Joshua David

In the spirit of Father’s Day I thought I would write a blog about Josh. My amazing husband and the best daddy to Avery.

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I first met Josh my freshman year of high school on the bus. And now years later we are married, have Avery, living in Tennessee and happier than ever. As I’ve gotten to know Josh and what makes him the way he is I fall more in love all the time.

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A few years ago when we found out I was pregnant and that we were going to be parents we kinda freaked out because we were so young. We both loved kids, had helped take care of them before and knew we loved each other. Our main goal has always been to put Avery as a priority and pour our hearts into her. I knew Josh would be a great daddy but I didn’t realize how great he would be. After a long day of work he loves playing with Avery in the bath, reading her books and getting her all excited and awake before mommy puts her to bed haha. And every morning if Avery sleeps with us I wake up to her cuddling up to her daddy and it melts my heart! They are smack next to each other yet still take up most of the bed! He can also make Avery laugh more than anyone. They love playing together and if I ever tell them it’s time to do something they don’t want to do they both look at me and say “what??” with their hands up all confused. Sometimes I feel like I have twins with how much they are alike.

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Josh is not only a great daddy, he’s just a great person. He is INCREDIBLY hard working, sweet and has the biggest heart. He is also funny!! He says the most hilarious things off the top of his head. Josh is also selfless, crazy smart, and helps me be a better person. He always knows what to do, what to say, and he challenges me to do better. He believes in me way more than I probably believe in myself. Josh’s arms is hands down my safe place. One hug from him and the way he smells crazy good all the time calms me down in an instant. He’s not the biggest touchy feely guy but he is for me and I love it. Randomly he will tell me he loves me and give me a kiss and my love tank will keep filling up And I love how honest he is. He won’t sweet talk someone if he doesn’t like them but he gives everyone he meets a chance. He makes friends so easily because he’s such an easy person to be around. So many people tell me how blessed I am to have Josh and yet they have no clue how amazing he really is because they aren’t with him 24/7. He is strong but also soft spoken and respectful. I love that he doesn’t yell and that he always talks to Avery so sweetly when she is upset. He really is a gift from God! I have no clue how I got the best daughter AND best husband but I’ll always be grateful!

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And that scratches the surface for how much I love Josh and think so highly of him! I hope everyone has a great Father’s Day and pampers all the husbands and dads out there! They deserve it!

The end of our Europe trip

Well tomorrow we head back for the United States and we are all very excited!! 2 months away from home is a really long time! We didn’t realize how much we loved our house and everything we have until we were without it for awhile.

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Austria and Italy Recap

Ok I know I’m a little late on posting this because we’ve already been in London for a day but ever since I posted the Paris recap we had been in Austria and Italy. We went to 2 towns in Austria and in between that we took a 2 day trip to Italy.

In Austria we stayed in a cute little village and got coffee and dessert pretty much every day at the bakery. (Avery loved the mini donuts!!) I tried spinatknödle which is a spinach dumpling for the first time and it is amazing!! It tastes a lot like quiche. We ate it with these special noodles and loved it so much that we went online and ordered the special tool so that we could make them at home. Can’t wait to put my cooking skills to the test when we get home! Also in Austria we went to this adventure park thing. It’s a series of obstacles that you have to do but to make it much more difficult and interesting you do all of it 40 feet in the air in the middle of the woods harnessed to wires. I screamed a few times and my arms were ready to fall off but I didn’t slip off once which is not common for girls that do it! The next day muscles I didn’t even know existed hurt! And of course Josh did amazing and finished all the tasks super fast! He’s seriously so amazing at everything he does, it’s crazy! I didn’t think I wanted to do the adventure park because I don’t like heights but I love being adventurous with my husband so I did it and ended up loving it! It’s like a grown up version of the obstacle courses my dad and I used to do as a kid on the playground.

Another thing we did in Austria that I loved was touring the original house of the Trapp family from The Sound of Music! I have loved that movie for so long and it was so cool to go to the actual house that the movie was based on and see where the kids grew up. And I learned so much! Like that the oldest daughter and one of sons Kurt were made up to make the story more interesting. There were 7 kids but none that fit those 2 characters. So the whole romantic relationship with the oldest daughter and the mail boy was made up. And the house in the movie is way bigger than the actual house!

The rest of our Austria trip was pretty relaxing. We went on tons of walks, played at the park, rode bikes, and played doctor a million times with Avery’s new Doc Mcstuffins Doctor kit. We needed that relax time because in between our time in Austria we took a mini trip to Venice, Italy.

I was looking forward to Venice the most because I had always dreamed of going to Italy. We stayed in this super cute country villa outside of Venice that could be in movies! And naturally I had to do a little photoshoot of Avery because the backgrounds were too cute to pass up! As soon as we got into the city the next day we walked around everywhere! The water was so gorgeous and it was like a totally different world! I loved seeing no cars and only cute little boats. All the bridges to cross over the water were so cute. And the weather was so perfect! We ate pizza, shopped, took a long and gorgeous boat ride to an ice cream parlor where without realizing it Josh ordered an ice cream drink thing with alcohol in it. He started drinking it thinking it tasted weird and a lot like raw eggs so he made me take a little sip and it was the worst thing I’d ever tasted in my life! Sure enough there was egg yolk liquor in it. First off YUCK!!! Who would ever make a drink like that?! And second off be careful when ordering dessert drinks in another country! Besides that Venice was wonderful! For sure one of the highlights of my trip!

And now we are in London which is our last stop before going home! Make sure to read my blog next weekend so that you can read all about our London highlights and wrapping up our almost 2 month trip!!

Paris Recap

Our time in Paris has come to an end. We are now in Austria! We will be home 3 weeks from yesterday! Going to Paris was a great experience and now I’ll be able to check that off my bucket list! We stayed in a spacious and cute apartment while in Paris which was perfect for us and gave Avery plenty of room to play. The only thing we didn’t like was the size of the elevator to get up to our apartment. It was so tiny that we could barely fit 2 adults plus Avery in there. I’ll have a photo of the elevator at the end of the blog.

The first 3 days we went site seeing and shopping! Our first stop was Sacré Coeur (sacred heart). It was so cool to see the city from the steps and walk inside such a huge and beautiful church. After walking around the church we got the best gelato I’ve ever eaten in my life!! Avery and I shared strawberry gelato and I can still taste how fresh and sweet it was! I already know I’ll be eating tons of gelato in Italy! Then we walked along Champs-Élysées (a shopping strip leading up to Arc de Triomphe). We went to the Disney store for Avery and got her some Doc Mcstuffins toys that she has been playing with non-stop. She has been to the Disney store in every country we’ve been to and always manages to find 1 special thing she loves. Our last tourist stop we had to make was the Eiffel Tower. It was kinda rainy and cloudy that day so we couldn’t see as far out on the city but it was still a cool experience. I’m glad we went the day we did because the next day it was closed because of a riot happening in Paris. Thankfully we were at our apartment cozy and safe.

Josh had to work Thursday-Saturday so Avery, Josh’s mom Stephanie and I did a little bit of shopping and walking around. The expo that Josh was working was busier on Saturday and since it was all guys working the 2 days before they thought having a girl there would help bring in more customers. So I went to work with Josh that day and spoke French as well as I could. I am much better at reading it than I am speaking it!

After working and being gone for a total of 13 hours I was ready to get home to my baby! My heart goes out to moms that have to work outside of their home because I realized how hard it was. Thankfully Avery loved hanging out with “Nannee” (Stephanie) all day. That was the longest time I’ve been away from Avery and I wasn’t a fan of it. It was nice to make extra money and see how well Josh does at his job but working from home and with my Avery Gracie on my lap is what I’m meant to be doing!
Our time in Paris wasn’t very long but we did a lot in the time we had! I am looking forward to staying in a little village in Austria and experiencing there way of life there. No one speaks English in the town we are staying in but luckily Josh speaks a little German!

Onto the next journey in our trip abroad! Look for our Austria Recap next week! 🙂

 

Wales Recap

Tomorrow morning we are leaving Wales and heading to France!! We are taking a ferry over and then will be in Paris on Monday! I am ready for all the bread, chocolates, and coffee!! The second half of our trip is what I’ve been looking forward to the most. Mostly all the yummy foods we will be eating haha.
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Scotland Recap

On March 7th we started our amazing journey across many countries for 2 months. During these 2 months we will be visiting Scotland, Wales, France, Austria, Italy, and London. Scotland was our first stop and we will be leaving here on Monday. So with our trip to Scotland coming to an end I thought I would give you all a little recap of our trip.

We started off the trip by visiting the grocery store and shopping around stores. Their grocery stores are a lot smaller here! Most are the size of a convenience store. We also found the cutest outfits for Avery (I posted a photo of them on Instagram). The kids clothes here are too cute! People in Scotland for sure spend most of their money on their kids! All the kids here have the nicest strollers, cutest clothes, and fancy coats! We also went to 2 villages here, Callandar and Edinburg.  image We visited an old castle in Edinburg. (The old prison there smelled AWFUL!!) The villages are so small and there’s one church in every village. And we visited a gorgeous Catholic Church. image  We walked around it and of course Avery decided while we were inside of a super quiet church it would be a good idea to scream! Haha thankfully no one was too irritated! image We also drank lots of coffee!! The coffee here is amazing!   They use different cream and it always looks so pretty! The food here is also very different! They have some of the same things but it all tastes different. The cheese is stronger and most of their things have a hint of cow taste to them. I would not consider the food in Scotland being my favorite food of this trip but the chocolate is really good! Avery has been loving the huge kinder eggs with princesses in the them.

Josh has had to work 2 expos while we’ve been here so we’ve been hanging out at the apartment sometimes or walking around the city. It’s pretty cold here and people walk everywhere so we are adjusting to that. Josh and I were able to get in a date to Tick Tock Unlock which was so much fun! It’s this mystery game where you get locked in a room for 1 hour and you have to use all these clues to unlock different things and eventually use the keys and codes to unlock the door. We got to bring out our inner spies haha. From playing that game I learned that Josh is WAY smarter than I am and that we work great together under pressure! We finished with time to spare and we were in the top 10% of people that finish because it is rare to have a group of 2 finish. image

We are now ready for our next adventure in a new country! At the end of our time in each country I’ll be posting a recap of that trip. 🙂 Now I am off to enjoy a piece of chocolate! Have a great day!  image

Balancing life

Balancing life is hands down the hardest thing to do. There’s never enough hours in the day. Why didn’t God make more than 24 hours in a day? Or just make me capable to run on less sleep? Even though I’m in bed for 8-9 hours a night I haven’t got a full and good night sleep in almost 2 years. It’ll be 2 years once Avery turns 2 haha. Continue reading