February 2018

February 2018 Recap Video

On January 1, 2018, I started using the app called “1 Second Every Day.” Elsie from A Beautiful Mess posted her recap video on Instagram & so I immediately downloaded it, because I knew if she was using it, it was definitely a good idea. (I love her & her personal IG, but I also love their blog!)

The app just records and keeps tiny little 1 second videos, and then you can compile them whenever you want. (I just added the music and title using a simple video editor on my phone.) My goal is to record video every day this year, and then make a large video at the end of the year. But I will also compile one for each month throughout the year. You can watch the first month recap video here, and below is February!


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Planning A Cruise

It’s official — we’re going on a cruise in October!!!

I had this idea  few months ago, and mentioned it to Jeff to see what he thought about it. And of course he was immediately on board. (haha, accidental boat pun) So I hopped on Royal Caribbean’s website to do some preliminary research, and found a couple good options, but then didn’t get much further than that.

Then last Wednesday night after choir rehearsal, I had a quick chat with a lady in choir who is a travel agent. I was just asking her what the advantage of using a travel agent was, versus just finding & booking ourselves online. She said you would pay the same price (no travel agent fees!?), and find the same options, but they would take care of everything. So Thursday I sent her a quick email stating when we wanted to go, our approximate budget per person, and that we wanted to go out of Tampa or Port Canaveral (don’t want to drive all the way to Miami).

Then on Friday she emailed me back saying she found a cruise sailing during our anniversary, that was exactly on budget! So yesterday morning I called her and we placed our deposit to hold our cabin! We set up monthly payments, and it will be all paid off in July, then we set sail October 1st. (If you need a travel agent, call Ruth @ Adventures in Travel, she made it soooo easy!)

So we are officially going on a 5-night cruise to Grand Cayman & Cozumel for our 5-year anniversary!

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Galentine’s Day Tea Party

This past weekend, I hosted our second annual Galentine’s Day Tea Party for the ladies in our family! My mama, sister, Aunt Suzanne, Grandmommie, and mother-in-law all attended. I started this tradition last year, and I’m so glad I was able to do it again this year. It was slightly more work with a little baby this year, but I know it will be even more so once she’s running around next February! (Holy cow that’s crazy to even think about that!)

Over the past few years, I’ve thrifted, and been gifted, a random assortment of tea pots, tea cups and saucers, and have a cute little collection now. It’s been fun these past two years getting to use them this way, instead of just sitting on display!

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Emerson’s Arrival (Birth Story Part 2)

Today Emerson is exactly 7 months old, and I’m finally sharing her birth story! A few weeks ago, I posted part 1 of my birth story. So if you haven’t read that, you might want to start there first. Because today, we’re jumping right in & picking up where I left off. And of course this post will be even longer than the last one, because this part is really the main event… So here is the “real” part of the labor & delivery with Emerson! …

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