Seven Years

This morning we woke up and said Happy Anniversary in unison and it made us both laugh a little. Seven years ya'll. That's insane. Taking dating into account, we've been each other's boo for nearly a decade. Holy smokes. How old are we?

The more I've thought about it this morning, us doing something in unison was a pretty good picture of grace in our marriage. As I shared last year, the past couple of years of marriage have been a little less 'blissful' and a little more 'reality based' and we have gone through a time of so not being on the same page with one another.

This year we decided to stop trying to fit the other person in a box and let the other be who they are and it's truly been the most freeing thing. Ya'll, it's humorous how incredibly different we are - from the way we eat to the way we like to enjoy our 'off time'... we honestly used to give each other push back on just about everything and it started to drive us a bit batty. This year by God's good grace looking down and being like, ya'll need to figure out your business - we decided to love each other for who the other is instead of trying to change the other and get back to working together as a team. Choosing to see each other's differences as pieces that completed the other instead of what sets us apart had made a world of difference in how we love each other. He's the calm and steady to my crazy, ever changing self and I truly wouldn't wish it any other way.

The past couple years have me excited going into our eighth year as I'm sure we'll continue to learn how to appreciate the other one's quirks and differences in all new ways as we experience the new adventures of a move, possible career changes and welcoming our baby boy into the world (and literally who knows what else?!).

Love living life and all of it's crazy adventures with you babe!
Cheers to another year of learning and loving and smooching!

P.S. If you want a little extra dose of sap - here are the other Anniversary posts I've written over the years TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX

20 Weeks

Well ya'll! We're super excited to announce that we can finally stop saying "it" because ladies and gents, we have a baby BOY!

It's so funny, when I was pregnant with Belle I was sure I was having a boy and had a hard time getting my head around a girl at first. This time I didn't have a clue as to what I thought we were having and I still don't think it's completely sunk in! A BOY! AHHH! What kind of life will that be like?

We're incredibly excited though! Belle had her heart so set on a baby sister she was a bit unsure over the news initially, but she's warming up to the idea since then. I'm excited to start looking at baby boy stuff, I may break down and buy a onesie before the week is over, because I think that's when it started to sink in with Belle was when I started seeing girly things around the house! We are still settling on a name, but we'll be sure to let ya'll know!

So obviously we had the BIG ultrasound this week and got to see our little man in action!
I was beside myself with anticipation all week leading up to it and honestly the couple days leading into it I was anxious because I hadn't felt baby boy kicking for nearly two days. Come to find out my placenta is actually sitting in a position that makes it harder for me to feel him which explains why I only feel him a couple times a day when I'm sitting really still. I don't have a full placenta previa, but it's close enough that we'll be getting an extra ultrasound once I hit the third trimester to see how to proceed. Right now it's not a concern whatsoever though - both baby boy and I are completely healthy and that's all that matters. Even though I can't feel him doing it, he was moving non stop - even doing flips during the ultrasound which cracked us up!

We're so excited about raising a little man, don't really know what we're in for, but it's going to be good!


Ya'll. Guacamole is something I can eat by the bucket full and if you ever need something from me, a sure way to get it is to bring me a bowl of homemade guac and you're pretty much set. My momma is the one who taught me how to make guac years and years ago and over the years I like to think I've become a bit of a professional in making it. This one is easy and delicious and perfect for pairing with any mexican dish or literally just eating by the spoonful. You're welcome for that visual of my pregnant, constantly eating current self.

You'll need:

4 ripe avocados
1 cup of cherry tomatoes (quartered)
1/4 cup of chopped red onion
Juice of two limes

Garlic powder, kosher salt and fresh black pepper

First skin your avocados, remove the seed and mash until lumpy. Don't leave big chunks, but definitely don't mash until smooth. Leave a little lumpiness to enjoy. Sprinkle with garlic powder ( I never measure, but I'd say start with 1/2 tsp), about a 1/4-1/2 tsp of kosher salt and crack some pepper on top. Squeeze your limes and stir until well mixed. Throw in the onion and tomato, stir and you're all set!

Store in a container that just fits the amount you have to keep the air from hitting it and turning it brown. However, a little brown is not the end of the world - just stir it up and you're all set!

Avocado is one of the best healthy fats there is, so you can bet I'm in my kitchen making this every chance I get!
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