Monday, November 7, 2016

Oh, October!

Well, that month flew by.  I was looking at my Blogger dashboard and the last update I shared was October 6th, right before we headed off on our Babymoon.  I'm sure most of you follow along via Instagram & Facebook, but I'll share a few pics nonetheless.  

Eureka Springs was a total surprise!  We knew we'd enjoy exploring the little town, but we totally underestimated how beautiful and serene the setting would be!  

We spent the first day shopping downtown, grabbed lunch at this neat restaurant up on a balcony overlooking all the action, took a tram tour of the city up to the historic crescent hotel and wrapped up the evening with a nice, Italian dinner on the strip.  And yes, I most definitely indulged in my first glass of wine in 8 months.  And you better believe I savored EVERY. SIP.

Day two started off with one of the best pumpkin spice lattes I've ever had, a trip to their local cave called the Onyx Cave Park (which was SUPER cool!), followed by lunch in an old fashioned passenger car on the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway.  I am so glad we booked this part of our trip because it was truly a one of a kind experience.  The train-car ventured thru the woods and thru a low part of the Ozark Mountains, all while enjoying a romantic lunch.  You could spend a few hours at the train station alone, just exploring.  They had lots of old trains on the grounds from different eras, that you could walk right up to and look at.  It was a really neat experience and would HIGHLY recommend to anyone taking a weekend trip to Eureka.  

We spent the afternoon driving around the Ozark mountains...

...and wrapped up the evening with one of the best dinners we've EVER HAD.  We ate inside a local cave that had been renovated into a restaurant, called Grotto.  The food was impeccable and of course my date was pretty amazing as well. 

Following the trip, October was a whirlwind of potty training adventures, baby sprinkles, Halloween parties, maternity photos & house preparation for our baby shower that was thrown by my girlfriends, at our home this past weekend.  

Work Baby Girl Sprinkle--Thanks Kirsten for putting this together!!

Trunk or Treat at Lara's School.

To bad my daughter hated it.

She had MUCH more fun at Grandma's Halloween party!

We always spend Halloween at my parents because their neighborhood is FULL of kiddos!  Lara, my little red gumball, had lots of fun watching all the trick or treaters come by. Maybe next year she'll be ready to trick or treat herself.  We shall see....

We almost didn't get maternity photos done this go around, but we ended up connecting with a local photographer who is just beginning to grow her business.  She was super sweet and insisted on doing them for us so she could get some practice in, and I am SO THANKFUL she did!  

We had them done in our backyard at sunset and just adore all of them.  I'm SO happy we have these shots to look back on and remember our last few weeks as a family of three. 

For all my local friends, check out Rachel Grace Media!  She is an absolute joy to work with!! 

Now, last but certainly not least, last weekends shower!

 I had envisioned a relaxed, low key gathering with close friend and family to celebrate this new little lady and  the evening was exactly that!  We had some BBQ catered in, the guests enjoyed a local beer tasting from beers local to Kansas & Missouri breweries and spent time gathered around our new fire pit patio Jon built.  

The GORGEOUS quilt my Mom made for Baby Girls nursery!!

My girlfriends truly went above and beyond to make the evening SO special and Jon and I most definitely felt the love!!!!!

And we have the diapers to prove it. 

Now....onto picking a President.


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