Archive | March, 2016

Friday I’m in Love

25 Mar

This is coming out a little late today but better late than never!

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I was super lucky this week to spend some time with my cousin (in-law) Stacy.  Tuesday we went to lunch and walked downtown Winter Garden and Wednesday we took our dogs on an awesome walk on the West Orange Trail.  Since my weekend in Georgia I have been itching to spend more time outside and I am so glad to have the trail close by.  We had a great time together and our dogs were sufficiently worn out.

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It’s a family tradition for the Eden house to dye eggs every year for Easter.  Its been a few years since Britton and I have done it but I wanted to get back on track in preparation of our growing family.  We had so much fun and our eggs look pretty good too!

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I got lucky today and spent the morning with Stacy again as we journeyed our to Wekiwa Springs to do a little kayaking.  The weather right now is crap but at 11 am when we got out there it was beautiful and peaceful.  We spent 2 hours on the water and saw much of the local wildlife on the journey.  We had so much fun and I’m already looking forward to our next kayak trip.  Hopefully soon!

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Last week we started watching The Real O’Neals on Hulu and OMG we are obsessed.  I think its our new favorite sitcom.  Picture a perfect Irish Catholic family whose shit hits the fan.  It’s hilarious and we love the main character, Kenny.  It’s not for everyone, but we LOVE it!

Have a great weekend!

Friday I’m in Love

18 Mar

Yeay it’s Friday! And my Britton is back in town after a week of travel.

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I am so in love with the waterfalls of the north Georgia mountains.  Last weekend on my Sisser weekend road trip we had the opportunity to hike to 3 different waterfalls.  They’re everywhere in those mountains and I wish we could have seen more.  BUT what we did see was pretty amazing.  If we had those beautiful hikes down here in Florida that’s where I would be every day. Hiking.

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I have done a smidgen of maternity shopping (the rest I got from my good friend Kendra) and I love the dress selection on Zulily.  I have gotten a handful of Pink Blush dresses which are usually pretty spendy.  The selection on Zulily is always changing and its great to have a sale site with maternity specific (and baby) clothes!

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I had the great pleasure this week of voting in the primary elections in Florida. Its a privilege to live in a place where women have the right to vote and despite my lack of enthusiasm for really any one candidate I was glad to have the opportunity to vote. It will be an interesting year for sure and this is an important election year.  Come November, I hope to see record numbers at the polls (hopefully voting for my candidate ;))

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I’ve been having a throwback week listening to a lot of Imagine Dragons second album. It’s really the best to listen to on longer trips in the car where I can really get into belting out the music!  Favorite song right now is The Fall.  There’s no music video to share but you can listen to it anywhere. It’s awesome.

Have a great weekend friends!

 

 

 

North Georgia Road Trip

16 Mar

This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with my little sister on a quick road trip through the north Georgia mountains.  She lives in NYC so she flew into Atlanta and I drove up from Orlando.  For starters, I hate the Atlanta airport.  Have you ever heard of a busy airport like Atlanta, having pick up AND drop off of passengers in the SAME LANES?! It was a disaster getting to her but once I did, we were on our way.

We made our way towards Athens for our first night, sort of a halfway point between Atlanta and Helen which is where we hoped to get some hikes and German fare.  After getting stuck in some nasty traffic we finally made it to the hotel at about midnight and we were both lights out pretty soon after.

Day 1 in Athens I had to take a work call first thing in the morning and while I did that, my sis, did her daily workout.  Afterwards, my friend Lisa, who works for UGA, picked us up and took us to an amazing restaurant!  Mama’s Boy had great food and a fun atmosphere. It was the perfect way to kick off our sisser weekend!  After our bellies were full, Lisa took us on a driving tour of the campus which we always enjoy.

I was excited to see Lisa as it had been close to two years since we had last seen each others faces.  But we were also excited to be on our way to Helen for a day of German fun and hiking.  We drove on through Helen and took our first hiking stop at Raven Cliffs Falls. It was about 2.5 miles to the main event but the hike was beautiful as it followed along Dodd Creek making the music of the moving water a beautiful song for the long haul.  Being pregnant and taking such a long hike has its downside and there were a few times I wanted to give up and turn around but the falls at the end were worth the hard work and I’m glad we made our way there.

After the falls we headed to our hotel in Helen and we got ready for dinner.  We enjoyed walking around the adorable town as we made our way to dinner.  We found an authentic German hot spot, called Bodensee, and the food was AMAZING!  We had a mushroom appetizer and each had a version of pork schnitzel, ending the meal with an apple strudel.

While Helen is an adorable town, I was disappointed to see how touristy it was.  Where they could really highlight the culture of Germany in each of its adorable store fronts, they really cater more to the kitschy crap that I can find in gas stations and tourist beach shops around the United States.

Day 2 we tried to find a few more hiking spots before heading on to Chattanooga, our next destination.  The first hike we tried to find was called High Shoals Falls trail.  We used google maps to try and find the trailhead and lets just say it took us on a journey.  First we ended up in some strange little neighborhood with no real way out and no way to get to the hike.  Then we found a different route that took us to the hiawasee river.  Apparently it is not uncommon for cars to have to cross said river to get to this hike.  My little Honda Accord was not up for the challenge so we had to give up and turn around!

After our failed attempt we DID find our second hike at Anna Ruby Falls.  This was part of a large state park and the path was completely paved up to the falls.  The downside to this one was that it was an extremely steep hike there making this pregnant lady wish for a back to hop on!  The falls were pretty but we definitely enjoyed our hike from the previous day much more.

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We found another German hot spot for lunch before driving out to Tennessee.  We event got a German donut on the house and left with a pretzel to snack on in the car!

Along the route to Chattanooga we had mapped a few additional hikes to check out.  The first being Helton Creek Falls.  After following google maps along a very rough and tough dirt road, low and behold, we came across another river to cross.  The jeep that was ahead of us would have no trouble crossing the creek bed but again, my poor Honda was not up to the task.  We realized at that point we should have done a little more research when choosing these trails to find as this was apparently a thing.  And maybe I should have brought Britton’s Jeep on the trip despite being more comfortable on the road in my Honda!

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We went through Cherokee National Forest on our way to Chattanooga and were lucky to find one more hike for us to complete.  I had to drive up a mountain side which is at times frightening as I am quite afraid of heights but I am glad we made it to the top so we could enjoy another beautiful hike.  We made our way to Benton Falls trailhead and we were both excited to be out of the car and stretching our legs.  The hike itself was an easy one and not very beautiful compared to Raven Cliff.  But once we made it to the falls, I didn’t care much about the hike.  It was beautiful.  By far, the most beautiful waterfall we had seen.  It was absolutely breathtaking and I am so glad we found another hike we could manage to get to!

That evening we found a hole in the wall BBQ place to grab food to bring back to the hotel. We also found a biscuit place where we picked up some additional sides for our dinner.  We were both pooped and decided on an evening in, pampering ourselves and watching movies.  It was the perfect last evening together.

Day 3 we woke up as early as we could following the time change and got our butts out and on to Ruby Falls for our last activity of the weekend.  I have been there before but I always enjoy the cave tour and underground waterfall so I was excited to go back.  We enjoyed the cool weather underground and enjoyed the stories from our tour guide.

We hoped back in the car to make our way back to Atlanta.  We made a pit stop at some outlets for my sis as that type of shopping experience is hard to come by in the big city.

As we pulled back into the airport chaos I was sad to see the weekend come to a close.  This would be the last Sisser weekend before I become a mom.  Trips like this have become a ritual for us as we try to get together at least twice a year.  It started in Boston for my “bachelorette” weekend.  I’ve been to see her about once a year in New York.  And last year we did a trip in Connecticut.  I know that we will still plan trips and have fun sisser time but come July, I will also always be a mom.  I’m so glad to have my supportive sisser around when I need her and I hope as my life changes, our relationship continues to grow.  ❤ you sisser!

 

Friday I’m in Love

11 Mar

Hi friends!  So excited for this weekend!  I’m already in Georgia with my baby sis for a weekend getaway 🙂

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I am so in love with the paint color in the nursery. OMG he is a lucky baby 🙂  More information to come on the redo of that bedroom but right now I am crushing hard on mint condition.

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Last Sunday Target released a new line of baby clothes called Oh Joy!  I went to the stores to find it in person only to find out they’re only selling it online.  I will admit, I went a little crazy because the stuff was adorable!  I think I bought one of everything!  I think my package is arriving today but at least I can share their info with everyone else with kiddos. It’s pretty amazing.

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Have you heard about Magic in North America?  I am pretty darn in love with Harry Potter, JK Rowling, and the Pottermore franchise.  This news was exciting to me.  Can’t wait to read more!

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Last but not least I am so in love with my new orange tree.  I grew up with orange trees in my back yard and I love that I can have one in the backyard for my kids.  Britton and I even had some muddy fun planting this baby!

Can’t wait to share more about my trip this weekend and the nursery so stay tuned for some more good stuff!

Friday I’m in Love

4 Mar

Now that the news of our baby boy is out its so much easier to get back to my posts!

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The number 1 thing I have been thankful for the last few months has been my amazingly easy pregnancy. I’m sure this will be a slap in the face to all of my friends that had it much harder but I thank God every day for my health and the health of our baby boy.  Despite some initial nausea and other first trimester symptoms, this pregnancy has been easy.  I am hopeful that continues as this boy continues to grow.

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Gap Maternity has been a blessing.  I have been in maternity clothes since the start of my second trimester. Not all the time and I can still fit in tops that aren’t maternity, but Gap sales, coupled with gap cash and an awesome gift from my in-laws has allowed me to get quite a few pieces to help me through this transition.  They have GREAT stuff that fits GREAT and is at a GREAT price.  Thank you Gap Maternity.

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Every mother out there that has helped me through this transition has been a blessing.  I am so thankful for each of you.  When I have a crazy question about my changing body, you are all there for me.  When I want to cry because I can no longer fit into my favorite shorts, you are there.  When I look in the mirror and see a stranger, you are there.  You are lifting me up every step of the way and I am so in love with you all!

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This is unrelated to pregnancy but this song is in my head day and night.  Weird music video but great song.  It’s catchy.

 

 

Coming July 2016

1 Mar

This has been a hard secret to keep from all of my social media and blogging friends but its finally time to make the big announcement!  Britton and I are so happy to announce that our family of two will become a family of three this coming July!

We’ve been saying for about 2 years we wanted to grow our family but it wasn’t until late summer, early fall I was ready to take the plunge.  The story of finding out is kind of a funny one as I just had a hunch about it and took a pregnancy test while Britton was away in the Dominican Republic for business.  The night I took my first test he did not even call as he was out late with business partners.  I was shocked and, quite frankly, questioning our readiness, the moment I saw the word “pregnant” on the test so I called a friend for a second test and then my sister to ball my eyes out as I knew from that moment on life would change forever.

The next day I was meeting Britton in Tallahassee for the FSU homecoming game so I planned a little surprise to tell him the big news.  When he got into Tally late that night I handed him a card and as he read the words he was just as shocked as I was at the news that we were pregnant.

We told my parents at Thanksgiving time, my dad with a sweet “Best Grandpa Ever” mug and for mom we added a high chair to the Thanksgiving dinner table while we all bowed our heads for prayer.  Both were ecstatic as I am the first to be a parent in my family and they’re both ready to be grandparents. Unfortunately, I wasn’t thinking ahead and didn’t get a video or even pictures of the moment.

Fast forward to our 8th week of pregnancy when we first got a chance to see our little chocolate chip and hear the heartbeat.  I  honestly still didn’t believe it was real despite the overwhelming nausea and consistent food aversion I had been experiencing.

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We really wanted to tell Britton’s parents until we saw them face to face which meant we had to wait until after Christmas when we were up celebrating the holidays with the whole Wall clan.  We DID think ahead and got video of their reveal and surprise surprise, Janet, was a little confused as so many other grand kids are on the way that she thought the “best grandma and grandpa” onsies must have been for one of the other new coming babies.

As I moved along through the first trimester my worst symptoms were nausea, food aversion and overwhelming exhaustion which lead to frequent naps and a necessary 9 hours of sleep a night.  When I came to the second trimester I hoped to start feeling like me old self again.  I did lose the nausea and for the most part I wasn’t having the same amount of food aversion (although sometimes it sneaks up on me) but I still feel pretty tired all the time.

We decided to have the Harmony genetic test done to make sure Baby Wall was healthy in there as some genetic disorders run in my family.  A few weeks ago we got the results back from the test that the baby is perfectly healthy in there which was a huge relief for me.   The Harmony test also shows the genetically the gender of our baby so we went ahead and did a small reveal party so we along with our parents and friends could find out the gender all together.  A nurse gave the results to my friend T so she could make us a cake but no one else there knew the results.  It was pretty fun!

We are so excited and feel so blessed to begin this new chapter (long chapter) in our lives. Baby Boy Wall will be joining us around July 24th and we can’t wait to meet him!  Thanks Lizzie for our awesome photos!

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