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WIAW – The Baby Shower Edition!!

Hello, friends!! I hope you’re all spectacular!! I’m so thrilled it’s Wednesday!! It’s been a very busy few weeks, and in lieu of a traditional day of my What I Ate Wednesday eats (thanks, as always, to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting) I’m finally sharing some photos from my absolutely AMAZING baby shower!!


I seriously couldn’t have asked for a better shower or two better ladies to put so much time and effort into making everything perfect!! The “theme” was books and brunch, and though I had a say in that, they took the theme and ran with it, and I know that I couldn’t have done it better myself!! Here I am with the two hostesses and two of my best friends/family on the planet, Susan and Melinda!!
The hostesses and I

I made sure Johnny stayed for a few photos before he and all of the gentleman made their way to Troegs Brewery for an afternoon of beer and boy time. Here we are with both of our Mamas and Melinda!
Me, the hubs, the Grandmas-to-be, and the almost Aunt!

The cake was enormous and absolute perfection!! Annnnnd was all of my favorite flavors. Carrot cake on the bottom, lemon cake with raspberry filling in the middle, and red velvet cake on top! (The red velvet was a surprise from my super thoughtful, wonderful baker of choice – Wendi – from Sweet Treats Cake Boutique in Mechanicsburg. She did our wedding cake, and our gender reveal cupcakes, and will probably be making any cake I need in the future, forever. Lol.) There was an adorable quote from Charlotte’s Web on the bottom, which was one of my favorite books AND movies growing up. 😀
The glorious cake!

Here I am with my poppa bear and Emma’s (or “Gracie” as my dad has decided to refer to her) future Pappy!
Me & Granpa-to-Be

The ladies set up a onsie station for guests to make a onsie for Emma. I must say, there were some cute ones!! (And Nicole, if you’re reading this, when I showed Johnny the Yankees onsie you made he was like “I’m going to burn that.” What’d I tell ya!!)
Make Emma a Onsie!

I’m super spoiled and I got to pick out all of the tea!! Some of my favorites that I included are a Decaf Ginger Peach and Decaf Chai, Blackberry Sage, Peachy Green, English Breakfast, and Lady Gray! Melinda and Susan also decorated the shower with adorable, framed prints with quotes from some of my favorite books AND I got to keep them all to decorate the nursery with!!
Tea Station!

I wish I snapped a photo of the yogurt bar sooner – but everyone loved it!! Myself included. I, personally, had a huge bowl of yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, walnuts, annnnnnnd chocolate chips. I also neglected to snap a picture of the WAFFLE BAR!!! To which I returned more than once to snag a little waffle with some nutella, and peanut butter, and more berries, and whipped cream. It was perfect.
yogurt bar!

I drank chocolate milk out of little pink champagne flutes and couldn’t’ have been happier. I should also note that, unpictured, there were chocolate chip and blueberry mini muffins, banana bread, oat bars (all made by Susan and Melinda) – as well as doughnuts, a huge fruit platter, and a huge veggie and hummus platter. Susan even made a quiche recipe some of you might be familiar with – my bacon, broccoli, cheddar quiche!! There was so much delicious food and I know that everyone loved it!!
Other beverages

After going through the pictures taken while I was opening gifts, I’ve realized just how ridiculous my face is when I’m excited. Haha. I love it. I’m so thankful for all of the gifts we received, but I certainly wasn’t going to bore you all with a million pictures of me opening gifts, so here are a few with some awesome reactions!!

An owl hat, from my momma!
owl hat!

My momma also surprised me with one of my favorite stuffed animals and my baby blanket!! I didn’t even know she still had them!!

This ADORABLE outfit came from our friend, Emily!

This one is just of Susan being her gorgeous self.
Susan being gorgeous

Melinda was particularly excited for this gift basket from my Aunt Rickie.
Melinda and a giant gift basket

Here is a photo of ALL of the beautiful, thoughtful, spectacular ladies who made it out to my shower!! I still can’t thank everyone enough for such a perfect day!!
All of the beautiful ladies!

And here’s a bump shot!! My belly is getting SO big and I swear I’ve got a little acrobat on my hands!!

To all my fellow preggos out there, did you guys have your baby shower yet??
Did it have a super cool theme??

Thinking Out Loud Thursday


Heh – can you tell I’m excited? I decided that this week, since I didn’t cook anything new/noteworthy and I don’t have a recipe to share I would join in the fun Thinking out Loud party – brought to you by Amanda at Running with Spoons!! Here’s just a miscellaneous array of things that I’ve been thinking these days. And really, by “miscellaneous array of things” I think what I really meant to say was mushy, gooey, hormone-y things that have everything to do with baby. You have been warned! 

I’m sure a lot of married women think that they have the best husband ever, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut I really think I win. No one is perfect, of course, but I am so effing happy that Johnny and I together (for 7 years this month!) and I am so effing happy that he has discovered that no matter what mood I am in or how crazy I’m feeling all he needs to do is rub my belly and I instantly feel better and I can’t believe that in 10 short weeks we’re going to be parents. And he’s going to rock.

me and the hubs

Also, some of ya’ll may think that you’ve got the best friends ever….but againnnn…and I hate to break it to you…I’m pretty sure I win there, too. My baby shower is a week from Saturday and I know that my beautifuuuul sister-in-law Melinda and my gorrrrrgeous bff Susan have been planning their faces off to make sure it’s perfect. My girl, Ashley, has been helping, too…and dealing with my crazy and accompanying me to farmers markets whenever I need it! I haven’t even had my shower yet and I’m already so grateful to have such a tremendous support system. Sometimes there really just aren’t words to show true love and appreciation. So instead, here’s an adorable photo we took over the weekend.

my galsAlthough I enjoy all of the time I spend with the hubs and my dear friends, I have really come to discover lately that I enjoy some solid “me” time, too. Of course I would really start to enjoy it right before my baby is born, but c’est la vie. I’ll take what I can get for now. Prior to my last doctor’s appointment, I dropped Johnny off at our friend’s place so they could get to work together, and I sat at Panera for an hour enjoying a breakfast powder sandwich (with spinach added to it, because spinach), some decaf english breakfast tea, and a nice book (has anyone else out there read all of the Southern Vampire Mysteries aka the “True Blood” books? I’ve read ALL of them and I’m currently reading one of the companion guides a friend lent me). There was definitely a time in my life where I wouldn’t be caught dead eating anywhere alone. I’m not sure when it happened, but now I feel like if I could start every morning this relaxed I totally would.


You know how I’ve mentioned before that I miiiiiiiiiight have a small problem when it comes to chocolate and peanut butter?? Well over the weekend, we grabbed some frozen yogurt, annnnnnnd this problem really came to a head!! Usually when I get froyo I’m all “yay yay healthy treat” and I’ll get a tiny plop of strawberry and a tiny plop of cheesecake flavor and I’ll cover it in fresh fruit and graham cracker crumbles. Not this time. This time my problem reared its ugly head… and I had half a cup filled with chocolate and peanut butter flavored froyo… and topped with peanut butter chips, peanut butter cups, peanut m&ms, and drizzled it with peanut butter…and it was perfect.

Finally, I’m just soooo excited to get the nursery together. We have all of the furniture sitting in the garage waiting to be put together. Johnny is just about done painting it, too. Here’s a little sneak peak.
Yuppers! It’s baby blue for my baby girl. Some folks are all like “but bluuuue is for booooysssss” annnnnnnnnd I want to kick them in the shin.  I, personally, think that this particular shade of blue is just so perfect and pretty and feminine without being too over the top girly and, most importantly, it’s relaxing. Also,  I plan on decorating the nursery with lots of white and subtle baby pink. The bedding we registered for looks like this:


aaaaaand all of the furniture is a pretty espresso colored wood. I’m going crazy waiting to see what it all looks like put together…with a baby in it. Lol. Now I have my fingers crossed, of course, that Miss Emma Grace is going to love to sleep as much as her parents do, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

I think that just about covers everything for today, folks. I’ll be back next week!!!