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Two Months With Daisy

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Hope you are doing well!  Can’t believe Halloween is just around the corner, and our sweet Daisy is already two months old. She is truly such a sweet baby and we’ve been loving every minute. Check out these sweet photos we took, including some funny bloopers that show the reality of taking photos with kids!

My sweet family! I love them so much. Now for the bloopers. So at the beginning Ella was not having it. She cried for a good fifteen minutes until we turned on Ms. Rachel and then she got distracted and eventually warmed up to the fact that we were doing family photos. Look at Jayden just trolling in the background. It is never a dull moment with these kiddos, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

My sweet girls! I am loving this stage with Ella. She is just the cutest and funniest little babe!

 

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Thankful for my sweet family! We are so darn blessed with our beautiful little babes. Just soaking this time with them and trying to capture every moment while I can. They grow up too fast. I still can’t believe I’ve already had eight years with Jayden. It seems like yesterday when he was just a little babe.

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10 Unexpected Cost Before Building A New Home

 

 

Hi friends,

Hope you are doing well! Today I am sharing our first update of our new home build, plus sharing Ten Unexpected Cost Before Building A New Home. I asked on my Instagram what ya’ll wanted to know about home building and financial cost was a big topic. There is so much that goes into that topic, so I thought I would break it down and first share some hidden cost that took us by surprise when we started the building process.

You never really know how much it takes to build a house until you are in the thick of it. I wish someone had told me this before hand, because we were clueless. Building a custom home can be very stressful financially, and when unexpected cost arises it can be even more stressful. Here are Ten Unexpected Cost Before Building A New Home below!

10 Unexpected Cost Before Building Your New Home

  1. Architect – If you are building a custom home having someone draw up your dream home cost money. Even if you pay for semi custom house plans off the internet you will pay hundreds if not thousands for it.
  2. Survey – Getting a survey of your property is required for obtaining a building permit and a construction loan. We paid thousands up front to get multiple surveys of our property before building. 
  3. Permits – Building permits are required before building a home. Our builders obtained our permits from the county for us, but it was an added cost to our home build.
  4. Soil testing – Before your foundation can be built, a soil test must be done by certified engineers to gauge what type of foundation your house will require.
  5. Electricity – this is one thing we were lucky with. The previous owners of our property paid to get a electrical pole placed. However depending on how far your home is built from the nearest electrical pole could cost you tens of thousands for every feet of electrical line that needs to be installed.
  6. Water well – If you are building on raw land like we are, where there is no city water attachment, you will have to get your own water well dug up. This was an additional 10k – 20k plus added to our home build.
  7. Sewage – A sceptic tank was another thing we had to add to our property since we weren’t on the city sewage plan. This was an additional 10k – 20k plus we had to budget in our home build.
  8. Dirt Pad – This could be one of the most expensive things in a home build. Because we were in a flood zone, we had to build are home up. Luckily we saved 50k+ because there was an existing pad. But we still had to spend 10k plus in addition to get it where we needed to be.  
  9. Builders insurance – When we took out our construction loan one thing we had to pay out of pocket is builders insurance to cover the home while it is getting built. Depending on the size of the home, if it’s in a flood zone, will determine the cost. But we paid several thousands up front for our insurance.
  10. Interest rate payments – As soon as we closed on our construction loan, we paid interest payments on the first initial builders draw. We didn’t realize interest payments could be as much as a monthly mortgage payment!

Building a custom home is a huge undertaking financially. It can be more of a sticker shock when you find out the unexpected cost that comes with it. I hope this post helps prepare for those looking to build in the future. Stay tuned for more home updates!

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One Month With Daisy

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Hope you are doing well! Just wanted to hop on here and share the cutest family photos we took as a family of five and to celebrate one month with our sweetest little Daisy. It’s crazy to think it’s already been a month! Time does fly by when you’re a busy family five. We’ve definitely been navigating through our new schedule with a newborn, two under two, and back to school season. But trying to cherish every moment, and thankful to capture memories like this with our babies.

Ella and Jayden are just smitten with their new sister. I love watching their growing sibling relationship. It makes my heart burst seeing all three of my babies together. I’m so thankful and blessed with all of my happy beautiful babes.

  The transition from two to three has not been as difficult as I thought it would be. Yes it takes a little longer to get out the door in the morning, and yes we are tired from our nightly feedings, but Daisy has been easy to assimilate in our family schedule. We do have help when it comes to Jayden’s sports schedule since it’s usually me with the kids most of the time with Josh’s work schedule. So we are very thankful for our family and all their help.

I tell people one child was harder than having three. But only because when you are a first time mom you really don’t know what you are doing. But after the second or even third time around you don’t stress out so much about the little things, and you find a schedule that works for you and your family. I’ve definitely found my groove as a mother. My expectations are low. I don’t try to do it all, I am receiving of all the help I can get. I prioritize my mental health. I make sure to get moving and sunshine every day to combat postpartum depression, and I give myself more grace. I’m definitely in my “motherhood era”.

Also how cute did Ella and Daisy’s sweater came out? I crochet it myself using this easy sweater tutorial I shared last year on my blog. Having two girls to dress is going to be so much fun!

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Thankful for this sweet family of mine and our cutest little addition. These photos captured our little ones so perfectly and their individual personalities. I am so grateful to call them mine.

 

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Introducing Daisy Persephone Darnell

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Hope you are having a great week! Gosh I can’t believe our baby girl is here! Last week August 16th, 2023 our newest addition Daisy Persephone Darnell made her arrival. I went in for a scheduled C-section for the first time because I had placenta previa with my pregnancy with Daisy. I was worried and a little scared going in because if my previous birth scare with Ella , but my doctor was amazing and made me feel at ease through the whole process. She delivered Jayden and it was a happy delivery too. I truly believe having the right doctor makes a big difference. I wish she had been there to deliver Ella. Maybe my delivery wouldn’t have been so traumatic, but I am glad she was there for this one.

Daisy came out a little less than six pounds and is the smallest of my babies. She had a little issue with breathing on her own for the first day so had to stay in the NICU over night, but the next day she overcame it and was able to come home with us the day after. Overall we were in and out of the hospital in 48 hours. It was the shortest stay and super easy process. Daisy is doing great. I am still recovering and learning to adjust with my c-section scar, but overall thankful everything went well. Check out some of these photos we took at the hospital, and her first baby photos I took of our sweet Daisy girl.

Our first photo as a family of five. I am so thankful and blessed for my family. They are my greatest blessings. Jayden is already such an amazing big brother and has been so helpful throughout my pregnancy. I know when he grows up he is going to be a great dad and husband one day just like his daddy. Ella isn’t sure what to think of her little sister, but she is very curious and wants to touch her every chance she gets. It’s the cutest thing!

For Daisy’s name, I wanted her to have my initials since Ella has my first name. I always loved the name Daisy from the book Little Men, and the name Persephone the Greek Goddess of Spring. Even though she is a summer baby I felt the name just fit her. I sweet little wild flower. We are over the moon in love with our sweet girl and thankful she has finally joined our family. Can’t wait to watch her blossom and grow!

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Family Beach Maternity Shoot

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Hope you are having a great week! This will be my last official post before baby #3 arrives! I can’t believe it’s happening and sooner than expected. We go in for a scheduled c-section this week and honestly I am so nervous. This will be the first out of all my three babies. It wasn’t what I had planned, but because of my placenta previa this was what my doctor recommended. I do trust my doctor hundred percent so I am trying not get my fears get the best of me. Trying to soak in these last moments as a family of four and wanted to share our family beach maternity shoot we did last week. Thankful for these memories and for my beautiful family. They are my biggest blessings. Check out the full shoot below!

 

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Thankful for my sweet family, and I’m so glad we were able to take these pictures together and capture these moment together. Can’t believe we will be adding another one soon!

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$15 Bump Friendly Crochet mini dress

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Hope you are having a great week! It’s been a very exhausting and stressful week preparing for baby’s arrival. I’ve been in and out of doctors every day this week from getting my iron infusions to steroid shots to help with baby’s delivery. It’s nothing like I had planned this delivery to be but at this point I just want a safe delivery and a healthy baby. So to get my mind off of things I’m sharing my last and final bump friendly pregnancy outfit for yall. You aren’t going to believe but this bump friendly crochet dress is only $15! Check out the full look below!

 

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This is one of my favorite crochet dresses and such a great quality and value from Walmart. I loved it so much I ended up getting it in two colors. This one I am wearing is a size medium but I also had a small that fit me well too!

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Bump Friendly Tassel dress

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Hi friends,

Hope you are having a great summer! To be honest I am over it already. It is just too dang hot down here in Texas and to be pregnant on top of it. However I did want to share with you this pretty bump friendly tassel dressI wore recently. I got it in my normal size small and it fits perfectly over my bump. I love the stretch and the length to it too. Check out how I styled this dress below!

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This dress makes the perfect beach vacation dress. Hopefully I can wear it again after baby comes and take a vacation somewhere. We have been taking it slow these past couple of weeks as we prepare for baby to come. Only a couple more weeks!

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9th Anniversary + Big News

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Hope you are having a great week! Last Wednesday we celebrated our 9th anniversary and we also closed to build our new home. If you’ve been following for awhile then you might have remembered two years ago for our seventh anniversary we bought seven acres and sold our old house. A lot has happened in two years including adding two more kiddos to our family. The market has definitely not been favorable to home buyers or new home builder with inflation, high interest rates, cost of materials, ect. We honestly thought about waiting it out, but after two years we decided to just bite the bullet and continue on with our home build.

A lot of blood sweat and tears have gone to where we are now, but we are excited to finally get this started. Hopefully next year we will be able to move in to our new home. I am thankful for my hubby for working so hard to make our dreams come true. I can’t believe that we’ve already been married for nine years. I’m so blessed to call him mine. Our marriage isn’t perfect, and we have worked hard to be where we are today, but I can honestly say it’s been the best nine years of my life. I look at the life we have built together, and our soon to be three beautiful children and thank God everyday for giving me such a wonderful husband, partner, and best friend.

I never dreamed I could fall in love with someone who I just love more and more everyday. Honestly didn’t think that was possible. I thought I would have to be tired of him  by now, but nope, not even our worse days together I never want to be apart. He is my person, my best friend, my biggest supporter, the best father to our children, and I love him more now than I have ever loved him before. Here is to nine years of the best years of my life and to a lifetime together! Excited for this next chapter in our lives and building a new home together!

Check out how much we’ve grown in our marriage in our other anniversary post here!

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Mommy and Me Maternity Shoot

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Hope you are having a good week! Today I wanted to share with you these sweet mommy and me maternity shoot I took with Ella. I wore this maternity robe last year when I was pregnant with Ella, so I wanted to recreate this shoot now that she is officially one years old. I can’t get over how these photos turned out. Check them out below!

My sweet beautiful girl. I just remember the anticipation I had of wanting to meet her when I was pregnant with her, and now she is one years old. I’m so thankful for my sweet babe, and can’t believe I will be blessed with another one next month!

Check out last years photoshoot here.

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Last Summer With Two – Family Outfits Under $20

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Hope you are doing well! Can you believe it we are already in the month of July! Time is flying by so fast, and it will be the last summer with two babes, before our third comes along. I’m trying to soak up all the time I have my babes this summer, even though some days can be more difficult with these pregnancies. But I know I only have eighteen summers with them before they are adults. In the grand scheme of things it really is a short period of time when you think about it. Anyways, before I get too emotional I wanted to share this fun photoshoot I took with my babes and our summer family outfits under $20. Check them out below!

 

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How cute are these looks? My dress is only $15 and very bump friendly. I did size up to a medium just in case. Ella’s romper comes in a pack of two for under $15. And Jayden’s top also comes in a pack of two for under $15. I love when I can save and still look cute when it comes to our family outfits. Plus with how fast these kids grow and my belly, we are constantly needing more clothes.

4th of July is around the corner and we will be celebrating with family, and attending some fun events in our neighborhood. Soaking up the fun as the last summer with two little babes. What are your plans for the holiday?

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28 Weeks Pregnancy Update Baby #3

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Hope you are doing well! Can you believe it how fast June has flown by, or maybe it’s me. But last week I officially hit 28 weeks! I can’t believe I am already in my third trimester. This pregnancy has flown by, especially when I have my hands full with a one year old and and eight year old at home with me this summer. Today I wanted to give you a quick 28 weeks pregnancy update and share this casual but classic maternity shoot with my family. I finally feel like my bump has popped so I can fully show it off now. Check out more of my update below.

28 Weeks Pregnancy Update Baby #3

This pregnancy has flown by. Out of all my other pregnancies I have felt the best with this one. I have been staying healthier, and haven’t gained as much weight like I did with Ella. I gained thirty five pounds with Jayden, and seventy pounds with Ella! To be fair it was mostly water weight from swelling and she was a bigger baby, but I am hoping to stay under thirty pounds with this one. So far I’ve only gained fifteen pounds. I have been walking one to two miles a day in the mornings with my little ones at the park, and swimming one to two times a week at our gym. I’ve definitely stayed more active this time around.

A couple months ago I had debilitating sciatica which was affecting my workout routine, but after many recommendations I went and saw an Airrosti specialist and within a month I was able to work through my sciatic with specialized workouts and stretches. It was a life saver! I feel so empowered because I found a solution with Airrosti instead of a cover up like most drugs doctors prescribe for pain. I would 100% recommend Airrosti!

With my cravings and diet, I have been craving Smoothie King acai Berry Goji bowls. I go to Smoothie King twice a day. In the morning for my protein shakes before my walks, and after for my acai bowls. It’s a healthier craving than my donut craving I had with Ella. I eat pretty healthy with this pregnancy which probably accounts to why I feel better.

As far as baby goes, baby is growing healthy. Measures smaller than my other two, but I am not complaining because it’s definitely been easier this time around. It’s hard enough being pregnant in the summer, especially in this Texas heat! Baby is very active though. I feel movement, kicks, rolls 24/7. I wonder if this means we have another little athlete on our hands. This week I go in for my glucose test, but I am not too worried since I’ve past them my other two times. Just ready to get it over with. It isn’t a pleasant test, and I didn’t have the best experience last time when I was pregnant with Ella.

It amazes me that we are already in the third trimester. We still haven’t put anything together or prepared for baby, but I am not too worried since we have almost everything with Ella. We will probably get the crib together next month though. Twelve more weeks or sooner and baby #3 will be here!

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful husband! I had these photos taken and I just can’t get over how cute my loves are! I thank God everyday for sending my my hubby and for our beautiful babies. Josh is not only the best husband but the best dad tour children I could ask for. He works so hard for our family, and always goes out of his way to be there for each and everyone of us. He’s funny, makes us all laugh, and just the best person to be around. We love him so much!

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Hope everyone has a wonderful Father’s Day. Thankful for all the amazing Father’s around especially for my hubby.

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