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Earlier this week we were reminded that we had never shared our Engagement photos. Or should that be enGAYment photos. We have shared a few on Instagram over the years but thought it was about time to share them in all there glory here.

In December 2012 we each planned our own marriage proposals. We were spending Christmas in Boise, Idaho – Laura’s home town,. Thankfully we both said yes. You can read all the details of our wedding planning by selecting ‘wedding’ above.   It meant when it came to engagement photos we wanted to take them in Boise. We were fortunate enough to head back to Boise in September 2013 to meet our wedding photographers. We took the opportunity to take our engagement photos.

We are lucky enough to be Mum’s to our amazing Annabelle and Bisbee. However we had a plan that 2020 would be our year to, hopefully, start expanding our family. The reason for this post is to share an update on that because while having plans is great and all, it turns out not all plans work out. Ours aren’t.

Firstly because of unexpected news leading to Plan A not being possible.

Secondly because the world is not the world it was 3 months ago and so many things have changed.

Thirdly because infertility is now part of our story and this post will explain why a whole new plan is required.

As it is national infertility week it made sense to share this update now.

Rarely do we walk in a restaurant and instantly know that you want to come back, that was the case with Brewers Social though. We were invited to check out the newly refurbished location after it’s successful run as a pop-up in the same location.

The decor was art deco and eclectic with a strong Birmingham shout out. The seats were a mixture of leather couches, big comfy seats and standard chairs – plenty of choice and depending on when you visit plenty of options whether you are visiting for a catch up or meeting for dinner.

We were really glad to find out it is dog and children friendly too, it really ticked all our boxes!

And then there was the food…..

Welcome to The Smith Story – our little part of the internet where we will be sharing our lives, love and adventures! Some of you may have joined us at SarahplusLaura.blogspot.uk or our original blog, Spezzatura (our way), back in 2011! Or maybe you are new to us, in which case, hi there!

So why the name change and new blog?! Well, we wanted a blog name to fit in with our change in focus – our family. SarahplusLaura worked well for us as a couple, but a lot has changed since we settled on that (really creative) blog and social media name. We wanted to go self-hosted to make the space ours. We loved blogspot, we never had any issues with it, but after blogging for 8 years having our own blog domain made sense.

Unlike straight couples there was a certain amount of additional planning that went in to us having Annabelle. In fact you can read all about it here. What that planning meant was that we had a good idea on when Annabelle would be making an appearance.

As only 4% of babies arrive on their due date we knew it was never going to be an exact science but I secretly hoped that her arrival would miss our anniversary on the 28th of June and my birthday on the 13th of July. Laura, loudly, hoped for a 4th of July baby.
As the due date drew nearer and it was confirmed that I was to have a C-Section we were given the date of the 7th of July. I could relax and Laura could give up her 4th of July plan. That was until I got a phone call moving the C-Section to the 2nd. Any relaxing went out the window and Laura decided that the 2nd was close enough to the 4th to decree that Annabelle would have a 4th of July themed parties until she told us something different.