Taste of Cincinnati

This past weekend we were in Cincinnati and ventured out to the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival (Taste of Cincinnati) with our friends Caleb and Chelsea. Basically, a few streets are blocked off downtown and several of Cincinnati’s top restaurants set up booths to sell “tastes” of their best food. We walked down the whole length of the festival to scout out our options before deciding on what we wanted. Even between the 4 of us, we only tasted a fraction of the food options, but they were all delicious (not everything we ate made it on camera). There was rain in the forecast for that afternoon, but it never came and it was the perfect afternoon for wandering around stuffing our faces with delectable food.

Pork tacos
Frozen lemonade
Banana acai berry smoothie

Salted caramel Belgian waffle

Chicken kabob with rice

Sauerkraut balls
Creme brûlée – by far my favorite item of the day

Key lime cream puff

Thanks for the fun, Cincinnati (and Caleb & Chelsea 😉 )!

34 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 34 weeks

Size of baby: Butternut squash, baguette, basketball hoop or quokka. 18-19 inches long (head to toe) and 4.5-5 lbs.

Wearing/Maternity Clothes: This maxi dress and shorts with stretchy waistbands. I feel like I’m starting to explode.

Sleep: Still pretty decent! I’m snatching all the extra minutes in the mornings these last few weeks.

Dream of the week: I was babysitting about 20 kids by myself in a 4-story house while all the parents attended a banquet. The kids were running wild all over the house and I was having a hard time corralling them. I finally managed to get them all outside in a grassy field where we were going to play a game. I needed everyone to divide up into 2 circular groups, but Loren (who was my brother and the main mischief instigator) and the other older kids were doing their own thing. I tried yelling at them, but you know how in your dreams you can’t talk or run sometimes? No one could hear me and it was very frustrating. I somehow managed to get the kids to form circles, but into 4 groups instead of 2. And then I woke up.

Cravings: Nothing really this week.

Baby movement: Her head is down and her little feet like to kick around on my right side.

Gender: Little Lady

Challenges this week: Rolling out of bed is getting slightly more difficult. Not completely a challenge yet, though!

Best moment this week: My long-time friend Joy coming to spend the week with us. We got mani/pedis, massages, went shopping, ate ice cream and got all caught up on life. We were quite spoiled to have her here!

Anniversary/Babymoon Trip (Michigan City, IN)

I’m finally sharing 100 million pictures from our anniversary trip last weekend! We had a hard time deciding where to go this year (not too far from home, not too pricey, etc.) and finally decided on Michigan City, IN. We had heard that the Indiana Dunes were pretty amazing, and since Michigan City is on Lake Michigan, we knew there would be some beaches. And of course I made sure there were at least a couple of good places to eat and get coffee. The weather was perfect (warmer than we were expecting!), and we had a lovely time. The perfect little anniversary/babymoon getaway.

Where we stayed:
We found a cozy little little Airbnb – In the woods, about 10 minutes from food and the beach, with a few walking trails on the property.

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33 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 33 weeks

Size of baby: Cauliflower, celery, junior tennis racquet or ferret. 17-19 inches long (head to toe) and 4 lbs.

Wearing/Maternity Clothes: Nothing new! I’m on the hunt for a comfortable summer maxi dress that is both maternity and nursing friendly. Any suggestions?

Sleep: Still good.

Dream of the week: My SIL and her husband (Emily and Steve) gave me a Fitbit for my birthday. I was a little confused because 1.) I didn’t necessarily want a Fitbit and 2.) It was fuchsia (in my dream EVERYONE knew I didn’t like red). But I decided it wasn’t so bad and kept it. And then I woke up.

Cravings: Icy things: iced coffee, fruit slushes/smoothies, etc.

Baby movement: She’s settling down as her space gets smaller, but still likes to let me know she’s there.

Gender: Little Lady

Challenges this week: Randomly dropping things for absolutely no reason. I was already clumsy before I got pregnant, but now it’s just getting worse.

Best moment this week: Our anniversary/babymoon getaway this past weekend. Full post on this to come soon!

Five on Friday [anniversary edition] // 5-12-17

In light of today being our 3rd wedding anniversary, I’m sharing 5 favorites memories (besides our wedding day) from the past married years. I must say, it was very hard to narrow these down.

ONE //  Our honeymoon. We spent a couple days in Charleston, SC, then boarded a ship for a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas. It was such a fun, relaxing time together exploring Charleston and eating all the soft serve we wanted on the cruise.

TWO // Our many roadtrips in the VW Beetle. The summer we got married, we spent many hours in my beloved little beetle taking roadtrips to friends’ weddings, apartment hunting (for our move to from SC to IN), family events and last minute picnics on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

THREE // 1st Anniversary trip to Chicago. Our first vacation (besides the honeymoon) after getting married – Loren had just finished his first year of grad school, and it was nice to just get out of town for a long weekend. Exploring a new city and eating delicious food was just a bonus. 😉

FOUR // Our 2016 Charleston vacation. Apparently I just like to get away with my man. lol But Charleston is my favorite city in the world, so any time spent there is a favorite memory. 😉 A perfect week spent on the beach, drinking coffee on our little porch, paddleboarding, meandering the city streets, etc.

FIVE // Finding out we were going to be parents. Does this even need an explanation? Needless to say, we were/are both pretty stoked!

There are SO many other memories that I treasure (exploring new coffee shops, babysitting nephews & nieces, birthday dates, Loren’s graduation, late night Office binges, random photoshoots in unusual locations) and I always look forward to the next adventure with my favorite person in the world.

I love you and choose you every day, Loren! Happy Anniversary!

heidi sign

Maternity Shoot

Several weeks ago, the very talented Sarah Beth Sutter Photography did a little maternity shoot for us. I was almost 26 weeks pregnant during this shoot, so not super big, but I love all the pictures and thought I would share my favorites with you all.

Heidi: dress // necklace // booties (similar)
Loren: shirt (similar) // jeans // shoes // watch

32 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 32 weeks

Size of baby: Squash, Florida Pomela or naked-tailed armadillo. 18 inches long (head to toe) and 3.75 lbs.

Wearing/Maternity Clothes: This dress from Target. I don’t know why I’m always amazed at the difference actual maternity clothes make.

Sleep: Still good. I have mastered the perfect little pillow and blanket nest.

Dream of the week: I dreamed that all the rain we had last week turned to snow. When I woke up, I wasn’t sure if it was real or not, so I quickly opened the window to make sure it wasn’t real. It was just still raining.

Cravings: Give me all the fresh watermelon! But it has to be firm and juicy, and not at all squishy.

Baby movement: She for sure isn’t shy about making her presence known!

Gender: Little Lady

Challenges this week: Nothing to report here!

Best moment this week: Finishing another nursery project – painting the diaper cart (pics to come).

Nerf Guns and Sunshine

The sun came back this weekend!! Just in time Friday evening for our drive to see our friend Savannah direct her middle school musical. The kids did an amazing job performing Lion King Jr. and it was fun to see all the hard work Savannah has put into it this semester.
When we got home, Loren disappeared into the office, then reappeared a short while later with…the nerf guns. So we had us a good ol’ fun nerf gun battle in the mostly-dark apartment. Nothing like a little late-night adrenaline rush!

Saturday was a pretty random day. Loren hung out at Starbucks for a while writing his lesson plan for Sunday school while I ran some errands. When he got home, he took on the project of spray painting the diaper cart for the nursery. While the first coat was drying, we had a little Chipotle & haircut (for Loren) date, then came home to finish painting the cart and relax the rest of the evening.

Sunday I had the privilege of subbing in the 4s & 5s Sunday school class, and the kids were pretty hilarious. One of them noticed Loren wasn’t with me (he usually helps me, but was with the teens) and asked “Where’s your dad?” Another one noticed my large belly, pointed to it and wanted to know “What is that?” Out of the mouth of babes.
After church we had lunch with some friends, came home and took a little walk in the beautiful sunshine to watch another friend’s soccer game.

Maybe this week the weather will stay more May-ish!


May Goals

April’s goals didn’t get super far – here’s to hoping May goes better!

April Goals
~ mail in passport applications
~ pass the birth & baby class we just started
~ finish taxes
~ plan something for our anniversary
~ spring clean with amazing-smelling cleaners like this and this
~ go on a picnic
~ order a few canvases – it’s probably about time to print some wedding pictures – well, I ordered one from our maternity shoot for the baby’s room

May Goals
~ start planning freezer meals
~ plan & take a little anniversary/babymoon trip
~ host one of my best friends for a week
~ go on a picnic (totally pulling this from last month)
~ start monetizing my blog

31 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 31 weeks

Size of baby: Romaine lettuce, loaf of bread, foam finger or small-clawed otter. 17.5 inches long (head to toe) and 3.2 lbs. (according to dr).

Wearing/Maternity Clothes: Nothing new this week.

Sleep: Still good overall!

Dream of the week: There was another one that involved my brother and sister (why are they all about my family?!), but I can’t recall any specifics.

Cravings: Fresh watermelon. Nothing like eating it fresh and cold!

Baby movement: She’s been rolling around a lot and giving us plenty of opportunities to feel her little head and bum.

Gender: Little Lady

Challenges this week: Nothing this week! Even though I do often breathe heavily and Loren always asks if I’m ok. Must be louder than I think.

Best moment this week: Getting to see our little girl again via ultrasound. She has the cutest smile and little squashed nose!