Pumpkin Patch

What a year a difference makes…about this time last year we were galavanting around the pumpkin patches of the Pacific Northwest. Now, just one (short) year later how so many things have changed.

On a whim one day our way home from preschool I decided we would stop by this local pumpkin patch I’d seen signs for in passing. We got there right as they opened, so the VIP parking was flowing. We walked through the pre-picked pumpkins to unveil the cutest little farm. It was so dang cute y’all! A little hidden gem, tucked away down a sweet country road *emoji heart eyes. This place was a perfect spot for kids B’s age to run, see, do! There were farm animals to feed, corn mazes to explore, and tractor trains to ride.

We’ve had a lot of luck lately with our impromptu adventures in our new home of middle Tennessee…I can’t wait to see what the holidays will continue to bring!

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Happy Fall y’all!! I’ve got lots more fun adventures to share…if I can only find the time to post and share! #blessedbusybee

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

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Auburn University

Some of y’all may have seen my new business venture, GameDay Sitters, on Facebook or Instagram. 😄  Some of y’all may also know our love of Auburn and how deep the orange and blue runs in my family. A few weekends ago we took an overnight family trip to Auburn for a perfect mix of business and pleasure. But before I share with y’all my new ‘baby’ let me back in up to where it all began.

About this time last year as Geoff and I were driving home from our usual weekend hike in the PNW and we started talking about our soon-to-be days back in the South — which meant soon-to-be days back on The Plains! …And that got me thinking ‘if my family (aka babysitters) are going to be at the game, who’s gonna be our babysitter??’ 🤷🏼‍♀️😅 Ha! And then I thought ‘well wouldn’t it be nice if there was a service who connected families with sitters for game days?’ After some unsuccessful (or was it) 😉 research I came up empty on such service…and so I thought ‘well why can’t be that service for the Auburn community??!’ And GameDay Sitters was born.

Since being back in the South I’ve felt a more tangible reality of this dream coming to life. With the help and support of Geoff, my family and friends to help spread the word through social media we’ve had some success leading into the 2017 football season! War Eagle #amiright Going to Auburn a few weeks ago made me feel at home, at peace, alive and beyond excited to continue pounding the pavement (both metaphorically and physically) to spread the word around Auburn and combine both my professional and educational experiences with my genuine love for Auburn. I love meeting new people and making connections, so why not do that as part of my business (bonus!).

It’s been a dream of mine to one day take Brooks to Auburn and show him a place that his daddy and I love so much. That combined with my dream of one day owning my own business (if you’ve been following me since the beginning you’ve seen a number of my small business ideas flop and stay as a fun personal hobby😉), working from home, and making Brooks proud of his momma are slowly coming to light. This is just the beginning of something special, even if that just means sharing a place I love with those I love most.

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Our trip to Auburn was just the momentum I needed to get the ball rolling for the 2017 Auburn football season. I loved being able to share new memories with my family and add another (working) dynamic into my marriage. From the people that I met and the new connections I get to make, I’m so thankful I get to stretch myself more out of my comfort zone and take a chance on the unknown.  I’ve placed this all in God’s hands and am excited to see what is in store for the future!

To check out more about GameDay Sitters find us on Facebook and Instagram!

Thank ya’ll for reading and War Eagle, y’all! 🐯🐾💙

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Cheekwood Gardens

Mom and Dad finally made it! 🙌🏼 But first, let me back it up a bit. Back in April when Geoff and I had just moved to middle Tennessee, mom and dad had a flight out of Jax to come see us. Ya see, they’re the type of parents that will always be parents – there for you – and I’m so grateful for that part of their hearts. They’ve always done what they could, when they could, and they’ve always tried to help each of us in (all) our moves…this time was no different. Well, in theory, but Mother Nature had a different plan. Long story short, there was a terrible wave of storms that came through the South, and Atlanta being the hub of Delta all.flights.were…screwed. 😅 So, after HOURS of sitting in the Jax airport, they finally decided to call it and make a trip out another weekend.

THEY MADE IT! We hung out, stay low key, tour the Cheekwood Gardens, ate at Prince’s Hot Chicken (mmm, yes please!), showed them our new church home, and played games. It was the perfect blend of touring and quality time together. Although Cheekwood was a bit…underwhelming (sorry locals, I know I may be the minority in that one), I’m willing to give it another try when the beauty of the season changes arrive. 😄🌻🍁 Until then, I still enjoyed my time with my parents and my lil fam of three. 💜

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Thank you mom and dad for always going out of your way to be there, do the thing, go the extra mile. We love you and enjoyed our time!

Until next time! ❤️

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Visiting the Florida Caverns

For as long as I lived in Florida (hint: it’s long enough) I never even knew there were caverns to explore! And to paint more of a picture, I’ve passed them every summer since I was a little girl (no need to do the math😉) and never blinked an eye — here’s where having little ones makes life a little sweeter. 💜 Exploring has been something I’ve always loved, my mom calls it ‘plundering’, I like to call it ‘intentional exploring’. 😉 It’s like letting my ADD roam free without a care in the world…*something shiny✨

Living out in the PNW, Brooks allowed for my exploration bug to be set free! We loved all our family hikes, waterfall visits, and panoramic mountain views! Being back in the South we’ve found new places to visit and BONUS – with family and friends! The Florida Caverns were no different. 😊

Disclaimer: These aren’t my best quality pics I’ve ever posted…wouldn’t you know it, the lighting isn’t great in caverns?! 🤷🏼‍♀️

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That’s all for now! Just a small travel tip if you ever plan to visit the caverns: get there as early as you can, and expect to wait. The tickets for a guided tour are first come first serve, so bring some snacks and water while you wait for the tour to start. Their gift shop is cute with a fun little museum and trails to walk in the meantime!

Thanks for reading, y’all! Have a great week!❤️

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

 

Happy 4th of July!

Remember how I said here that I wouldn’t be making any apologies for over blogging about our trips to the lake this summer? Well, saddle up y’all here’s another post (and not the last for summer 2017. 😉 For as long as I can remember the lake has been a place of solitude, fun, escape, and memories. I’m beyond thankful that we are back in a place where we can drive there and make new memories as a family with Brooks. It’s really something special and gets me right in the feels.

This long holiday weekend also extended to about a week 😬 and we got to explore the Florida Caverns! More on that later, but for now…y’all know the deal. Here come those #lakelife feels, from my lens to your home. 💙

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Can’t wait to share the Florida Cavern pics! Have y’all ever been to a cavern before? I didn’t even know they existed in Florida #themoreyouknow! 💫

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

John S Pedestrian Bridge

My sister and her family came to visit us not too long ago and it felt sooo nice to host them in our new home. Y’all know I’m #emo on so many things and having extra time with my sis and her fam was nothing short of it. It was heart-warming to see the cousins playing with each other, laughing, and even a little squabbling – or the equivalent to that between a 3 and 4 year old. 😉

One day we all met up with my bro-in-laws family (who also live here) and chowed down at Hattie B’s. #yesplease 🔥🍽 After lunch the rest of the gang went to explore the zoo, while we chose to go the more ‘non committal before nap time’ route and drove to the John S Pedestrian bridge to walk a bit before we needed to head home.

I love some of these moments captured so much The connection B has with each of us feels so special and unique, and I love freezing time to remember these snapshots forever.❤️

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I hope y’all have enjoyed our adventures so far (and me finally playing catch up on my blogging!) There’s still more to come, so stay tuned! Have a great week, y’all!

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

 

Lake Life – we’re back in the South!

As if y’all didn’t already know, yessss, we are back in the SOUTH! Which means…more trips to the lake, Auburn, home, friends, family (to name a few). And speaking of Auburn, we just got back from a little trip down there this weekend! Aaah!! I love that place more than I can express and I can’t wait to share with y’all what we were up to.  🙊 A classic mix of business and pleasure, just what the doctor ordered.

This summer has been so busy with fun visitors and relaxing trips to the lake. We kicked off the summer right by heading straight to the lake for Memorial Day weekend, when in reality turned into a week for me. 😎

I promise I won’t be sharing EVERY visit to the lake, because that might become redundant for most of you. But I will make the exception this summer since it’s a first in a while, and more importantly B’s first ever! 😉

Now, let the boating, eating, (boozing), swimming, relaxing, sunning commence…happy summer y’all!

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Thanks so much for reading! What are some of y’alls favorite summer trips or traditions? Share below in the comments.

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Lucky Ladd Farm

What’s better than tractors, excavators, dump trucks, and a whole lot of dirt? Well, to B I can tell ya not much! Right after we moved to middle Tennessee my boys and I went to this (kinda huge) farm not too far from us. It’s just taken me a while to share it with y’all!

Getting caught up on all we’ve done this summer has been quite the photo editing and writing challenge! Moving back to the South and closer to our friends and family comes with more weekend trips and visits, but that also means I’M TOTALLY BEHIND ON BLOGGING! Not to mention, I’ve been working on a few side projects for a while now and those have taken mental priority. (Sorry LtL)🙈 I’ll soon be sharing my exciting business ventures here with y’all, but until then let’s have fun exploring our new home in TN!

This place Lucky Ladd Farm, was adorable and basically mecca for Brooks. The kids were able to explore a number of different farm and construction vehicles temporarily donated to this farm just for this event. And when there’s not a special event going on, there’s a whole other part with animals to pet, a vegetable garden to pick through, and rides to ride! I think I might’ve had just about as much fun as B…🤷🏼‍♀️

Just look at these pics…can you just feel his excitement (and concentration) surrounded by so many things he loves! Oh and these were all taken with my iPhone 🔋 My camera battery died basically as soon as we got there – rookie move on my part not checking the battery before we left!

Anyway, enjoy! 😄

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I can’t wait to explore more with B and capture new memories here in Tennessee. Thanks for reading y’all!

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

*Any readers from Nashville? We’d love any recs y’all have, family friendly or date night friendly! Thanks in advance! 😊

Coast to Coast Road Trip

It seems as though our adventures are slowing down for the time being, so hindsight would tell me that driving across the country with G may have been the best way to go out with a BANG! 💥  That’s not to say our adventures won’t continue here in middle Tennessee, but they may just have a little less altitude. 😉

Back in March Geoff and I drove our way through the good ol’ US of A. With every ending comes a beginning and sadly that meant our time in Washington was over but a new chapter just within reach; subchapter #1, driving from Washington to Florida, with our final destination ending in middle Tennessee! I still can’t believe we did it, and don’t think I’ll even be able to get it all in one post! I mean, how am I supposed to condense a life changing time in our lives into one post? Maybe the answer is I don’t and let the rest fall into place. 🙏🏼

Weeks leading up to our final departure Geoff was busy mapping out our drive, which was a nice change from when I planned the road trip out there from Florida back in 2012…more on that here(insert cliche “where has the time gone?!”). Once I got to Washington, we had a few days with dear friends then packed up for our 13 hour drive to Salt Lake City, Utah! I always knew how beautiful of a state WA was but really found a new appreciation for Oregon. We’d only ever gone as far south as Portland so being able to see more of it’s rolling hills and seemingly endless mountain peaks began the appreciation of our road trip on the right foot.

After 173 games of ‘Would you Rather’ and ’20 Questions’ we finally made it to our hotel in Salt Lake. The mountains there are so.huge. we could see the outline of them even in the dark! It was as if they fell from the sky and landed smack dab next to you. I’d seen so many amazing pictures of the breathtaking views Utah can offer, so we decided to take the next morning and do a little exploring downtown. I’d love to go back one day and visit their National Parks. I mean whoa, could you imagine the photo opps there! *heart beats quickly* I’d probably be nerding out behind a lens the whole time while Geoff ‘patiently’ waited with a clenched jaw line. 😁😘 *Love you, G.

Salt Lake City’s downtown was so clean and manicured! I just remember walking around thinking it felt like a movie set.  We walked their streets and visited the main campus for LDS. It was something you’d have to see in person to believe, but it was nothing short of spectacular. The money, time and care they put into their grounds, welcoming visitors, and creating a peaceful ambiance was kind of surreal.

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Oregon panoramic peaks
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Salt Lake City LDS campus. One word – HUGE!

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So that completes days 1-3! Y’all know I made a video too of the whole trip but I recently realized I have over 45 minutes of footage so…yeah, it’ll be a minute before I edit and post that on my YouTube channel. 😅 Until our next outing, hope you enjoyed our first few days across the country!

Thanks for reading, ya’ll! Stay tuned for our trip to the Grand Canyon and a surprise view from the air…coming next on LtL!❤️✌🏼

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

 

Grace

 

Not too long ago I went on a women’s retreat through my home church at Southside United Methodist in Jacksonville, FL. The retreat was nearby, but just far enough in distance to give you the mental capacity of a vacation in the quaint historical town of Fernandina Beach. The theme for the weekend was Grace, and I was fully equipped to ball my eyes out like a baby as I soaked in the word of Jesus surrounded by other strong women all looking for the same thing: strength in numbers. Maybe I’m ‘broad brushing’ here on what the other women were searching for during this time of spiritual growth, but I would imagine it was in the ball park of gaining strength. Maybe it was physically, from ailments they or loved ones have experienced; mentally from the day-to-day exhaustion of just plain ‘adulting’, or maybe just a spiritual uplifter to refuel their tanks for the year ahead. Regardless of the specific reasons, I think we can all agree we all need strength from somewhere to counterbalance our weaknesses that are hardwired in us from, well, life.

But how do we release these ‘dead weights’ of guilt, exhaustion, self-analyzing criticisms (the list can go on sometimes, can’t it)? The simple answer: Jesus. The how: through His Grace…at least that’s my working equation. 😉

For me, this retreat was a reminder of just that, my constant need of His grace. Lately I have had to check back in almost daily to remind me of God’s grace. The GRACE, not my efforts, is what saves me. I am not judged by how many ‘good acts’ I’ve done for the day; if the dishes are done, laundry is folded, dinner is prepared, planning done for my small business is further along, nurturing my relationships, or teaching Brooks oh I don’t know how to be a functioning person in society?? I could honestly keep going on the mental check list I keep a subconscious running tab on. The truth is, if I always focused on this list (and the even longer one than can creep in), I’d never feel like I met my own expectations, and…wait for it, His TRUTH is truer than my own FEELINGS any day of the week. 🙌🏼

I have a grand idea in my mind, a goal I’m constantly working towards. And while I love this innate drive to be better, do better…I’m constantly reminded that this is not my sole purpose here on Earth. We can do AMAZING things, God is just looking for willing hearts…and I want to give myself the grace He offers me so in those moments He calls on me, my heart is open and ready.

I’ll be taking a small break from blogging these next few weeks as I head out to WA to meet Geoff and we make our road trip back across the country! I’m giving myself a break from writing and posting while I soak in these last few days in Florida, enjoy the HECK outta our travels across this great country, and make our move as a family up to our new home in Tennessee. It’s crazy how life can come full circle sometimes. This trip we’re about to embark on takes me right back to the days we first started dating and drove from Atlanta to Phoenix watch Auburn in the 2010 National Championship. And how can I not mention the literal full circle of driving back across the country; where the West-bound trip was with my willing-and-able mom exactly 4 1/2 years ago!

I can’t wait to share with you our adventures over 2,000+ miles, and then as we get settled into our new home back in the South, in middle Tennessee!

In the meantime, here are a few pics to hold you over from probbbbably my favorite adventure with B in Florida…the photos really captured the joy, adventure and beauty in the day we shared. If you want to see more, click HERE! And if you want to follow along on our travels across the US of A, follow me on my Instagram stories! Just click the icon up in the right corner under Social. 😊☝🏼

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Thanks so much for reading! I hope today’s post offered you the grace you’ve been needing and so deserve.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

Proverbs 31:25

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Exploring Jax

One of the main things I wanted to do during my short-term stay here in Jacksonville was explore the more obvious scenic spots that we ‘locals’ become blind to on a day-to-day basis. I’m a firm believer in doing the touristy stuff in every city I live in…I mean there’s a reason why out-of-towners go visit these monuments, hotspots, or viewpoints – because it offers something special to the location. So, I want to capture those special spots throughout my hometown and see it with a fresh perspective, as a ‘visitor’.

Recently my mom, B and I went to the Treaty Oak and Friendship Fountain in downtown Jax. The weather was perfect and these were just the short morning outings we needed to feel accomplished for the day before naptime commenced. 😉

They really are such beautiful spots to visit. They’re the perfect places to escape from your office, take your lunch, or just enjoy the views of the river while watching the Main Street bridge rise to allow boats to pass, and of course, people watch. Not to mention, it’s a great area to let your toddler run free to stretch their little growing legs. B especially loved the fountain! He loved splashing in the puddles and watching the water jump out into the sky. Next time I need to take a little picnic and just camp out for a late morning outing.

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Thanks so much for reading! Our time here is nearing an end in Jax. I’ll be flying out to WA soon to meet Geoff as we hit the road for our cross-country trek back to the South! I can’t wait to document that trip! 🙊 I’m so looking forward to some adventures with my main squeeze! Stay tuned for that! 🚙🗺

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Black Rock Beach

It’s been really special to have this extra time in my home town, staying with my mom and dad as they’ve opened their home so graciously to B and me for over 3 months (that’s a lot of toddler time folks). 😁 But one of the more meaningful reasons I love this time is for the special things I get to share with each of them on our own time. I’ve done a few fun outings with my mom I’ll be sharing soon on LtL, but today’s post is dedicated to my dad. ❤️ I’ve written a few special ones for my mom in the past and it’s about time I make this one for my ol’ man, because y’all, I may be biased, but he’s a pretty special man.

Since I was little, we’ve always joked that I was the ‘token son he never had’ of my sisters, but God knew he was just the man for the job to raise and love three daughters. His kindness is infinite, his faith in God constant, and his confidence and humility are endless. While his sensitivity is one of his best qualities, he’s also a guy’s guy. I love our memories of throwing the ball, mowing the lawn together (*token son syndrome once my sisters left the house), or tailgating with a *strong cocktail in hand. He’s set an example for me for the type of character I want to find in a husband, and I believe I did just that.

Now, before my mascara (continues to) run or my laptop short circuits from unforeseen mist falling from my eyes…today’s post is for you Dad! H A P P Y  B I R T H D A Y! 🎉

Thanks for all you do, and being up for an adventure! 😄

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Look at that #unremarkable bro fashion.👌🏼😉

Happy Bday, Dad. Thanks for being you, head to toe.

Here’s a special video I made, just for you ❤️

Lemons to LOVE,

Lindsay