2 years

wedding

Two years ago today, Caleb and I were married. It was a beautiful day, one I look back on with hearts in my eyes. There are so many details I may not always remember, but the most significant memories will remain in my mind forever.

Memories like how nervous I was to see my groom. Memories like praying together after we said our vows. Memories like singing in each other’s ear during our first dance. Memories like when we went off on our own and spent time together outside our gorgeous reception barn that night. And memories like stopping at the McDonald’s drive thru after leaving the reception. Yes, it’s a bit sappy, but it was such a special moment. 

wedding barn

The past two years have flown by; yet Caleb and I also agree that it feels like we’ve been married longer. Not in a bad way either. When you cram a wedding, a pregnancy, and the first full year of your baby’s life into two, I guess it has a way of doing that to you!

family

I have fully enjoyed everything about our marriage and life together thus far, and I anticipate  that it will get better in better. I love Caleb more and more everyday, and I look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.

 

*First two photos are our professional wedding photos by Aesthetic Life Studio. Check them out!

Update: Insanity Day 10

Just finished Insanity Day 10. I told you I would. It was rough: Pure Cardio.

Basically, after the warm ups and stretching, you do 15 or 20 minutes of 1-minute exercises, and boy are they brutal. No breaks given, just taken as needed. It’s got to be one of the hardest yet, and I’ve heard they get harder.

We survive by complaining and back talking Shaun T. Sorry man, it’s not personal.

After dipping out last night, Caleb and I felt so guilty, we decided to get up an hour earlier than usual to work it in before I headed to work… well, our alarms went off, he said “We’ve got to workout”… I said, “Yeah, I don’t think so.” And we didn’t.

We tried.

Insanity

Did I mention that Caleb and I started the Insanity workout a little over a week ago? Yeah, bad timing. As if throwing a birthday party for a one year old while hosting 4-7 people in your house for 4 days isn’t enough, throw a 40 minute extreme cardio workout on top! Geez, we’re not the brightest.

Day 1 was the worst by far. Like, didn’t even make it through the fit test. It’s gotten better, and we actually made it through Day 8 with high motivation. The yesterday hit. Day 9. What happened? We were exhausted. Caleb felt like he’s getting sick, and I was just worn out. We decided to skip it and go to bed. I feel like we needed it, yet I also feel like we failed already at the same time. This can’t become a habit.

Today’s a new day, and we will get back at it refreshed. And not take any illegal breaks again. (I understand things happen, but seriously… no results if we don’t work for it) The main reason I’m posting this confession is so I’m held accountable to doing the workout tomorrow. I’ll report back.

My other motivation is a pair of pants that I’m dying to get into.

It’s Friday!

Ah, I love those words. It’s Friday!

Welcome to the weekend! Even work is better on Fridays. You anticipate a few days of doing what you want, and spending time with the people you love.

We will be spending the weekend getting ready for Ava’s party next week, and preparing for all our wonderful guests. I’m excited for it! We’ll also be celebrating Father’s Day by going to our annual Father’s Day Car Show! Daddy loves his cars, and I have a feeling this little girl will learn a lot about cars in her young years.

Also, Ava has a tooth! It poked through with a vengeance two days ago, and yesterday was a rough day because of it. She just cried and cried and cried. And then we remembered that Baltic Amber Teething Necklace, and it took the tears away. 

Happy Friday everyone! Spend time with those daddies this weekend!

The mama I want to be

I have this image in my head of what kind of mom I’d be if I had the time, money, and energy to figure out how to become her.

For one, I’d make just about everything. I haven’t decided if I want to for health reasons or because I’m so cheap, but I’d definitely make my own everything. (Okay, not everything.. but the luxurious soaps, face washes, scrubs, laundry detergent, etc, etc. All infused with glorious essential oils).

I would have my own garden to grow my own veggies. This is an ideal, but I know I’d hate it. Bugs, dirt… Not my thing. But I want the “free,” fresh, healthy foods.
I would make healthy meals every day. No processed foods for this family! It would all come from my wonderful garden, and I would be intentional about the meals I made and fed my family.

I would have chickens. Those fresh eggs are the best. I know, thanks to my in-laws.
I would go garage sale-ing as often as possible during the summer, and make glorious DIY projects out of my one-of-a-kind finds.

I would (learn how to) decorate my house with said one-of-a-kind-finds-turned-glorious-DIY-projects.

I would keep my house clean. Like company presentable. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun taking pride in my home–I enjoy seeing it clean and tidy. I would love to keep things clean throughout the week so I’m not so stressed about cleaning on the weekends, but we all know I can keep dreaming.

I would teach my daughter with creative, thoughtful, and intentional activities. (Hello, Pinterest!)

I would explore my creativity and be one of those artsy moms.

Eh, maybe I don’t want it that much. Most of these things are possible, but would take a lot of time. I have to remind myself sometimes that a creative life requires more time than I’m willing to give right now. Everyday when I come home from work, I am greeted by a little girl waiting with squeals and slobbery kisses. As soon as I walk in the door, I don’t want to do anything but love on my baby. I love my time with my family, and they are my priority. So even though I enjoy dreaming of my “ideal”, in reality, I’ve already got it.

Family

Starting Fresh

I feel kind of awkward with this blog. I feel like I’m jumping into normal conversation as if I’ve had this blog forever.

See what happened is I am actually leaving my old blog, and beginning a new one where it left off. My last blog was all about my pregnancy with Ava. I had family who I don’t see very often due to distance, so it was primarily a means to keep them informed. The title was Baby Hall’s First Blog and it was all about pregnancy, and then after she was born, it became all about Ava/life with a newborn. Though I failed to post very often. It was a little more difficult keeping up with a blog with a newborn. However, a year later, she is on a fantastic schedule, and bedtime is early enough that I can write when she’s in bed.

That put me at a dilemma with the title. I love writing about Ava, and I still want the primary point of this blog to be about motherhood, but Baby’s First Blog was a bit limiting. So, I came to the decision that I would start fresh. I want to cover a variety of topics, and Good Gravy, Miss Avie allows me to do so. The title is actually a phrase we say frequently around our house, ever since Ava was born. It’s a term of excitement when she does something new and exciting, or a term of disbelief when she makes a huge mess or gets macaroni and cheese smeared in her hair. Overall, it’s a term of endearment, and it just seems proper. It sums up motherhood for me.

So welcome to my “new” blog! If you want to head over to my old site to check out my pregnancy journey, feel free!

P.S. You don’t even want to know how long it took me to decide to do this. The name alone took me about a month, and the basic decision of starting fresh took even longer! But here we are. Despite the awkwardness, I feel pretty good about this.

Little Bird

We’re less than a month away from Ava’s first birthday–and her party. And every day that we get closer, I’m reminded that my baby is growing up and that I am in no way ready for her party. I’m actually more prepared than I feel, but it’s definitely daunting…

I have the basic theme and decorations decided, and my mother-in-law (bless her) has been diligently making rose streamers. I have bits and pieces of the decorations but I still have to assemble pretty much all of them. To top it off, I just decided on one last part of the decor… Birds.

Ava means “little bird,” and ever since we decided on her name, Little Bird has been a nickname. I was going over some party stuff in my head this past week, and kept thinking something was missing to the pink and teal theme. That’s when it hit me. Birds! They aren’t only adorable and very popular right now, but they are also super easy to incorporate into a mostly planned party. So this week I am off to the store to buy scrapbook paper, toothpicks, and string, and I will make bird streamers and other bird things. I can finally see the entire picture coming together, and I am so excited! I’ll post pictures of the whole party put together in just a few short weeks!

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!

Let’s not forget the reason for Memorial Day… As long as I can remember, I’ve looked forward to it because it meant no school or work, but how much time do we actually spend remembering the men and women who have died serving and protecting our country?

As you enjoy your day off and spend time with family, I encourage you to take a few moments today to remember the soldiers, and to thank God for those individuals.