The Last Weekend In June

Happy Monday everybody and happy last week of June! It’s seriously so crazy how fast this month and this year have flown by. This weekend was another low key weekend at home, but we managed to get a lot of things done around the house, which means that I’m ready to start the week! So let’s get into a little weekending with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend In June

Friday

Friday night was a low key night for us at the house. I had a headache all day long on Friday, so I was looking forward to just relaxing and trying to get caught up on some sleep. We watched some shows on our DVR before Chris turned on Game of Thrones and I read a little bit of my book. Before I knew it I was passed out on the couch and 10:00 had rolled around, so we turned in early for the night. I swear being pregnant is just getting me ready for the many Friday nights at home to come once the babies get here!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend In June

Saturday

We woke up to some thunderstorms Saturday morning, but that didn’t stop the fun afternoon of shopping around town with my friend Stacy! She’s in town for her baby shower which I’m cohosting with some of our friends, so we got together for good old fashioned American shopping and Texas food! We started out a Buy Buy Baby so she could check out the stroller and carseat she had picked out, then did some makeup shopping at Ulta and Sephora, lunch at Torchy’s Tacos, and ended in the most basic of fashion as possible at Target. It was a great day of shopping and catching up!

Chris and I had dinner reservations later on that night with some friends of ours at a new to us restaurant, but before dinner Chris and I got one huge thing checked off our to do list, finally putting our china in the china cabinet that we bought over a year ago! Our china has literally been sitting in boxes since we got married almost 7 years ago, and since we moved into this house about 3 years ago they’ve been sitting in boxes in what will be the nursery. So obviously, this was a huge priority before the babies get here, and I’m very proud that it’s finally done! Now I feel like we need to host a dinner party so we can actually use our china!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend In June

Dinner on Saturday was with our friends Brett and Lauren at a new to us restaurant near the Galleria called State of Grace. Their menu has a little bit of everything, but it definitely has a Southern spin on most of their dishes, and oh my goodness did we eat well! We had the hushpuppies, followed by the burrata salad and the octopus, and for the main courses we had the wild boar bolognese and the duck carnitas with the brussels sprouts and eggplant for sides. We couldn’t pass up their delicious dessert menu so Chris and I shared the smoked chocolate sundae which basically tasted like ice cream and s’mores! It was the perfect way to end our amazing dinner with great friends!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend In June

Sunday

Sunday morning was the morning to sleep in and I managed to sleep in until 9:00 which was awesome! The rest of the day was spent doing things around the house to get ready for the shower next weekend. I went through the pantry and reorganized it, did some laundry, got some blog work done, and tried to pick up a little around the house. For dinner Chris tried out his birthday present that I got him and made some delicious steaks, sous vide style. We have plans for another sous vide recipe this week, and I have to admit that maybe I bought Chris the sous vide for his birthday because I could get some good meals out of it as well!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend In June

Overall, it was a low key weekend at home for us, but we still managed to get a lot of things done! I hope that we continue to mark things off our list in the weeks to come because we’re definitely on a roll right now!

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How we spent the last weekend in June, getting stuff done around the house and eating some amazing meals as well!

Bumpdate- Week 14 Through Week 17

I swear that even though there’s been a lot of baby posts lately, this blog is not going to turn into just a blog about babies. But it has already been a month since I got out of the first trimester, so I figured that I’d go on ahead and get caught up on the bumpdates. So here’s how the first part of the second trimester is going, including how it was to be pregnant while in Europe!

Week 14- European Vacation

This week means that I’m officially in the second trimester and I’m loving it! I felt like the tiredness that I felt during the first trimester and the nausea is completely gone! It couldn’t be more perfect timing because we left for our Europe trip this week and the last thing I needed was to feel exhausted for 2 weeks!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Weeks 14-17

The other glorious side effect that did decide to show up though is heartburn. It hasn’t been too terrible, and I’m hoping that the only reason I have it is because of all the crap food we ate this week since we didn’t want to cook before the trip. I guess that I had it easy enough during the first trimester, so I have to have it rough at some point in time!

Week 15- The Big Reveal

One of the things that I had told Chris before we even booked our Europe trip was that it wouldn’t matter to me if I was pregnant on this trip or not because I just wanted to go! While I have to admit that it was tough to not be able to drink wine, nothing was harder than not being able to eat blue cheese or charcuterie, especially in Paris!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Weeks 14-17

Other than not being able to partake in all the food and alcohol, I really didn’t have any pregnancy symptoms while we were gone! My ankles did swell during our first flight to Edinburgh, but I think that was because I didn’t get up and walk around enough. We also tried to not push ourselves too hard as far as walking, but that didn’t stop me from walking over 20K steps per day!

The most exciting part about this week was finally being able to announce to the world that we were having our babies! Before we found out that we were having twins we had bought a onesie on Etsy that we were going to use and take pictures with all of the big landmarks on our trip. Well when we found out we were having twins, I went on ahead and ordered another one so we could announce both babies! It was a lot of fun, I love the pictures, and I’m actually thinking about getting the onesies framed in some way for the nursery with some of our pictures that we used to announce their future arrival.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Weeks 14-17

It’s super crazy to think that our babies have already been gallivanting all over the world, and they’re still fetuses! Already they’ve been to three countries, a whole other continent, and to a Disney Park! They’re definitely spoiled!

Week 16- The Case Of Jet Lag

We arrived back home on a Monday afternoon, and Chris and I both pretty much hit the ground running back at work on Tuesday. The week wasn’t too exciting for me between work and trying to get caught back up with life in general. I will say that the jet lag definitely hit me hard when we got back and I kept on falling asleep at 8:30 or 9:00 every night on the couch! Thankfully I was able to sleep in on Saturday, and I’ve definitely defeated it now!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Weeks 14-17

I feel like I haven’t had really any pregnancy symptoms lately though, other than maybe I’m starting to have a few cravings, and those cravings have always been for Mexican food! I have a feeling that Chris is going to be pretty sick of Chuy’s by the time the babies make their appearance in November!

Week 17- Fourth Doctor’s Visit

I swear with the fact that we keep on not being to hear our babies’s heartbeats with the heartbeat monitors, I freak myself out with going to the doctor! Thankfully, the nurse was able to find both hearbeats pretty much immediately, so I didn’t even have the chance to freak out! I also found out that after all of this time, I’ve only gained 4 pounds total, which I think is pretty awesome! I’m giving all of the credit so far to our vacation where we walked so much!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Weeks 14-17

I thought for sure that I wouldn’t get another ultrasound at this appointment, but my doctor wanted to make sure that both babies were developing appropriately and at the same rate, so I got another one! It’s seriously so crazy how much more they look like tiny humans now on the monitor, and I love it so much! He printed out some pictures too, which Chris loved being able to see. Everything looked solid on the ultrasound, which I couldn’t be more happy to hear!

Chris and I also finally started putting things on our registry at Buy Buy Baby this week, and I can’t even begin to tell you how complicated it is to try and figure out what you should register for with two babies! First off, I think that it’s ridiculous how much crap Buy Buy Baby wants you to register for. I live in the South and don’t think that I need this thermal wrap thing for my babies for their stroller, but you still want me to register for it? Secondly, why don’t you have an option for twins on your registry? Since finding out we were expecting two, I’ve found out that the number of twin pregnancies has increased drastically in the past 20 years, why in the world can I not select two babies? What if we have a boy and a girl? I’m still only going to be able to select one gender, which I think is stupid. Thirdly, it’s so hard to figure out what we actually need two of, and what we can get away with only having one. Thankfully Pinterest has a lot of checklists and ideas, but it would be nice if they had a comprehensive list at the registry places. Sorry for that little rant, but now it’s over. 

The other exciting news from this week is that Chris and I bought our first round of baby items! Chris found a lady with 10 month old twins that was selling some things on Facebook, and we ended up getting two MamaRoos, two bumbos, and two Rock N Plays, all for less than what it would cost to buy the MamaRoos at retail! Talk about a deal! The lady that Chris bought all of it from actually added me to a Facebook group that sells gently used twin stuff, so I’m excited to maybe buy a few more things once we find out genders!

And there you have it! I honestly thought that this pregnancy would go by slowly, but to be perfectly honest, it’s going by so fast! I can also feel myself literally getting bigger as the days go by, it’s kind of crazy! I’ll be back next month for another bumpdate!

10 More Things I Learned While Visiting Europe

Well we might have gotten back from Europe about two weeks ago, but I finally feel like I’m getting settled into the normal and everyday routine after being gone for so long, thank goodness! One of my favorite things to do after our trips is to write a quick little post about the things that I learned because I feel like no matter what, you’re always learning something when you’re traveling. This trip was especially full of learning opportunities because of all the history surrounding Edinburgh, London, and Paris, so I hope that you enjoy the 10 things that I learned during this last Europe trip!

The Wandering Weekenders- 10 More Things I Learned While Visiting Europe

  1. The history never gets old- I totally didn’t think about it until now, but we actually visited three capital cities during this trip! THREE! When you factor in how old all of these countries are, you can only imagine how much history is literally ingrained in the walls of these amazing cities. I’m a known English history nerd, so I felt like I already knew a lot going into the London portion of this trip, but what really blew me away was learning about all of the Scottish history while we were in Edinburgh and the Highlands. I had no idea how long Scotland had a king and that it really wasn’t until James VI (James I) took over the British throne that the two countries were united. Let’s just say I might have had more fun talking to Chris about the history on our trip than anything else!
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  2. The Royal Family is kind of a big deal- Probably one of the things that I was looking forward to the most about our trip to Edinburgh was exploring the Royal Mile, especially Holyrood Palace which is located at the very bottom of the Royal Mile. You can imagine how surprised and kind of ticked off I was when we reached the bottom of the Royal Mile and walked up to Holyrood Palace, only to discover that it was closed because a member of the Royal Family was visiting! I mean how rude! Did the Royal Family not realize that I’m kind of a big deal and that I would only be in Edinburgh for a short time and needed to see Holyrood Palace? Of course they didn’t because they happened to be leaving the same day that we were leaving. Needless to say, when planning a trip to the UK, be prepared for a change in plans if the Royal Family is nearby!
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  3. Afternoon Tea might be the best thing ever- We managed to have Tea twice on our trip, once in Edinburgh where we shared a pot and some scones, and once in London where we actually had Afternoon Tea. Let me just preface with what’s about to come next with the fact that I live in Texas and I do not like Sweet Iced Tea, and if given the option I would much rather drink water than Iced Tea, which of course, makes me anything but Texan or Southern. With all that being said, I actually really loved Afternoon Tea and hot tea! I fully expected to not like it all and to have to choke down my cup, but I can see myself having a cup of tea in the evenings during the winter or when I’m feeling sick. I guess maybe I’m more European than Texan now! Anyways, our Afternoon Tea was pretty much the icing on top of our London trip and couldn’t have been more delicious or beautiful! I definitely recommend going if you’re visiting the UK!
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  4. The London Tube and the Paris Metro are super easy to use- I have to admit that I was pretty nervous about using the Tube and the Metro while we were in London and Paris, and I think that just stems from kind of figuring out the Subway in NYC but never being 100% sure if we needed to go uptown or downtown. The Tube and the Metro on the other hand, was definitely easier than that, and that’s taking into account that we didn’t speak the language in Paris either! I think what made them so easy was the fact that they had the last stop listed instead of the direction that you wanted to go like in NYC, so if you had a map, you could easily figure it out. Chris even got comfortable with the Metro by the end of our time in Paris, and he’s known for being a little directionally challenged.
  5. The UK and Paris are a lot more credit card friendly than Germany or Italy- One of the things that Chris and I were prepared for when we came on this trip was having to pull out cash for dinners and souvenirs because we felt like we were constantly using cash during our trip last year. We couldn’t have been more wrong, which is definitely a good thing! It felt like the UK and Paris were a lot easier to use cards at, at least in the bigger cities, than when we were in Prague or Munich or even Venice last year! We were very happy that we didn’t have to use our debit card too much!
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  6. The Parisians are actually super friendly and nice- Before our trip one of the things that we constantly heard was how not nice the Parisians were going to be to us as soon as they found out that we were American. So going into the trip that’s what Chris and I fully expected, and we couldn’t have been more wrong! We took the chunnel from London to Paris and we had just figured out the Paris Metro and where we needed to go to get to our hotel and were walking through the doors to get on the Metro and my bag got stuck in the doors right after the ticket counter! Chris and I were both trying to pull on my bag to get it loose and it wasn’t until a Parisian walked by and literally pulled on the door that we were able to get it loose. We had a few more encounters throughout our trip, and we didn’t have one negative experience! Maybe we’re in the minority, or maybe we just had very low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Parisians! I think that it helped that we always greeted with a “bonjour”.
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  7. I cannot nor will I ever be able to speak French appropriately- So kind of going along with the statement above, I’m kind of surprised that the Parisians didn’t hate me because I literally butchered every single thing I said in French, except for maybe “Bonjour” or “Merci”! I think that it’s from all of those years learning Spanish in high school and living in Texas, but I definitely feel like I put way too much of Latin flourish when I was speaking French!
  8. Nothing beats a Parisian Cafe- One of mine and Chris’s favorite things that we did while we were in Paris was to sit and eat at one of the numerous cafes while we were there. Not only was the setting always beautiful, but the food was fantastic and you got to sit and watch what was going on on the street around you! The only thing that wasn’t that great was all of the smoking that happened at those cafes, but I was mostly able to look by that!
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  9. I might miss blue cheese and charcuterie more than I miss wine- Literally every single menu in Paris and most of the menus in London had charcuterie as an appetizer, which if you’ve been reading this blog for long enough you know that’s actually one of my favorite meals to eat ever. So you can imagine how sad I was when I saw those listed and knew that I couldn’t partake. The other thing that was also depressing was walking through Borough Market in London and seeing all of these perfect and delicious looking blue cheese and realizing that I couldn’t eat that either! I was definitely way more depressed about not being able to eat that than not being able to drink the wine while we were in Paris!
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  10. Be prepared for plans to change- If you read our European Itinerary, you saw that one of the things that we had planned during our trip to Paris was a day trip to Normandy to see the D-Day beaches. Chris and I both love learning more about WWII, and we were really looking forward to actually visiting the site of one of the greatest military operations in history, and also paying our respects as well. I had literally double and triple checked dates on everything for this trip except for this little portion, so you can imagine how upset I was when we woke up early Sunday morning to go on tour, only to realize that I had booked it for Monday morning and not Sunday! Chris and I tossed around the idea of renting a car and driving there ourselves, but after thinking it through, we thought that it’d be too crazy of a trip, so we decided to do something else. I was scrolling through Pinterest when one of the things to do in Paris that caught my eye was visiting Disneyland Paris. We quickly grabbed our things and headed out to the happiest place on earth. So while we missed out on a really cool opportunity, we definitely made the most out of our situation, and still had a great time!
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And there you have it! A pretty crazy list of things that I learned during this trip to Europe! We seriously had the best time and I can’t wait to recap everything for y’all, although I might just have to get through a few other trips first, like our trip to Europe last year! I’m finally linking up again with these wanderful women for Wanderful Wednesday: Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

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10 more random things I learned while visiting Europe. From all of the history to missing blue cheese to being prepared for plans to change.

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