With just days left before we welcomed baby brother, I thought a little catch up was in order- so I sat down and started this post… EIGHT weeks later, I finally finished it up… AFTER brother arrived! :)
This summer was totally different than most summers for us. We’ve not done a whole lot of “playing” this year and there’s even been a few times when I’ve felt bad for AB, who will probably remember this summer as the one that we cleaned all the drawers and cabinets in our house. We only made it to the beach once (for the 4th of July) (our “beach time” this year totaled two hours- and I’m not joking)… This is the first year ever that we made it an ENTIRE summer with only buying sunscreen ONE time. (We’re usually buying it every two weeks)!
We’ve gotten a lot done and have enjoyed just being together, getting ready to welcome our newest edition, though. And hopefully next summer we’ll make up for the lack of vitamin D we had this year. :)
A few highlights from June & July-
- We really have been nesting and cleaning out. AB has been such a big helper. Her favorite was cleaning the pantry – we took every single thing off our shelves and cabinets and cleaned it all…
- My cousin, Stephanie, who was due with her first baby within a week of me, flew in for a week in June. Mom, the girls and I were so excited to pick her up at the airport. We celebrated her arrival with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and then settled in for what we deemed “Pregnancy Camp” – we laughed our heads off at how we were chewing heart burn tablets every two hours, resting our ice cream on our bellies and falling asleep on the couch every afternoon. Stephanie and I have been through every big life event together and to get to be pregnant together with our last and first child has been the sweetest. AB cracked us up when she told us she had pants like mine and Tettie’s – she pulled her yoga pants up like a maternity panel. Ha. On Friday of that week, we headed for Georgia to have Steph’s baby shower. It was slightly crazy considering we were 8 weeks from our due date, but we both did really good on the trip, except for our swollen cankles. :)
When mom, aunt Kay and I were trying to think of a “direction” to go with the shower, mom suggested some sort of travel theme, because Stephanie & Henry have literally been around the world and back together. It was the perfect idea and we decorated with all different kinds of “travel” things. The shower was Saturday morning and we did a biscuit bar for brunch.
That afternoon, Steph and I hit up the outlets for a little shopping. We had planned to meet our moms, Aunt Kay and the other cousins later that evening for dinner. What I didn’t know is that the girls had planned a little surprise dinner/shower for me, complete with cupcakes and party favors. So sweet.
It was a whirlwind weekend, but as always lots of fun and never long enough.
- The girls and I met Kelsey & Taylor one morning for breakfast… and later Kels surprised us with GiGi’s – she was appalled when I’d told her we’d never tried it, so she made it happen. I’ve since been back three times and I’m kind of wishing Kels hadn’t introduced us to such yumminess. (Especially when operation loose this baby weight begins!) :)
- The girls started sharing a room and Mamie got moved up to a big girl bed!
- We had the week at Blue Run. We didn’t spend the nights this year, we just went back and forth (I was two weeks from my due date and I needed my own bed) :) It was such a great weekend though – and I fell back in love with the river. For the past couple of years, we’ve had terrible weather during the week we’re there and there have been snake encounters on every trip. I was just about ready to write off Blue Run, but this year I remembered why we all love it so much.
It was a great time at the river this year and we can’t wait to go back!
- We got baby brother’s room ready. FINALLY!!! I’ll have to do a post about it later. I’ve never really gone with a “theme” in any of our nurseries/rooms and Tucker’s was no different. It’s decorated around our favorite “boy” things, which are also the things that pretty much make up who DW is and hopefully what Tucker will love and be, too. Dumptrucks, cows and gators…
I didn’t wash and hang baby clothes until the weekend before he was born, and that night, I must have gone and looked in his closet a dozen times. I’d just stand there and shake my head – I still couldn’t believe we had BLUE hanging in one of our closets again. So much joy!
- On the last Friday before Tucker was born, Mom & I wanted to do something fun with the girls, but it had to be close to home, since I was a week away from my due date. We decided to take them to the museum and butterfly rainforest at UF.
There were butterflies everywhere you looked and the girls loved when they’d land on or near us.
It was such a fun morning and the girls can’t wait to visit the museum again.
That’s pretty much it from pictures on my phone. :) Now maybe I will be able to stay a little more up to date! I love having this place to look back over the years and remember what our days were like then. It all goes by so fast and I know I’ll be especially thankful when my kids are all grown up that I took the time to write down some of what they’re up to.