Monday, March 6, 2017

Baby Gender Reveal Party

The Hubby and I decided to host a "Gender Reveal" party to tell our friends & family what gender our baby is! How cute is the "He or She" cake topper I got from Amazon?
I ordered the cake from our local grocery store bakery. I turned out cute, although not exactly what I wanted. A young guy was taking my cake order, and I feel if it had been a girl, she might have understood what I wanted a little better. I tried explaining "ombre" as I wanted it to fade from pink to blue...he didn't know what that meant. So I told him it was for a "gender reveal" party, thinking that might trigger the context of the cake and he asked me if someone was transitioning... Next time I guess I should bring a picture of what "ombre" is haha.
 
 I got tons of cute pink and blue party supplies at Walmart. Napkins, plates, straws and balloons. 
For the pink drink, I just used raspberry lemonade, for the blue drink, I mixed calypso ocean blue lemonade and pineapple juice.
I love decorating for parties, and the pink and blue theme was so much fun! I got berry and regular flavored La Croix sparkling water in the pretty pink and blue cans and rock candy, which was a big hit with all of the kiddos!
 We inherited a bunch of toys from one of Joel's collegues when they found out we were pregnant, so we set them up for all the kiddos at the party in our bedroom with a movie...I feel like I took this picture before all of the toys were out--it was crazy! haha
Such a blessing to have so many friends and family to come support us in our exciting news!
 Getting ready to pop the confetti filled balloon...
We're having a boy! We found out our appointment earlier that week--I was so sure we were going to have a girl I have been calling our baby boy a "she" for months! Sorry baby boy!
 So even though most of the "old wives tales" predicted girl, and girl won the poll, God had a boy ready for us! Joel is so excited, he had to rub it in a little ;)
Today I am 24 weeks and 4 days! Baby boy is moving a lot and he is the size of an eggplant :)
I'd be lying if I said sometimes I don't have a moment of panic thinking about how much our lives are going to change once he gets here, but seeing how excited Joel is to be a Dad and how much he loves our little boy already makes me excited to be a mommy and grow our little family!
Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year! I have been seriously neglecting this blog over the last few months. I've just come to terms with the fact that I am not organized enough to blog things in chronological order.
Today I am posting about the New Year and, per usual, I will post about Christmas into the first couple weeks of January.
But first...an important announcement!
 We are going to be parents! Our baby is due June 22nd. We find out the gender in February.
I am 15 weeks  and 3 days, and I am very lucky that I have had no morning sickness or nausea. 
What I experienced is extreme fatigue, and somewhat loss of my appetite.
I haven't really had any cravings, except for sweet and sour cabbage salad from a local teriyaki place...and according to Joel, "crisp lettuce and veggies" haha. 
I haven't felt the baby move yet (that I noticed) and I'm not really showing yet, although I think I may be starting to get a little baby bump (it's hard to tell through my chub--I'll just say it's a baby bump haha!)
 For New Year's Eve this year, we had hoped to have a few family members over to celebrate with food and games.,
 However, it snowed (not here) and kept them from coming over.
 So I'm sharing my cute decorations on here, because no one got to see them!
So Joel and I went out for sushi for dinner (don't worry, I had the cooked kind!).
Afterward we drove around town to look at people's Christmas light displays.
 Then we had a quiet evening at home. I fell asleep at 9:30 and woke up shortly before the countdown to see J-lo shaking her booty. Dang that girl can dance!
 Below were my top 9 "liked" photos on Instagram, and I'll give a little recap on the year :) 
-We lived our first year in our new house
-We vacationed in Las Vegas & Mexico (my first time out of the country!)
-We hiked and camped, and I lost my wedding ring on a summer adventure
-Joel's football team made it to the quarter finals for playoffs and I had fun going to all the games with my fellow coach's wife and crafting buddy
-We found out we were pregnant
-We bought our first new car
-We celebrated 5 years of marriage in Bend and Joel surprised me with a new wedding ring
-We enjoyed a lovely holiday season with family and friends!
So far my New Year's resolutions are as follows:
-stick to a weekly cleaning schedule
-organize all of our closets
-have friends and family over more often
-Read more and spend less time on my phone
-Finish our Mexico vacation scrapbook
-Get ready for the baby!
It almost still doesn't really feel real that we are going to be parents in less than a year!
As much as I prolonged making the decision to become parents, It's impossible not to be excited! 
Here's to new life in the new year!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Swan Island Daliah Festival & Hiking Saddle Mountain

The weekend before school started, my dear friend and I went on a little excursion to celebrate her birthday. We started out at the Daliah Festival in Canby. 
Oh my goodness we were in Daliah heaven!
Friends are the flowers of life!
From there, we went on our way toward Seaside to hike the Saddle Mountain Trail that has long been on my bucket list of Oregon hikes. Round trip, it is about 5 miles.
There were many beautiful sites along the trail. At the picnic bench pictured below, we found ourselves pondering a life question: How did they get the picnic benches so far up the trail???
Seriously, if anyone has an answer for me, please let me know. 
We kept going, up and up, and then we reached what we thought was the end of the hike.
A little perspective on how big our universe is...
God's creation is so amazing!
I was feeling on top of the world, and then, I looked to my left...
and realized we were not at the top.
This hill may not look that bad, but oh my word, it was the most difficult hike I have ever done. To put it in perspective, when you zoom in on this picture, you can actually see people hiking on the trail.
I thought it was never going to end. It kept winding up and up. It was so steep, there were chain link fencing put over the trail to help the hikers with grip. 
Getting to the top was worth it though. Look at the view! We could see the ocean too!
I am so glad for my dear friend Kate going on adventures with me! It was a grueling hike on the way up, but the way down was just as bad! I discovered that I, apparently, have a knee problem! My left knee hurt so bad only on the down hill that I couldn't bend it. I fell quite a few times from the awkward gait I had to take on to avoid the pain. Luckily, Kate is on the up from knee surgery as well, so we were both slow pokes on the way down.
We finished the day with some Taco Time and a Candy Man ice cream cone on the gloomy beach.
We earned that ice cream!!
I'm looking forward to our next adventure!
Happy Sunday!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Autumn is Here

Well, Autumn is here and even though I am always sad to see Summer go, 
I guess I am welcoming it with open arms...literally.
It's officially time to get the leaf blower out.
 Oh and while I'm at it, please take in the glory of my new dress from Old Navy.
I've decided that on Sundays I am only going to wear dresses because I never get to wear them.
Currently, however, I am wearing sweats trying to gear up to clean the kitchen and the bathroom
before hubby gets home from his coaches meeting.
Buh-by now!
Happy Sunday & Have a great week!