Cousin Date

on saturday, i woke up with an itch to spend as much of the day outside as possible. We thought about hitting up some museums since it was National Museum Day, but ultimately we decided on the park. I knew Canaan would absolutely adore if his favorite person (besides me:) came along. I texted my sister and she was thrilled to let Judah join us. We picked him up and headed to the park. These two little boys are the absolute best of friends. The second Judah got in the car, they started giggling and didn't stop until we dropped Judah back off. We had a picnic, went on a nature walk, played on the playground, watched the ducks, ate a yummy cookie, saw a choo choo, and had SO much fun. I'm so thankful Canaan has a built in best friend for life in Judah. Watching their little friendship grow is the BEST!

^Tan Tan and Udah. These two will be up to no good together forever:)

Thank you sister for letting me borrow your boy for the day! I hope we can make Cousin Dates a new regular in our home. ESPECIALLY as all my other siblings start having babies one day. Some of my best memories growing up include all my cousins, and I want C&W to have the same.

Date Night 9/12

So thankful we were able to sneak in this month's date night right at the very end (this seems to be the trend with us). September FLEW by for us, which isn't a complaint. Just means we are one month closer to meeting little girl. For this date night we decided to try a new to us restaurant in Midtown with our friends, the Holcombs. We met at their place and walked over. Amen for beautiful summer nights. Afterwards, we hit up our favorite bakery on the planet, Muddys. It was such a laid back night with some good laughs and super yummy sliders. Hence the reason why I barely took any pictures. I was too busy relaxing with a stuffed belly. Hopefully this won't be the last date night we get before Willow comes. Crossing fingers for one more in October with just my man!

Date Night 5/12: not blogged: double date with the Bobos


Bumpdate : 36 Weeeks : Round 2

How far along: 36 weeks.
Total Weight Gain: I'm not real sure. I go to the doctor tomorrow. I'm thinking a little under 30.
Maternity Clothes: yeah, but everything maternity is getting to snug around this belly. Ha!

Best Moment this Week: Getting SO much done. nesting has hit harder than ever before. It's unreal all I've been able to accomplish this week! Thank you Jesus!
Gender :Girl- Willow Ruth
Movement: a ton, and it hurts! She claws and kicks non stop.
Food Cravings: nothing particular. Just like cold light meals. oh, and blueberry pancakes.

Food aversions: heavy meals or fried food
What I Miss: sleeping well. It finally hit. I'm up all through night for either the bathroom, heartburn, or nightmares. Really hoping I get one more night of straight sleep soon!
Sleep: see above:)
What I am looking forward to: Her appointment tomorrow. She was measuring a little small at our appointment last week, the upside to that is we got an unexpected ultrasound and got to see her sweet face. She has the BIGGEST lips and looks so much like C did. Hoping she's grown well this week and will be staying put for a while. This coming up week I plan to make all our freezer meals, finish her nursery, and have our home deep cleaned. Oh, and C's 2nd birthday party (just family&community group, we are keeping is smmallll this year) is next week, and my church shower is Sunday. Plus we are planning to take C to a pumpkin patch.  It's going to be a crazy busy week, so if she could just stay put until after it passes, I'll be happy:) and way less stressed! Do you hear that little girl? Stay put until after Oct 5th, and then come asap!!!

Belly Button:flat but sometimes depending on how she's moving or I'm laying it pokes out.


C rides the Choo Choo

Several weeks ago, Josh caved and told me about a surprise trip he had been planning for the three of us. I absolutely adore surprises and this was definitely a big one! As of right now, little boys world revolves around choo-choos. And that's putting it lightly. He's full on obsessed. It's the first word out of his mouth in the mornings and the last at night. He only wants to watch Thomas or train documentaries. It's all he reads about. It's mainly all he plays with. It's amazing to watch your kid be so fascinated about something, so I was beyond excited when Josh said the surprise was to ride the TN Valley Steam Engine in Chattanooga. In case you didn't know, Chattanooga has trains every.where.you.turn. It was heaven for our little guy.

We left early Friday morning after a stop for donuts of course:)
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We drove straight to the Chattanooga Zoo (fun tip: if you're a member of the Memphis Zoo, you get a great discount here! Only $8 for Josh and I both and C was free). The Zoo is much smaller than our zoo, but it was still so much fun. The weather was crazy cloudy and hardly anyone was there besides us.
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 I forgot to take a picture of it, but they had an old train car for you to go in to view the cougars. Trains everywhere I told you. C was ecstatic.
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 After the Zoo, we headed over to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel also known as C's paradise. It's an old hotel that offers nights in an old train car, dinner in the train car, a model train museum, and lots of other train activities. So so so awesome basically. Best part? the Tour is free & the model train exhibit is only $5 (kids free). We didn't stay the night here because one night in the train is $200. And we didn't eat here either because the meal was overly priced. But we did tour the trains and visit the Model train museum. C's face the entire time was so serious and mesmerized. Little guy was in pure heaven.

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 Can't tell, but below he's doing his happy dance. It's the worst moves you ever seen and absolutely precious all at the same time.  photo chattanooga-009.jpg
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 Josh's mom came along with us, and we are so glad she did! I was thrilled that C was getting all this time with his Mudgy. Such a joy to have her there!!!
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 These pictures don't do the model exhibit justice. It was overwhelming and incredible. C hardly spoke a word the entire time. He just pointed and stared.
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 Afterwards, we stopped for dinner at a yummy place called The Terminal, and then we headed to our hotel (if you book the day before your trip on Hotwire it's insanely cheap).

The next morning we went to the TN Valley Railroad Museum. There are atleast a dozen trains in front for you to tour and play on. We played while daddy bought our tickets for the train ride. They offer several different excursions but we chose the shortest- a 1 hour ride.
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 ^^Happy dance:)
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 Josh's mom bought C this train. We had no idea at the time how much devotion C would have to that little piece of plastic. It never left his hand the remainder of the trip. Like the entire 5 hour drive home, he just stared at it. And I'm not exaggerating. He napped for one hour and the other 4 he just starred at it. It was unreal. And it hasn't left his sight since returning home. It sits on his night stand at night and is glued to his hand during the day. Even joins him for bath time and every meal. It's kind of absurd how much he loves it.  photo chattanooga-047sbw.jpg
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I 100% teared up editing these photos. It was just seriously one of the best trips I've ever taken. We didn't do anything other than this, but it was seriously the most fun I've ever had. And it was such a cheap trip, that I know we can do it again in the future. Our time just the three of us is coming to a fast close, and this trip was the perfect way to close this chapter of our lives. I love this little boy more than I could ever imagine. I love his father all the more. Thank you babe for doing this. For planning this surprise, for loving our boy. Watching him that weekend, in his element amongst all the trains, I can't even explain how much of a blessing it was. Parenthood is hands down one of the greatest gifts a human can be given. It's hard at times, duh. but. So. much. joy.

It's hard to imagine how in the world my heart could love another person as much as I love these two. I know it will happen, she'll come and boom, room made easily. But as of right now, my heart is already over flowing.

Thank you babe for this. It meant more than you know. And I have to quit writing now because I'm crying. Thank you preggo hormones.

This trip also counted as our September family date!!