My First Mother’s Day

First Mother's Day

I never want Phoenix to feel like he “completes me.” My conversations with God (when we were trying to get pregnant) often were me confessing   my feeling that I wasn’t sure a childless life would be enough for me. A spouse or child will never fulfill anyone, but coming to that realization isn’t easy.

All of this plays into my first Mother’s Day.

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Rainy Days in Franklin, Tennessee

Rainy Days Exploring Franklin Tennessee

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In my recent reader survey, more travel posts were mentioned as something you wanted. Specifically, travel related to Nashville! Jordan and I enjoy discovering new areas of town, but we also gravitate towards the familiar especially when we don’t have a lot of time.

If you come to visit (within my long list) I’ll suggest eating at one of our favorite restaurants, Burger Up, and spending a morning in downtown Franklin, TN.   Continue reading “Rainy Days in Franklin, Tennessee”

San Francisco | Brunch at Plow

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

San Francisco Street

After exploring San Francisco by bus, we met fellow blogger, Kelly, for brunch at Plow on our last full day. Afterwards, Jordan and I spent the afternoon exploring, shopping and eating ice cream in the Mission district. As always, we took too many photos to put our day all in one post. First up, brunch at Plow!

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San Francisco’s North Beach

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

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Jordan and I ended our bus tour in North Beach, the “Little Italy” of San Francisco. Between recommendations from my sister-in-law, a Lyft driver and tour bus guide we knew this was where we had to eat dinner. Jordan and I ended our bus tour with time to kill so before dinner we perused City Lights Booksellers and a few local shops.

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San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury Neighborhood

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

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After exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and The Palace of Fine Arts, Jordan and I spent a few hours in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood. We ate lunch at a local cafe, browsed inside a lot of quirky stores and of course bought a few records at Ameoba. It’s not an outing without a trip to a record store!

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Phoenix’s First Visit to Chicago

Michigan Avenue

Since moving to Nashville, when visiting our families, Jordan and I attempt to fit in a day to explore Chicago. It doesn’t always happen, but my parents live too close to not try!

We lucked out with amazing weather (for Chicago in November). Chilly, but sunny! You can’t ask for anything better. Chicago had their first snowfall the following week. While I actually enjoy snow at this time of the year, I didn’t really want to have to navigate it with Phoenix. The snowsuit I thought Phoenix could fit in this winter is too big on him right now. He’s such a little peanut!

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Palace of Fine Arts

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

Palace of Fine Arts

It is strange to write these California posts and see my pregnant belly now that Phoenix is 16 weeks old! I look at pictures and then look over at my son and think to myself, “It was you all along.”

Now being in the throes of newborn land, I am even more thankful Jordan and I went to California for an extended vacation. I look forward to sharing stories from our adventures with Phoenix, especially this trip since he was there too!

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A Fall Walk in Percy Warner Park

Fall Walk Percy Warner Park

Fall holds a special place in my heart. I met Jordan in the fall. We started dating in the fall and also got engaged in the fall. And one of the most special moments, finding out I was pregnant, also happened in the fall. It’s also my favorite weather for spending time outside. Fall in Chicago was usually pretty short, but thankfully it lingers in Nashville.

Fall is is showing off this year. The temperatures have been regularly 15 degrees warmer than the average. Though that hasn’t stopped the leaves from turning intense shades of red, orange and yellow. One morning, while Jordan’s mom was visiting, we walked around Percy Warner Park. The light bouncing off the leaves created a perfect golden cast.

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Taking San Francisco by Bus

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

After our first full day exploring San Francisco, Jordan and I realized my energy level was tapering off. Hello third trimester! We still had a lot of ground to cover, but we quickly realized our game plan had to change. So we did something we’ve never done on vacation, ride a hop-on-hop-off bus tour!

Usually, in large cities, we opt for walking or public transportation though I will say San Francisco’s public transportation isn’t the easiest to maneuver. We thought riding the bus, would not only give my legs a break, but be a new and interesting way to hear facts about the city. And we were right!

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The Mill in San Francisco

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

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After our time admiring the Painted Ladies, Jordan and I needed a coffee (i.e. bathroom) break. After performing a quick Google search, I found plenty of coffee shops the next block over. We settled on the Mill in San Francisco which is part bakery, part coffee shop and completely adorable.

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