Well hello there and happy Advent!
I have been missing from this little space mainly due to Annabelle's arrival, but it has been nothing short of exciting having her along for the ride here in the Rodriguez household. She is proving to be a pretty easygoing baby so far and I'm hoping that doesn't suddenly change now that I have typed it out. All I have to say is that I am yet to feel sleep deprived and at six weeks in, that is pretty big deal! I think God felt bad for us from all of the sleep deprivation that we had with Kolbe so He cut us a little break this time around! I'll be sure to do an Annabelle update soon.
Beware: This blog post is basically a huge photo dump =)
We've had some fun and exciting family adventures the past few weeks, starting with our annual Friendsgiving party. I love Friendsgiving mainly because most of my dear friends are gathered under one roof sharing a meal together and what could be better than that? Couple that with delicious homemade food brought by everyone in attendance and its pretty much the best thing ever. Its by far my favorite party that Matt and I host each year.
Typically everyone brings a traditional Thanksgiving dish, and its nothing short of a grand feast. This year, we decided to have Friendsgiving a little earlier than usual on November 1st since Annabelle's due date was the 23rd. We thought we were playing it safe except she was born just two days later!
I feel so blessed to have such beautiful people in my life.
We have spent a lot of time outside in this wonderful weather that the South likes to call Autumn. Southern Falls and Winters are what make the ridiculous hot summers worth it am I right? Nearly every day I'm itching to get out even if its just for a little while for some fresh, crisp air. Kolbe has found a new love jumping and playing in huge piles of leaves and since we live under what seems like 300 pine and oak trees, there is definitely no shortage of that. I kind of wish the yard would rake itself...
I love that kid. He has the wildest imagination and its so fun to play along with his daily musings.
We ventured to the Abbey the weekend after Thanksgiving (love that we live so close to one of my favorite places!), to take family pictures and play around a bit. Even though Kolbe was just getting over an ear infection, he was a champ for the most part and we had some fun. Thanks to my awesome friend Kelly for tagging along and snapping some fun pictures of us! Thankfully we managed a couple of good ones for our Christmas card and we lucked out with great weather too.
--CHRISTMAS TREE SHOPPING--
Last year we found a local Christmas tree farm about 15 minutes away from our house -- seriously, I love where we live =) -- and we just had to go again this year. I don't think we will ever get our tree again from a warehouse store considering how close we are to not one, but two amazing tree fams. Its just so fun to go out, pick, and cut down our own and Kolbe loved "hiding" in all the trees and helping Matt measure out the perfect one. The fact that we are supporting a local business is also an added perk! (And so is cutting down your Christmas tree in short sleeves haha)
We've been having a blast as a family of four. Even though I've definitely given myself time to rest, its also been fun to partake in all of the fall and winter fun that this season brings. Annabelle thankfully doesn't seem to mind either =)