Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bridal Shower and Champagne Bar

On Saturday, my mom and I hosted a bridal shower for my cousin John's fiance Courtney. We all love her and are excited for her to officially join the family. 

We had a champagne bar and some light food for the festivities as we played some silly games and visited. 

The champagne bar was a huge hit. We had juice, fruit puree, fruit garnish and Chambord. Chambord and Champagne {Kir Royale} is one of my favorite fancy cocktails, and I enjoyed sharing the secret with my family. 

The food was delish, and we can thank my mama for that. 

Girlfriend knows how to entertain. 

Ham and roast beef sandwiches, chicken skewers, broccoli salad, fruit cups, and cheesecake or brownies for dessert. 

How do you entertain? Cater or slave away in the kitchen?

Friday, April 18, 2014


The kids and I are off to MN this weekend to celebrate a bridal shower for my cousin and his fabulous fiance, and to have some much needed, quality girl time.

First, where did our baby go? He has turned into a toddler!

These 2 crack me up, and we could not have imagined how well Avery would do as Big Sister. She is amazing.

Oh this kid...he has me wrapped around his little fingers. 


Monday, April 7, 2014

It's been a hot minute...

So March was busy for us...hence no new post in over a month. We went on vacation {more on that later}, were deeply invested in cheering on our beloved Cyclones in March Madness, and loving on our babies.

Quick Recap:
Tony and I flew to Montego Bay Jamaica for 3 days and stayed at this resort near the Airport. It was perfect to get our vacation started.

Then we went back to the airport to catch a shuttle to the Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios:

 Where we met some friends who joined us...

The Cyclones won the Big 12 Tourney while we were down there, so each day we had an itinerary that revolved around the games. The first 2 games were on our kindle, and game cast because ESPN in the Caribbean is heavily involved in Cricket, so it didn't air until the title game on Saturday night. We found a TV that would air the game and ran into some more Cyclone fans from Ames and we watched together. We probably ran into a dozen or so Cyclone fans at the Sandals Resort, and many people from Iowa in general.

More later....

Monday, March 3, 2014

3 year old Slumber Party

We hosted some friends this weekend to watch the Iowa State Men's basketball game, and invited Avery's friend Claire to spend the night.  We had told the girls earlier in the week, and Avery had been counting down the days...same with Claire. The little girls were so cute playing, and settling into bed together.

They were up and at em' very early on Sunday morning, so they helped me make waffles for breakfast:

Then we settled in for some snuggles and movie watching. 

We were so proud of Avery. She was a very gracious hostess with Claire, she shared her toys, encouraged Claire to play games with her, and comforted her when she was missing her mom and dad. 

When did our baby girls get old enough to have slumber parties!?

 Life just keeps getting better and better. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

More Changes

We altered another kids bedroom this weekend. 


And...After the slight switch-a-roo.

The gallery wall above the crib is still a work in progress...

Friday, February 21, 2014

Papa Steve

 As I had mentioned, my dad's birthday was the other reason we went to MN last weekend. This was his birthday cake.

That "burger" was a rice krispie treat. 

All cuddled up with 2 of his 5 granddaughters.

This little man is a climber too! We had to take the chair away from him because he was having too much fun climbing up on it and grinning like he got away with something. 

Avery and Lexi. Thing 1 and Thing 2.

It was a fun weekend!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

May  2012

February 2014