Monday, June 24, 2013

42/43 Weeks & New England

42 Weeks
-Teething, teething, teething
-Loves saying Hi and waving to EVERYONE
-Sleeping in until 10 (must be a spurt)
-Loving Disney movies

taken after our crazy trip....she is exhausted. 

43 Weeks
-New Hampshire

We had the chance of spending some time up in New Hampshire for a couple days this weekend. Brian has needed some ocean time and sometimes you just need a get away...right? We have found out that short trips with a baby are not as easy as we thought and there will always be reasons for extra outfits. 

At this point in Amelia's short life I feel like I could write a book on how to travel with an infant. We have now driven across the country with her and she has been on 5 flights. She happens to be extremely easy going but it is still harder with a baby than without. 

We lucked out that our flight up wasn't full so we brought her seat on. She of course preferred to sit up and stare out the window. 
Lucky girl to have such a sweet dad. They were passed out like this for a good 45 minutes on the flight. She hammed it up the entire time. The flight attendants loved Amelia and started calling her their mascot. She waved to everyone as they came on the plane and they all loved that her name was Amelia (as in Earhart).

We haven't spent much time in the New England area of the states so we didn't know what to expect.  To say we were pleasantly surprised is an understatement. We LOVED it. It felt like a mixture of all our favorite places. It was beautiful and green like Georgia, mountainous like Idaho, and had the ocean like Cali. Not to mention in some areas recycling was mandatory, my inner hippie felt all sorts of joy. We stayed in Portsmouth, NH which is right on the border of Maine. After some napping we hit downtown Portsmouth for dinner at Friendly Toast. So good! It has a hipster vibe and the food was great. Amelia of course loved it. After dinner we took a drive and accidentally drove to Massachusetts and Maine all in around an hour. So fun!

Making lots of friends at the Friendly Toast.

Breakfast the next morning we hit The Juicery for some organic smoothies. New Hampshire has so much character all around. Everything is so much older up there that it has a very different vibe. 

You know she loved her some smoothie. 

After breakfast we went to the beach in Hampton. I always have to put my tootsies in the water. Very cold.

At peace with his ocean. 

Sitting on the Wall in Hampton.

Her first trip to the Ocean. Loved it!

After beach time we looked up to see if their were any Diner, Drive In, or Dives in New Hampshire. We found one...because there only is one in the whole state :) We drove into Manchester and hit up the Red Arrow Diner. Apparently this diner is the hot spot for all people political. When politicians come to New Hampshire during the primaries this is the place to go. They have plaques on all the booths showing who sat there. I sat with Adam Sandler and Brian sat with Al Gore. Food was great and the experience was just as great. 

It was a really short trip and we were flying out that evening back to Georgia. Well things did not go as planned. We were supposed to leave The Hamp (that's my new name for it) around 4:30, layover in Detroit and then head to Atlanta. Due to weather in Detroit our flight in The Hamp was delayed for 2 hours. We boarded twice and sat forever. We ended up leaving around 6:30 from The Hamp with our last hope of a connection leaving Detroit at 8:55. Well we got off the plane at 8:45, ran to our next gate, and missed our connection by maybe 3 minutes. We received not a lot of sympathy from Delta, as expected. They gave us a hospitality number and booked us on the flight for the next morning at 9am. Wouldn't you know that when we called hospitality they said no rooms were available...I will admit I did cry a little. I thought I was going to spend the night in the Detroit airport with a baby! Well we eventually found a hotel that had a room around 10:30 and made our way over. The hotel was really nice and we ordered a GIANT pizza to celebrate our fun adventure that brought us to a hotel in Michigan. Amelia did not even fuss one time. She was such a peach and we felt blessed every minute, even with all the hiccups. 

Still smiling after the longest day....ever.

Our flight home went off without a hitch and Amelia slept from takeoff to landing. We had such a great time and would recommend a little visit up to The Hamp to everyone. You wont be disappointed. 

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Father's Day

Yes I am a couple of days late, but we love to keep a celebration going over here. Warning- this is a ridiculous photo over share but it's my blog and I don't care :)

We celebrated Father's Day with not much pomp and circumstance. I woke up with a terrible migraine and actually slept for most of the day but when I was awake we did celebrate. I made Brian a man sized breakfast and gave him a book, gift card, and some framed photos. For dinner we had Brian's meal of choice which was a big salad and fruit smoothies. No joke. This guy has always been a healthy eater (with the exception of pizza Thursdays) but he is in heaven with a good salad and an all fruit smoothie. A man after my own heart. Don't get me wrong, I can put away a double double but I am a fruit and veggie girl through and through. 

Enough about that lets get to the pictures. I put up the pictures I took for Father's Day and then also some of my favorite photos of the two of them. Enjoy!

Had a hard time getting a smile...still cute.
Loved sitting in her toy basket.
Excuse the snot/drool...we're teething over here. 
Almost a smile...
My favorite.
Coca-Cola shout out!
This picture is so Amelia.  So content and
 always curious. 
Through and through..
A natural.
Peas in a pod. 
So Brian. 
LOVE this one!
Little bear. 
Still melt with this one. 
Def one of my favorites. 
Wait...maybe this one is my favorite. Christmas,
reading, and my
 two favorite people. 
Does not get better than this.

We are so lucky that we have Brian. We tell each other all the time how happy we are that we picked each other. Amelia is so much like Brian and I feel fortunate for that everyday. Being a parent is wonderful and Brian was a natural from the minute he saw her. 

Happy (belated) Father's Day!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

41 Weeks & Tennessee


41 Weeks
-Lynchburg & Bell Buckle Tennessee
- Playing peek a boo
-Visiting Brian's parents
-Father's Day photo shoot

Last weekend we made our way to small town Tennessee. We were long overdue for a visit with Brian's parents so we decided to meet somewhere in the middle (they live in St. Louis).  It took us a little over 3 hours to get there but the drive was really great. Amelia and Goose slept for most of the trip and Tennessee is beautiful from every angle. We found ourselves saying "wow" a lot on the drive. We stayed in Shelbyville which is a typical whatever town. Well in this whatever town we had the best pulled pork sandwiches I have EVER had. We found a guy with a little trailer selling sandwiches and we were not disappointed. So good! We also visited Lynchburg which is home of  the Jack Daniel's distillery. We didn't actually go to the distillery but we explored the small town square. After Lynchburg we headed over to Bell Buckle for dinner. Bell buckle was even smaller than Lynchburg but screamed southern charm. We looked up a place to eat and decided on the Bell Buckle Cafe (bell buckle is home to the moon pie) and fell into the lap of the cutest little restaurant. The restaurant was even a part of a strip of antique shops, I was in serious heaven! The restaurant was delicious and had live music playing some legit classic rock and country. Honestly small town Tennessee is where it's at! Here is some pics from the trip. 

Road Trip!
Playing fetch at the park in Lynchburg.
Amelia was all smile the whole trip. I love
this picture because you can really see how deep
blue her eyes are. 
Brian and his momma (and Goose).
Lynchburg, TN
We never miss a cheesy photo op. 
So much charm. 
Goose was also all smiles :)
 Goose is not allowed on furniture at home. This is what 
we came back to after dinner at the hotel.
Someone is acting like he is king of the castle. 

We had such a great time! If we leave the south, it is weekends like this that I will miss most. The best food and nicest people around. Love it! 

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads out there. I am incredibly grateful that Brian works so hard for us. I lucked out with Brian and even more that our little girl is so much like him :)  

Father's day photo shoot preview.