You guys. Guess what? Yesterday was DAY 30 of the Whole30, which means that today I am officially a free woman! In fact, while you’re reading this, I am most likely drinking my first latte in 30 days.
Aaaaaaand it most likely tastes like heaven.
Anyway, this Friday I leave you with a TON of photos from our recent trip to Galena. I haven’t really busted out my big camera as much lately so I kind of went a little overboard. I think the colors and my family and the beautiful weather all just got me super inspired and I definitely won’t apologize for that….although I will apologize about how much “inspiration” I pour out in this post, I can never just pick a few, I love them all!
We left for Galena around 7pm on Thursday evening and left Sunday afternoon. We had originally planned a trip up there because they have this awesome and big Halloween parade every year that we thought Olivia would like…..but she ended up being kind of scared for most of it. There were flames, and fire trucks honking their horns….she is not a fan of either of those things.
Let me back track a little. Friday we spent all day in downtown Galena. It was a little rough being on the Whole30 and not being able to have coffee from the cute little coffee shops, or chocolate, or popcorn. But somehow ;) we persevered. We got home that night and immediately went straight into the hot tub.
Saturday was my favorite day. Somehow we all woke up pretty early and it was so beautiful outside. I rushed and got Olivia and I dressed while Dominic dressed himself and we went on a long morning walk. It was seriously such a mood booster, we all really love being outside. I took full advantage of taking a few (I always use that word super lightly) pictures of my little tribe and if the sun wasn’t so strong so that my husband had to squint (or maybe he should just stop forgetting his sunglasses!), they would’ve come out reallllly nice. Anyway, after our walk we went in the hot tub again, or hot pool as Olivia so adorably refers to it, and then showered all before 10:30am. I don’t even know who we are anymore….
We spent the remainder of the day in downtown Galena, waiting around for the parade to start. We had to get there super early to ensure that we got good seating (for Olivia, obviously) so we pretty much spent like 6 hours walking up and down. We found a really cool antique shop that had about 50 old cameras that I cannot stop thinking about! Everyone was in their costumes, and Olivia really liked that but once the parade started, she got a little scared like I mentioned above.
I think we all had a little different expectation of what the parade was going to be like. In the pictures that we saw beforehand, it looked pretty elaborate and I guess in a way it still was, but I honestly don’t think it was worth waiting around all day for. I’m glad we saw it at least once, but I know we won’t be itching to see it every year. I will say though, there were three separate school bands that played throughout the parade and they were seriously all so awesome. Easily mine and Olivia’s favorite part….although there was also a Frozen float so that might’ve stolen her heart a little more ;)
Sunday morning we woke up early and guess what we did? We went outside and shot the photo for our CHRISTMAS CARD. I really am trying so hard to not be behind on anything this year because this time of year is always relatively crazy (Halloween, Olivia’s birthday, thanksgiving, and then all of our Christmas festivities that last through out the entire month of December). The house we stay at has such a beautiful back yard so I knew it was the perfect time to just get it out of the way. I also got to use my tripod which was really nice, but I realized that I should probably invest in a clicker!
After we were done, we packed up all of our things and then spent the rest of the day driving home and making a pit stop to shop until we dropped at one of the outlet malls. I bought the cutest pair of boots from the Gap amongst other things….mostly for Olivia, of course.
And now for the photo dump….