Nov 2, 2015

Our Reveal

Since we opted to have the Harmony blood test, we actually found out the gender of our little peanut between 11 and 12 weeks. I know! It's crazy how things are different now compared to when I was pregnant with Brooklyn. And since we took a beach vacation on fall break, we opted to find out over the phone with our toes in the sand! The nurse at the doctor's office was so sweet and she sounded just as excited as we were!

We got back in town and told most of our immediate family within a few days. We couldn't wait. But I wanted to think of some fun way to share with our friends and extended family on social media. When we announced we were having a baby, two different people mentioned something about baseball vs softball and that's how I got the idea for the reveal.

In a rush one morning before work and on our porch because it was pouring rain, we got Brooklyn to take a few pictures on my phone for us. That evening, I posted the one you see above and then promptly fell asleep before I could post the reveal itself. I'm telling you, pregnancy makes you tired! So I didn't intentionally leave everyone hanging, but it was pretty funny reading some of the comments. The next morning though, I posted this: 
I'm still pretty surprised! I have two sisters and 3 nieces. The only "boys" in my immediate family are my dad and the men that married in. Everyone always jokes with my dad about living in a woman's world. Well, now team boy is getting one more member in April. 

Oct 27, 2015

The Questions

Thanks to everyone for your excitement about our news this weekend. I thought I would take some time today and cover some of the details I didn't mention in post this weekend. Also, I would try to answer the common questions we have been asked in the last few weeks. 

First up, I'm due April 29th so we could possibly have a May baby. I am pretty excited about a spring baby. We get to do all the fun fall birthday things with Brooklyn and now we can try our hand at spring birthday things with the little one. Brooklyn even said, "We can get a water slide for his/her birthday party" haha! Maybe in a few years....

I am feeling SO much better the last two to three weeks! We took a trip to the beach when I was 11 weeks, and I wasn't sure if I was feeling better because we were at the beach or if I was actually starting to feel better for good! I think it was a little of both. The weeks before this were pretty rough. It could have been worse though. I know some women have a hard time even getting out of bed. I still made it to work everyday, drinking my ginger ale and munching on peanut butter crackers. Eating a little bit all day long really helped keep my nausea in check. (This is another good first trimester survival guide.)

I've also been asked quite a bit if this was on purpose. I think that's such a funny question. I don't know why but it just is to me. And yes, this was on purpose. My husband and I have been married two years and we are both in our early 30s, it's not that crazy to have a baby together, lol. I think people assume that since my daughter is 12 that I would not be having more kids due to the age difference. 

I've also been asked who did our beautiful pictures! My blog friend Rach Vendetti took these pictures at a local park. She was such a thrill to work with and so easy going. She made sure we were happy with the photos and captured exactly what we were going for! I would share more but I'm saving some for our Christmas cards this year. (Check our Rach's photography page here)

And yes, we did keep the secret from Brooklyn until the photos were taken. I've been asked that as well. She truly didn't know until the day of photos. She read the sign as soon as it was handed to her and then we got pictures with the onesie later. That is the onesie I gave my husband for our anniversary in September. 

I think that covers everything so far. If I missed anything let me know. Oh besides the gender! I got a failed attempt at a gender reveal teaser and reveal pic this morning thanks to the rain. You can check that out over on instagram (janessa1020) along with my pregnancy brain moment of the day. 

Oct 24, 2015

The News

Last Friday we shared some exciting news with the world via social media. This has seriously been one of the hardest secrets I've ever had to keep. The first trimester felt like I was keeping secrets for weeks and weeks. I didn't tell my husband for 10 days because i wanted to tell him on our anniversary. Then we kept the secret from Brooklyn for a few more weeks so we could capture her reaction on camera (seriously, the best decision ever!). 
We told most of our family individually. I thought my mom was going to spill our secret though. I told her at one of Brooklyn's volleyball tournaments when most everyone had left for lunch or headed outside. She screamed. Like 4 times. To say she was excited would be an understatement. Jeremy's mom screamed at a check out counter. His whole family is over the moon too! This will be the first baby for them in a long while. 

Now the big secret is gender! We know! And we have told a few friends and most of our family knows. We just have one family member to tell before we make the news public and I really can't wait. I've had to watch what I pinterest these days so I don't spill the beans!! I'm hoping by next week we get to share the gender. Also, my daughter has insisted that I take weekly "bump" pics so I'm going to do my best to update with those once a week or every other week if the questions get repetitious. 

So any guessing on whether we have blue or pink in our future??

Sep 3, 2015

Hi friends! Is there anyone still out there? It has been quite a while huh? But I have really missed this little space and missed documenting life. I still read a lot of blogs and like to find new ones, but I haven't been doing a lot of my own sharing. 

So here is a quick update on life:

-I'm still running. It's Road Race Series time so that is in full swing. Also, St Jude training is in full force. I'm not actually running the St Jude race this year but my cousin and one of my friends are both running the half for the very first time. I've joined them for training over the last few weeks. I'm thinking I may add a Jan/Feb half to my schedule since my mileage will be up there by then. 
-Mini started 7th grade. She's a middle middle schooler. I am enjoying this year so much more than 6th grade. I feel like there's less pressure on them. They know how things work in the big building, and they aren't the babies anymore. 
-We have been doing a bit of sailing this year as a family. A friend of ours has sailed pretty much all her life and up until this year crewed on another boat during local boat races. This year, she got her very own boat. She was nice enough to invite us out and we have been several times this season. We actually won the female race last weekend! Go us!
-In July, I took my first ever trip to New Orleans! Oh my word, why did I wait so long to see that awesome city! I think NOLA is a place you either love or hate and I am so in love. I was already planning a trip back there on my way home. I went on a girls trip so I can't wait to take a trip back with my husband. We did some site seeing, a walking tour that was fabulous, went to some smaller local dives, ate all the good food and lived it up as much as possible. Oh and I can't forget the shopping. We did quite a bit of that! 
-We also took a family trip to Knoxville this summer. Btw, we are huge UT fans. And by "we" I mean Brooklyn and I. Jeremy is just along for the ride with us. Anyways, B attended a UT softball pitching skills camp. It was just a two day camp and unfortunately, she only made it through day one. She was up sick all night in the hotel after the first day. She apparently picked up a stomach bug along the way. Luckily, she still had a great time on that first day and we all learned a lot in a short amount of time. I would definitely like to make this a yearly trip. 
-This summer has been really good to us! We have had lots of time to get together with friends. There have been movies, cookouts, girls nights, taco Tuesdays, etc. I really enjoyed it and was not looking forward to summer ending. Luckily, our fall looks just as jam packed! 
There are still tons of things I'm forgetting too, but at least this is a start. And hopefully I can do a better job keeping this space up to date. Happy Thursday! It's almost time for a 3 day weekend, Hallelujerrrrr!

Jan 12, 2015

What Weekends Are Made Of

This was one of those weekends where I felt like we were on the go every day. We weren't of course, but it felt like it. 

We kicked it off Friday with homecoming at school. Now that Brooklyn is in middle school, they get to do all the big kid stuff like school sports, dances, homecoming, etc. B got selected to represent her homeroom during the halftime court. This meant dress shopping on Christmas break....eeek. We actually survived it and knocked out dress shopping for their first formal in February while we were at it. One and done shopping! 

Anyways, here's a little pic overload from Friday night: 

Yes she looks almost as tall as us here but her heels are about twice as high as my heels in this picture
My baby and my baby sister

B and my dad (Poppy)
Brooklyn asked him to escort her so she wouldn't have to choose between her dad and her step dad. I thought that was pretty sweet and mature of her. 
After the court, there were more pictures. And just when she thought she was done....even more pictures. But after that, there was a basketball game. The girls are still undefeated going into their last 4 games of the regular season. I couldn't be more proud of them and their coach. I really love hearing the older girls' parents or the boy parents talking about how good of a season our girls are having. 

Saturday, B ditched us for the Harlem Globetrotters with a friend and we headed to the party for the Road Race Series finishers and warriors. I've mentioned the details on the road race here, but basically it's a series of races that go from 5ks up to half marathon distances over the course of several months. It also pretty closely aligns with the training for the St Jude half marathon. If you complete 6 out of 10 or one race of each distance, you are a finisher. If you complete all 10 races, you are a road warrior (and a BAMF, seriously! Those races are every two weeks and start at 7am!). Anywho, this weekend was the big party to celebrate that, and we had a blast. 
The hubs and I

Run365 representing

Sunday, we were back up and running around getting things ready for our friend's baby shower. It was just a close group of friends celebrating little no name. We like to give her a hard time since we weren't able to have anything monogrammed for Baby Burns yet. I can't wait for that little guy to arrive though!

We spend the rest of Sunday evening on the couch! The Golden Globes were on so I had to hop on twitter and read the live tweets. That's my favorite time to be on twitter...during awards shows! 

Hope everyone had a busy but fun weekend as well!

Jan 6, 2015

The Resolution Post

Whether you like resolutions or not, most people at least think about goals or some type of thing they want to accomplish around this time of year. I'm a fan of monthly goals, but I usually come up with some "resolutions" for the whole year too. 

Here's what I have so far: 

Running goals 
- Sub30 5k. Last year I got to around 32 minutes before I started working on distance. I am not a fast runner, but I also haven't really worked on speed. This year I want to work on that a little harder along with my endurance. 
Stars and Stripes 5k - my 5k PR
- Complete a 30 day run streak. Last summer I got connected with some awesome runners (Run365) who are beyond inspirational. Some of them completed their 365 days of running at least one mile a day on Dec 31. Some have been streaking even longer; and some just started streaks on New Years Day. I'm starting small with a 30 day streak. Then we will see how it goes. 

Home goals
- Complete the downstairs of my house. We have been living here 2 years now and I still haven't gotten my house together. Ridiculous! I am really great decorating for others but awful decorating for myself. My list is a mile long but I'm going to focus on the living room and kitchen before the rest of my house. 
- Declutter. That's always a goal. I've already taken two full bags of toys, shoes, clothes, and random other things to goodwill last week. 
- Complete one organizational project each month. I like keeping it simple with just one project each month. I get a little ADD when I start working on things. When I was cleaning my living room before Christmas, I went to move some photo boxes to make room for Christmas decor. So of course that meant I had to open the boxes and reorganize ALL the photos. What should have taken 5 minutes to clear one small spot ended up taking me 2 hours. Just like this goal has now taken off on a tangent....

Fashion goals?
- Wear all my scarves (not at once). Is it weird that this goal seems as lofty as running a 30 day streak?! I came up with this goal as I was adding 3 to my closet after Christmas. 
Crappy picture of my collection but there are probably 10 or more on each hook
- Wear each piece of jewelry or get rid of it. Similar to my scarf addiction, I have too much jewelry. Not like, diamonds and rubies. More like cheap, on sale $3 necklaces. I can't pass it up. 

Other goals
- Read the magazines I subscribe to. Some months I'm great and some months I don't even open the first page. 

Jan 5, 2015

Mic Check

So should I jump right in here like no time has passed? Or start with an excuse? Or just throw a bunch of pictures at you? Or just write about my resolutions since that's what's on my mind today? 

The truth is, I've really missed my little writing space. Like a lot. I've been keeping up on most of my blog friends, but haven't done a great job of writing in my own little space. I'm going to take a lesson from my friend Lindsey though and get back at it. 

So this is just a hello, how ya doin', hope you had a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year kinda post. I'm going to work on catching up a few things and then writing about some new things this month. Hope you'll hang in there. 
Christmas Eve twinkie pic