Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A baby shower for twin boys...

This past weekend, I hosted a baby shower for some good friends who are expecting twin boys!

We had brunch with an egg scramble, coffee cakes, mixed fruit and meat and cheese. We made the Pioneer Woman's Orange Crush pound cake the night before, and my lord that was good. Will be making that one again!

I had planned out some party games that got us loosened up, and interacting with each other. 

In addition to the "purse game" {where you get points for the random items in your bag},

 and the "pass the tray" game that I made up with Bower Baby favorites {where you have to try and remember each item on the tray...the most wins}

we did the frozen baby game. 

I made up ice cubes {in my mini-muffin tins} with baby's in them. You used these in your drink, and when the baby breaks free from the ice, you shout "MY WATER BROKE!"

This was a fun way to keep the entertainment going as we ate brunch and opened gifts. 

It was a great time for our friends Dan and Rochelle, and I am so happy that we were able to get them started off with some much needed baby gear!

I also held a diaper raffle, because we all know how many diapers they are going to need!

Big shout outs to my mom and BFF Ani for helping me set up, and my main hostess with the mostess, Avery for helping pass out games, and pens and generally being adorable. That is her hidden to the left with the long legs and the heels behind my mom. She had to get her party dress on, and asked if it was time for heels. Honey, it's always time for heels....

Monday, October 20, 2014

Catching up from the Pumpkin Patch

I posted some photos last week of our visit to the pumpkin patch near my parents place in SE Minnesota. Mom had been wanting to take the kids, and host a Fall Fest with their neighbors who have kids, and horses, and are great to hang out with.

I think the area around my parents hobby farm is beautiful anyways, but the fall crisp weather, changing leaves, and good company made for the perfect day. 

My sister-in-law had games for the kids, 

we grilled out, 
we had a bonfire...

then we heard coyotes and all ran inside. 
The End. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Our weekend in motion

I will have more details on our "Fall Fest" weekend later this week, but here is a little bit of our weekend in movement. 

Such a fun day!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wake me up when September ends

I am not really a huge Green Day fan, but where in the world did September go?!

We have been busy this month. My brother got married in St. Paul, and I took on a freelance project for design consultation. Tony is busy at work and spending lots of time playing with the kids. They love to tackle him and climb all over him. It's awesome to watch.

We also had our block party this past Friday night. It was so nice to meet some new neighbors, catch up with ones we don't see often, and to visit with some that have moved away, but came back for the festivities. They kids had a blast and they capped the night with an epic game of hide and seek in and around our yard.

Avery was taking a little break from bike and scooter riding.

Gavin wandered into our garage and sat in his stroller, waiting for us to find him

The gang of kids on our street.

Saturday afternoon in the park.

It's been a rough start to the week, and I could have sworn it was Wednesday for most of the morning. I accidentally burned my eyes by incorrectly using a new brand of contact lens solution. I didn't put my contacts in the case that came with it, and didn't read the directions close enough. Apparently I am not the only one as this has been a problem for a lot of contact users in the past: Eye burns linked to Clear Care contact solution

When I put my contacts in this morning, the right one burned, so I tried to put the left one in without rinsing, thinking that was the problem, and IT WAS NOT.
...and crying
...and cursing
...and more crying.
I am rocking my glasses today, and will tomorrow too.
My eyes still sting.

Then, late this morning, we get a call that Gavin fell and hit his head, and was bleeding pretty bad. So I rush back to the office from a site visit, get up to our daycare and check him out. The wound was still bleeding, so I took him to Urgent Care to have a doctor look at it.

me and my glasses loving on my hurt little boy

He was acting fine, just had an open wound on the back of his head. He couldn't be bothered with it, and did great while we waited at Urgent Care.

The nurses were so kind and playful with out little flirt, and the doctor determined that he would need 2 staples to help close the wound. They need to stay in a week, and we get to go back so they can remove them. I had staples with my first C-section, and I remember them being painful, so I hope these are better for the little guy.

Life with a little boy. He was so strong and brave. He cried very little, and announced he was "All Done" once the procedure was over.  He was ready to leave and go play. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

behind the scenes of my brother's wedding

Avery doing Hanna's hair in our hotel. God Bless my cousin Hanna. She stayed with the kids while Tony and I were occupied with bridal party duties. She loves them and she is Gavin's new girlfriend. He adores her!

The rehearsal dinner at Bennetts.

The little flirt also loves his Grandma!

Me, my gorgeous mama, and my SIL Breanna!

Little Love bug

Hanging out while we take photo's. The ceremony was held at a beautiful chapel on a college campus in St. Paul. 

Tuckered out after the ceremony. They needed the rest to party late that night. And boogie they did!

me and my girl at the reception.

me and my guy at the reception

Relaxing in the hotel pool before heading home on Sunday...