my weekend in photos

Slightly nervous about my first green drink ever, but it's delicious!

i love the bolthouse drinks, but the green made me very nervous.
surprisingly, it was delicious! you just can’t think about it being green.

A glimpse into the future, with a slightly smaller belly on my part, I hope. We loved snuggling with baby Wyatt! @lindseyh876 @herold34

we headed over to see baby wyatt after work on friday.
kenley was obsessed. she was gentle and gave him lots of kisses.
he cried, then slept, and she wanted him to get down (to play).
we’re pretty excited to see her in action as a big sister here soon.

the girl loves singing!

Cannot even handle the cuteness. #gorays ⚾️ #goredskins #gocolts

ready to take on sunday! a trip to publix and some football watching.
we were rooting for the rays, redskins, and colts today. all were successful!


greg claims that he *always* gets the smaller side of our shared sandwich.
this time it was true. i guess the girl thought i needed the bigger portion since i’m eating for two.


putting all of her animals and babies to sleep.
face down.


we had a good weekend, but it went by very fast.
i guess that’s what happens when you take an hour+ nap each day.

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

Having so much fun chasing each other! cc: @jessicaemeyer

saturday morning we headed to barnes & noble to meet a friend
and listen to mr. richard sing. it was big fun and
kenley and ben enjoyed chasing each other up and down the aisles.


needless to say, she was tired after our excursion
but that didn’t stop her from holding on tightly to her balloon.

Happy first day of fall!  Oh wait... Just kidding. ☀️⛅️ So. over. it.

happy first day of fall!
unfortunately, we didn’t get to enjoy it much in our parts.
i am over summer and the heat… i am baking…
and this bun in the oven is hot too.
please send cooler temps!


finally! our target has the new, fancy plastic carts!
best. day. ever.
except, the child seat leans back pretty far
and it would be awesome if there were cup holders,
but beggars can’t be choosers right?


i’m in the process of hacking the latt table from ikea,
but the girls gave it a test run tonight at dinner.
huge success in my book!
i’m excited to show you the final product when it’s done.


we had a good, relaxing weekend and got to visit with some friends.
how was your weekend?

23 Months!

I cannot believe we are just one month shy of two years old!

Kenley is in a phase where the answer to everything is “yeah”.
Let me tell you, it’s hilarious and way better than the “no” phase.
For example, here is a conversation with daddy:
Daddy: Did you have fun at school today?
Kenley: Yeah
D: Did you color?
K: Yeah
D: Did you play outside?

K: Yeah
D: Did you eat elephants?
K: Yeah

Here are some new, frequent phrases:
I no like it
I no think about it (I realize now that I often say “don’t even think about it”)
[Sees a picture] Bath tub…no splashing

We are starting to hear some of what is going on at school, too:
No hitting, no pushing
Be nice [insert name here]

Over the past month it seems like Kenley has been singing more and more.
She will also sing more of one particular song. She loves ‘head shoulders knees and toes’,
and we listen to that at least three times on the way to school, complete with the hand/arm/leg motions.
She also loves singing soft kitty, which her uncle Michael taught her on vacation.
I had never heard the song because it is from the Big Bang Theory, but apparently it’s in several episodes.
Here is a clip if you haven’t heard it.

Another famous one this month is Jack & Jill.
She even sings it in silly ways…obviously.

Along with the fun stuff this month, there have been some struggles.
It is obvious that we are nearing the age of two years old,
and the temper tantrums that come with age.
With all the big events happening over the next few months,
I am quite sure these will continue, but we’ll all learn as we go.

She can also be quite demanding. If I had a nickel for every time we said
“what do you say?”, we would be rich. It’s either for please, thank you,
sorry, or excuse me. I literally feel like that’s all I say all day long.
Then, out of no where, Greg or I will do the smallest thing, and she’ll say
“thank you mommy” or “thank you daddy” in the sweetest voice ever…and all is right in the world.

I mentioned that we started swimming lessons recently.
She is doing such a good job and I think she is really enjoying it (most days).
Yesterday was more of a fun day since daddy got in the pool with her
so we can learn to how help her outside of lessons.
When she normally says “Kenley all done”, yesterday she didn’t want to get out!

She also tells her teacher “Kenley swim to the diamonds” and
she does just that, putting her hands on each one every time.

We are soaking up the final month as our little family of three,
and looking forward to a second birthday, an actual birth day, and Kenley becoming a big sister!
It’s going to be a fun month.

34 Weeks [Round Two]

I am still standing by the fact that this third trimester is moving by pretty slowly,
but I’m also trying to enjoy it as much as possible as this will probably be
the last time I will feel a wiggly baby inside of me. However, it’s not easy some days.

At 34 weeks, I feel very much like I did around 37 or 38 weeks last time.
I have had that all too familiar “the baby is going to fall out” feeling,
and I still have six weeks to go! Braxton Hicks contractions continue,
literally, right now as I type this. They have again woken me up a few times,
but it’s nothing more at this point (thank goodness).
My feet are hurting more and more.
I am not swelling (yet) like I did last time, but my feet just ache at the end of the day.
I am starting to have lower back and tailbone pain,
so I’ve broken out my exercise ball to sit and bounce on. It helps while I’m sitting there,
but then it’s right back at it again. I will really start to use it as we get closer to delivery.
My rings still fit, depending on the day, but more often I can wear them all day,
which, to me, means I’m not that swollen. Woo hoo.


Now on to the fun stuff… yoga is awesome. I really enjoy it, and I feel really good the next day.
If I could go twice a week, I totally would, but the class is only offered on Monday evenings.
It’s really a great way to begin the week.

We have registered at the hospital, so they are expecting us whenever the time comes.
At my appointment last week I asked when we should think about that
and the nurse said that most do it around 28 weeks and after, so I figured it was time.

I have washed all of our new baby clothes
and the ones I’ve pulled out from Kenley’s stash that I know we will probably use.
It’s not much right now, but it’s plenty to get us through
and I have vowed to myself (and my husband) that I won’t buy any more baby clothes.
I, however, have no idea what he or she will be wearing home from the hospital,
so I may need to buy just one or two more things.

We have also washed and assembled some baby gear and we may install the car seat soon.
I know it seems crazy early for that, but I would rather it sit in the car than on the floor.

I have laid out a total of two items that will be going to the hospital with us… I consider this a good start.

The room is coming along beautifully. We got so much done this weekend,
and we may even be at a stopping point until the baby comes.
I am excited to share with you where we are and what I’m thinking in terms of gender specific color.


Baby G2 is still very active and the poor things has the hiccups at least once a day, sometimes more.
My doctor thinks (s)he is head down, but he’ll continue to monitor the position at each appointment.
I still don’t know how it’s possible because baby seems to be all over the place, but I’ll take his word.
I don’t have much of an update from my 33 week appointment.
We were chatting away while he measured my belly so I have no idea if I’m ahead or not,
all he said was “good” and we moved right along. He was also very vague about baby’s heart rate,
which gives me nothing to go on. He said it was between 130-140 bpm, good.
I guess no news is good news, so I’ll take it!

my weekend in photos


not sure if stripes & polka dots are allowed, but i went with it.


we did some major work on the nursery this weekend,
i’m so excited to give you a tour very soon!

I foresee a lot of this happening in the next several weeks.

i have a feeling this is going to be happening a lot over the next several weeks.


we had a great time at our friends’ house on saturday,
the girls enjoyed popsicles on the swing set!


and did a lot of rearranging of the patio furniture.

Are you ready for some football? And popcorn in Kenley's case. #colts #redskins #nfl

it was not a good day for our colts or redskins,
but kenley got to enjoy some popcorn with her daddy,
a new sunday tradition.


i was able to get away for some much needed errands today.
which included tackling ikea by myself. i’m exhausted just thinking about it.


it’s never too early for halloween pajamas, right?


we were very productive this weekend, but thankfully, we didn’t overdo it.
how was your weekend?

orange ice

We’re not talking about italian ice today, but the color of our guest bathroom downstairs.
We call this the “pool bath” since there is an exterior door that goes right out to the back patio.
Unfortunately, there is no pool out there on the patio, but that’s what it’s called nonetheless.
I think baby G2 will claim this as his or her bathroom since it’s right by the second nursery,
and since Kenley has her own bathroom in her room. However, it’s the only bathroom downstairs that
is available for guests to use… got it? Good.


Much like the rest of the house, the bathroom was pretty boring when we moved in.
White and basic with the standard builder grade mirror, light fixture, and towel racks.

Several weeks ago, Greg found a light fixture on Craigslist for $35!
Since he was in the process of changing out the light, we thought it only made sense
to paint the bathroom since the light was already off the wall.
And you know we couldn’t stop there…
Over the course of the entire weekend, Greg painted the bathroom,
put up bead board (one piece we already had leftover),
installed crown molding (again, we already had a piece leftover),
and framed out the mirror.



Greg confidently said that this would be the last crown molding project he’ll complete.
For some reason, it was much worse than the family room project.
But, it looks great!


I contributed by adding the last few accessories we needed to match the bathroom set
we got for Christmas last year. I believe it’s being (or has already been) discontinued,
but it’s the Kate Spade Candy Shop line from Bed, Bath and Beyond.




I’m pretty sure this shower has only been used twice since we’ve moved in,
but I foresee us using it soon for some baby baths.
This is also where we have our cloth diaper sprayer, so the bathroom itself
gets used every day, even if it’s not by guests.

Overall, I am so happy with how it turned out. The color is definitely bright,
but I like to think ahead several years down the road when little feet are
trampling back and forth from the pool to the bathroom that it’ll be the perfect color.

Have you done any bathroom updates lately?

my weekend in photos

Touchdown! Ready for the game!! #Hoosiers #iufb

if only the hoosiers could have stopped a few of them from happening on saturday.


greg and i were excited to get out of the house on saturday night
since maggi & greg were in town. they were a little bit delayed because of the weather,
so we stopped to get some treats to enjoy while we waited in the cell lot.
we both commented on how great it was to just sit and talk, even if we were just sitting in the car.


so excited to see this face!
we enjoyed dinner, drinks, football, and frozen yogurt down on idrive.


during nap times, greg worked on our master bathroom.
we’re trying to cross as many house projects off the list as possible in the next 7 weeks.


kenley had her first swim lesson this morning!


daddy told her early in the day that we were going to eat popcorn & watch football.
she talked about it all day. she loves her popcorn.


i did a load of tiny baby clothes. oh so tiny.

I literally bought every pumpkin flavored item in Target today.... I'm really trying to make it feel like fall!

even though it felt like 110* yesterday, i bought everything pumpkin flavored at target today.
i’m really trying to make it feel like fall here people.


i’m feeling very pregnant today.
the wedding rings are off and i took a nap with my feet propped up since they were already swelling by noon.
and that is a look of pure exhaustion.
just trying to keep it real here.
oh, and this is a sneak peek of our guest bathroom downstairs,
i’ll hopefully be sharing it soon.


how was your weekend??

32 Weeks [Round Two]

I feel like we’ve reached another slow part of this pregnancy.
While I can’t believe we are at 32 weeks, I am physically feeling like we are much later.
Surprisingly, I don’t feel as big as I did last time around. It is mostly the late pregnancy symptoms that
I’m sure will not let up any time soon. I already have a decrease in appetite,
which is somewhat depressing since mama loves to eat.
I eat Tums daily, sometimes more than once.
I feel like this baby could be here in the next four to six weeks, not eight.

At my 31 week appointment last week, I was measuring at 32 weeks,
so we’re back ahead one week. Next week I’m sure will be something different.
Baby G2’s heartbeat was low at 125bpm. I’m very anxious to see if it will
still vary from appointment to appointment, or if it will stay low.
Then, will the heartbeat be a real indicator of if it’s a boy or girl?!
I’m starting to get anxious to know who this squirmy baby is!

With Kenley, I felt Braxton Hicks contractions starting around 20 weeks,
I wasn’t sure what they were at first, but I felt them the entire second half of my pregnancy.
I expected to feel them this time too, but wow, are they different.
They are MUCH more frequent and sometimes painful.
The day before my baby shower, I was actually getting nervous and
started to time them. They weren’t as frequent as I thought, but they were
very unpleasant. So much so that I was relieved to walk in and see my mom
at my house. I told her that I felt like I was going to go into labor that weekend.
I obviously did not, and my doc says he’s not surprised that they are painful.
It’s a common misconception that BH contractions are painless, and again,
it’s common to have symptoms earlier & stronger the second time around.
The real concern is if I start having contractions that are consistent,
and we have a while before those start, I’m sure.

I’m still wearing my wedding rings, which shows that I am not as swollen
this time around. I couldn’t keep them on past 30 weeks last time,
but I’m not sure how much longer I will be able to wear them.


I feel like I am carrying much lower this time.
I don’t think it’s possible that I’ve already “dropped”, I just think
this is where the baby is hanging out… and that I probably don’t have any ab muscles
left to keep baby up any further. Awesome, right?
I had to buy a couple layering tanks (I love these from Old Navy) that are long
because some of my shirts are actually already too short.
I may be graduating to dresses in the next couple of weeks.

In the next few weeks, I hope to have gotten the nursery in some sort of order,
and maybe even share a few pictures!
As well as get started on packing our hospital bag… per Greg’s request.
Somehow, i have completely forgotten everything about labor & delivery,
so if you have suggestions for what to pack in our bag, let me know!

labor day weekend in indiana

We headed up to Indiana for a four day weekend for our last trip as a family of three,
and our last flight where Kenley would fly free (depressing right?).
We were so excited to get on our first flight and have an empty seat next to us.

We've never been so excited to have an empty seat next to us. ✈

We got into Indianapolis early afternoon on Friday and I had a minor freak out when all
the luggage was off the carousel and our car seat had not come down yet.
Luckily, it made it and my dad was there to pick up Kenley.
She headed north and Greg and I picked up our car to head south for a little reunion in Bloomington.
After driving through campus and feeling insanely old,
our first stop was Scotty’s Brewhouse where we devoured a pile of nachos and Greg had a beer.


We were hoping for slightly cooler weather in Indiana, but it turned out to be just like Florida.
Hot and humid. Regardless, we headed to Kirkwood for a stroll and to hit up some shops.
We ended up at the Sample Gates. Heaven, I tell you.
It would have been slightly more perfect if those leaves were turning just a little.
I think we were a few weeks early for that though.

Oh, how sweet it is. #nofilter #samplegates #iu @iubloomington

After checking into our hotel downtown and taking a quick nap,
we headed over to our friends’ house to begin the festivities.
We spent the night catching up, eating a Big Ten, and playing games.
Of course, I had to stop on the way to get a Polar Pop.

Yes!! Not pictured: Pizza Express #bloomington #friends

The next morning we hit up another local favorite then headed out to Lake Monroe
to take out a boat and celebrate Meghann’s birthday!
It turned out being a gorgeous day on the boat which did not disappoint.
I was the sober driver, yet again. I vow that the next time I’m in Bloomington, I will not be pregnant!


Beautiful day on Lake Monroe! ⚓☀#bloomington


This is the life. Happy birthday Meghann!!  #latergram #bloomington #friends



After basking in the sun, we all got cleaned up for dinner.
We tried to go to Upland Brewery since we haven’t been there (shame, I know), but the wait was too long.
It actually turned out for the better since it seemed more appropriate to go to Nick’s.



We had a great two days in Bloomington with friends, reminiscing and reliving our glory days.
Greg and I took advantage of the opportunity to sleep in, then hit the road to head up north.
Kenley was having a great time at Meemaw & Grandpa’s house, so we needed to join in on that action too.


Sunday was a whirlwind of family & friends coming to visit. We had a great time catching up with everyone.






We ended the night around the homemade fire pit that Michael cooked up the day before.
It was a great way to end the summer season.

Saying goodbye to summer with a homemade fire pit.  #labordayweekend #family #xtown


After a rocky night of sleep on all our parts (Kenley, Greg, myself, and the baby),
we barely survived the seven hours of travel we had today, door to door, but we ended up getting in a little nap.
I’m not sure how summer is over and how it’s September, but I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate
Labor Day weekend, than with some of my closest sorority sisters, family, and friends.
Thanks to everyone in Indiana for such a great weekend!