My family. What makes my heart beat and fills my life with so much joy. Here is where you'll read all about our life together as a family of 4.
we took our first family trip to nashville last week and had the BEST time. it was a short trip but we filled it with as much as we could. we stayed in an adorable air bnb, just outside of town in east nashville. it was the cutest, coziest place we've ever stayed in. the balcony off the kitchen was our favorite part and where we spent both of our mornings there. the home faced east/west so the natural light was out of this world. the whole space just felt warm + inviting. it was a delight to stay in such a beautiful place and elias loved it. we honestly haven't stay in a hotel in so long. we prefer bed + breakfasts and air b+b's over hotels any day. and now that we have elias, it's hands down the best way to travel.
this time last year we had just moved in with dave's grandma and was working tirelessly on our home. we had no idea the journey that it would take to get our home to the point it is at right now. and we had no idea that we would be living with someone else for as long as we did. our family unit looked so different this time last year. every evening was spent at the house, running through a drive thru on the way home and putting elias in bed way too late. we spent very little time doing anything, "fun" or as a family because we were too busy trying to get our home in a liveable state. i'm grateful for what we went through, for it made us stronger and i'm grateful for our home and the hard work dave has put in to our place, but i'm also glad we are out of that rough patch. renovating is hard, you all. really, really hard.
a year and a half has come and gone and i simply can't believe it. elias is a full blown toddler now. he has such a personality and i'm in love with every single little piece of him. lately his vocabulary has really picked up. i decided the best way to document all that he says is to just list it. so here's a few things he says and what they mean:
When I was 17 weeks pregnant with Elias, Dave and I took a 3 day trip to Savannah. It was my 2nd time traveling to Savannah, but my first REAL experience of staying in the city and exploring. We fell in love with the town, the houses and most importantly, the food. So when we were invited to return to Savannah for a wedding, we didn't hesitate to say, YES!
when i was pregnant, i couldn't wait to meet elias. i counted down the days until his arrival and then when he got here, i prayed for time to be kind and not run away from me. strangers, family members, friends would tell me, "enjoy it now", "soak up these moments", "they grow up so fast" and boy, they weren't kidding. elias will be 14 months soon and i still feel like i just had him. is that weird? i'm having a difficult time grasping the fact that my once newborn baby is now entering toddler-hood with a personality, likes, dislikes, favorite foods and preferences. this day came so fast.
last week we got two rounds of snow that hit our town. the first one was on Tuesday- we woke up to 3 or so inches that remained on the ground until friday when another, bigger storm came through. the whole week there was a buzz of excitement in the air with anticipation of the storm. i made a few trips to the grocery to stock up on snacks + comfort foods + soups. we prepared our home for the cold, dave brought more blankets out of storage and i kept my fingers crossed that he'd get to work from home (spoiler: he did! :) ).
Elias turned the big ONE on the 10th. We celebrated quietly, just the three of us and then over the weekend gathered with our friends + family. We decorated with evergreen trees + pine cones + snowflake garland. We made homemade cupcakes, hot ham + cheese sandwiches and cranberry mist. The decor didn't quite match up with the unseasonably warm, 70 degree day, but that's what happens when you live in the Ohio Valley.
For our 1 year wedding anniversary, Dave and I called up our friends + wedding photographers to schedule an anniversary photo shoot. Ever since then, we've met each year around the same time (October- early November) to capture our family on film. The first year it was just us as newlyweds, the second year I was pregnant and this year we have Elias. It's turned in to one of my favorite traditions and I'm so happy we've made time every fall to do this.
On October 7th, Dave and I celebrated 3 years of marriage. It was our first anniversary with Elias, so we decided to spend the day together as a family. Dave took the day off from work and planned a trip to Huber's Family Orchard in Indiana. We took a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch, snapped a million pictures, ate caramel apple nut bread + drank apple cider under a tree while we watched the ducks by the pond.
Currently . . .
+ loving all of these cool days + reminders that fall is coming (give me all the pumpkin flavored treats). I can't wait to take Elias pumpkin picking and dress him up for Halloween. What should he be?!
+ waiting for this cardigan from Sheady Baby and Co. to arrive for Elias. He was recently selected to be a baby representative for this adorable brand and we're so excited to work with them over the next few months. (If you like anything you see on their site, use the code Elias15 for 15% off!)
+ obsessed with baking. I made zucchini bread last week and now I want to bake all the breads and muffins. I blame it on the change in weather. This Pumpkin Honey Beer Bread is next on my list to try. Doesn't it sound yummy?