Baking

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This is our view out our back windows this morning. It’s about six inches of snow and is quite lovely. The downside is that we’ve been housebound for 2+ days, our road will not get plowed, and church is cancelled today. Ah, life in southern VA.

For occupation over the last few days we’ve built puzzles and read lots of books and lots of cuddling. All lovely things as well. I’ve also found myself baking a lot (though I’m now out of eggs and running low on milk…should’ve planned ahead a little better!).

Speaking of baking…I’ve neglected to write in this space that I’m doing some internal baking too. On baby #2 ūüôā Said baby will be joining us, Lord willing, mid-June. We told our immediately family right around the 9-week mark, close friends and our church family at the 13-week mark, and extended family and friends in our Christmas card (see below for our announcement picture which was taken the first week of December, ah life in southern VA!).

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We hope to find out the gender this coming week and I’ve started to feel some soft kicks so it’s getting a little more real. The pregnancy itself has gone quite quickly and it’s hard to believe we’re almost half-way done. Second trimester has been much kinder as I’ve lost my evening nausea and have been able to sleep much better. I do have a hunch on baby’s gender but we’ll wait to see if he/she wants to play nice this week before I have to eat my words.

 

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Summer Saturday

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Summer Saturday

A week ago¬†Saturday we went to College Run Farms in Surry and (with the help of my sister) picked 2 gallons of strawberries. They were delightful & SBJ consumed 6 in the field and countless more upon¬†returning home. It’s $9/gallon which is an amazing price. It was a blast and will likely become a regular summer activity. I made my first batch of freezer jam and can’t wait to enjoy it throughout the next few months!

Catching Up

It’s always been hard for me to keep this space updated when I have family/friends in town. Enter the never-ending season of guests and I’m really struggling! A few pictures will have to suffice as memory collectors and updates as spring has rolled into full on summer and our little one continues to grow.

Alex’s parents and sister were in town and loved on SBJ for five days over Mother’s Day. Among other touristy things, one night they took me¬†–¬†while Alex stayed home with the babe and his grade-book – on a “Tavern Ghost Tour” of Colonial Williamsburg. My impression? LAME. Wouldn’t recommend this tour at all. I think¬†we had a bad story-teller but it was pretty painful. After this experience, I’d say skip this if you’re coming to town! (as an aside, I think that there is another ghost tour that’s not the tavern type. The ¬†tavern one is all modern ghost stories and I think the other is colonial)

{below, me pointing to the haunted Window at Shields Tavern}

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We celebrated my birthday by going out to eat at Food for Thought¬†as its one of my favorite local places and unlike the ghost tour a highly recommended stop on your way through town.¬†SBJ is becoming quite a restaurant pro. Despite my¬†early disdain for Baby Led Weaning, it’s growing on me and is already reaping dividends when we go out.

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Lastly, summer is here (and so is my sister). She took this lovely picture this weekend at our church Memorial Day picnic. SBJ has recently discovered watermelon and is absolutely smitten.

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It’s a Rodeo Y’all!

My parents were in town for the last few days and among other more Williamsburg-esque things, we spent Saturday evening at a rodeo in New Kent at Colonial Downs. If you know my parents, or even Alex and I frankly, this is rather comical – but we had a a good time and it was super-entertaining.

A few notes for those of you (and words to myself to remember if we decided to return) who may think of venturing out next year –
#1) the food was awful. Like beyond bad and expensive. So eat before you go and just get funnel cake and popcorn once there. (Aside: I don’t think it was the traditional downs food because the menus were different).
#2) check the weather and dress for it! It’s been cool the last few weeks but there’s not much to block the wind so take a jacket!
#3) for the rodeo there wasn’t reserved grandstand seating so we could pay the cheap ticket price and still sit up there which was nice
#4) (if you’re rodeo illiterate like us) research rodeos before you go so that you know what the objective of each event is. We felt like we had to wait until someone successfully completed their objective before we knew what said objective was.

All in all, fun though. And unique. And the Downs is a great facility!

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