Monday, July 24, 2017

I'm certainly really timely on these blog posts, aren't I? Almost four months later, I guess it's time to share the details of my brother's wedding weekend!

Before Jeff proposed to Katie, I made it clear that if he did anything to screw it up I would choose Katie over him! She has turned out to be one of my favorite people, ever - and what a joy it was to be able to watch the two of them get married on April 8!

After a loooong delay, we were finally headed to Fort Worth! Shout out to Adam for being the baby whisperer and getting Aiden to sleep on the plane.

Lunch with the bride in the Stockyards!

Rehearsing how to be sisters at the Lonesome Dove!

The most stunning bride.

Because what is more exciting than a water fountain to a toddler? (Unlike some of the wedding guests, Aiden stayed OUTSIDE of the fountain. Yikes.)

My handsome date!

The wedding was on the rooftop of The Worthington in Fort Worth and it was absolutely stunning! The weather could not have been more perfect.

They're married!

Katie's dad surprised her with a longhorn at the reception! Adam and I happened to be coming back to the reception after leaving Aiden with the babysitter and got caught behind this bad boy in the hallway. We were so confused - and it was MASSIVE! Katie's reaction was amazing when she saw it!

Love these two so much!

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My little musician babe.

And home we go! 

This time they both conked out... what a weekend!

I really didn't take too many pictures that weekend. I was too busy living it, I suppose! It was a beautiful wedding between two of my favorite people, and we're so glad we got to be a part of it! Cheers to Jeff and Katie!

Baby #2 Updates

Monday, June 19, 2017

In typical second child fashion, I haven't been keeping track of hardly anything! Sorry, baby!

15 Weeks and Feeling Great! (March 28)
I would say my nausea completely stopped last week, but I had continually been feeling better since about week 11 or 12. Much better than with Aiden! I still have random rough moments (and still get carsick), but overall I'm feeling awesome! So awesome that I often forget I'm pregnant. I almost poured myself a glass of wine at my mom's house the other day!

By the way, they're right - that second one pops a lot faster! My pants haven't fit for a few weeks now.

Maggie got me this amazing pregnancy journal/devotional, Waiting in Wonder. It's a great way to get my morning's started - I really love it!

I'm starting to feel the little one flutter every now and then, which is exciting!

18 Weeks - The News is Out! (April 18)
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges was the Honorary Chair at this year's Taste of the Nation, so I took it upon myself to thoroughly creep him out so he could be part of our official announcement. Seriously, how cool is this?!

19 Weeks - Cruisin' (April 25)
Headed out on our long-awaited week long family cruise on April 22. I hung out on the boat the whole time (thanks a lot, Zika), but it was a great trip!!

Baby is really moving and grooving in there - I've felt the little pipsqueak a few times from outside my belly, and Adam thinks he has, too! Makes it seem so much more real.

20 Weeks - Don't Assume My Gender! (May 2)
Holy cow, halfway already! We went in for our anatomy scan on Thursday, May 4 and successfully didn't find out if our little babe is a boy or girl! It was a fun experience! The ultrasound tech told us to look away when she "went between the legs" and after I asked if she knew what we were having and she said, "I do!" Kind of weird that someone knows and not us. And most importantly, baby looks great and is measuring right on time! (Actually, his/her head is measuring like 2 days behind the rest of its body, so maybe that means this ones noggin won't be in the 98th percentile and easier to push out - cough AIDEN cough. The midwife thought that was a funny way to look at it.)

Sucking his/her little hand!

21 Weeks - Moving and Grooving (May 9)
Adam for real felt the little one move the night before Mother's Day (May 13)! Even though my placenta is in front again, I definitely started feeling this little one sooner and much more frequently. Celebrated my last (and second) Mother's Day with only one babe earth side!

24 Weeks - Feeling Huge (May 30)
How in the world am I supposed to fit 16 more weeks in this belly? Already feeling huge, but making it a priority to walk 20-30 minutes a day (read: making it a priority does not equal success). I also started doing these 10 minute prenatal yoga videos very night and I LOVE it. I feel very relaxed afterwards.

Fedora the Explorer

Monday, May 8, 2017

To celebrate my parents' 30th wedding anniversary and my mom's 60th birthday, my mom and dad took the whole family on a cruise! We headed out on the Norwegian Escape on Saturday, April 22 for a week! It was such a blast to have the whole family together for an entire week, even if it did sometimes feel like we were on two separate trips (read: vacation with a toddler is not a vacation).

Arrived in Miami and dad was ready to party! (Check out his fedora!)

Headed to the ship Saturday morning - the gang's all here!

Off we go!

Aiden is hilarious. She loved the kids water park, and when she saw a little boy stand underneath the big bucket that drops water she immediately ran over and sat down patiently waiting for her turn. (However, I snapped this cute pic and ran over to snatch her up. I don't think she would have actually enjoyed being swept away in that water.)

Best part of mom drinking mocktails? AG got them, too!

Name a better feeling than a baby sleeping on your chest. I'll wait.

We loved having a balcony!

Mini golf! (Cruises certainly aren't like the Titanic anymore.)

How many people does it take to reserve show tickets?

Buffet! (Our second home. Sigh.)

Pulling into St. Thomas!

Someone got used to naps in mommy and daddy's bed!

I stayed on the ship at all three ports (thanks, Zika), and Aiden and Adam hung back with me in St. Thomas. I'm telling you, that's the secret! The boat was EMPTY. It was amazing. Aiden was brave enough to go down the water slide with daddy (and mommy!).

Best attempt at a photo with our towel animal (what animal is that?).

Good morning, Tortola! Adam and Aiden headed to a beach with Jeff, Katie and Mitch while I hung back nursing a cold (boo).

Breakfast in our jammies!

The joys of a private balcony. :)

Family dance party! I got some cute videos, too.

"Hi, Bahamas!"

Cookies by the pool! Is there anything better? (Actually, yes. Endless soft serve by the pool.)

And the last fedora picture of the trip. What a great time we had! Thanks, mom and dad!!

And because what is a cruise without professional cruise photography? I give you gold...