life and thoughts as of right…now.

I have a lot of simple thoughts today, but I felt like writing it out.

I used to want my blog to get big, I had blogger goals and felt motivated to write and reach them. Now, that just sounds like a pain and instead writing to keep up with family and friends sounds beautiful, relaxing, and simple.

I remember when I started writing, I was surprised that family and friends actually read my blog, but whenever they did it meant so much–so much more than when others read my blog. So really, it’s just great to keep in contact. Plus, I love reading my friends blogs. Not just because they are great bloggers, but mainly because I just love ’em. So whoever actually reads this, thanks! Let me know if you have a blog, because then I could stalk you and gawk over how wonderful you are. πŸ™‚

In other news, graduating has been such a relief. In the last week I feel like my stress has started to fall off, just like the leaves falling off the trees outside. It’s becoming more and more ingrained in my soul that a slow life is beautiful. Slow living doesn’t lack meaning or miss being involved with things, it simply enjoys the moments and packs in even more meaning. I feel so much more at peace just taking a slower pace to life and I feel like a better mom, a better wife, and a better version of myself. What a confidence boost! I can clean the house and cook a meal and be a happy person. Tada! Anyway, if you’re contemplating slowing life down more, I highly recommend it. And my husband loves it too. Win, win!!

Anywho.

Another thing I’m soaking up, is this fall weather. Fall is warming my heart x100 this year. Probably because I’m in the final stretch of my pregnancy and I’m just so excited to share the holidays with my family.

I can’t wait to make a wreath– like a cute burlap one to hang on my front door. Like this one.

Burlap fall wreathEven though, I’m not that crafty, it sounds like so much fun. Any tips? I want a cute flower in it too, or a bow… basically I just want it to look homey.

I’m so excited to make pumpkin cookies and breads with spices galore. Like these. Mmm, why do I have such a sweet tooth?? Let’s blame baby girl πŸ˜‰

pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookies2I’m excited to pull out my jackets and cuddle my husband and son when we walk outside. {Also, does this not look super cool??} I feel like it’s genius. People are so smart to create these things.

Belly to baby sweater

I’m seriously beaming whenever I look at the mountains and see the slight tint of orange and reds appearing. The best ever.

I can’t wait to go get a pumpkin, carve it out, let Parker feel the ushy-gushy seeds, and then put a candle inside and watchΒ him light up! Sidenote: Isn’t watching and experiencing with your kids, the most satisfy and joyful thing ever?

Oh, and I can’t wait for Thanksgiving and all the yummy food, great family, a family {WEDDING}, and just sitting around enjoying the peace of fall. Ahhh…

Oh, and I’m really excited to meet our little girl and celebrate Christmas and then snuggle through the winter. Preferably while watching the snowfall, and of course probably telling Parker to not tackle her or pull her around or sit on her.

Of course, each of these events will probably be accompanied by a good amount of crying, tantrums, whining, and telling Parker to “please not jump off the couch,” but that’s life folks and I feel like I’m slowly learning to accept that life can still be beautiful and dang good when there is crying intermittently.

Anyway, there’s a little window into my soul as of right now. I’ll probably be blogging whenever I feel like it, but probably with no schedule. If you want to know when I post, because I might not always put my posts on facebook, then just subscribe with an email and you’ll get a little email saying that I wrote some sort of something. But, also, feel free to just meander over whenever you feel like it πŸ™‚

Happy FALL!!!!!

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17 thoughts on “life and thoughts as of right…now.

  1. I LOVE reading your updates, I look forward to seeing them pop up on my Facebook or my dashboard on blogger. I love fall and am looking forward to a lot of the same things! Also I’m super proud of you graduating. You are a super mom.

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    • Well, you are just really sweet! I love reading your updates too!! I’ve been thinking about you a lot and have been so glad to hear that Kendall is making so much progress!… Right now, I think you are definitely a super mom, too, even though it probably feels like you’re getting pulled in a lot of different directions! You’re amazing! πŸ™‚

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  2. Hey Marla!

    I love reading your blog, and I’m so glad to hear that you’ve graduated…and that you’ve got a new baby girl on the way. πŸ™‚

    And here’s my blog if you want to follow few adventures πŸ™‚
    ashleysmith15.blogspot.com

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    • Thanks so much for reading, Ashley!! It means so much! You are one of the most loyal friends I have ever had and feel so blessed that we roomed together. πŸ™‚ Thanks for giving me your blog address, that way I can head over to yours! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you, thank you! Graduating has been such a relief! And thank you, I’m excited for her arrival so much, as well! The anticipation of waiting for a baby seems unmatched to anything else in life, which I’m sure you know full well πŸ™‚ I hope your new little one is doing well!

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  3. Marla, I love hearing that you are in such a beautiful place these days! After years of running like a hamster on a never-ending wheel I, too, opted for a slower life. It was/ is the best decision I ever made- for myself, my husband, my family, and my friends. It has made me a better, happier person. Whatever works for you is what works, and there is no justification required. I wish you a wonderful fall (my favorite time of year)! Best, Karen

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    • Thank you so much, Karen, for your sweet thoughts. I do feel like my heart and soul are in a beautiful place and I’m treasuring this new, slower life that I am living. Isn’t it amazing how just slowing life down can make such a stark different? I’m so glad that you have found happiness in slowing down as well! Happy Fall to you as well!! πŸ™‚

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  4. Oh you are so gorgeous! I love that we’re connected on INSTA, it’s my new favourite forum, it’s just quick and easy. I love blogging and like you, used to want to make it big and amazing. I’ll just settle with amazing now πŸ˜‰ When I have the time. hehe. Enjoy your Fall – it’s spring here and I am HANGING out for summer!!!

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    • Thanks so much for popping over, Abbie! I agree, Insta is so fun and simple, which is a breath of fresh air from a lot of other social media. And Abbie, I do have to say your blog is amazing!!! I love the new design of it! Anyway, I hope you enjoy your Spring!!! πŸ™‚

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  5. Excellent to see you back on here, Marla, and in such fine form as well! I was pushed into that slower pace of life and it’s the best thing that ever happened to me…..I missed so much before! I look forward to your updates and sharing autumn with you…..

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    • Torrie, you are always such a support to me, and I so appreciate it! During my long hiatus you always seem to pop back up and welcome me back and I so appreciate it! I hope you are doing well and that you enjoy your autumn, as well! What a comforting time of year it is πŸ™‚

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  6. β™₯ LOVE β™₯ Slowing down is definitely good!!! I did the same thing this summer… worth every lazy second…! Congratulations on your new one to come and on graduating!!! Go girl!! Love getting a window into your world anytime you feel like sharing Marla! β™₯ And I’m right with ya on Fall! Bring it!!!

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    • Thank you so much, Heather!! I’m so relieved to be done with school and so thrilled with anticipation when I think of our little girl coming this winter. Thank you for your sweet encouragement and I hope that you enjoy a wonderful fall as well!! πŸ™‚

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