Life Lately

I’ve been rather absent from the blog since baby’s arrival, but it’s time to pick things up again! Starting off my official return with a few recent life highlights:

Emberly had her first Dr. visit and wasn’t a huge fan of getting naked for that.

We broke out the stroller and had our first family walk, which also happened to be daddy’s first day back at work.

I took Emberly on her first Starbucks and Target run – teaching her the important things in life! ūüėČ Also, why can’t all stores have grocery carts as smooth as Target!?

We had a Friday night family ice cream date and walk along the Canal.

Several family members and friends came to meet Emberly.

My cousin Dennae and her husband Daniel all the way from SC
Blake warmed up to the idea of holding a fresh baby. ūüėČ
Cincinnati cousins & aunt & uncle
Joanna & Jeffrey also came all the way from SC to meet E
And of course the grandparents

When Loren’s parents came for a visit this past weekend, they babysat Emberly for a couple hours and Loren and I snuck away for a baby-free coffee date.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of helping host a bridal shower for my friend Vashti. It was so much fun (and these are all the pictures I got)!

And one more baby picture because she’s just too cute.

That’s about it for now!
We’re are taking our first roadtrip (just to Cincinnati) with baby this weekend, so we’ll see how that goes!

6 Things That Keep Our Marriage Strong

There is no perfect marriage secret but there are good habits that contribute to stronger marriages. While I am by no means a marriage expert, today I wanted to share¬†a few habits we’ve adopted that help keep our marriage strong.

Go to bed at the same time. I can probably count on one hand the times we haven’t gone to bed at the same time, as¬†this¬†has always been important to me. Ending the day together gives us a solid connection.

No phone in the bedroom policy. This has been a game-changer for us. I’m normally ready for bed before Loren is and used to just scroll through Instagram while waiting for him to come to bed. Now, instead of having that distraction, we chat about the day or just goof off during that time.

Journal every night. I wrote a full post on this here, but Loren and I write a short note to each other every night. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes serious, and sometimes it’s just a recap of a wonderful day spent together.

Date nights. This might be a given for some, but date nights every week are so important. Whether it’s out for ice cream, a movie, exploring a new city or dressing up a little nicer for dinner, carving out that time (phone free!) to focus on each other is a fun way of reconnecting and showing commitment to each other.

Prayer before work and sleep. Before Loren heads out the door for work in the morning, we pray together for the day. These few moments set us off on the right foot and in the same mindset. Along the same lines, one of the last things we do before falling asleep is pray together.

Hold hands whenever possible. In public and at home! There’s a sense of protection, love, comfort and connection. Take pride in that ownership!

What are some of your marriage tips?

Thursday Confessions

I confess
¬†…that this should actually be a recipe post but I failed in the meal planning and¬†grocery shopping department this week and didn’t have what I needed.
 
…that I’m excited to see¬†my family from Germany¬†next week! There will be 7 adults and 2 kids staying in our 2-bedroom apartment for a night and I can’t wait.
 
…that I’ve slacked off working out the past 2 weeks. But that changed this morning.
 
…that I’m super excited about our maternity shoot tomorrow, even though it’s probably too early for one. Baby bump, grow some overnight, please!
…that renewing/applying for passports is slightly daunting.
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…that I have a new-found love for coconut milk. It makes our morning smoothies so much better!
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…that I wish we had a beach vacation planned, but gotta save for our Christmas Europe trip! #priorities
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Happy Thursday!
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