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Quiet Violet
Oakley, CA
I'm a 25 year old lady who loves art, her husband and has beat cancer four times. For realsies.
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I used to be spunky. I used to be really happy and joyous and full of glitter. Let me clarify, it's not that I'm NOT happy now (because life is pretty good at the moment), but I just don't feel light anymore. Life feels heavy. I MISS being spunky. Being totally optimistic and bubbly and carefree. I miss our college days of being with Dustin most of my waking hours. I love being a Mom to my amazing, precious boys, and a Wife to Dustin, but it feels like some of me has been misplaced. One of Dustin's cousins has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at The Quiet Life of Violet
We brought our Teddy boy home. I'm still not quite able to process and talk about everything that went down from the time I was admitted to the hospital to the time that this video was made, but I'll get there. I think it's a defense mechanism? If you followed our journey on Instagram, then you probably caught the overview of our experience with this pregnancy and birth. Thank you for supporting us and offering encouraging words. Reading each and every note that was sent our way, helped pass the time. Truthfully, knowing that I was "accountable" for posting a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at The Quiet Life of Violet
From the beginning of this pregnancy, I was convinced that I was carrying a girl. I just felt it. Just like I felt that Roman was a boy. When my doctor told me that we were expecting another boy and not a girl, I was shocked to say the very least. I had felt so strongly that I was carrying our Clementine. Our girl. Dustin's Daddy's Girl. I was zero percent prepared for the possibility of having another son because I knew that it was a girl. Well, I was wrong, which was not only hard for me to admit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
I've been here at the hospital for six weeks today. The first few days were very (VERY) hard on me. I had to have an I.V. put in to dispense the antibiotics that we needed and, although it was just a simple I.V., it was really effing traumatic to me. Not only was I having to deal with the emotional roller coaster that comes along with your baby's life being in major danger, I was brought right back to that mental mindset of a being a cancer patient. The I.V. pole. The medical tape. The bracelet printed with my name... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
This post has taken me about two and a half weeks to write. It's one of those stories that I know needed to come out, but the process of writing what happened wasn't something that I could force. Some days I didn't feel like writing, didn't feel like going back and putting myself into a place that I never, ever wanted to be. Here is part of what's been going on in our Quiet Life. ----- In the middle of my twenty-second week, my water broke. I had been feeling off all day, but just figured that it was nothing.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
If you've been following me on Instagram, Twitter or are a Facebook friend, you'll be up to date with our baby news. If not, the next post will fill you in. This post, though, is for Halloween and Fall and my sweet Roman. My family took him to the pumpkin patch on Monday because I'm not able to and I had made a promise to him that I would. He was super excited about the tractor ride. :) My awesome, amazing sister made sure that I was "there" as much as possible, and on top of Facetiming with me the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
What a wonderful engagement story! Imnsho ahoy that you guys are happy and I MISS you terribly! Lovelovelove, Violet
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2013 on Love they Say (Our Engagement Story) at Leigh-Ann
Theodore Clark due February 14th, 2014. (I can't wait to see his face!) Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
I had a kidney stone for the first time a few weeks ago and OH MY GOD. I wouldn't wish a kidney stone on anyone. I thought I was dying. I was reassured (by myself) that it wasn't something to do with baby because the pain was not uterus-y or cramping pain at all, but was more like someone stuck a knife in my left side/lower back and left it there for me to die. I was vomiting from the pain. Shaking. Cold and hot sweats. I couldn't move my damn legs, the pain got so bad. I'm sure it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
Nine vials is a lot of damn blood. This was from my first-trimester blood draw. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
We found out we were pregnant on June 9th, a few weeks before our "We're not having any luck getting pregnant so lets go to Disneyland!" trip. Sure, the trip was partially for Roman since you know, Disneyland is for kids (blasphemy!), but I wanted to celebrate the fact that NOT being pregnant was advantageous and I could at this place. Pregnant ladies couldn't ride Space Mountain or Indiana Jones. Pregnant ladies can't bounce around on rides go all crazy-go-nuts in a theme park. Pregnant ladies don't have the energy to power through the park all day long and stay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
(I meant to post this about a month and a half ago. OOPS! Updated pregnancy post coming soon.) There has been lots of this for the past two months: Little baby in my belly has turned me into a sleep hungry, salad hating, gagging at the most random things, couch potato. I've been loving every minute of it. (And I don't have to do the dishes!) (The mixture of food smells make me nauseous.) Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
THERE SHE IS!!! God, I miss you La-la. Some days it actually hurts my heart how much I miss you, and this post just made it ten times worse! You are amazing and beautiful and sill and kind. You have the BEST heart. I LOVE YOU FOREVER (doncha know)!! Love, Maverick
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2013 on About my Marriage, Divorce and Return at Leigh-Ann
I know, I know. That title is major nerd cheese. If you know what it's from, then you just earned three cool points from me. (Nerds unite!) So, it's been majorly quiet around these parts, I know. I have been an asthmatic, tired, blerg feeling couch potato lately. I'm not even going to lie or apologize for it either. Summer makes me grumpy and hot. And being hot makes me even more grumpy, so I've just been a grump-fest. My poor kid. Each day I thank God that He's given me enough tolerance to handle my 2 year old's tantrums... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
A little slide for a little boy. Dear Roman, You make my heart happier than Christmas morning. I know that some days we have a hard time because you're a two year old and you're still learning how to deal with everything. I know that some days my patience wears thin and I might raise my voice or put you on a time-out prematurely. I'm sorry. I'm learning how to be a Mom to a toddler and it's not always easy! Oh, but little guy... you make the sun rise in my world. When you cry, it feels like my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
These are the last few random photos from our trip. Three days in the park was not enough! (Don't take that as me being ungrateful, though.) Traveling with another family was great -- nobody was ever bored! We were our own little pack. If one of the kids needed something, there were four parents right there to help. Forgot to pack a juice box? Need crackers? We were a pack! We also spent some time apart with our own little families, which was nice, too. A couple of times during our stay we took little Ellie and let her parents... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
Roman's favorite Disney character so far is the one and only Tow Mater. Cars features Mater and Lightning McQueen, among others, and Roman is just smitten. Anything that goes or has wheels or gears is right up my little guy's alley. Vrooom! In the California Adventure park across form Disneyland, they've built a new land called Cars Land. Guess who lives there? Mr. Mater! Oh boy! Since it's relatively new, none of us had ever been to Cars Land before, so it was an experience for all of us! They did an AMAZING job with recreating Radiator Springs. Holy cow.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
Oh, Disneyland. This place hold a seriously sizable chunk of my heart. When ever I'm feeling blue or anxious, if I close my eyes and imagine even a small part of Disneyland, life seems a little brighter. A little happier. A little more magical. When we decided that we were going to be able to take a small family trip to Anaheim, a new place in my heart opened up. A spot that I knew would only be filled after seeing my child have fun at Disneyland, my happy place. The anticipation was intense, building everyday. We'd watch a Disney... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
(Written over the last week. So slow, am I!) We've decided to take a trip to Disneyland later this month. Eeeeek! Not only that, we've decided to take it with our friends, Keshia and Shane and their two-year old daughter, Eleanor! Roman and Eleanor have a blooming friendship and Dustin and I may or may not have talked about an arranged marriage. We just will have to wait and see. ;) Dustin got a bonus from work and we decided to save most of it, but take a bit and go to Disneyland. It's not normally something that's in our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
We've been trying for our second baby unofficially since October and officially since January. It's to that point where it seems like everyone around me is pregnant -- have you ever been there? The pregnant women are revealing themselves in droves and embarrassingly enough, it hurts! I'm not saying that the pregnant women are out to get me, because, duh, the world does not revolve around me. But still, each new picture and each new announcement, they all stings much like the tooth of a raptor. ...Okay, maybe not THAT much, but it's still somewhere in the hefty stomach drop/gut... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
Our sweet friends Matt and Natalie are moving. To Wisconsin. That's, like, majorly far from California. *sad face* BUT! They will be in the same town as Natty's family! And Matt has an awesome new job there! And they will start a new chapter of their lives together there! *happy face* We had a Goodbye Party for them a few weekends ago. Lots of good friends. Ladder golf. Burgers and dogs and cake. Board games. Balloon fights in the living room. Normal stuff. Boy, oh boy. We're gunna miss them. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
(Looking back at old drafts.) December 19th, 2011 ___________________________ Poor Roman. He HATED tummy time with a fiery passion. Like a good Mom, I tried and tried to get him used to it, but it was intense for both of us. He had, and still has, a giant head and holding that puppy up and rolling over was just so hard for him. I used to cry and he'd do the same, all in the name of neck muscle and front-to-back. If I could go back and talk to myself, I'd gently tell mention that it turns out okay. At... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
( Looking back on old drafts.) May 4th, 2011 "I had a doctor's appointment today with Dr. J. and told him not only about my sharp pain last week, but my high blood sugar these past few days and it's been decided that I've got borderline Gestational Diabetes. Frankly, I'm surprised that it didn't happen sooner." ___________________________________________________ Doctor J. was my perinatologist while I was pregnant with Roman. Towards the end of my pregnancy, my sugar levels were all over the place. I would eat a chicken apple sausage with my breakfast and the sugar from the apples in the... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet
That's how many years apart these two are. Grandpa Gene is Dustin's Mother's Father. Roman talks about "Dampa Jeeen" at least once a day. *magical* Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at The Quiet Life of Violet