Well I’ve got some catching up to do, huh? I plugged in my SD card and realized how many things we’ve done that I’ve taken pictures of that I haven’t shared. That’s, like, blogging 101. Share share share.
But it will probably take a while to get all caught up…so I’ll start with what has been going on here. Obviously I’m not the most…active…blogger at the moment. Things are just crazy with the move (9 days to go!) – packing and getting things together, and keeping myself and 2 small humans alive and “sane”.
Most recently, we went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for the 5th annual Brackmann Family Reunion. We were a few short this year (we missed you Beth, Emily, and families!) but it was a great time!
On Friday, a bunch of the group went on a 10 mile hike. As much as I would have loved to have gone, I don’t think Brooke and Henry would have enjoyed it, so I stayed behind with Christie, her kiddos, and the grandmas and a grandpa
Maybe one day I’ll be able to go for a hike again. A few of the group went again on Saturday but it was another long one, 8 miles, so we skipped out again and instead we took Brooke to Ober Gatlinburg for the day and she had a ball (so did we!). Henry spent some quality time with Uncle James.
We all went down some slides – the water slide and the alpine slide were hits.
But the Cars ride stole the show. She had a ball!
And Will (son of Dan and Christie) loved Henry and loved to give him kisses, it was so sweet! (Will and Brooke are 3 months apart, and Will has a sister, Abbie, who is 3 months younger than Henry)
We had some special visitors this year too – a mama bear with her baby by her side. They took a stroll all the way around the house, and even ventured up onto the deck for a look around. It was awesome! We all stayed safely inside.
I say this a lot, but there is something about Brooke that intrigues animals. I thought I was just kind of seeing it myself, but other people point it out too. Animals just seem to love her. Although the baby bear could have been looking because of the banging on the window…but he/she was totally interested in our kiddos!
Once we got home, we decided to work on sitting up. He’s a champ!
We’ve also spent lots of time hanging out in diapers (the kids…not me, hah) and loving on Stout (this was during a thunderstorm, and she was saying “it otay tout”
We’ve also spent some time admiring baby thigh rolls and playing in the swing for the first time.
The day after we got back, I started my second AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge. This one is going AMAZING. I’m doing so good with eating well, exercising, and following the plan. I’m almost done with day 10 and I’m pumped to see what happens on day 24. I might have cheated a little bit and weighed myself just so that I could know, and I’ve already lost 5lbs.
Let me know if you are interested or want to try a few samples. https://www.advocare.com/15058854/
Onto HOUSE updates.
We move in in 9 days. 9 DAYS! I’m so excited.
They apparently had some issues with the water and the county or something, but that’s all been fixed, so hopefully the dishwasher gets installed soon, and hopefully the gas man* comes back to get the stove in *how’s he know I got gas? — I hope someone catches the reference!?
I can’t wait to cook in here!
Brooke hanging out in her new playroom and the living room (the windows are huge)
This is from the other side of the living room looking into the kitchen/morning room.
Moving is going to be crazy and messy but I can’t wait for it. This house is going to be so wonderful for us all!
Okay that’s all I have for now. I’ll be back with some updates that go back to May (whoops)!