To say I've ignored the blog over the past four months would be a laughably huge understatement.
We've had a lot going on, my attention has been in other places, and honestly, it felt awesome to take a break.
So, what's been going on over here?
1. Work on the house
We wrapped up Ryan's office renovation (it looks SO good and he did an amazing job building nearly every piece of furniture himself), everyone got new beds which meant rooms had to be spruced (I say "had" and we all know that's a farce), and we just keep slowwly picking away at our home to-do list. Hoping to be starting a few kitchen projects next!
We spent some time in Maine in May and August (for Mother's Day and my sister's baby shower) and as always, time at home is incredibly restorative. It's really grounding to visit home and our time there is always full of happiness. It's also been full of some indecision lately. We really, really love living in Texas (much more than I had let myself expect) but as Olivia gets older we wonder if we're being selfish. If she should have more family close by. It really messes with our minds at the end of each trip, but inevitably we feel more settled once we get back to Houston. This is where we need to be right now and we're trying hard not to stress overly much about what comes next.
3. Willow Crowns
To my continuing delight, Willow Crowns continues to grow and keep me busy! I've been feeling really inspired lately and have lots of fun things planned for the next few months. Dedicating the bulk of my non-family time to the business has been really satisfying.
We had the best summer. Seriously, so full and good. It felt like we spent nearly every weekend at a crawfish boil, bbq, pool party, or something social. I've written before about investing in friendships this year and I've enjoyed them so much this summer.
photo by Steph
Finally, I can't forget to mention that we're incredibly blessed to be 20 weeks pregnant and expecting another baby girl this winter! I feel like this could end up being a post on its own, but in an effort to save time (and your eyesight), I'll compress it here.
After our second miscarriage in early April, we started working with a fertility specialist hoping to uncover some answers about why I hadn't been able to stay pregnant. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective!) there was no smoking gun, so to speak. They warned us that 50% of fertility issues will go unexplained, and ours did. We did however have some procedures that helped us get pregnant immediately after our testing finished and with the help of lots and lots of hormonal supplements and ultrasounds, were able to stay pregnant this time!
Our first trimester was incredibly anxious, and I had two subchorionic bleeds, which meant a couple of weeks of bed rest, but no complications thankfully. I've been really sick but never happier. After the past year, we're really willing to deal with whatever we have to as long as she gets here healthy.
So there you go! That's where I've been and what we've been up to. With Liv back in school, I'm hoping to have more time to pop in here occasionally, but don't hold me to anything specific! If there's anything in particular you'd like to read about, please let me know. I've always got lists of beauty products, maternity items, whatever, that I want to share but sometimes think "eh, I'll just do it on snapchat", so let me know what you think!