Friday, December 30, 2011


Seriously, how do I have a TWO year old already?! The last year went by WAY.TOO.FAST. Hattie woke up the morning of her party to a surprise visit from the Balloon Fairy. She was SO surprised and loved playing with all of the balloon's that were left for her.

We celebrated Hattie's birthday with a much anticipated Elmo themed party. It was a lot of fun for me to put everything together for her big day! We enjoyed celebrating with family and a few friends.

Happy Birthday Manhattan Grace! We love you SO MUCH Hattie girl! We are so glad that you are part of our family. You bring an abundance of joy to our lives and we are so excited to see what the next year will bring!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Our Anniversary

With all the craziness of Birthdays and Holidays the Mr. and I still haven't officially celebrated our Anniversary. We did however exchange gifts. This summer Sean lost his very expensive white gold wedding ring and has been wanting another one ever since. After doing a little online shopping I decided on this Tungsten one and I think he really likes it!

I also wanted to something a little more sentimental so I found this idea on Pinterest and decided to recreate my own version in Photoshop.

The original had wedding vows written out and although I know we have them somewhere, I couldn't find them. So instead I used a favorite song of ours that was played on our wedding day--"All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera--so good!

The Mr. of course spoiled me with 2 dozen GORGEOUS roses delivered at work and a gift certificate for a 90 minute pregnancy massage at a local spa. I think all of the complaining about my back hurting paid off, ha! I cannot WAIT to use it this week!

Happy 3 years to us!

Monday, December 12, 2011

28 Weeks - 7 Months!

So of course I forgot to do a 27 week post but Holden decided to grow a TON the last two weeks--I keep running into things with my belly! Ha!

Pregnancy Highlights:
How far Along: 28 weeks - 7 Months! Where does the time go?!
Size of baby: Size of a Chinese cabbage
Total Weight Gain/Loss: + 12 lbs -Went to the doc today and had to be weighed! Darn it! BUT at least I am 5 pounds less than I was with Hattie, yay!
Maternity clothes: Not yet!
Gender: It's a GIRL! Holden Claire Pack
Movement: She moves like a champ and loves my right rib cage
Sleep: I've been sleeping pretty good but have started getting up more during the night
What I miss: Bending over normally--it's just getting more uncomfortable
Cravings: Pizza was ALL I could think about for 5 days and I finally had some last night, ha!
Symptoms: HEARTBURN and back pain. I really try not to complain about much but my back has been KILLING me for a while now and it's becoming more and more unbearable. And it doesn't help that sometimes I walk like a grandma! Ha!
Best Moment this Week: Hearing Holden's heartbeat today! LOVE HER! :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

{3 years}

And more in love than ever.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I'm beginning to have a love/hate relationship with the month of December. For us it includes our Anniversary, Manhattan's birthday, and Christmas which are all wonderful things but then with all of the other Holiday Parties that come up during the month it starts to become a little overwhelming. All in all I really do love it (sorry if I was starting to sound like a scrooge, ha!) and it's so fun to see Hattie in awe of all that Christmas brings. When you have the opportunity to see it through a child's eyes it makes it all so much more meaningful.

On December 1 I busted out some of Hattie's holiday attire. I can't help but smile when she is in such fun festive outfits! Luckily she only has an opinion on what shoes she wears (it must be a girl thing) but doesn't yet care what clothes I choose for her to wear!
Hattie also helped me make some Christmas sugar cookies. She loved pressing the dough and picking out which cookie cutter to use.
If you can't tell from the picture...from left to right: Santa, Candy Cane, Gingerbread Man, Snowman. LOL!
Didn't they turn out BEAUTIFUL?! Just like Martha Stewarts below right?! HAHA!!! Sean and I about died laughing when they came out of the oven! I'm not sure what the deal was but they definitely weren't the prettiest--oh well, they still tasted yummy :)
Something that did turn out was the Christmas Tree! Hattie and I decorated it yesterday and we are both very happy with the end result!

I wanted to incorporate some burlap into the tree this year so with some leftover yards I had on hand, I made a big bow, some ornaments, and wrapped it around the bottom of the tree. I love the woodlands/rustic feel that it brings! Got to love no cost decorating too!

Hattie was dressed for church this morning and I wanted to get a picture of her in front of the tree. Can you find her in all of that red?! HA! You can't even see her BIG red bows in her pig tails.

Hope everyone is starting to get into the Christmas spirit! :)