The Tree Farm Adventure
A few weekends ago, A took us girls Christmas tree shopping out in north Georgia. We intended to go out into the farm and chop down our own tree and nothing was going to stop this new family tradition. Right? Wrong.
It was FREEZING. Which is kind of annoying now, after Christmas because we're hitting the mid 60's here in Georgia. Not only was it freezing, someone ended up "taking" the tree that we loved. We ended up driving an hour back into town, hit the Home Depot and got a new favorite tree. We haven't laughed so hard in forever and I just loved being able to spend time with my loves out in the country even if it didn't go the way we planned.
By now, we know that things don't always tend to pan out the way we ever plan them yet there's always that comfort of knowing that life's unraveling is, in it's own way, the perfect plan. Lately, I've been moving away from sharing EVERYTHING on social media to making mental memories of those moments.
Don't get me wrong, I won't STOP sharing on social media, I've just realized that it's easy to lose sight of the present moment when you're busy taking pictures of it instead of living it. Having the energy and the ability to take on adventures as a unit, talking, sharing our dreams with each other -- those are the things that I don't want to forget and quite honestly that takes precedence over that cute family shot that wasn't candidly candid :D
On this trip I took my Dr Browns Insulated Bottle Tote. I usually like to carry her bottles separately or in own bag or pouch within the diaper bag. That helps prevents any unforeseen messes and also helps keep things organized in the diaper bag because you know how frustrating it is to dig through a crazy diaper bag when baby is hollering for food.
Depending on what her meals are that day, I might have warm or cold food in there-- the thermal interior insulates her warm bottles and the freezable gel pack that comes with the tote keeps food/bottles cool. I love that it's a no nonsense, simple tote. It's the easiest thing to clean and it's versatile enough to take on quick trips to the grocery store or the park without lugging a big diaper bag. It will usually fit a bottle, some snacks, a bib, wipes, a diaper or two, my cell phone AND keys -- all essential items for a quick run with baby.
You can wear it as a cross body or strap it on to your stroller with the velcro straps. It's also nice that it's neutral in style and color because A LOVES this bag. He's more of the minimalist in the family and the less he has to carry the better it works out for him. This fits right into his style.
Another thing I noticed the other day was that I could throw it into my handbag which is perfect for me! It's undetectable AND I get to wear a handbag??! No diaper bag? Hello, Dana before the baby. I promise the diaper bag is like my uniform...it's nice to have options y'all. I wish I had known about this sweet little tote when I was pumping...I used to pump and fill a small rolling cooler/ice chest full of milk to the NICU every single day. Anyways, I would recommend this to any new mom, if you pump, breast feed or are on formula-- it really is a simple and easy solution for your bottle feeding and snacking needs.
During our trip Ava was soooo clingy and I milked the heck out of it. She's a pretty independent baby this one. And with her new found freedom (she took FIVE steps today while we faceted with my mom earlier. Aaah!) she's just not that needy. So whenever she is I just soak it right in.You guys, I love this baby girl so much sometimes, just the thought of her makes me cry lol, I know-- cray. But it's true. I tried to put a lot of pictures of our trip up because we haven't been updating social media as much these days...I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.