Friday, December 15, 2017

Final Update...Part 1

I thought I could get one last update on here, but there were WAY too many things I wanted to show you. So this will be part 1 of 2 Final...really final...updates.   Let me catch y'all up on what has happened since we signed our contract on our new home last year.  While we were waiting for our home to be built, there was lots of fun stuff going on!

Jay and I got to take an overnight trip to the Yadkin Valley area.  Who knew there were actually some decent wines in NC?!  Some of the wineries, like Raffaldini above, were so incredibly beautiful.

We pigged out on so much ice cream!  One of our favorites is Kilwin's in Birkdale Village.  Wyatt was so stressed out about swimming lessons when he first started going, that it was my bribe to do what his swim coach asked.  Now he's a swimming rock star.

We had more city exploring to do... a walk down the Charlotte Rail Trail was really cool.  You are side by side with the light rail, which the kids loved to see.  Plus you are always steps away from restaurants and shops.

Fall is such an awesome time here.  Being a Floridian, there is really only one season, summer.  While we were in Canada I really appreciated the fall colors and the beauty of each season.  Plus it doesn't hurt that there are fall festivals here every. single. weekend. in October.

With Fall Festivals come pumpkin picking!  We sure did get a big one last year.  Luckily the BOB came to the rescue.

It was Luke's first Halloween!  The little cutie was almost 1, and his first costume was a hand-me-down from his big bro.  Wyatt wanted them to be dogs since dogs were the "nicest and cutest".  Melts my heart.

We also got to do some adventuring in Grandfather Mountain.  It was way to dang cold that day!  But it is a beautiful area that has lots of trails and even a wildlife center where the kids loved to peek at all the animals.

Then Luke turned 1!  His first year really flew by.  It seemed like such a blur, which made me even more sad my youngest was growing up.

Christmas festivities began and we now had a new favorite activity... going to watch the singing bears at Birkdale Village, right across from Wyatt's fave ice cream.  I think Wyatt could have gone every day, but I might have gone crazy.

We saw Santa, and they both were perfect!  I was in shock.  Wyatt was so excited, and Luke was just so chill about the whole thing.

Christmas was awesome.  We had our family in town from across the pond, and made lots of memories.

We even got some snow!  Luckily I got the last sled at Costco, apparently once there is snow in the forecast here, sleds sell out in a hot minute.  Wyatt had a blast and Luke was... chill as usual.

In what I promise to be the final final update, I'll fill you in on our 2017!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Our Move to NC

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! We definitely had a great one over here. I will be putting up the recap soon! But first, let’s get on with that update I promised you….

We had so much fun in Tallahassee the last few months we were there. Wyatt turned the big 3!

Not a fan of "Happy Birthday", haha!

 Luke had his first sit up grocery shopping ride.

 Of course we had to have one last time at our favorite little sausage joint, Bradley’s Country Store.

 Our neighborhood playground was so nice in Tally! I really miss the long walks and the live oak trees.

 It was also so nice to be able to take a day trip to the beach. St. George Island is a beautiful place and was only 1 hour away.

Luke's first beach trip

 Unfortunately we knew we couldn’t stay in Tallahassee for long due to Jay’s work. We thought long and hard about the future of our family and where we wanted to be for us and his career. So we decided to make the move to Charlotte!

Wyatt actually enjoyed packing up his room

Luke turned 7 months old right before our move

 We opted to rent a house before we made the big decision to buy. The weekend before July 4, 2016, we made the road trip from Tallahassee to Charlotte. Surprisingly enough, both kids did really well! 

The start of our 10 hour road trip

the first hour in our first house in Huntersville

Our house is just north of Charlotte, in the awesome town of Huntersville. There are tons of families, lots of things to do, and my number 1 priority… Publix. No joke, I wanted to be within 10 minutes of a Publix when we moved. A Florida girl has to have one in her life.

First double cart ride!  At our Publix in Huntersville

Our summer was fun, we got to explore our new city and some of the beautiful places around it. Even though we don’t have the beach close by, it sure is nice to have the mountains.  We love going to Blowing Rock and stopping at Blowing Rock Brewery.  It's a great little town with shopping and a playground in the center of the action.

Blowing Rock Brewery amazing beer and food in the mountains

Back at home, we spend lots of time at Discovery Place Kids! It’s so nice to have a children’s museum so close to us... only a 10 minute drive away!

Another one of our favorites is Jetton Park. It has a beautiful (and stroller friendly!) trail along the shore of Lake Norman, plus a great playground.

Another good perk of living in Charlotte is all the breweries!  There are still so many I want to try out.

When we got settled in, we began our search for a home. We looked in many different neighborhoods but couldn’t find our ideal layout. So we ended up going the new construction route. After looking at almost all the new construction builders in our area, we finally found the right combination of lot and layout. I couldn't believe that after years of traveling, we were settling down and truly making our home.

on our lot!

Next up: the last update post.  Hope y'all are having a fun Black Friday!  Whether that means shopping, decorating, or relaxing...

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Blog is Back in Town

Hi there blog land! Luke is turning 2 on Saturday …. so it has been that long since I have written on the blog, yikes! If any of you have followed me on Instagram, you have seen what our little family has been up to.
Cannot believe this was 2 years ago!

I went back and forth about whether to start writing again. The moments when I’ve had the luxury of having some time on my hands, the idea of starting the blog back up has always popped in my head. I said to myself so many times… “I need to schedule some time for my blog, I miss it!”. But alas, it never happened. Some weeks were so hectic I would think, “There is no way I would have time to blog with everything  that's going on.” I give serious props to all the other mom bloggers that I follow that write amazing blogs while keeping up with their kiddos. You ladies rock.

Luke in the hospital... love those cheesy hospital blankies

I’m so excited to get back on the blog bus! I will need to catch y’all up on all the fun and adventure we’ve had these past 2 years. I won’t drown you with a ginormous (as Wyatt loves to say) post with everything from the past couple years.  I’ll be posting a few updates this week.

Thanksgiving 2015, 1 week old

Since I didn’t post anything about Luke’s birth after writing about my pregnancy, let’s start it up! Luke was born on November 18, 2015 at exactly 8:00 am on the dot. Since I had a planned c-section this time around, the delivery actually went pretty smoothly!

my baby gators!

The hospital recovery part was a little more difficult. I had some latching issues with Luke (just like Wyatt), and some major pains from the c-section and gas pains that come with it. They were going to let me go home after 3 nights, but the pain was so bad I wanted to stay the full 4 nights. I just didn’t want to go home to Wyatt being in pain that was that bad. Luckily after the 4th night I felt so much better.

Life with two definitely took some getting used to! Nursing takes a lot of time, and 2 year olds are not down with that unfortunately.  If Wyatt wasn't content with his toys, the iPad came in very handy.  Even taking a baby and a toddler anywhere was an adventure to say the least.

our first meal out together!  I'm pretty sure Luke slept the whole time

I remember having to plan out my whole evening way in advance… feeding Luke, then Wyatt, bathing Wyatt, where to put Luke when I was bathing Wyatt, then putting Luke down and Wyatt down. So friggin hard!

My 36th birthday... Luke was 1 month old.  Wyatt is super excited, obvi

On top of that, of course, the sleepless nights with a newborn were hectic. Then you have a 2 year old that is ready to play at 6am. Oh the humanity! But Luke completes our family and that couldn't make me happier.  He is so sweet, calm and a little jokester... our little ray of sunshine.

We had tears, laughs and lots of love those few months as a family of four in Tallahassee. Then we decided to make a big move… off to North Carolina. More about that next week!

Luke got to be such a little chunker!