beautiful creations....the ducks and turtles in the pond....the butterflies and bumblebees. It was amazing.

I find comfort in knowing that throughout this day, when life got messy and hard, Christ was right with me...helping me. For some reason I had not thought of it that way. I know he helps carry our burdens and that He builds us up, but I hadn't thought of Him walking this journey of motherhood with me. How amazing is that? It kind of blows my mind.

The season I am in is busy and it is messy....ok really messy some days (remember I mentioned all the spit up today ::smile::). There are days I feel overwhelmed. Days I feel like I am falling short and that I need to do more. We all have those days. Tonight though I was reminded to look for beauty in the choas...look for beauty in those moments when we feel we are being pushed and pulled..look for His arms, that will encircle you and give you strength. Heavenly Father knows just how hard our job is as Mothers. We literally have a hand in helping further His help build up His kingdom... knowing that He is helping me each day is exactly the comfort I need.

XO Danielle
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