Apartment and Moving Part 1

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I always regretted not taking more pictures of our first apartment in Jacksonville, FL; I have maybe two pictures. I knew this time around, it was important for me to have lots of pictures,so I could remember our time in Miami.  I was really happy with how our Miami apartment turned out. I really enjoyed decorating it, plus the lighting was so amazing. I loved the climate, trees, buildings, restaurants and culture. It was so different than any place I had ever been. It’s hard to describe if you’ve never been, but I highly recommend visiting. We actually lived in South Miami, Coral Gables. It was the most beautiful place I could ever hope to live. I keep referring to Miami in past tense because we just recently moved back to North East FL the first of July. We only stayed in Miami for 6 months. When we originally moved there, we had the mindset that we would stay possibly a minimum of one year, but after David received an opportunity to work in Nashville, we knew we would have to cut living in Miami short. It might be some time before we make the move to Nashville, but as of now, it looks like that will be our next location. I’ll always love and miss Miami, but I’m really excited for this next step.

Part two coming soon.

Weekday Brunch

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It had been raining none stop, and we were so ready to get out; we have been cooped up for so long. It’s the longest that the sun hasn’t shone since we moved to Miami, and we really missed it. The second we were able, this past Friday, we had to get out. I found a beautiful Spanish cafe, Cafe Demetria, to have weekday brunch. The eggs, croissant and Colada were so good, and way more affordable than other brunch places in the area. I found it hard to find Eggs Benedict most places on the weekdays, so this was a treat. It was the perfect sunny afternoon, after so many days of rain. I’m still so surprised by the beauty in  this city. The details on the buildings and greenery everywhere always makes me so happy. It’s hard not to be happy in South Miami.

Being A Mom

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                  Alice Jane and Adelaide

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On Mothers Day I always have a self evaluation of my role as a mom. Being a mom is the hardest role I have ever taken on. It’s challenging, the hours are long, and I feel like a failure half of the time. This self evaluation isn’t to measure the difficulty of my role as a mom, but to measure my heart. It can feel so frustrating sometimes when it comes to disciplining, sickness and the million other things moms deal with day to day, but when I evaluate myself I know that no matter how long and difficult my role as a mom is, there’s always more room for patience, love, encouragement and understanding that I can give. This is something I work towards throughout the year, but Mother’s Day always brings the feelings and self examination to the forefront of my mind. It’s hard for that feeling not to be stronger when you are being congratulated as a Mother everywhere, it always makes me stop and think, “Am I being a good mom?”, “Am I doing enough for their spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well being?”, “Am I preparing them in the way that God would want and in a way for them to see His love?” I can’t always answer these questions but they are ideas I take with me for the rest of the year, as a guide to lead me, hopefully, to a more loving and selfless attitude. I love my girls and I love my role as their mother. I’m so thankful for this difficult job of bringing two humans into the world and training them to one day be the kind of person that God wants them to be. It is a difficult, long, tiring job that I am so blessed to have in my lifetime. I’m so thankful for these two and can’t wait to see how they grow. 

Blog Anniversary

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The pictures above are of my very first posts.

May 12th is my 2 year bloggerversary. I can’t believe two years have already passed. It’s so worth it, to be able to go back and look at my early post, especially the post with Alice Jane. I also love reading the posts, and remembering things I’ve forgotten. I could, of course, keep a diary to remember all these special moments but a blog seems more permanent and less likely to be lost or misplaced.

If you aren’t on my Instagram, you need to go and check it out. I’m hosting a give away on my Instagram in honor of my blogging anniversary.

Key West

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Some Fresh Lemonade

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My mom was in town this past week and I knew that we needed to go to Key West. I have the best memories of going when I was a kid. All the palm trees and crystal clear waters. Plus we stayed in a kitschy Key West motel that is always such a fun experience, I love that time has stood still in the keys. You can still find those colorful kitschy motels that seem to have disappeared from the rest of Florida. Key West is 3 hours and 45 mins away. That’s a lot of driving for a day trip, but I don’t think I’ll get a chance to live this close to Key West again, so we made the drive and had a great time. I feel like the drive was the best part, just seeing the scenery and cute places. We didn’t swim, but I wish we had. I think next time we will have to stay overnight on the beach some where because that water was to die for. It was great being able to go back to Key West, but I think we’ll stay on one of the smaller island before Key West. Key West was really busy and I like the smaller towns with the less crowded beaches better.

I’m so happy how much the girls are turning into beach kids. It took longer for Alice Jane, but now she’s obsessed. It helps that we live so much closer to the beach now too. The girls would probably spend all day on the beach and in the water if we let them.

 

Books We’ve Been Loving

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Alice Jane told me that The Lost House is her favorite book. I can’t blame her, it’s so fun and beautiful. I Love the drawings and beautiful colors. It’s a finding book and she loves looking at the pictures even though she knows where all the objects are. I was obsessed the first time I saw this book, I couldn’t believe how beautiful and vibrant it was.

 

yellow dress from target but is no longer online, head band, Lumiere