Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Letters

Dear May,
If this baby comes according to plan (set to arrive June 13th), then this is my last month being childless.  That's a pretty weird thought.  I will soak up all of these diaper-less days because we know there are so many diapers in our future.  May, I look forward to your flowers and blooming trees. They are slowly on their way and I am loving it.

Dear Mother's Day,
I have always celebrated you especially after I got married and convinced Jeremy that we should celebrate our potential motherhood and fatherhood. Mostly because I wanted presents, it's my love language after all.  This year feels a little different since I am actually expecting a baby this time around, rather than reflecting on my awesome womanly qualities.  I love that there is a day set aside to appreciate the woman in our lives and the amazing things they do.  Also, it's a great excuse to have Jeremy grill up a giant steak for me next Sunday!

Dear Baby Clover,
I am getting less scared and more excited for your arrival.  I just can't wait to meet you.  I can't wait to take you on beautiful walks in these mountains.  I can't wait to sing to you.  I can't wait to take a million pictures of you as you sleep.  I can't wait to get to know you.  We have a lot of learning ahead of us.  I have never been a mother before and you have never been a baby before... don't worry, we will figure it out together.  In the meantime, keep rolling around in there, because it is just about the coolest thing!

Dear Early Morning Seminary,
You come to a close at the end of this month.  I have really enjoyed having these great kids over every weekday morning to study the Old Testament together.  We are trudging along and memorizing scripture masteries along on the way.  I know that we are all really excited to sleep in soon.  I know I am really looking forward to not setting my 5:40 alarm.  Twenty more days... we totally got this!

Dear Sam's Club,
We just got a membership and I am so excited to go back to buying things in bulk.  We discovered that we go to Albany quite a bit, since it's only an hour away and they have so much more civilization than we do in Vermont.  So we are coming for you Sam's Club!

Dear Jeremy,
I am feeling more in love with you than ever.  I am just so happy.  Happy that we are living out our dreams.  Happy that we love spending time together.  Happy that we get to do this parenthood thing together.  Happy that you are so dang handsome.  Happy that you talk to the baby and tell it to come out and play.  Happy that we found each other 8.5 years ago.  Happy that you are my best friend.  Happy that you are so wonderful, supportive, loving, and funny.  I am just so happy.  I love you.  Forever.  And ever.

Xoxo, Katie

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mom in Vermont

My mom came to visit me in Vermont!
It was a quick visit and oh so good to see her.  She helped us make lists of the stuff we need to get for Baby Clover because we really only had a crib and car seat.  Now we have so much more and more is on it's way.  Online shopping is your best friend when you live in the mountains.  I showed her all around our little towns, saw 5 covered bridges, ventured to Equinox Pond, shopped at the outlets, bought some Vermont Maple Syrup (of course), had her meet my friends, and we had a great baby shower.  It was a blast.  My friends got me a piƱata to bust open all on my own.  I loved it!



It wasn't too hard to say good bye this time, because she is coming back in about 8 weeks when this baby is born!  We laughed about how relaxing this visit was compared to how the next visit will be.  She will basically have to teach me what to do with a baby.  It's going to be really entertaining. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Let's Babymoon Together

Jeremy and I spent the better part of last week playing at the beach in Hollywood, Florida on a lovely babymoon (a babymoon is when you go away together before you have a baby and your lives change forever).  It was the dreamiest vacation and I recommend babymoons to EVERYONE. 

I'm obsessed with blurry beach pictures!

First toe dip of the trip!  We rented this cabana every day we were there for only $12 a day - it was a steal.  We stayed in the hotel right behind it on the right (our room was the 4th row of windows up and third one from the left), we had the perfect ocean view.

We found a delicious taco bar right on the board walk for dinner.

This watermelon lemonade was about the best thing in my life!  Jeremy got strawberry... I think we both liked mine better.  :)  I should figure out how to make it.  Can you imagine watermelon lemonade all summer long?  Dreamy!

We rolled out of bed one morning right before 7:00 to catch the gorgeous sunrise. It was amazing and we were basically freaking out about how cool mother nature is.  Jeremy managed to snap some pretty sweet pictures of the baby bump (31.5 weeks) that I just love.  I think we may have to put one in the baby's room. 
More blurry beach shots.  Those teal and blue ocean colors... oh all the heart eyes!!

We packed cheese and crackers, fruit, and veggies for our lunches everyday which was so refreshing.  We also packed lots of water - salt water and that Florida sun will certainly dehydrate you.  I tried to read up on relaxation techniques to help me get through labor.

Yep, we went to the same taco place two nights in a row after we found it.  I just had to get a pina colada (virgin of course) and it was the yummiest.  Right when we were finishing up dinner, an intense rain storm rolled in.  We ran to the hotel, saw a complete rainbow out our window over the ocean, and then had a two hour crazy lightening show.  It was amazing!

Here is Jeremy's pride and joy: our 2016 Convertible Mustang we rented.  We would cruise around with the top down just for fun.

Basically, we had the time of our lives.  We played in the ocean, laid in the sun, took naps, chatted, read books, threw the frisbee around, had delicious food, all while enjoying the 80 degree temperatures.  We used about half a bottle of sunscreen trying to keep the burns away - we were semi successful.  Florida sun is way more intense than the Vermont sun we usually get.  My favorite parts of the trip: when Jeremy would sporadically translate the Spanish that was going on around us (lots of Spanish speakers in Florida!), playing in the ocean, the amazing rainbow and lightening storm, and that amazing watermelon lemonade!  I'm telling you... dreamiest vacation ever.

(phone picture dump coming tomorrow)