8 years today! I ended last year’s anniversary post with, “I am optimistic that seven will be our best year yet.” And it really has been an amazing year.
First our annual picture…it was a bit too sunny!
We chose to paint our 8 rainbow themed this year for two reasons.
- Hawaii – First, we had an amazing trip to Hawaii. I am so thankful to Kyle for the hard work he put in to complete his ChFC designation and get us there. It really was everything I imagined it would be and more. It would be a dream to go back and explore more islands some day.
- Babies – I remember when I was writing last year’s anniversary post I was secretly hoping this would be our year to expand our family. We’ve prayed for these babes for so long, and it’s almost still surreal for me. I would tell you to pinch me if I didn’t have my ever-expanding belly to remind me. We are just so, so thankful and excited!
Needless to say, the good of the past year has definitely outweighed the tough stuff, and we are even more excited for what is to come in year 8. I can’t imagine a better partner to share this life with – the heartbreak, the joy, and everything in between. I’m one lucky girl!
Not sure what we will do for Kyle’s favorite beach tradition when we run out of fingers in a couple of years.😉
In case you haven’t heard the news…we are having twins in January!
We have had a fun and exciting first three months. In addition to the fun and excitement of our two babes, we met our sweet nephew Logan, enjoyed a relaxing Memorial Day weekend in Indiana, took our annual vacation to Hilton Head, South Carolina, and celebrated the 4th of July. The first trimester is always nerve-wracking and anxiety-filled, but once we saw those two little Teddy-Graham-looking babies and heard their heartbeats at 8 weeks, I started getting excited and taking belly pictures.
8 Weeks: Size of Raspberries
9 Weeks: Size of Grapes
10 Weeks: Size of Prunes
11 Weeks: Size of Brussels Sprouts (in Hilton Head)
12 Weeks: Size of Limes (4th of July!)
Here is a little recap of the last three months:
Sleep: Always tired, so I sleep pretty well! Except for crazy dreams sometimes causing anxiety or wake-ups and trips to the bathroom every night at 2:00 AM.
What I’ve missed: An ice-cold adult beverage would have been nice on the beach or on hot days. And my non-elastic-waisted shorts/pants.
Food cravings/adversions: Anything bread related or salty…bagels, cereal, chips and cottage cheese. And pull-and-peel Twizzlers. Didn’t really crave sweets, which is weird for me!
Symptoms: I was really blessed not to have overwhelming nausea during my first trimester – just a little throughout the day. Mostly, I was exhausted all.the.time. And I’ve had a lot of heartburn, which I didn’t have until late in my pregnancy with Laney.
What I’m listening to: “Great Big Storm” by Nate Ruess. Laney and I can’t get enough!
We had a quiet 4th of July at home after traveling back from vacation. It was a beautiful evening, and Laney loved the sparklers and poppers. We didn’t make it to the big fireworks this year, but we had fun just the same.
We had a great week for our annual vacation to Hilton Head, SC. We were missing Kyla, Ryan and baby Logan a lot, but we still managed to enjoy the sunshine, sand, and surf. The week flew by and before we knew it we were headed back home. Our girl was quite the beach explorer. She talked about finding shells and starfish the entire ride down. We couldn’t believe she found a starfish within an hour of her arrival to the beach. She also found two hermit crabs one morning and was so excited to watch them come out of their shells. She even did a little boogie boarding the last day! It was certainly a week to remember as next year will be a bit different adding 3 more babies to the mix!
Some phone and camera snaps from our trip:
Happy Father’s Day! Here are our annual Father’s Day photos for our favorite guy:
Previous years: 2013 | 2014 | 2015
I certainly can’t imagine doing life without Kyle, and I am so proud of the father he is to our girl. Can’t wait to celebrate him today!
And, of course, lots of love to all of the other special dads in our lives! Hope you all have the best day!
We had a pretty fabulous extended Memorial Weekend. We swam and swam and swam some more. We celebrated my birthday. And my sweet, new nephew arrived on my birthday eve. It doesn’t get much better than that!
First weekend snaps:
Now welcome to the world, baby Logan! You are so loved!
Laney and I went up to Nana and Papa’s house over the weekend. Laney had too much fun visiting with her cousins, playing in the pond for hours, and meeting Papa’s friend “Buddy” the squirrel.
It was a beautiful weekend!