Mother's Day Gifts!

Becoming a mom has changed me in lots of ways, but ever since the birth of SC, I have been flooded by an increased understanding and appreciation for everything that my parents have done and do for me.  So as special as this Mother's Day is to me, I wanted to be certain to make sure we especially honored our moms this year. While everything is always just a token, it makes me thankful to take a moment to celebrate our moms!

For my my mom, we made her a coffee mug from Shutterfly, her favorite cookies, and earrings with SC's birthstone. While it is pretty similar to what we gave last year, I did spend an absurd amount of time picking out the earrings (and I think my husband might qualify as a saint). 
My MIL enjoys wine, so we made her a personalized wine glass paired with this cute wine tote I found at Home Goods, a pretty set of candles, and a  peace sign scarf (she loves peace signs).
I love these candles we got her.  They come in a pretty box and are little votives labeled with different wishes.  I bought these last year on sale at Papyrus, but they are selling a similar version this year too.
And here is everything all wrapped up!
I am also thinking of adding this necklace for my MIL, as I love how organic it looks and is technically the October birthstone (pink opal).
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I wanted to do something nice for my husband's aunt, since she is also always so supportive (and I wasn't able to do as much for her Christmas gift as I would have liked).  She loves yoga, so when I found this card and necklace at TJ Maxx, it was the perfect little gift.
For the husband's grandma, we are sending flowers because she always enjoys them. While they aren't an original gift, I know that she appreciates them.
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So that is what I have managed to pull together for Mother's Day gifts! Now I just have to go buy cards for everyone and get these in the mail!  Anybody else picking out Mother's Day gifts?  May is a big month with lots of birthdays too, so there is quite a bit of celebrating during this month!

Weekend Recap!

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend!  Ours was filled with lots of family time and sunshine.

On Friday night, the husband went to a Nationals game with some of his friends.  He has been working such long hours these past few weeks, that I was glad he could enjoy a night out. Meanwhile, SC and I had a "girls night" which really wasn't any different than usual where she got most of the pampering, but I did try my face cleanser and mask that I had received from Sephora as a free sample ( I thought it was terrific, btw).
Saturday was a relaxed day with beautiful weather in the afternoon.  I finally got my hair cut (hurray!) and we went on a family walk.
During the wee hours of Sunday morning, SC went on a bit of a sleeping strike which made the day a bit rough, but it also made me thankful that she is normally such a good sleeper.  The husband and I took turns in the morning watching SC so we could both get a little sleep.  Even though it sounds cheesy, sometimes it is situations like that which remind me how glad I am that we are on this parenting journey together. Besides catching up on sleep, I also met a friend that afternoon.  It was great to see her and she also enjoyed seeing SC! 

Even though it was a quiet weekend, I was so thankful that we could have so much time together to relax as a family!

Five for Friday!

Happy Friday! This week has gone surprisingly quickly, which is never a bad thing.  Here are my five for Friday!

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SC and I have been enjoying our spring time walks every day.  This warmer weather has been really terrific for helping break up the day, and I love seeing all the flowers.  On our Thursday walk it seemed like it was literally raining pink petals. Yup, I definitely don't wonder why my eyes itch.
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A bit more allergy friendly is this little tray I recently picked up at Home Goods.  I appreciate having a handy place to put my earrings.
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I also bought these cute note cards, and now I need to get a few letters dropped in the mail!
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The husband has worked late all week so I haven't had to worry about dinner for him, but I did make this bbq chicken recipe for me.  I used skinless chicken breasts to make it a little healthier, and while I think it would probably be better if cooked with chicken thighs, I still found this to be pretty tasty and will definitely make it again for the husband to try!

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I am finally getting my hair cut this weekend!  It has been over six months, and now I'm just hoping and praying that it turns out okay.  If not, it won't be the end of the world if it doesn't and at least it will be shorter so I won't have to worry about SC pulling on it.
So that's what has been up with me lately!  Nothing too earth shattering, but enjoying life.  What's new with you?  Any exciting weekend plans?

Six Months with Sarah Catherine!

Monday marked Sarah Catherine's six month birthday, so here are a few things that have been going on with her lately!
Stats:  Up to 16.2 pounds!  I'm so excited and thankful for this, as she is now in the 50 percentile.  She also measured in at 26 7/8 inches long, so a new car seat will be in our future probably before we would like. Not exactly sure what will fit in our VW bug....
Likes: Still loves all of my songs, and Old MacDonald continues to be her favorite. There is a lot of singing going on in our household, which my sister jokes I may actually enjoy more than SC (might be true!).   SC also loves seeing the husband in the morning and when he comes home from work. She has really been fascinated with her toes lately and continues to put everything she can (with the exception of rice cereal) in her mouth.
Dislikes: She doesn't seem to be a huge fan of solids yet, but we spend some time every day now exploring a food, and she's starting to eat a little bit now.
Clothes:  While I am still squeezing her into a few things from 3-6 months, she is mostly wearing 6 month clothes and 9 month clothes. I also decided to buy her a monogrammed diaper cover, which I just love seeing on her little rear.
Overall she is getting so much more interactive and it is also getting easier to do things with her.  The doctor said that teething might be happening pretty soon, so I'm on the lookout for that, but in the meantime we are enjoying this time!

A Spring Weekend!

This weekend was gorgeous, and I feel like Monday has arrived a bit too quickly. It was filled with walks to admire spring in all of her finery and visiting with my sister and parents.







How was your weekend? Did you get to enjoy the spring weather?

Five for Friday!

It has been a pretty week in Virginia, and I have really been enjoying this spring weather. Here is what else has been going on lately!
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SC has officially started solids! I have found this book useful as we slowly continue our foray into solid food every day.  I'm starting to work on building up my stash of baby food, so it doesn't get too overwhelming once she starts to eat more. By building up my stash, I mean that I have frozen 8 ounces of pureed apples...so we still have a ways to go, but we are getting there!
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On my trip last weekend I read The Aviator's Wife. While I enjoyed it, a part of me feels sad that another author tried to write Anne Lindbergh's story, especially considering that Anne Lindbergh was a writer in her own right.  Regardless, it motivated me to read random articles about the Lindberghs this week.  It's amazing to think that they were hounded by the press for so long and now almost forgotten.
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I've discovered the ultimate way to have a "capsule wardrobe".  Put all of your summer clothes in storage, get pregnant, discover that most of your clothes still don't fit you like you'd like/are looking more worn than you remember, put your winter clothes in storage...and then see what you have left! In all seriousness, my wardrobe has been pared down a lot and I'm trying to adjust to making sure my clothes are prepared to be spit up on multiple times a day.  I am excited that I  added this t-shirt in a happy pink into the mix. Speaking of which, where has all the color gone in stores?  I seriously bought the only brightly colored item in Ann Taylor! Now, if only I could put together an outfit like this one!
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The Baby Gap had an additional 50% off of their sale stuff, so I stocked up for next year.  I don't know if SC really needs a raincoat, but seriously, how cute is this?! I love the little heart lining.
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I thought this dog sweater was adorable, so SC will be sporting this next year.
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 And I picked up a few gifts for expectant friends, like this little outfit.
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And finally, these tulips from our long walk on Wednesday. Honestly, with the husband working late every night this week, this little outing was the highlight of the week.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!  My sister is actually flying into town and my parents are coming up on Saturday, so I can't wait to hang out with them! What is on your agenda?

My Sister's Wedding!

I took almost 500 photos of my sister's wedding day, but I am only sharing a (relative) few, as my sister's husband probably isn't interested in having his picture featured on my blog. Even still, this post has a lot of photos! I will always be so thankful that I was able to share this day with them.

My sister held the same Bible that my mom had when she got married and the same one I carried too.
 Her bouquet!
On their way to the courthouse!
Their vows and exchange of rings.
Their vows were said in this pretty little gazebo!
Afterwards, we took a little walk on the pier, which is one of their special spots.
And of course they celebrated with cake!
So happy for you, dear sister. Wishing you all the happily-ever-afters in the world.

A Wedding Gift for My Sister!

While I'm still recovering from the weekend and my day trip down to Florida for my sister's wedding, I thought I'd share with you the wedding gift that we ended up giving my sister.  Since she eloped and didn't have a registry, I just tried to pick something I thought she would like.  I ended up choosing this Lindsay Letters print and framing it.
The bottom of the frame says "Mr. and Mrs." and I hope that they can put a wedding picture in it soon!
I also found this "Mr. & Mrs." card, which I thought was a fun addition.
Even though it's just a token gift, I think it is a nice way to remember the day! 

Five for Friday: Wedding Gift Ideas

I decided to do the Five for Friday a day early, because my sister is getting married tomorrow on April 8, 2016, which is the "power of two."  My sister had to explain this to me like three million times, but the date is pretty perfect for a math professor and engineer.  Even though they aren't having a big wedding, I decided to get my sister some "shower" gifts that I thought she could use on the big day.

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I've loved this window cling for a long time, and I thought it would be perfect in their car.
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I also wanted to get her a special piece of jewelry to wear, so I found this infinity bracelet, which I think will be a nice addition.
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For her something blue, I bought her a blue handkerchief with the date embroidered on it.
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When they first got engaged, I sent them these champagne glasses, as they are the same ones my sister bought me over five years ago! I love how they have "Mr." and "Mrs." etched on them.
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Finally, just for fun I picked up a bridal theme bathrobe, tank top and other little pieces that I thought she might enjoy.  Fortunately, she seemed to like everything, so hopefully it will add to the day!  I'm hoping to have a few pictures next week to share!