Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Anniversary in Austin

This past Saturday we celebrated our five year anniversary with a trip to Austin! This is the first time we've really hung out in Austin together since we moved. And boy was it overdue! We started out with lunch at Counter Culture, which I think is my favorite place to eat in Austin?? ALL vegan! Which means we can order whatever we want!! And it's all so so good. We did not eat there enough when we lived so close! After lunch we hit up Juice Land for a smoothie and then took a walk on the boardwalk. Which brought back lots of memories of miles and miles and MILES of running on the trail. Dang I miss that trail.

Squishy face!!!

After our walk we hit up Once Over for some good coffee. Temple is severely lacking in the coffee department. Another thing I miss about Austin, decent coffee everywhere!

After coffee we hit up the mall and then scooted on back up northward home. We grabbed Italian takeout for dinner and I think we were all in bed by 8:30. Wild night, as usual.

It was a really good day! So much fun. I'm glad we went to Austin, I think it's something we need to do more often for sure. The drive really isn't that bad, if you don't hit traffic. If you hit traffic it's hellish. It was fun hanging out in our old haunts, this time with a baby! Showing Indy where her parents used to pretend they were cool. I do miss Austin, a lot. Sometimes I think I'm over it, but y'all, I'm not. It's a very awesome place and we were very happy there. We spent most of our married life there! Lots of love in that city. Maybe one day we'll end up back there. Maybe not. Who knows! :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Georgetown Red Poppy Festival

A couple weekends ago Brendon worked a shift at the Georgetown CVS and someone was like, yo you should go to this festival! (Also the drummer from Aerosmith came in?) Anyway, apparently there's a Red Poppy Festival. And apparently there are a lot of Red Poppies in Georgetown. None at the actual festival, which I found odd. But someone missed the turn to downtown so we took a scenic route and saw a ton of red poppies! All over peoples' yards! The story goes (or what someone told Brendon) is a soldier sent some seeds back to Georgetown from Europe in one of the World Wars and his mom planted them and now they're everywhere. They really are very pretty! I just still think it was weird there were no poppies at the festival. Lots of vendors and music though!

Homegirl mostly slept through the whole thing.

Georgetown has a very cute downtown! I think it has won awards. Their courthouse is actually not that cute as far as Texas courthouses go, but the buildings around the square are all adorable and in good shape. And occupied! A lot of smaller Texas towns have fairly abandoned downtown areas. Not that Georgetown counts as a small Texas town, but still. It was nice to see a town square thriving. Downtown Temple on the other hand, mostly abandoned.

This is my "omg what is sunlight, I am burning alive" face. Featuring firefighters. :)

After meandering through downtown we stopped at Monument Cafe on the way back to our car for a late lunch, it was yummy! Also pretty cute. I'd highly recommend.

Georgetown was fun! I've never actually been in the town before, I'm glad we checked it out. It's just down the road (aka the devilish stretch of highway known as I35) from us, we'll have to go back sometime!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Texas Discovery Gardens

WOO, I'm a little backlogged on documenting our little adventures. Something to do with a certain baby who refuses to nap anywhere but on her mama I think. ;)

A couple weeks ago we went up to Dallas for our honorary niece Kennedy's 6th birthday party. This is the first birthday we've been able to attend since her first! We were so happy to have been able to make it, plus we got to see some of Kristy and Kennedy's family we hadn't seen since we lived up there! It was an excellent trip, minus driving up in the crazy storms. This spring has been a wet one for Texas!

Aaaand these photos were taken on my iPhone because we forgot the real camera. WHOOPS.

Kennedy's birthday was at Texas Discovery Gardens which has a butterfly house, a whole bunch of insects, and botanical gardens. We stuck to the indoor stuff due to the rain, but it was still so awesome! Very cool place to have a birthday.

Love these ladies! Kennedy is so so good with Indiana. She loves babies!

Indiana was far more into eating her hands than checking out the butterflies. Understandable.

Kristy made both the cakes, including the butterflies! They were red velvet (minus the food coloring ;)) with cream cheese icing! Brendon's favorite! It was real yummy. Have I mentioned I like cake?

And this next photo is real grainy but...

That face. Can't handle the cute! Kennedy put the butterfly ears(?) on Indiana and then was giving Uncle Brendon a choker necklace from the paper off a Fruit by the Foot. As you do.

Uno mas, because I just can't help myself.

Anyway, we love being just two hours from Dallas! Indiana naps so well in the car, so it's the perfect nap time trip. Love being able to see our Dallas ladies more often!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Five years

Five years ago was the best day ever. Well, maybe tied with the day Indiana was born. More partying at weddings though. Less pain. ;) It was such a perfect and happy day, one of those days you wish you could relive over and over.

Marrying Brendon is at the tippy top of my "good decisions" list. It's made me happier than I ever thought was possible, and I've also laughed a whole bunch. In five years we've been through a lot. A couple big moves, a few jobs, we were broke as a joke, put in lots of hard work, dug ourselves out of the hole, got a new car, someone got a doctorate, went vegetarian, got hooked on running, went on so many fun trips and adventures, aaaaand we made a baby. Plus lots of snuggles and smooches and shenanigans. I'd say it's been a reeeeally good five years.

This has definitely been the craziest year of marriage with the biggest changes. But so good! Every year is better than the last generally. This one though, it came with Indiana so it gets gold stars.

Being married to Brendon has never been hard, but sometimes (a lot of times) life isn't a cake walk. Having a baby is different and very real sort of challenge for our marriage. Mostly, I miss my husband. Bedtime for Indiana starts around seven these days and by the time she's asleep I'm ready to be doing the same. Which only gives us a few hours together after Dr. H gets home from work. And those are usually filled with Brendon squeezing in all the time with Indy he can get while I make dinner and try to find some rare minutes to myself. It's tough. I miss lounging around with him, watching movies, playing board games, just relaxing. Me and him. Don't get me wrong, Indiana is the bomb and the best and we're so lucky she's ours. But she's also a lotta work! Worth it of course, seeing Brendon with our daughter is magic, but I do miss him. Weekends though, those are what's up. Weekends forever please!!

But every day and week and month with Indiana gets easier and more fun. And we are a family!! Of three! I can't wait to see how we grow together. This next year of marriage will be full of more challenges but also full of very good things. As long as we are together, it will be good. And probably funny.

Cheers to five years of love and adventures, Brendon! You're my favorite and the cutest and sweetest and I can't imagine doing life with anyone else. So glad you picked me. Love you forever. And I'm SO glad our anniversary fell on a weekend. :)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Three months

Indiana is three months old!! Can you believe it? A quarter of a year. A third of a pregnancy! Some days seem never ending, but mostly it's all flying by. I'll look at my little monster smiling at me, holding her big ol' head up and I'm like, how is it possible that you've grown so much from that tiny floppy thing I gave birth to?? Three months marks the end of the, "fourth trimester" and I've tried my darndest to make baby girl's transition into the outside world as smooth as possible. I've cuddled and snuggled Indiana every moment I could. My goal was (and still is) for her to trust that the world was a cool place! That being out here is not so bad. That we will always and forever be here to pick her up and tell her everything is okay. But mostly I just wanted her to know that she is so so so loved. With every fiber of my existence I want her to know that. I smile at that baby all day long. No matter how tired or cranky or frustrated I am, when she looks at me I (try to) smile. I kiss her and snuggle her and fight for her smiles in return. Pretty much all day, erryday. Anyway, that's a lotta mush, but that's what my goal was for the fourth trimester; no matter how exhausted or overwhelmed I was, love fest first and foremost. But real talk, we might be moving on to bigger things like learning how to be a functioning human and stuff, but love fest is not over. All that snuggling and smiling and assurance of love is gonna keep on going strong. Like... forever. I just hopefully won't be as tired??

This last month has been a radical month for Indiana. As I'm sure every month will be for a while. She has grown SO MUCH. She's wearing a mix of 3 but mostly 6 month clothes and weighs about 12 and a half pounds. She can hold her head up, likes to "stand" (with lots of help), recently conquered rolling from her tummy to her back, and can grab and hold on to little toys! She's all about putting stuff in her mouth and drooling on everything. Gahhh she is a drooling machine. And girlfriend is ready to roll! She wants so badly to sit up and move on her own. I can tell she gets frustrated with that floppy body of hers. But everyday she's getting stronger!

Indiana loves smiling at people and having conversations with her heartbreakingly adorable baby voice. She hasn't really laughed yet, but she'll sorta chuckle. She's a big fan of books, the posters in her room, her kitty that's attached to a pacifier (not so much the actual pacifier part), chewing on blankets, naps in the car, and just going out and looking at stuff. She doesn't like hot cars, being stuck in one position for too long, or waking up from naps. Her witching hours are from 6-8 and she is a big fan of mama during that time. Which is a bummer because that's when daddy is home. She still loves his face and his goofy voices though. She's still a better night sleeper than napper, we usually get up twice a night, give or take. Although recently we've been having nights where we pretend she's a newborn again, that's not fun for either of us. Sleep is so important to her happiness. (I feel that.) Still getting swaddled every night and sleeps in the little crib next to our bed. She takes brief naps in the big crib in her room, but I do mean brief. Mostly she naps on mama.

These days it's gradually less and less pure survival mode. We're finally getting into a good routine, I've sorta got her figured out and vice versa. What she needs when. But then sometimes she's just pissed and I'm like??? Mostly though she's a chill little thing. I'm amazed everyday at how happy she is. When she was born we got all sorts of compliments on how mellow she was and one of the nurses said it was because we (her parents) were laid back. Which might be true but we also might be good actors? But I took that to heart and try to keep my stress level at a minimum. The key word here is try because I have hella anxiety and worry about Indiana and am I doing this mom thing okay??? basically nonstop. But I try to at least outwardly keep a cool head the best I can and not to sweat the little stuff. Because I swear, that baby knows when I'm stressed and it wigs her out! I tell myself babies are tough little things and as long as she's healthy and loved we will all be okay.

Anyway good gracious, kudos to you if you got through all that. I am obviously obsessed with my baby. I just want to remember all these little things forever! So when Indiana is 15 and karma is paying me back for all my own teenage shenanigans I can look back and be like aww, remember when? And then I'll go wake her up every couple hours and ask her to feed me. ;)

Three months of Indy! Still flying by the seat of my pants, still exhausted, but still loving every moment of it. 

Here's one and two months!