Weekending: Family Date Night Edition

Hi friends! Hope everyone had a great weekend. I’m a day late and a dollar short with this recap. But hey, it’s the the thought that counts right?

It’s already Tuesday over here and we are back into the swing of things (YMCA, playdates, toddler time…). The weekend started a little early for me last week because I celebrated my 31st birthday on Thursday. Travis surprised me with breakfast in bed, and pulled out all of the stops with this spread. It was absolutely delicious.

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8 Brisbane Day Trips

Hi friends! Today I thought I would share our favorite day trips from Brisbane. We are so lucky to live in such a spectacular area with so many diverse, beautiful places to spend our weekends exploring.

These are all trips that can be easily managed in one day. I plan on doing a separate post covering our favorite weekend getaways from here. I have also linked any blog posts I have written if you want anymore photos or information.

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Weekending around Brisbane

Hi friends! Hope everyone had a great weekend.

We stuck around Brisbane this weekend and enjoyed time just the three of us. We are currently experiencing a pretty hot streak in the weather and so most of our plans revolved around staying cool.

Friday, Leighton and I kicked off the weekend with a trip to our favorite place, K-mart, to cash in some Christmas money she received from my grandparents. FYI K-Mart in Australia is not affiliated with the ones in the US (neither is the Target, weird I know) and the ones here are awesome.

Leighton walked out with a few goodies, including her own coffee machine because she loves to point out “poffee” everywhere she goes and a wooden sushi set because she also loves sushi (mostly because it consists of her favorite, rice). She fell asleep on the way home and when she woke up from her nap she was so excited to see her new goodies all set up. Trav and I spent most of the weekend getting coffees and sushi brought to us.

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Our Family Photos 2017

I haven’t been too shy sharing many of our family photos we took back in November. For obvious reasons, I was quite selective on which ones I was showing for a while. Now I assume that you all want to see all 90+ pictures from the day, right?

Just kidding, but I did want to share my favorites. I had such a hard time choosing, so there are quite a few.


I met our photographer, Jana, through my friend Lindsay. They are friends from church and she has taken all of their family and newborn photos. Jana and her husband, Matt, both have full time careers outside of photography and photograph weddings and families on the side.

Our shoot was originally scheduled for the previous Saturday, but a torrential downpour changed our plans. I am so glad it did because the following Sunday afternoon was absolutely gorgeous.

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t too optimistic at first. Leighton decided she didn’t want to have her afternoon nap (after a busy day) and my allergies were killing me, so I was moments away from a breakdown thinking our photos would be ruined. When we got to the parkland to meet Jana and Matt, I immediately felt more at ease. They were the sweetest couple ever and they had Leighton smiling and laughing right away.

Looking for her raisins we were hiding in Trav’s pocket.

It was such a comfortable session and I feel like you can tell that by looking at the pictures. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Also, I still need to choose which ones to print, so tell me your favorites!

Leighton wanted to crash the bump pictures. Pretty sure it is just the beginning of her being jealous of her future sibling.

After almost an hour, Leighton kept saying “sleepy” and rubbing our eyes for us. She isn’t normally too affectionate, but she was wanting all of the cuddles and we weren’t complaining.

But seriously, how cute is my husband?

And that’s a wrap! I can’t believe the next time we have photos taken there will be a fourth subject!

Surprise, Baby A 2.0!

I hope everyone had a very merry holidays with their loved ones. As you might have seen on my social media posts over the weekend, we are expecting our second little Aussie baby in May.

We are so excited to finally share the news publicly and as always, are so appreciative of all the love and support we have received so far.

I already have several pregnancy update posts drafted, but I thought I would quickly answer a few frequently asked questions first.

How far along are you?

I am 18 weeks pregnant (as of Sunday). We are due May 27th. We waited a little longer this time around to post anything because we wanted to tell our friends and family back in Texas in person while we are home for the holidays. It was hard keeping the secret for so long, but so worth getting to celebrate the good news with everyone in person.

How did you tell Travis?

I took a test on a whim one morning. I was late and although my cycle wasn’t quite back to regular, I just felt a bit off. I honestly didn’t think it would be positive so I took the test (that I already had) at 8am one morning right before a repair man was due to show up. I was quite shocked and knew Trav would be even more so. Since the last time I didn’t get to tell him in a cute way, I wanted to do something. Also, I couldn’t just call him up at work and tell him such big news. I immediately called my bff back home (who had just made the same call to me a month prior) and one of my Brisbane bffs. I decided to get a big sister book for Leighton to give him that night.

Ideally I would have loved for her to hand it to him that evening since he always reads to her before bed, but I knew there was no way I could play it cool that long (like an hour). Well he got home later than usual, so Leighton wasn’t in a very cooperative mood. So, I ended up just awkwardly handing him the book with the test inside (while trying to discreetly video his reaction). I am doing the most uncomfortable, nervous laugh the whole time. It’s on video, but no one needs to see it. Needless to say, he was pretty shocked and I finally successfully surprised him for the first time in our over 6 and a half year relationship.

Do you know the gender?

We do not. With Leighton we didn’t find out until her anatomy scan at 19 weeks. This time around though, we are opting to not find out! Travis wanted to be surprised with Leighton too, but I just couldn’t do it with my first child. This time around I am feeling much more relaxed about waiting until the birth. We have a boy name picked out but not one for a girl, and just like with Leighton, we won’t be announcing it until the birth.

Does Leighton know what’s going on?

She will point to the baby in my tummy and loves to give it kisses (sometimes licks), but she does the same for Trav’s tummy and hers. So apparently she thinks everyone has a baby in their belly! She loves taking care of her baby dolls and stuffed animals, so I know she will be a great big sister.

What will their age gap be?

Leighton and the new baby will be 21 months apart. We are a bit nervous for those early months with two under two, but I think it will be so fun for them to grow up close in age.

Will this baby be born in Australia too?

I love, love, loved my birth experience here with Leighton (read about that here), so I will 100% be choosing the same path this time around. I have already been seeing my same OB from my first pregnancy and I feel very comfortable with him taking care of us again.

Will he or she be an Aussie citizen?

People are always surprised to find out that Leighton is not an Australian citizen even though she was born here. In order for a baby to obtain citizenship at birth, the parents must have permanent residency or citizenship themselves. Since we are only on a work visa at the moment, Leighton is just an American citizen born abroad. We have applied for our permanent residency and if it is approved before May, we will have one Aussie in the family!

Will you have help in Brisbane after the baby is born?

Oh yes! There is no way we could do without our family coming down. My parents will be here for a month around the birth and then more family will follow. Living far away from family in times like this is hard, but luckily we are fortunate that they are able to come to us. I also have a wonderful network of friends here that I know will be a great help too.

I think those are all the questions I have been getting lately! But if you have any more feel free to ask in the comments. I will be posting a first trimester update next week and then monthly updates after that.

Christmasy Weekend in Brisbane

Since we are leaving for Texas on Thursday we decided to do some Christmas celebrations early here in Brisbane. Tuesday morning we surprised Leighton with her toy kitchen. I had gone on a mission to find the hot commodity kmart kitchen. I then copied a hack I saw on Instagram and painted the hardware and fake wood.

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Day in the Life {Stay at Home Mom Edition}

Hi friends! These are always my favorite posts to read on other blogs and the last time I did a day in the life post I was pregnant and still teaching. Well, a year and a half later things sure have changed.

Now I am a full time stay at home mom and Leighton is an active toddler. I decided to document last Tuesday since it was going to be a pretty standard day for us. So here goes a day in my life…

It’s 6am and time to rise and shine! Travis is already ready for work and when I checked the monitor Leighton was waking up, so he went in to get her up and changed while I sleepily pulled myself out of bed and got dressed. At least it’s a beautiful day in Brisbane!

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Life Lately

Hi friends!

Hope you enjoyed Alex’s guest post earlier this week. It’s been a little while since I have done an update on what is going on around here, so I figured today would be a good day for that.

Riverfire 2017

Two weeks ago we celebrated our 4th Riverfire in Brisbane. Every year at the end of September to cap off the month long Brisbane Festival, the city puts on a massive fireworks show in two spots over the river. One of the spots in over the Story Bridge. The show starts off with different fighter pilots doing tricks and then continues on with the biggest display of fireworks I have ever seen. The trick every year is finding the best vantage point. People pay top dollar to book in at riverside restaurants or even take party boats down the river to get a good view. This year we got really lucky and one of my friends just moved into a house right by the Story Bridge. We went over that afternoon and enjoyed food and drinks in their backyard before watching the show.

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Enoggera Creek Reserve

Hi friends! I am keeping it short and sweet today and sharing a little Brisbane gem we discovered recently. The weather has been getting pretty warm here lately (considering it’s still just Spring- eek), so we have been on the lookout for activities to enjoy and also to cool off. Travis had read about the Enoggera Creek Reserve and we decided to check it out one Sunday after Leighton’s nap.

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