Saturday, June 27, 2015

We're having a baby!!!!!

Let me "we're having a baby" we (as in Dan and I are not technically having a baby) but almost maybe kinda sorta.  You see, my dear sweet friend from my back pocket, Mrs. Nellie Leis, is having a baby and I feel like I am the one having the baby!  I am just SO excited for Nellie and her hubby and her family I can hardly contain myself.  There is just no better excuse to have a party we did!  

After much push back and disagreeing on my part , Nellie and her husband decided NOT to find out what they are having.  I  #whodoesthatanymore?  Trust me, I tried to find out.  Something about not wanting their random crazy friend knowing the gender or something is what Matthew said. That meant we had to go gender neutral.  So yellow and gray it was.  

We went with a "you are my sunshine" theme.  

 I had some great helpers for all the prep work!  Brie helped make the banner, my sister-in-law, Chelsea and my mom helped with a billion pinwheels and Closet crafter Creed helped me with the diaper cake.  I totally copied a pallet sign from off Pinterest.  I mean mine was totally way better, right?  I forced Nellie to take it home with her....

 The diaper cake was made from size 1 diapers.  We didn't have huge rubber bands so we compromised with painters tape.  Hey, we never pretend to have it all together here!
 I found some fun yellow crazy flower things on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  $1 each.  Bonus.
 We tired to stick with an orange and yellow theme.  We had orange sherbet punch and lemon and orange water.  Orange cheese puffs and yellow buttered cheese puffs.  I made cake pops drizzled with yellow.  Not my best decorating and I may have had to run to Ben Franklin 45 minutes before the shower started to finish the cake pops, but they did get done!
 We ate in the dining/Fridays at the Farm room.  The red chairs didn't exactly go.  I would be lying to you if I didn't think about painting the chairs.  I opted to keep them red, but a sky blue would have gone really well with the theme!
 I used yellow plastic table cloths to help with the cost and bought a pice of fabric with my 60% off coupon and used that as the table runner.  I threw whatever I could on the table that I thought went with the theme!
My kids helped me make the wooden fork and spoons.  We wrapped some washi tape around them and circuted out little sunshines.  We tied them together and used a glue dot to put the sunshine on.  A lot of work...but totally worth it for sure!  

Nellie started this nail art at one of our Friday's at the Farm sessions.  She never got to the raindrops so we finished that up for her as well!  It matched our theme so well!  
 Nellie says she had NO idea of the shower.  I think I believe her!  I was just so nervous for her to arrive.  I wanted to get a picture of us surprising her but knew I couldn't so I made the ladies practice so I could take a picture!  Everyone jumped up from behind the counters.  I just love them all so much for doing that for me!  (Katie....I can't see you!!!)
 Nellie came in and was confused surprised.  We actually pulled it off!  I didn't get any pictures of her coming in because I was recording it.  It was just so fun.

 We all chipped in on gifts for her.  She got a basket for the hospital complete with Pringles and breast ice packs.  (again, we keep it real here!)  She, also, got a basket filled with baby necessities.  Shampoo, wash cloths, swaddle blankets and...of course...nipple cream.  (that was suggested by her nipple cream it was!)  She also got lots of diapers and a music mobile as well.  We had gotten a hint that Nellie would like a new video monitor for the baby's room so we all chipped in for for that and were able to buy her a camera that will be mounted over the crib and she can watch every movement from her phone!

At the end of the day we just love Nellie so much.  She has a heart of gold.  So giving and always willing to help me with my crazy ideas.  Words cannot express how grateful I am for her and what a blessing she has been!  I think everyone at the shower would agree.

After everyone left my uterus started crying again.  I would so love to have another baby.  It just brought back so many memories of what expecting felt like.  I look back and don't remember the uncomfortableness of being pregnant or the pain of childbirth....just the amazing miracle that life is!  So because we will not be having another one...I will welcome Nellie's baby with open arms and snuggle him/her as much as they will let me.

Now someone else get pregnant so I can host another baby shower!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

This kind of stuff only happens to us.

Before I share of our morning adventure of strawberry picking...and adventure is an understatement...I had to share a few more pictures of our ballerina!  We have one more performance today.  And yes, I mean "we."  I told you I am a stage mom and could watch my kids dance every day.  Just makes my momma heart so happy and proud.  

 Look at that smile.  Mommy let her wear some make up and lip gloss and she was beaming!  Can you tell I am practicing with my camera?  I am starting to really get the hang of it :)
 Chipped nail polish and dirty finger nails? didn't matter, she had gloves on for her dance! is only 10:30a.m. but it feels like this day has gone on forever already!  Let me explain.

 Strawberry picking opened at 7:00 a.m. this morning.  Since I am by nature a planner and highly competitive  like to be on time ;)  we got up at 6 a.m. to be ready to go by 6:30 so we could get to the picking place by 6:50 so we could be close to first in line and beat the crowds.  Yes, I know.  You should all be thankful you don't have to go on a Disney vacation with me.  We have to be there before the parks open...just ask Dan.  Ok, anyways... we pulled out of the driveway at 6:31.  Ok, one minute late.  I can make that up with my mad driving skills.  La la la la la  we are driving and so excited to pick strawberries.  As we are getting closer I am watching the clock get closer to 6:50 and I feel some anxiety coming on.  It really is a problem.  I mean we are just going strawberry picking.  There will be enough strawberries to go around.  So we pull up to Basses in Germantown and then it happened.  A big FAT CLOSED SIGN.  Oh no they didn't.  That can't be.  Maybe they forgot to take their "Closed today for the Berries to Ripen" sign down.  I mean we did check the website last night and they said they were open for picking.  Yup, sure were closed.  And off we drove.
 My anxiety had turned to a little bit of anger.  I was mad that we didn't check this morning.  I was mad that we didn't THINK to check.  UGH.  So we drove away with disappointed kids.  Thankfully, we knew of another place on the other side of Wisconsin to pick so we headed that way in an attempt to empty our gas tank.  La la la la la we are driving and getting excited to pick.  On the way I pull out my phone and briefly notice that I don't have my check card in the wallet.  So very calmly I ask Dan if he has is wallet along.  That would be a no.  It is 7:30 in the morning and we are going strawberry picking with no money.  Of course we are!!!!  So back we turn to head home to get my check card that I had left at home.  By this time we both could have given up and crawled back into bed.  We. MUST. PRESS. ON...for the children.
 So we drove back home, swung in the driveway, grabbed the card and headed BACK to Jelli's market to pick us some strawberries!  We are missing one child in the pictures .  We know where she worries.

 We did some picking.  We did some tasting.  We were glad we pressed on!

 Strawberry plants amaze me.  They are beautiful.  All the colors.  The red with the green. Perfection!

 Next year we will remember to check for open berry picking AND bring a wallet.  It's a good thing the first place was closed because we would not have noticed we wouldn't have been able to pay until we were done picking and then that would have ended in a full meltdown on my part FOR SURE!!!
Jelli's was a great place!  They have lots of berries left if you are in the area and want to go!  $1.60 per pound.  Please bring your wallet when you go :)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Walking away from something I love.

This past Sunday I walked away from something I completely loved.  2 weeks ago Dan and I made the decision for me to quit my job.  If you know me at all, you know I loved my job.  I was the nursery supervisor at a local church and was able to be creative and work with a lot of volunteers.  It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make.  Deciding to have another kid never caused as many tears and struggles as deciding to leave a job I love did.  I still don't know if I made the right decision.  I feel a little bit lost.  A little bit confused.  A lot bit sad.  I developed a personal relationship with all 120 of my volunteers.  I developed friendships at my job that I hope will last a life time.  I watched children start as infants and move out of the nursery.  Sunday was a hard day.  Monday was even a little bit harder.  

You know what I love even more than my job?  MY FAMILY!  So...I am focusing on how awesome our summer is going to be as I focus on my family!  Will I miss working?  Uh huh.  Do we need the income I brought in?  You bet we do.  Will I love going to church with my husband....Oh yeah baby!  

I am still praying God has something bigger for me in store.  A different opportunity maybe.  A different adventure of sorts.  Not sure.  What I do know is this summer I am going to stay connected with friends.  I am going to dive deeper into friendships I couldn't because I didn't have the time to.  I am going to make time to pour into people that need a little extra love.  

I am teaching summer school for 4 weeks and am really looking forward to that.  I am babysitting a few days here and there for some extra cash and I am planning Fridays at the Farm sessions!  

And so our summer begins!  

 We invited some friends over last week to go hang out at the beach.  Of course I didn't take any pictures when we were there because I was constantly counting heads...but we did go for ice cream afterwards!
 I am practicing my photography more and more.  I think I better give Jill Ann her 50mm lens back soon before I fall too much in love with it :)
 Ahhh...friends.  We have been blessed with friends we love.
 A certain 3 year old is still not napping because the bigger kids don't nap.  We are "reaping" the benefits of that every. single. day.
 Splash pad? Yes, Please.  Free and fun and no one can go under water and send me into a panic.

 I am such a stage mom.  Our final ballet recital is this weekend.  For real....I could watch my kids dance every day for the rest of my life!

 BIG NEWS....I think we found a sport for our height challenged boy with way too much energy!  We tried a wrestling camp this week.  Dan and I have no experience with wrestling.  I have never seen it or been to a match.  I have never smelled wrestling either.  What an "awesome" smell they have!
 We definitely have found the perfect sport for G-dog.  The coaches told him he needs to lift weights and beef up a bit.  I have never seen a kid so willing to take out the trash as I have this week.  Today was the last day of camp.  I guess we will work on "beefing" up until the season starts!

 We also joined the summer reading program this week.  The kids have almost completed their sheets already!  We got a lot of reading time while we watched wrestling!

And so our summer begins.  We would love to hang out, so if anyone is ever bored...give us a call!  My schedule is wide open!