Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Three years ago today, I spent the morning with some of my favorite ladies in the world getting our hair and makeup done. We sipped mimosas and danced to the 90s Pandora Station.

And then we headed to a beautiful winery to meet my soon to be husband. The weather was perfect. The leaves were changing. And the minute I saw that man, I was just oh so happy.

Three years ago, we said I do. The whole love and honor and cherish you forever and ever. And three years later, as we prepare to take that next step into parenthood together- I couldn't be any happier to have this man by my side.

Almost 10 years together and 3 years of marriage. He can still make my laugh like he did in college. He knows exactly what to say when I'm in a bad mood. He always takes care of me, but especially in these last few months of pregnancy.

Doug face- I love you. I've loved our life together so far. Buying a house. Adopting Lucy. Growing together as a couple and as friends. I'm so excited to see what our life has in store for us...and I'm beyond excited to see you as a dad to this little nugget of ours.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts

The one thing I really didn't understand before getting pregnant is that pregnancy brain is real. SO REAL. I will be talking and completely forget what I was saying in the middle of a sentence. I forget to do things on a regular basis. I feel frazzled and like my brain is fried all the time.

Needless to say, thinking up blog post ideas and posting on a consistent basis has been rough. So today...you get a list of random thoughts.

1. First weekend of football over. First weekend of Fantasy Football over. And I'm starting off the year...with THREE LOSSES. In all three leagues I'm in. If you've missed it in the past, I have horrible, shitty luck with fantasy. I've come in dead last the past 2 years in my friends league. Not looking promising for a great year...

2. Damn Old Navy. They get me all the time with their stupid sales. Yesterday- 30% off and free shipping? Why of course I will buy an adorable maternity sweater dress. Today? Up to 50% off ALL maternity clothing. Give me ALL THE CUTE FALL THINGS. Damn you Old Navy. Damn you.
This dress. Which is adorable.
3. We celebrated my mom's 60th birthday over the weekend!!! We managed to surprise her with a big party on Saturday. It was kind of funny because she started to get annoyed with all of us pretending we didn't really have any plans or ideas for dinner. But it all worked out and she was completely shocked. It was a great day celebrating her with our extended family.

Adorable. With her great niece and granddaughter
4. VACATION. NEXT WEEK. I am so excited. That is all.

5. I'm 20 weeks. That means we're halfway to this little nugget making their appearance into this world. And holy shit. That's a little scary!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


I have been talking non-stop about our upcoming ultrasound, and finally, FINALLY, I have some pictures. Last time we got to actually see the baby, it was at our 8 week appointment. And well...not gonna lie, but the baby didn't look like a whole hell of a lot. We could see and hear the heartbeat, so knew it was in there...but looked just like a blob.

Yesterday was finally the day that we got to see our baby...actually looking like a baby!
I'm not going to lie. Ultrasounds are an incredibly weird experience. But at the same time, I could not wipe the smile off my face. But seeing little fingers and toes...inside you? Talk about a surreal experience.

Baby hands and feet!
So here we are...almost half way to the finish line. Not at all ready. But just so so excited!! And seeing this little nugget move all around (and finally starting to feel it) just makes this whole experience feel even more real. That...and my rapidly growing belly.

<3 <3 <3

Oh...and those Toms I was talking about yesterday? These. I'm dying.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Labor Day Weekend Loving

Long weekends are the things that dreams are made of. Though they never ever seem long enough!

Friday night- we did a whole lot of nothing. Which was a needed rest before the craziness that was the rest of our Labor Day weekend.

Saturday morning, I headed to the farmers market with my aunt- which has become our weekly routine. Minus a slight snag of almost passing out (not enough water first thing in the morning and temps in the 80s before 8:30am...), it was great to stock up on all our goodies- especially apples! 

After a cleaning frenzy, two close friends of ours from Columbus arrived for the weekend. Followed closely by two more friends and their adorable little girl. It's always a blast to catch up with our friends from college. Though our conversations have greatly shifted from those days and now focus a lot more on kids (with one already having a child and two of us expecting). While the boys stayed up late, playing darts and drinking beers, the ladies crashed pretty early.

Sunday started with a trip to our favorite local breakfast place. And while I miss my corned beef hash (just not the same since I can't get poached eggs), the challah french toast was more than an acceptable replacement. A walk, a nap, and then wedding time!

Another of our close college friends (Doug's roommate for a couple of years) was getting married.

The ceremony was at the Great Lakes Science Center overlooking Lake Erie....absolutely gorgeous (though kind of ridiculously hot).

The reception was at Window's on the River- which was the perfect location to take in some awesome views of Cleveland, and spend the evening catching up with friends.

Love these people. Hard to believe we have been friends for around 9 years!
And oh heyyyy baby bump which seems to have appeared in the last week!

Monday was spent napping. But really. We didn't get home until around 1:00 am from the wedding, and this preggo was seriously struggling all day on Monday! Didn't stop me from staying up way too late to watch the first Ohio State game of the year!!! So happy football season is back....and so is Lucy!

And on a fun note- ultrasound today!! AND I bought a pair of baby Toms and I think they are the CUTEST THINGS IN THE WORLD.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Excitement

I love September. The weather starts to cool down a little (though Ohio isn't getting that memo yet since the highs all week are in the 90s). The leaves start to change. College football starts. NFL starts. Chili weather. Campfire weather. Happiness.

Here are a few things I'm super excited about for this September!

1. Seeing a bunch of our college friends this weekend for a wedding! One of Doug's college roommates is getting married. He was in our wedding too. And a bunch of our OU friends will be in Cleveland...which always means a good time (even with the lack of alcohol consumption on my part).
These two. Friends for 10 years! Can't wait to celebrate Matt this weekend!
2. My ultrasound next week!! It's been weeks since we've gotten to see this little nugget- and the last time we did, it didn't look like more than a blob. This time? We'll actually get to see our baby looking like a baby!!

3. My mom's 60th birthday! It will be a full weekend of celebrating her with a surprise party (don't worry- she doesn't read this) and a day trip to a nearby state park with the family.

4. We're going to Florida! I really wanted to take a long weekend trip and just relax. Doug kept throwing out all these great ideas- but they all would involve lots of sight seeing and walking. And really- I just wanted to sit on the beach. And that's exactly what we're doing.
Looking forward to lots of time next to this pool. And on the beach.
 5. Our 3 year anniversary. The trip is partially anniversary trip/partially babymoon. I still can't believe we've been married for THREE YEARS! But I'm so excited to celebrate our last anniversary as a family of two (well 3 if you count Lucy) before we have the little one next year!

Our first look. One of my favorites.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's Up Wednesday!

What's up Wednesday! So glad this week is halfway over. Even better is that my boss will be out of town for the rest of the week. Not that I don't like my boss- I actually really do. But it's nice to be able to catch up on other things when he's gone.

What we're eating this week....

I made these feta/chicken pita flatbreads from How Sweet Eats last night. Seriously amazing. A little more time consuming that I like on a weeknight though- but it will definitely be a repeat meal for a weekend. Other than that though, I've been sticking with super easy meals just because I have no motivation to cook when I get home! Not going to lie...I'm getting excited for fall so we can start eating more soups and stews and chili and warm comfort crockpot things!

What I'm reminiscing about...

Ever since my memories post last week, I've been  thinking so much about my 4H days, the county fair, and high school. Good memories, not so good memories, but for some reason it's been on my mind a lot. I think it's time to plan a Holmes County trip soon- maybe I just need to go get out of the city for a while!

What I'm loving...

I've been going to the farmers market every Saturday morning with my aunt. There is a huge farmer's market less than 10 minutes from my house (Shaker Square for you Clevelanders), and I have never taken advantage of it as much as I should. But I have loved all the fresh local produce we've been eating...and of course the gorgeous flowers!

What we've been up to...

Nursery prepping!! A week or so ago, we finally moved Doug's office from the room that will be the nursery down to the basement. Last weekend, we finalized the paint color. And I'm hoping to paint this weekend (with the help of my parents!). It seems early to do it- but I figure earlier, the better!

We went with the middle color "End of the Rainbow"
Which of course means I need to find a Somewhere Over the Rainbow print.
What I'm dreading...

It's hard to be dreading anything right now. A lot to look forward to. Though I guess I would say that the weather is getting cooler, which means Fall. I love fall, but it's the shit that comes after it that I'm not looking forward to. Think this year might be a little better thought with the whole baby thing happening!

What I'm working on...

I'm already thinking about what's going to happen when I'm on maternity leave. I know it's still a little ways away, but there are some things I can do now to prep for that- basically making sure I schedule things out as far as possible. My boss asked my about it the other day- I think he's nervous about me leaving. When I was on vacation for a week in February, he manged to triple book himself at least 4 times and his calendar was a mess when I got back!

What I'm excited about...

Two good friends of ours are getting married next weekend. The groom was one of Doug's roommates in college- so a lot of our college friends will be in town. Including a friend who is also pregnant and due just 2 weeks before me! I'm just so excited to see everyone (even if I don't get to drink at the wedding...)

Love these people!! And blows my mind we will soon all be parents1
What I'm watching/reading...

I've been on a bit of a reading hiatus. Not sure why- but the most I've read in the last couple of weeks is What to Expect When You're Expecting. I need to get back into it! 

 As for watching, I marathoned through the first two seasons of The Fosters on Netflix, and have been keeping up with it now on Hulu. Also- Bachelor in Paradise. Because that total trainwreck is so much fun to watch...plus I love mine and Ashley's weekly texts about all the crazies!

What I'm listening to...

I love the random playlists that I get through the Spotify discover section. Always a great combination of music I know and don't know.

What I'm wearing...

Though the weather the last few days has cooled down a bit, I'm still refusing to wear anything but sandals. Summer isn't over yet. Plus, I hate shoes...though I love boots. Yeah, I don't get it. I am starting to rock the maternity wear. Normal clothes (really just pants...) were starting to become incredibly uncomfortable, so elastic waist bands are my friend.

What I'm doing this weekend...

My parents are coming up on Saturday. I'm hoping for some help painting the nursery. I might also go test drive some cars, even though we're not looking to actually buy anything until after the baby is  born. But we want to have a good idea of what car we want! On Sunday, my dad's side of the family is all getting together for a cookout- always love family time.

What I'm looking forward to next month...

Our third wedding anniversary...WHAAA! Feels like it was just yesterday. We're still deciding if we should take a trip. I'm pushing for a long weekend in Florida. Anniversary/pre-baby getaway. And I would really love some beach time!

 What else is new...

Besides the whole baby thing? Not much. That's taking up most of my time/it's ALL I think about!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lucy's Outtakes

I love our baby announcement picture of Lucy. Obviously she is adorable. She has also become a huge part of our lives in the past year.

But this isn't a mushy "I love my dog" post. Though I do. And these outtakes from when I was trying to get her to pose for the pictures make me love her even more.

As a reminder, here she is looking cute and perfect and reading a book.
Just don't take my bone away!
Was that a treat???
This book is boring.
Mom. STOP taking my picture.

No. Really. I'm done.

Yep. Officially a crazy dog mom. And now instead of being just a crazy dog mom with an iPhone, I'm a crazy dog mom with a legitimate camera....and a camera card full of pictures of my dog. Soon enough she'll have to share with the baby. Don't know if this diva is ready for that...