Cheers to a New Year! My New Years Resolution? To take more time for myself to continue blogging like I love. As I mentioned before, my pregnancy has NOT been blog friendly. I haven’t gotten to document these past few months quiet like I’ve wanted.
On another note, we brought in the New Year in Sevierville, TN this year. We go every year and either stay in a cabin or at The Wilderness with a whole lot of family! The highlight of this year’s trip? Getting to take our little man on a Jurassic BoatAdventure. He is in a huge dinosaur phase right now.
We set out with no location in mind and stumbled on this new attraction. It was snowing outside so we stayed bundled, but the boat took us on an indoor adventure. It could be scary for smaller children. Adler was too fascinated to be scared. I’d recommend going if you’re there and in need for short entertainment. It’s probably not something adults would enjoy on their own. We finished our outing at Little Tokyo Hibachi grill where Adler got to watch a hibachi chef for the first time. Our food was great! I’d highly recommend eating there. Overall, it was a good day!
I’m featuring our mom and me hats in this post from Lenny Lemons. It took us about a month to receive them in the mail only because their company ships from China. I think they were worth the wait, however, order them in advance if you are wanting a set for yourself.
There’s so many reasons I love Easter! It is such a sacred and joyous day! My little family and I had a slow morning eating breakfast and getting ready. We allowed enough time to get some pictures before we left home, because after church is pure chaos! We were blessed to attend an awesome church service where we were fed The Word and were able to sing Praise and Worship! Wouldn’t it be awesome to start out every day like that?!
After church we headed to Joshua’s parents where his mom always spoils us with a homemade Easter meal. We all enjoyed each other’s company around the dinner table. Later we had our first swim of the season (in the heated pool I might add!) We napped, played outside, and ate some more! Life with a toddler makes these memories so much more! Watching Adler interact with his cousins, discover Easter eggs are not balls after all, insist on wearing his bunny ears, and laugh at water being splashed, ahhhh! Does it get any better?
Adler’s Great Grandmother’s don’t get to see him often. They live about an hour and a half from us, and let’s face it, life is busier than we would like it to be at times. Joshua and I have made an effort to visit them as Adler grows, so they can see his milestones. It brings joy to their lives and warms or hearts to see them interact with him <3.
While we were at Nana’s we decided to utilize a little extra family time together (which is rare with Joshua’s work schedule), and prepare for the upcoming Duck Hunting Season. Joshua is training our Weimaraner, Sprocket, how to retrieve out of the water. Adler and I tagged along for emotional support. If you’ve never heard of the Weimaraner, they are rambunctious, hyper, stubborn creatures, but we love our Sprocket non-the-less. We also had ourselves a little photoshoot since the weather was perfect, and I had just so happened to purchase the new “duck boots” I’ve been wanting before we took our trip.
You can’t be outdoors in the fall without a good flannel. I love this one I picked up at Forever21!
The infamous duck boots. These are the Sperry Top-Sider version. You can find them at several different store locations. They run true to size and are extremely comfy!
It’s not always skittles and rainbows :). This is shortly after he managed to eat half of a leaf that threw me into sheer panic. All is well now, the leaf managed to make itself into Adler’s stomach before I could fish it out of his mouth…We do our best as parents right?!
Joshua and I took a belated Anniversary trip (along with Adler) to Pueblo, Colorado this year. We got to catch up with his brother, Luke and his girlfriend, Haley (who happens to be a life-long friend of mine). They were fabulous tour guides, and we got to see some amazing things! If you are planning to visit Colorado any time soon, I am going to post all of the MUST SEE places to visit while you are there! The best part, all but one attraction was FREE!
# O.N.E. : GARDEN OF THE GODS- COLORADO SPRINGS (ABOUT 50 MIN FROM PUEBLO)
For more visitors information for Garden of the Gods, click here!
# T.W.O: BISHOPS CASTLE- Located in the San Isabel National Forest (About an hour drive from Pueblo).
This place was amazing! The castle was hand built, and is still being worked on! You can hike to the tip top on winding metal stairs! You have to be a bit of a thrill seeker for this one. It is probably one of the most daring things we have done (and we did it with an 8 month old). You get to feel like you are exploring a secret all on your own. No tour guides, and you get to go wherever you are brave enough to venture to. This was an excursion to remember. Here is the link to the official website.
#T.H.R.E.E.: The Royal Gorge Bridge- Located near Canon City
This is the only attraction we had to pay for! Your admission includes a ridge across the gorge in gondolas! You can also pay extra to zip line, which we opted out of. The gondolas are about the same thing, you are just enclosed! You can find out more at their website here.