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What's Up Wednesday: June 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I feel like I JUST published last month's What's Up Wednesday.. so crazy! Summertime has turned out to be super busy over at our house!




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1: WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:
Honestly we're eating up all of the random food in our house before we leave for traveling for two weeks! And we're eating out a few times with family, attending a wedding, staying busy!
2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:
Usually this is one of my favorite questions to answer, but I'm not really reminiscing about a whole lot right now. :) I'm in a season where there is just a TON happening. Hosting three showers almost back to back, planning a trip to Nashville, booking a last minute trip to Europe for two and a half weeks, caring for a one year old, being a semi decent friend/wife/human... I just don't feel like I've had a lot of head space recently. This too shall pass, but I'm looking forward to a slower pace at the end of July.

3: WHAT I'M LOVING: 
My previous question kind of covers this.. I'm sure I'm loving something but I can't think of it at this very moment. Eek! Oh!! I have something. I've never been one to take baths, and I've picked it up. Incredibly relaxing at the end of a long day. :) 
4: WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
Last weekend we took a quick trip to Nashville to see one of our best friends, Ben's college room mate. From there, we did a road trip to Asheville, NC. We had so much fun! I recapped the first half of the trip, here

I still need to recap this, but a few weeks ago we had a baby shower for my friend Kayla! Her little girl, Ella, will be here so soon and we just can't wait! :) 

Beau and I have been enjoying daily life together. These photos are randomly some of my favorite.. it's the mundane things like going to Target with a little helper that make me feel so happy to be a mama. 

Two weeks after Kayla's shower we had one for my friend Rachel, who also happens to be Kayla's childhood best friend. They are having girls due just three days apart. It's so incredibly sweet and so if you need me in August, I'll be the one having someone else hold my baby so I can hold the two tiny new ones at the same time. :) 

We're missing my precious niece's birthday while we're out of town this month, so we had her over for a special birthday breakfast and played so much. It was so incredibly sweet. Being an aunt is SO much fun! 

I also got to hug my friend Sarah Hunt, at her champagne and shopping event in Highland Park Village! 

5: WHAT I’M DREADING:
I wouldn't say I'm DREADING this.. that sounds so dramatic.. but I do think that dealing with jet lag for Beau as a 13 month old will be a totally different thing than a 2 month old. Last year he didn't skip a beat, and even went back quickly to sleeping through the night for the most part.. but this year I know it will be different and I'm entering that situation with low expectations. 
6: WHAT I’M WORKING ON:
We leave for Europe on Sunday so I'm busy with last minute preparation and packing for Beau and I. I'll share this sweet story about our packing too.. Ben knows that I love having packing done early and situated so when I got home from hosting a baby shower on Sunday night he had already packed himself (one week early!) as a surprise for me! A lot of you are like.. cool that is a lame surprise. Ha!! But usually he's a night before packer and knowing that I can focus on packing Beau and I, and have him available to help with last minute prep.. that takes so much off my shoulders! 

Packing for several different climates is going to be interesting, but we'll make it work! This little guy was drowning in this jacket, praise for Amazon free returns and quick shipping for a replacement. 
Some things I've ordered for this trip: a cute and inexpensive raincoat (I've honestly needed one for awhile so this trip gave me the final push!), an on sale cross body bag (I also really liked this one), 
7: WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:
Reese Witherspoon liked my photo on Instagram!! Haha!! Do you think this means that she wants to be my best friend now? ;)

8: WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:
I'm watching The Bachelorette, Counting On, Southern Charm, and as of last night, officially no longer Pretty Little Liars. I've watched it for the whole run (a zillion years!!) and it's finally done!! Ha!! I didn't watch the finale last night.. but I will today!
9: WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:
I've been getting a ton of questions lately about the podcasts that I've been listening to. I'm planning on addressing this in a post soon, but right now I'm consistently loving The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, Young House Love Has a Podcast, and Risen Motherhood.
10: WHAT I’M WEARING:
As I mentioned, I attended my friend Sarah Hunt's event at Draper James on Friday, and I tried on a few gorgeous dresses. Something I've learned is that with pricer stores like DJ, to try on things I love when I pop in so that I'll know my size for if/when they go on sale. I did pick up a few things this time though, as I had gotten a generous coupon from them in the mail!
This dress is marketed as a "beach dress" aka a fancy coverup.. but I would literally dress it up a bit and wear it almost anywhere. It's one of those no brainer dresses you can throw on and love. (also available at Nordstrom, here)

This dress was a really random try on for me. I wasn't originally incredibly drawn to it, but then decided to try it on because it's a really comfy knit material. Around my birthday I bought a top in the same fabric, and I wear it ALL the time. Anyways, I tried the dress on and instantly fell in love. I feel like since becoming a mama I'm drawn to classier silhouettes for special occasions. 

This dress was a splurge for me (even with my great coupon!) but I'm SO glad I got it. The girls at the store said it was selling out quickly. I was obviously drawn to the gingham, but originally hesitated because I didn't think the silhouette would look good on me. Anyways, I ended up loving it and wore it to the baby shower I cohosted on Sunday! I got a ton of compliments! 


This is a weird photo to show off a top, but I recently realized I didn't have ton of short sleeved, casual shirts so I picked this one up at Anthro. I've worn it at least once a week, and dressed it up and down. I LOVE it and it'll be perfect for our travels because I know I'll wear it a bunch of times. It also comes in a cute coral color.. aaaannnd now I'm wondering if I need it. Eek! 

One of my favorite summer tops just went on sale 50% off.. so grab it quick! :) It runs big in my opinion! I was going to get the XS but it was a little snug in the chest so I ended up with the small. It's pretty loose in the arms though but I overall preferred the fit. All of that being said, size down. 

11: WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:
Saturday morning we have a little parade for the 4th and Beau will ride in his wagon with his friend Hallie :) and the next day we're on a plane to The Netherlands! :)
12: WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
So much sweet time with family on our trip, exploring new places, and experiencing new things with Ben and Beau. And a few days after we get back I'm hosting a monogram themed bridal shower for a sweet friend! :) 

13: WHAT ELSE IS NEW:
I think I covered it all :)
Bonus question this month: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOURTH OF JULY TRADITION? 




Fourth of July has become bittersweet and really full of meaning for us. Two years ago on the fourth, I had a miscarriage. Our sweet first baby who we will forever love with all of our hearts. Because of this, last year getting Beau a little July 4th outfit meant so much to us. This photo is up in our living room and will forever be one of my favorites. We had such a photo shoot of our new baby boy in his crib. :) This year will be different, since we'll be out of the country on the 4th (not our preference.. but when you're traveling on flyer miles...) On Saturday we're partaking in a fun children's parade with some friends, so we'll celebrate this holiday then, and I may or may not be putting Beau in smocked flags in Amsterdam. It's whatever. :) People are going to think we're some kind of weird, American supremacists or something... eek!!!! All of that to be said, I decided that every year our child/children will get specially dressed up for the 4th, to commemorate how special that was for me that first year after loss. This will always be a sweet time that we can celebrate that short life and how precious it is to us. Stay tuned to see photos of this year's outfit(s.. if we're honest!) :)

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5 comments:

  1. That second Draper James dress reminded a lot of something Kate Middleton would wear! I feel like that's her favorite silhouette!

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  2. I love that Reese Witherspoon liked your post! That's awesome!

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  3. That is seriously so fun about Reese liking your photo! I cannot wait to see and hear all about your upcoming trip!!

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  4. I love baths too! So relaxing! :) Can't wait for all your recaps up ahead :) Have fun in Europe!

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  5. I am a bit concerned with our son having jet lag when we travel this fall. He will be 18 months and it is a 12 hour time difference. I love the Risen Motherhood podcast too!

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