Finally Feeling Like Fall!

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First of all….THE WEATHER HERE IN SOUTH GEORGIA FEELS FABULOUS! I am so glad to finally wake up to that familiar crisp, cool chill in the air. Thanks God for the beauty that can be found in each of the seasons that you have created for us.

This weekend has been so much fun! My besties Tori and Mariah came in town to help me prepare for Baby Addie’s arrival in just a few weeks. Our weekend consisted of unpacking baby gliders and bouncers, washing crib bedding and clothes, shopping for new PJs and hospital bag items, and throwing one of the cutest baby showers I have ever seen! I was able to accomplish so much this weekend with the help of these guys and I don’t know what I would do without them and all of my friends who dressed up for Addie’s Halloween themed shower! (I hope to post pictures of all the fun from each of the showers that we have had this month very soon!)

I am so glad to know that Adeline is going to be raised around such Christ-centered, adventurous, daring, bold, and positive female role models. She is one lucky girl….and so am I!

With Fall fully upon us, and Addie’s arrival roughly one month (give or take a week or so…) away I thought it would be a good idea to review my Fall Bucket List: (check it out below)

1. Music Midtown Concert in Atlanta (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Imagine Dragons, Journey, Weezer, and more!) This was rainier than I expected…but still a lot of fun!

2. Read more from my “To Read Library Book List” (I have a few personal finance books that I want to check out, a few about parenting, and then some fiction fantasy just for fun!) This is probably partially fulfilled…I have read several budgeting books and books about babies as well as Divergent. I still have several on the “To Read” list, but that will probably never change…

3. Carve a pumpkin (We try to do this every year. I like to pull out the pumpkin guts and cook the seeds, while Hubby does the actual carving!)

4. Apple Picking Weekend in Ellijay, GA (I think that we are going to rent a cabin with a few friends and celebrate on the very last weekend of pregnancy that I am cleared to travel….haha!) We went with two of our very favorite couples and had a blast!

5. Make some Fall Wreaths for all my family (Look at the one I made tonight at Ladies Craft Night at Church!) Made one for my Mama for her birthday!

6. Make s’mores! Made these on our Ellijay Trip

7. Go watch my sister’s high school football games and watch her during marching band performance. Really wanted to make it to more of these, but at least we were able to see her perform at a local competition. 

8. Go back and see a college football game (and tailgate!)….I really don’t care too much for football, but I enjoy getting together with friends and eating! 🙂

9. Get a head start of Christmas shopping! (With all the excitement coming at the beginning of December, I need to start thinking about this now, or everyone will be getting a picture of Addie and a gift card!) I am proud to say that we are at least half way done Christmas shopping already and I feel better about this already!

10. Go to a local Oktoberfest festival

11. Take maternity pictures!

12. Eat greasy food at the County Fair

13. Make my 2014 Bucket List!

14. Make chili Made on the Apple Picking Weekend

15. Go on a date night to a nice (read expensive) restaurant Waring surprised my by taking me to Local 11 Ten, a local restaurant that I have been wanting to go to for a while, and then going to see Mama Mia!

16. Starting a Bible study with friends.

17. Having a baby! (ya know…no big deal… I got this….)

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3rd Trimester Pregnancy To-Do List

This week will mark the 35th week of pregnancy for Baby Addie and I! I can’t believe in just a few short weeks we will meet this crazy little girl who is being very wiggly in my stomach as I type.

Pregnancy Update:

-I am still trying to walk/do light exercises a few times a week, but I admit that they are getting rarer!

-I have noticed some crazy swelling in my feet and lower calves, however my doc said that my blood pressure is perfect and everything else is looking stable so I am on a super low sodium diet and supposed to drink even more water than usual (so I guess that means I will have to pee every five minutes now instead of every ten minutes!)

-I feel like my second home is the bathroom at my work. I spend more time walking to and from the bathroom to make my scheduled potty breaks than anything else it feels like these days!

-I am still able to sleep through the night (no insomnia for me…yet!).

-I only have one craving: CHEWY ICE! I am so happy that a Parker’s has just popped up only 2 minutes from our house, which means I can have whenever I want!

-It feels really strange to teach sitting down, but due to the recent swelling episode I am going to have to start getting in the habit in order to keep working.

-Hubby took me on a surprise date night to Local11Ten and to see Mama Mia at the Civic Center this week. It was such a sweet surprise, and a great way to spend time together after such a hectic week.

-I have had two awesome showers in the past two weeks, and have two more this upcoming week. I feel so very blessed to have such loving family and friends who are as excited to see Addie as we are!

 

3rd Trimester Pregnancy To Do List:

It is finally starting to sink in (kind of) that we only have a few more weeks to get everything ready and prepped before Addie makes her grand entrance. There still seems like there is so much to do, so when I feel in doubt I always make a list! Here are just a few things that need to be accomplished: (in random order…)

-pre-register at the hospital

-wash nursery bedding and clothes

-clean house (I mean deep clean…like we may pay a team to come in here and shampoo carpets etc… I know that I just did this over the Summer, but I feel like it needs to be done again!)

-pack the hospital bag (Waring’s, Addie’s, and Mine)

-clean car (again…deep clean…)

-install the carseat

-pick a coming home outfit for Addie

-get some nursing bras? (not sure if I should wait until after she is born…)

-write a letter to Addie

-get the house sprayed for bugs (I want to do this before she arrives but I need to figure out what can/can’t be done)

-find recipes and make some freezer meals for after the baby

-write and mail out thank you lists from showers

-set up the bassinet

-check out some library books on newborn care (how hard could it be….right???)

-get new/cute pjs and slippers for the hospital stay (if I am going to be a hot mess….I at least want to be wearing cute clothes!)

-make hospital thankyou gifts

-clean out my closet and dresser

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I am sure that I have missed about 5 dozen things….but I will be doing good if I can get through most of these things as it is! Here we go!

Beautiful Blue Ridge Weekend Escape!

The apples at the top are always the sweetest!
The apples at the top are always the sweetest!
Corails are the best!
Corails are the best!
Yummy!
Yummy!

The Fall fun has officially begun!

Last weekend Hubby and I traveled five hours north to Blue Ridge, Georgia in order to spend the weekend with some of the sweetest people we know! We had such a great weekend crafting, chili cooking, apple picking, antiquing, sight seeing, s’more making, and pumpkin patch exploring.

It was so great to get away from the busy-ness of life and to spend time with friends before Baby Addie arrives. AND apple picking was on this year’s bucket list so I was excited to get to cross it off! We went to Mercier’s orchards! We gorged ourselves as we sampled the different varieties of apples right off the trees. Our favorite type were the “corails,” so we filled up our entire bag full of these delicious apples! (Our original plan was to make apple butter and other pinterest goodies, but we have enjoyed eating them for lunch and snacks each night that at this point I don’t think we have enough to make anything with!)

Here are just a few picks from the weekend!

Downtown Blue Ridge
Downtown Blue Ridge
Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
I look like I am hiding a pumpkin under my shirt!
I look like I am hiding a pumpkin under my shirt!
Love these guys!
Love these guys!
Our weekend hideaway!
Our weekend hideaway!
Amicalola Falls
Amicalola Falls

Wish I Were There Wednesday….Blue Ridge, Georgia

Today was tough! It was one of those days that you just have to hunker down and brace yourself for all that comes your way. Satan was certainly at work today, but I am so thankful that my God is bigger, stronger, and never surprised or intimidated by the obstacles and challenges that seem to come my way!

With the cool weather and the coming of Fall I just want to hold spend time with family, draw near to good friends, and take each day as it comes. With all that being said, I am so EXCITED to get to spend a much needed weekend-cation away in Blue Ridge, Georgia with some of the sweetest friends I know.

So, even though it is only Wednesday and this is just a “wish I were there” moment, I am excited that this wish will come true in just a few short days!

 

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I can’t wait for a weekend filled with apple-picking, campfire making, s’more roasting, chili cooking, small-town boutique shopping, Appalachian trail walking, and relaxing with friends!

Although I feel like this year has been one of the host hectic times in my life, I feel like I have been surrounded and loved by my friends. I am so thankful for each of you. (You know who you are!)