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Let’s Have A Mid-Week Coffee Date

Hi, all! Happy hump day!! I am sitting here enjoying a (third) cup of coffee while the little one naps. My breastfeeding/pumping journey has officially ended, and my coffee consumption is back to an all time high.

I wanted to update you all with life lately, and what better way to do that than with coffee? Haha!

Let’s begin…

BABY:

We took baby on our annual apple picking date and had a blast with her.

Comparison to her in my belly to her now!

Baby has been thriving in her bugs class, and stood up by herself (while holding onto the bars) yesterday. My 7 month old is a rockstar!!

She sleeps like a champ, and I am proud of our consistent bedtime routine.

She laughs constantly, and knows when she is being funny. I seriously adore this kid more than anything!

I could continue all day, but let’s move on.

LOVE LIFE:

The beginning baby stage was hard, as my husband and I were exhausted and figuring this parent thing out, but now that things have settled, I love him even more than I did on our wedding day. He is the best dad, husband, and provider I could ever ask for.

He always tells me that I’m beautiful (even when I am covered in vomit). Haha! These two love each other so much. Oh my heart!

We haven’t been out on a date in a while, but we do incorporate date nights at home. These include movies, board games, and cooking dates (we have had a blast with our Blue Apron and Hello Fresh meals).

That being said, our anniversary is coming up in October and we are planning on a fun night out!

UPCOMING VACATION:

We leave in a couple weeks for North Carolina, and I am so excited for the baby to see the ocean for the first time.

I have a slight ping of sadness, as we visit the Outer Banks, and hurricane Dorian hit hard this year.

FITNESS:

Since having the little one, I can’t get to the gym like I used to, so I have to get creative at home.

I love running the baby outside! She gets to look around, and I get cardio and arm work pushing the stroller.

I also take advantage of the tons of YouTube videos (HIIT workouts, pure barre, etc.)

Carrying my little around all day is a workout itself!

OTHER:

Today is my sweet Maverick’s “gottya day.” We have had this little one for 5 years!

Last, but certainly not least, I am reflecting on this day 18 years ago. I was only in the 8th grade, but remember that day vividly. What a reminder to hug our loved ones a little tighter.

That’s about all for this coffee date, friends! Have a wonderful rest of your week!

With love,

Carly

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2018 Highlights And Pictures

Happy New Year, friends! I spent the evening eating ice cream, and watching a movie with my husband and kitties. We did not make it to midnight haha! 2018 was a great year for us, and we are excited to welcome our baby girl in 2019!!

Let’s recap this past year, shall we?

JANUARY:

We took a trip to Hocking Hills, stayed in a beautiful cabin, played games, and went hiking.

FEBRUARY:

We celebrated Valentine’s Day with a lovely ravioli dinner made by my hubby!

MARCH:

We celebrated my 29th birthday at Valley Vineyards with steak, salmon, wine, and family.

APRIL:

We visited my cousin in Nashville for Spring Break and had a blast!

MAY:

I had my procedure at the fertility clinic that would bring us the best news ever!

JUNE:

I had a positive pregnancy test and immediately called my husband because I couldn’t wait until he got home!

We saw Luke Bryan in concert with some friends!

We spent a week at the lake with my husband’s family where I experienced morning sickness for the first time.

JULY:

We spent a week enjoying the beach in North Carolina with my family!

AUGUST:

I went to Lake Michigan with my oldest brother and his family! It was fun spending time with my niece and nephews.

We had our gender reveal party!

SEPTEMBER:

We got to play bride and groom for a day! Our wedding photographer asked if we would do a photo shoot to help out a new venue! It was so fun.

OCTOBER:

We had our annual apple and pumpkin picking date.

NOVEMBER:

We celebrated my husband’s 30th birthday and took a trip to Chicago!

I had my baby shower!

I hit the third trimester on Thanksgiving Day.

DECEMBER:

I had baby shower #2.

We did some major baby prep, and celebrated Christmas with our families.

What a year it has been!

I hope you all had a blessed year!

With love,

Carly

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Our Chicago Getaway

Hello, everyone! I hope you are having a lovely weekend. We are driving home from our mini vacation to Chicago. It was a blast! It was a perfect way to celebrate Brad’s 30th birthday, our anniversary, and our “babymoon.” Let’s jump right in…

FRIDAY:

We left home around 8am and made the 6 hour drive to Chicago. We arrived at our Airbnb around 2:30 ish, unpacked and settled in.

We changed, called an uber, then headed into the city.

Our first stop was the bean to get some pictures!

It started getting a little dark, so we walked over to the Chicago theater to see it all lit up. It was so pretty!!

The evening was absolutely freezing, so we decided on an early dinner at Giordano’s! We got salads and pizzas. Everything was super yummy!

After dinner, we ubered back to our Airbnb, watched a movie, then crashed hard!

SATURDAY:

I woke up before my husband, so I did a short pregnancy workout video. When he woke up, we walked (in the 19 degree weather) to Starbucks for coffee and breakfast.

After breakfast, we got ready for the day and ubered into the city. We walked around until it was time for our first activity!

At noon, we did the Chicago Theater Tour and it was absolutely fantastic! We loved learning the history and not to mention, I adore the theater!

I was like a kid in a candy store Haha!

After the tour, we stopped at a food truck for lunch and ate in the sunshine. Chicago style hot dogs are no joke! YUM!!!

After lunch, we headed to the field museum. It was huge and there was so much to see! We loved the dinosaur exhibit, and also ancient Egypt.

After the museum, we walked a bunch more and saw the bean at night, along with other cool parts of the city.

Our next stop was the John Hancock building! We did Chicago 360, which takes you super high to see some beautiful views. I’m so glad we went at night! There was a wait for this and I was getting nauseous, but felt better once we got to the top.

Afterwards, we were both wiped out from walking all day so we headed to dinner at Gino’s East. I needed water and to just sit. It felt amazing to relax. I wasn’t in the mood for pizza again so I got minestrone soup and a delicious salad with grilled chicken, candied walnuts, cranberries, radishes, cheese chunks, and their delicious house dressing.

After dinner, we ubered back to the Airbnb and both crashed quickly. My total steps on my Fitbit was almost 25,000 for the day! Crazy!!

SUNDAY:

This morning, we packed up early, grabbed Starbucks, and started the trip home. I can’t wait to see my kitties!!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday, everyone!

With love,

Carly

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Food, Fitness, Pregnancy, And Our Anniversary

Hello, all! Yesterday marked 24 weeks in my pregnancy. I can’t believe on Thanksgiving day I will officially be in the 3rd trimester. Ahhh!!!

I am starting to get some bad pains in my back and exhaustion is no joke. Not to mention the bladder that ALWAYS feels full! Lol!!! BUT….I love feeling my little bean kicking and seeing my belly grow. Pregnancy really is amazing.

I had a really great week of food and fitness, so here is the recap…

MONDAY:

The day started with an upper body workout class at my gym. It is hard to get motivated to take classes, but I am always happy when I go.

Dinner was chicken legs in the air fryer! If you don’t have an air fryer, they are awesome. Food cooks so fast and is always delicious. We also had asparagus and some chips.

TUESDAY:

The weather was so nice so I went for a jog after work. The pressure on my bladder is pretty bad at this point, so I only did a mile. I also did some other cardio exercises after the jog.

Dinner was pasta with ground turkey. YUMMMM!!!

WEDNESDAY:

Not only was it Halloween, but it was our 3 year wedding anniversary! Just a couple favorites from our wedding!

After work, I did a short barre workout before my husband came home early from work. We exchanged gifts before heading out to dinner. My pretty flowers!

We went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner and enjoyed spending the evening chatting.

I love their bread.

I had shrimp tacos.

After dinner, we came home and watched Netflix until bed.

THURSDAY:

The day started with a spin class. I haven’t been to one in so long and only stayed half the class, but it felt so good!!

Dinner was leftovers thrown together because I worked late and wanted something easy when I got home.

I ate while watching This Is Us.

FRIDAY:

The day started with a gluteus maxout class at my gym. It felt great, especially since I haven’t taken this class in so long.

I grabbed Starbucks and they have their holiday cups out now! Yay! So festive.

After work, my husband and I going to make pizzas and just relax. My nephew is coming tomorrow and spending the night! I can’t wait to see him.

Have a great weekend, everyone! With love,

Carly

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To My Husband On Our 2nd Wedding Anniversary 

I’m warning you all now, this post is going to be pretty mushy. 

Sweetheart, 

Two years ago, in front of our friends and families, we got married on a beautiful fall day. 

I will never forget the look on your face or the tears in your eyes.

The day was perfect. Full of laughter, happy tears, a whole lot of dancing, and a room full of love. 

My life continues to get better with you by my side. Thank you for constantly treating me like I deserve the world. I love being your travel partner, your dinner date, your T.V. watching partner, and your best friend. You are the epitome of the perfect man. You are my fairytale come true and I thank God daily for you. 

So, here is to us and a lifetime of memories to come. I love you today and forever. 

Love,

Wifey 

Now here are some pictures of us: