Monday, September 26, 2016

Beaches, Babies, & Failed Lists

It might officially be Fall, but our family is holding on to the last bit of summer by migrating South for a much needed week at our favorite beach!

Hello, old friend!

Despite being at the beach this week, I am so ready for Summer to be over. Sorry, I really am. After all, Fall is the most wonderful time of the year!! I can't wait for cooler temperatures. I can't wait for pumpkin spice lattes, donuts everything. (Confession: I've already had a pumpkin spice donut and I have zero regrets). I can't wait to decorate our house with Fall decorations. I can't wait for cool Saturdays with the windows open, watching football while eating chili. I can't wait for boots and leggings! I can't wait to celebrate my first anniversary with my husband!

If you can't tell, Fall is my most favorite time of year. I am so excited about all of these things, but the thing I'm most excited about this year is the fact that I am officially out of my first trimester!!!!!


You read that right.....

That means exactly what you think it does......

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We're excited to FINALLY announce that we're expecting a baby in March!

"Oh, baby" is right!! 

This baby has already been such a light in our lives during some of the darkest days for my family. While we were trying to wait to tell our families until after our first doctor's appointment, we lost my precious Grandma on August 24th. And while the reality of her loss was devastating, the news of a new baby joining our family brought so much joy. I still get choked up when I think about the fact that he/she will never meet his/her Gigi, but we'll make sure they know just how special she was. We truly can't wait for this next adventure in our lives!

And that brings me to my failed lists...If you haven't noticed, that Summer 2016 Cooking Bucket List I was so excited about? Yeah, I failed that miserably. Or maybe I failed it because I was miserable. The truth is, I've cooked a total of maybe five meals all summer. I'm so lucky to have a husband who likes to cook, but honestly, most nights I've just skipped dinner altogether and he's been left fending for himself. Morning sickness has been 24/7 nausea for me and the worst has been at night, right at dinnertime. Hopefully with the changing seasons and the beginning of my second trimester, I'll finally be able to make it back into the kitchen because I obviously need to make all the pumpkin things!! I was able to cook several meals a few weekends ago to have on hand in the freezer and those have come in handy when I'm feeling especially rough/haven't made it to the grocery store in two weeks (yeah, that definitely happened), but it will be nice to get back into the kitchen daily.

But for now, I'm going to enjoy the beach with my family! I'll try to jump back on the meal planning train when we get back, that is, between planning for our newest family member!

Can you see why we love this place so much?


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