A new van, a pizza competition, and finally getting ready for baby!
The $10 Eyeshadow Palette You Need
Remember the old days of blogging where bloggers would share more about their lives behind the computer? I miss those days! As I’m scrolling through Bloglovin’ in the morning, I see so many blog posts like “3 ways to ______” or “6 things to change in order to _______” . For a while now, blog posts have leaned way more into the educational side versus the carefree diary entries that they used to be.
And I’m definitely not knocking it, I certainly do that as well. Those types of posts typically resonate with a lot of readers and they are also a bit safer to write because they don’t open you up to as much criticism or critique as the more personal posts do. But sometimes I just want to read about what my favorite blogger did on the weekend, because it’s fun, easy to read, and may even inspire an idea for something that I would do on a weekend in the future!
So as a way to try to include a bit more of that type of post around here, I thought I’d write a post recapping some recent events in our lives, from a new van to a final trip before baby #3 arrives!
Justin and I had been thinking about upgrading to a newer van for a few months. I was driving a used 2013 Honda Odyssey that I really liked. For some reason I thought it was a 2011, but when we traded it for the new one we learned that it was actually a 2013! We looked at one at a dealership a few months ago when we were dropping my 2013 off for some work and I was intrigued, but didn’t have the thought that we would actually get a new one.
My parents came to visit a few weeks ago and we were chatting about the safety features of the newer van and after that conversation, Justin and I started to more seriously think about upgrading. The sliding seats were a big factor for us, and learning of all the safety options that came pretty standard on most trim options, we decided to go test drive one when we were in South Carolina so the kids could stay with my parents.
On the 5 hour drive down to South Carolina we talked through a pro and con list of why or why not we should get a newer van and ultimately decided that this is a good time to do it. We test drove the one we ended up purchasing, and I’ve never been more pleased with a car purchase. We’ve had quite a variety of vehicles over the years, but I must admit that this van is ranking at the very top of “cars I’ve enjoyed driving.” In the next few weeks we’ll try out some car seat configurations to see what works best for the boys and the baby that will be joining us in May!
Speaking of the baby, not knowing if it’s a boy or girl is KILLING ME. I’m so excited to find out! I’m sure I had this much anticipation waiting to learn if Luke was a boy or girl, but it does seem to be stronger this time around. We were chatting with our friends about what their guesses are and it seems like everyone is leaning towards girl. I have had pretty much zero intuition about what this baby is throughout the pregnancy, though now I’ll admit I’m feeling like it may be a boy. I’ve said this a thousand times already, and it remains true, but I would be equally thrilled with either. Another boy sounds like so much fun, and a girl would be fun as well!
I’m having another c-section, since it’s my third, and I keep trying to imagine what my reaction would be if Justin told me it’s a girl. Justin said he would fall on the floor and I can’t even wrap my head around the shock! My friend is pregnant and she’s learning the sex of her baby next week at the anatomy ultrasound. It’s kind of crazy to think she’ll know what she’s having before I do!
Justin recently got a Kamado Joe grill and he has enjoyed testing it out with different meats. It’s been fun to meal plan with him and watch him develop of love for grilling. We “competed” with homemade pizza last weekend, just for fun, and despite his getting a little burnt the flavor was fantastic. I’ve made homemade pizza on the pizza steel in the oven several times so I’m more practiced than he is, but I have no doubt we will continue to try pizza on the grill until we nail it.
I ordered this pack of 3 easy tee’s from ASOS last week and they are better than I imagined. I wanted something easy and light to throw on and they are exactly that. I ordered maternity, though they do not have ruched sides so I will wear them postpartum as well, and I also found them in non-maternity!
I hope you have a nice weekend! We are expecting some warm weather around here which is welcomed with OPEN ARMS!