Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Early Thanksgiving

This weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving #1 with family and also had an amazing baby shower..

It was quite a weekend filled with delicious food and quality time. I am so grateful that we have family that will drive/fly so far to come celebrate with us!..not to mention all of my family in town who made the time to come shower Baby E with gifts. This little girl is already totally spoiled and adored and Rob and I feel SO very blessed for that.

Anyway, here is a quick(ish) overview of our weekend.

Rob and I whipped up homemade pizzas Thursday night and then Friday was filled with shopping/prepping for our big Thanksgiving meal...later we picked up my sister in law from the airport and headed to Ruthai's for some sushi and spicy thai food.... check out this spread.. (Christina is a sushi ordering extraordinaire)

Even though we were stuffed we had to head over to Graeters to get our Cincinnati virgin a big scoop of black raspberry chip ice cream, which she naturally thought was fantastic along with the rest of us.

The next day we had another set of travelers in town who drove all the way from Boston and got in late the night before. Since we now had 2 kids with us, we decided to head over to Lunken Airport to get our lunch on at Sky Galley...because what kid doesn't want to watch airplanes take off and land as they lunch..right?

They have a nice menu for a crowd (a little of everything), so everyone was able to find something they wanted and afterwards we headed outside to watch some planes take off.

Some of us ran off our lunch a little bit (oh to have a fraction of their energy!)

and take some pictures with the grandparents...

After a quick stop for some last minute needs at whole foods (I think some of my in-laws love going to the grocery store almost as much as me!) and starbucks, we headed home to get our thanksgiving cook on.

Our Thanksgiving was quite a spread:

"enjoy with friends"
What was supposed to be a small semi-Thanksgiving dinner turned into a full blown Thanksgiving dinner with all the (delicious) fixins and lots of delicious leftovers. So much fun!

Sunday my cousin and Aunt threw me a family baby shower!
I picked up the ladies from the hotel and we headed over...

While the menfolk did manly non baby shower things...

I didn't get nearly enough pictures of the event, but suffice to say my cousin and aunt are amazing and everything from the food, decorations, guests, adorable gifts and one paretty sweet diaper cake were all pretty much perfect.

diaper cake!!!
By far, the cutest shower gift!
best gift assistants ever :)
very spoiled baby :)
cute (and functional) decor!
tired little life of the party
grateful (and nervous!) parents to be!

Such a great way to kick off the holidays!
Hope everyone has an absolutely fantastic Thanksgiving with your family & friends!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Baby Updates - Nursery

Well last week I told you we were down to t-100 days until Baby E's scheduled arrival (today marks 93 for anyone out there keeping track - which equates to about 13 weeks and 2 days according to one of my many baby tracking apps) Oh and she's also apparently about 2.2lbs and the length of a cucumber. Crazy, no?

Anyway, we have been doing some nursery stuff around here!
Once I found out we were having a girl, I started looking around the internet for stuff that I liked and slowly but surely we have been putting bringing to life my little "baby mood board" I'm going for a calm & pretty white, grey, purple with a few other fun colors thrown in.

Here is Baby E's mood board... what do you think?

Now with some of the items in the room it is getting to feel so much more real! It's kind of crazy to pass that room every morning and see a crib and a rocking chair sitting in it just waiting :)

To see how the nursery ended up turning out and where everything is here.

In other baby news I have the best friends ever and the lending and gifting of baby items has just been so generous and overwhelming. It seems so silly to me  to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on things that a baby uses (or wont use) for 3 months that is sitting in boxes in other people's I'm so lucky/blessed that I have friends who are happy to pass things on.

Last night I took my friend Nicole out to dinner to thank her for this haul of stuff

Seriously, is this the craziest pile of stuff ever. She won't take money and despite my efforts of trying to force feed her cocktails and dessert at dinner she was a ridiculously cheap date. We sat at dinner for 3 hours talking, it was so nice to catch up with her without husbands/babies or even just other people around. It was a good reminder for me that once we have our little one here and as much fun as it is to get everyone together, one on one time with friends can be soo nice (and needed!)

Hope everyone has a great weekend! We have dinner with friends planned on Saturday so look for an actual restaurant review coming soon!