Monday, June 15, 2015


This weekend Brett and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary in Nashville! We usually don't do much, last year we went to Chicago which was the first time we'd done anything big and we kind of want to continue to get away for the weekend. No matter what is going on I really feel like we need to take the time away from busy schedules along with everything else and really give the day the attention it deserves. We each had a free flight and Brett and I had both been wanting to go to Nashville so we decided to head there. We found out a couple of days later that the CMA Music Festival was going on the same weekend we were going to be there! We immediately got tickets to the big concert and planned everything out. 

What a fun and crazy busy weekend! My sister Taylor came with us, she loves country music like we do and really wanted to go. We got in on Friday and downtown Nashville was blocked off and had about 7 different stages all in walking distance. Plus every bar had bands (and some of those bars were 3 stories and had a different band on each level) there was music literally every where you went! The stages downtown had up and coming artists and at night there was the big event at LP Stadium. I'm so glad we got tickets for was 4 nights of HUGE names and so much fun. We missed the first night of  Jason Alden, Alan Jackson, Sam Hunt, and Rascal Flatts but the second night was even better! The Band Perry, Randy Houser, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, and Luke Bryan! Each artist came on and sang about 4 or 5 of their best songs, bands switched and on to the next. The stadium was PACKED and the weather was a perfect 75 degrees. After the concert we just wondered around downtown checking out the bars and then hit the hay.




Saturday we got out and ate lunch at Rippy's, went from stage to stage, visited all the vendors around, and did some shopping.  There is so much to do, play areas for kiddos, food trucks of all kinds, jewelry vendors, tour buses to tour, clothing vendors, gifts galore, and on and on. We took a quick rest at the hotel and headed out for dinner. 

Lunch and live music, what's better?

I want a banjo. I was actually pretty good!

Perfect food truck for me! *just two of those are for me lol*

We wanted to get a little outside of the downtown bar food to see where the locals go and we ended up at a place called The Row. So. So. Good. I had chicken fried chicken served on mashed potatoes topped with white gravy and onion straws. I think that may be every pregnant girls dream. It was awesome! Brett got a cheeseburger with bacon and egg, drizzled in maple syrup. I was a little iffy about the syrup but holy moly it was unreal! I'm pretty sure we could've all just gone straight back to the hotel and fallen into a food coma. That night the big names were Chris Young, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, and Carrie Underwood. Another fantastic night of music, so so fun. We went out to a fun bar called the Tin Roof, did a little dancing and then called it a night. I couldn't take off anymore days of work so we had to head back home on Sunday and miss the last day of the big concert but we sold our tickets and got some money back. 

Mouth is watering.

I will always choose ice cream over alcohol, pregnant or not!




Before we left we had been staying with my parents while our bedroom floors were being refinished. We had slept in our basement Monday and Tuesday, my parents house Wed and Thursday, and a hotel bed over the weekend. Our floors were done when we got back so we were able to put the house back in order and it's never felt so good to sleep in our bed! We missed JT like crazy so it was good to be home. fyi our floors look awesome, hidden under carpet for many years and in perfect shape!

Got to take a fun flow in the dark bath when we got home!

Happy Anniversary to my husband of 7 years. Thank you for planning such a fun trip and for taking time out of your busy schedule for us. Every day together is something new, something fun, and something challenging. I cannot wait for the year ahead as we expand our family and welcome another baby. Thank you for always keeping me on my toes and choosing me to grow old with.

Can't wait for next year!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Well well well...

If you read my last post you'll know that Brett and I have been trying to have a baby for the past year and a half. In May we were supposed to start our first cycle of clomid. I was instructed to call my doctor on the first day of my cycle which would then be when we start the pills. On Memorial day I was about two days late, which isn't out of the ordinary so I didn't think much of it. But I had a pregnancy test so I figured I would just use it. I set it down and left the room because I was 100% sure I wasn't pregnant. Brett came in and about a minute later he yelled, "um...Amber!" I was really really sure I wasn't pregnant so when he said that I thought he was joking (he's not that mean I don't know why I would think he would do that but I just knew I wasn't prego) so I sid, "Brett that's not funny, it's been a year and half don't joke." I walked toward the bathroom and he said he wasn't joking, he started to smile and showed me the test which said "YES+." I screamed and started bawling. I'm not sure I've ever hugged Brett that tight! I really just couldn't believe it. My sister in law Steph has been staying with us and came running in, and poor Jaris was so confused! Once I calmed down he asked my why I was crying and I just told him I passed a test and that mommy is really happy!

We were supposed to be heading to my parents for a Memorial Day bbq and luckily Taylor was in town! I wanted to tell my family before extended family got there but we got sidetracked at our house when the pet store down the street caught on fire. So I was planning to tell them all after however everyone kept trying to make me drink so I had to tell them individually! Brett's other sister was coming in town a couple days later so we waited to tell them in person.

We waited to tell JT until everyone had left town and it was just us 3. He has been asking for a brother or sister for the longest time (remember when he asked for a sister for his birthday, no pressure right?) so we were so excited to tell him.

I had my first doctors appointment and everything looks great.We are officially due January 26th! We are so excited and I'm ready for these 7 months to fly by. I think I'm most excited to see Jaris as a big brother. I KNOW he will be amazing. Cannot wait for those future days! And yes we will be finding out if it's a boy or a girl...I'm too much of a planner!

And now a catch up!

As much as I love snow and cold weather, I really love when it starts to warm up. It means being outside, fun activities, and that lake time is finally here. I could seriously be at the lake every day. The local strawberry patch opened up and I know they go fast so I took JT out right away. Brett had practice so Steph came with us. It was on a beautiful farm, big white house with a wrap around porch, a couple of cows, chickens, a pond...aka my dream. I didn't want to leave. Jaris of course went straight for their dog. If there is a dog in sight, Jaris needs to love on it.  He had fun picking strawberries and it was a gorgeous night! We will definitely be back. 

Brett, Jaris, and I headed out to the trail to get a run in and let Jaris ride his bike. He rode over two miles! So proud of him, he loved racing us and when there was a snake in the middle of the sidewalk he got a good laugh out of watching me run and scream like a crazy person. Jaris rode right on passed it and we were behind him when Brett saw it..I was about to step right on it when he said something, Luckily Brett stopped me and with lightening speed I ran around it. Screaming. 

Jaris had his last day of preschool! He had such a great first year and I couldn't be more proud. The preschool and teachers were amazing and we are truly blessed Jaris was able to attend and gets to go back in August. This coming year he will be going three days a week to the same preschool and then on other two days he'll be at Veritas Christian School doing their K-Quest program. A double dose of kindergarten prep...ahh scary!

sorry about the blue teeth/mouth lol!
Family time!

Swimming season is finally here!

Jaris started blastball with his best buddy Harrison, so funny to watch these two!

And last but not least...
I am now co-coach for the Veritas cheerleaders! The girls are really excited and I'm excited to freshen things up. Last year they were doing cheers that my mom did when she was in middle school! I've got all new cheers for them to learn and they are pumped. I'll be starting stunting with them and really stepping up their game. They've done a great job so far learning the new cheers! I think they were (and maybe still) a little over whelmed but they really are doing great and I think the crowd is going to be so surprised at how awesome they are!