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Seven Favorite Places In Seven Years of Marriage

Happy Monday everybody, and I hope that you had a great weekend! Chris and I had a quiet weekend at home getting some things done around the house, including finally getting our gallery wall on the staircase done! But since today is a special day, mine and Chris’s 7th wedding anniversary, I thought that instead of recapping our weekend, I thought that I’d share some of my favorite places that we’ve traveled to since we’ve been married!

The Wandering Weekenders- Seven Favorite Places In Seven Years of Marriage

  1. Great Britain- Our Europe trip this year was seriously so amazing, not only because we got to announce that we were expecting, but also because it was my first time to visit the amazing area that I’ve always loved for it’s rich history. I loved walking up and down The Royal Mile with Chris and seeing Edinburgh Castle, taking a day out to the beautiful Highlands to see where Jaime and Claire might have been riding around, and of course visiting the bustling city of London that was home to so many kings and queens that I loved reading about in school and in literary fiction. I know that we didn’t get a chance to see everything while we were there, but after we both fell in love I know that we’ll be back again one day, and maybe even with our babies!
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  2. Germany Last year Chris and I got the chance to visit not only Munich, but also several different places around Germany on our very first Europe trip. I loved getting to see all of the beautiful castles in Germany, but learning about the German culture was also so much fun, especially since I’m 1/8th German. While all of that was great, the part that I know that I’ll always remember and want to tell stories about for the rest of my life is the fun that we had at Oktoberfest! We loved getting to dress up, drink German beer, dance on tables, and yell Prost with some great friends, and thousands of other celebrators!
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  3. The Pacific Northwest- We went on two separate trips last year to the Pacific Northwest, one to Portland with friends and then one to Seattle right before our Europe trip. These brief trips gave us just a taste of how beautiful the Pacific Northwest is with our trips to Multnomah Falls and Mount Rainier, but also how amazing the food scene is out there with the Portland Food Cart Scene and Pike’s Place Market. I know that we’ll definitely be making a lot more trips out there in our future!
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  4. Nashville- We went on a trip with Chris’s brother and his wife to Nashville, and it was seriously one of the most fun trips that we had, and ever since going all we both can think about is how we need another trip back! The live country scene on Broadway was so amazing, the food scene we continue to have dreams about, and of course all of the fun that we had with the Pedal Tavern can’t be beat either! I’m hoping that we’ll be able to have another trip back soon, although this is definitely not a trip that we’d want to take the babies on!
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  5. Hawaii- Almost two years later, and I’m finally getting around to finishing up our recap of our amazing 5 year anniversary trip! On this trip we visited Maui and Kauai and got to do bike down a volcano, drove down the Road to Hana, flew in a helicopter over the island of Kauai, and of course did a luau! While we both agreed that Kauai was our favorite, I can see us going back to visit Maui and Kauai again, hopefully when the whales are in season, and I know that we’d love to visit The Big Island and Oahu as well! Hopefully our friends will get stationed there one day, which will give us an even bigger excuse to go back!
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  6. Northern California- When I started doing research for our 2014 Northern California trip, I felt like I just continued to add place upon place to our itinerary because everything just sounded like so much fun and so beautiful! We ended up settling on Napa, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, and Big Sur. I’ll never forget how this trip introduced me to white wine and sparkling wine that I actually enjoyed, how Chris fell in love with red wine, how we celebrated Chris’s birthday with a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, and how beautiful and incredible the PCH truly is! Since that trip, we’ve managed to go back for another trip to Napa Valley where we rode in a hot air balloon and drank some really amazing wine, and I foresee a lot more trips back to this part of the country. We have to check out Yosemite one day at least!
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  7. Disney World- Before Chris and I got married I had only been to Disney World one time, and that was when I was in Elementary School. They didn’t even have The Animal Kingdom at the point in time! Thankfully Chris agreed to appease my “inner child” and we visited Disney World in December with his parents. Everything was decorated so beautifully for the season, and I loved getting to be a big kid again! One of the things that I knew that I wanted to do before we had kids was to attend the Epcot Food and Wine Festival because who doesn’t want to eat and drink their way around the world! We were able to visit last year, and had so much fun, and even met up with Pamela and Kerri while we were there! Needless to say, we’ll definitely be going back to Disney, especially since I know that Chris will be dying to visit once the new Star Wars section is open at Hollywood Studios! Plus I would love to surprise the twins with a trip when they get older!
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Since Chris and I have been married we’ve been able to have so many fun trips, and this is just the tip of the iceberg! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us, especially as we embark on this crazy adventure of parenthood! I love you Chris and I can’t wait to celebrate these past 7 years and the many more to come tonight!

In Case You Want To Read More About Our Story:
The Story Of Us {Part 1}
The Story Of Us {Part 2}
The Story Of Us {Part 3}
Five Things I Learned From Six Years Of Marriage

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A very happy anniversary to my husband, so here's some of my favorite places that Chris and I have visited during our 7 years of marriage!

Bumpdate: Week 18 Through Week 21

Happy Friday everybody! It’s so hard to believe that it’s already been another month, so that means that it’s time for another bumpdate! To be honest, not a whole lot happened since the last bumpdate, except that I’m getting bigger by the day it seems. I’m also fully in maternity clothes now, which is so crazy to me! So let’s get on with the bumpdate!

Week 18- Life As Usual

I’ve definitely been going through life as normal right about now. I really don’t have any side effects from my “condition” as my friend Stacy likes to call being pregnant, which I think is absolutely hilarious! The only thing that I’ve started to deal with now is a little bit of acid reflux. To me it’s crazy what ends up causing it, I might eat something like eggs in the morning and then all of a sudden I have some acid reflux. I don’t know if it’s because I end up getting hungry and instead of hunger pains I get acid reflux instead. Either way, I’d say that I’m pretty lucky that’s the only thing that I’ve had going on.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Week 18 Through Week 21

Other than that, Chris and I have just been making our way through our “Before Babies” To Do List, and I’m so proud with how much progress that we’ve made! Who knew that having a baby was the thing that we needed to actually light a fire under our butts to get the things done around the house that we’ve been talking about for forever! Another advantage is that I’ve had most of these items on my 101 in 1001 list, so I’m getting some of those things accomplished as well!

Week 19- The BIG Ultrasound

I can’t believe that this is the week that we’re actually going to find out the genders of our babies, or at least my mom and sister are! We won’t find out until the end of July when we can have the majority of our families in town with us to share the news. We were honestly thinking about not letting my mom or sister know the genders until my sister’s birthday because my mom is notorious for not being able to keep a secret (I love you Mom, but you know it’s true!), but we ended up deciding that they could find out that day.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Week 18 Through Week 21

So we had probably the maximum amount of people crammed into the room during the ultrasound, and not only did my mom and sister get to find out the genders but we got to see our babies for a lot longer than we have in the past! The sonographer when through all of the different sections of their bodies and did all sorts of measurements to make sure that they were growing at the same rates and that their organs were functioning appropriately. Everything looked great, and the babies are weighing in at a whopping 7 ounces and 8 ounces each! So I officially have about a pound of baby baking right now!

Another thing that we found out during the ultrasound was that I have an anterior placenta, which means that my placenta is in the front instead of in the back or on the side. That also means that it’s going to take a little bit longer for me to feel the babies moving around in my stomach. Usually right about now I would be able to feel them moving around, but because this is my first time being pregnant and the anterior placenta I probably won’t be able to feel them for a couple more weeks.

And in case y’all are wondering, my mom and sister are doing great with the gender secret! Chris Facetimed them both the night after our visit and asked them for the genders and they stuck to their guns, even though they were both enjoying a glass of wine! I’m so proud, and I know that the reveal will get here before we know it!

Other than that it’s just been the same old same old. My stomach is getting bigger literally by the day, and I have to admit that as the days get hotter, the more I’m missing wine and cocktails. I think that it’s just because summer drinks like rosé and cocktails just go so perfectly with the warmer weather. Oh well, I’m almost half way there, so not too much longer now, right!

Week 20- Fifth Doctor’s Visit & Half Way There

I’m very excited to say that during my doctor’s visit they were able to find both heartbeats immediately! It’s seriously such a relief that I didn’t have to go through the stress of waiting around for an ultrasound to make sure that both babies were doing well. Although I will say that this was the first time that I went to a doctor’s appointment that I didn’t get an ultrasound, so that was kind of sad. I’ve gotten used to seeing my little babies all the time, and man do I sound spoiled!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Week 18 Through Week 21

Overall, the visit went pretty well, I’m up another 3 pounds, so I’m up a total of 7 pounds for this pregnancy. It’s still a lot to think about in such a relatively short amount of time, but I have to keep on telling myself that it’s normal and that I’m carrying 2 babies, so the weight gain is ok. So far I’ve been within what my doctor is expecting, so I’m going with that’s a good thing! He told me that he expects 5-6 pounds by the next time that I come in, and that’s going to be crazy to me if it actually happens!

At the visit I talked to my doctor about my anterior placenta and he told me that I should start to feel them by the time I come back for my next visit. He also said that with twins there will be a time that I’ll feel them moving around like crazy, but then I won’t feel them move around as much because they’ll basically run out of space to move around. That I think is going to be the weirdest thing ever!

The only other thing that’s been going on with me as far as pregnancy is concerned, besides being officially at the halfway point, is that I’m officially only in maternity pants, or pants that can be extended with a belly belt. My stomach is that big! And I think that we need to talk about how comfortable maternity pants are. They’re basically yoga pants that you can wear in public without going to yoga! They’re amazing! I’m definitely getting way to used to them!

Week 21- First Lake Trip

This past weekend was pretty exciting for us because it was our first weekend trip in a long time and we were heading to the lake with some of our friends. Unfortunately, another side effect of being pregnant is that you have to avoid certain bodies of water. At my last doctor’s appointment my doctor was going through summer activities that were ok for me, and of course one that he mentioned that was off limits for me was going to Galveston. I mentioned that we were heading to Canyon Lake and he said that it would he would rather me be safe than sorry so suggested that I don’t get in the water. Luckily for me, it wasn’t too hot and I still had a great time relaxing on the beach while everybody else did some swimming.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Week 18 Through Week 21

Other than that, it’s pretty much been business as usual around these parts lately, and the countdown is officially on until our gender reveal! Only a week left and Chris and I can’t wait! I have to admit that even though things have been going pretty well with this pregnancy, I have started to get one side-effect that I’m absolutely hating right now, sciatica. Basically there’s a nerve in your back that runs down your whole leg and sometimes when you’re pregnant the babies can put pressure on that nerve and it causes some pain.

So I noticed on Monday that after sitting down for a while that my hip would hurt when I would get up and walk around, and when I started googling sciatica was the first thing that popped up. They said that it was most common in the third trimester, but after a little more googling I found out that it normally starts earlier for women pregnant with multiples, so yay me! The good news is that I found a way to help it out, which is basically just getting up to walk a lot. I also changed my chair at work and that seems to help too. Hopefully this will pass, but I guess that I’ll just have to wait and see!

Well that’s all I wrote for this bumpdate! Like I said, not too much has happened between last bumpdate and this one, but don’t worry next time, I’m sure that I’ll have a lot more updates, especially since we’ll know the genders! So until next time!

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A Beautiful Lake Weekend

After staying at home for the past month or so, Chris and I were beyond excited to head to Canyon Lake for the weekend with some friends of ours. It was such a great weekend filled with great food, great scenery, and the best company! Of course, I’m linking up with Biana for some weekending!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

Friday

As soon as I was done with work on Friday, Chris and I hit the road to Canyon Lake for the weekend. Our friends Sarah and Clayton had invited us and some other friends to their lake house for the weekend and we seriously were beyond excited! Luckily we didn’t hit too much traffic and made it there in pretty good time.

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We spent Friday night like we normally do when we all get together after not hanging out for a while, talking about anything and everything. It was so much fun to just catch up with everybody and see how things were going. We all headed to bed around midnight, so maybe I’m not as an old lady as I think that I am!

Saturday

We were up pretty early Saturday morning but still took our time making breakfast and relaxing before the guys grabbed all of the lake stuff and headed down to the water and us girls quickly followed. Unfortunately for me, my doctor had suggested that I don’t get in the water because he didn’t know how clean it was, but it was still a lot of fun to just hang out and talk to everybody even while they were in the water.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

Dart came down with us and while he didn’t particularly love being in the water where he couldn’t touch the bottom he still liked getting held by Chris in the water, well maybe he didn’t like that too much. I was glad that we took his bed with us though, because he just enjoyed lying under the shade of the umbrella on his bed and hanging out with us.

I was really glad that they had all of the umbrellas because I was able to hang out near the water underneath them and stayed pretty cool the whole time and I didn’t have to worry about burning, which was really nice! Sarah and Clayton also had their adorable daughter Ellie with them and she had such a blast splashing in the water and looked the cutest in her bathing suit! I have to admit I seriously can’t wait until we know our genders so I can start thinking about all the clothes I get to buy our own babies!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

We headed back up to the house around lunch time and spent a few hours just hanging out and relaxing. We had every intention of going back down to the water, but unfortunately some pretty big thunderstorms rolled through so we had to cancel our afternoon plans. So instead we spent the afternoon playing board games and hanging out. Before we knew it, the storms had passed and it was time that we got started on dinner. The guys grilled fajitas and it was the perfect meal to end our lake day!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

It probably wasn’t the wisest move, but after dinner we decided to play a new board game that Chris had picked up recently called Pandemic. The instructions were so incredibly confusing and it took us a while to figure out how to play, but by the end of the game we had it figured it out. We still ended up losing, but we all loved it at the end! The whole premise of the game is that there’s a disease outbreak all over the world and everybody had to work together to try and cure the diseases. It’s a lot of strategy and thinking ahead, and confusing at first like I said, but it’s so much fun! Definitely try and check this game out!

Sunday

We had stayed up late the night before to play the game, but we were still up pretty Sunday morning and did the same routine that we had Saturday morning. After breakfast we were all still talking about Pandemic so we decided to play again. It definitely helped that we knew how to play the second time around because we ended up winning the second time around! It was a blast!

We spent the rest of the morning just hanging out and talking while the guys went fishing and before we knew it, it was time to start packing up to head home. It was such a fun weekend and I swear that the drive back is always the worst!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

We got home at a decent time that afternoon and unpacked everything before heading back out to meet up with my parents and sister and brother in law to all celebrate my sister’s birthday and Chris’s birthday. We had so much fun all getting together and hanging out, and I don’t think that’s happened since my cousin’s wedding back in May!

Even though Chris and I were tired when we got home from dinner, there was one thing that we absolutely had to do before bed, and that was to watch Game of Thrones! We seriously can’t wait for this season!

Overall it was a fantastic weekend and definitely one for the books! We can’t wait to all get together again for another fun filled weekend!

Do you like going to the lake on the weekends? Did you watch the season premier of GOT?

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A wonderful weekend spent at the lake with amazing friends! Canyon Lake is the perfect place to spend a weekend in Texas!

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