Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

End of October

It's often difficult to find the balance between internal peace and our American selves.

There are the moments when I am able to stand outside, in this beautifully crappy Pittsburgh weather and take deep breaths and have 20 seconds where I don't dwell on my (or my loved ones') mortality.

I find peace in hope, and truth in peace.

We have some ideas in the works that will hopefully become concrete plans in the next six months.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

getting by and enjoying it (mostly!)

Sometimes I can't help but mourn the newlywed period that we never got to have.

But how foolish of me. Sure, a person is a person, and an American is an American, and I am both of those, and somehow I can't help but think I am owed this concept of 'personal time' (or, 'me time,' '8 full hours of sleep,' 'a splurgey night out alone,' an 'expensive fancy date night,' etc. I could go on, I'm sure.).

People have been having babies since the beginning of time. People have been having babies when they were younger than me since the beginning of time. People have been poorer than us since the beginning of time. People have been experiencing horrors since the beginning of time - things that I can only hope that my family and I will never ever have to endure.

And so while I sit here and moan about only getting four hours of sleep, or having to wake up at 4am for work, then come home and clean, then pay all our money for bills, then make phone calls for grad school - Do I really have the right to complain?

I have a husband, good health, a daughter who's in good health, a furnished apartment, and a really expensive and education that I love.
At least I'm not experiencing the holocaust or another type of horrible genocide, or at least I am not in an abusive relationship, and at least I have tons of friends and family who are, generally speaking, experiencing the similar joyous, albeit boring, routine of everyday life.

SO maybe I don't get to play MarioKart too often or drink wine regularly.

Things are too good to complain, and perspective is essential.

real life updates: Nate is working on his last class for his BA, Nate is working through a new job search, I joined weight watchers at a discounted rate to help lose these last 15 pounds, I start school this fall, Nate's parents visited last week and it was wonderful and too short.

Auden's vocabulary:
uh-oh, mommy, daddy, no, don't, please, cheese, ball, baby, Dora, Gabba Gabba, Up, Down, book, Dance, owie, hi, hello, how are you, hat, hot,

Well, I can't remember the rest!
New videos coming soon!

Friday, June 24, 2011

And here we are!

Hello loves! Sorry to be such a terrible updater, I guess, with Facebook, I just get a bit laid back with updating here. Still, this has always been geared for ourselves and our family, and is a more precise documentation of our lives together, and so it will be updated, even if not as often as I would like it to be.

Anyway! We went to new England a couple weeks back for Raffi's wedding. The wedding was beautiful and big, we stayed the night at the hotel, without Auden, enjoyed an open bar, saw Tim and Kat, spent time with Ali and Justice, and of course enjoyed spending not enough time with Mom and Dad Sellers. We saw some people, didn't get to see others, And we really can't wait to get back up north. Or back to Philly to visit. I am really aiming for something in the fall...

We have a home, we are pretty much settled. I even resorted our filing cabinet! We have a yard, we cut the grass with our own lawn mower, I planted a vegetable garden and sunflowers. I start school, officially in January, but will probably be taking some pre reqs online I the fall. Starbucks is Starbucks, and I really couldn't ask for a better job during this Big transitional period of our life.

I think we are hoping to move back to the burbs of Philly in about four or five years, with at least one of us having our masters/certification. We are thinking we will rent for a couple years, the jump into the pool of commitment and responsibility that is buying a house. Of course, these are pretty broad plans, give or take a couple years. I there's on thing we've learned, it's that you cant rely too much on your own plans, so you have to be flexible in order to thrive.

We are thriving now.

Enjoy these videos of the last two months!

(OK! These aren't exactly in any order, but all within these last two months or so.)


Monday, March 21, 2011

Enjoy! I made a couple mistakes, so try to ignore them. :)

Love, Typhany

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

11 days away from Auden's 1st Birthday

February and March have been so so busy!
Nate has his Monday through Friday job, I've been working three to four days a week, we have youth group twice a month, we raised around $1200 for the 30 Hour Famine in February, and for our Pie Auction last week we raised around $1700!
We moved the last week of February, and had a couple of trials to deal with: the neighbors toilet flooding at our new place, a gas leak at the new place, and a contractor who took a couple extra days installing our stove, washer, and dryer.

We had wonderful family who helped us move the big things, for which we were very thankful.

And so here we are at our new place. We got a CRAZY awesome deal with FIOS, and the installation tech. gave us a free extra remote and HD cable, so we've been watching Chopped in great quality, haha. (See what a pound of Starbucks coffee can do for you!) Since they signed us up for the wrong plan initially, they bumped us up two plans for free, so we're pumped to watch the PLAYOFFS this year.

We don't miss our old apartment, as awesome and big as it was, and this new place has already become a home for the three of us. Auden hasn't had a rough night once!

Here are some videos, from February to now, oldest to most current, as usual.
Auden pretty much has walking down (I think 12 steps is her record thus far?) I just have yet to catch it on video!

We're looking forward to Auden's 1st Birthday Bash, and seeing our New England fam, and taking Auden's 1 year old photos.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


We have a lot going on this month, most obvious being us moving into a new apartment.
We couldn't be more excited (or more nervous)!

Auden won't stop growing. She loves playing, and is learning how to practice walking with her walkers. We're starting the switch to reusable wipes, so we're reducing our carbon footprint that much more (not to mention the $$$ we'll save on paper towels).

We're anxiously awaiting our tax returns..........

Every day is a gift, and we're thrilled have the opportunity to be alive.

Enjoy the videos. (oldest to newest, all within the last week of January/first week of February)

And this is one of our newest favorites!

Thinking of all of you.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Current! Finally!

So here we are, 2011. A lot has been happening: Nate has a new job, Auden is growing like a weed, we LOVE cloth diapering and have saved HUNDREDS on diapers in just a few months, we're thinking about and looking for new apartments closer to Sewickley, and we are having multiple snow storms.
Oh! And of course, the Steelers are in the Super Bowl, and since Nate and I have reduced to basic cable, this is something that we're actually interested in since it's aired on Channel 12. (But, oh! How I miss the Food Network!)

Here's some new videos from just a couple days ago. There's nothing too special about them, besides the fact that they feature my little ladybird.

That's all for now!

From the North

Here's some videos that were taken over our Christmas vacation.

Catching up (as usual, sorry!)

Oldest to newest:

That's all! (And don't think I'm a meanie for laughing at Auden for the last one... She used to do this EVERY time we said no, so we finally recorded it.)