Work, Life, and First Birthday

We’ve been taking advantage of every nice bit of weather we can. Most days are pretty cold, wet and dreary so that occasional ray of sunshine is something to celebrate. Getting out into nature is also just good for the soul (it’s been scientifically proven!) and people who spend more time outdoors are healthier and happier.

Our family took a walk on the green belt (miles of scenic, paved walking paths along the Boise river). When it’s warmer we bike this path. I wanted to share some sweet pictures from the day with you all. I hadn’t planned to, but I realized that I really haven’t shared anything personal in awhile.

To be honest, personal posts are my favorite posts to write and re-read. Yesterday I was reading our Maui post and feeling so glad that I wrote it :). I love happy memories. 

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Confused? My husband’s Photoshop skeeels 🙂

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Work Life:

There are some things that I miss about working as a nurse (mostly the social aspects – we’re always itching to get out and do something because we’re always home), but I wouldn’t change anything about my work as a full time blogger. I love that I can see my daughter emptying the contents of a kitchen drawer as I type this.

I’ll admit full time blogging is hard work and it’s not all roses and sunshine (as my late boss said, “even a rose has thorns”), but every day I want to pinch myself to see if I’m dreaming. I’m so immensely thankful for this career that my husband and I pour our hearts into. Working together and being around our children is something that we treasure daily.

I think back to working 12 hour shifts. With the commute and everything that entails, I’d be away from home up to 14 hours for 3 days straight. That’s tough! I remember feeling sad about being away from my family. If you’re working toward your dream right now, whatever that may be, and what you’re doing at the moment isn’t exactly your dream job, hang in there, be thankful and have faith. Start speaking your dream into being.

The world refers to this as “self fulfilling prophecy” which is hodgepodge. It works because it’s a biblical principle. I can testify to this. Years ago, long before we dreamed up this blog, I knew in my heart that I wanted to have a family business where I could partner with my husband, where we would dictate our own schedule, and would be blessed in it.

I made a little sign, put it in a picture frame and set it on our shared desk at home. It said, “soon God will bless us with our own business. Vadim would sit here (and I drew an arrow to his chair) and Natasha will sit there (I drew another arrow) and we kept that on our desk for years. I recently found the sign while cleaning out our office closet in preparation for moving. You bet I was smiling big when I saw it. I ran to my husband to remind him and we both laughed as we realized that it came to pass and in a way that was much greater and more blessed than we could have hoped or imagined.

First Birthday:

Our baby girl turned 1 on Sunday. She brings so much richness and joy into all of our lives. My son adores her and I’m so immensely thankful that he has a sibling to teach, love, entertain and make her laugh. We give thanks for them both. Having these two might mean putting a future cookbook or any other big projects on hold for now, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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This was her pretty and delicious birthday cake. It turned out so good and everyone loved it. I’ll be sharing the recipe with you soon :).

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This little lady is taking a few steps at a time now. She’s close to walking! It’s all happening so fast!

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Thanks for reading and sharing in our joy :). I’ll share an update on our moving adventure soon. I’m excited to see what God has in store for us once we sell our home.

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Natalia
    April 3, 2016

    Natasha thank you for sharing the beautiful post. I found myself in every word you said. Love love cooking something new every week from your blog and always is a success! Hugs from Alabama and good luck in everything you do! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2016

      I’m so happy you enjoyed reading this post. Thank you so much for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • Angela
    March 26, 2016

    Thank you for this message. I’ve been wanting to follow my dream of having a fitness blog but for some reason I have been afraid. You inspired me today to get started 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 26, 2016

      Your comment means so much to me. Truly! Thank you for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • Lucy
    March 25, 2016

    What a lovely family. I like your photos, thanks for sharing them with us! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 25, 2016

      Thank you Lucy for the compliment, have a great Easter! Reply

  • March 22, 2016

    This is what I needed to hear! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks Izzah 🙂 Reply

  • Mary
    March 20, 2016

    What a beautiful family…..love the photos. God has blessed you in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your life. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 20, 2016

      Thank you so much Mary! You’re so nice 🙂 Reply

  • Tzivia
    March 19, 2016

    Awwww beautiful pix both of your kids got so big is your baby walking yet are you still gonna live in Idaho good luck with the move gurl what a very beautiful family Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 19, 2016

      Thank you and she is starting to take steps – the furthest she has gone is halfway across the room and ofcourse everyone is always cheering for her 🙂 which she loves! We are staying in Idaho. We love it here 🙂 Reply

      • Tzivia
        March 20, 2016

        Your very welcome Natasha sweetheart oh really awwww how cute and such big little accomplishments that your baby girl is learning to walk in small steps wow good for her a little goes a long way yea Idaho is so nice from what I heard cool that’s awesome still all the best cheers Reply

  • Natalie
    March 19, 2016

    Natasha, thank you for sharing your personal stories with us. My husband has always had a desire to have his own business and is in the process of pursuing that. Of course it’s not easy and there are many uncertainties and risks. I’m praying that God will guide us and show us His will in the path that we should take. Thank you for the inspiration and Happy Birthday to your little princess! May God continue to Bless you and your family in all that you do! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 19, 2016

      Thank you so much Natalie! May God give you the desires of your heart. Trust in His good timing. It was quite the labyrinth on our way to working in our business full time but every experience worked for our good and it’s so clear looking back (not so much when we were going through the steps though) ;). Reply

  • Fatty
    March 19, 2016

    I love your family Very much.
    God bless you !!!
    Fatty Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 19, 2016

      Thank you so much and blessings to your family as well! 🙂 Reply

  • Inna T.
    March 18, 2016

    THank you Natasha! you are my #1 go to when I need to prepare a meal:) <3 Beautiful family! Also a blessing that your son has a little sibling! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 18, 2016

      Thank you so much Inna! Your comment means alot to me 🙂 Reply

  • March 18, 2016

    Just wanted to take the time to say hello and how much I enjoy your blog! Your pictures made me smile. Thanks for sharing your life and recipes with us! By the way, many thanks for the crusty french bread recipe. I’ve made it twice already. So appreciate the details and pictures you provided. It is pure heaven in the morning toasted! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 18, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear that and thank you for the awesome review of the bread! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by to say hello (hello to you as well!) and for sharing that with us 🙂 Reply

  • March 17, 2016

    Happy 1 year old baby! It is so great that you get to spend time with your family like you dreamed, I am working towards that now and hoping this blogging thing will turn into something that will give us more freedom, flexibility, and time with family. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 17, 2016

      I hope it happens for you soon 🙂 Thank you so much Kate! Reply

  • Tanya
    March 17, 2016

    You have such a beautiful family and loving heart 💗 God bless you in all that you do! you bring happiness to many women with your blog 🌷 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 17, 2016

      That’s so sweet of you to say! Thank you so much Tanya! 🙂 Reply

  • March 17, 2016

    Happy Birthday to the little miss! I miss her cute little cheeks, I think it means it’s time for a blogger getaway 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 17, 2016

      Thank you Marina! Our getaway was so nice, wasn’t it?! I don’t think she’d be coming along to the next one though! 😉 Reply

  • Vinka
    March 16, 2016

    Just wanted to tell you, I truly enjoy your Ukrainian inspired recipes and your family updates. With all the negativity in the world, and work stress, visiting your page brings a smile to my face, and gives me a chance to make recipes I enjoyed as a child, relive those happy family times. Thanks again Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2016

      Your comment brought a big smile to my face. I read it out loud to my husband. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. It means alot to us! 🙂 Reply

  • margarita
    March 16, 2016

    happy birthday to the little beauty! I also celebrated my son 1st bday this past sunday 😉 He was born the 14th. God bless your family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2016

      It is the sweetest age. Happy birthday to your son! Reply

  • Cindy M.
    March 16, 2016

    I love the Greenbelt! When I visited my sister a few years ago, we biked a 14 miles loop-unfortunately, the forest fires that were plaguing the nearby mountains made for a ride that wasn’t as scenic as it could be, but it was fantastic, none-the-less! Congrats on baby Diana’s first birthday-you are a beautiful family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2016

      Thankfully the forest fires aren’t as much of an issue this year. It’s pretty dry in Idaho so those fires can get out of hand quickly! Thank you so much for your sweet compliment Cindy! 🙂 Reply

  • March 16, 2016

    Very encouraging to hear about God bringing your dreams to pass! Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2016

      Thank you so much Sarah! I am so thankful and all the credit goes to God. He is a good, good Father 🙂 Reply

  • Jill Williams
    March 16, 2016

    Happy First Birthday!!! Thank you for these wonderful photos. You share, & show us the love of your family, thank you! Keep them coming as well as the best recipes!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2016

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you so much Jill! 🙂 Reply

  • March 16, 2016

    Your little girl is so cute! Happy belated birthday to her! Thank you for sharing with us these photos and for your inspiration and encouragement to those of us who are still aspiring towards our dreams! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2016

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment :). I’m so happy you found inspiration and encouragement in this post 🙂 Reply

  • Anu
    March 16, 2016

    What a beautiful family you have Natasha! Your kids are gorgeous especially your sweet little girl. That cake you made looks divine as I cannot wait for you to post the recipe. Stay blessed. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2016

      Thank you so much Anu. We are so thankful for our two kiddos :). Yes, I’ll be sharing that cake soon 🙂 Reply

  • Inna
    March 16, 2016

    You guys are a beautiful family and have brought so much yummy goodness to mine! Love your blog and youtube channel! May God bless you guys and happy birthday to your sunshine! I am a huge fan!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2016

      Thank you so much Inna! Your comment really means a lot to me 🙂 Reply

  • Oksana
    March 15, 2016

    Thank you for sharing how you waited for your dream to come true. That’s uplifting!! Happy birthday to your little beauty! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2016

      I’m so glad that hear that. Thanks Oksana :). It’s amazing how when I look back, even the things that seemed really tough and frustrating all worked together for my good. Reply

  • Alina
    March 15, 2016

    Natasha thanks for sharing with us! Happy bday to ur little princess- she’s so cute! May God bless her and ur family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2016

      Thank you so much Alina! 🙂 Reply

  • tanya
    March 15, 2016

    God bless your family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2016

      Thank you so much Tanya! Blessings to you as well! 🙂 Reply

  • March 15, 2016

    Thank you so much for the inspiration Natasha!!! You are amazing!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2016

      I’m so happy you were inspired here. That’s awesome 🙂 thanks for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Ninchik
    March 15, 2016

    Happy Birthday little princes!!!!!! She is adorable and brother is hansom men. Beautiful and bless family!!!!!!!!! God be with you all always and forever. You are Natasha sweet mamochka!!!!!!!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2016

      You’re so nice and thank you! 🙂 God bless you and your family also! Reply

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