Wednesday, April 11, 2018

More Catching Up!

Hi again…remember me?  
My blog goal at the beginning of the year was to get "up-to-date", but since it’s already APRIL, I realize that was a pretty unrealistic goal.  So in an effort to catch up on life....here is ONE big blog post dedicated to the last 5 months of my life. Don't worry - I'll only post the blog-worthy stuff. (or stuff I don't want to forget) and I'll do it in bullet-point format (my favorite) for those who just want to skim through! 
Don't worry - I'll understand if nobody cares what I did in November. lol.

  • Key West, Florida

My bestie of all time got married in November in Key West, FL and it was perfect. Here are some things I learned about Key West: 

  1. It’s not beachy.
  2. There are roosters EVERYWHERE.
  3. Everyone is drinking 24/7. (except me since I was pregnant).
  4. You should not go to Key West when you are pregnant.


So who watched Leah? Well we had to drive 8 hours to Memphis so my mom could watch her while we were in FL for 4 days, which made for an extra long travel trip, but worth it knowing Leah was in good hands.  Oh, and don’t even get me started on how our first flight was cancelled and therefore we didn’t even fly out until the morning of the wedding – arriving 2 hours before the ceremony even started. I don’t have the best luck with flights unfortunately, but we made it - just in time!!
 
 

    • West Palm Beach, Florida

    Chris’s brother got married in December in West Palm Beach, FL. Luckily it was a family wedding so we were so excited to take Leah on her first trip to FL, and got to ride on an airplane for the first time.  She did great!
     
    Leah was the flower girl at the wedding and did absolutely amazing….she also partied hard and danced her little heart out all night. She LOVES parties. We also had fun at the pool and had lots of fun meals with family and friends while we were there. It was a great time in FL.
     


    • The Holidays
    Since we traveled so much in November and December and got to see a lot of family – we decided to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas at our own little casa in Cincinnati. It was nice cooking a delish Thanksgiving dinner on our own (I made some amazing sweet pototoe casserole and the gravy…and chris made the rest.) It was probably the best thanksgiving meal I ever had. (sorry mom!)


    And on Christmas Eve, we went to Chris’s aunt’s house. Leah had a lot of fun playing with all her little cousins.  And Christmas Day was spent at home playing with toys and cooking a delicious homecooked meal. Leah got a new play kitchen from Santa, which was her "big gift"....and also loved all the smaller gifts like play doh, makeup kit, games, and a new pink coat.
     

    NYE/Chris’s birthday – we started the day with a birthday brunch at a local restaurant…then we had a small party at our house and it was so much fun.  Leah actually stayed up until midnight and we are still trying to fix that problem. Lol. All of chris’s close friends came and we made tons of food and had lots of drinks, so it was a lot of fun.

    Ya'll, this brings me into 2018 finally!!

    So far in 2018....I've been focusing on having fun with Leah, being pregnant, and getting our house ready for the new baby.

    1. Leah. She is the cutest kid around. 
    She seriously has the sweetest soul and is also really goofy. I just love her little personality. She always says "please and thank you" and does the funniest "funny face" and wants to show it to people all the time. She's becoming quite the picky eater - but I can always rely on cheese and crackers to fill up her tummy if nothing else will. She did recently start eating peanut butter straight out of the jar too.....protein, right???

    2. House Stuff.
    Our furnace went out the day after Christmas - leaving us at home in frigid temps for 3 days until they could replace it with a new one! ($5K+) We bundled with space heaters and all slept in one bed to keep warm...definitely not an ideal way to spend the holidays.  
    We also added built ins around our fireplace which I love - so I didn't mind the cost of it ($3K) because I've been wanting them since we moved in! They are perfect and exactly what I wanted.

    Also, we are finishing up our basement since we need the space now that baby #2 is almost here. That's another $10k to build out a bedroom wall and put up drywall, take down our drop ceiling and replace it with a drywalled one, and get all new doors, etc, and $2K for the carpet & installation, and we probably spent another $3k more on paint and all the other things that go with it.  (And we haven't even purchased furniture yet!) So yeah...feeling a tad bit broke. Pictures of the new basement coming soon....

    3. Pregnancy
    I haven't really taken the time to take a lot of bump photos. Sorry Baby #2. 
    But time is flying by and I don't have as much free-time as I did last pregnancy.  I'm also much bigger this time around - and this is a HARDER pregnancy.  Why does everything hurt??? I can't wait until my feet and legs stop swelling. And I can't wait for people to stop asking me if I'm having twins or if I'm "overdue".  (insert eye-roll here!) (Photos are from 21W, 26W, 31W & 32W)
     
     

    That's all for now...is anyone still reading this?? lol
    I'll be back soon with more recent happenings......at least that's the plan! :)




    Friday, February 16, 2018

    Catching Up

    Okay, so as I mentioned in my last blog post, I wanted to update my blog with all the fun things that we did the last half of last year and also share what we are up to now.

    WE ARE PREGNANT!
    Clearly, this is the most important and exciting thing to happen to us in 2017.  I found out on August 28th at 3 weeks and 5 days. (5 days before my expected period) Those pregnancy test boxes that say "find out X days before your missed period" really do work sometimes! I had to wait double the time it says on the box for the faint line to show up, but it was there!
    I immediately told Chris when he got home from work - he was very shocked - even though we were trying. Thankfully, getting pregnant happened very very quickly for us, which is probably why he was so shocked.  I honestly couldn't feel more fortunate.
    The first trimester was very similar to my last pregnancy with Leah, super nauseous, throwing up on the daily, but overall feeling pretty good and those side effects went away around week 14.
    The second trimester went by very very quickly. I definitely started showing really early and had to buy a lot more maternity clothing because my belly was growing so quickly. But I can't complain because overall I felt pretty good. And we got to find out the gender...with a silly string reveal!
    We are having another girl!!
     
    Now, I'm already in my third trimester! Baby is coming very soon! :)

    HALLOWEEN
    Nothing special...just walking around our own neighborhood in search of candy. It was super cold so I think we hit 15 houses and then came back home, but I couldn't not share this photo of our little elephant!
    P.S. When you're pregnant, especially in your first trimester, you drop the ball on just about everything. You're too tired, too nauseous, too anxious about everything, and you forget (pregnancy brain) about all the things you would normally do on time.  Well, it was about 4 days before Halloween and realized I forgot to get a costume for Leah - and at this point all the good costumes everywhere were sold out and only the crappy plastic ones were left. Well, I was pregnant and therefore didn't care too much, and came to terms that Leah's too young to know about Halloween to care that mom forgot to buy her a costume. You win some, you lose some, right??!
    Well, I was at a meeting with a work vendor and mentioned my problem....and guess what. This amazing, sweet vendor (who I love) said she had a costume that would fit Leah and she would even deliver it to my work the next day! I mean......how amazing is that. AND I love Elephants so it really was the perfect (and free!!!) costume!
    Sometimes things work out, folks....ha!

    Okay, well that's all I have for today, I've updated you up until November 2017! :)
    I'll be back soon to talk about our two trips to Florida in November and December and to talk about all our home improvements we are doing, also known as "nesting"! haha

    See you soon!!!
    

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    La Jolla Seals

    Hi everyone! Geez - I can't believe I've been absent from my blog for about six months now, has anyone missed me!!??  Well, I initially wanted to give an recap of the later half of 2017 and share what we are up to now....but then I saw this blog posting that I wrote in August in my drafts folder about the La Jolla Seals! I couldn't just delete it and move on...because it was one of the best days ever....so here it is! Looks like I'll update you on my life on another day.....

    Written in August:
    As if my California trip couldn't get any better, we took a quick trip to see the La Jolla Seals before I had to head to the airport.
    It was the BEST DAY EVER! I mean, look at this tiny little baby seal asleep in the sun!!!
    My day was made!!
    Seeing the seals has been on my bucket list for a long time. I've been to San Diego before, but never made it to La Jolla, so I'm so glad we made time for it! I got up-close-and-personal too! 
    Look how close!
     
    The water was beyond breathtaking!! And it was the perfect weather for seal watching...
    ...picture taking...
    ...life guarding...
    ...and enjoying the views.
    I'm so happy I created so many amazing memories on this trip and got to spend much needed time with my bestie, that I hadn't seen since last Christmas! 
    I hope next time my visit to California isn't too far away....
     I hope you enjoyed a sneak peak into my California vacation!!

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    Made in Los Angeles

    Y'all. I had T H E  B E S T time visiting my bestie in L.A last month.
    She's even got this crazy amazing job that she let me be a part of on my first day in the city...
    After my on-stage performance at Entertainment Tonight, we got our hair did at DryBar and went to dinner at the hottest restaurant in town, Catch L.A.  ...followed by me trying on every dress in her closet because her clothes are better than mine....like this $3000+ dress that SHE WON AN EMMY IN!! (Sorry EJ, I gotta brag on you for a minute!) :)
     
    We spent the rest of my visit exploring the city, catching up on life, getting pedis, eating amazing food, having drinks on rooftops, getting eyebrow lessons at Benefit, shopping at the Grove, and taking lots of pictures in front of wall art (which is one of my favorite things to do!)
     
     This wall art was CROCHETED!! Isn't it the coolest thing you've ever seen???
    (If you watched Amazing Race this season...you know who made this!)
    I know this post is short, but it was a really short trip to L.A.  
    Next stop was San Diego....blog post coming soon. :)



    Friday, June 16, 2017

    Leah's 2nd Kiddie Pool Party

    I couldn't be happier that Leah is a "summer baby"!  I have a January birthday, so I never had any fun-outdoor birthday parties growing up, and I always envied my friends with June birthdays.  So now, I am living out my summer birthday party dreams with Leah!
     
    Last weekend, we threw her a beach ball themed "KIDDIE POOL PARTY"! It was so much fun!

    We had three kiddie pools, (some were filled with balls, some had rubber duckies, etc.) a water table, two slides, a beach ball sprinkler, 30 beach balls thrown in the yard to play with and endless bubbles for the kids to play in.
    We had so many delicious foods that I felt were good options for adults and kids:
    - Mini sandwiches (ordered from Jungle Jims - I highly recommend ordering these party trays if you're in Cincinnati - they are on Hawaiian rolls and are soooo tasty!)
    -Peanut Butter and Jelly Roll Ups
    -Chips and Veggie Stix
    -Cheese & Cracker Platter
    -Huge Bowl of Watermelon
    - Organic Pouches from Once Upon a Farm

    For dessert, my bestie Alison made the most adorable confections:
    - Kid friendly Jello Shots (gummy bears in lifesavers and blue jello...also note the graham crackers on the plate for the "sand")
    AND
    - Teddy graham pool party cupcakes (Aren't these amazing!!??!)
    The kids LOVED them!!
    For drinks, we had:
    - Pool Water! (it was a mixture of blue Hawaiian punch and Country Time lemonade)
    -Variety of beers, water and coke products
    - And a variety of Apple&Eve® juice boxes for the kids
    I usually buy the regular size juice boxes, but Apple&Eve® has several sizes of product and they sent me their mini 125ml juice boxes for the party and they were PERFECT! I mean, how many times does your kid open a juice box and only take two sips. This is less waste! And you can limit how much juice they have if you are more cautious of their sugar intake.
    And they were delicious! (I drank three! haha) They're made with 100% real juice with no added sugar and have no artificial flavors or colors. All the kiddos really did love the taste and loved seeing their BFF's (Elmo, Big Bird and Grover) all over the boxes!
    We even received some Apple & Eve® Fruitables juice boxes which is made with real fruit and vegetable juice to help get in those veggies because we all know it’s hard to do.
    After hours of partying we sang my sweet girl Happy Birthday and (the wind) blew out her candles.  How cute is her little personal birthday cake!
    We had such an amazing time at her kiddie pool birthday party, and all the kiddos seemed to have the best time too....and all left with a smile and a beach ball party favor! :)
    It couldn't have been a more perfect day.....and it definitely put all my January birthday parties to shame! :)
    (Click here to see her watermelon themed first birthday party!)



    *Apple&Eve® graciously sent me the juice boxes for a review, but all opinions are my own.