Something New #16

 On Fridays in 2016 I share something new I've done recently, here's this week's!

A couple weeks ago I went on vacation with my mom and survived the longest roadtrip I've ever made where I was solo(ish) - because Belle was my only traveling buddy for the drive. It was about a 12 hour trip with the various pit stops a toddler requires.
Making the trip had me a wee bit anxious for the couple weeks leading up to the it, simply because traveling is always unpredictable, but throw a two year old in the mix with no one to back you up when things get cray and there is no telling what can happen. Thankfully Belle is a trooper when it comes to traveling. With the exception of some standstill traffic making both of us a little on edge and a tantrum or two over getting back on the road, Belle was a straight up dream. We packed about 28 different snacks, a few books and a handful of portable activities which helped keep her distracted once she started getting tired and cranky.

Even though we survived the 12 hour drive to the beach, on the way back we decided to break it out over two days for the sanity of all involved which made for a much happier Belle as well as a less frazzled mama.

What is something new you've accomplished lately?


Lately I've been ever so thankful for

Triumphs celebrated with popsicles. / Daily dance parties. / Encouraging accountability. / Backyard pool parties. / Reminders to take things slower. / Late night sits by campfires. / Struggles that leave room for grace. / Excited anxiousness. / A daughter who reminds me not to take life too seriously. / A husband who I can laugh with in the middle of our disagreements. / Safe friendships. / Sunny afternoons. / Roads that take you through mountains. / Waking up to my little gal's feet on my neck. / Memories made with my mom and my babe. / Watching bravery develop in my munchkin. / Buckets of rum punch after hard parenting days. / An independent toddler. / Tennessee back roads. / Our little family dates and group hugs. / The gift of being a mama.

Cheers to practicing thankfulness!

Something New #15

Every Friday in 2016 I share something new I did that week, here's this week's!
[[Clearly the above statement is a falsehood, as I have not posted the past two Fridays - oops.]]

This past week Barry and I hit up Mercy Lounge to see our friend Kyler Daron and his band open up for Remedy Drive. It was both a first for me going to Mercy Lounge and a first for both of us in hearing our friend perform live. It was truly a treat. You know how we're all looking for those things we were just born to do? Well we got to watch our friend do that thing of his. It was amazing and we're both so excited for and proud of him!
Ya'll should just go ahead and check his music out!

What's something new you've done this week?
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