Monday, July 16, 2018

National Ice Cream Day

Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, so we decided to take advantage of the silly holiday to enjoy some ice cream! Braum's is celebrating their 50th year, and they were offering a deal on ice cream, so we packed up after nap and headed over for a sweet treat :)

$1.00 ice cream sundaes. $0.50 single scoop cones. Yes please! So my kiddos have definitely decided they LOVE ice cream! After the hesitancy of their first tasting, they just dove right in haha. 





I think it's funny that my kids' personalities are reflected in their ice cream preferences...Eli loves vanilla, and Maddie loves chocolate :) It will be interesting to see what they choose and like when they're old enough to pick their own flavors!





There was a definite sugar high {and subsequent crash} afterwards...enough to make us question when we might be giving them ice cream again haha. But it was a fun memory and a fun summer afternoon treat :)


Sunday, July 15, 2018

7 Years

7 years. 

7 years ago, we said "I do." We promised to love and encourage and support each other. We celebrated with family and friends, and we had so much hope and joy as we looked forward to our lives together. We were young and in love and rested haha. 

Look at those young, fresh faces :)

Fast forward 7 years, and we are still working to love and encourage and support each other. We're not perfect at it, but we are thankful for grace and new mercies every day. We aren't quite as young, and certainly not as rested {hello wrinkles!}, but we are more in love today than the day we said "I do." Not because we have a perfect, blissful marriage, but because we have the benefit of time, commitment, sacrifice, and forgiveness. And a whole lot of God's loving grace.

With little ones, we have found it harder to have date nights out. They have been few and far between, so when they happen, we are really thankful! A couple of weeks ago, we were able to sneak away to celebrate our anniversary, and it was such a sweet time. We enjoyed a yummy dinner at Scuzzi's Italian Restaurant, ice cream at Marble Slab, and got to see Won't You Be My Neighbor? Having uninterrupted conversation and just being able to enjoy being OUT was just such a blessing. Life-giving for my heart, for sure.

{On a side note: after watching the Mr. Rogers documentary, we decided that our kids are not allowed to watch any television, except for old episodes of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood haha}

A few more wrinkles and smile lines :)

I am forever grateful for this man and the gift he is to me. I love our life together, and I can't imagine walking through life's mountains and valleys with anyone else. And there's no one else with whom I'd rather get old and wrinkled :) 

Looking forward to what the Lord has for us in the next 7 years! 


Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Mama Getaway

Today I got another "Mama Day Off." My husband is so good to make sure I get one every so often, and I am so thankful that I can have this time to myself. He knows my introvert heart, my need for time away to decompress. It's such a blessing to know that I can leave for an entire day and not have to worry at all about my babies. Mike is such a good daddy, and I know that Eli and Maddie had the best day with him :)

I didn't actually sleep in this morning, but I was able get ready all by myself. I was able to enjoy some worship music, actually straighten my hair, and didn't have to keep little hands out of cabinets and drawers. A luxury, for sure! :)

eight.
My main to-do list for the day was to run errands for Aiden's nursery! I have been pulling my list together, and just needed the opportunity to actually go see what would work. So my first stop was Target {with a Starbucks treat in tow}. I was able to snag a couple of practical things for the nursery {sheets, lamp}, as well as a birthday present for our niece! 

nine.
My next stop was Home Goods. I didn't find as much as I had hoped, but I did snag a $15 rug for the nursery {score!} and left with a whole lot of fun ideas for our new house :)

ten.
I stopped at the Plano library to pickup a book I had on hold. I still have my Plano library card and find that they still have more of the books I am looking for than McKinney does. Thankfully, they let you keep the card if you live in the same county. 

eleven.
I had to make an impromptu stop to get a new pair of shoes because the ones I had been wearing broke! Such a bummer, but thankful for an inexpensive deal at Payless.

twelve.
My last errand stop was Hobby Lobby. I have definitely missed working on creative projects, and browsing through the craft aisles just highlighted that fact. I have a couple of projects I want to work on for Aiden's nursery, so hopefully that will help fill that creative void for awhile. #sneakpeak

one.
Lunch! Not super fancy, but I really love the veggie sandwich from Jimmy John's...so it hit the spot for me :)

two.
I was able to attend a baby shower for an old friend! I met Kelsey in the young adults group at Woodcreek, and I have kept in contact with her over the years, as I know she and her husband have prayed for a baby for a long time. It was so sweet to celebrate her sweet miracle, and I am so excited for her!

three.
When your sister-in-law is the baker for the baby shower, knows your dietary restrictions, and sends a special cupcake just for you... she's pretty awesome :) 

four.
I picked up dinner to drop off to my dear friend Amy! Sweet Samuel was born a few weeks ago, and I was so excited to meet him! I know that meals were such a HUGE help for us when Eli and Maddie were born, so I hope I was able to help relieve a little bit of stress, at least for tonight. And I'm praying for some sleep for the new parents :)

five.
So not only did I get a full day off...but I ALSO got a night away in a hotel! My husband booked me a hotel so that I could have a full night to myself, sleep in, and just have some more time alone. It may sound strange to some {especially since it was an anniversary gift haha}, but this is one of THE BEST gifts my husband could give to me. And I am thoroughly enjoying every minute of it!

six.
Of course, I wasn't really alone the whole day...this little guy was with me the whole time. But he's pretty cooperative, so I didn't mind so much. I thought I should snap a photo of me actually being dressed/ready before I changed into my pajamas haha.

seven.
I had picked up dinner at one of my favorites {Salata!} and was able to enjoy my salad in my pajamas :)

eight.
Winding down from a busy/full and all-around awesome day with a little blogging and HGTV. Not a bad day at all  :)

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Today was such a great day! I got SO much checked off my to-do list, was able to see some sweet friends, and enjoyed some good solo time. I miss my babies and my hubby, for sure. And it feels a little weird to be away from them, by myself. But I am so thankful for this little getaway, and a husband who made it happen. I haven't even had a full night's sleep yet, and I already feel so much more refreshed. 

Now I'm off to enjoy the rest of my evening and my morning to sleep in! :)


Thursday, July 12, 2018

33 Weeks



How far along?
 33 weeks
Days since transfer: 212 days
Total weight gain: +26.6
Maternity clothes? Yes. Though to be fair, I mostly wear running shorts and t-shirts...but I'm starting to outgrow those {aka belly poking out from under non-maternity t-shirts haha}, so not sure what my wardrobe will look like the rest of the pregnancy. I might have to be more dressed up at home out of necessity haha.
Sleep: I am still experiencing some insomnia, so it doesn't seem to be subsiding like I had hoped. I have also felt much more tired this week. 
Best moment of the week: Spending time in San Antonio with family! Also, setting up Aiden's crib and arranging furniture in his nursery...it's feeling a little more real!
Cravings: Still craving bean and cheese tacos, and now Whataburger. Darn you Crohn's Disease haha. It's probably a good thing I can't eat these things...I'm sure my body will thank me later :)
Symptoms: Just more of the same: insomnia, achy hips, hot, snoring {sorry babe!}. I started feeling a little bit of heartburn and have just been more tired this week. I have also felt more hungry this week. So I'm actually surprised that I only gained less than half a pound. Is "feeling large" a symptom? Haha! I'm not as big/round as I was with Eli and Maddie, but little Aiden is certainly sticking WAY out there...
Labor Signs: Some random Braxton Hicks here and there, but nothing else yet.
Looking forward to: A Mama Day Off this weekend :)

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Size of baby? About the size of a fanny pack, a small chihuahua, or a US size 10 boat shoe
Development: He's gaining about half a pound a week, and he is starting to distinguish between day and night. A big milestone this week: he has his own immune system! 
Heartbeat: Was running in the 140s at the last OB appointment.
Movement: He still has a lot of room to move...and he often finds himself in {to me} uncomfortable positions. He doesn't actually kick as often or as hard as Eli and Maddie did {thankfully!} but he seems to roll a lot more. Feeling lots of hiccups this week!
Current Position: Currently head down, so hopefully he stays there!



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Summer Bucket List :: Road Trip to See Grandma and Grandpa

This weekend we made a road trip to San Antonio to see Grandma and Grandpa! We made the trek down south last summer around this time; in some ways, this year was easier, but long car trips are just hard on little ones in general. We want to make more trips to see family, but we definitely realize it will be MUCH easier when all the babies are older :)

Forewarning: major photo dump ahead!

Mike had to work on Friday morning, so we decided we would eat lunch at home and then head out during nap time. 

On our way to see Grandma and Grandpa!

Recreating Maddie's "driving" photos from last summer haha




We fully expected Eli and Maddie to fall asleep on the car ride. Yeah...that definitely did not happen haha. So it was a bit of a rough ride, but they really did fairly well, considering. We made it in to San Antonio for a little later dinner than usual, and we were all ready to grab a good night's sleep before all the fun weekend activities began.

We had just seen my parents and brother, so Eli and Maddie had a treat to have so much family time back to back! And they were basically in heaven :)  With all the snuggles and play time, my kiddos had a BLAST all weekend. 

This girlie has developed quite the attachment to Grandma...

...seriously. She didn't leave my mom's side the WHOLE weekend haha.

Tiny soccer fan :)

Reunited and it feels so good!

Watching the rain come in with Grandpa


Uncle Michael is pretty much the coolest


On Saturday, we went to visit my grandparents {Eli and Maddie's great grandparents}. I'm sad I didn't get any photos this time; Eli and Maddie were being a little shy...though they did warm up enough to offer high fives to my patient grandparents. We then headed to a fun new Mexican restaurant, where my kiddos proceeded to eat their weight in fajitas!





Serious about her menu choices...

Maddie continued her nap strike for the second day in a row, but then quickly forgot all her nap time stress/worries when Grandma took her and Eli outside to play in the rain! They just had so much fun running around in the rain, splashing in the water. They were SO upset when they had to come inside haha.










Sunday was another full day of fun! From bowling and bbq to bubbles and being sprayed by the garden hose, it was just a jam-packed day of grandparents and uncles spoiling our babies in the best kind of way :)

















We filled the weekend with so many fun memories, and we are so thankful for the sweet family time. It's crazy to think that our next trip to San Antonio will be with all 3 babies! :)