. . . for Lauren and Lauren

November 24, 2015

We are thankful

I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving greatly.  I can't wait for a four day weekend with Chris, my favorite day of the year getting our tree, letting Addilyn help decorate it, and spending time with our families.  God is so so good, and we could not be more thankful for our marriage, sweet daughter and baby boy on the way.  Life is not always full of happy and easy things, but we are so thankful to be in a season right now where it's easy to be thankful for all that we have.  

Thankful for reading this blog, and letting me share my life with you! I am thankful for you! Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 23, 2015

Dear Lauren and Lauren,

Dear Lauren and Lauren, 

It's been far too long since I've written a letter to either of you.  And I am so sorry.  You are who this blog was created for!  Maybe we need to do more girls trips and then I'll write about the three of us all the time.  Can we go back to a few weekends ago?  What a fun two days!  

top: old navy  vest: c/o shein  leggings: gap maternity  boots: just fab

I wore this on the second day there and we clearly all think alike, as comfy tops, leggings and boots won for all three of us.  We went to a cute little town about an hour away and spent two days walking around shops, eating, hanging out, playing Nertz and talking.  So so fun to have quality time with you girls! 

If you think I look ridiculously tired, it's because I slept maybe two and half hours at our hotel. Thank you Lauren in law for switching spots with me at 2:30 in the morning so I could be more comfortable.  I'm sorry I got sick and was a dud the second half of the day on Saturday!  Thankfully the two of you could enjoy some wine tasting while I went back to the coffee shop for apple cider and almost fell asleep.  Next time I'm joining you and your wine!

We went to this super cute coffee shop Saturday morning and the barista wrote cute messages on our cups.  Lauren and Lauren went ahead of me and my mom kept telling me to tell her my name was Lauren.  But I obviously did not and she wrote "Katie #1, only sweet Katie" on my cup.  Lauren got #1 in the house and poor Lauren in Law went first and didn't get anything.  Thanks to my mom's trendy earrings she got Carol "with the fasionista earrings."  My sweet Aunt Janny was there too and I know someone has a picture of all five of us, but I don't!  She flew in from California and it was so nice to spend time with her too! 

Can we please make this an annual thing? Or even better do it a few times a year? It was so great spending time with my favorite girls and I'm so lucky to love spending time with my sisters as much as I do.  You two are the best and I love you so much!

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November 22, 2015

Pumpkin Patch


I know it's snow and Christmas now, but better late than never right?  This day was about a month ago.  The weather was perfect and we went right after we told our families we were having a boy.  It made for a perfect Sunday afternoon! Fall is my favorite and I love traditions like going to the pumpkin farm.  If only I would've found a pumpkin big enough to put Addilyn in.  I should tell you that I actually tried to shove her in one that was way to small.  I should probably dedicate a whole post to it, but it may be borderline child abuse and it still wasn't successful. So we'll see. 

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November 19, 2015

Good and Bad

                                cardigan: c/o shein   tunic: c/o shein   scarf: groopdealz  boots: zulily

The good this week:

My new cardigan.  I am always hot, let alone when I'm pregnant.  Which is why lighter weight cardigans are a win.  

We made pumpkin muffins yet again this week.  They are the easiest, yummiest treat and we love them!  Box of cake mix, can of pumpkin and some chocolate chips.  Done!

Addilyn is all of a sudden interested in potty training.  On Sunday we got to a friend's house and she said she needed to go potty.  I put her on the toilet and she pooped.  Then later that night peed two more times.  She hasn't gone every time since, but has gone on the toilet more times than she's gone in her diaper the last few days.  I don't want to get my hopes up that it'll be this easy but I'm going with it! 

Despite just about every bone in my body, I've worked out four times this week and am really proud of myself.  

The bad: 

The beginning of this week was rough.  We had a total fail at Bible Study childcare, which is so discouraging to me.  The last few times there and at church haven't been the best, and they seem to be getting worse. After our long, long struggle last year I thought we were over this, and I'm sad, anxious and disappointed we're here again.  We both cried on the way home.  It was pathetic. Praying it's a short phase and that I have wisdom how to handle it. 

We've had cancelled plans that I was looking forward to this week and we've been home a lot. Which makes the days seem so much longer.  

I can't even wait for our sweet boy to get here and love him so much.  But this week I've felt more anxious than others about adding another baby to our family.  Anxious about Addilyn and the lack of attention she'll need, how I'll handle bedtime alone as we're in a rougher phase, and just managing two kids in general.  I know we'll figure it out and it'll take time, but the harder stuff has been on my mind more this week.  

Happy almost weekend! I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving, and I can't wait for Chris to have a four day weekend and spend lots of time together!

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November 18, 2015

Blanket? Poncho? Who cares.

fringe poncho
winter maternity outfit
poncho: c/o shein   leggings: gap  boots: dsw 

This weekend when I came out wearing this, Chris literally thought I was just wearing a blanket. And I don't blame him.  It looks and feels just like a big blanket and I love it.  Perfect for Winter, perfect for a big pregnant belly and I want to wear it all the time.   

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