A weekend with friends + Peyton has a new bestie!

Two weekends ago we had friends visiting from IN.  It was a visit that I had been looking forward to because it would be our first time meeting little Aiden!  He’s 8 months old and pretty solid (I think he weighs as much if not more than Peyton who is 4 months older) but he has the absolute best smile, the quietest voice and the sweetest giggle.  And we were asked at least two different times if Peyton and Aiden were twins.  Adorable!

So on Friday we spent the day in Philly.  We did lunch at Campo’s for pretty amazing Philly cheesesteaks (and it’s just a few blocks from the Liberty Bell!) and took some pictures in front of Independence Hall.  We saw the Liberty Bell up close, walked by Independence Hall and found a shaded spot on the lawn next to the Liberty Bell.  Peyton and Aiden spent some time out of the strollers stretching their legs and hugging trees.




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First beach day

We had our first beach day over the weekend!  Beach hours might be a better description but we were there!  the sun was shining!  our toes were in the sand!  and it was Peyton’s first trip!

One of our favorite spots is Sandy Hook – it’s easy to get to from our house and I’m a huge fan of the paved  paths for walking and biking, the history (lighthouse + Fort Hancock), the view of NY, and the numerous beach access points.  AND that dogs are allowed on the bay side of the peninsula.

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Thoughts on Thursday – 4.07.2016


Sometime last week Forest told me I had already won our March Madness brackets – mathematically, anyway.  Now that the tournament is over, it’s official – I’m the winner!  I had Virginia vs OK in the championship game with Virginia winning and Forest had Michigan State vs Kansas with Kansas winning.  Forest’s bracket was toast after Michigan State lost to Middle Tennessee in the first round since he had Michigan State in the final dance!

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Weekend recap

We had another productive weekend.  We’ve been having these pretty regularly and I love it!

On Friday night we didn’t do much.  We ordered the stroller that we’ve been wanting and a glider for the nursery.  We had a 10% off + free shipping so we jumped at the chance.  We could never find the stroller we want in the color we like so we decided to stop running around and just order it online.  I’m so excited for it to get here.  And for the glider too!  It’s the last ‘big’ purchase for the nursery so once it’s in the room everything will feel like it’s coming together.  Forest assembled the diaper genie while I hung some picture frames in the nursery.  We finally opened up the diaper bags we got as gifts and I started to toss some things in them.  And we spent the rest of the evening lounging in the living room.

Saturday morning I took Forest on a breakfast date because I was really craving waffles from my favorite spot, The Turning Point.  We didn’t have plans for after lunch but Forest threw out the idea to stop by Lowe’s for flowers so we could plant some in our back yard.  After browsing all of our options we left Lowe’s with a couple varieties of colorful annuals, a perennial that will bloom every spring and throughout the summer, a dwarf spruce tree, and a lilac bush.  We also picked up soil to fill in our flowerbeds and mulch.  We spent the next several hours digging holes and planting flowers in the warm sunshine.  Forest made the comment that he really enjoyed doing this kind of yard work and I completely agreed.  We didn’t know what the heck we were doing but it was fun to do it together!  I’m pretty sure I napped on the couch for a little bit while Forest watched baseball and we ordered pizza for dinner.  Delicious!

I took Forest on a breakfast date so i could get waffles. :) #TurningPoint



Sunday morning I wasn’t feeling the best but after church and lunch, Forest ran to Home Depot to get a few landscaping pavers for the backyard while I read a book in the backyard and watched Indie run around.  Sunday was our nephew’s first birthday party which killed me that we were missing but we got to FaceTime for just a little bit so we could say hi!  After a trip to the grocery store and dinner, we took a short walk around the neighborhood.  It might have been short but I love our little family walks.  Forest took some time to turn the sprinklers on and figure out which ones we need to use.  [Our front yard is looking rough…]  And then we installed the car seat!  We obviously still have some time (I’m only 34 weeks) but we figured it’s better to have it ready to go than scrambling at the last minute to get it installed.

Forest had a softball game last night – the first one I’ve been able to go to – and we took Indie.  She did really well, I think.  I might have gotten tired and grumpy towards the end of the game and then I pouted because I didn’t really see that much of the game because Indie wanted to meet all.the.people. but it was fun!  And I’m looking forward to taking our baby girl during the summer.  I don’t think I’ll be able to handle the baby AND the dog at once but we’ll see!

I hope your weekend was beautiful!

Until next time — Cindy

a wonderful weekend

This weekend was the kind that I wish we could just stay in.  The kind that doesn’t end.  Forest, at one point, told me to just soak it all in and I did.  I enjoyed every second of our beautiful weekend.  So, for our future selves, I’m going to record it here.

Friday – Good Friday.  My manager said we could leave early if we wanted to so I happily skipped out at 3:45 instead of my usual 5:00.  I stopped by a few stores on my way home: I bought a skirt for Easter, a few short sleeve maternity shirts, and a super comfortable zip-up hoodie that I want to wear every single day, a picture frame for a print I bought at the Grand Ole Opry, and coral craft paint.

I got home at 5:00, we made pizza (Friday night, pizza night) and played in the backyard with Indie for a while.  We headed to the movies at 7:30 to see Furious 7.  I cried multiple times during the movie, I wasn’t ashamed.  And I’m pretty sure I would have cried just as much if I wasn’t pregnant and hormonal.

Saturday – we ‘slept in’ till our usual 7:00 am wake-up whine from Indie.  With cereal for breakfast and a movie on tv we lounged around for a little bit until Forest went outside to finish draining the pool, feed and water the yard, and put the final polyurethane coat on the kitchen shelves.  I painted the dresser drawer knobs coral at some point in the morning.  We had PB&J for lunch followed by an eye appointment for me and a trip to Target afterwards.  We were on the hunt for a rocker/glider in the nursery and didn’t find one at Target but we didn’t leave empty-handed.  We found an area rug and curtains for the nursery.  We debated the curtains for the longest time before going with our first pick.  Forest hung the curtains and un-rolled the rug that evening.  I’ll be posting about our progress soon.

We had brinner for dinner – biscuits and gravy with sausage.  YUM.  And enjoyed a nice, although really windy and chilly, walk around the neighborhood.  Forest made brownies for dessert and he watched tv while I dug into this book that I ordered to help me understand Lightroom.

Sunday – Easter Sunday.  Resurrection Day.  We went to the 8:30 am service at church, like we always do.  The ensemble they had singing sounded beautiful and the songs they chose were perfect.  I’m so thankful that He is risen!  I was sent a picture of our nephew, Chansler, in his Easter outfit.  (I wish I could squish those cheeks more often!)  We finished and hung our kitchen shelves (you’ll see a post later this week) and spent most of the afternoon outside.  It was still so windy but the sunshine was perfect.  We just sat in the swing while Indie sniffed around the backyard and played with her toys.  We FaceTimed with my parents for a little bit before we dyed a few Easter eggs and then spent some more time outside before we headed out for dinner.  Forest chose Texas Road House and it was so good, especially their red raspberry lemonade.  We had very meaningful conversations about raising our children and some light-hearted moments talking about bowling and co-workers.  It was perfect, the two of us.  We ended the evening FaceTiming with Forest’s parents, Forest attaching the drawer knobs on the dresser, and watching the season opener baseball game Cardinals @ Cubs.  I went to bed before the game was over (I always do…) but the Cardinals won!

It seems so mundane written out like this but it was one of those weekends that I don’t want to forget.  And maybe, when I’ve been up for too many hours with a sweet little baby in my arms, I can re-read this weekend and remember how beautiful it was and look forward to the countless other weekends that will become just as mundane and memorable.

Until next time — Cindy