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Friday I’m Missing Grandma

15 Jul

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Last weekend Britton and I went down to visit my aunt and uncle for a quick visit to say hi before the baby arrives. My grandma had made our baby a gift before she passed away 3 years ago.  I haven’t talked at all in my blog about my grandma but she meant a lot to me. She was a knitter. She knitted each of her grand kids baby blankets and knitted each of us a blanket when we got married. She was bale to give me mine at my wedding shower but died just days before we got married. Julia Jackson was an amazing woman. I still remember snack time as a kid, getting a small Tupperware with skittles between breakfast and lunch when we went to visit her. Every year for Christmas she made all her kids, grand kids and great grand kids cross stitched ornaments. All of mine go on a special tree every year during the holidays.

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So, back to the point at hand. I found out a few weeks ago that my grandma made something for our baby before she died. My aunt said that two months before she passed away she began making the afghan blanket for our first child. We were no where near even thinking about kids as a couple but grandma planned ahead. She wanted us to have, for our baby, what she gave my mom and all of her kids for their babies. This blanket means more to me than anything we’ve gotten for our baby boy. I hope he cherishes it as much as I do.

 

 

 

before we = 3

13 Jul

Last night Britton and I had possibly our last date night before we become a family of 3.  I had made reservations and cancelled them to various places at Disney Springs over the course of the last month and finally we made it a priority.  We wanted to check out Morimoto Asia so I made some reservations and we headed out there for an evening just the two of us.

As always we were stuck in traffic on Disney property but somehow still made it to dinner on time. Walking through the new marketplace was beautiful and we knew we would want to check it out after dinner.

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Morimoto Asia was absolutely stunning inside. We were at a table somewhat tucked away near the front of the restaurant but we had a great view of the whole place.  I was amazed at what Disney was doing out there to bring in some new restaurants and experiences for their ever committed fans. The food, the atmosphere, the company, it was a perfect dinner.

Afterwards we strolled through some of the shops in the marketplace but before we knew it, the clouds opened up and it started to storm. Before we had even pulled into the garage I made a mental note not to forget our umbrella but, guess what, baby brain kicked in and we left it in the backseat! So instead we rushed from store to store until we made it to a covered section where we slowly strolled through some great shops.  My favorite shop was called Sugarboo & Co. I wanted everything in that store! We will be back with a plan. So many things I wanted for our master bedroom but its too much of a disaster right now to think about decorating it.

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Once the rain cleared we made our way to Sprinkles cupcakes. I can’t ever go anywhere where cupcakes are nearby and NOT pick up a few! They even have a cupcake ATM at this location!

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We had a great evening and I hope we are able to dedicate some time every month to continue to stay connected once baby comes.

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guest room to nursery

11 Jul

As most everyone knows by now, we are getting closer and closer to bringing a baby into this crazy world! As soon as we moved into our house we knew exactly what room would be our nursery. It had two pink walls which we also always knew, would be changed to mint.

The exciting part was moving everything out of there and finding places for it all throughout our house.  Newer construction homes in Central Florida are extremely tight on storage space so that was quite a challenge.  We got rid of some stuff, sold some stuff and moved some stuff into the various storage spaces we have dedicated throughout the house and the garage.

Our first purchase for the nursery was actually our rocker. We had gotten some cash for Christmas that we wanted to put towards the baby’s room so we headed to Buy  Buy Baby to find the perfect one!  The same weekend we also found an awesome rug from Home Goods.  It was a productive weekend!

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Next step in this adventure was to paint.  While Britton was away on business one week I started the process and completed the first coat of paint on all the walls! Once he was home, he helped me finish the walls with a second coat.  It’s much more fun to paint with a partner!

In the midst of painting the space we also found out we were having a baby boy! Which helped us decide what would come next in the space to prepare for a baby boy! No more mint and coral and yellow for this room, it would now be mint, white and navy blue 🙂 Once the walls were painted it was time to figure out a dresser/changing table and get the rest of our furniture ordered.  I had already picked out a crib and had hoped to refinish an old dresser for his room.  The dresser, however, was not as easy to refinish as I had hoped so we scrapped the idea after finding the perfect piece from Adjectives Unhinged. A midcentury disaster was what it was when we found it but after they designer refinished it, it was PERFECT for our baby boy!

My in-laws purchased our crib for us so we put it together and we were well on our way to having everything we needed for baby boy!

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I also wanted a bookcase where all of our baby books could face out so I found a great one on the pottery barn kids website! I also needed artwork for our celestial themed nursery so I headed straight to etsy to find some unique pieces. We also got a great mobile from etsy that we couldn’t be happier with.  Britton even found a map of the northern sky on a deal website from Europe! Two weeks ago we put it all together and his room is PERFECT and ready for his arrival (just like I am!)

We had a lot of fun putting together his room and we really can’t wait for him to spend his first years in this room and this house. We hope he loves the space we’ve created for him!

Friday I’m in Love

10 Jun

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Friday night we went to Animal Kingdom to see some of the new night activity happening at the park.  My cousin is a drummer in the new Jungle Book Alive show and it was AWESOME!  He is an amazing performer and I had so much fun watching him on the stage. I’m hoping the show isn’t over when our tickets are active again in August so we can see the show again!

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Last Saturday we did a Childbirth 101 class with Florida Hospital.  I was pretty skeptical about taking one of these classes and I’ll be honest, I didn’t learn a whole lot of new information.  But it did help me feel more prepared for what we’ve got coming in a few (or six) weeks.  What I really enjoyed was Britton being there with me. He learned some techniques to help me relax during the process and it helps that he always knows how to make me laugh.  I hope he can keep that up when I’ve been in labor for HOURS!

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A Day at Home with a Newborn. Early this week I came across this article.  I shared it with Britton and now I’m sharing it with all of you!  I’m so glad he will be home to see the chaos of caring for a newborn!

This week has been full of crummy weather but I’m hopeful this weekend brings us some sunshine and fun!  Have a good weekend friends!

 

 

Friday I’m in Love

27 May

Happy Friday!

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Last Friday I got taped up by my chiropractor and OMG. Thank you KT.  I had mentioned in last week’s post that I had begun to have more intense ligament pain as my belly has grown and the tape thing worked WONDERS!  Britton is learning how to do it for me this afternoon so I won’t have to go back to her every week to be taped.  So glad I found this!

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This is hilarious. The mom cut on SNL with Brie Larson.  I was catching up on some old episodes this week and this one cracks me up!  Hoping the mom cut doesn’t choose me!

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Old Navy was having a BIG sale this week.  When I went to return some maternity clothes I got online I had to check out what they had in the kids section. OMG. This swim romper was CALLING MY NAME! And our plan this summer is to expose baby boy to the pool and beach as early as we can! So obviously I had to get it for 50% off!

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They say you aren’t supposed to eat lunch meats while pregnant.  Well that’s been one of my only cravings (oh and last night I wanted one of those strawberry shortcake ice cream bars). So needless to say I haven’t stuck real true to the no lunch meats deal.  I love sandwiches!  We have a Firehouse Subs right near the house but normally there is no parking anywhere near by to make this location convenient.  Except on Tuesday 🙂 Thank you Firehouse for being so delicious!

This weekend will be a very special weekend for me as I watch one of my best friends get married!  Britton and I will be in South Florida for a weekend long celebration!  In reflection of my friendship of Amit here is a toast to you.  To my Bridesman, and ever best friend!  We can’t wait to celebrate!

Friday I’m in Love

15 Apr

Good morning! I’m coming to you this morning from Sioux City, Iowa!  So excited to celebrate baby Eden Wall this weekend with the family!

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The Orlando Citrus Bowl hosted Florida State football last Saturday for their annual spring game and we couldn’t pass it up.  Tickets were only $5 a piece and we had so much fun! We love football and getting an opportunity to see them play in Orlando was great!

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I’m both super excited and super scared to begin this new phase of our lives and one of the scariest parts for me is the whole lets change diapers for YEARS thing.  But to make it a little more interesting we are doing cloth diapers.  Pretty excited and totally in love with the two cloth diapers we have so far 🙂  This is the stuff that makes life fun!

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On Wednesday I had some meetings downtown and had the pleasure of meeting my mom for lunch at Pig Floyds.  Great restaurant with really fun food!  I had two tacos, the pork belly and the smoked brisket.  Both totally different and delicious!  I also love that I can support a fellow Rollins grad in his awesome business!

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A few weeks back I posted the song Ophelia by the Lumineers.  Well their whole album released last week and I can’t stop listening.  It’s available on Amazon Prime right now so if you’re a member, you can listen for FREE!!!  LOVE THEM!

See you next week 🙂

Friday I’m in Love

8 Apr

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Last Sunday the weather was BEAUTIFUL and when we got home from church i told Britton we had to do something outside.  So we decided to do some Florida hiking through Lake Louisa State Park.  It was the perfect afternoon.  The park is amazing with cabins to rent, camp sites and all sorts of aquatic activity on the lake.  We hiked over 4 miles and it felt great!  I’m so glad I am still able to get outside and move!

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I am so thankful to have this pool in our neighborhood.  As my baby grows, I know the best place for me to be is going to be IN the pool.  I spent a few hours there on Tuesday with some friends and showed off my growing belly.  It felt great!

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A few weeks ago we purchased a dresser for baby boy’s nursery and they called on Tuesday to say it was ready!  This came from Unhinged in Altamonte and it needed to be refinished. I was shocked it was already ready!  And it looks perfect in his room!

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Wednesday night I did a painting class at Wheel Works in Winter Garden and we had so much fun! I went with my cousin Stacy and my mom.  The wheels on my bike aren’t perfect but I think this is my favorite hand painted piece yet!

This week was really good and I hope the weekend can extended the goodness 🙂

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!

Gender Reveal