massive trees and banana slugs



As I'm writing this, the snow is falling outside and the temperature has dropped down into the 20s. It seems so long ago that we were wandering around in the sunshine on the beach or the cool shade of massive trees. It's funny how when you come back from vacation you sometimes wonder if you ever really went on that trip. I guess that's why we take pictures to prove it!

It's been a couple weeks since we were exploring the northern California coast and driving among these massive trees. I would highly recommend northern California for a low key, relaxing family vacation. Our favorite part was going on daily hikes to check out these giants. It's about as different as Colorado forests as possible.




Banana slug!!













A little note about the picture below. You might notice that both girls are happily sucking on suckers. We call this Sucker Power. About halfway through this hike, in which we still had to go down half the mountain, they both started crying and whining. Whelp, that's why I pack some suckers in the bottom of my bag to give them a little extra motivation and energy to finish the hike. In all honesty, this pregnant lady could have used some sucker power, but we all made it down in one, happy piece.




Have a great weekend!

spring and other random thoughts



Happy Friday everyone. We're within spitting distance of the weekend and I couldn't be happier!! We're going on an adventure next week and I'm really excited to see some different sites and relax as a family.  

That picture up above was from last weekend. I'm 23 weeks today and just starting to feel really heavy and achy. I am not one of those pregnant ladies who skip through pregnancy and have very little to complain about. This week I've been dealing with some serious round ligament pain. What the heck is a round ligament? Well, I had to do some googling to figure out what was bothering me so much. If anyone has some miracle cure (besides delivering a baby), let me know!

The first day of spring slipped by this week. The weather has been pretty awesome here in Colorado and it has me wishing the grass was green and the trees were blooming already. So far we've been super dry all winter, so this summer will be tough for farmers and for my lawn! I'm thinking I am going to have to get creative with all of my flowers this year and only plant what I really plan on watering. I also am going to setup some automatic sprinkler system so it's Johanna-is-being-lazy proof. 

Well, I've got to do a little work and then get to packing. We bought the girls their own luggage this time around. I am trying to get all four of us into our own carry-on. I bought some Samsonite luggage from Amazon and so far I'm impressed with the quality. The girls were super excited about it and I'm hoping that means they'll be hauling it all over the airport by themselves without help. I don't think we'll get that lucky however. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Check over on my Instagram to follow along on our trip next week. I'm hoping to take some really cool pictures to share!

things and stuff



Hello, friends! Aren't these trees dreamy? I'm savoring this picture while I wait until we actually get to go and see them! We have a trip planned at the end of the month to northern California. I'm super excited to take a break and get away. I think it will be nice to spend time together as a family and see something vastly different than Colorado (like the ocean and precipitation).

Last Friday I had my 20 week ultrasound. We found out we are having another girl! Also, everything looks to be growing right and she's on target for a July due date. It was very happy news. The girls came with us and were only mildly interested in all the parts and pieces of the baby. They were however very excited to hear they were getting a sister. Every doll we have in our house is a girl, so it fits right in with their view of what babies should be. Haha.

I've been struggling this pregnancy with what in the heck to wear over this growing baby bump. I've been trying Le Tote, but so far haven't been really loving the service. It's a subscription box where you get to wear 3-4 pieces of clothing for as long as you want, then you either buy them or return them for a new box. So far I haven't bought anything. I don't love their suggestions, but I'm going to try it for a while longer. The hope is I won't have to buy any more maternity clothes, I can just rent them while I need them. They also have many more clothes besides maternity. I think it might be better suited to regular clothing and not just maternity.

Anyway, I hope you are having a good week. Just wanted to check-in and say hi!