Living at Home

So far, life in Green Bay has been nothing short of wonderful.

As I mentioned before, Josie and I are staying with my parents for a few months while Zach is away at training for work. We have been here a little over two weeks now and are settling in quite nicely! Zach got us all situated before he had to fly back down to DC and we already miss him terribly.

However! There are a number of things that are really, really awesome about rooming with my parents again.

  • Duncan has adjusted so well already. He doesn’t particularly love Gus or Murphy but he coexists just fine. He never really learned how to play, so he gets concerned when the other two start to really get rowdy and he tries so hard to herd them around – he’s realizing he might as well try to herd cats. But there is so much more room here for him to just be himself, all 100 lbs of him. Most of the day I hardly even have to think about him; he prefers to snooze under tables and we only hear from him if something goes on in the kitchen. A guy after my own heart.
  • To go along with the Duncan perks, it is really great having a real yard. A YARD! Dunk is in Heaven. He sits at the top of the stairs on the deck and surveys the property, and when I try to let him inside he looks at me like I’m crazy. This dog was built for Wisconsin temperatures. It snowed 7 inches last week and he laid down in it for an hour. It is so helpful to not have to leash him up and take him for a (usually stressful) walk in a crowded neighborhood every time he needs to go potty.
  • Josie and I have company all day long! We never have to feel lonely because we’ve got my mom and a zoo of animals to play with!
  • The grocery list is exceptionally different… i.e. we don’t have to eat turkey burgers 3 out of 5 nights of the week! The life.
  • We have lots of family here so I love getting to see them and not having to say a true goodbye anytime soon.
  • The Packers obsession is real. These people love their team. It makes gameday way fun, especially that big win last night.
  • Josie has her own room here and it is in the most soundproof room in the world. It is a true luxury not having to share a room with a noisy baby. No one has to tip-toe around; you can clank pots and pans around or even vacuum and the little lady makes nary a peep.
  • There is no traffic here. None! Ever! Even the Green Bay version of “traffic” is like I-95 on a great day in Northern Virginia. It took a minute to get used to. I was looking on my phone to see where the nearest Target was. I found one but it didn’t have a Starbucks (gasp) and that, as we all know, is unacceptable so I found the next one that did. It said it was in downtown Green Bay, it said it would take 15 minutes and I thought to myself, “oh no… downtown. It’s going to take forever to get there especially at rush hour. At least half an hour.” But no! Rush hour doesn’t exist here and the estimates are true! I can have my Starbucks and drink it too.
  • Everyone is just so… nice. People are chatty and friendly, and not in a never-ending rush. The other day at the grocery store, I was struggling to get Josie and all the bags out to my car when 3 employees ran up to me and said, “no no! You pull your car up and we will load these up for you!” Bless. If I had a nickel for every time a stranger in DC saw me struggling with the baby and hurried past without a word….
  • Last but definitely not least, the grocery store is called Festival Foods. You say, I’m going to the Festival! Even errands sound happy here. Am I getting my point across?

So yeah, it’s going well. We are hoping to visit Zach sometime next month, and by then we will know where we will be moving! We are so excited for a new adventure, no matter where it is. We are really hoping to end up anywhere near family, but ultimately look forward to an adventure of any kind. Even if we end up back in DC, at least we will really be there and can settle more permanently than before – plus I’m already missing my sweet friends! I spend my nap times and evenings looking at cost of living comparisons in Portland, flight costs from Chicago and Zillow markets in Anchorage – and everywhere in between, but mostly praying that God sends us where we are meant to be. The planner in me is dying to know, but this eager anticipation is exciting and I know we’ll look back on these weeks of uncertainty fondly. While I wait, I can distract myself with a cute baby and fun outings with my mama!

Christmas 2016

We made it to Wisconsin! I write to you from my parents’ cozy living room while the baby naps and the fire whispers softly in the fireplace. It has been a crazy, crazy week since Christmas but we powered through and I couldn’t be happier to be at this point!

We had a lovely Christmas! We celebrated in Williamsburg at Zach’s parents’. My parents flew down, my brother and his girlfriend drove in from Blacksburg and we spent a great week together. My in-laws were amazing hosts and put up with a crowded house and lots of dishes, all the while serving up great food and atmosphere! It was very special to have everyone present for Josie’s first Christmas. She was quite taken with all the lights and Christmas decorations. She spent the week ALMOST crawling, but not yet! She can get from sitting to her knees but doesn’t know what to do from there yet. She can also go from her belly back to sitting! When she discovered how to do this one night about two weeks ago, it took her approximately three hours to fall asleep because she was just having a wild time exercising her newfound skillz. When she is trying to get somewhere she’ll fling herself forward and land in a belly flop but hey, it works for her. I can put her down on the floor and 10 minutes later she will be on the other side of the room just by rolling and flinging herself all over the place! Baby proofing is in our very near future.

We went to the 4:30pm service on Christmas Eve and Josie looked like a doll. She was so good. She was a little chatty but the people around us were friendly and there were tons of other babies and kids at that service so it was pretty noisy with chatter and random screams already! It’s so funny how at one time that probably would have annoyed me a little but now it’s the most welcome sound in the world. We’re all in this together, parents!

Something sweet I don’t want to forget: Joey loves singing. When we sang the Christmas hymns she sang softly along with me in her little singsong voice. She sings along when I sing her the ABC’s and also when I sing her bedtime song (Skidamarink). It just kills me.

Christmas morning was magical! We did most of Josie’s presents in the afternoon because of her naps being all over the place but it was great to have the morning last that much longer. She loved all the wrapping paper and boxes, of course. She got so many adorable outfits and fun toys – there was no shortage of things to occupy her on this trip! She has some separation anxiety when it comes to Zach and me, but being around everyone for a good week helped her get comfortable playing with the grandparents now and then.

In the days after Christmas we fought the post-Christmas blues by playing with hilarious presents, shopping the sales at the outlets and meandering around colonial Williamsburg. Zach was excited to take Josie around the William and Mary campus, and thanks to the unseasonably warm weather we had a great little stroll.

Prior to Christmas we had packed up our whole apartment and did a good bit of cleaning so that we would be ready to go right afterwards. Looking back, we were maybe a little crazy to do it the way we did, but we didn’t have a ton of options! We drove back to DC on the 28th, and spent the night on our mattresses on the floor. Then on the 29th, I took my parents to the airport and the movers came to get us loaded into the UHaul! Bada bing bada boom.

It was much more cost efficient to do a UHaul + movers combo than an actual moving company. Highly recommend! This was our third move in our 4 years of marriage and the first time that we splurged on mover help. NEVER GOING BACK. We were super happy with the movers that came out and they got us loaded and unloaded into the storage unit down the road in about 5.5 hours. Josie and I were in charge of things like delivering sandwiches! We finished the move and cleaned the empty apartment, turned in our keys and got on the road at about 5pm… We had hoped to be on the road by 1pm. Ha. It had been an exhausting day to say the least, so we made it to about Pittsburgh before we decided to stop at a hotel and call it a night.

We picked a Holiday Inn Express that was dog-friendly. I had heard lots of not nice things about pet-friendly hotels so I was kind of dreading the whole experience, but it was totally fine. It was clean and they had a portable crib for the baby, which we needed since we didn’t have room in the car for her pack n’ play. It was tough sleeping in the same room as Josie because her sleep was all messed up from traveling and she woke up a lot before I ultimately just brought her into bed with us so at least Zach could get some rest for the drive.

We got moving the next morning and enjoyed the free breakfast, and hit the road for a long day of driving. Duncan has had a rough couple weeks and has been very unsettled with all the packing up and stress. When we came back from getting breakfast (gone 20 minutes) he had thrown up all over the hotel room carpet. Poor guy. That set us back a bit but we eventually set off for Green Bay at about 9am.

Zach drove the entire 10 hours and I was on Josie duty in the back. She really did fantastic for being in the car seat all day long! We received a big girl (convertible) car seat for her for Christmas and I think it made a huge difference. So much more room for activities!!! She can also see out the window more easily which was great for seeing all the…. cornfields…. on the way to WI. The scenery wasn’t super exciting but I did love seeing the thousand snowy fields with the furry cows all huddled together. Very Americana.

We took 3 pit stops to eat, stretch and gas up. I had lots of different little toys in the back and rotated them throughout the day, and I also brought several travel sized board books to read to JoJo. Towards the end of the day when she was getting super antsy I busted out the Puffs and that carried us to home plate. We got in at about 7pm, just in time for dinner! We had a decent introduction between Duncan and my parents’ two dogs, and pretty much collapsed into bed at 8:30. Sweet, sweet relief after a crazy stressful 48 hours!

Now we’re just getting settled in our new temporary home before Zach has to fly back down to VA for his training. We are going to miss him so much but I am grateful to have this time with my family and the help with my baby and dog. We are looking forward to becoming authentic northerners!

Christmas photos!

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‘Tis the season!

Since last year our Christmas cards were stolen off of our doorstep twice by some jerk in our apartment building, we skipped a year with cards. But this year we are back, people! My brother Kevin snapped some photos for us one weekend while he was visiting and I am so appreciative because we don’t have many pictures (that I like) of all 3 of us. He has a great eye and I’m happy we’ll have these forever. Thanks Kev! Duncan could not make it into these photos on account of being a total psycho but rest assured he is still very much a part of the Raymond fam. 

We’re in the midst of a whirlwind of packing and it seems that the Christmas season has been flying by. We are really looking forward to heading down to Williamsburg this week where we can forget about the move for a little while and embrace everything CHRISTMAS while surrounded by family. It really is so much more magical having Josie with us and getting to see everything new again through her eyes, from decorations to lights to brightly colored wrapping paper.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions growing up was making “Santa signs.” It was always my dad’s project with us on Christmas eve. We would go to the store and get fun craft supplies along with big poster boards, and come home to make our signs. We put our names on them super big and decorated them with glitter and puff paint, and then ceremoniously decided in which corner of the living room we would put our sign. That way, Santa would know where to put all our presents! Christmas morning my dad would always go down the stairs first to make sure Santa had come. We’d wait at the top of the stairs holding our breath, waiting for him to say, “WOW, he really outdid himself this year!” so we could race down the stairs, run to our signs and see what had magically appeared overnight. I definitely want to make Santa signs with my kids so Josie better learn to write her name in the next 6 days!

Zach’s favorite traditions are driving around looking at Christmas lights at night in our Christmas pajamas, and decorating the house in the most extreme way possible. Since we’ve been married we always have grilled cheese and tomato soup on the nights we decorate!

What are your favorite holiday traditions? I’m collecting ideas – Christmas is 100x more fun with a baby, in case you were wondering. I CAN’T WAIT.

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8 months of Josie

This little elf is 8 months old! 8 months is one of those ages that sounds “so old” to me. When she was born I couldn’t fathom her being 8 whole months old, just like how now I can’t fathom her being 12 whole months old. I have the sneaking suspicion that this will keep happening.

Things that are new in the world of Josie Rosie:

  • She is loving purees finally! It took awhile for her tongue thrust reflex to relax and suddenly one day she was just… eating. Swallowing! Zach’s coworker had given us a case of baby food that their kids hadn’t gotten through so we’ve been working our way through that. Her favorite so far has been chicken and apples. I was hopeful that the protein would maybe help her sleep through the night without needing to eat but alas, she still wakes up pretty reliably between 3-5am.
  • Except for last night, in which she slept from 7pm-6am!!!!!!!!!!! First time ever sleeping through the night.
  • Feeding her in general is something that stresses me out. I feel like I’m pretty confident/relaxed in a lot of aspects of baby raising so far but food, man! I have no idea when she’s supposed to be able to eat real food, and when she is, how am I supposed to prevent her from choking to death?!
  • Her little bottom teeth continue to grow and her toothy new smile is the cutest.
  • Josie spent her first Thanksgiving at Zach’s parents’ in Williamsburg! We had a nice long visit as opposed to our usual 48 hour weekend trips, and it was finally enough time for her to start warming up to GiGi and Grandpa. By the end of our trip she was happily playing in my mother-in-law’s lap which was such a joy. Zach and I even had a date night one evening after Josie went to bed! Our first real time alone together since she was born. We were exhausted and could have gone straight to bed but we toughed it out for some quality time together and it was so worth it. We got Starbucks and did some Christmas shopping, and it was perfect. We can’t wait to be back to the ‘burg for Christmas soon!
  • JoJo laughs so easily. The best laughs come from tickling and when Zach puts her on our bed, and takes a running start to jump on the bed. She LOVES it. She also laughs whenever people around her seem to be laughing.
  • She got her over her clinginess of last month a little bit and is happy with daddy again. Not strangers though!
  • Although, she has done better and better in the church nursery. This past Sunday she was happy the whole time and it did my mama heart good to hear that she is getting used to playing with others there. Just in time for us to leave…
  • Josie’s favorite toys are anything that is not a toy. If I act really interested in something and then set it down, she goes right for it. Cue me acting like a measuring cup is the coolest thing in the world so that she’ll want to play with that instead of a cell phone.
  • Her desperation to play with a cell phone makes me more acutely aware of my cell phone usage in front of her, so I’ve been trying to really limit that. It’s hard!
  • She loves our Christmas tree. Yes, we are moving in 10 days but we still put up and decorated our Christmas tree. I was reluctant but Zach insisted, and now I’m glad because it makes our apartment so cheery in the midst of packing and boxes everywhere. We may not have a pot to cook with but at least there is a Christmas tree!
  • She is terrified of the sound that the packing tape makes. This makes it difficult to pack boxes with her around!
  • She loves Duncan. She is starting to really notice when he’s around and reaches her hands out to him. When he comes up to sniff her out and lick her face she cracks up. He has been very good with her still, and we give him lots of treats for being a gentle boy. Josie’s version of petting is grabbing a fistful of fur and ripping it out, so he’s really earning those treats!
  • No signs of crawling yet! She rolls all over the place and eventually gets to wear she wants to go that way.
  • At night when I sing her a song right before I put her in her crib, she makes these soft, high pitched sing-songy noises. She only does it during this time and I finally realized she is trying to sing with me. Cue heart explosion.
  • Josie is not the snuggliest baby right now and doesn’t enjoy being cuddled or hugged and kissed too much. She is our Miss Independent! It does make it extra, extra sweet when she lays her head on our shoulders or lays still on our laps every once in awhile. Sometimes her last nap of the day is way too short and the only way I can get her to sleep a little longer is by jumping in bed with her. This has been working less and less but when she does fall back asleep, her warm little body cuddled up against mine – there is just nothing better.

Well Josephine Rosephine is about to have her first Christmas and big family move! She is getting harder and harder to photograph because she is always on the move, our little squirmy wormy. And yes, I had to cut her Santa hat so it would fit over her 99th percentile head. Merry Christmas!


 

Being Intentional

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 My main goal in this season of life lately has been to be intentional. It’s something that sounds so simple but it’s something that I struggle with sometimes. Ok…. a lot. I get overwhelmed kind of easily and I often catch myself going through the motions just to get to the end of the day, week, month, whatever. But what then? Congrats, me! I made it to the end of the week! And I have hardly anything meaningful backed up in my memory hard drive to show for it. I want to live less out of habit, and more out of intent.

I mean, these are some of the most beautiful, wonderful days of my life. My whole life. Right now.

Some things that help me to be more intentional:

  • Take photos. Taking lots of pictures helps solidify an event in my memory.
  • Conversely, put down my phone. An obvious, but often difficult one to master.
  • Keep little notebooks around so I can jot down things that are meaningful to me in the moment. And  pens. I can’t ever find pens when I need them.
  • Utilize this very blog for cementing those moments every once in awhile.
  • Be more organized in all areas.
  • Plan my free time. When Josie takes an unexpectedly long nap, I usually end up wasting the time on my computer or watching Hulu, because I can’t think of anything else in that moment I’d rather be doing. But I know if I had thought about it beforehand I could be productive in a way that still is restful and rejuvenating to me.
  • Throw myself 100% into the commitments I make without spreading myself too thin.
  • Pray often and hard. I have been looking for a daily devotional to start in the new year. Any suggestions? I would really love one that was geared towards women, even better if it is geared towards mothering.

What are some things you do to be intentional in your day-to-day life?

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Packing

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I’m a little behind on getting these pictures up but for posterity, here they are.

I’m experiencing the freedom of naps longer than 25 minutes and I don’t quite know what to do with myself.

I know what I should be doing. We terminated our lease at this apartment for the end of year – Zach has some extended training to attend for work and while he is gone Josie and I will hang with my parents. What I should be doing is packing up our place so we can put everything into storage for awhile. It’s hard though, because I’m not only reluctant to pass up the quality “me time,” I’m also a just little reluctant to pack up our lives in this place.
So much has happened while we lived here.

I go to pack the junk drawer. It is full of odds and ends that have been in there since we moved in. This was the first place we have lived for longer than a year. We made it over two years! That’s kind of a big deal when you’ve only been living together four years.

I move to the china hutch. It used to be my great-grandmothers and I painted it a bright happy mint color while we lived here. It houses -shocker- our china. I pull out the big platter and remember serving our first turkey on it. We had all our new friends over for Friendsgiving and carved that sucker like old pros. Having people over right when we moved in ensured we unpacked and decorated in a timely manner.

Speaking of decor, I could pack the drapes. It took me forever to decide on them and I bought and returned several before settling on these. I didn’t even love them but we needed to have something up before we had 20 people over for Friendsgiving the next day. I still don’t love them and I know for a fact Zach hates them, but now I like that about them. They’re The Drapes We Hate. They’re our drapes we hate.

I could pack everything I’ve shoved under the bed. I’m the messy one in our marriage and we’ve had countless “discussions” regarding my wonderful tendency to do things like leave my shoes scattered all over the entryway or use the bedroom floor as my closet. Or shove everything in sight under the bed in a last minute clean-up and then forget about what’s under there. I’m proud to say I’ve gotten much better at these things while we’ve lived here! More importantly we have gotten so much better at communicating and forgiving each other for our faults.

I could pack the bookshelf. Our bible study workbooks are stacked and the pages are folded and stained. We joined our first adult bible study while we lived here, and didn’t miss a single week. It was quite the commitment. Many of the weeks I would read aloud our assignments last minute in the car as we sped to the church, but every week we would use the car ride home to talk about what we were learning and we grew so much together during that time.

I could pack the throw pillows. Zach always gives me a hard time about needing 400 throw pillows. They remind me of countless hours of couch lounging and netflixing. Falling asleep on Friday nights and waking up at 4am to go to bed, pre-baby of course. One of them has the corner chewed off – one of the only things Duncan has ever chewed in our apartment. He did it the week we brought him home.

I could pack the shoe closet. There is all of our winter stuff. The ski mask that I wore when I would walk Duncan every single night during the polar vortex of 2014. If you ever need to sentimentalize anything just give me a call, I mean its a hideous face mask for crying out loud but it reminds me of Duncan’s first months here. Realizing he was a complete lunatic and having to adjust to sharing this place with a feral 80 pound animal. But! It also reminds me of learning to love him and adapt to his needs. And also learning not to leave my leather boots out.

I go to Josie’s room, and just stand in the doorway. Don’t even get me started. This is the place where we brought our first child home. Our first CHILD! Zach drove us the most carefully he’s ever driven home from the hospital. I watched him become a father here, and an incredible one at that. We bounced our Joey on the yoga ball and walked her around the kitchen while she wailed in her first weeks, we learned how to confidently give her a bath in that kitchen sink and change her diaper 10,000 times on that bed. We’ve played for so many hours on the floor with her activity mat and talking Octopus. I wonder if the next tenants will hear the phantom “YELLOW!”‘s and “PURPLE!”‘s coming from this room like we do. It smells like her. I want to bottle up the smell of this room and keep it with me forever. I rock her in that corner and sometimes when she falls asleep on my shoulder I prolong putting her down in her bed because she never does that and I can’t think of anything more important I could be doing at that exact moment. I said don’t get me started!

So yeah. I’ve got 3.5 weeks to get this place boxed up.

I just don’t know how to fit it all.

7 months of Josie

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Josie’s 7th month has been a busy one!

After we got home from Green Bay we were pretty busy at church getting ready for their “Trunk or Treat” event. I had never heard of this kind of thing before but I’m pretty sure that’s because I was formerly not a parent and couldn’t have cared less about things like this. In case anyone reading this is not a parent, a “trunk or treat” is where people (usually from a church) get together in a parking lot and decorate the trunks of their cars with a theme/dress up, and hand out candy to trick or treaters going from car to car. It provides a safe place for kids to trick or treat and is more popular in rural areas or big cities where there is a lot of apartment living (like DC). Our theme was rubber duckies, and Josie was the opposite of thrilled to be my rubber ducky.

It could have had something to do with me wrapping her in an itchy yellow feather boa and strapping a duck bill to her face, but I doubt it.

She sure was cute anyway.

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My last update we had just started sleep training JoJo and I am pleased to say that has continued to be the best decision we ever made. It was not easy in the beginning but boy has it been worth it. We have our evenings back and I sincerely believe the whole family is happier for it – Josie included. Now that she’s learned to fall asleep on her own she is sleeping almost through the night most nights and that has to be better for her than waking up every 45 minutes all night long! We have our little pre-bed routine, which ends with us putting her in her crib fully awake and walking out of her room. She typically will fuss or talk to herself for 10-15 minutes and after that she’s asleep for 8-10 hours. I still feed her when she wakes after that long and then she’ll sleep for 1-2 more hours after that. I call it my snooze button. She’s even started waking up happy again in the mornings – something I had forgotten was possible. Interestingly, as soon as her nighttime sleeps improved, her great naps went out the window… but I do not care one bit. As long as we’re sleeping at night, I can deal with the cat naps! It makes such a huge difference to me not to have to dread the nights and anticipate being up so much.

We’ve kept at it with trying solids, but our Joey is still not super into it. She’ll take a few bites and get bored. I’ve given her chunks of banana to play with and she’ll take bites of it and spit it out. We’ll just keep trying! She does like those little mesh pouches you can stuff fruit in. She doesn’t enjoy rice cereal, which I’m ok with because I hate the pumping in order to mix it with breastmilk. We have been practicing sitting her in her big girl high chair and she will sit and play with toys while we’re in the kitchen cooking or cleaning.

She’s got two little bottom teeth!

Jo has a little rattle ball that we will roll to her and she will roll it back to us – this morning we played catch for a solid 15 minutes!

She has a little piano toy that plays a short tune every time you hit a key. Josie will hit a key, play with another toy while the music plays, and then when the music stops she will hit it again and repeat. It cracks me UP and I just sit there astonished that she is so intentional about certain things now! I told Zach that it used to really annoy me when parents would “ask” their toddlers if they wanted to do things they’d have to do anyway, i.e. “do you want to go brush your teeth now?” “do you want to take a nap?” etc. Like why give them the option to say no if they’re going to have to do it no matter what?! But seeing my child become so intentional is really fascinating to me and I get it more. It’s amazing to watch your kid develop wants and opinions so I bet I won’t be able to help “asking” her if she wants to do things later on because it’s just so darn crazy that she will be able to answer me. Does that make sense? Parenting is weird.

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Josie says “dada” and about a third of the time we think she means Zach. Whenever she is upset she’ll go “MMMMMA” while looking right at me so I feel like that’s the beginning of “mama”?? She babbles all day and especially when she sees Duncan – she has very deep and meaningful conversations with her dog friend.

She likes going on long walks with me during the day. Zach’s parents found us a great jogging stroller and she likes getting all bundled and cozy in it. Zach took her for a few actual runs. She faces forward in it too which she hasn’t liked much in the past, but seems ok with it now.

She looooves to FaceTime! When the outgoing FaceTime sound beeps she lights up and gets so excited to see who pops up on the screen. Usually it is a grandparent! Anyone want to FaceTime us?

I reported before that she army crawled and she has literally never done it again after that one time. She tries though!

She came to vote with us and got a “Future Voter” sticker!

Josie also does much better in the car these days. She will either play with a toy or fall asleep back there usually which makes going places SO much less stressful! We can walk around the mall together for awhile now without much fuss and I probably look like a loony toon because I talk to her the whole time and narrate everything I see, accompanied by exaggerated crazy facial expressions. If I want to actually shop and try things on I have to either have Zach come with us or go alone since she gets bored sitting in one place for long. This does help me in my decision making though because I famously take forever to decide if I really want something.

We took a family trip to Harrisonburg last weekend for the wedding of my oldest friend. I sucked it up and pumped for the week prior because I knew I would have to be away from Josie all day Saturday and she had a great day hanging out with Zach and her Nana, Grandpa and Uncle Kev. We stayed at an AirBnB at Massanutten with my parents and brother and it was really nice having the whole family together for a little vacay weekend. Attending the wedding of two of the best people I know wasn’t too shabby either! Josie did just fine sleeping in a new place. It took longer for her to fall asleep but she eventually did and only woke up slightly earlier than usual. She looked so adorable in her little wedding outfit! I can’t wait to see those pictures.

She started reaching for mama and daddy and it melts our hearts – especially Zach’s because for awhile there she wanted only me me me all the time! I think spending all the time with him during the wedding weekend helped a lot with that. I should probably leave them alone more often to do really awful things like get my nails done or go to Target by myself…. I guess I’ll have to take one for the team!

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Had to include this one because even when she’s tired Josie is just the cutest dang thing.