Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Traveling to Spain & A Stop in Seville

I'm trying to wrap up all of our travel posts over the next week or so, so bear with me on that, haha! This post seems kind of weird to be a complete post but our next stop has SOOOOO many photos that I needed to break it up a little bit. 

The night before we left we went old school and printed off google maps and then my aunt handwrote directions to our destination. They have a house in Spain and it's been such a sweet part of their family story for almost 20 years. We were so excited to get to travel with our family and see this place that means so much to them. My older cousin had to work, but my younger cousin and her boyfriend, my aunt, my brother, Ben, Beau, and I all were Nerja bound!! 

When we booked our trip we decided instead of flying straight with them to Malaga (close to Nerja) we would fly into Seville, stay the night, and drive. But once we had been spending so much time with family we decided to just spend a few hours in Seville and then hit the road. I'm really glad we made that call. I'm sure we would have loved more time in Seville, but it just really worked out well. 

After a very early taxi, 4:30 am, followed by our flight, we had arrived in Sevilla!!! 

I like when you deplane on stairs, makes me feel fancy

We arrived in Seville, got through customs and whatnot, and then had a big hiccup with the rental car. My dad had been helping us with some planning and had booked the car for us so it was technically in his name although we were supposed to be on the account to pick it up. So the lady said she couldn't give us the car. So we asked if she could make us a new reservation right there and cancel the other one and she said they don't take day of reservations because they might not have cars available. Basically she didn't want to help us at all. Meh. So we rented from another place after a few others also didn't have cars available. The original place ended up covering the cost of the car we ended up with for our inconvenience. 

We drove through Seville, stopped for lunch, and then decided to explore the Plaza de Espana! It was beautiful and we had so much fun, even though it was very hot and we were honestly ready to get on the road. We're so glad we stopped to see this beautiful part of Seville.

We then drove our few hours to Nerja, and enjoyed some podcasts on the drive. When we arrived, we were SO pleased to see that my aunt had arranged for a high chair. After feeding Beau in our laps for a week.. this was AMAZING!!

And what better way to recover from several hours in the car.. we hopped in the pool! XO 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Life Lately

Last Friday morning (August 11) I got up with a strong feeling that I needed to look at my phone to see if one of my best friends, Kayla, had gone into labor. I brushed it off and went to the bathroom and came back and looked at my phone leisurely a bit later and I had about a million texts and missed calls starting at 2 am... Kayla's water had broken and they were already at the hospital! I called Ben immediately to come back from being on his way to meet a friend for breakfast to get Beau.. bc I had to get to the hospital!! 

Once I got there at around 8 Kayla had already gotten her epidural and at her last check she had been at a 3. Ben ended up bringing Beau up to be with me while he went to a quick meeting so he got acquainted with the waiting room life. 

No biggie, just waiting on your girl to be born. Haha! 

Not long after this photo we left the room for Kayla to have her check and the grandmas to be in the waiting room got a text saying she was at a 9!! We all thought it was a joke at first but were then thrilled to know there would be a baby by lunch! 

Susannah and I left to run get a cookie cake, of course! :) 

Beautiful Ella Mae was born at one o' clock on the dot. 

Just look at this beautiful family!!! 

Can't get enough of this girl! 

So you might be thinking... didn't one of your other friends just have a baby too? YEP. Kayla and Rachel are actually childhood best friends (Kayla is how I know Rachel, although her and her husband are now in our home group too!) and they had baby girls three days apart, totally unplanned. What's nuts is that their original due dates were 9 days later than when they had the babies, but still ended up 3 days apart. Rachel's baby was breech so she had a scheduled c-section, and Kayla went into labor early. This is nuts, right? Anyway, it's going to be so sweet for these girls to grow up together. 

So last week I went to pick up our Wal Mart Grocery pickup on the way back from getting my tooth adjusted at the dentist. I got home, opened the trunk, and saw Sunny D, Cheetos, and a bunch of other stuff I don't buy. They gave us the wrong groceries! I called back and they said that we could come pick up our groceries, but that they couldn't resell the groceries if I brought them back.. so this lead to Ben eating cheetos and feeding Beau his first Lunchable! HAHA!! 

On Wednesday we had our first accountability meeting with Baby Laurel and the girls were LOVING it!! 

Afterwards I went with my mother in law to run a few errands and my sweet boy fell asleep before lunch! He usually would wake up when I picked him up but he was OUT! 

Such an unexpected blessing to get to cuddle my sleeping boy! 

Look how big he looks trying on this hat.. hurts my heart! 

A photo of my big strong boy the night before his surgery! 

For those who have asked, this was NOT Beau's thumb surgery. That will happen sometime this winter. We have our appointment with his hand doctor at the end of October and will hopefully schedule then. This was just an outpatient procedure, and although this is super unlike us, we're choosing to keep the details of it offline. However, I love and appreciate you all so much and am so grateful for you caring about our boy! 

Waiting to get checked in! 

After we checked in and he had all his vitals checked, we got to go visit our family in the waiting room for about 30 minutes before Beau would go back for his procedure. 

Look at our strong and sweet boy. This photo hurts my heart so much. He hadn't eaten or drank anything in so long and he was still in such good spirits! My sweetest little heart. I shared this on instagram but people kept commenting on his hair (of course! haha!) and how happy he was. We have the happiest boy! 

Playing with Granny and Pops for a last few minutes before surgery!

My boy in his hospital gown. Hurts my heart!

We waited in the waiting room for about 2 hours with our family. Thankfully my niece was there to keep me distracted, I love that girl so much! The hospital kept texting me updates throughout telling me that he had fallen asleep, the procedure had started, was going well, closing had begun, and was finished. Then our awesome doctor came out to tell us that everything went perfectly! Praise the Lord. While talking to him a nurse came to get us to sit with him until he woke up. When we went back he was laying on a little bed with an oxygen mask laying off to the side to help his system clear out quicker. He was under a big blanket and was the sweetest thing I've ever seen. We sat by his bedside until he woke up and then I could hold him, even though he quickly fell back asleep. 

So this is funny.. we were both texting people updates and Ben decided to take a new photo of Beau and I for every message "because it's easier" haha! So he literally sent his Granny this photo of me texting. So goofy! 

That night was ROUGH. We've never experienced Beau waking up a million times before and it was crazy! But we ended up having a lot of really sweet cuddles although we were exhausted! This little boy was in good spirits the next morning during breakfast, though! 

Once we realized that Beau was doing so well and acting mostly himself while he was on his medicine, we decided to get out of the house! 

On Saturday morning we went to go check on Ella again.. look how sweet! Can't wait for many more photos of these two, exactly 15 months apart to  the day! XO 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Daily Dime: August 2017

Sweet Kristin sent me an email last week to remind me of the Daily Dime linkup, one of my favorites, and I was so grateful. But then life happened and we didn't really have a good day that I could record our day in its entirety until yesterday, and I kind of forgot. BUT I take enough photos on an average day that I could put together almost a "dime" :) So this may be a bit choppy but it's a look at a real life day in our life, towards the end of summer when life is all over the place!

9:37 am sent this selfie to my friend Nicole to record the fact that Beau was climbing all over me like I am his personal jungle gym. 

In between here is where I could have really used some more photos. :) I spent some time cooking in the kitchen, worked on a few calendar related things for fall, booked our family on a local "Polar Express" steam train in December. We also ran a few real estate errands for Ben. 

12:42 pm I made a quick whole 30 lunch I've seen on some blogs, avocado egg salad. Smushed up hard boiled eggs with avocado mixed together.. looks not so great but was so yummy and filling!

2:24 pm Sent this text my friend Kayla to let her know that we were on our way to deliver her new family of THREE some dinner! They welcomed their sweet girl on Friday. I made them lasagna and included a caesar salad kit, a box of garlic knots, and also made brownies. Easy... but comfort food! 

4:12 pm Sitting on my bestie's couch, snuggling her girl and talking about what's going on in our lives.. literally nothing better!

7:05pm We had our friends the Hamiltons over for dinner, and ate the same meal we dropped off earlier in the day. Towards the end of dinner, McKenna had fed their sweet baby, Anna Lee and Ben asked to hold her sweet sleeping self while McKenna ate dinner. Sleeping baby on your chest is the ultimate happy place! 

9:32 pm A late night for the kids! Ben was leading them through the telling of a "ghost story" before they all left!

10:23pm My friend Sarah had me login to her blog to read the post she had scheduled for tomorrow (today!) on their journey with infertility ahead of time. I would highly recommend reading her testimony of the struggle they have endured and been sustained by Christ through. It's been an honor to walk through this with her and pray for a baby for their sweet family with her since the beginning. It is Sarah's heart for people to see the goodness of God through their story, and I'd love for y'all to check it out and encourage her!