June 20, 2017

Current Reading Wishlist

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Hi everyone!
I've ordered a couple of books within the last week and thought I'd share them with y'all! These are books I've had my eye on for a while now. They've kind of just been on the back of my mind to read "eventually". Most of these though would probably be best read before Isla gets here so I better get to reading!

What are y'all currently reading? Any books you'd like to read or think I should check out? I'd love recommendations!

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend | Weekend in Photos

Hey y'all! How much are y'all loving this long weekend? Caleb was lucky enough to get Saturday-Tuesday off. We've been enjoying this time together as a family.  
Friday we took a quick trip to the mall to check out their sales. We honestly didn't buy anything though, other than a cute onesie and pants set for Baby Isla. 
Saturday was the first day our pool opened up at our apartment. We obviously had to stop by for a swim. There's nothing that feels more summery than laying out by the pool. Especially up here in Washington I am extremely grateful for sunshine. I could just soak it up all day. I know we'll be spending a lot of time here these next few months.
Then on Sunday we drove to the drive-ins. Drive-in movies is probably one of Caleb's favorite things about summertime. We saw Pirates of the Caribbean and Guardians of the Galaxy. Well I attempted to watch Pirates of the Caribbean. I ended up falling asleep an hour into the move and woke up just in time to see the last 5 minutes. Guardians though was SOOO good. I am in love with baby Groot! Who isn't, honestly?
We didn't get back home until 4am which was super fun. I was out as soon as I hit the pillow.
Now today is being spent working on our patio. It got pretty nasty over the winter & spring, so we are working on making it perfect for the summer. 
I'll post the final makeover here on the blog soon!
Other than that we've got pulled pork going in the crock pot and the Bachelorette is on tonight! Who knows, maybe we'll even stop by the pool again.

I hope you had just as much fun this weekend as we did. Leave a comment telling me the adventures you got up to! I'd love to know :) Happy Memorial Day everyone!


May 26, 2017

It's a . . . | Baby Herron Gender + Name Reveal

As I'm sure most of y'all know, this past Wednesday was our anatomy scan. This baby was quite a pretzel when the ultrasound tech started searching; hand and feet both up by face, legs crossed, head turned sideways. I have no idea how it's comfortable for them. Finally after much some prodding and leaning me back we were able to get them to move for some decent pictures.

All parts are there and healthy. Thank the lord! As for gender, if you haven't already guessed by the photo...
It's a GIRL!!!!
 We are so very excited to meet baby girl this October. I get all bubbly just thinking about the floral and the bows.

As for her name, we had decided on a little girl's name about a year and a half ago when we first started TTC. I'm in love with it. It's so nice to be able to start calling them something other than them/they/it. So ya ready for it?
Isla Makai Herron
I think that's all for exciting news to share with y'all! We're halfway through now. Ahhh I'm so excited! 


May 23, 2017

Laundry Baskets and Monkey Husbands | My Weekend in Photos

Hey y'all! 
How was your weekend? Here at the Herron house we had a super fun weekend full of play and productivity. The weather here is FINALLY turning into sunshine and warm days! Hallelujah! (It's suppose to hit almost 90 today!) It's perfect timing as I am starting to feel a million times better with this pregnancy sickness. So we wanted to take full advantage of it all!

It started in the morning with me deciding to tackle this GIANT laundry mess that had accumulated in our closet. I'm telling y'all it was bad; like barely able to open the closet bad. I couldn't tell what was clean and what a dirty for a lot of it, so I washed it all. 😖

All this plus our bedsheets! It feels good though knowing it's all fresh and smelling nice. 
I also wanted to redo our budget and actually open my planner again. When I got sick I kind of just ignored my bank account and planner. Not in a dangerous way, but an "I just couldn't care to keep track of it all" way. I'm a list girl/planner though so I needed to take control of it all again.

My husband through this all was waiting patiently for me to finish because he wanted to go fly his new drone. Saturday night at like 9:30pm we made an impromptu trip to Walmart for cottage cheese. (These pregnancy cravings!)  We passed the toy section and he saw some kids looking at the RC vehicles. My husband, being practically an 8 year old at times,said "Those kids look like they're gonna buy a drone! I'm an adult and I have money. Can I get a drone?" 15 minutes later he's walking to the check-out counter, drone in hand. So all day Sunday he was excited to take it to the park to fly.
It is kind of cool honestly, because it has a video camera so we can stream/take photos as he's flying it. He was loving it until the battery died....above a tree.
 Thus the climbing began!
 Ratchet straps and dog leashes were used...
 Undocumented was the super nice man who must've been watching us from across the street for the hour and a half we were messing. He came over with 2 ladders and a 10ft 2x4 so Caleb could climb up there and finally knock it down! I was clutching my hands praying at the sight of him 20ft into the tree, but God had it and it turned out alright in the end. 
 Night ended with us enjoying a very summery dinner(I was craving corn, hubby wanted hot dogs) and then hitting the hay. 

It seems like a really simple weekend, but honestly those tend to be some of the best ones! What did y'all do this weekend? Anyone else spend theirs up in a tree like my husband? 

May 21, 2017

Week 14 to 19 Bumpdate

Hey again!
Well these last few weeks of pregnancy have been crazy! I was starting to feel really great around week 15, week 17 everything took a u-turn, and now at almost 20 we're getting back on track. I remember being just a few weeks and thinking how crazy it'll be when we get to the halfway mark. Now we're practically here!
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Nausea Sucks. Seriously. I thought I was in the clear, then 2 weeks ago my body decided "let's throw up EVERYTHING you could possibly ingest!!" So for a whole week I ate nothing, but gatorade and like 3 bites of applesauce a day. Which 90% of the time didn't stay in my belly long. Fun right?! It was the same thing I had dealt with back in week 6-10. Today I am thankfully feeling "normal" again. Thank God it didn't last much longer and praying we don't have another bad spell.

Kicking Up a Storm.  Oh boy this baby is soooo active. That's one thing the Dr says each heartbeat and ultrasound. This baby is a mover and I can finally feel it. (They're even moving around in there as I type this ❤ ) It's crazy, but even Caleb has felt/seen their little bumps. It seems so early, but I guess we just have an hyperactive babe.

Baby Gear. We really haven't bought much of anything for Baby H. In total we have 2 stuffed toys and 2 cloth diapers. We wanted to wait until we know the gender until we start buying things. However, seeing the cute little diapers and imagining baby H using them is cute and exciting. I think once we buy the crib it'll definitely feel more real too.

Gender. This Wednesday is our anatomy scan!!! Then we'll get to know if Baby H is a he or she. We already have a name picked out for a little girl. If it's a boy though who knows. We have our top choices, but haven't found anything we love. My guess is a little girl. Caleb just shrugs when I ask, so who knows what he's thinking. Last time I got an answer it was girl so we'll go with that. :)


April 25, 2017

1st Trimester Must-Haves

Ahh the first trimester...it totally sucked! 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant the morning sickness hit me HARD. I swear I was pretty much bedridden from February 14th-March 31st due to a complete loss of appetite and throwing up every possible thing I ate. Real beautiful, right?

However, there were a few things that made the 1st trimester a bit easier and I thought I'd share those with y'all today!
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1. Water, Water, and More Water
Hydration is so important as we all know, but especially during pregnancy. If you're struggled with hyperemesis gravidarum like I was, then you know how dangerous the risk of dehydration is during pregnancy. I tried to keep water by me at all times. Your body and your baby will appreciate it. Plus what's better than water in a super cute cup! I got this one for my birthday a few weeks ago and I am obsessed. Get your own here!
2. Pregnancy Apps
"What to Expect" and "Ovia Pregnancy" are my two favorites. I love being able to keep track of what baby h is up to this week. Especially when I don't get to hear their heartbeat/see them on ultrasound as much as I would like too. This week it says Baby H is the size of a navel orange and learning to grab.
3. Leggings
Does this need explaining? They're comfy and as your belly expands...well so do stretchy leggings!
4.Applesauce and Jello
These two foods were pretty much the only thing I could tolerate during the 1st trimester. Even know I eat applesauce for breakfast practically every day. 
Like I said,I was stuck in bed ALL day. The only thing that kept me entertained was Netflix. Gilmore Girls marathon, anyone?
6.The Magical Cocktail
B6/Unisom as strange as it sounds, really do help with morning sickness! I take it each night before bed and I definitely notice a difference on how I feel. Once I started taking it, food actually stayed down.Woohoo!
7. Gotta Moisturize
My skin got SO dry in the first trimester. This creamy body butter came in handy. I love the texture and it smells so nice. Definitely one of my favorite products, pregnant or not.
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That pretty much sums it up! If you're a momma/mom-to-be what are some of your essentials for the first trimester? Let me know in the comments!


April 19, 2017

Twenty in My Twenties

Last year on my twentieth birthday I started a list of twenty things I wanted to accomplish during my twenties. Easter Sunday was my 21st birthday, so I thought I'd finally share this list with y'all.
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1. Have all my babies
2. Travel to a new continent(or two)
3. Start my career
4. Learn to love my body
5. Find a sport I love
6. Get my degree
7. Visit Disney World
8.Take up Photography
9. Find my go-to potluck dish
10. Learn a language
11. Perfect winged liner
12. Build a house
13. Go on a zipline
14. Successfully do a handstand
15. Swim like a mermaid
16. Run a 5k, 1/2 marathon, and marathon
17. Have 10,000 in a savings account
18. Get certified in something cool
19. Go backpacking
20. Try cosplay
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I really haven't "completed" anything on this list. I've definitely started though. I mean goal #1 we're working on right now! Goal #4 I know I've definitely improved on in the last year. And I have multiple other plans in the future for the others. Let's see what I accomplish by this time next year.

 I hope y'all are doing awesome and I'll see ya in the next post.

April 11, 2017

13 Weeks Pregnant // Bump Update

Two baby posts in a row?! I know!
Now that I don't feel like an absolute mess I want to start doing bump updates! I think it'll be so awesome to track and then look back on in the future. I haven't been very good at tracking this pregnancy yet. It's still early though :) So here we go...
How far along? 13 weeks and 5 days
Total weight gain: I'm down 12 pounds from my starting weight. Still haven't gained back the weight I lost from morning sickness
Maternity clothes? Nope :)
Stretch marks? None yet. I really should start moisturizing to keep it that way
Sleep: I wake up in the middle of the night to pee every night now. Fun Fun
Best moment this week: Kinda last week, but we got to hear the heartbeat for the first time a week ago!
Miss anything? I wish I could eat whatever I want and not get sick. That'd be nice.
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Pizza, Spaghetti, basically anything tomatoey and cheesey
Anything making you queasy or sick: More of a constant nauseous throughout the day, but it isn't nearly as bad as it was earlier in this pregnancy
Gender: No idea yet, but we think it's a girl
Labor signs: definitely no
Symptoms: Basically just nauseous
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy :)
Looking forward to: starting the second trimester and getting a bump.


March 23, 2017

We're Expecting!

I can't believe I am actually making this post! Yet here we are! 
I'm pregnant!
Baby Herron is expected this October and we are over the moon excited to meet them! As of today I am officially 11 weeks along. I'm looking forward to posting bump updates and sharing this journey with y'all.


January 19, 2017

Cleaning Schedule + Free Printable

I'm probably the minority here, but I for one love to clean. As crazy as this probably sounds, it's kinda fun to  pretend I'm a 1950s housewife, getting the house pretty and dinner started while my husband's away at work. Minus all the oppression and patriarchal standards of the time period of course! Sometimes though cleaning can become a tad overwhelming. There's day when I'll wake up and never want to even touch a broom. No matter how badly the house may need it. I find it a bit easier when I break down the tasks into a list rather than looking at a messy room and trying to determine where to start. This is even better when the tasks are scheduled for each day of the week rather than doing everything all at once.
Now that we're in our new apartment I wanted to make sure it stays are pretty as it was when we first moved in. To help with that I put together a little schedule to keep the dust bunnies at bay and myself on track.
I for one will be printing this baby out and popping it onto my fridge as a reminder. If you'd like to do the same you can save the schedule here!

January 14, 2017

We Moved To . . . // Life Update

Hey! These last 3 weeks have been absolutely insane! I feel like I'm just now getting a chance to catch my breath and really evaluate everything that's going on. On the 22nd of December, Caleb graduated from tech school! He got hard orders the 21st. So between then and late afternoon the 22nd we were rushing around everywhere for out processing and trying to prepared for our move to...guess where??? WASHINGTON!! Washington was never one of those places I thought I'd never go. Not because it's bad or anything, but I just didn't think there was anything for me in the Pacific Northwest. Well apparently God has other plans, because here we are!

We didn't go straight from Texas to Washington. We were moving during the holidays, so we wanted to make a pit stop in both Indiana and Ohio before we moved 2500 miles away! It was so amazing to get to spend Christmas Eve with my parents and siblings. Christmas 2014 & 2015 had both been spent in Ohio so it was so nice to get to do Christmas back home again. Christmas day we drove from Indiana to Ohio for Christmas Part 2. Getting to spend practically a week with family was a big reminder for how sucky living so far away is. Especially when I spend time with my nieces/nephews because they grow up so much in between visits!! They're so cute and little and it totally sucks not getting to see their cute faces more! 
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Well the 28th is when the REAL adventure began. It was 6 days through uncharted territory; we drove almost 3000 miles through illinois to south dakota to montana and of course Washington. In the end I think we went through 13 different states by the end of this trip. Definitely the biggest trip Caleb and I had ever been on in our life!
We stopped at a couple of weird off road sites. I made Caleb take a few pictures :P

He was a little cold
 Trip was going good until we hit this middle of nowhere spot in Montana on New Year's Day. We met a jerk semi driver and a tree and . . .
So yeah that happened. We were all safe and sound though and it was very very minimal so we were super blessed in that department. 
Regardless, we made it! We're here in Olympia and enjoying every second of it while we can. It's exciting and a scary being in such a new place, but I love the adventure. 2017 has barely started and it's already a whirlwind of a year. We have an amazing new apartment we're slowly turning into a "home" and loads of plans for the future that I just know we're going to knock out of the park.


January 1, 2017

New Year's Intentions // 2017 Goals

Happy New Year! We've made it through the craziness of 2016. Now the greatness of this year can officially begin! 💙 This past year has been full of so many crazy moments. Caleb joined the Air Force! I was able to spend the summer with my family, including a trip to the ocean. We moved(three times) to 3 different states. Had the opportunity to go on multiple road trips and celebrated our first wedding anniversary! I have high hopes for 2017 and of course have a couple of goals I hope to knock out by this time next year.
I'm so very excited to see how these next 365 days play out!! Do y'all have any goals you'd like to complete this year? What was your favorite memory from 2016. Have an super amazing New Year's weekend guys!!