Wednesday, December 2, 2009

LIFE Holiday Boutique

The center Jon and I work for are hosting a Holiday Boutique this Friday, Dec. 4th. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the center and there are going to be a ton of great vendors! Come check it out and get some of your Christmas shopping done!

Check out the blog to see some of the vendors coming

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Baby Connor at 28 weeks!

Monday, September 7, 2009

New Obsession!!!

I don't even need to explain why I LOVE this nursery! I think it is possibly the first theme I have actually even considered. SOOOOO adorable! Mostly I am in love with the color palette. I think it will be perfect for a little boy and easy to carry over into an older, more mature room decor.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Meet Connor Austin Arnett!!!!

We are already in love and cannot wait for this little guy. Not to mention, he has a name! Hurray! Connor is definitely a mutual decision and we are so excited about it. He is moving all the time and I LOVE watching my tummy jump. I miss the feeling all day while I'm busy and moving around at work; when I get home I can't wait to finally relax and feel him for hours.

Monday, August 10, 2009


I am officially obsessed with this wall and cannot wait to begin the hunt for the letters I am going to use when I copy this amazingly adorable idea!

Although I have this idea in my head of what I want the baby's room to look like...finding the stuff that I have in my head is turning out to be IMPOSSIBLE! Boys rooms are soooooo difficult as are their clothes and names. Everytime I get online to search for new and fun ideas (Which has become quite the nightly ritual) I am bombarded with yucky themes and pattern overloads! Why can't I just tell somebody what I want, and then they can just go and do it all for me; all for free of course. YIKES! I will continue my search and try to update as I go along.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Hurray!!! We finally can stop referring to my belly as an it! Of course we would have been happy either way but we are both so happy to finally know. It felt like it took forever to get here and I have a feeling the rest is going to fly by. Now the hard part really starts.....picking a name. We are currently taking suggestions!

The little guy was being difficult for his photo shoot and we almost weren't able to find out the sex. However, our doctor (who I love) was very persistent and finally captured the money shot! We weren't able to get any profile pictures so we might have those next month but so far everything is just perfect. He was measuring at exactly how far along I am and everything was in it's place. The doctor did say that he was a hair over average weight at 12 oz. I'm not totally surprised since his dad is not the smallest guy in the world. I'm just hoping he slows down and I don't end up giving birth to a toddler size infant! yikes!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Baby on the way!

Dear first trimester,

I hate your stinking guts. You make me vomit. You're scum between my toes.

Love, Holly.

OK seriously, I am 11 1/2 weeks right now and I am literally counting down the days until I am officially out of this. According to the masses, once the second trimester comes along, everything will be great. I CANNOT WAIT! I think if you can come up with a symptom of pregnancy that isn't enjoyable...I've had it. However, they are slowly fading and I am definitely starting to feel better. Including getting out of the awkward growth stage where everyone is unsure if you're are pregnant or just making one too many trips to in and out lately. Sad to say I think I might fit in both of those categories.

Finding out I was pregnant was really exciting and almost surreal. I immediately started thinking about all of the fun things we would be able to do- pick a name, buy clothes, decorate a room, have a shower, watch the baby move around, and just get ready to be parents- and then I realized I couldn't do any of that for quite some time. The first few months are just spent hoping you will feel better sometime soon and waiting to find out what you are having before you can actually get to all of those fun things.

Names- Discuss these early on! It's going to take a while to make a decision on this one. I actually went through an entire website of baby names (girls and boys) a-z and was shot down on every name that I loved. SAD. SOOOOO, Ive come to terms with the fact that all of our kids will just have numbers; no names.

In all actuality, Jon and I are VERY excited to be parents and all yucky things aside, being pregnant is such a privelege. And we can't wait to find out what we are having!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rock the Budget!!!


Rock the Budget is a campaign by Lauren’s Institute for Education (L.I.F.E.) to help raise funds to continue serving children with developmental disabilities despite recent budget cuts limiting state reimbursement for services.

On Friday the 13th, February, 2009 the “Division” (DES-DDD = Department of Economic Security – Division of Developmental Disabilities) cut vital funding for services for children with special needs in Arizona.

The Division cut provider rates for therapeutic/habilitative services by 10%, music therapy services by 55%, and ALL early intervention for children (0-3 years old) who do not qualify for long term care!

L.I.F.E., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been impacted greatly by these cuts. These funding cuts will have a total impact to our organization of over $500,000 from March 1st to December 31st of this year.

This irresponsible fiscal decision from DES-DDD will profoundly inhibit our ability to continue providing services to our kids and to their families, not to mention the 180+ employees who have dedicated their lives to these children through their professions.

Our mission is to provide the most comprehensive therapeutic treatment at the lowest cost to our families. Many of our families are already in crisis due to the emotional and economic toll it takes to have a child with developmental disabilities.

To date we have relied solely on the legal responsibility of our state/federal government to fund the development of the children who we are committed to serve and from community support.

To continue offering these life-changing services, we are asking you for a one-time contribution of $5.00.

With your help, combined with the help of your family, your neighbors, your friends, and your co-workers, your $5 donation can help in ways that you may or may not be able to fully appreciate.

As most of you should know, Jon and I both work for L.I.F.E. and it is an AMAZING place! This is a great opportunity for people to come together and make something great happen for these children and their families.

Go visit the website and DO YOUR PART! It doesnt take much. If everyone helps a little, we can make miracles happen! GO NOW! Please!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New bed!

Yay!!! I have been dying to get this new bed for quite some time and now my wishes have come true! I am so excited about it and we definitely still have a lot left to do in our room until it is complete. But hey, you have to start somewhere. Jon and Brian put it together and I LOVE it! Every time I walk into my room I get excited all over again. It's super comfy and tall. Thanks guys!

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Yes!!! It's FINALLY here! I can't believe that it has already been a year since I was baptized. It has definitely been the BEST year of my life. Now it's time for Jon and I to be sealed. We are so excited and can't wait to be able to share the experience of going to the temple together. On the 21st I will be going through for the first time; on the 28th Jon and I are getting sealed! I'm so grateful for everyone who has supported me through this year and has played a part in my progression. I'm sure without so many great examples and influences around me this year would have been a lot harder. So, THANK YOU!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Give Love to L.I.F.E. !!!!!!

As most of you already know, Jon and I work for a wonderful non-profit organization that provides therapies for children with disabilities (L.I.F.E.). Due to the fact that they are only in the beginning of their second year of business, the center has to come up with a variety of ways to raise money to continue to provide services to these amazing kids. So, L.I.F.E. is having a benefit concert to raise some money. I actually don't know the bands who are playing except for Jon's brother Jamie's band The Corduroys. It is going to be a really good show and all the money goes to L.I.F.E. If you want to check out the bands here are a few links to their music.
The Corduroys
Some Never Sleep
Junk Ditch Road

It will be a fun time! So, if you enjoy socializing, feel like supporting a great place for these kids to continue coming to, or just want to listen to some live music, COME PLEASE!

p.s. you can help spread the word to get more people to come by posting this flier on your blogs!!