Father’s Day Gift Guide – Gifts for the Nerdy Dad

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My husband is an amazing dad. He’s so great with kids! There’s nothing he loves more than coming home from work, putting on one of his superhero t-shirts, and playing with the kids for hours. I’m pretty sure the reason that he’s such a good dad is because he’s still a kid at heart. Seriously. He has more action figures than Graham does!

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Yes, my husband is a nerd. A movie buff, comic book-loving, electronic obsessed nerd. But I’m pretty dorky myself (#disneynerd) so I guess that’s why we get along so well?

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Picture circa 2007 – before we had smart phones. Back when you had to turn your camera around, point, and shoot and hope that you’re getting both faces in the frame!

 

So if you have a lovable nerdy husband, just like mine, here is my Father’s Day Gift Guide – Gifts for the Nerdy Dad.

 

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5 Tips for Touring the Jack Daniel’s Distillery

If you’re a whiskey fan, you’ve got to take a trip to Lynchburg, Tennessee to visit the Jack Daniel’s Distillery.  Touring the distillery has always been on my husband’s bucket list, so on our way up to Nashville we had to stop by. The tour was super informative, and the whiskey tasting at the end was lots of fun!

Here are 5 tips for touring the Jack Daniels Distillery.

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The Best Places to take an Instagram-Worthy Picture in Nashville

 

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Since I started blogging again, I’ve been looking at everything through a photographer’s eye. What would make an awesome picture for my blog and for Instagram? When we planned our little kid-free getaway to Nashville, I knew I had to scope out some great spots to take pictures. Nashville has plenty! All of the creativity in that town is amazing. We ended up finding so many, that I thought I’d make an entire post about it. So if you’re heading to Nashville anytime soon, grab your camera or your phone, and check out my top 5 best places to take an Instagram-worthy picture in Nashville. (With a few bonus spots included at the end!)

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Mother’s Day

I had a wonderful first Mother’s Day! We celebrated the whole weekend.

We had sushi.

Graham said he’d rather have giraffe legs instead of sushi. 🙂

 

We had crab legs.

If you’re ever in Atlanta, eat here. And then walk around here.
It’s even more fun if you have a few drinks with dinner and then walk around after dark.
I took Graham to meet some animals at a local farmyard.
Billy goat!
We went on the swing set.

I got a card and travel coffee mug with my sweet baby’s hand and feet prints.

Me and my Super-Graham!
We napped.

 

Be still my heart…so sweet!

Graham fed himself!

The hubby even helped me make a carrot cake. (I’ve been craving carrot cake recently!)

I LOVE being a mommy!

Now Josh is putting Graham to bed and I’m about to relax with a glass of wine, Game of Thrones and Mad Men.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mommies out there!

Graham is 7 months!

Graham,
You’re almost 8 months old. That just seems soooo old to me. You’re not my little newborn anymore!
This month your personality is really coming out – you are staring to love on us and talk a lot!
You can say “Dada”, “Mama” (yay!) and “Nana.” I think you’ve said “Hey” too. Not that you know what any of that means, but it sure is cute when you talk! And you’ve started waving. You’ll wave, then clap, wave, then clap. I love it!
Saying “Mama” —
(And growling a little bit there at the end. He learned that from Jack.) 🙂
Saying “Dada” —
It’s the cutest thing EVER when you give us kisses. You’ll reach out your arms towards my face and open your mouth. So sweet! You also headbutt us – we think that’s another way of you giving kisses.
You are way more aware of your surroundings. If you see something that you want – you fuss until you get it. I haven’t let you hold my phone yet because I know if I let you have it once, it’ll be yours from here on out!
Lots of firsts this month too!
First time on the top of Stone Mountain. (We rode the Skyride up – we didn’t brave the hike with you.)
First ride in your big boy stroller.
First time feeding yourself a bottle. Man, it’s going to be awesome
when we don’t have to feed you anymore. But I’m sure I’ll miss the snuggles…
You’re really interested in Lacey and Jack now. You love petting them!
Trying peas. You are NOT a fan.
You are sitting up like a rock star. And you can play by yourself for a pretty long time.
Still no signs of crawling, but I am just fine with that. 
First trip to Dollywood. We spent a long weekend in Pigeon Forge.
You were awesome the entire trip. It was a blast!
Best. Photo. Ever!
My little hillbilly baby.

Happy 7 months baby Graham!
Now quit growing up so fast!