When I think about my many past college football tailgates, I have such fond memories of dancing on the tailgate of a truck with my girlfriends singing Nelly at the top of our lungs, eating one too many orange jello shots, and preparing for endless games of flip cup. But that was many moons ago. Before the days of iPhones, hashtags, husbands, and babies. Those were the good ole days. These days I swap out Solo cups for sippy cups and jello shots with goldfish crackers. Continue reading
I can only imagine what its like to fall asleep in your quiet bedroom only to wake up with a fever, double ear infection, and 40 people in your house, playing with your toys, all waiting to watch you put your hands into a piece of cake. Well that’s what happened to Liam this past Saturday. I debated even making a video diary of his birthday party because he looks so miserable in each video! Turns out you can order the cupcakes weeks in advance, shop for the perfect birthday outfit, and stay up until 2 am building a balloon arch out of chicken wire and blowing up over 100 balloons. But you can not prepare for your baby to be sick on the day of his party. Nothing that some refined sugar and antibiotics couldn’t cure. And at least we will have a good story to tell him when he is older! Sources from the party are listed below. Enjoy the video!
- Balloon arch tutorial: House That Lars Built
- Globe Party favors: DIY creation using mason jars and globe pencil sharpeners
- cupcakes: Nothing Bunt Cakes
- smash cake: DIY creation (gotta love that $1.75 Betty Crocker cake mix!)
- smash cake balloon topper from Etsy.com
- Birthday Dude Shirt: ILY Couture
- Liam’s shoes: baby Gap (on sale!)
- invitations: DIY, printed at Kinkos
- jump castle: Happily Ever After
2016, you didn’t alway keep it classy. And in a hundred years from now, I’m afraid history books won’t speak so highly of you. But I’ll always remember you, 2016, as this was the year I became a mother. Last night, in between nursing Liam to sleep and watching Mariah Carey’s lip sync train wreck, I managed to quickly make this little video montage of my year in review. A bit of home renovation, some traveling, and lots and lots of baby snuggles! Enjoy. And may your 2017 be full love and happiness.
After surviving the most recent hurricane season and witnessing my husband obsessing over a very long and tumultuous election season that ended in one very stressful evening of him yelling at Wolf Biltzer on the television, I can at least give a sigh of relief that its over. The best part of our most recent family vacation was getting away from it all. We didn’t have to worry about work, the presidential election, what was going on back at home, and all the other to-do list details that constantly fill our brains. Instead it was nine days of hiking up mountains, crisp dry air, and endless elk and bison sightings. Our camera work was a little shaky and we were having so much fun that we didn’t capture nearly half of the amazing views. But nonetheless, here is a quick video below that summarizes our Colorado vacation which included Denver, Boulder, Estes Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Liam was once again a perfect travel companion! As long as he can ride in the baby carrier and read his books with daddy, he is happy where ever he goes! Enjoy the video!
For my birthday this year I told Will, no parties, no surprises, no presents, and no orchestrated get together with friends. Because frankly, August wore me out! And I didn’t have the energy for fake smiles! I wanted a simple, relaxing getaway with no itinerary, a pool, and lots of sunshine. So when we found plane tickets to Miami that were round trip $120 after taxes, we could not pass up the deal. So two mid-thirty year olds, our 6 month old, and the zika virus, spent a relaxing weekend in Miami Beach. We stayed at the Fontainebleau hotel and although I didn’t find our rooms to be anything spectacular to write home about, the pools and the service were impeccable. At night the hotel bar (and the entire city for that matter) turns into a wild party, but during the day the pools are quiet and there were other families there enjoying the beautiful weather. Other than being in the ocean and poolside, we only left the hotel to go eat in South Beach and Little Havana. But enough typing from me. I will let this video I made do the rest of the talking. Enjoy!