8.17.2018

Baby Draffin Coming soon! My First Trimester

         Hi Everyone! Long time no blog post huh!? Wow I can't believe it has been three months but anywhoo there is a perfectly good reason for my blogging absence.... BABY DRAFFIN!!! As you all know from my social media that we are excepting our first baby in January 2019! To say we are excited is an understatement. I wanted to share the exciting news on my blog as well and tell you a little about my first trimester experience (if anyone is interested) haha! 

        Let's go back to how I found out. We were on our 3rd Anniversary trip out west and yes thats when it happened haha! TMI but thats okay :) Well, it was then 2 days after Mother's Day that I was feeling nausea and just not myself. I thought I was catching a stomach bug and didn't think anything of it. I was at dinner with some girlfriends at a salad place and after I ate my salad  I felt the same way. My friends encouraged me to take a pregnancy test "just in case" so on my way home I purchased "3" tests to just make sure. Reed was home and I brought dinner home for him and he was eating in the kitchen. I didn't tell him about picking up the tests so I ran into the bathroom and tested one and sure enough "pregnant" I literally about died. I stared at the test for a good ten minutes and thought what in the heck do I do  haha! 

       For years, I had thought of this day and how special it would be for us. I thought of every cute way I would tell Reed when and if this time would come. Welllll, I bet you can guess after the shock I just had in the bathroom I couldn't wait. Poor thing, was mid bite into a sandwich and I slid the test to him and just stood there with tears in my eyes. His eyes got big and he said NO WAY! hahaha It was pretty awesome. I have realized these moments sometimes don't need to be picture perfect and pinterest worthy- sometimes the best moments are just real and not prepared haha! This moment was anyways.  The next day I immediately set up my first doctor appointment and thought I needed to eat as healthy as possible and start exercising. HA! Well, God definitely had other plans for that. 

       I found out when I was about 4 or 5 weeks pregnant so the beginning stages of morning sickness were starting to kick in. I remember calling my doctor and saying I can't keep food down, I had lost 10 lbs, all I drink is ginger ale and gatorade, and crackers were my only food group is this normal?? l She assured me yes, that women who get morning sickness which is almost everyone (except those select lucky ones) experience these exact same symptoms. She recommended some medicine for me to take over the counter since I had lost weight pretty quickly and I began taking that. After about week 8, I couldn't hide it from our parents any longer, as both my parents and my in laws were coming into town back to back weekends in early and mid June. 

     After missing family event after family event here in Tennessee, the Draffins thought for sure I had some disease or at least Grandmother did haha! When Ken and Barbara came to town that weekend we surprised them with a "happy" and let them open a sweet pair of white crocheted booties to tell them we were expecting a baby and they were going to be first time grandparents! After many yells, screams, jumps, and tears we had our first set of family completed haha! My parents were coming the following weekend and we did the same thing and told them we had a "happy" for them. I let my mom open it and out popped a little IU Indiana Hoosiers baby onesie. I yelled" Im Pregnant" and my mom yelled and my dad's moth wouldn't close haha!!  First time grandparents on both sides, it was a pretty incredible moment. It was a super fun couple of weekends and then telling my brother the next day and his reaction being the best saying... "Oh S*** I am going to be an uncle haha! 

     It was literally the hardest 8 weeks of faking sick to my family. Every day on the phone I would just get done vomiting and call them and act happy haha! It was hard but I am so glad I toughed it out and waited to tell them in person. It was worth the wait for sure. Then, at 12 weeks we had two cookouts planned at my grandparents (Enochs)  and my parents house for all of the Boyd side. For my Mam and Papa on my mom's side and for my Grammi and Grampi Boyd we made a travel adventure book of our 3rd Anniversary Trip. We compiled about 12 of our favorite trip pictures into an album and at the end it said "Our greatest adventure yet, Baby Draffin coming in January" and placed our 12 week ultrasound photo in the album. It took both grandparents a minute to register but when I said "Im pregnant" they couldn't believe it!! They were both so excited and this was the same thing for Grandmother (Reed's Grandma here in TN) as well. It was a fun time :) 

      For the aunts & uncles and cousins we had cookies ordered (pictured below) and we surprised them at the cookouts. My first trimester, has definitely been one of the most challenging experiences I think I have had yet battling the non stop sickness,  no energy, and constantly sleeping but I know it will all be worth it in January. I am happy to report I am feeling better and gaining some energy now in my second trimester ( thank goodness). I literally thought it would last forever but I am so thankful it has slowly gone away. I felt so bad for Reed the past couple of months with not being able to cook from the smells of the food, ordering take out for him all the time, and non stop sleeping but I am so truly thankful for his patience and putting up with this crazy woman in the first trimester. I have said this multiple times before, but God sure knew what he was doing when he put Reed into my life. That man is incredible and I am forever grateful. 

         I thought sharing my first trimester would be fun to share and all the fun details over the past 3-4 months. The best part about telling all of our family is that we secretly recorded each surprise to each family member. It was the best memory I will forever hold in my heart and also on my phone. We are going to take the videos to have them put on a CD to keep. During this process, of up and down I can't help but only just be thankful to be able to experience these symptoms and be able to be pregnant. I thank God daily for this tiny little blessing and all the fun we have in store. This weekend,  we are sharing the gender of our baby to all of our loved ones and having a gender party and friends near and far will be able to be apart of it as well. I continue to feel  truly humbled and grateful for this season in life. God is always so good and we owe it all to him. 


         Enjoy the pictures below and get excited for pictures to come of the gender of our baby (posting next week) Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my love and life in this season. xoxo Tesla 



The cookies we surprised our aunts, uncles, and cousins with in Indiana 


10 or 12 week ultrasound pictures 



Pregnancy announcement 

5.23.2018

Recipe: Browned Butter Blondies

                   Hi Everyone! It has a been a week or so and I wanted to stop in and say hello! I thought it would be fun to share a new recipe I found online from a baker/blogger that I follow and have really enjoyed her baked good/ recipes. I have made 3 other recipes of hers and they all turn out great! I made these last week and Reed really liked them. These are gooey like a gooey bar but with chocolate chips like a chocolate chip cookie, I mean you really can't go wrong with that can't you :) I thought I would share the blogger's recipe with you. I hope you all have a great week and enjoy this new recipe :)


This recipe is from Elisabeth Epperson Farris  from the blog www.elisabethandbutter.com

ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
-1 teaspoon of baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon of salt 
-1 1/2 cups of light brown sugar
-12 tablespoons of salted butter, melted, browned, and then cooled
-2 large eggs
-1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
-1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips

details:
-preheat oven to 350 and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper all the way up the sides
-place your butter in a saucepan and melt until golden brown over medium heat for about 10 min (be careful not to burn the butter) then let this cool at room temp
-in a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt together
-in a mixing bowl combine the melted butter, brown sugar,  and then add in the eggs and vanilla
-gently fold in the flour mixture and fold in the chocolate chip cookies
-spread the batter into the lined baking dish and smooth the top as it will be thick
-bake this for 20-25 min or until golden brown 
-let cool completely before cutting into squares
-serve with a smile :)







5.08.2018

Travel: Arizona & Utah

              Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a great weekend! We enjoyed the weekend with family and getting back in our routine with Paw since we got back from our vacation :) We were happy to see the little guy. My parents were in town as well and that was so much fun. I hope you all had a great weekend as well. 

             As you know, from last week I shared the first part of our 3rd Anniversary trip out west. Well, I wanted to go ahead and share the next part of our trip to Arizona. We were able to knock out a lot of major landmarks and things we wanted to do and places we wanted to see. We were so glad to know that once we drove about 6 hours from Santa Fe, NM to Page, AZ we were able to do and see so much in that area. We drove to Page, AZ and enjoyed the scenic drive through the desert and mountains. Once we got to Page, during our first day we visited Antelope Canyon which was a one hour guided tour through a sandstone canyon. It was literally one of the most incredible places we have seen. It was so unique and very hard to believe the sandstone was formed by water over time. We really enjoyed this tour! After the Lower Antelope Canyon, we drove about 20 minutes to Horseshoe Bend which was also breathtaking. It was a short 15-20 minute hike to get to the actual view of the horseshoe shaped river. We went at a great time as it was starting to get cooler towards the end of the night. 

           Then, we traveled the next day to Utah which was about a 3 hour drive to visit Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. We started very early and was able to knock both of these two off our list in one day. The views and the parks were incredible as you can see below in my pictures. I have each park labeled so you can see which one is which. We had a great day and got back to Page that night late to stay all night. We decided to stay in Page one more night because it was a good middle point between the parks and the grand canyon. 

            The next day, we woke up early again and drove about 2 hours out of our way to see the sights of Monument Valley. We are so glad we ended up doing this as the drive and the Navajo park was beautiful. See our pictures below on this as well. This was a self guided tour/drive through the park. We enjoyed this as well. Next, we drove back in the direction towards Page and headed south to visit the Grand Canyon. Wow, it was beautiful as well! We were able to go through the entire park and walk around and took a lot of pictures here as well (gee what a shocker) haha! As you can see, I love pictures!! I love photography and landscape photos as well. I always have! I took well over 1500 pictures on this trip, and they all turned out great. 

           After, a very long day at the Grand Canyon. That night we decided to drive towards Las Vegas to find a hotel. The next part of our trip is coming next week on the blog and this entails; Las Vegas, The Hoover Dam, and several places in southern California. I can't wait to share that part of our trip as well. I hope you have enjoyed our travel series and hope you enjoy the pictures below. Thanks so much for stopping by :) xo Tesla 


The drive from New Mexico to Arizona





Amazing views from the Lower Antelope Canyon








Horseshoe Bend 









Mexican dinner in Arizona



Zion National Park in Utah







Bryce Canyon National Park 













Monument Valley Navajo Park 





The Grand Canyon National Park