When I started writing this IN Aspen my fingers jammed up because it was so damn cold. Like 7 degrees cold. So I stopped and waited a few months to warm up. In Texas.
Our Aspen trip was a whirlwind, literally. Driving through the beginning of one of Texas and New Mexico’s biggest storms and driving back through freezing fog blowing at 50 mph. Whirlwind winter wonderland.
Besides the blizzard and me learning how to grip a steering wheel so tight my knuckles turned white, we had a blast. Chris got “me time” with quality time on the slopes and mommy and baby got some serious shopping and snuggles by the St. Regis fireplace.
Travelers be aware that Aspen is a HUGE destination for the world so very few people speak fluent English. The Starbucks baristas will NOT spell your name right but the delicious hot chocolate will make up for it. Side note: if you want the BEST hot chocolate in town, head to The St. Regis and go to the bar area. The milky hot cocoa could have been put in and IV and hooked up to me if that was possible. So damn good.
Christmas in Aspen was spectacular. Beautiful lights lit up the mounds of snow. The Chamber of Commerce had events throughout the week, whether it be s’mores in the afternoon, scavenger hunts or ice skating in the morning, it was perfect for families like ours. We visited a fun science museum regarding the fossils found in the lake nearby and did miles of walking and people watching to pass the time.
Don’t let people tell you ski towns are not fun for young families. Aspen was perfect for us. Good food, great beer, attractions and gorgeous amenities occupied Crosson and I just fine. (We probably had MORE fun than Chris skiing all day!)
I didn’t get to send as many Christmas cards as I wanted so here’s our card AND the rest of our photos from a gorgeous session by Katherine Larson!
Katherine is new to Austin and I’m so glad she’s here. She’s one of Houston’s top photographers and I was THRILLED to have her do our photos. She edgy and fun and I love the moments she captured of our sweet family.
We chose Common Ford Park, my favorite photo location. You can see why below, it is gorgeous. If you haven’t been, you must go. It’s on the banks of Lake Austin, by far one of the prettiest lakes in the nation. And was the perfect setting for us. As soon as I mentioned we were doing the photos at the lake, my husband was in. Happy dad at the lake = happy mom! (And good photos!) Enjoy!
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I’m FINALLY getting into a schedule with the babe (and hiring a mommy’s helper) so I can get back to blogging. Fall is here – I can’t believe I took a whole summer off the site. Since then, I’ve raised an 8-month-old, helped grow our business and helped Austin Moms Blog plan a few events. Busy mama right here.
Now that I am (somewhat) back to myself, I can get excited about dressing up again! Cooler weather definitely helps, too. And cute clothes and accessories from Handpicked.
These little fall accessories dress up a casual denim outfit. I’m obsessed. And they are ALL under $40 right now. (Stock up on gifts and little somethings for yourself while you can!)
Being pregnant on a beach, in a bikini, is the most relaxed and comfortable I’ve ever been in a bathing suit. Not a damn care in the world. We island hopped, beach hopped and pool hopped all over the USVI and NOT once did I have to suck in, worry about love handles or tan lines. IT WAS AWESOME!
Pregnant mamas and hope-to-be pregnant mamas – DO NOT buy a maternity bathing suit. A. They are overpriced. B. They are almost ALL fugly. (Except for some exceptions at ASOS.) Rock one of your bikinis because you can. I got lucky and kept a few bathing suits from before I lost all my weight. I did have to order one more (because you always need a new bathing suit for a Caribbean vacation, right?!)
Yes… I got some serious stares when a beluga whale comes walking down the beach but most people were eager to come talk to me and ask all about my pregnancy. It was so much fun to meet other tourists and locals just because I flaunted that bump.
Don’t be afraid to enjoy a vacation while super pregnant. Screw being in an ugly one-piece and rock that bikini, ladies! It almost makes up for the fact that everyone is enjoying a strong, pretty cocktail except for you. 😉
I’m back from “maternity leave” so get ready for more blogs!
We visited one of my favorite spots on Saturday. If you live in Austin and you haven’t been to Jester King Brewery then you are missing out! I can’t drink the brew but I definitely took part in Stanley’s Pizza and St. Arnold’s Root Beer. Everything comes in a mason jar except for the fancy beer. (My kinda place!)
I’m officially 7 months and getting big! I’ve gained 15 pounds so far and hoping to max out at 25. I’ve done so good at eating healthy and adding tons of protein to my diet. I’d love a chunky little boy at birth. (Okay, maybe not huge but plump!) Glucola was not too bad (tasted like orange soda to me) and they finally let know I’m officially anemic. Hopefully, the iron supplements will stop the fainting and dizziness. Other that that I’m measuring on point and doing good!
Nesting is taking control (except for cleaning the floors, ugh!). I’ve redone my pantry and now its on to the nursery. I can’t wait to see the finished product!
I’ll be flying in a few days to the Caribbean (Yay for weddings and baby moons!) – any tips for traveling while super pregnant??